Nights of the Camarilla
Lucius Marius Valens
Young Scion of the Marii
Mental Intelligence 3, Wits 2, Resolve 3
Physical Strength 2, Dexterity 3, Stamina 2 ( + 1 Resilience )
Social Presence 2, Manipulation 2, Composure 3
Mental Academics 2, Crafts 1, Investigation 1, Occult 1 (Sorcery) 1, Politics 1, Warfare 1
Physical Archery 3 (Bow), Athletics 2, Brawl 1, Ride 2, Stealth 1, Weaponry 2
Social Animal Ken 1 (Canines), Empathy 1, Expression 1, Socialize 1
Merits Debate Style (Reason) 1, Fighting Style (Archery) 1, Language 1 (Greek), Noble Heritage 1, Mystery Cult Initiation (Aves Minervae) 4, Safe Place 1, Status (Camarilla) 1, Three Heads of Kerberos (Cunning) 1
Disciplines Animalism 1, Majesty 1, Resilience 1
Traits Health 8, Willpower 6, Humanity 7, Size 5, Speed 10, Defense 3, Armor 2/0, Integrity 2, Initiative 5
~ Protect my Wife
~ Prove myself worthy to the Senex
~ Serve the Aves Minervae
Bow and arrows, pugio, spatha, rudis; toga virilis; horse, slaves and tutors
Lucius Marius is the son of Gaius Marius’ elder sister, Fausta, and Gnaeus Cuspius Lanatus, a well-to-do member of a herders’ collegium who nonetheless came from an obscure family, and wed into the Marii to adopt their name and become recognized as novus homo—a position even more firmly cemented once the family received word of Gaius’ apparent demise and had no other male family heir. Gnaeus himself hardly bothered with raising his son himself, however, having decided that marrying into the more prominent family and justifying his seed was good enough.
Lucius’ earliest memories of Gaius Marius come from having seen the man while Lucius himself was a child barely out of infancy, but he grew up with stories about him from his relatives, and the occasional letters sent to the family household. Nevertheless, he immediately recognized him when the soldier-turned-propinquo visited him in his sleeping chambers one night. Having read the letter from the north relaying the news of Gaius’ century’s loss, he wondered at first if he was dreaming, before asking him if he had returned from the underworld.
Yes, Gaius Marius told him, he had died on the battlefield, but had returned to protect the family as was his duty and, having sired no children of his own, would be keeping close watch over young Lucius.
Over time, the shade of Gaius appeared in the middle of the night several times, regaling him with stories of his own youth and his time in the legions, and gave him no shortage of his own advice and encouragement on how to be a proper Roman.
The disappearance of his father Gnaeus was more a relief than anything else, and his mother’s wedding to the much more proper Naso was, to him, a greater bargain—although he still very much respected his uncle’s presence. After coming of age, Lucius married Beatrix of the Lucretii (the adopted daughter of Violea) and took his place with the protective soldiery of Rome.
One night in 363 CE, he was set upon by his ghouled hound—possessed by a beastly entity of smoke and shadow—who tore out his throat as he slept. His body was discovered shortly after by Gaius Marius Calidus, his uncle, who posthumously Embraced him, and inducted him into Necropolis. He is confused and unsure of his new state and what it means for his future, but he swears to himself that he will do the best he can to please his uncle, take care of his wife, serve the Aves Minervae, and make a place for himself in the Senex.
An agile, intelligent, and curious young man who has remained young far beyond his years thanks to Gaius Calidus keeping him as a ghoul, Lucius is still sometimes a little socially awkward, considering his unusual upbringing between a distant father and an apparition of an uncle who alternately awed, encouraged, and sometimes terrified him. Still, he took to his tutors’ lessons quite well, and listened closely to his uncle’s war stories, and greatly enjoys the arts and other physical pursuits as well, almost a natural with the bow and the saddle. Though not the most conversational, he does his best to listen as much as he can, and has a modest degree of skill as a logical debate speaker.