Witches and Wizards
Dristan AdamsonProfessor Defense Against the Dark Arts, Hogwarts School of Withcraft and Wizardry. Patriarch of the Adamson Family.
Tropes pertaining to Dristan (MIA - Possibly Deceased...):
- Above Good and Evil: Through an old, archaic training, he has found a way to balance his light and dark, mind, body and soul to create a resilience to the demon that is possessing him. The training itself is brutal to say the least. Very physical to break the spirit and then mending of the mind and soul as a foundation. From said foundation finding ways to control his anger.
- Animorphism: Completed training to become an animagus, to transform into a Black Dire Wolf. Hmmmm, are the Starks missing one of their dire wolves?
- Because Destiny Says So: Wielder of the twin wand to Ollivander the Wand Maker in Diagon Alley. Now that is one exceptional wand!
- Byronic Hero: He's a possessed wizard who studied dark magic on the side and is (literally) in bed with the Sabbat. Keep in mind, he's a Hogwarts Professor (for Defense Against the Dark Arts).
- Demonic Possession: No thanks to his infernalist ancestors.
- Fiction 500: Dristan's current net worth is $35 billion USD! Who in the world could spend that much money? His fortune also extends to the wizarding world.
- Interspecies Romance: Engaged to Teagan Caball, a Changeling who is pregnant with twins. He calls her 'his light.' Their whole relationship started by playing a game of hide and go seek. No matter how dark his world has gotten she has always been the single point of light in his life.
- More Than Mind Control: 2nd Stage Blood Bound to Maria Del Belmonte. Talk about being drawn to the dark! He's known Maria for over five years and has always been drawn to her, to the point where he would do anything she desires or would command of him.
- Parental Substitute: Adopted Father to Matilda Wilson and Dmitry Wolfbauer. The Adamson clan keeps on growing and growing. He saved Matilda, though she does not know of it due to her orphanage in New York blowing up with Teagan. Has become the father Dmitry always wanted.
Jillian PenroseA sixth-year Ravenclaw born to two high-ranking members of the Ministry of Magic. Known for wearing goggles as a fashion accessory, has a rather unhealthy obsession with vampires, going to lengths far above and beyond what anybody would recommend in her quest to learn more about them.
Tropes pertaining to Jillian:
- Affectionate Nickname: Refers to David as "D<3" in her diary.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: She wanted to meet some more vampires after meeting Rose and Nikolaus. She got her wish.
- Brainy Brunette: She's a Ravenclaw for a reason, and her curiosity truly knows no bounds.
- Distressed Damsel: David saved her from being some neonate's dinner. Granted, the Ministry probably would have forgiven her if she had whipped out her wand in self-defense (something underage witches and wizards are explicitly allowed to do under Ministry law in a life or death situation), but she was taken by surprise and hadn't had much time to react, anyway.
- Goggles Do Nothing: She wears goggles on her head, apparently for no real reason other than that she thinks they look cool.
- Green-Eyed Monster: She's bitterly jealous of Aisha, and is utterly smitten with David.
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Both of her parents are the wizarding equivalent of scientists in the Ministry of Magic, resulting in her own level of intelligence and never-ending desire to learn more about the world. They would return home with anything from glowing horns growing out of their heads to extra limbs, perhaps desensitizing her to the fear that should come with wanting to jump headfirst into the World of Darkness.
- Occult Detective: In a game filled with actual Occult Detectives from Call of Cthulhu, she still stands out as an amateur example of this, when it comes to vampires.
- Oh, Crap!: Turned sheet white upon hearing that Rose knew about her meeting with David and Aisha.
- Poor Communication Kills: Her first vampire-seeking misadventure had her meeting Rose and Nikolaus. Rose said that if Jillian truly wanted to know more about them, she had to show that she was willing to earn it, and not expect her to just hand her information on a silver platter. Cue Jillian going out looking for more vampires, only this time, she had to be rescued by David from a couple of hungry neonates.
- Seeker Archetype: She's aware that there's still a lot the Wizarding World doesn't know about vampires, and she's made it her mission to find out as much as she can about them. Whether or not that's wise for a wizarding student, on the other hand, is a matter for debate, but so far she's been lucky enough to find the ones who either have a vested interest in staying on the good side of the Ministry of Magic, or just Would Not Hurt A Child.
Rose BelmontThe Tremere Regent of London, as well as the Tremere Primogen of London. Originally a quarter-veela witch from France, she is the first Tremere to set up a Chantry in the Wizarding World post-treaty, and as such has taken it upon herself to serve as an unofficial ambassador of sorts to the Ministry of Magic.
Tropes pertaining to Rose (Character):
- Ambadassador: An unofficial position within the Camarilla, but she does serve this role for the Tremere Pyramid to the Ministry of Magic, and she's the Regent for a reason.
