Caelwyn Ichiro Xiu-Feng Li Halan
Earl of the Twisted Spire, Lord of Sigil Rock,
Baron-Warden of Sa'frya
Honourable Lord General of the Glorious Forces
of the Kishian Quin-Long Li Halan
"It has been said, that one cannot control the universe until one controls the world, and one cannot control the world unless there is calm in the community, and one cannot control the community until one controls the dwelling, and the dwelling is chaos unless one controls the self. And this is true. For what needs of armies and weapons, of the transported wealth of worlds, of homes and ownership, if one is not the captain of one's soul? Let those who have wisdom, ponder, and let those who understand take heed."
Caelwyn possesses a grand-sounding mix of titles even for a man well past his fortieth year, worn down by the demands of his family, the service of the Pancreator, and the relentless pressure of three decades of war. Devout and intense, the Flavian Crusade has kept his inner torch burning where otherwise it might have guttered, and like many Li Halan, wherever he goes, a churchman is never far away: scholars, confessors, and political specialists. It is that faith in the Pancreator's manifest will that keeps him going, energises him, and drives him, and that sent him across the stars to Yathrib. His family estates lie on far-off Kish, providing both wealth and Ishwin Confederacy shock troops: these and his vassals, together with holdings on Midian and lands seized on Rampart during the occupation, are being bled of men, technology, production, and treasure, to fund the cause of Flavian's Crusade. The Pancreator's will is clear: Revelation must be returned to the arms of the Universal Church.
A veteran like so many others of the Emperor Wars, Caelwyn has risen from commanding his own regiment of levies through greater and greater responsibilities to his present rank. He participated in many battles and campaigns of the Li Halan during the Emperor Wars, from the Conquest of Rampart to battles against the Decados and even as a small contingent of Li Halan forces in the final battles of Alexius's final victory at Byzantium Secundus. His reputation is that of an expert grand strategist, able to plan wide-ranging military campaigns even at the planetary level with great skill, although his once formidable skills at command of smaller formations have atrophied slightly over the decades of high command.
The Li Halan style of battle, augmented by Hazat thinking in years past and still full of the lessons of Sun Tzu, combines deception and diversion with a willingness to spend the lives of his troops like water poured onto the desert when necessary, yet preserving them carefully from needless losses. Caelwyn's pseudonym of "The Thousand Flowers General" came to be from an incident during the conquest of Rampart. Rather than imprison, ransom, execute or impress any captured self-identified 'Leaguers', they were offered the choice of making a thousand origami flowers to be offered to the altar of the new Orthodox cathedral, and when that task was done, they could swear an oath not to return to the battle and be released back as productive members of the new society - albeit carefully watched ones. The cathedral in Sa'frya even now contains hundreds of thousands of preserved paper flowers, proof that even the techsophists can be changed to productive members of society by compassion and the care of the Pancreator.
The General returned for a year after the crowning of Alexius to participate in the ongoing pacification of Rampart, before beginning a tour of his fragmented, battle-won holdings that lasted only one more year before, on Midian, Flavius announced the formation of his Crusade after the discovery of Yathrib's plight. Pledging his sword, his men, and his holdings to this great Holy Work, Caelwyn gathered his troops and supplies from across his holdings, marshaling and preparing, recruiting and gathering support from vassals or nobles who could be persuaded by passionate argument, careful poems, or religious exhortations. When the time came, his forces, and those Li Halan crusaders who pledged their own resources and companies to him as their Captain poured through the Yathrib jump-gate in company with the others of the Flavian Crusade as the Dragon Legion.
After years of grinding island to island warfare, these territories are now secured, and with the support of Duke Maximino, the Lord-General has now taken the Legion north into the battle for the Holy City and the support of the Crusader State.
Of only middle height but serious demeanour, Caelwyn's features are browned and bitten by the light of far-flung worlds, telling of years of toil in the service of his House's military. A pronounced epicanthic fold hints to his Li Halan family origins, although the stocky man of middle years bears no scars nor marks from his career that can be seen on visible skin, not so much as a cut, only a swordsman's calluses.
He is wearing a grey camouflage pattern jacket and trousers, the trouser ends tucked into dark grey desert boots. Over this under layer is strapped a modern version of samurai armour, the black-enamelled kevlar plates of breastplate and backplate joining arm and leg protectors, shoulderplates, and gloves. His swords are fixed to a harness across his back, that also holds a blaster pistol in an alaskan holster riding the curve of his stomach rather than at his side, more easily allowing him to sit in vehicles. Trifle pouches, communications devices, and a water canteen hang from the back and sides of the belt, a heavy shield generator nestled against the small of his back in a socket in the backplate.
The only splashes of gold-embossed colour are the circle of stars on each side of his collar, the twin sigils of the Twisted Spire and the Li Halan cross over his left breast, and a shoulder flash patch on his left arm of a snarling sinuous Chinese Dragon coiled around a jumpgate cross.
- Grand Duke Maximino Li Halan:
- Countess Eleanora Justine Amber Carlotta din Alt van Gelder, Countess Johburg - Test
- Count Renaud Germain de Moley, Count of Leon - Test
- Conde Juan Antonio Corvado de Rolas y Vivar de Justus, del Hazat, Count of Oultrejouyeaux - Test
- Baron Hugh of Justinian, Lord of Remle, Quarter-Castellan of the North - Test
- Baroness Midare Kirin Rinzetsu Li Halan, Lady of Jopha - Test
- Commodore Sofia Estefania Madalena Inez Guadalupe Eduardo Benignamin de Aragon, Baroness of Fenford - Test
- The Rt. Rev. Agravain van Gelder, Abbot of St. Palamedes - Test
- Lady Linnea Torenson - Test
- Lady Samina Fairuz Nouhad al-Malik - Test
- Sir Cephus Justinian - Test
- Sister Naima bint Justinian - Test
- Master Zaed - Test
- Brother Miles Fortius, Apprentice of Brother Battle - Test
- Verity Iolanda Winters, Entered of the Supreme Order of Engineers - Test
- Dame Trisje Miep van Gelder, Knight of the Company of the Phoenix - Test
- Dame Anja Torenson - Test
- Captain Sir Zakaria Haidar ibn Yunus ibn Hakim al-Bahri al Malik - Test
- Brother Moroko, Acolyte of Brother Battle, Vicar-Commander of Prior's Ford - Test
- Baroness Lysandra Justinian, Lady of Claudius' Tomb - Test
- Baroness Chiaka Iulia Theodosia Justinian, Lady Avenal - Test
- Baron Hassan ibn Abd Al-Haww ibn Al-Malik, Lord of Helborg - Test
- Baron Arkady Ivanovich Decados, Lord of Margat - Test
- Isabeau Meeks, Freewoman - Test
- Abiku of the Guild of Courtesans - Test
- Geoffrey de Moley, Guardian of the Crusader State - Test