Campaign of the Month: October 2017
Blood and Bourbon
The Lancea et Sanctum
“I am God’s holy monster. I drink from humanity.
I could not see what part I would play for such a long time, because I looked at it with human eyes, with eyes that would die.
So I put forth the truth in this book, for you who seek, just as I have sought.
For I am not some Godless beast who hunts beneath the grandeur of sanctity.
I am the grandeur; I am sanctified.”
—The Malediction of Longinus
The Lancea et Sanctum is undeniably the single greatest Kindred power in New Orleans. In addition to claiming both the prince and his most potent political rival, a majority of New Orleans’ Damned population count themselves nominally among the Lancea et Sanctum. Because they believe in the same God, even if their views toward Him differ, members of the covenant often bear a resemblance to the faithful of the various Abrahamic faiths. This overlap is even more pronounced in New Orleans than in many other domains, as Prince Vidal is a devout and practicing Catholic and has been so for longer than he’s been a vampire (this is actually somewhat unusual, as the Lancea et Sanctum consider themselves a distinct branch of Christianity from Catholicism). The trappings of the Lancea et Sanctum in the Crescent City are thus even more heavily influenced by Catholicism than they are elsewhere.
It’s an unmistakable presence to any Kindred who have been in New Orleans for more than a few nights. Signs of such Sanctified Catholic ideology are everywhere, if one knows how to look. A great many Kindred offer regular prayers or devotionals, and it’s not even terribly uncommon (circumstances permitting) to see a vampire offer a prayer of thanks over a vessel. For those Kindred not averse to the symbols of the divine, churches and cathedrals are sources of many herds, contacts and retainers, as the Kindred feel most at home among those who share some aspects (if certainly not the specifics) of their faith. Many of New Orleans’ Kindred pride themselves on their knowledge of scripture, from The Testament of Longinus to the Bible. One’s familiarity with the tenets of those holy texts and the various interpretations of the Traditions is actually a mark of status in some of the diocese’s parishes. It surprises many Kindred visitors (and discomfits many secular or superstitious Kindred) to learn that crucifixes, rosaries and pendants with the faces of saints are not uncommon accouterments for many of the city’s vampires.
The religious influence is even more obvious in gatherings of the court and formal Elysium affairs. Vidal chose the secular title of prince, rather than archbishop as is common in Sanctified dioceses, because he did not feel he had earned the right to an ecclesiastical title. Nevertheless, every formal affair begins with a solemn religious ceremony. This is sometimes as simple as a brief prayer but more frequently involves a number of traditional Lancea et Sanctum rites performed by multiple priests and, on occasion, the prince himself. Any Kindred who attend are expected to participate in the rituals, as an enthusiastic audience if not as actual contributors. No exceptions are made for Kindred of differing beliefs. They participate or they depart. This is particularly true on Catholic holidays, which the prince insists be honored with both Latin mass and Kindred rites.
Perhaps the single largest sign of the Lancea et Sanctum’s dominance in New Orleans is the makeup of, for lack of a better term, the ruling class. Prince Vidal is fanatic about granting territories to only his allies. Doing so has always been a major concern with him, and he has grown more restrictive since the rise of Antoine Savoy. While it is not unheard of for him to grant a territory to an Invictus or even Anarch ally, a majority of regents in New Orleans are Sanctified Kindred in general, and loyal to Vidal specifically. Given that even the normally opposed followers of Vidal and Savoy often cooperate to make sure that a non-Sanctified Kindred fails to obtain any true authority, it seems unlikely that the balance of power will shift any time soon.
Divisions of Faith
The laity are the rank and file members of the Lancea et Sanctum, comparable to the congregants of a mortal church. They are the covenant’s most common members and have the fewest formal duties. Although they can perform valuable functions for the Church Eternal, they will always be less than its clergy, in much the same manner that an associate in the Mafia or an enlisted soldier in the military will always be less than a made man or a commissioned officer. Still, a century-old lay ancilla can command significant knowledge and power within the covenant. Only fools underestimate the laity.
Deacons are technically lay members of the Sanctified who may perform a number of functions in assistive capacity to priests, or in place of a priest when one is not present (e.g., taking confession). Lay Sanctified look up to deacons as intermediary leaders within the covenant. Almost all Sanctified who become priests spend a period of time as deacons, although not all deacons go on to become priests. Most elders within the covenant who do not join the clergy are deacons.
Priests are the backbone of the Lancea et Sanctum in any city. They are empowered to perform the ritae during Midnight Masses, grant absolution for confessed sins, learn theban sorcery (deacons may typically only do this with special permission), and not least of all, provide spiritual guidance and direction to the laity. While most Sanctified are not priests, most of the covenant’s leaders are. Priests are ordained by bishops. The Sanctified ordain female as well as male clergy, although this is not as forward-thinking a policy as many neonates initially assume: in the covenant’s eyes, the Kindred are dead and damned things unable to perform the essential functions of a man or woman, and so are no longer truly male or female.
A bishop is the spiritual leader of the Lancea et Sanctum in a city, serving in much the same role as a bishop in the Catholic Church. Some cities may have more than one bishop (known as a synod), but this is rare. A bishop who is also the prince of their city is known as an archbishop. Bishops are appointed (through a ceremony known as consecration) by cardinals.
Cardinals are bishops who oversee Sanctified interests across large geographic regions, such as a significant nation in Europe (e.g., France, Germany) or a collection of American states. Cardinals who also rule a city as prince often adopt the title of primate, although most are too occupied by their duties to the covenant to assume a prince’s additional responsibilities. All of the Sanctified cardinals across the world form a body known as the Crimson Curia. The Curia convenes councils on an as-needed basis to decide issues of faith and collectively steer the covenant’s direction.
Even devils have idols. The Black Saints are patrons of individual sins (cowardice, heresy, suicide, infanticide, usury, etc.) whom the Sanctified revere as paragons of their faith and pray to for guidance and intercession. Much like how mortal saints are presupposed to have entered Heaven, the Black Saints are guaranteed absolution after the Second Coming for having so perfectly fulfilled God’s will. Unlike mortal saints, who are canonized posthumously, Black Saints can be canonized while still “alive:” after all, the Kindred are immortal. Still-extant Black Saints enjoy a similar privilege to papal infallibility and their every word and deed is considered unchallangeable. To contradict one is blasphemy. Most Black Saints withdraw into secluded unlives of prayer and contemplation, but a few hold political office within the covenant. Cardinal-Saint Fabrizio Ulfilfa, the cardinal of Italy and patron saint of heresy, is one of the best-known Black Saints. The still-extant Black Saints form a body known as the Council of Thebes. The most revered of the Black Saints are the Dark Apostles, the original followers of Longinus’ first disciple, the Monachus.
