The Litany of the Regents

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Re: The Litany of the Regents

Postby OccumsRazor » Tue Feb 26, 2019 9:40 pm

Regent Maria-Villet Castadas Hazat de Vuldrok: The Duchess Maria-Villet was a praised Fleet Commander of the Hazat during the Vuldrok Resurgence. She served with honor and distinction thru a dozen fleet actions. At the end of the Resurgence the Castadas Duchess searched out new corridors of power and influence. By 4789 she was known to be aggressively pursuing the office of Regent. She negotiated to ensure Martin de’Winter Hawkwood control over the Imperial Fleet in exchange for Hawkwood votes and the Imperial Eye to Count Sergei Decados. Governorships were essentially sold to the Guilds whose money was in turn used to bribe the al-Malik electors.

Maria-Villet Castadas was elected to serve as Regent in 4791. She continued the practice of her predecessor by inserting herself into the affairs of her governors and department heads. More politically adept than Regent Cândida, she saw more effective results during her time as Regent. She required regular updates on the operations of the Imperial Eye, made spot inspections of Naval Facilities, and inserted herself into corruption investigations in the Regency courts.

In 4792 serious uprisings started on Kordeth in the outer valleys that were once under firm control of the Nadakira. The Nadakira Bois’sa had inherited the role after a surprise assassination of her mother and elder brother. The rebellion was different than many as it was more religiously oriented with many of the priestly clans of the north revolting. The Regent reacted to the revolts with the immediate suppression of two of the most prominent regions. When news of the suppression of the Dzornaga Valles and Gotek Monasteries reached the remaining populous, rebellion was squashed. The al-Malik and the guilds were publicly outraged by her territorial overreach however the quick end to the uprising led to their protestations falling on deaf ears.

Regent Maria-Villet Castadas was killed by an assassin while touring a RAID facility in 4793. The personal guard of Governor Baqur Shaprutii al-Malik and Imperial security forces under Hawkwood control were both suspected of colluding with her regicide. The memory of her aggressiveness and careless handling of the electors who brought her to office is believed by many scholars to have kept a Hazat from the Regents post for nearly a century afterwards.

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Regent Ruslan Deisov Decados: Regent of the Known Worlds from 4793-4803; Ruslan was the adopted son and heir of Lord Harald Decados of Svarog and Cronos much to the consternation of his biological children. Born to landless minor Decados nobility he was drawn into a cabal of minor nobles looking to eliminate a handful of high placed nobles including the Count. Ruslan exposed the plot and developed a plan which allowed the Harald to capture the conspirators red handed. After being adopted he entered service of the family as a military liaison with the Hazat in their battle against the Vuldrok. Spending years of his life on Sutek and Vera Cruz left Ruslan with a strong respect for their militant tendencies and disregard of their political skills.

After the election of 4782, Prince Nicolai Decados selected Lord Ruslan Decados for future election to the Regency. With the singular stipulation that Count Sergei Decados retain his position as the head of the Imperial Eye, Nicolai carefully started to construct an electorate for Ruslan’s Regency. The assassination of the Regent Maria-Villet caused a rushed implementation of his plan. The Church and Hawkwood were both strictly opposed to Ruslan’s election. Splitting the vote of the other three houses thru political appointments and buying the guilds votes thru governorships, Nicoli finally succeeded in securing the regency for his house.

Regent Ruslan Decados reformed the Regency Court immediately upon his election. Since the election of 4771 the bureaucracy of the courts had grown out of control. Under control of Ruslans wife/niece Aline Ibus Decados control over Byzantium nobility fell quickly in line with Ruslans leadership. A 10% jump in tax income to the Treasury in his first year in office proved the effectiveness of his leadership on Byzantium Secundas.

The period had an almost endless number of high profile incidents of nobles and guildsmen. The Engineer governor of Vril-ya, Irina Ganz, was arrested in 4796 for importation of Vau tech causing a spectacular trial. The Courtesan Brigette Elicsa Dunn’s ledger was released exposing hundreds of elicit affairs and back door dealings. The Manila Bill Papers, later found to have been released by the Reeve Spencer Delorasa, detailed hundreds of illegal dealings between guilders and nobles.

When the Rampart Civil War erupted in 4798 the guilds looked on with much consternation. Ruslan was quick to engage the warring sides towards peace. Ensuring a non-nuclear option between the two parties was the primary goal of the joint Church-Regency “Rigel Pact” which drew lines of conduct during the war.

