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House Durand

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House Durand has always been connected to Arlesans, but it is not the Marquidom that gives them their wealth. As low nobles within Orlais they are significantly rich to say the least. The reason for their lack of progress with titles is tied to their wealth and the reason they were given the northern city and border to protect in the first place - they have connections to Tevinter. These ties are recent, Tiberius Durand - the Marquis before the Mathieu - was the son of a magister's daughter. Magical blood manifests regularly, too regularly for an Orlesian family, but it is tolerated since the mage is often sent to their family in Tevinter. One might wonder why any Emperor or Empress would tolerate such a connection within their court, but the fact is that the Durand's often play host to Tevene ambassadors, to their magisters and merchants. Through these connections the Durand's make their money and for centuries this wealth has swollen. Recently the Emperor favoured the family by bestowing the title of Protecteur of Val Royeaux upon Tiberius - a title that his son and his son-in-law may vy for in the coming months.

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Name: Mathieu Durand

Position in the family: Head of House Durand - inherited the title upon his father's death in Wintermarch 951.

Immediate Relations: Vincent Durand, Eleonore Leveque, Genevieve de Desmarais, Renee Durand, Felicity Durand, Patrice Leveque

Do they have any secrets that have been revealed IC: He has a bastard child and has a mistress. Has his eye on the Orlesian throne.

 

Name: Felicity Durand

Position in the family: Marquessa

Immediate Relations: Mathieu Durand, Eleonore Leveque, Genevieve de Desmarais, Renee Durand, Patrice Leveque

Do they have any secrets that have been revealed IC: She is a bard.

 

Name: Eleonore Durand-Leveque

Position in the family: After their mother's death she became the House Matriarch, a role she now "shares" with Felicity". Is also vying for her husband to become Protecteur.

Immediate Relations: Mathieu Durand, Genevieve de Desmarais, Renee Durand, Patrice Leveque

Do they have any secrets that have been revealed IC: She has been sabotaging her brother's attempts to impress the Emperor and become Protecteur.

 

Name: Genevieve Durand de Desmarais

Position in the family: Is in a very weak position as she is not a player of the game and not very assertive, though she is not incompetent. Thus, she is likely to be married off again, perhaps this this to a Tevene.

Immediate Relations: Mathieu Durand, Eleonore Leveque, Renee Durand, Patrice Leveque

Do they have any secrets that have been revealed IC: n/a

 

Name: Renee Durand

Position in the family: Oddly she has more influence than Genevieve and for years was able to manipulate her father into not marrying her off to the highest bidder. With Mathieu as head of the house though, what is her future?

Immediate Relations: Mathieu Durand, Eleonore Leveque, Genevieve De Desmarais, Patrice Leveque

Do they have any secrets that have been revealed IC: Is sexually attracted to women. Had/is having an affair with Lilah Deveraux

 

Name: Patrice Leveque

Position in the family: ---

Immediate Relations: Eleonore Durand-Leveque

Do they have any secrets that have been revealed IC: n/a

 

 

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Latest News

Wintermarch, 952DA

  • Élodie has kept the child and is 4 months pregnant
  • Tomas begins physically harming his sister
  • Mathieu is preparing for the party and for war.
  • Felicity discovers Elodie's secret. She also tells Mathieu she wants a private separation in the marriage later in the month.
  • Eléonore arrives in Arlesans at the end of Wintermarch for the party. She and Felicity have a bit of a ceasefire.
  • Genevieve?
  • Rénee?

 

Firstfall & Haring, 951DA

  • Élodie does not get rid of the baby but tells Mathieu that she has
  • Tomas resides in Montsimmard.
  • Preparations for the Prince's Party begin.
  • Mathieu meets with Francoise in Val Royeaux.
  • Felicity draws away from Mathieu, feeling more and more pushed aside.
  • Eléonore and Patrice are in Jader enjoying the Winter with their children. Ships are being built and will be ready by the spring.
  • Genevieve gets to know her bodyguard, Raynier.
  • Rénee continues workings with the Bard's Guild.

