Marcus Valerius Solus stood beside the Promethean Emperor at the Hyperion Nova when the First Emperor bent space and time to destroy the Hegemony home world. Marcus watched the star burned and and the 100 billion people that burned with it.
The Promethean Fire
After the Standing of Holdencourt, Titus Furius and his 13th Legion were left stranded deep behind the front line. Without support of Hyperion Command, Titus was forced to lead his Legion through 112 Lightyears of Hegemony occupied space. Throughout the 10,000 year long history of the Hyperiad Empire, such a feat has never since been accomplished. The march of Titus Furius and the Abandoned Thirteenth has become almost as legendary as the rise of the Promethean Emperor.
A March Across One Thousand Suns
The Bridge of Piles almost afforded an entrance to the enemy, had it not been for one man, Horatius Cocles; he was the bulwark of defence on which that day depended the fortune of the Armies of the Hyperiad.
The Familius Horatius is one of the more prominent in the Hyperiad Empire. Counted among the Twelve Greater Houses, the Horations carry significant political influence, and several of their members have risen to the rank of Consular over the history of the Empire.
The founder of the family, Horatius Cocles, was an accomplished military commander who led the defense of the Bridge of Piles, during which the Titanic Hegemony almost over-ran the Imperial Armies. But through his skill and bravery, Horatius was able to disengage from the battle and make an orderly retreat, saving the lives of many of his soldiers. Although his descendants have never shared Horatius’s military inclinations, the Familius Horatius has maintained one of the larger and more capable fleets in the galaxy.
A fleet that must either be destroyed or co-opted by any of the galaxy’s would-be conquerors.
No one really knows where the Promethean Emperor came from.
Some say he was sent as divine punishment to the Titanic Hegemony for its overweening hubris. Some say has was the abandoned son of Kronos Deverin and sought the overthrow of the Hegemony out of a desire for revenge. Some say he was a slave that rose up to slay his masters. But really it does not matter from whence the Promethean Emperor came, only that he did.
The Promethean Flame
Not all of the Twelve Great Houses have held their position since the foundation of the Hyperiad Empire. As Families jockey for influence and position, it is not unheard for a Major Family to lose favor or for a Minor Family to ascend the social ladder. Such families are called the Familia Novae.
The Rise of House Severan
There can be no doubt that it was the Hyperion Nova that ended the Astromachy. The destruction of the Hyperion System crippled the Hegemony’s forces, and a greater number of the Titanic Hegemons themselves were killed at the time, the rest being scattered and stranded throughout the galaxy.
When the Promethean Emperor was satisfied as to the strength of his empire, his next step was to provide for that strength being wisely directed. He created three hundred Senators; either because that number was adequate, or because there were only three hundred heads of houses who could be created. In any case they were called the “Patres” in virtue of their rank, and their descendants were called “Patrons.”