Campaign of the Month: October 2017
Blood & Bourbon
Black sheep of the Malveaux family
Westley Malveaux was a twenty-something young man of average height, moderate build, and dusky brown hair. His clean-shaven, heart-shaped face had handsome features and deep blue eyes that some girls were known to describe as soulful, or at least searching—though around his family they were more often drunk or sullenly glaring.
Name: Westley Cole Malveaux
Ethnicity: Creole by descent, but the Malveauxes are sufficiently white and distant from their roots to identify as simply American.
Date of Birth: April 26th, 1993 (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)
Date of Death: September 15th, 2015 (New Orleans, Louisiana)
Eye Color: Blue
Hair Color: Brown
Education: Unfinished B.A., major undeclared (Southern New Hampshire University [online], 2013—2015, Tulane University, 2011—2012). Westley died while attending college.
Occupation: Westley never held a job in his life.
Religion: Nominally Roman Catholic. Westley attended religious services at his family’s insistence, although his practice was anything but sincere by the time of his death.
Westley was born to power and wealth as a son of the Malveaux family, but always outshone by his older siblings Caroline and Luke. The order of his birth meant he also couldn’t be the baby of the family like his little brother Gabriel. Westley seemed like he was destined to be 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 to reform his behavior.
After those events, Westley was never quite the same. Maligned as a black sheep, he continued to muddle his way through an online degree (even his family could not 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 and forwent 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.
Westley’s father worked tirelessly to keep his storied tabloid history from spreading far beyond the state. He was publicly painted as a redeemed young man during his father Nathan’s 2012 Senate 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.
GM: “At least you were talking. So many others in the family seemed to forget he existed.”
Caroline: “At least Luke and I had the early years. The only attention he ever got from Dad was when he did something wrong. Is it any surprise he kept doing it? After a while instead of trying to measure up…”
GM: “I suppose he just wound up the forgotten middle child. You were the only girl. Luke was the oldest son. Gabriel was the baby, especially with how much later along he came than the rest of you.”
Caroline: “It’s not just that. Luke and I were so busy competing for Dad’s attention… how was little brother supposed to compete? Oh, you took second place in the spelling bee? Caroline, tell me more about your trip to nationals.”
GM: “I had hope for a moment, you know, when you went into med school. Westley could have gone into law, and from there, politics. Luke’s always had a better head for business, and Gabriel was still so young. Your father would have been so proud to see one of his sons become senator or governor.”
“But Westley was… well, I suppose if we’re being honest, he never felt he could never measure up to you or Luke, in college. He felt as if he’d squandered his academic career in high school, not going to nationals like you did.”
“After you went to med school, I convinced him he could make a new path for himself in law, and maybe politics—he’s always been good with people, and not quite so uptight as Luke. But the pressure was so hard on him in college. He felt like he was racing to catch up with you and Luke even still, and he was embarrassed that he didn’t get into an Ivy League school—maybe he felt part of that stemmed from shooting himself in the foot, with debate.”
“I tried to point out we’ve had a Speaker of the House come from Tulane, but college party culture was just so attractive to him, I suppose, as a way to blow off steam. But that made his studies suffer, and turned it into a catch-22. Then came the accident with the girl. You remember the family drama over that. How they all treated him. After that, he just… stopped trying. I’m really not sure how much St. Joseph’s had to do with that.”
In September 2015, Westley met an abrupt, tragic, and ignoble death after attending a late-night party on Talal al-Saud’s yacht and falling off while intoxicated. None of the other equally intoxicated partygoers noticed his absence until the next morning, by which time he had drowned in the Gulf of Mexico. Efforts to retrieve his body took even longer, and it was to no one’s great surprise that his family opted for a closed-casket funeral. He was 22 years old.
GM’s Note: Spoilers for the adventure logs follow below.
Stories Three, Four, Seven
In truth, Westley was kidnapped by the Ventrue René Baristheaut and brought to the Dungeon as bait to draw his sister Caroline Malveaux-Devillers into that den of iniquity. Although Caroline refused to enter the club, which resulted in Westley’s torturous and lonely death, René’s ploy 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. The two’s 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.
GM: “Your father doesn’t want to lose another child, Caroline. He doesn’t know what else to do. He stayed out of Wesley’s life. And look what happened.”
Caroline: “He was murdered by a twisted and vindictive vampire to try and get at his already viciously murdered daughter? Truly a failure on his part.”
GM: “Maybe it was. Perhaps if Westley wasn’t so alone, spending his nights partying in the Quarter, he wouldn’t have made so convenient a target. Maybe he could have been working as a senatorial intern in DC, or attending graduate school at Harvard. Been away from this all, and been safe. We can never know. We can… we can never know.”
Carter Malveaux (b. 1923, d. 1965) + Myrtle Malveaux (b. 1925, d. 1999)
• 2. Carson Malveaux (b. 1952) + Barbara Malveaux (née Flores) (b. 1955)
• 3. (His children)
• 2. (Their children)
James Malveaux (b. 1926, d. 1991) + Camillia Malveaux (née Lawless) (b. 1929)
• 2. Orson Malveaux (b. 1950)
• 2. Matthew Malveaux (b. 1954) + Vera Malveaux (née Dyer) (b. 1957)
• 3. Adam Malveaux (b. 1985)
• 3. Savannah Malveaux (b. 1987)
• 3. Susan Malveaux (b. 1990)
• 3. Charlotte Malveaux (b. 1992)
• 3. Elaine Malveaux (b. 1994)
• 3. Virginia Malveaux (b. 1996)
• 2. Nathaniel Malveaux (b. 1957) + Abélia Devillers (b. 1956)
• 3. Caroline Malveaux-Devillers (b. 1989, e. 2015)
• 2. Nathaniel Malveaux (b. 1957) +
Claire Malveaux (née Monroe) (b. 1958, d. 2016)
• 3. Luke Malveaux (b. 1991)
Westley Malveaux (b. 1993, d. 2015)
• 3. Gabriel Malveaux (b. 1997)
• 1. Thomas Malveaux (b. 1933) + Mary Malveaux (née Whitney) (b. 1934)
• 2. (Their three children)
• 2. Other illegitimate children rumored