- Ambition Is Evil: She makes no attempt to hide the fact that she covets the position of Prince of London. And she plans on inserting herself into Minsitry politics in order to cement this position.
- And I Must Scream: Her five-dot ability of her main Thaumaturgy path can cause this.
- Badass Bookworm: She literally traveled all over the world just to find books on rare, obscure forms of magic. Many of those same books are now in her bookstore.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She's polite, beautiful, and perfectly willing to cooperate with the Ministry and abide by their laws in their territory. Make no mistake, though, she's a Tremere through and through.
- Blessed with Suck: While she doesn't regret becoming a vampire per se, she does regret losing her magic. She came from a particularly powerful pureblood French wizarding family, and had the potential to become an extremely powerful witch. As such, one of her primary goals is to either find a way to regain her lost magic, or failing that, replicate it with Thaumaturgy.
- Casting Gag: She's portrayed by Lily-Rose Depp. Gellert Grindelwald, who is played by Johnny Depp in the movies, does have a role in her backstory, albeit an indirect one.
- The Chessmaster: Having been a witch before her embrace, she's well-aware of how the Wizarding World works, and knew Hermione Granger invested a lot of political capital into reaching out to sentient magical creatures, and thus needed allies in the Kindred community to point to as good examples of this policy working. Navigating the political landscape in the Ministry and using her newfound connections as leverage to benefit the Pyramid, she was officially recognized as Regent of London, and given the authority to operate her own Chantry in Knockturn Alley, which has since doubled as an unofficial embassy for the Tremere specifically and the Camarilla generally. All because she wants to be Prince.
- Combat Stilettos: Perfectly capable of kicking ass in designer heels, thanks to years of training.
- Conveniently an Orphan: She lost her entire mortal family to Grindelwald's War shortly after her embrace.
- Deadpan Snarker: Not as much as Nikolaus, but she can and does engage in Snark-to-Snark Combat with him quite often.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Towards Nikolaus. Most notably, she accepted his offer to dance with her, something she would have refused on principle, and even helped him to lean on her due to his disabled leg, all because of his loyal service to her.
- For Science!: Like any Tremere, she has a very unique definition of 'ethics' when it comes to Thaumaturgical experimentation.
- Friend in the Black Market: If one knows the code phrase and is willing to... undergo certain measures aimed at preventing snitching, one can buy vampire vitae from her, a highly coveted (and illegal) substance in the Wizarding World for potions and consumption. Note, however, that it's not Tremere blood; where and how she gets it is a closely guarded secret by her and Nikolaus, for now.
- Half-Human Hybrid: She was a quarter-Veela before her embrace.
- Honey Trap: She actually hates doing this, seeing it as a lazy shortcut and something her kine sister used to pull, but she's not above pulling this trick if it means she'll get what she wants.
- Magic Mirror:
- She's a practitioner of the extremely rare Thaumaturgy path known as "Power of the Mirror." With it, she's able to alter reflections, project her other Disciplines through reflective surfaces, see through reflective surfaces as if they were scrying pools, and even trap souls within mirrors. The downside is that amplifying her other Disciplines with this Path requires deep, unbroken concentration, and a lot of blood, especially if she's doing it from a long distance.
- One of her rituals also allows her to become intangible by looking at herself through a broken mirror... at the cost of that being a rather inconvenient method of seeing where you're going.
- Never Grew Up: She was embraced shortly after graduating from Beauxbatons. Already being rather short for her age, she's well aware that she's on the petite side, but only sees this as a way to get others to underestimate her, to her advantage.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: While she took no part in the Second Wizarding War, she did offer support to the Ministry of Magic after Grindelwald's Army killed her parents and little sister. Let's just say she lost a few humanity points during that time period.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Subverted. The Tremere Pyramid actually approved of her actions with the Ministry of Magic and gave her their blessing to set up a Chantry in the Wizarding World, pre-empting the Camarilla from voicing any disapproval they might have otherwise had.
- Seers: Aside from conveniently having five dots of Auspex, she knows several Thaumaturgical rituals to aid her clairvoyant powers. Add in her primary Thaumaturgy path, and she becomes walking Paranoia Fuel.
- Ship Tease: A lot with Nikolaus; first their dance after Maria's nightclub opened, and again after she and Nikolaus were both exposed to Elezandra's Presence and David's Melpominee, back to back, forcing otherwise buried feelings to the surface.
- Sink-or-Swim Mentor: In true Tremere fashion, and to her twin ghouls specifically.
- Telepathy: An ability granted by Auspex that she and Nikolaus heavily abuse to communicate privately with one another, without fear of being overheard.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Her cold demeanor, prodigal knowledge of magic and magical history, and tendency to dissect everyone she meets with Auspex is usually the first clue to characters who meet her that she's not even close to being as young as she looks.
