Colin's Giovanni Chronicles
Ventrue Methuselah, Prince of London
Mithras seems like a chiseled statue of masculine perfection, with not a hair out of place. It is very much like being in the presence of Grecian or Italian statuary of the gods. His eyes are deep-set under lids that showed the purpling of immense fatigue. His mouth is set in a scowl and seems marred by the age that had not touched the Prince of London for thousands of years.
The man who would become Mithras was born in ancient Persia and served in the military as general. He was sent against rebels that hid in the mountains. After a long and bloody campaign, all rebels were decapitated except one, who walked into Mithras tent unmolested. With his supernatural power, he silenced the general and explained himself to him. He had no ill will against him; in fact, he was impressed by the capabilities of the general and offered him everlasting life or a quick death. Mithras chose to live and bid his time to return, faking his own demise and exploring his new powers. When he returned to human civilization, he was revered as the living “war god” of various peoples. As the Lord of Light, Mithras portrayed himself as the bringer of civilization and morality, who spent his days guiding the sun through heavens and thus only appeared at night.
The Cult of Mithras quickly spread in the Orient and when Mithras heard of Rome, he chose to travel there. The roman armies fascinated him, as he had been a soldier himself in life, and he accompanied them to the various corners of the empire, preferring it to the stale Cainite politics in Rome itself. His cult spread through the military and became one of the great mystery religions in the Imperium Romanum by the time of the Roman Emperors. Mithras himself settled in Londinium in 71 AD – the constant warfare against the barbarians pleased him. He wandered around the island for a long time, encountering native vampires that were not pleased with the intrusion. Through shrewd manipulations, Mithras managed to ascend to a position as “First Among Equals” among the native Cainites. His Haven at the Mithraeum in Londinium became a meeting place for various scholars, among the his clanmate Bindusara and the Assamite Antediluvian Haqim. Mithras’s reign was, however, challenged by a similar mystery cult that would later be the new state religion of the empire. When Rome’s attention no longer reached to Brittania, many younger vampires blamed their sires for the decline of their herds and a civil war shook the Cainite ranks of Britain. Although Mithras remained victorious, he was wounded and retreated to Torpor for a long period of time.
Mithras awoke after a battle was fought over his resting place in 1069, although he did not return to Londinium until 1085. When he returned, he found the Romans gone, replaced by the Normans and the Cainites ruled over by a triumvirate of Elders. Attempts to rebuild his cult and influence initially met stiff resistance from other Cainites, but through subterfuge and manipulation, he was able to clear his path to power, eventually regaining acceptance as the lord of the Court of Avalon just as mortal society stabilized under Henry II. He returned to London in 1154, taking his place as the monarch of the Baronies of Avalon, one of the supreme Cainite feudal realms in the Long Night.
During the War of Princes, Mithras fought with the revolting Toreador of Anjou, establishing the Rose Treaty styled after the Magna Carta in response. Furthermore, in 1212, he confronted the immortal Avenger Horus within his domain, after the mummy had wounded his loyal warlords Aethelwulf. The monarch was weakened from the battle against the Immortal, so many barons probed open revolt against him. Mithras answered to this by opening his council, including Cainites from all baronies across England. During this time, Mithras began to travel again, following the military conquests of King Edward, leaving his chamberlain, the Cappadocian Lord Camden, to rule. When Mithras returned in 1348, the Black Plague ravaged his city, making feeding difficult for the native vampires. Mithras reacted by expelling unwanted Low Clans like the Followers of Set and the Tremere, but it did not solve the problem.
During the Anarch Revolt, Mithras at first refused to join Hardestadt’s Camarilla, claiming that he “would never scurry in the shadows”. In a conference between Camden and representatives of the Ventrue and Toreador in 1486, he accepted the basic tenets of the sect, although he did not join them fully, though he streamlined the Blood Laws within his domain to resemble the six Traditions as formulated by the Camarilla more closely. The distance between the Courts of Avalon and the Camarilla made it neutral ground for the Convention of Thorns. Insurrections against Mithras rule rose up again during this period, fueled by the War of the Roses among mortals. Mithras staked the baron of Lancester, Nathaniel of Carlisle, for slaying Aethelwulf. After Camden’s assassination in 1514, the Duke of Amber became Mithras seneschall, when the prince became again absent, often disguising himself as a minor noble in the court of King Henry VIII or traveling across Europe. When he returned and found out how his childe had given the Toreador of Scotland great lenience and even a pawn in the royal house, he removed his childe from office and elevated Valerius as his right hand. In the following Civil War among the mortals, Mithras supported the Parlamentarians in order to purge the royal line from Toreador influence. It was only the mediation of Justicar Violetta that cooled down the relations between the Toreador and the Ventrue.