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“The Republic, its ideals and hopes, cannot be destroyed. Our light may flicker, but it will never be extinguished, and we will never give in to aggression. Together, we shall endure, together we shall resist the waves of darkness the Empire throws at our feet. And together we shall be triumphant! For we are the Republic, and we will never be defeated.”
Aedanius Cretacea, more commonly known as Apollo, is a male Libertus renowned across the Gigaquadrant, known for his tenure as the President of the United Republic of Cyrannus, his endeavours to restore freedom to the Cyrannus Galaxy in opposition to the Empire, his role as the Proconsul of the early New Republic and his subsequent Presidency of the Republic during the Second Great Cyrannus War.
A native of Capricaerón in the Cyrannian Core, Apollo's early life was marked by tragedy when his mother was killed in a terrorist bombing when he was twelve. The event instilled in Apollo an ingrained morality which later informed much of his political career. His relationship with his father, Willelmus Cretacea, was strained in the aftermath of the bombing, but was rekindled when Apollo was forcibly drafted into military service during the Trucinex War.
Upon the end of the conflict, he ran for public office and was subsequently elected the Senator of the Twelve Worlds, a position which gave him a great deal of influence in the Senate of the United Republic of Cyrannus. His ambition, however, reached beyond the Senate and at the age of twenty four, he was elected the President of the Republic. As President, he was instrumental in steering the Republic through many conflicts, such as the Intergalactic War and the Great Cyrannus War, as well as marking Cyrannus' place as a mighty Gigaquadrantic seat of power. However, the sights of higher powers worked against him, and he was eventually forced to flee when the Galactic Empire of Cyrannus was formed.
Leading the Republic Remnant during the Dark Times, Apollo refused to surrender to the Empire and despite a brief period of servitude under the Neraida Gigamatrix, he refused to give up hope in a brighter future. When the Empire pardoned him for his crimes in 03 NE, he organised a conference between all major powers of the Cyrandia Cluster, which ultimately resulted in the formation of the New Cyrannian Republic. Serving as the Proconsul of the Republic, Apollo pioneered the Mou'Cyran Accords to protect order within the Gigaquadrant, working tirelessly to grow and strengthen the New Republic. When President Apaltar's term ended, Apollo stood down as Proconsul and was elected as the Senator representing Capricaerón in the Republic's Galactic Senate, where he proved instrumental in the formation of the Aldárae Order.
In the wake of the Mou'Cyran Cataclysm and the death of the vast majority of the Republic's government, Apollo was quickly sworn in as the third President of the New Republic. Tasked with the preservation of the crumbling Republic and overseeing the largest conflict in the history of the Cyrandia Cluster, his unexpected Presidency would prove to be the most consequential in Cyrannian history, though once again, vengeful forces from within resulted in the surrender of the Republic, and Apollo's renewed role as the leader of a remnant to restore freedom from tyranny. Apollo's campaign of liberation culminated in the battle of the Twelve Worlds, resulting in the restoration of the New Republic and the final stages of the war. Apollo was an instrumental leader in the Great Battle of Orbispira, which resulted in the Emperor's defeat and the splintering of the Empire. For the next five years, Apollo oversaw the war effort and in 26 NE, accepted the Empire's surrender.
After the end of the Second Great War, Apollo retired from active political life, though was always on hand to counsel subsequent Presidents of the victorious New Republic. He would be remembered by posterity as one of the most consequential individuals in the history of Cyrannus, as well as the greatest President in the history of the Republic, guiding it through its greatest moral, constitutional and existential crises.
Early Life (31 BNE - 7 BNE)Edit
Aedanius Cretacea was born on the Libertus homeworld Capricaerón in 31 BNE to Willelmus Cretacea and Muleua Blané. As a child, Aedanius was quite interested in subjects ranging from politics, law and alien culture and was considered by his teachers to be an unusually intelligent and inquisitive student. Though his childhood was quite typical, a terrorist attack in his youth resulted in his mother's death and caused a strain between Aedanius and his father. This enmity was heightened by the outbreak of the Trucinex War, during which the young Libertus was conscripted into the military. Though he was not proficient in combat, Aedanius became quite a capable pilot.
After the war, Aedanius quickly departed the military, though both he and his father had reached an accord. A month after the war ended, Cretacea entered the Legislative Youth Program, where he participated in mock debates with other young people from across the galaxy for over a year. His sharp features, wit and political ambition led to his peers to refer to him as "Apollo", in reference to Apolloé Cyran'nus, the legendary first Praesator of the ancient Republic. Though it was initially in jest, the nickname stuck, with the young Libertus adopting it as his forename—though his family and close friends continued to refer to him as "Aedanius".
A year later, Apollo sought public office as a delegate representing his homeworld in the Galactic Senate of the United Republic of Cyrannus, though to his surprise, a scandal involving Capricaerón's incumbent senator led to his appointment as Senator—one of the youngest in Republic history at 21. Over the next two years, Senator Apollo became one of the most popular representatives in the Republic Senate, in the process becoming a thorn in the side of many of the Republic's more conservative Senators. In 7 BNE, Apollo was persuaded to run for the office of President of the Republic and despite facing harsh opposition from the incumbent Fleur Inviere as well as the more militaristic Mion of Leonis, he was ultimately elected leader of the free galaxy.
Leader of the Free Galaxy (7 BNE - 01 BNE)Edit
“It's not the amount of years that's important, it's what you've done with them.”
- - President Apollo, 06 BNE
The early months of Apollo's Presidency saw an increase in diplomatic warmth between the Republic and Rambo Nation, which ultimately led to the creation of the Cyrandia Alliance against the Cognatus Crusades of the Intergalactic War. Though the conflict was the darkest in living memory, Apollo surprised his detractors by becoming a bulwark against the Cognatus, charismatically rallying the citizenry against the sinister Cognatus hordes. The success of the Republic in the war ultimately allowed for Apollo's second term soon after the conflict ended.
