|Full Name||Alexander I Kade|
|Date of Birth||22nd of May, 257 AC-|
|Date of Death||N/A.|
|Real or Mythical||Real.|
|Claim to Fame||Regalian Emperor.|
Alexander I Alltmeister (born Alexander II Drache Kade), is the 12th and 14th Emperor of the Regalian Empire and supreme ruler of all nations subject to the Regalian Crown Alliance. Alexander, despite having a modicum of controversy in his reign, was commonly dubbed “Alexander the Reformer” because of his radical religious and civilian policies and reforms that affect the entire Empire. He was the first Alltmeister (Kade) Emperor of the Regalian Empire after three centuries of uninterrupted Ivrae-de-Sange rule. The Alltmeister name was adopted to differentiate the Imperial Dynasty of the Kades from the main Kade lines, however the title acts as a honorary title, not an actual different distinction. In common categorization, all Kade Emperors are still referred to as of the Kade dynasty. Alexander led a short 12th tenure (though not the shortest of all Emperors) where he enacted massive reforms that destabilized the Empire. After a failed coup and abdication, Alexander became the first Emperor to have abdicated. A year after, while his younger brother Cedromar had been the 13th Emperor, Alexander was reinstalled by the Noble Assembly and the Regalian Synod as the 14th Emperor after the Imperial seat had been vacant for a few months.
Origins and Early Life
Alexander was born on May 22nd, 257 AC, to State Chancellor Moriarty Kade and Liliane Ivrae-Kade, oldest daughter of Charles Ivrae the Second, brother of Emperor Justinian the Second. As such (and due to prior mixing of lineage), Alexander had half royal blood and a direct lineage to Emperor Justinian the First, though this was by no means special as marriage between the Kade and Ivrae family occurred frequently over the course of three hundred years. Alexander, like many of his ancestors, was born in Axford, the capital of Anglia. As was practice in his family for first born males, Alexander received the highest education possible, as well as religious schooling and rigorous disciplinary training. He was deemed to be highly intelligent early on and was considered a promising successor to his father during his youth.
Alexander was educated by private tutors for the majority of his early years until he was old enough to be schooled at various academies. By the time he was fifteen years old, he was already multilingual in Alt-Regalian, Ithanian and Anglian, with Common quickly being taught to him. Alexander never quite lost his Anglian accent, though at the end of his early education he spoke those languages fluently with additional sufficient command of Dressolini, Daendroque and Elven. He often traveled through the various parts of the Empire, establishing diplomatic contact with the various royals who served under Justinian the Second. Alexander married young at the age of 16 to Eloise Ivrae, his direct cousin being his mother’s sister’s oldest daughter. They had three children together in rapid succession, the oldest born being Reynaud, followed by the twins Frederick and Raymond. Alexander majored his education in the more experimental Soul theories and Spirituality, having a lot of contact with the Yanar, Cielothar and Altalar, but also the Orcs.
Early Political Career
Alexander stepped into the public spotlight at the age of 27 when he was appointed Senator along with his father and his cousin Anthony for the intellectual (officially named the Dragon's) faction of the Senate, which spearheaded an educational and diplomatic agenda. Frustrated with the ineffectiveness and excesses of the Senate, Alexander assisted his father and the Emperor in orchestrating the end of the Senate, though only took a very minor role in the plot. Up until the Chrysant War, Alexander continued to pursue his personal scholarly interests, being a person with an insatiable thirst for knowledge. He made valuable contacts with famous scholars such as notable experts on Seraph history, the Elven lore and old Imperial calligraphers.
A defining moment in Alexander’s life was the death of his mother and wife during the Slizzars’ attacks on Regalian nobility directly after the Chrysant War. While such an event would have normally resulted in the victim turning violently against the lesser races, for Alexander it achieved the exact opposite. Even though many of his relatives were slain, he recognized the need for closure and reconciliation with the other races, laying the foundation for the Crown Alliance that would later come to be under the rule of Emperor Cedromar I. In the interlude period between this moment and Alexander succeeding as the Ivrae Emperor of Regalia, he cultivated a very fond friendship with Emperor Justinian the Second, one that some would say even surpassed his father’s. Alexander was there when Emperor Justinian the Second signed the inheritance act allowing lineage through female members, to solve the impending succession crisis as all his own children had predeceased him. He was also present when the previous Emperor drew his last breath, something naysayers would later use to discredit his ascension.
