The Elder House of Hart: Clan of the Many-Pointed Stag
“The High Born, Changed by War”
The oldest peoples recorded in The Annals were the Wyddic ancestors of the House of Hart, The Aelaredadd. But then again The Elder Annals were written by them. Early on these people developed a deep connection to the land and are sometimes still referred to as the Old Ones, the Firstborn, or the Deep People. The many-pointed stag refers to the Erwydd u Ddaeár, the first sigil ever to awaken to humankind; it is an unsubtle reference to Hart’s claim to the High Throne at Dumnonia as direct descendants of the first humans in The Realm and the ancient rule of The Aelaredadd.
Centuries of subjugation and resistance to the Iztani changed the people of the House of Hart, and during the Empire’s dwindling years The Bracelet of Knights wrested control from their conquering paladins and claimed the mantel of empire for themselves. By this time the peoples of the House of Hart began calling themselves the Iowydd or High Wyddans, the right rulers of The Realm and high protectors of its land, peoples and magic.
The tides have now turned and as the A’quilans have dwindled The House of Hart has become the dominant power in the lands of humankind.
Many of the Great Families of Hart suffered grievously under the brutal regime of the Iztani Empire, and many of the Bracelet’s Knights were disfigured and publicly martyred. For this reason, though the Iztani empire has now long passed into history, deep wounds between the Knights of Hart and the Paladins of A’quilah smolder beneath the surface of these two clans who now resemble each other on the surface but could not be more different from each other underneath.
Harti Family Names: Mabon, Dumnoni, Toerc, Rheghed, Elmet, Gwybdwyll
Hart’s hue is gules.
Hart’s eord-sigil is sable two celestial crowns or, quarterly gules two stag salients or.
Virtues most esteemed by the House of Hart are fortitude, grace and integrity.