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Don, 1994 - Present
The Moretti Crime Family
The Moretti Crime Family was once a staple of New Orleans starting in the 1860s. They were known for activities such as: extortion, bookmaking, drug trafficking, loansharking, gambling, racketeering, conspiracy, murder, fencing and narcotics. The family reached its height of influence under Agosto Moretti, one of America's most powerful Mafia dons during the mid-twentieth century. At its height, the family had over a hundred members. However, a series of setbacks during the 1980s reduced its clout, and law enforcement scattered or incarcerated most of what remained shortly after Agosto's death. In spite of this, it is believed that some elements of the organization remain active in New Orleans today.
The family still owns or controls a significant amount of real estate in Southeast Louisiana. Locals often tell tales of bodies dumped in swamps on their land that have long ago been eaten by alligators. Historically, their land was primarily Italian communities west of Avondale, across the Mississippi River from New Orleans. A restaurant there, Monica's, was once the epicenter of activity for the family, and is still owned by a dear cousin of the current don.
Real Estate Business
The public believes the remaining members of the family line have 'gone straight' by throwing their efforts into the family's major legitimate businesses. The first, and most reputable is Moretti's Real Estate, which sell multi-million dollar homes across Louisiana with a high-end office in the French Quarter. The other, is The Penthouse Club, a well adorned strip club in the French Quarter. Finally, several family members are on the Board of Directors or in management positions at Harrah's Casino and there's rarely a night where a Moretti isn't enjoying some of the complimentary delights the casino has to offer.
However, the truth is, the Moretti's criminal enterprises are still alive and well, but operating underground. When the werewolves' existence goes viral in 2007, they saw an opening in the market. They got wind of what could kill the werewolves, through lots of trial and error, leaving a trail of wolf blood in their wake. They became hired guns by anyone with the cash flow to finance a hit on the supernatural beasts. They also capitalized on the demand for weapons spurred by public fear of the beasts that lurked their streets. They began a black market silver weaponry trade: silver ammunition, silver shrapnel filled grenades, silver OC spray, reinforced silver restraints and cages, you name it.
They also gave a whole new meaning to the word 'dog fights,' hosting illegal betting events where they force kidnapped werewolves to fight one another for their lives and the crowd's entertainment. These events are held in the back of The Penthouse Club with serious sound-proofing and high security.
- Boss – The head of the family, usually reigning as a dictator, sometimes called the Don or "Godfather". The boss receives a cut of every operation taken on by every member of his family and the region's occupying family, the Moretti's. The boss is chosen by a vote from the Caporegimes of the family. In the event of a tie, the Underboss must vote. In the past, all the members of a family voted on the boss, but by the late 1950s, any gathering such as that usually attracted too much attention. Such elections are hardly fair, often with capos being searched before entering for the vote, and the elected's men standing ominously behind them.
- Underboss – He is appointed by the Boss and acts as the second in command of the family. He runs the day-to-day responsibilities of the family and oversees its most lucrative rackets. He gets a percentage of the family's income from the Boss's cut and is typically first in line to become acting boss if the boss is imprisoned, and is also frequently seen as a logical successor.
- Consigliere – The advisor to the family and sometimes seen as the boss's "right-hand man." He is used as a mediator of disputes and often acts as a representative or aide for the family in meetings with other families, rival criminal organizations, and important business associates. He is the third ranking member of the administration of a family, a senior member carrying the utmost respect of the family and deeply familiar with the inner-workings of the organization. He is often a trusted close friend or personal advisor of the Boss.
- Caporegime (or capo) – The Capo is in charge of a crew, a group of soldiers (10-20) who report directly to him. A capo is appointed by the Boss and reports to him or the Underboss. A captain gives a percentage of his (and his underlings') earnings to the Boss and is also responsible for any tasks assigned, including murder. If a capo becomes powerful enough, he can sometimes wield more power than some of his superiors.
- Soldier (Soldato) – A soldier is a member of the family, and traditionally can only be of full Italian background (or half Italian descent, on their father's side). Once a member is made he is untouchable, meaning permission from a soldier's Boss must be given before he is murdered. When the books are open, meaning that a family is accepting new members, a made man may recommend an up-and-coming associate to be a new soldier. Soldiers are the main workers of the family, usually committing crimes like assault, murder, extortion, intimidation, etc. In return, they are given profitable rackets to run by their superiors and have full access to their family's connections and power.
- Associate – An associate is not a member of the Mafia, but works for a crime family nonetheless. Associates can include a wide range of people who work for the family. An associate can have a wide range of duties from virtually carrying out the same duties as a soldier to being a simple errand boy. This is where prospective mobsters ("connected guys") start out to prove their worth. Once a crime family is accepting new members, the best associates are evaluated and picked to become soldiers. An associate can also be a criminal who serves as a go-between or sometimes deals in drugs to keep police attention off the actual members, or they can be people the family does business with (restaurant owners, etc.) In other cases, an associate might be a corrupt labor union delegate or businessman. Non-Italians will never go any further than this, although many non-Italians wielded extreme power within their respective crime families and carried the respect of actual Mafia members.
- 1950 - Previous Don, Santo Calabrese, is deported and control of the New Orleans crime family reverts to Agosto Moretti.
- 1947 - Agosto Moretti is crowned as the Godfather of the Mafia in New Orleans by the family's capos and the Commission and holds that position for the next 30 years. By late 1947 Moretti had taken control of Louisiana's gambling network. He had also joined forces with a Jewish mobster who had developed a gambling empire that stretched across the world in order to take over and split the profits from some of the most important gambling casinos in the New Orleans area.
- 1960s - The Moretti Crime Family is a staple of New Orleans, known for extortion, bookmaking, drug trafficking, loansharking, gambling, racketeering, conspiracy, murder, fencing and narcotics.
- 1967 - Agosto Moretti is arrested in New York City after having met with the National Commission. The meeting was called because Moretti's leadership was being challenged externally. The Commission ruled in his favor just before the police burst in.
- 1970 - Previous Don, Santo Calabrese returned to the US at the request of Agosto Moretti to mediate disputes within the New Orleans Mafia. Calabrese later died a free man in 1972.
- 1980s - A series of setbacks during the 1980s reduced the Moretti Crime Family's clout.
- 1981 - Agosto Moretti is sentenced to federal prison after a sting operation that culminated in bribery charges.
- 1989 - Agosto Moretti is released after his initial conviction on bribery charges is overturned.
- March 3, 1993 - Agosto Moretti dies in one of his mansions in Metairie, Louisiana as a free man. Law enforcement scatters or incarcerates most of what remained shortly after his death. However, one of Agosto's sons, Lorenzo Moretti is scooped up and does 10 years in federal prison.
