Andrew III of Haense
Andrew III, (High Imperial: Andreas Lotharius; New Marian: Andrik Lothar; 8th of The Amber Cold, 1710 -Present) is the current King of Hanseti-Ruska as the oldest living son of Marius II of Haense and Klaudia of Vasiland. Upon his birth, he was made the Grand Prince of Kusoraev, the honorary title given to all crown princes of the dual monarchy, and ascended to the throne after his father's assassination in 1719. With his first years as a monarch under a strict regency until that he came of age in 1724
- 1 Early Life (1710-1719)
- 2 Early Reign (1719-1725)
- 3 The Haeseni Renaissance (1725-1739)
- 4 Character and personality
- 5 Titles, Styles and Honors
- 6 Issue
- 7 Ancestors
Early Life (1710-1719)
Andrik Lothar Barbanov was born to King Marius and Klaudia of Vasiland in the Prikaz Palace in Reza in 1710. As the oldest living son of the King, he was designated as the crown prince and granted the title of Grand Prince of the Kusoraev. Throughout his childhood in Reza, the young prince was known for his gregarious and rather reckless attitude. An active youth, the young prince would often be found climbing out through windows, climbing up trees and causing general mischief around the town, much to the dismay of his assigned guards.
The Prince would often be forced by his father and guardians to study, though he did not take his lessons kindly. Andrik was often commended for having an astute mind but, due to his general playfulness and issues with concentration, would only show this if he was bribed with sweets or the promise of playing. He was assumed to be left-handed as he'd often swap between both hands when writing or practicing swordplay, but due to the superstitions at the time surrounding left-handed people, he was forced to learn how to primarily use his right hand.
Early Reign (1719-1725)
Andrik's reign began after his father was assassinated in the courtyard of the Prikaz by Hektor Barrow, a disgruntled Barbanov bastard who had served under King Marius directly. Andrik ascended the throne as Andrew III shortly after but, due to his young age, control of the Kingdom resided largely with the regency council headed by his uncle and Lord-Palatine Prince Georg Stannimar and later on Lord Lerald Vyronov until he came of age in 1724. Early stages of his reign can be defined by a troubled period after the devastating War of the Two Emperors which forced the young King to do plenty of reforms, strengthening the monarch's power in return for a stronger military but temporarily weakening the economy of the state and having to pay hefty war reperations to the Empire.
War of the Two Emperors
- Main Article: War of the Two Emperors
During the early years of Andrew's reign, the War of the Two Emperors raged on and, despite his council's efforts to withdraw Haeseni forces from the war, the Empire of Renatus continued their march towards Reza. Treaties signed by the Princedom of Fenn and Ves left Haense and the Reiver mercenaries to fend for themselves following the collapse of Joseph I's empire. Two disastrous defeats at the Silversea and Koengswald forced the Haeseni troops to retreat back to Reza and prepare for the coming siege. His reign was dealt another major blow when his regent Georg and uncle Godfric were both captured by Renatian forces and brought to Helena where they were executed.
The Palatine-Aspirant and Herzen of the Duma Lerald, Count of Graiswald quickly assumed the role of regent and was made Lord-Palatine. The new Lord Palatine arranged a series of diplomatic missives and meetings with Renatian diplomats and the war was ended with the treaty of Reza , making Haense a vassal to the Holy Orenian Empire under Godfrey II. For many, this treaty was hailed as a great success for Haense and the King even though under regency received praise for what was deemed a salvation of the realm in a time where many had given up hope.
Shortly after the end of the War of the Two Emperors, the new imperial administration led by the regent Prince Achilius established a treaty between all human nations, referred to Pax Orenia which in practice was a full-on military alliance of all human nations. This by many was considered a response to rising tensions between the Under-Realm of Urguan and the Holy Orenian Empire but also functioned to stop any more infighting between humans. In its early days, the treaty functioned well and even though tensions between the nations of mankind was still high the treaty stood firmly in place.
