Hengist Duval was the 15th Emperor of the Empire from 3233 to 3301.[1]


Hengist was born in 3163, a week before the death of his grandfather Hender Saik Duval.[sic] Some say Hender's spirit already transferred to Hengist at that time. Hengist was crowned Emperor in 3233 following the death of his father Hesketh Duval.[2] His coronation, broadcast throughout the Empire, gave the impression of a serene transition, but behind the veneer lay significant tensions. The Imperial Senate had gained significant power in the final years of Hesketh's reign, and the first decade of Hengist's rule was tense as he struggled to assert himself and repopulate his court with individuals he considered personally loyal.[3]

At the start of his reign the cold war between the Empire and the Federation was starting to thaw, a process which continued for decades, although friction has recently resumed with the rise of certain powers like President Hudson and Senator Patreus.[2]

Hengist’s reign witnessed a major technological advancement with the introduction of the new frame shift drive. This sped up travel between star systems and even inside systems by an incredible margin. It created a more quickly shifting political, military and commercial landscape as reacting or causing changing became much easier.[2]

Hengist fell ill early in 3300, and he managed to continue light duties throughout the first half of the year. His sickness worsened as the year progressed and during this time he remained in seclusion with only rare visits to the Senate.[2] Hengist had not been involved in politics for a long time due to his illness.[4] He relied on his Chancellor, and long-term friend Senator Blaine,[5] and took a laissez faire attitude towards a handful of increasingly powerful and ambitious Senators while his son, prince Harold Duval quickly made a name for himself as a feckless playboy.

On 19 December 3300, Hengist Duval appeared in the Senate and decreed that his son Harold was not of sound mind and thus unsuitable to succeed Hengist to the Imperial Throne. A scurrilous news feed from the previous year had claimed that Hengist had said of his son in private: "The little idiot is utterly bonkers. He couldn't find his own bottom with both hands."[6]

When Senator Arissa Lavigny declared that she was the illegitimate daughter of Hengist Duval with Florence Lavigny, the emperor supported this claim. Thereafter Arissa was touted as likely to be named the next heir. On December 22, Hengist announced he would marry Florence and thus solidify Arissa's claim; Arissa changed her last name to Lavigny-Duval. Hengist was expected to formally adopt Arissa and cement her claim to the throne.[2]

Hengist's illness subsequently worsened and he entered a coma, causing the wedding to postponed through July 3301. Many expected him to not awaken from the coma and it was a great surprise when he recovered several months later. Hengist awoke from his coma on July 14, 3301, and rapidly recovered. The wedding was initially scheduled for July 29, then finalized for August 5.[2]

Hengist Duval was assassinated on his wedding day by Brendan Paul Darius, an aide to Senator Denton Patreus, on August 5, 3301. Hengist was 138 years old.[7] Arissa Lavigny-Duval succeeded Hengist as he had intended despite his marriage to Florence never taking place; Arissa was elected as the next Emperor by a vote of the Imperial Senate on October 6, 3301.[8]

On December 7, 3304, the burgeoning Imperial hardliner group Nova Imperium revealed the existence of Hadrian Augustus Duval, a pretender to the Imperial throne who had Nova Imperium's backing to replace Emperor Arissa Lavigny-Duval. Imperator Kaeso Mordanticus claimed that Hadrian had been genetically verified to be a lost grandson of the late Hengist Duval through an illegitimate son that Hengist had sired with an Imperial slave sometime during the reign of Hesketh Duval. The announcement came as a shock to every stratum of the Empire, and greatly strengthened Nova Imperium's credibility.[9]


05 APR 3305

  • Princess Aisling Duval has revealed that she recently visited Imperator Hadrian Augustus Duval, leader of the isolationist group Nova Imperium. The Imperial Herald published her statement: "For some time, I have regretted my initial dismissal of Hadrian. Had I known that Arissa intended to carry out such a brutal purge of his followers, my approach would have been different. Although he has been labelled an enemy of the Empire, I found myself unable to ignore this new member of the Duval family, and so requested a meeting in the Paresa system. Another reason to make contact was to verify his claim to be Emperor Hengist's grandson. All the genetic tests were conclusive – Hadrian is indeed my cousin by blood. We have now opened a dialogue to see if there can ever be common ground between us. Perhaps together we can heal divisions within the Empire."[10]

