A crude relief made sometime in the 150s CE depicting Kilsozu reaching for the "Wheel of Iovism"
|Emperor of Letsatia|
|Reign||6 June 99 – 21 August 142|
|Coronation||14 July 99|
Palace of Many Voices, Komy
|Born||7 April 77|
Letsanyu (near Komy)
|Died||21 August 142 (aged 65)|
Kilsozu Arunun Galadros (Letsatian: Cišózou Arū́nun Galā́dros [tʃɪˈʃɔ̂:zo: aˈrû:nun gaˈlâ:drɔ:s], Old Letsatian: Kiśózou [kiˈɬɔ̂:zo:])—commonly known by his posthumous name Cišózou Yóveyou (Kilsozu of Iovi) and often named Kilsozu the Anointed—was the fourth emperor of the Letsatian Empire, being the first of the Arynyn clan to attain the title. Taking the throne by force during a succession crisis following the death of Emperor Kostan in the summer of 99 CE, Kilsozu then went on to rule the realm for 43 years until his death in 142 CE.
His reign is often considered the most prosperous in Letsatian history, being characterized by the restoration of the democratic senates after decades of corruption and decay, while also characterized by the undermining of the heavily corrupt Council of the Gods in favour of establishing a framework in which previously oppressed Iovist clergy could thrive, thus introducing Iovism (specifically a variant of it that developed in Frese) as Letsatia's primary official religion. After his mysterious death, the senates elected his second cousin Madrandas to succeed him to the throne.
Kilsozu was born to a reasonably wealthy family; his father was an imperial census taker, while his mother was minor Fresian nobility. The couple were living in the then-recently constructed residential district within the port town of Letsanyu (today part of Komy) when his mother gave birth to Kilsozu in the spring of 77 CE. Both of his parents were Iovist, which was fairly common for the community they lived in.
At the age of 10, Kilsozu and his parents moved into Komy proper. He married a minor noblewoman named Rantha in 92, himself at the age of 15 (she was approximately 18). Being exposed to the Letsatian elite was eye-opening for Kilsozu, who was utterly disgusted by how the elite could commit all manner of injustice and simply pay off the local judicial council to avoid punishment. He saw how rotten the politics of the empire had gotten over the decades.
In 94, he arranged a group of people who shared his views and often carried out acts of protest at court hearings. He and his group were frequently harassed by low-ranking politicians and their cronies, in one instance even being physically assaulted by a few strongmen leaving one of his group with a serious injury. His group continued to grow, however, with Iovists in particular wanting to see change in politics.
The latter half of that decade was rampant with conspiracy and controversy, in which several political rivals of Emperor Kostan attempted to organize a rebel government in May of 99 CE to overthrow him; however, Kostan's spymaster, Koros, infiltrated the rogue council and had the various politicians involved turn on each other, leading to an infamous bloodbath in Komy's central plaza. One of the survivors rushed into the Letsatian throne room and threw a knife at the emperor, which hit him in the abdomen leaving a bloody gash; the assassin was promptly stabbed to death by the imperial guards.
Although Kostan survived the attempt itself, the resulting wound proved to be too severe to treat; as a result, it became infected and he died a week later.
Insurgency and accession to the throne
The chaos of Komy's political scene immediately following the emperor's demise was intense. The senates were shaken up by the bloodbath at the plaza on top of that; the empire seemed to be spiralling into an inevitable collapse. Kilsozu took this opportunity to seize the throne with his army of militant Iovists at his side. He used intimidation and theatrics to persuade various members of the senates to support his ascent to the throne, though infamously this did not work with the Council of the Gods which were always vehement in refusing his demands even well into his reign. Nonetheless, he ended up being officially declared the next Letsatian emperor on 6 June, 99.