Il Campo Scanto
The Da Mosta family is one of the many families that have risen to prominent and Patrician status in the past two centuries. The family Patriarch, Paulo Da Mosta(1121-1196 A.D.) was the first to achieve true fortune, first in the Alum Trade, then in exotic woods, especially Ebony from Africa. Growing wealth gained them prominence, and marriage and political alliances with others in the Republic.
By the time of the Fourth Crusade, the family was already wealthy, with extensive connections in the Crusader States, Egypt and the Byzantine Empire. Younger members of the Family rushed for the Adventure of the crusade, supported by senior members of the family looking to expand their holdings. The house produced several war heroes and martyr for the Venetian cause but also contributed greatly to the victory of the Latin Empire and the emergence of Venice’s diverse colonial empire in the wake of the Crusade. Money flowed into the house, and they were able to gain prominent political positions within the Republic, as were many other newly wealthy families.
Their position is still precarious though; they have many rivals, both of the old monied variety, and other families all clawing for the top positions. It remains to be seen if the newer generation of the family will be able to expand the gains already achieved.
Of course, the presence of a powerful magical Regio in their Casa, and the presence of the New Covenant are a gamble almost as great as the Crusades. Only time will tell if it will lead to wealth or woe.
Allies and Enemies
The Da Mosto’s are allied with the Michiel family, an old and ailing once prominent house. They work together politically. Because of this assosciation the Da Mosto’s have also ended up somewhat on the side of the Ziani and in opposition to the Dandolo’s.
The Vendramin are old advesaries from the early days of the families rise. Paulo DaMosto and Tello Vendramin were rumoured to have fought over both access to certain Alum sources in Egypt and over a certain Courtesan. It is rumoured the famous scar Tello bore came from a fight with Paulo, though rumour has now long outstripped reality. The family has been on opposite sides of many political causes for generations, as well as outright feuding. It hasn’t come to physical blows in almost a full generation, but much simmers beneath the surface.
The Contarini family is a relatively new advesary. Bertucci Contarini was a Captain in the Cnstantinople Fleet in 1204. Some claim the DaMosto’s and Molin’s usurped both Glory and Treasure from him. Others that the good Captain was responsible for Carlo DaMosto’s death our of spite. For now the conflict mostly revolves around young people spitting at each other in the Campo’s.
Paulo DaMosto (1121 – 1196)
Paulo was the founding father of the mercantile branch of this family. In 1142, establishing a partnership in Tyre with his brother-in-law Iacobello Sanudo, he got his start importing alum from Egypt into Tyre for the dye industry. While the import of alum into the crusader kingdoms was a staple of his business, private ventures into the import of ebony wood from Egypt into Venice became a secondary source of income, largely run by his son Nicolo. Iacobello remained in the Venetian district of Tyre, while Paulo returned back to Venice in 1148 as their small trade empire blossomed. In 1160, Iacobello and his wife and children passed away in an outbreak of disease, and full control of the company passed to Paulo, as his sister Maria was his only remaining family. Diverting much of the alum trade into Venice instead of Tyre while maintaining the ebony trade, Paulo had brought a small amount of recognition to the DaMosto name. Paulo enjoyed reasonably good health until 1182 when an accidental fall left him with a broken leg and a lengthy recovery. His two sons, Nicolo and Zanino were well established in the company business by this time, and seamlessly took over the matters of trade, with the elder Nicolo handling most of the ebony trade and the younger Zanino taking over the alum imports. Paulo spent his remaining years surrounded by his grandchildren, while still maintaining close relationships with his sons, often offering his input and advice, but effectively remaining retired.
Maria Sanudo (1125 – 1200)
Maria was born into the Sanudo family, with only one sibling, her brother Iacobello. The Sanudo family immigrated to Tyre in 1128, when Maria was a young girl, with her parents lost at sea in 1141 on one of their many voyages home to Venice. A business relationship between her brother and a younger son of the DaMosto family soon developed into a logical marriage between the two families, and she was soon Maria DaMosto. Maria moved back to Venice in 1148 with her husband and one young child, heavy with a second that was born only months later. Two more children followed, and Maria dedicated herself to motherhood, seeing to the needs of the children as her husband was often away to Tyre or Egypt for business. Maria made her most significant contributions to her husband’s business by being well-liked and admired by her peers in Venice, helping to arrange two very favourable marriages for her daughters. Even in her later years, Maria found herself still active, a common sight in the market. Despite much of the wealth
her husband had accumulated, Maria held a reputation for humility and working tirelessly for her family. Maria eventually passed away in her bed, peacefully and unexpectedly one spring morning.
Nicolo is the eldest son of Paulo and Maria DaMosto, born in the Venetian district of Tyre and raised in the city of Venice. Even as a teenager, Nicolo displayed a burning interest in his father’s trade, most especially the wood trade of ebony from Africa. As soon as he was able, Nicolo would join his father on voyages across the Mediterranean, eager to visit distant ports and to learn the trade of the merchant. Blessed with a certain wanderlust and a cheery disposition, Nicolo found that the life of a merchant came naturally and easily to him.Nicolo soon developed his own contacts, building friendly relationships and adding significantly to his father’s trade by the time he was twenty. Nicolo’s devotion to business meant that he did not marry until his father arranged a match with the daughter of the Michiel family, a friendly rival to the alum trade. Nicolo’s marriage to Caterina Michiel was one marked by accommodation. Caterina ruled her household with many rules and a strict bearing, as both Nicolo and his mother Maria often moulded themselves to accommodate Caterina’s desires. The union bore fruit with two sons, Nicolo and Carlo. Nicolo’s burning intensity and passion for the mercantile life led him to take over his father’s business in 1182, and it was only with the death of his younger son Carlos in the fourth crusade that his travels abroad
abated. Nicolo still involves himself in the business, refusing to give complete control to his remaining son, even if the day-to-day matters are beyond his ability to handle properly. Nicolo was often frustrated with his son, who took after the strict, ordered manner of Caterina and instead found himself impressing developing a closer bond with Nicolo’s son Paulo, whose demeanour mirrored his own. Nicolo surprised himself when Caterina passed recently, as despite their differences, he had unknowingly to himself come to truly cherish her company despite the frustration he had with her strict manner.
