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Díapaza Bréidle is the sixth person to assume the role of Crown of Passio-Corum, and the first since Queen Evahn I to ascend to the position without initially being recognized as the Oracle of the Host Spirit.
|TBD PSSC (TBD ASC)||Cult of Maskmakers||A High Priestess of the Maritime Guild of the Cult of Maskmakers - a cult of Bassaridian sorcerers based in Blore Heath, who practice face-changing, a dark and mysterious type of magic which allows practitioners to change their identities and the identities of others - Díapaza Bréidle first emerged and ascended to a position of political prominence during the Strait of Haifa Campaign, where her shadowy and often violent operations gained her the attention and ultimate favor of the Empress of Passio-Corum, Kan Zen. Prior to her emergence during the conflict, nothing is publicly known about the early life and childhood of Bréidle. Her identity prior to the outbreak of conflict is completely unknown. Who she was prior to becoming Bréidle - where she was from, when she was born, whether she was a man or a woman or some combination of both - is not known. For her part, Bréidle - who during the Strait of Haifa Campaign played a central role as the primary Bassarid rival and ultimate adversary of Oracle and heir-apparent to the Crown of Passio-Corum, Fï Ríoja del Háifa - claims no recollection of her life prior to adopting her current form, though she is recorded as acknowledging that she has not always existed in this form, and that she has previously lived as one, or perhaps three other people.
This uncertainty regarding Bréidle's background and "true" identity, and her ties to the Cult of Maskmakers were subjects of severe contention in the period leading up to and immediately following her ascension to the throne. Many worried that she may, in one of her earlier forms, have harbored ties to foreign governments. Others worried about the ties between the Maskmakers and the ruling class of the rising Alperkin religion, and about the possibility that Bréidle herself may suffer the effects of the Noctic Vampirism which then plagued the region surrounding Lake Morovia. As she ascended through the ranks of the Bassarid government, Bréidle cultivated this uncertainty and fear through her words and actions. Once appointed to the position of Bassarid Chief Intelligence Officer, she orchestrated a clandestine operation aimed at besmirching the good name of the Oracle Fï Ríoja del Háifa. This operation, which tied the heir to the Crown of Passio-Corum to the growing Noctic-Rabrev trade in Keltia, turned public opinion so fervently against the Oracle that she was ultimately driven to an apparent murder suicide, thus ending the dynasty of Oracle Rulers in Passio-Corum. Meanwhile, Bréidle - in her official capacity as Chief Intelligence Officer - continued overseeing a simultaneous, thinly-veiled covert operation aimed at establishing Alperkin control of the Noctic-Rabrev trade. Similarly, Bréidle oversaw the assassinations of many infamous Bassarid pirates operating across the east, meanwhile fostering the very alliances which would ultimately allow for the establishment of the Alliance of the Bassarid Oceans.
These conflicting actions, which were carried out with little pretense of secrecy, contributed to the public uncertainty regarding Bréidle. Those who voiced their concerns or displeasure were rapidly silenced. Some were killed - sometimes violently and publicly - while others were quietly reprimanded. Some early dissenters were brought into the fold of Bréidle's rapidly expanding sphere of influence, becoming some of her most rabid supporters. By the time of her ascension to the Crown of Passio-Corum following the abdication of Kan Zen, which itself came as a shock given the recent untimely death of the Oracle, the nation was fully immersed in uncertainty regarding the nature of its newest ruler. For the first time, the nation was to be ruled not by the spawn of a prophet or prophetess, not by an enlightened individual chosen by the Host Spirit, but by a spy trained by the masters of shape-shifting magic and the art of deception. And so, upon her ascension, the nation fell into era of gloom, despair, and relative isolationism.
|TBD PSSC (TBD ASC)||Chaos and Conflict||Upon ascending to the position of Crown of Passio-Corum, Díapaza Bréidle immediately begins to implement a series of reforms aimed at repairing the nation's international reputation following the brutal Harpy War, while continuing to expand the nation's empire. She places restrictions on the growing Bassarid cannibal industry, prohibits funding for criminal operations in the Bassarid Kingdom of New Normark, and expressly rejects support for Bassarid-affiliated pirate organizations who prey upon vessels representing the newly established nation of Alduria. With that said, she also greatly expands Bassarid non-territorial claims around the world. To this end, she authorizes the establishment of organizations such as the Alliance of the Bassarid Oceans and the Dominion of the Corumian Green. The apparent contradictions in Bréidle's policies during the early part of her reign prompt outrage and confusion abroad, as an increasing number of nations attempt to distance themselves from the Bassarids. This trend accelerates in 38.90 PSSC, when the New Zimian War League - at the command of the new empress - launches an invasion and occupation of Haifa in the immediate aftermath of the dissolution of Caputia. This conflict, known as the Haifan Civil War, nearly results in world war as the Bassarids rapidly expand the scope of their operations to include a blockade upon Hoenn, an island nation located far away from the center of fighting in Haifa. Ultimately world war is averted, and the Bassarids are allowed to focus on fighting Jezeri insurgents who seek to claim Haifa for themselves.