Not long into the signing of the treaty Emperor Godfrey II abdicated his throne to his brother Achilius who ascended to become Emperor John VII in the year 1724. During the same year, Andrew came of age and was officially crowned King in a small ceremony by the Archbishop of Jorenus. The newly crowned emperor had a warm relation with Andrew and considered one another as friends. One example of their trust in one another came when an attempt on the emperor's life was made in Helena and John escaped to Reza where he resided for a month under the watch of the Marian Retinue in order to stay safe.
It was during the Pax Orenia that Lady Milena Carrion was introduced at the Haeseni court by Henry Sarkozic, an old squire of Haense who had fought alongside Marius II of Haense during the War of the Two Emperors. Andrew was at this time already betrothed to Lady Katharina of Vyronov however with an old agreement decided by a Crowsmoot in 1701 Andrew had his betrothal with Lady Katharina broken and instead took Milena as his betrothed, in order to fulfill his father's wish to unite the two Carrion houses and further solidify his claim to the Ruskan throne.
Andrew took the peace that Pax Orenia had brought to the realm and used it to issue reforms, almost half the kingdom had died during the War of the Two Emperors due to sickness and famine and its military had been severely weakened. He quickly issued a new law document to engrain the Haeseni culture into its laws and also abolished the Royal Army in favor of re-establishing the Brotherhood of Saint Karl. It ranks quickly began to swell and in 1725 the Haeseni military numbers were at a higher level then it had been before the start of the war.
Just a year after John VII had ascended the throne the Pax Orenia and Urguan went to war against one another after tensions had risen further. Andrew once more showed his fierce temper as he rallied his men after the declaration of war had been announced and with the recent army reform, the confidence of the Haeseni people was once more risen. The Kingdom still struggled to pull in new settlers and trade but the war was seen as the perfect opportunity to blooden the brotherhood and even though no major battles took place in what is known as the Three Months War the Brotherhood still saw the war as a minor success after taking on an offensive raid against Urguan and successfully routing dwarven legionaries and mercenaries of the Phoenix Band in Haense's first offensive undertaking since the Siege of Helena.
Three months after the start of the war. In what can only be described as a fit of madness John VII suddenly issued a new succession law, declaring the empire essentially a democracy and abdicated the imperial throne and at the same time naming the regent and King of Helena to his distant relative Tiberius Tiber. Thrusting the human lands into what would be known as The Troubles.
Just hours after John VII had abdicated the throne two claimants appeared, the first was Adrian I, Holy Orenian Emperor who laid claim to the throne with his Carrion legacy and with the support of Urguan he quickly seized the city of Helena. However, in what some call the Midnight Coup Charles Edward, Prince of Alstion, another claimant through his Horen legacy retook control of the imperial capital and two camps formed. One supporting the claim of Adrian and the other supporting the claim of Charles.
Haense with its still freshly formed brotherhood was within hours being courted by both sides, promises being made in regards to what Haense would gain from joining either side such as an autonomous rule. Andrew who was not eager to throw his nation into another civil war, with the War of the Two Emperors still fresh in mind withdrew his troops from the frontlines and increased the Brotherhoods presence in the Haeseni lowlands whilst discussing their options with his council. The meeting between his councilors was brief and Andrew declared for Adrian as the first Human King to do such. Not long after Haense declared for Adrian many others did the same or opted for neutrality and a strong coalition was formed to place Adrian on the Imperial throne.
