Currently the most influential house in Brevoy with They control both Port Ice in the Northwestern Corner and the capital city New Stetven. The Surtova crest is a gray ship against a field of blue below and black above, the upper shield spangled with silver stars. Its motto is “Ours Is the Right.”
People: ‘King’ Noleski Surtova sits upon the Dragonscale Throne in New Stetven while his sister Natala Surtova reigns as his unofficial queen, as Noleski has not yet married. Lord Domani Surtova, (uncle to King Noleski) currently rules the ancestral lands around Port Ice.
History: Back in the earliest days before Brevoy (or even Issia) existed the Surtovas were infamous pirates and raiders lead by a patriarchal warlord. Canny and scheming, the Surtova gradually dominated the local clans – and formed them into the disparate nation of Issia – With the Surtova’s reigning as kings. When Choral the Conqueror came along, the Surtova promptly surrendered and then married a daughter off to the new ruler, gaining themselves lands, titles and influence in the new realm. Since The Vanishing, House Surtova claimed the throne again. Initially as King-Regent although recently King Noleski has started claiming the title of King in his own right.
Rogues, scoundrels, former pirates made good. Now very aristocratic. They came to the crown of Brevoy after House Rogarvia’s disappearance four years ago and have held on ever-since in a caretaker position that is becoming increasingly stable and permanent.
Conservative-Liberal leadership… about as tradition bound as a faction designed around liberty can be. Basically, you transgress a law—then the punishment is harsh. But there aren’t many laws.
Leadership styles are highly mixed depending on who is giving the ruling. Noleski is conservative-careful, Natala is conservative-opportunistic. Natala is also an expert diplomat. Noleski has trouble with his words, but they have one thing in common in that they are both fast to respond to threats. This has lead some in the Free City of Restov and Orlovsky to reconsider their initial opposition toward the Crown.
Gnomes are looked on with suspicion by the Ruling Family due to the assassination of Noleski and Natala’s mother by a troupe of traveling performance gnomes.
Now: King Noleski is still working to establish his control of the nation. Not everyone recognises his claim to be king, and some still insist on describing him as King Regent. When Surtova took over New Stetven he expected to take over the lands and manors in Rostland that had been controlled by House Rogarvia. However, in the South of Rostland, many of the manors invited Aldori Swordlords in as ‘Care Takers’ and there is now a bit of a stand off.
The Surtovans are known as careful and cunning diplomats. Before Choral the Conqueror invaded, the Surtovans were known as pirates and raiders, and the family still has many connections with the pirates and brigands of the region, many of whom are distant relations of the Surtova clan. One of the more active pirates of the Lake of Mists and Veils, Captain Vali Dobos, is rumoured to have a close connection with the Surtova’s, although he keeps his lineage hidden.
Their family motto is “Ours Is the Right,” which likely reflects their belief in a right to rulership of Brevoy since their family formerly ruled Issia as a group of crafty pirate-kings.
Colonies: Both Baron Drelev and Lady Stroon-Drelev were ‘at court’ in New Stetven and it is understood that New Stetven supported their expedition. Being able to trade through The Slough would be good for his business interests.