Blood and Bourbon
The Malveaux Family
" Power does not corrupt men; fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power."
—George Bernard Shaw
The most recognizable, successful, and powerful of New Orleans’ old money families, the Malveaux family tree is more akin to a strangling vine slowly choking the life out of their home city and Louisiana at large. Although only modestly wealthy for much of New Orleans’ history, the oil booms of the early 20th century propelled the family into its current positions of economic and social dominance, and they’ve never once looked back. Efforts by the last several generations of patriarchs have also inserted the family into politics. Success, however, has not tempered their ambition, and their ambition is not benign. Graves and gutters are littered with those that stood in the way of their rise, and the family has spared them nary a glance as they continued onward.
Wealth is the foundation of their power. The exact net worth of the Malveauxes is a closely guarded family secret, but the core branch of the family maintains not only close to complete ownership of Malveaux Oil (Matthew, the board chairman and CEO, boasts the company will go public over his dead body), but also significant real estate holdings and an undisclosed number of stakes in smaller private companies. These are close to evenly spread among the family’s core New Orleans/Baton Rouge branch and the various Gulf Coast offshoots spanning as far west as Texas and as far east as Pensacola. The family is far from cohesive, but nevertheless makes it a point of pride that their name is never dragged through the mud by one of their kin living in poverty, and even the least successful Malveaux cousin can expect some degree of prosperity.
That wealth is cornerstone of the family’s political influence. Collectively, they are likely are the largest individual contributors to political causes within the state. The family owns judges, district attorneys, commissioners, mayors, councilmen, and (allegedly) even the governor. They also count family members among those lofty positions: while Nathaniel Malveaux is the most high-profile on the national stage as the charismatic up-and-coming junior senator for Louisiana, Malveauxes sit in the statehouse and benches across the state, including one State Supreme Court Justice.
Nowhere is their influence felt more strongly than in New Orleans proper. James Malveaux moved the family’s seat to Baton Rouge in 1966 during the height of the Civil Rights movement to better influence the state government, but their home has always been New Orleans. The modern patriarchs have done a great deal to reverse the damage and reestablish their family’s dominance in the Big Easy. Between the heavy hand of Archbishop Orson Malveaux on the city’s social consciences and the ever-present presence of the majority of the Malveaux heirs in the city and at higher social functions, it is almost impossible to avoid them.
Carter Malveaux(b. 1923, d. 1965; age 42) + undetailed wife
- Carson Malveaux (b. 1952; age 63)
- Undetailed children
- Undetailed children
- Carson Malveaux (b. 1952; age 63)
James Malveaux(b. 1926, d. 1991; age 65) + Camillia Malveaux (Lawless) (b. 1929; age 86)
- Orson Malveaux (b. 1950; age 65)
- Matthew Malveaux (b. 1954; age 61) + Vera Malveaux (Dyer) (b. 1957; age 58)
- Adam Malveaux (b. 1985; age 30)
- Savannah Malveaux (b. 1987; age 28)
- Susan Malveaux (b. 1990; age 25)
- Charlotte Malveaux: (b. 1992; age 23)
- Elaine Malveaux: (b. 1994; age 21)
- Virginia Malveaux: (b. 1996; age 19)
- Nathaniel Malveaux (b. 1957; age 58) + Claire Malveaux (Monroe) (b. 1958; age 57)
- Caroline Malveaux (b. 1989, e. 2015; age 25)
- Luke Malveaux (b. 1991; age 24)
- Westley Malveaux (b. 1993; age 22)
- Gabriel Malveaux (b. 1997; age 18)
- Thomas Malveaux (b. 1933; age 82)
- Undetailed three children
- Other illegitimate children rumored
(Work in progress)
• 1975: Vera Dyer (18 yrs old) graduates high school from McGehee.
• 1976: Orson Malveaux (26 yrs old) is ordained as a priest.
• 1984: Vera Dyer (27 yrs old) is assaulted and scarred. She and Matthew Malveaux (30 yrs old) nevertheless marry later that same year.
• 1988: Nathan Malveaux (31 yrs old) marries Claire Monroe (30 yrs old).
• 1990: Nathan Malveaux (33 yrs old) is elected to his first term as a state representative.
• 1991: James Malveaux (86 yrs old) dies. The family seat moves back to New Orleans.
• 1995: Louisiana imposes three-term limits on members of the state legislature.
• 2001: Orson Malveaux (51 yrs old) becomes archbishop of New Orleans.
• 2002: Nathan Malveaux (45 yrs old) is elected to his first term as a state senator.
• 2012: Adam Malveaux (27 yrs old) is ordained as a priest.
• 2014: Nathan Malveaux (57 yrs old) is elected to national office as the state’s junior senator.
• 2015: Present day.
“I love power. But it is as an artist that I love it. I love it as a musician loves his violin, to draw out its sounds and chords and harmonies.”
In the modern era the Malveaux family is internally dominated by three brothers, the sons of James Malveaux: Orson, Matthew, and Nathaniel. Collectively they have steered the course of the family for more than two decades. They hold the reigns of power, including the ownership stakes in Malveaux Oil, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans, and the junior senator position for the state of Louisiana, and collectively make decisions largely in the best interests of the family. Though success and power have driven wedges between them, they are united by their hatred for their deceased father and desire for the advancement of the family as a whole.
