Campaign of the Month: October 2017
Blood and Bourbon
The rebels then built a new city.
Out of the fallen Empire, they collected the
Thirteen clans that had been scattered by the Great War, and brought them all together.
—The Book of Nod
“We like to think that we Malveauxes rule Louisiana, but we’re only the most public face of things, a couple tiers removed from the man on the street. And these people are the sharks to our minnows.”
“Matthew and Orson have bodyguards. They have private armies. We play with millions of dollars. They play with hundreds of millions. We have ties to judges, police, and local lawmakers, but they give those people the 3 AM phone calls they jump out of bed to obey. I would not be surprised if one of them has ties to Dad, another to Matthew, and another to Orson.”
“Their connections go beyond the official. Gangs, MCs, organized crime. They’re the people pulling the strings.”
“The thing is, as far as I can tell, they don’t even really play at power on the level we do, because they’ve got it. Instead it’s about their Traditions which govern their interactions with each other. And that’s where the game is. Showing each other up. Humiliating each other. Climbing their own power structure.”
New Orleans is a good city to be Kindred. The Masquerade is relatively easy to maintain. The French Quarter in particular, and many other neighborhoods as well, boast an astonishingly high crime rate. The constant influx of tourists, especially during Mardi Gras, represents nothing so much as a walking buffet for the Damned. Given the city’s occult reputation (as well as its association with vampires, thanks to a certain well-known novelist), it is very easy for witnesses to dismiss unusual phenomena as a hoax, a drunken hallucination or “some weird voodoo thing.” All of these factors, as well as the presence of three separate Kindred factions all seeking support and alliances against the others, combine to create a city with a Kindred population in excess of 100—vastly larger than the worldwide average would suggest (at least for a city as small as New Orleans), and grossly overpopulated by the standards of other Camarilla cities. This strain has necessitated the formation of the Krewe of Janus, a full coterie of Kindred that exists solely to protect the Masquerade. Few doubt that Prince Vidal would prefer to rule over fewer subjects, but to date all of his efforts to curb the Big Easy’s population have met with little success. Something about New Orleans simply seems to draw the undead.
Storyteller’s Note: This page is full of lies.
Camarilla Status ••••• •
• Augusto Vidal (sire unknown, Ventrue/Lancea et Sanctum, e. centuries ago)
The draconian and religiously fanatical Prince of New Orleans, Vidal has ruled over the city for longer than most its Kindred denizens have even existed. He has withdrawn into solitude since Hurricane Katrina. Recent revelations claim he will soon enter torpor and that an end to his centuries-long reign finally draws nigh.
Camarilla Status •••••
• Antoine Savoy (sire unknown, Toreador/Lancea et Sanctum, e. 17th century)
Antoine Savoy is the self-declared Lord of the French Quarter, a former courtier under Louis XIV, and Prince Vidal’s foremost political rival. The Toreador elder has positioned himself as a charming, laissez-faire, and religiously tolerant alternative to the tyrannical Ventrue, and his star seems on the rise—especially since the recent debacle with John Harley Matheson.
• Baron Cimitière (sire unknown, Samedi/Circle of the Crone, e. unknown)
Augusto Vidal’s second great rival is an inscrutable houngan and devotee of Baron Samedi who leads the city’s persecuted Vodouisants. He seems to have only minimal interest in becoming Prince, yet remains steadfast in his opposition to the throne’s other two contenders, and is no less dreaded a figure than Vidal in his own way.
• Philip Maldonato (sire unknown, clan unknown/Lancea et Sanctum, e. centuries ago)
Philip Maldonato has served as Seneschal of New Orleans for as long as Vidal has been Prince, but was the Ventrue’s confidante, lover, and right hand for centuries even before then. He enjoys a more even-handed and sagacious reputation than his liege, and would be considered the ideal Kindred to succeed him as Prince—were it not for the recent allegations of his Lasombra blood.
