Sir Tobias Schnee
Germanic Knight Templar
Tobias was born to a poor servant girl in the castle of Frederick II Duke of Swabia. Unknown to most, she was impregnated with this child by the Duke Frederick himself. At age 5 Tobias was taken by the royal family to serve as whipping boy to the young Frederick Barbarossa himself. He became Barbarossa’s sparring partner and friend after some time. When Tobias was 12, Barbarossa was taken to learn more of royal conduct and Tobias was given to the Knights Templar for training. After some years of training, Tobias was assigned as squire to the up and coming knight Sir Phillip. Shortly after, when Tobias was at age 17, the two went off to join the crusade. After being separated from the main body of the crusading army, the two were beset by Saracens shortly before sunrise. Sir Phillip bade Tobias hold the mouth of a cave while he took refuge further in, having long since taken a vow to not see the sun until the world is cleansed of evil. After a long day of fighting, Tobias was severely injured but managed to hold the cave. As soon as the sun set, Sir Phillip burst from the cave, massacring the Saracens. During the fight Sir Phillip’s armor is rent asunder by the sheer number of blows he sustained, having forgone defense. This lapse exposed two things to Tobias; Sir Phillip is actually female, and Sir Phillip was not mortal. Sir Phillip is also known as Lady Phyllis of Carthage, a Brujah vampire of old and terrible power. She kept Tobias on as a retainer. They traveled for about 5 more years crusading and adventuring before the Order of Templars knighted Tobias in his own right as Sir Tobias Schnee. Shortly thereafter Lady Phyllis decided to turn Sir Tobias into kindred. They traveled and adventured together for another 5 years before Lady Phyllis left Tobias to work with her own coterie. During this time Tobias took up general errantry from Constantinople to Paris. From 1174 to 1182 Lady Phyllis came back with her only other living childe, Kharnok the Parthian and Territhius the Corinthian, and they fought monsters and evil-doers. During this time Territhius was slain by Garou. In 1182 Lady Phyllis leaves again to work her coterie while Sir Tobias meanders in the direction of Romania to attempt to lay some of the dead there to rest.