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After the oppressive rule of House Delandi, which saw various planets descend into recession and anarchy, Baade is finally recovering from past calamities under the benevolent leadership of Emperor Dominic Constantinus. In 130 IE Emperor Dominic Constantinus overthrew the usurper Ehno Delandi and restored peace and order to Baade.

baade:houses:boehm

Boehm

House Boehm
Leader:Minister Henrik Boehm
Motto:“Quod supplantandum, prius bene sciendum”
Homeworld:Meissa
House Faith:Zotropism
Alliance:none
Galaxy:Baade

House Background

PRE-NOBILITY:

The Boehm family started as a small band of fishermen on the fringes of the largest island-continent, competing locally with other fishermen; the first Boehm of note was Etterd, who forged a fishermen's collective to help control both prices and fish populations. Over several generations, Boehm family members began to acquire plots of land near the coastline, the future site of the Boehm Residence, and started to try their hand in farming, never having much success until going into hydroponics and aeroponics. Since bartering and trade of fish and farm goods was a daily occurrence, the family began dabbling in trade for trade's sake, becoming a regional, and within 3 generations a continental concern, which was leveraged by the family into status. This growth was what prompted the Imperial Bureaucracy to recommend, and Aelfred Boehm, the leader of the dynasty, to accept a position as a noble House and to enter into pan-galactic operations. Aelfred would joke many times about his choice of title as “Minister” as he was 'not really a religious leader, nor a political one; but somewhere in between: and I feel that pretentious titles such as 'lord' and 'master' etc. are not fitting.“

Ironically, despite their success as a planetary mercantile enterprise, the House chose to inaugurate their operations in agriculture.

NOBILITY, IN BRIEF:

The early years of House Boehm were dominated with slow expansion, introduction of mercantile operations, and technological assistance from the late House Bogdan. House Boehm did not become a part of the political scene, even as a bit player, until it accepted an invitation to join the House De Vaux-led Trade Federation, advocating for free and fair trade.

Several early missteps could have doomed the House were it not for luck, fate, or the intervention of others; namely the ill-advised duel between Minister Aelfred and Lord Markus Luxerat, which left the Minister bedridden for months, and House Boehm's participation, limited as it was, in the Balthazar Rebellion against Emperor Augustine Maesil.

After the collapse of the Trade Federation, and a brief try at independent operations, House Boehm joined the Northern Rampart, which then went under several name changes, in the company of Houses such as Aucodi, Alhazred, Levantes, Kane, Conor Acies, Habsburg, etc. In this era the dyansty grew with marriages to several eligible ladies from Houses Linear and Locus Demius, and the birth of the Minister's first grandchildren.

House Boehm participated in the Technology Wars, and in subsequent Imperial Elections after the abdication of Abner Maesil, voted for Duke Florian Habsburg, Lord Bert Piper, Lord Rudiger Piper (another misstep, as history now knows), Father Roman Aucodi as Regent, Mother Kaede Galgori, and most recently Master Hubert Raistlin. It is an interesting fact that House Boehm has never voted for a losing Imperial candidate.

More recent events—the assassination of Klaus Boehm, then Petra Telcontar nee Boehm, and the attempt on the Minister's life, led the Minister to support the destruction of House Ivanov, an effort which was supported by Empress Galgori and abruptly ended when that House was taken under protection of House Alhazred. After the death by natural causes of Aelfred, his son, Michael, assumed the Ministry, supported by his nephew Jan and his three sons.

A relatively peaceful time ensued, as the House under Michael Boehm seemed content to drift from independent operations to a variety of alliances, at first the Third Way, then to the reformed Trade Federation under House Eisenach, which grew, shrank, and then grew again after accepting other Houses from the demise of the Fifth Estate. Michael died peacefully in his sleep and his son, Benno, took over the reins of the House, overseeing an expansion of its technological operations, its entrance into galactic politics, and acceding to his mother's wish that the House allow her to attempt to restore Zotropism to even a slimmer of its former glory.

