Campaign of the Month: August 2014
The Concord of Ashes
The Antonian Domestic Prefect of Constantinople; this harried neonate has one of the most difficult and daunting jobs of any Byzantine Cainite- that of managing the minutiae of the city itself.
A pretty, haughty, young woman of the Byzantine nobility, dressed modestly but tastefully in the fashion of the Imperial court and displaying little wealth. She has long, wavy dark brown hair and piercing, light brown eyes.
Embraced in the Year of Our Lord 1169 from a good noble Senatorial family, Irene formerly held the position of Quaesitor Secretarius until the Latin Riots of 1185. In the wake of the riots, the elder Domestic Prefect, Epirus, was executed along with the Lexor Brujah Autokrator Tribonius, for their roles in apparently instigating the violence. Anna Comnena put forward Irene as a candidate to replace Epirus, and the loyal neonate was suddenly thrust into the unwanted and unappreciated job. Theodorus Kolettis succeeded her as Anna’s assistant.
In theory, she has access to tremendous power. As the Domestic Prefect of Constantinople, Irene should be able to make use of any department of mortal power, and any Cainite Family, to ensure the good working order of the city’s night to night running. In practice, however, the Eighth Council gutted the power of her rank even before she was given it. Even so, Irene is one of the busiest Cainites of the city- constantly attempting to harness the limited powers of her office. She makes considerable use of her contacts and friends in the failing mortal Byzantine merchant class and aristocracy in the course of her duties.
So far, she has been less than successful in her assigned task, as the Latin Quarter is now beyond her purview, the city is almost bankrupt and the bureaucracy has spiralled out of control. To be fair her job is all but impossible, but matters are made worse because she is also ignored for the most part by the primary weapon that should be at her disposal: the Lexor Brujah. They blame the Antonian Ventrue for the loss of Tribonius, and are increasingly flexing their own political muscle, over and around the Domestic Prefect. The Baron’s Gangrel enforce the Codex of Legacies without Irene’s oversight too, and she has been embarrassed more than once by their over-zealousness. Malachite offers her little more than pleasantries and sympathies at court, although their mutual friendship with Gregory the Wondermaker sometimes gives the Nosferatu cause to “throw her a bone”.
Curiously, she seems to get along well with Quaesitor Symeon and the Obertus Order, who appear to be quite willing to work with her in her duties. She is often seen heading towards the Monastery of St. John Studius on this errand or that.
During the investigation into the murders of the Narsene Lasombra, Juliano and Adrianna, Irene was forced to accept ultimate blame for the scandal of failing to keep track of the Children of Calomena in the Greek districts of the city. This outcome was due to political maneauvering on the part of the coterie on behalf of Petronius and Baron Thomas Feroux. The coterie’s lies absolved the Baron’s Gangrel of responsibility for the failure and placed the blame squarely, and unfairly, on Irene’s shoulders. This unhappy outcome occurred in spite of the fact that it was the Narsene Lasombra themselves who invited the Children of the Calomena into the city and that Irene has practically no resources available to her to keep track of anyone’s movements in the city at all. Sadly, being made the scapegoat of this matter, along with the powerlessness of the Domestic Prefect’s position, has caused Irene’s status to fall even farther and she is now a laughingstock in Constantinople. Only the support of Quaesitor Symeon and her own sire, Quaesitor Anna Comnena, has preserved her position and prevented her exile.
For her part, The Domestic Prefect weathers the storm with her chin held high. Her failures appear to have made her officious and haughty in her duties, however, which does little to help matters. Irene’s loyalty to Anna Comnena, who has stood by her throughout her trials, has only grown and she hopes to still honour her office and her sire in the difficult nights to come.
Lineage: Childe of Anna Comnena, Childe of Ducas, Childe of Septima Dominica (d), Childe of Antonius (d), Childe of Veddartha