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History of House Beaumarys-Moorkroft

by Kit Navarro

The Beaumarys Family

The Beaumarys originated from Old Averoigne in Laterre and were known for being scholars and philosophers, closely associated with the d'Ambreville family. It was after the d'Ambrevilles disappeared in the Land of the Mists in AC 896 that the surviving Beaumarys moved to Fenswick and became recognized as Fenswick.

François Beaumarys

François Beaumarys was an intellectual and philosopher of Old Averoigne who was unjustly persecuted by the Inquisition for his avant-garde ideas on metaphysics and the nature of the cosmos. His friend Charles d'Ambreville offered him escape from the Inquisition, and François joined the exodus to Mystara. In AC 728, François began a new life in Nouvelle Averoigne as a clerk and a librarian for the d'Ambreville collection of books. The only thing François missed of his old life in Laterre was his love, Sabine des Coteaux.

In AC 743, when Prince Étienne d'Ambreville returned to Laterre for more of their followers, he brought back Sabine as well. François and Sabine were finally reunited and married. Their son was born in AC 744 and named after Sire Charles.

Charles Beaumarys

Charles Beaumarys was very intelligent and was educated by his father and his godfather, Sire Charles d'Ambreville. He had an amazing grasp of magical theory, considering his lack of spellcasting ability. He worked with his father as librarian, adding many tomes about magic in the d'Ambreville collection. Eventually, Charles replaced him when François died of old age in AC 798.

The d'Ambrevilles treated him more as family than a family friend or mere servant, and even trusted him on sensitive personal matters. It is rumoured that Charles kept all of these secret in a diary somewhere in the d'Ambreville library.

For the invaluable services of the Beaumarys, the d'Ambrevilles Charles young with a regular supply of potions of longevity and elixirs of youth. Charles lived for 110 years before he tired of books and the pursuit of knowledge. In AC 854, he married Antoinette Ducrey, the daughter of a local physician, and had twin daughters, Rose and Blanche, the year after.

Rose and Blanche Beaumarys

The twins Rose and Blanche Beaumarys were lovely, beautiful girls, and both very highly intelligent. The demure Blanche was keen and observant of every detail, while quick-witted Rose was curious and inquisitive in all matters. They were educated by their century-wise father Charles, who bred them into sophisticated ladies worthy of the d'Ambreville court. The twins attracted the attentions of many Averoignese men, including the married Richard d'Ambreville (a dangerous proposition) and the unmarried Henri d'Ambreville (a more dangerous proposition!) Upon coming of age, Rose became a personal secretary of the Prince of Nouvelle Averoigne, and Blanche became the Treasurer of Château d'Ambreville.

In AC 883, it was discovered that the sisters were secretly raising an illegitimate 3-year old son named Richard. (Apparently, during the pregnancy, one sister was posing as her pregnant twin so as not to arouse suspicion. It is generally believed that young Richard was the son of Blanche and Richard d'Ambreville, but there is no confirmatory proof of this.) Although certain parties were duly scandalized by the prospect of an illegitimate d'Ambreville child (particularly Dame Isidore, Dame Isabelle, and Dame Catharine, who all had husbands under suspicion!), the rest of the d'Ambrevilles openly welcomed the child-if only to infuriate their beloved relatives. The family even sponsored the child to the Great School of Magic when it was found young Richard had magical ability.

Rose Beaumarys became enamoured with Henri d'Ambreville and became involved in his plot against Prince Étienne d'Ambreville. In AC 896, when Prince Étienne was assassinated and the whole Château d'Ambreville disappeared, Rose, Blanche, and their father were taken with them. But when the Château returned, the Beaumarys were not with them.

Richard Beaumarys

Young Richard was studying at the Great School of Magic, and was spared from the mysterious magic that transported Château d'Ambreville into the Land of Mists. He was orphaned and without sponsorship at the Great School, but found support from the generous family of his classmate, Elizabeth Stratford from Fenswick. When Richard graduated, he lived with the Stratfords in Fenswick. He eventually married Elizabeth and had a daughter, Anne, in AC 924.

