Summary: During the First Track of the world of the First Power, Maxus Drakoni,
referred to as “the Regent”, was the son of Maximillius Drakonus, Emperor of Drakonia
(3:12:36). As Regent, Maxus Drakoni served directly under the Emperor, and according
to law, would have the first opportunity to succeed the throne at the death of his
When the Emperor publicly honored the son of Areta by calling him his own son and
giving him the imperial ring from his own finger, the Regent became infuriated, feeling
betrayed by the cunning actions of his father. It was this event that triggered a
secret alliance between the Regent and the Supreme Commander, Seti-Kahn, for they
both sought the demise of Kronus Maximillius (3:12:23-44). Despite the efforts of
Seti-Kahn and the Regent to plot secretly against Kronus, the Emperor was kept well-informed
by his network of spies and hidden listening devices, allowing him to thwart all
who sought to scheme against Kronus and the might and power of the Emperor (3:12:52-64;
While Seti-Kahn was eventually arrested and sentenced to death for treason and conspiracy,
the Regent managed to escape any convictions (3:29:56). After the death of Kronus,
the Emperor was assassinated and the Regent, Maxus Drakoni, seized the throne (3:31:11-14).
He immediately ordered the arrest of Yoshibeth, the beloved of Kronus, whereupon
she was stripped and raped to death by the Regent and his men (3:31:18-21).
With the death of the Emperor, a brutal civil war ensued, for Maxus Drakoni and many
of the older generation resented the social reforms brought about by Kronus and the
Emperor. Having assumed the throne, Maxus Drakoni purged the name of Kronus from
the annals of history, and ordered the empire to revert back to its traditional,
more repressive systems. Many who served with Kronus, including Ortho Vitelli and
Manegus Acquilla, fought against the violence and corruption of the new Emperor,
but after two years of battle and a million lives lost, those which were loyal to
Kronus were eventually defeated (3:31:15-17, 33-34).
[...] At the death of Kronus, Ortho Vitelli began to see many of the reforms of his
friend dismantled and replaced by the old laws and traditions of the past. And when
the Emperor proved unable to prevent the harsh measures of the Regent and his cronies,
Ortho Vitelli swore to protect and restore the name and memory of his long-time friend.
Years of bitter civil war ensued, but in the end it was not enough. Ortho Vitelli
died at the battle of Cassa Rio de Gamma.
Azrael’s Commentary — Ortho Vitelli
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Yet before all those assembled did the Emperor sit most solemnly and aloof, having
on his right the Regent of the empire, while on his left there brooded the Supreme
Commander of all military forces, Seti-Kahn.
3rd Endowment 12:17
Yet in the fortress of Titus Germanicus did the Regent and Seti-Kahn feel themselves
safe and secure; and in the secret chambers of the fortress did the Regent rage most
violently against his father, exclaiming with bitter words, saying:
“Have you not seen for yourself Seti-Kahn, how my father would dishonor me before
the empire; to set in place of me this boy which you alone have sired?” And so saying,
the Regent flung his cup at the statue of the Emperor, to strike it full force upon
3rd Endowment 12:57-58
For every Caesar saw for himself some great advantage in the services of so great
a man as Kronus, for by his skills in making war would they hope to become foremost
in the conquering of new lands and resources, to earn for themselves by so great
a feat, the title of Vice Regent to the empire.
For in the Empire of Drakonia was it possible that the Vice Regent should seize for
himself the greatest prize of all, to become in himself the Emperor; for by the law
of the land was it certain that if the Emperor die, then is the Regent made to succeed
Having but one year only, according to the law, to secure the allegiance of all the
men of power; and if he succeed in doing this, then is he crowned the Emperor, to
rule supreme and undisputed within the borders of the realm.
But if he fail to secure the allegiance of all the men of power, being seen in himself
as weak and ineffectual, then is he killed through the treachery and cunning of the
Vice Regent, and all his house also; by this means would the empire avoid civil war;
then is the Vice Regent crowned Emperor instead.