Orders and Awards
Extraordinary Member of the Ancient and Secret Order of the Black Hole (XBH), 25 Blumuar 1671 (along with all others classed as "everyone on Micras")
- Knight of the Dragon, -46 AF, previously Companion of the Order of the Dragon, -1508 AF, even more previously simply a member of the Order of the Dragon (since time out of mind)
- Holder of: Red Dragon Award (three times: -2878 AF, 46 AF, 305 AF), Bronze Swan, -1139 AF, Silver Swan, -46 AF, Kaiser's Legal Prize, -9 AF
- Member of the Order of Utility (MOU), Mar Sara, 143 AF
Knight Companion of the Most Magnificent Imperial Order of the Sovereign Viking Crown, sometime between -3107 and -3079 AF (awarded to Mors IV)
- 2004 Award for Best Avatar
- 2011 Charles Beard Award for Conflict Resolution
- 2014 Award for Literature ("the Jeremy") for the Kaiser Mors IV reemergence storyline
- Viscount Farstrider of Erysisceptrum (Minarboria), 1045 AF
- Count Bukolos of the Condo (Shireroth), 626 AF
- Harbinger of Cheese (self-bestowed)
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Notes on House of Rossheim
Sadamara Aptrgangr is not a lich, but a mara-draugr
The Recitation of Mortis
"When the Father went forth, who was his son?
When the Brother was seated, who stood by his side?
When the Sword was passed on, who awaited it?
When the God called, who answered Him?"
"The Merchant of Death."
1957 ASC (-3128 AF): Mors is born just outside of Port Benacia in a mansion belonging to the Line of Mortis.
1973 ASC (-3112 AF): After the death of his mother, Mors begins his military service, in which he quickly distinguishes himself.
1974 ASC (-3111 AF): Having gained entry to the court of Kaiser Raynor XI, Mors meets Talera Kuriadzin, the scion of a Goldshirian feudatory. He marries her later in the year as a political match.
1975 ASC: (-3110 AF): Birth of Segovia Nerrolar, Mors' first child with Talera.
1978 ASC (-3107 AF): Mors ascends the Golden Mango Throne as Kaiser Mors IV of Shireroth. Talera, grown distant from her husband, elects to remain in Benacia.
1980 ASC (-3105 AF): Birth of Penryn Nerrolar, Mors' second and last child with Talera. A male heir to the Line of Mortis having been produced, Mors and Talera cease physical relations, although Mors continues to visit for the sake of the children.
2064 ASC (-3020 AF): Mors dies while putting down a rebellion on the Isle of Benacia. He is interred in an elaborate mausoleum in a remote area of the Valley of Mors north of Shirekeep.
2409 ASC (-2666 AF): During the chaos of the latter days of Kaiser Letifer II's reign, Mors' mausoleum is vandalized and desecrated, and his sarcophagus disappears.
5006 ASC (-78 AF): In a cavern of unknown location, near Citadel, in the mountains of Lichbrook, Mors is resurrected by a surge of necromantic energy; the sarcophagus appears to have been transported there by cultists of Balgurd, whose remains litter the cavern. After quite some time of wandering underground, he is intercepted by the Lichqueens' enforcers, who chuck him in a cell, lose the paperwork, and forget about him.
5332 ASC (248 AF): Mors is released by Viscount Braynes when the error is finally realized.
5415-5494 ASC (331-410 AF): After regaining his memory and disrupting a plot by Singer dissidents to seize control of Shireroth, Mors reigns once more as Kaiser. Slowly realizing that he and the Kaisership are no longer suited for each other, he abdicates and wanders off.
410-457: Not the most relevant period to the current topic, but for completeness' sake... Mors was probably particularly aimless during this period. He gets no satisfaction from Shirerithian political life, no one particularly wants him to be a military commander, no one needs him to do anything and there's nothing he needs to do. He's undead, right? He doesn't need money (though he probably has some; do Kaisers get severance pay?); no need to eat, no need for shelter, he's still got the power armor made for him while he was Kaiser, so he really doesn't need to replace any clothes, either. All he has to do is check in with a lichpriest every once in a while. Probably he travels around Lichbrook for a while, looking for a purpose, and eventually hits upon the idea of upon having a child, possibly inspired by the fact of Kaiser Mo'll and his undead wife having offspring.
