House Galeres is one of two active Houses of Clan Arcona. Created and maintained by a proud tradition of warriors, Galeres acts as the militant arm of the their Scion. Members of this hallowed House are often distinguished combatants - the "heavy hitters" of Clan Arcona. Their focus is not wrapped in the pursuit of arcane power, but instead that which can be acquired by the blade or a blaster.
The Culture of Galeres
Over the years, House Galeres has undergone multiple shifts in its composition and operational direction, to a point where it seems there ‘’’is’’’ no direction, and the only unifying point is their connection(s) to Arcona’s military. This is due in part to the varied paths and natures of the House’s denizens. The ‘’Dark Jedi’’, sometimes Gray Jedi and sometimes Sith, wield the Force in manners that fit their personal dispositions and desires. Over time, they have proven to be some of the most selfless and individually powerful forces, especially when paired with the Dajorran military. After the Dark Crusade, a groundswell of these military personnel were proven able and willing enough to be taken into the Clan’s confidence, forming what are now semi-formally known as ‘’Loyalists’’. These educated military men and women form a very fine bridge between the Shadow Clan and its Dajorran populations, leading the AEF and DDF formations against Arcona’s enemies. The ‘’Mercenary’’ element fills in the gaps, providing unique skills that can often be left unpracticed amongst the other two groups. Despite the often misplaced notions of where their loyalties lie, they have proven to be just as long-standing and stalwart members of the House.
Stationed at Fort Blindshot, on an island near Estle City, House Galeres proudly serves in defense of the Shadow Clan. Integrated at the highest levels of the Dajorra Defense Forces and Dajorra Intelligence Agency, the members of Galeres influence military decisions, carry out operations on the Summit’s behalf, and safeguard the members of the Clan from outside threats. In times of war, the proud warriors of House Galeres rally to the defense of the Dajorra System and, when on the offense, with the Arcona Expeditionary Force.
The ‘Nighthawk’, crew and ship, is in direct service to the Dajorra’s Intelligence Agency (DIA) and as such, the ‘Nighthawk’ acts as the forward operating base of the Intelligence Agency's Analysis Branch. It is responsible for the maintenance of Arcona’s spy network, informants and intelligence gathering. Reporting to the Director and Deputy of Dajorra’s Intelligence Agency, the Captain of the Nighthawk has developed a reputation for knowing far more than many of the Dark Jedi within the Brotherhood. While Battleteam Nighthawk has since been deactivated, the ship remains as something of a retainer asset to the militarist House. As such, wherever Arcona and Galeres go, the Nighthawk is usually part of the accompaniment by default.
Allies and Enemies
Both Houses adhere to a one-Clan mentality and Galeres respects the manner in which House Qel-Droma operates. While Galeres is found embedded into the military structure, their sister house practices a more shadowy, indirect approach to dealings in the criminal underworld and politics within Dajorra and the Brotherhood. When might is not right, Galeres turns to the members of Qel-Droma for a swift response that will not tie the Serpentine Throne to the crime.
With the Nighthawk spearheading the relationship between the House and the DIA, Galeres looks favorably upon the assistance and requests of the DIA’s Director, Timeros Entar Arconae. Often assigned to DIA Agents, House Galeres provides entry and exit on military missions while also providing funding and assets from the DDF for high level surveillance and asset conversion. The DIA holds an unparalleled level of access within the military hierarchy, but Galeres knows that at its head sits an Elder that would never willingly place the House in a situation that compromises its loyalty.
With Loyalists indoctrinated into the Clan’s power hierarchy, the relationship between Clan Arcona’s military forces and the House are at an all-time high. Force Users, much like mercenaries and DIA Agents, are assigned to lead units of varying size for specific mission profiles. While some still harbor fear of the mysticism and unknown power of The Force, the soldiers are often relieved to have a Force User assigned to their detail for missions; knowing their chances for success – and returning home – are much more favorable.
Oppressed for so many generations by the ‘’Brotherhood within a Brotherhood”, House Galeres often perceives anything related to Clan Taldryan as a threat to be neutralized. The warrior house faced off against Taldryan without success during many of the Brotherhood’s largest conflicts. A begrudging respect blossomed from those defeats, but Galeres–and Arcona–relished in their first and subsequent victories over the Elder Clan. Many of the campaign veterans credit Taldryan for giving Arcona a purpose and target to direct its energy towards; without their presence, Arcona might never have risen to the rank of First Clan in a desperate bid to dethrone them.
