Pontious Pius (Character)

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Name Pontious Pius

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Pontious Pius[edit]

Disclaimer: there is limited information about this individual, Pontious Pius, in the general database. All information contained herewithin has been declassified by CONCORD and the Amarrian Security Council, has been gathered from school records, or compiled from Pius' best selling book, The Life of a Simple Dissenter. To add information to this database, contact Rhiv Attenia, the officer assigned to the Pius Investigation.

Pontious Pius is a former Amarr Imperial Navy officer, a dissenter, philosopher, member of the Cult of Tetrimon, and father to three children.

Pontious Pius is, at this time, considered dead after an official CONCORD investigation. He still is however, per custom, considered an Enemy of the Empire in Amarr territory, and will be held as such until Pontious Pius' body can be recovered.

Early Life[edit]

Pontious Pius was born on Amarr Prime in {OEC} 23283 to Tiberious Pius (dec.) and Robyn Pius (dec).

Tiberious Pius was, at the time of his son's birth a semi-disgraced Paladin Admiral of the Amarr Imperial Navy, who was teaching at the Amarr Imperial Academy. Robyn Pius was a theoretical engineer working for Viziam, and was assigned to the AX-4573463, the project designation for the prototype Abaddon-class battlship.

Pontious was raised in the Church of Saint Tetrimon, a particullarly strict sect of Amarrian religion, but a sect that was fully state-sanctioned at the time.

Because of his parent's careers, Pontious was raised by Minmitar slave-nannies. He began his formal tutoring at age 3 (shortly after recieving his first set of implants), and was sent to the School of Saint Titus, a private school reserved for the upper echelons of Amarrian society.

From an early age, Pontious excelled in naval warfare strategies, marine command tactics, and military history. He often struggled in the math and sciences involved in starship command, however, and as such graduated from Minor Schooling at the top 40% of his class.

Amarr Imperial Academy[edit]

Pontious applied for, and was accepted, in the Amarr Imperial Academy, despite his lackluster grades. Perhaps due to his father's pedigree, or the need for officers after the Second Minmitar Uprising, he started his naval academy education at the very same building where his father taught, only seven blocks from his home.

Even though Pontious excelled in the classroom, he began a series of disciplinary actions starting his first year at the Academy. After a string of petty offenses, Pontious was suspended from school after a stunt in which he, and a Minmitar slave-woman he owned, procded to have 'unnatural relations' on school grounds.

Pontious' behavior did not improve over the next five years, however he reigned in enough of his rebellious streak to stay out of any other significant trouble. He became known as a hotshot during the battle simulations, often disobeying the set rules of warfare and incorporating his own. For a time he was undefeated in the simulator, however he was severely punished for the high mortality rates on his simulated ships (over 90% loss of life).

One of Pontious' favorite manuevers (now known as the Pius Manuever), was to use warp technology to warp his own ships into enemy capital ships to effectively destroy or disable enemy ships. Pontious was the first to figure out the ratio needed per class of ship (the ratio being 10.43864134% of total mass). This enabled Pontious to use frigates and cruisers to overwhelm a fleet of battlecruisers and battleships.

While these manuevers counted against Pontious during his reviews, it allowed Pontious to effectively be victorious against any enemy during skirmishes. While his intructors reprimanded him for the lack of respect he showed to his fellow Amarrian officers, they did concede that the sacrifice of a frigate or cruiser to tackle a battleship was a good strategy.

Note: advances in warp fields have made this tactic all but obsolete: warp drives now phase the ship so that ships in warp pass through objects, spacial anomolies, and gravity wells. It is still popular at the Naval Academy, particullarly during the Homeworld simulations.

Upon graduation, Pontious recieved high marks for his unusual tactics, his knowledge of Amarrian and enemy ships, and his knowledge of history. He did, however, recieve low marks for his conduct and lack of respect towards authority. He also recieved low marks in Battlefield Empathy, a class and saying that Pontious himself despised, but a mark that would hamper Pontious' career for many years.

