Blood and Bourbon
Recent Changes (Wiki)
I make semi-periodic minor edits to a lot of stuff on the wiki. This page will let players (particularly those who have taken extended hiatuses from the game) know which edits added significant new content. In some cases, where searching out the content on a particularly large page might be inconvenient (ie, new NPCs on The Living), I may also repost it directly here.
• Updated The Ghouls to use the new NPC/geography page format.
• Updated New Orleans Mafia to use the new NPC/geography page format.
• Added a new parish map to Beyond the City.
• Added the following Mafia NPC Sam came up with a while ago:
Ernie “Peanuts” Marchesi (Ally [Underworld] •••, Status [Mafia] •••)
A distant descendant of Gaspare Marchesi, one of the 11 Italians lynched in 1891 for the murder of police chief David Hennessy. His nickname in the Mob is “Peanuts” because he cracks safes like peanut brittle, and he’s sweet on caramel-colored ladies (just don’t tell his old school lady, capiche?). Rents a house in Audubon Place he uses as a fuck pad for college girls he picks up at Tulane and Loyola.
Added the following NPCs to The Living:
• Rishu “Rich” Pavaghi
One of the most integral components to New Orleans’ tourist economy, Rishu Pavaghi is better-known among locals by his sobriquets “the T-Shirt Czar”, or more directly, “the worst person in New Orleans”. A real estate developer and mega-slumlord who owns a panoply of properties throughout the city, Pavaghi is best known for being the proprietor (via a maze of LLCs and family members) of all the interchangeable zydeco-blasting T-shirt and gift shops found throughout the French Quarter. These shops are staffed by exploited and underpaid green card seekers and illegal immigrants whom Pavaghi imports in bulk, echoing older New Orleans transatlantic trafficking traditions. Pavaghi used to mostly employ locals, but when workers filed a class-action suit against him back in the ’90s for withholding overtime pay, he found it more convenient to use immigrants who are not subject to overtime and minimum wage laws.
These practices would likely garner Pavaghi little attention if not for how he has routinely and brazenly destroyed the French Quarter’s historic buildings, as well as many on Canal Street and elsewhere in the CBD. Although historic preservation laws prevent him from demolishing such properties outright, he relies on a strategy of “demolition through neglect” by deliberately letting his properties deteriorate to the point that pieces of them fall into the street. Just as often, however, he simply flouts regulations outright, such as by jackhammering high-fee ATMs into centuries-old facades without the necessary permits. Others of his buildings are occupied on the ground floors by liquor stores and shops geared toward tourists, while upper floors are vacant or used only for storage.
Most infamously of all, however, Pavaghi was the developer behind the rumored 2013 proposal to turn Tujagues (one of the oldest Cajun restaurants in the city, founded in 1856) into a T-shirt shop or fried chicken shack. All of these acts have cemented his status as possibly the most loathed man in the city by historic preservationists, city regulators, and even some economic development gurus. Pavaghi has tangled with many city officials over the years, but to date he has always come out on top. He is a significant contributor to the campaign funds of many local politicos, few of whom will decline to kiss his ring at the semi-regular parties he throws from his mansion in Kenner. For so long as tourists flock to the Big Easy, his wealth and influence will likely endure.
Added/changed pics for the following NPCs:
Elizabeth “Liz” Williams
Added/updated the following NPCs a while ago:
• Anna (surname unknown)
Little girl passingly encountered by Lou on the Algiers Ferry. Having gone without a full meal for days at the time, he was distressed by the sight of the tantrum-throwing child declaring she “didn’t want” her breakfast muffin and stomping a shoe over it.
For four years “f0xx”, real name Miranda Lewis, has bunkered up in her own private domain in Josephine Louise House. There are only three rules with Tulane’s resident but little-known gray-hatted IT genius. First, cash doesn’t cut it. While you will pay her for her valuable time away from her more enjoyable pursuits, she’s “not your IT whore”. If the project isn’t interesting to her, you can “fuck right the hell off”, and even then you’ll be providing a service. Second, she gets to it when she feels like it. Try hassling her and she’ll flag you with so much malware and spam you won’t ever have a web presence again. Finally, no visits before 2 PM. In truth, even laying aside her bizarre brand of tech saviness and her haughty demands, Miranda is an eccentric girl. She spouts conspiracy theories like they’re facts (including about GMOs, claiming to eat only organic—though she remains quite overweight), shows no interest in friendships, and rarely attends class. How she’s made it through three years (and managed to stay in the dorms for so long) is a matter of some speculation along those on her floor, who would tell you she rarely even leaves her dorm room, a black hole on the floor that nothing sentient enters and little else leaves (including light). Also a member of the hacktivist group Mirror_Mirror. Although she virtually never speaks of her family and personal life to the dorm’s residents (who, if asked, would probably say she was born from coagulated cheetoh dust that obtained sentience after being left to ferment for so long), she has a younger sister she describes as “a loser” and a mother who was recently sexually assaulted, causing her sister significant distress.
• Hannah Cahn
Assistant art professor at Tulane University. Described by Alice Guillot as “mousy and awkward, knocks stuff over all the time, but nice.” In a relationship with Megan Garrett, who she works together with on floats for Southern Decadence and other parades. Vietnamese.