Alas, this peaceful time would come to an abrupt end shortly after Benno's fiftieth birthday, as after the continuation of the neo-Imperialist schism of House Kincaid against Houses Luxerat and Oresthin, and that House's attack on the uninvolved (and unallied) House Aucodi, the minister ordered his Senators to vote in favor of an Emergency Motion to make House Kincaid a Renegade.

Events rapidly deteriorated after that point. The exact way that Benno died is unclear, as the rest of the family present at the Residence were evacuated off-world, but some reports from surviving Boehm soldiers insist that he personally led the defense of the Residence from Kincaid assault troops, even as other Boehm assets across the galaxy—as those of his allies in the Trade Federation and other Houses—were burned by the marauding forces of Lady Kincaid. However he died, his death left the young 19-year-old Hannes Boehm as the new Minister of House Boehm.

After a period of brief quiet and the restoration of Senate seats from the Kincaid attacks, the young Minister embarked on a sweeping program to turn House Boehm into a larger power, hoping that by promoting Zotropism as the House Faith he could ensure House Boehm's prominence in the galactic arena to the same extent that Houses Alhazred, Luxerat, and Suzumiya have, and Former Houses Coriolanus and De Vaux had, with their faiths. The strangest turn of events came when the very existence of House Boehm came into question, when Czar Malaganov fell ill and the Czarina, together with her adviser Gideon Mehob, attempted to claim House Boehm as a sub-fief of House Malaganov, suing the Minister before the Court of Nobles and claiming that as Gideon was older, and was conceived between the Czarina and the late Benno Boehm, that Gideon 'Boehm' was the rightful Minister. This action, tied in concert with the Malaganov-sponsored Galactic Jihad movement, nearly cost the Minister his life as he fought Gideon in a duel to prevent the masses of Jihad troops from attacking the galaxy.

House Malaganov soon departed the galactic scene, for reasons forever unclear, and House Boehm was one of the few to profit from expanding into that House's technology market. House Boehm soon became firmly entrenched in the top tier of the galaxy, among such Houses as Hammal, Suzumiya, and Oresthin in the 'pecking order' of the Empire.

House Boehm was compelled to leave the Trade Federation upon its dissolution by House Eisenach, at this time ruled by Baron Bittenfeld due to assassination, in the heated debate that ensued over taxation policies, (re)joining the Order of the Hidden Sun. It was in that alliance that the Renegade Kincaid struck again, in what would become known as the Second Betrayal and the Glassing of Alterf. The Minister sided with the other members of the Order in the controversy surrounding the Alhazred violation of the Anti-Drop-and-Chop Act and the attempt by the Empress Hammal to dissolve the Senate, leading to her abdication and the eventual election of Lord Gaigalos as Emperor. Following the election, and the continuing anti-piracy struggles against Kincaid that have earned it the name of the “Long War”, House Boehm left the Order to join the Emperor in the Imperial alliance of the Galactic Armada.

Following the abdication of the Throne by Emperor Gaigalos, House Boehm was independent for some time, finding temporary refuge in the Hidden Sun before joining House Hammal's Economic Vitality Initiative Lobby. Following its dissolution when House Hammal went Renegade against Emperor Daunt, which led to that Emperor's attempts to dissolve the Empire, the Lobby was reborn with House Boehm in its leadership. Quietly but surely it has tried to lead itself and those Houses in the Lobby through trials such as the repeated Kincaid aggressions and the changing political fortunes surrounding them and the Throne.

