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The Tender of the Blood Orchard is an Imperial title awarded to a citizen of the League. The Wunderkind Woods were secured, and renamed the Blood Orchard, by the Imperial Senate during the Autumn Equinox 384YE.


The Tender of the Blood Orchard is responsible for liaising with the Rebeshi Players, protecting the Blood Orchard, and protecting the people of Holmauer from the Blood Orchard should that become necessary.


Exploit the Warped Wood

Blood Red Blood
105 rings3 Winter vis
255 rings6 Winter vis
450 rings9 Winter vis
690 rings12 Winter vis
Warped Wooden Staffs
720 rings1 Phlegmatic Staff
1440 rings2 Phlegmatic Staffs

As a ministry, the title of Tender of the Blood Orchard allows the holder to purchase winter vis and Phlegmatic Staffs at a set price. The Tender makes their decision about how much money to spend during downtime from their character page. Money is removed from, and resources are placed into, the character's inventory when the downtime is processed.


This title is appointed during the Winter Solstice. The Tender of the Blood Orchard is selected by unanimous decision of the the League senators. If a unanimous decision cannot be reached, the title may be appointed by the Imperial Senate instead.

The title can be held by any League citizen. They can be revoked by the General Assembly, the League National Assembly, and by the Assembly of the Nine.

Blood Orchard

The trees of the Blood Orchard are twisted unholy things, their naked branches grasping toward the sky like grasping claws. Each tree has a single hollow from which oozes a sweet smelling, sticky, bright red sap. Those brave enough to venture into the woods have reported sightings of half eaten small animals in the roots of many of the trees, but no sign of any predators - although odd blue-white lights are sometimes seen bobbing among the trees on nights when the sky is particularly clear.

Shortly after the curse of the Hag Queen, the sap was sold to visiting tourists by a mountebank as the blood of Empress Lisabetta. The sap, nicknamed blood red blood by the imaginative folk of Holberg's streets, was discovered to be poisonous if consumed but when prepared appropriately serves as a form of winter vis.

Spring Equinox 386YERicardo Almieda Desmondo di Tasetto
Winter Solstice 384YECees Van Holberg

Recent Elections

This title is currently held by Ricardo Almieda Desmondo di Tasetto; it will be reelected at Winter Solstice 386YE. The table to the right shows the citizens who have been elected to hold this title in the years since Empress Britta died.

The Title in Play

The role does not provide additional information about events in the Empire, nor allow the player holding it to request special reports or downtime actions. These details are assumed to be below the abstraction layer. The title holder is encouraged to create their own stories about their activities within reasonable limits and to get involved in events appropriate to their title during the game, but they do not have any powers beyond those explicitly listed in the section on powers.

These details exist partly to provide context and character to the role - and partly to allow our writers to use the title as a plot hook. Plot that involves the position will be rare - but all the campaign positions in Empire have these details to create the potential for it to happen.

Further Reading