Rogue Trader - Orthesian Legacy
Bastille the Seventh
“This system is interdicted by the House of Bastille, pending Writ of Conquest. Any who approach within one astronomical unit will be considered hostile to said interest, and engaged without warning.”
Bastille is the scion of an ancient Rogue Trader House, yet he was never expected to bear its Warrant of Trade. In fact, he was so far from the position of patriarch that his family purchased a commission in the Imperial Navy when he came of age, assuming that such a career would hold more opportunity than the minor role he might otherwise play in the fortunes of the House Bastille.
None were prepared for the nigh-complete destruction of that ancient line, due to a cataclysmic, freak vortex torpedo malfunction during a conference of its most senior members. None, perhaps, except Lord-Admiral Bastille, who resigned his commission immediately and claimed his birthright.
For several years after this event, Bastille’s rivals in the Imperial Navy spread a number of vicious rumours, though no outright accusations were made. Eventually things came to a head. Bastille came into open conflict with a number of senior navy officers. What started out as a disagreement soon escalated, and what followed was a small but vicious war between isolated elements of the Imperial Navy and the House Bastille. Thanks to the actions of several Naval staff officers sympathetic to Bastille, the conflict remained contained, and Segmentum Command at Cypra Mundi never learned of the particulars. However, Bastille has worn out his welcome in the Imperium.
Lord-Admiral Bastille the Seventh conducts the affairs of his House as if it were a private navy, which in many respects, it is. House Bastille’s existing interests are maintained by naval force, and expanded in the same manner, each conquest being exploited by the sizable merchant fleet the House maintains. The Lord-Admiral leads these actions from the bridge of his flagship, the cruiser Colossus, and commands a sizable flotilla of lesser warships.