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Kanzian (KAAN-zee_uhn) was an admiral in the Barrayaran Imperial Service. He was a space operations specialist and considered by his peers to be a better strategist than the Regent of Barrayar, Aral Vorkosigan, who suggested him as a possible Regency candidate.[1]

He was trapped in the capital during Vidal Vordarian's attempted coup against Vorkosigan, but was rescued by Commander Simon Illyan. Kanzian then joined Vorkosigan's forces and spoke to wavering Admiral Knollys on his behalf. He was present at the staff conference when Cordelia Vorkosigan presented the head of Vidal Vordarian to her husband.[2]

Kanzian was short and plump and looked grandfatherly. By the time of Vordarian's Pretendership his hair was gray and he was balding[3]; he died about twenty-five years later of old age.[4]

He held back the Cetagandan attack forces during the Third Cetagandan War; Aral Vorkosigan led the forces that came to reinforce his efforts.


By the time of Captain Vorpatril's Alliance, there was a warship named after him that served in Sergyar's Fleet.[5]

Notes and references[]

  1. Shards of Honor chapter 15
  2. Barrayar chapter 19
  3. Barrayar chapter 14
  4. Memory chapter 17
  5. Captain Vorpatril's Alliance chapters 5,7,11