A citizen of Genua, de Vere was Captain of the Palace Guard during the reign of the Duc and Lilith de Tempscire. He conspired to remove the original ruler, Baron Saturday, and on Lilith's orders murdered the Baron and threw his body into the swamp.
This allowed the Duc to supplant the Baron's daughter and rightful heir, Ella Saturday, as ruler of Genua. Twelve years after his murder, during the palace ball, Baron Saturday returned as an angry zombie to exact vengeance on those who had wronged him, with de Vere high on the list. He did not survive.
Under Captain de Vere the Palace Guard were all strapping six-foot men in smart uniforms, save for one who lied about his height...