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