|Profession:||Political Head of Pierpont Drift|
|Chronological and General Info|
|Ally:||Free Trade Alliance (former)|
|Enemy:||Clarion of Loss|
I prefer negotiable securities.
"All About Me"
Doge Miskich is the political leader of the sovereign Pierpont Drift. He became entangled in a series of conflicts with the Than Hegemony concerning the sacred Hegemon's Heart. The Than-Thre-Kull considered the Hegemon's Heart a sacred religious relic however sometime during the long night era the Heart went missing, and eventually appeared on Pierpont Drit as part of the private collection of Miskich. The Than, due to the reputation of Pierpont Drift, claimed that Miskisch must have stolen relic and sent a fleet to the drift to take the Heart back. Miskich alleged that the Hegemon's Heart hadn't belonged to the Than in generations, and refused to surrender it, as it was rightfully his. The Hegemony dispatched General Clarion of Loss to retrieve the artifact and destroy Pierpont. The crew of the Andromeda Ascendant was able to intervene and convince both sides to sit down at the negotiating table. What both parties didn't know was that Dylan Hunt had already sent Beka, Trance, and Harper to steal the Heart from Miskich, and replace it with a fake. At some point during the heist it was discovered that the Heart that the Andromeda crew had stolen was a fake, but through a series of clever manipulations, Beka Valentine was eventually able to acquire the real Heart and return it to the Than, thus saving the inhabitants of Pierpont Drift from certain annihilation. ("A Heart for Falsehood Framed")
- The similarity of names and titles between Doge (Duke) Miskich and Dostoyevsky's Prince Myshkin in "The Idiot" is not a coincidence.
- "Doge" is a Venetian variant of the standard Italian "Duce", meaning "leader", from the Latin "Dux", and the source of the English aristocratic title of "Duke".
- The Doge's quotation which opens the episode refers to the central themes of the Romantic poets and artists, perhaps encapsulated in Keats' "Ode on a Grecian Urn".
- Thou shalt remain, in midst of other woe
- Than ours, a friend to man, to whom thou say'st,
- 'Beauty is truth, truth beauty,—that is all
- Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.