Anne Beaumarys

Anne Beaumarys was born in luxury, and grew up spoiled and fanciful in the Stratford estate in Fenswick. She was even more magically talented than either of her parents, and was soon accepted to the Great School of Magic, without much effort on her part. Anne was a quick learner, and often finished her lessons ahead of others, making her parents proud, and giving her more time for the parties and socials in Glantri City.

When Anne was 20 and vacationing in the Fenswick countryside, away from her numerous dalliances and flirtations in with the Glantrian gentry, Anne met the celebrated legendary Fenswick hero, Robert Moorkroft. She was instantly drawn to the earthy and rugged Robert, so unlike the pretty, manicured gentlemen of Glantri City.

Richard Beaumarys was furious at the prospect of his daughter consorting with an outlaw (which Robert was, according to the Kaelic authorities of Fenswick at the time), but the patriotic Fenswick side of the family approved of the match. In AC 946, when Anne presented Richard with his grandson, John Beaumarys, his anger abated. Sire Richard died a year after that a content man, knowing the Beaumarys line would continue.

The Moorkroft Family

Whereas the Beaumarys have a definite and factual (albeit magical) history, the Moorkrofts find their history in the legends of the people of Fenswick, since the time they were still known as the Fen Witches. Though never rulers of Fenswick themselves, the Moorkrofts have always played a crucial role in the protection and preservation of the Fenswick people.

The Queen's Crusaders

The first Moorkrofts in Mystara were two crusaders from Old Laterre, Sir James Moorkroft and his younger brother, Sir Jeremy. They were knights in the service of the Holy Church of Fensland and the Queen of Fensland, Alice the Ruthless. Queen Alice was a staunch supporter of the Inquisition against witches and necromancers and a bitter enemy of the Kaelic people.

In Laterre, when Queen Alice discovered that her enemies, lead by the murderous Clan McGregor, were escaping to another world through a magical gate, she sent her strongest and bravest paladins, lead by the Moorkroft brothers, to stop them, even if it meant travelling to a strange new world.

The Moorkrofts in Mystara

Arriving in Mystara in AC 743, the Moorkrofts found themselves in a quandary. Magic was commonplace and even popular in the new world, and their enemy, Clan McGregor lead by Brannart the Red, had dramatically risen in magical power. Fortunately, the Moorkroft found allies of sorts among the Fen Witches, a rag-tag group of fellow Fens fleeing the Inquisition, most of who were innocent of sorcery and magic. Sir James agreed with the Fen Witches' goals to begin a new life in the Highlands, even if it meant making peace and treaties with the other residents of the Highlands, including the Flaems, the elves, and the Averoignians from Old Laterre. The more zealous Sir Jeremy, however, despised allying with magic-users of any kind, and often organized raids against the Kaelics, earning him the name "Moorkroft Magebane." Eventually, Sir Jeremy became more indiscriminate with his attacks, and gained a reputation of being a bandit and an outlaw. In the end, the Moorkroft brothers became pawns of Lady Morgan Fairley, a noblewoman of the Fen court unjustly (yet unwittingly) accused of witchcraft and now the leader of the Fen Witches. Lady Morgan employed the mellow Sir James for defence of the Fen settlers and her diplomatic missions, while she secretly sanctioned Sir Jeremy's terrorist tactics for more underhanded purposes, particularly against wizardly aggressors.

In AC 749, the power-mad Kaelic leader Brannart McGregor (who had recently achieved lichdom) called for a gathering of Kaelic and Fen groups. He imposed many unfair and outrageous demands, among which was the surrender of the Moorkroft crusaders by the Fen Witches. Lady Morgan's envoy, Gaspar Batril, flatly refused, but the Kaelics had taken Sir James by force. Auspiciously, Sir Jeremy was in disguise among the diplomatic envoys. He revealed himself and a magical battle ensued, killing Gaspar Batril, severely incapacitating Sir James, and utterly destroying the lich, Brannart the Red.

Sir James spent the rest of his days among the Fen settlers, a broken man prone to fits of amnesia and bouts of epilepsy. Lady Morgan found no other use for him, other than watching over the farmlands of what would later become Fenswick. He was found dead in his home in AC 759, presumably from falling and hitting his head after a severe seizure.