Augusto Vidal’s Faction
Vidal and his court still hold the largest amount of power in the city. The greater portion of New Orleans is Vidal’s domain. Certainly, he has divided the parishes up among his favored and most faithful vassals, but he exerts ultimate authority. Only in the French Quarter and the poor (and predominantly black) neighborhoods does the prince’s reach falter.
It certainly appears that Vidal has little to worry about, as his efforts to date have prevented both Antoine Savoy and Baron Cimitière from swiftly expanding their own territories. In recent years, however, Vidal has grown almost fanatical about retaking those portions of his city he has lost. As his attention focuses ever more closely on his rivals, much of the night-to-night duties of managing the diocese fall to his seneschal, Philip Maldonato, and the Cabildo. All efforts by his allies to encourage the prince to seek some sort of accommodation with Savoy and/or Baron Cimitière have been violently rebuffed. For whatever reasons, known perhaps only to him, Vidal has determined that Savoy and Baron Cimitière must be eliminated. He has put no specific plans in motion in recent years, but all who work with him know it is only a matter of time. If something isn’t done, the prince could plunge his own city into open Kindred war.
Augusto Vidal: As a devout Catholic and a devout Sanctified, Vidal sees the maintenance and growth of the Lancea et Sanctum’s rule as one of his primary duties. He selects his vassals and grants territories based on personal allegiance, certainly, but also on covenant affiliation. Vidal is canny enough to elevate an allied member of the Invictus or Anarchs over a Sanctified loyal to Savoy, but this circumstance is practically the only one under which he would aid in the ascension of a non-Sanctified Kindred to a position of power.
Despite his claims of loyalty to the Lancea et Sanctum’s beliefs and ideals, Vidal is not above using his authority among the Kindred to further his personal goals and to execute his own vendettas. For decades, Vidal supported first the institution of slavery, and then the persecution of freed slaves in his diocese. This was due partly to his own archaic ideals regarding class and social status, but also due to his utter hatred for the religion of Vodoun, brought to America by Haitian and Caribbean slaves. Vidal considers the faith an abomination, not merely because of its “pagan” aspects, but because its practitioners often incorporate Catholic saints into the pantheon of loa.
The Lancea et Sanctum of New Orleans devotes substantial energy to maintaining its position of dominance. Members of other covenants are required to participate in the rites conducted at formal gatherings and to adhere to the laws and traditions of the covenant. Lancea et Sanctum Kindred often work together to harass non-Sanctified vampires who attempt to claim or enforce domain rights over parishes that were not formally granted them by Vidal (or, in some instances, Savoy). Vidal himself uses these activities as a cover for his own personal crusade against Baron Cimitière, his supporters and the Vodouisants community in general. Vidal is a great believer in letting the masses of the kine do his work for him. Through his ties to the Catholic Church, he spreads messages of intolerance toward Vodoun, denouncing the religion’s “usurpation” of the saints. Through subtle messages and willful ignorance of their parishioners’ actions, those priests over whom Vidal holds sway encourage harassment and even violence against Vodouisants.
The prince makes similar use of his influence in local government circles, a task made unfortunately all the easier by the fact that a majority of Vodoun practitioners—followers of Baron Cimitière or not—are among both the poor and minority populations of the city. Local police are encouraged to raid hounfours (Vodoun temples) and arrest practitioners on trumped-up drug, gang-related or even indecency charges. City funds for charitable and outreach programs and for urban repair are funneled elsewhere, leaving Vodouisant-heavy neighborhoods in poor condition or even without reliable utilities. Kindred newcomers to New Orleans involved either in Vodoun or in actual trafficking of narcotics are likely to find themselves swept up in the prince’s personal vendetta, one that a substantial portion of the city’s Sanctified aid in carrying out.
Since Hurricane Katrina, Vidal has stepped up his activities even further, to the point of foisting off many of his other responsibilities on his allies and advisers. Whatever he plans, many believe it most likely involves a major offensive against Baron Cimitière (and possibly Antoine Savoy) in the very near future.
Vidal is technically the covenant’s local archbishop—that is, he is a Camarilla prince who is also formally the leader of the Lancea et Sanctum in his city. Vidal, however, was never ordained as a priest and remains a lay member of the covenant. He consequently refuses to take on any ecclesiastical titles, and he objects strongly to anyone referring to him as “archbishop,” even when dealing with him in that capacity.
Vidal’s Followers by Position
Priests: Adán Méchant-Cyprès d’Gerasene (•••), Camilla Doriocourt (•••), Donovan (•••), Gus “Gutterball” Elgin (•••), John Marrow (••)
Deacons: Augusto Vidal (•••••), Philip Maldonato (•••), Gabriel Hurst (••), Deon LaCroix (••), Elyse Benson (••)
Laity: Caitlin Meadows (•••), Alexander Wright (••), Rocco Agnello (••), Yi Huang (••), Duke Elmhearst (•), Jocelyn Baker (•), Joshua Pacuad (•), June (•), Cleo (•), Caroline Malveaux-Devillers (0)
Vidal’s Followers by Lancea et Sanctum Status
Lancea et Sanctum Status •••••
• Augusto Vidal (6th gen. childe of Urcalida, e. 13th century, Camarilla Status ••••• •, Ventrue Status ••••• •)
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.
• The Hussar (g. mid 18th century, Ghoul Status •••••)
Augusto Vidal’s herald. A Spanish cavalryman brought over with Alexander O’Reilley’s forces in 1769, the Hussar is older than most of the Big Easy’s Kindred and has the scars to show for it: his face was horrifically burned in the Great Fire of 1788. He is a grim, dour, and humorless man like his domitor, and almost condescending in his dealings with lesser Kindred. Few would be so foolish as to lay hands on the prince’s own property, after all. His two sole joys in life consist of collecting antique weaponry and all things to do with horses. Chief among his equestrian treasures is his nearly three-century-old steed, Furia, whom he still has occasion to ride in public during the Mardi Gras parades. Vidal and his partisans refer to him as Capitán Gaultierrez, but most of New Orleans’ Kindred simply know him as the Hussar. His given name is long since forgotten by all.
• Furia (g. mid 18th century, Ghoul Status 0)
The Hussar’s ghouled steed, a coal-black Andalusian thoroughbred mare. Before crossing the Atlantic in 1769 alongside her equestrian, she was already a blooded veteran of the Guerra del Asiento, the War of the Austrian Succession, and Seven Year’s War. The past centuries have done little to diminish her mad temper or bloodlust—and it is said that she will bear none beside the prince and the Hussar to touch, much less ride, her.
• The Crescent Brotherhood (g. mid 19th century to early 21st century, Ghoul Status •• to ••••)
Vidal’s collection of former veteran police.
Lancea et Sanctum Status ••••
• Philip Maldonato (gen. and sire unknown, e. many centuries ago, Camarilla Status •••••, Lancea et Sanctum Status ••••)
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.
