Front Gate of Berne
City of Berne
|Type of Goverment||District Representation|
|Allegiance||Kingdom Of Lucerne|
|Ruling House||House Arryn|
|Location||Western Mountain of Lucerne|
|Language||Fanatically German speaking with only knowledge of Frankish and several other languages.|
|Religion||Dragon Worship was set in place by House Arryn after their arrival in the town.|
|Races, and Ethnicity||Germans of various ethnicities|
Berne is a secretive fortress city built into the west side of the Lucerne Mountains. It has always been technically a member of the Kingdom Of Lucerne, but for a long period of time it was under the control of Sean Lovie's side of the rebelion and under the control of the True Sons of Lucerne. Following the capture of the city in the Fall of Berne it has become a Lord city in the Kingdom of Lucerne and is close to being connected by tunnel to Lucerne.
Berne is populated by Vandals due to the fact that when it was being populated this was mainly done by House Arryn of whome brought much of their servents, and all of their vassal houses when they left. Because of this it is the most homeogenuous of the Valley of Lucerne cities and for this reason a center of the Vandal culture in Lucerne. The population suffered some serious losses during the time it was under the control of the True Sons of Lucerne and from here their population was cut somewhat.
House Arryn is the Lord House of House Arryn, and from here they have established their major source of power. House Arryn has established much of their vassals, and Knightly houses in the fortress, and from here they have become increasingly powerful, and rich from the minerals of the city, and the power it has become. Byron Arryn is the Lord of House Arryn and because of this he is the lord of Berne but he is increasingly unpopular following the poor behaviour and leadership he showed during the occupation by the True Sons of Lucerne.
The city was constructed by Bill Lovie for being the basic last stand spot for the Kingdom of Lucerne, and its construction was placed in high regard due to Bill's growing belief that the Kingdom was going to be destroyed and they had to flee to the mountains. Bill Lovie would make a costly mistake when he sent the non-loyalist House Arryn to take control of Berne as their were other houses that owed him a lot more and had he of picked someone other then House Arryn he may have held the city far longer then he did. The city was a well run city for a time until Sean Lovie would arrive in Berne and take control of the city under the banner of the True Sons of Lucerne, and he would turn it into a nightmarish city where he commited violence on an unspeakable level. This changed when Andrew took control of it after the Lucerne Civil War, and since then it has expanded to be the center of the western trade with the Elves.
See Also : House Arryn
When Byron Arryn and the rest of his house arrived in Berne they all marvalled at the beauty of the town, and they understood quickly how much of a fortress the city was. House Arryn spent the first years of their reign in Berne continueing to increase the mining that went on in the town, as well as furthering the underway which was part of the command by Bill Lovie. It was while this was going on that the young prince Andrew Lovie would begin the Journey which would dramatically change the fate of House Arryn and Berne. House Arryn did not send any troops to assist House Lovie, and the young prince as they were meant to appear as if they no longer existed. But when Andrew Lovie returned to Lucerne victorious and proceeded to banish Sean, and Bill Lovie from the KIngdom House Arryn was about to be unable to hide themselves. While Bill Lovie fled westward to the fallen city of Orleans with what remained of his Circle of Magi, Sean Lovie retreated to Berne under orders from his father to use the city to launch a civil war against his brother. In this copasity the growing insanity of Sean entered Berne and while he was greeted by the people as the royalty he believed he was, Sean treated this with indignation and in fact through a gaurd off the walls of Berne in his march into the city.
See Also : Sean Lovie
With Sean's arrival in the city, Berne was no longer under the control of House Arryn but was now under the control of the newly created goverment of Sean Lovie self-entitled the True Sons of Lucerne. The rule of the True Sons of Lucerne was pure madness, and the peaceful and growth oreanted nature of House Arryn was replaced by a madness enduced chaotic nature which led to violence in the streets. Murderes all around. Sean Lovie is said to have exectuted a person a day towards the later days of his reign in Berne, and if murder was all he did then that was one thing but he in fact made a sport of trying new things and his raping, and sexual deviancy became out of control while in Berne.
Madness comes to Berne
See Also : Sean Lovie's Takeover of Berne
| Madness comes to Berne|
This is the beginning of what I will make the entire world look like. First I'm going to make all of you see the truth. Then I'm going to kill my brother. Then I'm going to watch the world burn. Oh the fun I shall have.