Powerful Kindred (Camarilla Status ••••)
• Accou Poincaré (childe of Pearl Chastain, Toreador/Invictus, e. 18th century)
The younger of the city’s two Toreador Primogen (though an elder in his own right), Accou is a former Creole pianist who remains his malaiseful sire’s unfailingly loyal voice of support—and perhaps the only reason she’s still undead. His younger clanmates see him a sellout, while he remains a pillar of tradition to the older ones.
• Coco Duquette (sire unknown, Brujah/Anarch Movement, e. late 18th century)
Coco Duquette is Clan Brujah’s Primogen, the co-Regent of Mid-City, and the closest thing the Anarchs have to a leader. Embraced during the French Revolution, she believes that change is best effected by working peacefully within the system and is a long-time ally of Prince Vidal’s. She has won a number of gains for the Unbound over the years, though her influence has taken a hit since the Trial of John Harley Matheson.
• Donovan (childe ofAntoine Savoy, Toreador/Lancea et Sanctum, e. mid or late 19th century)
The Sheriff of New Orleans, Donovan is the hardest knuckle to Vidal’s iron fist and enjoys a reputation nearly as severe as the Prince’s own. The fact that he is the childe of his master’s archrival only adds to the gossip about the chillingly composed Sheriff’s character.
• Miss Opal (sire unknown, Nosferatu/Anarch Movement, e. 18th century)
The massively obese Nosferatu Primogen and co-Regent of Mid-City is Coco’s counterpart among the Anarchs, but few doubt her foremost devotion is to her own clan. She treats the city’s Sewer Rats (most of whom are her descendants) with perversely maternal affection, and they love their “big mama” right back.
• Pearl Chastain (sire unknown, Toreador/Invictus, e. centuries ago)
Pearl Chastain was one of the most celebrated Kindred in New Orleans during its golden age. She is a morose shell of her former self in the Modern Nights, and carries on her duties as senior Toreador Primogen and Regent of the the Lower Garden District with little interest or enthusiasm.
• Sundown (sire unknown, Nosferatu/Unaligned, e. early 20th century)
Few Kindred of stature have managed to remain neutral in the struggle between the Prince and his rivals. Sundown is one of them. The Harpy and Regent of Faubourg Marigny has substantial influence over the city’s mortal nightlife and Kindred social scene, and his support could well tip the balance between the three factions.
Camarilla Status •••
• Caitlin Meadows (sire unknown, Gangrel/Lancea et Sanctum, e. mid 19th century)
• Gus “Gutterball” Elgin (sire unknown, Nosferatu/Lancea et Sanctum, e. mid 19th century)
Master of Elysium and Regent of Bywater.
• Harlequin (childe of Clarice Barabet, Malkavian/Lancea et Sanctum, e. late 19th or early 20th century)
Harpy and leader of the Krewe of Janus.
• John Harley Matheson (sire unknown, Ventrue/Invictus, e. 17th century)
• Katherine Beaumont (childe of Accou Poincaré or Barthélemy Lafon, Toreador/Invictus, e. late 19th or early 20th century)
• Marcel Guilbeau (sire unknown, Ventrue/Invictus, e. mid 19th century)
Former Prince of Baton Rouge, displaced during Hurricane Katrina.
• Marguerite Defallier (childe of Accou Poincaré, Toreador/Invictus, e. mid or late 19th century)
• Pierpont McGinn (childe of Dominique Toutain or Francesca Dumont, Ventrue/Invictus, e. mid 19th century)
Regent of Uptown.
