Milena of Adria
Milena Ekaterina Fyodorovna (Common: Milena Catherine) (New Marian: Milena Katherina), known regally as Milena of Adria, is the current reigning Queen-consort of Hanseti-Ruska. She was the only surviving child of Fyodor Carrion, whom himself was the son of Ratibor I of Adria and Alexandria Horen, and Ingrid of Sarkoz. Milena is also known as Milena of Ves, Milena Ekaterina, Milena Carrion, and Milena Barbanov.
Born within her family’s manor in the city of Ves, her household moved to the luxurious Capital of Aeldin, Nova Horos, shortly after her birth. There, the girl had an upbringing befitting of a Carrion Dynast. Due to the death of her mother while giving birth to both Milena and her stillborn twin, the only maternal influence she had in her earlier years were the tutors her dutiful father Fyodor had hired for her.
As she entered her years of literacy, notions of legacy and destiny were implanted in her head by both her father and relatives. From thereon out, Milena grew to be a proud and learned youth, studying both the fields of courtly etiquette and martial tactics -- if not profoundly influenced by delusions of grandeur, then by a competitive drive.
Struggle for Queenship
Milena arrived upon Arcas’s shores on her thirteenth name day, hailed by her father Fyodor, and her cousins Adrian and Henry of Sarkozy. It is attested by Aeldinic Courtiers that, prior to her departure, the youth insisted that she would fulfill her god-given purpose, becoming Queen-Consort as her half-aunt Valera was to be and like her father had instructed her. Many were bemused by the sudden arrival of the Carrion, and how she instantly incorporated herself into the Court. At the time of her arrival, her husband was betrothed to one Katharina Vyronov, a girl Milena instantly deemed childish and unable to rule. She began to pave a distance between the two and spoke of an ancient promise of marriage between the Houses Carrion and Barbanov that went unfulfilled.
Her endeavors came to fruition a Saint’s week following when the betrothal between King Andrew III and Lady Katharina was dissolved and she herself was bound by oath to the monarch. During this time, Milena and the Monarch grew formally acquainted -- cultivating a warm comradery.
On the year the two aged sixteen, fanfare boomed throughout the city, and a vast audience situated themselves within the famed Basilica at the heart of Reza; Those in attendance included Prince William Johannes and Pierce I of Curonia.
Milena wed Andrik in a traditional wedding at the year of 1726, her father’s death but a few months prior not deterring her. She donned a headdress made of chiffon, a long gown of velvet white, and a furred golden robe embellished with designs of roses in various colors. She was assisted down the aisle by her eldest cousin, Adrian de Sarkozy and trailed by Lorena of Augustin and her sister-in-law, Princess Mariya Barbanov.
Unlike another flamboyant dresser, her titular progenitor Theresa of Turov, Milena received praise on her costly, yet traditional, choice of gown from the masses; One Auvergnian man, who donned Lorrainian armor himself, even halted the wedding proceedings as to compliment the bride, aged just sixteen, on her voguish ensemble.
Queen-Consort of Hanseti-Ruska
A mere days after her ascension as the Royal Consort, Milena instrumented the legislation of several initiatives, including one of her first, the Haeseni Harvest Initiative, which saw Reza's bounty adequately distributed to the Populace.
At only eighteen, the Queen had garnered the affections of her cousins and the common populace. However, her casual impishness and perfectionist nature became an elicitor of unrest amongst those at court -- especially from her former rival, Lady Katharina Vyronov. In one occasion, the present servantry attested that Milena had attempted the quell an altercation between her two sisters-in-law, the then-Duchess of Adria and the Grand Princess of Muldav, to which the latter had protested with a comment on Milena's imperative and commandeering manner. The aghast and heavily pregnant Queen responded with but a smile, uttering "Were I not to have involved myself, my ladies, you would have brutalized each other seconds ago."
In the months following, the adolescent was bestowed her first child, Prince Andrew Peter. The Kingdom was elated to have an heir, and their future now certain. But a month after his birthed, he was christened by the Cardinal Siguard of Reza -- the ceremony garnering a wide range of attendants of Haeseni, Adrian, and Ruberni citizenry.
A year following her son's birth, the outskirts of Reza and its surrounding territories began to be plagued with a scourge of pagan activity. Initially remiss to the threats, Milena -- unknowingly pregnant with her second child -- became privy to idolatry being left around the city, and soon afterward, her own home. Upon arriving to Reza with her retinue from a meeting with the Emperor-Elect, Adrian de Sarkozy, the perturbed Queen found her servants slain, chamber doors bashed open, and her son stolen from his cradle. Accounts from the Princess Adryana Eleanor, sister to the King, note that Milena did not vacate her chambers in the days following her son's abduction.
Eventually, a band of miscreants donning similar armour to those of the reviled brigand surface between Rubern and Kaedrin, prompting Haeseni forces to pursue them in their King and heir's name. Milena, driven by her anger, joined the Brotherhood, riding at her husband's flank into battle.
Titles, Styles, and Honors
Titles and Styles
- 1726-Present: Her Majesty, the Queen of Hanseti-Ruska
Full title as Queen
Her Royal Majesty, Milena of House Carrion, Queen-Consort of Hanseti-Ruska and its pertaining realms.
|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|