|Prard` uti Takir
|Year -7 CGT
|Ministry of Interior
Prard`aga Rono, or "Dagaro" was born among aboard the Flagship of a Top Secret Chiss Task Force which had been sent after the Second Vagaari War to find the true Vagaari Homeworld. Growing up with stories about the "Old Ascendancy" told to him by his family and other members of the Task Force, he looked forward to the day when he returned to Csilla.
When the Task Force finally did return in 2 CGT, they discovered that the Chiss Ascendancy was experiencing a Civil Dispute, which had entered the fifth year of the Five Year War(which would go on ten years). After his father died in the last year of the War, Dagaro resigned his commission in the Csilla System Defense Force to become Chiss language instructor to Csilla's growing alien population, an experience which reduced his Xenophobic tendencies and excited his curiosity about other races.
Dagaro enthusiastically supported the new Liberal Party, before becoming disillusioned following the Batlle of Csilla, where he assisted in the evacuation of refugees and even undermined the efforts of both Black Nebula and the New Republic. He then flirted with the pro-Independence Confederate Party, before the Parliament was dissolved in favor of a local ruling council.
Feeling betrayed by his cousin Prard`al Keyrek, who led Black Nebula, but whom he had never met, Dagaro seethed with vengeance. He did not have the skills to be a bounty hunter, but wanted to do something about the dishonorable member of his House.
Dagaro was then contacted by Reius Rothschild of House Yar. People on Csilla had heard of the efforts of the Chiss Ascendancy, but many on the homeworld believed that this fifth iteration would fail like all the others. Upon joining he realized how wrong those voices were and was excited that he found the means restore the honor of his family. He pledged to the Council of Families to bring his cousin Prard`al Keyrek in to face Chiss Justice. He also hoped to become a General in the new CEDF.
Dagaro spent his off duty time at the popular new Vocehn Nightclub opened by Ascendancy citizen Atraena Sarethi, a merit adoptive of House Yar. Following her disappearance, Dagaro received the permission of the Council to reopen the club and to once again make it a center for Chiss Social Life. However, events would soon catapult Dagaro into Chiss politics.
A Chiss Crisis
Dagaro was forced to close the club amidst when Aristocra Rachel Keiko-sho resigned from the post of Aristocra, and contracted the Metamorphisis Plague. In the months following her suicide, House Yar moved to secure chiss assets and personnel. Upon securing the name of the Chiss Ascendancy, House Yar's claim was legitimized by a decree passed by the Chiss Parliament, declaring House Yar to be the "Stewards of the Ascendancy".
As a reward for his role in resolving the "Chiss Succession Crisis", Aristocra Yar (with the approval of the other blood born) named Prard`aga Rono Crahsyndic of the Chiss Ascendancy. He was offered the posiiton of Syndic for House Yar, in accordance with the Chiss Constitution, meant that he was Commander of House Yar's Household Phalanx, Quartermaster over House Yar property, and Regent (in the event the current Aristocra dies or resigns, and a new Aristocra cannot be immediately located).
- "'I miss the days when all I cared about was whether Atraena would accept my romantic overtures or if I would see combat.''"
- — Prard`aga Rono
One of Dagaro's first projects was to announce the Csabun`as Vocotsi or "Restoration of Culture" a series of reforms designed to improve the quality of life for citizens of the Ascendancy and to encourage interest in Chiss culture. He found his skills lay in community development and history, and has become known as the preeminent historian of the Chiss.
In addition, his other duties included assisting House Yar in the recovery all Chiss Property had fallen into the hands of alien debtors as a result of Rachel's sudden abdication, including the Galactic Registration License for the Chiss Ascendancy. After months of effort, key assets were recovered and the Galactic Registration for the Chiss Ascendancy lapsed, allowing House Yar to claim it.
By this time, Dagaro had helped draft a new Chiss Constitution, which House Yar signed, along with the Stewardship of the Ascendancy Act. The Act named Reius, Grand Aristocra of the Chiss Ascendancy with many sweeping and implied to address the crisis facing the Ascendancy.
The Quest for Allies
Around this time, Dagaro made diplomatic efforts to secure allies. Failed negotiations with House Roma and their planned alliance, the Nova Prima Commonwealth, led to House Yar having disdain for House Roma and declaring a permanent warrant on them, that would not repealed until after the events of The Valkyrian Plot.Then Grevendar Togl returned, and offered his assistance in securing both allies and access to Csilla. Initiating negotiations that would culminate in the Treaty of Csilla(of which Dagaro played only a minor role as an advisor), and help firmly establish Chiss Ascendancy claims to Csilla.
Dagaro would also assist Reius in negotiating the entry of the Chiss Ascendancy into the Rift Alliance. After months of work, Dagaro watched the alliance coming apart, especially with increased tension between the Alliance(which Reius now chaired) and Krath Dynsaty. Espionage and Sabotage by Zann agents led to the loss of the Drup Sector as the planned colonization project failed.
