|Full Name||Cedromar I Ermlin Kade|
|Date of Birth||22nd of November, 270 AC|
|Date of Death||N/A|
|Real or Mythical||Real|
|Claim to Fame||Regalian Emperor|
Cedromar Ermlin I Kade (Birthname: Cedric Ermlin Kade, Anglian: Siddrick Ermelijn Kade, Alt-Regalian: Siedrich Ermlin Kade) was the 13th Emperor of the Regalian Empire who ascended to the throne in 305 AC after his older brother Alexander I abdicated and placed him as his heir. As Emperor, Cedromar had shown to be a very different kind of Emperor than his predecessors, mainly in that he became a Warrior-Emperor who fought in battles on the front lines, something no Emperor had done before him. He was however also considered by many an apathetic Emperor who showed little interest in the daily running of the Empire, and delegated these responsibilities to his civil government and officials. With a stature nearing that of a Dwarf, yet the temperament of a wild Orc, Cedromar had proven to be a far more conservative Emperor than his predecessors but having no fewer controversies than the previous Kade Emperor, especially concerning his personal life. Emperor Cedromar was considered crude, ignoring court protocols in pursuit of personal ambitions, while also frequently showing wroth to the gathered nobility to force them in line. Cedromar was considered a cruel Emperor, as he personally executed over forty barons who revolted against his rule in Dragenthal.
Origins and Early Life
Cedric Ermlin Kade was born on November 22, 270 AC to the wealthy and affluent Kade family, at the time head of the Imperial Chancellery and vast landowners in the Anglian landmass of the Regalian Archipelago. Specifically, he was born in the capital of Anglia, Axford, to his father the Chancellor of Regalia Moriarty Kade and his mother the oldest daughter of the Emperor’s younger brother, Liliane Ivrae-Kade. In his early years, Cedromar was not destined for greatness. From birth, his mother showed little interest in him, doting his twin sister instead, meaning he was both nursed and raised until the age of 10 by his grandmother Morgannan Kade and his aunt, Adelheid Ivrae, the regentess of Vixhall. He was born as an unexpected son, thus it was decided to simply raise him as a Viridian Knight, as was the policy for any male Kade born so far from the inheritance line that they were no real value for the family. Cedromar was raised in the Anglian language alone, meaning he only started learning Common at a later age when his general education started. This has caused him to speak with a noticeable Anglian accent. Cedromar was also born with a birth-defect which tends to be downplayed but is really rather severe. He suffers from a condition called inner-cross-eyedness, meaning that while he can read, this activity is extremely strenuous and slow, and as such he exclusively has scribes read and write everything for him. He showed poor skill in education, having no great mind for literature, poetry or indeed any interest for history or mathematics. He was a wild and energetic child, if very disobedient. It is known that the Viridian Order refused his entry initially, as even though he scored very high on the performance exam, he showed no capacity for discipline whatsoever. It is also known however, that his father convinced (or coerced, depending on one's perspective) the Viridian Order to accept him anyway, as the family clearly wanted him to grow up functional in knightly society, hoping the strictness of Viridian training would set him straight.
