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Trauerqual (トラオクヴァール, Toraokuvaaru) is the current Zent and ruler of Yurgenschmidt. He is the father of the three current princes, Sigiswald, Anastasius, and Hildebrand.

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Born as the fifth prince, in his youth Trauerqual was raised to become a vassal to whichever of his brothers would eventually succeed the king, rather than participate in the competition for succession himself[1].

[2] The prince that was chosen as the successor was the second prince. By the time their father died he had already finished the transcription of his own Grutrissheit. However almost immediately after the previous king's death the second prince also died. In the subsequent power vacuum the first and third prince started a fierce competition for the throne which eventually boild over into open warfare and thus the civil war broke out.

The third prince managed to defeat and kill his elder brother, but was soon after killed by an assassin sent by the first prince shortly before their final battle. With the two contenders for the throne gone, a new conflict broke out between the fourth and fifth princes, with most of the former first princes allies siding with the fourth and the former faction of the third going over to the fifth prince.

In this second part of the civil war Trauerqual's faction came out on top, in no small part thanks to the alliance with Klassenberg. Following his victory, Trauerqual was coronated to be the new Zent.

Despite his complete victory, his ascension to the throne was still not unopposed. Due to him failing to fulfill the qualification set down in the bible and thus failing to gain the god's divine mandate, many in the sovereign temple initially opposed his coronation, but ultimately relented due to there simply being no other suited candidate to hold the position.

Due to the civil war, the transcription of the Grutrissheit owned by Trauerqual's father, which was supposed to be passed to the next king was lost, alongside the second princes bible. Usually in such a case it is the new Zent's duty to make a new transcription from the one made by the first king, but since it's location it currently unknown, King Trauerqual has so far been unable to fulfill this duty.

Furthermore with the candidates raised to potentially become king and the previous king all being dead, it is likely that many secrets passed down from the king orally have been lost.

This alongside the bitterness over an unqualified royal becoming king is what gave rise to the movement of the biblical fanatisism[1].

Following his victory and coronation the new king imprisoned his older brother and initially only enacted small-scale punishments on his enemies, despite massive pressure from his allies for harsh and wide-reaching measures against their enemies.

Emboldened by the believe that Trauerqual would be unwilling to commit to mass-executions the duchy of Werkerstock conspired to have the new king assassinated and install the fourth prince on the throne. At some point a group of rebels also kidnapped Trauerquals daughter in an attempt to blackmail him into abdicating in favor of his brother.

Faced with these actions the king eventually gave in to the pressure of his allies and thus a far-reaching and brutal purge was enacted throughout the entire country, leading to the dissolution of several of the defeated duchies and the mass execution of a large number of nobles. Among those sentenced to death was anyone who had supported the first or fourth princes or had a claim to the throne, as well as others seen as disloyal. Without a Grutrissheit the duchy borders could not be redrawn, so the affected territory was only put under the management of the Sovereignty or neighboring duchies loyal to the king[2].

This purge was not limited to just members of the losing faction, but also affected the winning duchies and those that remained neutral throughout the conflict[3].

This purge even claimed the lives of people who were not implicated in any act of disloyalty, but just had the misfortune to have a family relation with one of the nobles labelled as a traitor, even if they were part of a duchy that had supported the king during the war. One such example was the second wife of Aub Ahrensbach who was executed due to being the little sister of Aub Werkerstock, despite being innocent herself and her husband fighting alongside the prince in the war[4].

To make matters worse for many duchies, the Sovereignty tried to fill the gaps in their noble ranks by calling nobles from the duchies to the Sovereignty, leaving many duchies drained of even more manpower and mana than the purge itself already did. This can be felt particularly strong in the various temples, since they lost personnel three times: Once from the purge, once from the sovereign temple calling the best and mana-richest priests to the heart of the country and finally from the duchies recalling those they sent to the temple to noble society.

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Originally the king planned to have Anastasius fill the role of overseer at the Royal Academy in the terms following his graduation, but due to being given lordship over Sovereignty lands, Anastasius became very occupied with filling the land and its magic tools with mana. After much debate the king decides that this was too important to interrupt and thus reluctantly chooses his third son, the just recently baptised Hildebrand to oversee the next term at the academy. While it is unprecedented for a child to take up official duties before their debut at archduke's conference following their baptism, the current situation left the king with no other viable choice than to rely on the young boy[5].

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At the Interduchy Tournament following Rozemyne's second academy term a group of rebels led by former Werkerstock nobles launched an attack on the royal family utilizing several ternisbefallen. They unleashed the mana-absorbind feybeasts in the arena with the students and in the ensuing chaos launched themselves at the king and his family. The attackers were so fanatic that some of them even lauched suicide attacks, either by blowing themselves up, or by willingly feeding themselves to the rampaging feybeasts to power them up.

Despite their efforts no member of the royal family sustained serious injury. Howver there were many injured and even several dead among the students[6].

Header.pngEtymology

Name Japanese Romaji Assumed
Etymology
Assumed
Translation
Trauerqual トラオクヴァール Toraokuvaaru
  • grief, sorrow or mourning
  • torment or agony

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 4 Volume 7. Chapter 4: Investigating the Bible
  2. 2.0 2.1 Ascendance of a Bookworm. Royal Academy Stories - First Year. Chapter 17: Solange - Closed-Stack Archives and the Old Diaries
  3. Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 4 Volume 2. Chapter 13: A Tea Party with Eglantine
  4. Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 4 Volume 4. Epilogue
  5. Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 4 Volume 5. Epilogue
  6. Ascendance of a Bookworm. Part 4 Volume 7. Chapter 16: Unforseen Consequences

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