Campaign of the Month: October 2017
Blood and Bourbon
Seneschal of the city & Vidal's right hand
“To be is to do.”
“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.”
“Prince Vidal is fortunate to ’ave such wisdom at ’is side.”
—Cletus Lee Boggs
She only softens for an instant. She could always tolerate him.
The rest still disgust her, and it is his vestige of decency they hide behind, like so many termites in hardwood.
“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, but simply more iron painted a velvety red. Those who dart within his reach would do well to remember that his ‘mercy’ often takes unexpected (and undesired) forms. After all, it is also a mercy to put down those who can only suffer.”
“The seneschal is the embodiment of God’s mercy.”
Philip Maldonato is a slender and exceedingly tall individual who stands around a head over most men. 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. A silver pocketwatch on an attached chain and cufflinks of the same material offer several further concessions to the past. A gold signet ring set with a sapphire and traced with Arabic script rests 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 untimely execution, but Maldonato has neither confirmed nor denied this claim. 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 advantage of his position as the prince’s right hand to sire any progeny—certainly, if he wished 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 such childer (who would by now be elders in their own right) have claimed him as a sire.