Despite the impossible odds, Apollo surprised the galaxy with his remarkable leadership unusual in one so young. Eventually the war ended, and Apollo brought the Republic to the Gigaquadrantic stage, forming the Cyrandia Alliance and many other intergovernmental organisations as well as inaugurating several new alliances with states from across the universe, with the Republic becoming one of the Gigaquadrant's greatest hyperpowers, facing down threats from the Xhodocto, the Nanohorde, the Imperial Alliance and the Vartekians.
In the antebullum period between the Intergalactic War and the Great Cyrannus War to come, Apollo became smitten with his childhood love Gianne Inviá, with the relationship between the two becoming a subject of intense media coverage, despite the couple only admitting their relationship to the public two weeks before the wedding on Coruindia. Two months after the wedding, Gianne had become pregnant which resulted in the birth of Laoi Cretacea and Kara Inviá.
- Great Cyrannus War
“I am troubled. These are the last days of my term as President. I should be relieved to live out the rest of my days with my family in peace... but I fear something is on the horizon. Something dark.”
Despite his attempts to peacefully resolve the differences between the Republic and the quasi-secessionist Confederacy of Allied Systems, the President was ultimately unable to prevent the outbreak of a fully scale galactic war unlike any in the galaxy's history. Over the next three years, Apollo would lead the crumbling Republic through the greatest conflict in the galaxy's history, defending it from threats both within and without. Little did he know, his efforts to defend the galaxy from darkness were futile, with the enigmatic Tyrómairon plotting to ensure the death of the Republic and the rise of his new order.
During the war, Apollo was the target of many assassination attempts by dark forces commanded by both Tyrómairon and the Corruptus, unknowingly bringing him under the protection of the Oikoumene known as Chaneonix. Though the war would bring much grief to the President, it would also see the arrival of the mysterious entity known as Gorf to Apollo's family, as well as the formation of new friendships such as that with Voro Acetenus of the Cognatus Remnant.
The war reached its darkest point in 01 BNE when the New Basileus Empire blockaded the Perliama Run, causing supply issues to grip the Core Worlds. Apollo and the Senate were in crisis. Luckily a smuggler known as Ramtalia and a ragtag fleet of smuggling vessels lifted the blockade and when he returned to Orbispira, Apollo personally congratulated him. However, the blockade was a key event in Tyrómairon's plan, reducing support throughout the galaxy for the Republic and its institutions. In the aftermath of the breaking of the blockade, Apollo began having premonitions that something devastating was about to happen. Sending a transmission to Ramashe, he confided in her that he felt a deep sense of foreboding as the last battles of the war were drawn up.
Informing her about the discovery of the Conexivus Route which led to both Republic and Confederate homeworlds, Apollo later authorised the admiralty to retrieve the information essential to using the route by travelling to the Mid Rim world of Taracondor, where the battle to control the Conexivus Route was already being waged. This event would lead to the Battle of Orbispira and ultimately the fall of the United Republic as the dark shadow of the Galactic Empire of Cyrannus arose in its place.
Dissident and Founding Father (01 NE - 03 NE)Edit
- Rebel Leader
“As long as we live, the Republic survives.”
- - Apollo to his followers three days after the formation of the Galactic Empire of Cyrannus, Ianuaria 01 NE
The machiavellian manipulations of Tyrómairon throughout the war quietly undermined Apollo's leadership and faith in the Senate until finally the Dark Lord was finally ready to strike. Putting the plan into motion, Tyrómairon usurped control of the Republic and created a Galactic Empire of Cyrannus; a imperialist hyperpower determined to hunt down those who stood against them. Finding himself in transition from galactic leader to criminal overnight took its toll on Apollo as he and his supporters desperately attempted to flee the Imperial warmachine. Though he managed to avoid imprisonment on Orbispira, Apollo would gather a large fleet of loyal vessels to the Republic and began a voyage throughout Cyrannus to reach their allies in the Quadrant Galaxies, which had become known as the Republic in Exile.
Though he retained his largely honourific title of "President" of his band of rebels, Apollo was against the usage of the term "Republic in Exile" claiming to be the galaxy's rightful government, which he claimed would acknowledge the Empire as a legitimate state instead of treating it as an illegal perversion of the true Republic. Instead, the Republic would only be reformed if it had the capacity to truly challenge the Empire. A year into the Empire's rule, Apollo was captured and assimilated into the nefarious Neraida Gigamatrix, which used him to unite their disparate factions into a single harmony. For much of 02 NE, Apollo would suffer under the Neraida's control before a team including Jerkon, Koluap, Voro Acetenus and the Adjunct rescued him and returned him to the remnant's fleet. Upon his return, Apollo was challenged by former terrorist Zare'Anne who managed to usurp control over the remnant from Apollo, only to result in the final annexation of the remnant by an Imperial fleet as the first month of 03 NE dawned.
- Road to the New Republic
Upon reaching Orbispira in Imperial custody, Apollo was surprised to learn from Potentate Tereyn Aeresius that the Emperor had decreed his release, thus allowing him freedom to roam the galaxy. Upon learning of the increase in Dominion of the Xhodocto activity, Apollo decided to travel to the Andromeda Galaxy to aid in the conflict to end the Dominion. In his absence however, his wife was assassinated by a bounty hunter hired by Zillum, prompting his return to Cyrannus to care for his children. Devastated by the loss of his love, Apollo travelled to Rambo Nation for a much needed period of contemplation and recovery. Several months later, he emerged as a leading proponent of the restoration of the Republic alongside Apaltar, Raen Magalen and Mer Mirea, with Apollo working to secure alliances with civilisations such as the Andormaru and the Hutter Kingdom to gain their support for a Cyrandia Conference to discuss the peaceful rebirth of the Republic. Thus, in an address on Concordia on 19 Novemex, 03 NE, Apollo declared the formation of the New Cyrannian Republic for all the Gigaquadrant to see.
