Legendary - War of the Gods
Voivode Livia Rustovich
To the east of the Danube is a land of superstition and trepidation; there is where the peasants labor in exchange for protection by the boyars from “those terrors beyond the mountains.” For decades if not centuries those “terrors” were thought to be barbarian horsemen or zealots of a strange monotheistic religion. Now those “terrors” represent creatures incomprehensible to the minds of mortal men. As such, numerous boyars enacted ancient rituals to the great, dark spirit of the land, Kupala, before choosing one of their own t to marshall forces both mortal and supernatural against the abominations. That person is known as ‘the voivode,’ and after much competition and politicking among the more militant boyars, Livia Rustovich was declared the most august among them.
Livia inherited praxis from her father, Lambach, after he was allegedly destroyed by werewolves. Some question her role in the crime, as she quickly brought the beasts to her heel. Despite this, she quickly gained favor among many of the boyars for her knowledge of ‘the old ways’ as well as her martial prowess. Many blood knights flocked to her banner when she decreed previous restrictions on the caste void in her dominion. While some believe that she secured their loyalty among them through a potentially infernal blood oath known as ‘the viniculum,’ many of them professed faith in Kupala where there once had been none after-the-fact. And continued victory against Roman and Eastern forces have provided enough sacrifices to Kupala that, at least in her domain, the peasantry no longer need to sacrifice their own to the spirit’s (some even whisper demon’s) hunger.
While many may see her as evil, Livia does not begrudge them their opinions. She is simply doing what must be done to protect her land and her people.