Sunday, 2 September 2018

Vampire the Masquerade - 5th Edition Campaign Characters

Were starting a 5th Edition Vampire the Masquerade campaign set in Los Angeles with three Ancillae vampires sent to see if the Anarch 'Free States' can be undermined by agents of the Camarilla as the last attempt at a direct takeover didn't work quite so well. The coterie also has three trusted allies, a Banu Haqim hiding from his sire, an Autarkis Gangrel in need of feeding rights and a Nosferatu accountant sent by their sponsors to assist in their mission as well as a number of ghouls.
Each has been initially created as a Neonate Vampire though were given freedom of which Skill distribution to use. Bonus XP spend went slightly over the 15 but it was only a speciality and a 1 dot skill here and there. My intention was to get them to roughly Ancillae level over the course of the first chronicle so their characters developed organically.
Broadly speaking I'm giving out 3XP per session. I'm also giving them a single XP per session that can only be spent on assets for the coterie as a whole.
The introduction to this campaign, the first story and all the other parts can be found at the following links and are in chronological order. If you'd prefer a summary of each session rather than read everything then there's a more detailed link page HERE.
Chronicle One - 'Infiltrate L.A.' 
Welcome to L.A. - Introductory Session
Story One - 'Three Murders' - Part OneTwo, ThreeFour and Five
Interlude Session - One
Story Two - 'The Pasadena Problem' - Part OneTwoThree, and Four
Solo Session - 'The Neillson Library'
Story Two Continued- 'The Pasadena Problem' - Part FiveSixSeven and Eight
Story Three - 'Becoming Baron' - Part OneTwoThreeFour and Five
Solo Session - 'The Gather'
Story Three Continued - 'Becoming Baron' - Part SixSeven and Eight
Chronicle Two - 'Foothold L.A.' 
Solo Session - 'Hostile Takeover'
Story Four - 'Countdown' - Part OneTwo and Three
Story Five - 'The Missing Chantry' - Part OneTwoThreeFour and Five
Solo Session - 'The Anaheim Assassination'
Story Six - 'A Meeting of Barons' - Part OneTwo and Three
Story Seven - 'The Carmelita Situation' - Part OneTwo and Three
Story Eight - 'The Blount Sisters' - Part One and Two
Story Nine - 'Blood Money' - Part OneTwoThreeFour, Five and Six
Story Ten - 'Anathema' - Part One and Two
Story Eleven - 'Predators and Prey' aka 'The Blount Sisters' - Part Three
Story Twelve - 'Aftermath' - Part One and Two
Story Thirteen - 'The Messiah Complex' - Part OneTwoThree and Four
Chronicle Three - 'Incursion L.A.'
Story Fourteen - 'The Rant'
Story Fifteen - 'Ties of Blood' - Part One and Two
Solo Session - 'A Gathering of Roses'
Story Sixteen - 'The Southern Solution' - Part OneTwo and Three
Story Seventeen - 'The Baker Disappearance' - Part OneTwo and Three
Story Eighteen - 'Inevitable Betrayals' - Part OneTwoThreeFour and Five
Story Nineteen - 'The Marius Contracts' - Part One and Two
Story Twenty - 'The MacNeil Protocols' - Part OneTwoThreeFourFive, and Six

The Coterie
The Coterie has a number of shared advantages primarily bases around their Haven and the attached warehouse that their gang uses as a clubhouse.
Haven 3 
(Galerie Sanguine: Cell 2 (Used as a secure safe), Herd 3 (Michael's Fans), Library 1 (Flaw - Haunted), Lien 1, Mask 1 (Legal documents, bank accounts, etc.), Luxury 1, Postern 1 (Sewer Tunnel), Resources 3 (Profits and Money Laundering), Security System 3, Warding 1, Watchmen 1)
(Gang Warehouse: Laboratory)
Contacts 3 (Drugs Trade), Influence 3 (Pasadena), Influence 2 (Burbank), Influence 2 (Glendale), Mawla 4 (Marius Walker), Retainer 2 (Head of Security), Resources 4 (Drugs Trade), Watchmen 2 (Security Teams)
Boons Available
Barony of the Angels: Michael has negotiated free passage through all domain areas that previously covered the now defunct 'Barony of the Angels'. Most of this area has been claimed by Marius but the agreement in theory still stands.
Griffiths Park: The coterie has been granted free passage through Griffiths Park and control of The Oaks area by it.
Major - Hank Boyd (x2), Isaac Abrams, Jesus Ramirez, Louis Fortier (x2).
Minor - 'Aida', Gloria Martinez, Nicholas Rowland, Victor Girard (x2)
Trivial - None
Coterie XP Remaining - 5
This page is generally up to date compared to the write-ups so they characters may look slightly more advanced than they seem in the current story especially if you're currently reading an early story. It's also possible that it may provide the occasional minor spoiler in relation to abilities and backgrounds they have gained *cough* diablerie *cough*
Michael Tomassio - Baron of the North East
Clan - Toreador (Volgirre Bloodline)
Generation - 9th
Predator Type - Siren
Concept - Empathetic Artist
XP Remaining - 9

The Kindred now known as Michael Tomassio was born in 1877 into a wealthy family as Paolo “Paul” Tomassio to an Italian father and an English mother. Growing up Paul was a gifted artist, historian, writer and debater. After his education at University he elected to undertake a more modern version of the grand tour visiting Europe to see such places as Rome, Venice and Paris.

