The Litany of the Regents

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Re: The Litany of the Regents

Postby OccumsRazor » Tue Feb 05, 2019 9:50 pm

Regent Li Sanghi Li Halan: Regent of the Known Worlds from 4621-4626; Li Sanghi is remembered as the living image of a post conversion Li Halon ruler. The adopted daughter of a powerful widowed Countess on Icon. A young artistic prodigy born to rural nobility she showed great promise. Tutored by the best philosophical minds she became well known for her quick wit and expansive knowledge before she came into service of the Grand Duke’s court.

Her efforts to ease the suffering of the poor and bring an end to the Green Death have resulted in a generally positive memory of this otherwise unremarkable Regent. She dispatched ships carrying the cure to every known world when it was discovered by the Rampartian Dr. Lusignan she made a great show of parading the Doctor across League and Li Halon controlled worlds. Elsewhere memory of her as the peasantry’s salvation from the Green Death lasted for centuries to follow.

Li Sanghi died soon after a brief tour of the ruins of The City of Rhea supposedly of an arterial blockage. Rumor of assassination fell on every possible candidate for office. Most declined to even attempt to take office during the coming election. Temporary Regency powers were taken on by Archbishop Balys Thein and General Vijaya Singh (Regency; Byzantium born); the Archbishop would later hand over power solely to General Singh when he was named as the churches candidate for Regent.

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Re: The Litany of the Regents

Postby OccumsRazor » Wed Feb 06, 2019 9:40 pm

Regent Leonardo Trandau: Born to a poor Masque Entertainer on Cadavus, Trandau joined the local church administration in his early teens. His early years were spent in service to numerous church officials. At the age of thirty seven he was raised to the position of Cadavus’s Bishop-Governor. Cadavus, long riotous, had entered one of its regular periods of uneasy peace. Governor Trandau successfully grabbed the public’s attention with the assistance of church supported entertainments and public works projects. His negotiations with the Cadavasii al Malik and the powerful Trusnikron families resulted in trade treaties that last to this day. Even so he was little known offworld until the election of 4636.

The election of 4636 had a small but contentious field of nobles and hopeful Guildsmen looking to take over for Regent Sarno. The Church and Li Halon teamed up to stop their election in the interest of a neutral compromise candidate. The Royal House electors systematically eliminated candidates until few were left. They eventually settled after two months of voting on Church proposed candidate Leonardo Trandau as Regent. They then had to wait for three weeks for his arrival from Cadavus.

As Regent of the Known Worlds (4636-4646) Leonardo appointed numerous church governors and lesser noble houses to positions of administrative power. While mostly meritocratic in nature he held the major houses at arms distance until Patriach Avram was elected in 4638. His treatment of Guilds also took a shift away from support of the major guilds to support of minor guilds during his later years. The Masque produced a series of “glorification plays” about him towards the end of his reign.

His later reign was scarred by a degree of nepotism amongst scholars. Leonardo’s son married the influential Lilia Hawkwood and his daughter Leah married the wealthy (if mentally deficient) son of a Li Halon Baron. His son Rico was married to the General-Lady Annette Autumn Hawkwood. Leonardo spent most of his regency defending himself from critics and traveling between his children’s family holidays. He died in 4677 of complications of a fall near his home on Cadavus. His decedents still hold the title of Lord-Bishop of the Ayzian Gate on Cadavus.

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Re: The Litany of the Regents

Postby OccumsRazor » Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:07 pm

I welcome comments and opinions. I welcome challenges against cannon! If this one doesn't cause some talk I'll be ashamed. :lol:

Regent Jerome Torenson: Elected in 4646 Regent Jerome’s short reign was filled with conspiracy and intrigue. High positions were granted the Hazat in the Regency’s Army’s, the Imperial Eye to the Decados, and the Fleet to the al-Malik to gain his appointment. The position of Governor of Tethys was promised to no fewer than two electors. The Governorship of Nowhere changed three times in his four year reign. While peace dominated the streets the courts and halls of government ran red with the blood of ambitious nobles.

Jerome Torenson was a hero of his house at a time it was seeing its greatest declines. Born the eldest son of Viscount Saul Torenson, Lord of Vithar, the last Torenson holding on Alyon. Jerome inherited his lands at a young age after his parents died during the Green Death. He successfully led his family thru the Green Death and made many allies within the al Malik and League. In 4638 he gained fame across the known worlds when he led relief forces to break the siege of his Critcorum cousins from Decados backed mercenaries.

