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    Constantin Baracca

    Lunarisse Aspenstar

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    Constantin Baracca

    Post by Lunarisse Aspenstar on Wed Feb 12, 2014 12:36 pm

    (posted with permission - source BackStage)

    Theology Council Record
    Personnel File
    Bp. Const. Barac.
    Clearance: ********

    Name:  Constantin Baracca III
    [kon-STAHN-tin BAH-RAHK-ah]
    Lineage: • adn. Cardinal Praetus Baracca V
    • adn. Archbishop Corvus Baracca
    • adn. etc.

    Age: 32 [Capsuleer]
    Height: 6'-4"
    Build:  Muscular and fit
    Complexion:  Dark
    Hair:  Black
    Notable Marks:  Holy mask, non-traditional

    Current Position:  Bishop, deg. 1
    Current Mandate:  Evangelism and community outreach I.N.D., non-restricted.
    •1. To engage the local populace of areas outside Amarr mandate to promote values of the church.
    •2. To engage in evangelism and convert new church members.
    •3. To minister to brethren outside the Amarr mandate.
    •4. To improve diplomatic relations.
    •5. [SEC LVL 2: CLEAR]  To establish a working faith organization incorporating foreign believers into the ecclesiastical structure
    Current Mandate Duration:  Unlimited

    Personnel Evaluation [ArBp Gaulin Caiafan, I.N.D.]:

    /begin text
    Constantin Baracca was raised in the House of Baracca [READ: ATTACHED] and has developed as expected.  He became involved in ecclesiastical duties as expected and his performance was listed as admirable.  His faith remains unquestioned, though he follows in his father's footsteps.  He was anointed at fourteen as a priest.  His evaluations from this period reflect his excellent rhetorical and ministerial abilities.  He connects well with parishioners and was especially lauded for sermons and confessions.  His personable nature made him very popular in his posts at St. Agaius I.N.D. and finally His Glorious Chapel I.S.S.  He became a Deacon at twenty and continued at HGC ISS as an administrator.

    He was ordained at twenty and based his operations in his diocese at HGC ISS.  Though competent, clerical administration believed his personal handling hampered his ability to be a quality administrator.  His problem solving skills and theoretical knowledge were welcomed, but too often it was thought he required more stringent control before ministering.  His regency was competent and no complaints were lodged from within his diocese.

    Archbishop Urobo Baracca, Constantin's grandmother and freedwoman [READ: ATTACHED] enlisted his assistance in community outreach.  She assigned he and [REDACTED: INPUT VALID SECURITY CLEARANCE] to begin operations within heathen space in order to peacably convert non-believers and heretics.  Since beginning his mandate, results appear to be positive.  Constantin has begun to send back information regarding heathen practices which may be reflective of Scriptural doctrine.  He especially advocates closer ties with the Caldari and the use of their literature about business practices for the purposes of controlling the slave population.

    ArBp Urobo and her accardinated circle have approved [REDACTED: INPUT VALID SECURITY CLEARANCE].  Constantin has performed admirably, giving us:

    •[SEC LVL 2: CLEAR]  A working armature of the faith in otherwise hostile space
    •A large number of inter-cluster followers who are prepared to take initiative in the program

    Constantin Baracca is to be given unlimited ability to preach the Scriptures and is provided with a level 2 stipend for his mandate.  Thus far, he has recovered costs via [SEC LVL 2: CLEAR] a collaborative effort on the part of his parishioners, who have largely supported his efforts in their space.  Therefore, he is to be entrusted and his initiatives are to be trialed at [REDACTED: INPUT VALID SECURITY CLEARANCE].

    Initial trial results are positive.  The domestic program is achieving remarkable results, and a foreign version is [SEC LVL 2: CLEAR] already entrenched in Matari space.  Bishop Constantin will be appeased and receive full backing for his proposal, for the time being.  This may become dangerous, or this could be the answer we have been looking for.  His initial thesis seems promising enough, though it may cause some diplomatic friction in practice.  H.R.M. is very interested and is in contact with Archbishop Urobo.  May this endeavor bear fruit, I.N.D.

    ArBp Gaulin Caiafan, I.N.D.
    /end text

    Attached Files:
    •[SEC LVL 2: CLEAR] The House of Baracca

    The House of Baracca, a Report Gathered for the Benefit of the Ancestral Society
    Compiled by Thuvia Maliscient on behalf of the Ancestral Society

    Some thousand years ago, after the Moral Reforms, many of the noble families of the time left the profession of clerical work to their representatives and associates while they began to invest more personally in agriculture, industrialization, and other business ventures.  This precipitated the rise of families who were originally commoners to positions of prestige, becoming nearly noble in their own right by joining the clergy.  When one talks about this subject, a few names come to mind:  the Houses of Talria, Vistnus, Jakhim, and more.  One that stands perhaps at the pinnacle of that success is a large family and even larger house named Baracca.