It was during his time spent in Paris that he encountered a stunningly attractive woman who introduced herself as Stéphanie Mayoux. Stéphanie was immediately enthralling, knowledgeable about art, culture and politics. The pair met each night and spent many hours discussing the finger points of culture, belief and politics. Stéphanie asked that given the chance would Tomassio wish to continue in this existence forever. In the year of 1903 Stéphanie embraced Paul Tomassio.

The pair spent over a decade together spending time in the courts of the Price of Paris François Villon. They attended many parties and whilst the education in Kindred politics, history and bloodlines were limited Paul established himself as a social operator and harpy of some ability. After just over a decade the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand escalated tensions in mainland Europe and Stéphanie took her childe with her as she fled over the channel returning to Tomassio’s native country. Upon arrival he changed his name to Peter.

As a fit looking 26-year-old the now Peter Tomassio feared being conscripted for the Great War. Aware that his dealings with mortals and his preference for a certain type of hunting it would not do to look a coward. Tomassio instead masqueraded as a member of the clergy, as those of the faith were not required to serve. Listening to the troubles of others, to the tales of loss and consoling them during the hardships of the war awoke an empathy that Tomassio had thought he had long since lost. He held special late-night services and confessions, to be able to be visible to his congregation. He told Stéphanie it was merely to keep up his ruse, and the fact that he got some measure of satisfaction from helping others he kept to himself. It was during this time that Tomassio first read about Michael of Constantinople and of the vision that that City represented.

After the Great War ended “Peter” remained nominally a member of the clergy and involved himself in the social and artistic scenes of both his Clan and the mortal population. Whilst he still attended the grand parties held at Elysium some of the more outlandish fashions, particularly those that involved harm to mortals were now more disturbing than they had been previously. During this relative peace Mayoux and occasionally Tomassio travelled back and forth to the court of Paris. Prince Villon had survived the Great War and held court much as he had done since Tomassio’s first visit. Tomassio was rarely at court instead choosing to lose himself in the art, architecture and culture of his adopted second home.

As with much of his existence, war dictated the next stage in Tomassio’s journey. The rise of Nazi Germany and the defeat of the French Army hastened the retreat of Mayoux and her Childe with both returning to the relative safety of Britain and the City of London. After the war, and over time Tomassio’s view of the Camarilla changed.  Leadership was necessary but the iron fisted approach of the Camarilla required reform in order to achieve long term success. Constantinople was a dream, a dream he wanted to bring to fruition again, but it involved many ideas which bordered on the ideals of the Anarchs. Political freedom, intellectual and philosophical debate, self-determination and a belief that Kindred can be more than just predators.

Tomassio eventually fell in love with a fellow Kindred who sympathised with the Anarch beliefs. Whilst his partner did not actively oppose or destabilise the Camarilla their political beliefs caused a cooling of the relationship between Tomassio and his Sire, they simply remained cordial. When the Second Inquisition attacked London, Tomassio was at his haven. He received a phone call from his lover simply telling him to run, to escape – that they were being attacked. Then the line went dead. Tomassio used all his resources, boons and favours to action his escape. Mayoux was at the Prince’s Court debating when the attack commenced. Tomassio had tried to get to her, but the number of foes between him and the Court caused him to swiftly reconsider as did the sound of distant gunfire and the roaring flames of a hidden city on fire.

Tomassio fled west, to the United States of America where he adopted the name Michael in homage to Michael of Constantinople. Perhaps in the new land of opportunity Michael could make the dream of Constantinople a reality for the benefit of all Kindred. Michael does not know if his Sire survived and is not sure if her survival would be for better or for worse. It was in America where he once again came into contact with the Camarilla who offered him an opportunity to help them with a project to take over Los Angeles. Seeing a rare opportunity to put his theories into practice he accepted the offer...

Shauna Jones (An aspiring actress. Michael is helping her career, in part due to a fascination with her facial features perfectly matching the 'golden ratio')
The Livingstone Family (Michael has looked after this family for several generations, manipulating them into what he believes to be an ideal family unit. Though 'ideal' is a relative and changing concept.)

True Age 142, Apparent Age 26, Date of Birth 1877, Date of Death 1903

Strength 1, Dexterity 2, Stamina 2
Charisma 4, Manipulation 3, Composure 3
Intelligence 4, Wits 2, Resolve 3

