Drago Nacari and Jacinta
Jacinta first catches Freize and Ishraq’s attention on the Rialto bridge, where she is entertaining a large crowd with a ball and cups game under the watchful gaze of a man who says he is her father - Drago Nacari.
Jacinta appears at first to be a lowly street performer who makes a living on the streets by moving the cups with dizzying speed until even the most diligent watcher cannot tell which cup the ball is hidden under. She is a pretty and charming young woman with brown eyes, a bright smile and a slight Parisian accent. However, appearances can be deceptive and there is much more to Jacinta than meets the eye.
The man who introduces himself as Jacinta’s father, Drago Nacari, is an extremely learned man, who has studied extensively and is fluent in many languages. He has in his possession a mysterious manuscript, filled with strange characters and unfamiliar drawings of plants. Drago is interested in showing the manuscript to Luca and Ishraq in the hopes that they will be able to help him decipher the text and illustrations.
Often referred to in whispers as 'the alchemist' Luca and the others begin to suspect that Drago may know something about the counterfeit gold coins.