Updated: 1 January 1999
5th Generation Toreador
Prince of Paris and France
Word from Paris, la nuit...'s Authors:For those who read the World of Darkness (1st Edition) Sourcebook, you will find that ''our'' Villon is slightly different from the one described there. The reasons are simple: Sourcebooks edited after the WoD showed us new Disciplines Villon should have had, new contacts he had (Faeries, for example), and very powerful Childer, like Violetta, described in Giovanni Chronicles II: Bloodfire, where the Childe is, in 1666, somewhat more powerful than the 1992 Villon! The France Sourcebook also described a very powerful and ressourceful Villon, who created and enforced the Toreador Hegemony. And of course, the Elysium: The Elder Wars was edited after the said WoD (and not talking about the lack of official stats in the Wod 2nd Edition!)... Last but not least: The real birth of Villon occured two centuries after the Wod Embrace night...
François de Montcorbier was born in 1431 in a poor family. Soon, fatherless, he is adopted by the chaplain Guillaume de Villon, teacher of Canon Law. François will receive from his ''more-than-father'' his name, Villon, a cultural, social and religious education. In 1443, he enters the Faculté des Arts, where he will become bachelier (Student who received his Baccalauréat diploma) in 1449. In 1452, Villon receives his Licence and Mastery in Art. As a student, between 1453 and 1455, he will participate in fights and raggings against the police.
In june 1455, François Villon, after being attacked by Phillipe Sermoise, priest, hurt him mortally. He will obtain in 1456 remission letters for his murder. After his house-breaking in the Navarre collegium, he will tell he composed, this night, to give himself an alibi, the Lais, also known as the Petit Testament (Little Testament). He will quit Paris in the beginning of 1457. An inquiry is opened in May and he will be betrayed by one of his accomplices. He will continue, then, to live an life of errand. He will be accepted in the courts of Charles d'Orléans, at Blois, where he will compose Je meurs de soif aupr�s the la fontaine (I die of thirst near the fountain). At this time of his life, he will be in relation with a gang of criminals, the ''Coquillards'', and he will create in their cant poems full of linguistic games.
In 1461, he will be jailed in Meung-sur-Loire, and will be tortured by the bishop Thibaud d'Aussigny. The real reasons behind this are unknown, but this period will be created a lot of poems, like the Epître à ses amis, and the Débat du coeur et du corps. He will be freed by the coming of Louis the Eleventh in the city. He will start the writting of the Testament, to which he adds ballads the following year. In november 1462, he is accused of theft, jailed in the Châtelet, and then set free. In the same month, he will be caught in a fight against Ferrebouc, a pontifical notary, and will be jailed once more, tortured and condemned to be hang out where he write the Epitaphe Villon (also known as the Ballade des Pendus).
In january 1463 a new jugement will only condemn him to exile for 10 years from the city of Paris. He disappears, supposedly caught up by his violent past... He appears as the first modern french lyric poet...
He was, in fact, discovered by Helena, Fourth Generation Toreador, and searching for any clue about Meneleus's secret whereabouts. Charmed by the passion and violence of the mortal, she Embraced him and soon after disappeared in Portugal. She hoped Villon would prove a thorn to Alexandre, who had attacked the Toreador of Paris without any real provocation. Villon soon joined the Anarchs, where he met Ivan, against Alexandre's and Saviarre's rule.
He soon became leader of the Anarchs, and under his rule, the Anarch won their greatest victory the night Alexandre and Saviarre were destroyed in the parisian uprising of 1481. Soon after, Beatrix stepped in and declared herself Prince of Paris, and started one of the first attempt to make peace with the Anarchs. Strangely, even if the Anarchs were losing grounds everywhere else in Europe, they still were quite powerful in Paris (some wondered if they had some Camarilla's help, and looked Beatrix with a suspicious eye...).
Feeling the change, Villon accepted the peace in exchange of the Convention of Thorns (1493), which gave the Anarchs the right to organize and defend themselves from Elder's attacks. As a proof of her sincerity, she made Villon her own Chambellan, even if the Ventrue wanted his head for the ''crimes'' he committed! (Another proof of Villon's secret alliance with Beatrix?)
Working in Beatrix's shadow, he helped her keep the control of Paris from Ventrue's graps.
