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Haruchai Vidaraltyr

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[Character] Haruchai Vidaraltyr 'Khan'
« on: 08 Aug 2015, 06:22 »

Born during a five day sandstorm that had trapped his family caravan in the deepest Sobaki desert, Haruchai’s arrival coincided with the lessening of the storm, and its cessation some hours later. This was taken as a good omen, and the young boy was frequently called upon to help with rituals to moderate the weather, which occurred more successfully than one might imagine. The elders of the Vherokior felt certain the young Vidaraltyr heir would develop into an influential mystic and his early education reflected this desired path.

However, the Vidaraltyrim had long been prominent in tribal politics, particularly in the clan councils of the Vherokior. His father, Aslann, had been elected to the Republic Parliament, and to his mind, his son was expected to follow. At the age of ten, Haruchai was sent to live with a distant cousin on Gallente Prime, returning home only briefly for Voluval, where he received an intriguing but otherwise insignificant mark. The young man continued his interest in politics, studying federal philosophy and political anthropology at the University of Caille culminating in his doctoral paper on ‘Political Epigenetics in the Evolution of Nascent States’.

Meanwhile, Aslann Vidaraltyr was making quite an impact as a parliamentary whip for, and supporter of the Ray of Matar, Karin Midular. With Haruchai’s thesis being officially noted in a debate reported by Republican Proceedings, the young theoretician’s path into politics seemed assured.

Oft-times, it seems that nothing is written. Haruchai had come to understand family honour and kinship obligations as something greater than simply things due to blood-kin alone. All the signs were in his work, had his father only read more than the sections he agreed with. Haruchai saw a higher honour, a greater obligation reflected in service to Matari unity. He could also see that blame, self-interest and even tribal loyalties were already undermining the Republican project.

Convinced that without a record of service and sacrifice for this greater vision, his political ideas would be amusement at best, Haruchai informed his father that he intended to serve in the Republic Fleet rather than enter Parliament until such time as he felt he could look any veteran in the eye.


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“What do you want to be a naval officer for? There are greater storms in politics than you will ever find in space. Piracy, broadsides, blood on the decks. You will find them all in politics."

The major’s father, Aslann, arguing his son should follow family tradition.

As a cadet in the Military School, he was noted for a remarkable ability to manage conflict and resolve seemingly intractable problems with wit, intellect and insight. Some who knew his upbringing whispered that this was born from the same mystical place as when he seemed to calm the very weather. Most of his colleagues just embraced the callsign that someone had given him - Khan, ruler of men’s souls. Those less enchanted used the same name to underline his occasionally brutal intellectual arrogance.

On passing out, he was immediately co-opted to act for his father and the Prime Minister’s office as military attaché on diplomatic missions to the Ammatar, negotiating secretly on many occasions to bring the Nefantar back into the Republic mainstream. On board ship, he would usually be assigned to the post of tactical negotiator, supporting his ship’s captain in assessing risk and defusing conflict when necessary.

On one such assignment, the young ensign was adopted as a protégé of Fleet Captain Karishal Muritor. Inspired by his charismatic leader, Haruchai initially joined the Defiants rebellion and acted as a diplomatic liaison to the Ushra’Khan insurgents. It soon became clear that the rebels had little intent of reform. Using the skills and intricate channels he had pioneered, Haruchai secretly made contact with the Fleet hierarchy and sought to return to the Republic. However, whilst on a mission, he was intercepted by a unknown frigate fleet. Haruchai was badly wounded as his ship came under sustained attack. He barely survived, his face badly burned and his left arm destroyed.

After hospitalisation and a cybernetic graft, Haruchai returned to the Republic Fleet to face a formal charge of treason. Though he submitted a plea of guilty, to few people’s surprise, a deal was imposed which had the charge commuted to Absent Without Leave - perhaps more surprising to the perspicacious was that he was sentenced to mandatory capsuleer training.

Aslann’s star was already falling along with that of the Prime Minister. Already vulnerable because of his charge sheet, Haruchai adopted his college callsign as his DED ident. After his training, Haruchai was not openly considered for Fleet military operations but set to work on further secret negotiations with the Mandate as Midular sought to hasten her agenda. Of course, to most it appeared that he had been isolated and exiled to desk duties.

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“We thought about it for a long time. ‘Endeavour to persevere,’ they told us. And when we had thought about it long enough, we declared war on the Empire.”

The major’s grandfather, Korik, campfire tales.

With the emergence of the Elder Fleet and Midular’s downfall, it seemed that the young officer’s career, political or military, was all but over. The Sanmatar, Maleatu Shakor, had no time for parliamentary-minded republicans and Aslann Vidaraltyr was not appointed to the Vherokior Tribal Council directly, but only in the capacity of a minor official. Further rapprochement with the Ammatar Mandate was firmly set aside.

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Haruchai was cross-commissioned with the rank of major into the Justice department where he currently conducts border operations against the Angel Cartel and other piratical corporations.

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Haruchai continues to believe in a democratic Republic of unity and strength - a more liberal and inclusive political structure than the Sanmatar’s increasingly war-mongering and divisive tribal council. Still strongly spiritual, he is passionate about tribal identities but believes that the abolition of slavery and the victory against Imperial ambition can only be fully achieved through diplomacy and unity, as the intransigent tribes, bent on a military solution and vengeance, cannot stand long against the powerful Amarr Empire and it’s unwavering, devotional faith. The Ray of Matar remains a strong influence on his vision.

Haruchai is married with a daughter. His wife, Sianna’c, follows the path that perhaps should have been his all along, that of mystic, reflector and healer. He is an accomplished throat singer. They share many things, not least a devotion to the ancient art of Vherokior tea-ritual and its intricate clan-specific ceremonies.  He has made a solemn vow to his beloved that he will end his ‘immortal’ life the moment her own spirit chooses to follow the starlight.

And in the cold depths of space, he remembers that rain comes to the desert when their daughter smiles. No-one can be certain as to why.

(Originally written and posted at Router 109).
« Last Edit: 09 Aug 2015, 02:38 by Haruchai Vidaraltyr »
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Re: [Character] Haruchai Vidaraltyr 'Khan'
« Reply #1 on: 08 Aug 2015, 06:31 »

This forum needs a like button too. Your IGS posts are solid and the background is very interesting.
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Re: [Character] Haruchai Vidaraltyr 'Khan'
« Reply #2 on: 08 Aug 2015, 06:39 »

Thank you. Although if they are, it's very much due to you (and several others) offering kind and helpful advice and ensuring I didn't continue making too many mistakes. Much appreciated.
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Re: [Character] Haruchai Vidaraltyr 'Khan'
« Reply #3 on: 08 Aug 2015, 08:21 »

I'm not so sure about having fought U'K with a splinter group from the Defiants. That would seem to run counter to what any U'K pilot would remember about events. Bear in mind U'K is a capsuleer alliance and doesn't have any conventional forces under it's command.
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Re: [Character] Haruchai Vidaraltyr 'Khan'
« Reply #4 on: 09 Aug 2015, 02:32 »

I'm not so sure about having fought U'K with a splinter group from the Defiants. That would seem to run counter to what any U'K pilot would remember about events. Bear in mind U'K is a capsuleer alliance and doesn't have any conventional forces under it's command.

Thank you for the advice. I will adjust the backstory to take account of this information.
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