11 JAN 3305

  • Political journalist Cassia Carvalho has reported on the current conflict with isolationist group Nova Imperium: "In recent weeks, Nova Imperium has become a genuine political force. Tensions have now erupted into open conflict in the Paresa system, with Imperial Navy auxiliaries attempting to destroy Nova Imperium's fleet. In return, Imperator Mordanticus has called on the galactic community to fight for Emperor Hengist’s long-lost grandson Hadrian Duval to be recognised as an heir to the throne. Whether this is a one-off battle or the beginning of an Imperial civil war, the outcome of the Battle of Paresa will influence the future of the Empire."[11]

27 DEC 3304

  • Imperial senators supporting the isolationist group Nova Imperium have demanded that Emperor Arissa Lavigny-Duval acknowledge its figurehead, Hadrian Augustus Duval. Senator Eloise Winterstone proclaimed to the Senate: "The Imperial family must officially recognise Hadrian Duval as one of its own. Given that the Emperor has no children, such an act would secure the future of the Duval bloodline." Chancellor Anders Blaine replied: "Our official position is that Nova Imperium is a fringe organisation with no right to determine policy. We have no more to say on the matter." Political journalist Cassia Carvalho wrote in The Imperial Herald: "With the possibility of civil war increasing, the suggestion that Arissa accept Hengist Duval's grandson as an heir feels like a reasonable compromise. Her lack of response so far has led to accusations of weakness, with many calling on her to step down and for Hadrian Duval to be instated as sovereign ruler."[12]

07 DEC 3304

  • Isolationist group Nova Imperium has revealed its choice for Emperor – an eighteen year old man named Hadrian Augustus Duval. The group's leader, Imperator Mordanticus, broadcast this message: "It is incumbent upon me to reveal that Hengist Duval fathered not one but two illegitimate children in his younger days. A few years before meeting Florence Lavigny, he had a brief affair with a slave in the Imperial household. When Hengist's father discovered this, the matter was hushed up and the slave dismissed. The slave's son went on to sire a child of his own: Hadrian Duval, grandson of Emperor Hengist Duval. Hadrian was unaware of this until we located him and genetically confirmed his lineage. Arissa Lavigny-Duval is a weak Emperor who must be removed. We call for Hadrian Duval to be recognised as the true heir to the throne!" The Imperial Herald's political journalist Cassia Carvalho observed: "This announcement has shaken the Empire to its very foundations. Having Hadrian as a figurehead has rallied those hardliners more comfortable with the idea of a male Emperor. With a single stroke, Nova Imperium has gained considerable credibility and massively increased its support."[9]

23 AUG 3301

  • Chancellor Anders Blaine announced that Brendan Paul Darius, the man who killed the Emperor, was not working alone. An investigation into the retaliatory murders of Darius's family had discovered encrypted data files, which revealed the existence of an "ultra-traditionalist movement" named Emperor's Dawn.[13]

05 AUG 3301

  • News spread that Emperor Hengist Duval was attacked by a high ranking official during the wedding ceremony. The assailant was killed.[14]
  • Chancellor Blaine confirmed that the Emperor died en route to a medical facility after being stabbed by a member of the congregation. The Chancellor wouldn't provide details about the attacker.[7]

04 AUG 3301

  • Street parties throughout the Empire and grand events in Capitol marked the eve of the wedding. From the Federation, Shadow President Felicia Winters was attending, but President Zachary Hudson had declined, sending only the Secretary of External Affairs to represent the Federation, in what some saw as a slight that may have an effect on future Empire/Federation relations.[15]

29 JUL 3301

  • In an alleged secret recording of a conversation with one of her aides, princess Aisling Duval questioned the convenience of the Emperor's recovery and the motives of Senator Blaine and others close to the Emperor. An aide of Senator Blaine said an investigation would be carried out. Aisling Duval said the recording was clearly a fabrication and that she would never say "the despicable things portrayed in this horrid fantasy."

How is this possible? Am I not the most beloved person in the Empire? This is clear manoeuvring to make sure that Arissa becomes the heir. I can see her annoyingly haughty expression now. That Blaine thinks she will let him carry on doing what he wants.

