Campaign of the Month: August 2014
The Concord of Ashes
Leader of the formidable band of Lazarene knights who make their havens in the sewers and cisterns beneath Constantinople, this quiet, dignified Nosferatu looks to the defence and succor of the small folk of the city.
In his true form, this knight appears as a tall, leprous monster with pale, ashen skin bristling with boils and open sores, and a flat, wide nose that looks to have been broken a good number of times. His chin recedes to an alarming degree, making his sharp fangs all the more prominent, and his grey eyes are so heavily set back into his skull that they almost disappear except when they glow under the power of the Blood. Much of his parchment-like grey skin was also gone, and his bones protruded painfully. He is clad in mail, the threadbare rags of a surcoat depicting a green cross on the breast, and a heavy black cloak, and he arms himself with a sword and dagger.
The coat of arms of the Order of St. Lazarus, though to be fair, Fra’ Ignatius’ surcoat is so old, threadbare, and stained with grime that the white has long since been replaced by dun and grey.
(this is an expansion of the character as set down in Dark Ages Clan Novel Nosferatu)
With his soft, gravelly voice and his introspective ways, it would surprise many of the Cainites of Constantinople that this ancilla leads one of the largest and most potent coteries of vampires in the city. Of course, since most of the undead of the despoiled Queen of Cities are unaware of just how many of the Order of St. Ladre have come to dwell in the sewers and cisterns beneath their feet, they would likely be equally shocked and horrified to realise the foundation of his power at all.
Fra’ Ignatius rose to leadership of the Constantinopolitan chapter of the Lazarene knights immediately after his friend, mentor, and sire Fra’ Raymond perished in the Great Sack of 1204, the victim of aged masonry and fire-damaged buildings. While others among his brothers are more effective war captains, more devastating combatants, or more skilled in the uses of the Blood, all readily acknowledged that he was the wisest and best of them, and his leadership has never been in doubt.
In the weeks and months after the city fell to the 4th Crusade, he and a cadre of his most able brother-knights assisted the elder Malachite in his (ultimately fruitless) quest to find the legendary Dracon and plead with the ancient Tzimisce to return to Constantinople and take up the mantle of patriarch. Upon his return , Fra’ Ignatius took it upon himself to continue his late sire’s mission and methods, keeping the true extent of the Lazarene strength secret from the new powers of the city.
Over the many years since, several of Nosferatu of the order have made a name for themselves as scouts and spies, while the vast majority of them keep to the darkness of the city’s underworld. In Elysium, Ignatius himself has become known as a friend of the frequently absent Malachite, and as someone who can get word to the elder in his travels abroad. Among the Nosferatu of the city he is deeply respected for his style of leadership, a blend of gravitas, dignity, military custom, a willingness to choose expert advisors and penchant for actually listening to them.
He speaks little of his mortal years, save that prior to his Embrace he was a native of Acre, a Hospitaller of St. John, and that he had served under the great Raymond du Puy (the mortal name of Fra’ Raymond) for many years. Sir Conrad de Monreal, who has long been an ally of the knights of St. Ladre, has mentioned in his correspondence with his old comrades among the Concord that unlike a good number of his brothers, Ignatius was not a leper when he chose the Embrace of the Nosferatu. According to the Brujah knight, Fra’ Ignatius is propelled by duty, piety, and honour, and he is so driven by these ideals that he would put a Toreador champion of the Courts of Love to shame.
Embrace: AD 1165.
Lineage: Childe of Fra’ Raymond, childe of Guillaume. Further lineage is unknown but it is speculated that the bloodline descends from the ancient Nosferatu known as Fantomas of Lutetia.