Rule as Emperor
Immediately upon Alexander succession, the Empire triggered the second Unionist Schism in Vultaro. The Vultarin clergy turned against the Unionist Synod and declared Alexander not the true Emperor, believing that such a succession would require a divine sign. Alexander continued to distract from the instability at home by waging numerous wars against the northern Elven principalities and kingdoms. The beginning of the war was slow, but with his personal presence, the Elven rulers were eventually subjugated and replaced by Human Ithanian Princes. Furthermore, Alexander nullified all treaties with the Elves and shifted his pro-racial policies to the Orcs, believing them to be more effective in the Regalian army than an enemy. This obviously made an enemy out of the Elves, who continued to engage in border skirmishes in the south. Alexander was also a reformer at home, giving Human rights to the first Allar in recorded history, and later elevating the citizenship rights of Elves, Qadir, Allar and Yanar. He continued to expand the rights of the lesser races, at the expense of the influence of the Military Clique.
Politically, Alexander embraced the policy of social consensus among the Nobility. Many have also speculated that Alexander allowed himself to be intimidated by military force. He was once forced to sign a document that denounced his own brother who had been making power grabs at the Imperial Court, just because many nobles threatened trouble for the realm. In order to deal with the growing issues with the Military Clique, Alexander was the first Emperor to institute the policies of the standing army, creating the first Tenpenny Legions based on the Tenth Penny Tax Reform. Alexander's personal attempts to attach the loyalty of the army to the Imperial crown came too late however, as the Military Clique led by the Typhonus family was already plotting to put the Emperor under house arrest in the palace, to control his decrees. Through the intervention of the Howlester family, the plot was foiled, but the Emperor abdicated anyway, shocking the Empire. After his abdication, Alexander disappeared in obscurity, many say to read books or to continue his studies in Soul theory, but others also speculated he continued to puppeteer the Imperial seat from behind his brother.
Alexander was re-appointed in 306 AC after the Synod and the State Council unanimously declared the need for an Emperor to rule the Empire, in the absence of an Emperor. Due to the Unionist Ascension, Emperor Cedromar I had abdicated the throne months before, but the Empire was sliding into a chaotic maelstrom due to advantageous politicians and the ongoing mist crisis. Emperor Alexander I, now re-crowned, took a far more conservative and hands-off approach, leaving the day-to-day running of the Empire to the nobles, and concerning himself mostly with diplomatic and cross-Empire policies.
Alexander as a person is difficult to describe to many, even his friends. He is fore mostly a mentor and guiding individual, always having advice or words of encouragement. This however also makes him come off as patronizing and arrogant, which are certainly his biggest vices. He is generally seen as a benevolent ruler who truly believes in the purpose of Unionism and the divine future, but is extremely ruthless and calculating in achieving maximum potency and efficiency to achieve his goals, even if he can mask them under honeyed words. While he has shown great kindness to many, even the non-Human populations of Regalia, some nobility would claim he uses the nobility as pawns and puts them up against each other to rule a court of organized anarchy. What all can agree upon is that Alexander is highly intelligent and that his words often give pause as his intentions are never clear.
Alexander has three sons, the oldest being Reynaud followed by twins Frederick and Raymond. Both his father and mother are deceased, his mother assassinated by the Slizzar after the Chrysant War and his father killed by Andrieu Anahera during the Anahera Dictatorship. He has six younger brothers, Thomas, Dominic, Cedric, Thaddeus, Xavier and Xander, and two younger sisters called Amalia and Florance and a half sister called Leah. His half sister was never considered of royal blood as she was the product of another mother, thus not sharing royal lineage. Alexander has many cousins and a massive extended family with over 250 active live members, though by his own laws he has decreed that only blood relatives of himself and his brothers are counted as Imperial blood to eliminate any potential pretenders to the throne. Alexander remarried in 303 AC to Queen Juliana of the Lusits Kingdom, having sired a daughter named Jezeme and two sons called Karlos and Marcos.
- Normally Kades retain their hair color into advanced age, though Alexander has rapidly grayed from the stresses of being Emperor of such a massive Empire and balancing the needs of the sprawling nobility.
- Those who personally knew Alexander and his first wife before she died, often said there was no love between the two. Alexander played the cordial gentleman in public, but never slept in the same bedroom or even ate with her. This has often further reinforced the idea that the Emperor is a cold calculating individual.
- Alexander is generally seen as a chaste individual. It is true that he re-instated the Paramours of the Palace, but never made use of this himself and is rumored to only spend one or two nights a year with his consort.