Proconsul of the New Republic (03 NE - 07 NE)Edit
- Pre-Cyrandia Wars
“Peace between the civilised states of the Gigaquadrant can only be sustained through understanding, for it is abundantly clear that it cannot be sustained through force of arms.”
- - Proconsul Apollo, Dekemurios 03 NE
As the New Cyrannian Republic rose thanks to his diplomatic efforts, Apollo was the favourite to become the first leader of the new superpower, symbolically showing the continuity between the Old Republic and the New. However, Apollo concurred with others that it was time for him to give the spotlight to a new leader; Count Apaltar of Apatalore, one of the allies Apollo found while searching for ways to create a Republic. Instead, Apollo was elected Proconsul by the newly convened Republic Senate, serving as the chief diplomat as well as Ambassador to Rambo Nation.
Over the next year, the Republic would grow and strengthen as a symbol of unity and strength in defiance to the Empire's monopoly on galactic politics. Through the deft art of diplomacy, Apollo subtly worked to undermine Imperial interests by forging new ties with Rambo Nation as well as negotiating with leaders from planets in the neutral Coru Secundus Region of the galaxy to join the New Republic. To his dismay however, conservative elements within Rambo Nation still distrusted Cyrannians for their betrayal at the end of the Great War, providing Apollo with new challenges to ensuring peace in the Cyrandia Cluster.
- New Cyrandia Wars
However, these efforts would be unable to prevent the outbreak of the New Cyrandia Wars at the end of 03 NE as well as other conflicts across the Outer Gigaquadrant. Blaming the fall of the Seven Starr Alliance as well as the universal cooperation which was strongly associated with it, Apollo was a key figure in the formation of the Mou'Cyran Accords and the Pax Infinitus Armada to ensure the maintenance of some semblance of order. In doing so, the Republic's links with organisations such as the Andromedan Galactic Commonwealth, the Polar Crystal Alliance and the Unified Alliance of Enlightenment were strengthened.
However, he would also face troubles from the Cyrannian Syndicate and even the Corruptus, though the united forces of the Accords were able to overcome these threats, as well as an attack by the Bisistar Domain against the peaceful world Venetia. Several months later, Apollo's skills as a military tactician came to the fore when he helped organised both the Sacking of Rihanae and the Republic capture of Capricaerón in 05 NE. As the Cyrandia Wars drew to a close, Apollo worked to alleviate tensions between the Republic's closest allies in the form of the Indoctrinate Collective and Rambo Nation by organising a meeting between Queen Maryah and Empress Ramashe. Though the meeting was attacked by pro-Empire bounty hunters, the Proconsul's efforts were largely successful. Several days prior to the end of the Wars, Apollo was contacted by Collective diplomat Eviran who informed him of Project Exodus, a vast astroengineering project undertaken to move all of the Collective's Milky Way colonies to the Borealis Galaxy. Impressed with the scale of the operation, Apollo agreed to send Republic support.
- Beginning of the Cold War
“Is there any way I can get up as quickly as possible without betraying my cool exterior?”
After the end of the New Cyrandia Wars, Apollo was reunited with childhood friend Dané Elenya, now a pre-eminent xenoarchaeologist during an unexpected journey throughout the Gigaquadrant with his friend Gorf, which included tense and thoroughly unpleasant encounters with people such as Zillum, Tyrant, Errr and even Emperor Tyrómairon. By the end of their time together, Apollo began to develop feelings for Dané, though ultimately felt that these feelings were a betrayal to the memory of his wife Gianne and attempted to put them to the back of his mind, with little success. To complicate matters, prior to the Battle of Ramar Shadda, during which Ramashe herself went into battle, Apollo made it clear to her that he cared for her deeply. As she departed for battle, she tenderly kissed the Proconsul on the snout.
Several months later, Apollo was deeply saddened by the news that one of his closest friends, Koluap of the Indoctrinate Collective had committed suicide. The Proconsul deeply regretted not being able to properly give Koluap the farewell he deserved and immediately travelled to the Borealis Galaxy, where he attended the funeral. While there, he spoke at length to Koluap's best friend Jerkon, who spoke of Koluap's kind words about Apollo soon before his death. As he departed back to Cyrannus, Apollo promised to keep the memory of Koluap alive in his heart.
When Apollo learned that Apaltar would not seek re-election in the Election of 07 NE, he decided that it would be best to step down from his position as Proconsul of the Republic in order to spend more time with his friends and family. Simultaneous to the Presidential Election, Apollo ran for his old seat as Senator of Capricaerón, hoping to represent his people in the restored Senate of the Republic. Receiving a popular vote of over ninety two percent, Apollo took his seat in the halls of Mou'Cyran later that month.
Senator of the Twelve Worlds (07 NE - 15 NE)Edit
“These are Republic worlds and sectors, we're dealing with here, Mr. President. Negotiation is inarguably the greatest weapon that we have. We should be using it, allowing the Alliance to air their grievances to the wider Republic.”
- - Apollo, speaking with President Valkistair about the possible secession of the Eastern Borderland Alliance, 14 NE
Once more entering the halls of the Senate, albeit in a far different astropolitical climate compared to his initial tenure, Apollo regained his reputation as a champion of galactic centrism, in the tradition of Capricaerónian liberalism. In the early years of his tenure, Apollo often counselled caution and restraint with regard to the looming threat of the Empire, warning his colleagues that in its current state, the Republic would assuredly fall in a conflict against them. Privately however, he became increasingly convinced that the Republic would not be able to coexist with the Empire, overtime abandoning the belief that coexistence was in the galaxy's best interests.
When his children came of age, Apollo sadly watched as they left home to pursue their own destinies. His son Laoi, aspired to follow in his father's footsteps, becoming an aide to Chancellor Fleur Inviere, his father's one time Presidential opponent, while Kara became the captain of the Auethnen Raptor, training her powers under the enigmatic Master Ryen. Though apprehensive about his children 'leaving the nest', Apollo expressed his pride in them, as well as his belief that their mother was watching over them with a smile.
