Campaign of the Month: October 2017
Blood and Bourbon
Seneschal of the city & Vidal's right hand
“Prince Vidal is fortunate to ’ave such wisdom at ’is side.”
—Cletus Lee Boggs
“Few Kindred I have met possess any sense of compassion, but Seneschal Maldonato is one of them. Perhaps through strength of spirit, or perhaps simply by virtue of his outright strength, he has been able to cultivate a measured sense of justice and mercy that makes him a rare bright spot in the rolling mass of viciousness and self-indulgent cruelty that is New Orleans. There’s no ill words I could—or would—speak against him on those merits alone.”
“The Seneschal is the embodiment of God’s mercy.”
“Seneschal Maldonato is oft underestimated, his easy and reserved manner lulling others into a mistaking this lion for a lamb. Canny Kindred would do well to remember that few of the meek survive centuries, and fewer still spend many of them as an archon. In truth the seneschal’s gentle demeanor is a facade: he is no velvet glove around Prince Vidal’s iron fist, instead he is simply more iron painted a velvety red. Those that dart within his reach would do well to remember that quite often his ‘mercy’ takes unexpected (and often undesired) forms. After all, it is a mercy too to put down those that can only suffer.”
Philip Maldonato is a very tall fellow. He stands at least a head over most men and is nearly as broad of shoulder, but his frame is slender rather than stout—more an elf’s than a giant’s. His skin is dusky and smooth, with only the merest hint of the wrinkles of age around his deep-set almond eyes, which sparkle faintly whenever he thinks hard on something. When seen in public or by the Prince’s side, he favors hand-tailored business suits in muted tones (gray and navy, mostly) and double-breasted cuts, usually with a handkerchief in the front pocket. Silver cufflinks and a pocketwatch of the same material on an attached chain offer several further concessions to the past. A gold signet ring set with a sapphire and traced with Arabic script can always be seen resting upon one of his long, slender fingers. In private, Maldonato is a child of tradition who collects fine furniture that is now considered “antique” and prefers the loose fit of the traditional galabiyya, almaizar, and fez. In such surroundings, he enjoys walking barefoot so that he may feel the ground beneath his feet.
• Unknown sire
• Philip Maldonato (e. centuries ago)
Unknown. Maldonato has refused to disclose any details concerning his lineage, and conjecture regarding his clan has been a source of much gossip at Elysium over the years. George Smith recently alleged that the seneschal was a Lasombra antitribu before his own untimely execution, but Maldonato has neither confirmed nor denied this allegation. He has publicly demonstrated several advanced powers of the Blood and most Kindred presume him to be of low generation.
None known. Maldonato has seemingly never taken of his position as the prince’s right hand to sire any childer—certainly, if he wanted to Embrace, it is presumed he could obtain his lover’s permission with ease. Some Kindred have speculated whether Maldonato Embraced prior to coming to New Orleans, but if this is the case, no childer have publicly come forward to claim him as a sire.