The Live of the Bound (Spring 2007)
Helen Rogerson; February - April, 2007
Helen Rogerson; February 18, 2007
HIGH SOCIETY x2
Helen's going to try and find someone appropriate to ghoul to make her life easier. The main point of the ghoul is to assist Helen is managing the High Society circuit, allowing Helen to appear less in public. Helen will not use someone who is already heavily known in the circuit. She will instead try to find someone who wants to be in the circuit and groom them into what she wants, if need be. She will not choose anyone who simply wants to attend all the latest parties, but someone who *knows* what they are doing. Ghoul will be female.
You find the world-wearied and smartly sarcastic Rachel Clemens, who is a professional journalist, critic, and amateur epigramist who gets invited to horrid parties and is told to write upon them. She does her job very well but has begun to hate the insipid and lazy unemployed upper crust with whom she must surround herself. She has more dirt on anyone than you could possibly imagine. She's also a conservative and heavily closeted lesbian, if rumors are true, who reads too much Plath and drinks too much vodka (although she's not by any means a problem alcoholic yet)
The ball's in your court.
Helen Rogerson; February 21, 2007
Helen finds Rachel to her liking and decides to make Rachel her assistant. Helen will arrange for them to meet in private at a fancy restaurant, explain that she is an ideal person to fill the job because she isn't blinded by all the glitz that surrounds the rich. Helen will tell her that she needs someone to keep a tab on high society's pulse, so to speak, to figure out which people are useful and which aren't. Helen will make it clear that Rachel will be attending more than "horrid parties" and will have the chance to deal with a more important crowd of people, than just the unemployed spoiled brats that she's used to. At the meeting, Helen will use entrancement to convince Rachel to accept the job, and then eventually ghoul her.
Rachel is very taken with your frankness over her situation and your understanding for her plight. She is also taken by how incredibly wonderful and appealing to her forbidden sexuality you seem under the effects of Entrancement and seems decidedly awkward as you continue to talk about the job offer.
She accepts though.
Helen Rogerson; March 18, 2007
Helen's going to ask Brian Vale to look into getting an assistant for himself. She's also going to have him install security cameras to keep track of what is happening outside the gates so that they won't be taken surprise by stalking kindred again.
Then she'll give him a pat on the shoulder as she leaves his office with a sweet smile.
Brian Vale assumes you'll be footing the bill for whomever he hires on to help him micro-manage the complex security structures of your secret evil vampire headquarters. He starts discreetly going through potential applicants, and indicates affectionately that whomever is selected should probably have their loyalty ensured... by the blood of somebody who is not you... because... um... that would be weird. He seems to gets very uncomfortable at the prospect of you having other ghouls. On the topic of ghouls, actually, he asks if you know what happened to Wes Jackson, as he hasn't seen him in ages and realizes he might be a bit of a security risk if he winds up with the wrong people. He blushes slightly when you pat him on the back, and the next time you come by his office you notice that the picture of William Lansing he has always kept on his desk for the past year is no longer there.
Within a week an a half he introduces you to a young man named Elijah White, whom he indicates has proved the best candidate out of those interviewed. Elijah is a shy boyish man in his late twenties who's been doing work as a legal clerk and knows his way around bureaucratic loopholes. Vale recommends him as he's as capable of watching a camera as anyone else and might be handy if the building itself comes into legal trouble. He also installs a wider range of high quality discreet cameras to prevent further troubling incidents from occurring (which shouldn't have actually occurred in the first place given the layout/location of Elysium). The new cameras run you $5,000.
Helen Rogerson; March 21, 2007
She's going to also ask Vale what he knows about Wes Jackson because she agrees that he could become a problem with the information that he knows. She'll mention that if Wes happened to leave or keep something in the building, it would be useful in tracking him down.
Vale says that while he worked with Jackson for a few months, he was a very quiet man, and that he doesn't know much about him personally.
"He always seemed more interested in what was going on with me, oddly enough. I never really got to know him as much as he got to know me. He was a good listener. I'll say that much."
