Campaign of the Month: August 2014
The Concord of Ashes
Sir Aimery de Versey
A smooth and unassuming member of the Clan of Kings and a sometime Crusader, this ancilla has had his fill of violence and would rather talk than fight.
This Frank wears his dark brown hair long- unusual given his soldierly bearing. His brown eyes reveal a keen intellect and great perception. He is dressed simply, with a focus on casual taste and functionality over ostentation. In addition to his antique curved knife, he has taken to bearing a sword and dagger.
Aimery freely speaks of his past. He was born in the Year of our Lord 1076 to a French noble family of wealth and influence. As a youth, he trained hard and became a knight. When Pope Urban II called for a crusade to liberate the Holy Land, he joined willingly- to see a wider world as much as for the love of Christ.
His entry into the Jerusalem with the triumphant armies in AD 1099 opened his eyes. The Week of Blood that followed brought countless atrocities down upon the captured city. Rivers of blood ran in the streets as helpless men, women and children- Muslim, Jew and Christian, were brutalised, raped, robbed and slaughtered. By his own guilty admission, the madness that gripped he and every other man who marched through the Zion Gate drove him to do those vile acts. It was as if an animal, a mad beast, had taken command of his body and he was a helpless witness to his crimes. His faith and self-respect were shattered when he came to his senses, and Sir Aimery stumbled from the Holy City and wandered the Levant as a lost vagrant for more than a year before he was found by the one who Embraced him.
Aimery speaks of Sir Robert de Calais with shining eyes. Grandchilde of one of the leaders of the Cainite expedition of the 1st Crusade, Sir Robert found him near Antioch, and took Aimery under his wing. The Ventrue was a knight of little account, a poor scion of greater sires, and determined to prove himself. He was a kind master and a goodly man, and he did not abuse the young, broken vagrant that Sir Aimery had become. Sir Robert only wished to know what had become of his lord: Sir Gavriel de Bougniac, Knight Companion of the Order of the Lilly. He soon Embraced Sir Aimery, seeing his quality, and the two returned to Jerusalem to try and pick up the trail where many before them had failed.
Sir Robert was assassinated on a desert road near Jerusalem by an Assamite less than a year after Sir Aimery’s Embrace. The fledgeling was not with him at the time, else he would have shared his sire’s fate. Since he was not yet released, he was not accepted by the Cainites of Jerusalem and was soon moved on. He wandered farther afield as a mercenary and guide for Cainite and mortal pilgrims, and eventually found himself in Egypt after a few decades. Determined to find a purpose with his life, and enchanted by that ancient land, he took to adventuring down the Nile and exploring the ruins of antiquity. After a while, he amassed a small fortune in “liberated” treasures, incurred the enmity of several Settites and Assamites (for differing reasons), and made a firm friend in the younger Ventrue Sir Roland du Rochere and his sire, Sir Udo of Kerak. The two Ventrue neonates shared a love of ancient Egypt, a foundation that existed right up until Sir Roland’s murder 5 decades later.
Sir Aimery eventually tired of the conflict in the Holy Land, and retired to Venice to pursue mercantile activites with the contacts that he had made amongst the Narsene Lasombra. Sir Roland stayed on, and over the latter end of the 12th century the two built up their credentials amongst the Crusader Ventrue- one on the genesis of the pilgrim route, and the other at the destination, and both working with words, not swords, to get results. It was because of this connection that they were used by Lanzo-von-Sachsen as his team during the Council of the 4th Cainite Crusade. Together they ‘defanged’ the demagoguery of Tomasso Brexiano, and the destination of Egypt was all but assured.
Then, Sir Roland was murdered, and Sir Aimery survived an attempt on his own unlife a scant few days later. The Assamite Ziyad al-Djahiz, drove Sir Aimery into torpor and would have finished him off but for the intervention of the Concord. In return, after his recovery, Sir Aimery readily offered his services for the remainder of the Crusade, and took the cross himself for the first time in a century.
Lineage: Childe of Sir Robert de Calais (d), Childe of Sir Guillaume de Marseilles (d?), Childe of Sir Gavriel de Bougniac (d?), Childe of Marius Romulus, Childe of Nefer-Meri-Isis, Childe of Veddartha