House Galeres has a natural dislike for anything not directly aligned with the Consul’s vision. To know that a secret – often whispered about – sect of members exist within the Brotherhood that place loyalty to the Iron Throne above all else scares even the most devout of House Galeres. In an effort to protect their allies in Clan Odan-Urr and the Undesirables of the Brotherhood, Galeres has declared the Grand Master’s Inquisitors as persona non grata within their halls.
In the time of archaic Brotherhood tradition, the Dark Jedi segregated themselves not only into Clans but Orders: Obelisk, Krath, and Sith. At its inception, House Galeres was meant to serve as the barracks for the Obelisk of the Clan. What Galeres now houses is the hearts and minds of Clan Arcona's brightest and most prominent warriors. With a deep tradition, the House has created many skilled fighters and successful leaders to see Clan Arcona through difficult campaigns.
Galerian scouts exploring the planet Eldar
In the days before the Exodus, Galeres was located on the planet of Coronada with the entirety of the Clan. After the Exodus and the discovery of the Dajorra System, a base was quickly established on Sukhur, the harshest of worlds in the system. While the Clan desired a foothold on each planet, the practicality of maintaining a base of operations on a planet of sifting glass seas and blistering heat was soon questioned. In an attempt to secure a new foothold on Dajorra and perpetuate their advance as a House of Arcona, they came upon the lush world of Eldar. Spies from the Clan's now-closed third House — Oriens Obscurum — relayed this information back to their Summit. When House Galeres left Sukhur to colonize Eldar, they found the Dark Jedi of Oriens Obscurum waiting for them. According to those archaic traditions, Consul Halcyon Rokir declared a House Feud with Eldar as the prize for the winner. After a campaign of fierce fighting, Galeres proved stronger and took the planet as their new home base. The first Galerian base was disguised as a mining operation. It quickly hit pay dirt with the discovery of Garconian spice found by Voranyen and Gavin d'Tana. After some experimenting on Gavin's behalf, it was found that the spice was extremely potent on Humans and near Human species. Further testing showed it had effects of euphoria and bliss on the Hutt species. With the Dajorra System located near Hutt space, it became a simple effort of learning to mine and refine the abundant spice.
A great threat formed for House Galeres in the form of a false Jedi Master Omancor Crask; uniting all of the Clans under the banner of the Brotherhood to fight against the threat. Known to this date as the Ninth Great Jedi War, this war was brutal; members were lost, but allies were gained. Despite the devastating losses, the House established itself as a tour de force for the Shadow Clan in wartime. This was the initial foothold in power for Clan Arcona and House Galeres that would stretch through several prominent Brotherhood conflicts.
Hunting Jedi through the Marshes of New Tython
Once more a threat arose from the ashes of time - Jedi Master Michael Halcyon and House Odan-Urr. The brethren of Galeres once more marched to war in the name of House and Clan. This time ―at the behest of the Dark Council― they arrived on the doorstep of New Tython aiding the Brotherhood Fleet. While the legendary Void Squadron patrolled the space above, the soldiers of Galeres were deployed planet-side. Aiding in the capture of key structures of varying strategic value, the militant minded Dark Jedi of Galeres waged a deadly campaign against the Mandalorian forces they encountered on the battlefield -- those known as the Ge'tal Gaan. There were many brutal engagements, but in the end the result was a repeat of their vital performance in the previous Great Jedi War: an Arcona win aided by the loyal members of House Galeres.
The Dark Crusade began with the invasion of the Super Star Destroyer Avenger II, where a strike team of elite Dark Jedi were able to bring down the crazed Dark Jedi Master, Darth Necar. The combined efforts of both Arcona and Taldryan secured the powerful ship, which required Wuntila Arconae to tame and mount one of Necar's feared Terentatek in order to help bring down the maniacal Lord. With the fall of Darth Necar and the apprehension of the Avenger II, the Dark Crusade to reclaim the lost Sith Worlds truly began... before the final battle at Korriban.
With only Korriban left to conquer, the Dark Brotherhood fractured into hostilities after Lord Marshal Damon Nix uncovered that the then-Grand Master, Muz Ashen, planned to recreate the Rite of Obscuration. Jac Cotelin would lead the Taldryan forces against the Iron Throne while House Galeres and Arconan forces defended Darth Ashen as he performed the first rite, devastating Antei. The Brotherhood would be fractured between three sides: Grand Master Muz Ashen, Grand Master Emeritus Jac Cotelin, and Darth Esoteric. The battles were hollow and duplicitous as the Brotherhood weakened itself in each skirmish.
