Vengeful (2) [The French nobility]
Enemy (3) [The French nobility]
Short fuse (2)
Geoffroi is no one's ideal of beauty. burly and bowlegged, his blunt Norman features are scarred from the battles he's seen. His nose has been broken several times, and there is a fairly large scar on his left cheek. He wears his ginger hair in a warrior's tonsure, and although he rarely wears armor these days it is apparent that he is some sort of warrior. He is rarely seen in public without his well-used longsword and long dagger. Despite his demeanor, Geoffroi has the soul of a true scholar, more at home in a library than at tilting yard.
Geoffroi de Clairvaux was born a younger son to a minor Norman house. Inheriting, little else than a name, Geoffroi was initially trained for entry into the Church, but although he was incredibly gifted, his Norman blood made him restless and ill-suited to the peaceful contemplative life of a clergyman.
Geoffroi's uncle Hugh was a Templar, and convinced the young man to join the order in 1302. The Templars were at a dangerous ebb at the time, and were looking for as many recruits as they could find. They had had the majority of their fighting men killed at Acre several years previously, and despite their wealth and power they had little steel to protect their lands.
Geoffroi's intelligence was remarked upon, and he was mentored to Andre de Beaulieu, the Templars Chief Chirurgeon. Andre was also the order's Secret Librarian, custodian to the Occultabula, the collection of occult texts the order had looted from all over the Outremer in previous days. Geoffroi became skilled at medical crafts and occult lore.
On Friday, October 13th, 1307 King Phillip sent knights to arrest the Templars, accusing them of rank heresy. Andre and Geoffroi managed to evade capture by hiding in the secret vault that housed the Occultabula, but their chapter house was cleaned out.
After the French had departed, Andre tasked Geoffroi with the safekeeping of several dozen of the order's most valuable texts. Equipping him with gold, a merchant's wagon, and clothes, he sent Geoffroi off to Marseilles, instructing him to lay low and await instructions. Geoffroi did as his was bid, and took on the role of a merchant when he arrived at Marseilles.
Soon after Geoffroi left the chapter house, the Pope, pressured by Phillip and hungry for Templar gold, issued his Pastoralis Praeeminentiae bull, calling for the arrest of all Templars and the seizure of their goods. The Templars seemed to be finished. Geoffroi sat and waitied, making discrete inquiries when he could as to the fate of his brethren.
two years after his arrival at Marseilles, a man came to his warehouse. The man claimed to be a member of the Templars, and also of a new group known as the Novus Ordo Seclorum. This 'New Order' was comprised of the few Templars who managed to escape Phillip and the Pope. They were going to convene in Venice to decide their next course of action. The man also let Geoffroi know that his mentor Andre was a founding member of this new order. Geoffroi resolved to attend, and let Andre know he had managed to preserve the texts.