The Concord of Ashes
Gregorio di Venezia
Bishop Alfonzo's bodyguard and Flagello Principale, this smug Lasombra ancilla is one of the most powerful Cainites of the Latin Quarter.
A handsome, slender Italian, dressed in fine damask and armed with a broadsword and a dagger. He wears a confident expression, and there is a smug air about him.
Gregorio has come a long way from his humble beginnings as a street urchin in Venice. He caught the eye of Alfonzo while picking the pocket of one of his cronies, and had the nerve to wink at the elder before trying to flee. The Bishop summoned his shadows to catch the boy, and after teaching him a lesson in humility, Alfonzo took the boy on to see what he could make of him. Gregorio showed promise as a liaison with his fellow street thugs, grew into a fair swordsman, and has a talent for the Obtenebration discipline. Unfortunately, Gregorio’s lack of imagination and bullying personality also made him something of a bore, and after his Embrace he was relegated to a simple bodyguard position while Alfonzo sought out more stimulating company.
After languishing in his sire’s poor graces for decades, Gregorio followed his Alfonzo to Constantinople in AD 1185, and has insinuated himself into the underworld of the Latin Quarter. He has made himself quite useful in the intervening years and was quick to step into the vacuum in the wake of Juliano and Adrianna’s murder. As Flagello Principale (Chief Scourge), he now leads a large Brute Squad of ghouls and Latin Cainites of poor lineage in enforcing his sire’s will as Overlord of the Latin Quarter. He particularly seems to enjoy visiting the lords of the other Italian sectors, where he reminds them of the homage that is due his sire and master.
Gregorio has had several conflicts of personality with the coterie, stemming from a mutual dislike of Sir Conrad and Gunther ritter. The latter despises him as a bully and coward, while the former dislikes Gregorio for being a representative of the corrupt Narsene Lasombra. For his part, Gregorio despises them in equal measure for succeeding in discovering the whereabouts of the Chosen of Calomena, a task in which he failed.
During the Narsene blood feast, Gregorio also managed to earn the reproach of Gabor, sire of Veceslav Basarab, for presuming to reach for his sword over an insult from the Bulgarian elder. Gabor swiftly cowed the ancilla, and the Bishop told him to stand down as well. In response, Gregorio stalked over to the corner, closed his eyes and stood stock still and trembling for many minutes, seeming to show his true colours. The bully was quiet and withdrawn for the rest of the evening.
Lineage: Childe of Alfonzo, Childe of Narses, Childe of Galerius, Childe of Deinomemes (d), Childe of Lasombra