The Ducal Household
The Ducal Family
The Karennia family has a strong tradition of service
in the Imperial Navy. All children attend the Naval Academy as a matter
of course, and are expected to put in at least one full term in the service.
The biggest thorn in the side of the family in recent
years has been the failure to produce another generation. None of the
Duke's children have yet married, and with the youngest rapidly approaching
50, time is running out to extend the line of inheritance.
Ricardo Karennia, Duke of Adabicci (b.1046)
Strong interest in Imperial affairs in the area of his
jurisdiction (Ianic, Rabwhar, Spirelle, Tenalphi,
Zaibon). Played a major part in preventing a Fifth Frontier
War in 1107, including arranging the raid on Bronze on 168-1107 --
he's mentioned on the plaque of the sculpture commorating it. Highly
respected by the Archduke of Deneb.
Nobles directly under him are the Marquis of Ianic, the
Marquis of Tenalphi, and possibly a Marquis or Marchioness
Technically in regard to subsector matters, reports to
the Duke or Duchess of Lunion, but is
actually an equal. In practice, reports directly to the Archduke, and
in terms of influence is probably more powerful than any subsector Duke.
When Ricardo speaks, Norris listens.
Despite his advancing age, he remains active in both his
duties and in recreation. He's an enthustiastic polo player, and has
one of the best polo pony breeder farms in the Marches.
Justinia Florani-Karennia, Duchess of Adabicci (b.1048 d.????)
Only wife of Ricardo, mother of all his children. Only
child of Count Robert Gartner and Countess Nora, honorific nobility from
Frenzie. Both her parents died before she met the Duke at a
party on Rhylanor. The couple were married just two months later.
Justinia was much loved by the public. She died
in 1092 after contracting a respiratory plague while assisting at a childrens'
hospital on Rabwhar.
Eduard, Lord Adabicci (b.1069)
Eldest son of the Duke, heir to the title. In all
respects appears to be a thoroughly worthy successor to the current Duke.
Much more formal and somewhat less easy-going than his father, but
no less capable or friendly. Possibly the most eligible bachelor in
the Domain of Deneb, short of the Archduke himself, but you'd have to go
through his social secretary even to meet him accidentally on the street.
There's a good deal of public pressure on him to produce an heir, which
he ignores totally.
Served three terms in the Imperial Navy as a Line Officer,
and could almost certainly have made Admiral if he'd have stayed in. His
knowledge of military science is superb, and he inspires the men under his
command. As it is, of course, he retired to assist his father and learn
the details of the Dukedom.
Baroness Arahani of Adabicci (b.1073)
Daughter of the Duke, raised to Baroness in her own right
in 1122 for her part in managing the Ianic crisis. Also has
a strong interest in local politics, less so beyond the jurisdiction of the
Dukedom. It was a great surprise to everyone outside the Karennia family
when she was passed over for Marquis of Ianic in favor of jonkeereen activist
Armis Kowrollian. She's unmarried and apparently in no hurry to change
that. Big fan of the game of soccer, and played on the Naval Academy
team. Served one term in the Imperial Navy as a Staff Officer, left
with rank of Lieutenant.
Sir Geoffrey of Adabicci (b.1074)
Youngest son of the Duke. Little to no interest
in politics. Has a large estate out in the country and is very happy
there. Has a circle of informal friends, mostly from the lower nobility.
He'll always welcome them to his estate, whether a planned or surprise
visit -- if he's not there, they're welcome to stay there in his absence.
One of these friends is Marquis Marcus Crestworty of Pallique,
with whom he served in the Imperial Navy, and was with him in an incident
which resulted in both of them receiving the Imperium's highest honor, the
Starburst for Extreme Heroism. He doesn't like to talk about the incident,
but when he does he just says they were resisting a mutiny, and Marquis March
saved his life. They both left the Navy shortly thereafter (at the
end of their first term), and while Marquis Marc went into academia, Sir
Geoffrey retired to his estate on Adabicci to enjoy the benefits of
nobility. He carries the rank of Lieutenant.
Geoff shares his father's love of equestrian activities,
although he prefers touring his estate on horseback rather than competing
in any sort of sport.