Lancea et Sanctum Status •••
• Adán Méchant-Cyprès d’Gerasene (9th gen. childe of Rhett Carver, e. mid 20th century, Camarilla Status ••, Nosferatu Status •)
The “Locust of the Lance;” fallen Catholic priest turned Sanctified priest.
• Caitlin Meadows (9th gen. childe of unknown sire, e. mid 19th century, Camarilla Status •••, Gangrel Status ••••)
Caitlin Meadows is one of the most feared vampires in New Orleans. A former insane ayslum orderly who specialized in tracking down and subduing escaped patients, Meadows transferred those talents to serving as Vidal’s scourge and has spent over a century destroying whatever Kindred her master deems unworthy of existence. Meadows disappeared for four months in early 2015 and destroyed several neonates affiliated with Antoine Savoy and Baron Cimitière upon her return. These murders were not officially sanctioned: Meadows appears to have gone rogue and made it her personal mission to destroy perceived enemies of the Lancea et Sanctum. Further Kindred disappearances have been blamed on her. Rumor holds Vidal is close to calling a blood hunt and has only refrained because none of his errant scourge’s targets (with the exception of an abortive attack on Gus “Gutterball” Elgin, who survived) were his supporters. Meadows still occasionally appears at Elysium to participate in Sanctified rites before disappearing into the night well ahead of pursuers.
• Camilla Doriocourt (9th gen. childe of Donovan, e. mid 20th century, Camarilla Status ••, Toreador Status ••)
There are few Kindred who can rival Donovan’s frigid aloofness, but one of those few who can is his sole childe, Camilla Doriocourt. The icy beauty serves as one of the three hounds (deputies) under her sire, as well as one of the Lancea et Sanctum’s priests (the Sanctified are not opposed to female ordination, for they do not see the Kindred as men and women). Camilla’s mortal past is a blank slate, much like her sire’s, though she seems equally at home among high society gallery functions and NOPD social gatherings (if with a marked preference for the former).
Unlike her sire, who began his Requiem under Antoine Savoy’s wing, Camilla was Embraced into Vidal’s service and has never known any loyalty to the French Quarter lord. She’s one of the few Kindred permitted to hold domain among New Orleans’ police force, where she concentrates her efforts on the Public Integrity Bureau, Internal Affairs, community outreach, coordination with federal agencies, and other ‘behind the scenes’ areas of police work in contrast to Donovan’s focus on NOPD field work.
Artistically, Camilla has more interest in modern and contemporary art than her elder clanmates, though has managed to avoid being labeled as a poseur by them. She prefers the sterile, avant-garde venues of the Arts and Central Business District’s over the “eternally backwards-looking” Garden District and has influence over a number of galleries in the former. Taking a cue from the CIA’s sponsorship of artists during the Cold War, she believes the art world is no less important a battlefield to confront the Baron and Antoine Savoy on than the streets, and works tirelessly to undermine venues for traditional African-American culture that she believes allows Vodoun to flourish.
• Donovan (8th gen. childe of Antoine Savoy, e. late 19th century, Camarilla Status ••••, Toreador Status ••)
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.
• Gus “Gutterball” Elgin (10th gen. childe of unknown sire, e. mid 19th century, Camarilla Status •••, Nosferatu Status ••••)
A former streetcar operator, Gus Elgin earns his nickname of “gutterball” from a grotesquely crushed-in head caused by his own streetcar. Well-versed in scripture, history, and etiquette, he serves as one of the Sanctified’s priests, Vidal’s quietly unobtrusive master of Elysium, and regent of the equally quiet parish of Bywater. He’s also a fixture in Antoine Savoy’s court, for so many sites in the French Quarter are Elysia. Since the Toreador would-be prince wants to be seen respecting the tradition of Elysium, he reluctantly allows Elgin freedom of movement. Although everyone imagines he tries to limit what Elgin can see, the Nosferatu remains an observant creature who takes full advantage of his largely unfettered access to Savoy’s territory. As a result, he may well be the most informed Kindred in the city about both factions’ nightly social activities. He’s not without enemies, though, as Caitlin Meadows savagely attacked him several months ago for reasons known only to herself. The Nosferatu barely survived and remains quite paranoid of her.
Lancea et Sanctum Status ••
• Charles “Charlie” Harrison (10th gen. childe of Mitchell Thurmond, e. mid 20th century, Camarilla Status •, Gangrel Status •••)
Korean War veteran who found it difficult to reintegrate into domestic life and spent much of his time roughing it in the bayous. His sire was impressed by his survival skills and Embraced him after a prolonged game of cat and mouse. Harrison never paid much mind to political concerns, but after his sire (a Sanctified priest) met final death in the 1960s, he claimed Followers of Set were responsible. He and the Brujah Emily Thurmon jointly formed the Snake Hunters, a krewe devoted to combating Setite influence and driving them from New Orleans. Vidal granted Harrison official dispensation in these duties, as he had long held the Setite clan in repugnance and sought to keep them from his city. Harrison accepted induction into the Lancea et Sanctum as a prerequisite for the prince’s support, but remains quite vocal that Kindred politics are a “stupid waste of time.” Vengeance for his long-destroyed sire appears to be a distant concern for him too: what he truly seems to live for is the thrill of the hunt. The Setites are good enough targets and he also boasts of having fought Loup-Garoux and darker creatures in the bayous. Mere mortals, in his eyes, are “unsporting” prey to pursue.
• Elyse Benson (10th gen. childe of Harlequin, e. mid 20th century, Camarilla Status ••, Invictus Status ••, Malkavian Status •••)
Purity-obsessed dollmaker. Harlequin and Katherine Beaumont were both attracted to the mentally unstable young artist and played a game of chess for the right to Embrace her. Katherine learned to her chagrin that few Kindred can predict a Malkavian’s moves. Elyse and her sire serve as their clan’s de facto face to other Kindred, but where Harlequin is mirthful and whimsical, Elyse is always calm, collected, and deadly serious. She is zealously fixated with the concepts of “purity” and “perfection”, which she considers dolls to be peerless epitomes of. She disdains overt displays of emotion and (especially) sexuality: rumor holds that she forces all of her ghouls to submit to castration or female genital mutilation. Milder rumors claim that she merely makes them wear chastity belts. She has remained an avid dollmaker into her Requiem and her work adorns the havens of many Toreador. An anorexic in life, her Embrace has only made her even more doll-like and she resembles nothing so much as an animate, life-sized version of her own creations.