As such, Pontious graduated Saludictorean of his class, and was assigned to the AIS Sanctity, an Apocolypse-class battleship.


Early Military Career[edit]

After graduating from the naval academy, Pontious was given the rank of Templar Lieutenant and assigned as the Naval Liason Officer of the Imperial Marine Taskforce stationed aboard the Sanctity. While serving as Liason Officer, Pontious was given command of the 105th Task Force Unit of the 32nd Holy Marine Expiditionary Force. While serving in that capacity, Pontious served as an officer-in-the-field with his men.

During this time, Pontious and his men were involved in the Corenthius Uprising, as part of the force sent by the Theological Council to put down yet another Minmitar uprising. Intended to be the response to end all uprisings, the 105th Task Force was sent to Joint Harvesting Farm #A-11-C on Corenthius Prime, to help end the slave strike at that farm.

Upon arrival at #A-11-C, Pontious instantly noticed that his men were outnumbered by the thousands. The 105th had fifty-one men (including Pontious) assigned to it, whereas the slaves on strike numbered upwards of 7,500 Minmitarians. In a reckless display of ethnic superiority, Pontious opened fire on the slaves after their refusal to return to their cells.

Perhaps expecting the slaves to actually comply with his orders, they instead took up what farming supplies they had and attacked the painfully small 105th Task Force. While his men, suprised at the revolt, retreated, Pontious stood firm and ordered ta mey (translated into the fury), a present command he had programmed into the Sanctity.

The battle lasted only a few short seconds, and when it was over Pontious stood over the dead, dying, and injured Minmitar slaves, as well as many of his own men. In the aftermath, it was discovered that Pontious had ordered an orbital assault barrage, directed on his location. Even though such actions had been banned since the signing of the CONCORD Pact, Pontious justified his actions, as it pertains to CONCORD law, as:

I never once ordered an orbital bombardment on any enemy or friendly state of the Amarr Empire. I ordered the attack on property of the Empire, on property of a loyal corporation of the Empire. It was no different than the scuttling of a ship, although my heart would have felt more for that poor ship than it did for those trash that would not follow commands. -Corenthius Hearing, CONCORD Courts, {OEC} 23307

Pontious was awarded the Sacred Cross award, and earned the respect of many officers in the fleet. However, with 46 of the 50 men under his command dead from the attack, Pontious would no longer directly command a marine unit. (Note: out of the 46 dead under his command, he nominated only 3 for the Red Crux [an award given to fallen Amarrian soldiers who died in honor], stating that the other 3 had, 'run away from the trash that threatened freedom of Amarr everywhere.')


Military Career (23308-23325)[edit]

After being cleared by an official inquiry, Pontious was promoted to Cardinal Lieutenant, and assigned to the AX-62632345, codenamed: Shadow, an expiremental project designed to test and report on an expiermental cloaking device stolen from a Jovian scout ship.

In a self-described irony, the Shadow was a frigate-sized ship, with only 231 men aboard. During his initial briefing on the ship, the Imperator Commander (captain) of the ship recommended that Pontious be a, 'little more careful with the lives of the people aboard the ship, they aren't slaves afterall!' , a double-edged remark.

The six month mission, which eventually lasted over fourteen months, was considered a success. During the mission, a containment field on the cloaking device failed, flooding most of the ship with tetryon radiation. With 178 dead, including the Imperator Commander, only 53 men remained alive to operate the ship. Pontious, fourth in command, was given a battlefield promotion to Arch Lieutenant, and put second in command. Even with that disaster, the Shadow fulfilled it's mission in pentrating the Minmitar boarder and spying on several ship building stations and training schools.

Upon being debriefed by the Theological Council, Pontious was promoted again to Imperial Major, and assigned to the AIS Sacred Justice, a cruiser-class vessel assigned to the Amarr Holy Fleet (the homeworld protection fleet).

Pontious spent the next four years chassing smugglers and thieves, and grew weary of defense service. He felt that he was a battlefield commander, but was rejected time after time when he requested a transfer.

