Giuseppe L. Dala

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Giuseppe Lyander Dala
Giuseppe Lyander Dala
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Born June 10, 7536
Elysion Palace, Duchy of Elysion, Auresia
Died
Occupation Government official

Lord Paramount
In office
12 July 7574 - Present
Preceded by n/a
Succeeded by Incumbent


Giuseppe Lyander Lord Dala LP GCG GES KC LH KCWO is a Lord Paramount of the Imperium. Previously, he served as chief of the Foreign Office. He is also the noble Marquess of Verovara.

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Biography

Born into the wealthy and highly respected House of Dala, whose progeny have among their honors a long list of scholars, diplomats and scientists, a young Giuseppe began reading at an early age and has seldom been without at least one book he was reading since. In his youth he developed his ravenous enjoyment for good books on history, philosophy and art and still collects and reads books to modern day. His top-level certifications from the Veneratio Scientia and the University of Gaaze would earn him a magister's degree in jurisprudence.

Highly educated, aristocratic yet deeply reflective and demandingly efficient, Dala quickly made a name for himself even as a junior officer in the Imperial Armed Forces, first as a groundnaut commander and then as commanding officer of a LAC during the Returner War. He was injured in the fighting at Belgadarion when his LAC was forced to land just outside of range of an Auresian fire post while defending the craft from hostile troops. His leadership and bravery were recognized by Field Marshal Venchenzo.

Current Day

After departure from military service, Lord Dala entered the Foreign Office and began to steadily climb the ranks of the State. He was accepted as the apprentice of the then-minister, Lord Taldarus, and quickly gained a reputation for being both a firm negotiator and as Taldarus' hatchet man when dealing with internal troubles. He earned the regard of D. J. Bernius, currently governor-general of Ephesus, who called him "The deadliest young one in the Service right now, one who appreciates the predatory nature of real diplomacy...".

When Lord Taldarus stepped down as minister in 7568, he nominated Dala to take his place over the heads of several subordinate undersecretaries. While this sparked disappointment and even dissent with those who had been jostling for Taldarus' favor in his recommendation to the Emperor, they were quickly silenced by Dala once his post was approved when he granted each of them a high commissioner's posting to several plum colonial legations with the distinct understanding, "These posts are yours, so long as you keep me happy with your work. If your status with the Foreign Office changes, it won't be anything I've done to you...".

Even before becoming minister, Dala was an active player in the "Game of Lords" as the constant maneuver, politicking and wrangling that takes place between the lords and ladies of the Empire is known. While most seek the acknowledgment that comes with being a candidate for a higher and more prestigious posting, the majority of lords and ladies are involved in the game as a means of proving and promoting their efforts. True to his being named a "predator" by Lord Bernius, Dala was a sharp and subtle player of "the Game", whose power plays and sly jabs at those who he "played" against earned many supporters. He demonstrated his equal ability be warm and outgoing or cold and calculatingly deadly in his preservation of his post and his duties, and he earned Emperor Cephorus' favor.

As jockeying for the right to be considered for a spot among the Lords Paramount is a difficult and even dangerous thing, Lord Dala kept his options open while continuing to push for the increase of the Empire's diplomatic initiatives into new areas. While a highly motivated and cunning figure, Dala is nevertheless recognized for his deeply principled work and his aristocratic pride. His opponents tend to dismiss him as nothing more than a gallivanting pretty boy whose sole motivations in life are good wine, good food and lovely ladies. These opinions are silent in the Emperor's presence. They have become virtually non-existent since his ascension to the Privy Council.

Widow's Watch

Those who dismissed him, however, are reminded of the tragedy of the accident that claimed the life of his wife and baby daughter. Their deaths in a boating accident on Lake Artania in October 7568 - thanks to the poor efforts of a larger boat to follow river rules and yield accordingly - led to an ugly crash near the docks at Cernobbio. While attempting to pilot the boat away from the larger vessel, Dala himself had his leg shattered in four places and he was bodily pinned by part of the wheelhouse collapsing atop him. Being so pinned, he was unable to go to the aid of his wife and daughter, who burned alive after being trapped in the cabin. Harbor patrols who responded to the collision immediately detained the boat over the objections of its owner, a Baron Lon Caseon of southern Dolcega Prefecture.

