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|“|| Q: Do you swear upon the words of the Great Kerensky that you will follow the ordained trail through the black firmament of space, the trail that will ultimately lead us back to Terra to restore all that was good and pure in the Star League?
A: Aff. I swear my blood future upon it.
— From the ilKhan oath-taking ceremony
When the Clans face a time of crisis or all need to coordinate their efforts towards a common objective, each Clan forms a Kurultai and the Khans from each Clan then form a Grand Kurultai. The Grand Kurultai then internally elects a Khan to become the ilKhan who serves as an arbiter between Clans during the time of crisis, acting with the power of the Grand Council. The ilKhan enjoys wide-ranging but not absolute power, as he answers to the Grand Council. When the Martial code is in effect, however, the ilKhan may operate virtually unhindered.
The ilKhan may not interfere with matters that are internal to a specific Clan. However, this was ilKhan Lincoln Osis' biggest failure. He apparently stayed Khan of the Smoke Jaguars and mistook the well-being of the Smoke Jaguars for the well-being of all Clans. Brett Andrews similarly retained his position as Khan of Clan Steel Viper, and had his motives and legitimacy called into question as well.
After Nicholas Kerensky's death, the powers inherent to the position of ilKhan began to wane heavily, and by 2947 appeared to lapse completely until the Outbound Light arrived in Clan space in 3048. The subsequent invasion of the Inner Sphere led to a revival of the role from 3049 to c. 3075, first to lead the invasion itself and then to handle the crises resulting from that invasion's failure. The last ilKhan of the 31st Century, Hannibal Banacek, voluntarily resigned from the office following the Annihilation of Clan Steel Viper. The post would remain vacant for at least 75 years, but by 3250 an unnamed individual held the position once more.
Roll of ilKhans
|1.||Nicholas Kerensky||Wolf||2815 – 2834||Founder of the Clans.|
|2.||Jerome Winson||Wolf||2834 – 2851||Elected to bring calm after the murder of Nicholas Kerensky.|
|3.||Zenos Danforth||Burrock||2858 – 2870||Oversaw the Trials of Possession over OmniMech technology and the Absorption of Clan Mongoose by Clan Smoke Jaguar.|
|4.||Victoria Ward||Wolf||2873 – 2891||ilKhan at the height of the Clan's Golden Century.|
|5.||Corian Tchernovkov||Coyote||2920 – 2934||Elected to improve inter-Clan relations. Secretly assassinated by Khan Tobias Katib of Clan Cloud Cobra.|
|6.||Tobias Khatib||Cloud Cobra||2935 – 2947||Used Corian Tchernovkov's death to become elected. Put his own Clan's goals above all the Clans. When his involvement with Tchernovkov's murder was revealed he was stripped of rank and executed.|
|7.||Leo Showers||Smoke Jaguar||3048 – 3051||Led the Clan Invasion of the Inner Sphere.|
|8.||Ulric Kerensky||Wolf||3051 – 3058||ilKhan during the Battle of Tukayyid.|
|9.||Elias Crichell||Jade Falcon||3058||Elected in the field and immediately killed by Clan Wolf Khan Vlad Ward in a Trial of Grievance over his warrior qualifications.|
|10.||Lincoln Osis||Smoke Jaguar||3058 – 3060||Presided during the Annihilation of Clan Smoke Jaguar and the loss of the Great Refusal.|
|11.||Garrett Sainze||Fire Mandrill||3071||Was killed in a trial of refusal over his election.|
|12.||Brett Andrews||Steel Viper||3071 – 3075||Triggered the Wars of Reaving.|
|13.||Hannibal Banacek||Star Adder||3075 – 307?||Oversaw the Viper Annihilation.|
|?||Unnamed individual||Unknown Clan||3250||ilKhan of the reborn Star League|
- Technical Readout: Succession Wars, p. 4