Imperium Encyclopedia in Depth: Reg Macorum

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Reg Macorum

Illustration by Javier Charro

(b. 388 SIY) freighter captain with previous associations to the Zenocrate Cartel. Notable for actions in the fifth century of the Imperium relating to the Zenocrate Cartel (especially the Salatiga Incident) as well as his involvement with Walker’s Brigade during the Border Wars.

Born in the late 4th century Imperium, publicly available records of Macorum’s early life are scarce and sometimes contradictory. His birthplace was somewhere within the star systems of House Kalmar and he was orphaned at an early age. It is believed he lived on the streets of a port city in Kalmar space for a number of years.

School records show that, as of 402 SIY, he was enrolled in Mifune Military Academy on Qingdao thanks to the generosity of an unknown benefactor. Graduating from Mifune in 406, he was enrolled in one of the Imperial military ‘satellite colleges,’ likely in the Shantung system, but was called up for active duty during the Wolverton Uprising in 409 SIY. Then, as now, students were granted partial or full scholarships based on their enlistment in Imperial military service.

Reports of Macorum’s service during the Wolverton Uprising are inconclusive, but all sources agree his actions resulted in his not returning to complete college. Macorum disappears out of public records until the 420s, when he is mentioned several times in dispatches related to General Tomas Arkady Walker and his brigade of “Red Beret” mercenaries.

It is believed that Macorum served in Walker’s Brigade throughout the Border Wars, including the decisive assault on Masshad as well as the celebrated retreat of House Malde forces during the siege of Urmia. Records indicate he reached the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in Walker’s organization and was responsible for much of the training of soldiers the mercenary outfit conducted later during that conflict.

There are little to no records of Macorum for several decades after the Border Wars until the 460s, when his name appears in relation to flight plans filed for the freighter Silver Star, a vessel that has since been connected to the Zenocrate Cartel. Both Reg Macorum and the Silver Star are mentioned in accounts of the Salatiga Incident of 469. No previous account of Macorum traveling in Coutharian space exists.

Note: this entry will be updated with events from 473 SIY onward after reviewing newly acquired historical documents.

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Imperium Encyclopedia in Depth: Flatrock

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Whether it is derided a “playground for vagabonds” or promoted as the “gateway to the Frontier,” Flatrock has always meant many things to many people. However they all agree that one word can describe the place–whether from its founding centuries ago or in the present day. That word is opportunity.

Flatrock is a massive spaceport bordering, but not part of, the territories of several great houses. Its name comes from the fact that the majority of its surface area is on an artificially constructed shelf, lying upon, but far outreaching an ancient asteroid. Based on its convenient location along the trade routes to different houses and its proximity to the Frontier, Flatrock is among the busiest spaceports in the Imperium. However, its success has been equally attributable to the flexible enforcement of Imperial law, especially those regarding tariffs and import/export duties.

Ironically, Flatrock was founded out of failure. The base asteroid was originally captured by mining wildcatters who hoped its wealth would finance their colony on nearby Holmes’ World. Continual setbacks (some attributed to sabotage) on the asteroid as well as internecine squabbles within the colony on Holmes’ World eventually led to the complete financial ruin of both ventures. A group of far-sighted shipping companies, including one led by Stefan Kolkiss, convinced the remaining investors to move the asteroid away from Holmes’ World and its gravity well, to better use the rock as a basis for a spaceport. Flatrock quickly grew to be a vital part of interstellar trade, which not coincidentally made it a coveted prize to be won by many great houses.

Flatrock’s rulers –at least in name– have changed several times over the past few centuries; and all of the different groups having different visions for Flatrock’s place in their holdings. The most dramatic was a group of House Malde separatists during the Border Wars, who occupied both Flatrock and the by-then burgeoning agricultural colony on Holmes’ World, which they intended to become the throneworld of a new human empire. Flatrock became militarized and its shipbuilding capabilities were greatly increased. However, this vision of Flatrock-as-fortress was disliked by the populace grown accustomed to free trade.

The vision was also short-lived. Near the close of the Border Wars, the surface of Holmes’ World was rendered uninhabitable by an Imperial Grand Armada and the separatist leadership extinguished. Flatrock elders quickly orchestrated a coup, so that by the time Imperial dreadnoughts entered weapons range, remaining separatist elements were trussed up for transport on the docks. Flatrock has been semi-autonomous ever since, enjoying liberties few other Crown dependencies can claim — though the barren surface of Holmes’ World still serves as a reminder that the Imperium will not tolerate Flatrock becoming too independent. However, as the saying goes, “If you can’t find what you want anywhere else, it’s for sale on Flatrock.”

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