Campaign of the Month: August 2014
The Concord of Ashes
Mabile de Montceau
A Toreador ancilla and Sinner noted for her love of pleasure, passion for the hunt and thrill for the kill, Lady Mabile is the consort of Felix of Vaucluse.
A slender, graceful creature who would appear a girl of perhaps twenty years of age but for the unnaturally pale hue of her skin and the predatory gleam in her eyes. Her beauty is fey, even inhuman, but undeniably compelling. She favours a tailored fusion of Burgundian and Byzantine styles in white silk and red velvet, cut to show off her cleavage and decorated with embroidered roses and moline crosses. She veritably drips with silver and sapphires.
The coat of arms of Mabile, le Dame de Montceau.
Mabile, the Lady of Montceau ought to be the perfect Artisan. She can recite her illustrious lineage all the way through Michael the Patriarch to Arikel, the legendary Toreador Antediluvian. She conducts herself through the pitfalls of high society with grace, is a talented intriguer, a gifted hunter and a seductress nonpareil. In the finest traditions of the clan, she is also a profoundly skilled seamstress and master embroiderer, whose crafts could adorn the royalty of any land in the East or West.
And yet, she is despised by the Courts of Love, spurned by her bloodline, and resented by her own sire. For Mabile has openly embraced the via peccati, the Road of Sin, and flagrantly dishonoured the rules of chivalry as foolish and useless mortal affectations. In the games of status played by the Clan of the Rose in the Courts of Love, this makes her outcast. When she revealed her conversion in the Spring of AD 1136, she was told to remove herself from Queen Hélène’s court in Troyes. No member of the bloodline would give her sustenance, haven or succor and she would not be permitted to return on pain of Blood Hunt. Such a sentence of ostracism is akin to a death sentence for a Toreador, and the Lady of Montceau might have been expected to meet the dawn rather than endure it.
And yet, such is not the way of the Road of Sin. Mabile has taken her exile from society in her stride. Moving from one court snub to the next, she eventually found her way to the Sinner mecca of Ancona, and ensconsed herself in the studies of her path. Later, she joined those Cainites who accompanied the Normans on the incursion into Byzantine lands in 1184 and 1185. When the city of Thessalonica fell and was sacked, Mabile was among those who gloried in the bloodletting and danger. She settled in the conquered city, and while never a major player on account of her relatively weak blood, she made many contacts and enjoyed herself immensely. It is said that Mabile has sampled nearly all the pleasures that the East has to offer, and her appetite is not even close to being sated. She has gathered immense wealth through her seductions of merchants and noble pilgrims, and even managed to extend some tentative influence back to her native Burgundy. When she encountered Sir Herpin of Belfort in the Summer of AD 1196, she finally thought she may have found someone who might reach out and take unlife with the verve and gusto that drove her. She seduced and Embraced the young knight, and has slowly inducted him into the tenets of her road.
Lady Mabile and her fledgeling quickly attached themselves to Sir Felix of Vaucluse when Alexius IV Angelus’ Imperial Processional made its way to Thessalonica. She placed her wealth and contacts at the his disposal, and made a show of “taking the cross” along with her childe. Entranced by the possibilities that his power might bring to her existence, she quickly seduced the Ventrue and became his consort. The Toreador seductress has been a noted member of his coterie ever since. Mabile serves as Felix’ advisor on all matters Greek, but her true value to her lover is entertainment. The spectacle of Mabile de Montceau on the Hunt is something that the Ventrue, and indeed most members of the 4th Cainite Crusade (whether they are willing to admit it or not), find intolerably arousing. When she and Herpin hunt in tandem, other vampires are frequently driven mute in appreciation. The savage passions of Sir Felix are stoked almost to the point of frenzy by watching his partner seek out, toy with, seduce and often cruelly slay difficult targets among the kine. Such passion appears to have taken hold of the powerful Ventrue, and the distraction to his intrigues has been welcome to his enemies.
While Lady Mabile did not participate on the attack on the faux-treasure boat, she sent her beloved childe instead. Herpin had the misfortune of encountering members of the disguised Concord. He was swiftly outclassed and staked by his enemies. It is known that upon hearing the news of his fall and disappearance, Mabile entered a terrible frenzy. She slew much of her herd, and several slaves of her lover’s, before she was forcibly restrained and calmed by Felix and Tancred. She has sworn vengeance on the “Turks” that did the deed, and bent her will to finding what happened to the treasure boat.
Lineage: Childe of Judith, le Rose de Coutermon, Childe of Dame Eleanor de Coudrecieux (d), Childe of Chevalier Claude de Challes, Childe of Queen Hélène la Juste de Troyes, Childe of Queen Salianna de Paris, Childe of Michael, Childe of Arikel