The City of Berne had originally been the idea of James Lovie and he had begun contracts with the Dwarves of the Kingdom of Karak Izor to assist in its construction, but following his death this project would become a source of obsession for Jame's son the new king James Lovie II. of whom saw Berne as another site for the people of Lucerne to retreat into after the Orcs had taken control of the Valley. As the Valley of Lucerne burned with the fires of James Lovie II's madness it was the city of Berne that continued to move along in its construction, and this only would become derailed when William Lovie III's Takeover of Lucerne led to Sean Lovie arriving in Berne with a group of Circle of Magi led by Kieth Schwartz.
As the leader of the True Sons of Lucerne Sean went about furthering the control of himself over the people of Berne. It didn't matter to him that they believed him King, and this alone would have made him untouchable, he just secretly wanted the violence. He cared nothing about the actual war, or winning it. He simply wanted to destory the world that he felt had ruined him.With Sean's arrival in the city, Berne was no longer under the control of House Arryn but was now under the control of the newly created goverment of Sean Lovie self-entitled the True Sons of Lucerne. The rule of the True Sons of Lucerne was pure madness, and the peaceful and growth oreanted nature of House Arryn was replaced by a madness enduced chaotic nature which led to violence in the streets. Murderers all around. Sean Lovie is said to have exectuted a person a day towards the later days of his reign in Berne, and if murder was all he did then that was one thing but he in fact made a sport of trying new things and his raping, and sexual deviancy became out of control while in Berne.It was during this dark time where Byron's rule had been taken over by Sean Lovie that the social climbing member of House Arryn in Allison Arryn rose to prominence as she allowed Sean to act out many of his sexual desires on her. This gave her a growing amount of power, and for a time she came to believe that she was even controlling Sean. Allison Arryn during this period where she believed she was in control would put in place a system that would allow Sean Lovie to regain control of what was nearing collapse. Allison Arryn used her menipulative nature, and the influence of Ella Arryn to trick House Arryn, along with many other high ranking commanders to continue supporting Sean Lovie because she spread the rumor that he had promised her the throne of Lucerne once he was the King. Allison Arryn bided her time day after day as Sean Lovie butchered people in the streets, and raped women all over the city to the point that the only thing that she could do to slow him down was to continue to surrender her body to him. As she surrendered herself to him she fell into a spell of her own making where she came to believe the lies that she was telling people. She forgot for a time that he was a monster, and she came to believe that this was all a game and he truly loved her. In this madness she would come to find that she was pregnant, and with Sean Lovie being her only sexual partner she was overjoyed to believe that she had given him a heir. When she learned she was pregnant with his child she came to understand how little she controlled when she told him the news. The best description of the events was by Ezio Ederiz who was in the room when it all went down.
Murder of Allison Arryn
As the assembled nobles and Ezio watched as Sean Lovie stabbed Allison Arryn over and over again the silence of the room was broken by the sceams of Ella Arryn of whom walked into the room as Sean stood there defiling her body. Ella Arryn attempted to run to the girl that had become her daughter when she was stopped by several of the gaurds in the room, and upon hearing the commotion Sean got up from her body and walked over to the distraught Ella Arryn of whom was searching the room for anyone who might help. As Sean walked over to her Byron Arryn stood completely frozen, and when his vassal in Benjamin Krinner whispered to him that this was the time to intervene, Byron thought for a moment before seeing the body of Allison and becoming frightened. Instead of telling Benjamin Krinner that yes they should intervene he just allowed Sean Lovie to walk over to his wife with a dagger covered in the blood of his niece. By this point Ella Arryn was screaming uncontrollably, and Sean's loyalists led by Aiden Nighting II., and Eldon Estermont II. would begin to flood into the room from outside to assist. Sean walked up to her and pushed her to the ground before he stabbed her in the arm with the dagger. Standing over her body there was shock and screaming in the room as the Stormcrow gaurds that he had brought in would go about rounding these panicked nobles up and getting them out of the room.
