Blood and Bourbon
Obese "big mama" to the Big Easy's Nosferatu
“A big rat is still a rat.”
“Privately, I have nothing but the greatest respect for Miss Opal. She asks for equality, and I do not see why it should not be so.”
Massively obese, Miss Opal looks like a normal (if grossly overweight) dark-skinned woman until one sees her face—a sagging mass of lines and wrinkles so deep and heavy it’s a wonder she can see. She dresses primarily in loose-fitting dresses and prefers to wear a shawl. She speaks with a thick drawl, and has a tendency (which many elders find irritating in the extreme) to call people pet names like “Sugar” and “Honey.” Other Kindred who have seen her feed were particularly disturbed to learn that she treats her vessels with equal exuberance, often talking to them in the friendliest tones before and after the deed, regardless of whether they survive the process.
Miss Opal—she goes by no other name—is the self-appointed conscience of Prince Vidal’s court. A former slave Embraced during the 18th century, she first gained real status during Reconstruction, when she led a campaign to make sure that the Nosferatu had a place in the new order. The clan’s informal leader (but never Primogen) for many years, she disappeared into torpor during the middle decades of the 20th century. Reemerging around 1978, she has spent the years since attempting to both regain her previous status and sway the direction of Prince Vidal’s political alignment. She has largely been successful at this first goal, due to the efforts of many Nosferatu who remember her from before and regard her with perversely genuine affection as the clan’s “big mama.” Vidal finds her a constant irritant, but has ultimately found it less disruptive to his reign to grant the Sewer Rats some appearance of acceptance in his domain.
Miss Opal is a great believer in the Anarch cause, and she constantly works from within not merely to encourage Prince Vidal and the Cabildo to act accordingly, but in hopes of convincing them that granting more power and freedom to the “common Kindred” is in their best interest. She has not had much luck. Miss Opal abhors using violence for political ends, but she has no qualms about using physical intimidation on a personal level. In fact, she has more than once expressed her displeasure at the “disgraceful” behavior of young Kindred by beating the tar out of them; the surest way to draw her not-inconsiderable ire is to insult blacks, insult women, or use the Lord’s name in vain.