Caterina Michiel (1150 – 1219)
Caterina was the daughter of the Michiel family, and even from a young age, was possessed with a devout desire to have everything strictly ordered and organized, often to the displeasure of those around her. An arranged marriage to the DaMosto family was a difficult transition for her, for while her mother-in-law Maria was a kind soul and always an available shoulder to cry upon when needed, the family was woefully disorganized and the household lacked anything resembling structure. Worse, neither her husband nor her mother-in-law appeared to be bothered in the slightest by this, seemingly unaware of how troubling this was for her. Caterina raised two sons, Nicolo and Marco, both of whom took after her greatly in personality and with whom she was extremely close with. When her younger son Marco died during the sack of Byzantium, Caterina found herself shattered inside, her passion gone, pushing all of her energy into maintaining strict order in the DaMosto household, knowing that without her presence all would dissolve into chaos.
In her last year, a chest cough slowly grew progressively worse until it left her a fragile shell of a woman, and she passed away surrounded by a mourning family.
Paula DaMosto (1148 – 1210)
Paula DaMosto was the eldest daughter of Paulo and Maria. Named for her father, Paula was nothing like him in personality. Paula was quiet, almost reclusive, but always maintained a close, loving relationship with both her parents and siblings throughout her life. Paula married into the Morosini family, and with her husband, Antonio, raised two children, her son Angelo and her daughter Maria. The Morosini family remained in friendly contact with the DaMosto’s, as Antonio’s trade in alum was often closely aligned and included temporary partnerships on the occasional shipment. Paula was in good health when a freak accident left her drowned in a canal.
Antonio Morosini (1135 – 1180)
Antonio Morosini was the eldest son of his family, who traded heavily in alum and were involved in the dye industry. Antonio’s mother was close friends with Maria DaMosto, and when he found himself unwed and in charge of the Morosini family trade, he was quickly matched with the quiet, young Paula. Himself quiet and reserved in private life away from his job as a merchant, Antonio and Anna found themselves well matched at home. Antonio’s son Angelo had only begun to follow him into learning the life of a merchant when a fit of apoplexy took him during a business negotiation, and he died
with his crying ten-year-old son beside him.
Maria DaMosto (1150 – 1212)
Maria DaMosto was the younger daughter of Paulo and Maria, who grew up in Venice and was married off at the young age of seventeen to Luca, a younger son of the Molin family. Maria was the most troublesome child of her siblings, and her marriage was the result of a discovered indiscretion of an intimate nature between Luca and herself. Discovered in a naked embrace one night by a rival of the Molin family as they attempted to sport secretly in a dark alley, Maria’s name was quickly circulated in the local gossip, with a great deal of unwanted attention being brought to her popular and well-liked mother in the market. Despite years of marital fidelity, both Maria and Luca were speculated upon for decades, with a long list of ever-changing candidates for rumours of their most recent affair and infidelity. Maria and Luca only ever had one child survive, as one earlier miscarriage before and a second after appeared to leave Maria infertile. That child, their son Valerio, became the sole focus of both Maria and Luca, leaving them both devestated when he perished during the fall of Constantinople during the fourth crusade. Valerio left behind a young son, Luca, a grandchild for Maria and her husband to dote upon and raise until the older Luca passed away from a wasting disease. A broken heart left Maria to rely upon the generosity of her brother Nicolo’s DaMosto home, where care for the young Luca was increasingly given until Maria passed in her bed one night after several weeks of increasing frailty and lack of appetite.
Luca Molin (1144 – 1210)
Luca Molin was a younger son of the well connected and wealthy Molin family, whose youthful indiscretions with the much younger Maria DaMosto quickly led to a marriage and eternal gossip in the community. Luca fathered one son with Maria, who also had multiple miscarriages before becoming infertile. The lack of further children appeared to encourage further gossip for both Luca and Maria, as constant speculation of infidelity intruded upon their lives. However, neither Luca nor Maria ever strayed from one another, their being a love match that lasted the length of their lives. Luca’s son Valerio was treasured and given endless attention by Luca, leaving him quite broken when he died during the fourth crusade during the fall of Constantinople. Valerio had left behind a young son named for Luca, who became the focus of his attention until a wasting sickness eventually stole his life away.
Giovanni is the youngest son of Paulo and Maria, born long after his siblings and often looking up to his older brother Nicolo as a second father figure. Affectionately known as Zanino, he was often identified and teased for his almost uncaring, happy-go-lucky nature. While eager and earnest in helping out in the family business, Zanino never seemed to take any setbacks seriously, instead moving quickly onto the next deal and forgetting the bad experiences almost as soon as they occurred. The only person Zanino never got along with in the family was his brother’s wife Caterina, whose strict nature was so diametrically opposed to his own that more often than not, he felt compelled to swear at her and give her some unflattering suggestions of better ways she could spend her time. Caterina always called him Giovanni, never Zanino, and from the moment she married into the family, attempted to behave as if she was his second mother. Something which Zanino rejected from the first and instigated his intense dislike for her that would last for decades until her death. Zanino never quite shared the same wanderlust as his father or brother, and was content to focus on the rather lucrative alum trade that was in his father’s portfolio, developing a very strong friendship with his nephew Angelo Morosini. Zanino has often included Angelo on some of the larger trade concerns for alum out of Africa, and their friendship has strengthened the bond between the two families. Zanino is happily married to his wife Vittoria, with whom he had six children, two of whom died in infancy. Zanino immensely enjoys his family life, not only of his own children and grandchildren, but also his nephews, nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces. Likewise, save for Caterina, the entire DaMosto family always held a great amount of love and admiration for ‘Uncle Zanino’. Zaninio’s career as a merchant, despite being a younger son and lacking the ambitious drive
of many others in his family, has been remarkably successful. Zanino is a man of little education, but with an incredible mind which is not only quite intelligent, but is easily able to memorize details that often escape the notice of others. Zanino is also the only person who can resolve the conflicts that constantly seem to surround his nephew Nicolo. Much of the wonder of ‘Uncle Zanino’ comes from his unique ability to quickly calm and reason with Nicolo when he gets too uptight. Although, in truth, even outside of the DaMosto family, Zanino is known for his ability to calm and reason with almost anyone. Even the fiercest rivals of the DaMosto family have respect for Zanino and geniunely seem to like him and enjoy his company, he is often known in the local community as the man with no enemies.