Early Political Career
Cedromar effectively had no early political career. After his early life, he spent most of his teenage and early adolescent years in Viridian Training. It is recorded that Cedromar was a terrible student. He excelled at all physical activities, particularly athletics and stamina, but failed horribly in all of his theoretical classes and discipline tests. He frequently scrapped with other students, picked fights with elders and spend many evenings locked in a pillory inside the Viridian Castle courtyard. Early on, he would showcase one of the traits he most controversially remembered by: his open homosexuality. While he showed more chastity than other knights by refraining from courtesans, it became very well known in the Viridian Castle what his personal preference was. After operating in the Viridian Order for a few years, Cedromar suddenly departed from the Order somewhere in the nineties of the 3rd century AC. The circumstances of his departure were never clarified. Some say he rebelled against the order and left on his own accord, some others say he finally got kicked out after doing something wholly unforgivable. After leaving the Viridian Order however, his personal life becomes a big mystery. Supposedly he traveled around the Regalian Archipelago and spent some time in Anglia and Brissiaud, where he would eventually meet the knight Percival Ravenstad and become his lover. He supposedly also sired a son from a courtesan (despite his sexuality) named Renly (who looks suspiciously much like his nephew Duncan), and raised him alone. In the final years of his political irrelevance, Cedromar participated in the Songaskian crisis by leading a loyalist cell, fought in the Elven and Hadravian wars, and was eventually captured in the Songaskia Masaya where the war was ended to bring him back home. This is what is generally considered his worst political and military failure (even though it happened before his actual political positions), the fact that a winning war was called to a truce for his safety. After the Songaskian war, Cedromar took a more foreground political role, but it often said that he was flung into those positions by his relatives without any actual power. It is commonly believed that while he served on the State Council, that he was merely a mouth piece for his older brothers, and that when he was Prince Marshal, he barely had any political engagements and merely resorted to caring for the soldiers.
Rule as Emperor
Cedromar's ascension to Emperor came as a surprise to many, given that Alexander had chosen specifically to pass over his own sons and elect Cedromar as his successor in his abdication. Cedromar had no administrative capacity and had no experience with statesmanship. His rule was immediately announced to become more conservative and dominated by the military, a far cry from the intellectual based court that his older brother held and tried to enforce as the main method of rule in the Empire. Cedromar flushed most of the intellectuals out of office and appointed powerful military Dukes to high political office in what is generally considered a "brain-drain" in the Imperial Court. While this obviously meant there was a high proficiency in military competency in his administration, the majority of his rule was plagued with idiotic decisions made on his behalf by the nobility. Personal ego and agendas often dominated his court, where he was either too inept or too uncaring to curb the moods of the nobility, and spent most of his time fighting on the front lines with his soldiers and ignoring the plights of politics at home. Under his rule as Emperor, Kade authority crumbled as the Chancellorship was lost to House Typhonus and Montagaard, while his family also retreated to Anglia mostly after suffering several murders during Andrieu Anahera's coup.
Most of his rule was dominated by intense wars with practically every corner of the Empire. He sent armies to quell the Hvitskag invasion of Nordskag, had numerous skirmishes with the Isldar in Ellador, fought in the Arlora-Torse conflict in Essalonia, continued campaigning against the Songaskians (where he personally ordered to extermination of civilian populations to speed up the war), funded the expansion of military growth in Hadar, championed military force projection onto the southern Ceardian Kingdoms and old Ceardia, invaded the Elven Principalities in the south, fought in a rebellion in Ithania and even used pressure to draw out the Baron's coalition that had executed his grandfather in Dragenthal, drawing them into an open rebellion and then executing them all when they were defeated. Even though Cedromar only ruled for a year, he outnumbered the total quantity of military conflicts of at least 6 preceding Emperors, but also brought many military victories to the Empire, further staving off the Regalian Pessimism that was creeping back into the psyche of the population. On a personal level, he was struck with tragedy when his husband was supposedly murdered by Elven extremists, his marriage was then declared never existing by a conspiracy in the Synod, and turmoil in his own family due to conflicts with his brother. It is generally assumed that the crown wore heavy on Cedromar who did not want to become Emperor and was never destined to even be remotely close to the Imperial crown. He would later expand and reform the Imperial Guard, appointing his brother in law to be their commander, and take one of the Imperial Guards as his consort.
