Camilo VIII The Apostate (6 June 2560, Millbridge - 7 August 2616), alternatively known as well as Camilo VIII The Reformer, The Reformer or the Mad Emperor ascended to King of Sargos in 2585 a.a.H, and from the same occasion, when he was crowned as Holy Sargonic Emperor, to the 2589, when the Imperial Meeting chose Carlos Alfonso IV as Emperor: he however remained as King of Sargos and continued to claim the Imperial title until his death at the year 2616 a.a.H.
He was one of the most powerful and important figures of the XXVI-XXVII century among the Aierian Christianity. His reign was marked by the attempt to reform the church, which will be seen as heretical: excommunicated from the church, he ordered killed the Archbishop of Karentia, head of the Karentian Christian Church. Excomulgated and declared a heretic and enemy of the faith, he will retreat with his supporters and fight a long lasting civil war over his throne both in Aels and Ushaenor, before making an alliance with the demons of the Dark Legion.
He was crowned in 2585 a.a.H, being 25 years old. His early reign was marked by an apparent effort to consolidate Imperial power: however, it was a careful balancing act to maintain the loyalty of the nobility and the support of the Karentian Church. Echoing in the popular malcontent with some of the malpractices of the Karentian church hierarchy, he will expel from the Imperial Council the archbishop of Hanat, who had profited from his position for personal enrichment. Camilo VIII also adopted urgent military measures against an army of Kanov pagans of the Barlans, who had recently invaded the Eastern bank of the Osorio and besieged Erenian.
Camilo VIII demonstrated his determination to reduce any opposition and to enlarge the national boundaries. He led expeditions in Iperto; soon afterwards he had to quell the rebellions of some Hannian dukes. Much more serious was Camilo's struggle with the King of Botania, Carlos Alfonso IV.
Karentian Controversy Edit
The momentum for a reform of the Karentian Christian Church had its clear beginning during the reign of Camilo's father, in the short but effective time of the Archbishop Papriker IX, whom Camilo VII had nominated. Since that time, the reforming initiative had been carried on by a cadre of church authorities who were formed in the University of Millbridge, who opposed the traditional rule of the northwestern aelian Christianity from Karentia, as they claimed -among several reforms- for the reunification of the Northwestern Christianity with the acceptance of the Nortender -and other- Heresies.
The expulsion of the Archbishop of Hanat will lead to a direct conflict between the Emperor and the Archbishop of Karentia, as was seen as clear that he was choosing sides with the "Millbridge School" of thought.
The tension between Empire and Church culminated in the council of Karentia of 2586, only in the second year of rule of the young emperor, which constituted a substantial attempt to undo Camilo VIII's policies. Among other measures, they claimed the independence of the ecclesiastical authorities in their decisions and rule, which would deprive the Imperial crown of many of its lands:
As this was considered it would have grievous consequences for the unity of the Holy Sargonic Empire, Camilo VIII decisively joined the side of the "Millbridge School": With support of the theologians of Millbridge and the heretical Order of Nortender. Camilo VIII will issue an order that all the ecclesiastical lands were to become direct possessions of the Imperial Crown. The Conclave of Nisseau was proclaimed, and there was debate between the Karentian and the Imperial sides: As result of this discussion, the Karentian Church answered excommunicating the "Millbridge School" theologians, some members of the court and menaced to excommunicate Camilo VIII himself.
In August of the year 2586 a diet of princes of the Holy Sargonic Empire in Tardos attempted to find a settlement for the conflict, conceding Camilo VIII a year to repent from his actions, before the ratification of the excommunication that the Archbishop of Karentia Severo II was to sign in La Cruz some months later.
Camilo did did not repent, and called for an Imperial Council in Millbridge, to debate the situation. To this council, was invited the "Millbridge School" party, the Karentian Party and as well, theologians from Ushaverican Christianity and of the Nortender Heresy.