Sean Lovie then stood back up, and still covered in blood walked himself over to his throne, and gestered at the girl before to continue what she was doing. He just remained staring at the dead body of Allison Arryn with a look that many in the room saw as some sort of regret. If he realized the extent of what he had done in that moment is unknown, but as Ezio was ushered out of the room he pushed the girl aside and walked into a backroom followed by several of his loyalists. Ezio walking into the next room found himself walking into the middle of a commotion as Byron Arryn was being held to the ground by Trailen Dorin while his son and nearly a half a dozen House Dorin and vassal men surrounded the panicked gaurdsmen of the Lord. Ezio watched on as Trailen Dorin accused him of treason, and made sure that Byron understood his rule was at an end, and Byron in this pathetic form would begin to weep causing Trailen to punch him in the face before walking away with his men,
Death of Ella ArrynFollowing all of this Ella Arryn was picked up Byron Arryn her husband who attempted to take her back to her room so he could fix her arm, but she ran away from him towards the location of Aria Arryn's room. Ella Arryn ran into her room to find her sitting on the bed with Hanna, and Amber Heard also in the room. The discust that Ella Arryn felt in that moment for Hanna Arryn was so much that even covered in blood and losing the ability to even move her arm she roared at her step-daughter. All the girls in the room had at first though the was there to see Aria, but now they looked at her and saw the blood stemming from her arm, and the crazed look in her eyes. As Aria, and Amber rushed to her to see what had happened to her arm she tried to charge through them so that she could get to Hanna, and in this moment she took out a dagger and rushed at Hanna. Hanna dodged the knife by only a little before falling off the backside of the bed. After this attempt Amber, and Aria were able to get ahold of her just enough that they pushed her back away from Hanna, but she wasn't going to stop this time, and rushed once more at Hanna. This time the girls got in front of her, and just as she raised her dagger to charge again they watched as a sword punched itself through her chest. Before she fell forward and arm reached around her front and held her up, and the girls saw Trailen Dorin behind her holding her up with the saddest look on his face. In this moment she coughed out blood before saying her last words on the Earth.
With those last words Trailen gently rested her down on the ground, and she slowly bled out. Before she finally succumbed she asked to speak to Hanna Arryn of whom walked to her, and in this moment everyone assembled expected her to apologize or to atleast see some of the errors of her ways, but instead she looked up at Hanna and spit blood in her face before finally dying. With this Trailen quickly got up and made the girls perfectly aware that they needed to get the hell out of her. The girls told him that this was the Arryn estate in Berne and they had no where to go, and as the group panicked Benjamin Krinner walked in behind them and told the group that they would come stay with him in the Krinner Estate. The girls quickly followed behind him, but Amber stopped them and said she had to get Thomas. Benjamin went to her and told her that Sean had already sent someone to her room to get the child and that it was too late. Amber didn't accept this and ran off from the group towards her room where she prayed that she wasn't too late.
When she opened the door to the room she found a body laying face down on the ground coughing and bleeding out, and she stepped past the body to the room where Thomas should have been, and when she walked in his room she found the body of her maid lying dead beside his bed, and beside her another man's body, but no signs of little Thomas. She fell to her knees and cried, but before she could cry for long a man wrapped his hand around her and covered her mouth at the same time before pulling her into the closet. As he did this he whispered for her to be quiet, before she heard other men enter the room all armed from what she could see through the door. These men begin screaming out to try and lure her out, and in this moment she looked at the man and whispered to him whether he had saved Thomas. When the man nodded his head, she told him to keep him safe from harm and the put her hand to the door. Before she opened the door she asked the man what the name was of the man that had saved her son, and he quietly told her that it was Ezio Ederiz. And with that Amber Heard said one last thank you before she pulled the handle and opened the door and walked into the room thus allowing the men to take her. The men would harshly pull her through the hallways that made up the Heard Estate, and from here they took her to the throne room of Sean Lovie where he was at that moment stabbing his knife into the body of Allison Arryn. Seeing this she cried out, and this caused Sean to notice her, and he looked over at her with a look of pure enjoyment. He cleared out the room including his gaurds of whom he ordered to place her in a cage to the right of his throne, which he had brought in. With Amber now in a cage he sat himself beside the cage, and stared at her, before speaking to her for the first time in years.Amber looked into the horribly evil eyes of Sean Lovie and for the first time in her life since she had allowed herself to be intimidated by Bill Lovie she understood exactly what she had to do. She spit in Sean's face before retreating the opposite end of the cage away from him. Sean Lovie just laughed and told her that they had lots of time left, and then he got up and walked over to the body of Allison and proceeded to violate her in front of Amber. Amber turned away and covered her ears as Sean continued to violate her, and it went this way for longer then she could count. After however long he stopped and ordered his guards to bring her out of the cage where he then proceeded to have her stripped and as she stood there naked, he walked around her and ran his hand across her body before finally brining in a suit that he forced her to put on before putting her back in the cage. Each day Sean would attempt to get her to tell him, and each day he would do something terrible to someone in an attempt to make her speak.