Vittoria is the middle child of the Cavalli family, and the wife of the extremely popular Zanino DaMosto. Often quiet and withdrawn around her extroverted husband, she is known within the DaMosto family for being something of a practical joker and having a sometimes inappropriate but whimsical sense of humour. Vittoria and Zanino had six children, two of whom died in infancy, and the lone daughter who survived until adulthood died giving birth. Vittoria was extremely close with her daughter, and much, but not all, of her enthusiasm for practical jokes passed with her daughter. She is now a highly devoted grandmother, who spends much of her time visiting her grandchildren and doing her best to constantly make them smile and laugh. Vittoria is also known as an incredible baker, and her baking is highly treasured and desired within the community, even though in her later years she has more difficulty moving about.
Nicolo the younger, eldest son of Nicolo the elder and Caterina Michiel, is currently the effective head of the DaMosto trading company concerns. As a young child, Nicolo and his younger brother Carlo, grew up under the care, guidance and teachings of their mother Caterina. Caterina’s demand for strict obedience and order left a permanent and noticable mark upon Nicolo. Always a very serious child, Nicolo developed a habit for seeing things in black and white terms that often frustrated other members of the family. When he was eleven, his grandfather suffered a serious injury, forcing his father and uncle to take over the bulk of the family business duties. Nicolo, along with Carlo, found themselves spending a lot of time at their grandfather’s knee, learning what he could teach them about the accounting and more practical aspects of the company. One lesson that left a large impression upon Nicolo was his grandfather’s frustration that Nicolo the elder never seemed to pay enough respect to the numbers side of the business. Combined with his mother’s constant emphasis on order and organization, this only further nurtured Nicolo’s habit of seeing things in simple black and white terms. In the family business, there is a grudging respect for Nicolo’s ability with numbers, logistics and organization. When dealing with pre-existing clients, Nicolo is a very difficult and shrewd negotiator, but is generally disliked by those he does business with. There is little doubt that his abilities have generated a lot of wealth for the company, as his hard stance in many instances have resulted in a great deal of favourable trade. However, without the charm of his father, his uncle Zanino and in recent years his son, it is likely that he would soon find himself out of suppliers and clients, as few would be interested in dealing with him save in the greatest need. Yet, in comunicating his vision and unwavering focus on end goals to his family, Nicolo is able to achieve success by relying on their ability to charm and negotiate with outsiders. Nicolo avoided active participation in the fourth crusade, instead remaining at home with his young family and managing the family business while his brother, cousin and the husband of another cousin fought in the fall of Constantinople. When only his young cousin returned alive, Nicolo now felt there was a family duty to tend to provide for two young and now fatherless children. Both children, a nephew named for him and his father, as well as Luca Molin, grew up in the family compound well provided for, but without many responsibilities. Nicolo is often angered and at odds with both of them in recent years, as they are both widely seen as carefree libertines who leech off the wealth of the family and appear unwilling to help with productive contributions to the family business. In truth, with the exception of his Uncle Zanino (who gets along with everyone) and his cousin Paulo (who returned with his fair of wealth for the family after the fall of Constantinople), Nicolo the younger is frequently at odds with everyone when they do not see things his way. Most notably, this involved many frequent loud and passionate arguments with his father, which have evolved into many frequent loud and passionate arguments with his son as his father has become older and his son more involved. Nicolo has two children from a difficult marriage to Giulia Zeno. Giulia was never seen as “good enough” by Nicolo’s mother Caterina, which led to Nicolo feeling contempt for his life, and blames her in part for their son and daughter not taking things seriously enough. Nicolo has had frequent issues with infidelity, most often brought to the attention of his Uncle Zanino when it has not been discreet enough. Although one more famous incident involved him getting caught rather loudly and publicly in one of the bedrooms with a cleaning maid in his employ. Nicolo rarely leaves Venice and generally dislikes travel. Since the death of his brother, he has lived a largely lonely and secluded life, despite being surrounded by family. He tends to prefer isolation, devoting all of his energy into making the business successful and ensuring that it generates enough wealth to allow the entire family to live in comfort if not luxury. Currently, Nicolo stands about 5’9" tall with brown eyes that narrow frequently into a squint whenever he talks about “serious business”. He is balding, while a shock of iron grey hair is still prominent alone in a widow’s peak. He is thin and wiry and in very condition for a man of his years. Nicolo suffers foolishness very poorly and his temper is rarely well hidden.
