Department of Brotherhood History:
I – Introduction
The goal of this course is to invite you into an understanding of what Tarentum was, and what Tarentum has evolved into over the course of many years. What began as House Tarentum gradually morphed into what became Clan Tarentum. After many years of change, destruction, and confusion, the Clan has become a House once more, but the spirit of the old has always remained. If nothing else, Tarentum is the story of history and tradition carried on within the Yridia system.
Please note that you will need to reference Tarentumís wiki article for questions on the exam. Not everything is answered within these notes.
II – History Overview
During the first reign of Grand Master Jac Cotelin, the membership of the Dark Jedi Brotherhood was commanded to form constituent Houses which would afford the Grand Master and his Dark Council opportunities to test the Dark Jedi against each other. It would also afford each House greater opportunities for growth and reward. However, some of the most notable members of the Brotherhood resisted, and would neither form Houses, nor join them.
After the succession of Justinian Khyron to the Iron Throne, those notable members who represented the legendary Tau Squadron, the Grand Master’s personal escort squadron, were commanded to either finally form a House, or submit to joining one already created. Magnus Kaerner, revered leader of the squadron, chose to submit to his lord’s will and, with the rest of Tau Squadron, formed House Tarentum. The close ties of Tau and Tarentum were cemented for many years, as Tarentum was known until recent times as “The Tau House.”
The creation of Tarentum meant that those Dark Jedi who bound themselves to the House needed a new home to call their own. That chosen locale was the Yridia system, in the Minos Cluster, which can be found along the Rimma Trade Route as it directs towards the area referred to as “Wild Space.” The Minos Cluster itself is fairly well-known, while Yridia has minor claims to fame. The system originally began as a penal colony, during the time of the Old Republic, although the majority of the criminal population was sent to Yridia under the rule of the Empire. With the inception of the rebellion, however, Yridia was soon forgotten as other correction systems were utilized as being “more effective.” The Yridians, formerly prisoners, began to organize themselves into a sort of theocracy, and managed to establish at least something of a stable civilization.
When Tarentum found the Yridia system and desired to establish it as their own base of operations, the Yridian theocracy stood against any potential dictators or rule other than their own. Though they preferred to live in more simple means, the Yridians were not without technology, and a series of minor conflicts, erupted between the natives and the newcomers. Eventually, Tarentum and the peoples of Yridia were able to resolve their differences at the peace tables. Yridia II was the prime location for any civilization within the system. The Yridians, however, wanted what little available land there was for themselves. Tarentum agreed to the Yridians’ demands, and left the small island formations to their new neighbors. Having other resources and plans for their own abode, the clan went under the waves, and established one of the great bastions of power and engineering for their own future, Castle Tarentum.
The initial leadership of the fledgling Tarentum was provided by Kaerner and the House’s first Aedile, DBZero. Shortly following the formation of the House, Kaerner was tapped by the Dark Council to serve as Knight Commander of the Brotherhood, and Zero was elevated to the position of Quaestor of Tarentum. Zero conscripted his long-time friend and ally, Maxamillian von Oberst, to serve as Aedile to the House. Under the reign of these two men House Tarentum proved itself a reputable entity, and gained victory in the first House Wars initiated by Grand Master Khyron. Tarentum gained the Victory-class Star Destroyer Corsair for its efforts, a bastion of strength which stood in defense of the House and Clan until its sacrifice many years into the distant future.
During the infancy of Tarentum, and especially within the first House Wars, several notable members of House Tarentum formed for themselves reputations of honor and supremacy. Among these were the Mad One, Sirrus, who served as one-time Krath High Priest on the Dark Council; Erich von Reinthaler, a heroic figure and companion of both Kaerner and Oberst, who remains a Tau legend; and Master Zero himself, who was a hero of the House Wars that defined his leadership.
With Tarentum’s strength made visible in the Brotherhood, Grand Master Khyron elevated Quaestor Zero to the position of Khyron’s Deputy Grand Master. Before Oberst could be elevated to the position of Quaestor, however he was called away to deal with conflicts within his beloved Infiltrator Wing of the Emperor’s Hammer, an Imperial Remnant group with whom the Brotherhood maintained a close alliance. With Oberst’s departure, Pyrolius Torquemada, a Sith Warrior of the House, ascended to the position of Quaestor, with another Warrior, Faron, serving as his Aedile.
In short time, each House of the Brotherhood was allowed an opportunity to become a Clan, with its own constituent Houses. Tarentum’s initial Houses were Tridens and Gladius, with Tridens maintaining itself at the bastion of strength, Castle Tarentum on Yridia II. Gladius chose to wander away, but still remained within the Yridia system, in the Itaana asteroid belt near Yridia IX. Within the belt was a rather large asteroid with notable defensive systems from an ancient era that still remained intact. Known as the Sword’s Sheath, the asteroid served as Gladius’ home until the House was dissolved, and still remains one of Tarentum’s notable fortresses.
The Clans of the Brotherhood would later be ordered to form a third House, one House for each Order of the Brotherhood – Krath, Obelisk and Sith – and Cestus would be the newest sibling to Tridens and Gladius. Cestus was based upon Koros, a moon of Yridia II, within a subterranean cavern. Unfortunately however, the three Houses of Tarentum would ultimately not attain the fame and repute of the original House. Tarentum retained its history and legacy through the members of the House that became Clan Tarentum. Prestigious members of Tarentum’s founding and infancy would retain ties to, or a presence within Tarentum throughout its extending history.
Tarentum marks itself by the reigns of its Quaestors and Consuls. Much honor and respect is paid to the terms of Kaerner and Zero. Little is remembered of the first term in leadership of Torquemada, beyond his being the leader of Tarentum through its Clanning. After Torquemada, Shadow ascended to the reigns of Consul. Shadow’s fame within Tarentum lay in his having been the foundin