Ernesto Di’Cosi

    (Mysterious constable, good-guy)

Born to Maria and Francesco Fratelli on Jan, 16th, 1797, Ernesto had been given up for adoption to avoid the shame of his unmarried parents. Though deeply loving their son, his parents belonged to wealthy, traditional, Italian society and felt this action was best. Ernesto got adopted by well-off farmers Cecile and Anna Di’Cosi. He spent childhood doing household chores, fishing and walking amongst nature. At age 9 he first rode a horse and when 12, his father taught him to shoot a rifle.

Ernesto’s parents were religious. In addition to attending Mass every Sunday, they taught him about godly living and emphasized a strong sense of honesty and justice.

Ernesto decided not to court or marry but instead trained to join Lucca’s law-enforcement. He excelled in training, proving skill with both weapons and reading people. Fellow-officers and even his overseer mocked Ernesto, calling him a “bastard nobody” yet became deeply impressed when he alone chased down and caught a stage-coach robber on horseback. By unanimous election, Ernesto soon was chosen as Lucca’s constable.

Ernesto knows all of the city’s residents; including Carlo, the shy vintner, and the outgoing, prized-butcher, Luigi. He scouts the streets and roadways at night, when crime is most-rampant.

His relationship with new-found brother, Cardinal Fratelli is awkward and uneasy. Fratelli is wealthy, naïve and delicate while he is a commoner, wizened and strong.

 

 

Monsignor Barolo

(That rollicking, worldly priest everyone knows)

Lino Vincent Barolo II was born in 1765, on a stormy June night. His parents weren’t originally wealthy but worked up to high status by their sheer business sense. His father, Lino Vincent Barolo I, was a shop-keep who invented new types of luggage which made travel easy and light-weight. After several affluent coach companies endorsed him generously, Lino’s father entered well-to-do society and married Vanessa Nona, a noblewoman.

From a young age, Lino was encouraged to enter the clergy by his father. He received top-notch schooling and classes in Church history and Latin. One fateful day, Lino’s father gave away his entire estate to the bishop of Lucca so that his son would be instructed then ordained into priesthood. As an adult, Lino would always view this act with mixed admiration and bitterness.

Thus, he put forth his entire effort into ministry, working long periods and tiring himself with the affairs of parishioners. Upon his 40th birthday, Lino Barolo was granted the honorary position of Monsignor. This sudden, high rank changed him and he soon began using it to accumulate wealth and experience worldly pleasure. Though Barolo remains true to his clerical vows, he does what is least required while seeking the most reward.

 

 

Dina

(Maid-of-the-year)

The eldest of four sisters and three brothers, Dina La’Grange was born on Sept, 10th, 1792. Her middle-class family saw many struggles and from an early age, Dina learned to care for her younger siblings and cook meals while their parents were away at work.

Having little time to attend Mass, netherless regular school, Dina learned from second-hand books and read the tattered family Bible. Finally when she was 21, her older brother, Leonardo, found very gainful employment as a butler for some noble family. He sent earnings back to Dina until she saved enough to move and work alongside him as a private cook. During her stay there, she acquired tremendous skills in etiquette, politics and culinary arts.

Brashly, the mistress of the house offered her good money to devise a special pastry dessert which would never be made for any other person. When the newly-appointed cardinal of Lucca was invited to dine at their house, she accidently prepared the dish. Dina’s unfortunate, angry dismissal followed. However, the rather satisfied bishop offered her employment.

She moved from one nice home to another but soon grew endeared to the cardinal, seeing him like a younger brother. She isn’t bothered by his demanding neediness but finds it rather amusing.

 

 

Father Rodrigo

(Your stereotypical parish priest)

The youngest of three sons, Rodrigo Santini, was born in 1788. His deeply devout parents encouraged Rodrigo and his brothers to seek God continuously. As a consequence, Rodrigo’s older brother Franco entered the priesthood first and urged him to follow. Readily, he accepted holy orders then was sent to a rough hamlet outside of Lucca where crime and poverty prevailed. Working against these problems, he soon became so overwhelmed that he considered leaving unannounced.

While praying at night in a chapel, Rodrigo thought he heard God’s voice telling him to stay. Thus, he obeyed. Afterwards, the townspeople surprisingly began to turn around, attend Mass and frequent confession.

Rodrigo always desired a quiet, holy life. Understandably, he found the new bishop of Lucca’s request for his service as secretary unnerving. At first, Rodrigo behaved resentfully hoping the bishop would send him back however, he realized how greatly he was needed there.

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