Sir Jeremy, on the other hand, remained in the service of Lady Morgan and the Fen Witches as her most favoured champion and defender, although Lady Morgan would often deny her authority over the roguish paladin, especially if his latest deeds involved the massacre of Kaelics, unwitting wizards, or innocent elves. Sir Jeremy spent more time in the wilderness with his hunting parties and militias. He did however spend enough time with Lady Morgan to have a son with her, whom she named Andrew Moorkroft.

William Moorkroft

Before James Moorkroft became incapacitated with his encounter with Brannart McGregor, he sired a child with a Fen woman, Agnes Sprigg. The son, William, was born in AC 748 but was not suited for the harsh world of the Fen settlers. He grew up sickly and weak, and was not even fit for a farmer's life. His only notable contribution was to marry some forgettable woman and continue the Moorkroft line. He had two children, Joan and Edward.

Andrew Moorkroft

Andrew Moorkroft was born in AC 752, and grew up in the newly established community of Fen Witches, raised by his mother Lady Morgan Fairley, leader of the Fen Witches. Lady Morgan educated Andrew in their traditions, and even taught him the basics of magic, for which Andrew was believed to have a fair talent.

But life in the Highlands was hard for the Fen Witches, and Andrew had to learn to use the plough and the knife as much as he had to the wand. Moreover, Andrew had an unyielding desire for adventure and an uncontrollable longing to find be with his father in his campaigns in the wilderness. The life of a wizard or ruler did not suit him. In AC 768, when Andrew was sixteen, Jeremy Moorkroft returned home and Andrew met his father for the first time. Upon Jeremy's departure, Andrew could not resist and joined him.

The Moorkroft Legend

The deeds of Jeremy and Andrew Moorkroft are the stuff of Fenswick legends (and Kaelic horror stories), although many of these are aggrandized tales rather than history. Also, the legends would often credit the adventures of the son Andrew to the father Jeremy, leading to overstatement and even redundancy of their deeds.

One popular legend about Andrew Moorkroft was that upon his departure from Fenswick, his mother Lady Morgan, fearing for her son's safety, cast a powerful enchantment on Andrew to protect him. Legends vary in detail. Some say Lady Morgan learned or stole the magic from the Highland elves or from the lich Brannart the Red. Some say it was a spell of invulnerability to mortal weapons. Some say it was a safeguard from necromancy and even death itself. Some say it was the magic to produce simulacrums to perpetuate one's existence. (Of course, one legend says the recipient of Lady Morgan's enchantment was Jeremy Moorkroft himself, and that Andrew was not his son, but a younger clone.)

Joan Moorkroft

Joan Moorkroft was the daughter of William Moorkroft. Where her father was weak in body, in character, and in spirit, Joan inherited the finest traits from her best ancestors. She had the benevolence and kind heart of Sir James. She had the zealous energy and physical prowess of Sir Jeremy. It could even be said she had the scholarly wisdom of Lady Morgan Fairley. But Joan was also a child of hardship and suffering, with which she would struggle with throughout her life.

Joan was attracted to the teachings of the Immortal Razud, who promoted self-sufficiency and overcoming hardship, which was very apt for this girl in a harsh strange land. She eventually became a cleric of Razud, despite the biases of the other races in the Highlands, particularly the Flaems, but her clerical support to the Fen settlers was invaluable.

It was a time of much racial tension in the Highlands, and the obstacles faced by the Fens settlers came to include incursions from the Flaems who despised all new settlers in their lands. In AC 784, when war broke out between the Flaemish lords and the other settlers, Joan Moorkroft's mission extended to battles in defence of their territory. The Flaems hated Joan, not only because she was a fierce crusader like the Moorkrofts before her, but also because she was a cleric. Within the year, Joan was captured by the Flaems and burned at the stake for illegal clericism.

Because of the prevailing anti-clerical attitudes of many Glantrians, history does not remember her favourably, if at all, but she is considered a martyr and a hero among the Fenswick until today.

Edward Moorkroft

Edward, the son of William Moorkroft, was born in AC 773. His mother died giving birth to him, and his weak father of grief a year later. Edward was left in the care of his sister Joan, and his great-aunt, Lady Morgan Fairley.