Health 5, Willpower 6, Humanity 8
Blood Potency 3

Brawl 1, Craft 4 (Painting), Firearms 1, Melee 1 (Sidesword).
Etiquette 2 (Kindred Politics), Insight 3 (Empathy), Leadership 1, Performance 2, Persuasion 3 (Negotiation, Seduction), Subterfuge 2. 
Academics 2 (History of Art), Awareness 2, Investigation 3, Medicine 1, Occult 1, Politics 3 (Diplomacy), Technology 1.
Auspex 2 (Sense the Unseen, Premonition)
Celerity 1 (Rapid Reflexes)
Dominate 2 (Compel, Mesmerize)
Fortitude 1 (Unswayable Mind)
Presence 5 (Awe, Lingering Kiss, Entrancement, Irresistible Voice, Majesty)
Vicissitude 2 (Malleable Visage, Fleshcraft)
Backgrounds - Contact 3 (Don Alonzo), Contact 1 (Club Zombie Doorman), Contact 1 (Heather Taylor, Ghoul of Marius), Contact 1 (YouTube Influencer), Contact 1 (Socialite),  Fame 1, Haven 3 (Hillside Mansion, The Oaks: Library 1, Location, Luxury, Postern 1, Security System 5, Warding 1), Haven 3 (Pasadena Mansion: Luxury, Panic Room, Security 3, Watchmen 1), Haven 1 (Hollywood Home: Luxury),  Infamy 1 (Camarilla), Influence 3 (Pasadena), Influence 2 (Glendale), Influence 1 (Burbank), Mask 1, Mawla 2 (Damsel), 2 (Mariel St. John), Mawla 2 (Priss), Mawla 2 (Velvet Velour), Mawla 2 (Victor Girard), Mawla 1 (Isaac Abrams), Mawla 1 (Velme), Resources 4, Retainer 3 (Franklin Atkins - Ghoul), Retainer 2 (Lisa Irving - Ghoul), Retainer 1 (Shawna Jones, Ghoul), Status 4 (Anarch).
Loresheet - Carmelita Neillson (5: Ancestor's Tomb), Descendent of Helena (2: Real Talent, 5: Succubus Club Franchise), Fiorenza Savona (1: On Fiorenza's List), High Clan (1: Peacock), Salvador Garcia (1: A Way With Words), Trinity (1: Constantinople, 2: Antonius’ Architecture) 
Merits - Stunning 4
Flaws - Enemy 1 (Spurned Lover), Folkloric Block 1 (Uninvited).
Occult Items - Pearl of Dubai

Vincent 'Vin' Ghast - 'Constable'
Clan - Brujah
Generation - 10th via Diablerie
Predator Type - Alleycat
Concept - Streetfighter
XP Remaining - 0

Ghouled by a notable Brujah Archon of the Camarilla who witnessed his impressive street brawling abilities she supplemented his brutal self-taught skills with weapons and martial arts training so as to use him as a bodyguard for her while she slept. He performed this task successfully for many years but after being grievously wounded defending his mistresses haven from a Sabbat raid his life was saved by the embrace.

His mistress, now his sire introduced him to the rules he'd now have to live by, some of the history of the clan of which he was now a member and to some of the members of her own group of fighters and revolutionaries but being interested only in his abilities as a fighter neglected to provide him with anything approaching an education leaving him functionally illiterate. Now the Camarilla has once again turned it's attention to LA his sire has been prompted to provide some-one to ensure that the other agents survive long enough to get their jobs done and she has nominated him for this dubious honour.

In the month he's spent in LA after his clandestine arrival the poor and homeless living on the streets near his haven have become his eyes and ears as well as an occasional source of blood in return for his protection from those who would seek to exploit the vulnerable. Several have even shown themselves to be useful as retainers and have been given more involved duties. He now manages the coteries two brothels and the number of street girls they have inherited from the takeovers of other gangs resources. Seeing his illiteracy as a burden and impediment to progress he has ghouled an intelligent but brutal young woman known as Sarah who is providing him an education in return for training in his skills and of course, perpetual youth and immortality.

Vin's reputation as a formidable warrior has been bolstered with victories against Elder kindred such as Edward Vignes, The Tzimisce terrorising the Nosferatu within the Warrens and notable victories against the thin-blood rebels attempting to start a war within the Free States and the Gargoyle protecting the missing chantry of former Primogen Maximilian Strauss. This has become a double edged sword for the coterie as though the intimidation factor is useful, his infamy can sometimes put even allies on the defensive as they wonder if they are next on the list.

Sarah (A former prostitute and favourite of a kindred rival, Vin has become unusually attached to the girl who he initially ghouled merely to teach him to read and write. He is now considering embracing her should she continue to prove herself indispensable.)

True Age 44, Apparent Age 20, Date of Birth 1973, Date of Death 1993

Strength 5, Dexterity 3, Stamina 4
Charisma 2, Manipulation 1, Composure 2
Intelligence 2, Wits 2, Resolve 3

Health 10, Willpower 5, Humanity 5
Blood Potency 2

Athletics 3, Brawl 4 (Grappling), Drive 1, Firearms 3, Larceny 1, Melee 5 (Machete, Two-handed Swords), Stealth 2 (Urban), Survival 1 (Urban Exploration).
Animal Ken 1, Etiquette 1, Insight 2 (Vices), Intimidation 4 (Reputation, Staredowns), Leadership 2 (Command), Streetwise 3 (Sex Trade), Subterfuge 1.
Awareness 3, Investigation 2 (Missing Persons), Medicine 1, Politics 1 (Kindred)
Celerity 4 (Rapid Reflexes, Fleetness, Blink, Draught of Elegance)
Fortitude 3 (Resilience, Toughness, Defy Bane)
Potence 5 (Lethal Body, Prowess, Brutal Feed, Draught of Might, Fists of Caine)
Presence 4 (Awe, Daunt, Dread Gaze, Summon)
Protean 1 (Eyes of the Beast)
Blood Sorcery 2 (Corrosive Vitae, Extinguish Vitae)
Level 1: Blood Sorcery Rituals (None)
Level 2: Blood Sorcery Rituals (Communicate with Kindred Sire)
Backgrounds - Allies: Street People (Effectiveness 3, Reliability 2), Contacts 1 (Fight-Club Promoter), Contacts 1 (Pawnshop employee), Contacts 1 (Street-level fence), Haven 2 (Brothel Basement: Cell 1, Hidden Armoury 2, Postern 1, Security 3, Watchmen 2), Haven 1 (Basement Flat, Downtown LA), Herd 5 (Beggars, Street People, Prostitutes), Herd 3 (High-Class Brothel), Herd 2 (Back-Street Brothel), Influence 2 (Sex Trade), Resources 3, Retainer 3 (Sarah, Ghoul), Status 3 (Anarch).
Merits - Iron Gullet 3
Flaws - Infamy 3 ('Giant-Killer')
Occult Items - Heart of Eliza

