Post by lucrezia conti on Dec 17, 2021 22:27:36 GMT -7
Lucrezia appears to be a twenty-four-year-old, with pale skin and long, dark brown hair. Though she was always rail thin, her appearance as a vampire is more gaunt than it had been before she was turned, and her skin used to be slightly freckled. Because of her vampirism, she has red eyes, whereas her eyes were previously green, and she has the characteristic vampire fangs.
Her style varies depending on the context, and she has had to keep up with the latest Muggle trends to be able to pass herself off as non-magical when absolutely necessary. When in the magical world (the majority of the time), she dresses fashionably but more conservatively, typically in all black. She has pierced ears, and she typically wears understated gold jewelry.
age & birthday
79 (turned at age 24 in 1971)
2 October 1947
gender & pronouns
Muggle (originally), now a vampire
Having begun her life as a Muggle before being turned into a vampire, the complications of Lucrezia's life have become reflected in her personality. She has seen a great deal of the world, and having once been a political science student, she is far from oblivious about how politics—whether magical or non-magical—work. At the same time, looking twenty-four for decades has turned Lucrezia into an excellent actress when necessary, picking up vocabulary and mannerisms to make herself seem like an alternative twenty-something regardless of the time period. (It helps that she was, in fact, an alternative twenty-something in the late 1960s and early 1970s.)
When going about her life in the magical world (and typically only those locations that she can access without needing to perform the same magic as witches and wizards, which she does not possess), Lucrezia is typically no-nonsense. She's had over half a century to know what works for her and what doesn't, and she doesn't appreciate being told what to do by people who are capable of understanding that she is, in fact, a seventy-nine-year-old grandmother looking like a much younger woman. Unlike the stereotypical grandmother, though, she remains awake at night, typically with blood in a red wine glass.
Occasionally, Lucrezia does miss the life that she had before she knew that the magical world existed beyond children's stories and folktales, but she has come to accept it. It makes it better that she has her daughter and granddaughter for companionship—and that witches and wizards have longer lifespans than their Muggle counterparts. Her biggest fear is what her life will be like once she outlives them both, but she hopes that she has about a century before she needs to think about that.
ORIGIN & RELATIONS
Fabriano, Ancona, Italy
Luisa Cattaneo, 1921 – 2002, former homemaker, Muggle
Alessandro Conti, 1918 – 1996, former historian, Muggle
Stefano Conti, 77, former schoolteacher, Muggle, estranged from
Giovanni Conti, 75, former businessman, Muggle, estranged from
Jochen Neumann, 82, drifter, half-blood wizard turned vampire, estranged from
Vittorio Moretti, 85, former Auror, half-blood wizard, estranged from
Carolina Conti, 48, open occupation, half-vampire witch
Lucia Conti, 14, Beauxbatons student, quarter-vampire witch
TW/CW: Pregnancy loss; blood
Born following the end of World War II in the Italian province of Ancona, Lucrezia's life began in a world of possibilities. Her father was a historian, while her mother was the homemaker, raising Lucrezia as their firstborn. Later, brothers Stefano and Giovanni—born in 1949 and 1951, respectively—would join her. Her childhood, in truth, was relatively unremarkable. Though her family was of modest means, the economic boom in the post-war period allowed the Contis to live more comfortably than they might have otherwise. An excellent student throughout her school years, Lucrezia studied diligently and was accepted into one of the best universities in the country, the University of Bologna.
At the same time as Lucrezia was preparing to study political science in Bologna, the political climate that was changing around her and her fellow students. Student protests began in their own country at the University of Trento in 1966 and—as they had done elsewhere in the world—started to spread throughout Italy. Lucrezia began her university studies with an awareness that she was witnessing something in real time that would come to shape history, and she knew better than to take that for granted. Although she enjoyed the theories that she was discussing within academia, she knew that she could not allow that to be her only means by which to understand politics. She gravitated towards the examples provided by other countries' experiences, including the counterculture that was developing in the United States, and began to get more politically active herself.
By the spring of 1968 and the height of the student demonstrations of the Sessantotto movement, Lucrezia had become disillusioned with her studies and academia in general and dropped out of the university entirely without earning a qualification. She returned home briefly to work and ended up traveling to Milan that summer, at which point she met a group of travelers around her age. They weren't only Italians, but they were planning to see the world. They were going to go from Milan to Istanbul—and then from Turkey into Iran, Afghanistan, and beyond.
With what little money she had of her own, Lucrezia decided that she would join them and began to get things in order. She told her family that she was going to Turkey but didn't elaborate that her real aim was to go far beyond Istanbul. If it didn't work out, she thought, she would simply find her way back to Italy and get another job somewhere. She wouldn't know unless she tried, she rationalized, and so off to Turkey she went with her new friends.
