Campaign of the Month: October 2017
Blood and Bourbon
“Throw off the elders’ shackles of the mind,
reach into thyself and see the truth revealed.
The truth, as truth is seen,
will illuminate your soul
and heal your wounds.
Know who you are, first, and be true to yourself.”
—Brujah’s words to her childer
Thugs. Philosophers. Terrorists. Hipsters. Revolutionaries.
Even the clan itself cannot say which of these labels are true—in a way, perhaps they all are. Many Brujah would say that’s the beauty of it: the freedom to be any, all, and none of them.
The rabble may not be as influential as the Ventrue or as large as the Toreador, but they make up for it by sheer force of will. They’re the activists, the street artists, the thugs, the roughs, the toughs, the renegade scholars, and the angry young men. They’re the overwhelming vitality of the city, the thrumming engines and shining lights.
Don’t ever piss them off.
a. = arrival in New Orleans
Annie Pope (e. early 19th century, d. 2005)
• 9. Pinckney Benton “Pinch” Stewart Pinchback (e. late 19th century)
Jacob “Jake” Almerson (e. early 20th century, d. mid 20th century)
• 11. Tom Weaver (e. mid 20th century, l. mid 20th century)
• 10. Duke Elmhearst (e. late 20th century)
Elaine Hughes (e. late 19th century, d. early 20th century)
• 10. Robert Barbanson (e. early 20th century, l. 2005)
• 8. Coco Duquette (e. late 18th century, a. mid 19th century)
• 9. Micheal Kelly (e. early 20th century)
• 9. Roderick Durant (e. early 21st century)
• 9. Dutch (e. mid 19th century, a. mid 20th century, l. 2005)
Tyrell Howard (e. late 20th century, d. 2005)
• 10. Smiling Jack (e. 17th century, a. 18th century, l. 1815)
Trevon LaCroix (e. early 21st century, d. 2005)
• 12. Gideon “Deon” LaCroix (e. early 21st century)
• 10. Shep Jennings (e. late 19th century, a. mid 20th century)
• 10. Doc Xola (e. mid 20th century)
• 11. Alexander Wright (e. late 20th century)
• 12. Hezekiah Santana (e. early 21st century, l. 2010)
• 11. Emily Thurmon (e. mid 20th century, a. early 21st century)
Jeffrey Livingston (e. late 20th century, a. early 21st century, d. early 21st century)
• 11. Jonah Freeman (e. mid 20th century, a. early 21st century)
• 12. Eris D. (e. late 20th century, a. early 21st century)
• 13-11. Lucas Gates (e. late 20th century, a. early 21st century, l. early 21st century)
• 12. Tina Baker (e. early 21st century)
Bliss Jackson (e. early 21st century, a. early 21st century, d. 2015)
Milagrosa Arencibia (e. early 21st century, a. early 21st century, d. 2015)
• Amelie Savard (e. early 21st century)
• William “Will” Carolla (e. early 21st century, a. early 21st century)
Kindred by Brujah Status
Status is among the Brujah is bestowed more for attitude than specifics. The clan has at least a rough allegiance toward weakening authority and promoting individualism, and acts which accomplish both or either win their performers Status within the clan. Telling off a prince, disrupting a Ventrue deal (and living to tell about it), tweaking the Tremere, or exposing a corrupt mortal politician for the fraud they are—all of these can win a Brujah points with their elders and peers.
Unfortunately, the Brujah penchant for going after the high and mighty often turns the youngsters of the clan on their elders, which means that matters of Status can get touchy. Rewarding a neonate for acts which subvert a Brujah elder is asking for trouble, but is also true to the spirit of the clan. Younger Brujah also have a habit of ignoring their elders’ pronouncements and setting their own pecking order. Such arrangements are usually based on questions of strength or numbers of adherents; Brujah tend to move in packs and follow charismatic leaders.
• Coco Duquette (8th gen. childe of William Starkweather, e. late 18th century, Anarch 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.