Dr Daniel Matthews - 'Fixer'
Clan - Banu Haqim
Generation - 10th via Diablerie
Predator Type - Bagger
Concept - Surgical Assassin
XP Remaining - 19

Embraced in the middle East by Edward Kaya, a Banu Haqim looking for new blood in the forces seeking justice against various of their middle-eastern enemies and he was impressed by Daniel not restricting his moral duty to just the enemy but applying his sense of justice to everyone. When he chose to let a soldier who he knew had committed atrocities against civilians die because he knew he would get away with it, they offered him the embrace. Disheartened and jaded by his time in the military, he accepted and learned the ways of the Banu Haqim

He spent years working with his sire as a paid assassin though often the payment was in blood and where necessary freely eliminating those deemed dangerous to the clan or it's allies. He also took the Banu Haqims scholarly pursuits to heart, believing knowledge to be power and developing his knowledge of law as he did. Eventually Daniel and his sire grew apart as it became increasingly obvious that the targets weren't the monsters that Daniel had been led to believe but were simply enemies of the Ur-Shulgi loyal faction to which his sire belonged. This revelation lead to a violent confrontation and his sire tried to kill Daniel. He fled, never staying in one place for too long but despite that still had multiple run-ins over the years that he was lucky to escape from.
He continued his studies wherever he could but particularly felt close and at home in the British library in London, which he considered to be the greatest repository of information in the world. The fact that London is now effectively off limits to kindred and with travel becoming difficult the separation from the place he holds so dear has been a significant blow. Now many of the Banu Haqim have joined the Camarilla and despite his own sense of law and order causing him to more closely align with them than the Anarchs he has nonetheless based himself in an Anarch domain hoping to avoid the relentless pursuit of his sire. An Autarkis Gangrel named Marius has given him the assistance needed to make Los Angeles his home in return for his service when necessary and Daniel has re-entered the medical field that first drew him to kindred attention. Marius has as yet made no demands but Daniel knows it's only a matter of time before these debts will need to be paid.

He is currently engaged by the coterie as a fixer of sorts and has a considerable talent for cleaning up the messes left by less Masquerade considerate kindred.

Aron Adkins (Special Operations Assistant DA. Daniel admires the stand Aron has made against a number of significant and powerful crime figures with political connections. Daniel occasionally removes a threat to his person or ensures that a vital piece of evidence is found in just the right place, though is careful to keep his distance.)

True Age 66, Apparent Age 38, Date of Birth 1952, Date of Death 1990

Strength 3, Dexterity 4, Stamina 3
Charisma 2, Manipulation 1, Composure 3
Intelligence 3, Wits 2, Resolve 2

Health 8, Willpower 5, Humanity 4
Blood Potency 2

Athletics 1 (Parkour), Brawl 1 (Bar Fights), Drive 2 (Evasion, Tailing), Firearms 4 (Crossbow, M1911, Sniper), Larceny 1 (Lockpicking), Melee 5 (Falcatta, Improvised Weapons, Knives), Stealth 3 (Shadowing)
Etiquette 2, Insight 3 (Detect Lies), Intimidation 1, Streetwise 2 (Black Market), Subterfuge 2 (Impeccable Lies)
Academics 2 (Law), Awareness 2 (Ambush), Investigation 3 (Deduction, Profiling), Medicine 3, Occult 1, Science 1 (Biology), Technology 1
Auspex 2 (Heightened Senses, Sense the Unseen)
Celerity 4 (Cat's Grace, Rapid Reflexes, Blink, Unerring Aim)
Fortitude 2 (Resilience, Toughness)
Obfuscate 3 (Silence of Death, Unseen Passage, Mask of a Thousand Faces)
Potence 2 (Soaring Leap, Prowess)
Blood Sorcery 2 (A Taste for Blood, Extinguish Vitae)
Level 1: Blood Sorcery Rituals (Blood Walk, Clinging of the Insect, Craft Bloodstone, Wake with Evening's Freshness, Ward Against Ghouls)
Backgrounds - Allies (Surveillance Team: Effectiveness 2, Reliability 2), Allies (Team of Private Investigators: Effectiveness 2, Reliability 2), Contact 2 (Gun Dealer), Contact 2 (L.A. Police Department Records Specialist), Ghoul Retainer 3 (Keith Chang, Assassin), Ghoul Retainer 3 (Andrew Francis, Security Specialist), Ghoul Retainer 2 (Former Police Detective, Team Manager), Haven 1, Mask 2, Resources 2, Status 3 (Brujah), Status 2 (Fight Club), Status 2 (Anarch)
Loresheet - Ruins of Carthage (1: Clan Historian)
Merits - Iron Gullet 3
Flaws - Enemy 2 (Sire), Infamy 1, Prey Exclusion (Veterans), Prey Exclusion (Medics).
Occult Items - Fae Charm

Hope Romero - 'Census Taker'
Clan - Gangrel
Generation - 9th via Diablerie
Predator Type - Blood Leech
Concept - Hunter
XP Remaining - 25

Fought in the Second Gulf War, although officially she was not in a combat capacity Cpl Romero served as a dog handler travelling with the convoys attempting to help find and defuse IEDs and repel insurgent attackers under small arms fire. Upon her return to the United States and her home state of Oregon she distanced herself from people possibly due to her experiences.