• Orson Malveaux: (b. 1950; age 65; Ally [Church] •••••)
Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans with tremendous influence within the Church, perhaps even above his station. Rumor holds that the archbishop still has a prominent, if unofficial, hand in the family oil company’s operations; certainly, the Malveaux family makes regular and quite sizable donations to the Church. Less benign rumors hold that the archbishop has his fingers in less savory areas of business and politics as well, including ties to the Mob. Has no children of his own but is heavily involved in the lives of his numerous nieces and nephews, some of whom have also taken up lives of the cloth. Resides in a walled estate in the Garden District with an array of private security guards and servants. Enjoys lavish banquets and has his own staff of private chefs. Extremely controlling and dedicated to the welfare and future of the family, he commonly functions as the family disciplinarian. The most bigoted of the Malveaux brothers, and the closest to their deceased father.
• Matthew Malveaux: (b. 1954; age 61; Ally [Corporate] •••••)
CEO of the Malveaux family oil business and a man of tremendous wealth and means. Rumors abound about his business practices, but nothing has ever been made to stick to the middle Malveaux brother. From Matthew flows the lions share of the family’s wealth. Though most of the family members have multi-million dollar trusts that could sustain them in comfort for the rest of their lives before they reach maturity, Matthew provides the vast sums of spending money that the next generation of Malveauxes blow through regularly, and also helped fund his brother Nathan’s congressional bid against other powerful state politicians in the last election. Matthew is a shrewd businessman that has steadily grown the family’s business interests in his time. Known to make a habit of buying an expensive new sports car every year, gifting older models to favorite nieces and nephews: it’s possible to identify who has his favor by who gets the most recent car. Encourages relatively responsible spending by the family as a whole.
• Nathaniel Malveaux: (b. 1957; age 58; Ally [Politics] •••••)
The youngest of the Malveaux brothers and junior senator from Louisiana, Nathaniel “Nathan” Malveaux is known as a shrewd politician and gifted speaker that spent twenty years in the State House of Representatives before finally gaining his election to national office in the last election. His campaign was heavily financed by his family’s immense wealth and is rumored to have benefited significantly from backroom dealings in the state. Nathan is a crisp speaker that bullied his way through the state legislature as the biggest fish in a small pond. No known vices, though there was a story of impropriety in his courtship of his wife, tame though it is from twenty-odd years ago. Very close to his niece Charlotte Malveaux, who also lives in DC, Nathaniel is in truth distant from his children these days, absorbed as he is in national level politics. Most suspect he is biding his time for a presidential run. Lover of jazz music, and frequents concerts when available in DC, though he laments his absence from New Orleans.
" If you want a seat at the table, you’ll need to bring your own chair."
Malveaux scions are influential family members who lack the primacy of being James Malveaux’s sons. Although less influential than those patriarches, the scions nonetheless wield substantial power both within and without the family. Included are the wives of the brothers, the most independently prominent cousins, and those cousins who simply have close proximity to the brothers proper. More cynical observers might argue these individuals can be counted above their peers for another reason: their usefulness to the brothers three.
• Claire Malveaux (Monroe): (b. 1958; age 57; Ally [High Society] ••••)
The picture of a trophy wife, Claire is a beautiful if aging woman who is socially witty and publicly loyal to her powerful husband, Nathan Malveaux. Her own family was wealthy, but nouveau riche, and it is whispered she married far above her station, though only behind her back. Caroline Malveaux inherited many of her features from her mother, including the sharp jaw line and blond hair. Attended Cornell University in her youth (where she met and charmed her future husband) as a member of the Pi Alpha Kappa sorority, and was quite disappointed when her daughter was denied admission quite suddenly late in the process. Claire lives in Baton Rouge, but regularly travels between Washington and New Orleans, attending to her husband and children respectively. Very protective of her children, and combines high expectations for them with excuses for their every mistake to others. Went to war for Westley, in particular after he was arrested for a DUI related accident that resulted in fatalities.
• Camillia Malveaux (Lawless): (b. 1929; age 86; Ally [High Society] •)
86-year-old matron of the Malveaux family, Camillia rarely makes it out of the family mansion in Baton Rouge these days, or even out of the house after three hip surgeries in the last decade. Mother to the Malveaux brothers, she married into the family from a very stiff, formal, old family. Very firm traditional views on etiquette and social position, and in particularly hateful of yuppies and those that fail to show the proper respect to their elders. Occasionally chases servants around the family manor with a broom from a wheelchair when they aren’t respectful or diligent enough. A powerful figure in the family until the last decade, she’s now a shadow of what she once was—the schemer behind the scenes for the family that offered guidance to her sons and shelter from her domineering and abusive husband. Still, despite her deteriorating mental condition and increasing physical frailness, many secrets may yet be locked within her aging mind. Lives with and is close to Gabriel Malveaux, who carves out time to spend with her despite his many other obligations, but largely avoided by the rest of the family, especially her sons who remember the steadfast woman made of iron that she was, not the broken shell has limped into the modern era that refuses to let her die a dignified death.
• Carson Malveaux: (b. 1952; age 63; Ally [Legal] ••••)
63-year-old cousin to the Malveaux brothers, Carson is far enough removed to be merely wealthy. A Citadel graduate, he “fought” in Vietnam near the end of the war and left the army as a major (prompting many subsequent jokes that he’s a ‘major’ pain in the ass). Stern, disciplined, and uncompromising he’s developed a reputation as a killer judge as the Chief Justice of the Orleans Parish District Court with little sympathy in his sentencing and a great deal of influence over other judges on the bench. In meticulous shape, as he continues to run four miles every morning. Frequent advisor to the Malveaux brothers, as he grew up with them in Baton Rouge and they were childhood friends despite their diverging paths. Despised their father, especially after his military service. Known to carry a Colt .45 on him to this day.