Immediately, Lucrezia was caught up in the excitement of it all. Young and free of any real responsibilities, however, she was forced to return to Italy early when it became clear that she would run out of funds before reaching Iran. Once again, she returned to Fabriano, where she found herself working as a secretary and saving up her money to make the trip that she had had to forfeit.
After another two years, it was becoming clearer to Lucrezia that remaining in Italy wasn't an option. The unrest there was growing exponentially, and her desire to finish what she had started motivated her to go back to Turkey. She was satisfied that she had enough saved up to travel the entire route (spending minimally, granted), and so she began her journey again in Istanbul in the spring of 1971.
Istanbul wasn't her primary attraction, and she gradually made her way along roughly the same route as the one that the group with whom she had been traveling years before. Discovering that there was a ferry service across Lake Van to Iran by rail, Lucrezia opted to go that way. It was once she reached Tehran that she met another Italian, a young man named Pierantonio. Pierantonio, as it turned out, had some acquaintances in common with her from back in Italy, and the two of them agreed to travel together until they reached Herat, where Pierantonio was planning to go to Kandahar rather than Kabul.
They both ended up traveling through Kandahar instead, at Pierantonio's insistence because of the supposed quality of the hashish. There, he ended up falling for a blonde American girl, and it was at that point that Lucrezia left for Kabul, the next location on her route in order to travel on through Pakistan. She then made it to Peshawar, traveling relatively solo through both there and Lahore.
Eventually, she made it to Delhi, the main location at which most travelers' routes diverged. While some of those on the trail that she had taken were poised to go south to the beaches or ashrams of Goa or even as far east as Dhaka or Bangkok, Lucrezia opted to travel from there to Kathmandu in Nepal, a common endpoint for journeys such as hers. Wanting to make sure that she made the most of the experience, she took a detour down to Agra and Jaipur and then circled back up to Delhi. It was then that she moved on to Kathmandu.
Reaching Nepal, Lucrezia was filled with a sense of accomplishment at first. She had waited years to reach that moment, yet she she quickly grew to realize that she didn't know what it was she had been searching for in the first place. Everywhere that she had visited was so different from Italy, and she had met dozens of people from all different walks of life and from countries in which she hadn't even set foot. She had discussed politics and philosophy and religion with people whose names she didn't even know, united in their ability to speak some English and a desire for… something. Was that enough to feel enlightened, though? Lucrezia wasn't as sure as she had been the first time that she had traveled to Istanbul.
Lucrezia remained in Nepal for longer than planned, having met a man from West Germany who struck her as incredibly charming. They slept together within hours of meeting, and—fearing that Lucrezia might be pregnant—the young man divulged to her his actual identity. His name was Jochen, and he explained to Lucrezia that he was a wizard who had been forcibly turned into a vampire decades before and that he had traveled all that way in search of a means by which he could be cured of his vampirism. Naturally, Lucrezia assumed that Jochen was either a prankster or abusing some sort of substance. He wasn't, though, and he urged Lucrezia to stay with him for long enough to determine if she had become pregnant by him.
Although terrified, Lucrezia chose to stay and found that she had, in fact, gotten pregnant. She begged Jochen to tell her what that would mean for her and their child, given that there was no one else to whom she knew to turn for answers. Jochen explained to her that their child would take after him and that they would be a half-vampire. Lucrezia, understanding that there would be consequences for her if she were to give birth to a half-vampire child—or even claim that she was carrying one—in any normal hospital in the world, pleaded with Jochen to do something so that she could return to Italy.
Jochen was hesitant. He didn't want Lucrezia or their child to suffer as he had, nor did he want to scar either of them for life because of his being magical, first of all, and a vampire, at that. If Lucrezia were to have their child, she would be forever connected to the magical world in a way that couldn't be taken back—not apart from wiping her memory, a thought that was hardly fair to her. When he raised these concerns with Lucrezia, she didn't know what else to do but ask Jochen to turn her into a vampire, too.
It was a sudden idea, and Jochen initially refused. Lucrezia, however, didn't drop the subject. Becoming a vampire, she thought, would at least ensure that their child might have a more "normal" life, at least as far as vampirism was concerned. Jochen then told her that he would agree to go through with it on the one condition that he would be permitted to do so by the magical authorities.
After Jochen communicated to her that he had received permission to turn her into a vampire like himself, he and Lucrezia began the process of his feeding from her. It was on the second night that Lucrezia lost the pregnancy, yet they chose not to dwell on it until she had become a vampire. Drinking blood for the first time sickened Lucrezia to her stomach, but she had to finish what she had started.
Once it was clear that Lucrezia was also a vampire, she and Jochen traveled to West Germany via Portkey, where they would at least be able to live in less isolation than in South Asia. She wrote home for a final time to let her family know that she was safe and not to go looking for her, and she began to adapt to vampirism as best she could. Then, after about two years of living with Jochen, the two began to realize that vampirism was one of the only things they really had in common with one another, and they agreed to part ways.