His reign ended in bloodshed in 4650 when his transport was destroyed in orbit of Tethys. Patriarch Cassia II, appointed Archbishop Daniel Douglas Orlando of Byzantium to oversee the peaceful election of the next Regent.

After his death things began to unravel. The Imperial Eye recovered his body and performed a full autopsy and cross referenced his DNA. They found extensive subdural evidence of plastic surgery and numerous DNA discrepancies. While many theories exist as to when the Jerome was replaced with this agent the most common, and disturbing, is that this switch occurred prior to his election and was hidden by Decados agents within the Imperial Eye. While these rumors were whispered at by spy agency’s of the day it stayed a closely guarded secret of the nobility until decades after his death. House Torenson refuses to acknowledge any complacency in the matter.

His family holdings on Alyon became disorganized after his (imposters) death. The al Malik eagerly grabbed them up thru marriage and money. The final Torenson’s on Alyon were killed and their lands seized after the Husk Seige of Althelm in 4681.

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Re: The Litany of the Regents

Postby OccumsRazor » Fri Feb 08, 2019 2:24 pm

Regent-Bishop Margaret Lekapean Valleniado: Born on Shiraz (Stigmata), Margaret was a younger child of a minor noble family, promised to a church life from an early age. She was appointed confessor to the future Baron Hugh Sandford Massari at age 17. As confessor to the young Baron Sanford, she travelled extensively, visited the courts of most leading family’s, and made powerful allies. Her travelling companions themselves would later go on to become powerful players in Known World politics. Most prominent of these the Lady Violoxi Li Halon, who would be the last wife of Prince Aerrellius Li Halon, and the then confessor Bishop Abree Knevnic who was elected Patriarch between 4681-4683. Their exploits were widely published by Hugh Sandfords “Travels thru Darkness: Expeditions of Hugh Sandford” volumes one thru four. [Of the 6 book series.]

Elected Regent of the Known Worlds in 4650 Margaret ruled until 4660; her appointment supported by an unusual combination of Church, Li Halon, Decados, and Hazat voters. Her reign was characterized by successful diplomatic and political policies carried out by close associates and confidants. She was particularly interested in encouraging the social causes of the Tethys and Byzantium’s poor. Her appointment of Decados leadership within the Imperial Fleet and as Governor of Cadavus was looked upon with deep fear by many. Both seem to have been reined in with the assistance of Archbishop Abree of the Cadavus Metropilae and Governor Violoxi Li Halon of Tethys.

Bishop Margaret Valleniado died in 4683 (Killed by a Matharite psychic assassin; the highest profile assassination of they have committed) while visiting Baron Hugh Sandford in the Byey Shores on Nowhere. Margaret’s friend and confidant, Patriarch Avram III (Abree Knevnic), died on Holy Terra only days later of natural causes not yet having heard of her death.

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Re: The Litany of the Regents

Postby OccumsRazor » Sat Feb 09, 2019 3:19 pm

Regent (Prince) Eustus Hawkwood: The Delphi born Eustas Hawkwood never expected to inherit the title of Prince of his house however with the death of his uncle’s children to the Green Death and his elder sister’s mental instability led to his appointment upon his uncles death in 4648. He was later elected Regent of the Known Worlds in 4660 and fulfilled his term in 4670. Prince Eustus spent many of his years in office on Tethys and Delphi. All told it is estimated he spent less than half his reign in the Imperial City.

When House Gesar was cut off from the planet Leng and abandoned by their minor house allies, remaining fiefs on Old Istanbul, Gasperah, and Tamerlain were quickly assaulted by Decados, al-Malik, and Cameton forces. Historians often debate whether Prince Eustus was ignorant or complicit in the final destruction of House Gesar. Most side with complicit as Imperial Eye agents appear to have immediately taken advantage of the power gaps in the Imperial bureaucracy.

Regency influence on Byzantium stagnated badly largely due to Guild, Authority, and Cameton infighting. This in turn resulted in fierce bitterness between Eustas and the Leaguemister. Regency influence was greatly improved on Apshai under the leadership of Violoxi Li Halon who rebuilt the Imperial Vau Embassy on that world.

