The self-proclaimed King of Vampires
Sire: Count Rigatoni
Embrace: 1956 (born 1903)
Apparent Age: About 50
Physical: Strength 2, Dexterity 2, Stamina 2
Social: Charisma 4, Manipulation 4, Appearance 3
Mental: Perception 4, Intelligence 3, Wits 2
Talents: Acting 4, Alertness 2, Brawl 2, Empathy 4, Intimidation 5, Subterfuge 3
Skills: Animal Ken 3, Drive 2, Etiquette 4, Music 3, Stealth 5
Knowledges: Occult 4
Disciplines: Animalism 2, Auspex 1, Dominate 3, Obfuscate 1, Presence 2, Protean 4
Backgrounds: Resources 1, Retainer 1
Virtues: Conscience 4, Self-Control 3, Courage 6
One of the more pitiful vampires in the Free States, the Malkavian known as Bela has become a figure of ridicule and scorn to his Kindred. He believes with all his heart and soul that he is Count Dracula and the true lord of the undead and cannot understand how his “children” (the other vampires) can refuse his leadership.
In his few moments of clarity, Bela believes he was a Bela Lugosi impersonator and an ardent fan of the great horror actor. A few Kindred, mostly Malkavians, have taken the Transylvanian Count as portrayed by Lugosi as the model of what a vampire should be, and dress themselves in evening clothes with long capes, and speak with a thick Hungarian accent.
It was one of these “Counts” who appeared next to Bela’s bedside and bowed before “the Prince of Darkness,” offering him eternal life. Bela, whose sanity had always hovered on the brink of madness, was driven over the edge by the revelation and he accepted the gift of unlife.
Since then, Bela has acted on the assumption that he is Count Dracula, King of the Vampires. He is only dimly aware of where he is and often roams the Dracula live-show set that is part of the Universal Studios Tour, remembering “the old days”. He knows that there are other vampires, but assumes that they are all his progeny, created in his long-forgotten youth. Like most noblemen, he is friendly if approached with respect.
Bela is mostly a figure of fun to the Kindred, but his very existence illustrates one of the better aspects of the Free States. In any other city the prince would have slain him as a threat to the Masquerade. In Los Angeles, he is left alone, bothering no one. If he can be convinced to follow a particular course of action, he could be a valuable ally.