Overall House Alignment: Lawful Neutral with Lawful Good Leanings
Common Classes: Aristocrat, Expert, Fighter, Wizard
Rarer, but not unheard of: Cleric, Sorcerer
Extremely Uncommon: All Others
Favored Deity: Adabar, Nethys
House Blazon: On a blue field, a white owl clutching a golden wand.
House Moto: Wisdom is where you look for it.
House Vaughn hold a seat on the senate and profitable—albiet dangerous—lands in the Fog Peaks. What was originally a small land grant with a few mines has expanded over the centuries into mining writ’s for most of the Fog Peaks—in so much as the Vaughn dare mine them.
Vaughn’s are well known for producing and employing powerful wizards. Constructs aid in the defense of their valley home. They also ply this mix of wealth and power into political sway through the giving if gifts. Many a young royal warrior received their first enchanted blade from the Vaughns. Magical curiosities such as flying carpets and attentive tea-tables have also been widely dispersed. In this fashion, a sense of indebtedness is fostered in some, of jealous one-upmanship in others.
Vaughns are known for educated wisdom, cautious conservativism, and calculated concern for the common folk.
Magistros Origen Vaughn has recently abdicated in favor of his second son, Narcius, and disappeared to parts unkown to continue his studies.
Notable Historical Vaughn:
Grand Prince Voris IV of Taldane was advised by a wise, powerful and trusted wizard, Vaugh. He elevated the man to the senatorial class, and had a prosperous and beneficent reign under Vaughn’s advise.
Grand Prince Voris V was not so fond of his father's advisor. It was explicit in Voris IV's will that Vaughn be given a land grant and the title Magistros Vaughn. Voris V honored that will, but the land he granted was in the foothills of the very dangerous Fog Peaks. With the aid of some earth elementals, clever spells, and a lot of luck, Vaughn not only secured his valley for farmland, but found mines for guano, iron, and gems. Three years later, wealthier and stronger than ever, Vaughn returned to the capitol with a wife and son, riding in an animate carriage, and proceeded to harass the Grand Prince towards a wiser rule to the end of his days.
Notable Members of House Vaughn:
Magistros Origen Vaughn (55 year old L? Human Male Fighter 1, Wizard 6, Eldritch Knight 10?) For almost three decades Origen was a conservative voice of reason on the senate. He was also a powerful battle mage and arcane crafter, with passing skill at Rondolero. For more about his polotics, see Foreign Relations Worth Noting.
Up until seventeen years ago, Origen was a healthy man, able to balance the callings of politician, family man, and wizard. However when his wife—Anastasia—died birthing Zo—their fifth child and second daughter—Origen slowly and steadily withdrew further and further into his studies.
For the last three years, he has been liquidating large quantities of house assets and building himself a private retreat in parts unknown to continue his studies in peace. He commanded his second son, Narcius, to acquire for him a vial of Sun Orchid Elixir. Upon receiving it, he signed papers of abdication in Narcius’s name. Within the week he disappeared to his new holding and had not been seen since.
Zacharias Vaughn: (51 year LE human male Fighter/Mage ?) Origen’s younger brother, Zacharias has increasingly divorced himself from family affairs in the last nine years. In truth, he’s watched his brother’s fall from grace with a great deal of interest. Narcius desires that he return to the house as his adviser, but a gnawing fear is growing in his gut that Zacharias could have had something to do with his brother’s death—or at least means to take advantage of it?
Basil Vaughn (LG 30 year old human male Fighter 1, Wizard 6, Eldritch Knight 4): The fist son of Magistros Origen Vaughn and a powerful eldritch knight. The most idealistic of the brothers, but also a savvy politician heavily groomed by Origen. This winter, Basil suffered an ambush by frost giants while patrolling the Fog Peaks. He was slain and did not answer the call of resurrection.
Aelia Armatus (LNG 27 year old human female Wizard 9): First daughter of Origen Vaughn, Aelia was one of her father’s favorite students for many years, and her marriage was delayed to the ripe old age of 21. At this point, she married a son of house Armatus, and has kept that house favorably disposed towards the Vaughn ever since.
Narcius Vaughn (LNG 24 year old Fighter/Noble Scion gestalt with Wizard): Perhaps his father’s most gifted protégé, Narcius managed to fully master both Rondelero Dueling and magic. A second son, he has spent the last 6 years sewing his wild oats, exploring the world, growing in power, and occasionally acting as a house agent in foreign lands. He is primarily accompanied by his manservant Royce, a skilled duelist with the rapier blade.
In his 20th year, Narcius encountered a Dawflower Dervish—Amika—in a fencing salon in Andoran. After they fought each other to a standstill, he wooed her to surrender, and she converted him to her goddess.
Last year, Narcius succeeded in acquiring for his father a sun orchid elixir, and for himself a powerful concubine.
For the last three months, he’s rushed to adapt to his knew roll as head of the house. It’s a long road, and he still has far to go.
Adrian Vaughn (LN 21 year old human male Cleric of Adbar [getalt with crossbow sniper?]): The third son of Origen Vaughn—knowing that he had little inheritance coming his way and would only receive house support so long as he was useful to them, has pursued a career as a priest of Adbar. He has not inconsiderable power and is a mean shot with a crossbow.
Zo Vaugn (LG 17 year old Human Female Alchemist 3): Zo could always tell that her father blamed her for their mother’s death. She alternately hates him for it and years for his acceptance. As his arate was all Origen really hoped to share with her, she had an aversion to excelling at it. Her mind was, however, too keen to truly neglect, so she spent some time studying under a gnome in their employ and quickly became their families first transcendental alchemist.
Zo loves her brothers and sister very much, and is a kindly soul at heart. She also has an unsavory habit of making things explode when she feels neglected. She is starting to grow out of this habit, which is fortunate for Narcius, to whom it now falls to arrange for her a suitable and politically savvy marriage.
Strengths of House Vaughn:
Magical Resources: Over the centuries the Vaughn have accumulated large quantities of magical knowledge. The east tower of Castle Vaughn is a very large library protected by wards against the weathers of time. The scions of the house tend to be intelligent enough to manage the rolls of wizard, priest, or even eldritch knight.
Weaknesses of House Vaughn:
Nature Abhors a Vacuum: Origen’s relatively sudden abdication has left any number of rumors flying. The most unnerving of these is that his father is quietly watching over his heir through scrying and preparing to return and put the upstart in his place. Worse—and word of this has to get out sooner or later—Origen drained the houses resources badly to arrange his new life, and has spirited away a good many priceless tomes and household relics.
Foreign Relations Worth Noting:
Magistros Origen Vaughn was well known for his stance that Taldor’s primary concern should be an increase of security and prosperity within it’s own borders. Well aware of threats both foreign and domestic, Origen argued for a stronger military—not too large—but well equipped, better trained, and well paid. He pushed for programs to restore the fading glories of Taldane, though he was known for emphasizing roads and fortresses, he did not neglect shrines, monuments, public buildings, aqueducts and sewers.
Basil was believed to be slightly more idealistic chip off of his father’s block. However with Basil’s death and Origen’s retirement to parts unknown, Narcius has shown his more ambitious side to the senate. He has already been seen to support the invasion of Galt through procedural votes and small speeches. He is preparing a strategy to present to the senate for how Galt can be not only conquered, but pacified and brought back into the imperial fold in a way that enriches all and ends Galt’s decades of bloody revolts.
Other than this, he seems not so different from his father and brother.