Under the banner of Dark Adept Baxir Vol, House Galeres and Arcona would rally in the thickest of the combat to prove victorious-- if any real victory could be claimed. Licking their wounds from an extended Dark Crusade as well as perilous battles on Antei and Korriban, House Galeres retreated to the Dajorra System under the guise of SCEPTER. Under the paramilitary operation, they would deploy soldiers and Force Users to move in plain sight. These operations would provide the necessary recruitment of operatives, financial gain, and time to nurse a weakened House back to health.
Perdition and the Fall of SCEPTER
A House of renowned warriors, Galeres returned to its roots and traditions. As the frontline of Arcona during skirmishes with an alien threat and the One Sith, the House found its stride under the guidance of wise and fair leaders: Celahir Erinos Arconae, Atyiru Caesura Entar, and Uji Tameike. Under the last of these prominent leaders, the House would shift from a 'backroom/underworld' organization to a more 'combat oriented' entity. Returned to its roots, Galeres obscured its presence to the galaxy-at-large through close integration with the paramilitary contractor company known as SCEPTER.
With extensive effort, Galeres used its success in the private sector to fund an expansion of the House's military assets. Soulfire Strike Team would find reformation under the steady leadership of the Erinos family: Nadrin Erinos Arconae, Sashar Erinos Arconae, and Celahir Erinos Arconae. Considerable assets were previously moved to fund a team aboard a highly modified ship known as the Nighthawk during the Eleventh Great Jedi War. Under the careful leadership of an Arconan legend, Arcia Cortel, the ship would integrate itself in the Dajorra Defense Forces and the Dajorra Intelligence Agency. This created a bridge between the military contracting world and the DDF that House Galeres is now so closely aligned with.
At the height of his leadership, the One Sith aboard the flagship Perdition would attack Uji Tameike by targeting his SCEPTER forces. Blindsided with fatigue from the Dark Crusade, SCEPTER was unable to stand against the might of the One Sith as they wreaked havoc within the Dajorra System by attacking several key strategic points simultaneously.
Arconan Ships engaging Perdition forces
As a result of crippled communications throughout the system, DDF and AEF forces were slow to respond to the threat. Only through the conviction and sheer determination of Uji Tameike were the DDF, Soulfire, and Nighthawk able to complete missions that uprooted the threat.
Fall of Perdition
With the Captain of the Nighthawk - Kordath Bleu d'Tana - captured, Uji Tameike rallied the remnants of his SCEPTER forces and, with the DDF under his command, began the hunt to destroy the Perdition and the One Sith once and for all. The exploits of the Nighthawk allowed them to cripple the larger ship, creating a unique opportunity to board the vessel and take the fight directly to the Force Adept in command of the enemy forces. It would be here -- in a final, decisive battle During the Siege of Selen -- that the upstart would slay the Elder Sith Dassac and vault himself to the position of Proconsul, filling the role of Scion to the Shadow Lady Atyiru Caesura Entar.
In a final act of mercy, Uji deactivated the private military contractor SCEPTER. All of the willing and able Loyalists joined the depleted ranks of the DDF and bolstered Arcona's military might to levels that it had not previously seen since the beginning of the Dark Crusade. With a loyal military branch at his back, he was able to turn the page on an underworld organization to a House filled with Dark Jedi, Loyalists, and Mercenaries to support the Serpentine Throne and the Shadow Lady who sat upon it. With this complete integration, Force Users became military officers of the Dajorra Defense Forces with the power to command forces at the behest of the Consul of Arcona. Loyalists became prominent leaders and advisors within the DDF, AEF, and DIA. Mercenaries became valuable black operations agents to run missions off books or complete the oft difficult missions of the DIA.
Age of Undesirables
With stability momentarily returned to the territories of Arcona, the Galerian leadership was able to look inward. In the process, the Entar dynasty saw its last posting as head of the House when Arcia Cortel assumed the mantle of Quaestor in 33 ABY. This would unfortunately signal a period of instability for Galeres. Military duty would pull Arcia aside and was replaced by Turel Sorenn that same year, who shortly thereafter would depart for Clan Odan Urr to take a place among the Jedi. Braecen Kaeth was named Quaestor, serving a full year in the position.