• Jimmy (surname unknown)
Young boy encountered by Lou at St. Louis Cathedral who told the old man that he “smelled really bad”. His mother swiftly admonished him not to talk to creeps.
• Kelly Jacobson
Elementary school teacher at Benjamin Franklin and widow of Brian Jacobson, a patrol officer recently killed by drug dealers in the line of duty. Though relatively well-off between her salary and her husband’s pension, she has taken a leave of absence from teaching following his death. Brian’s precinct captain, Marco Rizaffi, described her as a “really nice lady” who’d baked cookies for their police station.
• Lauren Peterson
Student at Tulane University who was attacked at 2015’s Southern Decadence while drunk and had shards of glass raked over her neck. Franz Harz, acting on behalf of an anonymous benefactor, paid the out of pocket costs for her treatment at Tulane Medical Center. Described by her doctor Neil Flynn as having “no parents in the picture,” the primary adult figure in her life seems to be her aunt Vivian. Lauren was actually the first victim of the recently-Embraced Caroline Malveaux, who fed on her while frenzying and later paid her medical bill out of guilt. She was chided for this generosity by others of her kind, who pointed out that all of her victims having their medical costs mysteriously and anonymously paid for her would leave a trail for hunters to follow.
• Nathaniel Hite
Student at Tulane University facing potential expulsion after placing his dorm room up for rent on Airbnb and moving back in with his parents to help pay for tuition. One of Caroline Malveaux’s many victims, though he survived the Ventrue’s attentions without significant injury.
• Stephanie “Stef” Rabinowitz
Younger sister to Autumn Rabinowitz. Has diabetes and sometimes “tries” to make cookies with her older brother, usually to the result of eating the dough.
• Courtney Dale
Receptionist and informal assistant to the coroners at the understaffed Mid-City Coroner’s Office. Her boss Amos Wilkinson gives her rides home so that she does need to walk through the unsafe neighborhood alone at evening.
• Pamela Ardoin
A senior nurse who has worked at Tulane Medical Center for almost three decades. Loathes cops and has a love-hate relationship with addicts due to her son Bertram’s substance abuse and resultant legal problems. Despite her age, her thick body and stout frame have caused some patients to mistake her for an orderly. Married to Jerry Marron, Jr. in 2010 but retained her maiden name, due to being “Too old a dog to come when someone calls a new name.” Though she helps him take care of his Alzheimer’s-afflicted uncle Martin, one of the surest ways for Jerry’s adult children to rouse her ire is by treating her like an on-duty nurse (unintentionally or otherwise).
• Cécilia Devillers
Second-oldest daughter of Abélia, Cécilia is everything one would expect for such a well-bred scion. The beauty of her mother and her Ivy League education, social graces, and charming wit combine to make her a choice prize for the wealthy young heirs of the city. Rumors have linked her to Luke Malveaux, though she’s demurred when confronted about it, insisting in a charming French fashion that youth is a time for love and lust, not romance. She recently became worried for her personal safety and hired a bodyguard after being stalked by Mercurial Fernandez.
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.
• Zorita Deluxe
Former burlesque dancer (“Zorita Deluxe” being her stage name) at the AllWays Theater in Faubourg Marigny. Fired by her employers “for being ‘too curvy’” as she angrily described the circumstances. She was taken home by the Gangrel Lavine for an apparent one-night stand, only to be mauled nearly to death when the vampire lost control of her Beast. Lavine fed her enough vitae to keep her alive and unavoidably turned her into a ghoul. Having inducted Zorita half-way into the world of the damned, Lavine chained her to a bathroom radiator and placed her under a magical sleep until the blood bond could fully solidify. Before this could occur, Lavine was drawn into an altercation with Doc Xola that broke the Masquerade and led to her execution at Vidal’s hands (among other reasons). Zorita’s subsequent fate is unknown.
• Eve Darnell
Property manager of Emmett’s former Royal Street apartment. Plain-spoken and never referred to by the tenants by any name besides ‘Mrs. Darnell’. She was responsible for discovering the legless and nearly-dead Emmett inside the building’s dumpster bin and calling 911.
• Sandy (surname unknown)
Receptionist at the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans briefly spoken to by Emmett. She had been instructed that one of their most important guests, Talal al-Saud, was not to be disturbed before 2 PM.
• Lucilia Plantaine
Long-time receptionist at Ware & Lebowski with her fingers in all the firm’s business. Once young and beautiful, with age has come obesity, and now she gets by mostly by virtue of habit and knowledge of everyone at the firm’s dirty laundry. She paints her nails during her lunch break and rarely leaves her desk except to seek out her Diet Coke (to which she will explain she’s on a diet). Formerly married to Joseph Paxton and the mother of two children by him, Zachary and Rowan. Since his unexplained disappearance and the resulting loss of alimony and child support payments, she has lacked the motivation to continue her diet.
