Jacob the Merchant
An amiable and influential Jewish merchant hailing from Florence, Italy.
- Mask: Social Chameleon
- Dirge: Survivor
- Touchstone: N/A
- Clan: Ventrue
- Aspirations: Gain more Wealth and Influence, Run a successful business
- Banes: N/A
- Health: 8
- Willpower: 5
- Blood Potency: 3
- Humanity: 5
- Speed: 9
- Defense: 4
- Armor: N/A
- Initiative: +4
- Intelligence: 2
- Wits: 2
- Resolve: 3
- Strength: 2
- Dexterity: 2
- Stamina: 3
- Presence: 2
- Manipulation: 4
- Composure: 2
Mental: Academics 2, Enigmas 1, Occult 2, Politics 3, Science 1
Physical: Athletics 2, Weaponry (Scimitar) 2
Social: Empathy 1, Intimidation 2, Persuasion 3, Socialize 2, Streetwise 1, Subterfuge 2
Etiquette (2), Distinguished Palate (1), Haven (3), Herd (4), Allies – Merchants (2), Contacts – Criminals (1), Resources (4), Retainer (3), Staff (3)
- Animalism: 1
- Dominate: 2
- Resilience: 1
Jacob was born to a fisherman in Florence, Italy in 708 AD. His father was an impatient man with too much love for wine. As a young child, Jacob was taught a lot about sailing and the art of fishing, as his father was an excellent fisherman. However, the man was as bad a gambler as he was good a fisherman. When Jacob was only eight years old, he was sold to a man whom Jacob’s father owed money as a slave.
The man was a wealthy merchant named Lorenzo, who lived in Florence but traveled around “the peninsula”. He was a cruel master, but Jacob learned much about the business of being a merchant and interacting with people.
731 brought its own tragedy when Lorenzo fell in with a mysterious individual named Giovanni, who dwelled beneath the streets of Rome. Giovanni killed Lorenzo for a slight and feasted on the blood of his slaves and family. Only Jacob was spared when the young man snuck up on the beast and stabbed him with a sword.
Giovanni, admiring Jacob’s pluck, spared his life and wasted no time ghouling him. Jacob would spend nearly a decade as Giovanni’s servant and ghoul, living in the sewers and surviving off the meager scraps Giovanni brought to him. One night, in 738, Giovanni got into a territorial spat with a Gangrel. Jacob was caught in the crossfire, dying from a thrown knife to the throat.
When he awoke, Giovanni encouraged him to feed and finish “the Becoming” and join him as a vampire. Jacob did as he was bid and spent the next two years learning how to become an effective predator.
In the summer of 741, Jacob managed to fight off torpor for the day and dominated a group of men to tie Giovanni’s neck to their ship, which was to leave harbor that day and another to tie Giovanni’s legs to a horse. His master burst into flames and was torn apart. In the wake, Jacob assumed Giovanni’s remaining assets and vanished into the night.
He spent a few months lying low with a Nosferatu living in an abandoned Christian church in modern-day France. The Nosferatu believed that vampires needed to stick together and the two spent a deal of time watching each others’ backs, helping each other grow more powerful and independent. What happened to the Nosferatu is unknown to Runa as of yet.
He re-emerged in 798 with a small fortune he amassed in Spain and set up a number of lucrative deals under a number of false identities. He began to travel Europe, making deals and allies as he went, amassing more wealth and acquiring a number of loyal servants who gladly gave of their blood. He would spend a few years at a time in any given city he visited, in a Haven his servants would construct for him weeks in advance of his arrival.
The year 822 brought him to Scandenavia for the first time. His travels took him from Denmark to Oslo to Sweden and back again, bringing with him pelts and woodwork of the highest quality. In 849, he returned to Norway and traveled north, eventually settling in Trondheim, where he was living in the summer of 850 when a band of young vampires arrived in town in desperate need of a place to stay.