Hope took up outdoor pursuits, wilderness survival, hunting and developing a rapport of sorts with a local pack of wolves. It was then that she met her sire. In typical Gangrel fashion he embraced her and left her to fend for herself until she had proven herself. After a few years of running with William her sire, he embraced another. Unlike with Hope, William taught this new Gangrel immediately and when Hope objected to him not keeping up with their traditions the two turned upon her. She managed to escape with her unlife due to the intervention of the wolf pack. Fleeing south to California with one of the pack by her side Hope arrived in the outskirts of L.A vowing to get stronger so one day she may find her sire and defeat him.

Marius has provided her with a serviceable new identity and Haven and began giving her basic training in complimentary disciplines so she could patrol the outskirts of his domain. Now that the coterie of Michael Tomassio has effectively taken over Pasadena he has decided that perhaps this would be a more productive use of her skills and help with the security of a new domain with which he has some influence.

She now acts as a census keeper of sorts, patrolling the barony of Pasadena for poachers and intruders as well as taking on the role of Scourge when uninvited guests refuse to leave. With the recent acquisition of three Gangrel rendered homeless and/or unemployed by political upheaval in the Free States these have been given similar responsibilities to Hope. Though they answer to Michael in theory, their night to night activities are monitored by Hope.

Emily Nicholson (Hope's mortal sister is her only connection to the life she once had and is fanatical in her desire to protect her from danger.)

True Age 37, Apparent Age 32, Date of Birth 1981, Date of Death 2013

Strength 4, Dexterity 2, Stamina 3
Charisma 2, Manipulation 1, Composure 3
Intelligence 2, Wits 2, Resolve 2

Health 10, Willpower 5, Humanity 5
Blood Potency 3
Athletics 3 (Climbing), Brawl 4 (Feral Claws, Beast Form, Kindred), Firearms 3, Melee 2 (Fire Axe, Stakes), Stealth 2 (Silent Movement), Survival 3 (Hunting, Tracking).
Animal Ken 2 (Wolves), Insight 1, Intimidation 3 (Veiled Threats), Performance 1 (Oratory).
Awareness 3 (Ambush), Technology 1 (IED's).
Animalism 2 (Bond Famulus, Feral Whispers)
Auspex 1 (Sense the Unseen)
Celerity 1 (Rapid Reflexes)
Dominate 1 (Cloud Memory)
Fortitude 4 (Resilience, Toughness, Enduring Beasts, Deny Bane)
Protean 4 (Eyes of the Beast, Feral Claws, Shapechange, Metamorphosis)
Potence 3 (Lethal Body, Soaring Leap, Prowess)
Presence 1 (Daunt)
Backgrounds - Haven 3 (Abandoned Hotel: Cell 1, Creepy, Postern), Herd 2 (Thinbloods: Christian Calderon, Gemma Haney), Mask 1, Retainer 2 (Rosalind Perkins: Thin-blood Alchemist), Status 2 (Anarch).
Merits - Linguistics 2 (Spanish, Arabic), Resources 1, Unbondable 5,
Flaws - Adversary 2 (Ancilla), Methuselah’s Thirst 1, Prey Exclusion 1 (Mortals).
Lore - Lupine Expert (1: Huntsman), The Bahari (1: Dangerous Reputation)
Occult Items - Tarulfang

Mr Hertz - 'Freelance Accountant'
Clan - Nosferatu
Generation - 11th
Predator Type - Bagger
Concept - Mob Lawyer
XP Remaining - 3

'Mr Hertz' as he's currently known was embraced during the bootlegger era in Chicago. Already in his sixties before his Embrace in 1926 and frail and gaunt due to his disease riddled body his appearance only grew worse as the Nosferatu's clan curse took hold.

In life he was a highly skilled mob accountant but was dying from the disease known commonly at the time as consumption. He was turned by a Nosferatu on the orders of notable Camarilla Ventrue Horatio Ballard who wished to maintain their access to this useful resource. He knew little of his sire as his embrace was a purely business arrangement without any real emotional or other connection and to be fair this suited Mr Hertz just fine.

Though many kindred are concerned about the pursuit of power and influence Mr Hertz treats the laundering of money and managing of illegal assets as a challenge in of itself and has little interest in accumulating the trappings of wealth himself. He does however take a token payment of two percent of the money he successfully legitimises as he is aware that the appearance of a complete lack of ambition would be looked upon by other kindred as weakness and leave him open to attempts at manipulation.

