“If war comes with the Empire, we should have the will to win it at any cost. Otherwise, all will be lost.”
- - Aver Kuestantine
Aver Kuestantine is a male Libertus native to Scorpiae, a planet counted amongst the Twelve Worlds of the Libertus. With a sharp analytical mind and a strong belief in the New Republic and the freedoms enshrined within it, Fleet Admiral Kuestantine is regarded as one of the greatest assets of Republic Command. A former fighter pilot, Kuestantine fought with the Federation of United Worlds's peace keeping operations during his younger years, ultimately fighting for the United Republic of Cyrannus as a ship commander during the Trucinex War, the Intergalactic War and the Great Cyrannus War.
Briefly serving with the Imperial Navy, Kuestantine would defect early in the Dark Times—serving with the nascent Cyrandia Resistance prior to joining the New Republic in 03 NE. Five years later, he would be promoted to the rank of Fleet Admiral within the Republic Fleet, commanding the mighty Republic-class Star Dreadnought Spirit of the Republic. A stern, though fair, commander, it is often said of Kuestantine that few would consider him a friend, though many would be willing to follow him into the Chaos Realm if necessary. In the fraught astropolitical climate of the Cyrannian Cold War, Kuestantine is always wary of events which may spark an armed conflict, though he puts these fears to the side in the course of his duties.
Charged with the defence of Coruanthor during the opening stages of the Second Great Cyrannus War, Kuestantine was subsequently assigned to the invasion of the south eastern sectors of the Outer Rim in 16 NE.
Born and raised on Scorpiae's capital of Celestes, Aver Kuestatine grew up in a largely happy family unit, with his birth mother working as a prominent attorney in Celestes, with his other mother working as her secretary. From his parents, he developed a deeply analytical mind and a passion for the law, though he also developed a passion for space travel, leading the young man to apply to Scorpiae's Fleet Academy when he came of age. After three years of flight training, Kuestantine joined a squadron on a Federation of United Worlds carrier ship during peace-keeping operations near Thanatyrannus space. A gifted pilot, Kuestantine would gain the respect of his crewmates when he shot down a Thanatyrannus pirate fighter in his first combat mission.
When the United Republic of Cyrannus was formed, Kuestantine worked for several years in the merchant fleet of Scorpiae, plying the hyperlanes between the Core Worlds. When the Trucinex War broke out, his request to join the Republic fleet was accepted due to the shortage of personnel after the attack on the Twelve Worlds. Steadily rising through the ranks, Kuestantine would be offered his own command during the closing stages of the Intergalactic War, during which he fought in the disastrous Fall of Scorpiae against the First Cognatus Empire. During the Great Cyrannus War, Kuestantine would continue serving with distinction, though with the formation of the Galactic Empire of Cyrannus, he was faced with a dilemma. Ultimately, Kuestantine abandoned the Empire during the closing month of 01 NE, later joining the ranks of the Cyrandia Resistance for two years prior to the establishment of the New Republic in 03 NE.
A rear admiral within the New Republic Navy, Kuestantine worked diligently to defend the borders of the nascent galactic power against threats such as the Cyrannian Imperial State and the Jenassian Regency—resulting his promotion to the rank of Fleet Admiral in 08 NE, gaining command of the Spirit of the Republic, a mighty Republic-class Star Dreadnought.
Republic Fleet AdmiralEdit
- Loron Conflict
“Never interrupt your opponent when they are making a mistake.”
- - Admiral Kuestantine, referring to the Loron
During the Loron Conflict, Admiral Aver Kuestantine gained renown for leading the first successful fleet operation against Da Rogue Boyz. Leading a vast armada from the Spirit of the Republic, Kuestantine ambushed the Loron fleet in the Bragolben System—sparking a devastating battle which ultimately resulted in the destruction of the Loron fleet, stalling their advance into the core territories of the Republic. Though pleased with the result, Kuestantine knew that the war was not over and thus began preparing for the next bout.
- Neraida War
In 09 NE, the Republic was attacked by the rampaging horde of the Neraida Gigamatrix, which sought to final destruction of all enemies to their nefarious plans for the galaxy. During what became known as the Neraida War, Kuestantine gained command over a large Republic fleet with the Spirit of the Republic as the flagship. Prior to the decisive Republic victory over Angrenos, Kuestantine defend the eastern borders of the Republic should any enemy, Neraida or Empire, seek to capitalise on the chaos of Republic space during the invasion. He would later amalgamate his fleet into a large Allied battlefleet over Angrenos and was witness to the great victory.
