Fading Suns Codex
The nadir of the Second Republic came when certain Rogue Worlds, with the support of alien races, arrived through Byzantium Secundus’ jumpgate to seize control of the government. This surprise assault took the Republic off-guard, and Byzantium Secundus fell to the rebels. The major noble houses knew that their opportunity had finally come at last, that all they had worked toward over the years had finally come to fruition.
Ten Houses banded together and sent a fleet to retake Byzantium Secundus. With their now-vast military might, gathered through the years of Divestiture, they retook the capitol with little resistance.
As the smoke in the presidential palace cleared, the Ten Houses raised their own banner. (FSRPG 30)
Proud traditionalists, stalwart defenders of the rights and responsibilities of the nobility as rulers of the Known Worlds, the scions of House Hawkwood bear upon their shoulders the weighty burdens of leadership, respectability, and moral rectitude. Though their rise to prominance among the Royal Houses has not been smooth, they have never doubted their fitness to assume their rightful place as champions of order and stability (LotR 15).
Now this proud house stands at the apex of its long history, for one of its own – Alexius Hawkwood – rules the Known Worlds as Emperor. But with this accomplishment comes bitter disappointment, for Emperor Alexius has not been as forthcoming with his largess as many of his supporters within the house had expected. Instead, House Hawkwood finds itself the victim of Imperial impartiality, forced to stand alongside – rather than above – the other Royal Houses. For most members of the house, this does not present a problem. That the Emperor is a Hawkwood is enough. For others, however, the fruits of victory have turned sour. Beneath the sober facade of a house known for its unshakable honor, discontentment feeds upon resentment and the values which once defined House Hawkwood now face their greatest challenge (LotR 15).
Hawkwood stereotypes: charismatic monarch (King Arthur), diplomatic impresario (Henry Kissinger), military genius (Erwin Rommel), iron-willed leader (Margaret Thatcher), veteran campaigner, charmed daredevil, compulsive competitor, inflexible tyrant, visionary rebel leader (LotR 27)
Let history bear one lesson: never take a Decados at face value. A valuable second lesson might be: if you think you’ve figured out what a Decados is really up to, you’re wrong.
To many of the Known Worlds, Decados are unethical miscreants, indulging mindlessly in their own pleasure while hatching some multifarious plot. The Decados certainly enjoy such characterization – a powerful reputation is a useful tool, after all – but they are more than simply hedonistic conspirators. they are advancing the greatest house in space, one which goes back to Holy Terra itself. The future of House Decados is the future of the Empire, and let nothing stand in its way (LotR 31).
House Gloucester – a minor house who’s fortunes rose and fell. House was overthrown by Duke Antonin Decados, House Gloucester’s security minister, and Jakob Decados, the one-time intelligence minister for House Gloucester. Gloucester nobles were “adopted” into House Decados (LotR 32).
House Hapsburg – one of Old Urth’s noble houses and ancestor of House Hawkwood (LotR 15)
House Kossuth – among the Rogue Houses, and once had been allies to the Decados, and sadly, after their downfall, their holdings and wealth had to be administered by the Decados (LotR 33)
House Mountbatten – one of Old Urth’s noble houses and ancestor of House Hawkwood (LotR 15)
House Powell – among the Rogue Houses, and once had been allies to the Decados, and sadly, after their downfall, their holdings and wealth had to be administered by the Decados (LotR 33)
House Romanov – claimed decent from the very same Russian Imperial family as House Decados (through the blood of the hemophiliac Alexei) and accused House Decados of fraudulent heritage (LotR 33).
House Von Ferdinand – among the Rogue Houses, and once had been allies to the Decados, and sadly, after their downfall, their holdings and wealth had to be administered by the Decados (LotR 33)
House Windsor – one of Old Urth’s noble houses and ancestor of House Hawkwood (LotR 15)