Lorenzo was the second son, and third child overall, born to a relatively well-off, if not particularly influential family in Venice in the year 1277. Being part of the Cappelli family meant one thing for certain, Lorenzo was to be well educated. Whereas his older brother, Dominic, chose to study finance and try to take the family's fortune into the world of banking and money-lending, Lorenzo was sent off to the University of Padua to study medicine.
Following his education, Lorenzo became rather fond of Padua and chose to stay. Granted a greater reason for staying in Padua may have been, Constancia, the woman he would eventually marry. Shortly after their marriage, Lorenzo and Constancia returned to Venice.
A few years passed as Lorenzo had set up a successful, if modest practice in Venice. Life was good. Dominic had taken over the family business, following the deaths of their mother and father, Lorenzo's sister, Antonia, had married and had two children, and Constancia was expecting Lorenzo's first child. Well all was good for a time anyway, Constancia passed into the next world due to complications during child birth, to add insult to the injury, the child did not survive the week either.
Following the deaths of his bride and his child, Lorenzo became more withdrawn, owing to his new found obsession with the nature of life and death, and in particular, what could he have done differently to save his wife and child.
Dominic was the first, and fortunately last, to discover Lorenzo's new obsession, and was able to cover for the corpses gathered and grave-robbing Lorenzo had done in the name of science, but for how much longer is anyone's guess.