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The Black wolf of the Imperium

Age: unknown (possibly late 30s)
Date of Birth: Classified
Place of Birth: Classified
Distinguishing characteristics: Rarely seen in public without his signature black armor. Slim, athletic frame.
Duties: Commander of the Litan Inquisition

"I've never taken pleasure in the things I do for the inquisition, but never have I felt guilt for anything I've done."

"The Praetor has tried multiple times to have the inquisition disbanded, calling it a terrible cross between a secret police and a death squad. I see where she comes from however, many people want to believe that groups like the Inquisition aren't needed. In a perfect world I would agree, but sadly we do not live in a world such as that and the presence of the Inquisition is needed."

Kaetus is a man that few Litans know, but many know of him. He was appointed as the Grand Inquisitor by the Viceroy, who seems to be the only one who knows much about him, and has preformed his duties both diligently and admirably.

He is a man of few words to say the least, he seems more comfortable listening to conversations that partaking in them. An intelligent, well spoken, and highly educated man with a deep voice is revealed when he speaks and often shocks any listeners. On the outside, he is a kind and often chivalrous man who seems to behave like a stereotypical knight of the medieval times. But on the inside, he is a cunning man who is devoted the safety of the Imperium and is willing to attain that safety via any means necessary. Despite this, he is a truly noble man considering his position as the head of an organization that is anything but noble and honest. He prefers to keep others out of his personal life, and keep Viceroy in a strictly business relationship. To him, romance is merely another distraction to his duty.

His uniform is very unusual compared to other inquisition operatives. He wears black steel plate armor befitting a knight in a storybook, in stark contrast to the modern tactical gear of the Inquisition owls. Both of His swords for instance utilize advanced plasma blades that can easily cut through ant material. His armor may look archaic, but it incorporates numerous advanced technologies as well.

His armor has a powered frame capable of greatly boosting his strength and speed to surpass even the most skilled Aillari blade dancers. The suit also has an integrated point defense energy shield guantlet that can project a shield that can withstand blows from powerful foes and even rockets, while the powered frame prevents his arm from being broken by the kinetic force. The armor also has a built in cloaking device that can render Kaetus completely invisible, even on thermal and IR sensors. His helmet seals to his armor to protect against airborne threats and has and advanced HUD.

Kaetus also subjected himself to numerous biomechanical augmentations, chemicals, and procedures to his body that greatly improve his physical prowess and combat abilities. These range from

list of augmentations

  • Muscular enhancement injections: Protein complex is injected intramuscularly to increase tissue density and decrease lactase recovery time.

  • Catalytic thyroid Implant: Platinum pellet containing human growth hormone catalyst is implanted in the thyroid to boost growth of skeletal and muscle tissues.

  • Occipital capillary reversal: Submergence and boosted blood vessel flow beneath the rods and cones of the subject's retina. Produces a marked visual perception increase.

  • Superconducting fibrication of neural dendrites: Alteration of bioeletrical nerve transduction to shielded electronic transduction. 300% increase in subject reflexes. Anecdotal evidence of marked increase in intelligence, memory, and creativity.

  • retina-inversion stabilizer drug:Color sharpness is significantly improved upon, and night vision is adapted.

  • carbide ceramic ossification catalyst drug: Advanced material grafting onto skeletal structures to make bones virtually unbreakable.

All of these modifications, augments, and advanced equipment have made him capable of the following feats:

  • Running 54 mph, sprinting 77 mph.

  • cutting bullets fired from 30 yards with his plasma sword, and deflecting energy blasts from 20 yards.

  • lift up to 2,000 pounds with his armor on, 1,400 with it off

  • His armor can allow him to quickly short distances( 15 yards) at speeds of 250 mph.

  • Vertically Jump 10 ft, horizontally jump 60 ft.

  • Cutting through 2 feet of steel with his sword in a single swing.

  • Having his shield gauntlet hit by a 84mm round from a Carl Gustaff recoilless rifle, and not moving.

