Lusilia of Namija
The Princess Lusilia, summer 1825, by
|Princess of Namija|
|Reign||14 April 1818 – 27 May 1890|
|Born||3 December 1801|
|Died||27 May 1890 (aged 88)|
|Spouse||Txerig III of Trellin|
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Lusilia of Namija (3 December 1801 — ) was Princess of Namija from 1818 until her death, the last ruler of an independent Principality of Namija. She was queen consort of Trellin between 1835 and 1876 as a result of her marriage to Txerig III.
Reign in Namija
Lusilia inherited the crown after the assassination of her father in April 1818. She refused to allow a regent govern in her stead until her majority that December, and she was crowned within two weeks of ascending the throne. Nevertheless, she was not permitted to take much responsibility for the affairs of state, which instead were managed by her guardian, the Duke of Almuren. The young Lusilia spent much of her first year as monarch engaged in philanthropy and meeting civil and religious leaders from across Namija.
Namija was a prosperous and remarkably stable country in the eastern Sea of Velar sphere, and it had long enjoyed good relations with most of its neighbours. The recent growth in power of the Trellinese Empire to the west and Oostwarden League to the east, however, meant a substantial shift in the balance of power, while the ancient powerhouse of Andamonia was in decline. The Namijan nobility feared that the country's alliance with Kur'mala would be insufficient to dissuade a war with the Dangish Empire. Guided by her advisers, Lusilia began courting Trellin, and in 1822 Namija formally applied for protectorate status.
Namija became a protectorate at a ceremony in Mar'theqa on 8 July 1825. This was Lusilia's first visit to the Trellinese capital, and her second time meeting King Txerig III since her childhood. Her visit was immediately a sensation: tens of thousands gathered to see her ship arrive and lined the streets to the Palace of Tor'qim. Her attire was no less exceptional: at a time when colour, excess and flamboyance were the fashion, Lusilia arrived in Mar'theqa dressed in muted tones and a simple outfit — as a Cavari merchant's wife might have worn, albeit of finer quality.
Lusilia's popularity in Trellin was to endure long after her visit. It was also reported that she had been particularly well-received by the king, but it would be several years before it was generally guessed that that had been the beginning of their romance.