• Vera Malveaux (Dyer): (b. 1957; age 58; Ally [High Society] ••••)
The Dyer family was old money in the State of Louisiana even before their oldest daughter married Mathew Malveaux, now CEO of the family’s multi-billion dollar oil company. Today Vera is an icon of high society, spending lavishly both on herself and her daughters. She is a well-known social figure and patron of the arts. Less well-known is her dependency on opiate painkillers since the attack on her a decade ago that left her face scarred. Painkillers she needs, of course, because of a severed nerve. The prolific mother of six children, five of them girls, her husband has never forgiven her for not giving him a second son, and she has never forgiven him for Adam’s entry into the clergy, as she herself has drifted away from her faith and rarely speaks to her son. Extremely cold relations with Orson.
• Thomas Malveaux: (b. 1933; age 82; Ally [Legal] •••••)
State Supreme Court Justice for the (great) State of Louisiana, having sat with that distinguished body for more than two decades. One of the eldest and most well-regarded of the Malveauxes, he had deep disagreements with James Malveaux as to the direction of the family, but is relatively close to his the current Malveaux brothers and occasionally provides counsel to them, as well as serving as a family historian that helps keep track of the many branches of the family and their accomplishments, connections, and resources. Extremely sharp mind despite his growing age and physical frailty, and a very flirtatious sense of humor. Quite a lady’s man in his youth, in which he among other things worked as an Assistant District Attorney, private defense attorney, and Superior Court judge. Well-connected with the police forces still, as well as the New Orleans District Attorney’s office. Long-term mentor to Carson Malveaux, though he’s in time lost his hope that his nephew would actually take over his own position on the state’s highest court, which he’ll private admit was probably overly ambitious. Has three legitimate children of his own, and rumored to have fathered a number of others in his youth and even after his marriage with an array of alleged mistresses. Often the point of contact for the more minor and lesser known Malveaux branches with the brothers and their offspring, and in years past tried to ensure that cousins from across the state and region had an opportunity to meet and mingle with each other.
“Some maladies are rich and precious and only to be acquired by the right of inheritance or purchased with gold.”
The future of the family, the Malveaux heirs are the children of Matthew and Nathaniel who are set to inherit the bulk of the family’s fortune and power as soon as they can shake out who will fall where in the primacy of power. Most are in their late teens to mid-twenties, just coming into their own, and some of the most eligible bachelors and bachelorettes in New Orleans. They are not just sought by suitors as potential marriage partners, however, but also by business interests as potential investors and points of contact with their older relatives.
• Adam Malveaux: (b. 1985; age 30; Ally [Church] •••)
Nephew of Orson Malveaux and son of Matthew Malveaux being groomed to succeed his uncle as Archbishop. Mathew’s oldest child (and the oldest Malveaux heir), and only son, he has taken to a life of the cloth under his uncle Orson, and was actually posted to New Orleans by the church in an unusual move that spoke more of Orson’s influence in the church than anything else. The closest to scandal he has come to scandal were tame pictures of him dancing with his cousin Caroline during her débutante ball just before taking his vows. Very devout in his faith, and trusted among the younger Malveauxes as a voice of reason, mediator, and advisor without bringing matters to the brothers’ attention.
• Savannah Malveaux: (b. 1987; age 28; Ally [Corporate] •••)
The oldest daughter of Matthew Malveaux, Savannah is a successful Stanford graduate looking to break into the tradition of male dominance within the Malveaux family by succeeding her father as CEO of the family oil business. Though not an avowed feminist, she sees no reason why she should not be viewed as the heir apparent to the company. While her cousin Luke is a charming face that has drummed up plenty of capital, Savannah is quite the opposite. Cold, severe, and utterly professional, Savannah has succeeded because she has a nose for the oil business. She can almost smell promising fields, and understands the particularities of the field work like few dedicated rig techs ever do. Pursuing additional offshore options and working closely with her uncle Nathaniel to get additional fields opened up in the Gulf of Mexico. Has a long term personal assistant, Emilia Rosa, with whom she is very close.
• Susan Malveaux: (b. 1990; age 25; Ally [Church] 0)
Beautiful and well-regarded up and coming young woman and former rival to Caroline Malveaux who shocked the social scene in New Orleans when she declined her admission to Yale and quietly announced she was joining a local convent just days before she was to start her Freshman year of college. Rumors swirled that her actions were prompted by some exterior motive for a time, but faded as she did from social consciousness. She has been little seen or heard from since, falling off the social radar and away from memory of most, even among her family. Most outside the family now barely remember her as one of Matthew Malveaux’s middle daughters, and even among them few contact her these days, leaving her to her secluded life away from the troubles, responsibilities, and expectations of the modern world.
• Charlotte Malveaux: (b. 1992; age 23; Ally [Politics] ••)
Graduate of Penn State who majored in political science now living in Washington D.C. and working with the Conservatives for Energy Awareness, a non-profit that works to educate people, especially college students, on the natural resources available within the United States to reduce dependence on foreign oil and create jobs. Former congressional intern to Senator Joseph H. Kelly, Charlotte is charming, outgoing, and socially active in DC, attending most of the major party events (often with a ticket courtesy of her Uncle Nathaniel) and doing the social rounds at local charity events. Positive relationships with her uncle Matthew, with Senator Kelly, and with many other political figures in Washington. Draws heavily on the Malveaux wealth for the nonprofit. High school and collegiate athlete that was on the 2013 and 2014 National Championship winning Division I volleyball teams at Penn State. Attractive without being truly beautiful like both of her older sisters, she makes up for it with athleticism and height—standing close to 6’0".
