“The Gosteli value only ambition over loyalty.”
- Ignatios the Younger, 1024
“The price of material sin is usually paid by the sin itself.”
- Alfonso II on the price of war
Age: 109 years (3rd generation)
Seat: Haslau Major
Flag: Azure, vert bend sinister, Or serpent nowed.
Words: “With Toil And Blood”
Familia Gosteli de Haslau, otherwise known as the House of Gosteli (although technically a familia, not a house) was founded 2 generations ago by Ervónz (Alfonso) I the Conqueror, who migrated with a group of Svalek exiles to the land near Haslau and aided the current King of Zerolia (Then under Moqolese rule) in driving out the native Dragonmen. He was thus granted the conquered land as payment. The Gosteli take their name from a bastardized spelling of Alfonso’s nickname, Qoztalos (meaning unknown).
Over the next few generations, the relatively new Gosteli would form a strong bond with the other Svalek immigrants, the Vettin, and enjoyed a steady rise to power during the lifetime of Alfonso II, due to a multitude of military exploits, and the support of the Vettin. They converted to Nylenry late into the reign of Alfonso II. Perhaps it was this that drove the wedge between them and the Giovanian Vettin, who being barons have not converted.
For more recent history, see articles on individuals, namely János Gosteli.
Politics and Legacy
The Gosteli have always been one of the more respected Moqolese houses in the Marshlands, due to their allegiance to the Archdukes of Zeroll. However they have also been seen as foreign warlords and thieves by the northmen, a belief perhaps compounded with the recent events of the Marshlander Civil War.
The Vettin-Gosteli relations are highly traditional – at least one marriage between them is expected per generation, and both families belong to the Sylle Dynasty. However the Gosteli are no longer Vettini – they have opposed their former patrons a multitude of times in matters of politics – especially on the topic of the Anjora, who are generally considered the sworn enemy of the Vettin. During the reign of El Sabio, these relations were smooth. However the windfallen power of the Gosteli in Denzegk has the Vettin concerned, seeing as Vettin lands in Petzchau and the Pale Maiden would be ripe for the picking given a family feud.
However divided their loyalties to other families, it is certain that the Gostei have always been close friends of the Zerollean Archduke. In fact this friendship proved an asset in the Civil War. However the clear breach of this trust by the Gosteli to place Pontreas on the Throne is considered by many a scandalous and treacherous act. Nonetheless, it seems that of all the Lords closest to House Lugus before the War, the Gosteli were punished the least; in fact they were even given land.
During the reign of Alfonso I and II, the Gosteli maintained good relations with both Naronar and a number of Red Plains houses, most notably Laynne and Jacobi. The relations deteriorated when Alfonso II converted and severed ties with the empire.
For current events, see the articles on Bernardo and Janos.