After passed as both sides prepared for what would by most accounts be another bloody conflict within the empire the High Pontiff summoned all the human monarchs and great lords to the palace Varoche to resolve this crisis of the Imperial Throne. Andrew traveled to Ves to participate in the Diet of Varoche alongside Emperor Adrian, Emperor Charles, Pierce I of Curonia, Adrian I of Kaedrin, High Pontiff Daniel VI and all their respective retinues. During this Diet, the High Pontiff urged all the human lords to lower their banners and to once more unite to avoid more infighting. As a compromise, he presented to the kings and lords the young boy Alexander and asked the men to vote to elect him as emperor with a regency council composed of representatives of all Kingdoms and House of Sarkozic. The vote was cast to avoid another civil war and it was unanimous in favor, Alexander ascended the throne as Alexander II, Holy Orenian Emperor effectively ending the troubles and ushering the Empire into the Johannian Era. In return of submitting their claims on the imperial throne, Emperor Adrian was granted the Duchy of Adria and Emperor Charles was bestowed the title Prince of Alstion.
The Haeseni Renaissance (1725-1739)
With the War of the Two Emperors, the Three Months War and The Troubles in recent memory a strong Haeseni patriotism had grown and the peoples' trust of Heartlanders and the Imperial regime were at an all-time low. Especially by what was known as the war generation, those who had grown up during the War of the Two Emperors. Some of Andrews Aulic councilors such as the Lord Justiciar, Ser Gerard the Bear opted for complete isolationism from the rest of the Empire however it was deemed impossible to do such by Andrew. He instead opted to the extent necessary work with the Imperials but first and foremost further the interest of the Haeseni realm and other Carrion vassals and realms such as Adria and the Province of Rubern rather then to take part in the Imperial politics of the Johannian dynasty however due to the turmoil of the Empire, Andrew was forced to take a central spot against the War against Lorraine and also became known for his strong anti-imperialistic sentiments regarding Vassal authorities. During what is by some known as the Haeseni renaissance, Andrew migrated the Haeseni capital to the city of New Reza on the bank of Lake Milena after the Great Fire of Reza caused by voidal entities, large funding for new military endeavors took place and a rebirth of Haeseni cultural and arts was funded making New Reza into one of the most bustling cities in all of Arcas and Haense quickly grew to a prominence once more after the disastrous years of the War of the Two Emperors and The Troubles.
- Main article: Lorrainian Revolt
On the 16th of Sigismund's End, 1727 the Imperial Throne issued letters of the vassalage to Leufroy House d'Amaury and the newly reformed Duchy of Lorraine. The Duchy was landed on the eastern border of the Imperial Crownlands bordering both Adria and Rubern. Many issues were raised about this as many of the men in Adria were descendants of men that had died during the Dukes' War. The two duchies landed holdings were just on each side of the Emperor's Road and it only took a few saint's days before tensions had begun to arise between the two duchies.
Both sides quickly began accusing one another of aggression and Lorraine was accusing Adria of hiring mercenaries and paying bandits to serve within their ranks. Even coming to the point where Adrian and Lotharingian men clashed with one another on a few occasions. It is unclear if any of the accusations actively took place but in response, the Imperial throne issued the Edict of Reprobate in order to hopefully calm both sides and travel warnings were issued around the Imperial roads. However, as the emperor was away no affirmative action was taken which only furthered resentment of the Imperial administration in Haense.
Whilst this temporarily decreased tensions in the Imperial Crownlands another conflict was brewing between Hanseti-Ruska and Kaedrin after Kaedreni soldiers had frequently traveled to Haense and caused problems with citizens in Reza. Andrew ordered his officers to arrest any man causing problems and shortly after this order was issued a Kaedreni soldier was arrested for slandering of nobility and had his tongue cut out as punishment. This furthered the rift between Haense and Kaedrin to the point that Haeseni men were reportedly openly assaulted by Kaedreni at the streets of Ves.
Whilst these two conflicts were brewing in the east and the west of Haense the King's half-sister Princess Mariya Angelika of Reza was married to Duke Adrian of Adria, affirming the alliance between Haense and Adria in a controversial affair after Princess Mariya had at first been betrothed to Vladrick I, Prince of Rubern but broken it in favour of Duke Adrian. Shortly after the pairs wedding tensions once arose between Adria and Lorraine during the Sun's Smile of 1729 when reportedly a Lotharingian footman had assaulted an Adrian farmer and stolen his crops. The Adrians called on their Haeseni allies and together with a host of 1200 men Andrew marched to Adria and rendezvoused with his allies. After around a saint's hours of negotiations, a battle was averted and the Haensemen marched back to Reza.
