Campaign of the Month: October 2017
Blood & Bourbon
Mamanem Anarchs by Status
Anarch Status ••••
Lineage: 8th gen. childe of Virginia de Palencia
Status: Anarch ••••, Camarilla ••••, Nosferatu •••••
Coterie: The Cabildo ••••
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.
Status: Ghouls ••••
Miss Opal’s herald. Born Sint Joris van Rijn, this native Dutchman of the Spanish Netherlands served as a spymaster during the War of Spanish Succession and played both France and the Holy Roman Empire against one another. When his duplicity was discovered by Louis XIV, Armand (as he renamed himself) fled with the ill-gotten riches he had been payed by both crowns and established a plantation in far-away Louisiana. Unable to sit completely idle, he took to tormenting his slaves, with Miss Opal being one of his favorite victims. In the 263 years since his retributive ghouling, Armand (who is more commonly known as “Misser Shoofly” among the Nosferatu for the constant swarm of horrifyingly large and bloodthirsty ghoul-flies that harangue him) has been twisted into a slavish, utterly obedient devotee of the Nosferatu primogen—and if he harbors any ill-will towards his former property, he hides it extremely well.
Moses “Moe” Cooney
Status: Ghouls •
A blue collar Irish-American, Moe was a political activist, union striker, and open communist during the McCarthy era. For these views and activities, he was arrested on flimsy charges and sentenced with paper-thin legality to receive a chemical lobotomy for being “mentally disturbed and a public menace to society.” The chemical lesion killed Moe’s political zealotry, transforming him into a pliant, if mentally blunted citizen. Later, as an awkward apology, the state gave Moe a job as a sanitation worker, cleaning and maintaining NOLA’s sewers and riding along as a garbage collector. His own ambition already murdered, Moe naturally agreed and has placidly continued those duties for more than 50 years. Aware of the state’s unjust treatment of Moe, while also recognizing that the former activist’s position and mental condition made him the perfect, unsuspecting spy, Miss Opal ghouled him during one of his routine forays into NOLA’s sewers. Since then, he has served her as a largely unthinking but utilitarian spy. Everyone from the mightiest CBD magnate to the poorest Ninth Ward junkie wants their trash collected and sewer lines running, after all. Moreover, most individuals tend to let their guard down in the presence of the mentally disabled, making Moe one of Miss Opal’s favorite spies. Indeed, Moe has been become something of a pet to the local Nosferatu, pitied but generally well-liked and protected. Although benefiting from this position, Moe, due to his condition, remains all but unaware of these relationships and attitudes. Intriguingly though, vitae sometimes restores some of Moe’s mental vitality, which has caused the sewer rats to debate whether Embracing him would completely and permanently restore his cognitive faculties or forever trap him in his blunted brain. Blissfully unaware of this debate, Moe simply continues to scrub feces-laden pipes, hose down garbage bins, and tell the “mashed-tater-face lady” everything he sees and hears.
Anarch Status •••
Esther Sue Parker
Lineage: 9th gen. childe of Miss Opal
Status: Anarch •••, Camarilla ••, Nosferatu •••
Coterie: Kindred Liberation Front ••
Miss Opal’s youngest childe was a former schoolteacher and crusading city councilwoman who was one of the first African-American women elected to public office in New Orleans. Miss Opal was content to quietly back Parker’s career, for such a public figure would not normally have warranted the Embrace. Parker earned an exception after her initiative to make the old line Mardi Gras krewes disclose their membership (on the basis they were racially discriminatory organizations making use of public funds) resulted in Harlequin conspiring to destroy her life and send her to a mental institution. Miss Opal could not bear to see the decades-serving councilwoman’s life and public career end so ignobly and offered her a way out.
