City Lights at Night
Motley: August Motley
Mental Attributes: Intelligence 3, Wits 3, Resolve 2
Physical Attributes: Strength 3, Dexterity 3, Stamina 1
Social Attributes: Presence 2, Manipulation 3, Composure 3
Mental Skills: Academics 1, Investigation 1+1, Medicine 1, Occult (Tarot) 1, Politics 2
Physical Skills: Brawl (Dirty Tricks) 2, Drive 1, Firearms 2, Larceny (Cards) 2
Social Skills: Empathy (Tells) 1+1, Expression 0+1, Intimidation 1+1, Persuasion 2+1, Socialize 2+1, Streetwise (Hunters) 3+1, Subterfuge (Bluff) 3+1
Merits: Mantle (Spring) 3, Court Goodwill (Winter) 1, (Galt) 1, Token (Hedgespun Regiment) 1, Language (English) 2, Resources 1, Allies (Poker Buddies) 3, (The Family) 3, (The Corporation) 3, (City Hall) 1, Status (Corporate Executive) 1, Mentor (Charlie) 1, New Identity 2, Fame 1, Group Hollow (Size 2, Security 2, Doors 2, Amenities 2), Hollow (Ritual Door 2, Wards 1), Contacts (Help, Vampires, Media) 3, Rigid Mask 2, Fair Prince 3
Contracts: Hearth 3, Fleeting Spring 3, Board 3
Pledges: Motley Pledge, The Favor and Forgiveness Pact, Red’s Family Secret, Masa’s Pledge, Vow of Sovereignty
Frailty: Must honor all agreements made with a handshake.
Seeming Blessing: Spend Glamour to increase Wits, Subterfuge and Stealth rolls on a 1-to-1 basis. Also 9 again on all Stealth rolls.
Seeming Curse: -1 to all Contract rolls during daylight hours, -2 if the sun is visible.
Grandmaster’s Stratagem: By spending a Glamour point, Ondrej can win any purely mental based game he plays (such as chess or checkers). He also gains a bonus three dice to any rolls made to gamble with games that involve a mixture of mental acuity and random chance (poker and sports betting, for instance, but not craps).
[Spoken in heavily accented and occasionally broken English] "You know, its about the little things in life. When I was a dítě I watched the American mob flicks. As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster. So when Czechoslovakia fell apart I packed my bag and goed to Vegas to live my dream. Without much English to speak of I dealt blackjack at Harrah’s for a living; its all hand signals you know. Less chance the accent gets me in trouble. Not exactly what I should have been worried about, eh?
One night after work I met a man, an odd man, not really a man at all I suppose, and his deck of tarot cards. Long story short I spent the better part of a decade dealing solitaire for those buzeranti in Arcadia, until I made my break for it, reaching freedom just months after I left.
But, at least now I’m living my dream. I have the little pleasures in life; my ‘decorative’ Thompson gun on the wall, some original, off the back of the truck, photographs of the depression. Sure, they weren’t cheap, not at all. But what the šoustat is the point of getting the hell out of there if not to find beauty here, where we are awake.
A man who was wiser than he knew said it well, “All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible.” Well, the suns up now, we’re here and we best start acting on those dreams, finding beauty here in the real world, that or we might as well go right on back to sleep. Like I said its the little things, the beautiful things, that really let us be free of that stolen past that we all share, no matter the cost: in money or blood."
“I don’t trust Ondrej, and he doesn’t trust me. The boyo and I understand each other. But what goes down when he gets up to A-Town is more or less up to chance now, is it no? But he’s a gambler. Like I said, we understand each other.” —Patrick Talamh, Herald of the Prometheus that said No
“Man, Ondrej just wants to be free. Shit, we all just want to be free. That’s what the Reverend and J-G and all the rest just don’t get. Always thought it was weird that he likes Batman, though. I feel like Anarky or Daredevil would be more his speed, but whatever.” —Charlie Prince, Pawnshop Proprietor
“The men of Spring lack the solemnity and the conviction to look ahead. He risks his life and those of his motley chasing a dream, and a foolish dream at that. I will not let them succeed. The cause demands it.” —Norman Caledfwlch, Scion of the Court of Dooms