Player: Izaya Orihara
Name: Huey Laforet
Home Universe: Baccano
Powers/Abilities: Immortality- he is capable of regenerating from any and all injuries within seconds without leaving a single scar or mark. He doesn't age or get sick and doesn't need to eat, drink, or breathe. Although they are able to use a false name for temporary introductions to mortals, their bodies reject all attempts to establish lasting false identities. In addition, they must use their real names when speaking to another immortal. Immortals can transmit information and images to another immortal by placing their right hand on the other's head and thinking about the information or image. To kill an immortal, another immortal must "devour" them by placing their right hand on the other's head and thinking "I wish to eat." In addition, the more often an immortal is injured in a certain way, the faster they will recover from that injury. Alchemy.
Skills and Equipment: Huey is one of the most intelligent characters in the series. At the meager age of fifteen, he was able to learn the falsified alchemy that his alchemy teacher (Renee) taught on a whim, while still learning the real stuff without difficulty or mixing the two up. His skills were vouched for by Renee herself. By the Prohibition Era, Huey had sucessfully created no less than six homunculi (though while Szilard's had full immortality, his only had longevity and not regeneration). Though some of Huey's more amazing accomplishments are mimicries of some of Szilard's endeavors, they are nonetheless impressive in their own right.
Huey has several organizations, sub-factions, and at least a single cult that work directly under him and he has complete authority over them all. These underlings include the all homunculi, Lamia, Tock Jefferson, and powerful humans such as Chane Laforet and Goose of the Lemures. He is very handsome (with his amazing black hair, golden eyes, flawless skin, and "well-endowed" body), an amazing speaker and manipulator, charismatic, and gets a lot of people to become devoted to him rather easily by making them hear what they want. Thus far, only Rail and Spike seemed to be disloyal to him, the latter having a different agenda completely. Sham's loyalty to his creator is also questionable as he betrayed him and sold him out as well. Regardless, Sham and Hilton's vast network gives him access to prominent pieces of information, and his intelligence network seems to include others as well, since he keeps an eye on all of his old friends and the other immortals.
Huey was also the only immortal whom Szilard was wary of, and as such, thought it best to avoid him completely rather than devour him. Silvie also noted that Huey was quite scary even before gaining immortality.
Huey is an very quick learner, excelling in whatever he pursues. He's a brilliant strategist and tactician. He possesses extremely keen observational senses, great deductive capabilities, has perfect eidetic memory, which allows him to perfectly memorize anything in limitless volumes, and has incredible analytical skills, which allow him to come up with and solve even the most complex of puzzles with ease, and come up with flexible strategies and tactics for any situation well in advance with no trouble or stress. From the young age of fifteen, he set off a chain reaction of events for the sheer reason of escaping delinquents. In more modern times, his ploys involve a more direct approach for efficiency reasons, but are still brilliant nonetheless. He also possesses endless willpower to go after his goals and never gets bored of life.
Huey also has some sort of telepathy ability to communicate with Chane from far distances, similar to Sham and Hilton's shared consciousness. He can appear inside Chane's head like a hallucination to give her gestures and advice in some instances or simply in-head verbal communication at others. It is unknown if this is limited to Chane or not as he does not use this to contact any other subordinates, preferring Sham and/or Hilton's network instead.
Generally speaking, Huey’s a rather complex sort of person, the type of person with many layers, only a select few that he shows to different people, so that no one really knows who he truly is. What most people do seem to believe in common when it comes to their experiences with him is that, despite a sort of “strangeness” to him, he’s someone that has a rather enthralling personality. The people that Huey deals with the most are his subordinates: the members of his various armed groups and/or cult and his interactions with them are pretty much what would define his public persona. These tend to be a mix of those he’s recruited or those who have decided to become followers, as well as those he’s created, and two actual daughters, as well as multiple homunculi. Though his interactions with many of them aren’t seen (for he’s in jail at the start of the series), we do see how he acts towards his two daughters, Chane and Leeza, as well as a recruited subordinate, Tim/Tack Jefferson. Towards pretty much everybody, including them, he keeps a pleasant, rather polite façade, and in a lot of cases, does tell them what they want to hear when it involves his feelings towards them (namely, that they are actually important to him). Though there is the sense that he might not “love” his daughters, they are still willing to risk life and limb and he will do anything they ask.