- 1994 - Angelo Costi, one of Agosto's soldiers takes over the family but the organization is a shell of what it once was and riddled with strife and war, other mafia's encroaching on their territory.
- Early 2003 - Lorenzo Moretti is released from prison.
- Late 2003 - Lorenzo Moretti attends a Summit before the Commission in which he challenges for leadership. Angelo Costi, one of his father's lackeys had taken control of the 'family' while he was prison, and he took the position that he was both the rightful successor and fully capable, having been groomed from a very young age in the inner workings of their businesses. The Commission rules in his favor, many of them familiar with him from prior to his father's death.
- 2005 - Lorenzo opens Moretti Real Estate, selling to posh clientele. Their high-end office in the French Quarter develops a generally positive reputation, despite whispers of the family's history. He continues to buy up local real estate both for resale and personal use.
- 2006 - Lorenzo is given a seat on Harrah's Casino Board of Directors. His 'family' takes an active stake in their activities and business is gone under the table.
- 2007 - The werewolf video goes viral, and Lorenzo sees an opening in the gun market. People are afraid and desperate for protection. Business is booming, especially for those that can supply silver ammunition, silver shrapnel filled grenades, silver tear gas, reinforced silver restraints, and all manner of conceivable anti-werewolf devices. MCF corners the market, shipping nationally. On special occasions, when the price was right or a werewolf problem infringed upon their businesses, they would also 'whack' a werewolf.
- 2012 - Lorenzo Moretti's shell corporation purchases The Penthouse Club, a well adorned strip club in the French Quarter. Soon thereafter the family begins hosting 'dog fights,' illegal betting events where they force kidnapped werewolves to fight one another for their lives and the crowd's entertainment, in the back of the club with serious sound-proofing and high security. The club is in a prime location near the casino, and draws many of the gambling crowd looking for an extra thrill.
Los Muertos Motorcycle Club
Jefe, 2005 - Present
The Los Muertos Motorcycle Club was founded in the 1960s in New Orleans, Louisiana. They have since spread, taking root in several states and in Europe. Their membership is primarily Hispanic. Their patch is a Grim Reaper wearing a red robe, riding a motorcycle. Recently, they have changed the logo, so the reaper is clutching a necklace of wolf teeth in it's bony hand. Below the logo reads, "MC NOLA." They are responsible for much of the open harassment and vandalism of the local werewolves. When wolves hear the sound of rumbling motorcycles they know to be wary. Their home base is the Full Throttle Saloon in Kenner.
Los Muertos M.C. is a motorcycle club and a non-profit organization. President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer are all elected officers, along with two additional elected members, who are not club officers for the Executive Board. All others are appointed by the President with a confidence vote from patch holders in good standing.
The executive duties of the President are as follows:
- To preside over meetings of both the Executive Board and the club as a whole.
- To judge items not covered in the constitution or in the rules regulations.
- Directorship gives the president authority to judge items not in the constitution.
- To act as the personal representative of the club in the area of public relations; as a liaison between the MC and local-law enforcement agencies; and as a connecting link between the MC and other outlaw motorcycle clubs.
- To represent the club in any club business contacts and to supervise major economic transactions.
- To assist MC officers in the interpretation of their club responsibilities, and to promote club life among members in general.
The executive duties of the Vice President are to assume the responsibilities of the presidency when the President is unable to do so.
The executive duties of the Secretary are as follows:
- To record and safeguard the minutes of the club meetings.
- To maintain the Club Constitution, recording any additions, deletions, or modifications.
- To handle any club correspondence.
The executive duties of the Treasurer are as follows:
- To monitor and record the club's income and expenditures.
- To collect the dues and fines owing by members.
The executive board consists of those members who were elected as officers of the club along with two additional elected members who are not club officers. The board holds scheduled meetings every two weeks. This is commonly referred to as going "a la iglesia" (to church). Emergency meetings can be called if a situation arises that demands immediate attention. The executive board is responsible for:
- The monitoring of conflicts within the club.
- The application of disciplinary procedures.
- The evaluation of prospects and their progress.
- The presentation of summarized assessments of the overall club situation to the membership (court).
Capitán del Carretera
The executive duties of the Road Captain are as follows:
- To plan the travel routes and organize the basic itinerary of the club prior to going on a 'run' (tour).
- To lead the club in formation while riding on tour.
- To enforce club rules and procedures for group riding.
- Designate a maintenance supervisor for all club vehicles.
Sargento de Armas
The executive duties of the Sergeant-at-Arms are as follows:
- To maintain order at club meetings in particular, and club activities in general.
- To ensure that members adhere to club rulings, policies, and expected models of conduct when dealing with other members or outsiders.
- To defend club members, property, or territory from outside threats.
Court will consist of all patch holders that are eligible to vote.
Rules & Bylaws
Officers of the club serve a twelve-month term of office, annual elections are held at the last regular meeting of the year, in December.
- In order to be eligible for office, a patch holder has to have been an active member in good standing for a minimum of one year.
- Patch holders who aspire towards a particular position will campaign informally for one month prior to the elections.
- Electioneering is conducted on an interpersonal face to face basis.
- Hopeful candidate will approach a member, inform them what he is willing to stand for office if nominated, ask for member's opinion of his qualifications, and solicit the member's support.
- One organized meeting per month.
- Majority rules.
- If a vote is taken at a meeting and a member is not there, his vote is void.
- Meetings will be closed except for prospective members and anyone there on business.
- All meetings will be run on a parliamentary basis. Members will be evicted for unruly conduct.
- Quorum for a meeting is sixty percent of membership and eighty percent for membership votes.
- Everyone will attend the meeting on his bike if it is favorable weather, unless his bike is broken down or not running at the time. If the club calls a ride/meeting, all members will attend. If a member is working, sick, bike not running, he will be excused. However, if a member repeatedly uses work as an excuse for not 'being there,' he will be 'talked to'.
- Members must have colors with him when attending meetings.
- Members must be of sound mind (straight) when attending meetings.
- If a member attends a meeting and is fouled-up, he will be FINED.
- There will be absolutely no booze or drugs consumed during meetings.
- During a meeting there will be no talking among members until they get the floor through the President. A Sergeant-at-Arms, if not present, will be appointed and anyone not abiding by the above will be evicted.
- Miss three (3) meetings in a row and you're out of the club.
- Anyone missing meetings even if at work gets fined $50.00 except for guys in the hospital, jail, out of town for a period of time, including prospects.
- Members must attend meetings to leave the club and turn in his colors and everything that has the name Los Muertos on it (T-shirts, wrist bands, mugs, etc.).
