Campaign of the Month: August 2014
The Concord of Ashes
Known within the Family system as the Custodian of Orthodoxy, this tyrannical priest is a Scion of the Michaelites and one of the few effective, if dubiously loyal, servants at Petronius' disposal.
This Greek looks haggard and old. He is overweight, has sickly pouches beneath his tiny eyes, sports a peppered beard and moustache that hides his jowls, and lists from side to side as he walks. He wears the rich garb of the Orthodox Church. In contrast to his rather slummy appearance, there is an air of authority and danger about the man.
Magnus has been a constant in the city for over 1000 years, making him the second longest existing resident after the Cappadocian Lady Alexia Theusa. Long before the advent of the Trinity system, he aided his sire Ectoris in controlling the city through the cults of Aphrodite. When Michael, the Dracon and Antonius arrived in the entourage of Emperor Constantine the Great, Ectoris engaged in an ill-advised attempt to hold Byzantium against them. He mobilised his pawns and even made threats against the person of the emperor himself. Magnus, however, saw the writing on the wall and betrayed Ectoris and the rest of his consanguineous siblings. He staked them all before they rose for the evening and destroyed all save Ectoris, whom he presented to the Triumvirate along with his his professions of loyalty and his promise that he would help to evangelise the city. Eventually the Triumvirs gave him leave to take progeny of his own to aid in this important task, and Magnus Embraced Sarah the Chaste in AD 402 and Peter the Humble in AD 407.
Perhaps displaying a measure of imagination that now appears to be absent from his character, Magnus saw that while the Dracon had taken a hand in the monastic orders, he had no interest in matters ecclesiastical. Magnus elected to pursue this sphere of influence in service to Michael, whom he judged as the most important of the Triumvirate. Peter and Sarah also aided him in this endeavour. His hard work and loyalty were rewarded with his elevation to full Scion status in the Second Council of AD 477.
In the seven centuries since, Magnus has grown increasingly tyrannical and less innovative in his control of the Orthodox Church. Never one to make a distinction between control and manipulation, his grip on the ecclesiastical orders has grown ever more tight-fisted. This culminated in a quarrel with his counterparts in Rome that eventually caused the Great Schism. While his culpability in this matter is obvious, and he could certainly be judged to be part of Constantinople’s problem rather than the solution, the simple fact is that he is far too entrenched to remove from the Trinity family system at this point.
With the Michaelites falling increasingly to madness and vice, the Children of Judas proving to be far too capable in their mandate, and the Malachite Nosferatu refusing to answer his call, Petronius the Arbiter has been forced to rely more and more on the Magnus Orthodox Lasombra. Magnus is only too happy to comply with Petronius’ directives, although he often twists them to benefit himself. He is a fixture at all high level Trinity gatherings in the city, where he constantly connives this outcome or that to his benefit.
Magnus was present at the Antonian blood feast in honour of the coterie. He inquired as to their loyalty to the “True Church”, and badgered those who expressed faith in the Orthodox faith to champion it in their own settlements. His constant badgering to this effect did not endear him to the coterie, nor to their sires. Lady Katerina, his own distant cousin-in-blood, actually caused a rare diplomatic drama on her part when she turned her back on him in exasperation and walked away.
Lineage: Childe of Magnus, Childe of Ectoris (d), Childe of Hermaius (d), Childe of Zarathustra, Childe of Boukephos, Childe of Lasombra