Saving Thomas Lovie
With Amber Heard now taken in by Sean Lovie, Ezio made his way out of the closet and went to the window and proceeded to raise young Thomas Heard from the basket that he had him sitting in outside the window. Ezio picked up the young boy and told the young boy that he needed to be strong for his mother, as Thomas had heard everything that had happened to his mother but couldn't speak or help because Ezio had roped his mouth shut so that he wouldn't scream. Thomas blamed himself and Ezio took the moment to make sure that Thomas understood that nothing he could have done would have saved his mother from being taken. But that didn't meant that he couldn't help, because she wasn't dead and thus there was always hope. He gave the child one last pat on the shoulder before strapping the child to his back and then jumping out the window and climbing across the roof towards the only safe place he knew of in this hell hole. Ezio made his way to the home of Alistair, and it was here that he hid Thomas while he prepared to save the city. Thomas would remain hidden with Alistair's men inside his small enclave of the city, and through this Thomas would become a member of the rebellion as he sharpened swords, and did whatever else he could do to help the men of the rebellion in doing what he hoped would free his mother from Sean Lovie.
Fall of Hardyng Hold
As the rebellion within Berne begin to spread it was Jasper Hardyng that would be responsible for the hiding and protection of many who resisted Sean Lovie by bringing them into the strong point that was the Hardyng Estates, and he did this to the point that they were running low on food they were caring for so many people inside their Berne estate. Sean Lovie would following the capture of Amber Heard go on a hunt for traitors within Berne and had his spies and soldiers (mainly the Stormblown) begin mobilizing themselves to assault any strong point that may have formed, and it was during this search that they came to discover that a flow of people had been entering the House Hardyng estate. Gustov Hardyng III. would betray his family when he revealed what was happening within Hardyng Hold and with knowledge of what they were doing the Stormblown sent some two hundred men to attack the unprepared estate. The betrayal of Gustov Hardyng had begun when Jasper Hardyng had become disgusted with what the True Sons of Lucerne were becoming and in this disgust he was pushed into rebellion by his sister Ina of whom begin to take a leadership role over Gustov which begin to cause bitterness and eventually betrayal from Gustov. During the night the Stormblown swept inside Hardyng Hold breaking the defences without difficulty as they were not prepared and under the command of Baldwin Bisset would be kind to the people within taking all within the estate to the Berne prisons except for Lord Jasper Hardyng and his sister Ina Hardyng II. who were brought personally to the throne of Sean Lovie. Jasper would following the fall of the House Hardyng estate be taken alongside his sister to Sean Lovie and it was there where Jasper confronted Sean Lovie and in response would be forced to witness Sean rape Ina in front of him and then he would be tortured attempting to find out other rebels but he resisted and did not give any names which infuriated Sean causing Sean to beat him to death. Ina Hardyng would following the execution of her brother Lord Jasper Hardyng be placed into one of the cages that adorned the throne room of Sean Lovie and during her time imprisoned there she was brutally raped many times but eventually resisted Sean on the wrong day and in response he brutally killed her causing Amber Heard II. to break emotionally.
Harrold Hardyng had been at the outer gatehouse when he learned of the sacking of his family estate and the deaths of his father and aunt and learning this he would attempt to enter the throne of Sean but he survived after Benjamin Krinner knocked him on the head and brought himself the Krinner fortress where he would be when the Battle of Krinner took place.
Wedding of Hanna Arryn
| Wedding of Hanna Arryn|
You truly look beautiful my friend. May the dragon always shine down on you as he does today.
With the death of Brooke Scott, William had been forced to deal with it in silence until his break down with Alice, but since then despite promising to talk to her he kept it inside, and he fell into a secretive depression. During this time the only person he discussed any of his emotional problems with was Leven Martell of whom at this point he begin to become somewhat more then just friends with again, but despite this emotional shift between the two of them it never changed physically. Alice wanted her brother back, and tried many things to get him back, but when they did not succeed she found the perfect opportunity when their old friend Hanna Arryn prepared for her marriage to Harrold Krinner, and in order to support one of his oldest friends she was able to convince him to travel westward. Returning to the scene of so much death would have been more painful but nearly every member of House Lovie traveled west alongside the whole Shadow Council outside of Edward Cullen of whom was in Lorderon dealing with the Arthas situation. Travelling westward wasn`t such a huge deal for many of them but for Thomas that was the last place he had been alive with his mother, and returning there with his family was a huge moment for the young man. When the group reached the outskirts of Berne the army he traveled with would camp outside the gates and inside the internal valley before they entered the city. Greeted by all the lords and ladies of Berne and the entire province William and the rest of the group would smile and share great love once more when Hanna Arryn, and her sister Aria exited the gate and made their way to them. Hanna, and Aria led them inside the city, and they all marveled over the rebuild that had went on inside the city under the leadership of Aria Arryn, and it was then that they would begin mingling leading to William being pulled away from Alice and taken to meet all the leaders of the city.
