Campaign of the Month: August 2014
The Concord of Ashes
An elder senator of the Lexor Brujah, this melancholic bureaucrat was in charge of the civil administration of Districts Eight, Nine and Ten. During the Great Sack, he was revealed as one of the Chosen of Calomena.
A heavy-set, jowly, aged Greek with iron grey hair, thinning on the crown. His eyes are dark, and have a sorrowful aspect. He wears dark robes, with no adornment.
(Expanded from the character as presented in Constantinople by Night, p. 89).
Theophilus is over 1000 years old. He travelled to Constantinople with his beloved sire Tribonius and his brother-in-blood, Dorotheus, shortly Rome fell to to Odoacer. While the ancilla had long resided in the western capital, Theophilus was a native of Thessaly and was pleased to return to his Grecian homelands. He was present at the Second Council of AD 477, when the Lexor Brujah were given Scion status under the Antonian Ventrue, and like his consanguineous brother he worked for the Dream of Constantinople faithfully for more than 500 years.
The Embrace of Natalya Syvatoslav in AD 1002 was received with poor grace by Theophilus and Dorotheus, both of whom felt that it reflected poorly on their own contribution. However, Tribonius mollified them somewhat by also granting them both the right to Embrace progeny of their own. They continued to serve their sire faithfully right up until the Eighth Coucil, when he faced the judgement of his peers for supposedly instigating the riots that led to the Massacre of the Latins. His execution along with Antonian Domestic Prefect Epirus left both of his elder childer devastated, and the ascendancy of their much younger sister-in-blood caused them both to all but retire from their duties.
Always prone to long periods of reflection, Theophilus fell into melancholy after the Final Death of Tribonius. He was rarely seen by his fellow Cainites, even among the Lexor Brujah, and tended to neglect the administration of his districts. His childe Bardas Skleros and grandchilde Theophanos worked to administrate Theophilus’ districts in addition to their own spheres, but they fought a losing battle with the workload.
Sir Conrad had mentioned to his allies among the Concord that Theophilus was ambivalent to his membership of the Lexor Brujah, and had barely said a score of words to the Latin knight in the years after Procet brought him to Constantinople. Theophilus was present at the Senate session where he abstained from the Lexor Brujah vote to pursue Irene Stellas for culpability in allowing the Chosen of Calomena to hide in the Greek Districts.
During the Great Sack, the Concord encountered the Chosen of Calomena while in transit to the Great Palace, picking their way between rampaging mortal crusaders in the eastern districts of the city. They found Theophilus and Dorotheus among the cultists, gleefully attacking all and sundry while lighting fires to bring on their prophesied reckoning. Sir Conrad was incensed by their betrayal, and had every intention of attacking his kin even if his coterie-mates had no interest in doing so.
He need not have worried. The Concord had old business with the Chosen of Calomena, and their senseless furthering of the destruction of the Queen of Cities was not to be allowed. The Concord had weathered trials in their few years. They were lean, hungry, and veterans of desperate struggles for their very existence. Few of the enemy could claim the same, and especially Theophilus and his brother. Although the two elder Brujah had many centuries on their foes, they had spent their time on matters of courtly intrigue and bureaucratic drudgery, not combat. The Concord made short work of the Chosen of Calomena.
The two elder Brujah were beaten down into torpor, then staked. Sir Conrad took possession of their corpses and hid them, claiming that they must face trial at the hand of the remainder of the Lexor Brujah, even if they lay in torpor for decades or even centuries. Nothing further has been heard of Theophilus of Thessaly in the years since.
Embrace: AD 234.
Lineage: Theophilus is of the 7th generation, and the progeny of Tribonius (d). His further lineage is not widely known, but some claim Tribonius to be the childe of Critias (d?), the noted Athenian Sophist and later diplomat for the Carthaginian Brujah. Critias has not been active in many centuries, and is believed to be destroyed. Critias was the childe of Menele (d?), whom legend holds is actually Menelaus, the Spartan king during the Trojan War, whose feud with his once-bride, Helena, would later lead to the destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Menele was the childe of Troile (d?).
(d?)= probably destroyed