"The only time we really got close was back in January... when [his voice gets low] When things happened with her. West was out of town and Emmanuel was in charge, and we just had to watch these men die and... and yeah."
"I s'pose we had a bit of a moment then. He offered to get me drunk the fourth night in. I took him up on it, and we both sort of bonded over the messed up world you all put us though. [He blushes as he looks at you.] Not that I'd give it up. Not for the world."
"I don't know where he lives, but I know he'll be damn broken up over West if he figures things out. He's smart. He knows the writing on the wall."
"He gave me his number but hasn't been answering calls. Oh yeah, I suppose you guy want... um.. sympathetic links and such? I have his lighter. Forgot to give it back. Don't know if that will help though."
Helen Rogerson; March 27, 2007
Helen's going to send Rachel out to find Helen a new place for a haven. She'll tell Rachel that she wants somewhere that she can pay for immediately and not have to pay rent on, and preferably in Brooklyn, where she can get to and from Manhattan easily as well as the Elysium. Helen will draw varying amounts of money from her different bank accounts to pay for the place in cash.
Rachel does some internet research and poking around and finds you a nice four story townhouse* in the Brooklyn Heights area. The current tenants can be cleared out quickly, and the asking price is $800,000. It's a short but safe distance from the Brooklyn Navy yards and overlooks the water.
Her suggestion is that you and her take the upstairs apartment (with the Jacuzzi), and Vale can take one of the other two levels (provided she knows about Vale**). She does her best to do the asking, calling, and negotiating about the property as if she's the person interested in it, so that no connection is ever made to you or your identities.
* My real estate research skills are not up to [PLAYER NAME]'s. Don't get upset if this townhouse is crap in reality. It's cool in game.
**Should Rachel know about Brian, she is probably not as emotionally competitive as Brian is regarding other ghouls, as in her mind, you are most definitely -like her- a closeted lesbian, and Vale is deluding himself if he thinks otherwise. He's obviously just there to keep up appearances.
Helen Rogerson; March 28, 2007
Helen will thank Rachel profusely then tell Rachel that she can have the second-floor apartment for helping her. She'll explain that that way, they're close enough to each other, when Helen needs her, but it prevents rumors.
Helen will also offer Vale the use of the studio apartment, and ask if he would set up security for the building for her.
Rachel did not know about Vale, and vice versa, so Helen will tell each about the other before they meet. She will also tell them that she will not accept any sort of petty one-upsmanship between the two, and that each one helps her in different ways that does not.
Rachel nods coyly at mention of "preventing rumors" and gives you a wink. She's understanding when you mention Vale (due to the whole closeted lesbian thing).
Vale, in the meantime, far more weary for the world, understands the way of ghouls and nods grimly when he finds out you have company. He doesn't mind too much, though, it's not like it would be with Elijah... he's another man, after all, and you obviously don't lean that way. He gladly agrees to set up a state of the art security system for you.
Helen Rogerson; April 11, 2007
Helen feels as though both Rachel and Brian deserve something to help make them happy, but she realizes that they would be at each others' throats if she showed any favoritism, so she's going to explain very gently to them, separately from each other, that even though she shows attention to one, it doesn't mean that she feels any less for the other. After all, they know how Helen really feels.
For Rachel, Helen's going to spend the evening with her. Helen will first talk to Rachel, find out what she likes and dislikes, generally serving as a sympathetic ear for her, and tell her just how pleased Helen is that Rachel was able to find Helen her new haven. The same pretty much goes for Brian. Compliments on his recent work for her, and learning about him. She knows that both of them want more, so she'll accept certain attentions up to a point, but then she'll use forgetful mind to make them think that more went on, if need be.
Helen will try to arrange these meetings so that they occur when the opposite is out of the building, and encourage them to keep things quiet, because "it would be cruel to [ghoul's name] if they knew."
