Chrono Van Talisman
|"Master" Chrono Schneider Van Talisman II|
|Affiliation|| Rebel Alliance|
Though Chrono hails from the backwater planet of Belegorn, the world is not his birthplace. In fact, it is unknown where Chrono began his life; however, it is speculated that he was born somewhere either on Coruscant or somewhere amid the northern Hallu sector. His father, Chrono Schneider Van Talisman I, was a venerable Senator in the Old Republic from Celanon. During these young years, his father noticed the political turmoil brewing within the Republic and sent his young son out in exile to the planet Belegorn, well out of the way from the dangerous political climate of the central sectors.
Chrono was adopted by an old, lecherous hermit on Belegorn who was well-versed in the ways of swordsmanship. The leering hermit usually took in pupils to train. He raised Chrono like he was one of his own sons. However, since the hermit had no information on where the sprightly lad had come from, Chrono's origins are largely unknown. Only records about his father remain. These records were not uncovered until much later in Chrono's adult life. For this reason, Chrono always introduced himself as "Master Chrono" since that was the only name he knew to call himself by.
When Chrono was older, he longed for more than subsisting on a backwater planet and practicing sword techniques all day. He overheard bits and pieces about dramatic events in the galaxy from the occasional smuggler or trader that passed by. They spoke of the Old Republic having collapsed, of the rise of a militaristic Galactic Empire, and of heroic bands of outnumbered rebels organizing a resistance movement to take back Coruscant from the Empire.
One day, Chrono learned of the Empire's ongoing atrocities from a smuggler of chattel slaves who had visited the planet. Chrono became enraged. He demanded to know how he might help defeat the Empire. The smuggler said that he was heading back towards a Rebel recruitment center and he would put in Chrono's name to help fight the Empire. One month later, an Alliance shuttle landed on Belegorn and Chrono enlisted in the insurgency. Chrono bid the old hermit and fellow pupils farewell as he boarded the shuttle and embarked upon his long, distinguished career with the Rebel Alliance.
Chrono's service began in the Alliance Logistics Naval Division led by Admiral Syrous. After obtaining the rank of Commander, he joined the Conquest Fleet also under the command of Admiral Syrous. Chrono showed much esprit de corps during those early years of service, and eventually rose to become the 3IC of the Conquest Fleet, earning the rank of Captain. At this point, one of the Alliance's older fleets was being resurrected by Dark Shoulder, and Chrono was offered the spot as Fleet XO for this new fleet. Chrono reluctantly accepted the position, as it saddened him to leave his good friend and mentor Syrous for this new fleet, but he knew it was a wise career move. Dark Shoulder went on to christen this new armada as the "Centurion Escort Fleet," charged with protecting logistics ships as they go about the galaxy.
It was also during these years that Chrono was young and rambunctious. He was involved in drunken revelry and debauchery. He also sought companionship with many perfumed harlots of various species in his wayward youth. It is speculated that Chrono has many illegitimate offspring populating the galaxy.
After a short time, Dark Shoulder egressed the Alliance, and the fleet had two more Fleet CO's: Andarvi and Kray Maiden. Both left promptly after taking the position. High Admiral Bisz Aldaris tentatively promoted Chrono to the rank of Commodore and gave him control of the Centurion Escort Fleet. Chrono stayed as Fleet CO of Centurion for over two years, building the fleet (and later the BG) into the Alliance's strongest fighting force. Chrono soon gained access to the Old Republic's archives and discovered his true identity. He formally changed his name from "Master Chrono" to "Chrono Shneider Van Talisman II," after his father.
During this time Chrono was a part of numerous operations including Operation NUB, Operation Tenax, and other forays. He rose in rank, becoming XO of the Alliance Navy and attaining the rank of Admiral.
Sometime during the tumultous events of Year 5, High Admiral Bisz Aldaris departed the Alliance to pursue another career within the Falleen kingdom. Chrono was called upon to replace Aldaris as High Admiral of the Alliance Navy and to serve in the High Command, the governing body of the insurgency. He was in the position no more than six solar months before High Admiral Davvyk Lysander stepped down as Chief Military Officer (CMO) along with Supreme Commander Max Fors. The new Supreme Commander — a Gand findsman known as Ava'taar Vird'rnnaa — had worked with Chrono as his superior officer when Centurion had become a battle group. Vird'rnnaa selected Chrono to succeed Lysander as the CMO for the Rebel Alliance.
As CMO, Chrono participated in the strategic discussions for several key operations, the most significant one being the ill-fated defense of the Beta system. He also made long-term proposals for the military as a whole including a much-publicized battle group strategy meant to keep rebel forces spread out as opposed to risking entire fleets in colossal battles. He also labored tirelessly to merge the newly reformed Army Command back into BG's, but that is a success that wouldn't be seen until after Chrono's term as CMO.
After being CMO for a year and a half, Supreme Commander Ava'taar Vird'rnnaa disappeared into the Unknown Regions without any warning. To keep the chain-of-command functional, Chrono became acting Supreme Commander of the Rebel Alliance in Vird'rnnaa's absence. Chrono held the lofty position for three months, longer than any other acting Supreme Commander that had previously held the office. Chrono soon experienced the nuances of foreign policy issues. He also had to cool some heads during mentally-taxing army revolts. Private feuds with his Deputy Supreme Commander, Director Frollo the White, took an emotional toll on Chrono.
At last, a new election for the next Supreme Commander was announced, and it looked like Chrono might take the job for real. But, at the last minute he bowed out, paving the way for the Navy CO, High Admiral Phymp Mindano to be confirmed by HC and be approved by the popular vote. Mindano announced that he would keep Chrono on as Chief Military Officer after his inauguration.
Back to Basics
Even though Mindano appreciated the job Chrono was doing as CMO, Chrono was unsatisfied. He had been commanding for almost five years now: first as Fleet CO, then as BG CO, then in HC as Navy CO, CMO and acting SC for over two years. The burden of command had fatigued Chrono. He stepped down as CMO of the Rebel Alliance nearly six months after Mindano's election as Supreme Commander. However, unlike many who have left HC before him, Chrono refused to abandon the cause he fought so many years for. Instead, he specified his own terms of resignation: He would demote himself back to Lieutenant Commander and rejoin the Centurion fleet as a line officer. He vehemently rejected any offer to become a High Command adviser. As Chrono returned to his old duties, a sense of relief came upon him. He was no longer leading and was content with following. However, old habits die hard, and he would be again promoted to Commander to serve as the Fleet XO for Centurion. He also participated in the invasion of Commenor, helping to secure the planet for the Alliance.
The Republic and the Statesman
After many months of serving in Centurion, word spread that the Rebel Alliance would unite with the ignominious Sorosuub Corporation to form the New Republic. Chrono supported this merger as he had worked alongside the SoroSuub mercenaries during his stint as interim Supreme Commander. Much like other Alliance personnel, Chrono contributed his thoughts regarding the shape of the new regime and its constitution. When the concept of a new Senate body was confirmed, Chrono knew immediately that he wanted to return to a leadership position. He felt that he could do the most good as a Republic Senator. Chrono ran for the Senate in the first election and was awarded a two-thirds term (which was later extended to a full term with the resignations of Senator Kit Lorcan and the No confidence vote/resignation of Senator Corvis Orion). Chrono continued to serve in the New Republic Senate and also served in the New Republic Navy with the rank of Captain.