“Twas noontide of summer,Edgar Allen Poe, Terran Poet, Evening Star, 827.M2
And mid-time of night;
And stars, in their orbits,
Shone pale, thro’ the light
Of the brighter, cold moon,
‘Mid planets her slaves,
Herself in the Heavens,
Her beam on the waves.
I gazed awhile
On her cold smile;
Too cold- too cold for me-
And I turned away to thee,
Proud Evening Star,
In thy glory afar,
And dearer thy beam shall be;
Thou bearest in Heaven at night,
And more I admire
Thy distant fire,
Than that colder, lowly light.”
Chronicon Venutiae, also known as the Origo civitatumme Imperialis seu Venutiarum, is one of the oldest sources for the history of Venus. But rather than being a true chronicle it is merely a large compilation of early documents and legends collected by Imperial chroniclers narrating the myth of Venus as the Morning- and Evening Star on Terra, depending on its position in the Sol System. The Chronicon includes stories about the demise of Venutian war witches and their army of Litho-Golems during the Great Crusade, descriptions of the following colonization of the planet and the concurrent rise of the six affluent family houses that make up the Conclave Venutiae as well as Venus’ now thousand-year-old role as a planet-scaled luxury resort for the aristocracy of Terra.
The six family houses of the Conclave Venutiae are also known as the Horned Ones.
They are not only the largest family houses on Venus in sheer size and number. They are also among the wealthiest families in the entire Imperium with business empires that stretch across countless Imperial worlds. Venus is literally the center of a massive planetary network of production-, mining,- and labor worlds spanning the Imperium. These worlds are needed to supply the rising demand for commodities offered by the Conclave. For that very reason, the Conclave has deep ties to the Senatorum Imperialis, some say even to the High Lords of Terra.
The business empires of the Conclave Venutiae have been built up over the course of almost ten millennia, starting with the early colonization of Venus. The families share the overarching goal to continuously ensure the most optimal – as in lucrative – context for doing business inside the Imperium. The six family houses have literally become masters of their trade in as diverse but highly sought after immaterial and material commodities like cytherium, rare metals, stained armaglass and, in a galaxy where everything you have been told is a lie, the truth….
+ Venutiae di Monstrare +
+ House of Truth +
Familia Monstrare history is as old as is the history of Venus. For it is Venutiae di Monstrare who wrote most of it. Certainly almost the entirety of official Imperial history that pertains the enigmatic and crucial planet Venus, which has so widely contributed to the arts and technologies of Imperium of Man.
In old Gothic, “Monstrare” stands for “demonstrate” and “remonstrate” (to show through argument, pleading or objection), as well as “muster,” meaning to convene, gather, or call forth something to show strength, as in mustering troops, supporters or courage. Perhaps then fittingly, the modern Gothic derivative arrived from this notion of a warning that gave us the word “monster.”
Monstrare are the Consiglieri of the Venutian Familia. They help craft, direct and narrate the strategies that create future value for the business empires. They are Farseeing scholars, historians, strategists and leaders and ruthlessly powerful and connected. At the top of the Monstrare Family sits The White Bull. The hidden lord of Monstrare, whose four “children”, the Monsters , act as the family operative officers and ambassadors.
The Monstrare also maintain the most comprehensive and esoteric private library perhaps in the entire galaxy. It is this asset that creates so much of their immense bargaining power with even the most feared institutions of man, such as the Inquisition. Many suspect that this lore is also the dark secret to their apparent ability to predict outcomes.
+ Venutiae di Cythera +
+ House of Water +
Fresh water is necessary for the survival of most living organisms in the Imperium of Man. However, it is incredibly rare to find naturally. The Emperor himself concluded long before the Great Crusade that the expansion and preservation of the domain of man may not be based solely on planets with readily available water. Therefore, a lucrative and tightly controlled trading network has evolved to keep mankind hydrated.
The purification, filtration and extraction of aqui is run by Venutiae di Cythera, House of Water. Their lineage traces back to Terra and several family members have periodically had roles on the Senatorum Imperialis. Several Officios in the Adeptus Ministorum Imperialis are believed to be controlled by Cytherians. Their endeavours range from the production of piping for the ships of the Imperial Navy, to manipulating the chemistry of locally sourced liquids so that Hive Cities around the galaxy may be nourished with water-like substances.
The most common and widely distributed product is cytherium. The raw material for it can be captured from sewage with holy machines maintained by the Officio Exaquaria. After several highly secretive steps, a black liquid is created, a bottle of which can nourish a guardsman for a full standard day.
+ Venutiae Saggiatorii +
+ House of Metals +
+ The Assayers +
Venutiae Saggiatorii, House of Metals, occasionally simply called the Assayers, trade in metals, especially rare metals, used outside the Imperium’s massive war machine. This includes a large network of forge- and mining worlds as well as lesser organizations within the family, which is stretched deep into the far corners of the Imperium. Rogue Traders, Arceo-Metallurgists, Saggiatorii Smiths to name but a few. Their immense Venutian palace, Palagio Saggiatore, is a vast stronghold built in the shape of a massive metal fortress, its metallic walls an allusion to the Imperial Palace on Terra.
The family business is not limited to the trading of precious metals like Aurum, but also includes discovering, extracting and analyzing new ores and minerals to determine their composition and value through spectrographic analysis, chemical experimentation and extraction.
This has been an incredibly lucrative business making the Assayers one of the wealthiest families in the Imperium. It is said that even the High Priests of the Ecclesiarchy occasionally acquire and adorn themselves and their estates in Saggiatorian metal work.
+ Three down, three to come +
Ynqvisitor is a massive undertaking, with the development of the novel world of Venus and its background. So we are delighted to present in brief the first three family houses out of the six that make up the Conclave Venutiae on Venus. The three remaining houses and enigmatic structures of the Conclavum will be presented in the near future, as we are honing in on the big scheme that is developing as we go along!
As we continue to share our work on developing the novel world of Venus, the context for YNQVISITOR MMXXI, we recommend you to check out all the mind blowing stuff that is already being produced for this project by our talented patreons and friends of Iron Sleet using #ironsleetinvitational and #ynqvisitor on Instagram.
Then, once the dust has settle – and MMXX makes way for MMXXI – we really start getting into this world…
Watch this space – and until next time; stay safe!