Campaign of the Month: August 2014
The Concord of Ashes
Lord Colard of Parcey
This sly courtier of the House of Fabricius is known among mortals as the Lord of Parcey. He is a firm ally of Felix of Vaucluse, and widely considered to be the most politically savvy of his coterie.
A pale nobleman aging quite gracefully into his middle years, sporting fine black hair, a delicate goatee and compelling, intelligent blue eyes. He wears green velvets, and appears fond of copious amounts of gold trim to complement his many jewelled rings. A sword and dagger, both of exquisite craftsmanship, are worn at his belt. His device is that of a white sunburst crowned on a field of crimson, cantoned with a green laurel wreath on a field of white.
The coat-of-arms of Colard II, Seigneur de Parcey. Colard is the actual lord of his lands, and a prominent vassal of the Count of Jura. He successfully transitioned his feudal power in the mortal world by arranging a look-alike to grow old in his place while he stayed behind the scenes for many years, controlling the inheritance through his catspaw. Of course, his mortal title does not translate to Cainite society so when dealing with the undead he frequently goes by his simple Christian name instead.
Colard of Parcey is quite unlike any of his fellows among the crusaders of the House of Fabricius. He has no pretensions towards being an exceptional knight or even a skilled warrior, nor has he displayed any real desire to take more than his modest fill of plunder or blood during the conflicts that have marked the 4th Crusade. Glory does not appear to interest him at all, and despite his obvious intelligence and smooth manner he avoids seeking prominence in the games of prestation and status. Indeed, if there is one thing that Colard excels at it is in avoiding obviousness. If there is one thing he admires it is subtlety, and he strives to be unobtrusive and relatively unassuming in his nightly conduct of his duties. He also appreciates seeing the same trait in others, and he watches those who work similarly closely, so that he might hone his own talents to perfection.
Before the pilgrimage, he successfully served his sire as seneschal of Dole, and while he made a pledge of loyalty to Felix of Vaucluse, he enjoys enough status that he can, if necessary, disengage himself from his arrogant kinsman without (too much) blemish to his own honour. Also unlike his erstwhile lord, he is welcome in nearly all quarters of the 4th Cainite Crusade, if only because they desire to keep an eye on the slippery fellow’s doings.
Since the gathering at Venice he has glided through the councils of the 4th Cainite Crusade, working the will of his fellows while leaving nary a ripple in his wake. This particular Burgundian Ventrue appears content enough with the leadership of Sir Felix of Vaucluse, or at least no one has ever observed him display anything other than bland acceptance of his erstwhile lord’s directives. So able is Colard de Parcey in his role as unassuming proxy that one could even be forgiven for believing that he is absent the typical Ventrue traits of overweening pride and zealous ambition.
And that is precisely why he is so dangerous. For Colard de Parcey walks the Road of the Vizier, and he has elevated the role of aide-de-camp to an art form. He gives cunning advice, engages in subtle politicking and has a certain willingness to deal with the details that Sir Felix of Vaucluse and the other members of the House of Fabricius find boring or distasteful. This makes him indispensable to them, as it did to his sire, Prince Raymonde of Dole, before them. Rumour among the circles of the 4th Cainite Crusade has it that Colard was sent on the pilgrimage by the elders of the House of Fabricius purely as a measure of moderation and damage control for the excessive habits of and Wendel. For his own part, he has played the games of conciliation and intrigue with exceptional skill; mending fences, rebuilding bridges and smoothing feathers wherever Felix’ Frankish directness or cruelty has caused damage.
In this he was quite successful until February of 1204, parleying the reputation of his sire and his own political talents to mastermind the rise of the House of Fabricius, and Sir Felix of Vaucluse in particular among the powers of the 4th Cainite Crusade. At a time when his lord was quickly replacing Duke Guy of Provence in the eyes of many as a more credible leader, Colard was making the rounds of the factions, making quiet assurances of the benefits of supporting the House of Fabricius. Indeed, it was precisely one of these meetings that kept him from the disastrous assault on the “Turkish” treasure ship. He has worked to reduce the damage to the reputation and dignitas of House Fabricius ever since, and many wonder what his plans might be…
In his investigations of Felix’ coterie, Lotario Acuto managed to uncover the feeding restriction of Colard de Parcey. The Ventrue may feed only on fallen nuns (those who have betrayed their vows in some manner, and no longer see themselves as “pure”). He often seeks to engineer their downfall, and tries to cross the paths of nuns as often as he can. Apparently Colard seems to enjoy being the agent of their temptation.
Lineage: Childe of Prince Raymonde of Dole, Childe of Prince Claudia Arpineia of Dolla (d), Childe of Gaius Fabricius, Childe of Tinia (d?), Childe of Veddartha. Collard of Parcey’s line is a prestigious offshoot of the blood of Gaius Fabricius, much favoured by their august progenitor. Prince Claudia, who was Embraced in the rule of Septimius Severus, ruled the Roman city of Dolla from AD 341, overseeing its gradual transition to the trading centre of Dole. Her destruction at the hands of a Brujah insurgent in AD 974 is still a point of honour for the bloodline to avenge. Her childe, Raymonde, was brought across in AD 866. He inherited the city with her Final Death, and rules to this night as a model of Ventrue honour, piety and dignitas.