House motto: Toujour pur (always pure)
The noble house of Vemarre has been a part of Il’Valiran since before the reign of King Telvalet. Founded by Canos Argus Vemarre I, House Vemarre boasts one of the most pure elven bloodlines with no documented intermarrying with other races. Like all elves of this time, they saw other races as creatures to be exploited at best. Canos kept slaves of many races and was proud of his “quaint menagerie” as he liked to call them. He was able to secure a fairly powerful seat of nobility through various acts of helping the crown.
During the Screaming Revolution the current Patriarch, Ryn’war Vemarre, and his immediate family remained within the city while his siblings and their kin fled to safer lands. The head family stayed locked away in their estate to avoid the worst parts of the riots and fighting and managed to evade any bloodshed. Ryn’war wisely convinced his slaves that he would keep them on as servants, give them adequate food, better lodgings and some pay if they swore loyalty to his family. Some refused and he allowed them to leave while others accepted his offer. Many of these servant families have stayed with the Vemarre’s through several generations and serve them to this day.
Due to the major power shift that occurred as well as an immense shifting of ideals, the family had fallen considerably in status. It took several generations and lots of hard work before the Vemarre’s regained their position. The family has become smaller in numbers due to their pickiness of marital bloodlines but they have remained steady and flourish to this day. The title of Patriarch is awarded to the eldest sons of the direct descendant of Canos himself. House Vemarre is split into many sub-factions naturally from daughters being wed to suitors of other houses. The main family still resides in the original (though heavily renovated and expanded upon) estate house that belonged to Canos Vemarre I.
The current Patriarch and head family are as follows:
Patriarch: Ulrich Canos Vemarre
A harsh and exacting man. He holds tight to the old ways as much as society will allow. He treats his servants fairly well thanks to his wife’s soft-heartedness but refuses to acknowledge their presence. He views humans as lesser beings. He expects nothing but perfection from his three sons. His only soft spot seems to be for his wife, Valyra. He dotes on her with an unceasing affection.
Matriarch: Valyra (Vah-leer-ah) Turnauld–Vemarre
Valyra is a noblewoman through and through. Bourne from House Turnauld, she has known Ulrich since they were children attending gatherings and balls with their families. She is more tolerant of the humans that share their household, treating them like one would treat good stock animals. She is able to use her talent of rhetoric to sway most anyone to her side in an argument. She is a relatively kind soul and dotes on her boys. She favors her youngest, Desmond, over the others and allows him more freedom than Ulrich thinks he should have.
Telios Canos-Ulrich Vemarre
The eldest son of Ulrich and Valyra and next in line to become the Patriarch. He has been groomed to run the family his entire life. He can be cold and calculating and is used to always having his way. Very poised and well spoken, he is a charmer at all social functions. The servants tend to fear him because behind closed doors he has an explosive and violent temper. He is not someone you should cross.
The most adventurous of the three brothers, Heimric has always loved exploring. He took up archery when he was a young man and is now very proficient. His martial skills allowed him to work his way up in the army to a minor officer’s title in the King’s Guard. He is quiet and good-natured, preferring the silence of forests to loud bar halls.
The youngest son and his mother’s pet. Desmond acts as a sort of ambassador for the family. He attends gatherings his father doesn’t have time for, helps keep the estate running smoothly and acts as a mediator between the Patriarch and the representatives of the family servants. In what spare time he has, he competes in fencing tournaments. He is a very free spirit and has always had a fondness for the humans under his family’s employ. He often sneaks to their lodgings at night to listen to their songs and to converse with them as though they were his equals.