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.
The City’s Factions
“Only young Kindred believe we subsist on vitae. Any tenured Kindred knows full well that the Damned need lies more than blood to thrive.”
New Orleans is very much a domain of conflict for the Kindred, and while much of that conflict stems from political factions specific to the Crescent City, a good portion of it comes from the interaction of the covenants. As in so many domains, the dominant covenant is not so fully in control that it has completely pushed out the others, and while no covenant has the might to truly challenge the Lancea et Sanctum’s supremacy, none of them are likely to back down any time soon.
The following discussion of politics, current events and most specifically the major movers and shakers of New Orleans is broken down by covenant. It is vital to remember, however, that covenant affiliation is not the only—or even necessarily the most important—indicator of loyalty and allegiance among New Orleans’ Kindred. Above and beyond devotion to covenant, three different factions claim the loyalty—in lip service, if not always in behavior—of the vast majority of the city’s Kindred. These are the factions headed by the city’s three most powerful Kindred: the formal Prince Augusto Vidal, a Spanish Ventrue; the usurper lord of the French Quarter and French Toreador, Antoine Savoy; and the inscrutable and fearsome Baron Cimitière, a Haitian Samedi.
Augusto Vidal’s Faction: The majority of the vampires in New Orleans are part of Augusto Vidal’sAugusto Vidal faction, by virtue of his being the established authority in the area if nothing else. Although every vampire in the diocese is subject to Vidal’s laws, every vampire isn’t obligated to legitimately support his rule. Of the one hundred or so permanent Kindred residents of the city, about two-thirds believe—or at least pretend—that it is in their best interests (whether short-term or long) to keep Vidal’s house in power.
An important distinction merits stating here. Not every Kindred in Vidal’s faction is part of his covenant, the Lancea et Sanctum. Although it’s true that all of his officers (seneschal, sheriff, master of Elysium, etc.) are among the Sanctified, Vidal’s administration has always made sure that members of the other covenants know that they will be treated with respect in New Orleans so long as they abide by the archdiocese’s rules. To this extent, even Kindred who are Anarchs can still be considered Vidal’s supporters. Only those who are publicly opposed to his policies or intentionally neutral in Kindred politics as a whole are considered part of a different faction.
Antoine Savoy’s Faction: Antoine Savoy’s supporters in New Orleans are few but both avid and capable. The so-called French Quarter lord surrounds himself with two types of people—those who harbor some resentment towards Augusto Vidal and those who genuinely believe Savoy will make a better, less draconian prince—and prefers that those closest to him possess at least some measure of both qualities. Savoy’s camp is thought to include maybe two dozen vampires. He is, of course, always looking to draw new “believers” to his cause. These numbers also exclude the Sangiovanni and (so it is rumored) the Followers of Set, who are not members of the Camarilla but believe that a city ruled by Savoy will be more conductive to their interests than the current prince.
Baron Cimitière’s Faction: On a Kindred level, the smallest of the three major factions in New Orleans is that of Baron Cimitière. Although his mortal supporters are legion, Cimitière claims only a handful (less than a dozen) of undead followers, and he would have it no other way. In truth, Cimitière seems a little distracted by the presence of other Kindred (especially non-Vodouisant vampires) and is therefore extremely circumspect about what company he keeps and where. Those Kindred with whom he is comfortable, however, are treated as equals (or nearly so) and have the Baron’s true respect.
The Independent: The “independent” is a catch-all term for those Kindred who do not readily fall into any of the three major factions in the city. Most of the time, this is due to their lack of covenant affiliation. Few of those who consider themselves uninvolved in covenant matters are eager to take up with the cause of any one political faction. In other cases it doesn’t pay to get involved, publicly or otherwise, with the city’s factional struggle. Such individuals are assumed to be “with” Vidal but only by virtue of his position.
Kindred by Camarilla Status
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 Vodouisants—Kindred and mortal. He seems to have minimal interest in becoming prince, yet remains steadfast in his opposition to the throne’s other two contenders, and is no less feared a figure than Vidal in his own way.
