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She dodged capture when she was near her adolescent years, although garnered scars from it. Upon a bandit raid on the royal city, both she and later the Queen Milena were knocked unconscious for a period of time and dragged away, escaping only when they returned to a coherent state. Maya, in the attempt to free herself, was stabbed at the waist before she ran into the safety of the Ekaterinburg Palace. The incident allowed for great stress to befall her father, which in turn strained the correlation between the two. It is said, although only in rumor, that her father nearly drowned her in Carrion Black, and that she was struck frequently as the eldest of three siblings.  
 
She dodged capture when she was near her adolescent years, although garnered scars from it. Upon a bandit raid on the royal city, both she and later the Queen Milena were knocked unconscious for a period of time and dragged away, escaping only when they returned to a coherent state. Maya, in the attempt to free herself, was stabbed at the waist before she ran into the safety of the Ekaterinburg Palace. The incident allowed for great stress to befall her father, which in turn strained the correlation between the two. It is said, although only in rumor, that her father nearly drowned her in Carrion Black, and that she was struck frequently as the eldest of three siblings.  
  
Troubles stirred between the Duchy of Morsgrad and the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. With the declaration of war from Morsgrad coming quickly, Maya’s family was split between the two sides of the war. Tensions became strained from the differing sides of the family. Maya was strong-willed with her patriotism and love of Haense while some relatives were aligned with Rubern. Whilst, her hatred for Morsgrad only grew after being held captive alongside her cousin, [[Aleksandra Mariya of Rubern|Princess Aleksandra Mariya]]. She nearly beheaded within the Haeseni palace courtyard by Norland-aligned bandits who had snuck past the gates, after she offered to give them all her belongings to set Aleksandra free. To her luck, she was rescued by her cousin, Godfric Alimar, before they could lower the sword down upon her neck.
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At the beginning of the [[Rubern War]], the princely house of Alimar was split two either side. Those of the Alimar name whose ties mainly lied with Rubern fell on the side of the Alliance of Independent States and Morsgrad. However, Maya’s cousin [[Aleksandra Mariya of Rubern|Aleksandra Alimar]] would later go on to openly declare her allegiance with the Imperial State Army, and thus the Holy Orenian Empire. Maya, with strong patriotism for her homeland, did not falter and stayed within the Haeseni walls. Consequences would later follow because of her loyalty to Haense; once leading to her nearly being beheaded in the Ekaterinburg courtyard by Morsgradi-aligned bandits. She was rescued in the moments before her head could be removed, by her cousin Godfric Alimar.  
  
 
===Adolescence===
 
===Adolescence===
Maya, upon invitation to a tea party, was quick to make friendships with different allies and vassals of the empire. She became companions with the imperial crown princess, [[Princess Anne Augusta|Anne Helane]], and the Curonian princess Elizabeth Devereux. With wary, she travelled the roads to visit the two frequently in their respective cities.
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Although the war was straining and seemingly never-ending, Maya made political advances and friendships within the varying vassals and allies of the ISA. She became a courtier of not only the Haeseni royal court, but of the Imperial and Curonian courts as well. There, she befriended the princess imperial and heir-presumptive of the Holy Orenian Empire, [[Anne Augusta, Princess Imperial|Anne Helane]], and later the princess Elizabeth Devereux, daughter of [[Pierce I of Curonia|Pierce I, King of Curon]]. She frequented travels to both the cities of Avalain and Helena to meet with the two, as well as many other varying courtiers.  
 
The Rubern War continued to wage on and Maya’s tenure as a ward and apprentice under Milena Ekaterina came to a sudden end with the Queen’s assassination in 1742. Before her death, Milena had urged Maya to take the throne from the Kaedrini princess, and to speak to her father on it. Being naive and looking up to the Queen as a mother, Maya sought out her father to speak of what Milena asked. When she inquired such and told her father of her feelings towards the crown prince, she was reportedly seen dragged by her hair and locked within her room for three days straight. With the death of the Queen and the absence of the king, Andrik came to Maya to ask for assistance in raising the royal children once she was free from being locked within her home– and so she did, seeking out Princess Alexandria and her younger brother to take care of them like her own siblings.
 
  
With her father’s abdication of the Haeseni vassal of Muldav, the leading of such was given over Prince Otto Sigmar. He was soon to decree the disinheritance of Vladrick and his eldest son, Marius Alimar, on accounts of treason to the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska. The family was, in law and officiality, divided by the war.  
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In 1742, the Queen Milena was assassinated by an unknown assailant. Thus, Maya’s tenure as a ward and apprentice of the Queen came to a sudden end. In the few months before Milena’s untimely death, Maya was urged to take the position of Queen-Consort from the Kaedrini princess in which her son, the crown prince, was betrothed to. There were letters later discovered by Maya that contained the same message, as well as the coronation gown used during Milena’s ceremony– as she was the first Queen to be coronated. The Alimar did not openly pursue the position of consort, however, as the betrothal between Prince Andrik and Princess Arianne was set in place as a form of foreign diplomacy between the kingdoms Haense and Kaedrin. It is said by servants to the Alimar family that she did inquire her father of his opinion of her potential queenship, but in response locked her within the confines of her room for approximately three days.  
  
