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Konrad III, König von Schönbrunn. Nicknamed &l…

Konrad III, König von Schönbrunn. Nicknamed “Der Vergoldete Adler” or “Der Prätor von Schönbrunn” by his contemporaries, Konrad III is the current and reigning king of Schönbrunn and a prince-elector of The Empire of Mankind. While it is generally considered both customary, if not traditional for both royal and aristocratic households to make their head, or otherwise eldest son and on rare occasions, firstborn daughter the heir to their realm or estate. The rightful head of House Mertz of Schönbrunn, Jon Mertz, had elected to disinherit his inheritance to The Kingdom of Schönbrunn in favour of his younger brother in order to pursue a doctorate in theology at The Imperial Academy at Nymphenberg in the Reichstadt, or the personal realm of The Emperors of Mankind within The Empire Proper. Amongst the ranks of both the great vassals to The Emperor of Mankind and The Prince-Electors of The Empire, The Mertz Kings of Schönbrunn have historically been both the wealthiest and most powerful princes in The Empire of Mankind after The Emperors themselves. The historical wealth and power of The Kingdom of Schönbrunn was largely due to being the site of the richest deposits of gold, silver, and gems within the boundaries of the civilized world as defined by the clergymen of the new gods. Though in recent decades, through the stewardship of both Konrad III and his predecessor, King Leopold IV of Schönbrunn, has the wealth and prosperity of “Der Königriech von Schönbrunn” been augmented by both the successful cultivation of wine and silk farming as well as the subsidization of the more urban, municipal industries rooted around the manufacturing of both consumer goods and military equiptment such as weapons, armour, and uniforms for the growing professional army of The Kingdom of Schönbrunn. Jon Mertz, as the official head of House Mertz and the older brother of Konrad III, has devoted his life’s work to lecturing on matters of theology at The University of Wörtzburch in The Kingdom of Solingen, or the realm of House Beggs in The Empire of Mankind, ancient enemies of House Mertz through a blood feud lasting several centuries. Due to the radical reforms being taught by Jon Mertz at The University of Wörtzburch, as well as Carter III of Solingen’s willingness to provide political asylum for both Jon Mertz and followers of his “reformation.” Konrad III has decided to remain faithful to both The Emperor of Mankind and The “Conservative” Church of The New Gods due to his family’s ancestral oaths of fealty to The Imperial Household for their royal title and station, despite, or rather because of his blood ties to the greatest religious reformer in The Civilized World. The gilding featured on this suit of armour is known “Orange Gold” or Gold smelted copper and nickel to create an imperishable “bronze” effect. This illustration was designed as a gift for Jon Mertz, a friend from Germany.

“Cogito ergo sum. (I think, therefore I am.)…

“Cogito ergo sum. (I think, therefore I am.)” – René Descartes

“But I think happiness springs from another …

“But I think happiness springs from another source, a far deeper one that doesn’t depend on will because it comes from love.” – Henryk Sienkiewicz, Quo Vadis

Farewell by Edmund Blair Leighton

eadfrith: The Grandisson Psalter Folios 25r – …

eadfrith:

The Grandisson Psalter

Folios 25r – 26v Add MS 21926

1270-1280

“People don’t very much like things that…

“People don’t very much like things that are beautiful — They are so far from their nasty little minds.” – Claude Debussy

The escutcheon I designed for Jon Mertz, a fri…

The escutcheon I designed for Jon Mertz, a friend from Germany. The colour palette and overall design of this escutcheon is loosely inspired by both The Minotaurs and The Knights of The Raven Space Marine Chapters in Warhammer 40k. This escutcheon is for a low-fantasy setting of my design with technology equivalent to the late medieval and renaissance periods. Where formations of heavily mounted and armoured knight fight alongside armies of pikemen and matchlock musketeers, where medieval-style stone castles are gradually being zoned out in favour of both lavish country estates and devoted military fortifications due to the advancements made in artillery technology, and where my friends and familly fulfill the roles of members of royal and aristocratic households each with armies, lands, and fortunes at their disponsal. In context to the lore of my fantasy setting, House Mertz is the ruling family of The Kingdom of Schönbrunn in The Empire of Mankind and a vassal of House Steel, or The Imperial Household of The Empire of Mankind. Jon Mertz is the eldest son former heir of The Late Leopold IV of House Mertz, or the previous King of 