During the Royal Duma of 1729, the Empress Mother Cesarina Louise arrived in Reza and stormed into the halls shouting, demanding to meet the King. Normally Andrew did not attend Duma but this session he had decided to attend to observe and the interruption of the Duma by Cesarina angered him greatly and he got into a heated argument with the woman in front of the Duma, ordering her to leave and after a short while she walked to the Prikaz and waited for an audience with Andrew there, allowing the Duma to finish. Once the Duma had concluded he and the duma members marched over towards the Prikaz and he met with Cesarina in the royal court. The empress mother demanded the cessation of hostilities against Lorraine from Haense and called Andrew a warmonger and the Haeseni people barbarians but Andrew refused without any direct order from the Emperor himself. After the woman had departed the court, Andrew was noted calling her a vile hag and whore to the Prince of Rubern. And later remarked in a private discussion with Lord Simon Basrid that the fact that he could ridicule the Emperor's mother and not a single man or woman batted an eye showed how fragile the Imperial throne was.
The Lotharingian revolt culminated later that month after Kaedreni men had openly drawn swords against the Lords Erich of Stafyr and Sigmar of Baruch in Rubern. The two Haeseni lords managed to flee and ran back to Reza where they informed Andrew who ordered Lord Erich to quickly inform the Prince of Rubern that Kaedreni men had openly tried to attack men in his lands. Once word had reached the Prince the banners of Rubern and Haense were called and not long after the banners of Adria as well. The Three Crows of Barbanov, Alimar and Sarkozic marched together with an army of consisting 3,200 infantry and 800 cavalries towards Ves. Most of the cavalry being Reiters.
When the host arrived at Ves the infantry quickly formed up in front of the city's outer palisades whilst the cavalry protected the rear with scouts led by Otto Tuvic roaming the countryside and scouting for any flanking parties whilst the arch-chancellor alongside some delegates from the Haeseni, Adrian and Rubern met with the Kaedreni. There it was quickly uncovered that the Kaedreni men that had attacked the Haeseni were part of a group of dissidents that had allied themselves with Lorraine and tried to cause conflict to pressure Kaedrin to join the conflict on Lorraine's side. One of the men that arrived to parley outside the walls was the Lotharingian commander Lewis of Lorraine who with a small group of men had traveled to Ves to assist the dissidents in strongarming the King. He was swiftly arrested by the host on orders from D'Arkent and order was restored in Ves by the Kaedreni loyalists. Effectively ending all conflict between Kaedrin and Haense.
Lewis was brought to Reza and swiftly executed, after being beheaded his eyes and tongue was cut out and his head was granted to Rubern to be displayed. Whilst his remaining limbs were put on display throughout the Kingdom. At the same time of the execution, Andrew alongside the rest of the cavalry rode to Lorraine and attempted to goad the soldiers there into a fight but were met with arrow fire from the castle walls, deciding to depart as the Lotharingians refused to sally out. Shortly after an imperial decree was issued outlawing Lorraine and calling Duke Leufroy to stand trial for treason. Afterwards, the Lotharingian exiles continued to bandit the imperial roads and established a small foothold in the contested lands of Guise. But only after a few months the Haeseni troops alongside the Black Army of Rubern laid siege to the fort and the remaining Lotharingians either fled to The Concord of Llyria or surrendered, the soldiers later being pardoned by Emperor Alexander. Effectively ending the revolt in full.
Resistance Against Imperialism
The imperial state after the revolt had suffered a serious crisis in confidence due to its seeming inability to act without its vassals and the authority of the Imperial Crown was at an all time low since The Troubles. To remedy this the administration in Helena published The Articles of Restructure in order to strengthen the imperial crown but it was met with heavy backlash from the vassals.