Soon following the decree splitting the family in half, Maya was awakened in the middle of the night by harsh knocks at the Alimar manor door. Two guards were hoisting up a bloodied corpse in which they believed to be of the House Alimar. She identified the body as her father’s in sudden turmoil and shock. The following day, she received a letter speaking of her mother’s death as well, in which she was allegedly murdered before she could reach Aeldin. Her skeleton was found at the bottom of Lake Milena. On the eve of such news, another parchment came to Maya in the midst of her mourning. The contents of the paper were words written by her cousin, Anabel, in her moments before drowning herself. The suicide was rumored to be a hoax, though she would never learn to know the truth of the situation. Maya locked herself in the confines of the Ekaterinburg palace and refused to leave it for weeks.  
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Changes began after the year of 1742 and Her Majesty’s death, leading the Prince Andrik to ask for Maya's assistance in raising the remaining royal children. With her acceptance, she became a primary guardian of Princess Alexandria and Prince Rupert. Other shifts in her family were that of her father’s abdication, as he stepped down from his title as Grand Prince of Muldav. There were disputes over the heirship and who would succeed Kazimar. Due to the succession laws being agnatic primogeniture, Maya was not given the title of Grand Princess of Muldav, but instead garnered her grandmother’s title as Baroness of Antioch. The line of succession led to Otto Sigmar, her great uncle, to take up the position in leading the family. Maya’s youngest brother, as well as any Alimars who were sided with the AIS, were declared as disinherited.  
  
As she began to recover, Maya spent more time attempting to raise the twins Alexandria and Otto Rupert, despite her own young age. Her plans to ensure Milena’s views were taught to the children was cut short when Alexandria was captured and executed by stabbing in 1744 at the age of nine. Maya’s festering anger brought her out of the palace and fueled her determination and patriotism towards her kingdom. She continued with the duties the late Queen-Consort had tasked her with before and continuously held events alongside such until she was offered the position of Grand Lady of the Haeseni Royal Court when fourteen years of age. She accepted, and began her work.  
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Her father passed two years after the death of her mentor, Queen Milena, in the year 1744. The war still continued to wage, with Maya sneaking off in her youth to fight in a multitude of the battles. On the same night she learned of her father’s passing through murder, she learned of her mother’s death that occurred four years prior to her being informed. She received another letter alongside the informative of her mother’s assassination, which was written by her cousin [[Anabel of Rubern|Anabel Alimar]]. The latter letter described Anabel’s torment and overwhelming stress due to the war, and that she, by the time of Maya receiving the letter, had drowned herself. However, the suicide was rumored to be a hoax later on.
  
With her newfound position as Grand Lady, she hosted numerous events and kept up the Haeseni court from falling apart when there was no Queen to manage it, and the king had hardly been seen in the public eye for years. During this time, she looked to the old Haeseni customs and traditions in hopes of reinstating them among the court. The constant work of bringing the court back to its full strength kept her composed through the overwhelming grief she faced, as well as her close friendship with Prince Andrik.
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Maya had fallen into a depression around the time that most of her family members and friends began to pass, as she was in her early adolescence and the grief was anew. As a pastime to keep her mind from the consistent mourning, she focused on her duties to the royal twins, Alexandria and Rupert. However, the nine year old princess was executed by stabbing and Maya was unable to hide her grieving. Although, she did not fail her responsibilities to Rupert and continued to be a maternal figure for him despite being only fourteen herself.
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With her newfound position as Grand Lady, she hosted numerous events and kept the Haeseni court from falling apart when there was no Queen to manage it, and the king had hardly been seen in the public eye for years. During this time, she looked to the old Haeseni customs and traditions in hopes of reinstating them among the court. The constant work of bringing the court back to its full strength kept her composed through the overwhelming grief she faced, as well as her close friendship with Prince Andrik.
  
 
In 1745, the princess Arianne Renee, was declared as missing and presumed dead. With the betrothal between the crown prince and the Kaedrini princess no longer in existence and the prince nearing his time to ascend the throne, Maya was betrothed to the future King of Hanseti-Ruska. The arrangement occurred within a fortnight, and the wedding was set to occur on her sixteenth birthday.
 
In 1745, the princess Arianne Renee, was declared as missing and presumed dead. With the betrothal between the crown prince and the Kaedrini princess no longer in existence and the prince nearing his time to ascend the throne, Maya was betrothed to the future King of Hanseti-Ruska. The arrangement occurred within a fortnight, and the wedding was set to occur on her sixteenth birthday.
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Upon her ascension to the role as Queen-Consort, Maya was merely sixteen years of age. For only several weeks was she the Grand Princess-Consort of Kusoraev before the passing of [[Andrew III of Haense|King Andrik III]]. Nonetheless, she formulated plans of what she wished to accomplish and chalked together the possibilities of how to achieve such. Not only did she have her sights set on a revival of the Haeseni court, but a rebirth of the Haeseni customs and traditions and higher usage of [[New Marian]].
 
Upon her ascension to the role as Queen-Consort, Maya was merely sixteen years of age. For only several weeks was she the Grand Princess-Consort of Kusoraev before the passing of [[Andrew III of Haense|King Andrik III]]. Nonetheless, she formulated plans of what she wished to accomplish and chalked together the possibilities of how to achieve such. Not only did she have her sights set on a revival of the Haeseni court, but a rebirth of the Haeseni customs and traditions and higher usage of [[New Marian]].
  