Despite the fact that he tends to not let on that he truly does not care about people outside of their use to him, he is rather up front about his status and goals as a researcher. He makes it no secret that by observing people for a long enough amount of time, he’s pretty much figured out what they want and how they will act to get it. However, it’s also clear, even when he talks to others, that they are there to help him achieve what he wants. (It’s just that he doesn’t tell them that’s all they are, especially not his daughters, whom he thinks of as little more than guinea pigs themselves, albeit useful ones.) Though he says that his goals are to find out as much as possible about humans (whom he refers to as “raw materials,” showing just how removed from people he is and how much more he thinks of himself in relation to them), it gets rather confusing when one tries to figure things out further than that.
Basically, all he thinks about when it comes down to it are his experiments and seeing how people act in various situations, as well as how useful they are to him. Judging people’s “worth” as raw materials is something he tends to do in a rather short amount of time, though he is, of course, not infallible. Things can actually surprise him. When things happen or people act in ways that surprise him, he honestly does not let on; he just takes it in stride and continues to plan and change existing plans, taking that into consideration. Even being stabbed in the back (killing him) and having his eye gouged out did not truly faze him; his reaction to this was to smile and reflect on the fact that now, because of the fact that the people who did that to him did something that he didn’t expect at all, he could basically resume his experimenting. Then again, he’s not all that fazed by his own death; his usual way of showing his potential followers that he’s “different” is to cut open his throat to prove that he’s immortal. So he’s not exactly all that pleasant of a guy, and he’s not exactly someone that’s easy to surprise or confuse in any way. The fact that he really only looks at people as guinea pigs and experimental subjects makes this more possible; because he observes people and figures out how they act in most situations, he has at least a rather decent understanding of people, which is rather helpful to furthering his goals. However, he is not completely impervious to being shocked, especially when someone does something completely outlandish to him personally, like when Claire Stanfield hugged him; he was generally confused and stunned at the sudden act of kindness to someone he just met.
However, he honestly does seem to believe that his subordinates will remain loyal, at least in a sense, to him—mostly Chane and Leeza, and most likely would not expect them to turn on him if such a thing were to happen. When he’s around only a select few people, mainly those who know about his past (Elmer and Victor, as we’ve seen), he’s much more open; he’ll speak to them about his feelings, both on how he sees people, as well as his thoughts about the events that shaped him in the early 1700s. Elmer in particular is someone that Huey is close to, even considering him “human” instead of mere experimental material. Because Elmer has been his friend for more than 200 years, and, as such, knows his feelings, it’s safe to say that there’s actually a level of trust there that Huey honestly has with no one else. Interestingly enough, the reason that the two of them are friends is because Huey felt actual compassion for Elmer, something that he honestly…doesn’t, for anyone else. (It might not sound like much for other people, but for him, that’s actually something huge, especially when he just doesn’t let anyone else in.) In more recent events, in the Prohibition Era timeline, he befriended Isaac Dian as well, and because Isaac reminded him of Elmer, Huey has taken a shine to him as well.
Not only that, but since his mother was killed, as well as his wife (both events a few years apart), Huey has obviously held some level of guilt (made clear when he talks about it to Victor, saying that his mother was the one who was killed instead of him during the witch hunts, and that he was “unable to save” his wife) about both of their deaths, and hasn’t let that go in the 220 years since he’d become immortal, being angry at humanity and wary of others. However, after meeting Elmer he begins to open up again, and even lets himself fall in love with Monica. Unfortunately, Monica was killed by Fermet, which greatly effected Huey's personality and goals.
However, he also wonders, when speaking on this, if there is anything that can truly be a worse memory for him, and if there’s a concrete method to know this for sure. Even when thinking on his worst memories, he still has the personality of a researcher, or at least acts as though he thinks that way. After all, the whole world is fascinating and perfect for figuring out, at least to him, and in a sense, he’s not entirely an exception.
Back in his teenage years, his personality was slightly less reckless in regards to obtaining information. He was more cautious, but also more willing to take matters into his own hands (perhaps because he was just starting out back then). He had a deep love for alchemy and knowledge, wanting to learn all he could. He was not as callous, and was even willing to open up to those around him who made a significant impression, even falling in love with Monica Campanella, despite his wariness and distrust of other people in general, and fear of betrayal. Huey was also more inclined to express surprise during this time, such as when he found out about Monica's relation to Boronial Campanella. However, Monica's premature death seems to have hardened him to the core and now the only person who Huey even has a remote bond with is Elmer, who is still his best friend and their bond persists even to this day. Though he is more open with the other immortals, it is not nearly to the extent of his openness with Elmer.
