*a Cyrano Johnson creation*COAT OF ARMS:
Golden interlaced septagram radiant on blue field.DUKE:
Haora (Duke) Marafeadhira Rovona V, a.k.a. "Razayana" ("The Raider"), Duke of Beyran and Protector of Sector Deonaru *HEIRS:
Xai (Prince) Tsayafa Rovona, a.k.a. "Prince Yafa," Marquess of Nabara and Acting Protector of Sector Deonaru **
Xai (Prince) Gamenkaga Imera-Rovona, a.k.a. "Prince Kaga," Marquess of Kaumara
- (m. to Othoro (Princess) Laila Rovona, a.k.a. "Ushan" ("The Cloud"), Marquise of Kaumara)
* ailing and effectively withdrawn from public life
** currently the public face of the dynastyRECENT HISTORY:
An ancient House from an obscure mixture of Terran cultural offshoots, they control a multitude of small organics- and mineral-rich planetoid settlements in the seven systems of Sector Deonaru.
The current Haora or Duke, Razayana, is a cantankerous figure close in age to the Emperor himself, but in ill health and these days seen in public only at state functions. He has an army of children, legitimate and otherwise, but his most direct heir is the glamorous playboy Prince Yafa, beloved of the masses and effectively now the dynasty's head and public face. His most clearly capable heir, though, is the elder Prince Kaga, who rumour has it is already running much of the family's data acquisition business... but who unfortunately is a more distant relative hailing from an inferior distaff branch of the House. Kaga's claim to the ducal throne comes through his wife, the Duke's young but brilliant daughter Othoro (Princess) Laila Rovona, a famous beauty nicknamed "Ushan" or "Cloud" by the people; she is rumoured to chafe at her powerless position and eager to seek influence through her husband. NOTABLE FOR:
Once proudly warlike, House Rovona has reinvented itself over the past several centuries as a conspicuous sponsor of high culture and, more importantly, a player in intelligence gathering and data-brokering. It sponsors a wide variety of scholarly, artistic and religious foundations which operate widely throughout the Empire and whose ranks are heavily-riddled with various sorts of Rovona operatives, informers, analysts, hackers and even mech-augmented assassins.STRENGTHS:
Employs a very compact but serviceable and modern navy, but by far House Rovona's greatest asset is its large, diverse and professional secret service, which provides a valuable edge in negotiating with and scheming against other Houses. The former Rovonian fame for ruthlessness in warfare has since translated to their reputation as shadow operators.WEAKNESSES:
House Rovona's financial resources are constrained by its limited territory, which makes maintaining its military and intelligence infrastructure a serious burden that is becoming increasingly noticeable to its subjects. The House's unity of purpose is extremely fragile, with a major succession struggle looming on the near horizon as the reigning Duke retreats from public life; indeed the struggle may already have begun.
Prince Yafa, Marquess of Nabara and Acting Protector of Sector Deonaru