Campaign of the Month: October 2017
Blood & Bourbon
Senior med student & almost-doctor
Emily is a moderately tall twenty-something woman with tan skin, slightly slanted eyes, and indeterminate racial features. She’s not certain exactly what ancestry she is, beyond mixed: she knows she’s part white and Hispanic on her mom’s side, and part Native American, South Asian, or Middle Eastern (maybe some of several) on her dad’s side. She can pass for white at a casual glance, though some people start to wonder “what exactly she is” or “where she’s from” after a close enough look.
She’s not a fitness freak, but she recognizes the importance of a healthy lifestyle and works out more days than not. She used to have perennial bags under her eyes and believed she was well on her way to early wrinkles and gray hair, thanks to recurrent stress during her college years, but frequent spa visits have erased all evidence of that: even she’s sometimes surprised by how little remains.
Emily’s biggest pride is her hair. It’s glossy, black, and falls all the way to her mid-back. She’s not modest about the fact that she considers it pretty. As she remarks, “It had fucking better be, with how much effort taking care of it is.” She’s been tempted to cut it much shorter several times, but always refrains. Complimenting her hair is a sure way to get on her good side.
Emily dressed affordably for years. She still retains the habit and prefers secondhand clothes bought from thrift stores: they look just as nice, if you ask her, and stop the textiles from filling landfills. She usually wears jeans, t-shirts, and sneakers or converse, though she’s also started wearing yoga pants as a result of her part-time work at Flawless (where yoga pants are all but uniform among the girls). She enjoys the occasional pretty dress, but most of her daily wear is practical, and rarely includes skirts or dresses. In her words, “Long hair is how I show off my girly side.” Her single pair of heels likewise only comes on for special dates. Most of her shoes are sturdy flats with thick soles to ease the expected long hours on her feet as a future doctor. She generally doesn’t care for boots. The one area where she makes an exception to her usual thriftiness is hair products. She splurges on those with $50 a bottle shampoo and jokingly describes it as “my personal crack habit.”
Name: Emily Rafaela Rosure. Emily does not like the fact her middle and surnames share the same initial (“it doesn’t flow off the tongue”) and rarely uses the former.
Race: Mixed; part Caucasian, part Hispanic, and part Native American and/or South Asian
Ethnicity: Mixed; see above
Date of Birth: February 16th, 1988 (El Paso, Texas)
Weight: 133 lbs
Eye Color: Brown
Hair Color: Black
Education: M.D. (pending, Tulane University School of Medicine, 2012—present), B.S. Pre-Medicine (Tulane University, 2008—2012)
Occupation: Massage therapist (2010—present), waitress (2002—2009)
Religion: Roman Catholic. Emily cheerfully embraces the label of “cafeteria Catholic” and doesn’t hold to the church’s teachings on abortion, birth control, premarital sex, or LGBT issues. She attends church, but has been known to skip days. She admits that another faith might better reflect her actual values, but she was raised Catholic and it’s a cultural thing as much as anything else for her.
One day Emily will be a doctor. One day.
Emily’s father was a stranger who walked out on his family before his daughter was born. Her mother was a waitress who tried to make ends meet, but often seemed more interested in partying and getting high than taking care of her child. Emily remembers a steadily rotating stream of boyfriends and shithole apartments punctuated by going to bed on Pop-Tarts and cereal during evenings when her mom was too tired or strung out to cook.
A DUI by Emily’s mother while her daughter was still in the car finally landed the 11-year-old into the foster care system. She bounced from home to home throughout her teenage years. Some were better than others, but none were permanent. Few families seemed interested in adopting an adolescent girl of indeterminate ethnicity over a white baby. Emily flunked more than one middle school class, but adults seemed uninterested in going through the hassle of making her repeat a grade and shuffled her on through. She sometimes hoped her mom would try to regain custody of her, but the woman never reappeared.
By what Emily describes as “pure luck of the draw,” most of her foster homes in high school were better ones. She studied hard, got good grades, and did lots of volunteer work: she knew she didn’t want to turn out like her mother and education seemed like the best path to escape that life. By the time she aged out of the foster system, she had no family figures in her life and was mostly penniless, but her hard work earned her a scholarship to Tulane University. She didn’t have anything tying her to El Paso and moved to New Orleans with the dream of becoming a doctor.
