Far and Away
King Oleb XVI
King of Drinax, Dragon Emperor of Sindal-in-Exile
Age 105 (Apparent age mid-50s)
King Oleb, Sixteenth of his name, is the ruler of the Kingdom of
Drinax. He’s also, as he puts it, the ‘bumpty-umpth emperor
of Sindal, lord admiral of the Star Guard, protector of the
whatsit and duke of the other thing’. The only titles that Oleb
really takes pride in are his awards for boxing and swordfi ghting.
The king was a wild man in his youth, and spent years as a
freebooting adventurer and sometime pirate before returning
home to take the crown. Anagathic drugs have preserved
his youth, but not his fi gure; the courtiers politely refer to the
king’s ‘imposing frame’ or ‘vigorous presence’. The king is more
direct – ‘I may be fatter than a gas giant, but I am still the
King Oleb delights in drink, in women, in food, in fl ying with his
hawk-men, and in conquest, but given the state of his faded
kingdom, the last pleasure is denied him. The forces of Drinax
are too diminished to easily conquer any other worlds, and the
Aslan threat is growing.
Others may dismiss the king as a buffoon, but he is actually a
cunning statesman and can be diplomatic when he has to be. He
just doesn’t enjoy it half as much as shouting and blustering.