During this time, as a galaxy-spanning Cold War gripped Cyrannus, the idealistic aspirations of the past were quickly abandoned to the rising acknowledgement that war was not only a sobering possibility, but an inevitability to be prepared for. Stunned by stories of Imperial atrocities from fleeing refugees and political prisoners, Apollo resolved himself to the unfortunate reality that the Empire was a regime which must be destroyed for the good of the Gigaquadrant. Nevertheless, Senator Apollo was apprehensive about the rise of demagogic rhetoric within the New Republic itself, and grew to reject scaremongers seeking to use the public's fear of the Empire to their own political advantage. The poisoning of galactic politics would not be the only challenge the Senator was forced to deal with. In 08 NE, he was present during the Senate Hostage Crisis, during which he, and several of his colleagues were held hostage by the rogue Imperial agent Agrehele, only to be rescued by Master Ryen. In the aftermath of the incident, Apollo, troubled by his helplessness in the crisis, underwent limited physical and marksman training under Senate guard Earion Aerellus.
Two years after the hostage crisis, a personal calamity hit the Senator, when he received news that Empress Ramashe had been gravely injured in an assassination attempt, resulting in the rise of Rambarth Dino II Le Rambo as Lord Regent of Rambo Nation. Horrified to learn of his best friend's coma, Apollo spent many a sleepless night at Ramashe's bedside, hoping for her to wake. To his great sorrow, she did not, and he returned to the New Republic with a heavy heart. A few months later, though still reeling from Ramashe's condition, Apollo was appointed by President Valkistair to a committee of senators on the threat posed by the Empire. During this time, he briefly dated Senator Amirtae Buroa of Achiliquin, before the two agreed to go their separate ways.
As a member of the committee, Apollo came into increasing contact with a group of sages and knights on Aldár, whose numbers included Ryen and his daughter. He used his political influence on more than one occasion to aid the group, and was present on Aecor and later, Aldár itself, when it came under attack by Morgandaûr and the Phaedric Order. During the battle, Apollo provided what little help he could, and witnessed the young Ortella Aoirtae kill Morgandaûr, putting an end to the once mighty Emperor of the Imperial Alliance.
Almost three years later, Apollo and Dané Elenya—who had joined Republic Strategic Intelligence were sent on an urgent mission by President Nexarón Valkistair to investigate rumours of Inquisition-involvement in the Rihanaen peace process and the rise of the Eastern Borderland Alliance. While there, they uncovered a plot by Vandalion, who managed to kill Senator Tanarr-Nuin before capturing Apollo's starship, the Consular. Fortunately for the senator, they were rescued by Kara, Aoirtae and the Nagith warrior Vanikaimar, who returned them to Aldár. There, Apollo pledged his support, and that of the Senate, to the formation of the Aldárae Order. He was later present on Aldár during the Mou'Cyran Cataclysm, which destroyed most of the Republic's government and sparked the Second Great Cyrannus War.
President of the New Republic (15 NE - 17 NE) Edit
- Opening Stages
“As the President of the New Galactic Republic of Cyrannus, I pledge to fight this tyranny. I pledge to fight your rule of atrocity and I pledge with every fibre of my honour, my life and my very being, that I will fight to bring about your destruction and the abolition of the Empire.”
- - Apollo, during the Capricaerón Address
With the destruction of Mou'Cyran, Apollo and his fellow surviving senators responded to a Continuity of Government emergency transmission, mandating the swift election of a new President. As the senior senator and due to his previous tenure during the First Great War, Apollo was chosen and subsequently sworn in as President by Ryen. Swiftly, he coordinated with the Grand Republic Fleet to plan the destruction of the Cyrannic Imperial Battlestation, before being forced to deal with High King Rambert Ramveral in the Quadrants, demanding him to withdraw a Rambo battlegroup preventing a Republic fleet from entering the Lianna Wormhole. Subsequently, he travelled to Capricaerón, where he rallied the Republic in a rousing speech before turning his attention to the war effort and rebuilding the Republic's shattered government.
In the early weeks of the conflict, Apollo was forced to contend with an overwhelming Imperial invasion of the Republic's core territories, which threatened to finally put an end to the New Republic. Despite his efforts to rally his people, a near constant string of Imperial victories prevented the Republic government from stabilising. Nevertheless, as the Capricorn Sector remained secure under the protection of the Grand Republic Fleet, Apollo successfully presided over local elections to a new Galactic Senate, as well as several new additions to his cabinet and his administration, selecting Senator Ramdard Ramthrace as his Vice President.
Soon after his decision to nominate Ramthrace as Vice President, Apollo was due to speak at a celebration on Republic Day, marking the sixty eighth year since the formation of the United Republic of Cyrannus. However, during the Republic Day Attacks, Ramthrace and other surviving senators were targeted by Éaltar Gauisa, who later managed to sneak aboard Colonial One to kill Apollo himself. Though Apollo was outmatched, he was saved through the timely arrival of his personal guard. Promising to offer Gauisa clemency if he revealed the people who hired him, the bounty hunter claimed that Zillum had never forgotten about their past, and had ordered Gianne's death. Disgusted by the bounty hunter, and filled with hatred for his role in killing his beloved wife, Apollo set aside his morals and ordered Éaltar to be thrown out the airlock.
- New Republic Civil War
- Waron: "The Cataclysm must have scrambled your head, boy. I won't support your power grab. You are President of nothing."
- Apollo: "Not per the constitution, one that I wrote, I might add. Until a vote can be held, I'm the President whether you like it or not."