He is served by a small army of rats that are sustained by his own vitae and reside within the useless areas of his body, effectively turning himself into an un-living hive of vermin. Those who witness him at work may find themselves a little unnerved by the sight of dozens of tiny rodents organising paperwork, fetching paper-clips, post-it notes and pens while their master is hard at work concealing his employers ill-gotten gains.

Though he has kept up to date with modern business methodology and has enough computer skills to deal with the internet age he still prefers if at all possible to transfer the information to a paper format and work on it the old fashioned way. As he often points out to the younger internet obsessed Nosferatu "Hacking is bullshit without some-one who understands the information to tell you if it's actually worth anything..."

He does still have the trappings of the gangster he once was and his Thompson Submachine Gun, collection of Luger pistols and his stiletto flick knife are perfectly maintained and quite functional.
He has recently been approached by a representative of the notable Ventrue, Fiorenza Savona about enlisting his assistance to locate money embezzled from Camarilla accounts by an ambitious underling. Unfortunately this would involve a trip to Los Angeles...

Mr Wan (Manager of the Slaughterhouse over which Mr Hertz makes his haven. Hertz admires the way he juggles his commitments to his employer Marius Walker, the local Triads and the kindred who acquire blood from his facility. Mr Hertz takes care of his accounts both as payment for his rent and in all honesty because he actually quite likes him)

True Age - Unknown, Apparent Age 60's, Date of Birth - 1859, Date of Death - 1926

Strength 1, Dexterity 2, Stamina 2
Charisma 2, Manipulation 3, Composure 3
Intelligence 4, Wits 3, Resolve 2

Health 7, Willpower 5, Humanity 5
Blood Potency 2

Brawl 2, Craft 1 (Weaponsmith), Firearms 2 (Gunsmithing, Handloading Ammunition), Melee 1 (Flick Knife), Stealth 2 (Lost in the Crowd).
Animal Ken 3 (Rats), Etiquette 2 (Business), Insight 2, Intimidation 3 (Extortion), Leadership 2, Persuasion 2, Streetwise 4 (Black Market, Bribery), Subterfuge 2.
Academics 2 (Currencies, Mathematics), Awareness 3, Finances 5 (Corporate Finance, Forensic Accountancy, Money Laundering, Second Inquisition Methodology), Investigation 3, Politics 3 (Kindred), Technology 3 (Data Mining, Hacking)
Animalism 4 (Bond Famulus: Rat Swarm, Feral Whispers, Animal Succulence, Unliving Hive: Rat Swarm)
Auspex 1 (Heightened Senses)
Fortitude 2 (Endurance, Enduring Beasts)
Obfuscate 3 (Cloak of Shadows, Unseen Passage, Mask of a Thousand Faces)
Potence 3 (Lethal Body, Prowess, Uncanny Grip)
Presence 1 (Daunt)

Backgrounds - Boons 1 (Multiple. Trivial), Contact 3 (Triad Gang Leader), Contact 2 (Shady Lawyer), Contact 1 (Mr Wan, Slaughterhouse Manager), Contact 1 (Robert Price, Manager at Mercury Security), Haven 1 (Flat above Slaughterhouse: Postern 1), Influence 2, Mask 2, Mawla 2 (Alonzo), Mawla 2 (Bertram Tung), Mawla 2 (Gary Golden), Resources 3, Retainer 3 (Zhi Baxter, Ghoul, Supplied by Fiorenza Savona), Status 1 (Camarilla), Status 1 (Chicago), Status 1 (Los Angeles)
Merits - Iron Gullet 3, Linguistics 3 (Chinese, Flemish, Mandarin, Spanish)
Flaws - Repulsive 2
Lore - Ballard Industries (1: Deep Pockets), Fiorenza Savona (1: On Fiorenza's List), Low Clan (1: Thick Hide, 4: Trade Amongst Equals)

Michael Tomassio's Ghouls
Lisa Irving - Gallery Manager
Initially ghouled by Michael as a convenience due to his difficulty in selling paintings doing the day she now runs the gallery on his behalf. Though occasionally used as a source of blood Michael uses her for this purpose only in an emergency.

Natural beauty, a talent for persuasion and a minor ability with the Presence discipline make her an excellent salesperson.

Strength 1, Dexterity 3, Stamina 2
Charisma 3, Manipulation 2, Composure 2
Intelligence 2, Wits 1, Resolve 1

Health 5, Willpower 3

Athletics 1, Drive 3, Firearms 1, Stealth 1
Etiquette 2, Insight 3, Performance 2, Persuasion 3 (Bargaining), Subterfuge 2 (Seduction)
Academics 1, Awareness 2 (Hearing), Finance 2, Investigation 1, Technology 1
Celerity 1 (Rapid Reflexes), Presence 1 (Awe)
Merits - Beautiful 2

Franklin 'Frank' Atkins - Police Captain
Franklin was ghouled after being identified as the police contact of the former baron of Pasadena, Edward Vignes by Michael Tomassio.

Michael's enforcer Vin now ensures that the officers preference for prostitutes are taken care of while the coteries gang 'The Apostles' take care of his recreational drug needs. He repays the coteries indulgence in this area with advance notice of any threats to their interests and by ensuring that his fellow officers are less than diligent in certain investigations and filing of evidence and reports. Michael is also helping his career by pointing him in the direction of cases that benefit both his and the officers interests.