It was also at this time that Pontious joined the Cult of Tetrimon, after the forced dissalution of the Church of Tetrimon. Because of it's illegal status, Pontious officially joined the Church of Saint Arrach. Due to his close proximity to the homeworld and his status as a well-known naval officer, Pontious became an influential members in the Cult of Tetrimon.

Pontious also met his future wife, Melynda Krithaman, as she was also a member of the Cult of Tetrimon. They married in 23317.

Pontious was eventaully given his request for a transfer, and assigned to the AIS Vak'Aioth, a carrier-class vessel assigned to the 18th Assault Task Force. He served on this vessel for three years without seeing any significant action until his promotion to Marshall Commander, a given his first command

Military Career (23325-23328)[edit]

Pontious was given command of the AIS Repulse, a destroyer-class vessel. His command came at a cost: the Forth Minmitar Uprising and the loss of the 1st Imperial Occupation Fleet at Kainatoch. The loss of this fleet cost the Amarrians over 100 ships, 80,000 enlisted men, and 4,500 officers. The Repulse had been one of the few ships that managed to escape, and Pontious filled the void in the command structure after the execution of her captain.

Pontious arrived at Verithrx XII, the site of the shipyard making the repairs to the Repulse. He oversaw her refit and repairs, and four months after being assigned to her, he flew her out of space dock and into active service, two weeks ahead of schedule.

Assigned to general patrol duties in the Vens sector, Pontious found hismself in the middle of an illegal slave-child smuggling operation. Over the course of three years, Pontious learned about this operation: sympathetic Amarrians were buying slave children from breeding farms, and smuggling them into the Minmitar Republic. The Vens system, only a few jumps in from the Amarr/Minmitar boarder, was a popular site to make the transfer of these children due to the large number of asteroid belts in the system.

Pontious disrupted this operation, and reclaimed over 1500 slave children, when he hid the Repulse in an asteroid belt for three days, waiting for a transfer. When the Amarr transport ship warped in, the Repulse activated a warp-dampening system, and proceded to destroy the Minmitar ships. The Amarr ships he spared, although executed every adult on the ship. Per custom, he took 15 of the slave-children as his own, and distributed the rest among his men. He sent his newly-owned slaves to his family homes across the Empire, however kept his favorite two aboard the Repulse as his own comfort women.

For breaking up the illegal operation, Pontious was awarded the Distinguised Service Crux, and promoted to Imperator Commander. He was given command of the AIS Sacriment, a newly commissioned Abaddon-class battleship. Pontious was only 42 at the time of recieving his first battleship command, an honor that only few before him had achieved.

Theological Council Appointment[edit]

The Sacriment had the latest and greatest technology the fleet had to offer; many of the expiremental fittings on her later went to become mainstays in the rest of the Fleet. There were also alligations of illegal and otherwise classified fittings being installed, however since the Sacriment has never officially been recovered, it is unknown what technologies have been lost due to Pontious' dissention.

As well as being promoted to Imperator Commander, Pontious was given a spot on the Theologicl Council War Board. an elite council of 100 of the top Commanders in the Imperial Navy. In this position, Pontious gave military advice to the Theological Council, and often had the ear of the Emporer.

He was also stationed at Amarr Prime because of these duties, with the Sacriment officially docked at home port. Occassionally Pontious and the Sacriment would accompany a fleet on a training manuever or into battle, however the Sacriment generally served as Pontious' personal transport.

During this time, Pontious became even more active in the Cult of Tetrimon, at one point serving as a Deacon, one of the advisors to the Apostle (the head of the cult). It was during this time that the Cult of Tetrimon shifted from shows of civil disobedience and passive agression to a culture of all-out terrorism.

It has been speculated by many Amarrians that this shift in behavior stems almost directly from Pontious himself, and that Pontious started these activities against the Empire after the execution of his mother and father when Tetrimonian books were found in their home. Whether this is true or not has raised some debate, however if it is true, Pontious was never discovered as he continued to gain promotion after promotion as those officers above him were assassinated.