Huey was raised primarily by his mother in a small mountain village (his father died rather early on), and, for the most part, had a pretty normal childhood. He and his mother were pretty happy as things were, and everything was fine for a while. That is, until the influence of the witch hunts ended up reaching that village; though Huey was capable of some alchemy, it was his mother who was taken away from their home, on his tenth birthday. And the next time he saw her, she had been rather badly injured by those interrogating her, as well as having been pronounced guilty of witchcraft. At barely ten years old, Huey had to watch as his mother was killed; she died by drowning-- the practice of tying a supposed witch to stones and letting them sink. Her body was lost to the waters of the lake in that small village. Some time later, he found his way to Dalton and Renee's alchemy school and became a student, earning the affections of many females within his class of fifteen, and started a counterfeiting operation.
When his story picked up five years later, he lived at a vacant storehouse that belonged to someone who sort of acted as his adoptive father (but was only around a few days out of the year) and counterfeited money. Huey was also a student at a private school that primarily specialized in alchemy, in the town of Lotto Valentino, Italy. He was an extremely antisocial person who basically hated everyone and the world in general, who honestly wanted to see the world destroyed. He was extremely intelligent, especially when it came to alchemy, and even counterfeited money in order to further his goals. Eventually, his life ended up changing greatly with the arrival of a new student at his school, Elmer C. Albatross, as well as his meeting with a classmate named Monica Campanella, who was basically a mostly-typical fifteen-year-old girl with a crush on Huey. At this time, the town was threatened by the fear of falling victim to a serial killer, the "Masked Artisan," whom, as it turned out, was Monica. Due to her crush, she followed Huey to his headquarters and discovered that he was actually a counterfeiter responsible for replicating money that cannot be told apart from real money. In order to assist him, Monica became a masked serial killer named Mask Maker to target key members of a drug trade to help Huey gain more profits without him knowing. Soon after Monica confessed her feelings for Huey, Monica and Huey meets Elmer C. Albatross, a new student at their class. Monica finds her past and her identity at risk when she discovers that principal Dalton had revealed information about every student to Elmer, as well as the fact that Elmer currently lives with her brother, Esperanca. When she realizes Elmer knows too much for her Mask Maker identity to be kept safe, she personally visits her brother's manor to threaten Elmer as Mask Maker that night. Much to her surprise, Monica discovers Elmer at her window later in the night when he confronts Monica of the truth. There, he suggests to Monica to pretend she had seen the Mask Maker to make Huey pay more attention to her. The next day, when Huey agreed to walk home with her for her safety, she finds strange men at the Patisserie confronting her guardian for Monica's whereabout. Confused and surprised, Huey and Monica run away from the partisserie towards one of Huey's hideouts where he hides his counterfeit gold, where Huey reveals his role as the person responsible for the counterfeits. Monica does not yet reveal her knowledge, but when Elmer later comes barging in with a girl they had saved earlier, named Niki. Huey demands to know how Elmer knows of his hideout, and Elmer reveals that it was Monica who had told him. As Huey only officially introduced this place to Monica that night, Monica was forced to tell Huey how she knew, as well as the fact that she is the Mask Maker. Soon afterwards, with the help of Elmer and Esperanza, the angry mob that had been at the Patisserie were arrested. Monica then reveals to Huey and Niki that she is Esperanca's sister, and Huey decided to merge the Mask Maker and the counterfeit operation together, making Monica, Huey, Elmer and Niki the first members of the organization, Mask Makers.
