Blood and Jazz
Chairman of the National Seelie Union
Race: Aexiach (Gray Elf)
Weapons: Flaming Longsword (“Realmkeeper”), probably others
Jaeman Corraign was born in the Waldermark in 3810, a tumultuous period of revolutions, uprisings, power vacuums and populism. During his boyhood, the Lampionari overthrew King Luis Gaurois of Cassily in 3811, Paul-Dominique Drédin and Margaret Mason liberated the island of Volushi in 3815, Lusitola won its independence from Aglondale in 3825, and Aasimique became a parliamentary democracy in 3831 and then a monarchy again under the Sionartiste regime in 3839. Relative peace reigned worldwide for nearly seventy years before another spurt of global revolution, with Houses Moriko and Tumei deposed by House Kensho in 3908 and Fyodor Medivich kidnapped during the Regency of Dvirhim in 3909, just as Corraign was entering elven physical adolescence. As gray elves of near-pure ancestry (and thus low aristocracy) Corraign’s close family members grew paranoid during these times, but Corraign only grew excited. Where his family saw a threat, he saw a tool; the structure of power in society was soon due to change hands from aristocracy to political parties, yes, but he would be prepared for that change and would use it to greater effect than his family name alone could ever accomplish.
In some ways akin to the most zealous and violent of the Reclaimant Generation of Waldermark elves born in the early 3700s, Corraign seems to be a strong example of what often happens when a charismatic elf’s early childhood and sexual development both coincide with periods of intense political unrest: he is idealistic and ambitious, but ruthless and obsessive, as he styles himself after the figures who have so thoroughly transformed the world as it exists today from the world into which he was born. Corraign has a particular fascination with the founder of House Sionarte and has made many political maneuvers with direct reference to Sionarte in the planning stages.
By the end of the Dark War, Corraign was a celebrated major in the Waldermark army, and following the creation of the Imperial Council in 3953 and (as Corraign had predicted) the subsequent rise of the power of political parties in the Elven Kingdoms, he was invited by then-Chairman Öntan Dracslyr to the Unessün Müta das Lempe Nüres (“Workers’ Union of the Five Kingdoms”), or UMLENU; though to create a different sort of nationalistic appeal and emphasize fey racial heritage Corraign quickly arranged for the name to be changed to Natonarë Seelie Unessün das Müta (“National Seelie Union of Workers”) or NATSEUNE. Dracslyr was afraid that such specific and extremist appeal would drive potential party members away, but in fact it caused the party’s ranks to swell rapidly; while more centrist or left-leaning citizens felt conflicted choosing between the various mainstream political parties, the NATSEUNE party held a monopoly on radical elf supremacists, of whom the Kingdoms apparently housed a great number.
In 3968, following rapid decline in value of the Elven Kingdoms’ gold piece (the maldar, in Elven), the NATSEUNE party launched a vicious propaganda attack on then-High Councilman Radryk Everett on the basis of his sympathies to the conquered drow in Svergurd and his half-human status, claiming that his political and economic decisions before the Dark War, on the home front during the Dark War, and as High Councilman after the Dark War had all been a series of “steps on a stair of comrades’ corpses” (or talyaseron quelet in Elven) intended to consolidate power for Everett and his alleged drow, half-elven, and human allies at the expense of the ethnic majority. Everett acquired the nickname “Queletalyar” or “Corpse-stepper” as a result, and was ousted the same year by High Councilman Paelü Hínovar.
In 3978 the NATSEUNE head committee formally announced that they were considering a merge with Darysiel Markhonwë’s party (MUCENNO, the Workers for a Classless Society), which angered the staunchly capitalist Corraign so greatly that he threatened to resign. Fearing that his resignation would destroy the party, the committee begged him to reconsider, which he did, on the condition that he replace Dracslyr as Chairman. The committee agreed, and Corraign quickly began rewriting NATSEUNE policy to make his authority increasingly difficult to challenge.
In 3980, following Paelü Hínovar’s declaration of a state of emergency in response to lower class rioting in the Waldermark, Corraign planned a coup d’état, the infamous Siege of the Bodega. When Hínovar and the de facto Waldermark leader Grand Marshal Castephon Caer came to the Veraklier Bodega in the Waldermark city of Klarmundi to make speeches, Corraign stormed the building with a small personal militia, abducted Hínovar and Caer at gunpoint, and demanded that they sign a series of formal declarations to end the dictatorial state of emergency and grant autonomy and special political privileges on the Imperial Council to representatives of the Waldermark. The coup failed, as Caer was able to discreetly summon the army and have Corraign and his co-conspirators arrested, but not before Corraign made an impassioned speech to an entranced public that he would save them from drow sedition and convinced the crowd that he was acting in their best interests.
The NATSEUNEs turned Corraign’s trial later that year into a media spectacle, playing for everyone’s sympathy and suggesting that the bodega incident was done with good intentions for the Kingdoms. Corraign was sentenced to eight years in the prison Falorüng (very soft time; comfortable rooms, no penal labor, and frequent visiting hours) but released after less than two years on good behavior. During his time in prison he designed, planted, and tended the Garden of Heroes in the Falorüng courtyard and surrounded it with bronze sculptures of iconic elven heroes such as Alaeryc I, many of them in the act of subduing Drow matriarchs (the last is of Kazin II with his sword at the throat of the last Empress of House Kensho). The bronze statues were acid-etched to cultivate verdigris and blend them in with the hedges. The garden has since become a tourist site despite the locale.
In 3982 Corraign was released but banned from public speaking, forcing him to make his rule somewhat less autocratic and grant favor and influence to certain talented NATSEUNE subordinates, such as Dietrich Puppenspieler. Corraign swore in several interviews that he was through with violent uprising and would thereafter use only the existing legal process to pursue his ends, to widespread approval. By 3987 he had risen to a seat on the Imperial Council and overturned the ban on his public speaking.
In 3989 Corraign arranged for Dietrich and a small force of ex-soldier NATSEUNEs of Dietrich’s choosing to travel to Dvirhim and discreetly infiltrate David Caravag‘s rebellion under pretext of offering aid. Though Dietrich’s official orders were to report all findings directly back to the Council, Corraign made offers of wealth, power, and protection if Dietrich would send the findings through him first and allow him the opportunity to deny at least one piece of information to the Council altogether. Dietrich has cooperated with the former part of Corraign’s offer thus far and Corraign seems well pleased.