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Vice Admiral Warwick (745 UC (436 IC / 3545 CE))
|Affiliation:||Free Planets Alliance|
|Occupation:||Commander of the Space Fleet (retired)|
|Status:||Deceased (natural causes)|
|Born:||710 UC (401 IC / 3510 CE)|
|Died:||766 UC (457 IC / 3566 CE)|
|Played by:||Koyama Rikiya|
Early life and career
Little is known of Warwick's past, aside from the fact that he was born on the Alliance planet of Palas in 710 UC (401 IC / 3510 CE), and that he enrolled at the Free Planets Alliance Officer Academy in 726 UC (417 IC / 3526 CE).
His time at the Academy was eminently successful, as Warwick graduated 2nd of the Class of 730. As he was largely kept from the top spot by Bruce Ashbey, it is possible that a rivalry already existed between the two at the time, albeit presumably a friendly one. During those four formative years, Warwick became friends with the rest of those who would become the Year 730 Mafia. Of these individuals, it is probable that he was somewhat closer to Alfred Rosas and Frederick Jasper. (SL: 'A Profile of Heroes')
Warwick's early years in the Free Planets Star Fleet was, just as it was for the rest of his friends, a quick rise through the ranks, so that by the Battle of Firezard in March 738 UC (429 IC / 3538 CE), Warwick had attained the rank of Commander, and was presumably put in charge of a ship, logically a cruiser, during the battle. Having brought the Alliance a complete tactical victory, Warwick and the others became celebrated heroes and were each promoted one rank. (SL: 'The Journey in Search of the Exit')
Second Battle of Tiamat and later career
Earning the nickname "Baron" due to his highly affected and theatrical appearance and behaviour, Wallace Warwick earned fame as an Alliance hero during his time serving under fellow admiral Bruce Ashbey. Alongside Ashbey and his fellow Year 730 Mafia members, the Alliance won many important military victories against the Galactic Empire in the middle-years of the Alliance–Imperial War. By 745 UC (436 IC / 3545 CE), Warwick had attained the rank of Vice Admiral and was appointed as commander of the 5th Fleet. During the Second Battle of Tiamat, Warwick led his fleet well, helping to completely rout the Imperial forces in what would become one of the greatest Alliance victories in the Alliance–Imperial War. Unfortunately, the battle also saw the death of Bruce Ashbey, the leader of the Year 730 Mafia. With his death, the Alliance forces were unable to effectively maintain the same amount of military pressure against the Empire and thus, despite their victory at Tiamat Starzone, the war continued in a strategic stalemate. (SL: 'A Profile of Heroes', 'The Man Loved by the Goddess of Time: Chronicle of the Second Battle of Tiamat, Part I', 'The Death of a Hero: Chronicle of the Second Battle of Tiamat, Part II')
After the break-up of the Year 730 Mafia in 745 UC (436 IC / 3545 CE), Warwick continued to serve on the front lines as a battlefield commander. He was promoted to the rank of full Admiral in 749 UC (440 IC / 3549 CE), and became the Chief Commander of the Free Planets Star Fleet in 751 UC (442 IC / 3551 CE). For the next two years, the Alliance–Imperial War saw no major battles, and Warwick was able to retire in 753 UC (444 IC / 3553 CE) at the age of 43. The following year 754 UC (445 IC / 3554 CE), Warwick became the president of a prestigious public university and remained in that position for three years.
In 757 UC (448 IC / 3557 CE), Warwick ran in a gubernatorial election of his home planet, and was successfully elected as governor. In 760 UC (451 IC / 3560 CE) he moved to the Alliance capital planet Heinessen, and quickly became the Secretary of Defence, chairing the National Defence Committee. It was during that time when he was promoted to the rank of Fleet Admiral in recognition of his past services.
Ultimately, Warwick's political career was short-lived. Though he, himself was never directly involved in any criminal activities, graft was uncovered within his National Defence Committee, which forced Warwick to resign from office by means of apology. That, coupled with the death of his lover due to a drug overdose, caused Warwick's popularity with the citizens of the Alliance to collapse. Warwick withdrew from public life, retiring to a small town in Heinessen where he eventually died of a heart attack in 766 UC (457 IC / 3566 CE), at the age of 56. (SL: 'Between the Mourning Dress and Military Uniform')
In his memoirs simply titled as My Recollections, Alfred Rosas described his friend Warwick as such:
- Also known as "Baron," Wallace Warwick was, of course, a citizen of the Alliance and not an aristocrat. He was called "Baron" only because of his appearance and behaviour were somewhat affected and theatrical. His nickname had a satirical meaning of "No matter how much he tries, he can't be a Count or Marquis," but despite knowing it, he prided himself on the nickname and always added to his name when he had to introduce himself. Though Warwick may not have been a genius, he was a competent commander and indispensable to Ashbey. With his soft blond hair, his eyes of the same colour, and medium build, he was well liked by women, and he, too, liked women very much, especially beautiful young women with well-proportioned teeth. Outside the military he had many talents, such as card fortune telling and dancing. He played the guitar and the trumpet, played chess, darts, skied, and, of course, had many loves, providing his life with many adventures. In everything he did, he could become one step short of a master. Was Warwick concealing his true self? He was a professional military officer, but perhaps because he was a professional, he was swallowing the bitter truth with a medicinal wafer of "humour." When he graduated from the military academy, he was 2nd. Ashbey was always ahead of him. In order to deal with his complex feelings, perhaps he needed some humour. (SL: 'A Profile of Heroes')
In general, Warwick could be said to be a man imbued of a certain stubborness and a capacity of holding a grudge. At the Second Battle of Tiamat, he made a risky move with his fleet that went against HQ's planning, irritatedly shooting down a suggestion to clear the decision with Ashbey, pointing out that Ashbey had been gathering too many accolades from what was a shared, group endeavour. When the military move turned against him, Warwick sent a message to HQ, but stubbornly refused to specifically ask Ashbey for reinforcements, something that Rosas noted was perfectly in-character for Warwick. He also tended to let his emotions get the better of him, as when his fury over Ashbey having stalled reinforcements caused him to physically assault his commander.
He was, however, a generally good-natured man, being there for Rosas when he lost his wife. He, however, tended to surround himself with disreputable people despite being quite honest himself. This caused Yang Wen-li to muse that Warwick might simply have been a bad judge of character, at least in his post-military life.
- 'A Profile of Heroes' (first appearance; archival image)
- 'A Short Trip to the Past' (memory)
- 'The Man Loved by the Goddess of Time: Chronicle of the Second Battle of Tiamat, Part I'
- 'The Death of a Hero: Chronicle of the Second Battle of Tiamat, Part II'
- 'Between the Mourning Dress and Military Uniform' (archival image)
- 'Planet POW Camp' (memory)
- 'A Thread from the Past' (photograph)
- 'The Journey in Search of the Exit' (flashback)
- "I am entirely at your service."
- "I don't mind being under Ashbey. I'm not suited for being the top commander. I'd always like, let's see, to be a skilled amateur.
- Yang Wenli: "In the commentaries of Admiral Rosas, there's a slightly bitter but definite affection. He might have been regretful for the friend who accepted his many faceted talents, but lacked the persistence to become a true master in one field."