Dead of Night: Tales from the Big Easy
Lord of the French Quarter
Apparent Age: Mid 30s
Masquerade: Criminal Requiem: Manipulator
Savoy is a short, thin man with strong European features. His hair is dark, as is the perpetual facial hair that hovers just between a five-o’clock shadow and a true beard. He prefers casual suits or sport coats and is rarely seen without a smile on his face. When he is emotional or emphatic, the faintest trace of a French accent emerges in his voice.
Where Vidal is a powerful and forceful leader, emotional and yet dignified, Savoy is a slick politician — or, according to his detractors, a used car salesman. Everything hides behind a façade of humility and good humor that’s engaging enough to charm even many who know it is a façade. As might be expected, Savoy’s strength comes in making allies and acquiring debts. His greatest authority, and the single most brilliant political move he made in his early years, was his use of the French Quarter in the nights following his claim of dominion over the neighbourhood. He almost immediately began offering feeding rights in the area and the surrounding neighbourhoods without waiting for Vidal or anyone else to confirm that he had the authority to do so.
Antoine Savoy claims to have been an established elder in New Orleans when the Spanish took over in 1762. He also claims to have been a companion and ally of the former French Quarter lord, Maria Pascual, until her destruction in the late 1800s. In neither case has anyone found evidence to back his claims. Regardless, Antoine Savoy succeeded in exerting dominion over New Orleans’ French Quarter not long after Maria’s death, partially because he did indeed seem to have access to her knowledge and the backing of many of her most potent allies. He maintains that his apparent nonexistence before 1848 is simply a testament to his ability to keep his activities secret.
A native Creole (or so he appears), he plays upon the historical, racial and religious concerns of the locals. Savoy portrays himself as Catholic, but he is accepting of the precepts of vodoun. He even incorporates vodoun practices into his Catholic rites, a melding uncommon but not unheard of in New Orleans. In so doing, he increases the enmity of Prince Vidal (for “polluting” the faith) and Baron Cimitiere (who believes that Savoy uses vodoun purely as a tool to gain support among its followers). Savoy paints himself as a protector of black, Creole and vodoun culture and Kindred. Many of Savoy’s detractors — Baron Cimitiere is far from the only one — paint him as a pretender who uses these causes purely to advance his own agenda.
Savoy is remarkably open and approachable for a Kindred lord, holding an open court to which anyone may come and speak, and also making proclamations and speeches at Elysium like a politician seeking re-election. How genuinely sincere he is is anyone’s guess, but he has gathered a sufficient number of supporters and followers to stand fast against the efforts of both Prince Vidal and Baron Cimitiere to unseat him.