Kaetus' armor with and without his signature blue poncho

Point defense energy shield guantlet

Both of his swords operate on the same principle, a plasma heated metallic core encassed in a microthin magnetic field. This allows for the blade to deliver cuts that can easily burn or melt through most materials. The Caeruleus blade or the blue blade is a prototype of this technology and the Umbra blade or the shadow blade is the most current version of this technology. Kaetus is widely considered the greatest swordsman in the Imperium, easily surpassing any the best that the knights of Landt have even without his armor. With his armor and implants, his speed, strength, reflexes, and overall combat ability are exponentially increased.

Kaetus is also a lyriite user, and one of the few individuals to have use two varieties instead of one. In his case, he utilizes blooded lyriite and red lyriite which grants him telekinesis abilities. His usage of blooded lyriite gives him the ability to use his own blood to increase his combat abilities. He can douse his two swords with his blood to increase their length and cutting power. He can also use the blooded lyriite to siphon the blood and life force of others in order to heal his own wounds.

Pro: Surveillance of citizens, torture, authoritarianism, Litan Inquisition, Espionage, assassination, black operations, diplomacy (when it is viable), human experimentation, civil sabotage operations, government propaganda, censorship

Against: Democracy, anarchy, libertarianism, communism, rushing to violence, freedom of speech/press, religion

One of the most unusual things about him is his animal companion. Tavi, as he calls her, was the result if illegal and unethical genetic experimentation on Wolves. She appears similar to other members of her species but differs in her massive size. When she was the size of most other wolves, she was still technically a pup. Fully grown, she now stands close to 10 feet tall and 16 feet long and weighs over 700 pounds of mostly muscle. Her physical prowess easily surpasses any non Litan wildlife. Having a bite force of 8,000 psi, and run up to 60 miles per hour consistently as opposed to cheetahs who only reach 75mph in short bursts and when chasing prey. Part of the genetic experimentation also made her incredibly smart, possessing intelligence surpassing that of even orangutans (often considered one of if the smartest species of primate).

The experimentation also left her very durable and with enhanced regeneration, both her hide, muscles, and bone are difficult to penetrate with both blades and bullets. A test was done where 8 men with 7.62x51mm rifles each emptied 30 rounds into her at once. Of the 240 rounds only 13 penetrated the hide, after hitting spots other rounds hit, all 13 were stopped either by the muscle or the bones. She very quickly regenerated her wounds in a matter of seconds and seemed unfazed by the whole thing.

Tavi is a steadfastly loyal to Kaetus, any who try to threaten him under her watch will subject to her wrath. Kaetus does occasionally ride on her back, and she often offers to do so herself, but prefers to see her as a companion instead of a steed. Kaetus describes her personality as protective, friendly, and mischievous. One of her favorite toys being Kaetus' helmet which she likes to hide or hold out of his reach.

Tavi fully grown

The Red Warrior of the Imperium
Age: 82 (40's in appearence)
Date of Birth: October 3rd, 1955
Place of Birth: City #01, Isle of Lita
Distinguishing characteristics: Pale skin, red eyes, and red veins and arteries visible through skin. Red lyriite crystals growing out of skin, most visibly on chest and arms.
Duties: Chief Commander of the Litan Armed forces

High Commander Valerius has served the Imperium longer than any Litan has in the past. He was appointed as general by Imperator Thaddeus in 1986 and has continued to serve in that capacity since. His duty as the

Valerius is not the most tactful or civilized man, but he knows when to act correctly in the presence of his superiors. He has a vast knowledge in military tactics and history, and he frequently reads Sun tzu's Art of War . He generally prefers to stay out of politics and foreign negotiations, leaving those to the Imperator and the Viceroy instead. Similar to many Litan generals, he places great value on his men. Being unwilling to simply throw them at the enemy in great numbers like cannon fodder, unless there is absolutely no other way. He was never married but frequently says that "No women, not even the ugliest Quraash or the Aillari with the lowest standards or a scion with nonfunctional optic sensors, want an ugly old bastard like me with red crystals growing out of him."

