Campaign of the Month: August 2014
The Concord of Ashes
The Cainite ruler of Esztergom and Vencel Rikard's rival; a scheming ancilla who eschews the title of Prince in favour of Archbishop.
This aged, haggard nobleman is the very image of control. He has grey hair and hard, glittering brown eyes. His rich robes are in the latest of Western court fashions, although he is slightly unkempt.
Geza, Archbishop of Esztergom, is one of just three progeny sired by Bulscu, the self-styled Monarch of Hungary, Transylvania, Slavonia, Dalmatia and Croatia. In life he was the ruler, or Grand Prince, of the Magyar Confederation. In that role he championed the conversion of his people to Christianity, although he was known to still offer some prayers to the old pagan gods as well, claiming to be wealthy enough to make offerings to all the gods. It was also his scheming that set up the Kingdom of Hungary. His irreverence, moral flexibility and political acumen pleased his secret patron, and Bulscu elected to bring him into the fold. Alas it is known that Bulscu miscalculated regarding the aged Grand Prince, for in spite of his quips Geza was actually quite devout. He was looking forward to his just rewards in Heaven, and now paradise was forever denied him. However, after initially raging against the injustice of his Embrace, Geza eventually settled into a dutiful, sullen silence.
He has a reputation for being a treacherous and subtle plotter, and while he has served his sire well for over 200 years the wily Bulscu has never had any doubts that whatever Geza does, he does for himself first. Indeed, Bulscu seems to approve of Geza’s penchant for self-interest and intrigue against his fellows, perhaps in the belief that it will teach the rest of the Arpads some valuable lessons in rulership. Geza still maintains some kind of twisted spirituality, although few can fathom its obviously contradictory nature. The “King of the Arpads” tolerates the eccentricities of his “Archbishop”, and few of Geza’s fellows are so foolish as to mock him, at least openly.
Vencel Rikard, who once served Geza as a bodyguard when he was the mortal Grand Prince of the Magyars, has a particularly acrimonious relationship with his brother-in-blood. Ever since King Bulscu slipped into the shadows, the two prince’s have vied for the loyalty of their fellows. Geza has more descendants that rule the heartlands of Hungary, whereas Vencel has been rather more particular in his choices. As a result, Geza has quantity on his side whereas Vencel has quality. Esztergom is also the home of the King of Hungary and his court, which brings Geza much more influence over the nobility of the realm. To counter this influence, Rikard has cultivated King Emeric’s belligerent younger brother, Prince Andras, and the resulting dynastic strife has recently destabilised the nation and caused the Arpads to quietly fall into several opposed camps.
Alone of the coterie, Veceslav has made the acquaintance of Archbishop Geza of Esztergom. Having travelled to the capital to take counsel with some of his political contacts, Veceslav felt obliged to adhere to the traditions and present himself to the Archbishop. The Tzimisce was given a frosty reception at the Geza’s strange court (made only more so by the choir of Dominated boys that serve as his herd). A Tremere envoy, Robi Tamás, openly displayed much familiarity with the Archbishop, and a number of courtiers, both Arpad and Toreador, openly smirked at the Tzimisce. Only the Lasombra Liseta Illuminada displayed any kind of warmth to him, and she later sounded out his interest regarding a possible power play in the future against the insulting “Archbishop”.
Lineage: Childe of Bulscu, Childe of Heinrich of Volstag, Childe of Erik Eigermann (d?), Childe of Veddartha