• Elyse Benson’s “Dolls” (g. mid 20th to early 21st century, Ghouls Status • to ••)
• Key (g. early 21st century, Ghouls Status ••)
Majordomo to Elyse Benson who manages the servants, upkeep, and assorted daily (and nightly) business at the Wedding Cake House. Believed to have been a valet or hotel manager in his mortal life, Key is a consummate host and seems to derive genuine pleasure from making others happy. Rumor holds that his sexuality-despising mistress has either castrated him or forces him to wear a chastity belt at all times to “control his urges.” He is also an enthusiastic crossdresser and quite adept at turning himself into one of the “dolls” who make up Benson’s stable of beauteous, rigidly controlled ghouls. Further rumors hold that he seeks to become female, not because he is “genuinely” transgender, but because he thinks his domitor will love him more if he’s a woman. He is sometimes allowed to participate in drag shows at Faubourg Marigny as a reward for good behavior.
• Gabriel Hurst (gen. unknown, childe of John Harley Matheon, e. mid 20th century, Camarilla Status ••, Ventrue Status ••)
Gabriel Hurst is the city’s youngest primogen and was appointed to his seat by Prince Vidal after his predecessor met final death during Hurricane Katrina. Hurst isn’t anywhere close to the age or status of the Cabildo’s other elders, and most Kindred presume him to be little more than a yes-man to the prince. For his part, Hurst has a reputation for being a tradition-abiding Southern gentleman and appears genuinely honored to serve the interests of his vastly older clanmate.
• Clifton Manning (g. late 19th century, Ghoul Status •••)
Francesca Dumont’s former and Gabriel Hurst’s current herald.
• John McCullem (g. mid 20th century, Ghoul Status •••)
Gabriel Hurst’s majordomo. Owner of the Magazine Street barber shop Cullem’s Cuts.
• Terrence Blevins (g. late 20th century, Ghoul Status ••)
Gabriel Hurst’s chief of security.
• Gideon “Deon” LaCroix (13th gen. childe of Trevon LaCroix, e. early 21st century, Brujah Status •, Camarilla 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.
• John Marrow (11th gen. childe of unknown sire, e. late 19th century, Camarilla Status ••, Nosferatu Status •••)
Sanctified and Catholic priest who runs a church in the Tremé District. He still performs mass and takes confession from his congregants, even if his undead state precludes him from doing so during the day. The nondenominational Sanctified consider his mortal identity unusual but largely harmless: Vidal, who remains a staunch Catholic, considers him heretical. Marrow evades the brunt of the prince’s displeasure through his residence in Tremé. He professes neutrality in the conflict between the Acolytes and the Sanctified, but for all this, many do not find it a satisfactory explanation for Baron Cimitière’s apparent acceptance of a Sanctified priest in the heart of his territory. Marrow has never shown his true form outside of Obfuscate, claiming it as God’s punishment for an iniquitous mortal life.
• Annabelle ‘Bella’ Bellerose (g. early 20th century, Ghoul Status •••)
Rocco Agnello’s herald. This svelte, morose beauty haunts the dimmer parts of Elysium. She says she doesn’t like the limelight. Notable for her dry sense of humor, superficial banter, gloomy quips, and enduring look of boredom. She is the hound’s eyes and ears, acting glibly as his official mouthpiece.
• Yi Huang (9th gen. childe of Miss Opal, e. early 20th century, Camarilla Status •, Nosferatu Status ••)
A Chinese immigrant and former laundromat owner in New Orleans’ long-since-vanished Chinatown, Huang was a heartless man who grew wealthy by abusing and exploiting his own people. Miss Opal was reminded of her own life as a slave and decided the laundromat owner required a lesson in humility. Huang changed dramatically following his Embrace and renounced his former ways, vowing to make amends to the “common man” he’d exploited for so long. He just as avidly hunts those who would exploit them. His take on Sanctified dogma is somewhat unorthodox, but there’s little denying the zeal with which he plays the avenging angel. Huang hasn’t fully kept up with the times and remains a devout adherent of Marxism as well as Maoism, which even many Anarchs now roll their eyes at.
Lancea et Sanctum Status •
• Duke Elmheartst (10th gen. childe of Pinch, e. late 20th century, The Brujah Status 0, Camarilla 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.
• Megan “Meg” Wilkins (g. early 21st century, Ghoul Status 0)
Frail-looking former roommate to Jocelyn Baker, who she now serves as a ghoul. Meg was once a depressed college student with body image problems who suffered from bulimia and eventually attempted suicide, believing she wasn’t good enough for anyone. Jocelyn saved her life and ghouled her at the recommendation of her sire (under the advice that “suicides need someone to live for.”). She now attempts to find self-worth by continuing to binge and purge in order to “look beautiful” for Jocelyn despite the the Toreador’s increasingly disgusted efforts to break her out of the habit.
• Joshua Pacuad (10th gen. childe of unknown sire, e. early 21st century, Camarilla Status 0, Gangrel Status ••, Lancea et Sanctum Status •)
A rural Cajun from an impoverished family of duck hunters, Joshua was the first of his kin to go to college and turned their small hunting equipment business into a multimillion dollar empire. Money corrupted him: following several stints in rehab, several soliciting prostitution charges settled out of court, and finally a divorce that saw him lose custody of his children, he was Embraced and abandoned by an unknown sire who he came to believe was God’s just punishment visited upon him. Rediscovering his evangelical faith, he moved to the big city with the intention of visiting God’s wrath upon other deserving sinners like himself, and took to the Sanctified creed like a fish to water. He still enjoys hunting in the bayous (though more than just ducks now) and his prowess has seen him courted by Charlie Harrison to join the Snake Hunters. He’s surprisingly popular among the Toreador, who adore the “folkish authenticity” of his hand-crafted decoys and find his mannerisms so rustic as to be almost charming. Though he still owns his hunting equipment business, he’s long since donated his personal wealth to assorted churches and fervently believes one cannot serve both God and Mammon. He particularly enjoys preying upon rich victims and divesting them of their wealth.
• June & Cleo (10th gen. childe of Caitlin Meadows, e. late 20th century, Camarilla Status 0, Gangrel Status •)
Caitlin Meadows’ younger two childer are members of the Snake Hunter krewe she Embraced in the mid-‘80s to combat the Setites, whose influence greatly benefited from the crack cocaine epidemic. They have had little contact with the Kindred of New Orleans and are known to spend much of their time in the bayous, hunting for Setites that might have slipped out of the city. They only seem to come into the city when Charlie and Emily Thurmon find evidence of Setite activity. June is more outspoken and is the leader of the pair, while Cleo is more reserved. Neither associates very much with the city’s Camarilla.
Lancea et Sanctum Status 0
• Annette Green (g. early 21st century, Ghoul Status 0)
The second of Caroline Malveaux-Devillers’s security ghouls, Annette is present whenever Brian Dunlap Fuller is unavailable (and in particularly dangerous circumstances in which he is) and exercises a degree of authority over Caroline’s more mundane security. A former mercenary, Green is now more directly employed by the young Ventrue.
