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.
Like many families in the city the Da Mosto’s have some marriage connections to the scurrilous Spira family, though where they sit is anyones guess.
The Simonezza family are contemporaries and some-times economic rivals, though talks about marriage and financial alliance emerge from time to time.
The Contarini family is a relatively new adversary. Bertucci Contarini was a Captain in the Constantinople 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.