Accusing the head of the house of incompetence, Dala demanded the man present himself before the Privy Council to take blame for his wrongdoing and submit to whatever punishment they chose to dole out. This is tradition among the aristocracy. Caseon brushed off Dala's demands, stating that he had done no wrong other than his failure to maintain his side of the waterway at Cernobbio Harbor. Outraged, Dala nevertheless gave him two other public opportunities to choose restitution, each time being ignored. Finally, Dala invoked his rights as a Janessari scion before Lord Durla - and requested leave to ascend to Widow's Watch, as the blood feud of the Janessari has long been known. His request approved, Dala made the ascent into Widow's Watch by first, as is Janesasri tradition, announcing his intent to force justice upon his wrongdoer and second by stripping him of all he values save his life and that of his family. It would not take long for word to reach the other Noble Houses, and Caseon's reputation only suffered as this messy situation only further tarnished an already poor opinion most houses had of the young, brash family. Over the next several months, Dala went out of his way to identify and undermine Caseon's friends and allies in the Court of Elestis while simultaneously damaging the man's accounts and his works. One by one, he used his own contacts to subvert Caseon's money, his properties and his other assets.

The House of Caseon had been equestrian barely forty years when Lon Caseon took the baronial seat, and Dala famously told him before many witnesses at the Court of Elestis that he "Would learn what happened when an equestrian dared to oppose a patrician". The tiers of aristocracy in the Imperium share amicable and unrestricted friendship and collaborate extensively, but there are forms that are never broken, and Caseon's ignoring a highborn who held dispute against him would be his greatest mistake. When Caseon's fortunes hit what was considered their "lowest miserable ebb" and other nobles began calling the brash man a "mistake needing correction," he was sent a letter that commanded his presence at a dinner held for the Wolgos ambassador. As an emissary of the military establishment - though he was oft at odds with his fellows - Caseon would have suspected nothing were the letter not countersigned by Lord Dala himself in his capacity as Foreign Minister hosting the function. Caseon refused to attend initially, until he was directly ordered to do so. Rumor persists to current day that the First Minister was the one who gave said order.

On his arrival, the equestrian kept his distance from Dala until overtaken by sudden paralysis - revealed to have been brought on by a rare poison made from the blood of a small frog native to the Westhold that had been placed in his wine. Still conscious but unable to move, Caseon would die from having his heart carved from his chest. It was washed, seasoned, and a portion of it sliced to be eaten by Lord Dala as the man's body was carried away.

The dinner was one thrown in honor of the visiting Wolgos emissaries. As the equestrian's body was taken away, the Emperor commented on "A poor choice for the Court. I will correct what remains of that error." Emperor Cephorus IV showed signs of the events amusing him considerably, and thus Dala was untouchable and his revenge was complete. If Dala - or the Emperor - showed any concern as to potential Wolgos opinion of this sequence of events, it was never voiced or displayed. The Emperor's response and Dala's cold handling of the matter has silenced many of the diplomat's critics, and only added to his reputation. Roughly a week after these events, the Emperor had the House of Caseon purged from the aristocracy.

Personal Life

Lord Dala wed his beloved Satal Dala, nee Massima, three days prior to his 20th birthday. The two had three children together - two sons and a baby daughter. His wife and daughter were killed tragically in a boating accident on Lake Artania in October 7568, and he has since raised his two sons with the assistance of a small group of trusted servants. He himself has two sisters younger than him. He has hinted to no desire to re-marry, having said, "Satal was all I wanted...or needed...Vind took her from me. He had His reasons, but I would wish for any other less horrible death for so beautiful a soul. Part of my heart went with her."

Alongside Lords Olvreaus Brolissius, Onesiphorus Hadra, and Lucan Grifoni, he is one of the "Farastina Four" group of Lords raised by the Dynast Emperor during a session of the Court of Elestis at Farastina Fortress.

Awards & Decorations

Civilian

  • Scarlet Letter, Veneratio Scientia
  • Valedictorian, Veneratio Scientia
  • Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Girandoni
  • Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Evening Star
  • Knight Commander of the Imperial Wensician Order

Military

  • Order of the Knight's Cross
  • Order of the Legion of Honour
  • Phalera I (2x)
  • Phalera IV (1x)
  • Master Marksman Badge
  • Expert Sniper Badge
  • Weapons Master's Badge
  • Ten Year Service Badge
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