Dimitris the Pioneer
A world of flame and sea
Knight Commander Dimitris Havlidis
The will of Fate is not to be fought with. But one man fought Fate. And one man won his battle with Fate: he will not be remembered for his failures, but for his successes.Dimitris the Pioneer was one of the most important personalities of the Age of Empire. He was married to the High Priestess of Tukod World-Builder, Janet. He is mostly remembered for the invention of the movable-type printing press. He was killed in action attempting to protect the Kalian Guard in Junko after a religious insurgency later known as the Night of the Black Knives.
I will not fail. I will succeed. I can and I will.Dimitris was born to common parents in the Ameral commandery of the Empire of Ironfoot. He was known early on for being one of the brightest students in his district. In the year 91 Before Fracture, he took the Imperial Examination as was required by all fighting-age males of age twenty. Scoring second place in all of Ameral (Windflower Rank), he was exempted from mandatory military service and ordered to the provincial capital of Port Adan. After studying for four years in the provincial capital, Dimitris passed the graduate exam battery with flying colors. At this point it was customary for people of Dimitris' rank to be assigned to a province far from home to help stem corruption. Dimitris found himself spirited away by ship to the capital of Colren commandery, Junko. In that voyage, as he helped out the sailors of his ship, Dimitris found a love of the sea that lasted the rest of his life.
Golden sunlight glances off the wavesJunko was the perfect change of scenery for Dimitris. While Ameral commandery was a military province, generally poor and propped up by funds from neighboring commanderies, Colren was a bustling agricultural and cultural center for the Ironfoot Empire, where everything was questioned and the only constants were power and knowledge. It was the place for a Windflower examinee to be. At Junko, Dimitris also began writing his first poetry. While Dimitris's political ideas were radical, almost heretical, his poetry was highly conservative regulated verse and could be compared to those of the ancients. He first wrote about an oft-covered topic: missing his hometown. This poetry led to his first introduction to Janet, who was an up-and-coming priestess of Tukod, working on finishing off her schooling with a novel.
that seperate me from my hometown.
That is the iron price of my success:
When shall I see my kin again?
The Invention of the Press
LegacyDimitris' invention was so widespread that his name is remembered even today. In the words of Sima Faming, "The four great inventions, the four great heroes of Colren are these. The first is the junk rig, and Mahli the Engineer. The second is the compass, and Arthen the Navigator. The third is the pulp paper-making process, and Ademal the Narrator. The fourth is the printing press, and Dimitris the Pioneer." Dimitris' movable type is enshrined as one of the four great inventions of Colren Commandery, and later the Kingdom of Colren. This process was used for over five hundred years after Dimitris' death, contributing to a new influx of ideas known as the Second Golden Age.
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