Japanese sailors fence on-board a battleship, c. 1915. After driving the Germans out of their colonies in China and the Pacific, Japan’s direct battlefield participation in the First World War waned, but the Imperial Japanese Navy played an invaluable role in defending Entente sea-lanes and transports in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, while also focusing on gaining concessions in China and the Russian Far East.
The Royal Navy of Farrun often send expeditions far from the borders of their kingdom to secure the sea lanes that are so vital to the port city’s continued prosperity. To this day, their sails still proudly display the blue-and-white Frost Sigil of Farrun’s royal house, who claim descent from the ancient warlords who drove the last Orcs out of their territory in the late Second Era and founded the modern Kingdom of Farrun. In recent years, however, they have begun to display another symbol on the flags atop their mainmasts - the red-and-black Fist and Crown-of-Thorns that is the symbol of the Eltheric League. A potent symbol to all who look upon Farrun’s Navy that an attack on them is also an attack on their northern Breton allies in Northpoint and Jehanna.
What, me? Of course not, at least none that I know of. I tend to be aggressor in those situations.
That said, as not to bore anyone, I can speak of those I admire instead.
The Duchy of Lithuania, as mighty as he is, has been a constant source of strength and good council. I invited him to occupy my castles along the Lagoda and the Baltic sea. He helped foster little Tver’s growth in those crucial early years as well. He is a dependable ally, a cool level head, and one of those rare nationkind I could truly call ‘Friend’. I feel true safety with him at my back. …which is probably why Poland is so invested and possessive of him. Poland’s intercession has made visiting him difficult. The Pole has his ear, and from what I understand, soon his hand. It pains me, but I must content myself with his friendship, and nothing more. I miss his companionship.
I have been battling with Svei, the Swedish specifically, for 200 years for the keep of this man. The Finn, his lands, and all of that Baltic coastline are a glittering jewel that I have desired for centuries. Possessing that coast would mean near total control over the entire Baltic sea, and extending my reach from Sweden’s norther borders to the edges of the Danish sea-lanes. Grain and bread would never be dear again, and the special warhorses he breeds and trains would be mine in turn. Svei is deeply attached to him, and I can understand why. There is something in the way his eyes burn, like lilac pitch, when he glares at me. He is fury in a rosy-cheeked package.
Nemtsy, the shit! God gifted him with a beautiful face, long lashes, and long, luscious snowy hair that he abuses. He is terribly skinny. He resists me futily at every turn, rushing me and trying to wipe me off the face of the earth. He is a challenge, intriguing and vindictive all at once. Wearing him down, little by little, may lead to him leaving me be, and not stirring up the Swedish to declare crusade against me. There are moments when he is quiet, and I break through to him, and there is something witty and kind under that angry, bristly shell. …I just wish he would stop trying to kidnap my children-
The last…I only met once, and she left an undeniable impression upon me. She? …He? I cannot be sure. Frankiskye only appeared on the edge of the Hanseanic trade routes just once, and I passed them in the harbors. They were stunning! It took decades before my princes would allow me to wear finery to represent them, and they glide in silks, furs, gold, and embroidered satin. Sky blue tunics and gold embroidery fluttering like peacock feathers in the breeze, golden locks catching the sun like the gates of paradise… I doubt I will ever see them again, but perhaps, if God allows, I might hear just a drop of honey from those soft, rosey lips…
I am not lucky enough to have suitors close enough, or interested enough in me to travel though. Love and romance is difficult for our kind, no? Everything must be weighed and found balanced before even meetings can occur, and keeping things secret and quiet is difficult enough without having to worry about public opinion souring things. I suppose that may be why I am told to pursue the Finnish so much. They are a close country that would suit a marriage well.
Who could be closer than that?
The Grand Prince Novgorod will simply have to stay a bachelor for the meantime.
The Land-Ship, a mock navigation bridge on the roof of the School of Navigation, Royal Technical College, in 1913. The student is being instructed in the rule of the sea lanes. The City Chambers’ dome is in the background.
The School of Navigation was established in 1910 to provide seamen with the technical knowledge necessary to advance their career prospects. Models and apparatus were provided to demonstrate the principles of seamanship, navigation and nautical astronomy. The School’s qualifications were recognised by the Board of Trade.
The photograph appeared soon after a change of name for the college. On a visit to India in 1911, King George V was impressed by the number of major engineering projects that had been undertaken by engineers trained at the Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College. He readily agreed to a request from the Governors for the name to be changed to Royal Technical College, which took place in 1912.
It’s been a long time coming but now this blog (my follow blog miqodi) is a collection of all my character things as well as ooc things (though I do try to keep non ffxiv relevant things to a minimum).
For now, Di Arkouda (formerly Di Aur’ima) is closed for RP. I am very happy with where her story is and I am not currently looking to expand upon that outside my current threads. However! I am still very actively RPing my other characters and I have a few handy dandy links to help point people in the right direction.
Tarot Car Reader, Addict, Unwilling Profit, and General Fuck-up.
Your character might know her if: They spend a lot of time in the Gold Saucer, they frequent Ul’dah, they have a tendency to work outside the rules of the law, or if they have affiliations with Pirates (sky or sea).
Coffee Shop Owner, Firelight Trading Co. Secretary, Former Bandit, and Firm Believer in Tough Love.
Your chracter might know her if: They were or are currently a part of the mecenary trade, they frequent Moon in a Cup Cafe, they interact with Firelight Trading Co., or they grew up in the Black Shroud.
In blue, sea lanes under Portuguese influence and control.
In pink, claimed territories once part of the Portuguese Empire.
The Portuguese Empire, also known as the Portuguese Overseas, was the 1st Global Empire in History, starting in 1415 with the conquest of Ceuta, over 500 years after Portugal’s foundation in 868. In addition, it was the longest-lived of the modern European colonial empires, spanning nearly six centuries, making it the longest Global Empire in History.
Portuguese Conquistadors battled their way through Asia, South America, Africa, Arabia, conquering and expanding the Empire in search for wealth, settlement, gold, slaves, trade and spreading of Christianity. Thanks to this, Portugal held dominion over the sea lanes of the Indian and South Atlantic oceans, making its economic, military and political power the rival of any in Europe.
Portuguese domain was present in Africa, Arabia, Brazil, Canada, Greenland and several parts of Asia, including India, Sri Lanka, China, Japan, and others.
“Portuguese were the first Europeans after the Dark Ages to engage in transcultural and transoceanic warfare, equipped with a blend of nautical knowledge, superior technology, incredible courage, very few men, and great swordsmanship that proved very efficient against the curved blades of the Turks and Moors. One must be aware that the Portuguese knew they were always outnumbered, a certainty that led them to employ all their courage and determination in the fights and battles they engaged. In many cases, just mentioning the Portuguese would distress an entire army or fleet, knowing the fierceness and bravery of the Portuguese warriors."