Giulia is the wife of Nicolo the younger, and mother of Paulo and Caterina DaMosto. Giulia is a younger daughter of the Zeno family, and still spends as much time as she can visiting them. Her marriage to Nicolo has proven beneficial to the Zeno family as trading contracts have been profitable for both families working together, but a strong conflict with her mother-in-law Caterina typically made her life and time within the DaMosto home unbearable. The fact that her husband insisted that their daughter be named for his mother only served to worsen her feelings upon the matter. Nicolo’s rampant infidelity is known to her, and was once shaming, but now it only causes her to feel constant disdain and disgust for her husband. For the sake of the family, and in particular her children, Giulia puts on a brave face, always dutifully appearing in public functions with her husband and never making mention of his indiscretions. Yet, she has developed a habit of subtly encouraging the rebellion of her children against their father. She has long given small approvals and rewards in private, when she could get away with it, when she saw them behaving in a manner she knew would infuriate their father. Giulia is now a stately matron with long greying hair, who rarely initiates conversation with anyone except for staff, her children or, of course, Zanino.
Carlo DaMosto (1177 – 1204)
Carlo was the younger son of Nicolo the elder and Caterina. Much like his brother, Carlo was a serious youth, but as a younger son felt he needed to prove himself. His decision to join the fourth crusade in search of glory and riches for his family was largely inspired by his admiration for his brother, knowing that he would never be as intelligent or gifted in matters of business, Carlo believed that he could still be just as dedicated and could contribute to the family wealth and the prestige of the DaMosto family. The fourth crusade was his path to doing so. However, Carlo was gravely injured during the battle for Constantinople and died before he could come hom to Venice. Carlo left behind a young wife, whom he barely knew, and ignorant of her being pregnant with his child.
Lucia Barbarigo (1183 – ?)
Lucia Barbarigo was the only child of Alfonso Barbarigo, and was widely known as a great beauty in her youth. Even today, she is still a remarkably attractive woman who draws attention wherever she does. After a short marriage to Carlo DaMosto, which effectively amounted to a week of getting to know him after their arranged wedding before he left to join the crusades, Lucia found herself pregnant and raising the child as best she might within the DaMosto household. Lucia has constantly rejected the suit of men who have attempted to court her, citing her duty to her son and the DaMosto family. Yet, the truth is that her long-time lover Lidia Cavalli, niece of Vittoria and Zanino, occupies all of her affections. Their affair is extremely discreet, kept secret from almost everyone, including Lidia’s husband. To the best of her knowledge, the only person who knows is Zanino, who appears to be happily content to
let them keep their secret without any judgement or disapproval from his end. As a result, Lucia has often confided many details of her life with Zanino, and she has almost no secrets from him. Her primary loyalty in the DaMosto family is to Zanino directly, and of course to whatever she feels will benefit her son. Now that her son is mostly grown, Lucia is not really seen as a full member of the DaMosto family, and she often uses this to her advantage to
pass along useful information to Zanino when she hears things that the DaMosto’s would not normally hear. Lucia has long lustrous hair and flawless skin that makes every other woman almost insanely jealous, especially since her features could have been used as inspiration for a classical artist to sculpt Venus.
Angelo Morosini (1170 – ?)
Angelo is the only son of Antonio Morosini and Paula DaMosto. Angelo grew up idolizing and worshipping his father, begging his father constantly to let him help out in the merchant trade. His father eventually indulged a young Angelo, allowing him to tag along when visiting well established contacts so that he could begin his experience in the mercantile world. However, Angelo was to only experience a small handful of such journeys, as in the middle of one talk, Antonio was struck with a fit of apoplexy and collapsed to the floor unconscious and soon dead as Angelo knelt beside him in tears begging for him to be okay. His uncle Mario ran much of the alum trade for the family business after the passing of Antonio, and despite his attempts to encourage Angelo to follow another path, Angelo’s internal promise to be “as good a merchant as father was” would not let him be disuaded, and he had forced himself into the Morosini family alum trade by the age of sixteen. Never feeling that he could entirely trust his uncle Mario, Angelo found himself increasingly aligned with his mother’s family as time passed. A marriage to a shy young woman by the name of Anna Foscarini produced a son of his own, whom he named in honour of his late father. Angela passed away from a strange fever that never seemed to go away for weeks, leaving Angelo alone with a son who was barely four years of age. Taking inspiration from his own father, as soon as Antonio was old enough, Angelo brought him everywhere and introduced him to everyone having finally separated his own business from his uncle Mario. Reasonably profitable business with his cousin Nicolo the younger kept Angelo and his son close with the DaMosto family, which was only further increased as his son Antonio became close friends with Paulo, the son of Nicolo the younger. In fact, in situations of joint concerns, Angelo would take a young Paulo along with Antonio on some of these ventures, with a little encouragement and the full blessings of his uncle Nicolo the elder. With his son grown, and a full partner in his alum trade, Angelo maintains a small home in Venice but is often venturing abroad in furtherance of his business. Although he has never re-married, Angelo enjoys the attentions of the fairer sex, and at times runs into trouble with the female staff who do the cleaning and cooking in his home. While never abusive, his abrupt shift in affections from one young pretty face to another has left a sour atmosphere at times.
Anna Foscarini (1174 – 1200)
Anna Foscarini was a shy young woman who was always small and fragile looking. Her marriage to Angelo Morosini was a pleasant one, as he was a hard-working young man who did his best to provide for her and their young son, not only in material wealth, but also giving her all of his attention and affection. Yet, after only a few short years, Anna caught a strange fever that would simply not go away. Some days would feel better, others worse, until severe aches
and pains within her body kept her in bed. The pains consistently got worse and she soon died in excrutiating pain.
Maria Morosini (1174 – ?)
