A History Lesson

From the most sacred and respected institution under the first Republic, the Deopagus drifted to a mere court of appeal and convenient place of exile under the Empire. Before the end of the Republic, the Senate had already made it a habit of naming former Consuls and other state officials whose important personal power could threaten the democratic government to the supreme judicial function. In the republican context, the practice reinforced the moral authority of the Deopagus by allowing former prominent political figures to keep playing a role in the public life.

Paradoxically, actions taken by the first Emperors to thwart the Deopagus’s authority somehow prevent its extinction. The moving of the Deopagus to the mountains of Northern Melthore, near what is known today as Fort Talford, was seen by the Senate has evidence that the institution was still a protection against unchecked imperial authority. The nomination of judges who were former political enemies of the Emperor, often by the Emperors themselves, also reinforced the confidence of the citizens towards the institution.

Empress Sophia Agricola made ample use of the Deopagus as an exile destination for rivals too powerful to be simply suppressed. Ex-Consul Nemosias, who supported her brother’s claim during the War of Succession, was the first one. He was followed shortly after by Gaius Styxius Glaba “the Regent”, the other Consul of the time.

There was a Historical controversy for some time around Gaius Styxius Glaba’s past and position during the War of Succession. He was considered to be a Populist by some, and a Theocrat or a Monarchist by others. In turn an ally and an enemy of the imperial authority. Magister Erlak Coinin, himself a relative of another member of the Deopagus, Numa Coinin, and his companion, the Templar remembered as Lady Katana, researched the question. They concluded that Gaius Styxius Glaba, even though he wore the blue cloak of his adoptive father, had been more influenced by the theocratic ideas of Antonius Glaba’s concubine, his adoptive mother, who was a Daughter of Selen. Like most Theocrats of the time, he remained neutral during the War of Succession, but pledged his loyalty to the Emperor who would be crowned. He swore such an oath on the Unbroken Lance, his magic spear, that he sent to Konemnos after he was defeated by Monarchist forces during a skirmish in Northern Melthore. Shortly after, Gaius Styxius Glaba rode to Majesta, his Bridle of Flame leaving a blazing trail behind him. There, he was elected Consul with the support of both the Neutrals and the Monarchist supporting the claim of Konemnos. This is how he earned the title of Regent.

Populists such as Consul Titus Talfinius tried to use Gaius Glaba’s prestige to support their cause after his death by making him a Republican, but History proved them wrong and these attempts failed.

Grander and Demise of the Agricolas , Tome II, by Scibios The Oracle



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