Ah, the classic imperial dilemma: which caused the other, the rebellion or the tiger pit? Dread Emperor Callous

Callous was a former Dread Emperor of Praes. The period of his reign is unknown though the reference to the tiger pit might mean he predated Sorcerous since tigers fell out of fashion afterwards.

Epigraphs

“Ah, the classic imperial dilemma: which caused the other, the rebellion or the tiger pit?”
– Dread Emperor Callous[1]

“It is true, Chancellor, that a house divided cannot stand. Why do you think mine is the only one I left standing?”
– Dread Emperor Callous[2]

“Fairness is the refrain of the lazy, the inept, the heroic. Anyone unwilling to stack the deck and murder the judge to seize victory has no place wielding any real power.”
– Dread Emperor Callous[3]

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