Maya was haste in her actions to begin renovations within the Ekaterinburg palace, alongside her new Grand Lady and closest confidant, Aleksandra Alimar. The entirety of the residential part of Ekaterinburg was stripped and redone. With the blueprints and layout done by the Grand Lady, Maya assisted greatly alongside other workers to implement the new design. A variety of courtiers were of help in the reconstruction process. Outside of her working on the new palace layout, she spent time arranging events for the populace and within the confines of taverns to speak with varying people. She was oftentimes found in the tavern drinking Carrion Black with others and caught up in conversation with anyone who she could find. When asked about her newfound duties as Queen, she was believed to have quoted:
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Maya was haste in her actions to begin renovations within the Ekaterinburg palace, alongside her new Grand Lady and closest confidant, Aleksandra Alimar. The entirety of the residential part of Ekaterinburg was stripped and redone. With the blueprints and layout done by the Grand Lady, Maya assisted greatly alongside other workers to implement the new design. A variety of courtiers were of help in the reconstruction process. Outside of her work on the new palace layout, she spent time arranging events for the populace and within the confines of taverns to speak with varying people. She was oftentimes found in the tavern drinking Carrion Black with others and caught up in conversation with anyone who she could find. When asked about her newfound duties as Queen, she was believed to have quoted:
  
 
<blockquote>To many, the crown may very well be a burden. Though I love my people, and have been willing to give my life for them since my early youth. It is a blessing, if anything.</blockquote>
 
<blockquote>To many, the crown may very well be a burden. Though I love my people, and have been willing to give my life for them since my early youth. It is a blessing, if anything.</blockquote>
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During her time as Queen-Consort, she formed the Queen's Council which consisted of the palatial offices of the Chamberlain, Grand Lady, and Secretary of the Queen. She sought to bring more relevance to the Queen-Consort's role, and thus included that the Queen's Council had the right to trial and deal with issues of the courtiers. She rewrote all ways of Haeseni etiquette and mannerisms, with hopes of lessening the imperialistic culture that she believed had started to seep into the royal courts. In fashion etiquette, she widely promulgated furs and pelts for both noblemen and women. Regarding diplomacy and work outside of the kingdom, Maya studied [[Elizaveta of Vidaus]], a previous Queen of Haense, as she was known for her diplomacy during her reign. She frequented trips to the imperial city of Helena with hopes of furthering relations with the heir apparent, the Imperial Princess Anne Augusta, and her betrothed Joseph Clement de Sarkozy.
 
During her time as Queen-Consort, she formed the Queen's Council which consisted of the palatial offices of the Chamberlain, Grand Lady, and Secretary of the Queen. She sought to bring more relevance to the Queen-Consort's role, and thus included that the Queen's Council had the right to trial and deal with issues of the courtiers. She rewrote all ways of Haeseni etiquette and mannerisms, with hopes of lessening the imperialistic culture that she believed had started to seep into the royal courts. In fashion etiquette, she widely promulgated furs and pelts for both noblemen and women. Regarding diplomacy and work outside of the kingdom, Maya studied [[Elizaveta of Vidaus]], a previous Queen of Haense, as she was known for her diplomacy during her reign. She frequented trips to the imperial city of Helena with hopes of furthering relations with the heir apparent, the Imperial Princess Anne Augusta, and her betrothed Joseph Clement de Sarkozy.
  
On the 10th of the Deep Cold, 1749, the young Queen of nineteen was bestowed with her first child and the heir to the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska, Otto Sigismund. She was believed to have been worrisome in the weeks before when speaking with her courtiers, allegedly saying that she was anxious of whether or not she would give the kingdom an heir. Nonetheless, her troublesome thoughts were subsided and she adored her child. Despite having read that many consorts adorn a nanny or other royal servant to care for the children, she did not hire one and cared for the baby herself - with advise along the way to ensure the child's wellbeing and health.
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On the 10th of the Deep Cold, 1749, the young Queen of nineteen was bestowed with her first child and the heir to the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska, Otto Sigismund. She was believed to have been worrisome in the weeks before when speaking with her courtiers, allegedly saying that she was anxious of whether or not she would give the kingdom an heir. Nonetheless, her troublesome thoughts subsided and she adored her child. Despite having read that many consorts adorn a nanny or other royal servant to care for the children, she did not hire one and cared for the baby herself - with advice along the way to ensure the child's wellbeing and health.
  
 
[[File:tripletsreza.jpg|thumb|right|195px|''A portrait of the princesses Analiesa (left) and Alexandria (right), circa 1754.'']]
 
[[File:tripletsreza.jpg|thumb|right|195px|''A portrait of the princesses Analiesa (left) and Alexandria (right), circa 1754.'']]
  