• Alexander Wright (11th gen. childe of Doc Xola, e. late 20th century, Camarilla Status •, Lancea et Sanctum Status ••)
Vidal’s enforcers aren’t all humorless automatons. One need look no further than the sarcastic-tempered Alexander Wright as an example. To the Sanctified, he’s one of the hounds loyally serving under Sheriff Donovan, and to the Anarchs and Crones he’s an unfortunate mistake. In life, Wright was a gangbanger Embraced by Doc Xola for reasons he can’t begin to guess. Wright’s sire blood bound the young Brujah and forced him to commit (and endure) all manner of heinous acts. The Sanctified earned his loyalty after they broke his blood bond to Xola and offered him a new place, even if it was no small irony for the mortal gangbanger to become a Kindred cop. Still, he’s taken to the job with gusto, and is happy to take his trademark titanium bat to the skull of anyone who calls him a sellout. He controls one of the larger gangs in Central City.
• Shep Jennings (10th gen. childe of unknown sire, e. late 19th century, a. mid 20th century, Anarch 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.
• Doc Xola (10th gen. childe of unknown sire, e. mid 20th century, Camarilla Status ••, Circle of the Crone Status •••)
One of the most feared Kindred in the city by neonates, Doc Xola is a hulkingly muscled bokor who serves as Baron Cimitière’s chief enforcer. Utterly without conscience or scruples, his penchant for going after his targets’ families is just one of the factors that keeps direct attacks on the Baron’s people to a minimum. In addition to these duties, Xola carries “doctor” as a medical as well as Vodoun title. He operates a back alley clinic that performs no-questions-asked surgeries and abortions, deals drugs, and (to Kindred customers) sells the blood Xola collects from operations. The only thing he doesn’t sell are aborted fetuses, which he enjoys feeding from.
• Emily Thurmon (11th gen. childe of Dezi, e. mid 20th century, a. early 21st century, Camarilla Status ••)
Former anthropology professor and co-founder of the Snake Hunters, a coterie whose purpose is to exterminate Setites from the city, after she lost her childe and lover Jeffrey to the serpents during Hurricane Katrina. She is a humorless woman who has few apparent interests besides the hunt. She has recently gone missing: Setites are the suspected culprits.
• Jonah Freeman (11th gen. childe of Foxfire, e. mid 20th century, a. early 21st century, Anarch 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.
• Pinckney Stewart “Pinch” Benton Pinchback (9th gen. childe of Annie Pope, e. late 19th century, Camarilla Status ••, Invictus Status •••)
The Damned prefer not to Embrace famous historic figures, but there are always exceptions. Clan Brujah’s whip is one of them. Pinch was a freed black who served as Louisiana’s governor for 24 days and held a variety of political offices during Reconstruction. Black disenfranchisement during the end of Reconstruction spelled the end of his career, moving Annie to Embrace him so that he might continue the struggle for racial equality. Pinch joined the Invictus in hopes of best effecting change (he was ultimately more interested in civil rights than the Anarch cause), though he alienated his sire by doing so. After Katrina, he incited outrage among younger Kindred by backing Pierpont McGinn over the younger and more Anarch-sympathetic Rebecca DeMatthews during the two’s contest to become regent of Uptown. Pinch believed McGinn’s victory was inevitable and that supporting him was the best way to effect change, as Pinch had many business interests in Uptown and is possibly the wealthiest member of his clan. The Creoles respect him like no other Brujah (except Coco), but many of his clanmates view him as a sellout.
• Gideon “Deon” LaCroix (12th gen. childe of Trevon LaCroix, e. early 21st century, Camarilla Status •, Lancea et Sanctum Status ••)
Deon grew up in the Upper Ninth and became sucked into the Bloodhound Gangstaz on Eastside and the life of a gangbanger by his older brother. Inter-gang violence spilled into a drive-by shooting that killed his brother and some “innocents” caught in the crossfire. Gideon spent about a decade in the Louisiana State Penitentiary, during which he became skilled at Jailhouse Rock (“52 blocks”) and had a religious awakening. He left gang life when he got out and became a deacon in the local Baptist church, where he tried to set kids straight and help out with community anti-gang initiatives.
That lasted until his brother returned and Embraced him. A childe of the infamous Smiling Jack, Trevon wanted nothing more than to raise hell on behalf of his sire, and thought nothing of turning more kids to gang life as his pawns. With a heavy heart, Deon slew his brother during Katrina and pledged his loyalties to Vidal, still with the goal of turning away youth from gang life. Lidia Kendall and other Kindred with gang ties view him as a persistent nuisance, and it is for that same reason he enjoys the prince’s protection. Deon, for his part, has a distinctly pacifistic outlook for a Brujah and doesn’t want to fight Vidal’s battles, just stop the gangs from destroying communities.
