Emperor Cain Through the Ages

Emperor Cain through the Ages is reproduced here with the permission of the Solaris Imperial Appreciation Institute, and is comprised of a series of lectures left by Emperor Cain for his numerous progeny, to be shown in the event of his death.
All dates are listed in Cain Era (CE), since, after all, Emperor Cain doesn't have much to say about anything before it!
Thanks to Institute Director MrsYuiRicdeau@aol.com for concept and images!

CE 5712 - Before the Battle of Aqualoo

L'Empereur Cain Before the Battle of AqualooThis portrait was painted on the eve of the great battle of Aqualoo, when my armies were preparing to make the final push into Aquavy. It was quite a time, let me tell you! We'd just gotten through a disastrous campaign in Kislev, and everyone except me was about ready to drop dead. I don't know why - I wasn't tired in the least, and don't believe it when Miang says that it was because I didn't actually fight.

In any case, at the time, I was suppressing some sort of rebellion or another. Frankly, I don't remember exactly who the enemy was, some Duke or somesuch, but it wasn't really important. We'd been marching and boating for days on end, and found the foe arrayed on the hills of Aqualoo. Needless to say, I ordered an immediate attack. Can you believe that the Gazel Ministry advised me to wait until morning? The enemy would have escaped by then, obviously.

It was a glorious battle, even if my entire army got wiped out, and we had some wonderfully cinematic cavalry charges that I could describe to interested ladies. There wasn't much Solarian cavalry after that battle - why, I can't imagine. All in all, I considered it a great triumph, and if it wasn't for the tactical retreat we made, my favorite era - Zeboim - might never have gotten started, so it worked out fine in the end!

In this portrait, I am shown up late at night, sorting through the military reports on my desk while still in uniform. It isn't quite accurate, though. The papers aren't really military, they're actually personal correspondence. And if I remember that night correctly, I probably wouldn't have been in uniform, since I was involved in a very important diplomatic conference with Miang at the time.