Campaign of the Month: October 2017
Blood and Bourbon
The Anarch Movement
“Societies in decline have no use for visionaries.”
“Freedom suppressed and again regained bites with keener fangs than freedom never endangered.”
—Cicero, De Officiis
“Rich bastards screwed the country—but did they suffer? No, the little people suffered.”
The Anarchs of New Orleans are not the wild, gun-toting hooligans whose stereotype defines the California Free State—or at least, the influential ones aren’t. Prince Vidal remembers the tumultuous nights of the original Anarch Revolt and is extraordinarily harsh in punishing rabble-rousers who would upset the Camarilla’s order. Anarchs who have achieved any measure of status in the Big Easy have learned to work from within the system, side-by-side with the prince, in hopes of effecting change. Indeed, they have actually managed to insert themselves into a few fairly important positions in the city hierarchy. Two of the city’s primogen, Miss Opal and Coco Duquette, consider themselves Anarchs. Between their efforts, they have managed to restrain Prince Vidal from oppressing the local Unbound to quite the same extent that he throws his weight against the Invictus and the Circle of the Crone. (Of course, some argue that his tolerance of the Anarchs is based less on the efforts of these two primogen and more on the fact that the Anarchs simply don’t pose much of a threat.)
Ultimately, the Anarch goals in New Orleans are similar to the covenant’s objectives elsewhere: to establish a Kindred leadership based on more democratic (or at least egalitarian) principles than rule by eldest or by divine right. Neither Duquette nor Miss Opal has any delusions, though. Their positions simply aren’t strong enough to push for any sort of major change. For the time being they perform a balancing act, arguing and maneuvering to restrain the worst of Vidal’s excesses (as they see them), while never opposing him so strongly that he considers them actual enemies.
In the interim, they recruit, speaking often to young Kindred of all the covenants—and other factions besides Vidal’s when they can get away with it. They’ve actually succeeded in bolstering their numbers since Hurricane Katrina, though the overwhelming majority of new recruits comprises neonates, some of whom do not even dwell in New Orleans proper, but in the surrounding parishes and communities. The Anarchs also make a habit of playing intermediary, carrying messages between and working with multiple opposed parties, even hosting the occasional meeting between Vidal’s, Savoy’s and/or Baron Cimitière’s representatives. By doing so, they hope to make themselves useful to all three factions. If they can maintain their position, they prevent any of the primary factions from turning against them, and have already proven themselves a valuable ally should one faction finally gain a true victory over the others.
All of this changed in 2015 when it was alleged that John Harley Matheson, a Ventrue elder banished from the city over 150 years ago for reasons unknown, had been feeding on neonates he’d lured out to his haven for all that time. Many of his victims were Anarchs and by all appearances Vidal had turned a blind eye to his clanmate’s depravities. The prince postponed potential mob justice by announcing there would be a trial to examine the evidence against Matheson, but few were convinced the process would be a fair one. While Coco and Miss Opal advocated hearing out the evidence and waiting out the trial’s aftermath before deciding what to do, Veronica Alsten-Pirrie (whose childe Amaryllis had numbered among Matheson’s alleged victims) and many other Anarchs were not so patient. Roughly half the covenant walked out of Mid-City and established a new alliance with Antoine Savoy, who had publicly called for Matheson to face immediate justice for his crimes. That justice would be denied after the trial concluded with Vidal finding insufficient evidence to substantiate the allegations against Matheson.
The Anarchs are now split into two factions: an “Old Guard” who remain loyal to Coco and Miss Opal, and maintain the covenant’s loose (and increasingly strained) alliance with Vidal. The “New Guard” follows Veronica in alliance with Savoy and has relocated to the French Quarter. Although most of the New Guard are younger, their alliance with their patron is much closer and they are true believers in his cause.