• Philip Maldonato (sire unknown, clan unknown/Lancea et Sanctum, e. centuries ago)
Philip Maldonato has been the seneschal of New Orleans for as long as Vidal has been prince, but he was the Ventrue’s confidante, lover, and right hand for centuries even before then. He enjoys a more even-handed and sagacious reputation than the prince, and most Kindred would consider him the perfect choice to succeed Vidal—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 deride him as a sellout, while older Toreador laud him as a pillar of tradition. In recent nights, his name has been floated as a potential successor to Vidal if the prince enters torpor.
• 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. In more recent nights, however, her name has been floated as a potential successor to Vidal if the prince enters torpor.
• Donovan (childe ofAntoine Savoy, Toreador/Lancea et Sanctum, e. mid or late 19th century)
The sheriff of New Orleans and regent of Riverbend, 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. In recent nights, his name has been floated as a potential successor to Vidal if the prince enters torpor—and, indeed, he is considered the front-runner in any contest to do so.
• 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 •••
• 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)
There is no Kindred in the city currently more despised than John Harley Matheson. A little-known elder who Vidal quietly banished during the Civil War, recent allegations have surfaced that Matheson is a headhunter who feeds on neonates he lures out to his country plantation—and that Vidal was complicit in hiding his original crime centuries ago. The prince convened a public trial to determine the truth of the allegations against Matheson and judged him innocent, but many Kindred are not convinced.
• Marcel Guilbeau (sire unknown, Ventrue/Invictus, e. mid 19th century)
Marcel was prince of Baton Rouge until his traitorous seneschal overthrew him during Hurricane Katrina’s chaos. He fled to New Orleans and has been granted sanctuary by his elder clanmate Vidal ever since. He styles himself as royalty in exile and has become a social fixture through the parties he throws from his riverboat casino, but he still dreams of reclaiming his lost throne. In recent nights, his name has been floated as a potential successor to Vidal if the prince enters torpor.
• Pierpont McGinn (childe of Dominique Toutain or Francesca Dumont, Ventrue/Invictus, e. mid 19th century)
The most bombastic and ambitious Ventrue in the city is without doubt Pierpont McGinn. McGinn was celebrated as a hero for the leadership he provided to the Invictus during Hurricane Katrina, which he has ruthlessly parlayed into a regency over Uptown and seats on his clan’s and covenant’s ruling bodies. He also happens to be a racist of the first order with ties to white supremacist groups such as the Klu Klux Klan, Aryan Brotherhood, and the more recent alt-right. In recent nights, his name has been floated as a potential successor to Vidal if the prince enters torpor.
Camarilla Status ••
• 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)
Father Malveaux (who goes by no other name) is one of the Sanctified’s two most preeminent priests alongside Gus Elgin. While the mild-mannered Nosferatu attends to the covenant’s social functions as master of Elysium, the less sociable Father Malveaux is responsible for more esoteric matters: he serves as the church’s archivist, keeper of lore, and foremost Theban sorcerer. His tendrils into the Catholic Church reach deep through his mortal family, one of whom serves as the city’s archbishop.
• Gabriel Hurst (childe of John Harley Matheon, Ventrue/Lancea et Sanctum, e. mid 20th century)
The city’s youngest primogen, Hurst was appointed by Vidal to fill the post after his predecessor’s final death during Hurricane Katrina. Most Kindred presume Hurst to be little more than a yes-man to his elder clanmate.
• John Marrow (sire unknown, Brujah, Nosferatu, or Toreador/Lancea et Sanctum, e. late 19th or early 20th 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)
A post-Katrina arrival to the city, Natasha Preston serves as Antoine Savoy’s right hand and is thought to be his first choice for seneschal should he realize his ambitions to become prince. Her dry and all-business demeanor stands in notable contrast to her patron’s jovial personality.
• 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)
The city’s most preeminent vampiric mambo not associated with Baron Cimitière, Rosa Bale considers the Samedi houngan unthinkably arrogant for his claims of being resurrected by Baron Samedi, and bitterly opposes him and the prince from Antoine Savoy’s side. She is also an accomplished spirit medium who sells her talents as an information broker.
