Taylor James is the daughter of Lydia, and Ryles James thus making her a member of House James where she stood briefly as its Lord until her departure from Lucerne. Taylor James has three siblings in the form of Quinn, Haley, and Jake James with Haley James being a very important member of the House Scott leadership and the mother of the heir to House Scott after the fall of the current generation, while her brother Jake leads a force of the Order of the Red Dragon and gained fame for his defence of Tree Hill during the Invasion of Westbridge, while her sister Quinn is a loyal member of House James and was preparing to marry into House Scott until she was betrayed by Clayton Scott.
Taylor James was born the first child of Ryles, and Lydia James making her the eldest of the eventual four children of her father and throughout her youth she enjoyed a happy, loving relationship with her family. Taylor James happy life would come to an abrupt halt when she was raped by Sean Lovie and following escaping this near death she was threatened by him into leaving Tree Hill which also saved her as only a week later the city of Tree Hill fell to the Orcish siege of the city. Following the fall of Tree Hill Taylor James was one of only two members of House James alongside Ulrich James to escape the city and this did not lead her to the happy life she thought it was as once she had begun staying with House Swan as their guest she came to enjoy walking the palace gardens, and it wasn't until she was threatened while staying there that she knew she had to leave Lucerne. Following this she fled Forks where she was joined by a Dragonoph Priest, and a Knight of House Swan of whom protected her on the road to Westbridge where she hoped to find the only remaining member of her family in the form of her uncle. Arriving in Westbridge she would horrified to learn of the execution of her uncle and nearly his entire family except for his son Ulrich of whom had been imprisoned north of Westbridge, and learning of his survival she would travel to the prison with Ser Harri Blastner. Freeing her cousin following the victorious siege of the prison she would join the forces of Heathfall of whom would help her cousin heal in return for her assistance, and in this way she would be sworn to the service of Lenwood Arryn. Following her time with Heathfall she would travel north into The Empire and the port of Pfieldforf where they would the three would attempt to build a life for themselves in the city. Settling into Pfieldorf Taylor James would have difficulty with the lack of Dragonoph in the city and this did lead to her founding the Dragontooth Syndicate which alongside her cousin and Harri they formed as a means to protect those in the city who did follow the Dragonoph religion.
Taylor James was the oldest child of Jimmy, and Lydia James and as such she enjoyed the same happy, and loving relationship with her parents that her later siblings would as well. During her youth she grew especially close to her younger brother Jake James, and together they loved to explore the forests west of Tree Hill. It was during this time that Taylor first learned to shoot a bow, and this skill would be something that she would become increasingly good at as the years went by.
The peace and happiness that had been the hallmark of Taylor Jame's life would be shattered in a moment that came so suddenly noone in the House could have protected her if they wanted to. While walking to the market late one night she was grabbed and pulled into an alleyway by Sean Lovie, who was at this point nearly completely lost in his madness. Sean proceeded to rape her, and when it ended he prepared to kill her but was stopped when a person yelled down the alley at him, and forced him to run away. Taylor ran away as well, and ran down the opposite alley and kept following the different side alleyways through Tree Hill until she eventually collapsed.
| The Rosten Crisis|
I did what the king commanded me to do. I die now a loyal soldier for the king.
Rosten Bandit War
Main Article : Bandit War of Rosten
The Rosten Bandit War would first begin with the events of the Rosten Crisis when the Circle of Magi intervened in the Grand Province to turn it into the kind of maelstrom of violence and chaos that they believed would allow them to gain more influence over the area. Hanzal Herbus would be sent to Rosten during the events of the Banditry Wars of Lucerne as James Lovie wanted Rosten to go up in flames as to make it more difficult for aid to be sent to any future attempt to relieve Tree Hill, and Hanzal Herbus would be accompanied by a troop of fifty men from the Circle of Magi and bags of coins for what he would come to spark in the form of the Bandit War of Rosten. Hanzal Herbus would enter the court of his brother Dominic Herbus who was a Landsgrave of Rosten and entering his brothers court accompanied by Circle of Magi men he was able to gain immediate recognition despite never having spent any time with his brother, and delivering letters from the king it was Dominic that was forced to obey the commands of Hanzal and his soldiers.
Fall of Jogelinn
Aphasial Venom would lead the forces of House Venom during the events of the Rosten Crisis when she moved against the town of Jogelinn alongside her husband and the forces of House Therkildsen and after they took control of the town from House Cresces the two houses took two very different paths with the forces of House Therkildsen under the direction of Mikael commiting atrocities on the Italian/Christian population of the town and this only stopped when Aphasiel ordered her forces to resist this causing street battles throughout the town which House Therkildsen retreated from due to Mikael's love for Aphasiel.
See Also : The Journey
As the army of Lucerne mobilizes for the Journey it is William that commands them to break up and do many things of which are of great importance, and of these tasks he wants completed he sends Hedrik Clegane III. southward to deal with the devolving situation in the Grand Province of Rosten. Hedrik Clegane moves his forces alongside the forces of House Swift led by Timone Swift, and his son William Swift, and leading a force of several hundred Swift men they are joined by the Dragonoph Priestess Taylor Swift as they make their way southward towards the town of Kautila where the forces of House Elric have been fighting a running battle against a bandit force which has grown out of control in the grand province. Arriving at Kautila they meet with the leadership of House James in the form of Ulrich, and Taylor James of whom has gathered several hundred troops to join with their army as they prepare to retake control of Castle Elric. Discussing the situation with Ulrich James they learn that the situation is far larger then originally known as this is not one force they are fighting but instead they are fighting against two rebellious houses in the form of House Verilim, and House Herbus who have taken control of large swathes of the Grand Province while alongside this there has also been the rise of three large bandit forces who have also taken control of large swathes of the grand province and to the shock of Hedrik he learns that these forces are all working together in coordinated moves against House Elric's control of the grand province.
