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His Excellency, Maestro Christoforo Alfonso Pallavincino da Firenze

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Device: Per chevron argent and sable, two roses gules and a cobra affronty erect argent within a bordure counterchanged. (Registered and approved, 1990)
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Photograph: Christoforo Alfonso Pallavincino da Firenze
Barone Maestro Christoforo Alfonso Pallavincino da Firenze (called 'Foro') is an Italian ne'erdowell who did well.

Christoforo left Firenze (Florence) in the 1450's to travel abroad (some say he was exiled). His travels have spanned the breadth of the known world, from the Barony of Nordskogen, to the Barony of the Far West in the Kingdom of the West (MKA Japan), to the Barony of Aarnimetsa in the Kingdom of Drachenwald (MKA Turku, Finland). 

At home, he won the title of First Bard of Nordskogen, as well as many other accolades, including the Order of the Purple Fret in the Kingdom of the Middle. In his travels, he ruled by right of arms over the Barony of the Far West as Palatine Baron; afterwards he was made a Court Barony of the Kingdom of the West. His household, House Cobra Rose, was awarded the Order of the Hearth by Vicount Tristan.

He had been away from his companions for 12 years building his businesses, and has now returned to life in Nordskogen. 

In his travels, Christoforo has learned the language and scribal arts of the Orient, and is proficient with both the pen and the brush for calligraphy and illumination for both western languages and Japanese. For this, he elevated to the Order of the Laurel.  He is also planning to learn some metal-casting, leatherwork, and woodworking, in his sparse free time. 

Foro is squired to the late Sir Angus Ulrich.

Foro's favorite colors are red, white, and black. He uses white cobras and red roses a lot, as those are on his (Registered and Approved) coat of arms. NOTE: Maestro Christoforo is Italian - he just happens to know a lot of Japanese... ;)

Official Motto: "Sanguine est Gloria" (Blood is Glory). Unofficial Mottos: "Jyaku Niku Kyou Shoku" (The weak are food for the strong) and "Vidi, Vici, Veni" 
Arms Blazon: Per chevron argent and sable, two roses gules and a cobra affronty erect argent within a bordure counterchanged.
Personal Badge Blazon 1: (Fieldless) On a sun argent a goutte de sang - A silver sun with a red blood drop in the center.
Personal Badge Blazon 2: (Fieldless) A cobra's head affronty within and issuant from an annulet argent - A cobra head in a white circle.
I have no preference on being notified or surprised in court with awards. Some notification may be good to ensure that I am there and not off conducting some "business". ;)



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