Over the next few years, Lucrezia adjusted to life on her own as a vampire. Taking whatever jobs she could, she moved between West Germany, Switzerland, and Italy, living in Italy the majority of the time. Avoiding staying in one place for very long was easiest when outside of the purely magical communities that existed. Though she had aged from a chronological standpoint, her physical appearance had not changed. She could no longer do anything that might raise the suspicions of the non-magical community around her, which included what might have been normal activities for anyone else. Prolonged engagement with non-magical people wasn't possible, and Lucrezia learned that it was much easier to feed off of willing donors from the magical world than to deal with the non-magical side.
At the same time, Lucrezia was learning of the terror that a Dark wizard named Lord Voldemort and his followers were inflicting upon the magical and non-magical communities in Britain. Given the views of vampires as "Dark" beings, Lucrezia made sure not to get tangled up in anything of that nature. On multiple occasions, she was approached about joining other vampires in a coven. Each time, she refused but made sure to do so in such a way that she would not be putting herself at any risk.
Lucrezia occasionally sought the companionship of wizards—some of whom she fed from but not entirely—and became pregnant again at the end of 1977. She wasn't in a serious relationship with the father but decided that she would keep the child regardless after her first pregnancy loss years before. Giving birth to a healthy baby girl whom she named Carolina in 1978, motherhood motivated Lucrezia to remain in her home country of Italy more permanently. She began working for a vampire rights organization for a more stable income that would keep her from having to go outside during daylight hours, perhaps the most typical life that she had led since her time working as a secretary as a university dropout.
Life remained relatively conventional for Lucrezia and Carolina, and Lucrezia was grateful to have become integrated into the magical community in Italy as she raised a daughter who was half vampire and half witch through the 1980s. She chose to educate Carolina herself rather than to send her to one of the notable wizarding schools, fearing that Carolina would be treated poorly for being the half-vampire daughter of a woman who had once been non-magical.
Lucrezia became even more grateful for her decision regarding Carolina's schooling when it became clear that her daughter was becoming an adult in a world in which Lord Voldemort had returned, intent on targeting locations beyond Britain. Despite looking more like Carolina's older sister than her mother (and often playing that role when outside of the magical community), she was a strict parent and did her best to keep her only child safe.
With Lord Voldemort's defeat and the end of the Second Wizarding War a few years later, Lucrezia became more open to letting Carolina explore the world, as she had at that age, and Carolina promptly did what her mother would have done: She moved to London. Lucrezia, however, chose to remain in Italy, though being an empty-nester eventually caught up with her. By that time looking even younger than her own daughter because of her vampirism, Lucrezia realized very quickly that she was going to have to adjust to her life as it was then. Although in middle age, she would remain twenty-four even as Carolina grew older. Eventually, she knew, she would outlive her.
It was over a decade before Carolina had a child of her own with a non-vampire wizard, another little girl, whom she named Lucia after her own mother. It was 2012, and Lucrezia then packed up and moved to London so that she could be available to help Carolina raise her daughter. With their differences in appearance such that Lucrezia looked as though she were Carolina's much younger sister—or possibly even her granddaughter's mother—things could get interesting at times, but Lucrezia was happy to be on hand to assist with Lucia. After all, keeping a more nocturnal schedule meant that there was always someone who could be awake with the baby.
Once Lucia was in her toddler years, Lucrezia discovered that the blood bank in Horizont Alley had been put up for sale. Knowing how vital the service was for vampires and half-vampires and how poorly run it had been in the past, Lucrezia took out a loan and purchased the place, working tirelessly to improve its image on the magical side of the city. She began to transform the blood bank from a relatively dingy clinic (if it could be called that) to a location where donors felt comfortable giving blood and vampires felt comfortable receiving it, later purchasing an adjoining flat for her own use in order to remain within easy reach of her work.
With Lucia younger than Hogwarts age when the murders first began to reach the school, Lucrezia urged Carolina to do as she had done and educate her daughter at home. Unable to devote the time to educating her herself, however, Carolina sent Lucia to Beauxbatons with Lucrezia's blessing. Though the French school wasn't spared the trauma that had hit Hogwarts, including the explosion of its carriage en route back from the Triwizard Tournament, it proved itself to have been the safer choice.
Lucrezia, meanwhile, continued to run the blood bank despite the multiple political upheavals and violent incidents. It was hardly a thrilling existence, but ensuring that other vampires had the blood they needed was still doing something of benefit. After Hogwarts was nearly destroyed in May 2026, the news came out that students would have to attend different schools for the year—including Beauxbatons. Lucrezia's primary hope is that her granddaughter will remain out of harm's way for as long as possible.
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