The House of Rodney
is one of the oldest and most respected families in the Alderaan
system. The family first reached prominence eight centuries before
the Battle of Yavin, when Germanicus Rodney, a commoner, married
Lady Agrippina Aldrete. Linked to the nobility through marriage,
Germanicus established the House of Rodney and gained control of a
seat on the High Council of Alderaan. When Germanicus' brother,
Britannicus, married Lady Livilla Thul, the House of Rodney became
one of the sector's most influential families virtually overnight.
for power in the sector, competing with the powerful Organa and
Antilles families. When the current Viceroy died suddenly with no
heir, a power vacuum soon enveloped the sector. The Jedi Order,
eager to resolve the crisis, sent the venerable JedI Master Yiddo to
mediate a resolution. After a tense arbitration, Yiddo ruled in
favor of the House of Antilles, whom he judged had the strongest
claim to the throne. To pacify the increasingly contentious
Germanicus, the Duchy of Delaya was established and the titled was
granted to the House of Rodney.
In the centuries
that followed their rise, the House of Rodney has flourished. The
current patriarch of the family is Lord Julius Rodney, who holds the
title of Duke of Delaya. His marriage to Livia Merian produced two
sons: Claudius and Marcus.
As the eldest
son, Claudius holds the title of Count of Leiliani, the title held
by the family prior to the establishment of the Dukedom. His
marriage to the late Lady Julia Reln produced two daughters: Jelena
and Drusilla. In addition, the couple adopted Ewwiekewwieikkie, the
daughter of family friends killed during the Confederacy's
occupation of Skor II during the Clone Wars.
The House of
Rodney crest consists of a majestic common thranta soaring through
the sky. Their motto is: "Those who stop to rest on their laurels
end up lying on thorns."