Signs and portents
Clan Irien is an old and noble family. Originally from near Dyrisa, the clan managed to retain lands through the Theocracy of Tekhos. When Andasin I took Edino, Orsan Irien was one of the nobles that soon broke away from the Morgathian regime of Dyrisa. However, the taint of Morgathian collaborator could not be cleansed so easily and Andasin I made Orsan a bailiff of his former lands.
In order to clear the family name, Orsan’s son, Crogan, joined the newly formed Order of the Checkered Shield and participated in the conquest of Noreashire, Imiden and Zerien. As a result of his deeds, Sir Crogan was granted the manors of Chaux, Erlane and Wavenry near Zerien keep.
In 645, Sir Crogan’s son, Clyffyr, married Andasin II’s’s cousin, Melise, a bastard child of Andasin II’s deceased uncle. While this was widely seen as providing for one of the family’s by blows, later events would show otherwise. In 667, Queen Arelora made clear the line of succession by naming their son, Andasin, as her heir and marrying him to the daughter of the new Earl of Kuseme.
Leadership of the clan fell to Sir Marald, who had effectively been the clanhead since the death of Sir Crogan in 658 (Sir Clyffyr died in 652 of consumption). In 685, Sir Marald answered an appeal from the Sheriff of Perishire for aid by sending his youngest son, Sir Petryn, and a retainer, Sir Tamys Bakyth along with several men at arms in what would become known as Ezar’s War.
Sir Petryn proved to be a dashing and daring cavalry commander, especially skilled at reconnaissance and finding the enemy. Under Marshal Grolis, Sir Petryn was instrumental in distracting the forces of the Copper Hook while the Castle of Menekod was besieged and taken.
For his service during Ezar’s War, Sir Petryn was named in succession the Constable of Selvos, the Constable of Zerien and, in 701, the Baron of Zerien, swearing fealty to the new Earl of Selvos, Grolis Chahryn. Sir Tamys entered the Church of Larani, and has risen to the position of Bishop of Perinore.
Despite his experiences fighting Rethemi forces during Ezar’s War, Sir Petryn has managed to cultivate a relationship with Sir Dernik Webstal, the Constable of Phira across the Thard River. As a result of this relationship, Sir Petryn is often asked to arrange ransoms and prisoner exchanges for the ongoing skirmishing between the Checkered Shield and Copper Hook.
Sir Petryn’s sister, Losnila, is the Serolan of Canrey abbey near Ewen keep. His nephew, Sir Iralor is the bailiff of Chaux manor. Sir Iralor’s sister is married to Hareon Udanel, the Constable of Aleath.
Sir Petryn has five children and four grandchildren. The eldest daughter, Barsyn, is a priest of Larani at Lychale abbey near Pinide. Sir Arand is the Constable of Zerien and manages affairs on those occasions his father is away. Sir Arand is a devout follower of Larani and expends much of his time to promoting Laranian projects, sometimes to the detriment of his other duties and his family.
Sir Lyrsan is a knight in the Order of the Checkered Shield serving at Whycer manor near Imiden. He suffers somewhat from the vices of youth, drinking and wenching, much to the disapproval of his older brother. The last two daughters, Lirena and Nayan, reside at Zerien. Lirena, 15, is already becoming something of a temptress, flirting outrageously with the keep’s squires.
Taken from the Great clans of Kanday article by Jonathan Nicholas. Copies are available online at Lythia.com