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Name: Raphael Augustanare Giovanni di Calderari
Aliases: The Creep
Sect: Independent Alliance
La Famiglia: Il Calderari
Plants wither and die in his presence
Title or Position:
Accredited at the founding of the Independent Alliance
Raphael Augustanre Giovanni di Calderari was, even from his young mortal life, odd. Odd may not be the right word; If he had been born into any other family, it is likely he would have been abandoned or sent away when he started to demonstrate the peculiarities for which he would later be known. Born in 1581 to an influential and wealthy branch of the Giovanni family known as the Il Calderari, (“the cauldron makers”) in Venice, Italy. The Il Calerari were branch of the Giovanni that had shown a greater aptitude for necromancy than with any of the family’s other interests. As such they were encouraged to explore and push the boundaries of necromancy and were largely left to their own devices; except when the family needed their knowledge, advice, or expertise. In a branch of the family that was known as “la vergognosa” in whispered tones by the rest of the familia, Raphael is even more odd than that.
When he was born, his parents did not expect him to survive as he was grossly underweight and weak. He was a twin, but his sister was a stillborn; her flesh partially decayed and rotten. Raphael possessed a tenacious clinging to life and lived past his parents, expectations. He was always a small, pale, and sickly looking child. He never cried as a baby and did not speak until he was five winters old. The first phrase he spoke was, “Sister thinks I need a sharper knife for my lessons. May I have a sharper knife Papa?” It was shortly after that the family pets started to disappear.
As Raphael grew in years he started to show an aptitude for the study of necromancy and a mind full of curiosity. At the age of 18 he was given the Proxy Kiss and was inducted into the true nature of La Famiglia. In this environment, Raphael was able to flourish and indulge every avenue of study that his warped mind could conceive. His expertise was invaluable to the family as his knowledge and understanding of necromancy and the nature of death surpassed his peers and many of his superiors. Areas of study that required a steely mind and a strong constitution where easily understood by Raphael. Although, unlike his peers who had to grit their teeth to understand the new mysteries, Raphael approached each knew lessons with an absent smile and an eager hand. His progress was meteoric and it was not long after the Proxy Kiss that Raphael had proven his value to the Family and permission for embrace was granted. In 1605, he was brought into the eternal dark by his relative Lorenzo Giovanni di Calderari.
As is the custom of the family, he spent many of his first nights learning the nature of his new-found vampirism. With the new potency in his blood, Raphael threw himself headlong into the study and advancement of his necromantic prowess. He hungry absorbed any and all texts and treatises that he could find on the topic. In all the books he found, however, one topic was glaringly absent in its body of knowledge: the nature and study of vampirism. As the long nights wore on the burden of this knowledge gap began to eat away at his mind until it became an all-consuming obsession. It came to a head in July of 1920.
Raphael Augustanare Giovanni di Calderari
Player: Jayme Wooster
MES Number: US2014080062
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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