Because of these assassinations, it took Pontious only four years to achieve the rank of Divine Commodore, the highest rank in the Fleet. He was also promoted to Representative of the Fleet to the Theological Council.

After four months in this position, however, it became clear to the Theological Council that Pontious had views that differed from their own, views that could potentially harm their power base. Pontious voiced opinions that would have been in line over six hundred years ago, but as the Council influenced the military, they also influenced Amarrian culture and religion.

Pontious, a Purist to a tee, felt that the Theological Council was using the military to change the lifestyle and religions of the Amarrians at gunpoint. In his final address to the Council, Pontious stated:

You sit here and bicker about nothing, while Minmitar trash are using liberated Minmitary property [i.e. slaves] to attack our boarders. You worry about a religious sect, when the Jovians continue to arm our enemies. You attack your own citizens, when drugs and weapons are being sold to our children on the street. When will you realize that your judgement has become clouded by the very power you were given to protect the Amarrians?

You will be made to realize the errors of your way, the sins and blasphemies you have committed. And when you kneel before your God, you will look up and see me, for I shall be your final judgement.

For these statements, Pontious should have been cashiered out of the Fleet, however the Theological Council knew that the Fleet was not in a position to loose one of it's more experienced officers, and a morale blow that was sure to follow would cause fallout the Council wished to avoid. Instead, Pontious was reduced in rank to Tribunus Colonel and sent to the edges of the Empire.


Dissention[edit]

Pontious' fleet, the 11th Tactical Assault Fleet, was sent far away from Amarr Prime because of Pontious' actions. However, this move, which was intended to destabilize any support Pontious may had had in the military, had the opposite effect. He was sent to the fringes of Tash-Murkonite space, where Pontious found a section of Amarrian culture that was more than willing to turn the tides against the Theological Council in their favor.

Pontious made his way through the 15 sectors of Tash-Murkon, gaining support and popularity throughout the planets. What normally would have been a cause for concern to the Theological Council was barely noticed, because of the distance of Tash-Murkonite space from the rest of the Empire.

Pontious also used this time to gain support and friends in the Gallente Federation. Pontious made monthly trips into Gallente space, and eventually moved his wife and children there.

Pontious also stored ships and weapons, some funneled to him through the Cult of Tetrimon, and others from patriots in Tash-Murkon space. Above that, Pontious began replacing key members of the command staff of the nine ships under his command which those loyal to the Cult of Tetrimon. Two years to the date of his speech to the Theological Council, Pontious became an official traitor of the Empire.

In a bold move, Pontious used his power to effectively blockade the Amarr Prime system for over 76 hours. Using over two-hundred ships (both military and civilian), Pontious' fleet jumped into the Amarr Prime system and disabled all jump gates within moments.

The Amarrian navy was slow to respond, shocked at this incursion into the most holy of systems in Amarr space. Before long, most of the Navy ships had surrendered or been disabled, with only minimal of lives lost. The Theological Council, worried about Pontious' tactics of orbital bombardment, abondoned their people and used a special cruiser, outfitted with micro jump-gate technology, fled the system.

Pontious gained access to the main newsfeeds and projected a message of hope and a return to the ways that had made Amarr great in the first place. He urged people to revolt against their government and bring justice to those that would oppress them.

This message did not have the effect that Pontious hoped it would. While over 1,500 government officials were executed, most were performed by members of the Cult of Tetrimon. Only three deaths were accounted to civilians that acted without any other connections to Pontious besides the transmission.

Even though the Amarrian navy was slow to respond, they eventually responded in force. Using six carriers, ten dreadnaughts, and other capital ships, Pontious' force of 200 was vastly outnumbered when the Amarrians wielded over 1,550 ships. Pontious' force was quickly destroyed, and the jump gates were repaired.

A massive effort was undertaken to indentify the bodies in the wreckage, and hopefully to find, indentify, and burn Pontious' body. After a seven-month search with no results, the wreckage was finally cleared from around Amarr Prime. Even though there were very little physical scars remaining after Pontious' actions, the shockwaves it sent throughout Amarrian society were profound.