Returning to Delphi after his tenure in office he ruled House Hawkwood until stepping down in 4687. He died six months later.

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Re: The Litany of the Regents

Postby OccumsRazor » Sun Feb 10, 2019 11:17 pm

Regent Tatianna Decados: The 1st Decados Regent of the Known Worlds was elected in 4670 and served till 4680. Granddaughter of the famous Prince Exaugustas Decados; Tatianna was a powerful member of the Severus Decados families. Upheaval and unrest in the Decados leadership is said to have led her to seek power off world. She foreswore her outstanding vendetta’s and left Severus. Initially she took an ambassadorial position on Holy Terra before settling on gaining power and influence on Byzantium Secundas.

Tatianna promised appointments to Li Halon, Hazat, and the League to secure her election. She proved particularly effective at stripping her appointed department heads of real power. She skillfully played her appointees off each other and otherwise engaged on projects of perceived importance to the Known Worlds. The Death of Patriarch Questor led to a Hazat Fleet and Li Halon led Imperial Fleet nearly coming to blows near Sutek’s jumpgate. The Husk Crusades required that two influential Hawkwood and Hazat Regency Generals regularly fought over access Consul Maximillian Harrison’s fleets.

House Decados itself saw numerous setbacks during her tenure; the closure of the jumproads to Colossus, the Manitou Ukari Army Revolt, and Husk Crusades on Cadiz; denying her the ability to return home after her tenure. She built the Ambassadorial Manse Exaugustas outside the Imperial City and resided their till her own death in 4721.

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Re: The Litany of the Regents

Postby OccumsRazor » Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:24 pm

Regent Jean-Ettiene Avery Hawkwood: Born during the great Dhuyillin Hurricane of 4612 on Velisamil; Jean-Ettiene was always at the center of excitement and adventure. For fifty years he travelled the Hawkwood worlds and beyond seeking out new challenges. Being the younger son of the Count of Shiro City, Jean-Ettiene’s exploits were well funded and promoted by his mother the Countess. As a young knight he won the admiration and faith of members of most major houses and guilds. Among his better know exploits were the rescue of a party of Battle Brother on Bannockburn’s, the diplomatic resolution of a Juandustas / al-Malik land contract on Criticorum, and breakdown of a crime ring on Byzantium.

As Regent of the Known Worlds from 4680-4688; the Regent Avery Hawkwood was a better leader of men than a politician. After the political manipulations of Regent Tatianna and the remote supervision of Prince Eustus; Regent Avery’s outgoing active approach was initially cheered by his supporters. He was known to personally supervise taskforces searching out pirate bases, join diplomatic efforts in local house disputes, and intervene regularly in matters of the Regency Courts. Twice during his tenure in office he was called on to assist the church in chasing down renegade members of the Knights of the Empyrean Star.

Jean Ettiene had a number of unorthodox appointees working within the Regency. Baron Timon Juandustas was his notorious spymaster later went on to success in protecting his family and League connections during Halvor’s Reign. His cousin Darin Avery Hawkwood headed the Regency Marines to great success against pirates. His seneschal on Byzantuim Secundas, Sir Drew Lambeth, inserted himself into the Regency Court to serve as a key Hawkwood spy during Halvors reign.

The Regent was killed in an unfortunate confrontation while on a fact finding trip to the Midian system in search of a source of barbarian invaders. Cross-fire between Barbarians and Li Halan security forces ended up severely damaging the Mercury, the Regents Battlecruiser, he was killed almost immediately having been subject to sever electrical trauma.

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Re: The Litany of the Regents

Postby OccumsRazor » Tue Feb 12, 2019 7:01 pm

Here's one that everyone is familiar with!!

Regent (Later Theocrat) Prince Bishop Halvor Li Halon: Regent of the Known Worlds from 4688-4691. Halvor was born the second son of Prince Renaldo the Pentecost. Sworn to the church in his early teens he became Bishop of Kish at the young age of 24 (4684) and married the influential Lady Avyryl Hawkwood Planetary Duchess of Ravenna later the same year. He was proclaimed Prince of the Li Halan in 4686 when his elder brother Prince Rajmund “the Unready” fell in battle against Vuldrok raiders.

