I got inspired. I made a sheet. Hope that's okay.
Name: Daniel Laurent
Weight: 138 lbs
Appearance: Tall, thin, black hair, green eyes, attractive, but with just the slight touch of an allure of being aloof
(Linguistics: 1, English, French)
Influence: 2 (Media)
Self Control: 5
MERITS: Enchanting Voice (2), Coldly Logical (1)
FLAWS: Enemy (2), Deep Sleeper (1)
BLOOD POOL: 14
BLOOD PER TURN: 2
Daniel maintains close ties to Brian Philips, the news director for KIRO channel 7, sharing ‘dinner’ with the man and his family once every couple of weeks, using this connection to keep an eye on local stories and very occasionally manipulating them as necessary.
Daniel keeps track of one of the younger anchors at KING channel 5 news, as well as a reporter for the Seattle Times, occasionally trading favors to be kept apprised of changes in the network and paper’s policies as well as occasional copies of stories that have been buried.
Brian, Sandy, and their daughter’s “dinners” tend to be more for Daniel’s benefit than theirs.
While he uses this influence in any active capacity only sparingly, it is nevertheless valuable to have eyes, ears, and hands in the television and print news media.
Nearly a century of unlife has left Daniel with a surplus of available funds. While he does not manage his money directly, he is capable of evaluating finance specialists well enough, and impressing them enough, to feel relatively secure that his assets are being managed well.
Daniel has two ghouls, Janet and Simon, who act as secretary/legal proxy and driver/bodyguard respectively. In addition to this, he maintains a relationship with a very young Toreador, acting in a mentor-like capacity to young Oscar. While normally a Kindred retainer would probably cost more than a single point, Daniel’s relationship with Oscar is weaker than that of a usual retainer, and is intended to represent Oscar taking Daniel as a Mentor as much as anything else.
Daniel has spent a great deal of effort making himself a valuable Camarilla asset in Seattle over the last decade and a half. He has garnered some respect—and potentially some enemies.
Daniel’s first attempts to move into the media met with unmitigated failure, as an attempt to overtake control over an Omni Television station’s news network met unexpected and stiff resistance. He saw an opportunity to move into another station and took it rather than extending a protracted influence battle, but made an enemy of the station manager along the way.
Daniel is unaware that the station manager is not fully human. The station manager is equally unaware of Daniel’s state. This is probably best for everyone involved, as should either of them become aware of the other’s ‘condition’, things may escalate from behind the scenes maneuvering into a bloody battle very quickly.
Intelligence: “Just As Planned”
Manipulation: “What is he up to?”
Expression: Cynical Satire
Subterfuge: “Never suspected a thing…”
Born in France early in the prior century, Daniel was a writer who saw a great need for social change in his country as he watched the first World War rage across the nation. His writings, though never terribly popular, found traction amongst a particular sort of young firebrand, and he caught the eye of several soldiers that found his criticism… lacking. Caught alone one evening, he was beaten to within an inch of his life, and would likely have died were he not saved by his sire.
Embraced that very night, Daniel quickly discovered that while his sire had targeted him for the Embrace for several weeks, and found his works terribly amusing, there was little tolerance for challenging the Camarilla’s social structure. Growing bitter and cynical, at first, Daniel found himself floundering in the pool of sharks that was the European Camarilla, and it was quickly apparent that he would find nothing but ridicule and punishment for his dark, biting sense of humor.
It was early in the 1940s that Daniel determined to leave for America. His sire was not pleased with the decision, but it was not until the Germans Blitzkrieg overran much of France that Mikhael finally chose to allow it. Daniel could never know that Mikhael never thought his vessel would arrive in America.
Daniel found it difficult to settle in America, at first, but by the 1960s had found that America, like Daniel himself, had grown tired of watching a world tear itself apart. His writing enjoyed a surge of popularity during this period, but it was little more than a passing fad, as the peace movements and social changes of the 60s were no place for the bitter, jaded cynicism of a man who watched his country burn twice.
The 90s saw Daniel’s writing grow popular once more, and during this period he even tried his hand at songwriting, though he found himself woefully unsuited to it, and returned to his preferred milieu of social commentary and bitter parable. His books found a small cult following for a short while, but never found more than mediocre success. Still, it was better than nothing, and Daniel has never given up on it.
When the Baron joined the Camarilla, Daniel saw in this a chance, an opportunity, and for the first time in his unlife seized it with both hands. After a few initial stumbles, he found a bit of stable ground, and has determined that this will be his hill, one way or another. He’s found a home, and a certain countercultural acceptance for his work. For the first time in over a decade, Daniel feels he may finally have found home.
And he will be damned if he watches this one burn.