Maria Morosini is the daughter of Antonio and Paula Morosini. Maria was just a young girl when her father passed away, and as he was often away on business, she has found in later life that she has almost no real memories of him. Her brother Angelo constantly tells her stories of their father, and she has ended up remembering him as a loving, protective spirit. In fact, at various times over her life, what she believes to be the spirit of her father has appeared in her dreams during times of stress, and she is convinced that these dreams are her father continuing to look out for her, guiding her to make decisions at important times in her life. At times, some of these decisions appear absurd and are even ridiculed somewhat by others around her, but they almost always seem to work out surprisingly well for her in the long run. At least, often enough that she is convinced that things would have gone worse had she decided otherwise and ignored the advice of her father-dreams. Maria married a dashing young man by the name of Ippolito Spira and their brief union produced a daughter whom she named for her dearly beloved mother, Paula. However, when her daughter was only two years old, Ippolito was found murdered with multiple stab-wounds in the alleys of Venice. The murder shook Maria to the core, and the vision of his mutilated body was forever etched into her mind. Maria is eccentric and quirky, often filled with strange or unpopular thoughts. However, this is usually overlooked as her sweet disposition endears her to almost everyone she comes into contact with. Maria’s life since Ippolito’s death has primarily focused around the raising and training of her daughter, although with her marriage arrangements soon to be finalized, Maria is extremely uncertain what she will do with herself. Secretly, she intends to move in with her daughter to help raise any grandchildren that might come along. A recent dream from her father suggests that taking a direct hand in raising her daughter’s children would be best for everyone involved.
Ippolito Spira (1172 – 1202)
Ippolito was a middle child of the Spira family, and was always considered a handsome and dashing young man. A marriage to Maria Morosini provided a few happy years and a young daughter he doted upon endlessly. His wife was more than a little eccentric, but her sweet nature encouraged Ippolito to indulge her whenever possible. However, all came to an end late one night, when after an evening of visiting with old friends and making his way
home, Ippolito was confronted by enemies of his family. In an exchange to spare his own life and that of his wife and daughter, Ippolito gave up Spira family secrets at the request of his enemies. It came as a great shock to him when the first knife stabbed into his neck, stifling his attempted screams. He died in dread of what vengance his family enemies would exact upon the wife and daughter he loved. Unbeknownst to him, his enemies agreed to never act against Maria or Paula, but have continued their feud with the Spira family ever since.
Valerio Molin (1171 – 1204)
Valerio was the only child of Luca and Maria Molin. Valerio grew up in loving household, filled with laughter. For reasons he could never understand, Valerio always noticed the sneering glares and sinister whispers that surrounded his parents. His best guess was only that perhaps other people were jealous of the true affection his parents had for each other. As Valerio grew older, his parents arranged for a marriage between himself and a young woman by the name of Isabella Da Padov. Isabella was an attractive young woman who had caught the eye of many men, including Valerio. Despite suggestions at an earlier age that they would wait and see what Valerio thought best, by the age of thirty, Valerio’s parents decided that enough time had passed and the marriage was arranged. The marriage was a difficult one for the family, as Isabella was soon found to be a shallow, self-absorbed woman who had little time for anyone else, including her own son. Valerio himself was very happy and proud to be a father, but the constant reminder of his parents constant love and bliss contrasted rather strongly against his own marital situation. Discreet infidelity ensued, only making the comparison of himself against his parents that much worse. The stress Valerio put upon himself eventually influenced a rash decision that he pushed upon two of his cousins to join the crusades. Joining the Venetian forces in Constantinople, Valerio saw his cousin Carlo struck by several arrows during the fall of the city. Ignoring all common sense, motivated by the guilt of having pushed his cousins into joining, he ran out from cover and into the open where his cousin lay. Just before he reached his prone cousin, an arrow struck him directly through his left eye, killing him instantly.
Isabella Da Padova (1180 – ?)
Isabella Da Padova is a vain woman who knows she draws the eyes of men, and is firmly convinced that she is more attractive than any other woman. Isabella is not happy when men give attention to women other than herself, even if she has no interest or attraction to those men. A marriage to an older, generally undesirable and boring man named Valerio produced a son she did not really want. Finding children to be loud and messy, not to mention the damage they did to a woman’s body, Isabella had hopes that her feelings would change when it was her own child. Her feelings did not change, and she did not find her son remotely interesting until he became old enough to help her do things. However, even now, he son does not treat her – his mother! – with the same sort of respect and devotion other children give their mothers. This has only confirmed the belief in her mind that children are a waste of time. Fortunately, much of the mess of raising the child was handled by the DaMosto family, leaving her free to pursue her own interests much of the time.
Paulo DaMosto (1186 – ?)
Paulo is the popular eldest son of Zanino and Vittoria DaMosto. Paulo is almost a clone of his father in both looks and personality, endearing him to almost everyone he meets. He was a favourite of his grandfather Paulo, who often called him Paulito, a name which has often stuck with him amongst family members. As a young man, almost sixteen years of age, Paulo enthusiastically joined the fourth crusade at the urging of his cousin Valerio Molin. However, reality crashed upon Paulo quickly as he first saw his cousin Carlo seriously wounded during the fall of Constantinople and moments later watched his cousin Valerio thrown backward, an arrow quivering upright in the middle of his face. Frozen and unable to do anything more than cry while defecating and urinating in his clothing for the next hours, it eventually fell upon Paulo’s shoulders to arrange for the bodies of his cousins to be taken back to Venice. Both of his cousins had already secreted a significant amount of plunder in the city before falling in battle, and Paulo was able to further
transport that plunder back home, helping to make the DaMosto family far wealthier than they were previously. Ever since the crusades, Paulo has lost some of his good spirits, at times falling into dark, black moods which might last for a few hours or a few days. Still, the better side of his nature usually
prevails, and he has since followed his father into the family business. A marriage to Maria Petri produced two children, a daughter named after his wife and a son named for his beloved father. Paulo spends much of his time as a family man, either working hard to provide for them, or at home being an active father. However, when black moods take him, others have developed a habit of looking the other way when he drinks himself into insensibility and occasionally finding himself in the arms of a prostitute. Paulo is a reasonably handsome man and is generally well liked and respected. He has kept a
close relationship with each of his siblings, as well as his parents. But often keeps the rest of the DaMosto family at something of a distance.