• Elaine Malveaux: (b. 1994; age 21; Ally [High Society] ••)
Currently attending Stanford (following in the footsteps of her sister Savannah) and slated for graduation in 2016, Elaine has lived a privileged life, even among the Malveauxes. Perhaps more than any other in the Malveaux heirs she’s fully embraced the role of socialite and heiress, sliding easily from social function to social function, showing the flag as it were as a Malveaux and retreating to her private interests without attracting scandal. Young, beautiful, manipulative, and social, she loves to be the center of attention, and maintains a large circle of friends and contacts. It’s a rare night that she isn’t out on the town, or at some party. Isn’t really sure what she wants to do after she graduates, though she typically defaults to vague answers about communications or media relations when pressed on the topic by her family. Arguably the most attractive of the Malveaux heiresses, if the most dainty, she’s considered quite a catch and has been aggressively pursued in the past when in New Orleans, though she frequently plays her suitors just as often, juggling three or four at a time.
• Virginia Malveaux: (b. 1996; age 19; Ally [Academia] ••)
A math prodigy off at MIT on a full academic scholarship, Virginia struggled with her family’s social expectations in her youth and is quite shy and reserved for a Malveaux. Although spoiled by her father as the baby in the family, she doesn’t have a taste for it and prefers to live practically (she begged him out of a sports car for her 18th birthday). Her closest family contact is Gabriel Malveaux, with whom she shares a comparatively gentle nature. She plays the violin quite beautifully, saying it speaks to her, although she rarely does so before audiences, and prefers to use music as a means of calming her thoughts when alone. She is uninterested in publicity and somewhat frustrated by her status, both in the family and at large. She was all-too grateful to get away from her immediate family in New Orleans, as her relationship with her mother was always strained (the elder woman never seeming to understand her).
• Caroline Malveaux: (b. 1989, e. 2015; age 25) The eldest of Nathaniel Malveaux’s children, Caroline Malveaux is an aspiring law student in her final year of school at Tulane Law after having completed her undergraduate degree in pre-med. Scandal-free by Malveaux standards, she straddles the line between proper and reserved socially, attending social functions as required but rarely lingering overly long. Heavily involved in various student organizations at Tulane until recently, as she’s neared graduation and focused on her studies and job as a clerk for the Louisiana Supreme Court. Close to her uncle Matthew and relatively estranged from her uncle Orson, despite her firm Catholic faith. Dated frequently but discretely at Tulane. Lives with her classmate Aimee Rosler in Audubon Place, a gated community near Tulane with well-armed security guards.
• Luke Malveaux: (b. 1991; age 24; Ally [Corporate] •••)
The oldest of Caroline’s siblings (though junior to her), Luke is an Ivy League graduate with an eye towards business that has already sunk hip-deep in the family’s oil company. Tall, handsome, and well-spoken, Luke looks the part of the well-groomed and well-bred heir to the family fortune and has a knack for drumming up foreign capital that has put him in contention with his cousin Savannah as next in line for the family business. He’s particularly close to several Saudi princes, having roomed with one in college, and has drawn deeply upon them to raise his profile within the company, and in his uncle’s eyes. Though intrigued, the connection also makes Matthew nervous at the prospect of a foreign takeover should Luke gain power. Oil has long been the foundation for the Malveaux fortune, and introducing foreign elements to it is… unsettling. Frequently seen with Cécilia Devillers over the last year, leading some to speculate they may be close to an engagement announcement, much to the chagrin of the many that have sought either’s hand, and the frustration of others with the seemingly ever expanding Malveaux network of alliances, influence, and connections.
Westley Malveaux: (b. 1993, d. 2015; age 22; Ally [High Society] ••)
The second of Caroline’s brothers (and second-youngest sibling) had a storied tabloid history that didn’t spread far beyond the state. Always outshone by his older siblings Caroline and Luke, but never the baby of the family like Gabriel, Westley could have been the proverbial overlooked middle child—if his adolescent penchant for getting into trouble and later substance abuse hadn’t made it impossible for his parents to ignore him. His behavior finally culminated with a DUI at Tulane that killed a fellow student. Westley’s family resorted to every legal and extralegal means at their disposal to keep their son out of prison, but Orson was privately furious and had his nephew briefly sent to a monastery.
Never quite the same afterwards and maligned as a black sheep, Westley muddled his way through an online degree (the family being unable to prevent his expulsion from Tulane) and spent his nights drinking and partying in the French Quarter. While his preference was cocaine, he experimented with everything from ecstasy to heroine, forgoing only crack. His “acceptable” drug of choice by 2015 was alcohol after his mother made receiving (very private) substance abuse treatment a condition if he was to retain his trust fund. He was publicly painted as a redeemed young man in his father’s 2014 congressional campaign, but rumors continued to swirl around him in private circles, and his family’s handlers were never far at social functions—which he, in turn, was all-too happy to avoid. Recently deceased, he drowned after attending a late-night party on Talal al-Saud’s yacht and falling off while intoxicated.