The Prince of the Li Halan and Bishop of the Church was elected Regent in 4688 thru a fearless effort heavily influenced by his wife the Duchess Avyryl. Early in his term he was threatened by his early allies the Hawkwood when his wife refused to step down as leader of Ravenna. He sent a small taskforce to support his wife’s defense fleets only to see both destroyed and her imprisoned. That disaster was later followed by the famous fights with his political appointees for more influence in Regency affairs by the church, cumulating in the famous Major Rio affair. By the time word was received of the death of Patriarch Wiold IV, Halvor was facing a challenged future reign.

During the Conclave of 4690, behind doors closed to all but the highest church electors he was elected Patriarch. Having combined the titles of Prince, Patriarch, and Regent he immediately proclaimed himself Theocrat (& hence Emperor) in early 4691. He immediately mobilized both church, house, and regency forces to secure his reign. For months the Known Worlds where stunned into submission.

Halvor however had a short reign and died from a sweating sickness now called Halvor’s Disease in the later part of 4691 while personally commanding an anti-piracy taskforce outside Rampart space.

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Re: The Litany of the Regents

Postby OccumsRazor » Thu Feb 14, 2019 7:09 pm

Regent/Theocrat Constantine Li Halon: Halvor’s son (by the Duchess Avyryl Hawkwood) “inherited” the Regency from his father Halvor for a short period in 4691. The legal president set forth by Church and Li Halan was thin and support for his ousting overwhelming. His supporters quickly backed down and a negotiated peace had him step down in the last quarter of 4691. Other concessions were required by the Li Halon and Church officials who had supported his “Illegal Assent” the Regency. Many Li Halan lands on Tethys and Byzantium were turned over to the Regency and the Church was forced to hand over custodianship of Cadavus.

Born in 4684 he was only six years of age when he ascended to three of the highest positions in the known worlds. By age seven he held only the title of Prince. He spent the remainder of his childhood under the influence of three cousins acting as regents. Upon his coming to power he began a long and prosperous reign. Under the title Wu-Se-Yun he reigned until his death in 4769.

His mother the ambitious Duchess of Ravenna was consigned to a convent on Velisamil, where she died in obscurity at 101 years of age. He was allowed only one visit to see her years later by House Hawkwood.

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Re: The Litany of the Regents

Postby OccumsRazor » Fri Feb 15, 2019 7:38 pm

Regent Ivanos Riga Decados: Regent of the Known Worlds from 4691-4701 Ivanos ruled during a period of relief and recovery from Halvor’s reign. He won the election thru his being one of the most outspoken opponents to Halvor’s end during his Regency as Theocrat. Ivanos’s legacy in Decados history is generally good in comparison to other Decados Regents. al Malik and Hazat scholars view him very well, Li Halon barely mention his reign, and the Hawkwood (as they do all the Decados Regents) see him as a villain plotting against them in dark corners.

Ivanos is best remembered for his interest in the Imperial Eye. His appointee to run the office, Prince Karl Gratz Van Gelder, was Ivanos’s long time ally having known each other since childhood on Cadiz. Together they oversaw a period of outward growth and commercialism that hid an undercurrent of paranoia amongst rebel, heretics, Church, League, and Noble House elites.

Karl was a master in the art of carefully timed and aimed assassination. It is said that he utilized training techniques from the Eye to perfect training of Van Gelder youths. It was during Prince Karl’s reign over house Van Gelder that their alliance and servitude peaked. It was also the period where the old Van Gelder industrialist image was replaced with that of the master assassin.

Regent Ivanos’s reforms to the roles Governors played on the Imperial worlds, are far less memorable but longer lasting. He made significant changes to the roles increasing controls over military budgets, staffing, and judicial concerns. It was he who issued a decree that each house to designate a single Counselor Estate to represents their house in local legal and political matters on Nowhere, Tethys, and Cadavus. His appointee to the Governorship of Nowhere in 4697, Harold Mathias Windsor-Hawkwood, was perhaps the longest continually serving appointment lasting thru three regency’s and nearly 23 years in the position.

Ivanos retired from the Regency to return to Serverus in service to his Prince as an advisor on the affairs of off-world courts for two years before being pressed into service as a courier to the Princes of the Great Houses. He died in 4711 during the Regency Elections.


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