• Veronica Alsten-Pirrie (childe of Accou Poincaré, Toreador/Anarch Movement, e. early 20th century)
Camarilla Status ••
• Becky Lynne Adler (childe of John Harley Matheson, Ventrue/Invictus, e. early 21st century)
• Camilla Doriocourt (childe of Donovan, Toreador/Lancea et Sanctum, e. mid 20th century)
• Doc Xola (sire unknown, Brujah or Gangrel/Circle of the Crone, e. mid 20th century)
• Elyse Benson (childe of Harlequin, Malkavian/Invictus or Lancea et Sanctum, e. mid 20th century)
• Erwin Bornemann (sire unknown, Brujah or Tremere/House Tremere or Ordo Dracul, e. mid 19th century)
• Father Malveaux (sire unknown, Ventrue/Lancea et Sanctum, e. late 19th century)
• Gabriel Hurst (childe of John Harley Matheon, Ventrue/Lancea et Sanctum, e. mid 20th century)
• John Marrow (sire unknown, Brujah, Nosferatu, or Toreador/Lancea et Sanctum, e. late 19th or early 20th century)
• Lidia Kendall (sire unknown, Gangrel/Circle of the Crone or Ordo Dracul, e. mid or late 19th century)
• Marisol Beaugendre (sire unknown, Toreador/Invictus or Unaligned, e. early or mid 20th century)
• Natasha Preston (sire unknown, Malkavian/Invictus or Lancea et Sanctum, e. mid 20th century)
De facto Steward of the French Quarter and Antoine Savoy’s right hand.
• Randolph Cartwright (sire unknown, Nosferatu/Invictus, e. mid 20th century)
• Rosa Bale (sire unknown, Malkavian or Tremere/Circle of the Crone or House Tremere, e. late 19th or early 20th century)
Camarilla Status •
• Abraham “Bran” Garcia (sire unknown, Toreador/Invictus, e. mid 20th century)
• Alexander Wright (childe of Doc Xola, Brujah/Lancea et Sanctum, e. late 20th century)
• Allison Eskew (childe of Baptiste du Lac, Nosferatu/Invictus, e. mid 20th century)
• Anthony Brodowski (childe of Marcel Guilbeau, Ventrue/Invictus, e. early 21st)
• Charles “Charlie” Harrison (sire unknown, Gangrel/Lancea et Sanctum, e. mid 20th century)
• Desirae Wells (sire unknown, Caitiff/Anarch Movement, e. early 21st century)
• Emily Thurmon (sire unknown, Brujah, Malkavian, or Tremere/House Tremere or Unaligned, e. mid 20th century)
• John Polk (childe of Father Malveaux, Ventrue/Lancea et Sanctum, e. mid or late 20th century)
• Jonah Freeman (sire unknown, Brujah/Anarch Movement or Circle of the Crone, e. mid or late 20th century)
• Jonas Petrowski (sire unknown, Gangrel/Anarch Movement or Invictus, e. mid or late 20th century)
• Joseph “Joe” Doyle (sire unknown, Brujah or Gangrel/Invictus, e. mid or late 20th century)
• Maxzille “Max” “Zilly” “Zillah” Babinfeaux (sire unknown, Brujah or Toreador/Anarch Movement, e. mid or late 20th century)
• Pietro Silvestri (sire unknown, Toreador or Ravnos/Anarch Movement, e. early or mid 20th century)
A Sicilian malcontent and ne’er-do-well, Pietro was already an accomplished art thief in life and his Embrace only made him better in that regard. In the century since his Becoming, he has also expressed himself among the Toreador by becoming an accomplished art forger. Many of them consider such work ‘derivative’ but he says, “Who cares? It sells. Money is beautiful, too.” Whenever something goes missing in the city, many Kindred assume Pietro is involved. He often is.
Since the recent factional split among the Anarchs, he has taken up with Antoine Savoy.
• Reynaldo Gui (sire unknown, Brujah or Ventrue/Invictus or Lancea et Sanctum, e. mid or late 20th century)
• Roderick Durant (sire unknown, Ventrue/Anarch Movement, e. early 21st century)
• Shep Jennings (sire unknown, Brujah/Anarch Movement, e. late 19th or early 20th century)
• William “Will” Carolla (sire unknown, Brujah or Ventrue/Invictus, e. late 20th or early 21st century)
• Yi Huang (sire unknown, Nosferatu/Lancea et Sanctum, e. mid 20th century)