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A splinter faction of the Vatali Empire formed by Prince Vauzem’s supported in 5 BBY, the Vauzem Dominion claims to represent the true and rightful government of the Kiast system.
- "Taselm has denied us our birthright. I will restore what rightfully belongs to us, and return power to the noble houses."
- ―Vauzem Anasaye
Second in line to the throne, after his brother Essadan, Vauzem believed power needed to be reinstated to the Sephi houses. During his father’s reign, Vauzem garnered the support of one third of the noble houses who wanted their power and privilege returned, seeing them as their birthright unlawfully taken. His plan was in motion years before his father ever died and its fruition came in the form of a coup. In one swift strike, the Voraskel Palace was taken and Essadan murdered in cold blood. Vauzem proclaimed himself Emperor of the Vatali domain, rechristening it into the Vauzem Dominion.
His reign was short lived. The rest of the noble houses, backed by the full might of the Vatali navy and the newly sworn Empress of the Vatali Empire, Kaltani Anasaye, descended upon the Vauzem Dominion. A battle for the Palace broke out as brother fought brother and cousin fought cousin. It was a stalemate until the Quorahi arrived in their industrial cities. Weapons bombarded the Vauzem ships and their floating castle until, at last, they retreated. The day was won and the Empire prevailed, though much of the old Palace was destroyed in the fighting.
Despite fierce resistance, Vauzem’s forces were dislodged from Voraskel Palace and his sister, Kaltani, was installed as empress. Vauzem’s whereabouts were left a mystery, however; neither the Dominion nor Kaltani’s court were able to locate Vauzem’s body, but given the lack of communication, both sides assumed he had been slain in the fighting. Kaltani and her Conclave simply declared the matter closed, but the houses who were pledged to Vauzem did not have it so easy. Some of the most subtle members of Vauzem’s court, like A’dartia Etlina, managed to reintegrate themselves into Kaltani’s court, but many more feared punishment for treason if they returned to the Palace. They concentrated their properties into a constellation of floating cities now called the Undelm Domain, and kept their distance, both physically and politically, from the new government. As an empire without an emperor, the Dominion’s Conclave naturally transitioned to a form of oligarchy.
- "I present to you the one true hope for restoring our ancient way of life."
- ―A’dartia Etlina
Sometime after the Odanites’ arrival in the system, A’dartia Etlina called an emergency session of the Dominion Conclave, her first open association with them in years. To the nobles’ great surprise, she presented a young Sephi, born just around the time of Vauzem’s disappearance. His name was Beldroth Anasaye, and he was, she claimed, Vauzem’s heir and their rightful emperor.
The Dominion Conclave
In exchange for restoring their nearly unlimited rights to rule over the Quorahi, Vauzem expected and received near-unquestioning loyalty from the noble houses pledged to his service. The Conclave continued to exist, but only as an advisory body and a way for the nobles to communicate with their emperor. However, with Vauzem’s apparent death, the nobles found themselves with unlimited authority to act within their domains. Unwilling to waste resources fighting each other, the Dominion’s nobility turned to the Conclave to settle disputes and present a united front against the threat of aggression from Kaltani’s loyalists.
Adhering to a generations-old rivalry with House Ghalor, House Etlina was once the most prominent of the noble houses in Vatal's reign, having been instrumental in the plot to overthrow the overlords holding the system under control of the greater Sephi empire. House Etlina fell from grace in a trail of bad dealings with Barad Ghalor, leading it into debt with a number of deeds needing to be sold on the markets—several of them either being stolen in the process, or taken as collateral. During the dual claiming between Vauzem and Taselm, however, A'dartia Etlina as the head of the noble house took advantage of the Vauzem Dominion's offer to restore House Etlina's birthright. As deeds and riches were passed onto House Etlina, A'dartia plotted a return to the Vatali Empire just moments before the throne was passed to another monarch. House Etlina has since been on the rise to reclaim its former prominence in the heart of the Vatalii Empire.
A'dartia Etlina is a cunning woman, who is well-known for being ruthless in her pursuit to reclaim House Etlina's former riches. Seeing the greater houses as her enemies, A'dartia is driven to create elaborate illusions and misdirection in the political game to further her own cause. Most are wary of dealing with her, as doing so most often leads to being pitted against another in her grand scheme.
A'dartia is a classical beauty, if such can be attributed to her high cheekbones, statuesque figure and dark makeup. Preferring dark shades of gold-trimmed red in her outfits, she is able to blend in seamlessly among others in a banquet or elegant gathering when needed to listen in for gossip. Long, gray hair with hints of her original black hair remaining in the streaks frames her darker purple features and black eyes. Her face does show signs of her age but as Sephi are a long-lived species she appears to be middle-aged, when compared to members of the Human species.
The Dominion’s military is a mixture of defectors from the Vatali Royal Guard and Royal Navy, mercenaries, and battle droids. Much like the Vatali Empire proper, the Dominion’s core focus is on highly-manoeuvrable fighters and freighters, including many of the classic airships of Kiast. Although only a minority of soldiers have defected from Kaltani’s service, the Dominion nevertheless maintains a larger ground force