For four years, the relationship between Monica, Huey and Elmer remained close as they lived a simple and happy life. One day, after getting rejected to going to watch a play with Huey, Monica was walking with Elmer along the harbor when she spotted a Dormentaire ship coming to shore. There is an obvious change in her the next day, as she had not looked at Huey at all, unlike how she usually stared at her love interest. Huey, in hopes of cheering Monica up, decided to go with Monica to watch the play she suggested, but Monica only told him she would go with him on another day before leaving. Worried for Monica, Huey decides to follow Monica and skip alchemy class for the rest of the day as they stay at a tall hill, gazing down at the buildings of Lotto Valentino. While happy that she could spend time alone with Huey, she was not able to gather the courage to tell Huey what was going on in her mind, but by the next day, she had resumed some of her normal behaviour. A few days later, when they go see the play, they both realise the play was actually based on Huey's past, and they are both emotionally shocked. Monica cries as they leave the theatre, appologising for taking Huey there, while Huey starts having doubts about Monica's loyalty. For the next few months, they both disappeared and did not turn up at school nor at their usual homes. A few months later, while Elmer reveals to Niki that he had known where the two of them were all along, and he finally decides to take action. He first went to one of the Mask Maker hideouts, which was were Huey was staying. He persuaded Huey to trust Monica again, and made him admit that he thinks that he would like to love Monica. After that, Elmer arrived at Duke Esperanca's manor where Monica had been staying. He tells her to go to an abandoned house later that night to confront the writer of the play and ask how he discovered the story. Monica did as she was told, but when she turned up at the house, only Huey was there. Huey then proceeds to confess his feelings for Monica, and they reconcile and embrace. Soon afterwards, the two of them officially become an item, and things went on like this for a few months, until a new play was put on the theatre. This time, the play was based on Monica's past, and it was the story of when she murdered the eldest son of the Dormentaires. There were a few changes in the story, like how the protagonist from the previous play was also there, and the ending was different. Afraid that the villagers would soon realise who the protagonists of the stories were and drag Huey into danger, Monica surrenders herself to the Dormentaires. What Monica was not aware of, was the fact that she was actually bearing Huey's child as well. 188 days passed after her arrest, where she stayed in a prison cell on the Dormentaires ship, and Huey had done quite a lot during the 6 months they were seperated. In order to save Monica, Huey and gathered over three hundred Mask Maker members and they all gathered to create chaos in the Dormentaires headquaters to save Monica. When Monica was finally freed from her prison cell, it was thanks to the playwright who had apparently joined the Mask Makers. When the playwright mentions Huey's name, Monica follows enthusiastically to the deck of the ship, only to face another Mask Maker stranger. The stranger turns out to be Lebreau, who stabbs Monica with her signature weapon, a stiletto, and kills her. She then falls overboard into the water, where Huey and Elmer spots her. As she disappears beneath the water, she smiles a genuine smile one last time towards Huey and Elmer.
In 1711, along with a group of other alchemists, Huey boarded the ship Advenna Avis, where one of the men there, Maiza Avaro, summoned a demon in order to find the secret to immortality. Considered the most frightening of the alchemists on the ship by at least one person, it was clear that he'd changed quite a bit, even from the way he'd been in 1705. Now, he seemed to act without caring about danger or any of the issues involved with summoning a demon-- to him, it was all interesting, nothing more. This went along with the obvious disconnect between himself and the other alchemists on the ship; he tended to keep to his own then, and even disagreed with them on certain things (such as sharing of the formula to the elixir of immortality; whereas Szilard Quates wished to have that knowledge become public, and the rest of the alchemists wanted to have it known only by Maiza, Huey basically just abstained from taking a definite stance on it, citing the fact that they all had plenty of time to decide as his reason. Though when Szilard actually began killing the other immortals on the ship, rather than get involved, Huey simply watched from a distance. That sort of thing, though strange for most, was just something that ended up being typical of him as time went on).
After the Advenna Avis incident, not much is known about what Huey got up to; however, it is known (or at least heavily speculated) that he had two daughters, Chane and Leeza, with his alchemy teacher from the 1700s (and fellow immortal), Renee Palmedes Branvillier. As far as we know from his somewhat questionable parenting techniques, Huey is pretty damn good at manipulating people-- children and other creations (such as homunculi) included-- into being absolutely loyal to him. It worked well, too, as he ended up in charge of multiple armed groups.
And then he got arrested for terrorism in December of 1931, from where he was kind of hiding out in Canada, thanks to the machinations of another immortal, Victor Talbot, in a select part of the FBI dealing with immortals, with himself having a personal hatred of criminals. Huey was taken to New York shortly after, and was kept in jail there to await his trial and sentencing. He was found guilty shortly after, and eventually ended up in Alcatraz. By 2001, he is mentioned as one of the surviving immortals. It seems to be unknown what happened in between, but since he had an avid following who were keen to help him escape in the early 30s, it's likely he did so.
Additional images and notes: Huey Laforet has the resemblance of many members of his family. Chane, Charon, and Leeza all bear a striking resemblance to him. Luchino B Campanella also looks a bit like him in terms of facial features. He has long black hair that matches Chane's hair style, and is a style he has had since his youth studying Alchemy at age 15. He has oddly yellow or amber eyes, a pointed chin, and flowing locks. He is very handsome.
Due to being incarcerated in the Prohibition Era, he wore a simple, white prison uniform with a few buttons undone. In his childhood, he wore a more Italian-styled get-up (which makes sense because he was in Italy at that time), which consisted of a coloured vest, loose fitting pants, and a shirt. His shoes were dark brown and possibly made of leather. During this time, his facial features were less pointed (though only slightly so) and were more akin to Luchino B. Campanella's.