The Stirlings are the ruling family of the kingdom of Wallachia.
Able to trace their lineage back to a warrior on the island of Skadi, Letholdus Stirling, the family's story began when Letholdus was killed in an Exekian raid. His wife Jossa and son Erasmus were captured and taken to the Old Exekian Empire, where they were sold into slavery. Erasmus grew up to become the savior of his people, leading the revolt against the Exekians and becoming the first Stirling king. Erasmus and his wife Camilla had a son, Cassius I, and the dynasty continued through the male line for roughly two hundred years.
The most recent Stirling king is Richard, the son of Aldous and Laura. While Richard's sister Eleanor has not contested his right to rule, the question of Richard's successor is the subject of much debate. Richard had already fathered two illegitimate children, Kai and Hans, by his mistress Karen Liu when he was crowned. Despite his efforts to legitimize Kai and Hans, the Council has refused to name a bastard as heir. With no children of his own, upon Richard's death Eleanor will succeed him, and if her planned marriage to ambitious councilor Logan Brynner occurs, Logan will become king.