In truth, Westley was kidnapped by the Ventrue René Baristheaut and brought to the Dungeon as bait to draw Caroline Malveaux to the same location. Although Caroline refused to enter the sadomasochistic club, resulting in Westley’s torturous and lonely death, René maneuver ultimately succeeded in luring his purported childe to the French Quarter (and from there into his own hands before the intervention of Louis Fontaine). Whether Caroline’s intervention could have saved her brother remains impossible to know. Their mother Claire was adamant that Westley had been trying to turn his life around before the Tulane DUI, and that the family turning its collective back on Westley was just as much to blame for the circumstances that led to his death.
• Gabriel Malveaux: (b. 1998; age 17; Ally [High Society] ••)
The youngest of Nathan’s children, Gabriel is still in high school (though a senior). Though he goes to school in Baton Rouge where the family makes their home, he frequently visits New Orleans for social functions and to spend time with his siblings (all of whom make their home in the Big Easy). Bright, athletically gifted, and scandal-free, several schools are pursuing him, but those that know the Malveauxes suspect that his path was laid out shortly after his birth. Gabriel wants to do some manner of volunteer or non-profit work when he graduates from college, though his father is already laying a path for him into politics, and Orson eyes the possibility of another man of the cloth. Sheltered from the worst excesses of the family by his relative youth, he was almost neglected by his parents and grew up very close to his siblings and cousins. Not prone to frivolous spending as a rule, though he does enjoy enduring fine things, such as his very expensive car. Has been dating the same girl since his freshman year of high school.
“My heart goes out to the man who does his work when the “boss” is away, as well as when he is home. And the man who, when given a letter for Garcia, quietly takes the missive, without asking any idiotic questions, and with no lurking intention of chucking it into the nearest sewer, or of doing aught else but deliver it, never gets “laid off,” nor has to go on strike for higher wages. Civilization is one long anxious search for just such individuals. Anything such a man asks will be granted; his kind is so rare that no employer can afford to let him go. He is wanted in every city, town, and village – in every office, shop, store and factory. The world cries out for such; he is needed, and needed badly—the man who can carry a message to Garcia.”
Outside of their proper business interests, including Malveaux Oil and their array of subsidiaries, the Malveaux family employs an array of individuals both officially and unofficially to see to their various needs. These include personal assistants, bodyguards, investigators, drivers, media contacts, and health care providers. Most are loyal to their patrons: those that are not know better than to betray them… or at least purport to.
• Alphonse Meridian: (Ally [Military] •••, Unavailable Retainer •••)
The long-time driver for Orson Malveaux, Alphonse is not exactly Vatican-issued. If one were to dig deeply into his past they’d find a youth of indiscretion, violence, and blood, including arrests for battery, assault with a deadly weapon, and attempted murder. Most of the crimes didn’t stick despite their brutal details: evidence had a habit of getting lost. The archbishop of course would tell you such is the power of God, that He can save such men from themselves. Wise outsiders should question how much of that past has been left behind. In truth, mild-mannered Alphonse is as cold-blooded as they come. The point of contact for his boss’ more unsavory contacts, he is the link between the archbishop and all manner of unpleasant individuals—and also his employer’s shield. The .44 magnum he keeps in the glove box is not just for show. A thin man with thinner hair, few ever see him coming.
• Amanda Turner: (Unavailable Ally [Military] •••, Unavailable Retainer •••)
Amanda fled her sexually abusive father after the death of her mother and enlisted in the marines when she was 17 years old, just in time for the Iraq War. Angry, hurt, and wanting to lash out she was infuriated by her exclusion from combat roles, particularly as many of her friends and comrades came back maimed or dead. Left the service after four years and found the private sector more accepting of her desires. Her commander called her suicidal. Her squad-mates called her crazy. She didn’t really care. When the last Blackwater merc was pulled out of Iraq it was the saddest day of her life. Amanda is a fiery and fearless young woman that is always spoiling for a fight, even with men twice her size. Perhaps especially with them. She’s eager to deploy elsewhere, and finds the world too quiet right now. Her commander had threatened to have her thrown out of Blackwater if she puts any more of his men in the hospital. Close to Stephanie Hall. Recently hired by Caroline Malveaux as a bodyguard.
• Ben Chandler: (Ally [Security] ••, Retainer •••)
The right hand of Roger Ferris, Ben has worked for the Malveauxes for nearly 4 years. Where Ferris is the overall architect of the family’s protective efforts, Ben is the blunt end of the stick used in those efforts require direct action. A massive slab of meat, Ben stands nearly 6’8 and weights close to 300lbs, most of it heavy muscle on his powerful frame. Former marine only allowed into the service during the Iraq War when wavers were readily handed out to meet recruiting requirements, he worked with Roger in Iraq as a lance corporal and made an excellent impression on the then field operative that persisted long after Ferris transferred out of Iraq into Jordan and subsequently left the Agency. Despite his exemplary service Ben was drummed out of the Marine Corps after his first five year enlistment ended on height/weight standards and spent half a decade working in industrial jobs until Roger reached out to him when he was putting together his team for the Malveaux family, an opportunity that Ben jumped at. Though far from a dunce, Ben is used mostly for his intimidating presence and physical skills. A combat veteran he’s unfazed by danger or the use of violence. Truly enjoys his job and his boss, both for his professionalism and the opportunity it has given him. Big fan of football, though he maintains that it’s gotten too soft and concerned with injuries rather than ‘purity’ of the game. Die hard fan of Alabama, often wearing a ball cap for the school, which earns him a great deal of ‘love’ in New Orleans (though few are willing to actually say anything to the titan of a man).
