Location: New York City, NY
Also known as: il Perennello (the Ageless One), Astorio
Leon Astorio is a man of slender build and average height, with a gaunt face, faded complexion, and dark hair which he most often wears tied back. His speech is usually even and controlled when speaking English, which not his first language, though it is sometimes punctuated by an abrupt and resonant laugh. In modern nights he’s rarely if ever seen by other Kindred outside of formal gatherings, and at those gatherings he always appears impeccably dressed... at least by his standards, which date to the 1700s.
- Projects an unlikely combination of world-weariness and restlessness.
- Occasionally pauses when speaking languages other than his mother tongue, as if searching for a word with just the right ... nuance.
- Enjoys the written word.
- Seems to constantly be looking for something, but it’s impossible to predict what would happen if he found it.
- Rumored to be someone who can take care of delicate matters in discreet and/or indelicate ways, if offered appropriate incentive.
1600s to 1733
Born in the late 1600s to a middle-class merchant family, the once-mortal now known as Leon Astorio always looked up to those in the opulent high society and royal courts of his time - visible, but just out of reach. His family’s youngest surviving son, he was part of a boys’ choir in Naples when a famous composer and voice teacher heard him and declared he had a marvelous voice. Shortly afterward, Leon began private studies in voice, knowing that success would set him neatly at the doorstep of those upper echelons which he had always longed to be part of. However, Leon was an impetuous youth and after an especially tumultuous lesson was cast off by his teacher. With no future prospects, a gnawing feeling that everything he had ever known or wanted had been ripped away from him, and a growing rage, Leon pressed onwards. He knew a competitor of his ex-teacher’s who was based in London, and so he made his way there. The competitor, Fredrick Hassel, welcomed the youth and agreed to continue his training.
The historic accounts become conflicted and unreliable after Astorio’s London debut in the first opera Hassel had written for him. What is known for certain is that, a little more than a year afterward, Hassel’s rival debuted an opera in London, directly competing with Hassel’s latest work in which Leon Astorio starred. The competitor’s work played an opening week of record success, yet closed without explanation on its eighth day. Following that strange hiccup, Hassel and therefore Astorio enjoyed continued successes. After a reviewer at one of Astorio’s performances in 1733 gave him the nickname “il Perenello” in reference to his “remarkable agelessness” Astorio scheduled the final performances of his remarkably prolific career. Fredrick Hassel retired shortly thereafter, also with a considerable fortune.
1733 to 1900
Leon Astorio made his first appearances in Kindred society in the mid-1700s. He subsequently forged connections with one powerful Ventrue elder after another by serving as a long-term Vassal, offering his services as a steward of their European interests. While some Kindred were opposed to direct interaction with mortals, Leon saw the kine as an opportunity to exert mass influence, which he willingly and fully exploited, including as an oblique way to influence Kindred society. By the mid-1800s more than a few rumors were in common circulation about Astorio’s methods and scruples - or lack thereof - earning him respect or disdain from fellow Kindred depending on their own views of Morality.
1900s to 2000s
In the early 1900s, Astorio made a brief return to London before travelling to Russia. He forged close connections with the royal family there, and is believed to have supplied a Russian princess with a veil that once belonged to Marie Antoinette for her wedding day.
After a few decades of complete anonymity, during which it was speculated that his notably reckless behavior had led to his Final Death, Leon Astorio’s return to the Courts of Europe in the mid-1900s caused a murmuring of rumor among his former associates. Not only because he cast aside what had been a scrupulous attention to contemporary fashions and was only ever seen in attire appropriate to the era of his mortal life, but due to his drastically different behavior: those who had known him as a wild card and unscrupulous puppeteer of mortal influences were surprised to discover him as a paragon of morality and Humanitas.
In 2010, Astorio secured passage to the “New World,” and shortly thereafter voyaged to America for the first time in his long unlife.
Shortly after his arrival in New York City, Astorio established the Fredrick Hassell scholarship fund for young singers (rumored to be named for one of his earliest patrons), which he personally oversees. He kept to himself for many years, not interacting with Kindred society any more than was absolutely necessary.
In late 2017, Astorio made his formal introductions to the Court of Elder Prince Jack Rider with the sponsorship of the Ventrue Primogen, Elder Bartleby Crane. By April of 2018, the Primogen Council had named Astorio as Harpy of the domain. The next month, Astorio established a formal alliance with Prince Irma Kardoș of Houston, Texas.
The night of November 17th, 2018, Elder Primogen Crane was rendered into ashes at a gathering of the Court of New York. As Master Harpy, Astorio published a Report decrying the events that took place that night and ensured that his Report received national attention. At court the next month, Elder Garvin McCarthy seized praxis of New York and asked Astorio to take the position of Seneschal. Astorio accepted, effectively resigning from the office of Master of Harpies.