While only a neonate in Kindred years, Parker was past retirement age by the time of her Embrace and had over 40 years of public service experience. She was drawn to the Anarchs even without her sire’s encouragement, seeing a great deal in Kindred society that needed reform. While she rose rapidly among their ranks, she took poorly to a neonate’s expected role at the bottom of the pile within larger Kindred society: many creoles pointed to her as an example of why it’s better to Embrace younger childer “who can still be molded.” Her all-too predictable clashes with Harlequin led many to wonder if Vidal had approved her Embrace purely so that two “allies” he regarded as less than loyal would spend more of their time frustrating one another than frustrating him. After Harlequin slew one of Parker’s mortal children in the early 2000s and she Embraced him (without permission, though with confession) to save his life, Vidal exiled her from New Orleans. She re-settled in Baton Rouge, where she assisted in Lawrence Meeks’ coup against Marcel Guilbeau and made a further name for herself during the 2006 Houston conclave.
Vidal granted Parker permission to return to New Orleans in late 2015 following Baptiste du Lac’s execution, who she has replaced as clan whip. Popular rumor abounds that Miss Opal either had a boon on the prince, or called in a marker from some other elder who called in one they had on Vidal, to get him to rescind Parker’s exile: certainly, the prince’s impending torpor (and doubts over whether he’ll be in any position to reclaim his throne) means the time is now to cash in his debts.
Parker, for her part, has re-assumed her old role among her clan and covenant with the same unapologetic resolve to turn things around that characterized her tenure as city councilwoman. Everyone knows what Harlequin thinks of that.
Lineage: 11th gen. childe of Foxfire
Status: Anarch •••, Brujah ••, Camarilla •, Circle of the Crone •
Coterie: Kindred Liberation Front •••
Civil Rights activist and Black Panther Embraced during the ‘60s. Jonah was an Anarch who spent most of his Requiem in Atlanta before before moving to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina: he’d learned his mortal grandmother was a follower of the religion and found that its African roots greatly appealed to him. He is interested in establishing closer ties between the Anarchs and the Acolytes, but has been frustrated by Coco’s and Miss Opal’s support of Vidal. He avoids carrying around the trappings of Vodoun, still considering himself only a beginner in the religion despite close to a decade of study. Since 2013, he’s transferred his passion for racial justice to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Maxzille “Max” “Zilly” “Zillah” Babineaux
Lineage: 10th gen. childe of Abraham Garcia
Status: Anarch •••, Camarilla ••, Toreador •
Coterie: The Kindred Liberation Front •••
Maxzille was a true child of the ‘60s: a hippie, antiwar activist, and talented folk musician who was also the first in her poverty-stricken Cajun family to attend college “out in the big city.” Although Accou received her cordially after her Embrace into the clan, she couldn’t countenance joining the Invictus, which she regarded as the establishment she’d spent her mortal life fighting against. Besides, many of her clanmates were “big city Creoles” who’d always looked down on “small town Cajuns” like her.
Maxzille was the first among her clan to join the Anarchs and privately has a somewhat ‘told you so’ attitude towards the later wave of Toreador who went Anarch in the ‘70s after Pearl Chastain alienated them. Maxzille isn’t much bothered by her relative lack of respect among her clan and is happy to “make all the music I want” at Brujah rants and Gangrel things, where she enjoys good relations with both clans and prefers the livelier audiences anyway.
A founding member of the Kindred Liberation Friend, the city’s oldest still-extant Anarch krewe, she and her lover Jonah Freeman were content to quietly support Coco’s goal of making Mid-City as hospitable to Anarch ideals as they could under Sanctified rule. Following the 2015 Anarch split and the defections of Veronica Alsten-Pirrie, Shep Jennings, and Pietro Silvestri over to Savoy’s camp, Max and her lover and the recently returned Esther Sue Parker have wound up as the next rung of leadership among the ‘Loyalist Anarchs’ after Coco and Miss Opal.
Maxzille enjoys the dubious distinction of being the Anarch with the most nickname and responds equally to any of the following: Max, Maxy, Zillah, Zilly, and Zill.
