God-Emperor Marcosta Kordaava
For a thousand years no single person was powerful enough to bring all of Chaldea under one rule---until God-Emperor Marcosta Kordaava, Demigod of Set. Kordaava ruled Chaldea for forty years until he was mysteriously assassinated. Most of our Chaldea story is set in the wake of Kordaava’s death.
The coronation of Kordaava as God-Emperor and his ascension to divinity by the deity Set is considered the most significant event in the last thousand years of Chaldean history, since the war between the dragons and the dwarves.
While Kordaava’s campaign to bring Chaldea under his rule was ruthless and violent, his rule resulted in a golden age of peace, unimagined prosperity, a flourishing of culture, and a worldwide rule of law.
Early Years. Marcosta was born to Baron Siron and Lady Leshka Kordaava in Year -30. Though a noble family of Hesse, Marcosta’s father was ethnically Chaldean, having immigrated from Somacia. Siron married Leshka Kordaava, landed gentry, and assumed the Kordaava family name. Marcosta, therefore, is half Hessen and half Chaldean.
At an early age Marcosta developed into a cunning and powerful warrior. The Kordaava estate in Hesse bordered the Garnon Forest and Marcosta’s explorations and adventures in these enchanted woods are now legendary. It was during these years that Marcosta met his lifelong friend and companion, Hulsan, a priest of Set.
Kordaava as Soldier. Sensing Marcosta’s martial prowess, Siron and Leshka used their modest diplomatic connections to arrange for Marcosta’s acceptance to the Contubernium, a military school in the nation of Latium that was so widely recognized that militaries from across Chaldea sent their best officers there to train.
Marcosta excelled in his training at the Contubernium and his accomplishments there are well documented. Upon graduating first in his class Marcosta was recruited by Bogoslav Tihomir, the Grand Prince of Modava, as a high-ranking commander for the Roosh military.
Over the coming two years Marcosta Kordaava distinguished himself in Modava’s campaign of conquest against the neighboring kingdoms of Roosh and Kazaktow.
Kordaava as Diplomat. After conquering Roosh and Kazaktow for Modava, Kordaava was appointed military commander of the three Rus kingdoms and was given lands and title in Saratof. In this capacity Kordaava returned to Latium where he received his military training and negotiated an alliance between Latium and Modava for the stated purpose of conquering the continent of Tamica.
Kordaava reorganized the Modavan military using the Contubernium model, using the Legion as a backbone of the military, with the ability to command regional forces and mercenaries as auxilia units.
Kordaava as Conqueror. The combination of Latium’s military prowess and Modava’s economic power under Kordaava’s military leadership was a lethal combination. Over the next few years, Kordaava conquered the entire continent of Tamica, with Saratof as the capital.
After conquering the continent of Tamica, Tihomir and Kordaava announced their plans for world domination.
And then they executed those plans.
These plans called for Kordaava to become emperor of the world of Chaldea with Tihomir retaining his authority as Grand Prince of Modava and the Church of Set becoming the world religion.
Kordaava’s Coronation. Kordaava’s coronation as emperor took place on the first day of the astrological year and became the first year of a new, unified, Imperial calendar. Literally, Kordaava was coronated Emperor on Year 0, Day 1. All the elite of Chaldea were in attendance.
The divine were in attendance as well. The deity Set of the Pantheon of Thebes personally crowned Kordaava emperor. As part of this ceremony, before a throng of thousands, Set ascended Kordaava to demigod, making Kordaava God-Emperor of Chaldea.
Kordaava as God-Emperor. Over the coming forty years Kordava built the most spectacular world empire ever seen in Chaldea history, spanning 4 continents, numerous islands large and small, and a hundred kingdoms.
Kordaava allowed the kingdoms of Kordaava a great degree of autonomy if they would submit to his authority and Imperial standards of law, culture, and, of course, pay taxes. Kingdoms that acquiesced to his will were able to retain their their own royalty, nobility, land ownership, and military. Kingdoms that resisted were assigned an Imperial Governor, typically the Legatus of the Imperial Legion stationed there, who retained absolute authority over the region.
In the Imperial Capital of Saratof, Kordaava created a Senate composed of important leaders from across Chaldea. The Senate met annually to discuss international issues, mainly of commerce and Imperials standards for law. From this body of several hundred senators, a body of 20 or so (depending on which year) Counsel of Consuls was elected for day-to-day administration of the Empire. All under the watchful eye of Emperor Kordaava, naturally.
The forty years of Kordaava’s rule were the most golden of all golden ages. Warfare became a thing of distance memory as an entire generation grew up in peace. With a well-articulated Rule of Law and grievances process, Kordaava was able to dramatically increase the perception of fairness among the populace. Program after program of civic construction was pursued: bridges, aqueducts, canals, courts, assemblies---only to be trumped by a succession of grand civic arts: monuments, hermitages, palaces, gardens.
As Emperor, Kordaava exhibited great wisdom in accommodating various racial and ethnic interests. For example, to give elves and other fey a greater voice in the Imperial Court Kordaava appointed a high elf, Ventiss, as Warden of the Forested Lands of the Empire and charged Ventiss with bringing Him news of grievances that might not normally be learned of through the proper chain of command.
Kordaava as Lover. Kordaava never married, although he was engaged to be so. His sexual appetites were well documented as a vast number of women shared his bed. Several of these women were openly favored courtesans. The first notable lover of Kordaava was Tinielle, a tall genie of the elemental planes. Tinielle was known for her violent temper, indescribable beauty, and adventurous appetites. While many men and women have credible claims as offspring of Kordaava, the only person officially recognized by Kordaava was Princess Lian, daughter of Kordaava and Tinielle.
Kordaava was officially betrothed to Iltani, demigoddess of---and daughter to---Ishtar, ruler of Akkadia. After a high profile engagement, however, the actual marriage never materialized. While the marriage was never officially cancelled, Iltani’s visits to Saratof became less and less frequent, and by the time Kordaava was executed most came to believe the marriage would never happen.
In recent years before his death Kordaava was frequently in the company of Senator Sibyl Serrari. Kordaava and Sibyl both insisted that they were simply lovers and that neither had a desire to marry the other.
Kordaava as Demigod of Set. In conjunction with coronation and ascension, Kordaava decreed that Set would be the World Religion of Chaldea. In most of the world this meant that worship of all other religions was strictly banned. Temples of Set were built in every city and all other temples were either torn down or unconsecrated and reused for other purposes.
Kordaava recognized that some worshippers of other gods would be so devout that they would rather die, even under torture, than forsake their beliefs. In admiration of their devotion, Kordaava decreed that the City of Esh, in Dorsang, would be a sanctuary for worshippers and priests of all gods and cults. Another exception granted was for the Kingdom of Akkadia, where Iltani, Demigoddess of Ishtar, reined. In Akkadia, the worship of Ishtar was also permitted. A recurring topic of court gossip is speculation on what sort of “negotiations” resulted in this arrangement.