• Eris D. (12th gen. childe of Jonah Freeman, e. late 20th century, a. early 21st century, Anarch 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.
• Roderick Durant (9th gen. childe of Coco Duquette, e. early 21st century, Anarch 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.
• Tina Baker (12 gen. childe of Lucas Gates, e. early 21st century, Camarilla Status •, Invictus Status 0)
Tina was a college student majoring in sports medicine before she was abducted and Embraced in 2004 as one of the Armstrong Five, a krewe of fledglings collectively abandoned by their sires in Louis Armstrong Park. The five made a minor name for themselves apprehending their sires or driving them from the city. For Tina, it was especially personal: she’d been victimized in high school and her sire Lucas Gates was a “ravening psychopath” (and self-admitted diablerist) who made her Embrace as torturous and humiliating as possible.
Tina has never grown to like being a monster. In the decade-plus since her Embrace, she has mostly stayed out of politics, practiced martial artists to avoid being victimized again, and tried to avoid hurting mortals too badly. Some Brujah have accused her of being a sellout for joining the Invictus, but she doesn’t see much of worth in the Anarchs when they’re only for Kindred equality. Even her allegiance to the First Estate is mostly a means to increase the respectability of her “business” serving as a bodyguard and sometime bruiser for hire. She maintains ties with the other Armstrongs, although after ten-plus years the former krewemates have moved in other directions (especially Becky Lynne).
• William “Will” Carolla (gen. and sire unknown, e. early 21st century, a. early 21st century, Camarilla Status •, Invictus Status •)
Will Carolla is one of the few Kindred totally open about his mortal identity. He likes to chuckle that he can afford to be. His parents are deceased, he has no siblings or children, and his uncle Antonio “The Croc” Carolla is the boss of New Orleans’ Mafia family. Any lick who wants to make a run at the don to get to him is welcome to try. It’s unknown who Embraced Will, but he’s hinted it was a Brujah of considerable influence while playing coy over exactly who they were. Some neonates have guessed figures as renowned as Jeremy MacNeil or Theo Bell, while others have accused Will of being sired by a nobody and doing it all for attention. Will himself is the caporegime of a Mafia crew and makes little secret of his enmity for Reynaldo Gui, who he calls “that fake-Italian piece of shit from Chicago.”
• Duke Elmheartst (10th gen. childe of Pinch, e. late 20th century, Camarilla Status 0, Invictus Status 0, Lancea et Sanctum Status •)
Anarchs say Duke’s face is like an internet picture people can’t agree on: “If you don’t want to fuck Duke within the first ten minutes of meeting him, you’ll probably be idly thinking of ways to murder him.” Despite having been dead since the ‘80s, Duke’s narcissism and lifelong sense of entitlement were only magnified by his Embrace. His inability to comprehend himself as anything but the most important person in the room, coupled with his clan’s poor self-control, led to some severe humiliations during early visits to Elysium, which he now attends only grudgingly. Duke prefers to spend most of his time on Tulane’s campus, where he controls many of the greek life organizations. His combined power and connections via a secret society of ghouled “brothers” extends to many corridors of power, allowing him access to high-profile kine with only a phone call. Although derided as Donovan’s toadie (Tulane is the sheriff’s turf), none would say Duke is not an excellent monster in his own right; the frat parties of Tulane are legendary, and Sanctified Kindred who attend are often impressed with the inventiveness of the torments he visits upon his victims—especially female ones.
• Micheal Kelly (9th gen. childe of Coco Duquette, e. early 20th century, Anarch Status •, 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.
• Amelie Savard (gen. and sire unknown, e. early 21st century, Camarilla Status 0, The Unaligned)
A fledgling Embraced and abandoned by an unknown sire, Amelie was rescued off the streets by Caroline Malveaux-Devillers and delivered to her clan primogen Coco Duquette, who in turn brought the young vampire to Perdido House. She has not been seen since that night and is presumed to have been executed by Prince Vidal for any number of potential reasons.
