The special archives of the ECB contain the following:
Captain Tesserian came to the Exarchate of Eriadu after a long period of service to both the Empire and the Imperial Republic.
Captain Tesserian's service record shows his first assignment as an Imperial Navy Officer and tie Avenger class pilot was along the southern rim, serving under the command of Moff Ravyne Rayne. Based in Mos Eisley, Captain Tesserian fought in many battles against rebellious imperials and local pirate forces.
After his service on Tatooine, Captain Tesserian was assigned to naval patrols along the Kessel - Nar Shaddaa corridor flying interdiction missions. It was here Captain Tesserian was captured by Black Sun Pirates and forced to ingest various spices, including glitterstim red spice and the notorious Rakian-D.
Although rescue soon followed, this episode left Captain Tesserian's mind ravaged, and he was discharged from the Imperial service. Parlaying his knowledge of the southern trade lanes, Captain Tesserian emerged as the head of a large merchant fleet. After serving briefly as a trade representative to the Talmerith Dynasty on Coruscant, Captain Tesserian left the Imperial service to serve the Velmor-Onderon dual monarchy of Queen Hyacinth. Serving twice as Trade Minister on Onderon, Trade Minister Tesserian helped the Port of Iziz recover her place as Jewel of the Perlemian after the the Empress Talmerith's Onderon Crusade.
It was during this period that Captain Tesserian began to suffer delusions related to his former misadventure with the Black Sun Pirates. His behavior followed a pattern typical to those suffering from glitterstim and Rakian psychosis. Believing he had received telepathic messages guiding him to the fabled "Ancient Spice Empire," Captain Tesserian constructed an elaborate hallucination in which he had found fabled lost cities and led a Jedi Crusade.
Recuperating on Zonama Sekot, Captain Tesserian underwent basic Jedi training to help him master the latent force potential that had been awakened as an after effect of his exposure to Rakian-D. Fully recovered, Captain Tesserian was assigned to the Eriadu Central Bureaucracy to help revive Eriadu's fortunes as a once great trade center.
Presiding over several key development projects as well as excavations along the ancient Banthastraat, Exarch Tesserian hastened Eriadu on the road to economic recovery.
Although the ECB Archives appear to have been damaged during archive modernization and consolidation efforts, the following entries have been confirmed as authentic:
Captain Tesserian was later deposed as Exarch of Eriadu by elements of the ECB and the Metus Imperia, which had come to power within the ECB in their role as Adjudicators. During the time of Captain Tesserian's exile on Bespin, Autocrators Rannik Nurr and Trevor Ashdene came to the fore of the ECB. To stabilize trade, the Eriadu Trade Board, composed at the time of many different trade concerns, the Coruscanti Sector H-88 Branch of the Banking Clan and several Ralltiir Neimoidian Accounting Groups ("NAG"), pushed forward for control of trade regulations within the entire lower Hydian region. To counter their moves, the Metus Imperia and Autocrator Ashdene revived Eriadu's traditional role as Regional Imperial Capital.
During this time, Captain Tesserian launched a discreet, private investigation into the so-called Sith attack on his person and his removal as Exarch, believing both had been engineered by his former protege, Autocrator Ashdene.
After recovering on Bespin, Captain Tesserian joined forces with the embattled Queen Nepthyss of Bakura, being appointed Bakuran Trade and Commerce Minister. From this position Captain Tesserian brought significant trade revenue to Bakura and New Tibannopolis, as well as solidifying his contacts with the now agitated Eriadu Trade Board, dominated by the Banking Clan and several Neimoidian Accounting Groups.
The events surrounding Captain Tesserian's deposition occured immediately following the death of Huttila the Hutt, and immediately before the departure of the Revenant Armada from Coruscant and the resignation of PGA Chancellor Rimzy Baudin.
After the overthrow of Autocrator Ashdene by the Eriadu Trade Board's First Droid Corp, and the subsequent assassination of Autocrator Ashdene on Tatooine, Captain Tesserian began to regain his influence within the Eriadu trade board, using his contacts on Bakura to further his program of regional consolidation.