• Autumn Rabinowitz (g. early 21st century, Ghoul Status •)
Originally a cleaner from the Krewe of Janus, Ms. Rabinowitz came into Ms. Malveaux-Devillers’ service following her dismissal from the Krewe for unspecified reasons and appears to function as an adviser of sorts to the young Ventrue in matters of the Masquerade.
• Brian Fuller (g. early 21st century, Ghoul Status 0)
Prior to his ghouling, Brian was a retired Corpsman with a largely redacted past indicative of those with special operations experience. He appears to handle most matters of personal security for Caroline Malveaux-Devillers and was ghouled shortly after her release.
• Sarah Widney (g. early 21st century, Ghoul Status 0)
Recruited from among the many aids to high society types, but herself recently disgraced by her last employer, Widney serves as Caroline Malveaux-Devillers’s active chief of staff.
• Roxanne Gerlette (12th gen. childe of John Polk, e. early 21st century, d. 2016, Camarilla Status 0, Ventrue Status 0)
Despite her haughty attitude and being born to privilege as a wealthy state congressman’s daughter, Roxanne’s weak blood—the furthest from Caine out of any Ventrue in the city—means she has little hope for advancement within the clan. She has made more of a name for herself among the Lancea et Sanctum and serves as leader of the Storyville Krewe, an all-Sanctified coterie of neonates who harass mortals (and sometimes weaker Kindred) opposed to the prince’s interests. She has recently been troubled by the disappearance of her lover and krewemate Evan Bourelle.
• Gwendolyn Wade (13th gen. childe of unknown sire, e. early 21st century, d. 2016, Camarilla Status 0, Toreador Status 0)
Conservative Christian daughter of a Quiverfull family raised among that denomination, Gwen was Embraced in Houston under circumstances she refuses to speak about and only later traveled to New Orleans. Initially despondent over her inability to have children, she’s since found purpose among the Lancea et Sanctum and has fiercely embraced the covenant’s dogma, alongside the rest of her coterie, the Storyville Krewe. Gwen is also a painter, but her mediocre talent has failed to win any accolades from her clan. Her krewe’s leader, Roxanne Gerlette, considers Gwen a “wus” and makes her do menial tasks she’d normally entrust to ghouls, like carrying an umbrella for the krewe when it’s raining out.
• Mabel Everly (g. early 21st century, Ghoul Status 0)
Former ghoul to Roxanne’s lover Evan Bourelle. Evan “had a thing for older women,” in the words of his coterie-mates, and took the middle-aged, still-attractive Mabel to serve as his general gopher, secondary breadwinner (she still worked a part-time day job to pay for his assorted expenses) and personal assistant. The two lived together and posed as a mother and son, with Evan treating the ghoul quite affectionately (she was his only one) and spoiling her with regular sex and vitae. Roxanne has become the ghoul’s domitor since Evan’s disappearance and has proven a rather less generous mistress. Mabel remains deeply distraught over her now-former domitor’s fate and still cries about him.
• Bishop Malveaux (gen. and sire unknown, e. late 19th century, d. 2016, Camarilla Status ••, Lancea et Sanctum Status ••••, Ventrue Status •••)
Bishop Malveaux (who went by no other name) was the Sanctified’s preeminent priest after his recent promotion. While his mild-mannered former peer Gus “Gutterball” Elgin attends to the covenant’s social functions as master of Elysium, the far colder and outwardly fanatical Bishop Malveaux was responsible for more esoteric matters: he served as the church’s (as well as his clan’s) archivist, keeper of lore, and foremost theban sorcerer. His tendrils were deeply wound around the local Catholic Church through his mortal family, one of whom serves as the city’s archbishop. Recently deceased.
John Polk (11th gen. childe of Jacopo Andretti, e. mid 20th century, d. 2016, Camarilla Status •, Lancea et Sanctum Status ••, Ventrue Status ••)
John Polk may have done nothing to discredit Clan Ventrue’s reputation like some of his younger clanmates, but in the eyes of others he was guilty of an equally grave sin: unambition. A former Catholic priest, Polk was Embraced against his will by Jacopo Andretti under unclear circumstances and turned to the Lancea et Sanctum to provide meaning to his new existence. A search for purpose seemed to give way to one for simple occupation, and half a century later Polk appeared content to labor in Bishop Malveaux’s shadow as an assistant archivist and custodian for their clan’s and covenant’s libraries of records. Although none faulted the priest for his loyalty, his accomplishments were obscure enough that Vidal passed him over as regent of Riverbend (despite the domain belonging to his direct ancestor Dominique Toutain) in favor of Donovan. Recently deceased.
Jacob Grunewald (gen. and sire unknown, e. late 19th century, d. 2015, Camarilla Status •, Lancea et Sanctum Status •, Tremere Status •)
Perhaps no Tremere in New Orleans has a more colorful past than the renegade Jacob Grunewald. Embraced into the Sabbat as one of the antitribu, Grunewald abandoned the violent sect and sought to join the Camarilla multiple times, but was always betrayed to his clanmates by the antitribu’s cursed mark and hunted by them as a Sabbat agent. After decades on the run, he came to New Orleans in the 1910s and found sanctuary among the Lancea et Sanctum. A social snub against then-Regent Goldfeld caused him to be denied admission to House Tremere, but he got along better with Erwin Bornemann, who finally brought Grunewald into the fold when he became regent in 1970. The former renegade was proud to have calmed his ways and to stand with the prince and chantry in all things. In life, Grunewald was a trader of rare and sometimes dangerous tomes, a skill he used to further his studies despite not having much to do with night-to-night chantry functions. He was also known to take in mortal “strays” at his haven outside the chantry. In 2015, he was executed by Prince Vidal for violations of the Masquerade.
• Other Fallen Sanctified
Antoine Savoy’s Faction
Whether by accident or design, Antoine Savoy has positioned himself as the second-most politically powerful vampire in New Orleans. While tonight he is certainly in no position to challenge Vidal for dominance, few have any doubt that such is his ultimate aim. Savoy acts like a campaigning politician, coaxing Kindred to his cause one at a time. For the time being, his greatest areas of influence do not greatly overlap Vidal’s. Where the prince focuses on the mortal politicians of the city, Savoy moves among socialite circles and charitable organizations. Vidal’s business contacts are mirrored by Savoy’s ties to organized crime. Both have substantial influence in the tourist industries, though Savoy’s tend to be localized to a few specific areas. Even the prince’s connections within the Catholic Church are somewhat reflected by Savoy’s ties to Vodoun, though Savoy really holds only a small amount of influence in that arena compared to Baron Cimitière.
Savoy seems content to wait and build his power base slowly. He holds his own court, which is attended by a small but growing number of Kindred to whom he has granted feeding rights and other consideration in exchange for loyalty.