But when the Forty Years War broke out, Edward was left in the care of a number of respectable families of the Fen, who passed him on from household to household, leaving him to his devices. Growing up, Edward saw more corpses than crops in the fields, so it was no wonder he became a warrior. With the death of his sister at the hands of the Fen, Edward a developed deep sense of patriotism and continuance of Fen tradition, as well as a seething hatred for the Flaems.

When he came of age, Edward joined the local militia. At that time, early in the War, the Fen Witches neither sided with the Flaems nor the Alphatians, but only fought to preserve their territory from all aggressors. The Fen holdings were small in comparison to those of the Flaems, the elves, the Thyatians, or even the Kaelic. But their proximity to the capital city of Braejr placed them in a crucial position for victory.

For Edward Moorkroft, the Moorkroft legacy weighed heavily on him, for many people saw him as the defender of the Fenswick, like the other Moorkrofts before him. But his name was also greatly feared by the Kaelics, the Flaems, the elves and all sorts of wizards, and Edward won many battles on this distinct advantage. Eventually, Edward Moorkroft became recognized as the military leader of the Fens, with the full support of the leading families of Fen Witches, and with that, the Fen militia became a considerable force that could stand on its own.

In AC 813, well into the Forty Years War, Edward Moorkroft was approached by envoys from the major opposing forces. From the side of the Alphatians, General Halzunthram met with Edward Moorkroft in secret. Halzunthram knew of Edward's seething hatred for the Flaems (who had executed his mother) and offered an alliance between the Fens and the Alphatians, in return for preservation of the Fen territories when the Alphatians won. Within the same month, Edward Moorkroft was approached by envoys of the Flaemish lords, who offered him a much prized artifact, the Sword of Sir James Moorkroft, which was retrieved from a defeated Kaelic army camp. They explained that the Sword was magical, imbued with much power after being wielded to destroy Brannart the Red and used in many heroic feats that were now legendary in the Highlands. The Flaems offered the Sword to Edward, for a price of an alliance with them, and his betrayal of the Alphatians.

Suspicious of all magic-users, Edward was wary of both sides. But Edward was greatly tempted by both offers, and he knew he could not survive either decision without magic on his side. He consulted the ancient Lady Morgan Fairley who advised a meeting of forces on Fen ground. All three sides knew the dangers of such a convergence, but each was confident of their own powers to avoid any trap, and perhaps to capture their own opponents.

The details of what happened are inexact, but the legends speak of a huge wildstorm of magic, fire and wind like none seen before in the skies above the land of the Fens. The Flaemish lords and their party were obliterated and forgotten by time. General Halzunthram barely escaped that day. Edward Moorkroft and the legendary Sword of James Moorkroft were never seen again.

The Forty Years War did not end that day, but the Fens lost another of their heroes.

The Children of Edward Moorkroft

Of all the Moorkrofts, Edward Moorkroft was said to be the most Kaelic when it came to wives and children, having two wives, nine legitimate children, two mistresses, and several more affairs which may or may not have borne children.

In AC 791, Edward married his first wife, Josephine Batril. It was a political marriage arranged by Lady Morgan Fairley, to strengthen the ties between the Averoignians and the Fen Witches, and there was little love between the two. Still, Edward had four children by this marriage. The oldest child was Joseph, who followed in his father's footsteps and became his lieutenant. He died with his father in the wildstorm in AC 813. The second and third children, Emily and Roland, died when they were children in the Plague of 802. Josephine died in AC 804, giving birth to a fourth child, who was presumed to have died as well.

At the height of the Forty Years War and after his wife's death, Edward Moorkroft wasted no time to marry his childhood sweetheart, Sarah Wickfield in AC 796. With her, Edward had five children.

The eldest son Michael had no love for war, and lived to a ripe old age of 71, together with his dear friend, Laurence Batril, another confirmed bachelor. The second son, John, was a warrior like his father, and joined the militia a few years after Edward's disappearance. He had a lacklustre career and died in battle in AC 819. A third child, Millicent, caught the Plague in AC 802 and died. With the death of Millicent came the birth of a fourth child, Florence. Florence had a modest talent in magic and herbalism, and learned the healing arts of the Fen Witches. She became a nurse and a healer for the Fen troops in the Forty Years War, but was killed in one of the final battles in AC 828. The youngest child, Jerome, had no military ambitions but preferred adventuring in the wilderness. In AC 822, he disappeared and was presumed killed by one of the many dangerous forces in the Highlands at the time.

