Campaign of the Month: August 2014
The Concord of Ashes
Once the Antonian Magister Secretarius, this ancilla now serves the elder Nicepherus as his Camerārius, and can often be found criss-crossing the city on his master's business.
A short, slight, balding Grecian with large brown eyes, greying brown hair and angular features. His expression is serious and earnest. He wears the robes of a well-to-do courtier, and is unarmed.
Alexander Rangabes belongs to an ancient Byzantine noble family, and practically oozes confidence, superiority and ceremonial officiousness. Indeed, a distant cousin of his, Michael I Rhangabe, once sat on the Imperial throne, and that fact is rarely far from Alexander’s thoughts. He was Embraced in the AD 1126, and was chosen by Nicepherus to replace his then recently destroyed childe Andronicus, murdered by a rogue caitiff diablerist. Alexander had been a mortal client of Andronicus’, and had shown himself to be a talented court intriguer and capable “whip” for his patron, so Nicepherus decided that he would make an able replacement.
In the years since, Alexander has stuck close by his sire’s side, and proved himself to be an excellent secretary. He also connived to earn the favour of Basileus Caius, earning him the envy of many of his colleagues. Like his sire, he despises Anna Comnena and Irene Stellas, though for different reasons, having carried his misogynistic tendencies across the threshold into undeath. He worked hard to keep their faction down, in order to ensure the security of Nicepherus’ (and thus his own) place at Caius’ side.
He was first encountered by the formative Concord in AD 1196. A capable polo player, Alexander competed on the purple team during the course of the match in honour of the coterie. He approved of Sir Gunthar’s skill in the saddle, and was full of praise for the Gangrel after the victory, especially since the knight managed to unhorse Irene and break her arm in the course of the match.
Throughout the course of the troubles that resulted in the Great Sack of 1204, Alexander kept an unusually low profile other than carrying his sire’s messengers back and forth to both Caius and the leadership of the Cainite Crusade. Taking shelter with Nicepherus is an unknown location, he survived the fall of the city with some of his wealth (if not his influence) intact and after Anna Comnena quit the city in 1205, his sire promoted him to her coveted role of camerārius (or chamberlain). Although he recognises that the Antonians are a pitiful remnant of their former strength, Alexander displays unshakeable confidence that they will one night return to prominence under the leadership of his august sire. He continues to serves Nicepherus loyally, and together with Maris Argyros, he is a pillar of their new order.
Embrace: AD 1126.
Lineage: Childe of Nicepherus, childe of Septima Dominica (d), childe of Antonius (d), childe of Ventrue. He is of the 7th generation, and hails from a noble lineage, even if it has fallen on hard times.