Cesterity Isordon (often referred to as Fleet Captain Cesterity, simply Cesterity, or on rarer occasions Sir Cesterity Isordon) is a Drodoian Fleet Captain, known for his successful campaigns and bold, at times even very dangerous, tactics. He is often heralded as something of a hero within the Drodo Empire.
Cesterity was born the youngest of five brothers on the small Agri-World Hinai, to a somewhat poor farmer family and extended clan, the Isordons. From an early age, he was known for his reputation as a troublemaker; He would often commit petty theft, or harass police officers for kicks. He took up smoking when he was sixteen, after the encouragement of his peers. While he often made poor marks in school, this was because of defiance and skipping. Cesterity was in fact quite bright, and had a secret, though intense interest and fascination in literature, and military history in particular. At home, he would often spend hours pouring over books recounting the tales of great Drodoian conquerors and generals; Often to the neglect of chores, homework, and work out in the fields.
By the time he was seventeen, however, his irresponsibility had caught up to him; He was faced with failing school entirely, and his parents, fed up with this behavior, kicked him out of the home with little more than the clothes he had on his back. Homeless, totally lacking money, and in need of a job, he realized he needed to straighten himself up if he where to become anything in life. At around that time, a popular rebellion, motivated by multiple rebel factions protesting against taxes, land rights, alleged government corruption, and even religious differences, rose up in armed revolt. Cesterity signed up for the militia for a quick payday, hoping he could also put his years of pouring over military history to good use.
Soon after signing up for the government militia, he was assigned to a light infantry brigade and was quickly involved in the first major offensive of the war. His brigade, along with several others of light infantry were sent forward first in probing and screening attacks against rebel positions situated in a large forest. The rebels caught these light divisions off-guard by reacting to the small attacks with their own massive, but disorganized, advance. Despite the considerable chaos at which these rebels advanced in, the sheer force and rapidity of their counterattack was enough to destroy and rout all of these brigades in short order and leave Cesterity and a small squadron stranded behind enemy lines.
The young Cesterity's squadron was left in bad shape after the counterattack. Their officer, a local aristocrat, had been mortally wounded and would die a few hours after the rebel tide swept over them, and besides that they had taken heavily casualties and were low on supplies. The terrified recruits were now leaderless and close to desertion.
However Cesterity, knowing the dire straits concerning both his long and short term prospects, rose to the challenge and would declare himself acting-officer of the small group. Taking his deceased officer's sword, he managed to rally what was left of his men, and by morning they would be ready to try to escape back to allied lines.
However, despite their group's small size and maneuverability, they soon found out that escape would be impossible by the sheer density of rebel forces, and many close calls and running battles were had. With his own troops at the lowest they've ever been, it would be then the young Drodo recalled everything he had learnt from his literature and from his practical experience, and use his charismatic flair to rouse his remaining men to action- "If we are not going to flee, we are going to fight." he recalls telling his fellow soldiers.
For six months, he and his group would march through the forests of Hinai, looting and bombing supply depots under the cover of darkness before then using their stolen equipment against advancing rebel columns in well-planned ambushes, where Cesterity's use of light machine guns and landmines inflicted heavy casualties and severely eroded the morale of the rebels. Despite only having just over a dozen men (and losing several in his campaign), through his actions he was able to successfully disrupt both the will and logistical ability of a rebel army of several thousand to fight, and give the underequipped and underfunded militia a fighting chance at defeating the uprising, which was eventually achieved.
Cesterity would return from active service a hero in his (pro-government) village, and his exploits would be noted as one of the primary reasons for victory over the revolt in the After-Action Report filed to the federal government. This reference would immediately catch the attention of the Drodo government, and only a few months later, when Cesterity was 18, he would be provided a scholarship to the prestigious Imperial War Academy, which he would accept.
Cesterity would graduate from the Academy as an noteworthy student at the age of 22, and from there quickly begin the professional military career for which he would become famous. In the background of a rapidly-reforming army, Cesterity's many publications on military theory (and his successful later application of these theories during the many wars of the Katar Sector), along with a huge number of vacancies that needed filling in the post-Crisis reforms would mean he was rapidly promoted, until he was a lower Admiral within a few years, and exercised a sort of influence and respect among the establishment that went well beyond his pay-grade.