- If a member is thrown out of the club or quits without attending meetings, he loses his colors, motorcycle, and anything else that says Los Muertos on it, and is subject to an ass kicking. If he has the club's tattoo on his skin, it must be covered with black ink. If this is not done willingly, it will be taken from his flesh.
- Prospects must be at least 18 years old.
- Prospects must have a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
- Prospects cannot do any drugs.
- Prospects must show a sincere interest in club and bikes.
- Prospects must have a bike equipped for the road.
- Prospect must be sponsored by one member who has known him at least one year (may be waived by vote).
- Sponsor is responsible for prospect.
- Sponsor can pull a prospect's rockers at his discretion.
- Prospects must attend all meetings and club functions.
- Prospects must do anything another member tells him to do, that a member has done or would be willing to do himself.
- Prospect will stand behind club and members.
- No stealing from prospects.
- Prospect must ride his bike to meeting at time of being voted into club.
- Prospect must pay that day $125.00 for his colors before receiving them. Prospect fee is $325.00: $200.00 is for annual dues, $100.00 is for the patch and $25.00 is for first month dues. The balance is due in 90 days. This amount is not refundable.
- Prospect members must be voted in. Two 'no' votes equal a rejection. One 'no' vote must be explained.
- Prospective member's prospecting period is at the discretion of their sponsor and the club. Directorship shall decide when a vote is necessary.
- Every patch holder must vote for the prospect to make center-patch. The vote must be unanimous.
- No prospect will be voted for center-patch with outstanding loans.
- Only the sponsor or an officer may hand out a patch to a prospect. This will be done at a meeting with only patch holders present.
The rules of the club will be strictly enforced. If anyone breaks them, the executive board will deal with them, and it could mean either immediate dismissal or suspension, whatever the executive board sees fit. Breaking any of the following Rules will be reason for immediately kick-out from the club and probably an ass kicking.
- Failure to pay his dues according to the section dealing with the paying of dues.
- No hype. No use of heroin in any form. Anyone using a needle for any reason other than having a doctor use it on you will be considered hype. (Automatic kick-out from club)
- If any brother gets hooked on any drug that is dangerous to the club, he will be helped first. Then he will be dealt with by the executive board.
- No narcotics burn. When making deals, persons get what they are promised or the deal is called off (Automatic kick-out from club).
- If you're selling dope, you don't do it as a club member, you don't wear your colors, you don't wear your club T-shirts (Automatic kick-out from club).
- There will be no stealing among members. Anyone caught will get an ass kicking and be kicked out of the club (Automatic kick-out from club).
- If a patch holder or prospect throws his colors or quits, colors are pulled (Automatic kick-out from club).
- Members cannot belong to any other clubs.
- If a group or individual attacks any member, the whole club shall stand behind him and fight if necessary. If, however, the member is drunk and aggressive and purposely starts an argument, the rest of the members will escort him away, or step in before trouble starts.
- No member will disgrace the club by "being yellow" aka black. (The above rules will be put forward to applicants. If they cannot abide by these rules and are not in favor of them, they will be denied membership to the club.)
- No member will destroy club property purposely.
- No member will take the attitude that he doesn't have to help other members and other members don't have to help him.
- No member will go against anything the club has voted for and passed.
- No member will get together on their own and plan something for themselves on club rides. It will be brought up to the whole club and the whole club will participate in anything that is decided upon.
- The club will always stay together on rides, runs, parties, field meets, etc. and will not fraternize with rival clubs. The only way a member will be permitted to leave the main group will be to notify the President or whoever is in charge. When the time comes that the majority feels it is time to leave, we will all leave together. Anyone staying behind for a good reason will do so at his own risk and can expect no help.
- Members will have good attendance. Members must have a good reason for not attending meetings or rides, such as working, sickness, no transportation, and bike not running.
Standard Operating Procedures
If anyone breaks general rules, the executive board will deal with them and/or voted by the court.
- No explosives of any kind will be thrown into the fire where there is one or more Los Muertos in the area. FINE: Ass whipping and subject to the executive board.
- Brothers shall not fight each other with weapons; when this happens it is one on one, prospects same as members. FINE: $100.00 for breaking above rule or possible loss of patch.
- If you don't help out the Club in its activities and you use the Club solely for your benefit, you will be warned. No second chance.
- Do as you say or walk the line.
- Members losing privilege of wearing colors will also lose privilege of voting and ruling over prospects.
- The Treasurer shall keep a clear record of all money paid in and out during the week and will balance it before every meeting; the books will be gone over once a week.
- All members fines will be paid within 30 days. Fines will be paid to the Treasurer.
- Members with extra parts will loan them to members. They must be replaced or paid for.
- If you get busted and or go to jail, notify an officer or member so he can arrange for your bail.
- Where we go on our rides will be voted upon by the entire membership.
- Each patch holder/prospect is required to maintain a valid motor vehicle license, which includes the authorization to operate motorcycle.
- Everyone must have an American bike. Consideration will be give to any member who is in between bikes but he must sincerely intend to get another bike in the near future.
- If for some reason, such as a license is suspended, a member can't ride on the road for a long period of time, or if he is without a bike for a short time, he will turn in his patch and upon getting back on the road, the patch will be returned.
- If a member's bike is not running for a period of thirty days, unless he is in jail or hospital, his colors will be confiscated. A member's bike must be running for at least one week (e.g., not fifteen minutes), to be exempt from the above rule. This period is subject to change at the discretion of the executive board. This is a MOTORCYCLE CLUB!
- Confirmation vote is required for all new patch holders at their 12-month point. Unanimous vote from all good standing members is required.
- Absolutely no talking about club business to persons outside the club. No talking about club business over any telephone.
- If you are told you are too drunk to drive, you will turn over your keys to a brother. You and your scooter will be taken care of.
- If the Road Captain or an Officer determines your bike is unsafe to ride, you are grounded until it is safe.
- During funeral runs, no one will pack a passenger, patch must be seen.
- All Club vehicles will be returned with all fluids full and in good condition. Maintenance will be done under the supervision of the maintenance supervisor; a patch holder designated by the Road Captain.
- There shall be a wrecking crew consisting of the Sergeant-at-Arms, the Junior Patch, and whomever the Senior Patch may designate. The purpose of the wrecking crew is to check out bars, etc. prior to entry by President, Vice President, or Senior Patch.
- Prospect will watch all bikes when members are at Club functions, in bars, and anywhere the senior member present deems necessary.
- There will be a Club run on a Sunday once a month. Whoever picks the run route will lead the pack.
Dues & Loans
- Club dues will be paid each month, due by the first.
- Two months overdue is the limit.
