The Concord of Ashes
Ambrose of Portsmouth
An English ex-expatriate who plies the waters of the eastern Mediterranean from his base in the Amalfitan Quarter of Constantinople. This Gangrel ancilla is an ally of Alessa di Positano.
A slender but healthy Englishman in his middle years, who moves with the rolling gait of a sailor. His clothes are loose and baggy, and he wears a wide, studded belt with a sheathed long dagger fastened to it. His short, wavy brown hair, steady blue eyes and rough good looks tend to draw the eye.
The least known of Alessa di Positano’s coterie, Ambrose has, until recently, made a point of keeping his nose out of Latin Quarter politics. He has been a frequent visitor to the quarter since the mid-1170’s, as part of his trade run between Amalfi, Iraklion, Constantinople, Famagusta and Acre, and he has always been welcome by virtue of his service as a courier and transporter. His sire, Megan of Bristol, runs a similar service between Iberia, Italy and North Africa, and it is thought that other progeny of Megan’s occupy similar niches in other parts of the Mediterranean. He is somewhat evasive about his reasons for leaving England, saying only that he “sought adventure and fortune in his youth, and neither were to be had at home…”
Ambrose claims to be a profiteer, nothing more and nothing less. The source of his small fortune reportedly lies in transporting food, arms and mercenaries to strategic theatres of the Levant, during both the Third Crusade and to the declining Kingdom of Jerusalem and Principality of Antioch in the difficult years of the 1190’s. The Englishman is not without scruple however, and has displayed a certain chivalry and soft touch from time to time. He is no slave-trader, nor will he transport those Cainites who abuse their herds. Even so, Ambrose attends Bishop Alfonzo’s Blood Feasts, even though the suffering he beholds at them clearly dismays him. Like his friend Nerea of Spain, he appears to attend the parties out of a sense of obligation and self-castigation.
His stated reason for settling in the Amalfitan Quarter in AD 1199 was that he saw a power vacuum and a means of making quick silver to expand his holdings. Master Alfredo and Ambrose have a long-standing quarrel of a personal and private nature, and so the Englishman chose to ally with the Brujah’s rival, Alessa di Positano, in order to spite him. Ambrose is somewhat uncomfortable with her hard-hearted tactics and also with the willful callousness of his coterie-mate, Jean de Marseille, but he appears to be willing enough to turn a blind eye to advance his own schemes. Cosima of Chimaira and he share a close (some say intimate) bond, to the point where he often stays with her at her haven rather than aboard his own ship, the Sea Lion. Ambrose now resides in the city for about 7 months of the year, trusting his ghouls, Captain Michael of Acre and First Mate Erasmus d’Amalfi, to run his business in his absence. Though having little influence in Constantinople itself, his connections abroad make him invaluable to the coterie. In addition to this, the Gangrel has significant capital to devote to their mutual ventures, and is thought to have shares in a number of warehouses and several ships in addition to his outright ownership of the Sea Lion.
Lineage: Childe of Megan of Bristol; further lineage is unknown to him, but he is thought to be of the 10th generation.