This portrayal is quiet different from that offered by the Historian of Ossus, who writes:
"Like many others, Tesserian emerged as Hydian Exarch after a period of service to the Great Dynasty during the Imperial Republic. After serving the Empire along the southern rim worlds, Captain Tesserian parlayed his knowledge of the southern hyperpace trade lanes into a large trading venture. Serving twice as Trade Minister on Onderon, Trade Minister Tesserian helped the Port of Iziz recover her place as Jewel of the Perlemian after the the Empress Talmerith's Onderon Crusade.
After the second destruction of Iziz by the Sith marauder Ravens Harvest, Captain Tesserian headed the Eriadu Central Bureaucracy before becoming Exarch of the Hydian Exarchate of Eriadu, serving as a buffer along the lower Hydian Way against the ambitions of the Revenant Armada after the fall of the Imperial Republic, at the end of the reign of Christopher Fel."
While a monograph contained in the work "History of the Later Onderon Dynasties" reflects the following:
Captain Tesserian was an experienced freighter Captain plying the spice trade across the known galaxy. Captain Tesserian's "Spice fleet" maintained as many as 544 ships trading in various spices, exotics and sundries from the unknown regions to Kessel space.
Captain Tesserian was born on Ekazi at the edge of the unknown regions near New Kashi space. Indentured into the spice fleet by his mother at an early age, Tesserian was accustomed to a nomadic existence, including long periods in transit on the galactic hyperspace runs.
After becoming an officer on the Nomad, a Z-35 type Questor-class freighter, then navigator second-class Tesserian saved the Nomad over Tatooine after coming under fire by trigger happy Imperial tie-fighters. Unfortunately, the Captain of the Nomad was killed in the attack, and the Nomad rendered inoperative.
After living a hand-to-mouth existence in Mos Eisley, Tesserian joined the very Imperial Fleet that had killed his own Captain aboard the Nomad.
Tesserian rose quickly through the ranks, becoming an Avenger-class tie-fighter pilot and participating in many battles under the command of Moff Ravyn Rayn.
His nerves shattered by constant fighting in the southern regions, Tesserian began to partake of various spices, at first to develop forbidden visionary and telepathic powers, and then out of pure addiction. The situation was made worse when Tesserian was pulled off of combat status after an increasing number of "incidents" and assigned as an undercover Imperial Agent investigating the very spice fleet he had been a part of several years before.
Little is known of Tesserian's supposed undercover activities- "Captain" Tesserian reemerged several years later when he is recorded making a multi-lateral agreement with rogue imperials, the xenophobic KamRain, and the Black Sun Syndicate- an agreement giving the spice fleet exclusive shipping rights to glitterstim red spice being mined in the asteroid field formed by the remains of Kessel's Garrison moon after it was destroyed by the Death Star prototype during field testing.
By this time Captain Tesserian was in command of nearly a dozen vessels in the spice fleet and seems to have secured a great deal of backing from unknown sources.
Seeking a veneer of legitimacy, Captain Tesserian became a Trade Representative in the Imperial Senate on Coruscant, but was ejected due to his involvement with a shadowy movement dedicated to restoring the Galactic Republic.
After his ejection from the Senate, Captain Tesserian joined forces with the Court of Velmor, loaning out ships of the spice fleet to rescue refugees from Vjun during the Vjun War, as well as transporting strategic supplies to Velmor, and later to House Onderon when the Queen of Velmor, Hyacinth Janick, ended the dynastic dispute on Onderon by selflessly taking the throne for herself.
Tesserian followed Queen Hyacinth into service on Onderon, being named a minor Lord of House Hyacinth.
It is rumoured that Captain Tesserian received several highly lucrative trade deals for services rendered. After the Fall of Onderon, Captain Tesserian disappeared once again, along with many members of the Royal Court of Onderon. A "Royal Court of Onderon in Exile" surfaced briefly, only to collapse into factional strife over issues of accomodation and resistance to the Empire.
Rumours continued to build that Captain Tesserian had begun to parlay revenue from the spice trade into hiring commerce raiders to attack merchant ships and cargo freighters bound for the galactic core, while simultaneously financing numerous independent freighters and small shipping groups to carry much needed fuel and food supplies to planets all along the outer rim.
