House Lapin (LAP-in / lap'-in /)
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House Lapin is one of the current Major Houses, and an ancient literomantic House with a long history. It was among the first of the literomantic Houses to assume a Protectorate following The First Word War. It is led by The Chief Rabbit, also known as the Mother of Bunnies — Sable Aradia. Its base is The Warren.
The Chief Rabbit's duty to encourage and support their House and its members, and to be the welcoming face of hospitality for all visitors to the Warren. It is also their traditional duty to run the risks for the Warren, and to lead by example. They are traditionally addressed by their first name and the honourific "-rah" by the members of the Fluffle. The reigning Chief Rabbit, Sable Aradia Lapin, or "Sable-rah," is a colourful and sometimes controversial figure. Coronated in 1993 when she reached the age of majority in her country of origin, Canada, she was mostly symbolic until the Tome's reawakening in 2020. As such, she governs with a strange combination of monarchial authority and working class sensibility. The Chief Rabbit is a hereditary position, but the holder of the title must pass a series of tests, said to prove their worthiness to the great Rabbit-Spirit who is their house totem, and they must also be accepted by the House as a whole. Once coronated, by tradition, they rule the House with absolute authority until death, abdication, or formal removal by the unanimous decision of the Fluffle. Recently, Queen Sable-rah has installed a constitutional monarchy in the Lapin Protectorate and held an election for a Parliament and a Prime Minister. This system is modeled after the political and governmental structure of Canada, which was the Queen's nation of origin and which was mostly absorbed by the Lapin Protectorate when it was formed. However, Queen Sable does not appoint a Governor General to govern the nation, nor Lieutenant Governors to govern her provinces. She takes a more direct hand, and is willing to actually exercise the traditional powers of the monarch, especially as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. She has a reputation for her military acumen. The royal family of House Lapin is... complex. Officially, the Chief Rabbit's consort is Erin Righ, although this status was temporarily removed when he became The Nite Qing. Erin Righ is a Werebadger who was once of House Meles, and the half-brother of the Meles King Consort, Realm of Music, before marrying Sable-rah. Her acknowledged heir is Prince Jean , her eldest surviving son. She has two sisters, Princess Sunny and Princess Rowean, and a sibling, Tempest Kwake. She and Erin are also the parents of an infant Wererabbit, Princess Luna. Erin Righ is not Sable-rah's only tie to House Meles. She is also the biological mother of Lord Galakrond and the Forgelings. However, of their number, only Prinx Xantos and Princess Jellybean are Wererabbits and choose to count themselves among the Fluffle of House Lapin. As the biological parents of Mykola Void and Senna Nightshade, Sable-rah and Erin Righ also have direct ties to House Ailurus. Together, the three Houses form the Woodland Family Alliance, a recently-created triumvirate. At this point, secret royals with ties to House Lapin suddenly popping up has become almost commonplace. This tends to make their enemies nervous, but the leaders of the Great Houses seem to know something that the populace at large does not. Sable Bright-Eyes is advised and supported by her Owsla -- a dedicated cadre of bodyguards and protectors. The Mother of Bunnies expects them to not only give their best efforts in any engagement that the House Lapin takes part in, but to serve as ambassadors and captains in her House forces. The Lapins strongly believe in leading from the front, and never asking the Warren to do anything they are not willing to do themselves. James Woodwright, captain of the Owsla is among the most loyal of House Lapin's forces. He constantly represents House Lapin, and coined the expression L4L "Lapin for Life!" and lesser known phase LA4B "Lapinites Assemble For Battle". His fellow Owsla members in 2021 were DM Stretch , Kitoypoy, and Kajetan Writes, and in The Second Word War they were joined by Gwenefre when Kajetan fell into a coma after being grievously injured. Now that Commander Stretch is MIA, Prinx Tempest Kwake stepped up to hold his place. They are the former leader of House Incendium, Filkmaster, and current leader, or so say the rumours, of the Chaos Cartel.