Never, however, had their future looked as bleak as it did after what was called among the Residence as the 'Great Betrayal'. After a coordinated assassination attempt by an unknown House barely missed killing Emperor Ruben Mariendorf and succeeded in murdering his wife, the Emperor—for reasons as yet unknown to the Minister and his kin—declared it to be the work of the Lobby House Tartaro, despite that House having wed into the Mariendorf bloodline not a month prior, to a nephew of the Emperor's who was not even in the main line of succession—and proceeded to cooperate with the Houses Kincaid, Luxerat, and Halaku in an utter abolition of legality and common sense. Before the ink had even dried on an Emergency Motion to make the entire Lobby Renegade, Imperial troops, aided by legions of the other three Houses named, began systematically destroying all military and Faith-based facilities of the Lobby, and removing legally-elected Lobby Senators via military coup. A trifling thing such as going Renegade to execute these acts, and not having the votes in the Senate to pass the Motion, were not going to stop the bloodlust of the Emperor and his cackling allies—a full four days passed with one or all of those Houses Renegade until the 'motion' was passed—only after 28 worlds had been forcibly couped, with dozens more yet to be attacked.

The full extent of the damage was massive to the Lobby as a whole, though Houses Eisenach and De Erwyne were more or less only lightly scratched. For House Boehm's part the loss of several retainers, and the Minister's nephew Ilya, as casualties of Coups, the destruction of at least two-thirds of their facilities, and the reduction of its military might from 68 legions spanning a dozen worlds to 2 legions on one planet were the toll. The indignation and shock at the betrayal turned to a grim and determined effort to rebuild their House, perhaps chastened by the losses and furious at the duplicity and perfidy of the Throne—and the disgusting glee of its 'allies' at behaving less like Nobility and more like feral dogs tearing a carcass to pieces.

This betrayal had its own betrayal, however, as the plans for a reorganization of the Empire by Ruben Mariendorf were prevented when House Luxerat moved, in the Senate, that they should be Emperor. Despite the Emperor saying that he would vote against any motions before the reorganization of the Empire, House Kincaid couped enough worlds held by Imperial cronies to reduce the Senate quorum to where the motion passed, ending (by coup) the Mariendorf Imperium and inaugurating the Luxerat Imperium, though not without intervention by the Minister to try to prevent the change.

The relative quiet of the years that followed, with the Minister trying to lead the Lobby and, along with several other noble Houses, being granted the title of Warden of the Empire and a seat on the Council of Wardens—necessary after the Senate's legislative authority was abolished by the Emperor. He even conceded to allow the marriage of his kin, Sandra, to the Emperor's son and heir Rudiger. In all honesty, the only event of import was the final betrayal of House Kincaid after attacking Houses Mariendorf and Halaku and their subsequent expulsion and destruction by the Emperor, followed by the sudden departures from the Nobility by House Mariendorf, Halaku, Alhazred, Chardinov, and others, leaving House Boehm the fourth-most-powerful House (by status) in the Empire.

The fortunes of the House have, it seems, ebbed and flowed in regular patterns, and the events of “The Calamity” were no exception, as House Boehm sided with the Coalition to attempt to force a restoration of an elected Throne and the return of legislative authority to the Senate. Of that, the best way to describe the loss is with statistics: the House lost 9 of its 10 Senate seats, over two-thirds of its military, more than half of the Zotropist shrines and other temples, and a handful of retainers killed in the coups. The Minister was compelled, as terms of surrender, to disband BoehmTech, the House's technological operations. Further, the Minister—in a fit of rage—annulled the marriage of Sandra and Rudiger Luxerat, forcing the former to return to Meissa without the daughter she had born for the Luxerat scion, only one sign of possible internal power struggles as the aged Minister tried to deal with the resentment of his kin and the knowledge that, instead of restoring an Elected Empire, he had, in losing, cemented an agnatic Luxerat dynasty on the Throne, with the Empire bound through primogeniture to the Luxerats in perpetuity.