The Haifan Civil War resolves in a stalemate between the Bassarid and Bassarid-backed forces, and Jezeraah. While the Bassarids manage to significantly expand their territorial claims around Lake Morovia, and to establish command of all major Haifan cities, the New Zimian War League is also unable to prevent Jezeraah from establishing itself as a recognized independent nation. Control of the city of Abeis itself is divided between the Bassarids and Jezeraah. The precedent established by what many regard as a Jezeri victory in the Civil War serves, in the period following, as a call to action for a number of rebel groups located around the Bassarid sphere of influence. Most notable of these rebellions is the Baru Kotani uprising in the northwestern reaches of the newly expanded Dependency of Tanah-Baru. The apparent Jezeri victory in the Haifan Civil War serves also to greatly encourage the Alperkin and the Noctic-Rabrev traders upon whom they rely, who seek to increase their operations in the Bassarid cities of Lewisburg and Vaeringheim. This period of rebellion and foreign danger is known as the Leaving of the Host, a term which reflects the general sentiment that the Host Spirit, angered by the ascension of Bréidle - a non-Oracle - to the Crown of Passio-Corum, has abandoned the Bassarid nation.
For her part, Bréidle is not phased by public anger or despair. In 40.93 PSSC, she announces that she will eventually appoint as her heir, one of her own offspring. She announces furthermore, that she is pregnant with her first child. The widespread outrage caused by these announcements is greatly accelerated days later it is also confirmed that the newly Appointed Chief Justice of the Temple Court will be removed from office and exiled on the basis of charges that she has attempted to lead a conspiracy against Bréidle's life. In addition, it is also announced that the power of the Chief Justice of the Temple Court will now be divided among the six scarcely-recognized High Preistesses of the Council of Temple Priestesses. Over half of all members of the Houses of Pallisican Chelkra resign from their positions in protest of these announcements, as many in the lands controlled by the New Zimian Temple Authority begin to call for open revolt against the Crown. The dissolution of the Houses of Pallisican Chelkra comes as a blow to the people of the Bassarids, who now believe more than ever that their nation has been abandoned by the Host Spirit. The Empress, however, regards this as a real opportunity to seize power. To this end, she appoints members of the Council to begin circulating rumors that Bréidle - despite her earlier hesitancy - will now assume the Office of the Oracle. As the public receives word of these rumors, the people are divided into two major factions. One one hand, many are outraged by Bréidle's actions, arguing that she has endangered the viability of the age-old religious institutions which have long-supported the nation's social fabric. Others express extreme support for Bréidle, arguing that she is taking action to establish a more forward thinking, progressive and efficient society. Those who fall into the former camp quickly change their tune, as they collectively, quickly begin to face the threat of extermination at the hands of street thugs and criminals who face little opposition from established authorities. Facing such reprisal for their opposition, enemies of the Crown band together around the nation's various monasteries, including those found in the Kingdom of New Zimia and the Realm of Bayen, the Eastern Eura Trade Association, and even Chelkran Kesh itself. These monasteries become centers of revolutionary sentiment against Bréidle's administration.
Once again, Bréidle is un-phased by the outbreak of open rebellion in the nation's monasteries, and within the Temple Court as a whole. Indeed, she seems to ignore the rebellions entirely, refusing to deploy forces despite desperate appeals by both the Commander of the New Zimian War League and the Chief Admiral of the Alliance of Bassarid Oceans. Rather than deploy forces, or taking any clear measures to combat these rebellions, Bréidle regards this as an opportunity to expand her base of power. With a Council of Courts which is fiercely loyal to her, and a legislature whose members remain hesitant to oppose her, Bréidle expands the Council of Courts to include several new offices which most members of the public regard as being frivolous. Among these are the Permanent Delegation to the Bassarid Periphery - whose responsibility it is to engage in relations with the Alperkin and the Bassarid puppet state in the Iron Cult of Leng, and the Chief Ambassador to the High King of the Caverns, which is responsible for engaging in relations with the Corumian Underground - an ardent ally of the Bassarid government. The creation of these offices serves to frustrate the Bassarid populace, who felt increasingly impotent in their opposition to to Bréidle's administration. In the late 40s PSSC this frustration boils over in the secular Eurani settlement of Vandia-Levi after Bréidle trades the entirety of the oil-rich Stars Archipelago for the Saint Andre Islands, in southeastern Apollonia. As rebellion breaks out in northwestern Eura, Bréidle remains aloof, leading many to question her motives, and indeed her very sanity.