Nikolaus OberlinA Tremere Magister, and the Whip to the Tremere Primogen of London. Originally a muggle from Strasbourg, he has a permanent limp due to an injury that his embrace didn't fully heal. Extremely loyal to Rose despite the lack of a blood bond, he was, however, assigned to the Knockturn Alley Chantry by the upper echelons of the Pyramid for a very specific reason.
Tropes pertaining to Nikolaus:
- Badass in a Nice Suit: As is typical for modern-day Tremere.
- Berserk Button: Do not call him German. Truth in Television, as people from Alsace are easily confused with Germans due to their accents (and the fact that a lot of them do speak German), and they can get pretty annoyed by this in Real Life. Made worse by the fact that Nikolaus is a World War II veteran.
- Bloody Murder: Has five dots in the Path of Blood. That means he's got Cauldron of Blood, making the mere act of touching him very, very dangerous.
- Bomb-Throwing Anarchists: Not anymore, mind you, but from the German perspective during World War II, he definitely qualifies. He still knows how to put together an IED, though his designs would be considered rather retro by modern standards.
- Continuity Nod: He spent time in the Los Angeles Chantry over the course of the last decade. His backstory explicitly mentions the events of We Eat Blood And All Our Friends Are Dead.
- Converted Fanboy: One of the first pieces of advice he received when he was assigned to the Knockturn Chantry in order not to stick out like a sore thumb was to "check out Quidditch." He now regularly follows the French National Team and the Hogwarts teams.
- Deadpan Snarker: Can come across as somewhere between this and an Insufferable Genius at times. See French Jerk below.
- Deal with the Devil: He knows how to make a Blood Contract. Sign one at your own peril.
- The Dragon: To Rose, being both a Magister directly under her, and being a shoe-in for the position of Whip once there's a proper Camarilla presence in London. She even promised him the position of Sherriff should she become Prince.
- Dragon with an Agenda: There's a reason he was assigned to the Knockturn Chantry... and it doesn't just have to do with the fact that the one who assigned him was aware of his feelings for Rose.
- Emergency Transformation: Had he not been embraced following the botched bombing, he would have died, or at least, spent the rest of his life in a wheelchair due to a spinal injury and multiple shrapnel wounds.
- Evil Redhead: His hair has a noticeable red tint, but he's not a ginger.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: He requires glasses to read.
- French Jerk: Well-known in the Tremere for his Deadpan Snarker tendencies.
- Handicapped Badass: Having a bum leg has in no way stopped him from doing his job in the past. Indeed, his secondary Path was chosen specifically to overcome this, and he was trained in the use of firearms pre-embrace.
- La Résistance: Worked as a bomb-maker in the French Resistance during World War II, where his IEDs were used to destroy bridges and cripple German supply chains. They're also the ones who taught him how to use a gun.
- Like a Fish Takes to Water: While he's still fascinated by a lot of what he's seen in the Wizarding World - not even the Chantries completely prepared him for that - his and Rose's political maneuverings and sheer opportunism have granted him a pretty nice position in the Pyramid. And then, there's his other job...
- Poirot Speak: He's not as fluent in English as Rose is. He speaks with a noticeable accent, and occasionally throws French slang terms or terms of politesse into his sentences when he can't find the English equivalent.
- Sherlock Scan: He already had a natural talent at reading body language before he gained access to Auspex.
- Ship Tease: He's never made a secret of his strong feelings for Rose, but only recently has there been any hint to the possibility that they might be mutual, to some degree.
- Single-Target Sexuality: He has eyes only for Rose. His mentors in the Geneva Chantry actually wondered if he'd been blood bound to her because of his obsession with her, but the results came back inconclusive. They ultimately decided to leave it alone, so long as it didn't interfere with his work.
- Telepathy: An ability granted by Auspex that he and Rose heavily abuse in order to communicate privately, without fear of being overheard.
- Teleportation: His secondary path is the Path of Mercury. He learned this specifically to compensate for his bum leg, and because it's a particularly deadly combination with a maxed-out Path of Blood.
- Undying Loyalty: To Rose. She was the last thing he saw and heard before he passed out and nearly died following the botched bombing of a bridge, with her words motivating him to climb the ranks of the Pyramid to the position he has today. He genuinely believes that Rose is his sire (she's not), and everything he is now, he owes to her. Of course, she's not his only superior...
'Last Rites' in GeneralThe dominant Sabbat Pack in London, which later spawned Procession, it's sister pack in New York City. Headed by Cardinal Maria Del Belmonte, it's not your grandsire's Sabbat Pack, in that it's well-aware of the need for diplomacy in a world where dealing with wizards just isn't suited for the usual Sabbat way of doing things.
