Little is known of Antonio de Borgia’s early life before his service in and empirical rise through the ranks of the Fel Empire. He was born on the Imperial capital of Bastion. His mother died when he was very young and he never knew his father. He was taken in and raised by an elderly Chiss male who lived on Bastion.
The Chiss, whom Borgia knew as his father, schooled him in the arts of war, philosophy, fraternity, and humanity. He was a very adept student and excelled greatly in all fields, especially philosophy. When he was 18 he attended a prestigious off-world military academy on a scholarship afforded to him by some connections his father possessed. After his graduation, he entered Imperial service as a commissioned Lieutenant.
He served in various positions during his time in the Fleet. His natural skill and leadership abilities did not go unrecognized either by his superiors. He swiftly rose through the ranks, completely through his own merit, to reach the rank of Vice Admiral sometime around 127 ABY.
He was a staunch supporter of the war effort and returning power in the galaxy to the Empire during the Sith-Imperial War. During the war, any and all engagements in which he was give the honor of command ended in victory for the Imperials and utter defeat for their enemies. His efforts in the war brought him great acclaim and even earned him a promotion to Fleet Admiral and command of his own fleet, which included at least six Pellaeon-class Star Destroyers. Towards the wars end, for his exceptional service and skill, Borgia was eventually made a Moff and became the Moff High Council’s preeminent Moff dealing with military envoys and invasion.
Borgia had never trusted the Sith, knowing the history of the Empire and the treacherous role the Sith had played within it. At wars end, when the Sith Lord, Darth Krayt, assaulted the Imperial Palace, Borgia was present with the other Moffs in the audience chamber when he slew the man seated upon the throne and took his place upon it. Confounded, the Moffs had little choice but to pledge their allegiance to their new Emperor.
Though he feigned loyalty, Borgia had no desire to serve a Sith emperor. He and his fleet withdrew to the chief world of his sector of governance, Eriadu. It wasn’t long before he, with the support of most of the forces under his command, decided to break away from the now-Sith controlled Empire and established the Eriaduan Empire to combat the Sith.
Borgia sought to establish a power base in the Outer Rim Territories. With several shipyards, including one over Eriadu which he himself had established, he began building the semblance of a force capable of combating the Imperial Fleet. In an attempt to distinguish his Fleet from that of the Empire’s he began building warships, completely original innovations by Borgia himself. With his Fleet assembled Borgia began his campaign to carve out his own destiny in the Outer Rim. Utilizing his boundless charisma he was able to sway many worlds, disillusioned like him with Sith rule, to his side.
It was around this time that Borgia’s Empire joined forces with the Rosen Kreuz Orden, another group that disliked the idea of another Sith emperor. With the added manpower provided by the Rosenkreuz, the Eriaduan Empire intensified its push for control of the Outer Rim.
War and Betrayal
The Ascension Wars officially broke out late c. 130 ABY. Thought not 100% confident his forces were completely prepared for a sustained war with the Empire like the Contra Mundi and the Rosenkreuz Orden, he continued with his plan and his goal of sovereignty in the Outer Rim.
With the spread of Eriaduan influence, came a rise in crime and regional conflicts. To reduce the amount of time required by the judicial process, a military court was established, this being the origin of the Ministry of Law and its leaders, the Order of Judges. The Judges were not only the chief arbiters and enforcers of Eriaduan law, but as de Borgia’s elite guard they were effectively the commanders of the Eriaduan Military. The Ascension Wars lasted for nearly five years. Finally in late 134 ABY, with the Eriaduan victory over Mygeeto, the war took a turn in favor of Eriadu. After their victory, most of the planets in the Outer Rim saw that Borgia meant business and, for those that didn’t want to feel the oppressive fist of another Sith emperor, saw that it was best to side with him and his Eriaduan Empire.
With the vast majority of the Outer Rim Territories secured, Borgia left the final skirmishes to his commanders whilst he turned to the administration of his Empire. It was during this time that an unsanctioned attack on the Sith Homeworld, Korriban, took place. Led by the Rosen Kreuz’s Dietrich von Lohengrin, and the Eriaduan Empire’s Judge Andreas, a strike force assaulted the Sith planet. Though the battle ended in victory, most of the Sith on the planet were slaughtered and the Eriaduan forces suffered heavy losses as well.
It was this turn of events that caused Borgia to question the loyalty of his allies, the Rosen Kreuz. His fears did not go unfounded for the Rosenkreuz staged a political coup and assaulted Borgia’s palace. With the aide of members of the EX, Borgia was able to escape the Order’s Death Hunters and go into hiding.
The Resistance and the retaking of Eriadu
With Borgia now underground, Cain made himself the new Emperor of the Eriaduan Empire. He and the Rosenkreuz began an entirely new offensive in an attempt to achieve their ultimate goal: the complete and total destruction of the Sith. Borgia, determined to reclaim the throne that was rightfully his, gathered up a sizable force and started up a resistance on Eriadu, mainly its capital Eriadu City.
Sometime around 137 ABY, former Emperor Roan Fel took control of Bastion from the Rosenkreuz and reestablished himself as Emperor. Though Borgia had always been a loyal supporter of Fel, he didn’t believe that this Fel was the real Fel, for he was present when “Fel” had been slain by Darth Krayt. He had no idea that the Fel he saw murdered was a decoy and thought it to be just another Sith plot to draw out Fel supporters. He and his resistance forces continued to battle the Rosen Kreuz.
It was in 140 ABY that Borgia’s resistance finally was able to retake the Eriadu City. When he announced his return, all those on Eriadu and other planets throughout his Empire revolted against their Rosenkreuz masters and took up arms for their Emperor. Cain was forced to withdraw and regroup on the world named for its sole structure, Hollow Bastion. Borgia feared that with the Contra Mundi’s escape his Empire, which had only been around for a short while, would throw the Outer Rim into civil war. With more than half of the Outer Rim still under the Orden’s control, Borgia had no choice but to turn to the only man who, though he didn’t trust him, would offer assistance to his forces, Emperor Fel.