- They are $25.00 per month and $200.00 yearly.
- Dues will be $25.00 per month payable every meeting or every second meeting.
- Annual Dues of $200.00 will be paid 1 October.
- Upon failure of paying dues within two weeks, member shall be suspended and turn in his colors.
- If within two months dues still aren't paid, the colors will be forfeited to pay them and member will no longer be considered a member. The only exception to this shall be if a member is in jail or if he is out of town for a period of time. If he is in jail, dues won't be expected, but if he is out of town dues will be paid when he returns.
- All loans or debts will be secured by collateral. Members will agree upon payment. Two patch holders must be present in any personal loan transaction.
- Respect is to be shown to all club members, officers, bikes, ol' ladies, house, job, etc. In other words, if it's not yours, 'Don't Mess with it.'
- Respect your colors.
- No stealing from members.
- No fighting among each other is allowed, any punches to be thrown will be done by the Sergeant-at-Arms.
- President gets colors from mother club in area when new member is voted in.
- When a member leaves club, member turns over colors to president of chapter.
- Respect your colors; don't let anyone take them from you except the president of the chapter.
- No colors are worn in a cage, except during funerals and loading or unloading a bike from a truck.
- No hippie shit on the front.
- Nothing will be worn on the back of your jacket except colors.
- Colors must be worn at all times when riding or at club functions. Only one of your brothers or your ol' lady can babysit your colors. Colors are not required to be worn to and from employment if not allowed by employer. If patch is lost or stolen, patch holder will be judged by court.
- The only way a member can retire and keep his patch is if local officers authorize him. Minimum time for retirement is 5 years.
- Don't fuck around with your brother's ol' lady. (Probably an ass kicking and kick-out from club).
- Property patches will be brought up before all patch holders for input. Majority vote from all eligible patch holders is required.
- Members are responsible for their ol' ladies.
- Members may have more than one (1) ol' lady.
- Members must state who his ol' lady is.
- Members may not discuss club business with their ol' lady.
- No ol' ladies allowed at meetings.
- Ol' ladies are allowed unescorted at clubhouse only by prior arrangement by ol' man.
- Property patch is worn optional on an ol' lady. So if you see a chick you better ask before you leap.
- 1960s - The Los Muertos Motorcycle Club is founded in New Orleans, Louisiana. The founding members had deep ties to La Eme, the Mexican Mafia. They act as a pipeline for other affiliates such as MS13 and Surenos in the Southwest to get their drugs and guns to the New Orleans Market.
- 1965 - The MC purchases the broken down Full Throttle Saloon in Kenner and remakes it into a club house and bar.
- 2005 - Hurrican Katrina decimates the drug trade as people evacuate and the MC's infrastructure falls into chaos. However, after the dust settles the MC is quick to recover with the help of their La Eme ties. This recovery results in booming business, as law enforcement is stretched thin repairing the city.
- 2007 - When the werewolf video goes viral, the MC responds with vandalism and open hosility. They have been tied to several gruesome assaults and murders.
- 2010 - The MC changes the logo, so the reaper is clutching a necklace of wolf teeth in it's bony hand to represent their active stance against werewolves. It is generally well known wolves are not welcome in Kenner.
Special Agent-in-Charge (SAC)
Specialized divisions and task forces to handle the new werewolf 'infestation' have been popping up on the federal, state, and local levels. They advise their offices of the proper protocols and tactics to use when a case involves a werewolf suspect. However, none is more advanced than the Genesis Division, a task force set up in large FBI field offices, but made up of a variety of officers from different federal agencies. Right now, they are focused on the cities with the largest populations and highest reporting of werewolf-on-human crime.
Truth is, however, that they have been on the scene longer than the public is aware, long before the wolves came out in the 90s. They have access to data from just about every 'unusual' event from the past century, everything from Bigfoot sightings to aliens... they've got it. When the wolves got sloppy they were the first to know, even before internet exposure of the digital age brought them out of the shadows and into the public eye.
This does not mean every agent has the clearance to know vampires, witches, guides, ghouls, and ghosts exist. Most only know of witches and werewolves, the two species that the general field agent monitors and may work with on occasion. The Upper Brass (NPCs) are the only Genesis members that know about species other than werewolves and witches.
Every Genesis employee signs a strict confidentiality and non-disclosure agreement. They also sign a document where they must verify under penalty of perjury they are human, which is subsequently verified via a lie detector test in order to gain security clearance. Non-humans working with Genesis do not gain this clearance and thus are generally kept in the dark, only given enough information to perform their specific function. Those found to be lying on their security clearance documentation can be convicted of a felony, as well as potentially prosecuted as a traitor of the United States depending on severity.
Consultants to Local Departments
Each local police department often comes into contact with werewolf crime. While they can handle petty arrests, many of their officers lack the specialized training and advanced weaponry to handle complex investigations. In such cases GEN officers can be called in as consultants. If a local department and Genesis Division come in on the same case, Genesis' jurisdiction trumps that of local departments. So once they are involved, they generally run the show.
These agents respond much like a FBI, CIA, etc. agent would, typically in suits or plain clothes with little fanfare unless they need to call in a GEN-Team.
Covert Witch Monitoring
There are currently no open hostilities between humans and witches. Thus Genesis' role is to monitor their kind and ensure the existence of real magic stays secret so that it doesn't create a panic. Monitoring is crucial. The potency of their magic is still very much not taken seriously by the general public and they don't usually practice in the open... but the Upper Brass knows what a large coven could be capable of. Thus, they keep files on large covens, sometimes place potential threats under surveillance, and destroy any evidence of real magic in the media.
Emergency Response Teams
Much like SWAT teams, GEN teams are specialized officers trained to respond to active werewolf situations, aka AWS. The relative infrequency of GEN callouts means these expensively trained and equipped officers cannot be left to sit around, waiting for an emergency. The officers are deployed to regular duty with local police departments, the FBI, etc. but are available for GEN calls via pagers, mobile phones, or radio transceivers. GEN personnel will normally be activated to crime suppression roles—specialized and more dangerous than regular patrol. Some examples of situations which require GEN to be called are active hostile werewolf situations, search and rescue for turned humans, pursuit of wanted dangerous werewolves under warrant, etc.
Since officers have to be on callout most of the day, they may be assigned to regular patrol duties. To decrease response times to situations that require a GEN team, it is common practice to place GEN equipment and weaponry in secured lockers in the trunks of specialized police cruisers when on duty with their respective department. Unfortunately, the need to summon widely dispersed personnel, then equip and brief them, makes for a long lag between the initial emergency and actual GEN team deployment on the ground.
