Alaric Bessas, or simply called Alaric, is a Hunyago explorer and intellectual. The protagonist of Testament, acting as the leader of the Human Readiness Committee and the Bio-Morph of Denmark. Identified as a human named Erasmus Randolf.
Born in the year 800 CE as the only child a pre-adult marriage between Berenga Waldrada and Agila Chindasuinth. Because of that he was taken from them both by the state to be put up for adoption. He was raised by Anshan Cyrus to as his step-son or disciple. More famously he was a member of the Martu expedition that discovered the Amurru. Wanting to retreat from Esid's political arena, he adopted a gareus orphan he named Hilderic in 1731 CE.
In 1848, he led an exploration team in the Sol system, discovering the human race shortly thereafter. Founding the Earth Exploration Committee (later Human Readiness Committee) to study in hopes alien contact could uplift them as a client race. This long planned exploration would never see full fruition as within the same year a rovar force had invaded led by overthrown emperor Goakos IV. Alaric achieved a decisive victory near Neptune, although he lost Hilderic in the skirmish. Killing Goakos in a retributionist fit. It would also be here he would meet his biological mother.
Despite having secured victory against the rovar, the empire still continued the path to deliberate decolonization and in it's place was an interim government that was suffering setbacks. He was stripped of his legal authorization to continue the Earth Exploration Committee when the Self-Determination Act's 1854 protocol was signed by Cyrus. Later experiencing a falling out with him regarding the successor state of the Empire, the nullification of the Esid Agreement, and the publication of the Cyrus-Instan Agreement. In response to all this, he left the home system with a diaspora to find refuge on Epione. Probably influenced by Earth's 1848 events, played a significant part in the consolidation of the morphist government, but deciding to lead for the remaining years of the 19th century as teacher for the University of Machaon. On a personal level, he had failed three relationships with Fastrada Alpaida and Orlaithe Cahan and then Ixelles Ugera. Taking up wine drinking to overcome his losses. Nevertheless his goal for Earth remained on his mind.
History[edit | edit source]
Sol system exploration and humanity discovery[edit | edit source]
Then known as just Alaric, leading a group of others on a exploration trip, went into uncharted territory in No-Man's Land. The first several planets are charted as uninhabited. The third ring of the solar system shows life-signs on the worlds major continents on the planet scanner. Curious of this, he placed his teleportation coordinates at exactly 56° 11′ 0″ N, 9° 33′ 6″ E. Landing in the recently settled region of Silkeborg, Denmark. Alaric used his cloaking to look for potential people to morph in to. He would later locate the city of Copenhagen further east of his original landing. Before returning back to orbit to relay his findings, he purchased a book using duplicated danish coins from his device. And a full alphabet of the Danish language.
First Galactic War[edit | edit source]
"I am hearing right. The rovar have violated the treaty in a bid to control the galaxy. I heard the pami and Marduk protectorates have been attacked. Cyrus has ordered me to withdraw from the Sol to lead a defense at one of the colonies near the independent border. But I can't leave this system to the skeke. Us abandoning a lesser race to the mercy of a greedy power is not something I want to live with. Myself and the others have ordered a strict watch over the Sols border. If these bugs do come here, however size, we will be ready. No species of this caliber such as this should bear the shoulder of a personal conflict."
Just one year after the commission of the Earth Exploration Committee, members received notice that the Rovar Empire had invaded the independent systems. Refusing to leave the still recently discovered humanity to a horrid fate, despite the EEC's small personnel, worked to create a sizable force and defense in the event of an invasion. The prospect of assistance was shot down by the fact how far the system was from any of the morph colonies or independent states to give additional aid against a possible invasion. Although the location given how far it was from the main battles, this proved beneficiary to the Morph's stationed there since most of the fighting took place at the Morph-Rovar border and the upper-left independent areas. Despite that a regiment was indeed sent to the system after collecting information of morph's exploring an uncharted system under the assumption a non-spaceflight race was to be uplifted as reinforcements for the empire. The crew of the Transvaal disabled the ship. Alaric himself along with Wyman Nodons, Landrada Adaltrude, and Malem Rasis took the bridge.
Post-Galactic War Decolonization and First Clashes[edit | edit source]
Alaric oversaw the last of the decolonization. The Marduk homeworld, Ninurta was granted independence. Other issues such as the Nergalian Civil War started by Gul Banu, a former associate of the EEC and gente-verde of the planet, plus the gente-azul population of Ninlil rebelling yotha rule due to discrimination were outside official morph jurisdiction. Listening to news broadcasts of such events happening
Cyrus took control over the interim government of Mergen. Ascendant Leader Jeres was killed from a orbital strike that struck Mergen's capital building. Placing Cyrus as next in the line of succession. Disputes between the two over methods on how to deal with the current situation started arising. First that non-morph's were being deported en masse due to clashes between monarchists and the left-wing. Something he found baffling. He left his office to continue his work on humanity, only to be told that he signed the Self-Determination Act's 1854 protocol. Preventing him from finishing his work. Then baffled now disappointed in Cyrus. The only assurance he would get is that a protectorate would be established around the system. But no word of human existence would enter earshot of the GA.
Leaving the Nerthus and Arriving to Epione[edit | edit source]
"I came with 140 people. Now I go with half of them."
Alaric went to Mergen's only viable bay that was headed for Epione. Their he met former members of the EEC, being: Driscoll XI, Malakas Lym, Tassilo Clovis, Lakshman Jeevan, Baduila Galindo, Quendrada Ranildamer, Jotapa Banu, young Baran, Malem Rasis, Arbolast Beesha, Jordanes Ricimer, and his mercenary companions, Cassyon Notker, Joavan Orella, and Ingeltrudis Majorian. Moving forward the boarding ramp, he noticed several stayed where they were. One at a time they stated their reason: Lym, the former Overseer of Morphist Enlil, would not leave the Trinity to be hunted for a bounty placed on her head. Notker, not wanting to come across former leaders of independence movements he gleefully sabotaged from within. Joavan remained silent. Looking at another ship leave. Tassilo and Quendrada, also avoiding a bounty. Lakshman, hoping the human blood samples will cure him. Baduila, needing to finish recreating his wife. The sisters not wanting to become separated again. With the reasons clear to him, he went up the ramp only to stopped by the familiar voice of Cyrus.
Appearance[edit | edit source]
Alaric goes off as a morph of the usual Esidan stock notable for their magenta chroma's and semi-tall stature. On his body some modifications can be seen when not wearing clothes. His shoulder areas, back torso, and chest area show off shifter 'tattoos', body marks put on by morphs without the use of ink or needles. With the one on his chest given to him by the amurru upon being released. It is a black-colored circle with two dots in it's upper area representing eyes.
Notes[edit | edit source]
- Alaric's birth year coincides with the Viking Age of Denmark.