Salvatore Varagine

This ancilla of the Narsene Lasombra is nominally in charge of the Venetian elements of the Fourth Crusade. He is widely held to be grasping, opportunistic and very, very sly but he manages the ships extremely well.


A pale, middle-aged Italian merchant dressed in fine, embroidered silks and wool in shades of black and russet. His grey hair is wiry and coarse. A heavily lined face, his thin lips and brows and his glittering brown eyes give him an arch, disapproving aspect. He is unarmed.


Salvatore leads the Narsene Lasombra and other Cainites of Venice who have undertaken the pilrimage of the Fourth Crusade. His coterie is directly and unashamedly concerned only with seeing the realisation of the Crusade’s debts to Venice, although the establishment of more autonomous Venetian quarters in various ports along the pilgrimage’s route is their stated aim. La Fratellanza Serena (the Serene Brotherhood), as the coterie calls itself, consists of Salvatore himself, his childe, Georgio di Renzo (who lends his talent for black market endeavours), his fellow Narsene Lasombra ancillae Silvio Veccio (a skilled sea-borne warrior), Father Pietri Ancini and Brother Carmichael Mattachio (both thought to be influential in the Cainite Heresy), the Abyss Mystic known as Remigio del Nero, the Tzimisce Occultist Lando di Durazzo, and finally the Cappadocians Carmine and Justis Giovanni (the last belonging somewhat reluctantly).

The maestro enjoys the personal favour of Prince Narses himself, and he works tirelessly for the aims and benefit of his grandsire. It is thought that the source of this favour lies in the fact that, like Narses himself, Salvatore appears to have won the Embrace for himself through his own ingenuity and ambition rather than merely have it bestowed upon him. Strangely, he considers himself a proud and patriotic Venetian, even though it is merely his adopted home. Indeed, Salvatore was born in Liguria, quite close to Venice’s traditional rival and occasional enemy, Genoa. The incongruency of his situation appears to be lost on Salvatore himself, however, as he apparently feels that since he was Embraced in Venice, that is all that matters.

In his capacity as Master of the Venetian Lasombra attached to the pilgrimage, Salvatore has constantly pushed for the debts owed by the crusaders (both alive and Undead) to be repaid. This affords him considerable status in the enterprise, which he has cleverly parleyed into political power. Thus, even though Duke Guy is known to despise Salvatore, and indeed publicly repudiated and ridiculed him after the initial debacle at Zara, the Ventrue must still give him a place of honour on the crusade. For his part, Salvatore behaves with solicitude towards the Ventrue, and expends much of his effort on intrigues outside of council. Thus far, he has managed to ensure that a Narsene prince has taken the throne of both Zara and Corfu, and he has set his sights on seeing that the proper proportion of future conquests benefit his master (and himself) as well. For his part, Duke Guy took the initiative in the wake of the invasion of Byzantine soil to place followers loyal to himself at Negroponte, Abydos and Chalcis, but Salvatore is sure that the erosion of the Ventrue’s support will bring more territory under the aegis of the Venetian Lasombra.

Rather than seek to amass a larger faction to compete with Duke Guy and Felix of Vaucluse, Salvatore and the Serene Brotherhood instead attempt to busy themselves amassing influence over their mortal contemporaries. This could be a telling gamble, if the Venetians can reverse the course of mortal intransigence that has so far characterised the Fourth Crusade.

Lineage: Childe of Tribuno Faliero, Childe of Narses (diab), Childe of Galerius (d), Childe of Constantius, Childe of Montano, Childe of Lasombra

Salvatore Varagine

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