POD: c 85,000,000 BCE;
Relevant POD: 1452
|Type of Appearance:||Direct|
|Nationality:||United States of Atlantis|
|Date of Birth:||Early 19th century|
|Date of Death:||1852|
Clotilde Barford, née Delvoie (d. 1852), was the wife of Henry Barford, a plantation owner in the state of New Marseille, United States of Atlantis. Like many in Atlantis, Clotilde claimed some kinship to the Kersauzon family, whereas her husband had connections to the Radcliffe family. Unbeknownst to both, their house-slave, Frederick, was the grandson of Victor Radcliff, the general who led the country to independence in the 18th century and had become one of the country's first Consuls.
Clotilde Barford was a social butterfly, unlike her husband, and had several parties a year at their plantation. It was during one of these events that the unfortunate Frederick tripped on a loose floor-board and spilled soup on Clotilde and several of her guests. Frederick was sent out to the fields, which was the first step towards the Atlantean Servile Insurrection.
On Frederick's second day in the field, Atlantean cavalry soldiers arrived at the Barford plantation. The soldiers had been on their way to the city of New Marseille, but three men developed symptoms of yellow jack, and their commander, Lt. Peter Torrance, decided not to risk an epidemic in the city. While Barford was initially resistent, Torrance made it clear he was prepared to use force. Barford conceded and let the sick men stay in the slave cabins. In short order, one of the soldiers died, and several others grew sick, including Clotilde.
Clotilde was on death's door when Frederick Radcliff launched his uprising. Henry Barford and the remaining soldiers were killed in short order. Three house-maids fought for the privilege of smothering Clotilde with a pillow, until Radcliff produced a deck of cards. The one who drew the high card did the deed.