July 03, 2006

House Niveneh-eth

The head of House Niveneh-eth is Messhemet IV and he has three sons, in order from eldest to youngest they are: Messhemet V, Mostyn and Lemnithar. He also has 3 daughters: Serathina II, Samarrah, and Sassrah.

Messhemet IV has three wives: Lasrahara, Sashaamen III, and Nessrih VII. Messhemet V and Mostyn share the same mother (Lasrahara) who is Messhemet IV's first and most loved wife. Serathina II, Lemnithar and Samarrah were all conceived by Nessrih VII, and finally Sassrah's mother is Sashaamen III, the youngest and newest of Messhemet IV's wives.

Family & Ages:

Messhemet'radu IV (82) (M)
-- Lasrahara (72) (F)
-- Sashaamen III (64) (F)
-- Nessrih VII (35) (F)
Messhemet'du V (53) (M) (Lasrahara)
-- Thessis (32) (F)
Mostyn'du (34) (M) (Lasrahara)
Serathina'du II (33) (F) (Nessrih VII)
Lemnithar'du (27) (M) (Nessrih VII)
Samarrah'du (19) (F) (Nessrih VII)
Sassrah'du (14) (F) (Sashaamen III)

Aversia'ddu (30) (F) (Second cousin to Messhemet'radu IV)

House History:

House Niveneh-eth, as the name suggests, focused primarily on the government of the Empire, in which it held several key roles; notably favouring positions which had some control over the military. Indeed, several noteworthy members of the family have held high ranking military positions. In this way, while somewhat short of an advisory role to the Emperor himself, and all the benefits that would bring, the family nevertheless managed to keep its finger on the pulse of the Empire through the knowledge it was privy to in relation to planned military campaigns.

Through this knowledge and the employment of subtle political machination, House Niveneh-eth was able to secure significant stretches of land, which of course included many resources which allowed the house to grow not only in wealth, but also power. While all houses experience highs and lows, and House Niveneh-eth was no exception, the Niveneh-eth family tended to enjoy greater stability than most houses.

A strong supporter of the Empire's expansionistic policies, House Niveneh-eth could likely be blamed (or lauded) as a key player in the second, almost successful military campaign against the Viroth Kingdom. Though the House invested considerably in the campaign, whose failure ultimately dealt a crippling blow to the Empire as a whole, House Niveneh-eth, through shrewd political manoeuvring managed to emerge without the personal loss that many other Houses succumbed to, though it took several decades to fully restore the House to its former level of wealth and influence.

Due to its vast estates, House Niveneh-eth was a great employer of imported slaves from Sron and other countries to work the land. Though it's dallying in the slave market was a hobby at best, the House became well known for its slave breeding programme, often presenting extravagant gifts to other families and the Emperor himself, who it is said stocked several personal stables entirely from Niveneh-eth stock.

At the time of the cataclysm House Niveneh-eth was heavily involved in the planning stages of another campaign to recapture the now independent city states which sprinkled along the eastern border of the Empire. These plans were obviously rendered useless by the darkness and the House itself, like all other Tyen Houses suffered tragic losses during the first months after the cataclysm, and of course lost the majority of its wealth along with all of its land. Though thanks again to its position and influence, the main trunk of the Niveneh family were able to safely arrive at Telantha without casualties. Having committed much of its remaining wealth to ensuring the safety of the family on this journey, House Niveneh-eth arrived in Telantha and was immediately faced with uncertainty as to its future.

Using its remaining assets and what influence and respect it still commanded amongst the small community of Tyen which had survived to reach Telantha, the House quickly established itself and procured what supplies it needed to ensure the immediate survival and comfort of its remaining members, while setting itself up in a position of authority from which it was able to recover from the chaos. Without an Imperial House, or indeed, an Empire to speak of, the once structured hierarchy had been shattered and all surviving Tyen Houses were forced to struggle to cling onto their traditions and heritage. Though, despite the generally isolationist views of many of the remaining Houses, House Niveneh-eth decided to invest a vast amount of its remaining resources in procuring citizen status for its members and a pseudo official rank within the Virothian Feudal system.

While not noble by any stretch of the imagination, House Niveneh-eth enjoys an elevated status above common citizens, and is afforded some limited rights along with this station. The House then began to stabilise its position by establishing small businesses across the city. While this was not their traditional area of focus, the House had to quickly adapted to the new social landscape and soon began to supply the refugee population of Tyen whom the Telanthan merchants would often refuse to trade with, or only at crippling prices. Initially the House struggled to turn any profit, often loosing money in order to make basic wares available to fellow Tyen at reasonable prices. However, once the initial turmoil had passed and as more contacts were made in both Telantha's economic and political arenas as well as among the stabilising Tyen community, House Niveneh-eth found itself in a very advantageous position. Supplying Tyen with food and other common wares cheaply, as well as raw materials for its craftsmen and women, often accepting credit from its Tyen customers; in exchange many craftsmen and artisans traded exclusively through them, which quickly blossomed into a monopoly on supplying the often highly valued Tyeni crafts and luxury items to Telantha's merchants.

Reaching this comfortable position took nearly two years, but once House Niveneh-eth had established its position it was able to begin further expansion into otherwise unexploited areas, as well as invest in bettering the standards of living for the countless Tyeni forced to live as refugees; this it did in a continuing effort to vie for greater support among the Tyen population, in constant competition with the other fortunate Houses which had managed to establish themselves in Telantha's largely hostile environment.

With the House's immediate survival secured, as well as a steady income, the Niveneh family turned their attention back to their roots and their traditional interests. Through large sums of money applied to the right palm, as well as focusing their considerable political skill, the family gradually built up contacts among the Telanthan nobility which, through the use of suggestions, bribes, and even intimidation, allowed House Niveneh-eth to not only stifle the efforts of opposing Houses within the city, but also further expand its influence to include enterprises which might have drawn unwanted attention previously; once again the House began to trade in slaves, though this time as far more than a hobby. Making properly trained slaves, as well as other 'essentials' available to Tyeni at large greatly increased the families influence among their kinsmen and firmly established House Niveneh-eth as one of the Great Houses among the Tyen people, who looked increasingly to the Niveneh family for guidance.

Currently, House Niveneh-eth continues to further its influence where it can, especially in the political arena, while maintaining (and where possible expanding) its various enterprises. The House maintains a very active role in the Tyeni community and actively campaigns to improve the standards that most Tyen live by, either directly through making wares and services available and investing in Tyeni businesses and institutions, or using their political influence to protect Tyen interest and ease the tensions between Tyeni and other factions within and without the city.