House Lapin, also sometimes referred to collectively as "the Warren" or "the Fluffle," prides itself on being welcoming, warm and fuzzy. They prefer a "team approach" to their Literomancy and writing, and don't take competition too seriously. They do have a tendency to celebrate and show off their cleverness, however. They have no patience for bullies, and enjoy showing up those who would abuse others in battles of wit. They would rather win others to their side than have to oppose them. They are often underestimated, but are fierce and dangerous fighters when cornered. The Lapinites are multicultural, both in the everyday and literomantic worlds. Their House includes many significant members who are not Wererabbits, and their nation encompasses a variety of cultural backgrounds and embraces immigrants. They work to create and support their social safety nets. Queen Sable chose to acknowledge the flimsiest proof of identity to obtain citizenship in the Lapin Protectorate following the First Word War, and was the first nation to re-establish socialized medicine in the post Tome War world. House Lapin is always alert, even when danger seems distant. They believe that the best way to win a fight is to avoid it. The next best is to stack the odds in their favour. As Sable-rah says, "If the fight is fair, your tactics suck." They have spent billions of dollars reinforcing transportation corridors and supply chains, building bunkers, and training militia and military to protect their citizens from the waves of Undead that seem destined to return each November. Their currency, the Lapin Lira, is the world currency standard, since their government is considered to be the most stable. Lapins are encouraged to create freely and without limits, and to pursue their many ideas with unbridled joy. Their culture is also surprisingly diplomatic, despite their apparent militarism and structure of authority; it's not just the Owsla that the Chief Rabbit listens to. They celebrate every personal accomplishment as an accomplishment for the Warren as a whole. They embrace their reputation as distractible socialites, and cheerfully joke about "Lapining through the word sprints" or "falling down Lapin holes." House Lapin looks to the tales of El-ahrairah and the Watership Down Warren for inspiration, along with the exploits of Bugs Bunny, Peter Rabbit, and other trickster-bunnies and -hares. The Mother of Bunnies claims many of them in her lineage, including Hazel-rah, Chief Rabbit of the legendary Watership Down warren, and Dandelion, their legendary storyteller. She also claims some connection to the Rabbit of Caerbannog, although the nature of that connection remains unclear. Her enemies claim she is telling tall tales -- but rabbits are good at that. The Mother of Bunnies has a sort of "Granny Weatherwax" reputation; loving but sarcastic, stern yet warm and encouraging. She is a passionate creature who is known both for her enthusiasm in the creations of her House members, and for her unequivocal rants.
To protect the world from the threat of the Undead Horde. To that end, they also actively encourage the development and study of Literomancy however they can. It is also common for them to support rabbit rescues and literacy charities. Recently, the Lapin Protectorate has declared The Company a terrorist organization, and seems to be on the warpath for them. The Protectorate has seized several Company assets, arrested hundreds of Company employees, and rumour has it, conducted a handful of black op raids on Company facilities.
Early HistoryHouse Lapin was likely founded sometime during the late Bronze Age. Evidence of militant and magical rabbits remains in countless medieval manuscripts and ancient folktales. They were a significant family in the Middle East, the Languedoc, and Iberia during the Middle Ages. At one point, they divided into two factions; a Jewish branch, who were primarily settled in Iberia, and a Christian troubadour branch, in what is now southern France. There may have been an Asian branch at one time as well, but if so, the details are lost to history. With the arrival of the Albigensian Crusade, the troubadours were driven out of France, and the survivors moved to Iberia to join the rest of the family. But the Reconquista soon drove them out of Iberia as well. The Lapin family settled in Poland and blended in with the Ashkenazi community there. They were instrumental in supporting the development and widespread use of the printing press, and perhaps strangely for a monarchial House, they actively supported the Poland-Lithuania Commonwealth, probably because it was highly advanced in its religious tolerance.
