Compass Rose: Herria

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Representations of the Royal Family

The images aren't a direct representation, but should give a good feel for the royal family.

A portrait description below shows the actual composition of the portrait.

King Jakome II King Jakome II of Herria was born the year 800 and succeeded to the throne after his father, Gaizka V, passed away in 837. Queen Irenke (when younger) Queen Irenke graces us from our neighbor to the north. One of the national treasures of Herria, she has proven herself a capable caretaker of the royal holdings. [Note: this is a young picture of the Queen, who is now in her mid-thirties.]

Prince Jakome Prince Jakome was born in 822. Well-loved by the people, our royal heir is praised by the scholars and philosophers of Herria for his abilities in reason and rhetoric. As well he is an avid falconer, and has trained several fine birds from the shell. Prince Gaizka Prince Gaizka was born in 823. A Cadet in the military, and he has the potential to be a great general. He exemplifies the Herrian virtues of boldness and intelligence. [Note: Gaizka is actually tow-headed, which doesn't show well in this picture.]

Prince Yuli Prince Yuli was born in 829. He is third in line of succession, but has not yet reached the age of choosing. He is good hearted, filial, and clever. His honor ancestor, Iker, was a famous philosopher. Princess Edurne Princess Edurne was born in 824. Our little sparrow will make someone a natural queen, excelling as she does in the economic and domestic spheres. Her kindness and good heart gladdens the entire family.

Princess Neria Princess Neria was born in 826. She has recently passed the age of choosing, and has focused upon a scholarly life. Studious and loyal, she will be a wise advisor to her future husband. Princess Yanamari Princess Yanamari was born in 828. She has not yet reached the age of choosing, but already she is an accomplished dancer and noted for her sharp insight. Her honor ancestor, Miren, was a Queen Regnant of Herria.

Portrait Description

A small reproduction of a portrait done in characteristic realistic Herrian style, it depicts the immediate royal family. The King and Queen are seated on richly draped chairs with the princes grouped around the King and the princesses around the Queen. In the background are carved perches holding birds: a raven to the left, and a falcon on the right. In the shadows all around are the barest suggestions of benficent faces, all their attention focused inward upon the family scene.

King Jakome II wears a splendid green uniform with gold trim. He is stocky and has heavy black eyebrows; his hair is prematurely salted through with grey. He would appear grim and forbidding if the artist hadn't caught a certain expression of dreamy introspection in his hazel eyes. His hands, linked with one of the Queen's, rest atop a heavy jeweled orb.

Queen Irenke wears a flowing summer-green dress and elaborate diamond jewelry, and has a light tiara gracing her coiled fair hair. She's an attractive matron now, and must have been able to stop hearts in her youth. In the portrait she seems lost in a pleasant reverie, sea-blue eyes gazing endlessly at the viewer. The hand not held in the King's holds a huge pendant opal on a heavy gold chain.

Jakome the younger stands behind his father, dressed in a darker green version of the military uniform, with less trim. He's thin for his bone structure, with earnest grey eyes and wavy black hair. He has the darkest skin of all his siblings, though it's still a shade lighter than his father's. His expression is both serious and mild, and he holds a scroll with gilded edges.

Gaizka stands to his father's left, his hands clasped. He wears a similar uniform to Jakome's, but has some ribbons decorating his left breast. He's close in age to the Crown Prince, but seems taller and more physically powerful, restless where his brother is still. He's outright handsome, with his tow hair, hazel eyes, and hint of a smile. At his hip is the hilt of a sword, elaborately enameled and set with gems.

Yuli is a sweet-faced boy just about to reach the sprouting years. He has curling black hair and arresting blue eyes; he's a little puppyish, with his nose still overpowering his face, though he's beginning to grow into it. He wears a white suit and sits on a little stool at his father's feet. His hands touch the handle at one end of a carved wooden casket.

Yanamari sits on a little stool and holds the other handle. She wears a a lacy white dress and is at the age where she's shot up in height (overtopping Yuli) but is still rather gawky. Her long tow hair is held back with a ribbon and then left to fall free. She has hazel eyes, but in the shape of her face most closely favors a more impatient Yuli, clearly impatient with the portrait.

Neria stands to the right of her mother, a grave towheaded girl with hazel eyes and her hair bound up in braids; in fact aside from her coloring, and serious demeanour, she most resembles her mother of all the children. She wears a dress of spring-green and is ornamented with gold-set opals, and she carries a white quill.

Edurne stands behind her mother, a pretty young woman with a light of enthusiasm clearly apparent in her hazel eyes. Of all the princesses she is the prettiest, shown to great advantage in her spring-green gown and diamond finery, with diamonds sparkling in the dark waves of her coiffure. She holds a pretty little spindle in one hand.

The children share their father's strong square face and the distinctive Herrian beaky nose, swarthy skin, and expressive eyes, but they've been refined by their mother's fairer features, usually for the better.

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