Despite the lack of support the Archbishop of Karentia Severo II had in the Imperial Capitol, feeling secure due the support of the Botanian, Tardic and Cruzeños Princes, he went to what will be the infamous Council of Millbridge of the 1 November 2586.
The Council of Millbridge Edit
There, after being officiated the mass of All Saint's Day, the higher authorities of the Karentian Church and the Empire gathered in the Cathedral of Millbridge:
What began as a debate, soon became a discussion, and fights erupted as the students of the University of Millbridge broke into the Cathedral: The Archbishop of Karentia, Severo II, in the discussion, excommunicated the Emperor:
The cardinals, bishops and clergy loyal to Camilo VIII, in their own, claimed the deposition and excommunication of the Archbishop of Karentia.
Camilo VIII will then unsheath his sword, and kill in the altar of the Cathedral the maximal authority of the Karentian Christian Church. Some of his closer princes did the same, killing several of the cardinals who had supported Severo II. Many escaped in the chaos and fear, and the surviving cardinals of Severo II, under menace, swore allegiance and loyalty to Camilo VIII, as new head of the Church.
Fearing what kind of repercussions these acts will have in the Holy Sargonic Empire, the Emperor and his closer supporters imprisoned many of the cardinals and bishops, known to have been opponents: others left, but under an oath of allegiance and of silence of the events in the Cathedral:
But as soon they left the reach of the imperial swords in the capital, the bishops and cardinals that left under oath broke it: breaking the silence, making public the assassination of the Archbishop of Karentia by the Emperor Camilo VIII in the Cathedral, and trying to gather the support of the princes and kings of Tardos, Botania, Purpurian, Hannian, La Cruz and Huncle.
Following this, while the Karentian Church elected the Bishop of Breims as new Karentian Archbishop, Camilo VIII chose an anti-archbishop, being the beginning of the Sargonic Wars of Religion or the Heresy of Camilo -or of the Camilites- at the 2587 a.a.H.
Sargonic Wars of Religion and the War of the Three Emperors Edit
Being known "The Infamous Acts Perpetrated by an Abomination Worse Than the Demons of Polforia" as accused the Bishop of Breims, Camilo VIII was not only excommunicated, but proclaimed an heretic, and therefore, his vassals no longer were bound by vassalage to the Emperor. All over the Empire there would be different reactions:
Tardos, Botania and La Cruz, led by the Botanian king Carlos Alfonso IV and the Bishop of Breims, will rise in rebellion against the Emperor, while there would be mixed reactions in Sargos, Degoland and Huncle.
In Ushaenor, the Ne'Sargonic clergy were divided between their loyalty to the Emperor and to the Karentian Church: most of them finally decided for the Karentian Church: meanwhile, the Ushaverican Christians, seen as heretics by the Ne'Sargonic, will pledge to the cause of Camilo VIII "The Heretic", as most of the elves living within the Empire will do so.
Rebellions of serfs, of knights and of cities will emerge, for and against Camilo VIII, in a chaotic spiral of violence.
With the policy to bring together Christianity, all the heresies gathered under the banner of Camilo VIII: key will be the support of the Order of Nortender, who already had supported in the beginning the defiance of the Emperor in the Conclave of Nisseau and in the Council of Millbridge: Not only they gave a theological support, but as well a key and decisive military support early in the war, as the Nortender Knights rode into the Holy Sargonic Empire, to support the Imperial banners.
Along with the Knights of Nortender, Camilo VIII the Heretic will march with his armies in the religion wars that tore apart the Holy Sargonic Empire, and with their help, he will try to force his religious views on the Imperial territories of his opponents.
Seizing the opportunity from the chaos -and inspired by the Demons of the Dark Legion, who wanted to test the Christian defenses and make them continue to fall in the spiral of chaos-, the Sukkeses, human tribes from Hieyokscream of worshippers of demons, will begin to settle in the Aelian shores of the divided empire at the 2588.
