Caliph Bashaar II
The current Caliph of the Helian Empire
Bashaar II (b. CE 1509) is the current Caliph of the Helian Empire. His reign began in CE 1551. He is the successor to Caliph Hamza I, who died under mysterious circumstances (rumors abound that Hamza was poisoned, though the murderer varies wildly from story to story). Bashaar II’s short rule has thus far been characterized by a halt of expansionary policies and a call for introspection and pacifism. Bashaar II has particularly strong convictions for so young a Caliph, and many praise him for his unwavering piety. Others have begun to fear him and his policies, believing that he is not aggressive enough in spreading the faith and defending the empire against its enemies.