- "The far-right blow-up-the-wormhole isolationist loonie faction would field Count Vortrifrani against the anti-Vor pro-galactic faction who want a written constitution," put in Miles glumly. "And I do mean field."
"Count Vortrifrani scares me," Elena shivered. "I've heard him speak."
"It's the suave way he mops the foam from his lips."
- ―Miles and Elena, on Gregor's lack of successors[src]
Count Vortrifrani was a member of the Vor class on the planet Barrayar. He was a District Count and sat in the Council of Counts. A political foe of the liberal Emperor Gregor Vorbarra and the Progressive Party, he served as leader of the opposing Conservative Party.
He was discredited when he was suspected in a treasonous plot by hyperisolationist extremists allied with him to crash a space feighter into the planetary capital of Vorbarr Sultana and kill Emperor Gregor. This was the so-called Yarrow plot.