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Klito XVII Dashro
Hakrodeklo 'l Wanisin
Personal Name: Klito XVII
Familial Name: Dashro
Professional Title: Hakrodeklo 'l Wanisin

Birth: 67873.672 lky
Death: 84.327 iky
Lifespan: 444.78 tgc

Species: Ekela (Wanisinese Lilitu)
Gender: Stílda

Biography: A meek woman of mild heritage. Originally from Wemno, Keroa worked as a weaver for the Ksreskézaian House of Shentegdo. The house Shentegdo was of Wemno's older, more established merchantile lineages at the time of the Holocaust. Primarily concerned with the exchange of fabrics, their enterprises included not a short list of related matters, from the manufacture of bandages from the poorest of cloths to the highest of Eastern fashions.

Keroa Shentegdía gravitated toward the fire cult of Kona in its later days on Illera, when the plague was already ravaging Koitra. An outcast amid outcasts, never fully accepted for her Wemnian heritage, Keroa had little experience within Lilitic society, and rarely, if ever, took much pride in her work, which, much as it had been on Ksreskézo, was principally that of a weaver. In the fire cult, old identities were cast off: all slokdtabasa were worthy heirs to the legacy of the Empire, for Kona knew such an emancipation was the only way to attract the followers her cause could.

At the time of Kona's death, the close personal access to her that Keroa enjoyed—first as a favourite, on account of her quiet origins, and then as a confidant, as Kona's declining health made her paranoid of those who might seek to succeed her—equipped Keroa with the recognition of others as an important player within the cult. Kona had four lieutenants who might credibly succeed: Keroa, Venakoa Tizonía, Regembe il Koitra, and Súlevía Ekñedkh'lesa; Venakoa (a Northerner) challenged Regembe (the youngest, an Illeran-born) to a duel, and won, only to later die of her injuries. Shrewd but not wishing to continue to be embroiled in political intrigue, Keroa swore her allegiance to Súlevía, who was by far the oldest and most pedigree of all of Kona's followers. This suited Súlevía just fine, as she, like Kona, had always found Keroa's submissive personality to be charming. With that endorsement, Súlevía's power over the cult was cemented, and it would be she who would lead the separatists to Wanisin.

Súlevía did not survive the trip, however; she died of malnutrition with many of the other rebels during the two-year journey to the planet. It was only after Súlevía's death, when an upstart named Krizna Tsaklonía sought to replace her, that Keroa finally asserted her position in the line of succession. The idea of starting a new house, Dashro, was hers, as was the styling Klíto XVII. It was she who selected the locations for surveying for settlement once they reached the planet. Her control over the Wanisinese was never as adroit as her predecessors or successors, and many later Empresses have demonized her as the cause of the Sarthían rebels, who, most authorities agree, would never have achieved autonomy and destroyed/captured Kevrosampa if it were not for Klíto's weak leadership.

Despite her poor reputation with later generations, Klíto planned the creation of the great cities that still stand on Wanisin today, made first contact with Serena (although it would not be until the time of her daughter, Sampo I, when Serena's contributions to Wanisin became significant), and laid out the caste system, which initially consisted of labourers (slokdtabai), engineers (múnildai), and nobles (hakrodeklai). Later generations would see the split of the slokdtabai into the íntshai as the term 'slokdtaba' became more acutely associated with slavery, and the accumulation of a distinct warrior class comprised of múnildai and hakrodeklai. Periodically, throughout the thousands of years that followed, castes of dignified scholars and mystics (such as the stíldai and the haspidai) would form, but within a generation these would be folded back into the ínshai by nobles fearing the emergence of a new estate of the realm.

The Commonwealth ship Astroturfer arrived in 181, only a few decades after contact was made with Serena and she began furnishing the Wanisinese with new technology. It did not make contact with the planet, but was responsible for the Shade of Ossa, an event in 182 that caused most of the stars to disappear from the sky. This caused a panic in all of the major cities and led directly to rebellion in Kevrosampa, which eventually matured into a Sarthían takeover, although the city was believed to have been destroyed and all official record erased. The Shade would persist for millennia, until 12302, when it was sabotaged by a Hatel officer.

Klíto XVII died naturally, her lifespan shortened, like so many slokdtabasa, by the harsh environment of Ksreskézo.