Maria Petri (1188 -?)
Maria Petri is the eldest child of her generation of the Petri family. A serious-minded, but otherwise cheery girl, she has kept this nature into womanhood. Her marriage to Paulo DaMosto was blessed with two children, but to her dismay, only two. Maria enjoys the role of being a mother, and most of her time is spent taking care of the children and raising them properly. The only blemish in Maria’s world are the black moods that frequently descend upon her
husband. She feels that nobody, not even Paulo himself, understands just how serious and dark these moods truly are. Despite the fact that Paulo left the crusades behind many years ago, Maria has had to bear witness to the raw terror and crying that Paulo deals with in the middle of the night, at least two or three times each week. Early attempts to speak about these terrors revealed to Maria that Paulo never remembered them, he would only eventually
wake sweaty and exhausted with no understanding of what she was talking about. With time, Maria has discovered that it was better to let her husband feel that the nightmares are over, or that they only happen on the rare occasion when he wakes up to find his head resting on her breast as she strokes his head making soothing noises. Usually she is able to move away and pretend she is asleep before he wakes from the nightmares, but not always. The belief that he has mostly left them behind greatly reduced the frequency of his black moods, but the reality is that the nightmares have never slowed or altered in frequency. Maria has told noone about this, not even Zanino, and will not. While it hurts when she knows her husband is away drinking and whoring during these moods, she believes that it is not out of any dissatisfaction with her. When he returns from his moods, he is always apologetic and very attentive to her even need and comfort. She pretends that she does not know the details of what he does, always stating that she understood that sometimes a man just needs some time alone to himself without the distractions, problems and burdens of the home. Especially a man who works as hard as he does. She loves her husband dearly, moreso because she knows just how hurt and damaged he is inside, and how hard he works to ignore that on a daily basis to be a good husband and father, providing his family not only with money but also his attention and affection. Maria is constantly selfless, and is seen almost universally as a saint by other members of the DaMosto family. Any small request she makes, and she rarely does, is immediately accepted and enthusiastically completed by any member of the family. For most of the family, even if they don’t suspect she knows half of what she does
know, they take clear notice at how loyal she is to her husband and the DaMosto family, never ever uttering any public word of complaint or criticism, even when Paulo’s black moods are at their worst, instead only focusing on pushing it into the past, covering over it and moving forward with a positive outlook. Her efforts have greatly minimized the damage that Paulo’s actions might otherwise have had on the family.
Rosa DaMosto (1188 – 1211)
Rosa DaMosto was the only daughter of Zanino and Vittoria to survive infancy. A cheery, if plain looking girl, Rosa turned into a cheerier and even more plain looking woman. Her marriage to the rather short Donato Michiel, a distant relative of Catarina Michiel, Rosa’s aunt by marriage, was short but fertile. Rosa found herself constantly happy and almost always pregnant, her first child arriving less than a year after her wedding. However, tragedy struck the couple when Rosa had complications giving birth to the couple’s third child Salvador, and while the baby was able to be saved, it was cut forth from Rosa after she had died from intense internal bleeding.
Donato Michiel (1185 – ?)
Donato Michiel was the youngest son of his family, and often ridiculed as a youth as a result of his short, squat stature. Typically, Donato has issues with self-confidence which has often turned into a reputation for being overly cautious as an adult. His marriage to Rosa DaMosto helped him to improve this a little, as the blessings of a quickly growing family was a source of pride, and Rosa’s sunny disposition made for a comfortable home life. Yet, disaster struck when Rosa died giving birth to his third child, whom he named Salvador for symbolic reasons. Since Rosa’s passing, Donato has retained his cautious nature, rarely taking risks but working tirelessly to provide for his children. Due to his comfort around Rosa’s grandfather, whom he also calls Uncle Zanino, Donato has found himself frequently visiting the DaMosta family, his children frequently spending time with their DaMosto cousins from Rosa’s elder brother. As all five children are close in age, they are more often found with each other than apart. Donato has turned himself into a successful Christian banker, having even developed accounts which have been used during the fifth crusade, but primarily focusing on underwriting maritime
Niccolo DaMosto (1190 – ?)
Niccolo is the second son of Zanino, and is perhaps the quietest and most introverted member of the DaMosto blood. Niccolo was often a little shy as a child, often holding himself back while his older brother frequently hung around with older cousins. Niccolo privately envied his brother and thought the world of his vibrant and outgoing cousins. When his brother and cousins went off to join in the fourth crusade, Niccolo desperately wished he was old enough and brave enough to finally join them for once. When his brother came home suffering from dark moods and his cousins dead in the war, Niccolo was crushed. He withdrew into a shell, and eventually began to spend more time with his eldest cousin, Nicolo the younger, learning bookkeeping and helping to handle accounts. Nicolo finds him adequate in the work, but often looks over his shoulder and checks his work when he is not around. Niccolo is aware of this, but as his work is rarely found lacking, he tends to ignore it, preferring to keep to himself instead of creating a conflict with confrontation.
Niccolo was recently married to Maria Molin, the granddaughter of Luca Molin’s oldest brother. So far, it appears that marriage is not an ideal scenario for Niccolo. His wife expects him to be more open and forthcoming with her on a regular basis, and to pay more attention to her in the bedroom. Unfortunately for Niccolo, he rarely finds enough attraction for his wife, or any woman for that matter, unless he is drunk. Regardless, Niccolo now has a young daughter whom he has found incredible and unexpected affection for. Never expecting to find any enjoyment in fatherhood, Niccolo still has little time for other children, but his own daughter is different and he finds even the smallest experiences with her joyful. To avoid confusion with his cousin and uncle, Niccolo is often called ‘Nico’ by his family. He is taller than both of his brothers, but also extremely slender, his long face almost looking pinched.