Maya was, in the following year, nearly brought to the brink of death with the birth of triplets. While she believed to only be pregnant with another child, she was granted with three daughters in which she named Analiesa Reza, Alexandria Karina, and Amelya Valeriya. Her survival was prayed upon by a priest who had been nearby as she struggled to hold on to her life after bearing the triplet princesses. After several days of question of whether she would live or not, she recovered only to hear of her sister's death in a letter that had been sent to her in Karina's last hours before she succumbed to a chronic illness. Over the course of a month, Maya was able to recover and attend to her duties once more.  
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Maya was, in the following year, nearly brought to the brink of death with the birth of triplets. While she believed to only be pregnant with another child, she was granted with three daughters in which she named Analiesa Reza, Alexandria Karina, and Amelya Valeriya. Her survival was prayed upon by a priest who had been nearby as she struggled to hold on to her life after bearing the triplet princesses. After several days of questioning whether she would live or not, she recovered only to hear of her sister's death in a letter that had been sent to her in Karina's last hours before she succumbed to a chronic illness. Over the course of a month, Maya was able to recover and attend to her duties once more.  
  
It was shortly after her recovery that further chaos ensued with two terrorists attacking the Varoche Hall in the imperial city of Helena. Later, the terrorists traversed to Haense in which they attempted to assassinate the King. The Brotherhood of Saint Karl was haste in detaining the pair. Only when the first had been executed did Maya approach the situation and learn of what occurred, in which she took her husband's sword and beheaded of the second assailant herself. Later in that same evening that she beheaded the terrorist, she orchestrated the arrest of a Morsgradi governmental official who had fallen in love with her sister, Katerina Alimar. He was later executed as well by the hands of her husband, [[Andrew IV of Haense|King Andrik IV]].
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It was shortly after her recovery that further chaos ensued with two terrorists attacking the Varoche Hall in the imperial city of Helena. Later, the terrorists traversed to Haense in which they attempted to assassinate the King. The Brotherhood of Saint Karl was haste in detaining the pair. Only when the first had been executed did Maya approach the situation and learn of what occurred, in which she took her husband's sword and beheaded the second assailant herself. Later in that same evening that she beheaded the terrorist, she orchestrated the arrest of a Morsgradi governmental official who had fallen in love with her sister, Katerina Alimar. He was later executed as well by the hands of her husband, [[Andrew IV of Haense|King Andrik IV]].
  
 
With Aleksandra stepping down as Grand Lady of the Royal Court, the Queen was said to spend little time in the city and instead within the confines of the palace doing courtly work. Her closest friend and confidant had reportedly grown ill to where she couldn't leave her new home of Nenzing. Maya worries took over her thoughts, and so she busied herself to the fullest extent to keep the fear of her friend dying of illness out of mind. She also grew fearful of assassination, after another attempt on her husband's life and a threat that was left on his throne in the great hall. During this time, she greatly expanded the Haeseni royal court. More palatial offices were created, such as the Office of the Princess Royal and the Office of the Royal Architect. She strove to provide as many jobs for commonfolk and nobility alike in order to see through with a lively court. Around this time, she gave birth to her second son, Nikolas Stefan and also constructed a public chapel within New Reza as her husband's religious interests greatly increased.  
 
With Aleksandra stepping down as Grand Lady of the Royal Court, the Queen was said to spend little time in the city and instead within the confines of the palace doing courtly work. Her closest friend and confidant had reportedly grown ill to where she couldn't leave her new home of Nenzing. Maya worries took over her thoughts, and so she busied herself to the fullest extent to keep the fear of her friend dying of illness out of mind. She also grew fearful of assassination, after another attempt on her husband's life and a threat that was left on his throne in the great hall. During this time, she greatly expanded the Haeseni royal court. More palatial offices were created, such as the Office of the Princess Royal and the Office of the Royal Architect. She strove to provide as many jobs for commonfolk and nobility alike in order to see through with a lively court. Around this time, she gave birth to her second son, Nikolas Stefan and also constructed a public chapel within New Reza as her husband's religious interests greatly increased.  
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! Name || Birth || Death || Marriage ||  
 
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| Otto Sigismund Barbanov, Grand Prince of Kusoraev || 10th of The Deep Cold, 1748 || Alive || Unwed || Firstborn son of Andrik and Maya, King of Hanseti-Ruska.
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| Otto Sigismund Barbanov, Grand Prince of Kusoraev || 10th of The Deep Cold, 1749 || Alive || Unwed || Firstborn son of Andrik and Maya, King of Hanseti-Ruska.
 
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|Princess Analiesa Reza, Princess Royal|| 14th of The Amber Cold, 1750 || Alive || Unwed || Firstborn daughter of Andrik and Maya. Triplet to Alexandria and Amelya.
 
|Princess Analiesa Reza, Princess Royal|| 14th of The Amber Cold, 1750 || Alive || Unwed || Firstborn daughter of Andrik and Maya. Triplet to Alexandria and Amelya.

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Maya of Muldav
Baroness of Antioch
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Maya of Muldav, commissioned by Andrew IV Peter c. 1746.
Queen-Consort of Hanseti-Ruska
Tenure: 9th of Amber Cold, 1746 - 22nd of the First Seed, 1753
Coronation: 10th of the Grand Harvest, 1747
Predecessor: Milena of Adria
Born: 13th of the Sun's Smile, 1730
Reza, Haense
Spouse: Andrew IV of Haense
(m. 1746-1753)
House: Alimar
Father: Kazimar I of Muldav
Mother: Sofiya of Haense

Maya Valeriya Casimirovna (Common: May Valeria), known regally as Maya of Muldav or Maya of Antioch, was the twelfth Queen-Consort of Hanseti-Ruska, and earlier the incumbent Grand Lady of the Queen Milena’s royal court from 1744 to 1746. She was a princess of Hanseti-Ruska as the daughter of the Grand Prince of Muldav, Kazimar Lazar, and Princess Sofiya of Haense. Through her father, she was a paternal granddaughter of Josef of Bihar and Aleksandra of Antioch. Through her mother, she was a descendant of King Marius II and his first wife, Valera of Adria.

