the mess that is the essenian imperial family pt 3
the final part to this mini-lore compilation! learn how scummy the emperor is! also, this is only like, the semi-important concubines, he’s got like 30 more who aren’t important enough to be named lol. part 1 & part 2
alysendaur de sehieret vu ehteliohrt, emperor alysendaur II of essenia | b. 62 | son of empress amalone, and born in the purple; the eldest child and only son of empeor sehier. although a bright and intelligent person like his parents, he lacks their mild mannerisms, and many have compared his willfulness and moxie to the duke of gendurande's. he was brought up under the unforgiving hand of his mother, and is open with his disdain for her, going so far as to actively oppose many of her stances in court during her regency. while he has mellowed out over the years, many traditionalists still express concern over his blatant animosity toward his wife, and obvious favouritism toward his concubines, most notably consort pesselen, another marked change fom his predecessor. he still has yet to name an heir, almost always citing dissatisfaction with his sons, but it's quite obvious he's waiting for court approval to swing toward his sixth son so he can crown him without any major scandal.
ostirtha de galeranet ru steure-guen, empress consort ostirtha | b. 64 | daughter of the prince of ilanen and his legal wife, she's also the favourite niece of the duke of gendurande. she was raised in the imperial court, and married alysendaur in 82 upon the wishes of her family. although she is touted as one of the most benevolent and gentle empress consorts in recent history, one of her most frequent criticisms is her submissiveness to her family's wishes, which have led to many calling her a pawn of the duke of gendurande. birth mother of princes launcelin and hecelin; princesses kateryne, auelyne. and cisiliya.
marjeria d’ouret berosier, consort berosier | b. 69 - d. 101 | a maid turned concubine after becoming pregnant following a dalliance with the emperor when he was still a prince in 84. she was known as the empress' closest confidante, and died of grief not long after her son prince uchurad died. birth mother of prince uchurad and princess ysabelyne.
dametta de sohalet ru balonn, madam dametta | b. 67 - d. 91 | daughter of the count of selyan, she married the emperor in 86 when he was still a prince. she was neither favoured nor neglected, and died in childbirth. birth mother of princess ehelyssa.
belsante de maugret ru noyuen, madam noyuen | b. 71 - d. 97 | daughter of the duke of ulecht, she married the emperor in 86 when he was still a prince. known as a great beauty and talented musician, she earned his favour quickly after having a son. It's unknown why or how, but in 97, shortly after the emperor acceded the throne, she smothered prince azemar to death before hanging herself, leading to her demotion from consort to madam. birth mother of prince azemar and princess tephania.
emelouys de renfredet pesselen, consort pesselen | b. 80 | a courtesan turned concubine, it's unclear exactly when or how she met the emperor, but she was brought to the imperial court not long after giving birth to prince vezian in 100. despite her humble and muddy background, she quickly rose through to become his favourite concubine, to the point where she can be considered a second empress of sorts. birth mother of prince vezian and princess doradeira.
leselyna de guimaret maduyt-ludell, madam leselyna | b. 83 | a maid turned concubine after the emperor took a liking to her beauty in 100. although he does favour her quite a bit, she holds very little importance in the grand scheme of things, owing to her lack of sons, humble background, and lack of court backing. birth mother of princesses metylda and edelyne.
erembourn de baudoynet de guyot-huche, consort guyot-huche | b. 89 | daughter of the count of jeynour, she was frequented the palace as a child as a playmate for the older princesses, when she caught the eye of the emperor and was subsequently made into one of his concubines in 105. despite her reluctance, the emperor favours her greatly, so much so that some consider her second only to consort pesselen in regards to the concubines. birth mother of prince ganelon and princesses anfelysa, bettysse, and mariora.
ysout de jotocuset gueffenne, madam ysout | b. 97 | a maid turned concubine after the emperor had a dalliance with her in 112. she tends to keep to herself, and neither seeks out the emperor's affections, nor does she spurn them.
mazelina de vanet ru maveseyn-linouet. consort maveseyn-linouet | b. 100 | daughter of general maveseyn-linouet, she married the emperor in 115. she tries to keep a low profile, having grown up in the imperial court, and is aloof to anyone seeking her allegiance. birth mother of princess amabilya.
peryna de goeuuinet ellejan, madam peryna | b. 101 | the daughter of the wetnurse who cared for prince vezian and princess doradeira, she was originally the princess' maid before the emperor took a liking to her and made her his concubine in 117.
sehier de tuyonet vu ehteliohrt, emperor sehier of essenia | b. 34 - d. 95 | born to the eldest son of third prince tuyon and his princess consort, and was crowned emperor in 37 due to the lack of heirs, following the fourteenth prince's disappearance. unlike his many predecessors, he possessed a mild, temperate, and benevolent demeanour, and did not advocate for expansionist policies. another unusual aspect of his personality was that although he had numerous concubines, he only ever seemed to pay attention to the empress. he was also close friends with the duke of gendurande since childhood, but for unknown reasons, the friendship fell apart in 70, and they never reconciled. his health suddenly began to fail in 90, and in a rare move that subverted court customs, had his empress become regent, instead of his only son. while his death is officially considered a natural one, there are many rumours afoot that he was poisoned by someone in court. he had only one son with his empress, alysendaur.
amalone de lanfreyet ru azor-bastel, empress dowager of essenia, 9th duke of alyencour | b. 36 - d. 105 | born in the far east plains of the empire, her father held lands along the border, and her mother was the daughter of a chu’e wanzhu military family. she was given an education in both essenian and nazhutai, and upon gaining her title, she moved to the capital to serve as a study companion to the young emperor sehier, and later served as his spymaster and legal wife. although renowned to be a demure and docile woman, she brought up her only son with a strict hand, impossible expectations, and most notably, arranged his marriage to lady ostirtha, despite his protests. in her later years, she also personally tutored and oversaw the education of her grandchildren -- uchurad, launcelin. kateryne, and auelyne. she served as the empress regent after emperor sehier's health declined, and tightly held onto that power as empress dowager until the year 100, when emperor alysendaur II wrestled back control. in accordance to her will, after her death, her family’s holdings were given to launcelin, a clear snub toward the emperor.
isengran d'huguenochet ru ylers, 2nd duke of gendurande, former lord protector of essenia | b. 32 | adopted into the ylers clan as a young child, his true birth is shrouded in uncertainty, though there are persistent rumours that he is actually an imperial prince. he grew up in the imperial court, serving as a study companion to the young emperor sehier, and would later serve as his right-hand man and the empire's top military official. after falling out with the emperor in 70, he resigned from his military titles to serve as the ambassador to nalaantai, and only returned in 90, when the emperor's health was in decline. he is the maternal uncle of empress ostirtha, and gave the two eldest princes their military education. in his youth, he was famed for his chivalrous and gallant nature, and although he had a few romances, never married, nor did he express any lasting interest in any women. he retired from court life in 105, but is still considered one of the most powerful nobles in the empire.