- ―Praesator Waron Paratius and Apollo
Hardened by the Éaltar's revelations, Apollo became unflinching in the Republic's fight against the Empire and became increasingly infuriated by Praesator Adelheidis' power plays against his administration. During the Battle of Coruanthor, he sought to free up the Republic Navy by seeking aid in the battle from the Mou'Cyran Accords and the Cyrandia Resistance, sending the crew of the Auethnen Raptor to liberate Coruanthor. Simultaneously, Apollo and Naelys Valraenos met with Praesator Waron Paratius, governor of the Republic's colonies in the Mirus Galaxy, who admitted his treason with Adelheidis and his loyalty to the True Republic, prompting his arrest. After the Republic's victory at Coruanthor, and a day after the official declaration of victory during the Coru Secundus Campaign, Apollo hoped to bring Adelheidis to the table to discuss her grievances. Sending Naelys and Senator Raen Magalen to meet with Adelheidis, Apollo was infuriated when he learned that the rogue Praesator had spurned his overtures and openly attacked Fleet Admiral Shavalera's armada, beginning the New Republic Civil War.
Loyalist forces eventually pushed the rebels back to the Quadrants, where they found unexpected support from the Rambo High King Rambert, who executed Ambassador Tadgh and imprisoned Apollo's son Laoi on Pauvenris. When his efforts to reach a diplomatic solution with Rambert failed, Apollo ordered the Grand Republic Fleet to enter the Quadrants and rescue his son. In the subsequent Battle of Pauvenris, a joint task force consisting of Aldárae, Saviki and Mendel invaded the mines of Pauvenris and rescued Laoi. After the battle, Apollo agreed to support the Void Combine in their search for a new home, in return for their support against the Empire.
The President later worked to forge an alliance with the Rambo Loyalists to overthrow High King Rambert, and endorsed a risky attack on the Rambo Capital to bring him to justice. During the operation, it was revealed that Rambert had been corrupted by Mar-Júun, and while he was defeated, the Empire utilised the chaos to dissolve the Nim-Glaré Concordat and bring the Rambo direct under the Emperor's rule. The fall of Rambo Nation, coupled with the Fall of Terrae a few weeks previously, prompted the President to call for a war conference of allied leaders to devise a new strategy against the Empire.
Such a conference would fail to materialise, however, when the Empire launched a savage attack against the Twelve Worlds, bypassing Republic defences and besieging Capricaerón. During the battle, Apollo coordinated the Republic's efforts from the Presidential Pyramid, comforting grieving members of his staff and confiding in Dané that he had almost lost all hope that victory could be found. It was soon revealed that Senator Zare'Anne had betrayed the Republic, aiding the Empire's capture of the system in the expectation that they would reward him upon the end of the war. When the Empire stormed the Pyramid, Grand Mandator Caesarius revealed as much, though was prevented from executing Apollo and his supporters by the timely arrival of Kara and Aoirtae. Once safely away from Capricaerón, Apollo rendezvoused with his father and the last of his supporters, who formed the New Republic Remnant—to oppose both the Empire, and Zare'Anne's new regime.
The New Rebellion (17 NE - )Edit
“All of this has happened because of me. Do you understand? All of it! Two Republics have collapsed because of me, Gianne... Gorf... my dad, they're all dead... because of me.”
- - Apollo, having lost faith in the cause in the aftermath of the Battle of Cognalorilos
After evading the Imperial fleet in the battle in the Nameless System, the Republic Remnant arrived on Cognalorilos, where Apollo met with Primarch Acetenus. During his discussions with the Cogsangui leader, however, the planet fell under attack by the Great Star Dominion—a new faction led by, to Apollo's shock, his old nemesis Zillum. Escaping Cognalorilos to the Republica, Apollo made his way to the bridge of the vessel along with Aoirtae, and upon reuniting with his father, was apprehended by Zillum.
After a brief fight with the Mortalitas, Apollo watched in horror as Zillum murdered Admiral Cretacea in cold blood, and was only spared the same fate through Gorf's intervention, who sacrificed himself to save his friend. In the aftermath, Apollo nearly lost his faith in the struggle against the Empire and the Dominion, and despite retaining the symbolic position of President, delegated most of his duties to Fleet Admiral Helo Roslia.
Several weeks later, Apollo witnessed the discovery of Harborage, a frigid moon located far above the galactic halo of Cyrannus, and though he congratulated Admiral Roslia on the discovery, he was not directly involved in the subsequent establishment of a base on Harborage's surface. Several months later, after the Remnant's first successful mission to Coruaan, Apollo was confronted in the ice forests of Harborage by three apparitions, taking the form of his deceased wife Gianne, his father Willelmus and Empress Ramashe. Together, the messengers reinvigorated Apollo's lost sense of hope, prompting him to return to the Remnant's leadership and involve himself in the upcoming mission to contact the Revanchists.
During the mission, Apollo joined Captain Kalae Sevine on the Phoebus, and later encountered his mirror universe counterpart Aedanius, who was brought to the prime universe by Admiral Roslia. After the mission, which resulted in a resounding Remnant victory over the Empire, Apollo made official contact with the Revanchists, and invited them to join his campaign to restore the Republic. During the Battle of Harborage, Apollo led Republic forces in a desperate defence of the rebel base. With the timely arrival of Du'utahrovin, however, the Remnant was victorious, shattering the bulk of the invading army and killing Grand Admiral Decimius.
After the battle had ended, Apollo set about preparing for Operation Liberty, gathering allies from across known space in preparation for the liberation and restoration of the New Republic.
