First Reference:3rd Endowment 31:15 / 3rd Endowment 9:33-38
Thus did there erupt a bitter civil war, for there rose against the Regent the youngest
of generals; being called himself Ortho Vitelli, even the selfsame man who, as a
boy in the Academy of A’Kontay, Kronus himself stepped forth to save from beatings
Summary: During the First Track of the world of the First Power, Ortho Vitelli was
a personal friend of Kronus Maximillius. When Kronus was eighteen years old and enrolled
as a first-year senior at the Military Academy of A’Kontay, he stepped in to defend
an eight year-old boy from being raped and beaten by the older classmen — a common
and established custom within in the Academy (3:9:33-39). While the identity of the
young boy was not mentioned during the event, it is later revealed that the boy’s
name was Ortho Vitelli (3:31:15). Kronus’ defense of Ortho marked the beginning of
a lifelong friendship between the two. Following the death of Kronus, Ortho Vitelli
helped lead efforts to protect the name and social reforms of his friend. After years
of brutal civil war, Ortho was eventually killed in battle and his forces were ultimately
defeated (AZC - Ortho Vitelli).
Azrael’s Commentary - Ortho Vitelli
Always a personal friend of Kronus Maximillius, Ortho Vitelli moved quickly through
the ranks of the officer corps because of his repeated success and brilliance during
several campaigns against the Chen and the Romans respectively. As a rising star
within the military establishment, Ortho Vitelli was personally awarded the “Oak
Leaf Cluster” on five separate occasions. This prestigious medal was highly sought
because it was the second highest award for valor within the empire. At the age of
34, he was also awarded an Imperial Citation for his success at the battle of Gendee,
for which he was appointed the rank of general.
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.