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House of Decus
Casa di Deco
Decus Coat of Arms
Arms: Teal, a griffin rampant gules; on a chief sable, three escallops of the first
Country Anisoran Empire
Dual Kingdom of Casella and Pastana
Kingdom of Casella
Parent House House of Metrovere
Titles Emperor of the Anisorans
King of the Dual Kingdom of Casella and Pastana
King of Marona (7366-7370)
Grand Prince of Casella
Grand Prince of Pastana
Grand Prince of Lusava and Vascano
Prince of Pensano
Prince of Marona
Duke of Rena
Duke of Arrento
Duke of Marra
Marquess of Tarrento
Viscount of Ginestreto
Baron of Deco
Baron of Marra
Founded 6923
Founder L. Giancarlo Deco, 1st Baron of Deco
Current Head Marius III
Ethnicity Anisoran
Cadet Branches House of Decus-Pensano
House of Decus-Moragno

The House of Decus (Anisoran: Casa di Deco; Pastanan: Domus Deci) is an Anisoran dynasty and extended stim of dukes, princes, grand princes, kings and emperors and is the current ruling imperial house of the Anisoran Empire.

Originally an aristocratic military family from northern Casella, the House of Decus rose to national prominence in Casellan affairs during the 73rd century when Alessandro Decus, 6th Viscount of Ginestreto, was made the 1st Duke of Marra in recognition of his service to Valerio III and I during the Tortagno-Nespola restoration of Pastana.

The following century the House of Decus came to dominate politics in the Dual Kingdom. Culminating in Marius Decus, the 3rd Duke of Marra's bid for the throne after the death of Valerio V and III, the House of Decus would see itself crowned after two years of fighting the Anisoran Civil War (7363-7365) against the loyalists of House Tortagno Nespola. Marius Decus was crowned King in 7365 and later crowned himself Emperor of the Anisorans in 7367, formally establishing the Anisoran Empire.

Since the Anisoran Civil War and the declaration of Empire in 7367, the House of Decus has remained the most powerful aristocratic family in the Anisoran Empire. Marius I installed many of his closest family members into positions of considerable power and privilege, including making his uncle Adriano Decus the first Prince of Pensano, and his brother Alessandro, Prince of Marona. The descendants of Marius I retain a great number of titles throughout the Anisoran Empire to this day.

The current head of the House of Decus is Marius III, Emperor of the Anisorans. He has been head of the House since his father Titus II's death in 7553. The heir to the throne and thus to the House itself, is Marius's eldest son, Prince Titus, Grand Prince of Pastana.

Contents

Origins

History

Barons of Deco

Viscounts of Ginestreto

Dukes of Marra

Marius I

Anisoran royal and aristocratic titles

List of Anisoran monarchs

See also: List of Anisoran Monarchs
Name Portrait Life Reign Relationship with predecessor
Marius I 7326-7384 7367-7384 Contested and won the throne of the Dual Kingdom from the Duchess of Pensano before crowning himself Emperor of the Anisorans
Marius II 7361-7423 7384-7423 Eldest son of Marius I
Victoria I 7388 - 7443 7423 - 7443 Eldest daughter of Marius II
Victoria II 7403 - 7468 7443 - 7468 Second daughter of Marius II
Victoria III 7435 - 7472 7468 - 7472 Eldest daughter of Victoria II
Victor I 7472 7472 Eldest son of the Victoria III
Titus I 7451 - 7507 7472 - 7507
Flavian I 7467 - 7518 7507 - 7518 Eldest son of Titus I
Titus II 7486 - 7553 7518 - 7553 Second son of Titus I
Marius III 7524 - Present 7553 - Present Eldest son of Titus II

Titles

Marius III, the ruling Emperor of the Anisorans

Emperor of the Anisorans

The Emperor of the Anisorans is the primary title of the House of Decus, and, since 7367, has been permanently joined to the position of head of the House of Decus. The title was created at the foundation of the Anisoran Empire on 12 July 7367 by Marius, 3rd Duke of Marra (who then held the title of King of the Dual Kingdom of Casella and Pastana). As was outlined in the Constitution of the Anisoran Empire, the Emperor of the Anisorans is the head of state and is a hereditary position - inheritable by male and female heirs of the first Emperor Marius I. As a federal monarchy, the Emperor of the Anisorans is over-all head of the 41 constituent states that make up the Empire, as well as sovereign over the 32 other monarchies who rule their respective states.

Since the creation of the title, there have been a total of ten Emperors of the Anisorans (seven emperors and three empresses). The current Emperor of the Anisorans is Marius III, the great-great-great grandson of the first holder of the title, Marius I.

Grand Prince of Casella

See also: Grand Principality of Casella

Grand Prince of Casella is the unofficial secondary title of the Emperor of the Anisorans. Technically, and according to the constitution, all three of the Emperor's Grand Princely titles are equal, but in reality Casella is generally seen as the emperor's primary non-imperial title. The title was created on 10 March 7370 at the foundation of the Grand Principality of Casella during the Riforma of the states of the Empire. The Grand Principality succeeded the Kingdom of Casella, and thus the title of King of Casella became defunct. The Grand Prince of Casella is also the head of state of the Grand Principality.

The title is joined to the Anisoran imperial crown, meaning the title cannot constitutionally be held by anybody but the reigning Emperor of the Anisorans - it therefore follows the same inheritance laws as the imperial crown. The current Grand Prince of Casella is Marius III.

