First Reference:3rd Endowment 2:43 3rd Endowment 25:1 3rd Endowment
But in the great fortress city of Trajenium did Maximillius Drakonus rule; being
the forty-second Emperor of all Drakonia; being made most constantly aware of such
conspiracies as Rome and the Chen would devise against him.
Summary: Maximillius Drakonus was the forty-second Emperor of Drakonian Empire.
During his rule as Emperor, Drakonia became the most powerful empire in the world.
While the achievements and ambitions of the Maximillius Drakonus were impressive,
his success was significantly bolstered by the unconventional ingenuity of the man
who came to be known as Kronus Maximillius. Having elected Kronus as Imperial Tribune
and eventually First Imperial Councilor, Drakonus Maximillius made great efforts
to both protect Kronus and make full use of his abilities as a military strategist
The latter half of the Emperor’s career was notably successful. Victories acquired
through the brilliance of Kronus, including the counter-offensive against South Africa
, and the siege and acquisition of the island fortress of Petragia , added
vast wealth to the empire and established Maximillius Drakonus as the greatest Emperor
to ever sit on the throne. Soon after taking Petragia, the Emperor changed his name
to Drakonus Magnorum, and announced the building of a new capital city, Maxus Emperium
With the death of Kronus, the empire fell into a state of civil war. Leading the
opposition was the Emperor’s son and Regent of the empire, Maxus Drakoni, who eventually
assumed the throne after his father was assassinated (3:31:11-15).
Azrael’s Commentary - Maximillius Drakonus
[Maximillius Drakonus was] the 42nd Emperor of the Drakonian Empire. As the third
eldest son of the Emperor Caius Quintus Drakonus, few men of power ever thought that
Maximillius would ever become Emperor himself. As a youth Maximillius was small and
did not fair well in war games and feats of strength. But what he lacked in physical
size and power, he more than made up for in cunning and intelligence. From earliest
childhood Maximillius knew two things: first, he was the son of the Emperor, and
as such he had a place in the line of succession. Second, he wanted to be Emperor.
These two facts drove Maximillius to gain by intrigue what he could not gain as the
As part of his plan, Maximillius conspired with his brother, Canidius, the second
in line to the throne, against their elder brother Octavio. The agreement with Canidius
was simple: get rid of Octavio, Canidius would then become Emperor and as Emperor
appoint Maximillius as Vice Regent of the empire. The plot against Octavio was not
only born out of the ambition of Canidius and Maximillius; it was also an act of
self-preservation and survival. For the custom of imperial succession entailed the
execution of all male siblings of the new Emperor in order to secure the throne and
empire against intrigue. Being next in line to the throne meant an automatic death
sentence to Maximillius and Canidius upon Octavio’s ascension to the throne.
The plot against Octavio was planned solely by Maximillius and entailed Canidius,
in the dead of night, dressing up as his older brother and hiring an assassin under
the pretense of removing an enemy of the state. The target of the assassin would
be found alone in one of the palace gardens at a certain time of night. To get into
the royal compound, the assassin was given one of the personal tokens of Octavio.
The token, bearing the name and image of Octavio, acted as a pass and would allow
the bearer to pass safely into the palace itself. However, the Emperor was forewarned
anonymously by Maximillius that his life was imperiled and a trap was soon planned
by the Stazzi to capture the assassin and find out who had hired him. And as so carefully
planned, the assassin was captured, and under torture gave the name of his employer
as Octavio. Within moments Octavio was arrested and under the most severe torture
was made to confess to the crime of hiring an assassin to kill his father. Hearing
this, the Emperor immediately signed the order of execution and Octavio was garroted
in a public ceremony.
Canidius now became the heir apparent, but not for long. Secretly Maximillius saw
to it that his brother and co-conspirator was slowly poisoned to death over a period
of a year. The poison of choice was a small amount of mercury added to his food.
The state of medical science in the world of the First Power was deplorable, and
palace physicians could not explain the declining health of Canidius. Maximillius
was constantly at his brother’s side giving comfort and aid, right up to the moment
that Canidius finally died. With the death of his brother, Maximillius now became
the heir apparent. Over a period of five years, Maximillius secretly courted the
favor of the Stazzi and other men of power.
At the age of twenty-four, Maximillius conspired successfully to have his father,
Caius Quintus Drakonus, murdered. In the turmoil that followed the assassination,
Maximillius had hundreds arrested and executed under the pretense that they had participated
in the assassination of his father. In truth however, Maximillius removed all those
he suspected of not being in favor of his ascension to the throne. In the year 738
of the Drakonian calendar, Maximillius Drakonus was crowned the 42nd Emperor at the
age of twenty-five.
Once Emperor, Maximillius tripled the size of the Stazzi, a move which allowed all
levels of Drakonian society to be closely watched. Also, as Emperor, Maximillius
doubled the size of the budget for weapons research and development, with the main
focus being an effective spy satellite program which would enable him to keep a very
close eye on the Roman and Chen Empires. Within a twenty-year period, the Drakonian
Empire became the only empire with spy satellites orbiting the earth.
As an Emperor, Maximillius was cunning, ruthless, intelligent and effective. While
outwardly warm and charming, he was suspicious of everyone. Possessed of great ambition,
Maximillius had three goals: first, to make the Drakonian Empire the undisputed military
power on earth; second, to be Emperor for as long as possible; third, to go down
in the annals of the empire as the greatest Emperor of all time.
 3rd Endowment 24 — 25 (Drakonian counter-offensive against South
3rd Endowment 27:12 — 28:44 (Drakonian capture of Petragia)