As Vidal is the true prince, Savoy has a much smaller number of Kindred supporters. In fact, those vampires who actively serve or support Savoy probably number barely more than a quarter the number of those who have sworn fealty to the prince. Still, considering that the French Quarter and other neighborhoods over which Savoy holds dominion represent but a tiny fraction of New Orleans, his support among the Kindred is far larger proportionately than would be expected. These numbers also do not include the Giovannini and Followers of Set, who are not members of the Camarilla but nevertheless stand allied with the French Quarter Lord.
Antoine Savoy: A few of Savoy’s vassals have taken to referring to him as the “prince of the French Quarter” in order to give him equal legitimacy to Vidal, but Savoy himself rejects the honorific. Until he is prince of all New Orleans, he maintains that he will take no such title. This general attitude is perfectly representative of Savoy’s demeanor and general tactics. Where Vidal is a powerful and forceful leader, emotional and yet dignified, Savoy is a slick politician—or, according to his detractors, a used car salesman. Everything hides behind a façade of humility and good humor that’s engaging enough to charm even many who claim it is a façade.
As might be expected, Savoy’s strength comes in making allies and acquiring debts. His greatest authority, and the single most brilliant political move he made in his early years, was his use of the French Quarter in the nights following his claim of dominion over the neighborhood. He almost immediately began offering feeding rights in the area and the surrounding neighborhoods without waiting for Vidal or anyone else to confirm that he had the authority to do so. He asked only a few moderate promises of favors returned in exchange, nothing so minor as to appear suspicious, but nothing outrageous either. By doing so, Savoy instantly built up a following of Kindred who would support his bid to remain in power. After all, if Vidal removed him and replaced him with someone else, they would lose their rights to the area as well. Savoy has since extended that same tactic to other neighborhoods, particularly those that are too impoverished for Vidal to pay much attention to, yet not so heavily Vodoun-dominated that they fall under Baron Cimitière’s influence.
Even tonight, Savoy relies on these tactics more than any other in his struggle against Vidal. His position is simple: Vidal has more power, so Savoy needs to coax allies from Vidal. He sends constant messengers, envoys and even offers of aid to members of the Cabildo and Vidal’s government, pointing out ways in which they might help each other, ways in which his rule would be preferable to Vidal’’s. To date, few powerful Kindred in the city have heeded the messages, but a great number of neonates on the street listen. Savoy plays up his message of tolerance and faith without the level of oppression offered by Vidal, and he focuses on building power where the prince has neglected it. On multiple occasions Savoy has attempted to ally himself with Baron Cimitière, but the Samedi has invariably rebuffed him due to Savoy’s use of Vodoun as a political tool and marketing ploy.
While Savoy’s Sanctified faction is far smaller than Vidal’s, he is closely allied with Veronica’s faction of the Anarchs, as well as the independent clans. His allies are more dependable than Vidal’s and have a greater vested interest in seeing him obtain power. The French Quarter is also grossly overpopulated with unacknowledged vampires, Caitiff, thin-bloods, and other rabble upon whom Savoy could draw support from if the need arose. He is also less prejudiced than the prince and is willing to cut deals and court friends whom Vidal would never even consider: in short, the true measure of his strength lies in alliances and coalition-building more than it does in the followers indicated below.
Savoy’s Followers by Lancea et Sanctum Status
Savoy Followers by Position
Deacons: Antoine Savoy (••••)
Laity: Natasha Preston (••), Peter Lebeaux (••), Reynaldo Gui (••), Rosa Bale (••), Arthur Duchamps (•), Edward “Ed” Zuric (•), Glenn Shaffer (•), Jade Kalani (•), Laura Melton (•), Louis Maddox (•), Mary Allen (•), Ramon Korda (•), Roxandra “Roxy” Adrieux (•), Justine Chaudrier (0)
Lancea et Sanctum Status ••••
• Antoine Savoy (7th gen. childe of Maria Pascual, e. 17th century, Camarilla Status •••••, Toreador Status ••••)
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.
• Julia Landsale (g. early 21st century, Ghoul Status ••)
Julia Lansdale is a prominent figure in several of New Orleans’ most popular and politically active charitable foundations. From the Association for a United New Orleans (a Catholic faith-based initiative that seeks an end to racism and religious persecution) to Save Our City (which boasts the slogan “Our buildings may be our past, but our children are our future”), Lansdale is a major mover and shaker in the field. She is also a ghoul, and so zealously devoted to Savoy that he jokes it makes even him nervous at times.
Lansdale, along with Savoy’s other contacts in the field, has proved to be a surprisingly painful thorn in Vidal’s side. Her organizations are supported by New Orleans’ rich and working class alike, but more importantly, they draw funds from major businesses and the city’s own government in the form of grants—essentially using Vidal’s own pawns’ money against them. Her charities have supported numerous grassroots political campaigns, all of which enjoy popular support, and all of which are aimed at booting Vidal’s municipal allies out of office. In fact, the prince lost three highly placed pawns in the city’s 2014 elections and stands to lose more in the next if Lansdale’s movements keep growing.
Those Kindred aware of Landsale’s service to Savoy believe it’s only a matter of time before Vidal moves directly against her interests—and indeed, she only barely survived a scandal manufactured by Vidal’s own interests in the media a few years back—so the Toreador is thought to be making as much use of her now as he can. He knows that should she fall he has other contacts in her circles.
Lancea et Sanctum Status ••
Natasha Preston (8th gen. childe of Constance Leyburne, e. mid 20th century, Camarilla Status ••, Invictus Status ••, Malkavian Status •••)
Antoine Savoy’s right hand. A cutthroat corporate businesswoman from a wealthy New England family who came to New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Preston runs the night-to-night affairs of Savoy’s many enterprises. In contrast to her patron’s easy charm and affability, she has a dry, humorless, and down-to-business personality, but can be quite disparaging towards individuals she considers unintelligent or naive. She appears relatively clear-headed for a member of her clan and has exhibited no identifiable form of madness.
• Peter Lebeaux (9th gen. childe of Erwin Bornemann, e. early 21st century, Camarilla Status ••, Tremere Status •)
Homicide detective on NOPD and warden of the French Quarter for Antoine Savoy. Despite being a vampire, Lebeaux has seen no reason to quit the force. He uses his thaumaturgy to solve crimes and his influence among the police to further Clan Tremere’s interests, though Vidal curtails many of his activitiesoutside the Quarter. He’s also been known to bail out Kindred who run afoul of the law, though never without a price: the lawman in him dislikes seeing criminals go unpunished, even as he acknowledges the Masquerade danger in keeping vampires beyond bars. If Antoine Savoy becomes prince, it’s probable he’ll become sheriff. His allegiance is a reminder to all Kindred that while his grandsire might be a long-time ally of Vidal’s, Clan Tremere will always serve its own interests first and foremost.