     

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    Older News

    Harvestmere, 951DA

    • Élodie and Mathieu discover she is pregnant. The Marquis does not want the child.
    • Élodie and Nóemi settle in Arlesans.
    • Tomas begins physically harming his sister
    • Mathieu??
    • Felicity??
    • Eléonore and Patrice are in Jader having secured the funds they needed to finish the fleet. Ship building continues.
    • Genevieve??
    • Rénee??

     

      Kingsway, 951DA

      • 29th: The family depart for Arlesans
      • 25th Kingsway: Mathieu, Felicity and Élodie attend a Royal Ball at the palace in Val Royeaux. Élodie is announced as his official Mistress.
      • Eleonore invites Nicolas Roche - a potential investor (for Patrice and his fleet) - to dine with them two days after the charity event. Her primary goal is to match make Nicolas and Genevieve. However she discovers Roche is a fraud and she tells her sister.
      • Patrice and Eleonore have breakfast and business talks with Nicolas on their ship the day after the charity soiree.
      • Using the Durand Estate in Val Royeaux Eleonore hosts a charitable benefit which is, on the surface, thrown to raise money for Chantry projects, but really the Leveques wish to scout the wealthy who might be willing to donate to other ventures.

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      Solace, 951DA

      • Eleonore and Genevieve arrive in the marshes to meet with Genevieve's late husband's lawyer to discuss his  estate.
      • Patrice and Eleonore spend the weekend alone to try and reconnect.

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      5.Wintermarch, 951DA

      • The head of Tiberius Durand is sent to his son in Arlesans.
      • Mathieu becomes Marquis.
      • The death of Tiberius is at the hands of his bastard son - who is still thought to be dead.

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      Summerday, 950DA

      • At the Summerday Ball the family make it out alive because Vincent spots the danger early.
      • While many nobles burn and die House Durand are watching the chaos from the safety of their estate.
      • House Durand benefit from this tragedy in ways that are still to come to light.

       

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      With Clash of the Titans being the 9th Firstfall, 951 we need to make the party to be the first day of Spring, so perhaps 1st Guardian, 952?

      @Kai - this would be set a year and a few months after "Habit".

      Bare in mind I cannot start the party thread until we have a player for the Prince of Nevarra - the guest of honour, lol.

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      @Skorge and @Jax, what's happening with the Marquis and Marquise? Anything for Elodie? And we need to plot for Eleonore. Which reminds me, @Spirit Adept, do you still want Patrice?

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      2 hours ago, Skorge said:

      So do we want to consider the idea that Mathieu and Eleonore could maybe align their goals and both seek the title of Protectour?

      Definitely, though I think Genevieve needs to step up as mediator, right @Flapjack?

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      4 hours ago, Skorge said:

      So do we want to consider the idea that Mathieu and Eleonore could maybe align their goals and both seek the title of Protectour?

      i think Fel suggested that anyway lol nice to see he listened :P

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      9 hours ago, Flapjack said:

      Yes, but what exactly is her stance going to be? That she won't support Ele unless he talks to their brother? If it's been suggested, is she going to suggest they both share the title as well? 

      Gen would probably have done research on the role/situation?

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      ? Not sure what you mean by that. I can see her doing the research on the role, but how exactly is she going to bring the family together? Is she going to make the siblings realize they need to work together for this title; that neither should have the title all to themselves? 

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      11 hours ago, Flapjack said:

      ? Not sure what you mean by that. I can see her doing the research on the role, but how exactly is she going to bring the family together? Is she going to make the siblings realize they need to work together for this title; that neither should have the title all to themselves? 

      I think she'd point out they both need to have the role (there are two in VR, one is vacant) so should work together to get rid of the other Protecteur and convince the Emperor that they are the best combination for the city. Genevieve sees their flaws and strengths the best so she is definitely the best one to point these out. How she goes about this is up to you, since you know her best. ^^

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