Key Advisor to Crown Retires
WROAT—Count Narvian ir’Turlendess, a trusted advisor to King Boranel on diplomatic and military matters, has retired to his family estate in southern Breland, the court announced on Zul.
Narvian was among the Breland court’s strongest inclusionist voices, arguing that even Breland’s enemies should be signatories to the Treaty of Thronehold and various side agreements.
Inclusionists often quote his “Marra Won’t Come Home” speech before the Breland Parliament in 995. Throughout the speech, ir’Turlendess spoke movingly of his daughter Marra, captured and executed by Sora Kell forces in 987. But despite his loss, ir’Turlendess said, Droaam should be included in Thronehold negotiations. Barring negotiations with other nations, “no matter how repulsive,” would be counterproductive and won’t bring his daughter back. Though his arguments failed to persuade the crown, ir’Turlendess remained an influential figure at court throughout the Thronehold negotiations.
“Narvian’s voice was always clear and wise, and his eyes were always focused on what was best for Breland,” said King Boranel in a crown decree that accompanied the announcement. “It is with great sadness that I watch him depart Wroat, and I’ll miss his honest, well-reasoned advice.”
Narvian ir’Turlendess learned statecraft as a regional representative to the Ministry of the Exchequer in 960, charged with advocating for southwest Breland’s landowners on taxation issues. In 971 he received his first major appointment within the ministry and spent most of the 980s as the crown’s chief advisor on military funding issues. His role expanded to include diplomatic responsibilities near the Last War’s end; he was Breland’s representative to the Thronehold working group tasked with gradually drawing down the armies of the signatory nations.
Since the end of the Last War, ir’Turlendess acted as an unofficial ambassador to parts of Khorvaire that the Treaty of Thronehold didn’t grant nation-state status to, such as Droaam and the Cyran refugees.
The crown is widely expected to confer a significant honorary title upon Narvian ir’Turlendess during its month-end proclamation.
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