Pro: Usage of WMDs, Black operations, assassination, Usage of mercenaries, War profiteering, Militarism, preemptive strikes

Anti: Diplomacy, pacifism, disarmament, Geneva Conventions.

Perhaps the most physically notable thing about him is the red crystals growing out of him. These were caused by the red lyriite he was exposed to, willingly, in one of the human lyriite experiments. He specifically told the lyriite weavers to let the red lyriite spread further and make him more powerful. Aillari heeded his wish but told him that at the point he wanted it to develop to, the crystals would continue to grow unless he was constantly exposed to the Lyriite weavers power. The Aillari forged a special armor that would both keep his body exposed to the Lyriite weaver's magic as well as being laced with red lyriite that would both keep his lyriite dependency taken care of and boost his power. His lyriite powers fall under the telekinesis discipline like the Aillari armor bane aspect warriors. His most preferred weapon is the same autorifle that he was issued when he first enlisted, which he is extremely profficient with its usage.

Valerius in his Armor

Age: 30
Date of Birth: June 6th 2009
Place of Birth: Isle of Gaia, City #3
Distinguishing Characteristics: Vivid red hair, slim frame, form fitting grey and black tactical uniform. Always carries her custom made stun rod on her hip.
Duties: Acting commander of LSOC (Litan Special Operations Command).

Unlike most other Litan military leaders, Tacita was born on the isle of Gaia to two high ranking members of the Trident Arms weapons manufacturer. During her childhood, Tacita became enamored with her father's stories about being a Light Infantry black marauder and Tacita said that she would follow in his footsteps. On her 17th, she went to the nearest army recruitment post and shipped for ACST three weeks later. She excelled during her training and achieved the following accomplishments: Battalion soldier of the cycle, Battalion soldier leader of the cycle, highest PT score of 347, and expert qualification for rifle marksmanship with a 50 of 50 score. After ACST, ABT and AIT, Tacita was assigned to the 7th Light Infantry division which was the same unit her father was assigned to. During her four year assignment in the 7th Light Infantry, she saw most of her action fighting rebels, Arashi soldiers, and tribals on the isle of Pantora. She had received numerous commendations and was on her way to join the black marauder, but was then offered a position in the Litan commandos. Initially refusing, she was swayed to accept the offer by her father.

After Graduating Commando Selection and Assessment in 2031, Sgt. Tacita was assigned to the 1st commando Battalion. She continued to see action on the isle of Pantora but would also take part in the high dragon emergence from 2036 to 2039. Her exemplary service and personal recommendations from both High commander Valerius and Imperator Aurelian landed her the position of LSOC commander.

As LSOC commander, she has greatly increased operations of special operations forces in Pantoran operations. She has also dedicated resources to create a specialized task force for the purpose of hunting the numerous remaining High dragons after the deployment of project WHITE LIGHT. She did this due to seeing the level of violence and carnage that just one high dragon cam leave in its wake.

For the most part, Mariah was cynical, sarcastic and sardonic during her commando years. She treated all missions and people in a calm and collected manner and was unfazed by intense violence or things that would normally be considered traumatic to others. Despite this seemingly cold demeanor, She also showed a much softer side when dealing with her team and with civilians. She was always worried about the wellbeing of her team and was more than willing to comfort dying Litan soldiers. She also had a tendency of injecting dark humor into serious situations, like one time she made a joke regarding a teammates poor cooking skills after coming across a pile of burnt civilian corpses.

As the LSOC commander, she quickly learned that her previously sarcastic and cynical personality would do her no favors and has seemingly grown out of it. She still handles her business in the same collected professional manner as before but now she keeps her sarcastic comments mostly to herself.

Tacita as a commando and wielding her stun rod and and LSA mk.21 pistol.

Tacita's signature stun rod.

