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The Royarch is the King of Bretonnia, a Grail Knight of the Lady of the Lake, and a holy-warrior that embodies the very pinnacle of Justice and Chivalry. The Royarch is chosen from either a successor to the original Royal Blood-line or chosen by one of the twelve Dukes of the twelve Duchies. The first Royarch was the legendary warrior and uniter Gilles le Breton, who was crowned by the Fay Enchantress as the first Royarch and founder of the Kingdom of Bretonnia in 978 IC. The current Royarch, Louen Leoncoeur, was crowned in 2500 IC.

Name Reign (IC) Duchy Notes
Gilles le Breton 1-19 (978-997) Bastonne First King of Bretonnia
Louis the Rash 1001 Bastonne Son of Gilles, the first Questing Knight
Guillaume unclear, around 1142 Possibly

Lyonesse

Third King, his many deeds were made into the "Chanson of Guillaume"
Baudoin unclear, around 1245 ? Slew the ferocious Dragon Mergaste
Louis the Righteous unclear, around 1448 Aquitaine Brother of the infamous Red Duke, leader of the Crusades against Araby
Jules unclear, around 1578 to 1588 ? Took part in a great tourney against the Wood Elves of Athel Loren, defeating one of their lords in the joust.
Philippe the Strong unclear, around 1635 Possibly

L'Anguille

Defeated an army of raiders at the Battle of Castellet
Louis the Brave unclear, shortly before 2007 ? Slain in battle by the Chaos Lord Akrim, leader of the Skulltakers warband.
Louis the Young unclear, shortly after 2007 ? Son of Louis the Brave, knighted Repanse de Lyonesse and made her Duchess of Lyonesse.
Louen Orc-Slayer unclear, around 2201 ? Declared an Errantry War against the Orcs
Jules the Just unclear, shortly before 2297  ? Slain by a Chaos Knight, who he also killed. His death led to the Affair of the False Grail
Gaston de Beau Geste unclear, shortly after 2297  ? Presided during the Affair of the False Grail
Charlen c. 1440 (c. 2418) Couronne Fought during the Siege of Couronne
Theobald II unclear, around 2475 ? Enemy of the Lichemaster, died destroying his dark fortress.
Phillippe V unclear, around 2479 to 2488  ? Ended Charlen's Errantry War
Feramand unclear,

around 2495

? ?
Louen Leoncoeur 1522 (2500) - present Couronne Present day Royarch

Others Edit

  • Bellaume the Brave - ejected by order of the Fay Enchantress
  • Maldred of Mousillon - Pretender to the Throne 1319 - 1322

TriviaEdit

  • The term Royarch was coined within the Bretonnian section of the End Times: Nagash book.
  • Royarch appears to be a compound of the French Roi and the Greek Archon, which both translate as 'ruler'.

Sources Edit

  • Warhammer Armies: Bretonnia (5th Edition) -- p. 48, 78
  • Warhammer: Knights of the Grail (FRP) -- p. 30 - 31
  • End Times: Nagash -- p. 37 - 39

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