Meet Me At St Louis
Gage Farrington Parker
Crusading Journalist and Novelist
See character image – he looks like the typical newspaper man of the day. Sort of like a thing Orson Welles in the early stage of Citizen Kane, he is likely to walk around in a fedora, white/ cream overcoat and a suit. Possibly wears glasses, and likely to have a permanent cigarette or cheroot dangling from mouth – especially around a deadline.
Personality – some combination of Judge & Architect. He has a need to know the truth and for that truth to be distributed widely & acted upon. He views his journalism as fixing the now and the short-story writing (produced under the pseudonym Ezra Fry) as a means of improving the future.
He is quick witted, slightly cynical and has an innate suspicion of those in Authority, or claimed Authority. He has a natural inclination to assist the under-dog, and will probably assume the worst of a Ventrue or Tremere, until thoroughly proven wrong. He enjoys entering into debate, and looking into new thoughts & ideas.
Political/ Ideology – he doesn’t really have an ideology as such. He has a close to knee-jerk assumption that all major systems will cause corruption. He is therefore just as likely to write about the corruption of the Teamster Union and its link to the mob one week, then the following write about evidence of anti-union/ trust violations between the major breweries and the Republican machine. At a push he probably falls into some form of Libertarian Socialism – a sort of Individual Anarchism.
Vampire Sect – He is highly unlikely to support the Prince and established regime, believing that they are responsible for most of the issues he campaigned against as a human. However he aligns to the Camarilla as it seems to offer the ‘best’ protection to humans generally. He could easily fall into one of three clans, Brujah, Toreador or Nosferatu and is likely to have at least one of these clans as a clan friendship.
If a Nosferatu – he would naturally side with the oppressed & marginalised and views information as a means of levelling the game.
If a Brujah – then I’d be upping the characters crusading zeal more – he is most likely an individualist/ idealist within the clan. He is probably more likely to be involved in a wider range of political activity/ civil liberty work.
If a Toreador – then he has more interest in the arts, his link to the political challenges is likely to be more dilettantish than fundamental.
Either way, whichever clan I opt for, the aspects of his personality above offer him links to the other clans for that reason.
DOB/ DOD – 1898/ 1926
Human Background & Embrace
He was born into a middle class family, in a suburb of Chicago. After moderate success in high-school, including having some juvenile poetry published, he became fascinated by the works of T S Elliot and other modernists in the years immediately before the war.
Before he could apply to a University, he received his call up papers to enlist in 1917. He served honourably in the war, but without seeing significant action. Whilst in the trenches he became convinced by some of the Communist accusations that the war was being prolonged to enrich an elite. Abandoning plans to enter Harvard upon his return from Europe, he was able to obtain a position on the St Louis Post-despatch, he quickly developed an aptitude for yellow journalism and adopted the paper’s stance as his own
“it will always fight for progress and reform, never tolerate injustice or corruption, always fight demagogues of all parties, never belong to any party, always oppose privileged classes and public plunderers, never lack sympathy with the poor, always remain devoted to the public welfare, never be satisfied with merely printing news, always be drastically independent, never be afraid to attack wrong, whether by predatory plutocracy or predatory poverty”
His embrace is probably the result of looking under the wrong rock, or a need to cover up major issues before they hit the papers. Again, it will probably follow based on which clan I select. He is unlikely to have significant issues with his sire, having accepted the embrace.