Physical Appearance Edit
Apollo stands slightly shorter than the average male Libertus at just below three metres in height. Though he is not particularly muscular, he is firm and lean, keeping in shape due to the public nature of his job. Apollo possesses a youthful attractiveness that appeals to many races while also causing some to dismiss his political career as being founded on the electorate favouring him based on his appearance over his policies. Atypical of a politician, Apollo is considered to be very stylish and is often seen wearing formal, clean-cut and polished outfits and suits that are almost always in line with the current fashions, owing to the common perception of the former President as being a dapper individual who always takes care of his appearance.
|This suit is made from Dvottie feathers and is considered to be stylish, formal yet comfortable. The suit is mostly cream with wine-coloured details along the shoulder pads and torso-wear, while Apollo wears the outfit with ring-shaped jewelry just below his knee, a common style on his homeworld of Capricaerón. Apollo has favoured this particular style since the beginning of 03 NE and has been known to wear an all-black variation while in mourning for his deceased wife, Gianne Inviá.|
|Formal Suit: Dark Times and Cyrandia Wars|
|This is Apollo's official garb as Proconsul of the New Cyrannian Republic, though he has used it in the past when he was gathering potential allies, such as the Hutter Kingdom and the Andormaru. The suit is made from a similar material as his casual suit, though is considered more formal, with a long tunic and shoulder pads which extend outward from the shoulder. Apollo enjoys wearing this suit to official state-dinners or while meeting important figures. The suit was designed by tailors on the Rambo Capital and has many Quadrantia influences.|
|Cold Weather Gear|
|Apollo's cold weather gear is rarely used as he rarely finds himself an icy planets. Nevertheless, Apollo has used this gear since the Intergalactic War, when he signed a peace treaty with the Vartekian Empire on an uninhabited ice planet. Since then, he has used it occasionally such as when the Republic Remnant located a world that was once dominated by the Nagith Empire. The gear is made from special insulating material, which keeps him warm even in the most inhospitable climates.|
|Warm Weather Gear|
|Apollo's warm weather gear consists of shorts, sunglasses, a single shoulder pad and a backpack containing just about anything needed if he should ever become trapped in an inhospitable hot climate, from a H20 replicator and an pistol. The gear doubles as casual wear whenever Apollo visits the beaches on the Rambo Capital with his children and Ramashe. Leaving him bare-chested, the gear is popular with Apollo's many admirers. If you know what I mean.|
|A Quadrantia design often worn by Apollo while meeting representatives from the Quadrant Galaxies, this stylish suit was made by Rambo tailors favoured by Apollo since he began residing in the Royal Palace on the Rambo Capital, with Ramashe having a hand in deciding the particular details of the suit, highlighting the growing relationship between the two. The outfit is topped with a large hat with a Dvottie feather attached.|
Personality and Traits Edit
“You are not merely a man, you are a symbol—a symbol of hope, of defiance. You are the New Republic. It wouldn't exist without you and I can't think of anyone more uniquely suited to lead it to victory.”
A man of deep integrity and with boundless faith in democracy and the principles of the Cyrannian Republic, Apollo is an inherently decent Libertus, though one with a diverse personality. At once charismatic and aloof, calculating and personable, idealistic though unwavering, ambitious though unassuming—many have attempted to decode his personality, to better understand such a notable figure in Gigaquadrantic events. However, he is personally defined by those closest to him by his fierce intellect and a sharp tongue capable of dispensing a witticism for any occasion.
Often regarded as witty and personable, Apollo is famed for his dry sense of humour which has endeared him to the Cyrannian public for the past two decades. In public, this often manifests as a cleverly crafted remark or joke, while in private, his humour can be sarcastic and snarky, though rarely caustic. His humour is a source of personal strength during times of stress, often used to mask his fear when faced with powerful beings such as Mar-Júun. Proficient at impersonations, particularly Libertusi accents of the Core, Inner and Mid Rims, he is known to slip into entirely different accents during a single informal conversation with close friends, from folksy to haughty at a moment's notice. Indeed, his humour can be surreal at times and cerebral at others. Still considered youthful as he enters his fifth decade, Apollo is still considered youthful as a long-lived Libertus, continuing to appeal to others with his attractiveness, intelligence and charm, atypical of a politician. Indeed, despite living through what is unquestionably the most stressful twenty years in galactic history, Apollo remains a contemplative and thoughtful individual, with little time for the formalities of a serious statesman.
Regarded as a "dork" by his daughter, Kara Inviá, Apollo's knowledge is encyclopedic and he often delights in sharing obscure information with his family members, or with his equally disinterested political staff. In particular, he is fascinated by the study of prehistoric life, particularly on the Twelve Worlds, the astrography of the Cyrannus Galaxy, modern galactic history and politics and the enigmatic past of the Oikoumene and the Nagith Empire. Indeed, one of his favourite stories to share to those willing to listen is his adventures on a Nagith world discovered by the Republic Remnant during the Dark Times. While he enjoys the company of his close friends, he also values solitude, with his idea of an ideal night being reading a good book before bed. Kind-hearted and gentle, he has a special affinity for animals, particularly Dvotties, with Apollo being very fond of his pet, Tigarlu, who has been with him since prior to the Great War. His unique friendship with the enigmatic Gorf is also notable, with one of his favourite hobbies being regaling Gorf with random trivia, oblivious to the fact he doesn't tend to listen.
During his childhood, Aedanius grew up in a typical Libertus family on Capricaerón, his father a naval officer and his mother, an engineer. However, despite his family's best intentions, the young Apollo felt socially isolated throughout his early life, which intensified upon his mother's unfortunate death during a terrorist attack, and his conscription into the military at the age of twenty. Despite his lack of proficiency with his claws or when wielding a weapon, his intellect, bravery and compassion served him well. Nevertheless, when the policy of conscription was repealed, he pursued his interest in galactic politics in higher education.
Though service in the military during wartime often matures a person prematurely, Apollo did not lose his naivety, his optimism and his inherently youthful viewpoint of the galaxy, a reality behind his decision to try his hand in politics—a pursuit in which he found his calling. Though he never stopped being an introvert, his political aptitude, aided by his natural charm, charisma and good-looks, served him well in his subsequent runs for public office—first senator, and later President.