The Duchy of Fenswick

At the end of the Forty Years War, the Highlands underwent major changes in the political climate. In AC 829, the Republic of Glantri was established, and the territories of the Fen Witches became recognized as the Duchy of Fenswick. Rule over Fenswick was awarded to Adalbert Batril, who did not only belong to one of the most prominent Fen families, but was also recognized and respected as a capable politician and diplomat by other groups, particularly by the d'Ambrevilles of Nouvelle Averoigne (where the Batrils originated).

The next half century was a time of peace for the Fen Witches, who were now called the Fenswick, and since the disappearance of Edward Moorkroft in AC 813, the Moorkrofts were all but forgotten.

There were however, many strange sightings and encounters of a mysterious figure calling himself Moorkroft. The stories vary. In some, Moorkroft is alone, claiming to be Jeremy, Andrew, Edward, a son of one of them, or not making claims of identity at all. In some, Moorkroft is the leader of a party of gallant crusaders, of war-torn militants, or of murderous mage-hunters. In some, Moorkroft wields a sword, believed to be the lost Sword of Jeremy Moorkroft. In some, Moorkroft has magic of his own, learned from years of battling mages. In some, Moorkroft appears as a radiant hero, a bloody villain, a lost forlorn ghost, or even a woman in man's garb. There are even tales of more than one Moorkroft appearing, either as father and son, as brothers, as twins, or even of three or four Moorkrofts at the same time. Some believe that one or more of the Moorkrofts have become Immortal, while others say a whole clan of Moorkroft warriors live in the countryside of Fenswick.

Jerome Moorkroft

In AC 879, rulership of Fenswick passed from the Fenswick Batrils to the Flaemish hands of Lord Leopol Pieinants, and it was a dark time for the Fenswick. Though Duke Leopol himself was not an unkind man (His main concern was politics and the study of the Radiance), his right-hand man and seneschal, Baltasaer de Woens, was a cruel and hateful racist, who took every opportunity to torment the Fenswick people.

It was at that time that a mysterious figure appeared to the Fenswick, claiming to be Jerome Moorkroft, the long-lost son of Edward Moorkroft. This young man of eighteen explained that for forty years, he was living with the faeries in the Fenswick countryside (In some accounts, he says it was a dryad who kidnapped him.), and that he has now returned to his home to defend it against Flaemish tyranny. At every turn, where Baltasaer and his men tried to abuse, oppress, or subjugate the Fenswick, they were foiled by Jerome Moorkroft, initially alone, later with his rag-tag group of loyal followers and peasant heroes.

As expected, many were sceptical about Jerome's claims of his identity (One ingenious enchantress, Marian Fairley, descendant of Lady Morgan Fairley, was able to magical test him and ascertained that the blood of the Moorkrofts ran in his veins.), but no one doubted his capability to protect the Fenswick as the Moorkrofts before him. For the next thirty years, the enigmatic Jerome Moorkroft (sometimes called "Moorkroft Flaemkiller") was a hero to the Fenswick and a bane to their Flaemish rulers.

With the death of Lord Leopol and the ascension of his son, Albert to the position of Duke of Fenswick, Baltasaer remained as Seneschal but his control in Fenswick grew as Duke Albert was even less concerned with the Fenswick as his father was. Eventually, in AC 914, Baltasaer de Woens was slain by Jerome Moorkroft at the gates of Fenswick Keep. He was replaced by a local Fenswick as Seneschal. By the time the third Flaemish Duke of Fenswick, Lord Edelmiro Pieinants, came into power in AC 919, Baltasaer's atrocities were forgotten, and Jerome Moorkroft became a rare sight to the Fenswick. His presence however was still constantly felt-and feared-by all who sought to oppress the Fenswick.

