Henry Smythe-Peterwald the Twelfth was a member of a family antagonistic to the Longknifes. Kris Longknife had seen a report that suggested that Peterwald had killed his own grandfather.
Smythe-Peterwald XII sends an experienced agent to New Eden to foment a revolution in favor of the Greenfield Confederacy. The agent is also supposed to train Victoria Smythe-Peterwald. The revolution fails, the agent is killed and Victoria leaves New Eden.
Henry Smythe-Peterwald XII declared himself an emperor.