|Rittevon of Lenman|
|King of the Copper Isles|
|Start of Reign||181 HE|
|End of Reign||Unknown|
|Years of Service|
|Nationality|| Copper Islander|
Marenite (former, before conquest)
|Noble House|| Rittevon Dynasty (founder)|
House Lenman (by birth)
|Ancestors||the Lenman family (noble Marenite house)|
|Descendants||the Rittevon family, the Balitang family|
|Residence||Grey Palace, Rajmuat (upon conquest)|
|Affiliation||the Luarin Conquest, Mithros, the Great Mother Goddess|
|Tortallan Universe character|
|Only Mentioned||Trickster's Choice|
Rittevon of Lenman was King of the Copper Isles from 181 HE until his death. He was the leader of the Luarin Conquest of the Isles, and was successful. As the first luarin king of the Isles, he founded the Rittevon Dynasty, a royal bloodline known later for its insanity and its cruelty.
Rittevon was born in Maren as a younger son of a lesser noble house. As such, he would not get much in way of inheritance. He noticed that the Haiming Dynasty, the raka ruling family of the Isles, was at war, and he decided to amass an army of friends and mercenaries in order to take hold of the Isles.
Involvement in the Luarin Conquest
Rittevon led the Luarin Conquest, and amassed an army that included his friend Ludas Jimajen, a member of a Tyran merchant clan. Mercenaries and low-born folk from all over the Eastern Lands decided to help him with his conquest, as he had no official army as younger son of a lesser noble house. It is unknown if the ruling family of Maren decided to help fund his conquest.
Rittevon and his army's first attack was on April 5th, 174 HE on Malubesang Island, the main stronghold of the noble house Malubesai. The conquest lasted seven years in total. On Midsummer of 181 HE, Rittevon of Lenman was crowned as the first Rittevon King of the Isles by Mithran priests. He established the pure luarin royal bloodline, which would rule over the Isles for almost three centuries, from 181 to 463 HE. Afterward, though the Rittevon line technically still ruled, it was mixed with the raka Haiming royal line.
Laws and Policies
King Rittevon did not waste any time subjugating the raka. He enslaved anyone who opposed him and killed any member of the Haiming Dynasty, so that the raka would not think of rebellion and could not rally around anyone. He missed a cadet branch that would later be the end of his pure luarin bloodline: the Temaida family, a raka family that would keep their royal blood a secret for the three centuries the Rittevons ruled.
Rittevon established the Conqueror's Laws, a series of laws and amendments further designed to subjugate and oppress the raka. One law was that if a member of a luarin noble family was killed, all of the raka in that noble's lands and nearby would be executed. This was one of the bloodier laws imposed by the luarin rulers.
As Ludas Jimajen had helped him take the Isles, the original agreement was that they would alternate rulership with a Rittevon king, then a Jimajen king, then a Rittevon king, and so on and so forth. This later was dropped, and the Jimajen line never ruled itself, but it is assumed that they are closely related.
Rittevon did establish male-preference cognatic primogeniture, and forbade women from inheriting unless all male-line relatives were dead. It is assumed that the luarin nobility practiced this as well. By 463 HE, more luarin nobility had adopted the raka practice of absolute cognatic primogeniture, where the eldest child inherits, no matter what the gender. The Rittevon family refused to adopt this practice, and kept their inheritance laws the way Rittevon had established them. This did change briefly in 463 HE, when Imajane decided that she did not need a Rittevon man to be queen.
Rittevon never appeared in any of the novels, but was still a very important character of the duology.
Marenite House of Lenman │ Rittevon of Lenman │ ? │ King Hanoren I │ ? │ Unnamed Rittevon King ┬ Unnamed wife │ ┌————————————————————————————————┴┐ │ │ Father of King Oron Rittevon princess ┬ Duke Balitang │ │ 3 wives ┬ Oron Rittevon Mequen Balitang Jimajen family │ │ ┌—————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————┐ │ │ │ │ │ │ │ Hazarin Rittevon † — Unnamed wife High Admiral Deniau † General Valmar † Prince Hanoren † Dunevon Rittevon † Imajane Rittevon (childless) — Rubinyan Jimajen
Notes and References
- Trickster's Choice, Excerpt from The Luarin Conquest (p. 2; Random House paperback)