Later, Kuestantine rallied his fleet in defence of Coruanthor, which had fallen under heavy Neraida bombardment. Along with much of the united fleet of the Mou'Cyran Accords, Kuestantine fought bitterly to ensure the survival of the ecumenopolis, and while hundreds of thousands died in the conflict, the Neraida were successfully repelled—beginning the long push into Neraida territory. Kuestantine later fought in the Battle of the Viridescent Nebula, after which the allies established a base from which they could strike into the heart of the Gigamatrix.
Toward the end of the conflict, Admiral Kuestantine rallied his fleet to the Allied Armada preparing to assault the Neraida Core. From the bridge of the Spirit of the Republic, Kuestantine provided the allies with much needed heavy firepower, destroying many cubes before the Gigamatrix finally collapsed upon the end of the battle, when Commander Selanius deployed a virus developed by the Aevarin people to disrupt their hivemind. Upon the end of the conflict, Kuestantine recommended Republic Command promote Captain Helo Roslia to the rank of Commodore, leading to his promotion upon returning to Republic space.
Second Great WarEdit
Upon the outbreak of the Second Great Cyrannus War with the destruction of the Mou'Cyran system, Admiral Kuestantine was deployed by the newly sworn-in President Apollo to defend the strategically critical Coruanthor—the most populous world in New Republic space. When the Empire invaded the planet toward the end of 15 NE, he coordinated closely with Fleet Admirals Gialu Kaedar and Laege Shavalera, and with their united armadas, they held their own against the overwhelming Imperial host until reinforcements from the Cyrandia Resistance and the Unified Order of Cognalorilos arrived.
After the battle had ended, Kuestantine participated in the Liberation of Coru Secundus, where his fleet proved instrumental in driving the Imperials from the northern sectors of the region. In subsequent months, the 19th Fleet was deployed by Fleet Command to invade the southern Imperial sectors of the Outer Rim, beginning with Laurantia. Aided by Grandmaster Ryen of the Aldárae Order, and local resistance groups opposed to Imperial rule, the Republic secured a considerable victory over Imperial operations in the region.
Over the course of several months, Admiral Kuestantine orchestrated multiple lightning strikes at Imperial targets in the outlying Skyridill and Onderthon Sectors, coordinating closely with the Cognatus Fleetlord Morin Ehtar. However, at the Battle of Corutaran, his fleet was forced to retreat when Captain Mornauó and the defector Lucaevon Pierea arrived in defence of the planet.
A typical male Libertus in terms of physical appearance, Kuestantine stands at just over three standard metres tall and possesses the greenish-brown colouration marking him as a Scorpiaen. A highly decorated officer, unlike many of his colleagues, Kuestantine prefers to leave his medals in his ready room on the Spirit of the Republic, instead wearing a standard uniform similar in many respects to other Fleet Admirals in the Navy. Kuestantine speaks in a deep, gravelly baritone with a distinctly High Celestian accent.
Personality and TraitsEdit
A career military officer, Kuestantine believes that there are few higher honours than the noble profession of military service. This commitment to the military often translates into an awkwardness around civilians, diplomatic officials and scientists—unavoidable individuals in a modern Republic dreadnought. Nevertheless, Kuestantine is a fierce advocate of the freedoms and liberties upon which the New Republic was founded, occasionally putting him at odds with elements of the Republic military establishment. Nevertheless, his faith in the Republic is unquestionably, as is his abject hatred of what he considers to be the tyrannical and illegitimate Empire. Though well-regarded by his crew, Kuestantine is an introvert with a solitary personal life. Indeed, while almost universally respected, few can say that they know him well. Still, Kuestantine is an efficient leader who listens to the recommendations of those under his command, knowing that a commander is only as good as the people he leads.
- Willelmus Cretacea: A man worthy of my deep, abiding respect.
- Gialu Kaedar: I would gladly serve beside you.
- Apollo: I will not hesitate to say that I voted for you.
- Raesa: It's a shame that you lost the election.
- Nexarón Valkistair: Where will rhetoric get us if the Empire does declare war?
- Guolivian: You would sell out democracy for greater personal power? Despicable!
- Tyrómairon: The greatest evil this galaxy has ever seen.
“A fine officer and a good friend. With people like Kuestantine defending our borders, there is no threat that can overcome us.”
- Da Reckoning
- Neraida War (First appearance)
- Second Great Cyrannus War