Afterwards, Dagaro supported Reius in his decision to withdraw the Ascendancy from the Rift Alliance and worked with Solarius Masha to create and expand the Rim Commonality. Dagaro's diplomacy doubled the size of the Commonality from three members to over six in just a few short weeks. Later expressing his frustration at Archon Solarius Masha's lack on inaction following the capture and execution of Elm Aran, leader of the Corporate Alliance(then a Rim Commonality member), Dagaro voiced his concerns to Reius(Vice Archon of the Commonality and still Grand Aristocra of the Ascendancy). Reius agreed that the time had come to withdraw the Chiss Ascendancy to an official state of neutrality and to pledge to never join any new entangling alliances.
In recognition for his efforts, Dagaro was named Aristocra by Grand Aristocra Rothschild, with the authority to organize a Chiss House as long as it did not harm any other house or the Ascendancy, but did follow the Chiss Constitution.
Dagaro happily took this role and gladly established House Prard as a House dedicated to the preserving the traditions of the Chiss Ascendancy. This created controversy when he also announced that House Prard would not take non-chiss members, even if their spouse was a House member. This created a perception of racism from some but for Dagaro the issue was cultural preservation. In his view, expanding recruitment could cause the house to become a social club for those he personally liked, instead of a community organized for a purpose, which he saw as the original intent of Chiss Houses. Soon, Grevendar Togl returned and the Chiss Ascendancy would gain a powerful ally in Togl's Empire of the Hand.
Reius had made no provisions for succession after the death of his second wife, the Ascendancy faced a succession crisis if something happened to Reius. In that mindset, he agreed with the vote to recognize Grevendar Togl as an Aristocra and fold House Togl into the Ascendancy.Togl was made Grand Aristocra and his reforms set a role for each House. House Prard would oversee logistics and any areas not overseen by the other two Houses(the Chiss Sages would eventually fall under the Grand Aristocra directly).
Dagaro and Aristocra Togl then worked on Legal Reforms which saw the revival of the Chiss Criminal Code, a new Chiss Constitution and an update to the Stewardship of the Ascendancy Act known as the Ascendancy Asset Governance Decree. There was a new Council of Families and a majority of them were already working to enforce limits on the Grand Aristocra's powers.
Return to Csilla Part 1: Republic
Dagaro was both concerned and excited when Aristocra Togl presented his proposal for an improvement to the Treaty of Csilla. The expanded version,m which Dagaro proposed be called the Csilla Accords, was instrumental in firmly establishing Csilla as a key to the future of the Ascendancy. Dagaro's main concern was yet again there was no promise of sovereignty over the Csilla system.
Dagaro used this time to oversee the firm establishment of a cedf presence in the csilla system and the creation of a city for the Chiss Sages.
As the document was in the final stages of negotiations, Dagaro was organizing the deployment of Chiss Ascendancy assets back to Csilla and Unknown Regions outposts(a diversion that had been done when the Ascendancy joined the Rift Alliance). He was also acting Editor in Chief for CPIN, the Chiss Ascendancy's informaition and New Agency, along with organizing many cultural development projects. Dagaro saw the growth of the Ascendancy and while the agreement was not perfect, it was another step in the right direction.
Dagaro entered the gaming world when he started the Independant Podracing League. Originally envisioned as a way to earn more revenue for his House, he wanted to focus on live podrace broadcasts done in a short time, instead of the more common relays which took days to complete. He hoped to capture intensity and fan engagement of the Old Republic-era Podraces from the Outer Rim, broadcasts of which were rebroadcast on Csilla in Year 7 as part of an aid package from Isoldor Storm's New Sith Order.
Return to Csilla Part 2: Empire
(see also: The War for the Republic) Dagaro saw the election of Galen Darksol to Chief of State of the New Repuiblic and hoped that it would mean that Darksol would provide the best possible outcome to the negotiations.
In a way that is exactly what happened
When Csilla went into revolt following Darksol's surrender of the New Republic, Dagaro watched as the years of neglect made themselves known and while the rest of the galaxy expected Csilla to become yet another imperial dominion, Dagaro(and Reius) welcomed this because they knew something the galaxy did not: the Empire had an Emperor who respected the Chiss.
Years earlier, the city of K'eb had also fallen into the hands of alien investors after the death of Rachel Keiko-sho. Eventually it fell into the hands of then-Executor Seele, who sold it back to the Ascendancy at fair market value and a pledge of neutrality.Now Seele was Emperor and in a position to negotiate with the Chiss Ascendancy.