Schönbrunn, although he elected to opt out of the line of succession for the title of King of Schönbrunn in favour of his younger brother Konrad III, current head of House Mertz, Reigning King of Schönbrunn, and Prince-Elector of The Empire of Mankind, in order to pursue a Doctorate of Theology in The Imperial Academy in Nyphenburg, or the seat of The Imperial Household of The Emperor of Mankind. After a decade of salaried lecturing in The University of Wörtzburch in The Kingdom of Solingen, Jon Mertz wrote a discourse outlining what he regarded as the inherent corruption within the clergy of The Church of The New Gods as well as questioning the legitimacy of The Patriarch of Maccharia as the supreme authority on matters of religion in The Church of The New Gods as well as the legitimacy of The Emperor of Mankind as The Annointed and Crowned Suzerain of The Empire of Mankind. Although many within and without The Empire of Mankind showed great sympathy for the religious discourses of John Mertz as a learned doctor of the church, his hypotheses was met with strong opposition by the supporters of The High Patriarch and The Emperor of Mankind as well as their political supporters within The Empire, culminating in a period of religious warfare and sectarianism within The Empire of Mankind that spread quickly beyond it’s borders through missionaries and printers sympathetic with Jon Mertz’ reforms. Amongst the Aristocratic and Royal elites both within and without The Empire who have shown their political, military, and financial support to Jon Mertz, his followers, and his teachings include Carter II, Head of House Beggs and King of Solingen, where Jon Mertz began lecturing on matters of Theology, Zach I, Head of House Trewhitt and King of Middenland, James VI, Head of House Hobson and King of Albion, and Brian I “The Blessed,” Head of House Hobson and King of Sweetwater. Within the boundarines of The Empire of Mankind, Carter II as head of House Beggs, reigning King of Solingen, and A Prince-Elector of The Empire of Mankind has declared himself the lord-protector of John Mertz and his religious movement to reform The Church of The New Gods, granting political asylum for both Jon Mertz and his followers both within and beyond the boudarines of The Empire. With the greatest of duress, Konrad III as Head of House Mertz, King of Schönbrunn, and Prince-Elector of The Empire of Mankind has begrudgingly maintained his loyalty as a vassal to The Emperor of Mankind and kept faith with The Mother Church despite his blood ties to Jon Mertz, due in part to his ancestral oath of fealty with The Imperial Household for his royal title and station, as well as his family’s ancestral rivalry with House Beggs of Solingen going back several centuries. In terms of historical inspiration, The Kingdom of Schönbrunn is loosely inspired by the culture and aesthetic of Bavarian, or High German Culture during The Medieval and Early Modern Periods of European History, keeping in faith with The Northern, or “Austere” Imperial Culture obvious influence in medieval and Early Modern Germanic and Czech culture.

“The lion’s whelp is a lion, be it male or fem…

“The lion’s whelp is a lion, be it male or female.” – Shota Rustaveli

heaveninawildflower: Detail from a calendar pa…

heaveninawildflower:

Detail from a calendar page (Flemish, mid 1200′s) – ‘Hawking in May.’

Tempera colours, gold leaf, and ink on parchment.

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    Niccolò di Tommaso, Sant’Antonio Abate e santi (1371), Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte, Napoli.

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    Giotto e aiuti, Compianto sul Cristo morto (1328-30), Coro delle monache, Basilica di Santa Chiara, Napoli.

    Thanks for submission. I think I"ll have to visit Santa Chiara when I’ll travel to Nsples next month.