John Hilding Waffel-Paine
Full Name: John Hilding Waffel-Paine of Drak
Father: Nathan II
John Hilding Waffel-Paine, or Prince John as he was referred to by the Drak-Modani media, is the son of Nathan II and the King of Drak-Modan. He was sent to live in Drakorda in 1673 and celebrated his second birthday there. His older brother, Nathan III is the heir to the throne of Natopia. He was the fourth to be birthed from his artificial womb, technically making him the youngest of the quadruplets. His older sisters, Vadoma and Leonora Noor Waffel-Paine, split their time visiting him and Nathan III, alternating visits so no more than two of the quadruplets are ever in the same city. He lived in Lindstrom, Natopia, with his father, older sisters, and brother until he was offered co-rule with Andrea Drakland in 1685. He now lives in Drakorda.
Very soon after John was born, the Kalirion Fracture erupted on the Benacian continent, which took the life of his step-father, Ayreon IV. John's father, Nathan II quickly founded the kingdom of Drak-Modan to protect Natopian interests on Benacia. The Natopian emperor wanted the new Bovic kingdom to be closely, and permanently, aligned with Natopia but robust and distinct enough to flourish independently. Thus, the decision was made very early on to send John to live in Drakorda, where he would grow up and become a naturalized Drak-Modani, which would help ease tensions between the ruling Natopian class and the native Modanese.
King for a Day
The Bovinist Schism of 1676 saw John's future drastically changed. Nativist and anti-Dozan Bovic pressures forced his father to promise to abdicate by 1679. The kingdom came under control of the Benacian Bovic Church and John dutifully attended Benacian Herds, increasing his popularity in Drak-Modan but quickly diminished his popularity in Natopia, where he was still considered a member of the Imperial Family and a potential successor to the Natopian throne. After Nathan passed the throne to John, a series of political crises occurred that culminated in the Drak-Modani Abdication Crisis. John found himself without power and his aunt, Clara Sundara, could only protect him physically, not politically. John was barely king for three months before his father recalled him to Natopia.
Life in Natopia
John has had difficulty adapting to Natopian life. He does not appear in public with his brother and sisters and has reportedly fallen into a deep depression, resenting the loss of his kingdom, resenting his father for using him as a pawn, resenting his aunt for allowing it, and resenting his brother Nathan III for being the favored child and future emperor. He finds the Dozan Bovic Church archaic and decadent, and prefers to drink goat's milk at dinner. Natopian tabloids write frequent editorials insisting that the Emperor send him to a Dozan Bovic monastery in Athlon, or enroll him in military school, before his temperament sours public opinion on the entire Imperial Family.
In 1682, an unsanctioned convention on the island of Nel Modan, in So-Sara, Drak-Modan, voted to invite John back and become King of the Draconians and to establish an autonomous kingdom within the Republic of Drak-Modan for the Draconian diaspora to resettle as a homeland. John's father, Nathan II, expressly forbade John from commenting on the situation in public before the Drak-Modani government could sort out the situation. John, already deeply upset and depressed since being kicked out of Drak-Modan and without his father putting up a fight, clandestinely traveled to Nel Modan with the intention to accept the island's offer of a new crown.
Aspirations for a Restored Imperial Bloodline
John, who had now found himself in the middle of the Drak-Modani Civil War tentatively supported his father's claim to the throne. Although after the False Start at Raynor Point, both factions had entered into an uneasy truce. When the kingdom of Draconia was proclaimed, many Draconians who served in the royal courts of Modan and Malarboria flocked to Dracoheim, and John was tutored by many who served under Queen Kizzy, although they all had sworn oaths renouncing her before serving the new kingdom.
What John learned was that the people of southern Benacia hated foreign interference. Although Kizzy was foriegn-born, she had spent most of her adult life in Shireroth and, although she brought her cadre of demons from Demonsfall to Malarboria, they were, at least, native demons. Before her descent into corruption, Kizzy enjoyed some degree of acceptance in Malarboria.
The Line of Drak, which had two Kaisers in it, was itself claimed to be an offshoot of the Line of Grifos, which is itself an offshoot of the illustrious Line of Metzler. One of John's tutors, a Draconian revisionist historian, proposed that all Draconians are descended from Kaiser Loki I's extensive use of brothels in ancient Dracoheim. The Draconian kingdom was thus a return to the homeland for many Draconians, and over time, the image of the Line of Drak in Drak-Modan would come to be seen as a native bloodline.
Ever since Kyle Kilynn, son of two Drak kaisers, married the Natopian empress, the Line of Drak had been entirely subsumed into the House of Waffel-Paine. John wondered if there was a way to restore some independence to the bloodline, and thus restore nativist rule in Drak-Modan in such a way that would be agreeable again to the republicans and royalists. John himself was, for all intents and purposes, a clone of his father Nathan II, and therefore John was half-Draconian and half-Drak. The only other people who descended from the last full-blooded Drak were his siblings, and his cousins.... and one other person: Andrea Drakland. John's simplistic, 13-year old mind began to race, "What if she and I claimed the throne of Drak-Modan together? And then later on we can get married and have children more fully in the Drak bloodline?" He did not even consider that Andrea was already busy managing the demons in Goetia but he hastily sent her an invitation to visit Dracoheim.
- 1671-1673 His Imperial Highness, John Hilding Waffel-Paine of Drak, Count of Rostock, Viscount Glenfiddich, Scion of the Three Peoples, Vessel of Dual Natures, Progeny of the Once-Living God, Marquis of Lükanburg, Transcendence of the Dhury, Lord in Jorvik, Heir to the Line of Drak
- 1673-present His Bovic Highness, John Hilding Waffel-Paine of Drak, Crown Prince of Drak-Modan, Heir-Designate to the Kaisers of the Imperial Line of Drak, Count of Rostock, Viscount Glenfiddich, Scion of the Three Peoples, Vessel of Dual Natures, Progeny of the Once-Living God, Marquis of Lükanburg, Transcendence of the Dhury, Lord in Jorvik, Heir to the Line of Drak
- 1679 His Bovic Majesty, John Hilding Waffel-Paine of Drak, King of Drak-Modan, Heir to the Kaisers of the Imperial Line of Drak, Count of Rostock, Viscount Glenfiddich, Scion of the Three Peoples, Vessel of Dual Natures, Progeny of the Once-Living God, Marquis of Lükanburg, Transcendence of the Dhury, Lord in Jorvik, Heir to the Line of Drak
- 1679-pres. His Imperial Highness, John Hilding Waffel-Paine of Drak, Count of Rostock, Viscount Glenfiddich, Scion of the Three Peoples, Vessel of Dual Natures, Progeny of the Once-Living God, Marquis of Lükanburg, Transcendence of the Dhury, Lord in Jorvik, Heir to the Line of Drak
|King of Drak-Modan
as Supreme Judge