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Age: 395 years
Size: 5'5" ft tall
Job: Patriarch of House von Elzenstein
Likes: Chocolates, Fine Company, His wife, Classical music, Honesty
Dislikes: Back Chat, Being lied to, Unproductive conflict, Clear skies
Notable contributions: Bela is the leader of the Von Elzenstein lands and armies, a consumate politician who has ensured Von Elzenstein supremacy in Transylvaar, making him the most power vampwelf on the planet.
Original Creator: SirBlizz98
A regal and dignified vampwelf of fairly average height and build. Bela's fur is a very dark gray, and his exceptionally styled hair is black, with some gray streaks as he eases into his fourth century.
Bela owns to the "New Style" of vampwelf fashion with his finely tailored vest-coat, and dashing mantle. Unlike many other vampwelf who adopt the fashion, Bela rarely wears hats, concerned as he is for his fine grooming, but can on occasion be seen wearing the crown of his house, mostly on official functions but sometimes when he feels like impressing people.
At least one of his hands is occupied with something, whether its a wine glass with something decidedly less wholesome than wine, or a cigar, or some sophisticated bobble.
A regal and sophisticated vampwelf with a penchant for fine dining and a love of fine clothing, Bela is the consummate vampwelf aristocrat, the vampwelf's vampwelf. Bela is a charmer and a sophisticate, always prepared with a dashing smile and witty remark.
Bela is a lover of all things fine and classy, a connoisseur of all the arts, but most particularly music. Bela loves nothing more than to listen to a fine symphony on the rare occasions when he's not engaged in some politically meaningful social engagement.
Past his exterior geniality Bela is notoriously inscrutable. Many have made the mistake of assuming him an empty headed socialite who cares only for parties and schmoozing but the truth of the matter is, underneath is a enigmatic schemer, constantly planning ahead for some inscrutable purpose. Many have attempted to outwit him, but few have succeed, and even fewer have survived to regret the attempt.
It's been remarked that few know when they've earned Bela's ire, and it is indeed difficult to find anyone who's upset Him and lived to laugh about it after.
Bela was born an unassuming if gifted young scion of a brother of the then current head of the family. As a youth Bela wasted his talents on petty scheming to get, among other things, young damsels, and perform childish pranks. Had things gone on in this manner than its likely nobody would ever know Bela's name even within Transylvaar, except perhaps as an embarrassment.
Then, Carlo von Elzenstein, the current Duke von Elzenstein, died, slaughtered by the newly ascended Prince Boris von Drakken in revenge for a similar slaying Carlo had performed earlier. A period of political instability for the family soon followed, for Carlo had no sons, and while there was no law in the extensive codices of the vampwelf that forbid it, the aristocracy cringed at the possibility of Carlo's daughter inheriting, and thus this presented the perfect pretense for power-hungry nobles from accross the family to make plots to seize the Dukedom.
Bela watched all this with, at first, apathy, but then he thought to himself "Why should these foolish imbeciles rule", and so Bela came up with a devious plot. He invited a great many of these nobles to a grandiose party, the greatest that had ever been seen at that time, missing it would be unthinkable, and thus despite what reservations they might have had, most if not all of them went.
Bela was the only Von Elzenstein to leave that party. With a great many of his would-be rivals swiftly eliminated, Bela followed up with the logical course of action and married his cousin, Ekaterina. Having so established himself it was fairly trivial to get the remaining members of the house to support him, and those that did not, well, noone really knows what happened to them, save that their lack of support very swiftly stopped mattering.
• Bela is said to have left his mark on many a young damsels in his youth. He, of course, denies any responsibility for any hypothetical offspring this may-or-may not have created.
• Speaking about the Duchess von Elzenstein is an easy way to earn Bela's ire. Oddly though, He is incredibly receptive to inquiries about why this is, and even offers to introduce people to Her. Noone knows what the situation is, because noone but Bela ever returns.
• Bela maintains a private collection of artifacts from a great many of the known species of the universe, He claims he has something from all of them, but noone with the proper knowledge has verified this.
• Bela entertains Boris as a guest on a bi-weekly schedule, in which he indulges in the thing he finds enjoyable: Chess, checkers, the art of dance, and tabletop wargaming. Bela picks these things because he knows he is better at them than Boris is, and finds Boris' tantrums at losing highly amusing.