For Kronus would break in pieces the traditions of ages past, desiring himself to
give unto the First Woman, a name of her own, whereby others might know her; for
in six hundred years had no woman been given a name within the empire; being first
forbidden by the founder of the empire, Maximus Drakonus.
Summary: Founder of the Drakonian Empire, Maximus Drakonus rose to power as a Caesar
who led a successful revolt against Rome, to the become the first Emperor of Drakonia.
Soon after the founding of the empire, Drakonus was betrayed by his mistress, Olivia
Spadania, whose deception enabled Rome to regain the island fortress of Petragia.
This brazen act of disloyalty led Drakonus to establish laws which would protect
the empire from ever again suffering from the treachery of a woman. As a result,
all women of the empire were stripped of their names and clothing, and forced into
sexual slavery and servitude. The brutal and repressive customs instigated by Maximus
Drakonus remained unchallenged for more than 600 years (3:20:15), until the days
of Maximillius Drakonus (the 42nd emperor of Drakonia) and the rise of Kronus Maximillius
Azrael’s Commentary - Olivia Spadania
Niece to the RomanEmperor, Marius. Banished from Rome at the age of nineteen for
intrigue and for offending the Emperor’s wife. She was sent into exile to the Spanish
province of Madrid. In Spain, Olivia was involved in a series of scandals and was
again exiled and sent as far away from Rome as possible. Arriving in the capital
of Trajenium (near modern-day Baltimore, Maryland) she became a sudden celebrity.
Known for her beauty and intelligence, Olivia was wined and dined by the leading
nobility of the day. While attending a party given in her honor, she met the newly
appointed Caesar of Trajenium. His name was Drakonus and Olivia began a torrid sexual
affair with him.
Years later, when Drakonus revolted against Rome, Olivia tried to play to both sides
of the conflict. She encouraged and supported Drakonus privately and in public, while
secretly she fed information to Rome on the plans and designs of her lover. Yet despite
this, Roman generals proved unable to defeat Drakonus in battle. His genius for war
and his fierceness in battle eventually caused Roman forces to withdraw to Londinium.
Drakonus was crowned Emperor and the Drakonian empire was born.
In an outrageous act of betrayal, Olivia betrayed the defensive plans of Petragia;
and in a surprising move, Rome regained the island fortress. In an unguarded moment,
Olivia betrayed herself by secretly boasting of her complicity in the defeat to friends.
When she realized that she, herself, might be betrayed, she bought passage on a cargo
ship. It was her belief that she would be richly rewarded by her uncle (Emperor Marius)
for proving her loyalty to Rome in the return of Petragia. However, the captain of
the cargo ship reported her intentions to the Stazzi, and as she was boarding the
ship in the dead of night, she was arrested and brought before Drakonus.
Under severe torture, Olivia out of pure spite, revealed that many of the wives of
the nobility had supported her efforts in aiding Roman forces. The infuriated Drakonus
ordered the death of Olivia as well as all the wives of the nobility. Hundreds of
women were executed in the cruelest manner, and shortly after, Drakonus ordered that
no woman should ever be placed in a position of betraying the empire again. As a
result, all women were stripped of all rights and privileges, forbidden the wearing
of clothing and forced into sexual slavery and servitude. The horribly mutilated
body of Olivia was returned to Rome on a cargo ship.
Azrael’s Commentary - Trajenium
[...] Trajenium was the imperial home of the Emperor. It was first chosen to be the
capital by the father of the empire: Maximus Drakonus. The Emperor’s palace was a
massive fortress made of black marble which was situated in the center of a 500 acre
parkland. Trajenium was both a busy naval port and shipping center. Not only was
Trajenium the home port to a large submarine fleet, but it was also the home base
to one of the largest air force posts in the world.
The city itself was well planned and possessed broad avenues and streets for the
single most purpose of moving military equipment and men from one part of the city
to the next. In the early days of Trajenium, during the terrible reign of Maximus
Drakonus, the city was surrounded by a vast stone wall made of black basalt. But
by the time of Kronus, this wall had been dismantled to allow the city to enlarge
its borders. [...]
Now the Emperor spoke to Kronus, saying: “Know you not, Kronus, how the place and
status of women was determined from the beginning?
For in the founding of the empire did Maximus Drakonus, First Lord and Emperor of
all this realm, did himself strip the woman Olivia; and because of her betrayal was
every woman made to live poor and wretched lives;
Being stripped of name and place, being in their flesh both cut and branded as though
they were cattle which we did breed through rape and plunder; being made to walk
about in constant shame and fear, being themselves naked and unadorned.
How then shall I undo such traditions as the first of mighty Emperors did himself
establish through firm command? By what means shall I be advantaged in doing this
thing of which you ask?”