Tropes pertaining to Last Rites in general:
- Pragmatic Villainy: Knowing they can't risk a war with the Ministry of Magic, they've taken to more subtle ways of operating, the most obvious example being Maria posing as 'Mary Kestrel,' a beloved teacher at Hogwarts and a personal friend of Headmistress McGonagall, and their truce with the Camarilla.
Maria Del Belmonte (a.k.a. Mary Kestrel)A Lasombra member of the 'Last Rites' Pack, and the Professor of Muggle Studies at Hogwarts. The right hand of the Sabbat Bishop of London, she has entrenched herself in Wizarding London for years, even earning the love of Hogwarts' students and the respect of Headmistress McGonagall. Little do they know...
Tropes pertaining to Maria:
- Arch-Enemy: To Rose Belmont, but there's a mutual respect there as well that allows the truce to continue... for now.
- The Baroness: Of the Sexpot variety. She's beautiful, she knows it, she's not above using it, and she can be extraordinarily cruel and sadistic the minute she's able to let her façade drop. Just ask poor Aisha.
- Casting a Shadow: Obtenebration, the signature Discpline of Clan Lasombra. She makes liberal use of it, creating Creepy Cute animals made out of shadows, much to the fascination of Hogwarts' students.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Dark hair, pale skin, and a Lasombra. Hits all the marks.
- If You're So Evil, Eat This Kitten: She openly encouraged David to diablerize Rene, despite warning him that doing so would make him a criminal of the worst sort in the eyes of the Camarilla. Of course, knowing her, that was probably the point.
- Pragmatic Villainy: In true Lasombra fashion, she's the brains of the otherwise Always Chaotic Evil Sabbat. Knowing they have a lot to lose, the Sabbat has taken a much more cloak-and-dagger approach than is typical for the Sabbat, to the point where they actively enforce the Masquerade for their own sake, as well as signing a truce with the Camarilla.
- Stuffed into the Fridge: Left a mutilated corpse on a table, just for a laugh. Then Thulile found it... talk about Kick the Dog! And all because Thulile has a thing for Maria's packmate, Erskine.
- Tattooed Crook: She has a tattoo of the Sabbat Ankh right on the center of her back, parallel to her spine.
- This Is Unforgivable!: Rene kidnapping and brainwashing David had her and the rest of Last Rites out for blood.
- Vain Sorceress: Thanks to Lasomba's clan curse, she gets real frustrated about her personal appearance, which is why she asked Erskine, the resident Tzimisce in Last Rites, to give her a flawless appearance. He happily obliged.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Apparently, the Wizarding World hasn't done their homework on the Sabbat; she's a beloved teacher at Hogwarts and a personal friend to Headmistress McGonagall. Only Aisha knows the truth about her, and thanks to her relationship with David, she's in too deep to say anything about it.
- We Wait: How she's currently dealing with the Tremere. With Rose's political maneuvering earning her the right to have her Chantry in Knockturn Alley, she knows any sort of overt attack will be interpreted an attack on Wizarding territory by the Ministry of Magic, jeopardizing her own position with them and bringing down hell on the Sabbat's heads, leading to their truce.
Garou and Other Werecreatures
Katalina Mc LainMasterful information broker and skilled seductress. Lover of vampires and surgical collector of.. something. Keep your distance if you don't like spiders. This woman ticks all the boxes in the arachnophbia handbook and then some!
Tropers pertaining to Katalina:
- Admiring the Abomination: From delighting in Erskine's self-improvements to happily cuddling against the cold unmoving body of her vampire lover during the day, Katalina is not shy about her appreciation for things that would make others run for the hills. Of course it could be argued that she herself is more abominable than any of them.
- All Webbed Up: Lets face it.. it is only a matter of time.
- Giant Spider: While not yet seen, Katalina has the ability to transform into a spider the size of your average car. When you can make Aragog seem small, you certainly qualify for this trope!
- Interspecies Romance: A Kindred and a Fera, who would believe it? Nevermind the fact that Katalina was born a spider and was never truly human at all. Katalina also counts various humans, wizards and mundane spiders among her lovers so there is really no limit to her acceptance when it comes to finding someone.
- Knowledge Broker: Between her day job and her various abilities, Katalina can find out things about almost everyone. One of her most potent abilities allows her to touch an object and learn its past, making it all the harder to keep her from finding things out.
- Lampshade Hanging: Her regular referances to the strands that connect all things allows her to highlight implausible elements of the plot to allow things to continue without issue. Most notably how perfect her lover is for her, almost like he was created that way..
- Spiders Are Scary: One of the truest elements behind Katalina's existance and one she plays upon often, whether she is testing servants to see if they keep their cool or shifting into a mass of spiders partway through her lovers embrace. It is recommended that arachnophobic readers keep away from her threads.