Sweeping reforms were instituted by the Emporer, who had not been harmed during the Dissention, as it came to be known, even though he had choosen to remain on Amarr Prime. These reforms were intended to bring Amarr back to a pure-strict religion, however the Theological Council against twisted these reforms to suit their own needs.

Pontious was unofficial declared dead twelve months after the Dissention, however was still listed as an official Enemy of the Empire, per Amarr custom, until a body could be recovered.


Exile[edit]

The reason the Amarrians could not located a body was because Pontious was not with the fleet when it began it's blockade. Even though wreckage thought to be from the Sanctity was found in orbit of Amarr Prime, Pontious had long since changed his command ship to the AX-4573463, the very same prototype Abaddon-class battleship his mother had helped design. He had moved many of the fittings from the Sanctity to the newly cristined Holy Crusade, and had taken a few of his top advisors, and escaped into Gallente space.

Pontious had stolen the AX-4573463 from an Imperial storeyard some sixteen months earlier. To this day, the Theological Council refuses to acknowledge the theft of the AX-4573463, and have stated that that ship was scutteled when the prototype stage was completed.

Once Pontious reached the Gallente boarder, he broadcast a general transmission, asking for political assylum. Pontious was granted this assylum, and from there he traveled to the Laurvierre system, to set up his exile under a few Gallente friends he had made in the past few months.

During the first few months of his exile, Pontious steadily rebuilt his fleet, although such activity did not make him immune to the political fallout back home. The Amarr Imperial Secret Police gained information of Pontious' whereabouts, however they had little power to act upon this information. The Theological Council, however, hatched a plan that would ensure Pontious' death, while keeping the Amarr Empire free from any political sanctions that may occur.

Through a trusted advisor, the Council learned of Pontious' travel itenerary as he went to inspect the outfitting of a new ship he had purchased. The Council hired pirates to camp at a gate he was believed to be passing through, and when he arrived in the system, the pirates jumped into action.

Pontious, only in a small shuttle, put up little resistance, however he set a collision course to the closest battleship. Forcing the ship off course, it strayed into the path of a smartbomb, allowing Pontious enough time to jump into the safety of a CONCORD patrolled system. The outcome of the two pirates is unknown, however Pontious quickly learned that the Council would not cease until they had ceremoniously burned his body.

As Pontious steadily regained the numbers of ships in his fleet, he officially began the Amarr Holy Fleet, and registered all ships with CONCORD under the assumed name of Pontious Upgreyedd.

It was also during this time that Pontious published his best selling book, The Life of a Simple Dissenter. The publicity brought on by this book shocked many in the Amarr Empire, they thought Pontious to be dead. The book was a best seller in Gallente space, and was quite popular in the Amarr Empire until the Theological Council placed the book on it's Banned Works list.

Pontious continued to build his wealth in the Gallente Federation, eventually coming to own over twenty ships of various classes. Pontious remained in exile for over three years, until the 14th attempt on his life.

Death[edit]

Because of the increased pressure on the corporation in which Pontious, now a Director, was a part of, Pontious decided to spare the lives of the Gallentes in which he had come to know and trust, and make a bold, if rather unusual move (for Pontious' demeanor).

Pontious hyjacked an InterBus shuttle destined for Laurvierre III by pulling it out of warp with a warp disruption field. He boarded the shuttle alone, taking over the command deck, and rerouted the shuttle to the Sortet system. He intentionally enetered Amarrian space (therefore allowing the Amarrians to take part in the chase, per CONCORD law), and took ships from the Gallente Federation, the Amarr Empire, and CONCORD through a thirty-eight jump chase until he reached the Sortet system.

Upon reaching the Sortet system, he engaged the warp drive to one of the moons over Sortet IX (which is one of the only planets that can sustain life in the Sortet system). Instead of allowing the ship to pass through the planet, Pontious disengaged the warp drive just as the shuttle entered the atmosphere of the moon.

