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- “From sea to shore, we tame the waves” ―Montilyet Family motto
The Montilyet family are a noble family originally from Orlais.
The Montilyets are an old Antivan family, notable for being one of the major naval powers in Antiva as late as the start of the Blessed Age. At their height, if one includes their close relations, their fleet of trading vessels numbered in the hundreds. They also had a large contingent of formidable warships, ostensibly at the disposal of the royal navy. In reality, they were mostly used as guards for their merchant vessels in long voyages around the coast. Their heavily guarded cargo was the target of many a daring Rivaini pirate who wanted to make a name and a profit in one fell swoop. The Montilyets became entangled in many rivalries and vendettas against pirates. Some Rivaini fleets still hold a grudge against them to this day.
The Montilyets always had strong ties with Orlais. Roughly half the family lived in the capital and frequently intermarried with Orlesian nobility. The loss of their trading fleets started over a question of marriage and fidelity in Val Royeaux between the Montilyets and the Du Paraquettes. After vicious infighting, shocking betrayals and public duels the Montilyets were exiled from Orlais. Their Orlesian trading contacts were no longer considered valid by the Crown. A year later, their fortunes were further crippled when the unusually large convoy of trading ships they sent to the Tevinter Imperium was caught in a massive storm and swept and led to the majority of their vessels being dashed across the rocks or sunk by the waves. The few remaining ships limped back to Antiva. Superstitious sailors would not sail in the Montilyets' employ, funds could not repair the ships in time to repay the debts and their fleet became all but a legend.
The Montilyets survived on greatly reduced terms, and became a modest trading house, known mostly for their wine and their great family estate in Antiva City. Their standing started to rise again when Josephine Montilyet became the family's heir apparent.
Known members Edit
- Josephine Montilyet - Heir of House Montilyet and Ambassador of the Inquisition
- Yves Montilyet - Head of House Montilyet
- Laurien Montilyet
- Antoine Montilyet
- Yvette Montilyet
- Unnamed brother
Family tree Edit
|Yves Montilyet||Wife of Yves|
|Josephine Montilyet||Laurien Montilyet||Antoine Montilyet||Yvette Montilyet||Unnamed son|