Most of New Orleans’ Anarchs may be neonates, but the covenant itself may well be the city’s oldest one. The Big Easy’s Unbound trace their origins to the Age of Enlightenment in Europe, which presented a renaissance for the Anarch spirit after the first bleak century after the Convention of Thorns. Elders responded to their childer’s ideas of freedom and equality with brutal crackdowns, prompting many of these neonates to flee to the New World.
By the mid-18th century, few of the Anarchs in New Orleans were high-minded idealists: most of them were culled by the diablerists, poachers, bastard childer, Caitiff, and other dregs of the Old World who Europe’s elders were only too happy to expel from their cities. Accounts of this era in the local Movement’s history remain spotty. The only still-extant Anarchs (now elders in their own rights) who remember anything of New Orleans’ earliest nights are Miss Opal and the famed Smiling Jack. The former parts with information as miserly as any Nosferatu, while the latter is under blood hunt should he return to New Orelans.
The Camarilla’s coming in 1769 changed everything. Vidal was a survivor of the original Anarch Revolt and had seen his sire and broodmates fall beneath Anarchs’ fangs. He viewed the Firebrands’ ideology as a grave threat to his rule and wasted little time in purging its vocal proponents. By 1815, Camarilla forces had executed or driven out every Kindred who refused to take an oath of loyalty to the prince and acknowledge the Ivory Tower’s claim over New Orleans. The only known survivor of this purge was the Brujah Smiling Jack, an alleged former pirate active throughout the Caribbean. He fled the city after vowing to see Vidal toppled from his new throne.
Anarch ideals proved harder to kill than Anarchs themselves, however, and the same circumstances that gave rise to the Movement in the Old World inevitably repeated themselves in the New World. Some of the Antebellum’s Anarchs were “latecomers” from the Europe who were inspired by the American Revolution or who simply felt there was more opportunity in the increasingly populated cities across the Atlantic. Others were Embraced without a prince’s permission in areas where the still-nascent Camarilla’s grasp was weak and uninclined to bow before any prince’s authority. Some were even former slaves who saw the elder-dominated society of the Camarilla as little different from the oppression they had suffered under their mortal owners. Nevertheless, Vidal’s hegemony was not so contested during the Antebellum as it is in the Modern Nights, and the heavy-handed prince was able to turn his full resources towards crushing any malcontents and dissenters who entered his city. Donovan’s predecessor as sheriff, the Ventrue Robert Bastien, became particularly reviled for his harsh treatment of the era’s Anarchs.
No firebrands are known to survived from the early 19th century save the Brujah Annie Pope. A former slave who was attracted to New Orleans by its large freed black community, Pope garnered substantial influence by co-opting (or according to some, inspiring) the local legend of Annie Christmas and establishing a tentative alliance with Baron Cimitière. The Samedi houngan was still a relatively new arrival to the Crescent City and hoped to sway Vidal’s attitude towards Vodoun, which made him reluctant to offer Pope his public support lest the prince come to associate faith in the loa with the Anarch ideology he so abhorred. The Baron’s hesitance would have significant repercussions for the Movement in the next century, but for the next few decades, Pope survived by keeping her head low and remaining hidden among the kine.
By the mid-19th century, a second wave of Anarchs hit New Orleans in the form of discontents fleeing an increasingly radicalized Europe. Others were Embraced among Irish and Italian immigrants who saw the hardship of their old lives repeated in the Camarilla’s social structure. The People’s Spring of 1848 represented the apex of this particular period: the wave of (mortal) immigrants who fled their home countries were known as the Forty-Niners and contained intellectuals and educated men who were eagerly Embraced into the Anarch fold. One of these immigrants, Erwin Bornemann, was even brought into Clan Tremere and remains sympathetic towards the Anarchs to this night. (Indeed, rumor claims his sire Elsbeth von Steinhausser fought the Brujah for the right to Embrace him.) Vidal viewed these political dissidents as no less dangerous than the last Anarchs he had dealt with, and responded another round of crackdowns and pogroms. The docks became one of the most dangerous places for even Sanctified neonates to be seen, as New Orleans was one of the world’s largest and most prosperous ports at the time. Vidal grew obsessed with the notion that “a plague” of Anarchs was fleeing Europe and smuggling themselves through his city in order to bedevil the rest of the New World.