Returning to Severus after his term in 4803, the former Regent took up residence in the Decados court. He soon found his time on Severus both dangerous and full of hostility. In 4805 Ruslan relocated to Leagueheim and lived out his days in the skyscrapers overlooking Kesparate.

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Re: The Litany of the Regents

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Regent Lizbet Hawkwood: The Duchess Lizbet Hawkwood was elected Regent of the Known Worlds in 4803. The Ravena born heir to the Duchy of Southern Folari, Lizbit was married and divorced three times in rapid succession. Marriages with the son of a Hazat Marquis, a wealthy Li Halon Baronet, and a Trusknikron adventurer had won the young women a reputation as a serial power monger. Lizbet was a highly intelligent political operator who had managed to gather allies in a number of houses and guilds prior her candidacy for Regent.

Prince Oswald Laurent Hawkwood was an early admirer (and rumored lover) of the young noblewomen. Thru the Princes patronage the Lady Lizbet Hawkwood was promoted to a string of ambassadorial positions and commissions. When the Hawkwood and Li Halon endorsed her as a candidate for Regent many electors were shocked. She was a highly controversial selection for Regent, causing rifts between various church and merchant factions. She won the election against 2 major competitors, Gil Torenson and Orchibat al-Malik, by convincing the majority of the al-Malik electors and many Guildsmen to her cause.

Lizbet made a number of notable appointments; “The Red Martin” Lady Kinru Mading Li Halon was a notable head of the Imperial Eye (the only Li Halon Head of the agency during the 49th century), Leon Nielsen (a Charioteer a Consul) appointed Governor of the Tethys, and Admiral Caroline Sorino Shirazyii al-Malik of the Imperial Navy were highly regarded.

The Regency of Lizbet Hawkwood was far from a peaceful time in the known worlds. During her early years the Rampart Civil War raged and arms merchants funneled weapons feeding the conflict openly. Riots on burned the Imperial embassy on Istakr. Ukari cultists killed Archbishop Wazniak, one of the Regents few supporters in the ranks of the church, on Leagueheim. Nassari uprisings broke out deep in the deserts of Nowhere required additional troops to be mustered from the Tethys garrisons.

In 4810 the al Malik invaded Gwyenneth igniting uproar in the Regency when the al Malik led fleet refused to support any intervention in the conflict. This ended up backfiring on Admiral Sorino in 4813 when the war turned against her house and the Hawkwood invaded Criticorum. Lizbet was sidelined in the peace negotiations by the widely popular new Patriarch Adrian XII.

When she stepped down at the end of 4813 she returned to her South Folari fiefs were she remained secluded for the rest her life.

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Re: The Litany of the Regents

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Regent Benjamin Rigel Justinian: Benjamin Justinian was born the second son of the Count Rigal Justinian and was raised to join the armies or ranks of the church. After a brief term in the ranks of the church armies around Urth he was sent to serve on Byzantium as a liaison with the Regency. During the Regency’s of Archbishop Amber-Novas and Master Cândida the Church military influence in the Imperial Military increased greatly. The young Benjamin Justinian acted as Deputy Minister of the Imperial Army and later Navy were he made hundreds of appointments to the Regency’s officer core.

As an appointed Ambassador of the Regency, Benjamin Justinian was the namesake of the negotiations which led to the “Rigel Pact” during the Rampart Civil War. The pact he negotiated, restricting the use of radiologic/nuclear weapons by both sides, was highly publicized by the church and guilds. As Lisbet Hawkwoods tenure in office was coming to a close, powers in the church led by Patriach Adrian XII promoted the candidacy of Benjamin Justinian. His service and loyalty to the Regency over that of a Royal House was hoped to ensure a more cohesive regency than that of his predecessor.

Almost immediately after he took office the Midian-Rampart War broke out. The well intentioned Li Halon princes proved unready for the well armed and battle hardened Rampart forces. Working with the Patriarch he was able to broker a peace treaty in March of 4814.

In office Lord Benjamin Justinian spent his early years trying to mend Hawkwood – al Malik relations in the wake of the Gwynneth invasions and attempted to reform the Regency’s penal codes (which never really took hold). Later he spent most of his time maintaining some level of control over his various governors and the heads of the royal houses. In late 4823 he dispatched a special envoy to Kordeth to ensure peace after the assassination the Nadakira and the ensuing power struggle.

Regent of the Known Worlds from 4813-4824, he is remembered by many as the Long Regent; the election of his successor Ralista Decados was a notoriously time consuming one (with accusations of blackmail rife) and hence stayed in office an additional 5 months pending confirmation of his/her successor.

