The citizens of Koru Nemoidia were granted a spectacle in the form of yet another public execution of Death Watch operatives last week, this time led personally by the Lord Imperator Kasra himself. The group in question was exposed during an organized sweep on Antar performed by the Legion, promptly taken captive and moved to a secure location for questioning. During the interrogation, one of the prisoners revealed that the covert cell was harboring Elvette Rainmark, an adoptive child of Peter Max, the current leader of Death Watch and a sworn enemy of the Krath Empire. With this piece of information revealed, the entire group was transported to the Lord Imperator's private estates on Koru Nemoidia, where their fate would be decided.
Lord Kasra had decided to judge their actions against Krath as a matter of dual offence, claiming that the issue was as much a dispute between the Empire and its enemies as it was a battle between Mandalorians and Dar'Manda. This would mean that they would be eligible to a broader scope of punishments, as the charges against them would be both based on law of Krath and law of Lord Kasra's clan, the Ar'Klim. This gave the Lord Imperator the judiciary freedom he needed to sentence the entirety of the cell to slavery and forced labor on the Lord Imperator's numerous construction projects in Ar'Klim clan territories. As he would put it, "They would improve that, which they so foolishly attempted to destroy." After well over ten standard months of indentured service, Lord Kasra declared their usefulness spent, scheduling their execution date in the process.
The event attracted a large crowd to the Palace Plaza in front of the Cebatr be Ar'Klim, the designated place of the execution. In the late afternoon, Lord Kasra himself had appeared on-stage with the soon-to-be Dead Watch members. After giving a short speech on the importance of upholding the Mandalorian standards (see: Resol'nare) across all clans and weeding out pretenders, he summarily executed all seventeen prisoners before him via beheading. While each individual death solicited a positive response from the crowd, the cheers were loudest during the demise of the aforementioned Elvette Rainmark and another Death Watch officer, Billy Freeform. When approached by KrathNet journalists to share his thoughts on the occasion, Lord Imperator commented: "It is a slow process, to clear one's name. But in executing seventeen filthy Dar'manda, I certainly hope to have cleansed some of the stains from the name 'Mandalorian.' For that opportunity, I am filled with joy."
"In truth, I've never sought the kind of power that comes with a crown," Bodnari said in the statement. "I've always felt that I could serve more effectively as an administrator or advisor, but a head-of-state must provide a larger vision; I've always been more interested in nuts and bolts."
The statement also named Bodnari's successor: Duke Ling Reen. Reen began his service to the Kingdom in the Department of Infrastructure before being asked to serve in Czerka Corporation, where he swiftly demonstrated his talents as a leader. He was so successful that one of then-Regent Bodnari's first acts was to ask Reen to lead the nationalized mining corporation.
Reen again demonstrated remarkable talent in his leadership role by developing a strong corporate staff. He also used that position, as well as his private trading activities, to develop contacts throughout the galaxy that made him an adept diplomat -- skills he employed for the Crown as he added the title of Chief Diplomat to his portfolio.
Reen was later promoted to Lord of Infrastructure, and soon after that to Lord Chancellor, each time demonstrating greater and greater proficiency with the expanding duties.
"Observing Lord Reen these past few months, I am confident he has the vision, the drive, and the leadership skills the Kingdom needs," Bodnari said. "I feel I can step aside now and leave the Kingdom in capable hands."
Duke Reen will move his Crown seat back to the original Vigihan capitol at Bhuna Sound. The new administration has signaled no other policy changes at this time, preferring to continue building on the course of growth Elysia has already charted.
"I feel proud and honored to take my seat on this throne I have served since I stepped out of the mines of Gendius III,â Reen said. âThe direction of our Kingdom and of the two great Kings I succeed will not be changed, and we will continue the course of our neutral diplomatic relations.â