Coco Duquette’s arrival to New Orleans in 1856 would finally shift the hoary prince’s attitudes. A veteran of France’s revolutions, Duquette believed violence was a fruitless means of bringing about change. The Parisian Brujah was willing to do something with Vidal that no other Anarch had previously considered: play by his rules. She formally presented herself before the prince’s court in accordance with the Fifth Tradition and humbly requested his permission to reside in New Orleans. When she also agreed to swear the required oath to uphold the city’s laws, a surprised Vidal could find no reason to refuse. Indeed, the prince was sufficiently impressed that he granted Duquette a small domain of her own in Esplanade Ridge.
More to come…
Anarchs by Krewe
No Krewe Affilitation
• Miss Opal, Nosferatu primogen and co-regent of Mid-City (8th-generation Nosferatu, e. mid 18th century)
• Coco Duquette, Brujah primogen and co-regent of Mid-City (8th-generation Brujah, e. late 18th century)
• Micheal Kelly (9th-generation Brujah, e. early 20th century)
• Pietro Silvestri (8th-generation Toreador, e. early 20th century)
• Veronica Alsten-Pirrie, harpy (8th-generation Toreador, e. early 20th century)
• Esther Sue Parker (9th-generation Nosferatu, e. late 20th century)
• Ayame Seong-Jin (12th-generation Toreador, e. early 21st century)
• Edward Zuric (13th-generation Gangrel/Lancea et Sanctum, e. early 21st century)
• Jack McCandles (11th-generation Malkavian, e. early 21st century)
• Amaryllis DeCuir (9th-generation Toreador, e. early 21st century)
• Christopher Guilbeau (10th-generation Ventrue, e. early 21st century)
• Roderick Durant (9th-generation Brujah, e. early 21st century)
The Kindred Liberation Front
• Jonah Freeman (11th-generation Brujah, e. mid 20th century)
• Laura Ravenwood (12th-generation Caitiff, e. late 20th century)
• Maxzille Babineaux (10th-generation Toreador, e. mid 20th century)
• Eris D. (12th-generation Brujah, e. late 20th century)
• Jordan Petrowski (11th-generation Gangrel, e. late 20th century)
• Simon Jones (12th-generation Caitiff, e. late 20th century)
The Night Axles
• Shep Jennings (10th-generation Brujah, e. late 19th century)
• Desirae Wells ( Caitiff, e. early 21st century)
• Emerson Newhouse Hearst (13th-generation Caitiff, e. early 21st century)
Isabella Suarez (11th-generation Ravnos, e. early 21st century)
• Marcio de la Cruz (13th-generation Caitiff, e. late 20th century)
• Andrew Phillips (11th-generation Gangrel, e. late 20th century)
• Arzilla Boudon (11th-generation Nosferatu, e. late 20th century)
• Gerald Abellard (11th-generation Nosferatu, e. late 20th century)
• Frank Larsen (10th-generation Malkavian, e. early 21st century)
• Kiah Savell (11th-generation Malkavian, e. early 21st century)
Bliss Jackson (12th-generation Brujah, e. early 21st century, d. 2015)
Cherry Nines (13th-generation Gangrel, e. early 21st century, d. 2015)
Milagrosa Arencibia (13th-generation Brujah, e. early 21st century, d. 2015)
Trent Ambrose (12th-generation Caitiff, e. early 21st century, d. 2015)
The Lost Angels
Amanda Morgan (11th-generation Caitiff, e. mid 20th century, d. 2015)
Dakota Torres (12th-generation Caitiff, e. mid 20th century, d. 2015)
Francis “Black Francis” Carver (13th-generation Caitiff, e. late 20th century, d. 2015)
Old Guard Anarchs by Status
Anarch Status ••••
• Coco Duquette (8th gen. childe of William Starkweather, e. late 18th century, Brujah Status ••••, Camarilla Status ••••)
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.