Camarilla Status •
• Abraham “Bran” Garcia (sire unknown, Toreador/Invictus, e. mid 20th century)
• Charles “Charlie” Harrison (sire unknown, Gangrel/Lancea et Sanctum, e. mid 20th 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.
• Roderick Durant (sire unknown, Ventrue/Anarch Movement, e. early 21st 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)
Camarilla Status 0
There are undoubtedly more Kindred at this lowly level of Status whose names are forgotten as easily as they are remembered.
• Amaryllis DeCuir (childe of Veronica Alsten-Pirrie, Toreador/Anarch Movement, e. early 21st century)
• Arzilla Boudon (childe of Randolph Cartwright, Nosferatu/Anarch Movement, e. late 20th century)
• Deon LaCroix (sire unknown, Brujah/Lancea et Sanctum, e. early 21st century)
• Edward “Ed” Zuric (sire unknown, Gangrel/Anarch Movement or Lancea et Sanctum, e. early 21st century)
• Eris D. (sire unknown, Malkavian/Anarch Movement or Circle of the Crone, e. late 20th century)
• Evan Bourelle (sire unknown, Toreador/Lancea et Sanctum, e. early 21st century)
• Frank Larsen (sire unknown, Malkavian/Anarch Movement, e. late 20th century)
• Gerald “Greasy” Abellard (childe of Randolph Cartwright, Nosferatu/Anarch Movement, e. early 21st century)
• Gwendolyn Wade (sire unknown, Toreador/Lancea et Sanctum, e. early 21st century)
• Janine Clairmont (sire unknown, Malkavian/Unaligned, e. mid 20th century)
• Jonas Petrowski (sire unknown, Gangrel/Anarch Movement, e. early 21st century)
• Jocelyn Baker (sire unknown, Toreador/Lancea et Sanctum, e. early 21st century)
• Jeremy Lenoir (childe of Marisol Beaugendre, Toreador/Unaligned, e. early 21st century)
• Joshua Pacuad (sire unknown, Gangrel or Toreador/Lancea et Sanctum, e. early 21st century)
• Josua Caimbridge (sire unknown, Malkavian or Toreador/Lancea et Sanctum, e. early 21st century)
• Mallory Yang (sire unknown, Tremere/House Tremere, e. early 21st century)
• Marcio de la Cruz (sire unknown, Caitiff/Anarch Movement, e. early 21st century)
• Mary Allen (sire unknown, Malkavian/Lancea et Sanctum, e. late 20th century)
• Roxanne Gerlette (childe of John Polk, Ventrue/Lancea et Sanctum, e. early 21st century)
• Samantha (sire unknown, Caitiff/Unaligned, e. early 21st century)
• Simon Jones (sire unknown, Caitiff/Anarch Movement, e. mid or late 20th century)
• Tina Baker (sire unknown, Brujah/Invictus, e. early 21st century)
• Wyatt Jenkins (sire unknown, Malkavian/Lancea et Sanctum, e. early 21st century)
• Yellow Sidra (sire unknown, Malkavian or Tremere, e. late 20th or early 21st century)
Kindred by Clan Status
Kindred by Covenant Status
The Camarilla Covenants
|The Lancea et Sanctum:||Holy monsters, New Orleans’ reigning but divided covenant.|
|The Circle of the Crone:||Chosen of the loa and sacred dead.|
|The Invictus:||Southern lords and ladies yearning for nights gone by.|
|The Anarch Movement:||Ill-content rebels forced to work within the system.|
|The Tremere:||Cloistered seekers of arcane lore.|
|The Ordo Dracul:||Former puppets guided by a mysterious new hand.|
|The Followers of Set:||Purveyors of vice and temptation.|
|The Sangiovanni:||Cruel masters of the Big Easy’s restless dead.|
|The Sabbat:||Monsters before whom even the bitterest enemies unite.|