When he became President of the newly formed United Republic of Cyrannus, Apollo became increasingly cynical in his outlook, particularly when the Great Cyrannus War broke out, leading to the rise of the Galactic Empire of Cyrannus. However, he remained lively, idealistic and good-humoured, though his relative youth led some in the Senate and military to deride him as a "school boy in a nice suit", controlled by the greedy senators and special interests that held the true power. Indeed, as a champion of both Capricaerón progressive liberalism and Orbispiran galactic federalism, his Presidency was somewhat unpopular with the less developed Outer Rim as well on worlds which favoured a weak galactic government. During the war, however, his approval ratings remained sky-high, while the military's confidence in his role as Commander-in-Chief never faltered—indicative of his surprising capacity for strategy, which served him well later in life as a rebel leader and as the wartime President of the New Republic.
Despite his role as a resolute and uncompromising wartime President of both the United Republic of Cyrannus and the New Republic, Apollo has often been regarded as a wide-eyed idealist, perhaps most notably in his role as the architect of the Mou'Cyran Accords, which despite the idealistic undertones of Gigaquadrantic peace, became a powerful and unifying bloc on the level of the Seven Starr Alliance. Nevertheless, such criticisms are hardly baseless. Indeed, prior to the death of his wife, Apollo was known to insist that no-one, with the obvious exception of demonic entities, is inherently evil, though upon his beloved Gianne's assassination, he abandoned such a conviction.
An intensely loyal man, Apollo takes betrayal very seriously, as well as threats made against those he loves. As such, he can let his feelings cloud his judgement and during times of grief, he can be unreserved and ruthless in his retribution. Since the death of his wife, Gianne Inviá, Apollo has long-harboured a deep sense of guilt, believing that due to his public profile, he was responsible for her death. Further, fifteen years after the end of the Great War, he admitted to his daughter that he felt that his Presidency and subsequent exile robbed his children of a proper childhood. In the years since, Apollo has become incredibly close with Doctor Dané Elenya, becoming overprotective of her as a result of not only his undeclared love, but because of his fear that those closest to him often suffer. Prior to Gianne's death, Apollo was known to balk at the idea of killing, being quite squeamish in general around death. Nevertheless, partly as a result of the frequency of assassination attempts, he has some experience in defending himself, armed with a Presidential tranquilliser pistol that he keeps on his person. He once admitted to Dané Elenya that he would personally kill whoever was responsible for Gianne's death, though Elenya expressed scepticism that he could ever bring himself to do it. Nevertheless, during the Second Great War, when Éaltar Gauisa revealed that he had killed Gianne, Apollo ordered the bounty hunter to be put out the airlock.
“Weak. But underestimating him has led to my defeat at numerous occasions. His power lies in his voice and mind, not in his fists.”
- - Zillum
Unlike most politicians, Aedanius Cretacea boasts a genius-level intellect above the average intelligence of a Libertus. This intellectual proficiency allows Apollo to quickly absorb and store information including the names of thousands of Cyrannian planets, historical figures and indeed people he has met during his terms as both President of the United Republic of Cyrannus and the Proconsul of the New Cyrannian Republic. Unfortunately however, this does not equate with martial prowess; though Apollo is capable of defending himself and possesses an unlikely amount of bravery, he is not particularly adept at combat, though he often contends that he has no interest to be. However, his father claims that if he put in an effort, he would be quite capable.
“I want to assign you as the Senate's mediator to the Eastern Borderland Alliance. You've faced more in a year than the rest of the Senate has in their collective lifespans. You're the person I want for this task, Apollo.”
Though Apollo espoused non-partisanship during much of his political career, as a senator in the New Republic's Galactic Senate, he reluctantly became a member in the Federalist movement due to his misgivings about the potential direction of the Republic under the Federalist's larger rivals, the Centrists and the Reformists. Some of his critics in the Senate, such as far-left Reformist senators, claim that Apollo was a war hawk during his Presidency of the United Republic of Cyrannus, while Centrists often claim that his efforts to establish the Mou'Cyran Accords and the United Gigaquadrantic Alliance reflected an overly idealistic "Apollian" ideology, largely ignorant of the realities of the astropolitical map of the Gigaquadrant.
As a politician in the New Republic Senate, Apollo generally attempts to maintain good relations with moderates from both the Centrists and the Reformists, though has been known to verbally spar with more extremist elements of all three parties should he disagree with their policies. Though the founders of the Reformists believed that Apollo would be a natural member of their party due to his campaigns for peace during the early years of the New Republic—similar to how Centrists believed he would side with them due to his war leadership during the Great Cyrannus War—Apollo's belief in a strong federal galactic government prompted him to join the Federalists as one of the more influential members of their party.
Alternate Timelines Edit
|Mirror Universe: Emperor Aedanius II|
|In the alternate timeline known as the Mirror Universe, Apollo is known as Aedanius I, sovereign emperor of the Gigaquadrantic Hegemony, a vast, sinister organisation that has conquered much of the known universe, making Aedanius the most powerful man in the vast intergalactic hegemony. Unlike his counterpart in the prime universe, Aedanius I is unforgiving, cruel and cold, seeking to envelop the entire universe under his dark claws.|
|Alternate Universe: Rebel Leader Apollo|
|In one alternate timeline, the alternate DCP known as the Coalition of Delpha invaded and conquered Cyrannus circa 16 BNE. Apollo served as a slave on Warlord Kilnok's flagship alongside Ramashe, until the Salsetthe set them free. Apollo, Ramashe, Tazch'xatri (Salsetthe), Floon (Cephalodian), John Trebber (Human) and the Emperor of the Girdo Empire established the Girdo Resistance which aims to free themselves of the tyranny of the Coalition of Delpha. When the Xhodocto scourge hit the universe, the Girdo Galaxy phased out of existence trapping the Resistance and the Coalition into the same small galaxy. Fleeing the Annihilation, this Apollo and the other Resistance leaders fled into the Tuuros Galaxy of the Onuris Universe, where they remain—ignorant of the existence of his counterpart.|
- In a future timeline, one of Apollo's descendents, Aquillius Cretacea, serves in the Navy of the Cyrandian Republic circa 1250 NE in the aftermath of an invasion by the sinister Xeranbha that left much of the Gigaquadrant in ruin. Though Apollo is no longer around by 1250 NE, his deeds in the distant past are well regarded by those he left behind and he is honoured in a number of ways, such as a new starship class dubbed the "Apollo"-class.