While Beatrix organized the active resistance against the Ventrue Protestant forces, Villon worked his new project: making France the center of the world culture and art: He looked Paris as a new Alexandria. But For this, France would have to become under the only control of the Toreador Clan. So he worked hard to intrigue the incapacitation of any other Clan's mortal pawns, and so remove much of their influence. He will have to take over La Rochelle, a Major Ventrue/Protestant city, and destroy the Prince and his Bloodline there (1628)...
Beatrix, suffering the natural Paranoia of the Elder in position of power, decided to move away from Paris, always fast and deadly in its uprisings. Villon gave her the idea of moving the King and all the mortal court where they would be of no real danger. With her personnal education and some intrigues, the King would become strong enough to take absolute power in France.
In 1661, Louis the Fourteenth, known as the Sun King, takes the absolute power of France. In 1682, he moves in the newly constructed Palace of Versailles, along with all the weakened Noblesse. In the same year, Villon takes the secret control of Louis XIV's armies and, as Beatrix declares the Toreador Hegemony, he uses the army to threaten the Princes of every important french city, reminding them of the La Rochelle example.
The Toreador Hegemony is accepted by the Princes of France, and they become ''Marquis''. Villon is given the Louvre Palace Elysium by Beatrix.
But by advancing in his project, Villon lose his past Anarch ideals and becomes an effective and merciless Ancillae.
In 1694, he meet a young bourgeois 13-years-old girl he will fall in love with. He will educate her in the Kindred ways, preparing her to become one of the Kindred. In 1701, he asks Beatrix the right to Embrace the twenty-years old young woman in the night of her birthday. Beatrix accepts out of love for Villon hoping he will discover soon enough Elle is only a beautiful Poseur, and destroy her... But even as his love for her will cool down with the decades, he will discover she made of Intrigue a kind of art that would serve well her Clan...
The French Revolution Will prove to be Beatrix final nights, and a great challenge for the Toreador rule over France.
Bonaparte was a young and ambitious general. Villon needed a pawn, and Bonaparte only needed a little help. After some investigations, Villon determined the respobsibilities of everyone involved in the Revolution: He framed first Madame Guil, who was discovered using the revolution to destroy Elders, whatever their Clans. Then he saw the hand of the Giovanni: His answer was to send Bonaparte destroy Venice. And then, he discovered the action of the Setite, and Bonaparte was sent in Egypt...
In the same time, a discussion between him and Alexis degenerated, and Alexis refused the position Villon had just asked him to take. Alexis removed himself from the parisian Kindred society, and used the Egypt Campaign as an excuse to quit Paris. Villon was eventually saddened, but he had still much to do to confort his position.
But even with his successes, his dream had still to come true: So he worked hard to get the power in Paris through his pawn, Bonaparte. In 1801, he met Raphael de Corazon, the Toreador Elder who helped create the Camarilla, and they shared the same vision about France. Raphael had come with a potential Childe he Embraced: Lazlo. Lazlo would remain in Paris, and take the abandonned position of Alexis.
In 1804, Bonaparte became Napoleon, Emperor of the French People. The next year, Villon becomes Prince of Paris.
There was only one slight inconvenience in the soirée or the Crowning: Saint Just was back, seemingly Embraced by Robin Leeland: He was the one who helped, through Madame Guil, Villon clean the Giovanni and Setite corruption of Paris...
But strangely, Villon started to give more and more responsibility to his lieutenants, who started to have a lot of power in the name of the Prince of Paris. Only Alexis, Elle, Ivan and Lazlo know about what happened to him, and what scheme he was now working on.
He succeeded in creating back the Toreador Hegemony after the Restauration: Villon received each Prince of all the French city, and had them drink some of his Blood as Allegiance. Failure to do so would lead to dire consequences: Each Prince, freshly freed from Beatrix' influence by the Revolution, accepted to become back ''Marquis'' as they still remembered La Rochelle.
The Toreador Hegemony was reborn.
He only awoke in 1871, while the Anarchs were fighting back the Camarilla forces in the Commune. The Anarchs burnt down buildings to destroy Elder Havens and delay the Elder army forces. They commited the major mistake of setting the Tuileries part of the Louvre on fire.
Villon's fury knew no bound! His own Art Library was destroyed in the fire, and for what reason? Just to delay some mortal armies! Because of their major involvement in the local Jyhad, because they violated an Elysium (the Louvre) and because they breached Villon's Edict about Art, A Great Blood Hunt was called against the Clan Brujah and the Anarchs of Paris.