What happens next is still under investigation by the Amarr Empire, however CONCORD and the Gallente Federation both agree that the shuttle entered the atmosphere at forty times the recommended speed, and broke apart after only seventeen seconds of atmosphere shear.

Accoarding to the sensor readings of the GFS Freedom (a Gallente cruiser), many chunks of the shuttle survived atmospheric reentry, and many of those pieces impacted with the ground. Over thirteen of these pieces were the size of an escape pod or larger. While no other ship recorded these readings, they may suggest that there could be survivors after Pontious' stunt.

Immediately before the shuttle reentered the atmosphere, a message was sent out on all Amarrian and Gallente channels. It said:

This is a message to my fellow Amarrian and Gallente brothers. I, Pontious Pius, have been hunted to the ends of the galaxy because of my beliefs. I do not waver in my belief as I look over the precipace of life. I do not reject my statements. I only hope that my matyrism serves as a tool to encourage others to stand up for their beliefs in the One True Way, and that the Amarr Empire will not continue on it's path of unrighteousness.

After a brief investigation, CONCORD and the Gallente Navy agreed that all hands on board the shuttle were incenerated when the shuttle broke apart. The Amarr Navy, however, has left their investigation inconclusive. All sides agree that there is an unspecified amount of biological matter from the wreckage, however there is not enough evidence to conclude how many people were killed, or to indentify the remains of these people.

The conclusion of the investigation came after six independantly owned ships, as well as the Amarrians, Gallente, and CONCORD ships recoarded no signs of life on the planet, after weeks of sensor sweeps.


Controversy[edit]

Many people in the Amarr Empire point to the date collected by the Freedom when the shuttle broke apart in the atmosphere as evidence that Pontious has again faked his own death, and is still alive and in hiding. They point to the fact that Pontious' flagship, the Holy Crusade Has never been recovered or scanned by any governmental sensor since Pontious' 'death.'

Another theory holds that Pontious, not prone to suicide manuevers, especially 'out-of-the-blue' ones such as this, is still alive and in hiding. They point to the numerous physological testing that all Amarrian naval officers undertake, which never cast Pontious as a matyr.

Still another group that Pontious has been dead for years, long since murdered by one of his Minmitar slaves. They believe the Theological Council has covered this up by using clones of Pontious to stand in his place. They believe that the dissention was either a ruse to keep the people believing in the Theological Council and it's power, or it was the work of a malfunctioning clone.


Today[edit]

Whether Pontious Pius is dead or not is still up for debate, however more time has passed since the incident in Sortet than any other time he has faked his own death. All of his property has been put into holding by the Gallente Federation, who refuse to return it to the Amarr.

All of his slaves, however, have also not been set free (as customary), per a Gallente law describing the rights of property of the deceased. After a motion filed by Pontious lawyer, the Gallente Supreme Court has refused to hear the case, based on the decision that no matter how the slaves are found (free or not), they were never owned by a Gallente citizen, are not Gallente citizens, and thus the court has no jurisdiction until the next-of-kin come and claim the property.

Pontious' death has also served as a matyrdom for the Cult of Tetrimon, which may have been it's intended result. Many officers and enlisted men, as well as citizens have joined the Cult, and have forced the Theological Council to name it a legal relgion once again.


Quotes[edit]

Overwhelm and devestate. -Pius Family Motto

I am the righteous hand of God ... feel his judgement. -transmitted during the Corenthius Uprising

There is no better honor to die for your belief, no better way of attonement than to make others die for it, as well. -The Life of a Simple Dissenter

Matyrism is not the answer! We cannot win a sustained war of attrition by allowing our men to die for our ideals. We will win that war by making our oppenents die for theirs (beliefs)! -statement to the Cult of Tetrimon War Council

I have read this book, the Pax Amarria, and have come to one simple conclusion. Pax Amarria will forever be unattainable so long as the unholy in the Theological Council continue to rule our lives on their whims. The blessings of the Lord have surely passed over us because of their actions, this much is clear due to the Uprisings. -quote given about the Pax Amarria and the Minmitar slave revolts