Captain Tesserian also became the target of several criminal investigations sparked by InterGalactic Banking Clan allegations that the Banking Guild financial computer network had been sliced by operatives from the Black Sun Syndicate. Many mercantile groups expressed concern that the allegations were part of a campaign by the Empire to discredit former members of the Court of Onderon who had not bowed down to the Empire, as well as extend Imperial control over the Banking Clan's financial apparatus. These charges were abruptly dropped following a sudden rise in the stock of the Coruscant Sector-88 Intergalactic Banking Clan Group.
Third Trade Expedition Edit
While achieving certain successes through commerce raiding, Captain Tesserian was forced to watch the erosion of his personal fortune following Imperial investigations, loss of part of his nascent hyperspace drive fuel business to his unscrupulous business partner, the Toydarian "Reecko," continued reverses of the rebellion on Onderon, and a rumored loss of standing in the Black Sun as his core interests were cut into by gangster Klugga the Hutt and the Black Sun pirates.
In a desperate gamble to reverse his losses, Captain Tesserian gathered elements of the Spice Fleet at the fuel depot on Ord Mantell. With significant backing from the Coruscant Sector H-88 Banking Clan Group, Captain Tesserian set off into the Unknown Regions.
The fleet departed in three squadrons of four Aurochs class freighters each. Arriving first, Captain Tesserian personally led several spice harvesting forays into the desert of a planet known only as "the dancer," deep in the Unknown Region. After achieving limited success with heavy loss of equipment, Captain Tesserian sent the four lead ships back to the known galaxy, with small loads of spice and various local trade goods. Captain Tesserian and several companions stayed behind to await the next four ships carrying additional supplies, equipment and personnel.
During the lay-over, Captain Tesserian and his companions explored the ruins of several ancient desert cities, as well as solidifying trade contacts with local merchants and smuggler groups.
With the arrival of the additional ships, Captain Tesserian led two further forays into the deep desert. On both these expeditions, Captain Tesserian incurred further losses of equipment due to violent weather and raids by xenophobic desert tribes. Several crew members lost their lives or disappeared into the unforgiving desert.
Running out of time and equipment, Captain Tesserian led yet another foray into the deep desert, following a chart to a promising sand basin near several sheer rock cliffs. It was on this foray that Captain Tesserian himself and several of his close companions disappeared.
The Lost City of Nak'Mal Muh'a-Ruk-Debaran Mua'Afania Edit
Nearly a week past before the main expedition received any word from Captain Tesserian's survey team. Sandstorms and strange atmospheric disturbances prevented full communications, but it became clear that Tesserian's team had stumbled upon a city long lost to the desert, filled with strange artifacts and ancient symbols. Crude but servicable translators determined that the city had been known as "Nak'Mal Muh'a-Ruk-Debaran Mua'Afania," meaning, "Those that Dance in the Moonlight."
Nakmal Mu-Aruk seems to have flourished as a cult center in the Ancient Spice Empire as far back as 4000 BBY. The city itself had reverted to desert by 2800 BBY as civilization in the entire region succumbed to a wave of spice addiction and collapsed. Excavation and analysis of many artifacts led some members to conclude that Nakmal Mu-Aruk and other cult centers had been part of a primitive force using cult. As the region began to develop the hyperspace drive and holonet transceiver, the local cultures succumbed one by one to addiction driven cults, and fanatical bands of proto-force users. A total demographic collapse soon followed; the region today is sparsely populated.
A number of archeological treasures were recovered by the expedition, including artifacts carved from latinum gold and featuring inlays of rare emerald force-crystals. These crytals seemed to be the source of at least some of the communications difficulties.
Following their rescue, the nav beacons left in the city failed one by one. Forced by massive sandstorms to spend another week sheltering in tiny and ill equipped smuggling outposts, the location of the ancient city was lost to the expedition.
Recovery on Zonama Sekot Edit
Captain Tesserian and his crew arrived on Zonama Sekot exhausted and low on supplies. Despite crashing his shuttle into a sacred Bora tree, Captain Tesserian was treated hospitably, and given food and drink. He brokered a deal giving the spice fleet landing and resupply rights, as well as permission for crews to conduct shore leave, on both inbound and outbound flights to and from the Unknown Region.
