Coordinator Takashi's only offspring, may be the most powerful man in the
Draconis Combine, even though it is his father who holds the highest title of
power. Theodore's rise began with his successes against the Steiner military in
the Fourth Succession War. In contrast, Takashi lost the support of many Combine
citizens because of his behavior during that conflict.
obsession with destroying Wolf's Dragoons after the mercenaries left the
Draconis Combine in 3028 seemed to border on madness. Coordinator Kurita took
the case to a ComStar Review Board, but the Board ruled no fault. While he was
concentrating all his energy and attention on the Dragoons along the Davion
border, the Combine military effort on the Commonwealth front suffered greatly.
Takashi, meanwhile, became increasingly irrational, flying into fits of rage and
ranting that he wanted the skins and skulls of the Dragoons' commanding
Keeper of the Family Honor, stepped in a few weeks before the war's end,
demanding that Takashi undergo intensive medical examination. What the doctors
found was that the Coordinator had suffered a stroke severe enough to affect his
mental functioning sometime in the previous two years. They also predicted he
would suffer another, even more debilitating one unless he underwent a series of
operations to remove dangerous blood clots and to repair weakened arteries.
While all this
was occurring, Theodore was gaining in prestige and influence in the Dieron
Military District. While Warlord Cherenkoff virtually twiddled his thumbs,
Theodore went from command of three regiments of misfits to de facto military
control of the important Dieron Military District. Through shrewd analysis and
daring strategies, he succeeded in reversing the Combine's woeful military
situation by stopping the Commonwealth offensive cold.
The Combine still
lost more than 50 star systems in the Fourth War and many of its best regiments
were mauled, yet the defeat might have been even more devastating if not for
Theodore Kurita's brilliance. He emerged from the war as a hero, while Takashi's
aura was tarnished. This set off a power struggle within the Combine, though the
Dragon realm seems to have emerged stronger rather than weaker from the crisis.
Even after the
war was over, Theodore Kurita continued to expand on his power and popularity.
As a result of his skillful leadership during the war, he eventually won the
support of most of the regiments of the Rasalhague, Dieron, and Benjamin
Military Districts. All unwittingly, Theodore had also impressed the yakuza, the
Combine's organized crime syndicate, who saw him as a new and potent force
compared to the stagnation that Takashi represented. These yakuza later pledged
their support to Theodore and helped him resist the Federated Commonwealth's
massive invasion of the Combine in 3039.
always been harsh toward his son, but he could not ignore Theodore's immense
popularity with both the military and the people. In 3030, the Coordinator felt
obliged to award Theodore the Order of the Dragon in honor of his achievements
during the war. In that year, he also appointed his son Gunji no Kanrei, Deputy
for Military Affairs. Takashi may have believed it was a hollow honor, but
Theodore leaped at the chance to re-mold the Draconis Combine Mustered Soldiery
according to his own desires. As Kanrei, virtually no one stood in his way.
Also at this
time, it is believed that Theodore Kurita made a secret deal with Myndo Waterly,
Primus of ComStar. We have reason to suspect that Waterly offered to supply
House Kurita with 'Mechs, equipment, and troops if Theodore would allow her to
station ComStar forces in the Combine and if he would support the creation of
the Free Rasalhague Republic. Theodore apparently accepted the deal, because the
Draconis Combine quickly recognized the Free Rasalhague Republic after it
declared its independence, despite the fact that the Combine had to give up
worlds to that new state.
Also in his camp
was Constance Kurita, Keeper of the House Honor and head of the Order of the
Five Pillars (O5P). As head of the O5P, Constance had access to her Order's
considerable intelligence capacities, and she may have been inclined to put this
information at Theodore's disposal. The Coordinator's son may also have
benefited from his special friendship with Subhash Indrahar, dreaded Director of
the Combine's Internal Security Force.
[EDITOR'S NOTE: Constance and Indrahar must surely have assisted Theodore
in keeping secret his marriage to Tomoe Sakade for so long. The two were married
in 3019, but Theodore did not reveal the fact to his father until 3033, when
Tomoe had already borne him two children, one of them a son. It is well-known
that in all those years Takashi was anxious to see his son married and the
succession of his line guaranteed by the birth of a child. The Coordinator
actually arranged several marriages for his son, but all were canceled for one
reason or another.]