Casa Da Silva
Of the great Houses found in the Crownlands, Casa Da Silva is known for being up something of an upstart. It does not share the storied histories of others, claiming a heritage that dates back before records began. Nor can it claim to be blessed with fertile lands or rich seas from which to grow prosperous. Lacking the resources and fortune of others, it turned it's hand to another craft: They became Mercenário.
Though their efforts and the good fortunes of being on the right side of history, Casa Da Silva now finds itself amongst the oldest and greatest Houses. With it's newfound positions has come new opportunities to explore and expand, forging new ties, both domestic and abroad. Yet there are those who watch them with caution, curious to see whether this new force will stand the test of time, or collapse into nothing, as others have before it.
Fernando Da Silva
Duque Fernando Da Silva (25 years old) is the current ruler of the Ducado of Planaltos and Head of Casa Da Silva family. Born as the eldest son to Macio Da Silva in the Ducado of Planaltos, Fernando inherited his titles at the age of 17, following the surprise death of Macio. He also inherited the Da Silva Mercenário, becoming Captain General of the company. He is widely known for his more carefree approach to governing and is known to abscond formal meetings and events in favour of more personal events with his subjects, drawing criticism from other nobles, while being widely celebrated by the common folk.
The first child born to Duque Macio, Fernando knew from an early age he was expected to inherit his father's position when the time came. Under this notion, Macio set forth on a strict educational regimen to carve his son into an ideal successor. He was brought up with a humanist education, with a very strong focus on military and political affairs. This was combined with an extensive training scheme, practicing him with rapier and parrying dagger, along with firearms. This oppressive lifestyle often led to Fernando attempting to sneak out and escape, always to be brought back by the guards. This system only got worse upon the death of his mother during the birth of his sister, Marianna, who was forced through a similar educational programme. The two were rarely shown in public, and always were kept on a close leash by Macio.
As a result, Fernando and Macio had a strained relationship, pitting the two somewhat against each other. This came to a head at the age of 14, when Macio discovered Fernando had been spending time with a daughter of one of the staff attendees. Macio banished the attendees family from their home, despite the pleading from Fernando. Fernando would later discover the family dead a few weeks later during a riding exercise. The event would permanently sour the relation between the two, remaining even after Macio's death.
Inheritence and Reign
The sudden death of Macio from a stroke caught Casa Da Silva by surprise, leaving a power vacuum within the family. Fernando was quickly rushed back to the family seat, where he was quickly proclaimed Duque. While the family quickly regained control of the House's affairs, the sudden loss of Macio sent shockwaves through the Nobility. Valdez of Casa De Mantiro seized the oppertunity to reclaim some of the prestige lost under Macio's reign and moved to take control of Da Silva assets in the north, citing ancestral claims as casus belli, declaring war. During these raids, De Mantiro forces successfully captured Fernando's aunt, Palmira, while she was en route to her husband after a brief visit to her siblings. Gloating and their success, Valdez ordered a letter be drafted to Fernando, attempting to goad him into come reclaim his lost assets.
However, due to unknown reasons, the war declaration never arrived and the first news heard was the letter informing of the capture of Palmira. Outraged at the attack and realizing the threat posed to the House, Fernando wasted no time in rallying his forces from Planaltos and the Da Silva Mercenário, marching north to retake their lost possessions and liberate his captured family. Da Silva forces met little resistance on route to the Mantiro main force, arriving at full strength much quicker than the De Mantiros expected. Foolishly, Valdez decided to mock the young Duque further, opting for an open field engagement, rather than remaining behind their defensive positions.
The Battle of Dio De Mota was a one sided affair, with the open terrain massively favoring the young Duque's larger forces. This underestimation of Fernando proved costly, with the Mantiro cavalry being routed before it close to the defensive lines of the Da Silva forces. The remaining De Mantiro troops were overrun with ease as the Da Silva cavalry counter charged the now undefended flanks. The battle would cost Valdez his life, and result in the capture of his heir, Eberado. After the battle, Da Silva forces moved to occupy their lost possessions seizing De Mantiro possessions at the same time. After achieving this, Fernando invoked Ajuda do Irmão, pulling the Crown in to oversee peace talks. The whole affair would prove deeply embarrassing to Casa De Mantiro, who were stripped of further holdings and would solidify Casa Da Silva's position under Fernando.