Shadow of a Horned God
Lucius Varro is the First Son of the Living God. Whether he really didn’t Embrace anyone before Varro, is a matter for speculation, but since no other has made any claims on this position, it is held as a fact.
The mortal named Lucius Varro wasn’t from a noble Roman family, as most are set to think. In fact his family was rather poor, one amongst the masses of plebs upholding the foundations for the Republic. In his youth and early adulthood, Varro chose the life of a legionnaire in the First Punic War. He made himself known as a competent warrior, but more importantly, a brilliant leader as he quickly rose through the ranks of the Legion. After the war had ended in Roman favor, Varro pursued the position of People’s Tribune, ousting several noble candidates with a mix of guile, threats and bribery with the money he’d acquired from his share of the loot in the legion. Varro quickly became known as a feared politician.
As the Second Punic War broke out, Varro was already a wealthy man and almost counted himself among the noble families of Rome. Some of his political adversaries remembered his career during the first war, and suggested that Varro should lead some of the legions (as an excuse for getting him from Rome, hoping that he wouldn’t return). Their hopes turned out to be right.
Somewhere in Epirus, during the First Macedonian War (a sub-conflict with Phillip V of Macedonia, who had entered an alliance with Hannibal of Carthage), Varros mortal life ended, as he was brought into Clan Ventrue by Mithras. He traveled with his sire for three centuries, tutored into the Via Regalis, until they arrived in Britannia.
Mithras never favored his child among other allies, but did indeed notice his superior sense of politics. Lucius Varro was a protège, caught in the shadow of a legend. He was patient, knowing that Mithras sooner or later would succumb to the Sleep of Ages. Time went by until the opportunity presented itself to Varro. Internal turmoil within the Empire had opened a path that no ambitious Scion could resist. He let his mortal pawn, the general Constantine (self proclaimed Emperor Constantine III), lead his Legions out of Britannia. He encountered his own childe, Mithras’ Seneschal, Servilius the Elder, who had anticipated this move. Before he could warn the Prince of Londinium, he was staked by Varro and left in Mithras personal Mithraeum in Londinium.
As Mithras childe, Varro had often played the part of emissary between other powerful monarchs, especially with Rome, who Mithras still wanted to have contact with. Now, Varro returned to Rome, where he found his old ally, Titus Venturus Camillus (or simply, Camilla), the former Prince of Rome, had succumbed deeply into the deviant ways “preached” by the Carthaginian Brujah Tanithbaal-Sahar. As the Goths threatened outside the Walls of Rome, Varro decided to return to Londinium, without the backup he so badly needed. As Constantine’s legions had been annihilated in the turmoil, Varro only had his personal guard, recruited Gothic mercenaries, to support his claims against his sire. He was well aware of that it was practically suicide, but he was prepared to meet the Final Death for his ambitions.
Three years after he left, Lucius Varro returned to Londinium. Determined to seize the throne from Mithras, or die trying, he entered the city. He was stunned by surprise as he found the throne empty, and the city in turmoil. He quickly regain his senses and ascended the Throne of Londinium, forcing any opposition to kneel or be slain. Several cainites fled the city, refusing to acknowledge Varros claims, backed by the Right of Elders.
Lucius Varro never managed to enforce the total control of Britannia that his sire had wielded. Before he could manage the situation, war broke out. Lupines, held back for centuries since Mithras campaign, returned to wreac havoc and assaulted cainites in the their cities and havens. The mortal world was equally in havoc as a power struggle tore the population in half. This was when Varro made his single largest accomplishment. He put his diplomatic skills in use and managed a great alliance of cainites, to unify against the Lupine threat. If this was solely for Varro’s credit is very much up for debate, but the fact remains that the cainites, uniting in the shadows behind Vortigern, led from the capital of Londinium, slaughtered their werewolf adversaries once again, pushing them further back than ever before. Much to Varro’s dismay, the great alliance quickly shattered after the war had been won.
As barbarians began invading in even greater numbers, he admitted his failure and sought the best solution. This was when he encountered the Artisan Queen, Rowena. She offered him help in the form of “barbarian” mercenaries, the Jute brothers Hengist and Horsa. For a while it seemed that everything was going as planned. Varro even interfered in politics throughout Britannia, as an example in the city of Deva. His “brother”, Marcus Verus, had made an ill-planned attempt on seizing the throne in the city from its prince, Valerius Marcon. Varro, with the help of Rowena and her allies, interfered with the help of Verus’ own child, Titus, helping Marcon against Verus and his allies. This event solidified the Triat Axis of Marcon, Varro and Rowena.
The axis wouldn’t last for long. Some ten years later, negotiations between Vortigern and Horsa broke down, when the Jutes slaughtered the Briton elders during a meeting. War broke out again, and Rowena showed her treason by allying with her mortal kin. Varro, this time with the help of Marcon, brought the war to the east. When cornered in the city of Dubris, Rowena surrendered and Varro had once again defeated his opponent.
His successful “career” would end sooner than expected. In AD 485, the Saxon warlord Aelle invaded the south, bringing with him mortal magicians of great power. Even though brilliant leadership and well-planned logistics would assume otherwise, the Saxons won victory after victory against the Britons, until AD 491, they were cornered in the fort of Anderida. This was when Marcon chose to end their alliance, ordering his own warlord, the Salubri Warrior Octavius, to withdraw his forces. Anderida fell, and with it the last remnants of the Roman British Empire. Lucius Varro chose to stay in Londinium even as his vassals evacuated the burning city, with the fatalistic determination of a Scion accepting the hand of fate. Whether he met Final Death, fled the city at the last moment, or still rests in torpor beneath the city, the future will surely tell.