Status: Ghouls ••
Formerly the herald of Marine Riqueti, a visiting Brujah involved in the women’s suffragist movement, Jennifer Haley lost her domitor to Katrina’s ravages. Sympathetic to that loss (or perhaps simply wishing to appear charitable by adopting a “Katrina orphan”) Coco Duquette took Jennifer under her wing, where she has since served as herald for the Brujah primogen. Ghouled in her prime and “fortunate” enough to have a steady supply of vitae, Jennifer resembles a young, twenty-year-old woman with curly blonde hair who dresses in college-age fashions. Her mien, like her master’s, is understated, disarming, and surprisingly charming. After Coco was destroyed in the 2016 Battle of Mid-City, she wound up in the possession of her current domitor Maxzille.
Anarch Status ••
Gerald “Greasy” Abellard
Lineage: 11th gen. childe of Randolph Cartwright
Status: Anarch ••, Camarilla 0, Nosferatu ••
Coterie: Twenty-Twenties ••
A Baton Rouge computer science graduate Embraced by Randolph Cartwright to help manage his business holdings as well as catch up the local clan on ShreckNet. To Randolph’s chagrin, Abellard only succeeded at that latter endeavor, jumping ship and joining the Anarchs upon concluding his sire was a monster in more ways than one, as the once-mortal hacktivist couldn’t stand working for a fossil fuel industry fat cat. Both within and outside NOLA, he has some gained popularity among his clan’s neonates for his ShreckNet podcast that he hosts with his ghouled chimpanzee.
Jean Sant Malo
Status: Ghouls 0
A male chimpanzee test subject in an oncology research lab at Tulane, Jean Sant Malo (then known as Subject 259Q-R04) was “liberated” by Professors Petrowski and Delacroix and some environmental activists as part of a larger act of ecotage. Jordan later ghouled the chimpanzee, effectively curing its cancer, and named the ape after one of the prominent slave-rebels of the 1811 Uprising. However, the ape quickly proved an unruly and untenable houseguest for the suburban professor. Reluctantly and under significant pressure from within and outside his clan, he gave the chimpanzee to Gerald Abellard. Since then, the Nosferatu ghoul has grown to become a hulking, hyper-aggressive bodyguard and bosom buddy of the hacktivist. In fact, Jean Sant Malo is Greasy’s “co-host” of their increasingly popular ShreckNET podcast, Malo & Me (Throw Shit at Stuff and See What Sticks). Amongst the kine, Malo’s hoots and howls have created all number of urban legends, as if the Nosferatu’s ghouled alligators, blood flies, and monstrous roaches weren’t enough.
Anarch Status •
Lineage: 11th gen. childe of Rocco Agnello
Status: Anarch Movement •, Camarilla 0, Gangrel 0
Coterie: Twenty-Twenties ••
A fat, grotesque creature that looks more rat than man. Rocco Agnello believed Andrew was a budding computer genius and Embraced him to keep up with the rapidly evolving field. Knowing little of modern technology, he did not realize that his new childe was a simple slob and social recluse who spent all of his time on computers while lacking significant actual technical knowledge of the field. Andrew now spends most of his time playing video games, trolling people, and commenting on conspiracy theories. Sire and childe are still on amicable enough terms, but Rocco remains disappointed that Andrew is in no way the IT savant he originally presumed his childe to be.
Status: Ghouls •
Rocco’s younger childe is too ugly to seduce victims and lacks sufficient upper body strength to take them by force (at least without expending precious blood). That left taking them unwittingly. While his Nosferatu krewemates Gerald and Arzilla were freely willing to teach him obfuscate, Andrew still complained to his sire that feeding was hard unless the victim was already sleeping. Breaking into homes, however, was also hard: it was noisy and forced the now-eternally out of shape neonate to expend precious blood. After enough wheedling, Rocco turned to Donovan, who turned over a youth arrested by the NOPD who’d been busted on multiple counts of breaking and entering. That was all Andrew needed.
