The House of Arko: From Half, a Whole

“The Warrior-Refugees”

The earliest of the hardy waves of new-coming pioneers were the Ghoddi. They came from distant and failing lands east of the sea. Skilled farmers and great warriors, they were both raiders and refugees. Some were invited from the East early on as mercenaries by the Dumnonii of the House of Haart to fight the Iztani in the last years of the Elder Wars of Empire. These were the first Arkan Huskarls and they had followed Aescer Heorthgeneat across the Dark Sea though his twin sister Aethel remained in the east.

In comparison to the Elder Houses, the House of Arko is rustic but noble nonetheless. The Ghoddi established small feudal lordships in the ruins of the Iztani Empire and rebuilt civilization and culture along its own lines. Ghoddi, or Arkans have lived side-by-side and synthesized culturally with the Elder Houses much more than the later waves of newcomers.

Elder Houses often characterize Arkans as simple but hearty, as oath-keepers but foolish nonetheless. Arkans tend to characterize A’quilans as over-spoken and haughty. They tend to speak of the High-Born of Haart as distant, lofty, dragon-eyed or misty-headed. They rarely brush elbows with the people of the House of Daraech.

Arkan Family Names: Fyrdan, Frig, Heorthscyld, Scildburr, Aethelban, Penda

Arko’s hue is deep umber.

Arko’s eord-sigil is sable a bear statant argent, per pale jaune-d’or a bear passant argent.

Virtues most esteemed by the House of Arko are resilience, generosity and magnanimity.