• Jennifer Haley (g. early 21st century, Ghoul Status ••)
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.
• Miss Opal (8th gen. childe of Virginia de Palencia, e. mid 18th century, Camarilla Status ••••, Nosferatu Status •••••)
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.
• Armand “Misser Shoofly” Chassagnac (g. late 18th century, Ghoul Status ••••)
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 (g. mid 20th century, Ghoul Status •)
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 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 (9th gen. childe of Miss Opal, e. late 20th century, Camarilla Status ••, Nosferatu Status •••)
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.
• Jonah Freeman (11th gen. childe of Foxfire, e. mid 20th century, a. early 21st century, Brujah Status ••, Camarilla Status •, Circle of the Crone Status •)
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 Voudoun, 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 (10th gen. childe Abraham Garcia, e. mid 20th century, Camarilla Status ••, Toreador Status •)
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.
Anarch Status ••
• Christopher Guilbeau (10th gen. childe of Marcel Guilbeau, e. early 21st century, Camarilla Status 0, Ventrue Status 0)
Christopher might be the older of Marcel Guilbeau’s two childer, the more handsome, and the only one related to his sire by blood, but Christopher couldn’t be a greater disappointment to Marcel if he tried. Before Anthony’s Embrace he was known for, carelessly endangering the Masquerade, relying on his sire to bail him out, and only being grateful to Marcel when he wanted something. He has since moderated his ways (mostly), but relations between the two remain cool.
• Gerald “Greasy” Abellard (11th gen. childe of Randolph Cartwright, e. early 21st century, Camarilla Status 0, Nosferatu Status ••)
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 (g. early 21st century, Ghoul Status 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.
• Roderick Durant (9th gen. childe of Coco Duquette, e. early 21st century, Brujah Status •, Camarilla Status •)
A criminal lawyer Embraced just after passing the bar exam, Roderick serves as “chief of staff” to his sire Coco when he’s by her side, and bails his fellow Anarchs’ ghouls and mortal associates out of legal trouble when he’s not. He’s also the scribe (official note-taker) for the city’s primogen council, one of the most envious positions for a neonate to hold. Despite his privilege and exposure to some of the city’s most cynical and machiavellian power actors, though, Roderick retains a decidedly idealistic streak and wants the Anarchs to push for greater rights of self-determination within Mid-City. He’s locked horns with his more pragmatic “work within the system” sire more than once, and their impassioned debates remain a crowd favorite during the Movement’s meetings.
Anarch Status •
• Andrew Philips (11th gen. childe of Rocco Agnello, e. early 21st century, Gangrel Status 0, Camarilla Status 0)
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.
• Devon Pierce (g. early 21st century, Ghoul Status •)
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 unwillingly. 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 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.
• Ayame Seong-Jin (10th gen. childe of Angel, e. early 21st century, Camarilla Status 0, Toreador Status 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.
• Arzilla Boudon (11th gen. childe of Randolph Cartwright, e. late 20th century, Camarilla Status •, Nosferatu Status ••)
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.
• Simon Jones (12th gen. childe of unknown sire, e. late 20th century, Caitiff, Camarilla Status 0)
Expatriate from Savannah, Georgia. Maintains something of Beatnik image and is fond of quoting Allen Ginsberg and Ken Kesey. Member of the Kindred Liberation Front.
