The False Dynasty - CAVEAT EMPTOR
Lord-Admiral Bastille VII
Hardnosed former Imperial Admiral who demands precision and obedience.
Born a distant scion of an ancient Rogue Trader House, Bastille was never viewed as a serious challenge to the Rogue Trader Warrant. Having a commission purchased for him in the Imperial Navy, he managed to rise through the ranks through solid if unspectacular talents. His largest career advancement was when he defeated the Orkish invasion of Weyburn through taking advantage of his fleet’s greater mobility and range to destroy the Ork Roks before any could land on the planet without taking a single casualty.
His fortunes changed suddenly when the bulk of his family was killed through a freak accident involving a Vortex Torpedo during their decennial meeting. As he was on the outskirts of his family’s inheritance and busy serving with the Battlefleet, he was not in attendance and thus became Rogue Trader by default.
As the Admiral was busy battling Chaos heretics in the Jericho Reach at the time, whispers began to grow of a dark pact he struck with the forces of Chaos to destroy his family in order to grant him the Warrant of Trade. Slowly but surely, a cloud of suspicion settled over the Lord-Admiral, despite no evidence being found. With his former allies in the Imperium now unwilling to associate with him and his authority being consistently undercut by other Rogue Traders, he left for the Koronus Expanse where he has stated his intention to prove himself a man of honour still.
He purchased the debt-servitude of Vida Nouri for a period of time, as well as hosted Explorator Xinthiana Mu Ping. The Admiral’s strict martial command style and hardline yet honest attitude made an impression both for good and ill on Nouri’s subsequent style of command.
Antoine Vindictus is the Captain of the cruiser Shadow and one of Bastille’s most loyal subordinates. Captain Vindictus was born into nobility in the Calixis sector, the third son of a powerful family who traditionally sent its second son to the church and third son to the Navy. Nearly constant conflict with this pious and highly successful older brother left him embittered to the Imperial Cult, a view that was reinforced by long, dark tours of duty in Jericho reach. There he served under Bastille, and the two quickly became friends. When the rest of the Navy turned against the new Rogue Trader, Captain Vindictus defended the old sailor. Soon after he retired from his commission and accepted a position as cruiser captain under the command of his old friend.
From 804 to 814, Captain Vindictus hosted the Exploritor Mu Ping aboard his vessel. From 808 to 813, Captain Vindictus was in possession of Vida Nouri’s debt-indenture and appointed her as an officer aboard his ship. While not openly antagonistic or mutinous, the two clashed several times due to distinct personality conflicts, mostly fueled by their birth and belief differences. Antoine Vindictus’ command style would come to have a strong influence Nouri’s own later.