Franklin now has had (with the coteries assistance) a number of high profile successes and is well on his way to higher office where he and Michael can be of even greater benefit to one another.

Strength 4, Dexterity 1, Stamina 2
Charisma 2, Manipulation 3, Composure 3
Intelligence 2, Wits 3, Resolve 2

Health 5, Willpower 5

Athletics 2, Brawl 3 (Bar Fights), Drive 2 (Tailing), Firearms 2, Larceny 3 (Forgery), Melee 1 (Improvised Weapons)
Insight 3 (Interrogation), Intimidation 2, Leadership 3 (Command), Persuasion 2 (Interrogation), Streetwise 3 (Bribery, Drugs, Sex Trade), Subterfuge 3
Awareness 2 (Instincts), Finance 1, Investigation 2, Medicine 1, Politics 1
Potence 1 (Lethal Body), Presence 1 (Daunt)
Backgrounds - Allies: Task Force (Effectiveness 4, Reliability 3), Allies: Police Officers (Effectiveness 3, Reliability 3), Contacts 3 (Albert Decker, FBI), Contacts 2 (Stan Hawkins, Coroner), Contacts 1 (Agatha Pennington, Informer), Contacts 1 (Fraser Morris, Fence), Fame 2, Influence 2 (Cooperative Officials), Resources 2 (Captain's Salary, Resources 3 (Bribery and Corruption)
Flaws - Addiction (Cocaine), Addiction (Sex)

Vincent 'Vin' Ghast's Ghouls
Sarah - Personal Assistant
A survivor on the street for many years making a living in any way she could from petty theft through to prostitution. The latter career ended at the same time as her pimps life as a newcomer to the area eliminated all the pimps in various horrendously violent ways and intimidated all the gangs into leaving.

Since then though crime and prostitution are still ways of life in Vin's turf those people of the street know that as long as they are willing to be his eyes and ears and indulge his slightly odd blood related fetishes they will have his protection. 'Sarah' however now holds a special place amongst his followers and has been passing on her self-taught education to him in exchange for the skills she needs to defend herself and of course the highly addictive vitae she consumes each month directly from his veins.

He has now began to delegate many of the duties involved in the running of the sex trade under his control to her and she has effectively become his personal assistant. She is also possibly one of the only people in existence that Vin has any feelings towards outside of loyalty.

Strength 3, Dexterity 2, Stamina 3
Charisma 1, Manipulation 2, Composure 2
Intelligence 4, Wits 2, Resolve 1

Health 7, Willpower 3

Athletics 2, Brawl 3, Drive 1, Firearms 2, Larceny 3, Melee 4 (Knives), Stealth 2, Survival 2
Etiquette 3 (Street), Insight 1, Intimidation 2, Leadership 2, Performance 1 (Dance) Persuasion 2 (Fast Talk), Streetwise 4 (Sex Trade), Subterfuge 2
Academics 3, Awareness 3
Celerity 1 (Rapid Reflexes), Fortitude 1 (Resilience), Potence 1 (Lethal Body)
Backgrounds - Allies: Vin's Street People (Effectiveness 2, Reliability 3), Resources 2
Merits - Beautiful

Dr Daniel Matthews Ghouls
Andrew Francis - Investigator and Driver
Recruited by Daniel Matthews to facilitate the extensive research he puts into his assassinations as well as to take advantage of a number of useful contacts that the former military man still had from his days as a mercenary.

He also occasionally acts as a spotter for when Daniel wants to remove a target from a good safe distance.

Strength 4, Dexterity 1, Stamina 3
Charisma 1, Manipulation 1, Composure 3
Intelligence 1, Wits 2, Resolve 2

Health 6, Willpower 5

Athletics 1, Brawl 1, Drive 4, Firearms 3, Melee 1, Larceny 3, Stealth 4, Survival 2
Insight 2, Streetwise 3, Subterfuge 2
Awareness 2, Investigation 4 (Profiling), Technology 2
Celerity 1 (Rapid Reflexes), Potence 1 (Lethal Body)
Merits - Contacts 3 (Arms Dealer), Contacts 3 ( Hacker), Contacts 3 (Security Expert), Contacts 1 (Library Archivist)

Keith Chang - Investigator and Assassin
Keith is a military veteran given compassionate leave when his family were killed in a botched home invasion. He subsequently became addicted to prescription pain killers when his previous medicinal use due to injuries sustained in the Gulf became habitual due to depression.

Having concluded he had nothing to live for he decided to go out doing something meaningful and using his military skills began a minor crusade against crime. After starting with assault he moved onto the murder of criminals and began to draw the attention of the authorities to Pasadena.

Tasked with his removal Daniel took the somewhat unorthodox solution and instead of killing him, recruited him. He has been educating him in more subtle methods of assassination and has been pointing him in the direction of the enemies of the coterie.

