House Doemenel (book)
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|"What can be said about House Doemenel that isn't whispered fearfully in a back room over the dim light of a dying fire in fear that the wrong set of ears will hear it? The Doemenel history is colorful and violent, exciting and more than a little bloody.
The Doemenels were a small Aedyran family that dealt almost exclusively in textiles. They made a modest living, slowly gaining a reputation for having high-quality product. This reputation earned them connections – business, social, and sometimes marital – that solidified their position as the premiere family of the region. If you wanted access to anyone, the Doemenels were the way to do it.
Soon, every city had a business that was owned, at least in part, by the Doemenels. Their power and influence grew until many said the family had more power than even the fercönyng of Aedyr.
But with the power came the corruption. One cannot have that level of control and expect to keep it through strictly legal means. Soon, rumors were spreading of threats, and extortion. Though it cannot be proven, the unofficial report is that the Doemenels were responsible for the death of Trindig Byrnwigr which left his entire shipping empire in the hands of his wife, Udele Doemenel Byrnwigr.
With their hold on the land practically secured, the Doemenels no longer stuck to the shadows, brazenly eliminating opponents, manipulating deals, and threatening anyone who might cause them a problem. Because they now dominated the trade route, no one dared oppose them anymore for fear their business would be strangled.
Like most empires, though, not even theirs could last forever. The end came during the War of Defiance. Unlike most of the land, the Doemenels threw in with Aedyr instead of Admeth Hadret. After the defeat of the empire and the destruction wrought on the land during the war, not even the Doemenels could rebuild what they had. And, having history show them on the wrong side of the war, no one would touch the name. The domain that took years to build crumbled in mere months.
Today, the Doemenels have once again built a name for themselves, proving they are still capable and savvy businesspeople. Rumors about the family still circulate, though. Word is members of the family are striving to lift the family from its current obscurity and elevate it to the level of power it once held."