Monday, 7 January 2013


Queen Janna before she was murdered

The whole country is in mourning for our beloved Queen Janna who heroically sacrificed herself saving the King from a recent assassination attempt.

This selfless heroism is typical of our Queen, who was loved and revered by all for her kindness, wisdom and beauty.

The Queen's parents, the Marquis and Marquess of Suward Gardens, raised a young Janna in part at their home in Royal City, ‘for the society and her education’, and in part at their country manor in the Sunward Steppes, so she could learn more of the ‘values and practicalities’ of life.


At fifteen, before being brought out into society formally, Janna travelled for several months across Abevorn and neighbouring countries to better understand the world and its peoples. This understanding later allowed the young Queen to support her husband in bringing a golden age of prosperity and development to Abevorn.

Janna met a young King Horvus at the Royal City Boxing Day hunt shortly before turning sixteen. Her spirited riding and gentle manner with other nobles and common folk alike marked her out even then as a rare and special soul. It was perhaps inevitable that she would capture the heart of the King and, during a lavish and very public wedding ceremony, capture too the heart of our nation.

Three years later, the Royal couple sired a son and heir, Prince Mikael. The kingdom rejoiced and the years that followed were universally acknowledged as a golden period in our history, but those years were sadly too few. On the tenth anniversary of their wedding, Belgren forces marched upon old Mayberry and started the most horrific war in living memory.


Queen Janna remained a beacon of hope and optimism during this time. Indeed, it speaks volumes for the esteem with which she was held even by warmongering foreigners, that when hostilities were at their most fierce, Belgren's Arch-Paladin still chose to send her best wishes on her birthday.

After the war, Queen Janna regularly took time out from her royal duties to visit soldiers' hospices, bringing comfort to those returning from battle with grave injuries, and opening facilities for education. The Queen was instrumental in the King’s decision to ban the use of children under twelve in hard labour after visiting a number of mines and quarries and seeing the conditions there and the high fatality rate in the young.

Queen Janna opened a number of Abevorn’s major sporting arenas, refusing to indulge in the dismissive attitude held by the noble classes towards sports like football and basebrawl. She opened the new basebrawl field in New Mayberry last year with the words: ‘It is not the nature of the sport that matters, nor the nature of those who play it, but the nature in which it is played.’

A scholarship fund for a child to receive a full education at the crown’s expense is being created in honour of Queen Janna.

By Godiva Shrieve

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