ROSEWOOD – Prince Aaron, Duke of Edmount became the fourth King of the Band Room on Tuesday afternoon, following a postponement of the ceremony by several days.
King Jacob, who was to abdicate, was over 15 minutes late to the event, raising fears that Aaron, the anticipated successor, would have to craft a complex justification for his reign in the absence of a formal abdication and traditional crowning. The announcement of his arrival brought spectators from around the high school’s music hallway, as well as relief that he had brought his crown.
As Bandish subjects assembled the pyramid-throne of chairs, some ten feet high, the presence of a school administrator raised fears that the event would be put to a stop. The official left after a teacher sympathetic to the Bandish crown explained the tradition.
At last, Jacob ascended the throne and gave a speech declaring his abdication. He described himself as the “worst king” the Band Room Realms have seen, despite his popularity with the masses. He then formally announced that Aaron was his successor.
Aaron made the climb to the top of the chairs and permitted Jacob to crown him, a departure from the custom of the Bandish monarch crowning himself.
In accordance with tradition, the new king’s first speech appointed officials of his court and gave his first laws.
Thanking the man who had been the Realms’ constable for three years, beginning with the rule of Franklin and ending with his graduation, Aaron appointed one of his close friends to that post. He made another friend the new Viceroy of the Band Room, a position similar to Counselor of State in certain other monarchies, which he had previously held himself.
The new laws given at the ceremony included a censure of a former king, Seth, and an expansion of the claimed sphere of influence by the extraterritorial monarchy.
The new Bandish king’s brother is King Adam of Überstadt. The two have reportedly begun discussion of the Überstadti relationship with this unusual cultural group.