Faithful and Bold: House De Moley
|Faithful and Bold: House De Moley|
The House of De Moley
The Faithful and the Bold
Bertram de Moley was a faithful man-at-arms to Saint Lextius, Disciple of Zebulon the Prophet. So faithful was Bertram, that when Lextius, was stranded when the gate to Dogen was closed, he remained exiled with his master. This was the beginning of a dynasty to last millennia.
Or so says the annals of the De Moley.
In truth, there is no clear record of the family until the ascension of Hugh, who during the late Diaspora was a commander in service to House Windsor. Hugh, a mercenary who held lands on Holy Terra, was a skilled and eager pilot who gained a reputation as a troubleshooter. As the 2nd Republic formed, he matured into the prototypical space and ground fighter, who because of his connection to Holy Terra, retained strong in faith.
Hugh was, according to some accounts, one in a long lineage of mercenaries who fought by space and land light years from the faith that sustained them.
Over the years, much of the ancient tradition had faded, especially after Yathrib was isolated. As the 2nd Republic throve, the De Moley found themselves odd men out. They admired individualism and rewarded exceptionalism. The 2nd Republic, they felt ,over weaned its people. Apathy grew.
Yet in the crucible of Yathrib, the De Moley's formed new roots, especially after the ascension of Godfrey, the founder of the modern house.
It was Godfrey, who with Malcolm Xavier Justinian, vowed to keep open the jump gate from Aylon to Yathrib after the Fall of the 2nd Republic so that Pilgrims could still come to Yathrib. They helped to found the legendary Brother Battle. It was also they who defended Yathrib against the Sathraists, although Malcom was slain and Godfrey crippled.
From that time, the De Moley have remained more provincial, tending to their growing interests on Yathrib, but were instrumental in gaining official recognition of Brother Battle as an arm of the Universal Church.
From afar, Paulus is working on it.
Paulus pages: But broadly, 'Faithful and Bold'.
Paulus pages: They have a high tradition of independence, a sort of questing tradition, a relationship to faith if sometimes a troubled relationship with the Church...
Paulus pages: Reputedly their founder was a man-at-arms in service to Saint Lextius who was stranded when Lextius shut down the gate to Dogen, Bertram de Moley. In fact, no records of the family exist clearly before Hugh de Moley was recorded in the late Diaspora/early Second Republic as a commander in service to House Windsor, with whom the De Moley were loosely associated.
Paulus pages: Hugh himself had a reputation as a sort of flamboyant troubleshooter - an avid pilot, he would solve problems in space and on land, and indeed that model (the 'space fighter/ground fighter') became traditional through the Second Republic.
Paulus pages: The De Moley had some lands on Holy Terra, which meant that even during the Second Republic they stayed closer to their faith, and often they worked as mercenaries during that period. (Imagine them as sort of the silly marines in Space Above And Beyond, who flew fighters one day and fought on alien landscapes the next.)
Paulus pages: That part of their theme has largely disappeared, because Yathrib was cut off.
Paulus pages: But it is one of the reasons why Godfrey and Malcolm fought the Sathraists - they could fight them in space and land.
Long distance to Paulus: Renaud nods. So basically - the Marine Corps (A great foundation for the Brother Battle)
Paulus pages: As the Second Republic matured, there were fewer frontier worlds to explore, and so as people began to take more and more jobs on urban places many in the House became distressed at the way societal fabric had shredded. Out on the fringes, they could have a sort of Old West gunslinger's morality - the town marshal who does what's right and wears a white hat.
Paulus pages: But white hats weren't in style in the late Second Republic, and so many of the De Moley were among those who were actively distressed at the way society sort of seemed to have nanny-stated around individual exceptionalism. Try to stop a mugging and the mugger may sue you, after all.
Paulus pages: ...and really, that's a job for the police, anyways.
Paulus pages: Those traits - rugged individualism, a preference for bold action, and a faithful center - found their perfect fruition in Godfrey, who is the father of the modern House.
Paulus pages: Jackson, too, though he represented something less noble and more clerical (though many De Moley joined the church even during the Second Republic.)
Paulus pages: On Yathrib, De Moley lords tend to be vary wary of exerting strong power over their subordinates; they get iffy about substituting their own judgment for that of others. They also tend to be very respectful towards Church authority, because of their association with the Brother Battle, but they aren't adverse to clashing when faith and Church collide - though such moments are huge psychic breaks for the De Moley.
Paulus pages: Individual De Moley lordds tend to resent superiors who demand too much of them; they very much have a sort of 'Western spirit.'
Long distance to Paulus: Renaud nods. So independent, church-aligned (Which is really hard right now...) and bold. Tending on the 'handle your own problems' side.