Bruno Malvoisin

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Bruno Malvoisin was a famous playwright who became the Trapdoor Daemon. [1a]

He dwelt in saltwater lagoon that had been a smugglers' den, now richly decorated and furnished with ship figureheads of various gods and artefacts rescued from the scenery dock. [1a] Bruno fed on blind sewerfish, rats and various tainted creatures. [1c]

Appearance

A large multi-tentacled, squid-humanoid creature with six of the smaller tentacles protecting a beak at the centre of his belly. [1e] If not submerged in the water every few hours, his thick hide cracked and became painful. [1b] He was able to project darkness around him. [1g]

History

Originally from Bretonnia, he became famous in the Empire, writing in Reikspiel, becoming a resident playwright. Bruno was known to be brooding and hard to work with, even brutally hacking into the head of his theatre manager in a duel. [1d]

He fell in love with the courtesan and actress Salli Spaak, also the mistress of the Emperor's brother Prince Nikol and a cultist of Tzeentch. She added warpstone to her lovers food and soon Bruno and the others began to mutate, although only he would survive the process. [1f]

Following the production of Seduced by Slaanesh, the play was banned by the Emperor and his work became increasingly dark, difficult and delirious and culminated in a epic verse romance that alleged the same Emperor had a she-goat as a mistress! Too mutated to live in society, he slipped away. [1d]

After his transformation and retreat from the world, he lived beneath the Beloved of Shallya theatre, what would later become the Vargr Breughel Memorial Playhouse. He infamously used Box Seven whenever a performance took place, and became known as a mostly unseen spirit that haunted the building and was invoked when production was going well or ill. Offerings were left to him on the first night of any production. [1a]

He watched many plays and became a unseen mentor to Eva Savinien[1]

Genevieve Dieudonne had tracked him down in the passageways just as the Animus of Drachenfels possessed Reinhardt Jessner and attacked her lover Detlef Sierck. When it looked to overpower the vampire and pull her head off, Bruno joined the fight against the Animus. [1h] However when others arrived to aid the theatre master, he was attacked by many thinking he was a monster. [1i] He fled through a nearby trapdoor, heading for the safety of his lair. [1j]

As he retreated, he found Genevieve and Detlef fighting the Animus and again he attacked the former actor, crushing and tearing apart his body. The Animus in turn now sought to take over his powerful body and mind. Unlike all the previous victims, his soul proved too strong for the entity and he consumed it, even knowing it would mean his own death. As he died, he saw Salli once more, youthful once again and beckoning to him. [1k]

Known Works

Sources

  • 1: Genevieve Undead (Novel)
    • 1a: Part One, Stage Blood, pg. 13-14
    • 1b: Part One, Stage Blood, pg. 73-74
    • 1c: Part One, Stage Blood, pg. 80-81
    • 1d: Part One, Stage Blood, pg. 91
    • 1e: Part One, Stage Blood, pg. 103
    • 1f: Part One, Stage Blood, pg. 115-117
    • 1g: Part One, Stage Blood, pg. 131
    • 1h: Part One, Stage Blood, pg. 133-36
    • 1i: Part One, Stage Blood, pg. 137-138
    • 1j: Part One, Stage Blood, pg. 143
    • 1k: Part One, Stage Blood, pg. 147-
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