|Primus of ComStar
Julian Tiepolo was the twelfth Primus of ComStar, holding the role during the majority of the Fourth Succession War. His most notable achievement was to oversee the Federated Commonwealth Alliance and to personally introduce the Concord of Kapteyn.
Early service to ComStar
The quiet and calm Tiepolo rose through the ranks of ComStar due to his skills as an administrator and planner. He was ultimately selected by Primus Allen Rusenstein for the important post of Precentor Atreus, placing him in control of all the HPG stations in the Free Worlds League and earning him a seat on the First Circuit. In 3006, Tiepolo was among those who pushed for Rusenstein to resign in the wake of the severe devaluation of the C-bill during the 2990's, the Jolly Roger Debacle, and the failure to discover the origins of Wolf's Dragoons. Tiepolo was selected by the First Circuit as Rusenstein's replacement as a compromise between the conservative and liberal power blocs on the First Circuit.
Primus of ComStar
Tiepolo's rule of ComStar was later considered by Hanse Davion as peaceful and neutral, at least when compared with his successor.
However, his protégé Vesar Kristofur, Precentor ROM, instigated a civil War in the Free Worlds League manipulating Anton Marik throughout the civil war with his brother Janos. This plot had two objectives: first, damage the economy of the League to help stabilize the C-bill; and more importantly uncover the truth behind the mysterious Wolf's Dragoons. Precentor ROM Kristofur found a lead pointing to a connection between the mercenary group and the SLDF army of Kerensky that left after the Amaris Crisis to parts unknown. However, his plan backfired, and Tiepolo stripped Kristofur of his rank and exiled him from the Inner Sphere.
During this time or shortly after the young Precentor Dieron Myndo Waterly tried to become Tiepolo's consort. Her intentions were unknown but she might have sought manipulate the Primus, but he refused her affections. Spurned by the Primus, the hostility of Precentor Waterly escalated. It reached its peak during the Fourth Succession War, when she accused Tiepolo of every security leak on Terra.
The aging Tiepolo, during a meeting with the First Circuit members, was shocked when Myndo revealed that a copy of the Helm Memory core was in NAIS, on New Avalon. When Myndo proposed to attack and destroy the NAIS, Tiepolo opposed the plan but suffered a massive heart attack during the meeting. The crisis was voted on while he was in the hospital, and carried out by the Com Guards posing as Capellan Death Commandos, but they were annihilated by Hanse Davion in the ensuing battle.
Death and Legacy
- ComStar, p. 50: "Calm Before the Storm - The Mysterious Dragoons"
- ComStar, p. 51: "The Tiepolo Years - Old Business"
- Masters and Minions: The StarCorps Dossiers, p. 205: "ComStar - The Steel Veil"