Gathering together his forces Hedrik leads them against the Sisterhood of Venom first of whom have captured the town of Jogelinn and are using it as the center of their small little fiefdom. While travelling from Kautila towards the lands of the Sisterhood they are met on the road by several hundred House Elric men led by Kaven Elric, and his son Alke Elric of whom are to join Hedrik in the movement to retake the grand province. Entering the lands of the Sisterhood of Venom they meet no resistance as their army marches up the road but travelling through the village of Ojelurun they find a christian church burned to the ground and meet the first member of the Sisterhood of Venom when they find a heavily armored female priest standing in the center of the village. Meeting with the girl they discover she is Oriphiel Venom the sister of Aphasiel Venom the leader of the Sisterhood of Venom and she had come to the village to meet the army of Hedrik and bring them to Jogelinn where Aphasiel wants to meet with them in peace. Following Oriphiel its Hedrik that discusses the situation with her learning that the Sisterhood of Venom had originally been known as the Army of Aerene but had broken apart after a disagreement between the two leaders of the army in the form of Aphasiel and Mikael Therkildsen over the direction of the army. Arriving at Jogelinn their forces are met at the edge of the town by the army of Venom who is nearly two thousand strong and to avoid a fight Hedrik meets under a white flag with Aphasiel alongside Kaven Elric, and Ulrich James. Meeting with Aphasiel it becomes clear that she simply wants to protect the people of the area of Jogelinn against the increasingly lawless nature of the Grand Province of Rosten and Kaven Elric agrees that if she would swear herself and her forces to his service then he would name her the Landsgard of Jogelinn, and while she accepts she heavily implies that she will be acting as little more then a figurehead as she sees the land as a theocracy.
The Pure of Aerene
See Also : Skirmish at Castle Marimus
With the forces of the Sisterhood of Venom added to their ranks they make there way towards the Pure of Aerene of whom are the group that broke away from the original Army of Aerene and have now been responsible for committing religious genocide against eastern Rosten. Arriving at the edge of the Pure of Aerene controlled lands they find the roads edge lined with crucified bodies and then marching along the road through these bodies they are met by the sight of a naked man with his eyes cut out and speaking with the man they learn he is Allectius Marinus the Landsgard of the area and he was left there to tell them to turn around and leave the forces of Mikael Therkildsen to their work. The army is forced to stop its march towards Castle Marinus after they discover that the bridge allowing them crossing to the city has been destroyed leaving the large army no real ability to cross in heavy numbers. Hedrik decides to split the army taking the Sisterhood of Venom forces and several hundred of his own men while the majority of the army is taken command by Kaven Elric and will make there way towards the Black Moon Brotherhood's lands. Swimming across the river Hedrik reaches the other side and taking command of the force they make there way towards Castle Marinus but passing through the country side they find burned out farms and dead bodies litter the land as the forces of the Pure of Aerene have devolved. Arriving at Castle Marinus they find the forces of the Pure of Aerene have marshaled outside the castle and despite attempts by Hedrik to meet under a white Flag the forces of the Pure of Aerene fire on the soldier Hedrik sends with the White Flag and this forces Hedrik to move into battle formations. The battle erupts into chaos, and as the lines charge at each other Hedrik is struck by an arrow to the chest, and then as he gets up is struck again in the arm, and in shock he passes out. Waking up the battle is still raging, and he sees Aphasiel and Mikael fighting and seeing Mikael is winning the fight Hedrik pushes through the pain and joins their fight where despite his injuries he is able to defeat Mikael and before passing out again he executes an unapologetic Mikael. The death of Mikael breaks the Pure of Aerene who begin surrendering on mass and the surrender is accepted by Aphasiel who wants the bloodshed to end, and with Hedrik out of commission she is able to control the loyalist forces. Meinolf Ostriger would take command of the Lole forces following Hedrik being horribly injured at the Skirmish at Castle Marinus, but despite being far above Aphosiel in terms of title it was Aphosiel who dominated the meetings following Hedrik's injury.
Searching for Family
| Searching for Family|
You ask me why I left my home. The answer is actually quite simple. There isn't some great mystery behind why I left. Someone hurt me. He broke me leaving me the person I am now. What choice do I have now but to move forward with what little hope I can find in my life.
Following this she fled Forks where she was joined by a Dragonoph Priest, and a Knight of House Swan of whom protected her on the road to Westbridge where she hoped to find the only remaining member of her family in the form of her uncle.
Arriving in Westbridge she would horrified to learn of the execution of her uncle and nearly his entire family except for his son Hanzal of whom had been imprisoned north of Westbridge, and learning of his survival she would travel to the prison with Ser Harri Blastner.
Siege of Kaer Torhen
Freeing her cousin following the victorious siege of the prison she would join the forces of Heathfall of whom would help her cousin heal in return for her assistance, and in this way she would be sworn to the service of Lenwood Arryn.
Service of Heathfall
See Also : The Empire
See Also : Harri Blastner
See Also : Sean Lovie
Sean Lovie and Taylor James never formally met, but the moment they came into contact with eachother Sean destroyed the innocense and purity of the once care free Taylor James. Following Sean's rape and near murder of Taylor she fled Tree Hill and came to live in The Empire.
See Also : Nathan Scott
Nathan Scott and Taylor James originally were involved in a lengthly sexual relationship that only ended when Taylor fled Tree Hill for the Empire following her rape by Sean Lovie.
See Also : Evil Mind