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Jochen Van Nuys
Van Nuys is a vaguely handsome man with straw blond hair, pale blue eyes and slightly pointy nose. Unlike some kindred, Van Nuys does not wear his undead pallor well; it gives him a pasty, unhealthy appearance that mitigates his otherwise overwhelming charm. He dresses well, though a bit toward the foppish end of the sartorial spectrum.
In 1994, Jochen Van Nuys arrived in San Francisco from the East Coast. At the time, the Ventrue touted him as something of a wunderkind. Two years later he had taken the Princedom of San Francisco from the utterly ineffectual Prince Vannevar Thomas, leading the Ventrue to expect great things from his stewardship.
The Ventrue anticipated a turn-around of events for 4 years, but their hopes for “great things” never materialized. On the contrary, four years into Van Nuys’ rule, Asian vampires invaded the city, endangering Ventrue control over one of the single most lucrative cities under Camarilla control in North America. An unflattering report by the visiting Toreador Justicar was the last straw.
In January 2001, Van Nuys received a letter from the Inner Circle informing him his skills as a diplomat and keeper of the peace dwarfed even his ability to rule as Prince. The letter thanked him for his efforts on behalf of the Ventrue and the Camarilla and informed him he had been selected as the new chief liaison between the Camarilla and the Quincunx. In the final paragraph, the letter asked he arrange a cordial welcome for Sara Anne Winder, San Francisco’s new Prince.
To his credit, Van Nuys welcomed Winder with a warmth and hospitality rarely seen in the Kindred political world, but his options by that point were admittedly limited. He suspected (correctly) that doing anything else would result in reassignment to an even less desirable post.
Van Nuys played the role of intermediary. With the Cloud Mandarins’ confidential threats to destroy local Kindred in retribution for the wards, Van Nuys tried to forestall what he believes is a massacre. Fortunately, the Cloud Mandarins seem grudgingly interested in a peaceful solution, and Van Nuys relays that information to the Inner Circle (if only to appear the Camarilla’s champion).
Meanwhile, the former prince thinks he’s earning the Mandarinate’s trust, but he awaits the night when he once more rules a city. If that rule is under the Quincunx, then so be it.
Jochen Van Nuys, Minister of the Office of Western Affairs
Sire: Irving Boldger
Apparent Age: Early 30′s
Physical: Strength 2, Dexterity 3, Stamina 4
Social: Charisma 4, Manipulation 4, Appearance 3
Mental: Perception 3, Intelligence 4, Wits 2
Talents: Alertness 2, Brawl 1, Diplomacy 2, Dodge 3, Empathy 1, Intimidation 1, Leadership 1, Streetwise 1, Subterfuge 3
Skills: Drive 3, Etiquette 4, Security 2
Knowledges: Academics 4, Computer 2, Finance 4, Investigation 1, Law 3, Linguistics 3, Politics 3
Disciplines: Auspex 3, Celerity 2, Dominate 4, Fortitude 3, Presence 4
Backgrounds: Contacts 3, Herd 4, Influence 2, Mentor 2, Resources 4, Retainers 3, Status 4
Virtues: Conscience 2, Self-Control 3, Courage 3
Morality: Humanity 6
- San Francisco by Night, p. 105-106