House Muras

House Murus

House Murus is still lead by, as they call it, the regional Daimyo – a holdover from the Shogunate period which the House never really broke with despite swearing allegiance to the Scarlet Empress generations ago. The current leader, Murus Dayvan, was educated on the Blessed Isle several hundred years ago, and still insists on sending any newly Exalted child back to the island for formal education and to reinforce their roots. In exchange, Scarlet Empress has historically arranged for representatives newly graduated from their formal education at the great schools to spend a decade in service to the principality to remind the Houses that Lujang exists at all.

Graduating students see this as a shit detail, but none of the major Houses complain; they use these proxies to help secure beneficial trades of raw materials, jade, and high quality manufactured equipment. Murus tends to work to make these trades lucrative, undercutting Guild routes, to provide continued incentive for the Deliberative to provide military and food aid. Few of the major Houses really want the Northeast to collapse at a point when everything is going to hell, but it's increasingly difficult to assist the principality with anything but words, as belts tighten across the Empire. Thus, Lujang sees the tribute requested stay the same while trade deals become worse for the city-states, and military spending for its legions declines.

Muras Dayvan is miraculously old for a leader who has continued to serve on the front lines of major military conflicts until only very recently. At the age of 427, he desires only to hang up his armor, meditate on his essence, and perhaps pen his memoirs in the mountains. However, before he can do that, he must choose a successor. 

Although several of the major family in House Muras have proposed candidates, two emerge as the most prominent potentials. Muras Cyclosa is one of Dayvan's older nieces, who proposes to declare independence from the Realm, asserting that they're too far away to come if they need them and have been withholding aid, but are draining resources at a critical moment. Muras Ferox, on the other hand, is a much younger member of an adjacent family who serves as a staunch traditionalist and appears to most appraisals as something of a puppet of her family elders who feel that the Realm needs them more than ever to uphold their purpose as defenders of the northeastern pillar of Creation.

There is one other, largely proposed by others, and who doesn't particularly seek the head of the House – Muras Radiata. Trained at the Heptagram, he turned down a promising career to come home and serve his House. Rarely seen in public, Radiata is mostly known for his dour, warnings about mystical dangers from the west. Nevertheless, he is an excellent sorcerer and seems to have little agenda other than the good of the House and region, working tirelessly on civic projects and producing voluminous reports which he then acts upon. 

Although Dayvan seems to be angling to retire soon, he still hasn't selected a successor, and the longer he waits, the worse the infighting will become – especially dangerous now. He seems to be leaning towards Muras Ferox, but reports are that he has reservations about the council of elders who seem to want to attempt to control her.


The Daimyo and Lines of Succession

The current daimyo of House Muras is Muras Dayvan, who is fourth in a line of daimyos dating back to the Empress's taking the throne on of the Realm. Before that, the family claims that the line is unbroken, but the even as far back as the early Shogunate, the Muras line has been a strong advocate of the adoption of lost egg Dragon-Blooded and even influential mortals to the point that even Sidereal experts on lineage and gods have a difficult time determining matrilinial family lines – too many records have already been lost, and the family makes a point of retconning descent as having been Muras. Why this is, exactly, is unclear, but it's very likely a political matter regarding the Houses's standing with major Realm Houses; eager to boost their numbers to increase their standing, they're not above playing a little fast and loose with family records.

Most times, advancement to the head of house comes when the current head passes away, which typically occurs by a death in the field but has, from time to time, come either from natural causes or from assassinations. Dayvan's desire to retire would technically not obviate him from the position of head of the House but would, instead, relegate him to an emeritus position and he would move to the Ancestor's Apartment in Muras's ancestral manse located in a mountain crag adjacent to Lujang itself. Instead of the successor being chosen by who is oldest, or by the House committee (as it typically is), Dayvan would be accorded the right to personally select his successor – Dayvan's selection would be evaluated by the House committee, composed of the heads of individuals branches of the extended family, but ultimately the choice cannot be overridden.

While the decision is left open, there are currently two major candidates for succession, and one prominant dark horse for the position; Muras Cyclosa and Ferox are two cousins from different branches of the family who seem most likely to be tapped, and have two distinct ideas about the direction the House should go in. Although Dayvan has never said anything publically, this is popularly considered to be a statement on Dayvan's own uncertainty about the future. 

Muras Cyclosa is one of Dayvan's older nieces, who proposes to declare independence from the Realm, asserting that they're too far away to come if they need them and have been withholding aid, but are draining resources at a critical moment. Muras Ferox, on the other hand, is a much younger member of an adjacent family who serves as a staunch traditionalist and appears to most appraisals as something of a puppet of her family elders who feel that the Realm needs them more than ever to uphold their purpose as defenders of the northeastern pillar of Creation.

There is one other, largely proposed by others, and who doesn't particularly seek the head of the House – Muras Radiata. Trained at the Heptagram, he turned down a promising career to come home and serve his House. Rarely seen in public, Radiata is mostly known for his dour, warnings about mystical dangers from the west. Nevertheless, he is an excellent sorcerer and seems to have little agenda other than the good of the House and region, working tirelessly on civic projects and producing voluminous reports which he then acts upon.

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