His rapid rise to fame and power, however, concerned many within the Drodo government and military. He had quickly become popular with the common people, and in this there was a definite sense of resentment towards him from the aristocracy, who felt insulted that they may have to deal with the son of an impoverished farmer as a societal equal. Many tabs were kept on the man, and more than once Cesterity had to protect the honour of both himself and his clan through duels- especially in his late twenties and early thirties.
Personality and TraitsEdit
Cesterity is a cocky, gregarious, intellegent and very eccentric person. He is a natural-born leader; Possessing the great ability to inspire others and appropriately reward or punish. He has a great tactical mind as well, preferring the use of bold and decisive strategies and tactics to bring battles and campaigns to a swift close. His tactical and strategic genius is hampered only by his terrible temper and his occasional bouts of overconfidence. Cesterity is well-known as well for his recklessness and fun-loving nature; Often celebrating quite enthusiastically during a break or holiday, or simply because he found an opportunity to go to a party and thought he may have had the time as well. These reckless habits have gotten him into plenty of trouble; Often offending others only to be challenged to a duel by them later.
Despite his virtues, he is not without his quirks and vices. As mentioned previously, Cesterity possesses a horrific temper that, while only rarely flaring up, can cause him to become violent and bloodthirsty. He is also known for some distressing and disturbing eccentrices such as staying up to odd hours of the night, staring at and studying books, documents, and battle plans; "Standing there as if turned to stone", in the words of one observer. He has also complained multiple times of varied, strange and usually terrifying dreams and nightmares to his doctors and is subject to occasional mood swings; Being abnormally active one minute, before becoming crushingly bored and even depressed the next. All of these things have meant that critics, detractors, and even some medical professionals believe he should be relieved of duty because of possible mental illness. He is also known for his smoking habit, which he had first started from an early age much to the disapproval of many of his peers and family.
Cesterity, having experienced war firsthand many times in his life, has taken a very staunch anti-war stance, seemingly in contradiction to his job title. Cesterity sees most wars as little more than a waste of life, and is especially concerned by war's effect on civilians. He justifies his being a general despite his views as stating that his position, more than almost any other, allows him to be a peacemaker; Able to determine the flow of a war by being in ultimate control of troop maneuvers and having a great say in whether or not a war is even started by influencing his leader's decisions. Perhaps the most obvious expression of his anti-war opinions is his Declaration of the Conduct of War, a treaty and bill of rights concerning the laws of war in the 29th century. The treaty stresses greatly the division between combatant and non-combatant, and also drives home the point that war should, ideally, be an operation that is swift, precise and limited in scope, and utterly decisive to lessen collateral damage as much as possible.
His usual attire when on duty is the standard uniform, sometimes under a greatcoat or cloak. As with most Drodo officers and others of high social standing Cesterity has grown accustomed to wearing a sword both on and off duty. Cesterity is not one to dress very conspicuously in civilian life, and during his time as a military officer contented himself with a buttoned shirt and black trousers. As Premier, however, he found himself obligated to dress more formally- an obligation he begrudgingly paid by throwing a waistcoat and jacket over his usual attire. He bears a scar running down his left cheek which he sustained in one of the many sabre duels he fought, and is considered an attractive man by Drodo standards with a youthful appearance.
Equipment and itemsEdit
Cesterity, at all times when in public or on duty wears both his cavalry sabre and revolver. An acceptable practice in Drodo culture, his cavalry sabre in particular is something of a status symbol; Denoting that not only is he part of the military, he is an officer. Both his sword and firearm are effective self-defence weapons (the sword is a vibroblade, like all military-grade swords). With this, he also commonly carries a small hip flask of whisky or some other alcholic beverage in his pocket or coat; Despite this breaking navy regulation. When told this, he commonly retorts that its contents "dramatically boost my productivity!".
- Premier Furrak Harponis - I usually stay well away from political matters, but I make an exception for such a powerful, not to mention likeable, leader.
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