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(RIP) James Balliot

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The Royal Burial Grounds
« on: 24 January, 2014, 08:25:56 PM »
Here on these grounds lay some of the most important people to England and the crown. They will be missed.


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Re: The Royal Burial Grounds
« Reply #1 on: 24 January, 2014, 08:26:12 PM »
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Johannes Crover: Born in Florence during the height of the Italic Wars. Served his people in various government positions in Florence and Savoy. Veteran of the Italic War as a member of the Iron-Blitz Legion. Came to England with King James in summer of 1313. Died of wounds suffered at the Battle of Perfed-Dwald.
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Re: The Royal Burial Grounds
« Reply #2 on: 24 January, 2014, 08:29:24 PM »
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Lord Charles Wills, Count of Portsmouth and Warden of the South. Served England as the first Vassal of Hampshire along with his faithful companions the brothers Clegane. The father of the region of Hampshire. Died of scarlett fever in the Fall of 1313.
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Re: The Royal Burial Grounds
« Reply #3 on: 29 April, 2014, 12:02:48 AM »
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Here lies Sir Oskar Balliot, cousin of King James I of England and member of the famed House of Balliot. Charter member and Knight of the Order of the Knights of the Black Sword, based out of York Castle. Legendary warrior and veteran of three Pan-European wars and countless smaller local struggles serving first the Army of Savoy and later the English Royal Army. At the time of his death he was ranked 4th in all of Europe in the number of enemies felled in battle over the course of his illustrious 3 year career. Decorated for valor in battle by the "The Godz Favor" and the "Ace-In-a-Day" Awards of England. Esteemed member of the Royal Society of York and the Potters and Brickmakers Guild of Northampton, he was also a licensed Master-Potter. Accepted into the Pagan and Druid faith in October of 1312, his faithful prayer earned him "believer" status with the Godz. His personal slogan, "Amat victoria curam" (translated from the latin to: "Victory loves carefulness") was chiseled and embellished in red upon his iron Norman shield.

Born into a long forgotten Eastern Tribe upon the steppes of the great Rus eastern wasteland, as a child Oskar emigrated with his parents first into the great frozen North, and later, as he came of age, he traveled south along with fellow barbarians into Savoy in what was known as the "Great Barbarian Invasion of 1311". Accepted as kin to the Balliot King of Savoy due to the long lost hereditary link between the House of Balliot and the Kings of the North through King Robert I of Normandy. His Strength and Dexterity in battle has never been surpassed by native, noble, or beast. Served both the Savoy and English Crown as Guard Captain of Provence and Guard Captain of Essex and held lands and title in the Savoyard clay region of Nice. A more fearless man could not be found in all of Europe, nor a man of more substance, integrity, and valor.

Sir Oskar of the East, Knight of the Black Sword, Lord of Nice, met the Druid Godz in the clay mine of Northampton on one fateful day in April of 1314 when the tunnel he was working collapsed down upon him. Rescue efforts were not successful and his earthly remains will forever be entombed in that mine. His sword, shield, and cape, emblazoned with the Order of the Black Sword insignia remain buried here in these grounds beneath the hallowed earth of the White Tower.
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Re: The Royal Burial Grounds
« Reply #4 on: 10 September, 2014, 09:04:03 PM »
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Here lies Lord Alex Smith, the 1st Count of Swinton and England's first appointed Treasurer in charge of the Royal Bank of England. He built the Royal Bank of England up from nothing to a vital department of commerce for newly arrived citizens of the Royal Society. Many loans were serviced to Royal Society members over the course of his year+ tenure as England grew from a small city-state to a world power.

His duties also extended to the military as he was a vital member of first unit of the Royal Home Guard. Through vigorous training and dedication he managed to work himself into a capable warrior and was promoted to a Man-At-Arms of the English Royal Army in September of 1313. He saw his first action in the North and South campaign against the Breton natives in the fall of 1313 and then fought with honors in the Great Eastern War against the Isauricos Empire, earning the Godz Favor badge for his skill in battle.

The Count had departed on a scheduled 3-month long pilgrimage to a Druid shrine in the Highlands of Scotland where he was to mediate until his return to duty. However a cold and ferocious storm swept through the area amid his deep meditation causing his contraction of Lung Fever which claimed him 3 days later.


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Re: The Royal Burial Grounds
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Buried here is the Viscount of Northampton, Lord Brandon Ironrod Conti. He came into adulthood in the city of Florence during the Italic Wars, he trained and fought alongside King Himbertus and became one of his loyal followers during that time as a member of the famed Iron-Blitz Legion. After the war he joined with the House of Degarda in the War for the Crown in England and settled in York after the Crown was secured.

He fought with distinction in the various campaigns against the British Natives but received a series of grievous wounds to the pelvis via a swarm of attack bees launched by the Derby natives (as related in History of the Native Campaigns of England - Balliot Press 1313), those who witnessed this attack still wince at the thought of Lord Brandon's struggle that day. Even wounded as he was, he swung his Battle-Axe into the melee with a rather high-pitched war-cry and heroically defeated five enemies on the field, leading the tally for the battle of Derby and earning "Ace in a Day" status. He fought on through the Native campaigns, but with ever decreasing effectiveness. After England was secured, he convalesced at Ironrod Manor in Northampton and was elevated to the Nobility as Viscount in 1314.

His days on campaign behind him, he did make one more ceremonial appearance in the final Battle of Chaldike during the Great Eastern War. By then his wounds were too debilitating to fight, so he commanded a Siege Tower which helped the Allied Armies scale the great wall of the city and thus secure victory. He returned to Ironrod Manor, but his health deteriorated each day and he finally passed from this life in January of 1315. The Viscount was a Charter member of the Royal Society of Britain - York Chapter, a member of the Supreme Alchemy Guild of England, and a dutiful Druid – having been introduced to the Pagan faith in June of 1314.
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Re: The Royal Burial Grounds
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As a young man and penniless, Balliot started his career in Rouen working odd jobs until appointed to be Guard Captain.  In March of 1311 he moved his operations to Chambery, Savoy.

Once there, appalled at the destitute city and seeing the population in rags he took measures to save Savoy from decay.  Balliot led an armed mob against the despot king and freed Savoy. James ruled Savoy benevolently with this core group of leaders and they built this once ravaged and plague ridden country to be one of the largest and most feared Kingdoms in Europe.  Balliot (now known to his enemies as "The Devil Balliot") set his sights on the Pope and Italy, and his of crushing Papal power lead to the religious freedom we all enjoy today. 

In June of 1313 these Savoyard nobles moved to England where James, destined to follow in the footsteps of his ancestors, conquered the poorly run government of the island. Once again the challenge was put before James and his compatriots to raise a tiny country up from its darkest days.

James and his Norman nobles would raise England from a small seven region backwater nation into the largest in all of Europe, and  embarked on an aggressive strategy to create a superior infrastructure of buildings and landmarks for the nation, and would finally orchestrate the peaceful annexation of Wales into the English Empire. 

Weary of the burdens of being king, in Spring of 1315 James renounced the throne and returned to his former home in Chambery, Savoy.  His life, no longer having purpose without the adoration of his subjects he began to consume mulberry brandy in frightening quantities.  After becoming stricken with the Great Plague of 1316, he lost his faculties and began wandering the countryside ranting incoherently and lashing out at heretical structures.  He was reportedly placed in a mental hospital in Kiev for his own protection, where he succumbed of the consumption.  His body was quartered, burned, trampled, fed to pigs, the manure was burned, the ashes fed to pigs and burned again, and the ashes thrown into the Dnieper.  His head was lovingly preserved in a bucket of tar in the Royal Palace. 
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