"Tradition is the chain by which fools are bound."
Solus zos Galvus was the architect of modern Garlemald. A brilliant tactician and statesman born to pureblood Garleans, Galvus joined the military at the age of sixteen. He immediately distinguished himself from the rank and file, and had attained the rank of legatus by his twenty-fourth nameday. It was his decision to restructure the army around warmachina that gave Garlemald its current strength, and his elevation to republican dictator and subsequently Emperor was a natural consequence.
Galvus was a self-made man, and history will remember his successes. However, it is difficult to characterize his life as happy: he was betrayed by those he had believed his closest friends, and lost his firstborn son to illness when the boy was still young. The First Emperor succumbed to an ailment at the age of eighty-eight.