He was born in Ctesifon in 1031, the second of Besclaies's sons. The first, Kremueronos, developed into a suitably martial and respectable heir. Baesonesec was sickly, and when well, complaining and lethargic. He showed no aptitude for either war or scholarship, but did fully partake of the opportunities for pleasure afforded by being a prince-- also the chance to pursue minor grudges with a troubling vindictiveness.
Things could always happen to heirs, so Besclaies made sure to surround Baesonesec with tutors in the military and political arts and would storm in to check on his progress, which was inevitably unsatisfactory. But even this waned when his brother's wife bore a child in 1050; though it was a daughter, it seemed a guarantee that the unpromising second son would not be needed.
Almost as an afterthought, he was married in 1059 to Nouvaďora, a noblewoman from Bogira. She was just seventeen years old, pretty and sociable, and she charmed the Ctesifoni court. She was rarely seen with her now fat and boorish husband.
Kremueronos was captured by a rebellious Cuzeian army in 1059; this was defeated, and the king rescued, by the main Caďinorian army under Zoldomos. Restored to his throne, Kremueronos took out some of his fury on his unmanly brother; he declared that Baesonesec, having done nothing to help the king, was no longer of royal blood. He banished him to a rural estate on a diminished income. Interestingly, his wife was not subject to the decree and continued to live in Ctesifon.
In 1065 Kremueronos died, having alienated the court with his increasingly arbitrary ways. He had a three-year-old son, Meliges, but the court at first proposed to make Baesonesec regent, and then king.
Informed of this, Baesonesec's reaction was Tuza-- "shit". Courtiers nervously joked that it could only improve from there. They were wrong.
Baesonesec was not just uninterested in royal responsibility; it unhinged him. He was entirely unable to perform even the religious rituals of his office, much less preside over strategic councils or address the problems in the Eärdur or in the east. He didn't even resume his life of adolescent dissipation; he made it known that he would have preferred to be left in rural exile.
The only person who could make some headway with him was his wife, Nouvaďora. She coaxed him into attending councils and ceremonies, interpreted his mad-seeming utterances, answered his correspondence. Within a year she simply showed up for him. He fell back into a lethargic depression, or sometimes a display of open madness.
She bore a son, Sarogonos, in 1070. Court gossip (and many historians) suspected that the child was someone else's, but no one wanted a dynastic dispute and Sarogonos was named the sadues, the crown prince.
Nonetheless he was only an infant when Baesonesec, following an unfortunate accident in the bath, died in 1071. There was a tradition of widows reigning in place of their minor sons, so Nouvaďora became eloreis (queen).
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