Non-human Field Agents
Genesis employs several non-human civilians to assist in the field. They act outside organizational hierarchy and at the lowest level of command structure. They have little to no security clearance or power in the organization, and are lucky to even gain the respect of the human members of their team.
Since Genesis knows about all kinds of supernaturals, these field agents can be any species, but are almost always werewolves or witches due to the secrecy and rarity of the others. There are many reasons these individuals would work for them and turn on their own kind. They are often hunted, found, and threatened. Once they do switch sides, they become property of the state, implanted with a tracking chip, and lose much of their freedom.
Research & Development Department
Unknown to the general public, Genesis also has a top secret research department. They were behind the development of the drug commonly used to sever the pack bond of werewolves serving time in prison. They currently research ways to reverse the 'lycanthropic disease,' as well as develop weapons to combat the werewolf threat.
Specialists in R&D work day to day in a lab in the lower levels of the FBI headquarters in Orleans Parish. However, they also travel to Angola, the closest maximum security prison where werewolves are housed. There they research inmates serving life, sometimes through observation and lately much more than that. Some of their test subjects are 'transferred' to their largest research facility in a non-disclosed desert location off-grid, never to be heard from again.
Field Agents lowest to highest
- Probationary Agent
- Special Agent
- Senior Special Agent
- Supervisory Special Agent
- Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge (ASAC)
- Special Agent-in-Charge (SAC)
Research & Development lowest to highest
- Senior Specialist
- Supervisory Specialist
- Assistant Specialist-in-Charge (ASC)
- Specialist-in-Charge (SC)
Administration limited list
- Human Resources
- IT Specialist
- Public Relations
- Date - Info here.
The Levitical Church
“Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. - Exodus 22:18”
“God hates witches.”
“They shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them. - Leviticus 20:27”
“Witches are an abomination, we are here to exorcise them.”
These and similar sayings painted on boards and signs have become a familiar sight not only in New Orleans, but have also made headlines in national newspapers and TV. They are the doing of a particularly militant Calvinist sect called the Levitical Church, who have made it their mission to show the world what they believe to be the innate evil of witches. The small group had their beginning in a small town in Missouri, but when they decided that the pond was growing too small to make a significant difference, they picked a new home. New Orleans, considered one of the most “sinful” cities in America, seemed to be a perfect location to rain down on all that they considered wrong with the world. Adhering strictly to scripture, the Levitical Church, Levites for short, actively hate every form of deviance from what is written down as God’s law, but have chosen witches to single out and concentrate their efforts on.
Regularly the Levites picket and protest in front of anything that is related to witchcraft in the least, and keep their own records of who they believe to be witches. Most of New Orleans and the world disregard or disagree with the Levites’ beliefs and even openly make fun of them. The witches, however, cannot brush the group off as easily as over the years, they have closed in on witch-owned businesses, making their everyday lives difficult and filled with dread for what is to come. The Levites, however, interpret any hate that they receive as being tested on their righteous path. For in their eyes, they are hand-picked by God to go to heaven, and anyone who cannot be convinced of their truth is going to Hell. And with how much more extreme they are getting with each day, the Levites are going to end up actively helping their enemies get there.
The Levites subscribe to a legalist, Calvinistic interpretation of Biblical scripture, in which adherence to the law is held above grace and salvation through Jesus Christ. Members of the church view life as an epic spiritual battle between good and evil. The good in their eyes is the church and its members, and the evil is everyone else. They consider themselves the ultimate arbiters of divine truth. And the church’s antics are such that they are constantly at odds with the world, which only serves to reinforce their otherness on a daily basis.
“You are to differentiate between what’s sacred and common, and between the unclean and clean. - Leviticus 10:10”
The Levites believe it is their duty to shine a light on the “common” and “unclean,” illuminating their sins for all the world to see. They believe to speak on behalf of God, expressing his hatred of those who do not keep his commandments and laws. They are the chosen ones, the elect, personally selected by God before they were born to obtain salvation. On the other hand, they believe in total depravity and unconditional election, that is, that everyone outside of the church was chosen before their creation to burn eternally because they lack the ability to love and choose God.
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. - Matthew 7:13-14”
While the church’s brand of picket-line evangelism is arguably redundant if believers are predestined to obtain salvation, the Levites would assert that it is their job to preach God’s truth to the masses, potentially awakening other members of the elect and bringing them to Christ, aka God’s irresistible or efficacious grace. And what of those who choose to leave the church? They were either never saved to begin with, or will be divinely chastened and one day repent and return. In the meantime, however, the church prohibits any and all contact between current members and those considered to be defectors.
“A wise man fears God and shuns evil. - Proverbs 14:16”
Many a family has been torn apart upholding this standard of righteousness. Otherwise, divorce is not accepted by the Levites, as they take the Mark 10:9 verse “what God has joined together, let man not separate” very seriously. In cases when a person married within the church chooses to leave it, the excommunicated or defecting spouse is decreed dead in the eyes of the church, and the spiritually faithful spouse, widowed. This can create problems for the spouse who has left the organization should they attempt to remarry, as the required paperwork is not submitted to the proper courts to finalize the separation.
"Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? - 2 Corinthians 6:14”
The Levites believe God’s wrath is currently being rained down on the Earth in the form of natural disasters all over the world, including 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. According to the church, the devastation of New Orleans during this time is evidence of God’s disapproval of the city known for all manner of sins. Likewise, they believe God will eventually pour out his fury upon the city they consider to be the modern day Sodom and Gomorrah, destroying what has been rebuilt since the destruction caused by the storm.
"Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience. - Colossians 3:5-6”
So of all the different types of sinners, why the focus on witches? The Biblical reasoning that the Levites provide can be traced back to Eve, what many believe to be the first woman created by God. Eve sought to gain and understand knowledge that was not intended for her, that God personally warned her away from. Her curiosity would effectively damn mankind, tempting Adam to also fall into sin. In the same way, witches have ignored the warnings throughout scripture, discouraging them from delving into Satan’s counterfeits of holy spirituality. According to the church, witches work directly with Satan himself, whether they choose to believe this to be the source of their power or not. It is sinful to look to false gods, goddesses, or within one’s self rather than to the one true God for divine answers. What makes witches particularly abhorrent, according to the Levites, is that they use their powers to enchant and entice others away from God, where their faith is wasted on worldly practices that cannot offer salvation.
Not many a Levite will be ready to confess that the other, more practical reasoning behind their concentrated hatred for witches is their pivotal role in the social fabric of New Orleans. The city is barely imaginable without voodoo and not only do the citizens not mind it, there is a certain pride in this identity. This normalization of witchcraft goes against everything that the Levites believe. Efforts made by covens banding together to help victims of Katrina seemed to go against the Levites’ core belief that the witches are evil, but they have put a spin on it that they have only done this to lure the helpless away from God’s light and reinforced their efforts to expose and harm them.