Likes: Militarism, usage of special operations units, Cross training with foreign militaries, Black operations, Veteran Support Programs, conscription, order.

Neutral: Literally anything relating to politics or economics, the Litan Inquisition.

Dislikes: Warmongering, viewing soldiers as "expendable", anti-military sentiment, Rebellion, anarchy.

Age: 23
Date of birth: March 3rd, 2017
Place of Birth: City #01, isle of Lita
Distinguishing characteristics: black high and tight fade style haircut, white skin and brown eyes, knife scar above left eyebrow. Wears either the standard Black marauder armor or his "formal" uniform in the picture above.
Duties: None in government, Currently a Captain
In the Light Infantry and a member of the black marauders.

Despite Lita's position as the seat of the Imperatorial administration, there is a sizable homeless population that lives in slums and the outskirts of the city. Damien had lived on the streets like this for 12 years until he became brave enough to sneak into the capital building to steal some food. Imperator Aurelian himself caught the young boy and offered to let him stay at the imperial palace until Aurelian either found his parents or a place that would take him in. After Damien told him that his parents were both dead and none of that foster homes that were asked wanted to take in a homeless urchin. Aurelian decided to take the boy under his wing to at least raise him to adulthood, he soon became fond of the boy and adopted him.

Aurelian made it clear that his son would be an educated, law abiding, and patriotic Litan like any other citizen would. Aurelian ensured that Damien attended only the best primary schools, all while pushing him to excel both with his grades and in being a Litan citizen. Damien was also held to significantly higher social and educational standards as the Imperator's son. He felt that he owed Aurelian for taking him in and for giving him the chance to be great, and chose to focus almost entirely on exceeding the standards set for him and leaving next to no time for socializing.

Aurelian had Damien sent to the Litan Officer Selection Course prior to shipping off to basic after he had graduated high school. During 4 month course, Damien had earned multiple commendations for leadership, academic performance, and honorable conduct. All of this put him on the Magister's honor roll and earned him an early O-3 promotion before going to basic. In 2035 Damien continued to excel in his training becoming his training cycles soldier and Soldier leader of the cycle in BCST, ABUT, and AIT. Damien would be assigned to the 3rd Light Infantry corps as an O-4 Lieutenant. His first major engagement was the High Dragon Emergence, when his unit was sent to defend multiple cities in the Imperium from dragon attacks. He earned several commendations during this conflict, including the hero of the Imperium medal after he rescued the Viceroy from a burning building.

Damien has continued his military career, now a Captain in the black marauder, and see much of his action on Pantora against rebels and vandals.

Damien as a Black Marauder

Damien has been described as a much younger Darius Aurelian in his overall demeanor. Like Darius, he is a well educated and highly patriotic individual, but unlike him he lacks major social skills due to Darius making him push that aside in favor of excelling in school. Many have said that should Darius Aurelian die, Damien could easily take his place and lead the Imperium better if not just as well.

He is proven to be highly skilled in marksmanship, earning multiple marksmanship badges with rifles and pistols. He also is very skilled in hand-to-hand combat, being an instructor for the new Litan CQC program. The new program taking elements from Judo, jujitsu, and Krav Maga. He even went against his father in a VR deathmatch, with the two of them tying at a 50% win rate.

Damien is also jokingly looked at as a very socially awkward individual. He never developed social skills outside of a military environment, acting as though he is addressing a higher ranking commissioned officer when trying to be respectful and acting like he is with his enlisted men when in a casual setting. This has lead to him not being able to adjust in order to fit in with the civilian world. Despite this, he managed to garner the affection of his personal bodyguard, Faora Kaelus, either through charm or through her pity of the man.

