Campaign of the Month: August 2014
The Concord of Ashes
Sir Herpin of Belfort
A knight of the Clan of the Rose, roped into the 4th Crusade through the machinations of his sire. He is currently a secret prisoner of the Baron's Gangrel.
The very picture of the chivalric knight, this man is handsome, tall and broad of shoulder, possessed of deep blue eyes and dark brown hair. He is garbed in shining mail and bears weapons crafted to look as beautiful as they are deadly. His white tabard bears the device of a crimson and gold rose between fillets of azure.
The coat-of-arms of Chevalier Herpin de Belfort. He added the gilded rose to his family’s standard after he was Embraced.
A well-born knight related to the counts of Montbéliard in Burgundy, Herpin was sent on pilgrimage to Jerusalem in 1195. The ostensible purpose of this journey was for the young sybarite to discover his piety and gain salvation for his sins, but rumour has it that he was packed off to avoid certain death a the hands of his own cousins after leaving his cousin, Blanche, in the “family way”. Journeying to the East, the monied traveller elected instead to make his pilgrimage a tour of the finest taverns, bawdy houses and lustrous sites of the Orient.
He made it as far as Thessalonica before his cavalier nature and philandering ways caught the attention of a true Sinner, Lady Mabile of Montceau. The ancilla was immediately drawn to the young knight’s sensuality and sense of adventure, and after watching him for a few weeks decided that he was destined to be a vampire. She approached him and asked a few leading questions to discern whether he had the will and quality to be Sinner; then Embraced him with very little consideration of whether Herpin was ready for, or desirous of, the existence of a Cainite.
In truth, Herpin’s horror at his new state had far more to do with the vista of pleasures now denied him than the necessity of the hunt, or the need to feed. He always approached life with a certain predatory zeal, and the needs of others had always been secondary to his own gratification. But to never eat new food, or drink new wine, or properly devour the body of a new sexual conquest — these things troubled him.
Mabile de Montceau was correct in her approximation of his qualities, though. Many nights she would not hunt at all, instead merely watching her “natural” hunt and feed with rapt delight. Thessalonica was in a lawless state; with neither prince to hold praxis nor elders willing to lay down the law. It was a wild and exciting theatre to educate a fledgeling. Over the 5 years preceding the 4th Crusade’s arrival in the East, she carefully guided Herpin down the via peccati, systematically stripping his humanity and replacing his values with those of her own morality. When she encountered Sir Felix of Vaucluse, however, Lady Mabile saw a new potential convert, and left her childe to make his last critical steps on his own.
For his part, the young Toreador is almost ready to step onto the Road of Sin, but there are a few stumbling blocks that hinder his progress. Mabile has inculcated in him a thirst for the blood of the innocent, but something in Herpin is repulsed by the notion of feeding on children or the truly, innocently, spiritually devout. He avoids situations where he may find himself ravenous in sight of these targets, so they need not become his victims. This weakness is well known to Lady Mabile, Sir Felix and certain other of his entourage, and they delight not just in watching the fledgeling hunt, but placing these targets in his way so that they may watch his struggle and inevitable capitulation to the thirst…
Perhaps at the instigation of his sire and her new patron, Sir Herpin was present on the attack on the faux-treasure boat. He charged into battle against the disguised Lotario and Brother Adalbert, only to be swiftly outclassed by the brawling prowess of the former and Dread Gaze of the latter. He was subdued and soon staked. He now exists at the mercy of the Baron’s Gangrel who took custody of him at the conclusion of the battle.
Lineage: Childe of Mabile de Montcaeu, Childe of Judith, le Rose de Coutermon, Childe of Dame Eleanor de Coudrecieux (d), Childe of Chevalier Claude de Challes, Childe of Hélène la Juste de Troyes, Childe of Queen Salianna de Paris, Childe of Michael, Childe of Arikel.
Despite his relatively poor generation, Sir Herpin can confidently recite his lineage all the way back to the Toreador Antediluvian. This grants him a certain political cache, though it is a slight one.