|“||The chance to bring about peace is a rare commodity.||”|
|Age||97 Galactic Standard Years|
Sovereign Commander Nikanicreon Dara'croix is a main character in Unbroken. A formidable and well known Ashderian tactician, warrior, commander, and statesman, he is a veteran of several wars and has been present or taken part in several pivotal moments in Milky Way's history. He's most well-known for protecting the evacuation of the Regime's Milky Way colonies during the Corruption's infestation of the Milky Way, as well as his vital role in the Great Crusade. Nikan currently serves as the Sovereign Commander of the Ashderian Regime.
Nikan was born to a Vokyran family in the Andromeda Galaxy on the long-lost planet of Voyakarai only eight-years before the fall of the Vokyran Ascendancy. As a child he witnessed the chaos of the fall, and while mostly confused at the time, the events would impact him greatly throughout his life. Being lucky enough to be one of the 700-million to escape to the Milky Way, he would spend his early years on the Regime's first, and main colony in the "new" galaxy.
Affected not only by seeing the fall of his empire, but also by various struggles his people endured in the "new" galaxy, he joined the Rivioki Military, and successfully began to climb the ranks; something rarely seen from a Vokyran. Over the years, he distinguished himself in the service, repeatedly proving his competency in battle and affirming his capabilities for leadership. Eventually, he attained the distinguished honor of commanding the First Fleet as Navarch, the first Vokyran to ever do so. It was as Navarch of the First Fleet that he oversaw the operation that successfully evacuated millions of Ashderians during the Corruption Scourge.
Rise to Power
The position of "Sovereign Commander" is only opened during times of crisis or elevated danger. The position satisfies several roles; it allows for executive decisions to be made rather quickly, without bureaucracy, and keeps control of the Regime in an organic's hands. Currently, the Ashderian Regime is operating under an extended extinction-level crisis state, which, by law, necessitates Nikan's position.
While Nikan had been a large part of Regime politics before being selected as the Sovereign, he never had set his eyes on the position. He was chosen for his temperament, guile and also largely because of his success in protecting the colonies during the Corruption Scourge. While many considered electing a Navarch, or a Rivioki at all, out of the question, Nikan was not written off immediately because of his Vokyran heritage. Many, in fact, saw his exposure to both cultures equally as a unique qualifier for the monolithic duty of Sovereign, believing he wouldn't supplant the interests of one over the other.
Nikan's power has slowly been reduced since the Crysek Conflict. Most civilian administration functions have been moved to a council titled the Civilian Assembly. Nikan retains a good portion of control over the military, partly due to the overwhelming support from the thirteen Navarchs. Nikan retains the ability to make sweeping executive decisions when time is short, thus he retains the ability to over-rule the Civilian Assembly's authority in many cases. This action, however, has not been necessary, and would damage his position as leader.
The Civilian Assembly has expressed concern and disapproval for some of his decisions, many of his actions, and his habit of going on important and dangerous missions himself. They've attempted many times to impose restrictions on his actions, and in a few cases, succeeded. For example, he now must report most military actions to the Civilian Assembly directly. Some worry the power and extended nature of his rule is a slippery slope to tyrannical rule--worried that he'll seize full control and radicalize the Regime.
While working, Nikan is reserved, collected, and analytical. He's known for his tempered temper, seemingly able to remain stolid under intense pressure. For most of his life, when in the presence of friends and comrades, he was noted to be rather high-strung. As time drew on, this quality has subsided.
Some believe he's a ticking time-bomb, referencing a seemingly conflicted quality about Nikan that is only shown on rare occasions.
- Nikan's now non-canon nickname, appointed by Antarress Celauku, is "Ni-ni". Thegalet and Nova find this absolutely hysterical, and use it to torment and insult him.
- In the early canon, Nikan was born to the tyrannical leader of the Currai Imperium. This is now non-canon.
- Nikan killed Tartirus, and no one seems to care. In fact, both Thegalet and Nova have, on multiple occasions, suggested awarding Nikan a medal for this. There is debate among Unbroken's authors as to whether Nikan's act of murder makes him the greatest hero in the Unbroken narrative. The general consensus seems to lean towards "yes."
- In the early canon, Nikan was referred to as "Commander Hazard" or just "Hazard."
- "The Familial Terminator" joke-name is now completely non-canon, though it potentially may be applicable to another Imperium era character.
- "Great Crusade" is a placeholder until we decide on a name for this event.
- Fucking hell.
- That was intentional, by the way.