• Brett Goodman: (Ally [Security] ••, Retainer •••)
Ostentatiously a “profiler” and “investigator” Brett is in truth a spy and expert at both breaking and entering and simply conning his way into groups and buildings both on behalf of the Malveaux family. A high school con artist that attained a bit of law enforcement notoriety while still a teen for repeatedly talking his way into high society events, corporate headquarters, and anywhere else he didn’t belong, often simply for laughs but just as often to facilitate protests on behalf of student activist groups to get under people’s skin (and impress girls). Recruited (nearly pressganged) by the CIA as a non-official cover agent, spending nearly a year at the Farm where one of his many trainers was, for a time, Roger Ferris. When Roger entered the private sector he reached out to Brett, who has found the grass much greener (and more lucrative) working for the Malveaux family. Conducts corporate espionage, break-ins on persons of interest to gather information, blackmail material, or bug their homes, and (rarely) does more deep cover work, approaching and seducing or manipulating targets over time. Truly enjoys the thrill of outsmarting and manipulating others to achieve a goal. A consummate womanizer that is tasteless enough to brag about his many conquests to many of his coworkers. Regarded as somewhat unprofessional by the former military members of the team, though they find many of his escapades hilarious. Was one of the many moving pieces used to tear apart the Cherry family. Also handy with a handgun and a bit martial arts in a pinch, and though Roger doesn’t use him in that role Brett is quite confident in his ability to handle himself.
• Caleb Gallagher: (Ally [Politics] ••••)
71-year-old chief of staff for Senator Nathaniel Malveaux, Caleb is an old breed of Southern snake, a cottonmouth with a terrible temper and a vicious bite. While Malveaux is charming, Caleb is terrifying, the stick to his boss’ carrot. He’s a mean old man that walks with a cane and has strict southern values that include closeted bigotry and racism. Caleb has been with Nathaniel for more than twenty years, and before that served his uncle, Senator Carter Malveaux, in a similar capacity prior to the senator’s untimely death in a plane crash. He likely knows more about where the bodies are buried in Louisiana politics than any man still alive. Prefers to communicate face to face, and hates email and text conversations, considering them impersonal and rude. Rarely even uses the phone, and considers it a favor when he does.
• Drew Harrington: (Ally [Security] ••)
Former marine that served in Iraq alongside Ben Chandler, Drew returned home to New Orleans after he finished his commitment with the Corps and became a cop. Recruited by Ben Chandler and paid a stipend by the Malveauxes to work for them on the side, part time but on demand, using both his military training, combat experience, and (importantly) badge and police powers to great effect. Though the family has many more highly placed police on the payroll, Roger has found that having a cop show up and flash a badge is particularly useful when he needs to handle simple problems. Drew was called in as a first responder by Roger when Westley Malveaux had his ‘accident’ and helped keep him from getting arrested that night, a move which justified every penny they’ve spent on him both before and since. Family man married with three small children at home to his high school sweetheart (despite several instances of disclosed infidelity on both their parts during his time in Iraq) that sees nothing wrong with earning a bit (or more than) of money on the side, and treats the emergency calls that pull him away no differently than he did duty as a marine, though he rarely works more than 5 hours a week for the Malveauxes, and can often arrange to do it while he’s on patrol.
• Emilia Rosa: (Ally [Corporate] ••)
An anchor baby for her impoverished Mexican parents, Emilia has risen far in the world behind good looks, intellect, and force of personality. Personal assistant (and some whisper more—though they do so quietly indeed) to Savannah Malveaux, Emilia is the eminently charming public face that is put forward in in place of the antisocial Malveaux heir. In fact, Emilia attends most of the meetings on behalf of her boss, standing in her place and reporting back to her. Another Stanford grad, she’s followed Savannah’s course since they attended business school together, and has significant influence on her decision making. For his part Matthew Malveaux tolerates Emilia only in so far as she shields his daughter from scrutiny. He looks down on her humble origins, and the backroom whispers as to the nature of her relationship with his daughter may soon see her banished from the company if they reach him. Though she speaks without an accent, having grown up in the United States, there’s a distinctly spicy tint to her sultry voice, a slight hint of rolled R’s.
• Franz Harz: (Ally [Legal] •••)
Attorney with Ware and Lebowski, Franz and his family immigrated from Germany when he was eight, settling in Pittsburgh. Attended Duke Law in 1978 and graduated with honors, but despite a talented legal mind, Franz’ noticeable accent and stutter rendered him utterly incapable as a trial lawyer. Eventually he signed on Ware and Lebowski, a large firm that services an array of corporate clients in need of outside council, drafting contracts, settlements, and the like. He spent time in San Diego, New York, and Chicago before landing in New Orleans, where he handles a great many contractual matters for Malveaux Oil, and has been on a standing retainer for the family as a whole as well for more than ten years. Franz deals primarily with contracts, including non-competes, non-disclosures, and other employment agreements, while also helping negotiate larger contracts for his clients with service providers such as insurance companies. Franz is a short, meticulous, and boring man that prefers to correspond in writing and hates meeting clients.