Marquis Benjamin spent his long retirement close to the Imperial Court; he held numerous appointments as Special Envoy/Ambassador under Ralista Decados, Gil Torenson, and Marcus de Rolas. He died on his Criticorum estates in 4855.

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Princess Regent Ralista Decados: Princess Ralista Decados reigned as Regent of the Known Worlds from 4824 till her death in 4833. Ralista was the daughter of Princess Zlata “Princess of the Orchid”. Zlata made the unprecedented move of stepping aside and handing control of the house over to Ralista in 4817. Ralista was determined to expand Decados power and restore lost lands to her house. Her ambitions quickly led her to seek the office of Regent.

Ralista came to power by promising the Governorship of Tethys to the Li Halon (along with numerous military commands) and Cadavus to the League. It is rumored that she bribed electors from two houses (an al-Malik and a Hazat), blackmailed two church electors; and managed to force one Hawkwood elector to abstain. In the end she secured a thin election.

Ralista quickly became obsessed with power and cementing her control of the Regency. Within two years of taking office she was secretly making backroom deals to declare herself Empress. Ralista was a master of propaganda and showmanship. She made regular visits to showcase social progress on Byzantium and Tethys. She repeatedly and often made unsubstantiated (often blatantly untrue) claims regarding crime, trade, and military progress against the barbarian hoards that she subsequently paid the Town Criers to disseminate across the Royal Courts and “civilized” society.

In early 4833 she believed she had secured the endorsement of enough electors to seize the crown for herself in a deal which involved handing control of the Imperial Eye to the Hazat. Unknown to her the al Malik had a side agreement with Hazat to drop their endorsement of her in this event. Ralista was enraged by this supposed betrayal. She regularly began ordering retaliatory actions be taken by Regency military personal against the Hazat and al Malik. The Scavers and Slayers Guilds are said to have received “requests” from the Regents office for their services.

Ralista died in a coup lead by Regency military and intelligence officers about nine months after the Hazat vote trade fiasco. The purges following her death, in the period between Regents, were known to be particularly violent. Eventually the former Regent Benjamin Justinian was able to secure the Imperial City and ensure the safety of the electors. Under his leadership forty high ranking officers were identified as leaders of the Regicide and imprisoned.

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Regent Gil Torenson: Born Gilbert Jacob Bystol to promising members of the lesser nobility Gil was an unlikely candidate to achieve the high office of Regent. His upbringing in the training schools of Aragon however led him to run in circles high above his station. He excelled in his physical training as well as his military studies. He served in the court of Prince Guatano Michel Rodando Jacobi Eduardo de Aragon as a fencing instructor and tutor for the Princes children until he caught the eye of the wealthy widowed Marquissa Katherine Torenson. They married shortly after in 4787.

As the consort to the head of House Torenson, Gil travelled endlessly in service to his house. He gained a reputation for his daring travel to warzones (Notably Rampart) to arrange safe transport for nobles and churchmen. He also negotiated numerous inter-house disputes to some fanfare. His debrief to the court of Regent Ruslan Deisov Decados of events he witnessed on Rampart led to interest in him as a compromise candidate during the elections of 4803. Eventually Lizbet Hawkwood was able to garner enough votes. Gil Torenson spent the next twenty years in service to House Torenson and the Regency.

In the aftermath of the death (4833) of Ralista Decados few nobles were interested in a member of the royal house. A public promise from Gil Torenson, who was serving the Regency Court at the time, to provide public trials for those responsible for the regicide gained him votes from the League (plus giving the Charioteers Governorship of Cadavus). The Hazat provided the swing votes in exchange for their continued control of the Imperial Eye.

The public trails promised during Gil’s election proved to be a five year long series of debacles and political charades. Ralista’s mental stability was challenged early in the proceedings and Decados indignation escalated rapidly.

Gil undertook extensive rebuilding industrial and commercial facilities owned by the regency from Tethys to Nowhere. He also used Regency forces and political power of his office to secure Torenson holdings on Perleria for the next century.

When he stepped down in 4842 he relocated with his wife to their holdings on Aragon. They both stepped down from governance positions around this period in an attempt to retire from public life.