Robert Moorkroft

In AC 944, Lothar "Big Mc" McDonald, a cunning politician and military wizard from Klantyre and a ruthless despot, became the Duke of Fenswick. Within the same year, Duke Lothar began his reign of terror in Fenswick, imprisoning and executing many of the locals who opposed his rule. Before the year ended, another Moorkroft appeared from the wilderness, announcing himself to be the son of Jerome Moorkroft and the new defender of the Fenswick people. Where Jerome Moorkroft was met with much scepticism, Robert was welcomed by the Fenswick as their saviour and hero. But where the mere threat of the arrival of Jerome Moorkroft was enough to stop the plots of the fearful Flaems, Robert had to fight battle after bloody battle against Duke Lothar, his regiment from the Glantrian Army, his personal guards from Klantyre, and his loyal Kaelic mercenaries. The Duchy of Fenswick became a hotbed of rebellion and insurgency for the next five years, until Robert Moorkroft killed Lothar McDonald in battle in AC 949.

The Beaumarys-Moorkrofts

In AC 946, Lady Anne Beaumarys of Fenswick and the Fenswick hero Robert Moorkroft has a love affair and a secret marriage in the Fenswick countryside. For reasons of safety, Robert did not stay with his wife and son, nor did he ask Anne to carry the Moorkroft name.

It was not until after AC 949, when the oppressive Kaelic Duke Lothar McDonald was killed (and succeeded by the more benevolent Duke Arnulf of Haaskinz), did Anne Beaumarys publicly declare her marriage to Robert Moorkroft. However, Lady Anne did not drop her surname, as it was her father's wish that the Beaumarys name be remembered. Thus, John, her son with Robert, became the first of the Beaumarys-Moorkrofts.

Lady Anne never saw Robert again. He was last heard of fighting for freedom, defending justice, or crusading for a cause, in Klantyre, Erewan, or far off Wendar, depending on the sources.

Lady Anne had in no small part helped her family gain a new respectability in Glantrian society. She enrolled John in the Great School of Magic, and encouraged him into entering politics. John earned nobility for the Beaumarys-Moorkrofts, and became the fastest-rising political star in Glantri politics, achieving Archduke status in only thirty years time. Princedom is just within his grasp, and his family's dream of ruling the Fenswick people might be fulfilled in him.

Lady Anne Beaumarys-Moorkroft had always enjoyed being a wizard in Glantrian society, and she loved her new status of nobility. She took a couple of potions of longevity to regain her youth and hit the endless run of parties, fêtes, balls, and festive events. Despite his disapproval of his own mother's ways, Lord John could hardly curtail her actions, improper as they may be for a properly bred Fenswick woman. But one day, after a string of flirtations and short-lived romances with several Glantrian noblemen -and a certain Prince from Boldavia-Lady Anne retired from high society. In fact, she retreated from human society altogether, and would only appear at sundown for a curiously late afternoon tea. Eventually, Lord John learned that his mother's reclusive manners, and her eternally youthful looks, were due to the fact that she was a vampire. Lord John denounced Morphail Gorevitch-Woszlany in public, resulting in a bit of social awkwardness ("Stop preying on the innocence of these modest Fenswick ladies, you vile monster of undeath!") and a few political unpleasantries ("I warn you! House Igorov will be there, opposing your every move!").

In AC 975, Lord John married Agatha Hillsbury, the daughter of Lord Edward Hillsbury, Duke of Fenswick, in order to forge a political alliance with a fellow Fenswick nobleman. When the marriage produced no children 9 years later, Lord John divorced Agatha and sent her back to Fenswick, where her sister, Duchess Margaret then ruled. She was last heard of living in a small private cottage in the Duchy, a bitter old spinster with a bad case of kleptomania.

Within the same year of the divorce, Lord John married Lady Winifred Merryweather, a respectable Fenswick lady from a wizardly family singularly interested in-to nobody's surprise-weather magic. (Her father, Lord Wilfred was one of Duchess Margaret's tutors in magic.) With Lady Winifred, Lord John has four children and two grandchildren to continue the Beaumarys-Moorkroft line. She was unfortunately killed in AC 992, when practicing her magic in a violent lightning storm.

Lord John's eldest child is Judith, his most trusted advisor and personal secretary. In truth, Judith cannot stand her father's treachery and political machinations and only stays with him in the hopes of undoing her father's evils. She is mute, but can still cast spells, thanks to a magical choker, given to her by her brother Edgar.