In the years that followed the Calamity, however, House Boehm found itself in a relative level of stability, regaining a fair number of Senate seats, and holding a sizable presence on the Council of Wardens, the body established in the Luxerat 'New Order' as having primacy in both enforcing and creating Imperial law, the Senate being reduced to confirmation or initial proposing of laws to amend the New Order. The House seemed to not have a sense of direction, seemingly taking a pregnant pause awaiting the inevitable change in leadership, a change that, surprisingly, outlived several older Houses, the late Archzotropist Karl-Ludwig, and the Senate terms of many of its eldest and most loyal retainers. With the heir, Robert, gradually assuming more direct control over the House's matters, it was unclear what course he would set for the House.

That course would be deeper than he would originally have thought, however. Hannes' long life and the unexpected disappearance of His Majesty Ezekiel Luxerat, along with his whole House, beyond the rim to “fight Chaos”, brought an opportunity as an Imperial Election was called for by the Senate to fill the vacancy. The Minister was nominated, along with the Shogun Wynne Vlozress and Margit Tartaro (eligible due to blood ties with the late Emperor, per the New Order); the first round had no clear majority, but with the Shogun withdrawing, the second round was clearly won by the Minister. Hannes had fulfilled the ambitions of his great-grandfather Aelfred and had made House Boehm the Imperial House. However, perhaps due to the stresses of the Throne and his advanced age, Hannes died peacefully in his sleep at the age of 96 a scant three months into his reign. Robert, becoming Minister and Emperor, stood atop the Empire, deciding how best to keep it from slowly decaying even further from its glory into a shadow of its past self without becoming the tyrants he and his ancestors had fought against time and again through the generations.

While the overall galactic stability remained high, the first half-decade of Robert's rule was plagued by the disappearance of many elder Houses and the failure of some of his initiatives, including the Council of Nobles. Some hushed rumors suggest a falling out or other dispute between Robert and his heir, Henrik, over the course and direction of the galaxy, something which obviously has not been confirmed by the Ministry. The spate of plague that struck Meissa also took a toll on the House, costing the lives of several Dynasts and quite a few retainers, with Henrik falling ill but recovering. It is not known whether this brush with death has changed Henrik, or Robert's attitude towards him or the Imperium.

Despite various disputes, such as the spat of assassinations that led to the preemptive Renegade status imposition on Houses Venator and Necron (which led to both Houses leaving the Nobility altogether), the Jaxtarone Rebellion (which turned out to be a coup by Nobyn Jaxtarone against the rightful Duke, which led to a full restoration of rights to that House), and the threat of secession from the Golden Felde worlds, the reign of Robert as Emperor was in general peaceful and prosperous. But the Emperor felt that perhaps it was time for new leadership after a decade of rule personally—the second longest Imperial reign to date—and nearly 11 full years of Boehm rule. The assassination of his friend and sometime ally, Chairman Gad Djala, further precipitated his decision in the month of Culminations, 11 Boehm, to declare his abdication. His reign ended officially on 6 Culminations, 11 Boehm, when the Senate passed as an Emergency Motion an act to confirm his abdication, and formally on the 11th of Culminations, when (in accordance with Imperial Proclamation) Lord Ugo Ingram was proclaimed as Regent and granted the power and authority of the Throne. Robert stated his desire to spend the rest of his days back at the Residence as simply the title that had been dwarfed by his Throne for the whole time he held it—that of Minister of House Boehm.

For the most part this was the case, despite temporary problems such as the destruction of his friends House Djala, a result of their failed Titan Engine experiments. This would, however, lead to greater problems down the road, as it was revealed that the Titan Engines had prototype artificial intelligences which malfunctioned. This led to Robert strongly opposing (though failing to prevent) Emperor Ugo Ingram's decision to amend Imperial Law, granting the rights to develop self-altering intelligence (also known as 'seed AI') to House Of the Ascendant; Robert felt that no good could come from continued development of AI and that such development would inherently change the Imperium in unforseen ways.