Unless it is a matter of business or it deals with his daughter, Niccolo is unlikely to be involved in a lengthy conversation with anyone except his father.
Maria Molin (1197 – ?)
Maria Molin is the granddaughter of Benedetto Molin, the oldest brother of Luca Molin. Maria was always strong-willed as a child, to the dismay of her parents. As an adult, after marrying into the DaMosto family, Maria found herself matched with the only DaMosto who appears to have no interest in taking a stand or making a decision. As Niccolo’s wife, she finds little to appreciate in him, save that he provides well and is not abusive. However, she has long since found her amusements elsewhere since Niccolo rarely seems to find interest in the bedchamber. Indeed, Maria is uncertain if her daughter’s father is Niccolo or instead that of the older, attractive and far more attentive Angelo Morosini. Maria’s brief fling with Angelo was nearly discovered by chance, and both have gone their separate ways since. Maria knows that discretion is of the upmost importance, but she often finds herself admiring attractive older gentlemen and finding excuses to spend time near them. However, the attention her young daughter requires has dampened her efforts somewhat for the time being.
Vito (1195 – ?)
To be edited
Paulo (1195 – ?)
To be added
Caterina DaMosto (1197 – ?)
Caterina is the only daughter of Nicolo the younger, and bears no resemblance to her namesake. Caterina is the Paulo’s little sister, and the two are extemely close friends as siblings. Caterina is something of a stubborn free spirit, who has a fiery temper that is quick to arrive and quick to depart without any lingering ill-will. As a child, Caterina built a reputation as being headstrong and refusing to settle into the typical model of a girl-child, much to her father’s frustration. Her persistence in doing almost everything her older brother Paulo did as a child was one of the reasons for their close relationship. Caterina’s personal relationships also include being extremely close with both her mother and Uncle Zanino, but she has fought so often with her father, that she will not speak with him unless the situation absolutely demands it. Caterina has been betrothed to a younger son of the Spira family, must to her distaste as she is aware of a running feud that has been rumoured to have an undercurrent of violence. Her cousin Paula is a Spira, and the tales told have made her rather upset with the betrothal, but her father will not relent. Caterina often jumps from new interest to new interest with incredible passion, and is quick to make friends with almost anyone she meets. However, she is also extremely outspoken, and has every interest in voicing her opinions on everything. This often sparks her legendary hot temper, but as her family have come to know, it is not a bitter temper, but instead often one
of passionate defense of her beliefs. Her temper will often drift away in an instant, and she will be generous with her hugs and kisses to family members and close friends, with the lone exception of her father. The only adults she seems to never argue with are her brother, mother and her Uncle Zanino. Caterina also has a great love for the children of the family, and enjoys spending large amounts of time playing games with them and entertaining them. She never ever loses her temper with children, no matter how naughty they are being. Instead, she seems to have endless patience with children, and they universally love her as their favourite cousin in return. The thought of having children of her own is the only positive she sees in her upcoming marriage.
Nicolo DaMosto (1204 – ?)
Nicolo is the son of Carlo and grandson of Nicolo the elder. Nicolo never knew his father, having been born after Carlo died in the fourth crusade. Nicolo is an extremely handsome youth, taking after his mother who is well-known in the community for her beauty. Growing up without a father, and with a mother who had difficulty giving him the attention he needed, Nicolo found himself with a lot of spare time, no responsibilities and surrounded by a lot of money. By the time Nicolo was ten, he was known for constantly getting in trouble around the neigbourhood, by the time he was sixteen, Nicolo embarked on a quest to become a great seducer of every pretty girl his age. Nicolo generally tends to ignore anything resembling rules and restrictions, and the only person who can consistently get him to listen is Uncle Zanino. He holds some affection towards his cousin Paulo, who often acted like a big brother to him growing up and might sometimes listen if Paulo sits down with him for a serious talk. More often than not, it is his uncle Nicolo the younger who attempts to instruct him, but the two are so different in their views and personality that any such talks immediately result in a spike of rebellion. Nicolo often spends the bulk of his time with another cousin who was a fosterling in the DaMosto household, Luca Molin. Luca has well established himself as a libertine, and Nicolo has developed himself into a perfect compliment. The two are almost inseparable, and are a strong magnet for troublewhen teamed up. Nicolo has brash, almost abrasive attitude with almost any adult he meets.
Antonio Morosini (1197 – ?)
Antonio Morosini is the only child of Angelo and Anna Morosini. With his mother passing away when he was a young child, Antonio has developed a close, healthy relationship with his father that is the rock of his life. Antonio wants nothing more than to be just like his father, and has worked hard to be successful as a partner in his father’s alum trading company. Antonio is a pleasant young man, who always remembers his manners and believes firmly in politeness. Everyone who meets him gets an impression of honesty and integrity, and he is rarely in conflict with anyone. However, his cousins Nicolo DaMosto and Luca Molin who are only slightly younger, but have built a reputation as trouble makers, are individuals he attempts to distance his relationship with at every opportunity. Antonio is firmly focused on the mercantile business, but with no other immediate family left, his father has been encouraging him to consider marrying sooner rather than later. Antonio is actually far wealthier than anyone else but his father is aware of, but he never puts on airs and often presents a politely humble attitude.
Paula Spira (1200 – ?)
Paula is the only child of Ippolito and Maria Spira. Having grown up without memories of her father as he was murdered by thieves when she was just a toddler, Paula was raised entirely by her mother, often away from the rest of her Spira family who seemed to be constantly involved in one conflict or another with other families in Venice. Paula’s closest, and perhaps only, friend is her cousin Caterina DaMosto who has been betrothed to one of her Spira cousins. Paula does not feel comfortable in general around her Spira cousins, but a closer tie with Caterina holds a strong appeal for her. Paula is aware that her mother is considered more than a little eccentric, and perhaps slightly crazy, but aside from Caterina, her mother is the only person she feels she can speak with or confide in. Paula’s mother is apparently arranging a marriage with the son of another family in Venice, but Paula is not yet aware of the name of the man or even which family it is. Paula is something of an introvert, but more from environment and upbringing than by her true nature. When someone gives her some genuine attention, Paula has a tendency to open up a little in anticipation of another friendship. Unfortunately, this sometimes comes across as desperate or needy for attention, and most people prefer to keep her at arms length as an aquaintance rather than a friend.