Lord John's oldest son is Robert. He is ambitious and rebellious, but has little ability to support his schemes. He was expelled from the Great School of Magic by Lady Tereis Haaskinz on disciplinary grounds, causing much embarrassment for his father and much tension with House Haaskinz. In his hunger for more power, Robert joined the Secret Craft of Witchcraft, no doubt seduced by his father's former mistress, Doña Carmina de Belcadiz. Lord John does not know of this dangerous liaison yet, but he will surely disapprove.

Jonathan, the second son, is the mediocre also-ran. In a rare display of backbone, he married an Ethengar woman from the Krondaharan court, Sempura Borteis. Lord John disowned him, but later had to take him back when Jonathan appeared before his father, presenting his adorable twin daughters, Lord John's granddaughters, Audrey and Alice. Lord John however still refuses to acknowledge his daughter-in-law. Sempura couldn't care less.

Lord John's third son is Edgar. He is a sullen, serious-minded scholar at the Great School of Magic, who has a large black raven's wing where one arm should be. This is a sombre remnant of time when Doña Carmina cursed the three brothers into three ravens, and which has strangely left him the ability to transform into a giant raven. Edgar is seeking a cure, or at least control, of this new form of lycanthropy, and has recently gained the attentions of Prince Malachie du Marais, whose principality is rumoured to be populated by all kinds of werefolk.


François Beaumarys b. 705 (Mystaran equivalent) d. 798

Librarian of Château d'Ambreville 728-798

Charles Beaumarys, son of François and Sabine Coteaux. b. 744 d. 896?

Librarian of Château d'Ambreville 798-896?

Rose and Blanche Beaumarys, daughters of Charles and Antoinette Ducrey. b. 855 d. 896?

Rose, Secretary of the Prince of Nouvelle Averoigne 875-896
Blanche, Treasurer of Château d'Ambreville 875-896

Richard Beaumarys, son of Blanche (?) and Richard d'Ambreville (?). b. 880 d. 947

Anne Beaumarys, daughter of Richard and Elizabeth Stratford, wife of Robert Moorkroft. b. 924

James Moorkroft b. 717 (Mystaran equivalent) d. 759

Jeremy Moorkroft, brother of James. b. 725 (Mystaran equivalent) d. ?

William Moorkroft, son of James and Agnes Sprigg. b. 748 d. 774

Andrew Moorkroft, son of Jeremy and Morgan Fairley. b. 752 d. ?

Joan Moorkroft, daughter of William. b. 768 d. 784

Edward Moorkroft, son of William. b. 773 d. 813?

Joseph Moorkroft, son of Edward and Josephine Batril. b. 791 d. 813

Emily Moorkroft, daughter of Edward and Josephine Batril. b. 792 d. 802

Roland Moorkroft, son of Edward and Josephine Batril. b. 793 d. 802

Unnamed child of Edward and Josephine Batril. b. 794 d. 794

Michael Moorkroft, son of Edward and Sarah Wickfield. b. 797 d. 868

John Moorkroft, son of Edward and Sarah Wickfield. b. 798 d. 826

Millicent Moorkroft, daughter of Edward and Sarah Wickfield. b. 800 d. 802

Florence Moorkroft, daughter of Edward and Sarah Wickfield. b. 802 b. 828

Jerome Moorkroft, son of Edward and Sarah Wickfield. b. 811 d. 828? 921?

Robert Moorkroft, son of Jerome and Marion Fairley. b. 902 d. ?

John Beaumarys-Moorkroft, son of Anne Beaumarys and Robert Moorkroft. b. 946

Baron of Adlerturm 981-984
Viscount of Redstone 984-987
Count of Wylon 987-991
Marquis of Satolas 991-997
Duke of Hightower 997-1010
Archduke of Westheath 1010-

Judith Beaumarys-Moorkroft, daughter of John and Winifred Merryweather. b. 985

Robert Beaumarys-Moorkroft, son of John and Winifred Merryweather. b. 987

Jonathan Beaumarys-Moorkroft, son of John and Winifred Merryweather. b. 988

Edgar Beaumarys-Moorkroft, son of John and Winifred Merryweather. b. 990

Alice and Audrey Beaumarys-Moorkroft, daughters of Jonathan and Sempura Borteis. b. 1012