- In an alternate reality in which the United Republic of Cyrannus survived intact after the Great Cyrannus War, Apollo's presidency ended, giving way to the presidency of Guolivian. Apollo eventually decided to live out his life out of the public eye on Capricaerón content that he helped make the galaxy a better place for future generations.
“You impress me, Libertus. A rare distinction in these times.”
“President Aedanius Cretacea is an institution of the Cyrannus Galaxy and a true role model for people across the Gigaquadrant that even those from the most humble of backgrounds can change the galaxy.”
- - Apaltar
“He is weak in both body and leadership. If his rule was so legendary, then why did it collapse into the Empire? The next time we meet, the people of Cyrannus will see the true face of their beloved son; the face of a coward and a child given powers to cater for the corrupt.”
- - Zillum
“He's pretty cool. For a dad.”
“When I see pictures of Apollo, I feel something below the neck. I think I have feelings for him. Erotic, non-murdering feelings.”
- - Erissare
“Apollo is one of my closest friends. He's kind, he's wise, and he always does what's right. To be honest, I wish I was more like him. He's also one of the best beings in the universe to have a drink with!”
“A great leader and person, he is seen at Rambo Nation as democracy himself. He is cunning tactician, diplomat and isn't afraid to call upon his opinion or to tell it to others. He is highly honored among the Cyrandia Alliance. And perhaps, he is also kind of cute!”
“He has achieved much In his past years and is to be very respected. He has past the trials of war and hate. I admire him for his leadership abilities. Apollo does not just rule with fear or force he rules with respect and honor. This is a rare and special quality, never to be forgotten.”
“I have seen everything this individual has achieved, and I am impressed. That in itself is high praise, but this individual's actions deserve more. I, for one, would prefer to stay on his good side.”
- - Blademaster Hel'Bre'K of the Fordan Empire
“He is a fine leader for a fine nation. I cannot even imagine a president that would be more loved by his people.”
“I think Apollo's a cool guy. He leads empires and isn't afraid of anything.”
- - Koluap
“I can do nothing but admire this man greatly and see him as a role model for myself. I could never get anywhere near his might.”
- - Milinitt
“You are the embodiment of all I detest about the Libertus race. You may have eluded me several times, but my ascension to rule will only be complete when I have your face skinned into the leather of my throne's seat, with each of your children as the arms.”
- - Mar-Júun
“I remember speaking with him. He was a very interesting person indeed. Charismatic for sure.”
- - Tuolog
“so is he one of dose "diplomat" fingies i heer bout? I THOUGHT DEY WERE A MYTH MAN”
“I seen tastier, eh?”
“The democratic process cast you out, dear president. As decent as a man you are, this universe is controlled by wolves.”
- - Mandator Geleriva Delsacrian
“You shall go far Libertus, and be immortalised in legend. Make this life count.”
- - Sarec
“The great diplomat, beloved father and dear friend! Secretly I have a crush on him!”
“Pathatic! All he is good for is his skin as it could be used to make some boots!”
“If only humanity had a leader like him.”
“You stand for the government of the ignorant, by the ignorant and for the ignorant.”
“An inspiration. Proof that not all politicians have their heads stuffed up their own bottoms.”
“He and I have evolved from foe to friend. The galaxy is all the better for his leadership.”
“Gorf not sure why he chose you of all people... but Gorf has no regrets. Mistakes into miracles.”
- - Gorf
- Though generally accepting of the differences between civilisations, Apollo dislikes caste systems and even hereditary systems in which people are given absolute power based on parentage rather than merits. Though he still remains friendly with rulers who have proven themselves despite being born into power.
- Though often seen as an idealist, Apollo has been known to be cynical when dealing with people who have betrayed him in the past.
- He is a romantic, with Gianne Inviá being his first love, a fact which made her death all the more difficult for Apollo.
- Apollo considers his most embarrassing moment to have been an incident in which he tripped and fell on top of an ancient Trucinex tapestry, almost ripping it beyond repair. Luckily, his way with words managed to prevent the outbreak of a new war.
- He claims that a close second occurred when attempting to impress Gianna Invia by leaning against what appeared to be a wall in an attempt to look cool. However, his attempt failed when the "wall" turned out to be a particularly heavy-set female D'annaoi.
- His personal hero is Chancellor Tythoran of the Federation of United Worlds.
Behind the Scenes Edit
- The Heart of the Sun, composed by Bear McCreary for Battlestar Galactica represents Apollo.
- Apollo is Cyrannian's overall protagonist.
- In the Mirror Universe, Apollo is known as Emperor Aedanius I, the sinister leader of the Gigaquadrant.
- The "Wardrobe" and "Alternate Reality" sections were coded by Technobliterator.
- Introduced in early 2009, Apollo is one of the longest running and well-known characters in the Fiction Universe.
Notes and ReferencesEdit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Second Great Cyrannus War, Chronicles: Part I - The Aftermath, 2017
- ↑ Great Cyrannus War, Rise of the Empire, 2014
- ↑ Tertius Bellum, An Unexpected Adventure, 2015
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Cyrannian Cold War, To Catch a Senator, 2016
- ↑ Second Great Cyrannus War, Chronicles: Part II - The Labyrinth of War, 2017
- ↑ Second Great Cyrannus War, Chronicles: Part IV - The Ghosts of the Republic, 2018
- ↑ Cyrannian Cold War, Return of the Exiles, 2016
Further Reading Edit
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