Biography

Early Life

Old Reza of the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska was the birthplace of Maya Valeriya, where she was raised for a majority of her childhood in her family’s manor. Early in her youth, she was introduced to bloodshed and harsh realities as her father had her attend an execution by beheading on her fifth nameday. Whilst her mother was not far off, with her strictness and beliefs. Her mother was of no convincing when it came to whether her daughter was cursed. Sofiya believed her daughter corrupted from her grandmother’s incestual blood, the allegations of her mother’s parentage taking a great toll on the woman. It was also, to note, that the premature birth of Maya caused panic upon her and allowed for beliefs of curses to seep through. Nonetheless, Maya was bestowed a high education because of her noble standing, and thus, was of a maturity higher than her age. She frequented courtly matters and festivity plannings with Milena of Adria, the then Queen Consort of Haense. Her endeavors would lead to an eventual interest in politics and the royal court.

Due to her apprenticeship under the Haeseni Queen, she was caught within the walls of the Prikaz when the royal city caught fire through mystical means. She managed to escape from the grasps of the growing fire as it overtook the palace, being one of the last to exit the palatial building. Both Maya and Milena waited out the fire in the crypts of the Basilica Cathedral, alongside her sister Karina whom she would later be reunited with. To quote one Haeseni citizen who witnessed the fire; “... There were screams from dusk until dawn, and we could not do anything about them. It was horrific. Terrifying.”

The traumatizing events that unfolded with the fire of Old Reza left the young noblewoman to indulge heavily within the studies and duties similarly to a Chamberlain. She was, in officiality, the ward of Queen Milena, at the age of eight. Her ventures led toward her tasks of event planning within the newly built city; holding a numerous amount of festivities in spite of only being in her premature years. In the midst of her chamberlain-like duties, she covertly trained in the art of swordsmanship with her paternal uncle, Richard I of Rubern. She made trips often to the Rubern city where he presided over, to see him and her beloved cousin Anabel Alimar. Alongside her cousin, she befriended the crown prince of Haense, Andrew Peter, through accidental meeting. Their friendship continued throughout the course of her adolescence, with her assisting him in his youthful stuttering as well as his letters to his betrothed, the Kaedrini princess, Arianne Helvets.

She dodged capture when she was near her adolescent years, although garnered scars from it. Upon a bandit raid on the royal city, both she and later the Queen Milena were knocked unconscious for a period of time and dragged away, escaping only when they returned to a coherent state. Maya, in the attempt to free herself, was stabbed at the waist before she ran into the safety of the Ekaterinburg Palace. The incident allowed for great stress to befall her father, which in turn strained the correlation between the two. It is said, although only in rumor, that her father nearly drowned her in Carrion Black, and that she was struck frequently as the eldest of three siblings.

At the beginning of the Rubern War, the princely house of Alimar was split two either side. Those of the Alimar name whose ties mainly lied with Rubern fell on the side of the Alliance of Independent States and Morsgrad. However, Maya’s cousin Aleksandra Alimar would later go on to openly declare her allegiance with the Imperial State Army, and thus the Holy Orenian Empire. Maya, with strong patriotism for her homeland, did not falter and stayed within the Haeseni walls. Consequences would later follow because of her loyalty to Haense; once leading to her nearly being beheaded in the Ekaterinburg courtyard by Morsgradi-aligned bandits. She was rescued in the moments before her head could be removed, by her cousin Godfric Alimar.

Adolescence

Although the war was straining and seemingly never-ending, Maya made political advances and friendships within the varying vassals and allies of the ISA. She became a courtier of not only the Haeseni royal court, but of the Imperial and Curonian courts as well. There, she befriended the princess imperial and heir-presumptive of the Holy Orenian Empire, Anne Helane, and later the princess Elizabeth Devereux, daughter of Pierce I, King of Curon. She frequented travels to both the cities of Avalain and Helena to meet with the two, as well as many other varying courtiers.

In 1742, the Queen Milena was assassinated by an unknown assailant. Thus, Maya’s tenure as a ward and apprentice of the Queen came to a sudden end. In the few months before Milena’s untimely death, Maya was urged to take the position of Queen-Consort from the Kaedrini princess in which her son, the crown prince, was betrothed to. There were letters later discovered by Maya that contained the same message, as well as the coronation gown used during Milena’s ceremony– as she was the first Queen to be coronated. The Alimar did not openly pursue the position of consort, however, as the betrothal between Prince Andrik and Princess Arianne was set in place as a form of foreign diplomacy between the kingdoms Haense and Kaedrin. It is said by servants to the Alimar family that she did inquire her father of his opinion of her potential queenship, but in response locked her within the confines of her room for approximately three days.

