Profession: Formerly a Colonel in the Swiss Guard, Francesco possesses only rudimentary mastery of English, French and German despite what one might expect of a person of such rank.
History: Following the May 13, 1981 assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II by the Turk, Mehmet Ali Ağca, the Vatican placed a much stronger emphasis on the Swiss Guard’s functional, non-ceremonial role in the affairs of the Holy Catholic Church. Francesco was in his early twenties at the time, receiving enhanced training in unarmed combat and small arms. His swift ascent through the ranks of the Swiss Guard, we must infer, has been due to his mastery of these newly prized skills.
Then came 9/11, and the world changed.
Rumor cloaked the Vatican, with “inside sources” crying foul over the creation of a clandestine paramilitary force within the Swiss Guard. Critics argued over this dangerous precedent, even while the Italian Government and the Vatican vehemently denied the speculation. The uproar reached a fever peak when a small, core group of Swiss Guard Officers resigned their positions at once. Colonel Francesco Bellini was among those honorable men, who were never heard from again. After such public scandal, the fates of these men became the subject of hot speculation. Most hold the dark belief that they have since been “silenced” by the Italian Government. The truth is far more complicated.
Marriage Status: Single
Physical Description: 6 ft. 2 in. 280 lbs. Francesco is heavily muscled and very broad-shouldered. He is leathery-faced and appears older than his years, although he is a very powerful fighter. It is hard to imagine so severe a man as having ever worn the uniform of the Swiss Guard.
Temperament: Francesco Bellini has no apparent sense of humor. Though his lifelong struggle to master speaking foreign languages has yielded only “serviceable” results, do not let this fool you into believing he possesses a below average intelligence. Colonel Francesco Bellini is as cunning as he is deadly.