With the Holy Sargonic Empire falling apart, Sergei II of Gorbegea self-proclaimed himself Emperor, while Karentia crowned Carlos Alfonso IV of Botania as the new emperor, both in the 2589 a.a.H, beginning the War of the Three Emperors.
While they fought each other in the religion wars -or the crusade against the Camilite Heresy, according to Carentia-, they had to face as well external threats: While in the south the Caliphate of the Orange Sun of Blazakhov advanced over Dol-Sorne, in the north Camilo VIII will defeat the same 2589 a.a.H.
However, Camilo VIII saw an opportunity in the Sukkeses: still fighting Sergei II and Carlos Alfonso IV for the Imperial Throne, with Blazakhov marching from the south into the Empire, it was feared -with reasons, after the arrival of the Sukkeses- that the demons would try to seize the opportunity to attack the divided Aelian Christianity:
So Camilo VIII, will grant lands for settlement to the Sukkeses tribes, in exchange for their allegiance and support in the war, becoming his federates: he granted them lands in the Empire, without banning the demonic religion and the demons they worshipped: this was in part to show the religious tolerance of the new empire Camilo VIII wanted to make, but as well, to use in secret the contacts of the Sukkeses priests: in secret, Camilo VIII The Heretic will enter in diplomatic relations with the Dark Legion of Demons, to ensure their neutrality first: but the secret relations will slowly come closer, as disguised demons began to enter in the court of the Emperor.
In the south, the Caliphate of the Orange Sun of Blazakhov defeated in the battle of Hanovian the Gorbegean claimant of the throne Sergei II in 2592, and while the defeat of one of the Three Emperors was a good new for Camilo VIII, it meant that the Blazakhovian could march right into Sargos, the heart of the empire, conquering it in 2594, forcing the retreat of the forces of the Heretic to the north.
Luckily for the Christians kingdoms, be they Karentian or Camilite, the Caliphate of the Orange Sun of Blazakhov suffered its own crisis, so the remnants of the broken empire will remain independent: The intensity of the religion wars in Sargos decreased, as the situation stagnated, fighting in Trebol and La Cruz in Aels.
In the 2596 a.a.H, will be made public the alliance between Camilo VIII and the Dark Legion, who officially recognized him as the Human Emperor, and sent official emissaries to his court: at the same time, Camilo VIII recognized the Dark Legion of Demons as the Confederation of Free Peoples, and a legitimate representative of non-humans, granting as well the same rights to humans and non-humans all over the realm.
The Heretic was then claimed to be an Apostate. This was a movement made by the Apostate hoping to receive a more direct support of the Dark Legion in financing and troops, but it only helped to alienate his bases of support, as the Order of Nortender and diverse Christian groups, who opposed Karentia but weren't going to accept an alliance with demons... however, the support of the Confederation of Free Peoples remained largely nominal.
Without the Order of Nortender and many of the Christian princes and eclessiastical authorities who had supported his heresy, but not his Apostasy, his weakened armies were expelled from La Cruz, Karentia and Trebol, and quickly began losing territories in Ushaenor.
By the 2597 a.a.H, controlling the larger remnants of the Holy Sargonic Empire, Carlos Alfonso IV of Botania will be officialy crowned as Emperor, as most of the Christian princes -many of whom had been part of the Camilite heresy- abjured of the Apostate and supported the new emperor...
While The Apostate will be able to re-gain a strained support of the Order of Nortender, which helped him hold at bay an offensive by Emperor Carlos Alfonso IV in the year 2598, he was progressively cornered.
The Apostate Aelian remnants of an empire will fall at the 2.601 a.a.H against the Sukkeses, once enemies and later vassals, who perceiving the weakness of Camilo VIII will try to carve their own kingdom in the North of the Holy Sargonic Empire.
The Apostate will retreat to the territories of the Order of Nortender, keeping his claim to the throne, while still the Province of the Islands of the Alan Sea remained loyal to Camilo VIII and his heressy, as some last territories in Northern Ushaenor.