Following an argument with Jasper it is Alice that goes to find Marcel Lovie II. and together the two stand on the balconies of the Arryn estates and discuss their relationship and how close the two have gotten over the years. As Alice goes to leave for bed Marcel gives her a gift and taking it back to her room she opens the gift discovering a tiny stone and beside the stone a note that detailed that the small stone was a magi device that allowed the two to communicate no matter how far apart they were and as she touches the stone which is attached to a necklace she feels Marcel's thoughts as if they are her own. Before leaving Alice would watch as Hanna and William discussed his affair with Brooke, and how he loved her so much that it felt painful just getting up anymore. William would also mention for the first time to her that he wanted to find the Dragons, and that he thought with everything inside himself that if he did then Lucerne could survive.
Arrival of Hillsbrad
It would be following his taking part in the defense of Castle Stragnarax that a emotionally devastated Franklin Brent would return to Marburg where his wife Karyl Reyne is waiting for him alongside their son Davin Brent, and seeing her waiting for him he collapses into her arms utterly spent by the feeling that he got nothing from all his years of devoted work for his father. Sharing a moment together he tells her he is done running errands for his father and wants to rule something himself leading to him telling her that he was going to go and find his father and tell him that he needed to let him go and find his own lands. Meeting with his father his father would reluctantly send him to Berne where the wedding of Hanna Arryn was looking to be the beginning of what rumors were saying would be William's desire to expand into the lands west of Berne forming a new province there. Travelling to Berne with a small force and his wife he is met on the road by Dexter Hill of whom continues to be disliked by Karyl but their friendship leads Franklin to invite Dexter to join him on the road to Berne though in order to make his wife happy he travels at the front of the force while Franklin and his wife stay in the middle.
Delayed by a collapsing portion of the path through the Dragon's Pass the forces of Hillsbrad under Franklin Brent would arrive following the wedding of Hanna, and Harrold, but did meet the forces of the royal family on the road.
Lord of Berne
The city is ruled in the way of all Lucernian cities with its overall direction being the responsibility of the King of Lucerne, but the day to day actions being done by the Lord of the city. The Lord is the feudal leader of the city, and has final appointment of all of his Yarls, and Thanes thus making him able to control the leadership caste of the city.See Also : Byron Arryn
Byron Arryn is the son of Talbot, and Mernia Arryn making him both a member and the current patriarch of House Arryn. Following the Battle of Berne he was retained by Andrew Lovie who remade him the Lord of Berne. Byron Arryn has two siblings in the form of Amber, and Talbot Arryn of which his sister Amber is the matriarch of House Heard before her death in the Battle of Tree Hill, and his brother Talbot accompanied their father to the Battle of Lyons and was struck down while fighting. Byron Arryn married Ella Arryn when he was young and with her and before she died he had three children with her in the form of Aria, Spencer, and Byron of which Aria is a popular member of the house of whome is taking over the role of her mother since Ella died, his son Byron was the heir to the throne of House Arryn until his suprising betrayal left him following Bill Lovie into exile, and his final daughter Spencer has become very involved militarility in House Arryn and fought well during the Invasion of Westbridge. With Ashley Martin he has one other child in the form of Hanna Martin of whome upon the death of Ashley became a member of House Arryn and created a lot of problems amongst the house.
Byron is a man who lusted after power and influence for so long that when Bill Lovie came to him with what appeared to be a brilliant offer to Lord over the new city of Bern, Byron said yes with little thought. As Lord of Berne, Byron made great strides towards increasing the power, and importance of Berne, and he had hoped that these efforts would be met with approval by Bill Lovie, but instead he discovered that Andrew Lovie's victory during the Journey meant that his lord Bill Lovie was exiled from Lucerne and the mad prince Sean Lovie arrived in Berne. Under control now from Sean Lovie Byron was forced to watch as some terrible things were done to the citizens of Berne, and during this time he attempted to save his family and as many people as he could. With the end of the Lucernian Civil War, and his reputation increasing after the battle, he has been left in a place of Lordship over Berne.
The Yarl of the city is the most powerful military position of the city. The position is appointed by the Lord of the city, and the individual serves 3 year terms but can be removed if a serious infraction is commited.
The current Yarl of the city is (find one) who is a member of the House Arryn honor gaurd.