• Jackson Kibbe: (Ally [Media] •••)
Jackson Kibbe is loyal to three things: publicity, a juicy story, and the Malveaux family. Their designated hitman in Louisiana media, he’s risen to the lofty position of editor for the Times-Picayune mostly through nepotism, but also maintains a ‘news blog’ on the side not directly linked to him, where he’s published many of his most sensitive stories he can’t get into the paper under the name ‘Axis’. Directly responsible for leaking everything from damaging internal memos belonging to environmental groups, to graphic photos of democratic politicians engaged in unsavory actions, to stolen medical records belonging to 17-year-old girls like Hillary Cherry. An incurable gossip and flirt, his cruelty was on full display when he posted not only Hillary’s medical records, but photos of her, pale as a sheet with a tear streaked face, as she was loaded into the ambulance following her suicide attempt.
• Jordan Marco: (Ally [Health] ••)
35-year-old principle caretaker for Camillia Malveaux, Jordan is a live-in licensed practical nurse and physical therapist who also in theory serves as a ‘caretaker’ for Gabriel Malveaux in the frequent absence of his parents, Jordan was brought in almost ten years ago after Camillia was first released from the hospital with her first hip fracture to help her with physical therapy and recovery. Small but stoutly built, Jordan spends much of his free time as a gym rat and, on the rare occasions in which he’s able to get the time off, he competes in amateur bodybuilding competitions. Though he and the old bag did not originally hit it off well, she’s subsequently grown quite fond of him over the last ten years as her own family has withdrawn from her, and today he’s one of the few individuals that can talk her down from beating the maids and screaming at the family’s chef. The rare days that he’s not frequent she’s typically incredibly cantankerous and difficult with her stand in caretaker. In truth he’s grown fond and protective of her as well, having seen behind her veneer, coming to understand why she is who she is, and what she has endured and accomplished in her long life. Well compensated and comfortable, he is mildly but increasingly concerned as to what he’s going to do if and when the old woman passes away. Also relatively friendly with Gabriel Malveaux, who he occasionally works out with and largely leaves to his own devices. Originally from Texas and a dire hard fan of the Dallas Cowboys. Very plainspoken and genuine.
• Katherine Merlou (Ally [High Society] ••): Personal assistant to Vera Malveaux, helping maintain her social calendar, makes reservations, runs errands, and generally sees to all the needs of the scarred matron. Vera is rarely seen out at public events without Katherine at least somewhere nearby. For her part, Katherine is increasingly frustrated with the ever-growing needs of her employer and her very limited time off, but is reluctant to give up what is an influential job with excellent pay and many fringe benefits. Replaced her predecessor (who quit in spectacular fashion after a nervous breakdown, the third such failure in the last ten years) approximately two years, and has a finally gotten a good feel for what her boss wants. Works long hours, waking up in the morning and typically meeting Vera (Mrs. Malveaux) with her coffee when the woman awakes and departing only late into the evening when she has been settled into her home or hotel for the night. As a result Katherine’s own social calendar is extremely limited, typically limited to her (typical) half-day on Sundays.
• Kayla Graves: (Ally [Security] ••, Retainer •••)
High school and college beauty pageant winner (former Miss. Louisiana), Kayla grew up wanting to be a cop after her father’s tragic murder when she was nine years old. Upon joining the force however she found herself not assigned to homicide, or even beat patrols, but rather to VICE, where her striking looks and sultry voice proved tremendously effective at luring in would be Johns in prostitution stings. Though discouraged by the work, which left her feeling cheap and dirty, she persisted in the hope it would lead to better things right up until it became apparent that there was neither interest nor intent to move her out of her role as little more than bait for the pettiest of crimes. The last straw came when she found several other VICE squad members had been taking and sharing nude photos of her in the shower and locker rooms without her knowledge. When Roger Ferris approached her after the arrest of a Malveaux ally she was all to ready to jump ship into the private sector, regardless of the work offered, taking with her all evidence of the man’s indiscretion and embracing a private sector paycheck that was substantially better – and a boss that didn’t treat her like a bimbo. She’s extremely bitter towards the NOPD and frequently bickers with Drew Harrington when the two are forced to interact, but is more generally disillusioned as to the nature of criminal justice as a whole. She’s been discretely sleeping with Roger for the last 18 months, though both have been unwilling to make a commitment to an actual relationship. The matter is complicated by the fact that she frequently works as a honeypot for the Malveaux family, drawing in men with access to valuable secrets, influence, or damaging information on the Malveaux family, though that’s hardly the only role she works in. She’s grown more comfortable with the role as she got away from using it in the pursuit of ‘justice’ and is capable of more readily seeing the value of what she does in practical, if not moral terms. Also works occasionally as a discrete bodyguard that is often mistaken for a personal assistant because of her looks, though she’s typically only used in that role when for some reason extra manpower is required (for instance, foreign trips). Thanks most men are easily manipulated by her looks, and frequently jokes about the matter with Margaret Ramsey, who in turn offers (perhaps jokingly?) to help her out by removing the need for male companionship.