Robert died at the age of 101, and his son Henrik became Minister at an old age himself. Henrik's age had not dissuaded him from his spirited temper, however, getting into a public feud with the young House Hug (which led to the death of a Boehm Senator on Alchiba by coup) and vehemently opposing any AI development, even if legal. After using military force to destroy the seed AI development complex on Cebalrai 13, the Minister was ordered to cease and desist by His Majesty. Henrik refused, and after warning Of the Ascendant, destroyed both the rebuilt facilities and the Ingram patrol forces that were dispatched to protect it. This led to House Boehm being declared Renegade by the Emperor and open hostilities ensued. Despite early successes against Ingram forces, the stubborn defense of the Imperial capital of Sheliak and the entry of the massive House Fealoke led to the destruction of most of the Boehm military force. Henrik, after having to flee Meissa to Menkalinan as a result of plague, agreed to surrender to the Throne and be held for trial in order to prevent the complete destruction of the Boehm military, giving temporary authority to his two sons, Adrian and Gustav.

DYNASTIC TRIVIA:

The Boehms are, physically, several inches shorter than the galactic norm, and slightly stockier as well, though some dynasty members—like Michael's son, Benno—have defied this trend.

Recently another trivia fact can be claimed by House Boehm, in that it had the heads of faith of two religions. The other half to that trivia is that those two faiths are quite far removed from their peak prominence, the Archzotropist Aldiva Boehm (nee Linear), Minister Michael's widow, at the head of a handful of converts to Zotropism, while Claribel Boehm (nee Locus Demius), Estmund Boehm's wife, withdrew from social life and begrudgingly accepted the end of her faith of Mercurius Imperator, herself being the Living Avatar of Mercury by default as there were no other noble converts to that faith. Both are now deceased, Claribel dying of natural causes during a prolonged hermitage ending Mercurius Imperator, and Aldiva through a senile fit which led to an honor duel against Nuwwar Luxerat in which she perished. Zotropism survives, and is one of the more established and larger Faiths in the galaxy under Archzotropist Valentin Boehm, having succeeded the late Karl-Ludwig.

Despite at one time being a staunch supporter of the House of Cthulu religion, and at present equally staunch promoters of Zotropism, the Boehms have preached tolerance, along with free trade, increased participation in the Senate, and the punishment of Renegade status for known assassins.

The Boehm crest is a red diagonal sash with white trim on a blue field, with a golden crown sitting in the middle. This crown was briefly black during the official period of mourning for the late Aelfred Boehm, starting a tradition which has continued through the deaths of Michael, Benno, and Hannes Boehm. The motto is a fitting one for a House involved in Technology—”knowledge is the adornment and safeguard of the Empire“. This motto was changed upon the surrender terms demanding the House end its Technological operations, replaced by “intaminatis fulget honoribus”—”untarnished, she shines with honor“, though the House is unclear whether the 'she' refers to the Empire of the House. Upon election, Hannes changed the motto again to “Ducunt volentem fata, nolentem trahunt”—”The fates lead the willing and drag the unwilling“. The reason Hannes chose this motto was simple: “If we are destined to lead—to be Emperors—we must take Fate in our hands and truly lead. And eventually, even those who do not see the way we do will come around, whether they want to or not, or be left behind. If we are to keep the Imperium glorious, all must do their part, whether joyfully or grudgingly.”

After the abdication of Emperor Robert, the Minister changed the motto once more, to “Marcet sine adversario virtus”—”valor becomes feeble without an opponent“. No public remarks have been made about this change, though gossip columns suggest the motto itself is a sign of the real reason behind the abdication: that without any challenge to his rule or his position, there was no valor or honor involved in staying Emperor after the successful transition from the New Order to the present system of rule. Continuing this tradition, Minister Henrik amended the motto to “Quod supplantandum, prius bene sciendum”–roughly, “he who would supplant us must first study us”, a motto that is more confrontational and, some say, expresses Henrik's view of the high status of his House and his opinion of those who would seek to reduce his views to simply one of the many Noble Houses.

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baade/houses/boehm.txt · Last modified: 2015/12/22 11:16 by Thufir Hawat