Sword & Spoken Word
Planetary Governor, Damaris
“On this matter I defer to your capable judgment.”
The very definition of a middle Imperial functionary with delusions of grandeur, the foppish Governor Kapak is perhaps the most impotent and ineffectual leader Damaris has seen in a generation. The third son of the previous governor Forsten Kapak, Belkan was never meant for leadership. With his two older brothers before him in order of ascension, young Belkan wiled away his time in the leisurely and hedonistic pursuits of most young noblemen. In time, his father grew increasingly senile and the mantle of leadership was passed to Belkan’s oldest brother. Feeling secure now with a long, idle future before him, he settled in to squander his inheritance and play the fool.
Belkan’s life of leisure was cut short, however, when the death of his brothers in a ship crash thrust him suddenly into the governorship. Left blinking in the spotlight of an anxious and grieving people and in possession of a great responsibility he neither wanted nor was qualified to handle, Belkan turned more often to his amasec and obscura to ease the stresses of leadership. He delegated more and more of the day-to-day operation of his government to his underlings until he essentially made himself a figurehead, doing little more than presiding at official functions and continuing his life of unbridled debauchery. Now a much older man, his years of avoidance and dependence on mind-altering substances have not steeled his character in the slightest.
Despite his fear and his baser instincts, the Governor does care for the people of Damaris, and often pities them, saddled as they are with the burden of his inept leadership.