• Allison West (Retainer ••)
Recent arrival with Blackwater, Allison’s background is atypical for the private security company in that she doesn’t have a military or police background. Two years ago she was a paralegal and pregnant with the first child of her accountant husband. After reading a story about a pair of infants accidentally swapped by careless attendants at a hospital and taken home by the wrong parents, as well as the alleged benefits of home births, Allison and her spouse elected to have her give birth in their house. The nurse they hired, however, was a CPM (Certified Professional Midwife) rather than a CNM (Certified Nurse-Midwife). Unaware of this distinction, their midwife (who was not a nurse) failed to call a hospital when she could not hear a fetal heartbeat, and lacked the medical training to attempt intubation after the infant boy was delivered. The resuscitation he received in Tulane’s emergency room came too late to save him. Allison’s husband tracked the midwife to an address in Central City and banged on her apartment door in the middle of the night, screaming with incoherent rage. A neighbor’s 14-year-old son tried to scare him away with a pointed gun. The firearm had been carelessly left loaded, and when the boy turned off the safety to “look like he meant business,” it accidentally discharged in the teenager’s shaking grip. Allison went all but mad after receiving the news of her husband’s death. A lifelong liberal who had never so much as touched a gun, she purchased a pistol mere days after giving birth and spent countless hours at the range in the weeks that followed. She blew through her husband’s life insurance policy on self-defense classes and moved into a local gym, so “she’d be ready” once the 14-year-old was released from juvenile hall. He died a year later in a lockup fight with a corrections officer. Allison isn’t still isn’t sure if she’d have gone on a shooting spree if one of her gym’s regulars, and an employee at Blackwater, hadn’t noticed her and recommended the security company as a way to work off aggression. Having long since quit her job as a paralegal, and with her savings eaten up by a costly lawsuit against the midwife and months of regular expenses, Allison reluctantly admitted that she needed work. Allison wants to shield her employers from “the worst the world has to offer,” and sees little worth living for, holding that her life ended alongside her family. She is reckless with her personal safety and has a tendency to use excessive force during altercations—not that Blackwater minds. A movie buff with an emphasis on romantic comedies before the death of her family, Allison can hardly stand such films now. She spends a great deal of her free time at the range, the gym, or a martial arts class, where she’s continuing to progress. She lives a relatively modest lifestyle and is not interested in a love life.
Brett Cuellar & Riley Hitchcock
Former sergeant and lieutenant, respectively, in the Louisiana National Guard who made a small but steady stream of income selling munitions and grenades (ostensibly used in training exercises) to the Mafia. They were inadvertently swept up in the intrigues of Kindred society when the Mafia re-sold their grenades to George Smith, who broke the Masquerade by detonating a bag of those same explosives in a semi-public location (drawing heavy police and emergency services scrutiny at the site of a Kindred battle). Hitchcock and Cuellar were tracked down by the Prince’s agents and brought before the court to reveal what they knew. This amounted to little, but their petty corruption offended the deeply traditional Vidal, who hailed from an era when soldiers faced execution for falling asleep on watch. The Prince ordered the two executed for dereliction of duty.
• Megan Garrett
Ex-Marine in a relationship with Hannah Cahn. Works on floats with her at Southern Decadence and other festivals. She fractured the skull of Seamus Freeman while drunk during 2015’s Fourth of July, earning the enmity of the musician and and his sister Penny.
• Michelle Guillot
Proprietor of Guillot Books, Michelle’s relatively professional image and strict “no smoking” policy isn’t how most people picture a French Quarter bookstore owner. Born in New Orleans but a resident of Houston for much of her adult life, Michelle was working as a public librarian when she inherited her bookshop from a distant relative who died without children. She initially intended to sell the business, but after going through a grueling divorce with her now ex-husband Victor she decided to start over in New Orleans. In the decade since, she’s become versed in the topics that tend to draw New Agers, neo-pagans, tourists, would-be Satanists and other French Quarter regulars, but she privately finds the entire notion of the paranormal to be fairly eye-rolling. She has consequently been attempting to “expand” the shop by appealing to a more mainstream customer base. Her now-college age daughter Alice got along poorly with most men in her life, and she has only recently tipped her toe back into the dating scene.
• Anastasia (surname and possibly real name unknown)
Exotic dancer at the Barely Legal, a strip club owned by Cash Money Mouton. Somewhat short for a stripper but no less enthusiastic, she cajoled Emmett into a private lap dance, round of Jamesons, and brief tryst that indirectly led to his violent altercation with Cash Money.
• Oscar (surname unknown)
Limo driver at the Executive Charter Limousine Service sometimes employed by Christina Roberts. He works a second job driving carriages in the French Quarter and is relatively well-versed in local history—or at least those portions that make for entertaining trivia to regale tourists with. He dislikes charter schools for closing the century-old public school he attended as a little boy.
• Updated the Police and The Living pages with placeholder art for characters without their own pics, and a new line break format that no longer requires people to dick around with hitting ‘enter’ just the right number of times for characters with shorter blurbs. Removed districts from the police detectives (who have jurisdiction throughout the city). New art for Gettis.
• Updated Riverbend with further information on its neighborhoods.
• Updated Riverbend with new pictures (thanks David), new/expanded location blurbs, and expanded history.
• Posted the following logs:
Story Five, Amelie II