Bartolomeo del Imola

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Ars Magica: Nova Semitae Saga
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Mark
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Anno Domini MCCXX, hiems
A.D. 1220, winter
5 Neanne 1, Hiems
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Anno Domini MCCXXXIII, hiems
A.D. 1223, winter
4 Aulus 2, Hiems
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Educated at Bologna, this younger son of a merchant family was being groomed for a minor role in the Church via his family's connections but for a chance encounter with Fr. Thomas. Bartolomeo spotted Thomas at Sunday mass and struck up a conversation with the foreigner who had recently arrived in northern Italy, later inviting him to his family's villa to rest up after his crossing of the Alps. Thomas impressed the young man with his piety and determination to visit the monastery of St. Catherine of Alexandria in Sinai to retrieve a relic despite the Crusade being waged. He left with his father's dubious blessing but having numerous healthy older brothers meant that his death would not jeopardize the family's holdings.

During the pilgrimage he came to learn about Thomas' gifts and about the Order of Hermes. After a successful, and exciting, trip through Egypt, Bartolomeo decided to continue traveling with Thomas back to England. After all, the Church was universal and one bishop's ordination rites was the same as any other's. Of particular interest was the fact that the chapel that Thomas had helped to construct was without a regular priest. Thomas' own studies and duties to the covenant meant that he could only intermittently attend to the souls of the few dozen Christians residing at the covenant. A full-time priest would settle the matter and this is something Bartolomeo felt he could do. Once he had been fully ordained, naturally.

Bartolomeo settled into the covenant, minister how he could and serving as a schoolar-in-residence, contributing several books to the library thanks to his education. However, after the covenant's encounters with an unfriendly bishop who wanted to fill the chapel with a Welsh priest with a decidedly hostile view to the jewish covenfolk, the magi used their connections at the Papal Curia to backfill the chapel's position with a papal appointment. Bartoloemo made the trip to Rome where he was ordained as a priest. He returned with Fr. Thomas and Aulus and took his position as the the pastor for the Church of St. Catherine of Alexandria.

Name: Bartolomeo del Imola
Race/Nationality: Northern Italian
Place of Origin: Imola, Northern Italy
Birth Year/Age 1201 (age 29)
Apparent Age 25

Characteristics

Intelligence +3 Presence +1
Perception +0 Communication +1
Strength -1 Dexterity +0
Stamina +0 Luck +0

Virtues & Flaws

Virtues

Priest
Baccalaureus
Privileged Upbringing

Flaws

Pious
Foreign Upbringing
Hermetic Patron

Skills

Updated to Autumn 1230

Skill Specialty Score XP Books Written
General Skills
Bargain Bulk Goods 3 30
Folk Ken Clergy 3 40
Intrigue Alliances 1 5
Leadership Inspirational 1 5
Profession: Merchant Northern Italian goods 3 30
Profession: Scribe Copying 2 26
Survival Forests 2 15
Lore: Church, Organization History 4 73 2 tractatus (1224, 1225)
Lore: Tuscany, Area Towns 2 15
Lore: Rome, Area Pilgrimage Sites 1 5
Lore: Sinai, Area Geography 1 5
Lore, Melverley, Area Personalities 3 40
Speak Tuscan Merchant vocabulary 5 75
Speak Arabic Trade pidgin 1 5
Speak Middle English Conversational 4 60
Speak Welsh Conversational 3 44
Speak Medieval Hebrew Conversational 2 18
Academic Skills
Artes Liberales Astronomy 4 50 2 tractatus (1222, 1223)
Civil and Canon Law Pilgrimage and Crusading Law 3 30
Philosophiae Moral Philosophy 4 55 1 tractatus (1226)
Theology History 1 5
Speak Latin Church 5 75

Seasonal Activities

  • 1230: Speak Welsh +4 (exposure), Church Lore (correspondence) +4; Winter Practice Speak Welsh +8 xp; Spring Care of Souls Area Lore Melverley +2 xp; Summer Good Works Speak Welsh +2 xp; Autumn Practice Speak Welsh +8 xp
  • 1229: Speak Welsh +4 (exposure), Church Lore (correspondence) +4; Winter Practice Speak Welsh +8 xp; Spring Care of Souls Area Lore Melverley +2 xp; Summer Good Works Speak Welsh +2 xp; Autumn Practice Speak Welsh +8 xp
  • 1228: Summoned to Rome with Fr. Thomas; Church Lore (correspondence) +4; Winter (Travel) Practice Folk Ken +5 xp; Spring Ordination (The Church 33) Church Lore +2; Summer Practice Church Lore +5 xp; Autumn (Travel) Practice Folk Ken +5 xp
  • 1227: Speak Hebrew +4 (exposure), Church Lore (correspondence) +4. Winter Read Aristotle Metaphysica II, +12 Philosophiae; Spring Practice Intrigue +5xp; Summer Write Tractatus Civil and Canon Law, Profession Scribe (exposure) +2; Autumn Working as Scribe, Profession Scribe (exposure) +2 xp.
  • 1226: Speak Hebrew +4 (exposure), Church Lore (correspondence) +4. Winter Read Aristotle Metaphysica I, +12 Philosophiae; Spring Practice Area Lore Melverley +5 xp; Summer Write Tractatus Philosophiae, Profession Scribe (exposure) +2; Autumn Working as Scribe, Profession Scribe (exposure) +2 xp.
  • 1225: Speak Hebrew +4 (exposure), Church Lore (correspondence) +4. Winter Practice Area Lore Melverley +5 xp; Spring Practice Area Lore Melverley +5 xp; Summer Write Tractatus Organization Lore Church, Profession Scribe (exposure) +2; Autumn Working as Scribe, Profession Scribe (exposure) +2 xp.
  • 1224: Speak Hebrew +4 (exposure), Church Lore (correspondence) +4. Winter Practice Area Lore Melverley +5 xp; Spring Practice Area Lore Melverley +5 xp; Summer Write Tractatus Organization Lore Church, Profession Scribe (exposure) +2; Autumn Working as Scribe, Profession Scribe (exposure) +2 xp.
  • 1223: Area Lore Melverley (exposure) +2, Speak Hebrew +4 (exposure), Church Lore (correspondence) +4. Winter Practice Area Lore Melverley +5 xp; Spring Practice Area Lore Melverley +5 xp; Summer Write Tractatus Artes Liberales, Profession Scribe (exposure) +2; Autumn Working as Scribe, Profession Scribe (exposure) +2 xp.
  • 1222: Area Lore Melverley (exposure) +2, Speak English +4 (exposure), Church Lore (correspondence) +4. Winter Practice English +8 xp; Spring Practice English +8 xp; Summer Write Tractatus Artes Liberales, Profession Scribe (exposure) +2; Autumn Working as Scribe, Profession Scribe (exposure) +2 xp.
  • 1221: Area Lore Melverley (exposure) +2, Speak English +4 (exposure), Church Lore (correspondence) +4. Winter Practice English +8 xp; Spring Practice English +8 xp; Summer Working as Scribe, Profession Scribe (exposure) +2 xp; Autumn Working as Scribe, Profession Scribe (exposure) +2 xp.
  • 1220: Speak English +4 (exposure), Church Lore (correspondence) +4. Winter Practice English +8 xp, Spring Practice English +8 xp; Summer Working as Scribe, Profession Scribe (exposure) +2 xp; Autumn Working as Scribe, Profession Scribe (exposure) +2 xp.