Campaign of the Month: August 2014
The Concord of Ashes
The neonate progeny of Prince Vencel Rikard; beautiful but ignorant and arrogant, she has much to learn before she might be considered an ancilla.
A pale, aristocratic beauty on the cusp of womanhood and wearing the finest fasions of the Hungarian court. She has delicate features and skin, dark brown eyes and light brown hair.
Lady Erzsébet Árpád is the daughter of Duke Antal Árpád of Buda-Pest, royal cousin to King András II, and granddaughter of King István III, who ruled Hungary and Croatia from 1141 to 1162. Through her grandmother, she is also related to the Comnenus family of Byzantium, the Babenbergs of Austria, and the imperial Salian dynasty of Saxony. Despite his claim to the throne, her father never really had any chance of claiming it. He was born several months after his father’s death, and raised in Vienna as a ward of first his grandfather, Duke Heinrich II Jasomirgott of Austria, and then his uncle, Leopold V. The House of Babenberg was kind to Antal, and he would eventually squire for Leopold before earning his spurs at the Siege of Acre. In time, despite the misgivings and ambitions of his Austrian relatives he freely accepted the invitation of his uncle, King Bela III, to return home, and he soon proved himself there too. Of course, few would have expected Antal to survive long, for the House of Árpád had never been kind to pretenders to the throne.
Fortunately for him, Antal’s valour and honour had impressed the powerful Cainite prince of Buda and Pest, Vencel Rikard, and the Ventrue had given the mortal his friendship years earlier. He assured the young prince that he would be safe in his homeland, and that he would prosper there as a powerful noble in his own right. Vencel spoke the truth, for upon swearing fealty to his uncle, Antal was quietly invested with the lordship of the castle of Buda and the town of Pest.
Throughout the decades since that fateful moment, Vencel Rikard has kept his promise to watch over Antal and his descendants. All he has ever asked in return is the duke’s friendship, and his mortal perspective on the state of the kingdom and its people. In addition to Antal himself, chief among the vampire’s favourites was Karl, his dutiful oldest son. However, he also had a special place in his heart for Erzsébet, the duke’s headstrong daughter, who mesmerised the prince with her capacity for rebellion and zest for life. In truth, Vencel has admitted to his closest confidants that he was more than a little bit in love with her.
He made the rash decision to bring her across after a sudden mortal illness struck the young lady after she was caught in a autumn rainstorm outside the city while out riding. Embraced at the age of 18 in AD 1195, she quickly became arrogant with the eternal possibilities of her exhalted state as both mortal and undead royalty. Furthermore, she still had the girlish fantasies of early womanhood, for she was much sheltered in her privilege. Soon after her embrace, much to the amusement of the Elysium of Buda-Pest, she was even heard to express her hopes for marriage once her father, the duke, had found a proper match for her.
Alas, Prince Vencel had little time to properly instruct Lady Erzsébet on the vagaries of Cainite existence, and instead trusted her loyal cousin, István and his seneschal, Soltan the Wise, to do so in his absence. Under the latter’s tutelage, she eventually blossomed as a student while under that of the former, she developed a remarkable fixation on brutality and war. For many years, the prince was at his wits end looking for a use for the troublesome neonate. For her part, Lady Erzsébet publicly proclaimed her love for her prince, and seemed rather put out that he hasn’t actively returned her affections. As his love has turned to sad regret, her immature ardour has gradually cooled into resentment for his perceived rejection.
During his fosterage at the court of Vencel Rikard, Ulrich von Wettin became familiar with Erzsébet. Despite being brought across years before he, Ulrich had the distinct impression that she was still an impetuous, rebellious, and immature girl-childe rather than the vampire she ought to have been. For her part, Erzsébet considered him an “unctuous, overly opinionated boor, but at least he wasn’t a dullard.”
Embrace: AD 1195.
Lineage: Childe of Vencel Rikard, Childe of Bulscu, Childe of Heinrich of Volstag, Childe of Erik Eigermann (d?), Childe of Veddartha. Erzsébet is of the 8th generation.
(d?)= probably destroyed