Captain Tesserian then entered a period of seclusion, meditation and reflection in a small, rustic village on Zonama. Many of his close associates noticed that Tesserian had fallen back into his old habit of spice use, this time with a new and dangerously potent spice known as Rakian-D. It is here that Tesserian's descent into madness and delusion appears to have begun.
Rakian-D is notorious for producing hallucinations and deep-seated delusions, and Tesserian's case was no exception. Here he came to believe that he was in actuality meditating in an ancient force-user's temple in the the lost city, ca 4000 BBY, and merely hallucinating that he was meditating on Zonama Sekot, far in the future. Believing that he was indeeed in 4000 BBY and experiencing a powerful vision of the future, and imbibing heavily from Potentium teachings, Tesserian began to expound on a militant variation of Potentium philosophy, enjoining people to the belief that, "There is no Force but the Force."
After a period of rest, Tesserian embarked on yet another voyage to the mysterious world that was the source of the spice, in an attempt to locate the lost city. While he was ultimately unsuccessful, Captain Tesserian made further contacts with the primitive desert tribes of the planet, as well as several indigenous force-using cults. it was here, and on Zonama Sekot, that Tesserian discovered and perfected the design of the dreaded Shadow Saber, a light saber capable of bending light waves, rendering it nearly invisible.
Return to the Known Galaxy Edit
Tesserian then led the spice fleet on an extended expedition thorough the known galaxy. With a cargo of hundreds of bushels of Rakian-D, as well as strange and exotic artifacts, the spice fleet fanned out, using several criminal syndicates such as the Exchange and the Black Sun to distribute the dangerous spice. Encountering resistance to the idea of spice induced force capabilities, Tesserian formulated a second teaching: "Any Path that Leads to the Force, Leads to the Force."
Madness and hallucinatory delusion followed in the wake of the spreading Rakian-D addiction. Eventually a core group of followers rallied to Tesserian's banner and false Jedi teachings, calling themselves the Spice Jedi.
Fall and Recovery Edit
Captain Tesserian found himself at last in the depths of the undercity on Nar Shaddaa, suffering from spice addiction. Emaciated, his clothes in rags and fallen deep into crazed hallucinations brought on by too much Rakian-D and Glitterstim, Tesserian wandered the ramps and alleys of the lowest tiers of Nar Shaddaa society, insisting at times he was telepathically linked to Klugga the Hutt, while at other times railing against his former business partner, Reecko the Toydarian.
Slowly Tesserian began to turn his life around. Finding a cure for addiction, he sold all of his assets and was freed from the hell of addiction to spice. Resolved to reform his life, Captain Tesserian gathered the remnants of the once great spice fleet and began a legitimate trading enterprise, bringing food, water and building supplies to planets ravaged by war, famine and disease.
2nd Ministry on Onderon Edit
Keeping many of his previous activities hidden, Captain Tesserian returned to Onderon during the Astran Dynasty. Finding the Royal Court mired in internal controversy, Tesserian began a Trade Mission in the rebuilt city of Iziz. While never receiving a Royal Commission from the Palace, Tesserain nonetheless served as acting Trade Minister, helping to reestablish Iziz as a major trade entrepot along the Perlemian. During this period Tesserian reestablished his financial relationship with the Coruscanti Sector-88 branch of the Intergalactic Banking Clan, his old partner in the fuels trade, Reecko the Toydarian, as well as forming a partnership with both Starsider Shipping and Sabra Shipping.
Tesserian also made several lucrative deals with the Velmor Military Engineering Works ("VMEW").
After the tragic bombardment of Iziz by the Sith Marauder Ravens Harvest, Captain Tesserian fled Onderon, first to Coruscant, and then to Bespin. Forging a trade alliance between New Tibannopolis in Bespin space and the moribund Spaceport 99 on Eriadu, Tesserian was hired by the Eriadu Central Bureaucracy. Here Tesserian led the revitilization of the ancient trade city, bringing intergalactic trade back to the lower Hydian. As the Imperial Republic entered its period of rapid decline, Teserian emerged as one of the Exarchs of the lower Hydian Exarchate, leading the defence of the lower Hydian against the barbarism that had engulfed the core worlds.
The monograph ends here, abruptly. However, further information has been gleaned from the ECB Archives, above.