Dead of Night: Tales from the Big Easy
Sheriff of New Orleans
Apparent Age: Early 20s
Masquerade: Investigator Requiem: Enforcer
The source of Donovan’s notoriety grows quickly apparent—but not due to any substantial physical presence. Donovan is a Caucasian man of average build, clean shaven, who keeps his short black hair combed neat and slick against his scalp. He’s even a bit short, standing only a hair over 5’9” tall.
No, what makes the Sheriff an imposing figure is his gaze: Donovan’s inscrutable eyes are the color of troubled skies, and they seem to pierce through to the very soul of whoever looks into them. Even other Kindred find it hard to hold his gaze.
By all appearances, Donovan is truly the prodigal son of Vidal’s New Orleans. Chillingly poised and refined, the Sanctified Daeva has almost as severe a reputation as the Prince himself, at least among city residents.
The Sheriff ’s past is shrouded in mystery, and that is precisely how he likes it. Popular rumor tells that he was the orphaned child of a civil war soldier, and that his Sire brought him into the Requiem as a means of influencing certain critical aspects of the city’s post-war effort during Reconstruction. What is perhaps the greater mystery, at least in Kindred social circles, is what sent Donovan from Savoy’s side to the court of his lord’s worst enemy.
Donovan masquerades as a rookie but talented PI. He hangs around police bars and police stations asking for advice from his ‘more experienced’ peers and swapping the ‘word on the street’. He is always willing to buy a round or deliver coffee and doughnuts… sometimes he has even been known to ‘help out’ off the books. What this means is that Donovan has a greater presence in the police force than anyone else in the city, something he uses to put pressure on out of line Kindred as well as cover up Masquerade breaches.
As Sheriff, Donovan is responsible for the night-to-night maintenance and enforcement of the laws of Vidal’s domain. He investigates matters on behalf of the Prince, and regularly questions Kindred residents about both their own activities and the activities of those they know.
He is a cunning zealot who uses guilt, guile and the threat of force more often than force itself to intimidate or otherwise humble into acquiescence those whom he interrogates. Indeed, more than one shaken neonate has opted to abandon New Orleans entirely following a simple “dialogue” with the city’s Sanctified Sheriff.