Who is Anaïs Palomer?
"I don't believe in magic"
The young boy said.
The old man smiled.
"You will, when you see her."
Refined, inquisitive, and mysterious, the mortal Anaïs first appeared in 1130 in Toledo, Spain, in the company of her father. The Occitanian scholar Guilhelmus of Palomer answered a call from Archbishop Raymond of Toledo to translate ancient texts discovered in the formerly-Moor city’s libraries. Anaïs accompanied her father––only to disappear after one year.
A century later she appeared amongst Kindred society as a ghoul, sans regnant. For whom? many wondered. When asked, Anaïs gave the same reply: “The far reaching one.” Those that demanded answers and tribute received a quiet conversation with the ghoul and left either looking satisfied––or terrified. Those who inquired further enjoyed their time with the ghoul, and even sometimes made valuable exchanges. Either way, Anaïs maintained her decorum amongst vampires and quickly gained a reputation for being smart, efficient, trustworthy...and eerie.
Those that pursued the truth of Anaïs have varied stories: nightmares haunt them for years, or they wake after several nights spent in torpor claiming she disappears into nothing where roads cross. Anyone who has traveled with her has quite the story to tell. Whatever the truth may be, Anaïs does not seem of this world. The sound of barking dogs always heralds her arrival. Keys in her possession do not fit any locks. Fabrics drape as if the shape you see is not true. A tarot card reading from her bestows either a blessing or a curse––just ask the long list of risk-takers who now blossom or suffer.
Anaïs is known for her delicate manners and fine comportment, which contrasts quite strikingly with her expansive knowledge of the dark arts and demons, plants and herbs, and different planes of existence. She is simultaneously antiquated and modern––the feel of old nobility combined with a love of fine, modern objects.
Her services are never free, but the overwhelming success in which they are delivered often eases the pain of an empty pocketbook.
It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
- She is a mortal death mage, preserved and experimented upon by a book-learned Kindred seeking esoteric knowledge.
- She is the cursed love of a Kindred, preserved as a ghoul to temporarily impede her Dark Fate.
- She was not a piece of property at all but a spirit able to take solid form during certain moon phases.
- She is a sorceress who discovered eternal life, choosing the familiarity of the immortal over seeing her own kind pass beyond the veil.
- She is far older than she claims to be.
- She has a rich––and devilish––history in Turin, Italy.
- Your rumor here
O what will she do, a soul bitten into with wrong?
- B. 1105: Born in Palomer, Languedoc. (Southwest France)
- 1130: Travels with her father to Toledo, Spain.
- 1131: Toledo, Spain: Anaïs disappears.
- 1252: Toledo, Spain. Anaïs reappears as the Royal Astrologer for King Alphonso X, curses Roman
- 1293: Turin, Italy. Serves Assamite Elijah Zacheaus.
- 1327: Munich, Bavaria. A fire decimates the city.
- 1432: Munich, Bavaria. Anaïs is the astrologer to the House of Wittelsbach. The human pawns of Siegrid of the True North each die in horrific ways, save for the Mayor of Munich, who is forced to walk across the city with burning coals tied to his feet and report to his mistress. This probably had nothing to do with Anaïs.
- 1452: Paris, France. Charles Valois risks his existence and Anaïs tells his fortune. Valois becomes an extremely talented Toreador.
- 1479: Somewhere in Italy. Anaïs is excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church for practicing necromancy. Rumors suggest she crossed a very powerful elder.
- 1501 – 1514: Antwerp, Belgium. You're mistaken. That wasn't her.
- 1515 – 1518: Pavia, Italy. Some sort of dispute with an Assamite, Maciek Albescu. No one can truly say what happened here, but it is certain that something truly unpleasant transpired between the two, though neither speaks of it.
- 1527 –1530: Rome. She acquires a magnificent collection of gold jewelry crafted by Benvenuto Cellini, an artist rumored to practice the dark arts.
- 1561–80: Arles, France. Anaïs falls into the madness of Gabriel de la Vallee.
- 1605–1607: Bohemia. Working in the botanical gardens of Holy Roman Emperor Rudolph II, a scandal over an incident in the library causes Anaïs to flee.
- 1662: Prague, Bohemia. Agathon Silanus runs afoul of the witch Anaïs.
- 1690: Versailles, France. Advises the mortal Odette about delicate matters that the dark arts could solve––for a price.
- 1717: Witnesses the embrace of Jack Rider aboard The Black Penny.
- 1768 – 1774: Leipzig, Saxony. Astrologer to Prince Charles of Saxony. When Anaïs parts, she takes an ominous urn with her that no one seems to acknowledge exists.
- 1815: Waterloo, the Netherlands. Anaïs pulls teeth from battlefield corpses and imparts quick and painless deaths to hopeless soldiers.
- 1838: Mexico City, Mexico. She attends the funeral of General Santa Anna’s leg and meets Tlacaelel.
- 1856: Paris, France. Anaïs comes to France, where she throws lye in a man's face in the rain––and meets Mila Rurik.
- 1922: Los Angeles. Establishing cults isn't for amateurs. This is Anaïs's second successful attempt at creating...something.
- 1961–64: New Haven, Connecticut. Quality scholarly time with Verity Adams and Mrs. Sterling.
- June 28, 1999: Anaïs disappears, presumed dead.
- 2002: Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Rumors place a woman resembling Anaïs here for the entire year, but nothing is confirmed.
- 2004: San Francisco. Elijah Zacheaus formally gives Anaïs to Augustin de Aragón as a gift of good will between the Assamites and the Tremere. Anaïs relocates to San Francisco.
- 2013: San Francisco, CA. Opal Haynes appears on her doorstep. They proceed to steal palm trees together in Temecula, CA.
“Never put your faith in a Prince. When you require a miracle, trust in a Witch.”
You have witchcraft in your lips.
- "Anais? Yes I know her, of course. I only wish there was more time to speak with her. Though we are unalike in so many ways, we are also one in so many others. I truly believe that she will be a pivotal part in my search for oneness." Rain
- "Anais? Of course I miss her service, but it is important to remember in our society, that everything has a price." Elijah Zacheaus
- "What is most unique about culture is how it changes over the eras. Vølve was a word used for respected Seeresses and female Sages, welcomed in all the halls and actively sought for their skills. After Christianity came, the word took the meaning of 'witch', and practitioners were to be killed on site for consorting with devils. Both meanings seem fitting for Anais." Siegrid of the True North
- "I traveled with the crone and witnessed her magics, the power to bless or curses. All too often, the two were indistinguishable." Valrbjørn
- "Sometimes 'Respice post te. Hominem te memento' is a reminder Kindred badly need. Sometimes, in the right hands, it is also a promise and a curse. I respect her enough not to trust her blindly, and listen damned close if she's in a sharing or helpful mood." Lavinia MacDonald
- "Raven-haired, and raven-souled, it speaks well of her survival instinct that she has existed so long without the same domitor. It should also unsettle that such is the case." Carden d'Vergobret
- "You are foolish to think you have nothing to fear from her." - Salomé St. John
- "Show respect where it is due, even to the unembraced." - Roman
- "Whatever it is you're thinking of doing, don't. Just don't." - Maciek Albescu
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