Changes began after the year of 1742 and Her Majesty’s death, leading the Prince Andrik to ask for Maya's assistance in raising the remaining royal children. With her acceptance, she became a primary guardian of Princess Alexandria and Prince Rupert. Other shifts in her family were that of her father’s abdication, as he stepped down from his title as Grand Prince of Muldav. There were disputes over the heirship and who would succeed Kazimar. Due to the succession laws being agnatic primogeniture, Maya was not given the title of Grand Princess of Muldav, but instead garnered her grandmother’s title as Baroness of Antioch. The line of succession led to Otto Sigmar, her great uncle, to take up the position in leading the family. Maya’s youngest brother, as well as any Alimars who were sided with the AIS, were declared as disinherited.

Her father passed two years after the death of her mentor, Queen Milena, in the year 1744. The war still continued to wage, with Maya sneaking off in her youth to fight in a multitude of the battles. On the same night she learned of her father’s passing through murder, she learned of her mother’s death that occurred four years prior to her being informed. She received another letter alongside the informative of her mother’s assassination, which was written by her cousin Anabel Alimar. The latter letter described Anabel’s torment and overwhelming stress due to the war, and that she, by the time of Maya receiving the letter, had drowned herself. However, the suicide was rumored to be a hoax later on.

Maya had fallen into a depression around the time that most of her family members and friends began to pass, as she was in her early adolescence and the grief was anew. As a pastime to keep her mind from the consistent mourning, she focused on her duties to the royal twins, Alexandria and Rupert. However, the nine year old princess was executed by stabbing and Maya was unable to hide her grieving. Although, she did not fail her responsibilities to Rupert and continued to be a maternal figure for him despite being only fourteen herself.

With her newfound position as Grand Lady, she hosted numerous events and kept the Haeseni court from falling apart when there was no Queen to manage it, and the king had hardly been seen in the public eye for years. During this time, she looked to the old Haeseni customs and traditions in hopes of reinstating them among the court. The constant work of bringing the court back to its full strength kept her composed through the overwhelming grief she faced, as well as her close friendship with Prince Andrik.

In 1745, the princess Arianne Renee, was declared as missing and presumed dead. With the betrothal between the crown prince and the Kaedrini princess no longer in existence and the prince nearing his time to ascend the throne, Maya was betrothed to the future King of Hanseti-Ruska. The arrangement occurred within a fortnight, and the wedding was set to occur on her sixteenth birthday.

At the end of her term as Grand Lady, Maya took on her cousin the Ruberni princess, Aleksandra Mariya Alimar, as an apprentice to the role as Grand Lady. Maya stepped down as the Grand Lady upon her marriage to the crown prince, Andrik IV, and later ascension to Queen-Consort of Hanseti-Ruska.

Marriage

Upon the year of Maya’s sixteenth nameday, 1746, celebrations and cheers of good health were held in the name of the pair soon to be wed as the ceremonial day drew near. She was assisted by her confidant and handmaiden, Maela Thorfinn. The ceremony was held within the Basilica Cathedral and officiated by Pontian III. Maya was walked down the aisle by her great uncle, Otto Sigmar Alimar. Flanking her close behind was the Maer and Chamberlain, Lady Kamilla Stafyr, and her eldest sister, Princess Katerina Alimar.

Maya wore the dress of her predecessor and mentor, Queen Milena - a headdress made of chiffon, a long gown of velvet white, and a furred golden robe embellished with designs of roses in various colors. Her hair was styled to be a replica of Princess Mariya Barbanov’s in her wedding to Adrian de Sarkozy, and ornamented with varying flowers alongside her crowned veil. Similarly to the late Queen, the young princess was prided for her costly outfit during the revelries following the royal ceremony.

Queen-Consort of Hanseti-Ruska

Upon her ascension to the role as Queen-Consort, Maya was merely sixteen years of age. For only several weeks was she the Grand Princess-Consort of Kusoraev before the passing of King Andrik III. Nonetheless, she formulated plans of what she wished to accomplish and chalked together the possibilities of how to achieve such. Not only did she have her sights set on a revival of the Haeseni court, but a rebirth of the Haeseni customs and traditions and higher usage of New Marian.

Maya was haste in her actions to begin renovations within the Ekaterinburg palace, alongside her new Grand Lady and closest confidant, Aleksandra Alimar. The entirety of the residential part of Ekaterinburg was stripped and redone. With the blueprints and layout done by the Grand Lady, Maya assisted greatly alongside other workers to implement the new design. A variety of courtiers were of help in the reconstruction process. Outside of her work on the new palace layout, she spent time arranging events for the populace and within the confines of taverns to speak with varying people. She was oftentimes found in the tavern drinking Carrion Black with others and caught up in conversation with anyone who she could find. When asked about her newfound duties as Queen, she was believed to have quoted:

To many, the crown may very well be a burden. Though I love my people, and have been willing to give my life for them since my early youth. It is a blessing, if anything.

After having read through the initiatives and reforms implemented by her predecessor, she effectuated new ones and redid the old such as the Ward Initiative instated by Princess Mariya Barbanov. In many ways, she looked up to her childhood mentor though wished to undo any imperial culture brought in out of a want to differentiate the culture of the Haeseni. She wanted to give the best to her ladies-in-waiting as well, oftentimes arranging marriages for them such as Lady Frida Gant to Prince Henrik Barbanov.

