Praxis the First was the grandson of the Holy Emperor Alkanius the First. His father Nomericus had passed away, as did Alkanius in the Plague of Forente which had killed nearly one in ten in the Imperium.
Following his ascension to the throne at the age of seventeen, and his mother having served as regent for one year, Praxis was ill-prepared to handle the wars his grandfather had started and the internal strife that had developed in wake of the Plague. Strife turned to anger and anger turned to rebellion. It spread like wildfire throughout the Imperium especially in the former Kingdoms of Garium and Calix which had been annexed under Alkanius. Their nominal lords rose up in open rebellion not only against the Imperial Government but also against the Holy Emperor Praxis I. Fortunately for Praxis many of his grandfather's most trusted military commanders were still in control of their Legions and helped to crush the rebellions ushering in stability in the realm.
After ten years of rule, Praxis began to seek diplomacy over war with the Imperium's neighbors hoping some would join willingly rather than always having to be annexed. This seemed to work for some time with the smaller states opting to join the Imperium for protection and prosperity that seemed ensured. Peace seemed to spread and soon the Imperium found itself in a semi-golden age, many scholars now say it was a Silver Age, though Praxis would be assassinated by agents of the Garium Independence League, and his son Decius would ascend at the age of 18, being the second youngest to hold the title of Holy Emperor.