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Regent Count Marcus Oestro de Rolas: Marcus was the son of the infamous Count Rolo Oestro Rolas de Kordeth who attempted to sack and captures a large number of League Mining properties on Kordeth in 4792 at the end of Duchess Maria-Villet’s Regency. In the aftermath of his father’s failed mediation and subsequent assassination; Marcus was placed under the tutelage of joint Church and League tutors. Raised on Holy Terra within the Guild House of Barcelona he proved a good student in both Church and League topics.

From his teens until his late thirties Sir Marcus de Rolas acted as a mediator in Church-Guild affairs on a dozen worlds. He spent a number of years working closely with the Archbishop Dralsey in settling noble tithes disputes prior to his contraction of his famous illness and discovery of young Hadara. Marcus de Rolas inherited his father county only in 4831 upon the death of his childless aunt.

The Church and the Hazat both gave up significant positions of power to ensure that Count Marcus was elected Regent. The Hazat sacrificed their twenty year hold on the Imperial Eye to the Decados, while the Church/Li Halons long governorship over Tethys was ended in favor of Lady Serra al Malik Governor of Tethys.

His Regency (from 4842-4852) was largely without external conflicts. Vuldrok raids became increasingly rare, the gates to Kurgan lands being long since closed, and the Vau retained their unsettling quite approach to human activities. Smaller local disputes, regional violence, and back stage subterfuge were the problems of the period.

Towards the end of his tenure in office, Hazat appointees within the Regency are believed to have reallocated millions of firebirds worth of military equipment to Hazat military facilities on Byzantium. Suspicion of misdeeds by his Hazat appointees led to a strange string of other appointees attempting similar acts leading to the disappearance of equipment, weapons, and even a few warships. In the last months of his reign, right thru the elections of his successor, he led a personal audit of the agencies suspected of having stolen materials. Dozens of high level appointees were arrested and charged (Only one Hazat was found guilty and only of a minor conviction).

Count Marcus de Rolas returned to Vera Cruz after his tenure in office. He married Lady Mary Sussanna Hazat de Justas, a women twenty two years his junior, settling down to build a family on his estates. Remembered as having led the most peaceful regency of any Hazat elected; he is also regarded as one of the most successful.

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Regent Serra Ameer Istakhriyy al-Malik: Serra al-Malik held the title of Regent of the Known Worlds from 4852-4862. A heavy set a woman in her eighty’s when she was appointed Regent, her reign was marked with a peaceful and prosperous period.

Serra was born on Criticorum as a descendent of the powerful Istakhriyy Ameer family who was out of favor with Duke Sufayan. As an acquaintance of al Abbasah “Claudia” al-Malik during her exile she returned her family to power on Istakr after the 4827 coup. Her relationships with al Malik on Shaprut, Kordeth, Istakr, and Criticorum made her a favorite advisor of Claudia during the 4830s. During the election of 4842, Duchess Claudia secured the position of Governor of Tethys for the al Malik appointing her close friend Lady Serra to the post.

The election of 4852 was not supposed to be an extended affair however the sudden death of Duke Blair Duerayme Hawkwood, a shoe in for election, though the entire election into chaos. While the Hawkwoods presented other candidates, Li Halon and Hazat electors rejected many out of hand. Lady Serra was presented as a candidate late in the proceedings and quickly elected. In exchange the Decados retain control of the Eye, control of all governorships went to various Hawkwood, and the Hazat gained control of the Navy.

While outwardly her reign was quite peaceful darkness and violence continued closely under the surface of society. Regent Serra was also responsible for considerable diplomacy to counter the effects of serious turmoil within House Li Halon during the abduction of Gasparia Li Halon by her Ustirid cousins.

While her tenure in office is little remembered today, she was highly regarded for decades after her reign. She remained a prominent figure in the Regency Court as head of the Imperial Eye under Regent Dzvinia Decados, took the reigns of power briefly in the wake of her death, supported the election of Roxana al Malik, and served as a close advisor to her for two years. Regent Serra returned to Istakr when Duchess Claudia Istakhriyyah al-Malik died 4869 to serve a special advisor on Regency matters to al-Jabir the Golden, Duke of Duke’s.

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Re: The Litany of the Regents

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Regent Dzvinia Decados: “The Red Duchess of Cadiz” was born in 4795. From childhood she was known for her red hair and fiery personality. Dzvinia was a forceful young women during her adolescence on Cadiz. One story of her says that as a fourteen year old she overheard a group of Scavers bragging about running guns to the Rampart Civil War thru the Spaceport at Herculeum during a fancy dinner party. After confirming they were dodging the heavy customs duties imposed by her parents she led a team of the family guard to seize the Scaver ship and cargo.

