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The '''Kingdom of Holden''' is one of the nine factions vying for control over [[Gamers:Countermay| Countermay]].  
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<blockquote>"''[[Simm Buxtehude|Simm]] made many enemies when he carved Holden from the wilderness, enemies with long memories.''"
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—[[Tuatha Dundareel]]<ref name="e04">Vancil, Matt, et al. The Gamers: Hands of Fate Extended e04. YouTube, Dead Gentlemen Productions, 09 Oct. 2013, youtu.be/QkkyrykLnxI.</ref></blockquote>
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The '''Kingdom of Holden''' is one of the nine factions vying for control over [[Countermay]].  
  
 
== History ==
 
== History ==
"The smallest of the empires is also one of the youngest. Throughout the wars and tribulations of the past century, the Valley of Holden has become a refuge of sorts for the free people of Countermay. Home to free thinkers and individuals from all regions, this refugee camp grew into a city that grew into a ragtag nation of adventurers, militarily weak but cunning and resourceful, an X factor the rest of the world could not ignore. In the War Against the God-King, Holden’s greatest hero, [[Simm Buxtehude]], played a critical role. He forged an unstable alliance between [[Gamers:Protectorate of Malchior|Malchior]], [[Gamers:Magocracy of Arcanix|Arcanix]], the Seelie of [[Gamers:the Tuatha]], the [[Ord]] and the newly arrived [[the Displaced|Displaced]] against the might of [[Gamers:Cult of Shad-Hujem|the God-King’s forces]]. With the help of the Seelie prince [[Gamers:Tuatha Dundareel | Tuatha Dundareel]], Buxtehude tricked the God-King into committing his forces, allowing their alliance to sneak the Displaced’s city-killing bomb into His presence. The resulting explosion vaporized Shad-Hujem and buried the Godhead Seat—his source of power—under a mountain of stone. Simm’s final action before he died of a strange wasting illness—“radiation poisoning,” the Displaced called it—was to crown [[Gamers:Queen Genevieve|Queen Genevieve]] and force the other empires to recognize Holden as their equal. Holden now has a permanent place in the Circle of Nine, though many are there who would see this upstart pretender nation of smashed and scattered."<ref>Vancil, Matt, and Nathan Rice. Romance of the Nine Empires: Rules of Play. Edited by Jeff Quick, Alderac Entertainment Group, 2013.</ref>
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Originally a refuge for free thinkers and individuals from across Countermay, the population in the Valley of Holden grew from a small camp, to a city, to a thriving nation over a generation under the leadership of legendary hero and quester [[Simm Buxtehude]].
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Militarily weak but cunning and resourceful, the Kingdom of Holden had grown into a force by the time of the War of the God-King. Holden was highly influential, as Buxtehude forged an alliance between [[Protectorate of Malchior|Malchior]], [[Magocracy of Arcanix|Arcanix]], the Seelie of [[the Tuatha]], the [[Ord]], and the newly arrived [[the Displaced|Displaced]] against [[God-King Shad-Hujem]]'s [[Cult of Shad-Hujem|cult]] and their allies in the [[Merchants of Esh|Esh]] and the Unseelie court of [[the Tuatha]].
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In the key turning point of the war, Buxtehude and the Seelie prince [[Tuatha Dundareel]] worked with the Displaced to vaporize Shad-Hujem and bury his Godhead Seat under a mountain of stone using the Displaced's city-killing bomb. Holden was officially recognized as an equal to the other factions after the war.
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Buxtehude crowned [[Queen Genevieve]] as his successor before his death by a mysterious wasting disease known to the Displaced as "radiation poisoning."<ref>Vancil, Matt, and Nathan Rice. Romance of the Nine Empires: Rules of Play. Edited by Jeff Quick, Alderac Entertainment Group, 2013. https://tesera.ru/images/items/323501/R9E_Rules.pdf.</ref>
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A generation later, as the [[Dread Army of Ixhasa]] marched across the land, Holden's power was waning, and there was an expectation among their court that Simm Buxtehude's daughter [[Myriad Buxtehude|Myriad]], a hero and quester in her own right, would be married off to prevent Holden from being violently destroyed or annexed by another faction.<ref name="e04" />
  
 
==In ''[[The Gamers: Hands of Fate]]''==
 
==In ''[[The Gamers: Hands of Fate]]''==
During the 2012 national Romance of the Nine Empires championship, both semi-finalist Natalie Warner and champion [[Gamers:Sean Cassidy | Sean Cassidy]] played Holden decks.
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During the [[Romance of the Nine Empires US Nationals 2013|2013 R9E US Nationals tournament]], both semi-finalist Natalie Warner and champion [[Gamers:Sean Cassidy | Sean Cassidy]] played Holden decks.
 
 
== Notable citizens ==
 
* [[Gamers:Elbeth the Weeping Duchess | Elbeth the Weeping Duchess]]
 
  
 
==References==
 
==References==

Revision as of 14:19, 26 June 2020

Logo of the Kingdom of Holden faction in the Romance of the Nine Empires card game
"Simm made many enemies when he carved Holden from the wilderness, enemies with long memories." —Tuatha Dundareel[1]

The Kingdom of Holden is one of the nine factions vying for control over Countermay.

History

Originally a refuge for free thinkers and individuals from across Countermay, the population in the Valley of Holden grew from a small camp, to a city, to a thriving nation over a generation under the leadership of legendary hero and quester Simm Buxtehude.

Militarily weak but cunning and resourceful, the Kingdom of Holden had grown into a force by the time of the War of the God-King. Holden was highly influential, as Buxtehude forged an alliance between Malchior, Arcanix, the Seelie of the Tuatha, the Ord, and the newly arrived Displaced against God-King Shad-Hujem's cult and their allies in the Esh and the Unseelie court of the Tuatha.

In the key turning point of the war, Buxtehude and the Seelie prince Tuatha Dundareel worked with the Displaced to vaporize Shad-Hujem and bury his Godhead Seat under a mountain of stone using the Displaced's city-killing bomb. Holden was officially recognized as an equal to the other factions after the war.

Buxtehude crowned Queen Genevieve as his successor before his death by a mysterious wasting disease known to the Displaced as "radiation poisoning."[2]

A generation later, as the Dread Army of Ixhasa marched across the land, Holden's power was waning, and there was an expectation among their court that Simm Buxtehude's daughter Myriad, a hero and quester in her own right, would be married off to prevent Holden from being violently destroyed or annexed by another faction.[1]

In The Gamers: Hands of Fate

During the 2013 R9E US Nationals tournament, both semi-finalist Natalie Warner and champion Sean Cassidy played Holden decks.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Vancil, Matt, et al. The Gamers: Hands of Fate Extended e04. YouTube, Dead Gentlemen Productions, 09 Oct. 2013, youtu.be/QkkyrykLnxI.
  2. Vancil, Matt, and Nathan Rice. Romance of the Nine Empires: Rules of Play. Edited by Jeff Quick, Alderac Entertainment Group, 2013. https://tesera.ru/images/items/323501/R9E_Rules.pdf.