Coat of Arms: A swooping owl with a burning acorn at its breast.
Maxim: Rooted in Fear
Keep: The Owl’s Nest
House Beauchene established its presence somewhat recently in Luisant, having come to the village only two or three generations ago. Many noble Houses have come and gone to the little town, but only House Beauchene has truly taken root, having ruled there for far longer than any other noble.
Some attribute the success of House Beauchene to the presence of nearby House Kreuzmoor. The two Houses are roughly the same age, and some say that House Beauchene was established to strengthen the border between Kreuzmoor and Cappacionne. The state of relations between the two is not publicly known, but in very recent times some semblance of trade has begun.
Beauchene has somewhat successfully bridged the gap between the traditional and modern views in the village. As nobles of the Throne, they are of course Benalian – but they turn a blind eye to some of the “traditional” practices that are viewed as more ‘harmless’ among the townsfolk, and do not press hard on demanding explicit oaths of fealty.
The current nobles are Lord Henri (He/Him) and Lady Abella (She/Her), sharing power equally. Their only heir is Ambroise (He/Him) – a kind, personable, but brooding young man. All three are a step removed from the town’s daily activities. The Lady has made an effort to appear at major holidays, with her husband and son being occasionally present as well. The Lord and Lady have been moderately traditional by Luisant’s standards, with few upheavals in their reign – however, they recently made the decision to bring in outside help to aid with plagues. This somewhat soured traditionalists’ view of them; on the other hand, the success of their efforts brought them general approval from the common folk. It is as yet unknown how young Lord Ambroise might view the future of the village.
The Owl's Nest
Although tiny by the standards of the Great Houses, the Owl’s Nest is the largest building in Luisant, and is considered one of the prides of the village. It is a relatively new stone construction, boasting towers and defensible walls. It houses many of the Gentry class.
The Owl’s Nest stands on a small hill overlooking the village itself, about a mile from the Feasting Grounds.