Campaign of the Month: August 2014
The Concord of Ashes
Formerly a Voivode of some power in Bulgaria, as well as the favoured progeny of a scion of the Clan Tzimisce, this elder has fallen on hard times.
A short, severe looking Bulgar wearing fine clothing and a bear fur cloak. His long hair is streaked with grey, his brown eyes glower beneath bristling eyebrows and his moustache is carefully groomed. The overall effect is that of barbarian royalty. He is armed with a dagger and a sabre.
One of the few remaining childer of the destroyed methuselah known as the Dacian. Originally sent south with the other Bulgars to expand the territory of his Sire, he was at some point a coterie-mate of the elder Noriz, whom Demenaus had placed in command of the expeditions. Gabor never subscribed to Noriz’ lust for the Amaranth, and his frequent admonishments on the excesses of the elder captain led to the start of the acrimony that endures to this night. When Noriz later consumed the torpid Demenaus’ soul, their enmity was sealed and neither will rest until the other is finished. Naturally, Noriz is performing rather better in this regard. Gabor models his methods closely on his Transylvanian brethren according to the traditions originally set down by Ionache and propogated by Demenaus. He rose to the position of Voivode of Serdica, making him the most powerful knez (a Tzimisce Prince basically) in Bulgaria. He then alienated the rest of the Tzimisce knezi there (even some of his own progeny) over his domineering interference in their own domains.
When the Byzantine Empire swept through Bulgaria in the early 11th century, a Lasombra called Basilio the Elder managed to convince the other knezi to support his claim on Serdica. Gabor was badly wounded in the coup, and his remaining loyal childer were slain. Barely escaping with his unlife he fled to Constantinople of all places, gambling correctly that his pursuers would rush for the Transylvanian passes and his allies there. Throwing himself upon the mercy of Gesu and Symeon of the Obertus Order, he was given sanctuary and slipped into torpor for a while. He awoke about a hundred years ago and has spent a considerable portion of that time working off his life boon to the Obertus and trying to form alliances to retake Serdica (now called Sophia by the Greeks and Sresetz by the Bulgars). Unfortunately, his old alliances have withered away to nearly nothing and his status is little better than that of a neonate.
This has been a tremendously humbling experience for him, and he is fairly close to the Beast most of the time. Indeed he has been known to take a whip or even a sword to mortals for even the slightest error, and he routinely punishes more useful servants with gruesome flesh-crafting exercises. He has learned subtlety, however, and now he is more of a plotter than a fighter. Gabor is not terribly charming but can be polite to his social betters when he must, and his particular brand of violence and innovative impulsiveness does him service when treating with the Carpathian Tzimisce on behalf of Symeon. He is not actually a member of the Obertus Order, which is a good thing because the Obertus are not well liked in Transylvania. Owing to his debt, he had to elicit Symeon’s blessing to Embrace Veceslav Basarab, and the neonate has been an immense boon to the elder’s attempts at rebuilding his status in the east.
Gabor’s priority is the reclamation of Serdica, although he realises that this will take patience and planning. To this end, he is setting up his small brood of progeny in Domains of their own to help support his claim, hence his endorsement of Veceslav’s interest in Schaasburg. He is also putting his services at the disposal of select allies of the Obertus Order, and recently aided the Varangian Tzimisce Lars Sveengard in claiming the princedom of Thessaloniki.
Lineage: Childe of Demenaus the Dacian (d), Childe of Ionache (d?), Childe of the Eldest
(d?)= possibly destroyed