• Margaret Ramsey: (Ally [Security] ••, Retainer •••)
Former white hat now black hatted hacker from a prominent New Orleans family, Margaret dropped out of MIT in her senior year (at age 20 after graduating high school a year early) to get under the skin of her controlling, prim, and proper family when they reacted badly to her coming out and was subsequently cut off from her family resources, thrown on the street, and forced into menial work just to eat in an effort to ‘punish’, ‘break’ her of her poor attitude, and return her to the conservative, traditional, and meek girl she was as a young teen. Eventually started violating her own principles, turning to more black hat work for money in her desperation. Those desperate (and in many ways reckless) actions led to an investigation by the authorities and her arrest. Enter Roger Ferris, always on the lookout for new talent, who offered her a deal she couldn’t turn down: a job, shelter from her family, and a way out of her legal troubles. Down the rabbit hole she went. In the two years since she’s tumbled deeply down the moral abyss that surrounds the former CIA Station Chief. Her six months working retail and food service deeply affected the otherwise sheltered girl, and she deeply appreciates the opportunity Roger gave to a girl with no degree or on the books certifications. For his part, he deeply appreciates the advantage of having a nearly completely off the books hacker (her arrest record was wiped). Heavily tattooed, with brightly colored hair and many piercings that frequents the party scene but is still socially awkward within it. Rape survivor that rarely talks about it, even to those closest to her.
• Mr. Taylor: (Ally [Military] ••••, Unavailable Retainer ••••)
6’6" Jamaican-born bodyguard from the worst slums of Kingston, Mr. Taylor escaped to the United States when he was seventeen. Eager to make something of himself, he instead found that with no education, a thick accent, and limited language skills, New Orleans was far from from the land of opportunity he had hoped. The ruthlessness he brought from his rough upbringing still allowed him to find work as bouncer, while a developing sense of professionalism—and iron determination to make something of himself—allowed him to work his way up to being a private investigator, a bodyguard, and finally one of the region’s most sought-after ones. Mr. Taylor prides himself on that professionalism, dressing in immaculate suits and speaking only when required, and never out of turn. He is quietly taking online courses and attending night classes for his MBA. For the last five years he’s been in the employ of Matthew Malveaux, and is one of few privy to many of the man’s secrets by necessity.
• Roger Ferris: (Ally [Military] •••)
A former CIA case officer turned station chief that spent more than a decade in the Middle East, Roger quit the agency after he lost two fingers under brutal torture with a hammer when an op went bad in Jordan and he was captured (and was nearly beheaded) by a group of religious fundamentalists. Intending to retire to honest work, he came back instead to service on divorce proceedings and a custody battle over his young daughter that went quite badly. Combined with his loss of faith (in the American cause in the Middle East and the worth of his own actions) and his general embitterment over his own suffering, the loss of his family sent him into a spiral of drinking and self-destruction, burning most of his bridges and professional contacts in his fit of self loathing. That spiral continued for more than two years and landed him in New Orleans on a friend’s couch in 2008, all but destitute. That friend was kind enough to get him back on his feet, ignoring the abuse that Roger heaped on him as he did so, and eventually put him in touch with the Malveaux family, one of his own frequent clients. The rest is, as they say, history. Today Roger is in charge of physical security and protection for the Malveaux family as a whole under the supervision of Matthew Malveaux, while generally seeing to many of the more questionable activities needed to advance the family’s agenda. He has more than a dozen operatives under him and is deeply involved in both the Malveaux political and industrial machine, though officially he’s separate from both. The result of his dedication and loyalty has been a reversal of fortunes for him. With Malveaux influence he’s gained custody of his daughter and relocated her to New Orleans to live with him. Faintly supernaturally aware as a result of things he saw in Baghdad and in Jordan during his time there, mostly in terms of an openness to the idea that there are things he doesn’t understand. Roger is wickedly intelligent, a near genius, incredibly manipulative and persuasive, and devious bastard in his plotting. Though he’s’ gotten away from field work since he left the Middle East, he’s also an accomplished field agent. He’s also utterly immoral, and among other things, was the architect of the woes of the Cherry family.
As with all powerful families many rumors, both new and old, swirl around the Malveaux family at various levels of society. The veracity of many is questionable at best, but some may have more truth to them than others. Surely a family as old and powerful as the Malveauxes have plenty of skeletons hidden in their closets. Some of the more persistent whisperings include:
• Caroline Malveaux is the slut of Tulane University (recent)
• Carson Malveaux was actually special forces during Vietnam, and carried out all manner of unthinkable acts towards the end of the war.
• Charlotte Malveaux is dating Edward Kelly, the grandson of Joseph. H. Kelly, in what is an arranged relationship.
• James Malveaux was murdered by his own sons so they could seize control the family.
• Luke Malveaux is secretly engaged to Cecilia Devillers.
• Malveaux Oil was behind the Deepwater Horizon disaster to chase BP out of the Gulf.
• Matthew Malveaux has carried on an affair with his assistant for a decade.
• Nathaniel and Claire Malveaux are swingers.
• One of the Malveaux daughters in the 19th century carried on an affair with Napoleon’s nephew, and even gave birth to a son as a result.
• Orson Malveaux is a pedophile with a taste for young boys.
• Savannah Malveaux is a closeted lesbian in a relationship with her assistant Emilia Rosa.
• Susan Malveaux is quite ill, suffering from some horrible disease, and was stashed away from the public eye in a convent to keep it quiet.
• Susan Malveaux had an abortion in high school, that’s why she was forced to join a convent by her family.
• Susan Malveaux is actually illegitimate, the product of an affair or rape by her mother.
• The Malveaux family maintains a secret vault of silver and gold, left over from the era of Spanish rule.
• The Malveaux family stole the medical records of Hillary Cherry and leaked them.
• Thomas Malveaux has all number of illegitimate children, and now grandchildren, from his youth.
• Vera Malveaux is addicted to pain killers.
• Westley Malveaux is HIV positive after contracting it from one of the many prostitutes he used to frequent, and it’s one of many reasons he is no longer socially active.