In May of 2019, Elder McCarthy left New York City to travel to parts unknown, leaving a power vacuum in his wake. The next month, Elder Astorio claimed praxis. With the support of all Primogen in attendance, the praxis seizure was a success. Whether Elder Prince Astorio's promises of bringing "stability" to the Camarilla Kindred of New York will remain to be seen.
- Astorio has been having an on-again, off-again affair with a Cacophonist since the 1800s.
- Astorio is actually a well-disguised Son of Discord.
- Or a terribly-disguised Toreador.
- Astorio is not his real name.
- He once witnessed a Sabbat rite and survived.
- He's come closer to entering Wassail than most surviving kindred can claim.
- He’s been seen on the campus of Columbia Medical, possibly because of an opiate addiction developed in the 1800s.
- He's been actively undermining the political and social agendas of his sire for decades.
- His sire's death was part of an extremely elaborate scheme to seize Praxis of New York City for himself.
- Heard any whispers? Add your own rumor!
- “I expect it will be… fascinating. I shall wear my good shoes.” - Leon Astorio
- “Unendingly resourceful, attentive to fine details, and strong political instincts. If I didn't embrace Leon myself, I'd suspect one of us would be dead by now.” - Bartleby Crane
- "Every time I look up from the concerns of the city, Leon Astorio is a fraction more engaged with society. Now, why only a fraction? It could be that famous Ventrue caution, but I sense other concerns still hovering. That'd explain why I always feel like we have something in common." - Mara Nordahl
- "Elder Astorio's return to society has been like the the regrowth of an oak long dormant. It starts slowly, but suddenly there are leaves everywhere, catching the light, spreading delicious shade and granting support to children eager to climb and grow themselves. I only look forward to when his branches join the greater forest, and he's shaping the winds that blow across the world." - Dottie Youngblood
- "Catching the interest of an elder is like catching the interest of a shark. One way or another, it's because they smell blood." - Vivi
- A dusty, nutless soprano turned gossip columnist, who believes a feathered pen is mightier than a well-honed sword. We'll see if he holds to that belief if he ever finds himself staring down the length of my blade. - Luca Muscato
- “I appreciate Leon's reserve and wit. His writing allows my time within the Camarilla to become bearable - sometimes.” - Atticus
- "How he escaped my notice for this long is a testament to his abilities. Though now that I see him, there should be little doubt that he will ever escape my notice again." - Botani David
- “Elder Astorio penned an article, and wisdom flowed. He gets it. It's a quality that is rarer and rarer these nights.” - Jimmy Kincaid
- “Leon, yeah he talks so much I never understand what he is going on about, That's his best quality as far as I'm concerned. I'm pretty sure he's allergic to typos.” - Richard Holt
- “OKAY in my defense Leon is hella fancy and I'm a Toreador.” - Kyle Morgan
- “Cosa dovrei dire? Non importa cosa si chiamano. I Rè saranno i Rè.” - Leon Astorio, June 2019
- “Add a quote!” - Name
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(gradually edited to within inches of its life by Allegra D.)
Vassals/Lords: (Ventrue only)
Has sworn loyalty to Irma Kardos.
- Confirmed, Established, and Privileged as an Elder of the Camarilla
- Authority, Commander, and Sovereign as Prince of New York City
- Favored (by Luminary Elder Archivist of Trenton, NJ)
- Honorable (by Luminary Elder Archivist of Trenton, NJ)
Dignitas: Esteemed (Ventrue only)
- 1690, Naples, Italy: Born
- 1703, Naples: Begins training for an operatic career under a famed composer and teacher
- 1708 - 1709, Moves to London, England, to pursue singing
- 1710, London: Embraced
- 1710 - 1733, London: Continues performing until his “remarkable agelessness” catches attention; he retires
- 1734 - 1735, London: Is released from Agoge, leaves England
- 1736 - 1916, Europe: Various fairly lucrative activities
- 1917 - 1945, Russia: Various activities, mostly around Moscow
- 1945 - 2010, Europe: Apparently returns from Russia, though not many can remember seeing him
- 2011, United States: Finally visits the “New World”
- 2011: Settles in New York City, doesn't make a splash among Kindred society
- Dec. 2017: Formally introduced to the Court by the Ventrue Primogen
- Apr. 2018: Elected Harpy by the Primogen Council
- May 2018: Swears fealty to Irma Kardoș
- June 2018: Attends the Founder's Day Ball in Memphis, TN
- July 2018: Sings at a Court for the first time in over a century
- Nov. 17, 2018: Astorio’s sire, Bartleby Crane, is killed at a Court gathering in New York
- Dec. 2018: Astorio is appointed Seneschal by the new Prince of New York
- Jun. 2019: Astorio becomes Prince of New York City
- Rivals or enemies
- Past Vassals or Lieges
- Current Vassals
- DoC / SoD for some “music history”