King of Cantoras
|Reign||1742 - 1764|
|Predecessor||Arthur VI of Cantoras|
Dynasty and Family
|Father||Arthur VI of Cantoras|
|Born||13 Neigouze 1715|
Fabius III (full name: Fabius William Henry Fortescue, born 13 Neigouze 1715) of the royal house Fortescue was King of Cantoras from 1742 until his untimely death in 1764. Born in Neigouze 1715, he never married and died childless, sparking the ongoing conflict about the Cantorian Succession.
His political ambitions were mainly based on absolutism and feudality, continuining the reign of his father, Arthur VI. In contrast to its southern neighbour Castaire, Cantoras remained a conservative, stern nation with a distinguished society of peasants and an aristocratic elite. Nonetheless, Fabius made the Navy of Cantoras one of the bests in the world, being on par with the Escalonian Navy.
Fabius was born as the first child of King Arthur IV and Queen Guinevere on Neigouze 13 1715. While his parents were loving him, he started to develop a cruel and isolated personality, especially after the birth of his younger sister Belle Sophie. Most of the former attention went onto the small princess, who was a cheerful child.
His education was the best possible one, providing him with the means of ruling the great nation of Cantoras one day and involved administration, accounting, reading, writing, and for sure military tactics. He did not show great interest in being taught tactful and diplomatic behaviour, and especially wasn't interested in things where he had to talk to people. Thus, his isolative habit made him even more isolated, without good friends for his whole life. Nonetheless, even as Belle didn't know that, she was the most (and probably only) loved person for him, and he always cared about her, blaming not her, but their parents for misguiding their attention to her.
He became a capable prince, ruling in the sense of absolutism, which fitted his mindset quite perfectly: he gave orders, others had to follow them. In his teenage years, he felt an increasing bond to Elaine, a girl of noble descent, but a family of decent finances. Thus, Arthur deemed this connection as not fitting their social class. Fabius became mad at his father and made plans to flee with Elaine to the neighbouring Castaire, leaving behind his royal gratitude and becoming a simple man living a simple life with his loved one. These plans were to be staged in late 1732, but eventually stopped by the royal guards and a horrible accident: as Elaine wanted to depart her room and climbed down a row of knotted bedsheets thrown out of the window, the "rope" teared and Elaine fell to her death 60 feet below.
Grand War Against Cantoras
In the Grand War Against Cantoras , he served as a cavalry commander with (insert high rank here) Caelan Carpontierre. While he was a good commander, the whole unit was destroyed in the Battle of Kingsbury (1740), making Fabius one of only a dozen survivors. Nonetheless, that battle halted the Castairien approach for a while, and death and martyrium of Caelan made him a war hero. Fabius' further role in this conflict was neglectable except a special case: the Battle of Camelot. When in Rosix 1741 the Castairien troops approached the capital, Fabius was given command instead of his ill father. While fighting against the Imperials, Arthur died, making Fabius King. A similar occurence happened in Castaire, when Empereur Nathanaël II died as well, making Steve Empereur. The two new monarchs wanted to settle their differences as fast as possible and concluded the Treaty of Liramond in Venteux 1742.
Given the situation of ongoing war, the coronation of the new king was delayed by a year and a half, finally staged in Neigouze 1742, coinciding with the grand festivities of the years end. Fabius also invited his sister Belle, and, teeth-gnashingly, her newlywed husband Steve I to the ceremony, as well as many other heads of state. This was the last occasion to show of the Royal power and magnificence and the greatest feast in whole Esradon until this time, even outshining the coronation banquet of Steve I half a year prior.
Fabius was known for his stern mindset and being an absolutist at its best. His whole policy was very protective, keeping liberal ideas at bay and not allowing the educated elite to read manifests from enlightened philosophs. This made Cantoras development being halted for at least the reign of Fabius, making the country weak and struck by civil protests, strikes and brought Cantoras near a civil war. This was eventually evaded by the death of Fabius himself, making the people think of their immediate future and taking sides with one of the competing factions. Many people favoured Castaire, as it was for sure the former arch-nemesis, but eventually got the most befriended nation under the rule of Belle and Steve.
Titles, styles, honours and arms
Titles and styles
15 Neigouze 1715 - 1742: His Royal Highness Prince Fabius
1742 - 14 Fleurcin 1764: His Royal Majesty The King of Cantoras, shortened also His Majesty The King
Full title as King of Cantoras
His Royal Majesty Fabius III, by the Grace of Cadriel of Cantoras and His other territories, on this side and beyond the Ocean Sea, King, Sovereign Ruler of Eilgwend, Lord of Kings Land, Duke of Normancy, Defender of True Faith
- The War of the Cantorian Succession is fought since his death to decide who will inherit the royal crown of Cantoras