Long known as Esperona, the kingdom of Luminaria recently experienced a relatively peaceful revolution. When Gaius Sedonis, the last emperor of Esperona, died with no obvious heir, the nation was thrown into a state of flux. The death of Gaius marked the first time in over 1,000 years that the emperor had died without a designated heir and many were at a loss as to what to do. The noble families began jostling for position and many a noble began to raise and recruit an army to support his claim to the throne.

Others clamored for the right to let the people decide, a notion that was appalling to most of the nobles. They felt that the common people were clearly too uneducated to make such an important decision and feared that even allowing only those of noble heritage to vote would result in too many disparate interests representing the nation. More to the point though, the nobility simply could not fathom the specter of the common folk being placed in charged. As the claims were stated and restated, the feuding became louder and angrier and soon it was clear that the nation was on the verge of civil war.

It was at this time that the church of Lumana stepped in. Fearing that the nation was headed toward a civil war, and fearing further that said war would be seen as an invitation for Poldroth invade, the church offered the suggestion that the throne be handed over to one of the church’s. Create a theocracy and the interests of the nation will be served and the people will be content they argued. The nobles would continue to be nobles, the commoners would respect the dictates of the church (even if the church in power was not their particular church of choice), and most importantly, the church could be trusted to do the right thing for the country.

This suggestion was met with a surprising amount of support. The various churches in Esperona agreed that the gods, acting through their priests, would be the best source of wisdom. Even the nobles who seemed to have the strongest support reluctantly agreed that the suggestion seemed sound enough as there were few in Esperona who did not actively worship at least one deity, and almost all respected the other deities even if they did not actively worship them. At that point, the only question was which church would be given control. There was a suggestion by many to give control to representatives from all the major churches. This suggestion though was met with the fear that this would lead to even more strife as the different churches would vie for greater power.

Eventually it was decided that only one church could be put in control. Each of the major churches put forth their candidates and their arguments. The church of Lumana made a shrewd decision to offer up a comparitively low-ranking priest, Ignatius Hawkstrom, as the head of the government. By suggesting a low-ranking priest, it was deemed that Hawkstrom would be less likely to let the power go his head. After all, he had rarely shown much inclination to climb very high within the ranks of the church prior to this time. Additionally, the Church of Lumana suggested that the throne become a heriditary position so as to avoid any back door dealings between prospective heirs to the throne. The new emperor would be advised by a council of priests of course, but ultimately power would reside with the Emperor and his family.

This proposal seemed to bring with it the least amount of change, while offering up the stability that was desired in order to prevent future internal conflicts. So it was that Ignatius became Emperor Ignatius Hawkstrom. His first order of business was to rename his kingdom Luminaria after his goddess. There are still many who resent the decision to place the Church in charge and there are plenty who at least secretly believe that Hawkstrom has no true claim to the throne. To date none have openly challenged his authority though many feel it is only a matter of time.


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