Titus Petronius Niger
His Arbiter Eleganciae, His Elegance
Real Name: Titus Petronius Niger
Apparent Age: Early 40s
Concept: Decadent Roman
- Just by position
- Exalted by position
- Formidable by position
- Respected by position
- Well-Known by position
For 2,000 years, Petronius has been known as the Arbiter Eleganciae. He has held this title since the reign of Emperor Nero in ancient Rome. As a leader in Nero's court, His Elegance Petronius determined style and social strata for all of Rome - he hosted parties in the court, catered to the needs of important figures and provided gossip to the Emperor.
As Petronius discarded the trappings of his mortal life, he left behind a will that included his fictional creation The Satyricon, a work lauded as the first piece of literature in history to be written in prose rather than poetry. This composition was a landmark in literary history, as His Elegance was one of the world's first known satirists. The word "satire" comes from the title of his mortal masterwork.
Petronius became Justicar in January of 2001, following the abdication of that same seat by Madame Guil. Until the time of his rise, Petronius' workings among the clan were largely subtle and quiet, though he has stepped up to leadership with aplomb. His behavior since his rise has been erratic, and some whisper that the ways of an Elder such as Petronius may be too inscrutable for a Justicar's seat.
Despite his eccentricities, Petronius has already made bold actions since his ascension. He is known to be sympathetic to Kindred clans outside of the Camarilla, and has demonstrated this by helping to bring the Schismatic Assamites into the Camarilla as probationary sect members. Now known as the Children of Haqim, he maintains close ties with them (Clan Friendship). Petronius also looks upon even the often-ignored Ravnos with favor; he is rumored to have spent a great deal of time in their company and still retains open dealings with the clan (Clan Friendship).
In his apparent struggle on behalf of the newly named Children of Haqim and in his rumored pursuit of his humanity, His Elegance has been traveling often in recent nights, becoming more and more the "People's Justicar." His keen use of bone-cutting satire has not been lost on many, and even as he gains popularity with some, he gains enemies and detractors who have felt his lash cut too deep. Now that his pet project of inducting the Children of Haqim has been seen to fruition, many wonder what this charismatic and unpredictable Justicar's next project will be.
His Elegance, the Justicar, still carries over a Roman theme in his nightly life. Latin is the language of choice in his home, and all of his chosen Archons take a Roman name to illustrate their loyalty to him. Although Petronius has resided in other Domains in the past, he currently resides in his beloved Rome, in a great estate outside the city.
- Clan Ravnos
- Children of Haqim
- Prince Francois Villon of Paris
"I'm so sorry you live in fear that the Children of Haqim will diablerize you. Would you feel safer with an escort? Mr. Salerno, please help our friend back to his seat, and try not to diablerize him on the way."
- It's said Petronius flirts with anything that moves, but being quiet on a corner does not save you at all.
- Petronius has a Ravnos "friend" who secretly controls him.
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