Likes: benevolent authoritarianism,
capitalism, militarism, atheism, nationalism, Imperialism, atheism, militarization of police, helping allies, usage of WMDs, conscription

Neutral: Environmentalism, torture, isolationism, war profiteering, Use of mercenaries

Dislikes: Communism, religion, socialism, nepotism, despots, pacifism, foreign intervention, monarchy, demilitarization, anarchy, legalization of drugs, Geneva conventions, freedom of press/speech/assembly, Affirmative action, recognition of more than two genders, concept of "Honorable Warfare"

The sworn defender of the Imperator

Age: 29
Date of Birth: March 7th, 2011
Place of birth: Gar' Savi, isle of Atiah
Distinguishing features: Aillari features such as pointed ears, heightened senses and physical abilities, brown hair, blue and grey tactical outfit, yellow visor
Duties: Personal bodyguard of Imperator Aurelian and his two sons. Member of the Imperatorial phalanx.

I have sworn myself to Aurelian to protect both him and his two sons. This is not a duty I take lightly, and you would do well to remember that."

"Being a halfbreed can occasionally be a challenge, but the Imperium is a nation that judges based on merit rather than ones appearence."

Faora is a strange individual, namely due to her halfbreed status. She was born to Japanese immigrant father and Aillari mother. She was rejected by the Aillari due to their negative view on halfbreeds and their parents. This forced them to leave their home in Gar' Savi and move to the isle of Lita. She went to school where, while she was not bullied, she was still alienated from the rest of the student body. Despite this, she still pushed herself to succeed in school, both academically and athletically.

As she was essentially disowned by the Aillari, she was instead considered a regular Litan citizen and was expected to serve in the military. At the age of 18, she chose to join the light infantry of the Litan army. Serving her mandatory 3 years, she eventually was accepted as a LRRP soldier in 2031 and was part of a five man sniper kill team. As a LRRP, she would rack up an impressive confirmed kill count of 234. She also met Imperator Aurelian's son in 2037, where she had a brief romantic fling with the young black marauder captain. Her team was attached to Aurelian's unit and the two developed a strong bond.

In 2039, the Imperatorial phalanx came to recruit from Aurelian's unit in order to fill 3 vacancies in their numbers. She easily passed their selection course and was accepted into the unit. Since joining, she has served and protected the Imperator and his two sons admirably. Both she and Damien Domitius have continued their romantic relationship, with the Imperator's blessing of course.

Faora is considered to be a very stoic and often cold individual, likely caused by her disownment by her people. This has lead to her having absolutely no attachment to her fellow Aillari, and has lead to her identifying more with her human side. She is very devoted to her duty of protecting the Imperator and see's this as the best way for her to repay her debt to the government that accepted her.

In regards to her relationship with Damien Domitius Aurelian, she is still rather aloof even towards him. However she never makes it her goal to cut him off or isolate herself from him. She absolutely hates the classic "lovey dovey" parts of romance such as hand holding or kissing in public. and prefers to keep the relationship strictly business when not in private. Domitius says that when they're on a date or are together at one either of their residences, she is rather protective of him, moreso than a bodyguard usually should be. She can also be rather clingy and jealous, hating whenever he looks at other women. Damien has also shared, much to Faora's chagrin, that she is big time top in bed.

Likes: Surveillance of citizens, torture, authoritarianism, Espionage, assassination, black operations, government propaganda, censorship, Order, Human Litans, Damien Domitius Aurelian.

Dislikes: Democracy, anarchy, libertarianism, communism, freedom of speech/press, religion, Aillari Litans, anyone who poses a threat to The Imperator or his two sons.

As a halfbreed, specifically a human/Aillari halfbreed, she possess physical aspects and abilities of both races. Her Aillari heritage grants her the Aillari's increased strength, speed, reflexes, senses and mental acuity. She is also as tall as most other females of her race, standing at 6'8 and giving her 7 inches on Damien. Her human side however, caused her to loose the innate lyriite powers of the Aillari.

She wears a specialized stealth suit as her standard uniform. The suit clings tightly to her body and boosts both resilience and strength, acting as both armor and extra muscle tissue. The suit also comes with a optic camoflauge function that uses the technology from project WRAITH. Her sword is a vibro blade that was the prototype for the ones utilized by scion commando droids.