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Octavio Drakonus

 

Pronunciation:  ok-TAY-vee-oh + dra-KOHN-uhs

Occurrences:  Commentary only — Maximillius Drakonus

 

 

See:  Maximillius Drakonus

 

Summary:  According to Azrael’s Commentary, Octavio was the older brother of Canidius and Maximillius Drakonus (AZC - Maximillius Drakonus). Octavio was executed as a result of a secret plot against him, created by Maximillius and Canidius, who were at the time in their late teens. Maximillius later assumed the throne after successfully orchestrating the assassination of Canidius and his father, Caius Quintus Drakonus.

 

 

Azrael’s Commentary - Maximillius Drakonus (excerpt)

 

[...] As part of his plan, Maximillius conspired with his brother, Canidius, the second in line to the throne, against their elder brother Octavio. The agreement with Canidius was simple: get rid of Octavio, Canidius would then become Emperor and as Emperor appoint Maximillius as Vice Regent of the empire. The plot against Octavio was not only born out of the ambition of Canidius and Maximillius; it was also an act of self-preservation and survival. For the custom of imperial succession entailed the execution of all male siblings of the new Emperor in order to secure the throne and empire against intrigue. Being next in line to the throne meant an automatic death sentence to Maximillius and Canidius upon Octavio’s ascension to the throne.

 

The plot against Octavio was planned solely by Maximillius and entailed Canidius, in the dead of night, dressing up as his older brother and hiring an assassin under the pretense of removing an enemy of the state. The target of the assassin would be found alone in one of the palace gardens at a certain time of night. To get into the royal compound, the assassin was given one of the personal tokens of Octavio. The token, bearing the name and image of Octavio, acted as a pass and would allow the bearer to pass safely into the palace itself. However, the Emperor was forewarned anonymously by Maximillius that his life was imperiled and a trap was soon planned by the Stazzi to capture the assassin and find out who had hired him. And as so carefully planned, the assassin was captured, and under torture gave the name of his employer as Octavio. Within moments Octavio was arrested and under the most severe torture was made to confess to the crime of hiring an assassin to kill his father. Hearing this, the Emperor immediately signed the order of execution and Octavio was garroted in a public ceremony. [...]

 

 

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Oberon
Octavius (Fortress)