Exile in Byzantium
Domina Lucretia Cincinnata Alba Violea
The Power Behind the Triclinium
*Mistress Cincinnata of the family Lucretii, surnamed “Pale,” nicknamed “Violet”
Mask Courtesan. Cincinatta Lucretia is used to entertaining company and influencing people, both as a mortal and undead.
Dirge Authoritarian. The more power she gains, the more she is galled by the idea of anyone matching or surpassing her.
Mental Intelligence 2, Wits 3, Resolve 2
Physical Strength 2 (+3 Vigor), Dexterity 2, Stamina 2
Social Presence 3, Manipulation 4, Composure 2
Mental Academics 2, Investigation 2, Politics 2, Religion 1
Physical Athletics 2, Brawl 3, Larceny 1, Stealth 1, Survival 1
Social Animal Ken 1, Empathy 1, Expression 1, Intimidation 2, Persuasion 4 (Seductive), Socialize 2 (Hostess), Streetwise 1, Subterfuge 2 (Casual)
Merits Haven 1, Herd 4, Noble Heritage 2, Resources 4⁺⁺⁺, Safe Place 2, Staff 2, Status (Byzantium) 1, Status (Senex) 3, Striking Looks 2, Touchstone 1, Trained Observer 1, Tribute 1⁺
Disciplines Celerity 2, Majesty 2, Vigor 3
Traits Health 7, Willpower 4, Blood Potency 3 (Vitae 12/3), Humanity 7 (Touchstones: Beatrix, Gaius), Size 5, Speed 12, Defense 6 (2 v ranged), Armor 0, Integrity 2, Initiative 4
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Wardrobe of expensive garments (especially anything silken or purple), collection of jewelry, paints, and perfumes; dagger; blood-bound mortal husband, several Gothic barbarian ghoul servants
A cold, haughty, marble beauty, the curly-haired pale domina of the Lucretii was married off to a senator at fourteen, after the man’s wife, Vibia, died in childbirth. Barely out of childhood herself, she was expected to raise the girl as well as provide a male heir for her new husband, Marcus.
The benefits of marriage to a wealthy senator were not so bad, even if he was over a decade her senior. In exchange for doing her wifely duties, she was able to throw lavish parties, and wear fine gowns and jewelry. Unfortunately, she could never produce a child. Despite constant attempts, all she had were a succession of miscarriages. One consolation was the constant optimistic outlook of her stepdaughter, Prima Lucretia, whose hopeful demeanor earned her the cognomen Beatrix.
Still, her husband would have divorced her and sought another wife to bear an heir, had Cincinnata not displayed not only her beauty, but a talent for social graces and a subtly persuasive demeanor, which she first employed to convince him to keep her—and keep trying for a child—and, later, to ply out useful secrets and gossip during her parties for him to use politically. In time, she even learned to add in a few suggestions of her own.
Eventually, she drew the eye of a Daeva who could not stand to see her beauty (or her machinations) tarnished or lost, and chose to Embrace her to put them to use for the Senex. At their behest, she continued to manipulate her husband; as she was publicly known to have died, he remarried once more—to Sextia Lucretia Nerva, a woman whom Cincinnata has hand-picked for the position.
After founding a pair of establishments to benefit herself in the service of the propinqui of Rome, Violea was forced to abandon one after the city fell, after losing the other to a fire started by a catspaw of her rival clan-sister, Drusilla. Having recently arrived in Byzantium along with Gaius Marius Calidus, Tiberius Julius Taurus, and their assorted companions, she now has a chance to start over, and regain a measure of the influence and social standing she previously held.
Having had a taste of power, Cincinnata Lucretia has acquired the agnomen “Violea” for her almost imperial ambitions and her love of purple—a color worn in larger amounts mostly by high nobles and the imperial families, and she has plenty of it in her wardrobe. Though she has all the time in the world to further improve her position, she is nowhere near the top. Yet.