To everyone's surprise, the Great Hunt was a success: Half the Brujah Elders remained in Paris, siding with Villon, and every Clan, from Ventrue to Nosferatu to Malkavian followed Villon's call...
Villon gave Labienus and his Bloodline the Palace of Versailles, the right to manage the Catacombs to the Nosferatu (but no one know about the reasons behind the help of the Malkavian...).
He officialized too the Cotterie of Ivan, called the Masques, who had served him well in the past and who will continue in the future, with a lot more of power and influence over the mortals and the Kindred or France. In the same time, the Veilleurs were created, too. If everyone believe Alexis asked Villon's permission to create them, the two are the only ones to know Villon asked Alexis to merge the occult knowledge he brought back from Egypt to find a solution about the growing ''Aura of Corruption''. Then he went back to his own intrigues...
It was the War of Traditions which called him back: With the help of the Masques and the Veilleurs, he discovered the schemes of the Technocracy, and made an alliance with the Sons of Ether of Paris, thus reducing the Tremere and Order of Hermes influence in the french capital.
His next official decision was to declare a Blood Hunt on the Assamite (and everyone who used their services) in Paris for breaching the Sixth Tradition (One tried ot kill him in 1961), make a tentative alliance with the Setite and the Mamluk Prince of Cairo to help move the Temple of Abou Simbel from the flood of the new Nasser lake, and declare a Blood Hunt on the Giovanni in Paris because of the action of Pietro Giovanni in 1994.
But most important, he is finishing his Projet Grand Louvre, reconstructing large parts of his Haven and renovating others... When he can be seen, he is at the Cour, where his decision about what is ''gauche' and what is ''beau'' is usually final. While it is known that his seduction talent was null when alive, he haunts now the ''revues'' and the ''salons'' and other ''chic soirées'' where his success is unlimited. His own Herd is constitued by the most beautiful models in the world.
François Villon will see his dream unravel before his eyes: The Camarilla's disintregration will wound even Paris. The Gangrel, and then the Brujah will quit the Grand Cour. In the same time, the Assamite will start to hunt the hated Toreador how had barred France to them. Both in the world of the Kine and in the world of the Kindred, blood will run like rivers as terrorism will start, once again.
But Villon will survive: Once more, allying with the untrustful Lasombra Antitribu, the remaining Tremere and Ventrue, they will be the core of the parisian Camarilla. And after the initial surprise, both the Masques and the Veilleurs will survive the onslaught.
But his greatest surprise will come with the arrival or awakening of thousand-years old Methuslahs, as well as the war between the corrupting Setites and their Elders...
|Date of Birth:||1431||Race:||Caucasian||Sex:||Male|
François Villon is a beautiful caucasian man, with dark, curly hair. His black eyes can be as charming as they can be terrifying. He always wear perfectly tailored clothes (created by Arnaud), and he has style even in T-shirt and jeans. One thing he didn't forget from his past are the neckties, as he always wear one. He smokes, too, with a black ebony cigarette holder.
He always keep a majestious behaviour, necessary for his station, but as he was a violent agitator when alive, he still remember and know to look elsewhere when it comes to Anarch actions if he can find some Esprit, humour or even some kind of artistic view or irony in them. And of course, if the said action are not ''too much''.
He helped create modern french, and will speak no other language, even if he could fluently talk most of the classical or modern ones.
He is pleasant, and his company is always welcome. He is the kind of person you can't refuse anything to please him. His behaviour is always caring and concerned when it comes to important affair, and his interlocutor always come to believes he is the most important person in Villon's world when the poet Prince talks to him.
In the same way, his Bon Vivant behaviour appears easily when he participate in any soirée. Friendly, charming, even his enemies must agree he is probably the best compagny someone can have... While he does not indugle in the same passionate relations Arnaud or Lazlo can have with women and young men, Villon is a Kindred who can, to the difference with the two other Toreador, fall in love and forget it faster than thought. Where Arnaud's true love is reserved to Carla, and Lazlo's love is always pure and for one person at a time, Villon likes to multiply love affairs, and is not under seducing someone (most of the time women, but men are not unknown) in a Soirée under the nose of the one who was accompanying him.
Among the Kindred, he is believed to have been the lover of Beatrix, Saviarre, Elle, Lazlo, Selida (A Brujah Elder he Blood Hunted in 1871), Theti-Sheri, Constance and even the shy Lady of the Gangrel (!). Still, no one know really for sure...