Scripture Related to Witchcraft
1 Chronicles 10:13-14
2 Chronicles 33:6
Leviticus 19:31, 20:27, 20:6
Revelation 21:8, 22:15
1 Samuel 15:23
The almost militaristically strict group that the Levitical Church is could not function in this way without clear leadership. Reverend Eugene Edwards currently has the reins and is known for running a very tight ship. With his taking over the spiritual leadership of the Levites in 1995, the direction of the group slowly but surely grew more conservative as well as aggressive towards those who did not conform to their beliefs, be it inside or outside of the group. The Missouri-born preacher allows only one, very literal interpretation of the Bible. To make sure that every one of his flock is on the same page, he gives daily sermons in his influential, thunderous voice, and at times likes to talk to members of the church individually. Apart from imparting spiritual knowledge onto his followers, Reverend Edwards is the mastermind behind the protests and other campaigns against the groups they oppose, often spending hours into the night to come up with slogans to write on the posters. However, he does not like to make many public appearances, preferring to stay behind when other church members go out to picket. He has thus far denied any requests for interviews by any news outlet, successfully staying out of the public eye.
As for his personal life, Eugene Edwards describes himself as being “lost” before finding the Levites as a young man, as he did not grow up in a Christian home. He often portrays this as being deprived of the true faith, and his parents as being malicious people for keeping him from his destiny as a true follower of Christ. Drawing on his experience, he encourages other Levites to try and get the messages that he interprets as God’s will out to the people, to allow the ones “chosen” for salvation to be recognized. As many of the Levites are, the Reverend is married. His wife Martha is a figure that doesn’t show herself much, and many of the more recent members of the church do not even know what she looks like. The opposite is the case for his daughters, Prudence and Clarity. The girls in their early twenties take an active part in the church’s activities and seem to burn for the overall message. They disseminate it using modern means as well, such as short videos on different topics where the two beautiful blondes talk about the literal Biblical responses to today’s dilemmas for faithful Christians in a bubbly, easy to understand way.
To join the Levitical Church, one need first be a Christian. That is, a person who has accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and asked him to come into their hearts. If they are a member of the elect, doing this will initiate a heart change, in which the person turns away from sin and strives to live their life according to God’s word. While the new believer will never be perfect, as only Jesus lived a perfect and sinless life, they should still make a sincere effort to live by Biblical principles and laws, repenting when they fall short of the glory of God. However, the church does not welcome the sexually immoral, witches, or anyone participating in a lifestyle deemed unacceptable in the eyes of God. They believe once a person begins living in such manner of sin, they are irredeemable and wicked.
The potential member must also believe strongly in the Levites’ literal interpretation of the Bible. Once the person has accepted Jesus and their beliefs have been confirmed, the Levitical church requires they be baptized to make a public profession of their faith to the body. Baptisms are performed by Reverend Edwards, typically at Northshore Beach, where the new believer dons a white robe and is dunked in the waters of the lake. When they emerge, they are branded with a life verse that they believe represents their walk with God. This is different and personal for everyone, but it is always put on the forearm, where it is visible and distinguishable to the world, “setting them apart” from it. Once this is done, they are considered reborn and are officially a member of the church.
- 1983 - The Levitical Church emerges in Fortescue, Missouri, when a group of followers split from a local legalist Presbyterian congregation. Led by Ronald Leeds, who proclaims himself to be the group’s Reverend and spiritual leader, the group separates from the established religious community to form their own on grounds that their interpretations of the Bible is not true and faithful enough. They call themselves the Levitical Church, or the Levites for short, in reference to the third book of the Old Testament that puts an emphasis on strict moral practices. Reverend Leeds introduces a baptism because in the eyes of the newly formed Levites, previous christenings do not satisfy their stricter beliefs. The first years are spent gathering in people’s houses, but the flock slowly grows and Reverend Leeds starts erecting a building on his farmland that would serve as their church.
- 1989 - A young man named Eugene Edwards finds his way to the church. Although and perhaps because he seems aimless at first, having no job and coming from a broken family, he takes to the Levites’ teachings very fast and seems to burn for them. Reverend Leeds recognizes the fire for his cause within Eugene and takes him in as a protege, grooming him to become his successor. During this time, Eugene is invited to live in the Leeds’ family home to be close to his mentor. He becomes close to another member of the family, however, the Leeds’ daughter Martha, whom he marries in 1992. Around this time, Eugene starts taking a more active role in guiding the growing congregation, and giving sermons, his style being distinctly more draconian than the elder Reverend’s.
- 1995 - Although barely over sixty years old, Reverend Leeds passes away due to cancer. The leadership position over the Levitical Church falls onto Eugene Edwards. There is some resistance at this change of leadership, and some members of the church decide to leave. The remaining members are not only forbidden from any continued contact with the defectors, many of whom they are related to or otherwise close, but begin to be tested in their faith and devotion to the Levitical Church. Reverend Edwards seems to never run out of ways to test them: periods of isolation, branding, or snake pits. While the Levites grow more cruel to their own members, it is no comparison to their attitude to outsiders, who are seen increasingly as evil that needs to be eradicated.
- 2003 - The small midwestern town that is Fortescue seems to be too small. Over the years of their activity there, the Levitical Church had either managed to recruit its citizens or turn them entirely against themselves in hatred for their messages. But Reverend Edwards has a larger vision. In his eyes, the mission of the Levites needs a bigger platform, somewhere they can really make a difference in either salvation of the souls that had been confused by taking them into their ranks, or the highlighting of evil for what it is so that the entire world can see. They pick among the places that have grown infamous for their reputations of being “sinful,” and end up in New Orleans. With their joined resources, the Levites acquire a farm on the outskirts of the city where they live communally. To spread their messages and literal interpretations of the God’s word with their favourite method of picketing, they make often trips into the city which soon earns them a bad reputation among the citizens.
- 2005 - Hurricane Katrina hits New Orleans. The Levites interpret this natural disaster as God’s wrath descending on the sinners in the city. The Levitical Church remains relatively unaffected due to the position of their farm, which they see as proof of God’s grace as well as a sign that they are chosen. While humanitarian efforts come in from all sides to help those affected by the disaster, the church picket the streets with unequivocal signs proclaiming that this was no accident but God’s punishment. The fact that local covens actively participate in helping rebuild the city and support people draws the church’s attention to them. Over the next years, there is an increasing amount spent with discussing the evil origins of witchcraft during daily sermons and prayers circles.