Luca Molin (1202 – ?)
Luca is the only son of Valerio and Isabella Molin. When Luca was a young child, his father went off to the fourth crusade, where he died a hero in the battle of Constantinople. His mother Isabella had no interest in parenthood and left him abandoned in the care of his grandmother who helped to raise him in the DaMosto family compound. Luca saw that the DaMosto family did not give his father’s memory the proper respect as a war hero, instead deeming to blame him for the loss of a cousin Carlo. Unfortunately, Carlo happened to be the brother of Nicolo the younger, who happens to be the one running everything in the DaMosto household and as a result, Luca constantly got the short end of the stick his entire childhood. So far as Luca is concerned, the DaMosto family is largely filled with pompous fools, with the exception of Uncle Zanino and the two Paulos. Paulo son of Zanino was in Constantinople with Luca’s father when he died heroically in battle, and has always insisted that Luca get his fair share of the family fortune. While Paulo son of Nicolo the younger was really the only one, aside from Uncle Zanino of course, who tried to treat him like a full member of the family, without tarnishing the memory of his father or bringing up his bitch that calls herself his mother. The passing of his father’s parents were the saddest and most troubling years of his life, as he knows that they were the only people who truly, honestly loved him. Luca’s closest friend is Nicolo the son of Carlo. While he is a DaMosto by name, it is obvious to Luca that Nicolo must take after his mother’s family or something, because he is a stand-up friend who is never afraid to assert himself and be proud of who he is, just like Luca himself! Of course, everyone knows that their father’s died beside each other in the crusade, as they were not only brave soldiers but the closest of friends, with Luca’s own father risking and losing his own life for the sake of that friendship. That kind of trust and love is generally not to be found in the DaMosto clan, and apparently it seems to generally be lacking in the world unless you are “somebody”. Since Luca knows that without his father or a title, he will forever be a nobody, he sees nothing wrong in spending
his father’s hard-earned share of the DaMosto fortune, which was really all based on the plunder from Constantinople anyways, and as everyone was always so quick to blame, it was Luca’s own father who made the decision to go. So, in a certain way, the whole DaMosto fortune really
should have been Luca’s, but with Nicolo the younger around, there is not a chance he would ever really get his fair share. Luca generally has time for anyone seeking a good time, but amongst the adults of the DaMosto family, the only one who has even the slightest hope of getting him to come around in a conflict is Uncle Zanino. Luca also prefers to trade in a lot on his good looks, chasing young women endlessly. He tends to avoid anything resembling work or responsibility, although sometimes Uncle Zanino can convince him to help out a little.
Maria DaMosto (1210 – ?)
Maria is the oldest child of Paulo and Maria DaMosto. She is a sweet young girl who always seems to be smiling. Maria likes to play silly jokes on people and has a very strong passion for music. In particular, she happens to have a very nice singing voice for a child. Maria can almost always be found playing with her brother and her cousins, and is often called Mimi to distinguish her from her cousin Maria.
Zanino DaMosto (1212 – ?)
Zanino is the youngest child of Paulo and Maria DaMosto, and is the youngest of the group of five cousins. He is named for his widely loved grandfather, but is often called by his nickname “pluvini” or even “pluvi” (which means little rain) for short. Zanino is often prone to crying, especially when he is the butt of jokes or cannot keep up with the others, and often sinks into sulky moods that nobody except his mother can fix. Zanino’s favourite activity is swimming, and he loves riding the canals in a gondola. Zanino can almost always be found playing with his sister and his cousins.
Claudia Michiel (1208 – ?)
Claudia Michiel is the oldest of the group of five cousins and their undisputed leader. She is a creative little girl who designs games for them to play and keeps them organized. Claudia is a little awkward, having the ugly duckling syndrome, but this does not seem to bother her at allas long as she is with her siblings and cousins. Claudia has a vivid imagination, and sometimes has a problem with exaggeration and even lying. Claudia can almost always be found playing with her siblings and cousins.
Maria Michiel (1209 – ?)
Maria Michiel is the second oldest of the group of five cousins, and tends to follow the lead of her sister Claudia without hesitation or question. In the absence of her mother, Maria has latched on to Claudia, and rarely expresses an opinion different from her sister, and often covers up or agrees with the exaggerations and lies her sister often tells. Maria also devotes a lot of time into practicing feminine skills with other mothers in the DaMosto household, and has earned a lot of affection by many of the adults as a result. Maria can almost always be found playing with her siblings and cousins.
Salvador Michiel (1211 – ?)
Salvador Michiel is the only son of Donato and Rosa Michiel, and he never knew his mother as she died as he was being born. While Salvador has, at times, wondered why God would have caused him to kill his mother, his father Donato has always reminded him that he is a blessing and a saviour whenever these questions come to light. Salvador is a rough and tumble little boy who frequently loses control when he gets excited. Salvador also has a lot of interest in building things, and if left alone, often finds stones that he attempts to build tall or unique looking towers with. Salvador can almost always be found playing with his sisters and his cousins.
Anna DaMosto (1219 – ?)
Anna is the newest and youngest member of the DaMosto family. She is a precocious little girl with a serious face that always attempts to help anyone do anything. Of course, since she is too young to really know what anyone is doing, it simply comes off as cute and adorable. Anna is always found with either her mother, her father or her grandmother Vittoria.