- Clan: Toreador
- House: Von Daun
- Art: Writing, Production
- Social Class: Elder
- Position: Prince of San Francisco
- Notable Traits: Tall and Powerfully-Built, Ebullient and Casually Vicious
In Like a Lamb, Out Like a Lion
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man." -- George Bernard Shaw
Benedict was first released into the Camarilla in the early 20th century, a fact which no few have called a terrible decision. He's been bouncing around the western United States for much of that time, though he seems unable to remain in one spot for more than a few years. Sometimes he's vanished entirely for a few years, and he's been confirmed at visits in Europe and South America, seemingly at random. He did spend one very notable stretch abiding in London in the early part of the century; he arrived in that ancient seat of the Ivory Tower and within a year was made Master Harpy by Mithras himself, holding that tumultuous position for years until the brewing war in Europa forced many to relocate rather abruptly. Outside such notable residencies, efforts at tracking Benedict's movements have failed uniformly.
From the beginning he was a Toreador to the bone, a thorned rose with a love for great beauty and a true passion for shredding that which he considers beneath his standards. That nobody has ever been able to conclusively determine what meets his elusive approval is a topic of some vitriol. He's part of that strata of society which the Ivory Tower will never be without; the lazy revolutionaries, who toe the line and participate while rolling their eyes at the pomp and circumstance. Still, it's an essential divide in his character that after so many years, he still tries so hard to make the Camarilla *better*, to adjust the tired routines and shock people out of their ruts and toward true action. Perhaps it was Mithras' influence; the heart of the Old World meshing with the new.
Perhaps it's just that he's bored, and so takes the frequent opportunities that arise to mar the perfect facade of others.
That he suffers from the same inescapable ennui as many other Toreador seem to is undeniable. It emphasizes his thorns and makes his petals rarer, though they're no less vibrant when they flower. The shows and performance art he directs has been the stuff of legend since he began them, shows aimed to shock and disturb, to toe the line of what is acceptable and presentable. Sex, death, torture and depravity are all fair game, in the service of the greater goal; his performances make people confront their own inner demons and force them towards accepting that they too could be hideous in the right circumstance.
It's perhaps part of the reason he spends so much time with Nosferatu; he seems to have a pleasant working relationship with the Haunts, and his casual viciousness fits right into their lack of pretension. He keeps a lot of odd company, seeming to disdain the game of the high Clans every moment he's not playing it. Despite all of that, his political acumen is so sharp, and his efforts to maintain the Camarilla's society so notable, he's been recognized as an Elder of the Camarilla far earlier than most would ever have been allowed the sway.
People might even have dismissed him there, but for the next. He spent some months casually, flippantly existing alongside the vampires of San Francisco. His exploits defending the city were noted and praised, both physically against demons and the Sabbat, and more esoterically, against several Masquerade breaches. And then, and then... ever so suddenly, in the wake of the death of Prince Helena Martell, Benedict stepped forward to contend the praxis. There was a muddle of politics, several other contenders... and when it came time for the gathering, to actually claim and contest, they all evaporated, backing down and supporting him. His praxis was a bloodless coup, and suddenly his name is on many lips.
Circles Within Circles
“I've got a great ambition to die of exhaustion rather than boredom.” -Thomas Carlyle
Lineage: Haus Von Daun
Grandsire: Reynald de Caen, Lord of Normandy (torpor)
Sire: Reginald Preston (torpor)
Broodmates: Alicia Vangelista
- Abiding Status: Acknowledged, Authority, Commander, Sovereign (Confirmed, Established, Privileged, as Elder)
- Fleeting Status: Loyal (from Primogen Fortescue of San Francisco), Favored (from Elder Grimalkin)
- Those under his Patronage: Aurélie Celeste Fortescue (Favored)
Benedict has few true friends and a thousand acquaintances. He's capable of making a good impression at a hat's drop if he cares enough... which, to be sure, he seldom does. Still, his allies number surprisingly many.
- He's inseparable from Alicia Vangelista, even though some have cast doubts that they are actually of the same brood as they stubbornly claim. Their public behavior might name them broodmates, lovers, old rivals, or even human blood kin; nobody has yet been able to winkle out the truth. But they've been in a cycle of dramatic fighting and reconciling for a century, and they not only thrive on it, but viciously turn on anyone who has the nerve to come between them.
- Rumors fly about he and Brigid Loxley. They've been seen together in several affairs that one might well call tempestuous.