Knowing their association with Goldshire, and also knowing that undead reproduction is rather more restricted in Lichbrook, he crosses into Goldshire. Genetic mother is undetermined, probably just an anonymous donor of ova. Mors spends a quiet few years in Goldshire trying to learn the joys of raising a daughter, which was probably hard, since he wouldn't have spent much time with his previous children when he was alive. Even now, few warm-n-fuzzies are demonstrated, but Geliflora is a lot like him in personality and a lot like his previous daughter in just about every respect, so they bond in a quiet sort of way and Mors gets to feel like he made up for lost time for a while. Then, when she's about eightish and old enough to do some traveling, Mors decides to take her on a voyage to Leichenberg, which Mors is curious about. They sail off to Cibola, get shipwrecked off the coast of what becomes Tieya, and Mors gets to play warlord for a while.
5533 (449 AF): Approximate birthdate, or at least creation-date, of Mors' daughter Geliflora, later the Queen of Tieya.
5541-5552 ASC (457-468 AF): The period of Mors' adventures in Tieya, during which he engages in some constructive warlordism and mostly unites the country. He leaves before entirely completing the process, with his daughter taking command in his place. (I never did explain why he left, but there was a reason: I had some conversations once with Rossy about Mors' nature and that of the undead in general. It was pointed out that all undead need some method of counteracting the forces of entropy in order to not to fall to bits. For some undead, they replenish themselves by eating the flesh of the living; for liches (I think) it's supposed to be part of the spells that bound them to their phylactery. For Mors, who just sort of spontaneously reformed without specific provision for this need, he has to be periodically "restored", sort of, by a lichpriest or other necromantic adept; at the time, there was no one in Tieya who knew how to do that, so he sailed back to Lichbrook before decay started to set in too thoroughly.)
468-616: The biggest gap to fill - almost 150 years. The early years are something of a puzzle - clearly he had to leave to get himself patched up, and he trusted his military and daddy's grown-up little girl to run the Tieyanese unification wars in his absence, but it would be utterly unlike him to not come back and resume command once he was in good shape again, especially since said little girl was mortally wounded the year after he left and had to get undeaded. There were all sorts of reasons for him to rush back, and he didn't. Possibly he had Odyssey-like troubles in getting back to Lichbrook, his body gently deteriorating all the while, so that by the time he had got there and was fed enough nourishing necro-soup to get him back to normal, the unification was over. (The delay in getting treatment might also account for some of the lichmedical problems Royana would notice he was having later on).
One way or another, he returns to Lichbrook, gets patched up, and doesn't bother to go back to Tieya; his daughter is a chip off the old block, has everything well enough in hand, and he doesn't want to take her toy kingdom away from her. But now, of course, he's back to having no purpose again. Probably he'd like to go traveling, but is convinced that it would be a bad idea to stray from Lichbrook for a while, so he decides to spend some time in self-improvement and hobbies. I imagined him learning how to build and repair power armor during this time - it'd be the kind of military-oriented hobby he'd take satisfaction in - and possibly he could turn his expertise (not to mention fame) into kind of a consulting business, which, alongside Origins' mention of Royana introducing him to southern Goldshirian nobility, would help lay the groundwork for his military/mercenary contacts. Possibly, in the last few decades of this period, he starts getting an urge to travel again (putting some space between himself and Royana may have been a secondary motivation) and becomes a mercenary himself, going off on a few foreign adventures and winning some renown in combat. That would set the stage for Etzeterra picking him to gather and lead the expeditionary force.
616-634: So now we have the mystery of what exactly happened in the 18 years between Clarence getting the order to colonize Minarboria and Mors bringing his newly-forged brigade over, since although it undoubtedly takes time for these things to be set up, one gets the impression that things were supposed to be moving relatively quickly - a few years, maybe, but not quite that long.
5616 ASC (532 AF): Mors and Royana first lay eyes on each other on the Day of the Dead.
5692 ASC (608 AF): Neridia placed under the rule of the Golden Mango Throne, due to the mismanagement of the colony. Dissolution of the Imperial State has not yet occurred, but presumably it's clear enough that it's going to happen that this is when Clarence Etzeterra starts expecting orders to redirect his efforts.
5700 ASC (616 AF): efforts begin toward the colonization of Minarboria, according to the Origins. Presumably, the year in which Clarence gets his orders from Lyssansa to sail for what would become Minarboria.
5704 ASC (620 AF): Neridia is officially dissolved by vote of the Landsraad.
5722 ASC (638 AF): Mors' expeditionary force, moving south across Lichbrook, picks up Royana and Albede.