Annie Pope (sire unknown, e. early 19th century, d. 2005; Anarch Status •••, Brujah Status ••••, Camarilla Status ••)
A former slave Embraced on an Antebellum plantation, Annie came to New Orleans because of its large free black population and either appropriated or inspired the local legend of Annie Christmas. True to its accounts, Annie was one of the physically strongest vampires and most brutal fighters in the city. Initially allied to Baron Cimitière, her ties to the city’s black community gave her considerable influence over its Reconstruction-era government. She allied with Roger Halliburton during his period of ascendancy, but crossed over to Vidal’s side at Coco Duquette’s behest. She soon grew dissatisfied with the prince and spent the next century moving between Coco, the Baron, and Antoine Savoy before settling in the French Quarter lord’s camp. For all her physical prowess, she was less politically astute than other elders, who were largely successful in manipulating her towards their own ends. Hurricane Katrina proved the one obstacle she couldn’t destroy with brute force.
Bliss Jackson (12th gen. childe of , e. early 21st century, a. early 21st century, d. 2015)
Milagrosa Arencibia (13th gen. childe of Bliss Jackson, e. early 21st century, a. early 21st century, d. 2015)
Jeffrey Livingston (11th gen. childe of Emily Thurmon, e. late 20th century, d. 2005)
Trevon LaCroix (11th gen. childe of Smiling Jack, e. early 21st century, d. 2005)
Tyrell Howard (10th gen. childe of Dutch, e. late 20th century, d. 2005)
Jacob “Jake” Almerson (10th gen. childe of Pinch, e. early 20th century, d. mid 20th century)
Elaine Hughes (9th gen. childe of Annie Pope, e. late 19th century, d. early 20th century)
• Smiling Jack (10th gen. childe of Mama Lion, e. 17th century, Anarch Status •••••, Brujah Status ••••)
Smiling Jack is one of Clan Brujah’s most notorious iconoclasts and infamous across the United States for the hell he raises in Ventrue-ruled cities. His preferred MOs are siring large numbers of Caitiff, making spectacular assassination attempts against princes, and simply beating the life out of any Ventrue toadies to cross his path. Jack is said to have been a pirate captain during his breathing days and remained active in the Gulf Coast and Caribbean following his Embrace, only now fighting against the Ventrue instead of Spanish dons. When Vidal declared his praxis over New Orleans, Jack took an instant dislike to the Ventrue prince and spent the next half-century assisting insurrections against his rule, including Du Valle’s and Emmanuel Costa’s revolts in 1815 (of which Jack is the sole known survivor). Jack fled the city after Vidal declared a blood hunt, but he’s come back semi-periodically over the centuries to raise hell, especially after the establishment of the California Free State in 1944. He was one of the primary instigators of the 1967 Carnival Coup and has fomented trouble as recently as Katrina. Vidal’s people are just glad he spends most of his time being a menace to other princes. Jack makes his base of operations in Los Angeles but frequently travels the country on a huge motorcycle. Coco and Miss Opal have publicly disavowed all association with him, though his exploits are legendary among younger Anarchs.
• Lucas Gates (11th gen. [diab.] childe of Desiree Rose, e. late 20th century, Brujah Status •, Sabbat Status unknown)
In 1978, a young man who had fantasized his entire life about killing a woman finally worked up the courage to try. Unfortunately, the woman he chose was a Sabbat vampire. She Embraced him rather than kill him, and Lucas diablerized her soon after. He spent the next several decades on a murderous spree across the country, killing possibly dozens of college-educated 20-something white women, and briefly wound up on the FBI’s Most Wanted List in a breach of the Masquerade. In 2004, he was drawn into the Louis Armstrong conspiracy by Sarah Cobbler, and Embraced one of its abandoned childer (Tina Baker) without Vidal’s permission. The coterie tracked down Gates’ haven and was thought to have destroyed him, but Caroline Malveaux-Devillers discovered that he’d reemerged in Miami in 2012. Gates had apparently learned greater subtlety, but still targeted the same victims. Baker has spread the news of his survival and is concerned he may return to New Orleans to get even, likely killing more women if he does.
• Dutch (9th gen. childe of unknown sire, e. mid 19th century, a. mid 20th century, l. 2005)
• Robert Barbanson (10th gen. childe of Elaine Hughes, e. early 20th century, l. 2005)
• Tom Weaver (11th gen. childe of Jake Almerson, e. mid 20th century, l. mid 20th century)