|Full Name||Caldomir Wulfric Kade|
|Date of Birth||January 27th, 2 AC|
|Date of Death||July 15th, 48 AC|
|Real or Mythical||Real|
|Claim to Fame||Second Chancellor of the Regalian Empire, Author of the Kade Compendium|
Caldomir Kade was a Chancellor that took everything that was set up by his father and expanded it into his own legacy. As the Second Regalian Chancellor, he is best remembered as the author of the Kade Compendium, a legal codex that laid out the details of not only the Regalian Government’s feudal system, but also the ideal noble household, which some noble houses later adopted and modified for their own uses. Many years after his passing, Caldomir is celebrated by many for the actions he took as Chancellor, many which still exist to this day. Without question, he is the man that ruled with a “Kade-like fist.”
Origins and Early Life
Caldomir was born to Thedmir Kade and Janne Tuitserdom in the then town of Axford, located on the Axell River. Little is known about his childhood, due to the Five Family Rebellion that would take center stage in Ailor history and intensely focus on his father. However, scholars do know that he was the first Kade son to receive a noble education, owing largely to his father’s position as Arch Chancellor. He was tutored both in the Kade Citadel (which was under construction at the time by the hand of the most skilled Breizh stone masons) as well as the Regalian Chancellery, learning the business of statesmanship from both newly minted Imperial bureaucrats and his father, who himself was busy writing down the procedures for future Chancellors.
In his youth, Caldomir continued his education but also acted as a reviewer for his father’s treatises while he was away on campaign. This first-hand experience into the Chancellor’s mind would be instrumental to the young heir, especially when duty called him far sooner than expected. In 20 AC, Thedmir Kade passed away after catching pneumonia during the winter, causing the 18-year-old Caldomir to ascend to the Chancellery immediately. With his mentor passing on, the young Kade now had a government to manage.
Caldomir knew that even at a young age, he could not be idle when the Empire was still learning how to be an effective government. Taking his father’s writings, he would start by laying down the foundations of governance in what would be known to history as the Kade Compendium. This document in its purest form still derives some controversy centuries later, because some have tried to spin the vague words written in its pages as implying that House Kade always serves themselves before the Empire, as many members will claim the opposite fervently. The first topic he addressed was the inheritance systems of the empire. In the Regalian Kingdom, it was customary for the sons of the titleholder to equally divide up their father’s estate amongst themselves, in order to prevent the disenfranchised younger sons from committing fratricide. While noble in theory, in practice the system ended up creating the same problems it hoped to solve, with whole Houses dying out a few short weeks after their father’s passing. Fortunately for Caldomir, he was the only son of his father, and scholars can only speculate how the Empire would have looked if divided succession was to apply to the Chancellery. Caldomir did not need to look further than his own experience to lay out his ideal succession process: absolute male primogeniture. When a father passed away, his eldest son would inherit everything leaving the younger males with nothing. As the eldest held all of his father’s resources, the younger sons simply had to accept the inheritance lest their brother eliminate them as a threat. These heirs-never-to-be would often find new prospects in life, and with the Royal Viridian Charter granted by Emperor Theomar I, knighthood became an accepted lifestyle of these second-born sons.
With inheritance settled, Caldomir then started to define the ideal noble family and how to grow a dynasty from the ground up. The first step was to define the patriarch as the head of the household, with all other family members subservient to him. Men would become extensions of familial influence in areas such as the military, while women would be married off to smaller houses to build alliances. To prevent dynasties from ending due to an influx of daughters, spouses were encouraged to reproduce as often as possible until they produced at least two sons: one to inherit his father’s titles, and the other to marry the daughter of a lesser lord and absorb their holdings into the family. During the writing of this part of the Compendium, Emperor Theomar revealed to the Empire the Unionist Faith. Caldomir, a follower of the Old Gods, was not immediately keen on the Ivrae Emperor’s claims of divinity to assume greater power. However, the desire to expand Regalian influence through expansion fit well with the ideas of large families, and so Caldomir was one of the first nobles to convert to the Unionist Cult (though many in House Kade remained fervent Old Gods worshippers for another century).
Finally, Caldomir established the feudal system of the Empire, which aimed to undo the corrupt practices of the alderman of the Regalian Kingdom. While the position of alderman was still present, they would now be one of several estates that would make up the Manorial Caste; local rulers and mayors that directly worked with the common population. Above them were the Titled Lords, which followed a vassalage system that started from the knightly houses all the way up to the Emperor Himself, with various intermediaries in between. These Titled Lords were also organized based on geographic or political regions, forming the Aristocratic Realms. Lords in these realms had some separate autonomy and were able to pass local legislation to better govern the people of their lands. Over time as more regions were conquered by the Empire, more Realms were added to the bureaucracy.
The last aspect of governance that was addressed was that of the Prince Electors, who would be in charge of “electing” the next Emperor. In practice, however, and through Divine Prerogative through Unionist dogma, the eldest son of the Emperor would inherit the throne regardless of opinion, causing the Prince-Electors to be more ceremonial in nature.
After creating the Kade Compendium, Caldomir worked on establishing aspects of Regalian Law and how the government would be run in the future. These later years of his life were often the most tiresome, as the Chancellor would spend many long hours in the offices of the Chancellery seeing his legislation enacted behind the scenes, ensuring that all went according to his and his late father’s wishes. In 48 AC, after spending several days on minimal sleep, the Second Chancellor passed away at his desk after signing his name on another document. He was working on a local farm ordinance similar to Thedmir’s years ago, which was enacted posthumously in memory of his dedication to the law. His body was brought back to Axford, where it was placed next to his father’s in the Kade Crypt.
Caldomir was known to be a dutiful man, always working harder than the others he employed in the Chancellery. Contemporary scholars noted that the Chancellor was always seen with some charcoal in his pocket and papers under his hands, in case he needed to write down something in the moment. While he was diligent in terms of the law, he was altogether lacking in both diplomacy and marshal prowess, causing him to be viewed more as a Justicar than a Chancellor. Religiously, Caldomir was known to be a devout Old Gods worshipper, which is why his conversion to Unionism sent shockwaves through the Imperial Court. Despite his change of faith, the Kade patriarch seemed to appear the same as ever, as if he was always a Unionist.
Today, the Kade Compendium exists as one of the greatest contributions House Kade has made to the Empire, with several noble houses taking portions of the codex and adapting it to their own needs. Politically, Caldomir established feudalism and the concept of absolute male primogeniture to the Empire, earning him the moniker of the Patriarch Chancellor. Conservatives and Judicial scholars look back on Caldomir’s tenure as the true start of the Regalian Empire, as he was able to put into practice what his father Thedmir could only put to paper.
Caldomir was married to Janne Tuitserdom, a local commoner, who would be the last commoner to marry into House Kade. He would go on to father Aldomir Kade, who unfortunately would not contribute much to the Kade Legacy, resulting in a few lowering Caldomir in the ranking of Regalian Chancellors.
- The Kade Compendium was later added to by several Kade patriarchs to add in the concept of an Elder Council, an advisory board of older family members that advised the patriarch on matters of local rule and family policy.
- Some anti-Kade scholars in Caldomir’s time felt that his conversion to Unionism was simply a publicity stunt to forward his political agenda and that he was still an Old gods worshipper in private. Some used the fact that he was buried next to his father to reinforce this rhetoric, though in modern times this has fallen on deaf ears as the Old Gods temple in Axford was converted into a Unionist Monastery