Campaign of the Month: August 2014
The Concord of Ashes
A humble, cultured Turkish merchant of the Royal Market of Pest, this Assamite bears the dubious distinction of being one of the farthest flung ambassadors of his clan.
A distinguished, dignified eastern gentleman wearing a simple turban and the robes of a merchant, with dark eyes that are intense and soulful, full of painful experience, and yet an expression that is affable and approachable. His black beard and mustache are very well kept, and obviously a source of considerable vanity. He is armed only with a curved dagger, worn in a bejewelled sheath thrust through his sash.
Humble and pleasant to a fault, Fariq al-Kareem (Fariq the Generous) holds considerable sway with the foreign merchants that ply their trade in the Royal Market of Pest. As many of these merchants deal in highly valuable and easily portable luxury items, he also has access to considerable wealth at short notice. The recognition of such a valuable domain for a member of the Low Clans and a foreigner is particularly noteworthy, especially as Prince Vencel and his court are noticeably cool towards Fariq. He is called in when the prince has a question regarding foreign custom or when Vencel feels a need to remind each Cainite in the city just who they are beholden to.
It is thought that Fariq is an elder in his own country, but given his lack of status and membership of a Low Clan he is considered to be barely on par with an ancilla in Buda and Pest. Although they do not appear to be friendly, in keeping with his tenets as a walker on the path of chivalry Prince Vencel displays all due noblesse oblige for a fellow Cainite and a resident of his city; nor does he display any prejudices of mortal racism or bigotry towards Fariq. The prince does not tolerate rudeness towards the Turk either, but there can be no doubt that Fariq is “a stanger in a strange land.”
For his part, Fariq responds to the arrogance and ignorance of his western neighbours with equanimity, dignity and good cheer. Despite the apparent coolness displayed towards “the Turk”, Prince Vencel summons him to Hare Island quite often, presumably to hear more of Fariq’s homeland and expand his the Ventrue’s interest in international trade. During his fosterage in the court of Buda-Pest, the observant neonate drew the conclusion that the two older vampires were far more friendly than they publicly let on. Could the Paragon of Christian knightly values have made an alliance with the infidel merchant? For his own part, according to his own custom Ulrich made the effort to cultivate Fariq, and found him both generous and cultured company, though quite guarded underneath it all.
Embrace: When Ulrich inquired politely as to Fariq’s vintage, the old merchant simply smiled and said it was “long ago.” He readily displays first-hand knowledge of many historical events the Abbasid Golden Age and the rise of the Seljuk Turks, both of which occurred centuries ago.
Lineage: Childe of Azif (?); further lineage is unknown, but Fariq places himself among the 6th generation.
(?)= the gossip in the Court of Buda-Pest is that Fariq has stated that he lost track of his sire “long ago”, and has no idea of whether he still exists or not.