Emily spent her freshman year attending school full-time and working on a premed degree with a focus in kinesiology. She also juggled two jobs, both as a waitress, to pay for living and academic expenses not covered by her scholarship. She studied hard, but it wasn’t easy to balance with work when she felt like she had no time to relax: every week was a revolving door of school, work, school, work.
Even still, she might have been able to soldier through that if she weren’t getting sick all the time. She always felt low on energy and kept falling asleep during class. It’s never helpful to tick off your professors, but it’s worse when your grades are slipping too. Emily felt like she was sinking down a hole, sometimes, with no way back up. That years-away dream of becoming a doctor looked more distant every day.
“Sometimes, you’re born into a shitty family and a bad situation. And you can let that hold you back, or you can pick yourself up and move on. Family doesn’t have to be the people who share your blood. Family can be people who love you, who you love, who look out for you.”
Emily felt like it all would’ve been so much easier with a family to lean on for support. People who just gave a damn, whether she flunked out or not.
Her parents weren’t ever going to re-enter her life, but she found new family in 2009 after befriending her roommate Celia Flores. The two helped one another through a series of personal crises involving Celia’s abusive father, a medical emergency, and teenage pregnancy that culminated in Celia and her mother Diana adopting Emily into their family; she’d been there for them and they wanted to be there for her. Emily moved in with the Floreses and cut back her work hours to focus on school.
She credits it with the chief reason she isn’t still working as a waitress, or Tulane’s records department and dreaming of someday becoming a doctor. As of 2016, Emily is in her last year of med school and has a part-time job as a massage therapist at Flawless with Celia. She still lives with her adoptive mother Diana and is helping her to raise Celia’s daughter Lucy (the 19-year-old Celia was unable to raise Lucy herself), something the otherwise single grandmother greatly appreciates. Lucy refers to Emily as one of her three mothers. She’s also been in a relationship with Robert “Robby” Grant, a corporate accountant and HEMA enthusiast, for several years now. She isn’t big on the HEMA scene, though she enjoys playing World of Shadow and some of the other tabletop games he’s introduced her to.
She’s still amazed at what a difference having a supportive family made in her life.
GM’s Note: Significant spoilers for the adventure logs follow below in Stories Ten and beyond.
Celia met Emily in 2009 during her freshman year at Tulane, where the two were roommates. Emily invited Celia to her first college party and introduced her to Stephen Garrison. She was often out of the dorm due to her demanding work schedule, but she was there when Celia came home from the altercation with her father, Maxen, that ended in a broken arm. Emily called Diana for a ride to the hospital and supported her statements when the two met Detective Peter Lebeaux, then drove Celia back to Maxen’s house to retrieve her things after her father had been arrested. On their way back to the dorm they ran into Caroline Malveaux-Devillers, who was quick to diffuse the situation when Emily dropped the purse containing Celia’s stolen gun.
A few nights later Emily hit her all-time low and drunk texted Celia about failing out of college, citing her increasing ill health and the fact she bombed an exam after pulling an all-nighter to be with Celia at the ER. Celia showed up with Stephen to help nurse the co-ed back to health, then passed a very drunk Emily off to Emmett’s care while she went to deal with the situation at her mother’s house. Emily was present in the hospital with Diana following Celia’s Embrace and tagged along when Lebeaux and Celia moved Diana to a safe house. She traded her blood to Doc Xola as the first part of a payment plan for his work on Diana’s missing toes and offered up her scholarship when it looked like Celia might not help her mom. During a later conversation she accepted Celia’s help to get through undergrad and was officially welcomed to the Flores family by Diana in a tearful exchange. Since then, life has been looking up for Emily.
In 2016, Emily was present for a family dinner with her boyfriend Robby where Celia showed up rolling on ecstasy after an ill-fated hunting trip by her ghoul, Randy, and endured Celia’s clumsy (and hilarious) attempted seduction before finally putting her foot down. The two later made up via text and discussed their plans to set up Diana so she could finally have a man in her life. Days later, Emily confessed to Celia that she stabbed Maxen Flores when she found him in bed with Diana. Celia said she would have dinner with him to find out what he wanted.
