Vox Zathiel is the self-appointed President-Emperor for life of New Aerstris. Vox Zathiel's past is largely obscured before showing up as a gifted mage and engineer during the Thaumaturgy War.

When Aerstris was invaded he joined, usurped, and assimilated several rebel groups; their victory is largely credited to his leadership and inventions.

The scientist-mage sovereign is thought by many to rely heavily on propaganda. How else do you explain all the claims of his great magical power and genius? Those few who faced the then young man in the war are not so sure.