Reading from Hero of Lukomorye Chapter II
The modern Lukomorian system of nobility was
founded by Tzar Obereg and is a direct development of old Lukomorian
noble titles incorporated into a strict table of ranks used by dragons
in the Time of Dragon Yoke. Though in 7421, Vsevlast the Regent
attempted to reorganize the system, he faced tough opposition not only
from the nobility but from commoners and abandoned his reform.
Ranks of Lukomorian nobility
Some non-human subjects of the Lukomorian Tzar bear titles that are
translated to the Lukomorian language as noble titles (such as king of
cyclopses, prince of forests and water spirits, and archduchess of
mermaids) though they are not incorporated into the system.
- Knight (vitez) - granted to
everyone who served as an officer in the Lukomorian Army, Navy, or
higher officer in the police, or by a special Royal decree.
- Lord and Lady (gospodar, gospodarynia)
- the title was granted to landowners who pledged their loyalty to
Prince Obereg during the Foundation War. This title is hereditary but
can be taken away by the Tzar or, in very rare cases, by the Court of
Nobility. There are currently 1032 families with that title (and 561
- Margrave and Margravine (boyar, boyarynia)
- the title was given to the leaders of major cities or territories,
who joined Obereg in the Foundation War. Often, these people were
descendants of local rulers from pre-draconian times. This title is
hereditary and cannot be taken away. There are currently 79 families
with that title (and 15 extinct).
- Earl (voevoda) - the title is
given only in peaceful time and only for extraordinary merit and at no
time could there be more than 12 earls. This title is non-hereditary
but descendants of earls automatically become lords and ladies on their
18th birthday (unless, their parents were carrying the title of
Margrave before that of Earl). Tzar Obereg granted earlhood to twelve
of his closest friends and advisors, including the famed three
bogatyrs. Since then the maximum number of earls was 10 - granted by
Vsevlast the Regent. Currently, there are 2 earls - the Earl of Pozhar
and the Earl of Seversk. The title of Earl was granted twice to women -
Olga Beletskaya (by Tzar Obereg) and Vladislava Yermakova (by Tzar
- Duke/Duchess (Svetleyshiy Knyaz',
Svetleyshaya Knyaginia) - the unique title "Duke of Shapurga"
was given by Tzar Obereg to Slobodan, a son of a peasant who died but
saved the Tzar's life in the Battle of Belovodsk. This title is
hereditary but only an eldest child inherits it (other children become
lords and ladies). The last Duchess of Shapurga is the current Tzarina
Snezhana. The fate of the title is unclear.
- Prince/Princess (Knyaz'/Knyaginya)
- a member of the Royal family whose great-grandfather was a Tzar or
whose spouse bears this title. The Tzar's children also bear titles
Tzarevich/Tzarevna meaning "Tzar's son/daughter"). Currently, there are
eight bearers of this title.
- Tzar/Tzarina - a Royal couple. The Tzar is allowed
to marry anyone with a noble hereditary rank whose nobility was granted
at least fifty years prior to the marriage.
from "History of Deathlesses" by Baba Yaga
…Most likely, this magic technique was borrowed
by humans from elves though there is no direct proof of that. It is
known that the first Deathless was Garaviel, legendary human wizard who
was raised by elves and then participated in the Great Magic War first
on elfish, and then on human side. It is said that after 500 years of
quiet, boring life after the War Garaviel himself destroyed the
container where he put his death, and then died in matter of minutes
due to ultrafast aging. However, it is only a legend lacking any
It is known that to become the deathless the person should be a) a
non-Rasvim, b) a very strong wizard, having extraordinary skills in
environmental and heal magic, c) a very strong scientist knowledgeable
in life sciences and chemistry. Given that wizards very rarely have any
interest and any abilities for science and vice versa, the number of
candidates for Deathlesses is naturally very small.
The exact procedure of separating death from its own body is kept in
secret but what is known that wizards employ numerous techniques to
protect their death from being destroyed or damaged. In late Pelasgian
Empire, Mnesilochus the Bald hid his death on the bottom of Pellenian
Bay (modern Pelny Bay), guarded by a dozen of giant killer sharks. The
earthquake of 4380 not only caused tsunami that destroyed Persetha, the
city where Mnesilochus lived, but damaged his death leading to his
fatal drowning in tsunami (as was told by his spirit several years
later). Another sad example happened in Uhaydoku in 6591 when Lasixua
Toinon decided that the safest place to have his death would be the
planetary orbit but miscalculated the acceleration and now is revolving
around our world little bit slower than Moon.
Accroding to historical chronicles, since the Great Magic War there has
been total 15 cases of Deathless wizards and 1 case of Deathless
sorceress (Clearcha of Oxyathr). Of those 6 were killed by human
heroes, 3 killed by elves, 2 eaten by dragons, 2 destroyed their deaths
themselves for different reasons, 1 died in tsunami, 1 is revolving
around the globe, and 1 is considered missing for past 4500 years
Mystery of St. Kilda's Island
When Prince Obereg liberated Lukomorye from the
rule of the
three-headed dragon Bezdn and was about to be crowned Tzar, there were
three men missing on his Coronation Day. Those men were his closest
friends and everyone was surprised not to see them. Only the Tzar and a
few of his councilors knew that the three mightiest heroes of
Lukomorye, three bogatyrs-Slaven, Dobrynia and Udaloy, had been sent on
a special mission to a small island in the Svetloyar Sea, St.
Until today it is unknown what they were to do on this island which
was known only for a minor women's monastery founded in 6506 by Kilda
of Egarev, who was the unloved, childless wife of a Belovodsk prince.
The monastery was abandoned a hundred years later.
In 7233, Prince Radoslav organized an archaeological expedition to St.
Kilda's Island but his party never returned with the exception of one
of his servants, Lozan, who was found severely frightened. Lozan became
a monk and reopened the monastery.
Since that day, nobody has tried to solve St. Kilda's mystery. It's an
almost deserted piece of rock outside normal seafaring avenues, just an
occasional stop for smugglers.
However, in the ancient manuscript 'Life of Dobrynia', his anonymous
biographer mentions Dobrynia's words about St. Kilda's Island: 'There
will be a day when I'll wake up and tell the next bogatyr what to do
with this island.' Some historians consider this quote a fake since
the same phrase is included in Udaloy's biography by Procopius Bukvoed
written approximately at the same time.
The mystery of the expedition to St. Kilda's Island remains to be solved