20th to 21st CenturiesOne of the earliest Houses to give up its claim to title in the Realm, House Lapin's influence dwindled after the end of the Golden Age of Literomancy. By the outbreak of the Second Word War, they were fully immersed in the Polish Ashkenazi community. The details remain sketchy, mostly due to loss of records, but it is clear that Sable-rah's grandmother, then Chief Rabbit, fled Poland for Canada to escape the Holocaust, taking with her the key to the Lapin Library and the few artifacts that remained to the House. She lied about her background to gain access, because Canada was not open to Jewish immigrants at that time, and started a relationship with a Canadian soldier, resulting in the birth of Sable's father. She then disappeared when Sable's father, William, was still an infant, but she left the Lapin Library key with instructions for William to bequeath it to his daughter when she came of age. It is generally accepted by House Lapin that she, like Sable-rah, had a touch of what the House calls Fiver's Insight, which is an ability to catch glimpses of, or feelings about, the future. Sable took the Carrot Throne in 1993, at the age of 18. She called together as many of the scattered remnants of House Lapin as she could at the time, and demanded to be administered the traditional Tests of the Chief Rabbit, so there could be no question of her legitimacy. Though the details remain a secret of House Lapin, apparently, she passed them all, and was subsequently coronated. Whether this was also a touch of Fiver's Insight remains a matter of speculation.
The First Word WarThe outbreak of the First Word War saw the return of The Iron Tome and the Undead Horde for the first time in centuries, and ushered in a new Age of Literomancy. House Lapin suddenly found themselves leading an army in a war for their survival. Sable-rah was the only House Leader to survive the fall of her House. The survivors fled to House Mollusca to support the Cosmic Kraken, who claimed the Iron Tome when they achieved victory in the war. In the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse, with the collapse of society, systems of government reformed around the literomantic Great Houses, and House Lapin suddenly found itself at the head of an empire. Sable Aradia had been raised in a blue collar family and was working as a freelance journalist at the time. The shift was challenging, but she embraced her duty. Through careful management of resources and an eye to compassion, she guided the newly-minted Lapin Protectorate into a speedy recovery, and the standard of living for people in the Protectorate quickly approached what they were prior to Word War 1.
Tourney of Tales April 2021House Lapin comported itself well in the April Tourney of Tales 2021. In the first Grand Melee, they were defeated early, but in the second, they were only beaten by the prowess of House Meles, led to victory by superwriter WalkingDeadLover. Three Lapins, Sable Aradia, AmelieIS, and Gwenefre, made the Leaderboard for their writing or editing prowess. They finished third in the Tourney overall, beaten by Mollusca and Meles.
Tourney of Tales July 2021House Lapin was the victorious House in the July Tourney of Tales 2021.
Game of Tomes 2021House Lapin started the Second Word War at odds with House Chiroptera, having blamed them for a Zombie Summoning Totem that appeared near their traditional seat of power because it took the shape of a bat. However, over the course of the war, as it became clear that there was a new Nite Monarq once again posing a threat, Chiroptera and Lapin banded together. When House Chiroptera fell, they and all their bannermen joined up with House Lapin, Sable-rah found herself heading the Grand Alliance, the "greatest alliance the Realm had ever seen." She led them to victory in 2021, and claimed The Iron Tome.
Tourney of Tales April 2022Distracted by numerous assassination attempts against the Chief Rabbit, the disappearance of DM Stretch, and the need to secure and possibly move The Warren, and lacking support from Minor Houses, House Lapin finished 4th overall, although they scored the 2nd highest word count of the individual Houses, beaten only by Mollusca.
House Lapin generally gives homage to Lord Frith and the cultural hero El-ahrairah, although there are significant Lapin populations who embrace Asian and First Nations faiths and folklores, especially stories associated with trickster-rabbits or the Rabbit in the Moon. The freedom to believe as you choose is enshrined in Lapinite law and tradition, which seems contradictory in a monarchy with theocratic elements.
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Founded sometime in the Bronze Age; refounded November 1, 2020
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The Warren, the Fluffle
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The Coronation Portrait of the Mother of Bunnies, Sable Aradia
Sable Aradia's coronation portrait by MelodyRelody for photoediting and providing this BLURSED image