Campaign of the Month: August 2014
The Concord of Ashes
This ancilla, as Major-domo of Venice, is Prince Narses' right hand man and Overseer Seneschal of all Venice's demesnes.
A handsome, polished aristocrat, dressed in the finest velvets and silks of Venice. A prominent gold crucifix adorned with rubies rest on a golden chain around his neck, and he wears numerous tasteful and expensive rings. He is armed only with a dagger. There is a worried, harried look on his fine features.
Narses Embraced Guilelmo, the scion of a noble Venetian family, shortly after the assassination of his previous Major-domo, Blasio Cancharello, in a dispute with the Genoese Lasombra. Guilelmo was chosen for his obvious skills as a diplomat and negotiator, and after a lengthy period of instruction under another, rose to the important position of Major-domo in the Year of Our Lord 1070, little more than two decades after his Embrace.
Like his prince, he maintains a studied air of objectivity and detachment, and can come across as a little officious at times. Unlike his master, Guilelmo has the ability to put anyone- even opponents- at ease. Consequently he is the ‘public face’ for the Prince of Venice, and he handles most matters of Cainite mediation, meeting and points of order. He performs his job with distant efficiency, growing flustered only under the scrutiny of Narses, who seems to take perverse joy in contradicting Guilelmo, apparently ‘to keep him on his toes’.
Since coming under Narses’ wing, Guilelmo has become well-versed in the teachings of the Cainite Heresy. He was fully ordained as a priest of the Crimson Curia in AD 1106, and in some quarters his piety is considered greater even than that of his master. Guilelmo is a frequent visitor to the Monastery of St. Panteleimon, and several of his retainers are ghouls in the service of the Crimson Curia.
In AD 1202, Guilelmo Aliprando presided as the impartial moderator of the council of Cainites that accompanied the gathering of the 4th Crusade. Like his master, Guilelmo seemed to have little public interest in the Crusade itself, other than seeing the massive financial debts to Venice repaid. Upon the murder of the Ventrue Crusader, Chevalier Roland du Rocher, Guilelmo directed the investigation- though he did not actually take part. That dubious honour belonged to members of the Concord of Ashes: Bernhard von Billung, Sister Maude Khlesl and Veceslav Basarab, who had been accused of the murder by Roland’s superior, Lanzo von Sachsen.
Lineage: Childe of Narses (diab.), Childe of Galerius (d), Childe of Constantius, Childe of Deinomemes (d), Childe of Lasombra