|41.15 PSSC (TBD ASC)||Empress Ink||In 41.15 a rumor begins to circulate across Corum and most of Bassarid Eura alleging that Bréidle is a fictional character, imagined by an unnamed hermit living in a cavern in the remote hills surrounding Agripinilla, and conjured into fleshly existence through the dark, centaur rituals carried out by the crazed, feral Bassarid face-changers who inhabit the wastes of the western Strait of Haifa. Though such rumors are roundly dismissed by most level-headed citizens of the Bassarids, they nevertheless give rise to a new epithet for the nation's wildly unpopular ruler. In much as the same ways as her predecessor - during her lifetime - came to be known as the "Harpy Queen," Bréidle herself now comes to be known as "Empress Ink." Supporters and opponents of the Crown alike seize upon this title, both to support their own causes in what many regard as an increasing social and political divide within the nation.|
|41.19 PSSC (TBD ASC)||Monastic Rebellions||In 41.19 PSSC, the nation witnesses a shift in the attitude of the Empress regarding the monastic rebellions which have now swept the Trade Association. For the first time, she grants permission for the War League to begin carrying out operations aimed at quelling rebellions in Corum and Eura. She also announces that she will personally assume direct command of forces seeking to drive rebels out of mainland New Zimia and the Realm of Bayen. This announcement causes most resistance forces in the Mina Monastery to dissolve and scatter almost immediately, as even the most radical opponent of the Empress flees the from the prospect of her retribution. Rebel forces operating out of the Pach monastery present slightly more resistance, but are roundly overcome by the Empress' forces with little affair.
In addition to assuming direct command of War League forces in operations aimed at quelling monastic uprisings in Corum, the Empress also approves changes to the nation's constitution which allow for the creation of new political subdivisions for the Trade Association. The Bassarids, to this end are divided into three broad regions known as Associate Domains. These three Associate Domains are Corumia, which combines all Bassarid territory in Corum and the North Antarctic, Euranidom which combines all Bassarid holdings in Eura, and Keltiania, which represents the broad region of Bassarid Keltia. To lead each of these domains, the Empress creates the Council of Kings, a new branch of the Council of Courts, designating as the kings of each Associate Domain her most trusted personal allies and partners. To the Council of Kings, the Empress the grants the full authority to address rebellions and uprisings in each Associate Domain.
The newly appointed King of Euranidom seizes upon this authority granted to him by the Empress, immediately launching a full scale blockade and amphibious assault against the Krey'Akusu Monastery, in northeastern Eura. This operation results in the near complete destruction of the monastery, and in the deaths of nearly all monastery leaders, regardless of their support for or opposition to the Empress. This event comes to be known as the Sacking of Krey-Aken, and is regarded as one of the most violent campaigns ever perpetrated against native Bassaridians in their homelands. In contrast, the newly appointed King of Keltiania adopts a more reserved approach in efforts aimed at re-establishing control of Chelkran Kesh. Rather than deploy forces in a direct operation, the King, with the support of the Lord of Temples, successfully advises the Empress to move the capital of the New Zimian Temple Authority away from Chelkran Kesh. On the basis of this advice, the Empress authorizes the establishment of a handful of new Bassarid monasteries across Keltia, Eura, and Apollonia, governed only by those most fiercely loyal to her, and relocates the capital of the Temple Authority to the Saint Andre Islands. The decision bears a crippling impact upon Chelkran Kesh, which until now had been entirely supported by the presence of the Temple Authority, and upon all monasteries connected to Chelkran Kesh. Within a matter of weeks following the decision, the rebellion in Chelkran Kesh has all but dissolved, and the city is left a mere shell of its former self. In 41.35 PSSC, the Empress visits the city in order to personally accept the surrender of rebel leaders, who are subsequently exiled to the Iron Cult of Leng. These leaders soon find themselves caught up in the hysterical violence which would emerge as a result of the brutal War League campaign officially known as Operation Amok-Among.
|41.71 PSSC (TBD ASC)||Basssarid Periphery||In the 41.40s and 50s PSSC, Empress Bréidle established herself as a champion of the Bassarid Periphery, lobbying the Council of the Micronational Cartography Society on two separate occasions to formally recognize the existence of a loose union between ostensibly Bassarid nations not directly tied to the Imperial Trade Union. Despite the initial reluctance of the council to be swayed by her insistence, the Empress' efforts to support the establishment of the Bassarid Periphery would prove successful.
Bréidle's reasons for supporting the establishment of the Bassarid Periphery are not entirely clear. Her insistence upon its creation was heavily opposed even within the Council of Courts, as well to some extent by members of the international community who expressed a lack of clarity regarding the purpose of the union. For her part, Bréidle maintained that the establishment of the Periphery reflected a political reality that its constituent member states played a near identical role in global politics, and should therefore be regarded as a common political entity. She furthermore argued that the establishment of the Periphery would also streamline relations between constituents and foreign nations. Although both arguments were generally accepted as valid, even the least cynical observer would be inclined to note that the establishment of the Periphery would serve little purpose but to absolve the Bassarids, and specifically Bréidle herself, of any overt political ties to the privateer and pirate communities constituting the Alliance of the Bassarid Oceans, an organization which Bréidle had consistently and publicly regarded with severe scorn. Regardless of whether this desire was among her motivations for supporting the Periphery, it is the case that the Alliance of Bassarid Oceans significantly expanded its operations and range of operations in the aftermath of the Periphery's establishment. Owing to this correlation, the Bassarid Periphery was branded by theElwynnese Republic's Commission of Foreign Affairs as the "driving force behind international piracy." This label would represent an apparent shift in the disposition of foreign nations, who had formerly regarded the Bassarids themselves in this nefarious light.