It was during Kaeth's tenure that Grand Master Pravus would make his fateful declaration of genocide against those alien races he named Undesirables, not long after to include the Jedi and any other Force user or ally of the Light side of the Force. Battleteam Tal'mahe'Ra was formed within Galeres as part of the collective and individual response to the Inquisitorius threat. By extension, Galeres assumed an anti-Pravusian stance in the ever-growing conflict, taking on a wider mission set with the addition of being the guardian of the Undesirables within the Clan, vis a vis Tal'mahe'Ra. This mission was largely successful within Arcona's borders, and the Shadow Clan enjoyed a tentative and wary period of peace.
Braecen would hear the siren call of personal elevation from without and left the post for another Quaestorship with Clan Scholae Palatinae, the position being filled by Ernordeth Puer-Irae. His placement appeared to be a temporary fill in the void, as he would leave the post by early 35 ABY. With Kordath Bleu withdrawing from his longtime post as Rollmaster of Arcona and rejoining the House proper, he took up the position of Aedile, filling the gap until Qyreia Arronen, a mercenary from Naga Sadow, applied for the job.
Within weeks of arriving to her new post, the Zeltron deemed that the two distinct Battleteams were confounding an already muddled logistical system. Thus, within a year of its inception, Tal'mahe'Ra was disbanded on the premise that the whole of the House would take up protection of the Undesirables in addition to its long-standing post as the military arm of Arcona. While plans for development were still underway, the Shadow Clan's capital fleet would be all but obliterated in an ambush set by ex-Consul Marick Tyris, leaving many survivors that would come back to a Dajorra system in chaos.
The Plague and the Hutt
Old flames of anger rekindled and the Hutt, Whallata Besadeii, laid claim to Port Ol’val, taking over the asteroid home of House Qel-Droma in a lightning strike that left the Arconans staggering. As if to add insult to injury, the world of Selen found itself beset by a sudden and deadly famine and plague. While elements of the House stormed the asteroid — losing the AGV ‘Nighthawk’ in the process — the denizens on Selen worked tirelessly to allay the effects of the rampant disease and hunger.
On Port Ol’val, Xenna Azara, former Battleteam Leader to Nighthawk, linked in with the resistance being formed by the Qel-Dromans. During this joint effort, they conducted continuous clandestine operations to free the station from Whallata’s grasp. While the fighting and sabotage caused significant damage over the course of the reclamation, Kordath found himself captured by Whallata and, in the process, befriending Gordo the Hutt. Between the efforts of the Qel-Droman combined resistance, and Kordath’s odd new ally, the Arconans were able to kill Whallata and drive off her forces.
On Selen, bodies were rapidly piling up. Martial law quickly became necessary as the seed of dissent grew into small-scale riots. During this time, the planet was under severe lockdown, which only exacerbated the shortages of supplies, but the Shadow Lady Atyiru thought it necessary to protect as many lives offworld as on. The Quaestor repeatedly entreated the Consul to allow a supply train to flow into the system using Clan funds, but the words fell on ears that were too involved in finding a cure. Taking matters into her own hands, Qyreia took it upon herself and organized a smuggling operation through some old contacts that brought in a trickle of food to the people of Selen. While it might have curbed a few appetites, it did little to solve the greater problem and, once Atyiru found out, the Zeltron quickly fell out of favor, resulting in her demotion to Aedile while Kordath rose to Quaestor.
Unbeknownst to all involved, the seemingly separate instances were in fact connected by a singular organization; one that cared little for the body count involved in their revenge.
A long disenfranchised former officer of the Iron Navy, Rath Oligard collected a strong allied force, aimed at the annihilation of the Brotherhood, its Force users, and allies. After a series of lightning strikes that crippled or outright destroyed multiple Clans’ militaries, the Brotherhood temporarily set aside its infighting to strike back at the newly-dubbed Collective.
Aiming for their supposed headquarters on Nancora, the Brotherhood swiftly executed a multi-pronged assault on the planet. However, due to the nature of their military organization, casualties on all sides were high. Atyiru was presumed all but dead when her flagship, the ‘Invicta II’ was struck by a suicide-bomber space tug. In the aftermath, Satsi Tameike was named interim Consul, which did not sit well with many, including several members of Galeres. Throughout the combat — in orbit and on the surface — Galeres definitively pulled its weight for the Clan, though not entirely unscathed.
In the aftermath, Kordath gradually and quietly transitioned to the seat of the Serpentine Throne after a ruthless series of counterattacks by the lady Tameiki which at times seemed to leave the Clan with more bruising than it started with. With Kordath assuming Consulship, Qyreia once again took up the Quaestor office. With the return of Rrogon Skar, a somewhat unknown element to the mercenary Quaestor, he was given the opportunity at redemption as her new Aedile.