In exchange for immortality, Devon Pierce spends his nights covertly breaking into homes so that his domitor (who shows little interest in learning how to do so himself) may feed upon the sleeping occupants with less chance of disturbance. Devon considers it a good deal. He gets to live forever, and the tricks he’s learned (his domitor has passed on obfuscate to him) make robbing homes easier than ever. The mob fences associated with his domitor’s sire ask even fewer questions than his old ones. Devon is greedy for a plusher lifestyle, however (Andrew has neither the funds nor the inclination to financially support him), and Rocco has cautioned his childe more than once that a pattern of robbed homes linked to locations where he’s fed may eventually attract the wrong kind of scrutiny. Andrew has halfheartedly told Devon to “take less stuff” a few times, but doesn’t have it in him to discipline the ghoul more seriously.
Status: Ghoul 0
Stacy used to have dreams and ambitions. She used to have a family, boyfriend, and good looks. She used to have a future. It was her bad luck to take the same Sociology 101 class with Andrew Philips as a mortal.
Lineage: 10th gen. childe of Angel
Status: Anarch 0, Camarilla 0, Toreador 0
Ayame is a second-generation Korean-American born in Houston. The youngest of three children, Ayame grew up in the shadow of her older brothers and followed one of them into the less-than-stellar life of street crime in her early teens. For many years she was able to make it work, straddling the line between gifted high schooler and criminal, but everything came crashing down around her when she caught the eye of a local Los Zetas member who numbered among the Damned. He took her for his own, keeping her as a ghoul for three long, painful years. On her twenty-third birthday her sire granted her the Embrace. She left the city at her sire’s urging, heading to Baton Rouge before settling in New Orleans and taking up with the Anarchs. She spends most of her time penning urban fiction novels.
Lineage: 11th gen. childe of Randolph Cartwright
Status: Anarch •, Camarilla •, Nosferatu ••
Coterie: Twenty-Twenties ••
Arzilla was a young Cajun woman who ran away from an abusive home in a poverty-stricken small Louisiana town. She hoped to make a fresh start in the big city, but without any money, support network, or high school diploma, she ended up being forced into prostitution. It wasn’t long afterwards that Randolph Cartwright took her as one of his “wives.” When he overfed from her to the point of death, he Embraced her in one of his few moments of remorse. Any pity he felt for his childe vanished when her transformation burned away her beauty.
For years, Arzilla remained fixated with her hideousness and was a bitter, hateful thing obsessed with finding ways to make beautiful people defile themselves. When Katrina struck, she made a beeline for Lakeview—perhaps the most devastated neighborhood in the city—bleakly declaring she wanted an end to it all. Lake Pontchartrain’s floodwaters swept her away and she was presumed destroyed. Several weeks later, she was found to have survived. More, she had changed. Though her bitterness wasn’t gone, her heart seemed much calmed. She does not speak of what she experienced in Lakeview.
Arzilla has a natural flair for Obfuscate and is thought to serve as one of her clan’s most direct sets of eyes and ears, eavesdropping on countless Kindred conversations. She engages in a constant stream of filthy, belittling insults with her younger brother-in-blood Gerald Abellard, but the two are actually quite close despite the verbal abuse they heap upon one another nightly.
Lineage: 12th gen. childe of unknown sire
Status: Anarch •, Caitiff -, Camarilla 0
Coterie: The Kindred Liberation Front ••
Originally hailing from Savannah, Georgia, Simon had made his way to Houston by Hurricane Katrina. He hit off with the Kindred Liberation Front (New Orleans’ oldest Anarch gang) when they clashed with some local Anarchs and made a good accounting for himself during the battle. He came back to New Orleans with them when the city rebounded and is now considered a loyal, though quiet, member of the krewe. Simon maintains something of Beatnik image and is fond of quoting Allen Ginsberg and Ken Kesey. He defers to the more experienced members of the gang and acts in a scouting role when the KLF gets into conflicts.