— Alleged recording of Princess Aisling Duval[16]

28 JUL 3301

  • The date for the wedding had been postponed to the 5th August. When asked by the Imperial Herald whether she were now next in line to the throne, Arissa Lavigny-Duval replied "We are only days from the Emperor returning to the public stage. Trying to debate about what might occur if he were to die in these intervening days is both rude and disrespectful of our Emperor. I look forward to many years in service of Emperor Hengist Duval in whatever capacity he deems appropriate." The live online audience booed the commentator and applauded her response.[17]

24 JUL 3301

  • Dignitaries and guests from the farthest reaches of the Empire have started arriving on Capitol. While there is a festival atmosphere to the city, many are taking advantage of the influx of influential people to work deals and to make plans for the future.[18]

22 JUL 3301

  • The Office for the Emperor announced that Hengist Duval's wedding to Florence Lavigny would take place midday on Wednesday 29th July.[19]

18 JUL 3301

  • Hengist Duval appeared before the Senate, seeming frail but his voice firm as he made a speech that covered a variety of topics.

We live in times that hold great promise for our beloved Empire. The uncertainty of the past months has weakened our resolve and this cannot be allowed to continue. For too long some leaders of our society have vied against each other and squandered resources over a matter which will be guided by tradition. As Emperor it is my duty to ensure the success of the Empire and its continuation long into the future. To that end the previously announced marriage with my good friend Florence Lavigny will proceed at the earliest opportunity. As the wedding has already been announced we will not have to wait the customary thirty days to conduct the ceremony, but we will still give time for wellwishers to attend. Preparations are in the process of being finalised and will be announced by the middle of next week.

— Emperor Hengist Duval, expert from speech.[20]

14 JUL 3301

  • Chancellor Blaine declared, in a surprise statement on the steps of the Imperial Palace, that Emperor Hengist Duval had awoken from his coma early that morning. His physicians had declared him on his way to becoming fit and healthy, and had advised a few days rest and monitoring. Hengist intended to lead the Senate in a few days time.[21]

20 JUN 3301

  • Chancellor Blaine announced that the Emperor "has begun to show signs of returning to good health".[22]

01 APR 3301

  • An attempt to end the Emperor's life by tampering with his medication was foiled. Who had carried out the attack was unknown.[23]

14 MAR 3301

  • Chancellor Blaine refused to release the Emperor's medical records, saying "As has always been the case, for reasons of national security his Majesty’s medical records are only accessible by the Emperor’s personal physicians." He would continue to act in the Emperor's stead, and would tell the Senate if the situation changed.[24]

12 MAR 3301

  • Senator Denton Patreus called on Chancellor Blaine to release the Emperor's medical records, calling the situation "untenable".

How long are we expected to simply accept that Emperor Hengist is on the road to recovery? It’s been months now and there’s been no sign of the Emperor making a recovery of any kind. For the sake of the entire Empire, we need to know whether or not Emperor Hengist is ever going to be able to reclaim the throne. If Emperor Hengist really is getting better, then Chancellor Blaine should release the Emperor’s medical records to show the Senate that there is nothing to worry about. If not, we need to establish what needs to be done to secure our citizens’ future.

— Senator Denton Patreus, in an address to the Imperial Senate[25]

23 JAN 3301

  • There was public outcry over the delay of the marriage, with one Patron saying Chancellor Blaine and the other members of the Imperial Palace had been pretending everything was okay in order to grab scraps of power.[26]

22 JAN 3301

  • The wedding delay was changed to an indefinite postponement. This was seen as a significant blow to Arissa Lavigny's claim the throne.[27]

21 JAN 3301

  • Chancellor Anders Blaine announced that there would be a delay to the start of the wedding festivities, as Emperor Hengist Duval remained too unwell to participate, but that hopefully the delay would just be a few days.[28]

20 JAN 3301

  • The Marriage Council found that Aisling Duval's objection had no merit. Aisling was not pleased with this.[29]

19 JAN 3301

  • In the first Senate session of the new year, Senator Denton Patreus asked how long the Emperor would be in a coma before they addressed the issue of succession. The Senate agreed to review the situation at their next session.[30]