- 2007-2011 - A formerly Catholic church, St. Maurice, is left damaged and unsafe by Katrina so that the original congregation was forced to move out as they concentrated their funds on helping the community. The Levitical Church sees the abandoned church building that remained untouched since the hurricane as an opportunity to move into a more central location. Slowly, they move in and do necessary renovations. To facilitate them while remaining undetected and unreported for breaking in illegally, they work mostly at night. They mainly concentrate their efforts on the cellar, which they develop to have several large rooms, some of which serve as congregation halls, while others are equipped with bunk beds where the church members can sleep. After acquiring this new home base, they begin concentrating more intensely on their outward mission again, giving all their attention to what has become their main goal: exposing witches for the evil that the Bible claims they are, making their lives difficult and unmanageable, and ultimately, ending them.
Society for Higher Learning
Nearly anyone who is in the magical or supernatural circles knows of the Society of Higher Learning. The coven is known to be secretive, cultured, and even elitist. Its members can be found in the highest and most influential social strata of New Orleans, often occupying key positions although the information about their status as witches is kept hidden. Rumour has it that these individuals only achieved their high positions through magical means. Among those who do know about them, the Society is known as a monolith to be reckoned with because their dedication to achieving the heights of magic, as well as their very palpable influence within the non-magical world. Singular in the magical world, they are not just one coven but a ring of interrelated covens across the globe who share knowledge as well as a common goal of penetrating the deepest magical secrets of the world.
Yet even among those who know of the Society of Higher Learning, there is very little understanding of what goes on behind closed doors. Not only is the coven very secretive towards the outside, but they operate in a very hierarchical manner and the different levels have different access to knowledge of the structures and goals of the coven as well as their extensive library. Another controversial issue is that the Society requires its members to pay fees that are adjusted according to the member’s financial situation. Those unable to pay entirely are required to work in the businesses owned by the Society or to perform general administrative and assistant duties for the coven. In New Orleans, they own the Pharmacy museum and 1124 Burgundy St is their coven house where the regent and a few members reside.
With this much secrecy veiling their operations, the question begs itself, is there something more that they want to achieve besides their claim of seeking the heights of magical knowledge?
Born in the era of occultism, the Society of Higher Learning is a product of their time. Many of the founding members came from a coven that worshipped Egyptian deities, and some of them were initiates of Aleister Crowley’s tradition of thelema. One of Crowley’s central beliefs, “do what thou wilt shall be the whole of law” was tweaked and made into the central philosophy of the Society, that is, anything is permitted on the road of achievement of one’s goals. Combined with their professed goal of solving the world’s deepest magical secrets, this results in heavy investments into studying different magical traditions in attempts to extract the most useful tools from them. Still, this remains mainly an academic exercise.
In their magic, members of the Society for Higher Learning follow the path of ceremonial magic. It is a very complex, highly ritualized style of magic that required copious preparation and flawless execution. It often involves dressing in costumes as the deities whose elements and areas of expertise they strive to invoke, recitation of complex hymns, and copious incorporation of symbolism. In their rituals and spells that oftentimes resemble elaborate performances, the members with the highest levels of mastery are the ones cast in the central roles while the lower leveled members usually just assist. Although it might be frustrating for the younger initiates, this undeniably increases the chances of success. The Society’s magic is never spontaneous, but usually this level of attention to detail results in undeniable results.
The coven that is known as the Society for Higher Learning in New Orleans is actually just an outpost of a larger organization of covens with the same name. The Society might have started as a single coven, but over the years grew into something more akin to a global conglomerate. Twice a year, the High Priests and Priestesses along with the highest ranked members of their respective coven meet at changing locations to exchange information and decide on pressing issues together. Their purpose is not primarily generating revenue, but gathering esoteric knowledge. Which is not to say that they do not generate profit. Running such an organization takes funds and someone’s got to pay. For the Society for Higher Learning, that someone are its own members, who have to cover membership fees. These are calculated on a sliding scale, according to the member’s income, and those who aren’t well off can work for the coven to make up for it.
Strictly and hierarchically structured, the Society stresses the importance of secrecy. This is mainly geared towards the outsiders, but also extends to members. They are ranked internally and get access to information either about the coven itself or the occult secrets they have accumulated according to their status. This extends even to knowing the identities of the highest members of the coven. As the ranks are generally decided upon along the lines of the mastery levels of magic, the most common way to climb the hierarchical ladder in the coven is to progress one’s magic. Another is through exceptional contributions to the Society’s goals.
A part of this secrecy are code names, which in the Society of Higher Learning are given by the High Priest/Priestess to the member and are chosen according to their personality from the minor arcana of the tarot deck, i.e. Five of Wands, or Page of Cups. These remain throughout their time with the Society, with the exception of being elected to the position of High Priest/Priestess or changing from one division to another.
High Priest or Priestess
Theoretically, the High Priest/Priestess in the Society of Higher Learning covens are chosen based on merit. Only the most magically capable and intelligent people are elected by the other regents to enter their ranks. Along with the title of High Priest/Priestess, they are awarded a title of a major arcana tarot card. But behind the facade of rationality, these sophisticated individuals play complicated and cunning political games to obtain power. And since the position of High Priest/Priestess is not permanent, as the person in it can be demoted, intrigue behind the scenes to rearrange the power dynamics are commonplace.
As their main goal is excellence, the Society for Higher Learning exclusively recruits members to their ranks who excel intellectually and magically. Current members of the coven keep an eye out for outstanding talent and relay the information to the management. The potential candidates are thoroughly screened before they contacted. Although being approached by a coven member is the usual form of recruitment into Society for Higher Learning, some individuals may also actively apply for a position in their ranks. Because of their strict rules and particular style of magic, the Society rarely recruits members who they did not initiate themselves.
- 1905 - At the turn of the twentieth century, Western society was living in a weird schism: there was a significant rise of technology and urbanisation, that some critics say caused feelings of alienation and even dehumanization, which on the other hand were countered by a growing interest in mysticism. Occultism was suddenly en vogue, with spiritualists and mediums entertaining guests in parlours of the high society in London. It is in this climate that the Society of Higher Learning was born. Founded by 14 like-minded individuals that came from similar but slightly different magical backgrounds, the newly founded coven put as its goal the research of the deepest mysteries of the world. Upon the Society’s inception, all members assigned themselves codenames and roles according to the major arcana of the Tarot. As the founding members were all from wealthy and educated backgrounds, their families either nobility, owners of great businesses, or politicians, it was natural that their modus operandi was mainly theoretical research with spurts of practice, but their dedication to their goal coupled that they had the means to allow them time to learn intensively meant that they progressed very quickly in magic. A very exclusive group, the Society for Higher Education reluctantly took in a few more members over the following years, but not without proving their worth extensively first. Originally, the member number was kept limited to 22, in reference to its numerological correspondences and the fact that there are only 22 cards in the major arcana of tarot.
