Publius Bracchus (17th of the Sun's Smile, 1475 – 21st of the Grand Harvest, 1547) was an Orenian aristocrat, statesman, author, and ambassador, serving throughout the reigns of King Olivier and [[Guy de Bar]|KIng Guy]], and in his highest role as Archchancellor for Emperor John I.
Publius was a loyalist during Dukes' War, breaking his vassal vows to his liege Duke Basil (Who had sided with the rebel coalition) and fled to King Olivier's royal court, where he served as Lord Steward of the Realm. He would later convince a multitude of disheartened rebel vassals to return to the royalist faction, including Lord Percival Staunton, as well as being an avid advocate of clemency for the rebels.
When Guy was elected King in 1523, Publius fell under heavy scrutiny for his previous ties to numerous rebel lords, and eventually was cast out of the royal court. He later returned after the Horen Restoration of Emperor John, which offered him the position as his new chancellor. It would be by the words of Publius that convinced many moderate royalists of the previous war to give their loyalties to the newly crowned John I, and help bridge the fissure between the loyalist and exiled coalition nobility. Publius would also attempt to form a pact between the Grand Kingdom of Urguan, then led by Uldar Irongut, and the Qali nation of Khalestine, but would never come to fruition after the popular deposition of Uldar by Midgor Ireheart.
Because of his failure in secure the Urguanite allaince, which later led to the grueling Eighteen Years' War, Publius resigned from office and resumed his life as an author. He faced his end at the hands of the newly crowned John II, who had him drowned for belief of treason.
Publius is remembered for his original humble origin and his extraordinary ability to rise from a simple levyman to nobility, in joined with his tactful diplomacy in both the Ashford monarchy and the reestablished Holy Orenian Empire.