- Spider Swarm: Katalina can break apart into thousands of spiders at will for all sorts of reasons. To make it worse she can remain herself while certain body parts of her break down like that.
Witches and Wizards
David AlexanderThe lead singer of Procession, a rock band in modern nights, as well as a Son of Discord. He initially joined the Sabbat over what amounts to a political disagreement with the Camarilla, but after meeting Aisha, has begun to waver in his loyalty.
Tropers pertaining to David:
- Brainwashed and Crazy: As a result of his sire using Melpominee to Mind Rape him into being his servant again. He gets better.
- Brown Note: Melpominee, the signature discipline of the Daughters of Cacophony and Sons of Discord. He can manipulate emotions with his voice, among other things.
- Distressed Dude: Once Rene got his hands on him. Overlaps with More Than Mind Control, due to Rene's use of Melpominee.
- Emergency Transformation: Rene claims he had no idea what his crew was doing to David before he embraced him, and embraced him out of pity and a desire to save him, rather than let him succumb to his wounds.
- Evil Costume Switch: Switches to a 'modern' pirate outfit after Rene brainwashed him.
- Expy: A French celebrity portrayed by Stuart Townsend who doesn't think twice about entering into a relationship with a mortal, consequences be damned? He's basically Lestat de Lioncourt adapted into Vampire The Masquerade.
- Eternal Love: Embraced Aisha, in the hopes that they will never be separated again. Not even by death.
- Freudian Excuse: His embrace was extremely brutal, having been tortured for days, and slowly drained of blood, instead of it being done all at once as is typical of the embracing process. And as if that wasn't bad enough, his sire then intentionally induced frenzy in David, and let him go to town on a village full of innocent people, just to break him even further when he'd eventually realized what he'd done.
- HeelFace Door-Slam: After making a lot of progress toward establishing good relations with Rose and Nikolaus, he gave into temptation from Mary to diablerize Rene, which is the ultimate crime under Camarilla law.
- Hypocrite: Accusing Rose of carelessly putting Jillian's life in danger (which wasn't even true) by dragging her into kindred affairs, when he more or less did the exact same thing with Aisha.
- I Hate You, Vampire Dad: He wants to be free of the influence of his sire, Rene Roux-Dubois. Rene threatening Aisha ruined any chance of cordiality between the two.
- I Love You, Vampire Son: Married Aisha, and then embraced her.
- Love Redeems: ... sort of. While he's always going to be a blood-sucking monster, Aisha is convincing him that joining the Sabbat maybe wasn't such a great idea.
- Red Baron: The "Black Corsair."
- Sole Survivor: Of an attack by pirates in the eighteenth century. It was this incident that led to his embrace.
- Talk Like a Pirate: While brainwashed by Rene, complete with Funetik Aksent. You could almost hear him asking, "Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?"
- Would Not Hurt A Child: He flew into a rage when he thought Rose convinced Jillian to go out looking for vampires with no regard to her personal safety. He later admitted he jumped to conclusions, but is no less protective of Jillian.
- Your Soul is Mine!: Diablerized Rene, his sire.
Aisha Alexander (formerly Aisha Ria)Transfiguration expert, Animagus and ill-fated lover? Aisha is a former Hogwarts professor who has transferrred to Ilvermorny. How long that will last will depend on how things go with her vampire lover, now husband. She was later embraced by David, becoming a Daughter of Cacophony.
Tropes pertaining to Aisha:
- Admiring the Abomination: Aside from the obvious, when Exo reveals his Third Eye to her, she's fascinated. Justified because Aisha is a Hindu, and in Hinduism, having a Third Eye is associated with Shiva.
- Animorphism: As one of the more prominant Animagus characters, Aisha's falcon form was well known.
- Badass Teacher: Few teachers are as protective of their students as Aisha. Threaten them at your own risk!
- Brown Note: As a Daughter of Cacophony, she has access to Melpominee.
- Crisis of Faith: Losing David caused her to suffer one of these. Were the gods testing her? Was she fated to lose David because she eloped with him without performing the proper Hindu rites? Or had they abandoned her altogether... if they even existed at all?
- Eternal Love: David embraced her after he was rescued from Rene, in hopes that they will never be apart again.
- I Will Find You: A much Darker and Edgier example than usual. When Rene gets his claws back into David, she decides she will do anything to get him back. Unfortunately, we do mean anything.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Going to Last Rites instead of the Tremere to help David after Rene abducted him. While David asked her to go to the Tremere, Aisha knew Rose wouldn't have done it for free, and her and David's loyalty would immediately be called into question once they were in the Tremere's debt. Going to the Sabbat had the Sabbat honor-bound to help David, but also ensured they wouldn't be completely free of them any time soon, and had Aisha blood-bound to both Exo and Maria for good measure.