“If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.” -Mahatma Gandhi
- "Truer words were never spoken." — Anonymous
- "There is a modern bon mot, which has roots much older. Either way, I take it for my own; there is no man like me, but me." - Benedict
- "Elder Verren went from relative obscurity within the domain to holding praxis nearly overnight. Only a fool would underestimate him." - Mors
- "I was once told 'never let a Rose kiss you, the petals are never worth the thorns.' My problem is I only want the thorns... but fortunately, there's Benedict." — Brigid Hughes-Loxley
- "You want to know about Benedict? Which Benedict? He contains multitudes. I will say this though: he's never bored me."- Rafael Hernandez
- "Sometimes the only thing that keeps me bothering with this dreadfully boring world is him."- Alicia Vangelista
- "Oh, you know that quote: ‘your friend is not the one you call for bail, but the person sitting next to you, in the jail cell, saying ‘that was amazing!’ That nicely sums up my entire relationship with Benedict and Alicia." - Anna Russell
- "No, we do not let Benedict verb things anymore.” Alicia Vangelista
- “You tell me what and when, and I’ll help you verb the hell out of anything you want Benedict.” Anna Russell said behind Alicia's back to Benedict
- "Rare. That is really the only true word for my Benoît, for about no other have I felt thus; both the good and the ill. I would swear that Rafi was my spite, but my Benoît, he emerged sanguine and whole as is his way. By contrast, I am but faithful. It is all that I have left to offer, in his wake." - Matthieu Charpentier
- "Do not speak that name in my presence." - Nicholas Loring
- "That scent that seems to linger on everything I encounter... it must be him. He rubs up on everything like a cat. Still, he's amusing. For now." - Scarlett Thorne
- "Benedict Verren remains an inspiration to us all, but in particular to other elders. Alas, most do not bother to glean insight. Instead, they muse and speculate based off of some foppish mien no more real than my sanity, disregarding the long years he spent as Harpy of London under Prince Mithras himself. There is not many that can claim they operated in such a theater, and even less can claim success." - Arden
- "Finally, a Camarilla Prince worth fighting for." - Valerie
- "The saying 'If looks can kill' come to mind with the enchanting Elder Verren, and here I thought I was the only one skilled in the art. Can't wait to see what's behind the smile of his." - Angelique DuMont
- "It is quite the feat to become prince of a domain with nary a single kindred objecting and no bloodshed to speak of. I can imagine the machinations and the boons that must have cost him." - Leagsaidh Murray
- "I met Benedict for the first time just a few months ago. I wondered about what he wanted, what he could do and what kind of power he held. Within that time, I've heard stories about how he's defended San Francisco from various threats, helped stop wars and saw him become the Prince in a blood-less Praxis seizure. So I think he'll do pretty damn good." — Leonardo "Leon" Finch
- "There was a time when I would have imagined Benedict Verren the best of company. There was a time, I think, when he would have considered me the same. But then, years and ennui work their terrible devilry and we must come to the conclusion that best and worst as descriptors are essentially meaningless. Far better to say that I find something in him that I largely cannot find anywhere else, and that, in and of itself, is more valuable than any other petty ideas of value." Izar San Martin
- "It appears that I cannot escape him. Very well. Its time to play our little game again." Nicholas Loring
- "Ah, Benedict. A fine man to keep company with, who knows the importance of games and the timing of smiles. I like him, and would see him flourish. Remember that if you talk ill of him near me." - Alain
- "I think I just need a fresh start, just one more chance to show everyone who I am and he gave it to me. I'm going to make sure he sees that he didn't make a mistake and I hope I get to show him how grateful I am..." - Lydia Brooks
- "I did not know what to think initially when I heard the news that he seized praxis...but to be honest he exemplifies our city. Both the positive things and the undesirable aspects."- Zachariah White
- "The Irresistible force that is Benedict? You ask me my opinion of him? I tell you it's none of your damned business." - Danielle
- "He is the translator of all things I cannot understand, yet more important, he understands every word I speak." - Orenna Komnenos, The Black
- " Prince Verren is the bees knees. He’s charming, well-spoken, always togged to the bricks and quite the Oliver Twist. But what I love most about him is that there is more to him than meets the eye. He is not just some shiny gem of the aristocracy to be taken at face value but an enigma dressed in a designer suit… And I do so love to unwrap a good mystery! " - Cordelia Starling
- Quotes go here; his or yours.
“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.” -Oscar Wilde
- Benedict's urbane nature conceals a horrific evil that rivals some of the people on the Red List. He's casually tortured and murdered his way through far more years than he purports to.
- That's nonsense; in fact, it's the viciousness that's a mask. It's all a bluff, and Benedict is one of those deluded seekers after Golconda.
- Whatever else he is, he writes plays and productions that are so vile and debased, they've made weak people faint and gotten him literally thrown out of towns.
- He's got a coterie consisting of a Ventrue, two other Toreador, and a Daughter. They all deny flatly they are a coterie.
- The name of Benedict Verren is a fabrication; Benedict is none other than Oscar Wilde, the rumors of whose death were greatly exaggerated. Why do you think he writes such cutting and debased satires?
- Rumors Go Here.
“Musical innovation is full of danger for the state, for when modes of music change, the fundamental laws of the state always change with them.” -Plato, the Republic
Courtesies of Prince Benedict Verren