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House Humphreys

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House Humphreys
Title(s) Duke of Xanthe
Baron of Delburton
Founded ennobled ca. late 23rd century
Affiliation Duchy of Andurien
Free Worlds League

House Humphreys is one of the oldest interstellar families, with relatives on the TAS Pathfinder (the first manned vessel to use a jump drive to reach a world beyond the Terran solar system, jumping to New Earth in 2108 with a crew of fourteen).[1] Although they played an important part in the formation of the Free Worlds League, House Humphreys have since become associated mostly with the Duchy of Andurien, known for their opposition to Free Worlds League rule.

HistoryEdit

OriginsEdit

Sir George Humphreys served several terms in the Alliance Senate as a representative for New Delos, where he came to know Tomás Allison and Charles Marik, and played a key role in the establishment of the Federation of Oriente. It would be his diplomatic skills that brokered a settlement between Marik and House Selaj that would result in the formation of the Free Worlds League where George Humphreys served as Speaker of Parliament until 2276.[2]

George's son Richard Humphreys was an equally skilled diplomant. His successful endeavors to incorporate neighboring realms into the Free Worlds League saw the family ennobled and granted estates on Kanata.[2]

When the contentious Andurien worlds were incorporated into the Free Worlds League, House Humphreys were appointed governors and later dukes of the new province.[2]

Star League eraEdit

The cordial relationship between House Marik and House Humphreys soured when, following the Third Andurien War between the Free Worlds League and the Capellan Confederation in the mid-26th century, Albert Marik ceded the Andurien worlds to Terrence Liao as an incentive for House Liao to join the Star League; House Humpreys was left to rule a remnant of the Duchy of Andurien, centered on Kanata.[2]

In the late 26th and early 27th century, Melissa Humphreys, Duchess of Xanthe and Andurien, governed the occupied Magistracy of Canopus for the Star League. She became a highly respected diplomat and administrator, and her good treatment of the Magistracy laid the groundwork for good relations between House Humphreys and House Centrella fortwith.[2]

Succession Wars eraEdit

With the collapse of the Star League in the Amaris civil war and Kerensky's Exodus, the Star League's peacekeeping efforts for the contentious Andurien worlds ended and tensions immediately flared up again. The Free Worlds League quickly retook Andurien.[1]

After the First Succession War, during which Andurien was reclaimed, the family seat of House Humpreys was moved to Xanthe III.[2]

A military coup in 2988 sought to unseat House Humphreys, and Duchess Morgraine Humphreys was killed. The coup failed because of the defiant resistance of Catherine Humphreys, her niece and heir.[2]

Catherine Humphreys had been critical of House Marik and their leadership of the Free Worlds League for a long time. Their underperformance in the Fourth Succession War was the final straw and in 3030 Catherine Humphreys famously seceded the Duchy of Andurien from the Free Worlds League, allied with the Magistracy of Canopus, and launched a joint assault on the Capellan Confederation that she wrongly perceived to be in its death throes. However, the Confederation proved too strong and the attack eventually faltered, while at the same time the secession galvanized the Free Worlds League into action. Having lost all their gains on the Capellan front, the Duchy of Andurien was itself attacked by the League in 3035 and reconquered it. In 3039 Catherine was captured and the Duchy surrendered. The elderly duchess died before she could be tried, though.

House Humphreys kept a low profile in the following years, and the Duchy was ruled by a federally appointed governor. In 3048, Catherine Humphreys' granddaughter Dalma Humphreys resumed House Humphreys' authority over the Duchy of Andurien.[3]

Known members of the familyEdit

Family Heirlooms and HoldingsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Historical: Brush Wars, p. 40
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Historical: Brush Wars, p. 42
  3. Historical: Brush Wars, p. 82
  4. 4.0 4.1 Historical: Brush Wars, p. 42
  5. Handbook: House Marik, p. 13
  6. Handbook: House Marik, p. 29
  7. First Succession War, p. 121, "Peace Overtures"
  8. Handbook: House Marik, p. 33
  9. House Marik (The Free Worlds League), p. 101, The Defenders of Andurien
  10. House Marik (The Free Worlds League), p. 127 Free Worlds Defense Industries Profile
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 Historical: Brush Wars, p. 57

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