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Nobility Faction (貴族派閥) was a political faction that existed within the Re-Estize Kingdom, comprised of nobles who swore loyalty to the Royal Family in name only while all but openly engaging in power plays in reality.

Background

The Re-Estize Kingdom was split into two factions, the Royalty Faction and the Nobility Faction. Both factions were locked in a power struggle. In addition, the Empire chose the harvest season of the late-ripening wheat to invade, causing a lack of hands in the villages. This delayed the harvest of wheat and other grains. In this way, the Kingdom would weaken without the need for a full-scale invasion, and this would weaken the power of the Crown. Because of that, the Noble faction paid these consequences no heed. In fact, they were delighted by the Royalty Faction — their enemies — losing their power and influence, failing to understand that once the Kingdom's power fell, the Empire would invade in full force. Due to this, the current king, King Ramposa III choose not to abdicate the throne.[1]

Chronology

The Undead King Arc

Main article: The Undead King Arc

The faction was first mentioned that Gazef Stronoff was a prominent figure in the Royalty Faction, causing the Nobility Faction to seek a means to eliminate him. To do so they solicited the aid of the Sunlight Scripture and created a situation where Gazef was required to leave behind most of his equipment to protect marauders in the Kingdom's frontier.[2]

The Bloody Valkyrie Arc

Main article: The Bloody Valkyrie Arc

In the Royal Capital, after Gazef Stronoff reports about Ainz Ooal Gown to the King and the great nobles, many of the nobles suspect that this magic caster is in allegiance to the Empire or the Theocracy, and they suggest to detain the magic caster and put him under their control.[3]

The Men in the Kingdom Arc

Main article: The Men in the Kingdom I and The Men in the Kingdom II Arc

In the Royal Capital, Princess Renner and her friend Lakyus Alvein Dale Aindra had a discussion on considering reaching out to merchants for a new economic plan. Though the later advised against it as it would attract the attention of the Nobility Faction and would worsen the Royalty Faction's power base. Plus if they attempted to get the Great Merchants involved, it would affect the latter's ability to do business with the Nobility Faction.[4]

When Climb met Sebas Tian and Brain Unglaus, the butler informed him of his charge's, Tuareninya Veyron, situation as a slave at a brothel, and asked if it was possible for provide her protection. The problem was that if he requested aid from Renner who was part of the Royalty faction, it would mostly likely find the Nobility Faction's involvement. Exercising power was not easy, especially in cases like the Kingdom where there was no guarantee that two large factions getting into a conflict would not lead to a civil war. Keeping this in mind the trio opted to resolve the brothel situation themselves.[5]

Elias Brandt Dale Raeven, once thought to be a member of the Nobility Faction, is later revealed to be loyal to the King and the leader of the Royalty Faction. In a conversation with Renner, he informs her that the Nobility Faction have thrown in their support with her brother, Barbro Andrean Ield Ryle Vaiself, who offered her hand in marriage.[6]

In the aftermath of the Demonic Disturbance, the Nobility faction was criticized for withholding support in the defense of Re-Estize. In their defense, they believed that Ramposa, going on the frontlines was a mistaken and arrogant. The arguments between the factions thus was intensified.[7]

The Magic Caster of Destroy Arc

Main article: The Magic Caster of Destroy Arc

In the Royal Capital, the Royal Family and the leaders of the Six Great Nobles received a declaration of war on the Re-Estize Kingdom, and the Baharuth Empire demanded them to return E-Rantel and its surrounding area to the Sorcerer Kingdom. This cause a heated debate between the Royalty Faction and Nobility Faction over this mad declaration but they decide to accept the declaration of war despite the Warrior Captain's warning.

Since the Royal Faction had expanded, while the Noble Faction had shrunk. Because the King had boldly ridden forth and driven Jaldabaoth back, at Renner's advice, he was seen by the people as a strong ruler, and a fair number of nobles had thrown their support behind the King and allow the Royal Faction to finance the war and create the Royal Army.[8]

In the aftermath of the Massacre at Katze Plains, the Royal Faction had been severely weakened, while the Nobility Faction had grown stronger leaving an uncertain future.[9]

The Ruler of Conspiracy Arc

Main article: The Ruler of Conspiracy Arc

After the massacre at Katze Plains, Marquis Raeven was left traumatized and retreated back to his domain, with seemingly no intentions of returning. Many noble factions were effectively dissolved, while the other nobles are trying to recover from the massacre.[10]

The Witch of the Falling Kingdom Arc

Main article: The Witch of the Falling Kingdom Arc

As of now, the Kingdom was split between the Royalty Faction, the Nobility Faction, independents, and the New Faction that was formed after the Massacre of Katze Plains. The distribution of power between the four factions was roughly 3:3:2:2.

However, after the Sorcerer Kingdom waged war against the Re-Estize Kingdom, whatever remains of the Nobility Faction have either fled from their kingdom or slaughtered by the Sorcerer Kingdom's forces.

Strength

The strength of the Nobility Faction fluctuated on a constant basis due to its ongoing struggle with the Nobility Faction. The power wanes and strengthens depending on the current political situation. The Nobility Faction contained an alliance of three of the Six Great Nobles, making them an obstacle for the Royalty Faction. Additionally, even if they are called a faction, it did not mean that the many nobles who make up the groups are of one mind. No matter what, a faction was a gathering in order to further a goal or way of thinking.

Known Members

Trivia

  • The Nobility Faction once saw merit in recruiting Climb, though decided against it to avoid getting in a conflict with the Royalty Faction.[11]
  • Due to the relative safety and peace of the Re-Estize Kingdom in comparison to their neighboring nations, many of the Nobles have become incredibly decadent, foolish and somewhat oblivious to the genuine dangers of the world that was then further exemplified by their spoiled upbringing as noblemen. With the Nobles of the Nobility Faction seemingly being the main gathering of these types of nobles.

References

  1. Overlord First Half Chapter 60: Settings
  2. Overlord Volume 01 Chapter 4: Confrontation
  3. Overlord Volume 03 Intermission
  4. Overlord Volume 05 Chapter 2: Blue Rose
  5. Overlord Volume 05 Chapter 4: Congregated Men
  6. Overlord Volume 06 Chapter 7: Attack Preparations
  7. Overlord Volume 06 Epilogue
  8. Overlord Volume 09 Chapter 2: Preparations for the Battle
  9. Overlord Volume 09 Epilogue
  10. Overlord Volume 10 Chapter 2: The Re-Estize Kingdom
  11. Overlord Volume 05 Chapter 1: A Boy's Feeling
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