• Eric Tantal (g. mid 20th century, Ghoul Status ••)
• Reynaldo Gui (9th gen. childe of Alphonse Capone (allegedly), e. late 20th century, a. early 21st century, Camarilla Status •, Invictus Status •, Ventrue Status •)
A post-Katrina arrival from Chicago, Reynaldo Gui is a mafioso who took over the domain of the destroyed Jacopo Andretti (another Kindred with Mafia ties) and professes interest in re-establishing the historic criminal pipeline between the Big Easy and the Windy City. He’s become enamored with New Orleans’ culture and serves as Antoine Savoy’s informal master of Elysium. He claims to be the childe of Al Capone (“the” Al Capone), which most Kindred have viewed with either skepticism or amusement.
• Rosa Bale (gen. and sire unknown, e. early 20th century, Camarilla Status ••, Circle of the Crone Status •••, Ventrue Status 0)
Most Kindred are surprised to learn that the city’s most preeminent vampiric mambo not associated with Baron Cimitière is Ventrue. 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.
Lancea et Sanctum Status •
• Edward “Ed” Zuric (13th gen. childe of Andrea Oulette, e. early 21st century, Anarch Status •, Camarilla Status •, Gangrel Status •)
Itinerant guitarist and country blues musician Embraced as one of the Armstrong Five.
• Glenn Shaffer (11th gen. childe of Douglas Keller, e. late 20th century, Caitiff)
Glenn was a skinhead and punk rock musician from Jackson, Mississippi who was deeply involved in the white power movement as a young man. A decade-long stint in prison, religious conversion, and interactions with people in the groups he hated led him to question and finally renounce his former views. He gave up a great deal of information on his gang’s activities to authorities, leading to his early release from prison. His sire, who’d been using the skinheads as tools in his own ambitions, was wroth at the sudden removal of his pawns and Embraced the former Neo-Nazi to show him he could never become something better.
Glenn responded terribly to his damnation. He slew his sire in a frenzy and fled Jackson before winding up in the French Quarter, one of many such illegitimates and castoffs from other cities. He’s one of Savoy’s more vocal followers and sees in Vidal many of the same fascist tendencies he so despises in mortal political movements. Though his preferred prey are members of hate groups, he remains deeply, deeply embittered over what he now is and has never come to terms with it. The Anarchs regard him as a seemingly natural fit for “having really gone through some shit,” but Glenn could never countenance to join the Movement before 2015 due to their “devil’s bargain” with Vidal. Pierpont McGinn has offered a reward to anyone who brings him the staked “race traitor.”
• Jade Kalani (9th gen. childe of Veronica Alsten-Pirrie, e. early 21st century, Camarilla Status •, Toreador Status •)
Jade Kalani is Veronica’s elder childe. She was Embraced in 2009 prior to the general moratorium lift (one of the few awarded that honor) and formally released in 2010 on the 5 year anniversary of Katrina. Her antics at her debut Elysium garnered the attention of many of the city’s younger ears, and it’s thought that this was the night that took her already-operating business (a spa formally owned by one of her pawns) from “unknown” to “rousing success.” Since that evening she has made friends all across the city through her skill with both blade and brush, and despite her sire’s rather cool relations with her grandsire and the rest of her line, Jade has been able to build her own bridge. Indeed, the young Toreador has forged her own path since her Embrace, falling in with the Sanctified and later the Invictus despite her sire’s Anarch leanings. She’s known to be the prettiest lick in the city—though she would never be so gauche as to say it herself—a feat made all the more pronounced by her politesse. She has made friends in almost every covenant and can often be found flitting her way through Elysium with a smile on her lips like the social butterfly she is. She has happily resided in the French Quarter since her Embrace.
• Alana Frederick (g. early 21st century, Ghoul Status •)
Alana has been with her mistress since early in the Toreador’s Requiem. Though not the first ghoul that Jade took she seems to be the favored, if the obsequious way she serves her mistress is any indication. It speaks to a loyalty beyond mere blood. Alana serves a variety of functions for Jade, including personal assistant and business manager. She is not considered Jade’s herald, but she is the person to speak to regarding meetings and other business to do with Jade. Day manager for her domitor at Flawless Spa.
• Randall “Randy” Dufresne (g. early 21st century, Ghoul Status •)
Randy was the first ghoul that Jade took following her Embrace, and his continued position at her side speaks to her control, his usefulness, or both. Publicly he poses as her driver, while privately many know that he serves the double role of bodyguard. Randy sees to the day-to-day security of Jade’s haven and often accompanies her while she is out and about within the city. Rumors abound that Jade knew the man when she was mortal and has frequently taken him to bed, going so far as to allow him to call her “babe” rather than “mistress.” Other rumors claim that he is her breather cousin and she’d had him vetted by a Brujah toughen him up. If Jade isn’t available for an evening, chances are high that she has had Randy take her out for a spin in an adrenaline filled race around the track.
• Shanice “Lapcat” Jeansonne (g. early 21st century, Ghoul Status •)
Post-Katrina orphan-prostitute who works Chartres Street around her domitor’s domain, which allows her easy access to customers, both mortal and otherwise, who wish to brush up against the color-class lines. Bad blood with the Shepards. Devout if quasi-heretical Sanctified Catholic.
• Ramon Korda (12th gen. childe of Louis Maddox, e. early 21st century, Camarilla Status 0, Nosferatu Status ••)
It’s unclear what, exactly, an IT specialist like Louis Maddox saw in Ramon to take the computer-illiterate general contractor and construction foreman as his childe. Embraced during the Katrina-displaced Maddox’s stay in Houston, Ramon remained a devout Catholic into undeath and found the evangelical regime of “First Minister” Hezekiah Rutledge (Houston’s closest equivalent to a prince) little to his taste. He saw greener pastures and much opportunity to ply his craft in New Orleans, where construction work was booming after the hurricane. He initially got a kick out of having a fellow Catholic Hispanic as prince and was granted permission to remain in the city on account of his skillset, but the discrimination suffered by his clan soon turned him against Vidal. Antoine Savoy proved an all-too sympathetic ear, and now the French Quarter lord has his support. Like most of the sewer rats, though, Ramon remains just as loyal to his own clan, and handles much of the construction work for their underground warren. He’s known to do similar work for other Kindred: adding secret rooms and passages to buildings, sunproofing rooms, constructing new buildings to a vampire’s often atypical specifications, and the like. He knows enough Celerity to do the work in a fraction of the normal time and charges payment in boons, blood, or cash (the latter at a substantial markup next to mortal contractors). He was close to Baptiste du Lac before the architect’s execution at Vidal’s hands.