During her time as Queen-Consort, she formed the Queen's Council which consisted of the palatial offices of the Chamberlain, Grand Lady, and Secretary of the Queen. She sought to bring more relevance to the Queen-Consort's role, and thus included that the Queen's Council had the right to trial and deal with issues of the courtiers. She rewrote all ways of Haeseni etiquette and mannerisms, with hopes of lessening the imperialistic culture that she believed had started to seep into the royal courts. In fashion etiquette, she widely promulgated furs and pelts for both noblemen and women. Regarding diplomacy and work outside of the kingdom, Maya studied Elizaveta of Vidaus, a previous Queen of Haense, as she was known for her diplomacy during her reign. She frequented trips to the imperial city of Helena with hopes of furthering relations with the heir apparent, the Imperial Princess Anne Augusta, and her betrothed Joseph Clement de Sarkozy.

On the 10th of the Deep Cold, 1749, the young Queen of nineteen was bestowed with her first child and the heir to the Kingdom of Hanseti-Ruska, Otto Sigismund. She was believed to have been worrisome in the weeks before when speaking with her courtiers, allegedly saying that she was anxious of whether or not she would give the kingdom an heir. Nonetheless, her troublesome thoughts subsided and she adored her child. Despite having read that many consorts adorn a nanny or other royal servant to care for the children, she did not hire one and cared for the baby herself - with advice along the way to ensure the child's wellbeing and health.

A portrait of the princesses Analiesa (left) and Alexandria (right), circa 1754.

Maya was, in the following year, nearly brought to the brink of death with the birth of triplets. While she believed to only be pregnant with another child, she was granted with three daughters in which she named Analiesa Reza, Alexandria Karina, and Amelya Valeriya. Her survival was prayed upon by a priest who had been nearby as she struggled to hold on to her life after bearing the triplet princesses. After several days of questioning whether she would live or not, she recovered only to hear of her sister's death in a letter that had been sent to her in Karina's last hours before she succumbed to a chronic illness. Over the course of a month, Maya was able to recover and attend to her duties once more.

It was shortly after her recovery that further chaos ensued with two terrorists attacking the Varoche Hall in the imperial city of Helena. Later, the terrorists traversed to Haense in which they attempted to assassinate the King. The Brotherhood of Saint Karl was haste in detaining the pair. Only when the first had been executed did Maya approach the situation and learn of what occurred, in which she took her husband's sword and beheaded the second assailant herself. Later in that same evening that she beheaded the terrorist, she orchestrated the arrest of a Morsgradi governmental official who had fallen in love with her sister, Katerina Alimar. He was later executed as well by the hands of her husband, King Andrik IV.

With Aleksandra stepping down as Grand Lady of the Royal Court, the Queen was said to spend little time in the city and instead within the confines of the palace doing courtly work. Her closest friend and confidant had reportedly grown ill to where she couldn't leave her new home of Nenzing. Maya worries took over her thoughts, and so she busied herself to the fullest extent to keep the fear of her friend dying of illness out of mind. She also grew fearful of assassination, after another attempt on her husband's life and a threat that was left on his throne in the great hall. During this time, she greatly expanded the Haeseni royal court. More palatial offices were created, such as the Office of the Princess Royal and the Office of the Royal Architect. She strove to provide as many jobs for commonfolk and nobility alike in order to see through with a lively court. Around this time, she gave birth to her second son, Nikolas Stefan and also constructed a public chapel within New Reza as her husband's religious interests greatly increased.

On the 18th of Snow's Maiden, 1752, Maya was faced with terror as she was captured in the midst of the night - only being twenty-two at the time. Her captors were later learned to be varying Haensemen who were seeking revenge due to the occurrences within the War of Two Emperors. With her during the time of her capture was her husband and eldest son, Prince Otto. Both herself and five year old son were held with a knife to their throat, in which she pleaded for them to let him free if she went with them willingly. They accepted the terms and threw the boy to the side, escaping the palace with the Queen in tow. For the two months following the day of her capture, she was confined to a small room within an old keep. Throughout the course of her imprisonment, she was often brought to the courtyard and held as she was beaten. She received a minimal amount of water and was bestowed little to no food at all. By the time Andrik arrived with a group of the finest soldiers he could collect, she was hardly able to stand without her knees giving in to where she would collapse over. Her malnourishment was to a near-death state, though she was freed at the end of the two months. Amidst the fighting to save her, she was stabbed deep into her shoulder after being thrown to the ground and her husband had been struck down after killing the leader of her captors.

Maya was rushed back to the city of New Reza's clinic with Andrik trailing not long behind as the fight concluded. She was attended to by an onslaught of medics, as was the King upon his arrival. However, he was bleeding out by the second and his wounds appeared fatal. Families prayed outside of the clinic while others attempted to burst in to see the monarchs for themselves. Rumors spread that the King had succumbed to his wounds, yet they were quickly halted. Guards stood at the door to keep anyone other than requested within the clinic. As the two struggled to keep consciousness, the Pontiff - Pontian III - prayed for the royal pair to survive through their injuries. There was later a mass held for the people of Haense to pray for their health.

