Within the Kingdom of Fenia, lay a certain viscounty of particular interest to this tale. It was the Viscountcy of Ettinford, belonging to the territory of Athena. As of the winter of 1658-1659, the Duchy of Athena had no Duchess and its territory lay mostly barren of any nobles. The territory served the High King, as the rest of the Viceroyalty did, with little loyalty laying elsewhere.
In the Viscountcy of Ettinford, there was a marsh. It became known as the Wisp Marsh, an ode to the famous Will-o-Wisps. The fabled creatures could be seen, or at least, their tale was told amongst the region and its lady thought it was a befitting name for that swampy stretch. There was slight dismay that the creatures evaded the Lady of Wisp Marsh, but there was still hope.
That hope came from the expanse of land, now under her care. As Viscountess of Ettinford, Aishe Sanchari Winterbourne planned to survey her land in search of the beings she had become associated with long before her journey to Fenia.
Ettinford was on the southern side of of the Duchy, with the proud seaside town of Athena stationed directly to the north. It was, when reviewing potential viscountcies, one that Aishe chose solely based on its location and personal meaning. Upon her flee from Bravia, it was these shores that her and her family landed with their sailboat. It was the first Fenian soil (well, sand) beneath her boots as a Fenian citizen, where she swore fealty to the High King. It was in those dunes she made the promise to put all her efforts into the Kingdom she now called home. It only seemed fitting that she took it under her care.
The northern portion of Ettinford was rather dense with forest, broken by the occasional homestead and a sliver of stream. As one travelled closer to the coast, the forest broke up. It was there you'd find land like the holding of Wisp Marsh, stretches of swamp-like conditions where fog often hung low. If one were to push past that, however, the land gave way to the sea and it was, in the Queen's opinion, a breathtaking view.
Rather central to the viscountcy, nestled amongst the thinning of the forest, sat the estate of Ettinford. It was an older manor, with a grey roof and worn tan stones. The stonework was simple, but effective in dominating the surrounding landscape. The manor loomed above the green lawn, the line of the forest giving the building and gardens space to breathe instead of being dwarfed by the ancient trees. The gardens were not complex, but there was beauty in its simplicity and there was plenty of room to add on. The inside of the building was, however, complex in its woodwork and architecture. Overall, despite not having a guardian, the estate was kept in decent enough shape, inside and out. Of course, once the paperwork had been finalized, the new Viscountess was quick to make sure all was in working order and properly prepared to have life in those halls once again. As Queen and Viceroy, she'd mostly be stuck in Imperius and Fenia City with work. As Viscountess, however, she looked forward to the breaks from the castle and the privacy and freedom of her own land... And possibly find a Will-o-wisp of her own.
|OOC: For reference purposes, here is a collection of photos of the estate house. More can be found by searching 'Mill Neck Manor', the real life place I have chosen to use as my inspiration for the Ettinford Estate.|
ETA: Here is a map design of the entire viscounty, including its towns and enclosed barony.
Please note: This RP is no longer an active place for RP involving Aishe. Visit her new home-base RP [ORP]Attica: Put Ashore. I wish the best to the next Viscount of Ettinford. Please feel free to use this thread to continue the story of the estate. <3