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.