However, despite the military defeat of The Apostate and Nortender, they were ultimately victorious against the Sukkeses, as they were converted to Christianity in the Nortender Heresy, with the Sukkeses kings accepting a nominal authority of The Apostate as Emperor of Humans -as recognized by the Dark Legion-
The Last Years Edit
In his exile in Nortender, despite the strained relations with the Order and their warnings about doing so, The Apostate will continue to try to establish closer relations with the Dark Legion of Demons, harboring projects to lead himself the Dark legions into the remains of the Holy Sargonic Empire to seize back his throne, or to try the demons to hand him the rule of all the demon-server humans, as he was said to have been recognized by the demons as Emperor of Humans: each time, he seemed to be more detached from reality, and began to be spin rumours about his mental health.
But soon not only the question of his mental health was an issue, but as well his health in general: the emperor had tuberculosis, and was expected to die soon: but demon medics will arrive at the court of the Apostate, and will keep him alive:
This began to spin more wild rumours, as that the exiled king of Sargos, to keep his health, bathed in the blood of innocents -or of babies, or of virgins, depending of the story-. Neither was well received the presence of medics, wizards, priests and sorceress of the Demons in the Court, and the situation between the Grand Master of the Order of Nortender and the King worsened.
By the 2614 a.a.h, there were insistent rumors that the Apostate, now known as well as the Mad Emperor, was to become a prince of the Dark Legion of Demons, and there were rumours he was going to try to become a demon himself undergoing a dark ritual to achieve immortality.
The situation was progressively more tense, as The Apostate did nothing to ease his worried subjects, but worsened the situation when he brought to his court a Succubus Mistress: this further alienated his subjects and his family:
When he claimed in the 2615 a.a.H that he was to marry his succubus Mistress, who was now pregnant, and that the demons had granted him the rule over the Kdaimon human demon-servers of the bay of Hieyokscream, accepting him in such role in the Council of the Confederation of Free Peoples, this would prove a breaking point with his family and long time followers and supporters.
With the possibility of a half-demon heir to the throne, his wife and sons will rebel, supported by the Knights of the Order of Nortender.
Camilo VIII The Apostate, supported by the demons of his court and Demon Cults, will hire Sukkes, Kdaimon and amazon mercenaries, as well as recruiting orcs, goblins, ogres and demons for his cause.
The Armies of the Apostate will be defeated by armies of his son Pablo and the Grand Master of Nortender near Wizer: While The Apostate was able to escape, leaving his armor, sword, court and demon mistress behind as he crossed swimming a cold river:
He will survive the battle, but without the care of his demon medics and out in the wilderness, the Mad Emperor and Apostate will die of sickness the 7 August 2616.
Camilo VIII The Apostate had been largely reviled by the Human History, but never ignored. There will be however some apologetics to the figure of Camilo VIII, specially early in his reign and of his Camilite Heressy, but few historians defended his Apostasy and the later acts.
After the death of Camilo VIII, his son Pablo will claim for himself the title of King of Sargos and Holy Sargonic Emperor as Pablo III, but renouncing to all the vinculations to demonic titles that Camilo VIII had in his last years of rule. However, the Grand Master of the Order of Nortender, who already had enough with one king constesting his rule in Nortender, will take back his support to Pablo III.
Pablo III Huneeus will leave Nortender, and will serve as a general the Sukkes king Sturmt Starkbein the Sukkes Empire.
There will be remnants of followers of The Apostate -mostly of the Camilite Heressy, rather than later the demonic worshipping apostasy- controlling parts of north Ushaenor until the Battle of the Whidean Garden at the 2620, when the followers of the Apostate and Sukkeses in Ushaenor where defeated by the Ne'Sargonic of Camilo Jesué I.
The followers of the Demonic Apostasy of Camilo VIII, that survived the war against the Order of Nortender, will escape to Polforian-controlled Dark Legion, and will fight for the Demons in the Third War of the Power, hoping to seize back their lost feuds and influence.