New Guard Anarchs by Status
Anarch Status ••••
• Veronica Alsten-Pirrie (8th gen. childe of Accou Poincaré, e. early 20th century, Camarilla Status •••, Toreador Status •••)
Veronica was a flapper and jazz singer Embraced by Accou during the Roaring Twenties for her pretty voice and fiery spirit. She served as a loyal member of the Invictus until Pearl Chastain’s rise from torpor in the ‘70s. Veronica found her grandsire a hopelessly antiquated has-been and stifling influence that her clan and covenant would be better off without. Her sire, who willingly surrendered power back to Chastain, did not agree. Veronica promptly defected to the Anarch Movement and led a wave of younger Toreador with her. She remains on strained terms with her Invictus kin, although the bitterest venom seems to come from her. When not performing at nightclubs and basking among her kine admirers, she is engaged in a bitter three-way feud with her fellow harpies Katherine Beaumont and Marguerite Defallier. Veronica considers her former to be full of herself and the latter pathetic for clinging to a covenant whose leaders don’t respect her.
In 2015, Veronica learned the exiled Ventrue John Harley Matheson had been feeding on neonates lured to his out-of-town plantation, her childe Amaryllis among them. Outraged by the apparent blind eye had Prince Vidal turned to his clanmate’s depravities, she led a split among the Anarchs to throw their support behind Antoine Savoy and now stands as one of his most vocal partisans and valuable allies.
• Clementine Jasper-Kumar (g. mid 20th century, Ghoul Status •••)
If ghouls had harpies, Clementine Jasper-Kumar would be their ruler. As wasp-tongued and volatile as her mistress, Clementine was ghouled at the cusp of adolescence when Veronica happened to pass her by at the night market. Her hair is dark, her skin somewhere between white and black, but despite the common belief that she is of African descent she claims that both of her parents were from Fiji. She has been at Veronica’s side since the Kindred claimed her around the end of WWII, and her time as herald has done nothing but embolden her. She keeps her mistress’ other ghouls in line, and even the occasional fledgling has found themselves on the wrong side of her ire. Veronica is fond of saying the girl is a “mini me,” complete with her sexually deviant reputation, though the ghoul is said to enjoy the company of older men.
Anarch Status •••
• Pietro Silvestri (8th gen. childe of Barthélemy Lafon, e. early 20th century, Camarilla Status •, Toreador, Status •)
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, Kindred assume Pietro is involved. He often is.
Since the recent factional split among the Anarchs, he has taken up with Antoine Savoy.
• Alan Thomas (g. late 20th century, Ghoul Status ••)
Alan has one of those smiles that makes you want to punch the guy in his face. The smarmy kind, like he thinks he knows more than you. He’s charming, though, and he’s probably got what you need. Art? Cars? Jewels? Drugs? Guy could sell ice to an Eskimo in the middle of winter. Was a used car salesman at some point, but Silvestri obviously liked the cut of his jib since he took the guy in. Always trying to sell something to someone, whether it’s physical goods or an idea. “Do it for the commish,” he’s fond of saying. Gets on well with most people, honestly, silver-tongued flatterer that he is. Some people think he’s pretty stand up. Or maybe he just pulled the wool over their eyes, too. Has the hots for Clementine Jasper-Kumar. “She only looks underage,” but apparently that’s how he likes them. Serves as a herald of sorts for his domitor, Pietro, and talks about a million miles an hour.
• Shep Jennings (10th gen. childe of unknown sire, e. late 19th century, a. mid 20th century, Brujah Status •••, Camarilla Status •)
For decades, the so-called “Voice of the Unbound” in New Orleans, Shep Jennings, has striven to bring equality and enfranchisement to the Anarch Movement in a city which he feels has become Augusto Vidal’s private religious sanctum. Jennings was born during Reconstruction and is thought to be the oldest Anarch in the city after Coco Duquette and Miss Opal. He wasn’t born a slave, but his parents were, and his Embrace did little to improve his opinion of the world. He developed a chip on his shoulder against seemingly elder in New Orleans, whom he viewed (correctly) as complicit in slavery. Jennings was long frustrated by the slow pace of change in Kindred society and not above using violent and thuggish means to achieve his ends. After Hurricane Katrina, he apparently savvied up and started using diplomacy and subterfuge over more brutish options, leading to Kindred in power to finally take him more seriously. He’s also known for being a car thief and running a chop shop that can disassemble vehicles faster than any mortal thieves. He rarely lacks for business, as there are always vampires whose victims leave behind inconvenient cars.
