The Concord of Ashes
This powerful and influential Tremere is one of the rulers of his clan and the master of their home chantry, Ceoris. He is a frquent visitor to Vienna.
This man is of average height, and has long, tawny blond hair and blue eyes. His face is slightly rounded, and a he is over-weight, although not at all ungainly in his movements. He wears rich robes bearing ornate embroidery in dizzying, arcane patterns. A golden chain with a blood-red stone set into a pentagram medallion hangs about his neck. He bears a small knife at his belt, more an ornament than a weapon.
Etrius, by all reports, is one of the original Tremere that appeared in the early part of the 11th century. Several of the Cainite residents of Vienna, however, were aware of him for nearly a century before that. As the mortal master of the Tremere Chantry in Vienna, he has long been involved in manipulating the growth and security of that city as well as the Duchy surrounding it. In the 11th century, he and his allies were instrumental in returning the Ventrue ancient, Valerianus, to the throne of Vienna, and the city has been an important outpost of the Usurpers ever since. Indeed, Etrius’ childe Lotharius became prince of Vienna when Valerianus was assassinated in 1155 CE. Although he now spends most of his time ruling over the hidden Tremere redoubt of Ceoris, where he apparently leads a conservative, cautious faction of his clan, Etrius maintains a heavy interest in the Viennese Chantry, and rarely goes more than a couple of years without visiting.
His accent is Swedish, and he claims to have been born in the town of Lödöse, near the mouth of the Göta river, in 850 CE. His family served Angsar, the German Bishop, and they were among the first Swedes to convert to Christianity. The boy intended to study as a priest, but on a pilgrimage to Rome his party was overcome by raiders, and he wound up enslaved in the markets of Constantinople instead. Luckily for him, his purchaser was the great magus, Tremere. Etrius began his journey into the hermetic mysteries soon after, although he has never forgotten his faith, nor his zealot’s conviction that everything that has occurred in his existence is according to God’s plan. To this night Etrius is still a devout Christian, in spite of his many great sins in service to Tremere. He has diablerised a number of Salubri, and in AD 1190 he was responsible for the destruction of the ancient, Mokius, held by many to be the last surviving childe of Saulot.
Etrius’ great rival for both the regard of his master and the night-to-night control of the clan is Goratrix, who now rules the great chantry of Paris. According to statements overheard by Dietrich von Steyer, both Etrius and Prince Lotharius claim that Goratrix and his cadre of conspiratorial villains are capable of the greatest evils in their pursuit of power. Considering their own sins, which both Etrius and Lotharius blithely dismiss as having been ‘necessary’, Goratrix and his coterie must be vile indeed by comparison.
Maude met Etrius a handful of times when he came to Vienna on one of his infrequent visits. She observed that Prince Lotharius was quick to dutifully defer to his sire in all matters, as was the prince’s brother-in-bood, Regent Filaerus. Etrius seemed to enjoy the verbal battle between Maude and Hette that later led to the Cappadocian nun’s exile. At court, he displayed a somewhat catty facet to his personality, snickering at Hette’s humiliation at the hands of Maude, but he otherwise appeared to be above, and barely interested in, the intrigues of Vienna’s Cainite court.
Lineage: None. Etrius became a vampire via a magickal ritual, although like all of the Inner Councillors he does claim to be the nominal childe of Tremere.