- Interspecies Romance: As much as a relationship between kine and Kindred can be considered one.
- Love Makes You Crazy: Blood bonds can make any lover act a little off. Aisha has had more than her fair share of crazed outbursts, from threatening dangerous vampires to collapsing in tears in front of students. On top of that she is moving to the USA and eloped. Only time will tell how far it goes.
- Memento MacGuffin: She gave feathers from her falcon form to every one of her closest friends before her embrace.
- Morality Pet: To David. Her being in harm's way is even causing his loyalty to the Sabbat to waver.
- Nerves of Steel: Gotta hand it to her, pulling out her wand and threatening the Sabbat Bishop to his face takes a lot of guts.
- Our Love Is Different: Not only is she Blood Bonded but her husbands voice has the power to affect emotions. Even so the two are convinced their love goes far beyond that.
- The Oldest Profession: Aisha's past is kept under wraps, especially around the school. She does still own the business though, even if she is no longer intimately involved in its doings.
- Unholy Matrimony: She married David, to whom she is blood bound.
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: She was fully prepared to "see how many times a vampire can be transfigured" after Exo tortured David. Keep in mind, this was before she was fully blood bound to him.
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Garou and Other Werecreatures
Eerika HarmaajärviLifer in Azkaban. Formerly a well known theatre star, imprisoned for murder, fraud & perjury. Having murdered a theatre manager and two actresses, while framing another theatre manager who was imprisoned for five months until the truth was revealed.
Tropes pertaining to Eerika:
- Humanshifting: As a Metamorphmagus, Eerika can change her appearance to that of anyone. As yet she has not shown signs of adopting animal traits.
- Master Actor: As a graduate of the W.A.D.A. (Wizarding Academy of Dramatic Arts) and a woman with many years experience on stage in various roles, Eerika is a talented actress. Prior to her arrest she used this talent to successfully frame someone else for her crime.
- Non-Action Big Bad: While other Player Character inmates are skilled in hand-to-hand combat, martial arts, have the ability to shift into powerful combative animal forms or lift weight regularly, Eerika has little to no ability in combat.
- Vain Sorceress: Eerika constantly uses her metamorph abilities to look beautiful and has been doing so from a young age. Nobody has seen her actual appearance.
- White-Dwarf Starlet: The motive behind Eerika's crimes. New actresses rising to fame, her becoming old news and the final insult at being asked to disguise herself as a fellow actress to cover up an injury.
Harry PotterDoes he need an introduction? The current head of the Aurors, revered as a Living Legend amongst Wizarding England, Europe, and to a lesser extent, the Wizarding United States for his instrumental role in defeating Voldemort not once, but twice.
Tropes pertaining to Harry:
- Authority Equals Asskicking: He's only gotten stronger as a wizard since the books.
- By-the-Book Cop: As an Auror.
- Living Legend: Famed as the wizard who defeated Voldemort. Twice. Even sentient magical creatures who followed the events of the Second Wizarding War acknowledge his power and hold him in grudging respect.
- Oh, Crap!: His reaction to seeing Obtenebration in action and having no idea what he was looking at. Justified, as the mere sight of Obtenebration is extremely unsettling to kine, and vampires with low courage.
- Only Sane Man: After seeing Maria Del Belmonte in action, he seems to be one of the few Ministry officials to know that they've got a lot to learn about vampires. That said, he's still in full support of Hermione's policies in reaching out to all sentient magical creatures, including vampires.
- You Owe Me: He's in debt to Maria. She has yet to cash it in.
Hermione GrangerThe current frontrunner for Minister of Magic in the 2018 Elections, and has turned out to be a very savvy politician even before that. Her actions during the Second Wizarding War have earned her a lot of political capital, which she invested in reaching out to sentient magical creatures, and giving them a place in Wizarding society... a decision that was not without controversy.
Tropes pertaining to Hermione:
- Action Politician: She hasn't lost her edge as a witch since becoming a politician.
- Big Good: By virtue of essentially setting this game's premise into motion.
- Horrible Judge of Character: While her idea of reaching out to vampires hasn't been without its benefits, it's painfully obvious that the Ministry hasn't done its homework, exemplified by a member of the Sabbat being a teacher at Hogwarts.
- The Masquerade: Her reasoning for the treaty between the Ministry of Magic and the vampires (mainly the Camarilla) was that the Masquerade and the International Statute of Secrecy were functionally identical, and it would be in everyone's best interests to cooperate. While she's not entirely wrong, kindred society was, uh... a little bit more complicated than she gave them credit for.
