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Smash their puny skulls! Paint the Coliseum red with their blood!
~ Vulgora

Pontifex Vulgora is one of the five members of the Countess' court, selected by Count Lucio, whose main occupation is to party hard and smash things. Their patron arcana is The Tower.

Appearance

Vulgora appears as a stubby person of pallid complexion with a red face, a sign of their short temper. Their eyes are bright yellow and lizard-like, a feature they share with other courtiers.

Their clothes consist almost entirely of red color except for a dark coat and embellishments of gold, making them look quite vulgar. They wear a complex headdress which resembles horns and a ruby brooch in the form of a red beetle. A pair of clawed metal gauntlets completes their look.

Personality

A rowdy, loud and volatile with a short temper, they're Lucio's best frenemy. They're obsessed with destruction and violence. The only thing that interests them is war and similar violent entertainments such as fights in the Coliseum which they are very enthusiastic about. Despite calling them nothing but a warmonger, Nadia cannot help to admit their vigor on the battlefield has been most valuable to Vesuvia.

History

The Distant Past

There is little known about Vulgora outside of their Vesuvian adventures. But sometimes in the past centuries they traded their soul to the Devil in exchange for prolonged life and demonic boons. The reasons are uncertain but the price is harsh - a lifetime of bondage in the Devil's service.

Night of The Masquerade

Vulgora was at the banquet Lucio hosted for the rest of the court on the first night of the Masquerade. They participated in the magical ritual that was meant to replace Lucio's dying body with a new one, although they claim to have no memory of it.

Interactions

Vulgora is first seen in the Prologue when the Apprentice is introduced to Nadia's court.

Asra's Route Vulgora first appears in Asra's route when they and Volta barge in (and eavesdrop) on Nadia's audience with Asra and the Apprentice. Later, during the trial, Vulgora and the other courtiers testify against Julian and Asra. They were ecstatic when the Scourge of the South arrived, making the boring judicial proceedings more fun. Although they leave unsatisfied - the fight ends without proper bloodshed. They appear again, at the ritual during the Masquerade, and it's clear they and other courtiers devoured Lucio's soul as payment for his unfinished deals.

Nadia's Route

Book X - Wheel of Fortune, chapter 2: Vulgora and Volta are invited for dinner with the Countess. If the Apprentice decides to read Vulgora's fortune they pull The Tower card and it reveal that they, like Volta and Vlastomil, are not quite human. The dinner ends in a squabble between the courtiers that angers the Countess and she makes them leave.

Book XI - Justice: In chapter 2, the Apprentice eavesdrops on all five courtiers, where they discuss a plan to frame Nadia for murder. Vulgora reveals that the other courtiers go along with the consul's coup only because Nadia is getting in the way of their plans too. In chapter 3, the courtiers are called to testify at Nadia's trial. If the Apprentice calls Vulgora as a witness, they testify that the Countess killed her husband herself, ruining Valerius' case.

Julian's Route

Book X - Wheel of Fortune: in chapter 2, Julian and the Apprentice briefly encounter Vulgora and Volta in the abandoned wing. They and Volta take the Apprentice by surprise when they bang on the door of Lucio's room and demand his attention as if he's still alive. The Apprentice is saved by Volta's everlasting hunger and need to find food.

Trivia

  • Each of the courties was inspired by one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. In Vulgora's case it was War.

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