Blood and Bourbon
Big sister to the Big Easy's Anarchs
“Primogen Duquette—pardon, she prefers ‘Coco’—Coco is as much of a paragon of good taste as one should expect among the Anarchs. Even more than that, actually. Not too hard on the eyes, either.”
One would need no magic mirror to know that, among the members of New Orleans’ Cabildo, Coco Duquette is the fairest of them all. Her beauty is striking to be sure, but what gives it a quality all its own is the undeniable fire behind her eyes and the rousing stir in her velvet voice whenever she is engaged in the act of oratory or philosophical debate. Her cause is her passion and her passion fuels her cause, and few who give her leave to speak upon it are ever anything but enthralled (especially among mortals and young Kindred). Coco appears to have sworn off traditional “feminine attire,” preferring dark turtlenecks and slacks that recall the beatnik style of the 1950s. She regularly dyes her hair different colors and currently has it bright red, providing a striking contrast to her piercing blue eyes.
Although Coco Duquette came of age during the height of France’s ancien régime, she considers herself a child of the 21st century. Born the fourth daughter of a poverty-stricken family with too many mouths to feed, Coco was twelve when she joined the throngs of slum-dwelling young women who sold their bodies for two écus a fuck. She was lucky enough not to be sent to La Salpêtrie, but all the luck in the world couldn’t buy bread during the chronicle shortages plaguing France in 1789. Coco’s fury at the alleged aristocratic plot to starve the lower classes (as well as simple hunger) led her to join the Womens’ March on Versailles. She caught the attention of a visiting English gentleman when she returned to Paris bearing a palace guardsman’s head on the end of a pike. Given the prevailing sentiment against aristocrats at the time, Coco was initially scornful when the man offered her his hand, but something in his demeanor put her at ease and she found herself stepping happily into his carriage and out of her former life.
Her benefactor, an elder Brujah by the name of William Starkweather, found himself strangely enthralled by this violent-tempered young prostitute. A cursory interview revealed that she could not even read, yet she defied institutions he had accepted as immutable for his entire existence. Curious to see what would happen if he armed this would-be revolutionary with a mind, Starkweather made Coco his ghoul and gave her an education in all the classical humanities and sciences. His ward’s ignoble background masked a sharp intellect and insatiable thirst for knowledge. Time did nothing to blunt her hatred for France’s aristocracy, but her drive to reform her country’s government into something better grew with every lesson she absorbed, and Starkweather soon knew he had chosen well.
More to come…
- William Starkweather
- Coco Duquette (e. late 18th century)
- Micheal Kelly (e. early 20th century)
- Roderick Durant (e. early 21st century)
- Coco Duquette (e. late 18th century)
• Childe of William Starkweather (e. 16th century) A former common law magistrate who served on the then-esteemed Star Chamber during the early Tudor era, William never fully abandoned his role as the judge who broke the power of England’s landed gentry. By the Enlightenment he came to see himself as a judge of mortal society itself. He toured continental Europe, deciding which nations had remained true to the time’s ideals and which were wanting, and freely Embraced childer whom he felt could best use immortality to effect the changes he desired in mortal society. Revolutionary France was his last great journey beyond his homeland, and Coco the last of his progeny (as well as one of the most successful). He resettled in London during the Napoleonic Wars and had managed to survive the Blitz when his grandchilde Micheal Kelly visited him during World War II. Although he lamented Micheal’s ill-educated state and the decline of his once-learned clan, he nevertheless helped arrange the younger Brujah’s passage to mainland Europe.
• Further lineage unknown. Although many elder Brujah can recite their full genealogies, the clan has never put great stock in ancestry, and Rabble Embraced in modern times actively disdain the notion.
• Micheal Kelly (e. early 20th century) The eldest of Coco Duquette’s two childer, most Kindred aren’t sure what the Brujah Primogen ever saw in Micheal Kelly. Born an impoverished Irish immigrant of no particular distinction, Micheal spent much of his Requiem running a brewery and keeping to himself, with the notable exception of World War II. Popular rumor held Micheal made the daring (for a Kindred) trans-Atlantic voyage to fight Nazis in Europe, and his stoic silence on the matter cemented his reputation as a “badass” among many younger Brujah. He has come to be seen as a paper tiger since Bobbi Jo Boggs released a series of obscene photos depicting his gang rape at the hands of her biker gang, who also burned down his bar in Mid-City. These humiliations might be excused if Micheal had responded with his clan’s legendary rage and gone to war with the Boggs, but it is his lack of any visible retaliation that has cemented his new status as a laughingstock and pushover.
• Roderick Durant (e. early 21st century)