Anarch Status ••
• Andromeda Brooks (9th gen. childe of Perseus, e. late 20th century, Anarch Status ••, Camarilla Status •)
Born just before the emergence of punk music, Andi spent her mortal years jamming to records and dreaming of being a rock star. She was in New York during a Sabbat incursion and was caught up by a pack and brought to the site of their Mass Embrace, where her Malkavian sire found and “saved” her by granting her the Embrace. She spent years bound to him before running into Alexander Wright, who was in the city to assist with the Camarilla take over. He brought her back to New Orleans with him when he left and she was granted permission to stay within the city, though she was more interested in the Anarch cause than serving a prince. When Veronica led a wave of Anarchs over to Savoy’s bloc it made sense for her to jump ship with the rest of her krewe, and the lord’s lax view on the clanless finally allowed Andi the freedom to come out as Caitiff rather than continue the Malkavian charade. Harlequin was heard to have said ”she never really felt like one of us” after word got out, and the clan agreed that ”she just wasn’t our brand of crazy.” Andi is a part-time resident of New Orleans, on the road more often than not with her krewe-mate Tyrell where she performs with her band, Love & Liars all over the country. She’s a frequent sight around the Quarter and Marigny when she’s in town and enjoys an easy friendship with the Nosferatu Sundown. She’s been known to don the occasional disguise to perform while she’s at home at the various clubs and venues in the area. While many of the city’s older Kindred (especially the Toreador) might think her music is nothing but loud noises, Andi hasn’t seemed too put out by it. After all, none of them are playing for sold-out stadiums or consistently topping the charts with their new releases.
• The Twins (g. early 21st century, Ghoul Status •)
The Twins have their own name, but Andi only ever refers to them as their moniker, “The Twins.” One plays guitar, the other keyboard, and both are as devoted to their domitor as any ghoul has a right to be. They don’t seem to do anything for her outside of serving in the band, and the two are never seen without the other in company.
• Keegan Malone (g. early 21st century, Ghoul Status •)
Probably not the original Keegan considering his Embrace and downfall at Hound Wright’s hands. Maybe Andi wasn’t able to let go of the name, or maybe she just happened to find another boy named Keegan. Either way, that’s what she calls the ghoul that serves as the drummer for her band Love & Liars.
• Eris D. (12th gen. childe of Jonah Freeman, e. late 20th century, a. early 21st century, Brujah Status •, Camarilla Status •, Circle of the Crone Status ••)
A ‘70s feminist and neopagan who never quite realized she missed the ’60s, Eris spent her mortal life bucking the establishment and throwing herself into anything that wasn’t mainstream. Embraced by Jonah for her magical dabblings, but her sire’s vitae unhinged something in her. She became devoted to the idea of promoting chaos, even changing her mortal name to Eris. She is convinced that Malkavians possess profound insight into the true nature of reality and is on exceptionally good terms with the clan, who find her more “open-minded” than other Kindred. It’s not uncommon for many licks to mistake her for one of the kooks herself.