But when it comes to serious matters, where the safety of his beloved Paris is at stake, for example, another Villon appears: Merciless and as fast and deadly as a snake, he delights not in ''torturing'' those who failed and betrayed him, but in showing to others what could happen to them should they try to do the same.
Because of his total control over France's politics, industry and even Kindred affairs (despite what the other Kindred think!), Paris is one of the few city where the Camarilla is strong enough to frighten even the Assamite Clan (the other city being, for example, Vienna). He knows that he can order a Blood Hunt that could spread in all France, and know the ''Marquis'' have to follow him, or lose their station. And every one know he is able to do that. In some ways the Kindred have yet to understand, he is one of the most dangerous Cainite in the world who still appear in full light.
He exiled himself from a Paris he learned to love in the 1789 Revolution, and it still pains him. He will never let someone be in a position of power over him. His control of France is proof enough of his Willpower...
He, and his clique of Toreador have a quasi absolute control of the status of most everyone in France (See ELYSIUM: The Elder Wars p44), and of course, Toreador are the best choices when it comes to raise someone in Status... This ''Clan Racism'', upheld by the Harpies, who are --most of them-- Toreador or Toreador-like-minded, touch everyone, and is the cause of more than exile from a disgusted Kindred Elder from France. France is the example of how unbearable the Camarilla would be to, say, a Ventrue, should the Toreador unite to the same end...
Even if most people in Paris doesn't understand it, or how, he knows a lot on every one. For all her powers, for example, Laureen couldn't hide her true power from Villon's inquiry (from Villon's lack of results in its inquiry, that is...) , even if it was impossible to him to read her mind. Knowledge is power, and Knowledge is what Villon obtains easily, through Omniscience, and all the other Auspex powers... Even if no one know how easily he can obtain it...
As he was among the original Anarchs (before the creation of the Sabbat), he knows a lot about Anarch history, and about, for example, the Vinculum, and how to break a Blood-Bond.
No one know about his actual aim: His Coterie control Paris and France, but few people know more about Villon's aims, and fewer believe his interest about the World Wide Fashion to be more than a sweet fraud...
|Player:||NPC||Demeanor:||Bon Vivant||Haven:||The Louvre|
|Chronicle:||Paris, la nuit... (WoD)||Clan:||Toreador||Concept:||Agitator poet|
|Dexterity||***** **||Manipulation||***** ***||Intelligence||*****|
|Stamina||***** *||Appearance||***** **||Wits||***** **|
|Expression||***** ***||Melee||***** *||Linguistics||***** *|
|Intrigue||***** **||Singing||***** **||Lore, Kindred||***|
|Seduction||***** **||Lore, Camarilla||***|
|Sense Deception||***** *||Toreador Knowl.||*****|
|Artistic Expression||*****||Paris Knowl.||***** ***|
|Art History||***** **|
|Auspex||***** ***||Status||***** *||Conscience||**|
|Celerity||***** *||Elder Status||****||Self-Control||***|
|Presence||***** **||Toreador Prestige||*****||Courage||***|
|Military Forces||***** ***|
|Other Traits||Humanity||Health Levels|
|Art Appreciation||***** *||Hurt||-1|
Auspex ***** * : Hantise
Villon created this power when he took over the Louvre. The name was chosen as a secret joke to the slight feeling some Kindred with Auspex felt when in the Louvre. Villon can see and hear anything that goes within the Louvre limits, including the court between the Richelieu and Sully buildings (where the glass pyramid can be found) as if he was near the talker.
The is no dice roll involved, unless one being at 1,5 meters (5 feet) of the object to be studied would have needed a dice roll (like looking a tiny features in one's clothing, or trying to hear a whisper). Note that this power is compatible with the uses of any other Auspex power, Including Omniscience...
Auspex ***** ** : Soul Scan
The Kindred can discover the location of anyone he knows in a successful Perception+Investigation roll.
System: See the Vampire Player Guide, p72
Auspex ***** *** : Omniscience
The Kindred gain absolute understanding of the personnalities and understanding of those around him on a successful Perception+Empathy roll.
System: See the Vampire Player Guide, p73
Presence ***** * : Power Name
Presence ***** ** : Power Name
For more information about Villon, read the World of Darkness 1st and 2nd Edition, as well as Villon's well known poetry.
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