• Roxandra “Roxy” Adrieux (10th gen. childe of Jared Buckner, e. mid 20th century, Camarilla Status •, Gangrel Status ••, Invictus Status •)
Roxy was brought into her Requiem by Jared Buckner when she caught his eye on her frequent trips outside the city, running from a home she didn’t feel welcome in. She was still a teenager when he Embraced her, but her quick wits and survival instincts lent well to unlife as a Gangrel, and she spent her formative years as her sire’s childe and lover at his side in the French Quarter where he served as warden to Antoine Savoy. When he was executed in 2006 under the allegation that he had slain Pakachilu, the clan’s former primogen, Roxy made the foray back into Kindred politics to dig up the truth. Friendly with a variety of animals, including the local Loup-Garoux packs, she’s made a name for herself as an investigator by frequently employing animal spies and her own beastly shape to overhear the choicest bits of gossip. Leader of the OXR krewe.
Lancea et Sanctum Status 0
Fallen Sanctified (Savoy’s Faction)
Clarice Barabet (8th gen. childe of unknown sire, e. early 19th century, d. 2005, Camarilla Status ••••, Lancea et Sanctum Status ••••, Malkavian Status ••••)
Former Malkavian primogen and bishop for the Lancea et Sanctum. Clarice served as her clan’s public face for many years and was known for her fits of passion and mercurial, fey-like temperament. She could be kind and cruel by alternating turns that few outside her clan could predict, but her charm and wit won her a place as one of the city’s leading harpies from the Gilded Age and onwards. She was close to Maria Pascual and served as the elder Toreador’s protege for many years, which also won her New Orleans’ bishopric upon Pascual’s abdication of that office. Although Clarice received her Cabildo seat at Vidal’s hands and her bishop’s crosier with his blessing, she found Antoine Savoy to be far more her style of prince. Her support lent spiritual weight to his cause and she was one of his staunchest (and most valuable) allies by 2005. She remained in the French Quarter during Hurricane Katrina and was reportedly last seen avidly watching the approaching storm from a rooftop, barefoot and clad only in a nightgown, laughing that she “didn’t mind getting rain in my hair.” Harlequin was the first of her descendants who reported to feel the psychic backlash of her final death.
Jared Buckner (9th gen. childe of Roger Halliburton, e. early 19th century, d. 2005, Camarilla Status •••, Gangrel Status •••, Lancea et Sanctum Status ••)
Jared was a Camarilla servire under Roger Halliburton who arrived in the city during the Civil War, then served as his sire’s right-hand man for the better part of 20 years. Although he didn’t share Halliburton’s perverse tastes, he also did nothing to stop them—some say out of cowardice, others simple indifference. Jared promptly abandoned his sire following Halliburton’s loss of power at the end of Reconstruction and found a new patron in the Gangrel primogen Pakachilu, whom he bonded with over his non-Choctaw indigenous heritage (he was originally from Tennessee and half Cherokee on his mother’s side). Halliburton cursed Jared for his disloyalty, but that timely defection seemed to spare his unlife, as Vidal never got around to executing or banishing the former servire over trumped-up charges. That inaction would be to the prince’s later chagrin, as Jared became one of Antoine Savoy’s first and most devoted supporters upon the Toreador elder’s rise to power. He served as Gangrel clan whip and warden of the French Quarter (essentially Savoy’s localized sheriff) before Peter Lebeaux got the job. That lasted 100 years until Hurricane Katrina. He tried to flee the city when the storm hit, but was staked by the visiting archons and dragged before Vidal, who accused him of slaying the recently-destroyed Pakachilu in a bid to assume his elder clanmate’s seat on the primogen. Jared protested his innocence, but the ongoing crisis and visiting justicar gave the prince more leeway to sentence Jared to destruction under fairly flimsy grounds (at least, in the opinion of his childe Roxanne). He was ultimately staked and left for the sun.
• Other Fallen Sanctified
No Sanctified of significant stature have been able to remain neutral in the conflict between Vidal and Savoy for leadership of the covenant—with one notable exception.
Harlequin (9th gen. childe of Clarice Barabet, e. early 20th century, Camarilla Status •••, Lancea et Sanctum Status ••, Malkavian Status ••••)
No one knows Harlequin’s real name or face. Every night is Mardi Gras to this Malkavian, who is never seen wearing anything besides a face-concealing domino mask and changing rotation of ostentatious costumes. Harlequin is famous for leading the Krewe of Janus, a bogeyman-like coterie of anonymous Kindred that maintains the Masquerade (“that greatest of all masks”) by stalking, harassing, and eventually slaying violators. The Krewe is Big Brother to the city’s neonates and seems to have eyes everywhere, always watching for indiscretions. Elders are fond of the Krewe, which has secured Harlequin a place among the city’s harpies. Harlequin himself was a member of the Mistick Krewe of Comus in his mortal life and loves few things more than a good party—and no party more than Mardi Gras.
• Harlequin’s “Masks” (g. unknown, Ghoul Status ••)
These four masked ghouls accompany Harlequin at all times, endlessly parroting their domitor’s speech and mannerisms. None of the ghouls have ever revealed their faces. It’s anyone’s guess whether they are the same four who first appeared at Harlequin’s side a century ago—he never refers to them by the name and the masks they wear change constantly. There have always seemed to be two male and two female ones, judging by the shape of their bodies, but this could easily be faked. The ghouls appear to have no duties beyond mimicking their master, fawning over him, and serving as impromptu furniture. It is unclear what practical function, if any, they actually serve.
• Nathaniel Bordruff (8th gen. childe of Virginia de Palencia, e. early 20th century, Camarilla Status unknown, Lancea et Sanctum Status unknown, Nosferatu Status unknown)
New Orleans’ strong Catholic heritage has always made the Society of Leopold the most feared of its hunter groups. Nathaniel Bordruff, however, is perhaps the most personally infamous hunter to plague the Crescent City’s undead. An evangelist associated with the Churches of Christ, Bordruff destroyed a remarkable number of vampires during the 1920s and assuredly had designs on destroying even more. To his mistake, one of his targets was a grandchilde of Virginia de Palencia. The old Nosferatu lured Bordruff into a trap out in the bayous, Embraced him, then deposited the ravenous fledgling outside his own church’s congregation. The horror of his transformation and the slaughter he committed broke the great hunter’s spirit. Bordruff briefly tried to continue his crusade against the undead, but it wasn’t same, and he was run off by the sheriff and hounds. His sire was the toast of Elysium for many nights afterwards. Word later placed him in Chicago as a lackey and leg-breaker to Bishop Solomon Birch and the late Prince Lodin. Reynaldo Gui, a transplant from the Windy City, claims Bordruff is still around and has turned into one of the most hateful and monstrous vampires you’re ever likely to meet.
• Nico Cimpreon (11th gen. childe of Leon “8-Ball” White, e. late 20th century, Anarch Status ••, Camarilla Status 0, 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.