Andrew was furious at what he considered a blatant attempt from the Emperors' council to strip away vassal rights, the autonomy of the Kingdoms legislations and the cultural and national identity of Haense. As a response to this, he formalised the usage of the Sigmundic calendar making it equal to the Imperial calendar. Andrew also bonded together with Duke Adrian, Pierce I of Curonia, Archduke Edward and Duke Sergius, combined they met with the emperor and his privy council in a meeting that lasted late into the early hours of the day to meet a compromise.
A compromise was met that the High Lords of the Empire were satisfied with, however, left parts of the Imperial privy disgruntled as they saw it as the Imperial crown bending for the will of the vassals and especially Haense. But the compromise was never brought to fruition as only a few months after the meeting Emperor Alexander fell ill and shortly after died; after his death, Laertes de Falstaff claimed parentage of the young Emperor, leading the Empire into a succession crisis. In order to keep stability and order between the Imperial vassals and Crown, the High Lords, along with the Imperial Privy, elected Duke Adrian as Lord Protector until the crisis had been settled.
Migration to New Reza
Character and personality
As a child, Andrew was seen as a very gregarious and playful boy. He had no issues conversing with others and would often play with the other noble children however, the boy was cursed with a fiery temper and often make reckless and violent decisions. He also had a hard time concentrating and when forced to study would often wander off in thought. The boy did, however, show an early prowess in combat after learning how to fight with a sword at the age of eight.
After the death of his father, the now king's temper would be more apparent and as a young King, he would hold vigorous speeches regarding the Haeseni war effort in the inherited War of the Two Emperors even at the face of defeat. However, as his regency came to an end Andrew's temper had become much more controlled. He'd still have bursts of rage such as shown between a loud argument between Andrew and Ser Thomas Raleigh and had a very brash and blunt nature in how he handled affairs. Not worried about what people thought about him he'd often chose to wear simpler clothing and opted to not wear any crown or jewelry. This alongside his brutish nature, strong language and affinity for Carrion Black gained him the respect of the Haeseni commoners and soldiers. A quote from a Haeseni man regarding his opinion on why the Haeseni people were liking Andrew so much was famously "He seems approachable, like you could grab a beer with him."
Titles, Styles and Honors
Titles and Styles
- 8th of Amber Cold, 1710 - 12th of Malin's Welcome: His Royal Highness The Grand-Prince of Kusoraev
- 12th of Malin's Welcome, 1719 - Present: His Majesty The King of Hanseti-Ruska
Full title as King of Hanseti-Ruska
The titles of Andrew III is: His Royal Majesty, King Andrew III of Hanseti and Ruska, Grand Hetman of the Army, Prince of Bihar, Dules, Ulgaard, Lahy, Sorbesborg and Slesvik, Duke of Vidaus, Margrave of Rothswald, Count of Karikhov, Baranya, Kvasz, Kavat, Karovia, Kovachgrad, Torun, Turov, and Kaunas, Baron of Valwyk, Esenstadt, Krepost and Kralta, Lord of Alban, Reza, Markev, Lord of the Westfolk, Protector of the Highlanders, etcetera
|Andrik Petyr, Grand Prince of Kusoraev||9th of Owyn's Light, 1729||Alive||Unwed||Firstborn child of Andrew III and Milena of Adria|
|Princess Antonia Frederika, Princess Royal||1st of Godfrey's Triumph, 1731||Alive||Unwed||Secondborn child of Andrew III and Milena of Adria|
|Prince Otto Rupert, Duke of Galahar||8th of the Sun's Smile, 1738||Alive||Unwed||Thirdborn child of Andrew III and Milena of Adria. Twin to Aleksandriya.|
|Princess Aleksandriya Cecilya of Haense||8th of the Sun's Smile, 1738||Alive||Unwed||Thirdborn child of Andrew III and Milena of Adria. Twin to Otto|
|Ancestors of Andrew III of Haense|