Strength 3, Dexterity 3, Stamina 3
Charisma 2, Manipulation 2, Composure 4
Intelligence 2, Wits 3, Resolve 3

Health 6, Willpower 7

Athletics 3, Brawl 2, Drive 1, Firearms 4 (Quick Draw), Melee 1, Larceny 2 (Lock-Picking, Pick Pocket), Stealth 3 (Urban), Survival 2
Insight 2, Intimidation 3, Leadership 1, Streetwise 3, Subterfuge 2
Academics 2 (Military History), Awareness 3, Investigation 2, Medicine 1, Science 1, Technology 1
Obfuscate 1 (Cloak of Shadows), Potence 1 (Lethal Body)
Backgrounds - Haven 1
Merits - Linguistics 1 (Japanese)
Flaws - Addiction (Morphine), Insomnia

Mr Hertz's Ghouls
Reuben Hart - Ghoul Retainer, Apostles Leader

The Apostles have been reborn in Pasadena from the ashes of the Line 20's gang formally based in Downtown and pushed out by the relentless onslaught of kindred controlled local groups. Their leader has always been Reuben Hart a gang member who created a fictional figurehead for the gang known as Santiago Francisco in order to prevent his own assassination.

After using them in his own schemes several times the Malkavian Roach ghouled their leader and offered them a new home in Pasadena on the condition that they could wipe out the current gang that were getting in his and the coteries way. With the aid of several of the coteries more combat capable members the rivals were destroyed and the Apostles took over their operations. The gangs primary source of income is drug sales though they also operate several brothels overseen by the Brujah Vin and have been spreading their influence through the front of a neighbourhood watch group sponsored by the gallery itself.

As far as the authorities are concerned Santiago is dead and the Line 20's have been exterminated and this suits everyone involved perfectly. Though initially numbering a mere eighty or so members the gang has recently expanded into the territories of the three remaining criminal organisations of significance after all three of their leaders were killed on the same day in what the police still believe to be separate incidents but which were in fact the work of the more subtle of the coteries two scourges Daniel, on the orders of Roach.

With these other major gangs now integrated into the Apostles and their resources re-distributed the gang has almost doubled in size and is now the criminal force in Pasadena. With the disappearance of Roach, Mr Hertz now controls the Apostles and has expanded their interests from drug dealing to now encompass the whole gamut of organised crime.

Strength 3, Dexterity 2, Stamina 3
Charisma 3, Manipulation 4, Composure 4
Intelligence 3, Wits 3, Resolve 2

Health 6, Willpower 5

Athletics 2, Brawl 2, Drive 2, Firearms 4 (Quick Draw), Larceny 2 (Grand Theft Auto), Melee 3, Stealth 2
Etiquette 1, Insight 3, Intimidation 4, Leadership 4, Persuasion, 3, Streetwise 4 (Drugs), Subterfuge 3
Academics 2, Awareness 3 (Ambushes), Finance 2, Politics 1, Technology 1
Animalism 1, (Sense the Beast), Auspex 1 (Heightened Senses), Potence 1 (Lethal Body)
Backgrounds - Allies: The Apostles (Effectiveness 3, Reliability 3), Influence 1, Retainer 2 (Jevonte Richardson), Retainer 2 (Kinsey Perez), Retainer 2 (Madison Lopez), Retainer 1 (Carina Lopez), Retainer 1 (Teo Moreno), Retainer 1 (Yago Martinez), Resources 3.
Merits - Linguistics (Spanish)
Unfortunately real life occasionally costs me players but in the hope that they can one day return as regulars I try to keep their characters around just in case
'Missing in Action'
Johnny 'Roach' West - Seneschal

Clan - Malkavian
Generation - 12th
Predator Type - Scene Queen
Concept - Stoner Seer
XP Remaining - 13

Drafted to serve in Vietnam at the age of sixteen and when he came home he was attracted to the hippy scene in order to get over the experiences. He began to see visions while tripping on various drugs and his perception of reality became somewhat subjective.

His sire was a fellow hippy Malkavian who turned him as a joke in order to make his visions actually real. He eventually left the hippy thing behind in the late seventies and changed his following to bands like Led Zeppelin etc. before he moved into the Portland scene in the nineties and never really left it. He currently deals various recreational drugs mostly to college kids and some lower middle class kids also.

He now runs the coteries considerable drug empire and through his ghoul Reuben a street gang known as the Acolytes who maintain the groups criminal enterprises.

True Age - 68, Apparent Age 24, Date of Birth - 1939, Date of Death - 1963

Strength 1, Dexterity 3, Stamina 2
Charisma 4, Manipulation 3, Composure 3
Intelligence 2, Wits 2, Resolve 2

Health 5, Willpower 5, Humanity 7
Blood Potency 1

Firearms 1, Larceny 2 (Pickpocket), Stealth 3 (Urban),
Etiquette 1 (College), Insight 2, Leadership 1, Performance 2 (Guitar, Surfing), Persuasion 3, Streetwise 4 (Drugs), Subterfuge 3.
Occult 1.
Auspex 5 (Heightened Senses, Sense the Unseen, Premonition, Scry the Soul, Telepathy)
Dominate 1 (Compel)
Obfuscate 2 (Cloak of Shadows, Unseen Passage)

Backgrounds - Fame 1, Contacts 3 (Drug Contacts), Resources 4, Retainer 3 (Reuben Hart, Ghoul)Status 1 (Anarch).
Merits - Eat Food 2, High-Functioning Addict 1, Malkavian Time 1.
Flaws - Hopeless Addiction 2


  1. It keeps being brought up so I want your opinion hope vs vin? My money is on vin he's more combat focused while hope has better versatility

    1. On a purely mechanical level Vin has the edge. However if it was to be done in character it becomes far more even as then Hope gets to utilise other abilities that might even things out.


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