Giovanni Bassani - Immortal
Character's full name: Giovanni Bassani
Aliases: Emilio Marcelli, Vincenzo Tarantini
Played By: Heidi
Character Type: Immortal
Hair Color: Brown/Black
Eye Color: Brown
True age: 84
Apparent age: 25
Weight: 160 lbs
Distinguishing characteristics: Good looks, Italian
accent, tattoo on left arm �150862� (from Holocaust)
Any other languages: Italian (standard as well as a regional Lombard/Milanese dialect),
Hebrew, Judeo-Italian, English, Russian, and some German. Understands Babylonian Talmudic
Aramaic as well as Biblical/Ancient Hebrew though he does not speak/use them outside of
Temple often. Has a general understanding of Piemontese (regional dialect of Italy heavily
influenced by French) and French. Also knows a smattering of a few other languages (basic
phrases picked up while in Auschwitz).
Personality: Somewhat quiet and shy at first, and in private; but underneath it he is
studious and steady, and quite unflappable most of the time. Giovanni used to keep a rather
"forward/excitable" public image/personality but since the plague he has no longer used
that around those he does not know.
Any special skills?: Basic survival skills, some
medical knowledge. No other useful non-industrial
History: I was born on January 18, 1918 in the city of Milan Italy. My mother Carmina
was an actress/model and my father Enrico a Rabbi. Despite their radically different backgrounds
they loved each other deeply and our home was a warm and happy place, the ideal life to grow up
with. Until the War that is�until Hitler. Throughout the late 30s more and more restrictions had
been placed upon our people, those of the Jewish religion/culture. We might not have lived in
Germany but Mussolini was more than willing to go along with Hitler�s wishes and so we were
treated to the same rules as many Jews across Europe.
Rules are easy to live with, for at least you are
living� in 1943 though even we Italian Jews were made
Upon arrival in Auschwitz my parents were both sent to the gas chamber, in a way I am glad
they did not have to suffer the long grueling hours of work, the vile living conditions, the
diseases�the beatings. That is how I died my first death, beaten by an SS Guard for �talking
back� sometime in late 1943. No one paid my body any attention and so no one noticed when I
came back to life. I hardly noticed it myself, I just returned to the regimen of life at camp.
The only change I noticed was the fact that my sores would heal faster and the beatings hurt
Everything changed the day he came� my savior, my hero, my soul mate, my Vanya. Ivan Alexeivich
Nikolaev the first Immortal I ever met and the kindest person I have ever known. He was among
the Soviet troops that liberated the camp that cold day in January. Though we did not speak much
of each other�s languages we understood one another perfectly. I went with him back to Saint
Petersburg where he nursed me back to health and taught me everything I needed to know as an
Immortal. But more importantly he taught me how to live again and how to trust and love.
We traveled for a while, paid homage to my departed family, lived� In the last few years we had
been living off of some profits made from the stock exchange; but Ivan thought I should do more
with my life, �share my beauty� he said. I laughed, but eventually gave in. I became a model in
the late 90�s - you may have seen me on a cover or two - all of my money from this job went to
Holocaust Memorial Funds, as a portion of our stock funds had been doing for 50 years. Life was
good again, of course it all came crashing to a halt once more; not by war but by sickness.
We were in the United States � land of the free and home of the brave� home of the Super Flu as
well it would seem. Our vacation is apparently over now, the world around us dead, a wasteland�it
reminds me of the past in a way� I am however a survivor and I will survive this as well.
After going it alone for two weeks we finally met some other survivors - mortals at that - on
July 14th. At first we didn't tell them of immortality, but that lasted only a day before another
Immortal threatened the life of one of the members of the party, forcing Ivan to fight - and
expose what we are. They took it well enough I suppose - it's not easy to wrap your mind around
the concept I admit.
Two new Immortals joined our party just before we reached Mother Abigail's. Upon first glance,
for those who judge by appearance, you would trust the wrong one of the pair. Leland seemed nice
on the outside but that appearance masked an evil spirit. Demetrius on the other hand appeared
to be what some would almost call a savage...Ivan saw something else and all but adopted the
It has been only days since they met, but Demetrius has blossomed under Ivan's friendship. I am
reminded time and time again how extraordinary a person the man I love is.
Vanya proposed to me on our last night on the homestead, that came as a complete and total
surprise. I haven't seen him so nervous since the first time he told me he loved me. So now we
are to be married, and soon I imagine. Sadie says it will bring people hope... I pray she is
correct. We could use some hope right now.
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