The Thanes are individuals who have a specific task to accomplish in the city. Each Thane is responsible for the role they have been placed, and like Yarls they are appointed by the Lord.
City LayoutThe city of Berne is built deep inside the mountains and it is approachable through a winding opening, and then a vast field, followed by another vast field. Each of these is defended by defences that are built into the mountains meaning they cannot be assailed until you reach the deepest sections of the mountain and by this point you probably have very little forces left.
The city is obviously in Orc held territorry but is nearbye Quel'Thalas so it has some protection but it suffers more attacks then any other city in Lucerne.
Travel can be done westward through the road out, but most travel is accomplished through the Underway which is the vast underground tunnel road that connects Berne with Lucerne.
See Also : House Arryn
House Arryn is the main house and Lord House of the Lucernian city of Berne.
Originally from Forks, their discontent in their importance in the city led Bill Lovie to use them when he began construction of Berne. When they arrived at Berne they were at first effective leadership for the town, and were the main reason it grew in the beggining as quickly as it did. Once Andrew Lovie banished Sean Lovie during the end of the Journey they found their position basically taken over by Sean, and his True Sons of Lucerne.
The House was a central member and also very unwilling member of theTrue Sons of Lucerne . They played a significant role in the Lucernian Civil War as they were used by the True Sons as the figureheads for the movement, and in this way were forced to do some very violent things by the order of Sean. At the end of the war many in their house were executed for treason but due to the love Andrew had for Hannah Martin and the efforts of a few of the members of HOuse Arryn they were allowed to retain their lordship over Berne.
See Also : House Krinner
House Krinner is a medium sized Goth House located within the Kingdom of Lucerne inside the city of Berne. House Krinner is one of the earliest of the vassal houses of House Arryn and they form the backbone of the military detatchment that House Arryn relies upon for most of their campaigns.
Their motto is, “As High as Honor.” and they have formed this motto off the model that their Lord House in House Arryn uses as theirs. This motto stands on the fact that they feel that they are an ancient line of a family that makes the example they set for everyone elce vastly more important then just being wealthy, and powerful.
House Krinner was originally apart of the larger House Morint but during the years before the Driving Tide several members of House Krinner were married to daughters in House Morint and the daughters were so loyal to House Morint that they took much of what made that house work into their new house creating a new house. During this time House Krinner was a vassal of House Krinner, but this changed when during the Driving Tide House Morint was mauled during the fighting and its Lord died along with his only sons meaning the house was basically gone for all intensive purposes. With this in mind, House Krinner became the vassal of House Arryn following the Driving Tide, and they became more heavily situated inside Forks then they had been before. When House Arryn moved to Berne they were obviously followed by their vassals and House Krinner was no exception to this, and they became one of the primary houses within Berne upon arriving.
See Also : House Dorin
House Dorin is a medium sized Visigoth House that lies inside the Kingdom of Lucerne and makes its center of operations within the city of Berne. House Dorin was given to House Arryn as a vassal shortly after their sudden arrival in the Kingdom of Lucerne and since this day they have done everything possible to prove their loyalty to their Lord House.
Their motto is, “As High as Honor.” and they formed this motto based on the motto of their Lord House in House Arryn. This motto stands on the fact that they feel that they are an ancient line of a family that makes the example they set for everyone elce vastly more important then just being wealthy, and powerful.
House Dorin is one of the youngest houses in the Kingdom of Lucerne as they only reached the valley of Lucerne during the reign of James Lovie, and the numbers they brought with them were deemed at first to be a threat considering that the other Visigoth houses didn't know of House Dorin, but it was deemed after a time that they would become a member of the Kingdom of Lucerne and in this way they were given to House Arryn as a vassal house.
See Also : House Heard
"My House deserved a better fate then what it found. My sister did not deserve to fall the way she did and no matter what I do from this point on the House I grew up with is gone. Nothing left but the memory of the good days."
Once a mightier house they fell into this position when their male heirs were killed during the events of the Plague, and the only surviving member was Amber Heard who married Benjamin Arryn and thus basically merged the two houses. House Heard now uses the House Arryn sigil as their own as the two have ceased being seperate Houses.
Mike Heard the male son of Amber Heard, and Benjamin Arryn decided following the death of his sister during the Battle of Berne that the House Heard name was gone, and he would completely enter the ranks of House Arryn. This means that perhaps one of the top ten largest houses in Lucerne had fallen into extinction in less then 15 years, a truly magnificant fall that mirrors perhaps only the fall of House Targaryan.