Flavius Belisarius, also known as Belisar, was one of the most famous generals of the Byzantine Empire under the emperor Justinian I. He was a rival of Narses and later embraced by the Ventrue Antonius. The bitterness between him and the eunuch was one of the factors that eventually resulted in the Bitter Crusade.
His military genius helped the Byzantine Empire long after his "death", but he could not stop the destruction of Constantinople. After the city's fall, he wanders far to the East and disappears - though rumor has it that he joined the Inconnu.
Originally a bodyguard for Justinian I, Belisarius quickly became one of the more successful commanders, prevailing in battles against the Sassanides and eventually retaking North Africa and great parts of Italy. He was partnered with the eunuch Narses, as Justinian did not trust him.
Antonius recognized his strategic skills, and one year after Emperor Justinian's death, he Embraced Belisar into the Ventrue clan, who retired from command in 559. Despite Belisarius' loyalty to his sire, the petty struggles with the Draconian Tzimisce were not to his liking. He requested a transfer to North Africa, where he stayed even when the Arabs conquered the territory. Free from any obligation to his sire, Belisarius wandered the Mediterranean, accompanied by his consort and lover Shabah of the Assamites.
He returned to Constantinople after the defeat at the Battle of Manzikert, demanding the destruction of the prefects whom he held responsible. He played in mortal politics when he supported the ascendance of Alexius Comnenus and his successor John II, but was later overshadowed by the machinations of his clanmate Nicepherus.
|Sire: Antonius the Gaul|
|Apparent Age: Mid 60s|
|Physical: Strength 5, Dexterity 5, Stamina 6|
|Social: Charisma 3, Manipulation 3, Appearance 3|
|Mental: Perception 4, Intelligence 3, Wits 5|
|Talents: Alertness 4, Brawl 5, Dodge 4, Intimidation 4, Leadership 5, Subterfuge 1|
|Skills: Animal Ken 2, Archery 4, Crafts (Weapons) 4, Melee 6, Ride 5, Stealth 3, Survival 4|
|Knowledges: Academics 1, Hearth Wisdom 3, Investigation 2, Linguistics 4, Politics 3, Seneschal 4|
|Disciplines: Auspex 3, Celerity 4, Dominate 4, Fortitude 7, Potence 7, Presence 3|
|Backgrounds: Allies 3, Contacts 4, Retainers 3, Status 3|
|Virtues: Conscience 4, Self-Control 4, Courage 5|
|Morality: Path of Chivalry 7|
- For the real byzantine general, see Belisarius.