Genevieve Fontage, Former Prince of Atlanta
Genevive Fontage was born in 1830 to Louis and Mary Fontage, of New Orleans. The Fontage family was one of the wealthiest in the city and was at the pinnacle of the New Orleans social elite.
Genevive's childhood and adolescence were typical of one of her social standing. She was given the highest level of education, both intellectually and culturally, that money could buy. In her teens, she was an integral part of the high class social scene. The extravagance and decadence of New Orleans allowed her to escape much of the mundane aspects of life.
A severe cholera epidemic broke out in New Orleans between 1849 and 1850, killing more than 3,000 people. Many of Genevive's closest friends were among those who fell. In an attempt to save select members of the New Orleans aristocracy from almost certain death, Jean Baptiste La Moyne, Sieur de Bienville offered an alternative to Ms. Fontage. This alternative was that she allow him to embrace her. The devastation she felt during this epidemic did not predispose her to choosing this option, living forever with this pain and loss held little appeal. But he impressed upon her the importance of the longevity of the aristocratic class, the necessity of their leadership, especially in the Kindred world.
Being a child of extreme privilege, Genevive had often found herself bored by the tedium of human existence. The prospect of this 'other' culture, this Kindred society filled with relatively immortal, unnatural beings appealed to her deep desire for adventure and entertainment - and her sense of pride. To be a member of the ruling class of the undead proved to be too great a temptation for her to refuse.
In December, 1850, Genevive was embraced by Jean Baptiste La Moyne, Sieur de Bienville. As a neonate, she stayed close to her sire, learning everything she could from him about Clan Ventrue, kindred politics, and the truly important aspects of effective leadership.
The Civil War in the United States proved quite a nuisance for Genevive and Jean Baptiste. In order to remove themselves from the chaos, they decided to spend time in Europe, leaving their holdings and investments safely secure. They spent the next 50 years travelling abroad. Eventually, however, she and Jean Baptiste decided it best that they part ways. His sights were set on establishing a power base in Paris and wielding his influence there. After spending over ten years in Paris, Genevive was experiencing the same minutia she had when she was kine. It was all so mundane; it all had been done. Little skirmishes to claim power over this and power over that always ended the same, only the faces ever changed. She decided that the only thing to do was to continue travelling, to continuing establishing connections with Ventrue in noteworthy cities. As a result of this, she has quite an elaborate power base throughout the continent, including Eastern Europe and Russia.
In the 1950's Gevevive returned to the United States. This gave herthe opportunity to both manage more closely her fortune still housed in New Orleans, and to travel throughout the U.S. Much had changed since she had left nearly 100 years earlier.
In the 1980's and 1990's, she spent most of her time between Chicago and New Orleans. In the summer of 1997, she began hearing stories of the chaos in Atlanta, of a Brujah Prince replacing, of all things, a Malkavian Prince. The thought of these two clans claiming the position of Prince was both abhorrent and extremely hysterical to Genevive. Enough so, that she decided this was something she just had to see first hand. She also began hearing talk of a 'Ventrue Senate' that the Elder of Clan Ventrue had established. Again she was both perplexed and intrigued. Finally she decided that the city of Atlanta seemed interesting enough for her to see for herself.