You take both Rachel and Brian out on their respective pseudo-romantic dates. Rachel talks a great deal about various celebrities she hates in the NYC area. She comments that she's sick of trailing the EJR drama - silly faggots. She also talks about her taste in wines. You get the impression NEVER to offer her any New Zealand Riesling. She bitches slightly about Robert Parker with regards to the wine conversation and proceeds to get mildly drunk as you oblige her with more drink throughout the meal. Your vampiric condition actually allows you to keep up with her, and you realize that you can't tell the difference between most of the alcoholic beverages you're sampling.
Once she's fairly thoroughly sloshed she starts going into her bizarre youthful fixation on Sylvia Plath and how horrible it must be to commit suicide. She gets a bit quiet and wistful as she realizes how much she's had to drink.
You take her home and she thanks you profusely for the meal, and tries dumbly to kiss you (she manages somehow to miss). You affectionately offer to take her back to her room where to Dominate her into remember a much more affectionate parting. It's not a perfect memory (as I can't imagine Helen has had a great deal of hot drunken lesbian sex to use as reference for memory implantation) but you're fairly confidant that Rachel's intoxication will fill in the blank spots rather nicely.
Brian, much more weary for the world, is a far easier date. He actually want to talk to you about vampiric business and rambles on about how he misses William - but sort of knows better now than to expect to see him again, and how you're ever so much nicer than the last two regimes. He talks about how strange it is watching the entire soap opera that seems to get run between you and your kind every night. He mentions how he sees just about everything... although he's not certain what most of it means. He talks about how he never knew what to make of West and how he always seemed upset when he was alone, as if something was gnawing at him. He talks about how Haldor scares the crap out of him, and how he's always felt sorry for Petrov although he's never gotten a chance to speak to him (not that he really wants to), and how Evans and Greer, in spite of being thoroughly horrible people, used to fight and joke like an old married couple, and it seems strange that they could act so human. He also nervously asks what's to become of Wes Jackson. He sort of smiles when you tell him about sparing Rachel's feelings - as if he knows precisely where his place is in the whole matter. He eats a lot less than Rachel and even offers to pay. He doesn't expect things to go any farther than dinner. He kisses your hand when you take him home and bids you good night.
He seems happy, but in a bittersweet way.
Helen Rogerson; April 18, 2007
With the help of everyone's favorite friends, known as "Setite mind sorcery," Dominate, and Entrancement, Helen's going to talk to Wes Jackson about West. The most important things she'll ask him about are the whos and whats of West's influence and what West did with the Gangrel bodies. While getting this information out of him, she will put up with him reminiscing and generally offer the comforting ear, so to speak, because it's not his fault he was in love, and confused, about West.
Wes Jackson thanks you for the drink and explains that things have been very rough since West left. He seems quite lost and without a sense of direction. He's also rather bitter that West left without him and wonders aloud if he ever really gave a damn about him - although it seems rather evident that this is just noise he is making to sound tough while he is seriously bereft.
He asks how Brian's doing and muses about his place in the world. When you bring up the bodies - he mentions that he helped West move some weird looking body bags to a storage unit West owned. He did this back in May when West had just ascended the throne and assumes that they are still there. He finds it a bit weird that he never asked questions. He then gets bitter again as he contemplates why West would leave him alone.
As he reminisces, you find that Wes has a startlingly solid grasp of the fact that his connection to humanity has been waning due to his company with the undead. He tries to be nonchalant about this fact - but you can tell he is distraught. He rambles as he gets progressively more drunk and becomes more openly depressed.
"I moved bodies for him. I covered up murders for him. I watched people die and did nothing - for him. I once was ready to wait in a woman's home and hold her down while he killed her... I watched people... God... I watched them drown in blood."
"I have done everything short of murdering them myself..."
You do your best to comfort him as he laments his sins, and he cries on your shoulder a great deal over the course of the night. You tell him that blood bonds are confusing and that West didn't have time to make a lot of considerations - it happened so quickly, and that your sure he would have thought of him had he known things were ending.
Toward the end of the evening he gets rather sleepy and dumb with liquor and starts reciting the Lord's Prayer obsessively. He starts to tremble. You drag him to a safe place to sleep it off and do your best to Dominate any unwanted memories of the evening (although he doesn't seem to be in a frame of mind to remember much anyway.)