The Curse Of Nineveh
The Honourable Viscount Hilary Fitzallen Howard
Hilary Fitzallen Howard was born to the incredibly wealthy Duke of Norfolk’s family in 1902.As the third son (fourth child). As such he was not destined for greatness or inheritance (despite being 182nd in line to the throne). However, it did mean that he was pampered and spoiled and incredibly rich which led to an interesting attitude to money (which he still retains). He never really got on with his two older brothers Robert (b.1892) and Edward (1895) probably due to the age gap and the expectations that were not present on him. He has a reasonable relationship with his older sister Millicent (b1900) but it was his younger sister, Emelia that he formed the real bonds (1914). Educated primarily at home for the first 9 years by a private mistress/nanny who he adored he was sulkily sent off for formal education at Charterhouse and then on to Cambridge. He has since regained contact with his former nanny Cynthia Forbes as has helped her gain a prominent position at The Daventary School for nice girls (a very prestigious institution) in Guildford.
Whilst at Charterhouse he wrote constantly to his younger sister and told tales of history, marvels and magic. Never one for rugby he did however excel at the gentlemanly pursuits of riding, fencing and shooting which mainly kept the rugby bows off his case and cemented some strong friendships with a select few which he maintains to this day (this is what eventually led to involvement in secret societies). He studied History at Cambridge but whilst there developed an interest in secret history. He eventually at the age of 20 joined the Masonic ranks at the insistence of his friend the hon. Albert, ‘Bertie’ Frobisher. It was also during these heady Cambridge days that he met Mary and began a furtive romance. However, she was destined against her will to be married to the Viscount of Cornwall Hugh Cressigham, to who Hilary bears a massive grudge.
On return from Cambridge he was restless and dissolute, his father was a member of the House of Lords, Viscount Robert was the MP for Arundel and Edward was the Bishop of Rochester Cathedral. Cynthia was now married to the earl of Essex. Neither politics nor the church excited him (he much preferred playing hide and seek with Emelie) and he looked forward to the quiet life of the Dilettante, reading stories of brave adventures, history and esoterica. He is a firm believer in the beliefs of Masonry and honesty feels that he can do some good behind the scenes as it were.
This was all to change in 1922 when Emelia died of Spanish Flu. Hilary lost himself to a decadent life of the bright young thing. To help pay for this lifestyle he started to dabble in buying and selling antiques. He currently seeks purpose to regain his pride, this has slightly been aided by D’Arcy O’Donnell an unconventional Irish aristocrat. They have become firm friends and she helps to keep him on the straightish and narrowish. They are not romantically inclined, Hilary almost treats her as his missing younger sister.
Hilary maintains rooms at 4 Belgravia so as to be near both his Jazz clubs and gentleman’s clubs that he frequents. His generous nature has led to him gaining a number of friends, contacts and hangers on!