• Marcio de la Cruz (13th gen. childe of Alejandro Gálvez, e. late 20th century, Caitiff, Camarilla Status 0)
Many Kindred assume the fire-eyed young Marcio is a Brujah from how passionate he is about his political views. Born in Nicaragua with relatives from Guatemala, Marcio lost family to no less than two separate U.S. foreign interventions: the Nicaraguan Revolution and the 1954 Guatemalan coup d’etat. He joined the Sandinista National Liberation Front. at a young age and was Embraced by an Anarch sire after being terminally wounded in a shootout against the Contras so he could continue the fight eternally. Marcio remained a rabble-rouser in death and fought against the Ventrue prince of Managua, Alicia Penobscott, for years until she destroyed his sire and coterie in the 2010s. Marcio fled on the next ship to New Orleans, as the city was a long-time trading partner with Central America. He never presented himself before Vidal and kept a low profile in Mid-City as part of Shep Jennings’ coterie until the 2015 Anarch split. Vidal has had amicable relationships with other Spanish-descended princes in Latin America and figures the staked Caitiff would make a useful gift or bargaining chip at some point, but hasn’t considered him important enough to hunt down.
Marcio was a zealous communist for decades, but has grown disillusioned with Marx in favor of anarcho-syndicalism. He believes all power structures are inherently unequal and that the only answer is to burn it all down, with no higher Kindred government than one’s own coterie. Unlike many Anarchs, he considers the Los Angeles Free State to be a rousing success and only tolerates Antoine Savoy as the lesser evil. He despises fascists and is involved with Antifa and several other far-left political groups.
Anarch Status •
• Edward “Ed” Zuric (13th gen. childe of Andrea Oulette, e. early 21st century, Camarilla Status •, Gangrel Status •, Lancea et Sanctum Status •)
Itinerant guitarist and country blues musician Embraced as one of the Armstrong Five.
• Frank Larsen (10th gen. childe of Monty Lestrange, e. late 20th century, Camarilla Status 0, Malkavian Status •)
“Photojournalist” at a gossip rag who has a knack for being at the right place at the wrong time. Since his Embrace, he has grown increasingly paranoid about this fact and claims to see “connections everywhere”. He sometimes hires out his talents for collecting photographic evidence of individuals in compromising positions, and has an uncanny gift for capturing photos that others dismiss as impossible—the more impossible the assignment, the more thorough the evidence he seems able to collect. Member of the Anarchs’ Twenty-Twenties krewe.
• Jack McCandles (12th gen. childe of Mary Allen, e. early 21st century, Camarilla Status •, Malkavian Status ••)
• Kiah Savell (11th gen. childe of unknown sire, e. early 21st century, Camarilla Status 0, Malkavian Status ••)
• Laura Ravenwood (12th gen. childe of unknown sire, e. late 20th century, Caitiff, Camarilla Status 0)
Micheal Kelly (9th gen. childe of Coco Duquette, e. early 20th century, Brujah Status 0, Camarilla Status •)
Micheal Kelly is Clan Brujah’s paper tiger. An OMC biker and World War II veteran who fought the Nazis in Europe (as a vampire), many of Kelly’s clanmates considered him a “badass” until the 2015 release of photographs that depicted him being gang-raped at the hands of Bobbi Jo Boggs’ biker gang, who also burned down his bar in Mid-City. It was Micheal’s lack of retaliation, however, that truly cemented his present reputation as a pushover. He spends his nights at Veronica Alsten-Pirrie’s side, who was once his lover but now mainly torments and abuses him for her own (and her other lovers’) amusement. Rumor claims she’s removed his cock and makes him wear a dress, but after turning against his sire in the 2015 Anarch split he has nowhere else to go. Most Kindred think he made up those stories about fighting in World War II.
• Tyrell Turner (11th gen. childe of Shejana Džugi, e. late 20th century, Anarch Status •, Camarilla Status •)
Tyrell is out of the city more often than not with his krew-mate Andromeda Brooks. While she performs, he uses his time to rub elbows with antique collectors and dealers so he can bring them back to the city to sell at his store, Anecdotes. He doesn’t seem particularly interested in Kindred politics but has a nominal investment in the Anarch Movement, though some say that his neutrality is simply because of how frequently he travels: after all, he needs to be able to make friends everywhere if he wants to do business within the domains of other licks and expect to be invited back. He’s rather warm and sunny for a lick that’s decades old and likes to tell stories about his time in the war, though he’s never clarified which war. He has a soft spot for “undesirables” and enjoys collecting things.