Emily was unimpressed with Maxen’s attempt to get back into Diana’s life and refused to accept any gifts from him from the dinner with Celia. She was rather put out when Diana seemed to buy into his story and told Celia she was making a big mistake by supporting her mother’s interest in reconciliation.
Story Thirteen (Part I)
Emily was present for the dinner Diana hosted for Henry Garrison and his daughter Danielle, though she ended up taking dinner in her carriage house with Lucy. When Celia found out that she had once dated her college boyfriend, Stephen, she confronted her sister. Before she could learn the truth about how deep their affection ran her sire showed up and erased Emily’s memories of seeing him.
Emily was also present for the dinner with Maxen Flores and she made sure her unhappiness with the whole situation was known, actively hostile to him at dinner. She stuck around to watch Maxen and Diana cuddle on the couch while Celia saw to a few affairs, and later watched Diana kick Maxen out of her life for good. Though happy at this development, she was confounded as to where her mother found this new reserve of personal confidence. She didn’t back down from questioning Celia and Diana about what happened, and her sister finally told her the truth.
Emily took it well. She was intrigued by the idea of vampires and peppered Celia with questions until she had to leave to attend Elysium. She picked right back up where they’d left off when Celia returned and their conversation led to Celia unlocking a memory of her sister’s being fed on by a familiar face at a party hosted by Hound Agnello, while dressed like a prostitute and being paraded around for the amusement of the Kindred attendees. Disgusted by what she’d witnessed, Emily promptly vomited.
Story Thirteen (Part II)
When Diana retired for the evening Celia took Emily to Flawless to take her mind off things, where the pair proceeded to get drunk and prank-called Celia’s boyfriend. Emily eventually passed out in one of the spa’s Vichy rooms. When a handful of assailants showed up to cause trouble in her spa, Celia hid with Emily in the closet while they tortured her friend in another room. Alana eventually showed up to take Emily home.
The next evening Emily looked after Celia’s newly adopted baby while she took Lucy and Diana to have the former’s memory erased, after Lucy overheard a Masquerade-breaking conversation. When they returned Celia and Emily discussed her future and the dangers of knowing the truth about Kindred society as a mortal. Celia floated the idea of Emily being a ghoul or being Embraced as a lick herself, though Emily was unwilling to do the former (after she learned about the addictive nature of vitae) and the timing wasn’t right for the latter.
When Peter Lebeaux showed up to erase Lucy’s memories he found out that Emily knew about the Kindred and demanded that Celia fix this second Masquerade breach. Lebeaux erased Emily’s next, but said she’d seen and heard too much to be fully confident it would last. He sent Emily to bed and promised Celia that he wouldn’t tell her grandsire about it so long as she made sure the girl wouldn’t cause any problems for them.
Quotes by Emily
“My point is… you’re disrespecting yourself. When someone’s being shitty and you keep trying to be nice to them. ‘Turn the other cheek’ is dumb advice. You’re disrespecting yourself when you keep trying and trying and trying and they don’t.”
—Emily Rosure to Diana Flores
“Pieces of shit can’t be full of anything except more shit.”
—Emily Rosure on Maxen Flores
Quotes about Emily
“Family isn’t who you’re born to. It’s more than whose womb you come from and who sat at the dinner table with you growing up. Family is love and commitment. It is choice. A choice you make over and over again. Family is who you choose. And this is who I choose.”
“I told Mom and I think she told Emily, cause she gave me a total earful.”
“Anything worth repeating?”
“I hung up. Not to be sexist or anything, but… women can be nags in a way guys just can’t, you know?”
—Logan Flores to Celia Flores
• 1. Diana Flores (née Underwood) (adoptive) (b. 1973)
• 2. Emily Rosure (b. 1988)
• 2. Celia Flores (b. 1989) + (unknown father)
• 3. Lucy Flores (b. 2010)
Isabel Flores (b. 1991, d. 2016) + (unknown fathers)
• 3. Ethan Flores (b. 2010)
• 3. Abigail Flores (b. 2015)
• 2. David Flores (b. 1993)
• 2. Sophia Flores (b. 1994)
• 2. Logan Flores (b. 1997)