Grand Prince of Pastana

See also: Grand Principality of Pastana

As with the Grand Principality of Casella, the Kingdom of Pastana was succeeded by the Grand Principality of Pastana on 10 March 7370 during the Riforma. The title is a complicated and unique position within the Anisoran royal system of titles. At the foundation of the Empire, it was generally expected that the newly crowned Emperor Marius I would retain both crowns of the now abolished Dual Kingdom of Casella and Pastana personally, as had been the case since the personal union between the two kingdoms had been established under King Valerio I in 7273. However, during the Riforma, Marius decided to part with the title and give it to his son Prince Marius (the future Marius II), thus divorcing it from the Anisoran throne (unlike Casella). This made Prince Marius head of state of the newly minted Grand Principality of Pastana, one of the most important states of the Empire.

Since Prince Marius was crowned Grand Prince of Pastana in Santorenna Castle in 7370, the title Grand Prince of Pastana has become a title granted by convention to the heir apparent to the Anisoran monarch, although failure to be granted the title does not affect the rights to royal succession (as was the case with Titus I). Despite Pastana's status as a constituent state, the title is not inheritable, merging with the Crown on accession to the throne. It is thus both divorced from, and yet inherently intertwined with, the Anisoran throne. The legal status of the Grand Principality during this transition period has been questioned, but in effect functions as a personal union between the emperor's inheritable titles and Pastana. The title represents one of the more complex and eccentric traditions of the Anisoran Empire.

The title is de facto held by the heir apparent to the Anisoran throne from birth (due to the male-preference cognatic primogeniture inheritance of the Anisoran Empire, no woman can constitutionally hold the title in her own right), although it is traditional for the heir to be officially invested with the crown in a ceremony at the Castello di Santorenna when they come of age (normally around 17-18). The current Grand Prince of Pastana is Prince Titus.

Grand Prince of Lusava and Vascano

See also: Grand Principality of Lusava and Vascano

The Grand Principality of Lusava was created in 7375 after the Anisoran victory over the Kingdom of Lusavan in the Anisoro-Lusavanic War (7372-7375). The new constituent state of the Anisoran Empire was to have as its head of state the Emperor of the Anisorans, Marius I. The title is the third of the Emperor's Grand Princely titles (if one ignores the legal complexities surrounding Pastana), although as of 7473 it holds equal legal status with Casella and Pastana, and is attached to the imperial crown, meaning only the Emperor can constitutionally hold the title.

In 7474 the Grand Principality was renamed the Grand Principality of Lusava and Vascano, in recognition of the Vascano people's equality within the state. The current Grand Prince of Lusava and Vascano is Marius III.

Prince of Pensano

See also: Principality of Pensano

After the culmination of the Anisoran Civil War in 7365, Marius Decus' rival claimant to the throne, S. Giulia Tortagno-Nespola, 8th Duchess of Pensano, was executed. Consequently, Marius I installed his uncle Adriano Decus as the 8th Duke of Pensano in 7365. At the foundation of the Empire two years later, Adriano was elevated to the position of 1st Prince of Pensano, thus also elevating the Duchy to the Principality of Pensano. The heirs of Adriano I have maintained the title since then.

Prince of Marona

See also: Principality of Marona

The Kingdom of Marona was conquered by Marius I in 7366 and he installed his brother Alessandro as King. During the Riforma of 7370, however, the Kingdom was demoted to a Principality. Alessandro I had no children, and so at his death in 7391, the title passed to his great-nephew Marius II, and thereafter became another title of the Emperor of the Anisorans. The current Prince of Marona is Marius III.

Duke of Marra

See also: Duke of Marra

The Dukedom of Marra was the primary ancestral title of the House of Decus prior to the Anisoran Civil War and the foundation of the Empire in 7367. The title was originally created by King Valerio III and I of Casella in 7273 for Alessandro Decus, 6th Viscount of Ginestreto, in recognition of his service to the crown during the Tortagno-Nespola restoration of Pastana. The Dukes of Marra also hold four subsidiary titles: Marquess of Tarrento (created 7390), which is used as a courtesy title by the eldest son and heir of the Duke; Viscount of Ginestreto (7002); Baron of Deco (6923); and Baron of Marra (7273).

The current Duke of Marra is Aurelio, 9th Duke of Marra, great-great-great-grandson of Marius, 3rd Duke of Marra.

Other titles

Coats of Arms

Various members of the House of Decus bear a great number of coats of arms. The vast majority of arms are in union with the imperial crown of the Emperor of the Anisorans, who has also invariably been the head of the House of Decus since 7367. Below is a collection of the most important arms borne by senior members of the House of Decus, most of which were acquired after the Anisoran Civil War, with the exception of the arms of the Duke of Marra, the traditional arms of the House of Decus itself.

The House of Decus has maintained a golden griffin on teal as its principle family crest and arms motif since the ennoblement of L. Giancarlo Deco, 1st Baron of Deco, in 6923. Teal, an unusual heraldic colour ordinarily, has long been associated with the Decus family and has, since the accession of Marius I as Emperor of the Anisorans, adorned a great number of heraldic devices and arms throughout the Empire, becoming also the so-called "imperial colour". The primary arms of the House of Decus is not, as some would expect, the Arms of the Emperor of the Anisorans, but rather the traditional arms borne by the Dukes of Marra: teal, a griffin rampant gules; on a chief sable, three escallops of the first. While the Emperor of the Anisorans is always also the head of the House of Decus, he retains the right to bear the arms of the Duke of Marra despite Marius I's decision to divorce the title from the crown through his third son Prince Aurelio in 7384.

The table below includes a number of historic arms which are no longer in use, such as the arms borne by Marius I, King of the Dual Kingdom. With the establishment of the Grand Principalities of Casella and Pastana respectively in 7370, these arms became extinct and were no longer borne by any member of the Decus family - although a number of pretenders to the Tortagno-Nespola claim to the thrones claimed them.

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