Victor Gerard

Undead Wheeler-Dealer

Description:

Sire: Don Sebastian
Nature: Conniver
Demeanor: Bon Vivant
Generation: 8th
Embrace: 1932 (born 1900)
Apparent Age: Mid-30s
Physical: Strength 2, Dexterity 3, Stamina 2
Social: Charisma 4, Manipulation 5, Appearance 2
Mental: Perception 3, Intelligence 3, Wits 4
Talents: Acting 2, Alertness 3, Empathy 3, Intimidation 2, Streetwise 4, Subterfuge 4
Skills: Drive 2, Etiquette 3, Firearms 2, Larceny 2, Stealth 2
Knowledges: Bureaucracy 4, Computer 3, Finance 4, Law 3, Politics 4
Disciplines: Auspex 3, Celerity 1, Dominate 3, Fortitude 2, Obfuscate 1, Presence 3
Backgrounds: Allies 2, Contacts 5, Resources 4, Retainers 2
Virtues: Conscience 2, Self-Control 4, Courage 2
Humanity: 4
Willpower: 6

Bio:

Victor Girard, born Kleinberger, was quite a salesman. He began by selling Persian rugs as a young boy. He would knock on a person’s front door and, as the door opened, would do several things at once: unrolled the carpet, wedge his leg firmly in the doorway and begin to shake. His sales pitch, one P.T. Barnum would be proud of, involved gasping about illness and the priceless Persian carpet. His skill at sales grew, but not his ability to manage his money- by the time he was in his early 20s, he was bankrupt following a series of quick-buck land schemes. But that didn’t stop him. He wangled land deals despite his shortage of cash, and in February 1923 the township of Girard was opened to the public. His fortunes began to lookup, as he helped open the Mulholland Highway in 1924 and the Girard County Club in 1925. But in 1929, it all fell apart. By 1932 there were only 75 families living in Girard and Victor Kleinberger Girard disappeared.

By this time, it had become clear to Don Sebastian that he needed some help in caring for the business climate of Los Angeles. Victor Girard turned out to be just what he needed, and for the next 12 years, Victor watched over the growing industrial base of Los Angeles. He was in part responsible, along with Don Alonzo of the Glass Walkers, for making L.A. the “arsenal of democracy” it became during World War II. During the Revolt, the anarchs identified Victor as one of the first Kindred who needed to be dealt with, but somehow they were never able to catch him. He hid in Girard (which has since been renamed Woodland Hills) for several years, biding his time.

In 1952 he cautiously revealed himself to Jeremy by telephone and offered to go to work for the Free States. He pointed out that the Free States desperately needed someone to watch over the press, and that he was welt-qualified to do it. Without the “guidance”of Don Sebastian’s agents, several of the local newspapers were beginning to become a little suspicious, and there was no one around to protect the Masquerade. Jeremy reluctantly agreed. Since then Victor has been the Free States liaison with the many newspapers and radio and television stations that report on the Southland.

Victor Gerard

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