• Raveena Cartier (g. late 20th century, Ghoul Status •)
Raveena has been with Tyrell since he opened his shop in the late ‘90s. She either doesn’t have an eye or wears her patch out of solidarity with her domitor, no one is quite sure. Unlike Tyrell, though, her patch always remains on the one side. Regardless of who she is and where she came from, the girl has an affinity for sniffing out “real” antiques that are actually worth something, as opposed to the touristy-trash that most people bring her way. Still, she’s happy to scam anyone who doesn’t know the difference. Raveena is loyal enough that even when Tyrell is gone for months on end “chasing a deal,” she’s still there waiting for him when he comes back. She’s also taken remarkably well to managing the online store for a woman her age.
• Kevin Harrington (g. early 21st century, Ghoul Status ••)
Kevin joined Tyrell after the lick watched him put someone’s face through a brick wall. It wasn’t so much the fact that the face went through the wall, which Tyrell has seen often enough from the Brujahs he hangs out with, but the unflinching, cold way that the man did it. He’d just wiped the blood spatter off his coat as if it didn’t mean anything and left the corpse behind, never once giving a fuck that there were at least a dozen witnesses. Tyrell caught up with him and learned the man had once been some sort of army guy, the kind who gets answers out of people at any cost, and since his discharge he’s been picking up odd jobs for the local Mafia without really getting in too deep. He was happy to accept Tyrell’s offer to serve as muscle, and the man accompanies him on his trips out of state.
Neutral Anarchs by Status
Anarch Status ••
• Desirae Wells (gen. and sire unknown, e. early 21st century, Caitiff, Camarilla Status •)
Desirae Wells has total amnesia. She claims to remembers nothing of her mortal life or the circumstances of her Embrace during Mardi Gras several years ago, and often wanders the city seeking anything to spark her lost memories. She’s regarded as an amusing curiosity by many Kindred and has leveraged that perception into some modicum of status: while the local Camarilla elders won’t ever respect her, they see her as harmless and even tolerate her showing her face in Elysium. She’s perhaps the city’s most respected Caitiff, which together with her lack of political ties and skill at putting people at ease, led the Anarchs to make her their covenant’s representative and envoy in 2014. Wells herself runs with Shep Jennings’ krewe of Anarchs and often counsels the younger members towards greater restraint in their behavior.
Since the Anarchs’ factional split in 2015, Wells has walked a careful line trying to stay neutral between Coco’s and Veronica’s camps. Later that year, Caroline Malveaux-Devillers managed to uncover much of her mortal identity (including her birth name, though she’s decided to keep using ‘Desirae Wells’), though the circumstances of her Embrace remain a mystery—as does how she forgot her entire past.
• Nico Cimpreon (11th gen. childe of Leon “8-Ball” White, e. late 20th century, Anarch Status ••, Camarilla Status 0, Caitiff, Lancea et Sanctum Status •)
Born in Miami, Nico quickly became disillusioned with society’s idea of justice when his old man and a handful of other cops got off with nothing more than a slap on the wrist after they bludgeoned a black man to death. After the Miami Riots of 1980 Nico headed out to California, where he fell in with a drug smuggler who turned out to be a lick. His subsequent Embrace had him heading back to Miami before settling in New Orleans shortly after Katrina. He fell in with Antoine Savoy despite (or perhaps because of) his Anarch tendencies, scoffing at the idea of the Movement bowing and scraping to a prince for paltry handouts. He viewed those who’d let a Ventrue put them on their knees with contempt. Nico’s natural charisma might have made him a valuable asset to Veronica Alsten-Pirrie once she defected to Savoy’s camp since she didn’t seem interested in running any rants, but he disappeared in early 2011, long before the split, and hasn’t been seen since.