Struggles came into the young Queen's life as she was obligated to inform Prince Rupert, the King's brother, of the arranged marriage to the Princess Margaret of Kaedrin. Such an ordeal became messy as the prince outright denied the arranged marriage his brother had set in place for him. However, Maya had cut the meeting that occurred regarding the betrothal short as she was still recovering from her months of captivity. She later was informed that the palace guards had bursted into the Helena Cathedral on her alleged orders, in which she hastily made way to Helena and spoke with the High Pontiff - infuriated that someone claimed she gave orders that she never said. The situation was soon to be halted and was cleared after she spoke with the church officials.

At the end of her reign as the consort, Maya hosted a ball known as the Dance of the Crows for her daughters being introduced into court and her husband's eight years of reign. The ball was astounding in attendance and the music boisterous until the end. Her great uncle, Otto Sigmar, rushed her out of the ball after her brief dance with the Lord Regent. She was informed of her husband's fading life and she stood at his side until his end.

Queen-Mother of Hanseti-Ruska

At the age of only twenty-three, Maya became the Queen Mother of Hanseti-Ruska. She was overcome with grief as soon as her husband had passed away, who was a childhood friend and someone she had lived more of her life with than without. She kept away from the public eye and instead spent time with her children and her son, King Otto IV. Although not yet coronated, the kingdom passed onto him despite him only being five years old.

She frequented visits to the imperial city far more often than she did during her tenure as the Queen-Consort. However, her visits were lessened when she was urged to stay in the city of Reza after fear of assassination of the Queen Mother rose. Whilst she was in Reza, however, Maya saw through with plenty of lessons for her children and sought for only the highest education in their youth. The triplet princesses and their eldest brother were tutored in over twelve different subjects including swordsmanship and music among the many.

Maya's once flourishing court fell in its activity as she focused on the ongoings of her children and their education far more. Her trips to the imperial city eventually led to her bursting onto the courtroom floor during the Carrington vs. Crown, in which she and the Grand Lady of the Imperial Court, Valentina Ruthern attempted to accuse the surprise witness as false. The witness claimed to have killed the Pontiff, Pontian III, himself - and had his cross to show it. Yet, the cross had been given to her husband in the weeks before his death. She obtained the true item, but Lady Valentina and her claims were not taken into consideration and the witness was executed on charges of murder. Following the trial, Maya was said to have grown immensely in paranoia and stayed within the city of Reza only. Rarely was she seen without a Golden Hussar - the name of the Haeseni royal guards and protectors of House Barbanov.

Through the years as she grew into the middle of her twenties, she became bitter and often was far more blunt than she was in years before. Her half-sister, Katerina, would commit suicide during the years of her being Queen-Mother. Lady Valentina Ruthern was also found murdered, someone who she had been well-acquainted for quite some time. The murder reassured Maya's paranoia, as she felt that she was going to be the next to be killed. However, none of which happened and there were no assassination attempts on her. She attempted friends to keep her mind off the family of hers that continued to dwindle, including Tiberius - the Lord Regent - who was executed by hanging after his capture to the AIS.

Soon following the previous streak of death, her cousin Princess Winnifred returned to Haense only to admit to the illness that had nearly overcome her and later passed away as well. By the time of her death, Maya was able to pull herself from the depression she had fallen into and properly mourn the loss of another relative. In the wake of her mourning, she was able to put past her struggles and began attending to the court unlike before, as well as appearing in the city more. She started to plan balls and assist with festivities, and work on court reforms to help breathe life back into it. Haense flourished under the regency of her great uncle, Otto Sigmar, with the help of the Lady Maer, Aleksandra. Maya was assisted by the new Grand Lady and her Bihar cousin, Tatiana of Alban, and thus she was able to push through the darker times of before and begin with her work once again.

Titles, Styles, and Honors

Titles and Styles

  • 1730-Present: Her Highness, Princess Maya of Muldav
  • 1744-Present: Her Highness, the Baroness of Antioch
  • 1746-1753: Her Majesty, the Queen of Hanseti-Ruska
  • 1753-Present: Her Majesty, Queen Maya of Hanseti-Ruska

Style as Queen Consort

Her Royal Majesty, Maya Valeriya Barbanov, Queen-Consort of Hanseti and Ruska, Baroness of Antioch

Style as Queen Mother

Her Royal Majesty, Maya Valeriya Barbanov, Queen-Mother of Hanseti and Ruska, Baroness of Antioch

Issue

Name Birth Death Marriage
Otto Sigismund Barbanov, Grand Prince of Kusoraev 10th of The Deep Cold, 1749 Alive Unwed Firstborn son of Andrik and Maya, King of Hanseti-Ruska.
Princess Analiesa Reza, Princess Royal 14th of The Amber Cold, 1750 Alive Unwed Firstborn daughter of Andrik and Maya. Triplet to Alexandria and Amelya.
Princess Alexandria Karina of Haense 14th of The Amber Cold, 1750 Alive Unwed Secondborn daughter of Andrik and Maya. Triplet to Analiesa and Amelya.
Princess Amelya Valeriya of Haense 14th of The Amber Cold, 1750 Alive Unwed Thirdborn daughter of Andrik and Maya. Triplet to Analiesa and Alexandria.
Prince Nikolas Stefan, Duke of Alban 5th of Sun's Smile, 1751 Alive Unwed Secondborn son of Andrik and Maya.