18 JAN 3301

  • Chancellor Blaine announced that Hengist Duval's sickness had worsened, and that he had fallen into a coma. As the Emperor's Chancellor, Blaine would take over the day to day running of the Empire.[31]

17 JAN 3301

  • Rumours circulated that the Emperor's condition was far worse than had been admitted, and that he had perhaps even died.[32]

16 JAN 3301

  • Preparations for the wedding continued on Capitol in Achenar. Imperial Senators and leaders of Empire-friendly independent systems started arriving.[33]

15 JAN 3301

  • Aisling Duval lodged an objection to the Emperor's marriage plans with the Office for Marriage. This would trigger a hearing of the Marriage Council within the next few days.

I have lodged a formal objection to my grandfather marrying his fancy woman not for love, not for marriage itself, but to change the succession without having to appear in the Senate. That’s all I’ve got to say at this time.

— Statement made by Princess Aisling Duval[34]

09 JAN 3301

  • Arissa Lavigny showed the plans for Hengist Duval and Florence Lavigny's wedding, which was planned for the 22nd of January. The President and Shadow President of the Federation were invited, but many expected them to politely decline. The news that the wedding was going ahead had a positive effect on Imperial markets, as it gave the impression that the Emperor's illness was not at bad as some had thought.[35]

22 DEC 3300

  • Announced that he was to be married to Florence Lavigny. This would make their daughter, Arissa Lavigny, next in line to the throne.[36]

19 DEC 3300

  • Made an appearance in the Senate to issue a decree that his son, Prince Harold Duval was not sound of mind. This decree meant that there was no longer a clear successor to the throne.[37]

Early 3300

  • Hengist fell ill with a sickness that would worsen as the year progressed. He remained in seclusion, with only occasional visits to the Senate.[2]


  • Following the death of Hesketh Duval, Hengist Duval assumed the throne. The Senate had been growing in power during his father's long illness, which meant there were significant tensions around the succession.[2]


  • Hengist Duval was born a few days before the death of his grandfather, Hender Saik Duval. Their similarity in looks and manner in Hengist's later years were such that some claim Hender's spirit had already passed to him.[2]


  1. Data taken from Tourist Spot Beacon 0159, Achenar system
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 The Reign of Emperor Hengist Duval
  3. Data taken from Tourist Spot Beacon 0151, Achenar system
  7. 7.0 7.1 Emperor Hengist Duval Dead
  8. Senate Declares Arissa Lavigny-Duval Emperor
  9. 9.0 9.1 GalNet: Nova Imperium Unveils Figurehead
  10. GalNet: Aisling Duval Contacts Hadrian Duval
  11. GalNet: Flashpoint for Nova Imperium
  12. GalNet: An Heir to the Imperial Throne?
  13. Emperor’s Killer Not Working Alone?
  14. Emperor Hengist Duval Attacked During Wedding
  15. The Eve of the Wedding
  16. Aisling Duval Questions Convenience of Emperor’s Recovery
  17. Is Arissa Lavigny-Duval Next in Line?
  18. Dignitaries Start Arriving on Capitol
  19. Date Set for Imperial Wedding
  20. The Emperor Speaks out for Unity
  21. Long Live the Emperor!
  22. Blaine Address State of the Emperor
  23. Imperial Assassination Attempt Foiled
  24. Blaine Refuses Patreus’s Request
  25. Patreus Calls on Blaine to Release Emperor’s Medical Records
  26. Outcry Over Imperial Marriage Delay
  27. Imperial Marriage Postponed
  28. Rumours of Imperial Wedding Delay Confirmed
  29. Aisling Duval Reaffirms her Objection to Emperor’s Marriage
  30. Patreus Queries Emperor’s Coma in the Senate
  31. Emperor in Coma
  32. Emperor Seriously Unwell
  33. Pomp and Circumstance of the Royal Wedding
  34. Aisling Duval Objects to Grandfather’s Marriage
  35. Preparations for the Emperor’s Wedding Gain Pace
  36. Emperor To Marry Sweetheart
  37. Heir to the Throne Officially Mad
Preceded by Title Succeeded by
Hesketh Duval Emperor Arissa Lavigny-Duval
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