Quentin DuvallThe head of the Ministry of Magic's Vampire Liaison Office, a branch of the Ministry formed at the insistence of Hermione Granger as a part of her program to reach out to sentient magical creatures, including vampires. He doesn't like his new job.
Tropes pertaining to Duvall:
- Badass Long Robe: The actor portraying him is wearing one of these, which looks like a mix between a wizard robe and 1800's business attire.
- Deconstructed Trope: He represents the downside of the Ministry not knowing much about the way Kindred society works, demonstrating an ignorance about the difference between the Sabbat and the Camarilla, not knowing how the Tradition of Domain works, and not realizing that the Ministry's way of upholding the Masquerade might be preferable to the Camarilla's. While that's hardly his fault, it does present a problem to Rose, who has to perform a balancing act between saying too much and too little when she wants something from the Ministry.
- No OSHA Compliance: His job is to serve as a liaison to immortal, blood-sucking monsters with powers ranging from mind control to Blood Magic. While it's implied that he's not completely alone with them in his office (and the Ministry wouldn't be stupid enough to leave him defenseless anyway), he is lucky that he's dealing primarily with the the Tremere, who currently have a vested interest in staying on the Ministry's good side.
- Obstructive Bureaucrat: To the Tremere, being the main liaison between them and the rest of the Ministry. A rare example of this probably being a good thing, considering who he's mostly dealing with.
- Passed-Over Promotion: Heavily implies that this was the case. A loyal, highly-qualified Ministry official expecting his big break... only for the Ministry to create an entirely new office with few colleagues and the nightshift being the only option, with him being made the head. And good God is he bitter about it.
- Perpetual Frowner: He was snubbed for a better job, and he knows it. Instead, he gets to work the night shift five(?) nights a week with very few assistants, where he deals with Kindred that his bosses want on their side for the sake of appearing welcoming and tolerant, and of course, it's his job to deal with all of the paperwork that comes with it. Here's hoping that he doesn't have a wife and kids...
- You Are a Credit to Your Race: Says this nearly word for word to Rose, once he realizes just how much he's underestimated her, and once he's assured that this could be the start of a 'new beginning' for wizards and vampires. Still doesn't like his job, though.
TremereThe currently-torpid founder of Clan Tremere, and by extension, the de jure leader of the Clan. Formerly a wizard active in the twelfth century, now one of the most controversial figures in kindred society.
Tropes pertaining to Tremere:
- Adaptational Expansion: Due to the fact that the Order of Hermes doesn't exist in this universe, his backstory, and by extension, the backstory of Clan Tremere was changed.
- The Archmage: He and his disciples created Thaumaturgy, by far the most prominent form of Blood Magic among vampires. He created this precisely because he found his loss of magic following his transformation into a vampire unacceptable.
- Legend Fades to Myth: His name exists in wizarding society only as an obscure reference to a powerful wizard in the twelfth century found in equally-obscure books on wizarding history. He was known in those books for ethically-questionable magical experiments. Nobody in wizarding society knows what ultimately happened to him and his followers, and so far, nobody has made the connection between him and the vampire clan that exists in the present. There's a reason for this.
- Orcus on His Throne: Currently in torpor, which he's been in and out of for the better part of the last several centuries.
- Was Once a Man: He and the other founding members of Clan Tremere were all witches and wizards, a fact now lost to wizarding history, as well as a fact most other kindred either don't know, or simply don't care about.
Elezandra MasarykovaAn extraordinarily powerful and beautiful Toreador aligned with the Inconnu, and the Keeper of Elysium of the aptly-named Castle Vampyre. Adamantly refusing to take sides between the Sabbat and the Camarilla, she is the reason nobody violates the rules of Elysium in the castle.
Tropes pertaining to Elezandra:
- All-Powerful Bystander: She is extremely committed to her role as Keeper of Elysium and refuses to take sides between the Camarilla and the Sabbat. Characters have speculated that she's at most Fifth Generation, and if she were to break her neutrality, she could very well control all of Western Europe in less than a year.
- Brown Note: She's a Toreador, not a Daughter of Cacophony, but she was able to imitate Melpominee by combining Presence with her natural talent for singing.
- Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu?: She's pretty friendly by kindred standards, but her sheer level of power can give other kindred this feeling after spending an evening with her.
- The Dreaded: As one player aptly put it, "A Baali could walk into the room and threaten to diablerize all of us to our faces, and none of us would have the balls to lay a finger on him. And even if the Baali tried, Elezandra's fist would be rammed through his heart before he could extend his fangs, anyway."
Rene Roux-DuboisA Son of Discord, and the sire of David Alexander. Having been torpid for a very long time, he reawakens, and decides he wants to put his old crew back together... by any means necessary.
Tropes pertaining to Rene:
- An Arm and a Leg: He lost his left hand to David. Rene himself says he should have killed David on the spot for that, but he was the first person in ages to wound him in combat, much less amputate a limb.
