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Reincarnation

Bal`demnic (TNN) - The TNN logo covers the screen before fading out to a live feed of a Chadra-Fan reporter standing in a large hall, crowded by individuals from dozens of species. Above the noise of the large crowd, the Chadra-Fan can be heard speaking. “Good evening Tresarians and sentients across the galaxy. This is Chuu’Ruth speaking live at Liberty Hall, inside the heart of the Kingdom. Rumors circulated earlier today that House Tresario would soon make an announcement about their decision regarding the succession of the King. A large crowd has gathered here waiting eagerly to hear their decision. House Tresario, which is made up of the nobility of Tresario, has gathered for the last week to select the new monarch of the Kingdom.” Chuu’Ruth pauses as the murmurs begin to get louder. “And I can see now that several members of House Tresario have walked onto the stage. It appears the leader of the assembly, Lord Xias, is about to make an announcement.”

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A Falleen in a long black tunic approaches the center of the stage. The crowd settles down as he speaks. “Thank you for gathering today. Though Tresario mourns the loss of a great Falleen, it is our duty to forge a new path forward. It was decided by the Hall of Ministers and the late Sovereign’s personal advisors that it would be best for the Kingdom to have the heir of King Vatz confirmed by the leaders and people of Tresario. It is my pleasure to announce that House Tresario has unanimously agreed to confirm His Majesty, King Alto Rexar as the new Sovereign of Tresario!”

As the crowd cheers, Lord Xias stepped aside, allowing the new Sovereign to address the Kingdom. The Trandoshan confidently steps up to the podium and looks out to the audience.

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“Citizens of Tresario, Friends of the Imperial Union, and all galactic sentients, today I have the honor and privilege to address you for the first time as King of Tresario. I speak to you now, during this period of profound mourning and loss, to reminisce about our past and dream about our future. King Vatz will remain forever ensconced in our hearts, inspiring and motivating us daily to continue on his legacy and to continue the fight for freedom. He was a fearless leader, a dear friend, and a true statesman. Not just to me but to the Hall of Ministers, the people of Tresario, and the galaxy at large. His life and legacy will be remembered and cherished by all.

If someone had approached me a few weeks ago, asking what it would feel like to ascend to the throne of one of the galaxy's greatest governments, I would have said 'Great, but I'll pass.' To be the King of billions of loyal, freedom-loving individuals who look up to you and trust you with their lives must surely feel overwhelmingly fortunate and fill your soul with pride. On the other side, from what I've learned during my four-year tenure as Premier at King Vatz's side, the amount of work, pressure and responsibility pressing on your shoulders can be stifling. I would have never seen myself capable of carrying this weight.

Yet, here I stand as Tresario's new King, and it turns out I was mistaken. Does it feel great? No, at least not yet. All I can feel right now is the pain and sorrow of losing my friend and mentor of many years. Do I have what it takes to serve and lead Tresario as her King, do I deserve the executive authority that the nobles of House Tresario and, implicitly, the late King Vatz have invested in me? I will leave that for history to judge. What I do know for sure, however, and what I have never been wrong about, is my dedication to Tresario, her people and her ideals. From the day I joined the Kingdom, until now, and hopefully for many years to come, I have always been trying to do my best, support and improve the Kingdom in any possible way. Tresario has given so much to me and with each day that I live and serve I hope I can give something back, and if that ultimately means leading the Kingdom, so be it.”

The King pauses letting his words hang for a moment, then Trandoshan smiles as he finishes.

“Although these days are darkened by the shadow King Vatz's passing has cast over them, this is not the first tragedy we have managed to rise above. And once again, I can see Tresario's future bright ahead. Long Live Tresario!”

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King Rexar leaves the stage with the applause of the audience. The screen moves back to the Chadra-Fan reporter. “Well you’ve heard it here. With the full support of the Hall of Ministers, House Tresario and Tresarians everywhere, only one more thing needs to be said. Long live the King.” The screen pans again to the cheering audience and then fades back to the TNN logo.

Year 19 Day 74 - posted by Marke Waymen on the Galactic News Service

Put Your Head on My Shoulder

Bal`demnic (TNN) - It is with deep sadness and extreme sorrow that we announce the passing of His Majesty, King Jude Vatz, Sovereign of the Tresario Star Kingdom, Sovereign of the Sentinels of Tresario, Marshall of the Order of Tresarian Freedom, Peer of the Order of the Noblest Rukhar, Nathran of Clan Eu’maios, Patron of the Tikiars, and Citizen of the Tresario Star Kingdom.

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King Vatz devoted his life to the cause of Freedom for the people of the galaxy. Beginning his career in the Falleen Federation, he was drawn to the Tresario Star Kingdom by his friend Landion Domic, then Viceroy of the Kingdom. Rising through the ranks, he became Minister of Governmental Affairs, and later had a short tenure as Premier. With the retirement of Viceroy Domic, King Vatz was chosen to succeed him. He lead the Kingdom from a small nation to one of great galactic prominence and influence. His leadership extended beyond the borders of even the Federation, becoming Secretary-General of the Galactic Alliance. As the Kingdom grew, King Vatz knew Tresarians needed their own voice in galactic affairs. After unsuccessful conversations with the Federation, he led the Kingdom to independence, forging Tresario into a galactic powerhouse. Working with new allies to secure Tresarian influence and security, he aided in the rebirth of the Imperial Union, overseeing the continued growth of the Kingdom.

In these final years, King Vatz was diagnosed with a rare disease. Keeping this information to a handful of advisers and friends, he continued his work overseeing the government. His mind remained his most powerful weapon as he saw to the protection of the Kingdom. On Day 47 of Year 19 he eventually crossed the great divide, leaving a legacy unrivaled in Tresarian history. A funeral was recently held in the capital of the Kingdom, where countless Tresarians paid their respects to the Sovereign of seven years.

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Upon hearing the news, Tresario’s allies have sent statements of support to the Kingdom. Emperor Seele stated that, “[King Vatz] was one of the most staunch and capable leaders we have enjoyed within the Imperial Union. His intellect, insight, and strong sense of strategic purpose was a source of counsel to myself and also Lord Ndengin when he was Emperor. This is a loss that is felt not just by the citizens of the Tresarian Kingdom, but also the entire Imperial Union.” In a release from Black Sun, Dark Prince Knight said "The news of King Vatz's passing has sent ripples through the galaxy. When someone of such immense character leaves us, we are never the same. To the citizens of the Tresario Star Kingdom, Black Sun is with you in this time of sorrow."

Aside from allies, beings across the galaxy have reached out upon hearing the news of the King. Dac Kain, galactic businessman and friend of King Vatz issued this statement upon hearing the news: “Both Aly and I are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our dear friend, [King Vatz]. While aware this day could come, that does not soften the blow nor ease the pain of loss. [King Vatz] was a wonderful friend and will be greatly missed. Friends like [King Vatz] are hard to find, even harder to lose, and impossible to forget. The entire Mecrotica family extends our deepest sympathies to the Tresarian people and all those he left behind."

In a historic occasion, the nobility of Tresario are assembled to confirm the succession of the heir to the throne. As they meet, the legacy and vision of King Vatz remains a steadfast guide. They are expected to make an announcement in the coming days. A memorial honoring the late Sovereign will be held in the following weeks.

Year 19 Day 56 - posted by Marke Waymen on the Galactic News Service