    The story of the House of Baracca begins some ten thousand years ago, at least as early as records indicate.  The first signs of the family in the official record was the notice that debtors were having to collect on debts owed to what is now considered the progenitor of the Baracca family, Mavo Baracca.  Originally an unregistered child of the Ardishapur nobility and a commoner, Mavo Baracca used the stipend his unregistered father gave him to open a bank in one of the oldest neighborhoods on Amarr Prime.  Unfortunately, as with many at the time, Mavo Baracca, as a small time banker, was generally assumed to be a criminal and a miser.  However, records indicate that not only was he a very religious man, but that he also gave generously to his church.

    Even to this day, the family still owns the bank and it is one of the few industries in the House of Baracca run by the family itself, the Baracca Holdings Institute of God (often affectionately shortened to the "BHIG bank" on Amarr Prime, where the majority of their operations are still headquartered).  However, in ten thousand years, the bank had changed drastically.  No longer a normal financial institution, BHIG became one of the few banks permitted to loan money to the Apostolic establishment for the purposes of building churches and state buildings.  This, in addition to their normal operations with individual clients, made the BHIG one of the most powerful financial institutions of its time.  It was so large and trusted that, when the Moral Reforms occured some 1500 years ago, the bank essentially was allowed to keep its position.  Though no longer the largest bank nor the only one of a few allowed to lend to nobility, BHIG still serves those clients with distinction.  The House of Baracca, though, soon became known for other pursuits.

    500 years after the Moral Reforms, the Ardishapur family had not only greatly expanded their church operations, but were looking to move into other sectors.  It was during this time that the then-scion of the Baracca family, Praetus Baracca I, left the banking business to become a priest in the rift once held solely by the Ardishapur.  The relationship between the Baracca family and their patron family is a rocky one, as the Baraccas, though very pious people, are not considered very conservative.  This has led to members of other bloodlines occasionally being absorbed into the family.  Though still certainly counted as pure Amarrians, the current family contains ancestry from the Udorians to Matari.  However, the Ardishapur family was quickly won over by Praetus I and his exceptional faith.  He was eventually made a cardinal, and the rest of his family began to join the church.

    Within less than a hundred years, nine in ten of those with the family name Baracca were actively working in the church.  To operate their banking business, the Baraccas freed a slave family, the Yuris-Kardon, and one of their number married a daughter of Praetus I.  The entire family still serves the Baraccas, essentially running the bank on behalf of the family (though this one industry is still administered directly by a few members of the family).  However, the scion of the Yuris-Kardons, Vornus I, was more than an avid businessman.  With the great wealth of the BHIG at his disposal, he began buying and starting companies in other fields.  Soon, Praetus freed another family, the Vahale family, who began an architecture firm on the behalf of the Baraccas using BHIG investments.

    After some time, this developed into a system, where slaves were essentially trained in businesses and then begun with a major investment from the BHIG.  This led to the Baracca family developing into a sort of commoner "house", as all the former slaves were essentially free men who still worked to serve the family's business interests.  This not only made the Baracca family exceptionally wealthy for a family that had no noble blood, but also freed up all of the remaining family members who were not directly administering the bank to join the clergy.

    The Baracca family has produced countless cardinals, bishops, deacons, and even one pontifexis, but they are perhaps better known for having freed over thirty families of former slaves and generated business with them.  The most recent of these are the Halinus family, a line of pure-blooded Brutor freedmen.  This includes the Cardinal Urobo Baracca, formerly a Halinus, who married the scion of the Baracca family and joined the church.  To this day, the family is known for inclusive leanings and evangelism, especially turning otherwise disagreeable slaves into true believers of the faith.

    Though has often brought them into disagreement with the Ardishapur family that largely sponsors them, the Ardishapurs have vehemently defended the family from outside criticism and regard the House of Baracca highly.  For their part, the House of Baracca has in turn refused to base their businesses in any other noble family than the Ardishapurs, regardless of tax and other incentives that have been offered to them.  It is perhaps this loyalty that earns the House of Baracca a seat at the table of the Ardishapur even though they are still considered commoners.

    The current scion of the family is Cardinal Praetus Baracca V, made thus when his father, Archbishop Corvus Baracca I, died defending the Empire from the Elder Fleet with his security vessels.  Presently, though, the family is effectively being run by Cardinal Urobo Baracca.  Though she could not inherit the family (it passed immediately to his eldest child of reasonable age) nor did she try, her presence and being seem to impress both the House of Baracca and their Ardishapur allies.  The next in line to the House's scionship is Praetus's eldest child, his daughter Bishop Valaria Baracca.  He has six other children of reasonable age who would then be next in line to the throne.

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