- Arc Villain: Of David and Aisha's personal storyline.
- Beard of Evil: The actor portraying him rocks a goatie.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: He wanted to spend the rest of eternity with David back at his side. David diablerizing him probably wasn't what he had in mind.
- Bullying a Dragon: Abducting David, despite knowing full well he was with the Sabbat and that they could easily see this actions as an act of war. Sure enough, they did.
- Cane Sword: His cane hides the same rapier he used centuries ago. And it's still in top condition, as he demonstrates on one of his hapless mooks.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Let's just say the events leading up to David's embrace were very, very unpleasant. Rene denies responsibility for it, however, claiming his crew was torturing David without his permission or even his knowledge, but whether or not he's telling the truth is anyone's guess.
- Crazy-Prepared: Somehow, he anticipated that a locator spell could be employed to find David, and took counter-measures well in advance.
- Deader Than Dead: Diablerized by David.
- Disc-One Final Boss: Perhaps the first major antagonist of the game, post-reboot.
- Even Evil Has Standards: He did not approve of David's decision to join the Sabbat, seeing them as savages.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: Averted. While he may have went into torpor almost two centuries ago, and while the world is a very, very different place now than it was in the early nineteenth century, he has adapted to it remarkably quickly.
- Handicapped Badass: He's missing his left hand. It used to be a Hook Hand, but now it's a prosthetic.
- Karmic Death: He was determined to get David back by his side, and went to the lengths of Body Horror and intentionally driving his wife away from him to do it. David ended up diablerizing him for it.
- Kick the Dog: Brutally slicing up one of his own crew just for voicing an objection to David becoming Rene's first mate.
- Laser-Guided Karma: After threatening Aisha's life, it was Aisha herself to went to Last Rites for help, leading to Rene's complete undoing in the form of being diablerized.
- Mind Rape: To David, by use of Melpominee, in an effort to brainwash him into rejoining him at his side.
- Pirate: His heydey was during the Golden Age of Piracy, and he wants nothing more than to relive his Glory Days, with David at his side once more.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: Until he awoke from Torpor. What, exactly, woke him up isn't quite known yet, or if he just woke up all on his own.
- Talk Like a Pirate: Really goes full Blackbeard once David is at his side.
- This Is Your Brain on Evil: Rather viscerally showed David what happens when the Beast takes over... at the expense of a village full of innocent people.
- Too Dumb to Live: It was bad enough to abduct David, an international celebrity, in the age of mass media. Abducting him while knowing he was in league with the Sabbat, and allowing his wife, a witch, to go free was only going to end one way, no matter who she went to for help.
"Max"A mysterious dark wizard who targets the homeless, harvesting their blood and their hearts for currently unknown purposes. He seems to have at least rudimentary knowledge of Thaumaturgy, earning him the special attention of Rose and Nikolaus.
Tropes pertaining to Max:
- Disposable Vagrant: His target of choice are homeless muggles. Unfortunately for him, with classism as a major political wedge issue in the United Kingdom in modern nights, a gruesome, ritualistic murder of a homeless person isn't going to go unnoticed anymore.
- The Dreaded: Whoever he is, he apparently scares shopkeepers in Knockturn Alley enough to start sweating at the mere mention of his name.
- Evil Sorcerer: In a game with no shortage of these, he stands out as a cut above the rest by sheer virtue of being a cold-blooded killer.
- He Knows Too Much: Rose's use of Eyes of the Past and Nikolaus' use of The Spirit's Touch revealed that he was attempting to perform a Thaumaturgic ritual, albeit one that was apparently unsuccessful. It was close enough, however, to beg the question of where he learned it, prompting Rose and Nikolaus to want to hunt him down.
- Malevolent Masked Man: Every single image of him that Rose and Nikolaus were able to conjure of him had him hiding his face behind a mask. All they have to go on in terms of identity is hair color, Creepy Blue Eyes, and a first name.
- Morton's Fork: Rose and Nikolaus went to the crime scene expecting, at worst, to find some idiot neonate responsible, and to have to perform a routine Masquerade enforcement. Instead, they found out it was a kine wizard (unsuccessfully) attempting to perform Thaumaturgy. According to the treaty with the Ministry, they should just pass the buck to the Aurors, since a wizard murdered a muggle in cold blood and put the International Statute of Secrecy at risk by earning media attention. Problem is, that runs the risk of the Aurors finding out about Thaumaturgy. Rose and Nikolaus instead decided they'd better find him before the Aurors do.
- Tom the Dark Lord: His name is 'Max' for crying out loud. Lampshaded by both Nikolaus and Rose, who quipped that 'Max' is the name of the guy who does their dry cleaning.