Cedromar's military achievements were one aspect of his rule, the other aspect was largely dominated by the spiritual ascension of Unionism in an event called the Ascension of Unionism. Cedromar was a pious Emperor, but due to his anger and wroth did not often have words of religious meaning and would much prefer to use cruel words to assert authority over the nobility, a stark contrast to his older brother who spoke half intellectually and half in religious metaphor. The Unionist Synod saw numerous reforms during his rule, surviving three High Reverends and the eventual re-unification of the Synod into the Unionist Divine, re-uniting the splintered faith of the heresy churches with the mother church. During the Dragon crisis, it was discovered that he was actually a Dragonblood, a profoundly disturbing fact to some, but also seen as a divine blessing by others. His capability to represent the Imperial Dragon, especially on the battlefield, gave the Regalian Empire a huge morale and military capacity boost that saw many crucial victories over the Elven Principalities in a war that was started to become bogged down. With a single ingenious plan engineered by the Synod, he was able to wipe out the entire Avanthar Royal tribe, throwing them into a state of chaos and instantly ending the war with the Avanthar that had been provoked by religious zealots some months before. His rule ended when he performed the Unionist Ascension ritual, an unannounced and divine moment of holiness where the spirits of the Emperors appeared in the Cathedral and announced that Humanity was deserving of the Spirit's embrace, ending the rule of Emperors in favor of the Spirit driving the ambition and needs of Humanity as a whole, no longer speaking through a single conduit. While this remains true to this day, an Emperor had still been appointed. Several months after Cedromar ended the rule of Emperors, the Synod and State re-invested Alexander as the 14th Emperor, not as soul and vessel of the Spirit, but as its interpreter and advisory. Cedromar disappeared into obscurity, not even taking over rule of House Kade and simply becoming an ordinary non landed nobleman, content to disappear from the public eye.
Cedromar was known to be a person who can both be extremely jovial and un-serious, yet be extremely cynical and harsh at the same time. He was often said to be arbitrary because of randomly shifting moods, but was often more predisposed to anger when things didn’t go his way. Cedromar used violent threats and violence in itself to enforce his will, and as such, was generally seen as a-politically callous and rude. While he retained some respect for nobility, he frequently disposed with noble protocol and the grandeur and spectacle that came with being an Emperor, preferring instead to be seen as a brother-in-arms with the other soldiers. He was brotherly with the men serving under his charge, eating a soldier's meal among the low ranking spearmen and vanguard, preferring the presence of the levies over the aristocratic knights and lords. Cedromar was hard-headed in his decisions but also extremely sure of himself and the righteousness in his decisions, even if they ended up hurting many others. Cedromar had shown great public affection for men, especially his lovers and has shown great devotion to the people who he considered his close ones.
Cedromar has three sons, the oldest being Renly (from a courtesan) followed by twins August and Florian (from a Palace consort). 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 three older brothers, Alexander, Thomas and Dominic, and three younger brothers, Thaddeus, Xavier and Xander, and a two younger sisters called Amalia (his twin sister), Florance and an older 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. Cedromar has many cousins and a massive extended family with over 250 active live members. Cedromar was factually married to Percival Ravenstad for many years until his supposed death, after which the marriage was declared void and never having existed by the Synod. He re-married one of his own Imperial Guard, a Half-Elf, thought his marriage was also annulled both by State and Synod as soon as he was no longer Emperor. He is currently single, and caring for his two infant sons August and Florian who share the same Dragonblood he has (though his adult son Renly does not). The death of Percival Ravenstad has since been rectified as an Elven plot, though the two remain separate to this day.
- Cedromar was always a major proponent of Imperial Fashion and mostly tried to pioneer this rule theory and clothing style even before it became fashionable at court on the urging of his paternal grandmother.
- Cedromar has two adoptive children, Astrid and Vhilomir Kade. While legally speaking they are his children, by Imperial Blood law, they are not Imperial Family, and as such have no imperial privilege or inheritance right to the crown. They are also not of his blood, but rather, the children of one of his nephews who rejected them after which he took them in. Many claim that this is proof that Renly is not actually his son, but may be a bastard belonging to his older brother Thomas.
- Cedromar is by far the shortest crown bearer to have ever sat on the throne (or in many ways, any throne in Aloria), standing only 5'6 tall.