Dagaro was concerned about drawing the Chiss into the Galactic Civil War, but did welcome what the Emperor was offering: Csilla. While there was a price, the promise was too much too ignore and Dagaro agreed to help gather the capital to make an offer. Unfortunately, things began to sour when Mechna Yerikov was charged with treason for a protocol violation and other charges, including theft, and threatened with Exile. The trial continued on for many months until the Council of Families passed a vote exiling Mechna, long after the Chiss Ascendancy had consented to the imperial agreement.Dagaro now feared that Reius was becoming a tyrant, but did not speak up for fear of being exiled as well.
Emperor Seele then presented the Imperial proposal for Csilla, and Dagaro along the rest of Council of Families in voting to accept.
Plots and Other Plots
The agreement with the Galactic Empire was that Chiss Ascendancy would be granted protectorate status. The Chiss would be allow to manage their own internal affairs with as little guidance from the Empire as possible. Grand Aristocra Reius Rothschild while excited to be seen as the Chiss leader who returned the Chiss people to their rightful sovereignty over Csilla, soon chafed under the agreement. Dagaro had noticed a change within Reius over the past few years, as the Grand Aristocra had used the crisis following the disintegration of the Fifth Chiss Ascendancy to accumulate unprecedented power. In addiiton to those officers who elected to leave the Ascendancy in reaction to what was seen by Dagaro and a growing plurality within the ascendancy as a turn towards tyranny.
The Trial of Mechna Yerikov had been a near final breaking point , and Dagaro was encouraged to stay only thanks to Mechna's encouragement.
While the Council of Families debated reforms, stagnation set into the Ascendancy and the Empire demanded that the Grand Aristocracy present a growth proposal. While Dagaro offered some input, Reius chose to take on the task himself.
The proposal he had was lackluster summation of goals that looked like it had been prepared at the last possible moment.
What Dagaro did not know then, was that the proposal was a delaying tactic by Reius to frame Emperor Seele as an oppressive dictator over the Chiss and create the pretext to rally the Chiss People. To safeguard assets, Dagaro had been placed in command of an incorporated CEDF to secure the assets Reius planned to use for his plan.
What would become known as the Valkyrian Plot began on Year 21 Day 254.
Reius contacted Dagaro and told him he was rallying officers and assets to found something called the Valkyrian Empire. Believing that the Chiss Ascendancy was lost to the Galactic Empire, Reius was now making his move. Reius had also made it clear that he would be Emperor of this new Empire, the Chiss Houses abolished(something which no leader before or since had been given the authority to do, but that Reius had proposed doing at an earlier point seeing the Houses as obstacles to his power) and the CEDF placed as a small task force within the Valkyrian Military.As Dagaro went onto the House Prard Flagship, he decided that he could not give up on a future for the Chiss Ascendancy.
Dagaro contacted Retan Coda, who was then representing House Togl in the Council. They agreed that not only would the safety of all of their people need to be assured, but that the Council would need to officially strip Reius of his status as Grand Syndic. After much discussion, they agreed that Reius had violated the Ascendancy Asset Governance Decree by calling for the transfer of assets to what was then an unknown organization.
Dagaro moved quickly, securing what files he could, then delivering the killing blow to the Valkyrian Empire by transferring the Sion Shipyards over to the Chiss Ascendancy. Within a day both the Valkyrian Empire and Reius would be dead.
Dagaro had survived yet another crisis within the Chiss Ascendancy, but now was time to rebuild.
"The Grand Aristocra is dead. Long live the Grand Syndic." - Private Journal of Prard`aga Rono
Personality and Politics
Dagaro behaves more like a scholar then a soldier or politician. He tends to private, bookish and formal. He can be relaxed in an informal setting but this usually with close associates.
Culturally, Dagaro is a traditionalist. While he gets along well with non-chiss, he does place higher value on chiss cultural norms. He has not taken a wife as he sees that as much of a political act and communal act then a personal one.
Politically, he values the traditional Chiss institutions such as the Expeditionary Library, Chiss Sages, Chiss Houses, Chiss Parliament, Chiss Sages and CEDF. He believes those institutions can and should have a role in the modern Chiss Ascendancy. His experience with Reius has taught him that a Chiss Leader should not be regarded as Monarch or Dictator. All leaders of the Chiss must be accountable to the Chiss people and may be removed by them if they violate Chiss Law, which he regards as their covenant with the Chiss people.
He sees the Syndicure and the Council of Families as partners in the development of the Ascendancy. The Syndicure handling daily management of the Ascendancy and the Council of Families representing the Chiss Houses as the voice of Chiss Society, with both jointly developing legislation and making judicial decisions. This separation of powers view led him to withdraw his own candidacy in the Aristocracy Elections following Grand Syndic Thresk's Reforms and to establish the Precedent that one can be an Aristocra or a Syndic, but not both. Despite this, by Year 22, he would be Patriarch of House H'zebi and Syndic of Interior.