With the revamping of the entire Arconan military came the construction of more military installations, including Fort Blindshot, where Galeres was formally relocated to. Since the fall of Eldar to the ongoing plague, the House had been left without a home. The move thus gave the Galerians a solid foundation to build upon as they fought and, in some respects, sought greater purpose. It also proved a good resource to house the newly acquired discretionary forces that Galeres had on its books, and a safe haven to launch strikes at the lingering Collective insurgency on Selen.
With the destruction of the old ‘Nighthawk’ and its repurposed replacement, the Battleteam saw similar restructuring. With the Trandoshan, Grot, taking the lead, Spectre Cell was reactivated in its place, with the aim of providing a less covert and more overt approach to facing Galeres’ and Arcona’s enemies.
This refocused military would soon be tested, and in Arcona’s own back yard. The Meridian Prime space station, located on the opposite side of the Maw as the Dajorra system, was located by the now-publicly-recognized Inquisitorius and found to be a hotbed of Collective activity. Once again, the Brotherhood converged, pointedly spearheaded by Arcona and Galeres. Fighting through the expansive station proved a difficult fight. However, the Brotherhood ended the engagement with yet another victory, including the Galeres-led capture of Kendra Icasta, a high-ranking officer of the Collective.
Riding the waves of yet another victory, the House Summit sought some glories of its own. Working in-depth with the DDF, the Quaestor began planning the initial stages of the reconquest of Eldar, Galeres’ former home. Due to family issues, however, she was forced to depart her post, handing the reins over to Aldaric, a former member of the House recently returned from Aedileship in House Archanis of Clan Taldryan.
It would be this Summit that led the House in the next phase of the ongoing conflict with the Collective. The Severian Principate, an Imperial splinter group, had made a home near Hutt space, and its wealth quickly became a diplomatic and military target for both the Collective and the Brotherhood alike. Satsi, having joined Galeres upon her descent from the Serpentine Throne, carried a great deal of weight going into the fray, along with the newly-appointed Quaestor, resulting in the destruction of a kyber crystal mining facility over the course of the battle; one which nearly killed the Shadow Lord through a clandestine act of betrayal on the part of Grot.
It was a convenient thing, then, that the Trandoshan was soon quietly replaced by Scarlett Kelrune as the Battleteam leader of Spectre Cell. Kordath, upon revealing himself alive but not necessarily well, simply sought a little peace and quiet in semi-retirement, though not without finalizing some plans first.
The Reinvestment of Eldar
As the fires of conflict with the Collective dwindled yet again, Galeres saw its opening. Cashing in on Arronen’s plans and preparations left to Aldaric, and with fresh intelligence on a potent slaving operation on Eldar’s surface, the Galeres Summit enacted Operation Homecoming. Rather than the more prolonged operation planned by the former Quaestor, Homecoming was meant to be a lightning strike, ridding them of the slaver nuisance and securing the planet in a single fell swoop.
Unlike their many battles with the Collective, their opponent had little in the way of a presence in space; helpful in keeping their activities discreet, but doing little for their ability to prevent the landing of Galeres’ forces. Lacking the full might of Arcona, the use of the House’s discretionary troops amounted to the whole of the expedition, and thus required they hit fast and hard wherever they found enemy activity.
After dozens of skirmishes in the Eldarian forests, the culminating battle came at the Keadean capital of Shihon. After noting how many of their satellite operations were going silent, or outright reporting hostile activity, the leader — a Zygerrian named Atai — rallied what was left of his forces to delay the Galerian assault and buy time for him to load up the transports with the slaves. The attempt proved to be in vain. Between artillery fire, constant strafing runs from Darkwing Squadron, and attacks on the ground from infantry and tanks alike, the slavers were quickly and brutally overrun. The slaves were freed and, gradually, reintroduced back into what little was left of the population.
This proved to be a greater challenge than the battle itself. A massive percentage of Eldar’s population was eradicated by the plague that the Arconans had cured on Selen and its other holdings. The reduced numbers thus had to form a smaller number of communities, focused almost entirely on the provision of basic necessities like food. The operation also only accounted for the Keadean-controlled continent of Tairiku, leaving the Sardinian continent of Aifreann to its own devices for the time being.
Main Article: List of Galeres Summit
These individuals have led House Galeres or aspects of House Galeres with the highest level of honor and commitment, forever impacting the workings of the Warrior House.
Individuals with Impact
These individuals have been involved with House Galeres, helping change it for the better. Their names should not be forgotten for the great work and example they provided for House Galeres.