Etiquette, Terminology, Symbolism, etc. Surrounding the Emperor
Titles/Forms of Address
Forms of address for the Imperial Family evolved only slowly.
The Emperor/Empress was addressed as "Majesty" or "Highness."
His/her mate/Companion was called the "Imperial Consort."
The children of an Emperor/Empress had no specific title. The
designated heir was referred to as "Heir" or "Heir
to the Empire." On those occasions when the succession was
determined two generations in advance, the second heir was titled
"Heir's Heir" or "Heir Presumptive."
The title "Heir" became more generic and used by
other Noble Families, so that after about TE 400 it was proper
to speak of the "Heir Imperial."
The "Emperor's/Empress' Hand" is the monarch's chief
The Imperial Throne was not automatically hereditary, but was
granted specifically by the Imperial Council.
Thrones and Crowns
In outward form, all Imperial Crowns are the same. The Imperial
Crown is based around Charlemagne's Crown, with an added whirlpool
motif to represent the Galaxy.
- The Spiral Crown contains the authentic Crown of Charlemagne,
and is worn on state occasions.
- The Crown of Terra is "hideously ostentatious"
and contains parts of the Crown Jewels of many Terran nations.
- The Memory Crown is used, in conjunction with the
Memory Throne, to implant information directly onto the Emperor's
brain, and also for memory implants to the Heir. Daily, the Emperor
receives an implant of the State of the
Empire Report, as well as other information that his advisors
deem valuable. (This process greatly accelerates the aging process.)
- The Jewel Throne is very ornate, and is displayed
to the public. The Emperor uses this throne on state occasions.
- The Whirlpool Throne, less ornate, is the Emperor's
everyday seat. It contains all of the datascreens and computer
links that the Emperor needs to carry out the Empire's business.
- The Memory Throne, kept in the Decision Room, is used,
in conjunction with the Memory Crown, to implant information
directly onto the Emperor's brain, and also for memory implants
to the Heir.
- The Wisdom Throne, in the Council Chamber, is designed
to be uncomfortable. It was erected by "a vindictive Council."
The Empire's flagship, which is also the Emperor's personal
starship, is the Imperial Eagle.
It is shaped like a great eagle.
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