The whereabouts of Dzvinia between 4811 till 4833 are a mystery. Most believe that she served as an agent for the Jakovians or under private service to the Princess/Regent Ralista Decados. When she reemerged in the wake of the Princesses death she arrived above Cadiz with a fleet of four stealth frigates and swiftly eliminated the forces of a number of nobles challenging her father’s rule. Subsequently she and her father reinforced the forces of Gerhard Victor Decados in his bid to become the next ruler of house Decados (Prince from 4733-4744). Subsequently she was named Duchess of Bastetan in her own right (Co-Ruler with her father Antoine Decados). She served as Head of the Imperial Eye during the Regency of Serra al Malik (4852-4862).

The Red Duchess won election as Regent of the Known Worlds in 4862 thru a number of carefully crafted deals (and maybe a little blackmail). The Decados relinquished control of the Imperial Eye to the al-Malik, Governorship of Tethys and Cadavus to to Li Halon, and control of the Imperial Navy to the Hazat.

During her short Regency Dzvinia fought with the guilds over her fierce support of the Decados Cartels. The expansions of the cartels interests in fiefs owned by the Decados on Byzantium Secundas and on Manitou were especially vexing to the Guilds. These disagreements led to a number of edicts being issued which to this day protect commerce within territories owned by the nobility. (Of course these facilities are a favorite target of the Harbringers.)

Early in 4864 a rebellion erupted on Cadiz in opposition to her father’s rule. To put down the rebellions she responded by personally leading troops in relief to his forces. After the initial assault was successful her troops were ambushed as they returned to their landing craft. Dzvina was mortally wounded in a barrage of mortar fire from an unseen enemy. She died in route to medical facilities near the palace of Herculeum were she was born.
After her death the head of the Imperial Eye Serra al Malik and Archbishop Deshayes took the reigns of power until a new regent could be elected.

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Re: The Litany of the Regents

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Regent Roxana Shikin Shaprutiyy al-Malik: Roxana was Regent of the Known Worlds from 4864 till 4874. Roxana was in power during a remarkable period of peace and prosperity.

Roxana was a surprise candidate for the office of Regent. Only thirty nine at the time of her election she was the youngest regent ever to take office with the exception of Constantine Li Halon. After the Regent Dzvina’s untimely death away from Byzantium; the Serveren Decados delayed delivery of the news to the throne world by a few days to gather their supporters prior to the next election. When the Head of the Imperial Eye, Regent Serra al-Malik, received word of this she enlisted the help of the visiting progressive leaning Archbishop Deshayes in ensuring their control over the Regency during the following election. Further allying with elements of the House Hawkwood and Li Halon they were left only to choose their candidate. Seeing themselves corned by this voting block the Decados waged a character war against the leading candidates. Only the young Roxana survived the slander relatively unscathed and electable.

Having served as the head of the Regents Guard during the later part of Regent Serra al-Malik’s term and as al Malik Ambassador during Devinia Decados’s tenure; Roxana was well aware of the way of life in the Regents court. Soon after taking office she skillfully managed the removal of dangerous but influential powers in the Regency’s Court in a bloodless coup during paving the way for her unencumbered rule.

Roxana’s term in office was largely over shadowed (at least with the general public by the election of Matriach Hadara. The Martriachs large public tours of the Know Worlds dominated the Town Criers for most of her tenure. This was apparently much to the new Regents advantage. Under her leadership she was able focus the resources of the Regency inwards and build up the industry and research divisions of Imperial holdings. She was a staunch adherent to the principal of gathering Ur artifacts under Imperial control. She utilized the Regents Guard and Imperial Navy in numerous seizures of artifacts from nobles and guildmen alike.

The venerable Earl Nicholas Hawkwood led the Imperial Eye during Roxana’s reign, one of only a handful of Hawkwoods to do so during the Regency Era, to much success. The Imperial Eye became increasingly involved themselves in fighting crime and corruption within the Authority and Ports of worlds surrounding Byzantium. Under his leadership Eye operatives managed to establish extensive information networks on Manitou, Apshai, Pentateuch, and Kordeth; worlds largely ignored by past leaders of the Eye.

Duke al-Jabir had risen to high standing by the time Roxana’s term ended in 4874. Roxana returned to her home on Shaprut before her 50th birthday destined to live a comparatively quite life. She did re-emerge onto the scene twenty five years later during the Symbiot invasion to assist in organizing the resettlement of refugees from Shira, but this was short lived.


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