Known as the ‘Dark Age’, Licorus Black became King not long after turning 17 after his father’s sudden death to Dragon pox as it swept through the wizarding world. Under the iron-fist of King Licorus, the wizarding world seemed to freeze in time, forcing industry and all innovation to a complete halt. His Nobles deposed him in late 1849 in favor of his son Cygnus I, who died 3 years later in 1852 after his coronation from ‘unknown causes’. His brother Arcturus I became regent until his son, Phineas Nigellus was old enough to take the throne though his reign ended in 1900 when his son overthrew him in favor of ‘change’.
King Sirius II’s reign became one known as the ‘Golden Age of Wizards’. For the next 52 years, under King Sirius II, the Wizarding World of London and Paris thrived. Beneath him, trade was at an all-time high and purebloods developed far more power than they ever had in time before it. It was also under King Sirius II that the Statute of Secrecy was reinforced to ensure that Muggles remained out of the wizarding world. The goal at that time was to ensure an eternal divide.
Arcturus III brought an era where the people were counted among those that mattered. Where the Nobility was charged with the protection of not just the Crown but of her people. It was an era where your purity did not promise you favor with the king, as two unfortunate families discovered when their lands and titles as higher nobility were taken in favor of families that were able to manipulate their way into the good graces of the King. Under Arcturus III Nobility began to rise in power (in some ways even above the King himself) and it became a dangerous struggle for power that was never quite recovered.
Upon his death, Orion I was crowned and what hopes the people had for possible reform died almost immediately as the High Nobles were charged with being more ruthless in hopes of bringing the kingdom back together and maintaining order. By 2005 Orion’s interests have shown that they do not stand with his people so much as with the wealth and power that comes with his station and his nobles. The more ‘trivial’ tasks of daily life within the kingdom and its lands have fallen on the high nobility who are constantly at war amongst themselves and the nobles who foam at the mouth to become one.
As Orion’s fate grows ever more in question as age takes its toll, nobles and commoners alike begin to wonder - what will become of the kingdom once the King dies. His son, Sirius III has a reputation for being a troublemaker and far more progressive than his father but the nobility has no desire to allow their power to slip away so easily. The youngest Prince - Regulus has been steeped in tradition his whole life and of the two, he is far safer for nobles to trust than his brother.
When push comes to shove, who will win the war for the throne and will they keep it? There is outright war on the horizon but that war will start in the very heart of the Kingdom. What side are you on?
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