- 1912-1920 - The years leading up to, during, and after WWI were a turbulent time not only globally but also for the Society of Higher Education. The tense political situation lead to tensions within the coven as well. But while the members seemed to disagree about the methods of going about their goal, every one of them seemingly embodying the qualities of their chosen tarot card and archetype, they were still unanimous about the ultimate objective of the coven. The solution seemed to be to disperse. Most of the founding members relocated, some within the UK, some across the world to places they thought they could gather important knowledge that would further their goals, and a small core group remained in the Society’s original location in London where they had amassed an extensive library. It was to become their custom to come together there for extended stays when they would exchange information they gathered and learn from each other. While the members who relocated were solitary “outposts” at first, some took in apprentices to help with the workload and slowly, over time, started building covens around themselves. This was frowned upon at first, but after extensive discussions, it was decided that it would ultimately help their cause and thus received the official blessing.
- 1927 - Aldous Cavendish (*1868-1941), one of the founding members known as “Judgement” in the Society for Higher Learning, relocates to New Orleans. Fascinated by syncretized magic, he had spent some time in Haiti trying to learn about the local tradition of voudou. Yet the unstable political background in the country wasn’t exactly conducive to learning in the way that Cavendish was accustomed to. Frustrated with his lack of progress and the seeming lack of interest from the locals to confide their secrets onto him, he figured that New Orleans, with its sister tradition of voodoo, would be the next best thing. Upon his arrival to the city, he acquires a house in 1124 Burgundy St where he starts to set up a base to study and entertain in. It doesn’t take long for the wealthy Englishman to set foot in the high society of the city, even if to his dismay, he doesn’t quite manage to form any significant ties to local voodoo practitioners. To compensate for this, he starts forming a coven, which becomes the New Orleans branch of the Society for Higher Learning.
- 1937 - Over the years, Aldous Cavendish starts exhibiting signs of dementia. When not only his memory of details of rituals and mythologies slip, but personality changes start to occur, the position of the High Priest and “Judgement” goes to his apprentice who had followed him from England, Samuel Worthington (*1899-1956). Worthington’s stint as the coven’s regent isn’t marked by many significant events as the studious man set his, and by extension, the coven’s focus on bookish advancement of their knowledge.
- 1942 - The Society of Higher Acquires an old apothecary that is about to go out of business and uses it for their own purposes, the coven members mixing magical trinkets and grinding herbs in its lab. Later, due to its historical significance, the coven decides to repurpose the premises to a Pharmacy Museum, using some of the artifacts and curios the coven had acquired over the years to put on display and charging an entrance fee.
- 1956 - Although the extent of the power coup remains a secret to most coven members, the handover of power from Worthington to his successor, Jeremy Wells (*1921-1995), was not exactly amicable. The latter was a New Orleans local who joined the Society after being noticed by another coven member who was a teacher for his exceptional intellectual gifts. After his initiation, he took to occult studies like a fish to water, but the pure knowledge did not seem to satisfy him. He hungered for something more. Power. It was obvious in the way he tried to find ways to climb the ranks quickly, and was very successful, until he was left standing in front of the final hurdle, the regent himself. After a failed attempt to defame the High Priest Worthington by questioning his character, Wells seemed to accept his fate of having to wait for his natural demise to be able to follow him as regent as he would not surpass him in magical ability. But then Worthington falls suddenly ill, which leads to his death in a matter of days. Wells is elected as his successor. Unlike his successor, Jeremy Wells puts an emphasis not only on academic knowledge, but additionally requires the coven members to strive for influential positions in the New Orleans society, effectively widening the Society’s authority.
- 1995 - After battling Cancer for the last decade of his life, Jeremy Wells passes away. His wife, Katazhyna Wells (*1954), is named his successor, High Priestess, and the “Judgement.” This decision causes a lot of controversies not only in the New Orleans branch of the Society for Higher Education, but also among the other “major arcana” members because of her proximity to the former regent. Allegations of nepotism are thrown around. But Katazhyna Wells is quick to shut down them down by displays of her abilities. Since then, she has made it a point to seek quick retribution towards anyone who badmouths her, not shunning neither mundane nor magical means to do so. Under her no-nonsense rule, the New Orleans branch of the Society remains as strong and influential as ever.
House of Laurier
If you have a broken leg, you go to a doctor. If you need a hex removed, you turn to House of Laurier.
Over almost two centuries since its inception, the coven has become a part of the colourful fabric that makes up New Orleans so much that the city would be almost unthinkable without it. That is, for those who know about magic. Among supernaturals, other witches, and even some humans who believe in witchcraft, House of Laurier is known as the coven to seek out for magical assistance. For the right price, its members will place a ward on your house, create an amulet or talisman, enchant werewolves, or do other rituals and spells to help achieve your goals. The House of Laurier is comprised of witches of different ages and experience levels who specialize in different ranges of witchcraft. Because of this, they are able to provide a broad spectrum of services to their clients.
Individuals who want to seek out their services can contact any of the coven members and if the witch in question cannot help them with their request, they will be put in touch with someone who can. When in doubt, the safest bet is to visit the Lucky Hand magical supplies store which is owned and operated by coven members and serves as a de facto headquarters for the coven. House of Laurier mostly operates through word of mouth and does not advertise otherwise. This means that while they are well-known in their neighborhood, outside of it, not much is known about the coven.
Founded in the golden era of Louisiana Voodoo when great Voodoo Queens such as Marie Laveau herself were community leaders, the House of Laurier remains largely African-American and Creole and still practices in that tradition. This strain of magical practice stems from the religions of the African diaspora and incorporates syncretized Christian imagery.
In practice, the voodoo and hoodoo as practiced by the House of Laurier concentrates mainly on the creation magical talismans or amulets such as mojo or gris-gris bags as a means to achieve their goals. Ancestral worship is also central to their rituals. It is perhaps due to this aspect that there are a lot ancestor-initiated witches in the coven. Overall, the practical is emphasized in their magic, as the House of Laurier strives to achieve mostly very worldly and tangible results for themselves and their clients.
The income coven members receive from providing magical services to outsiders is not enough to sustain themselves and they all hold down “regular” jobs. But the extra revenue allows them more freedom to dedicate time for deepening their witchcraft knowledge. This, combined with the fact that each magical “job” is also practice in their craft means that witches of House of Laurier usually advance quickly in their mastery levels.
When House of Laurier started operating, it was a family coven. In many ways, it remains that, even if the family has grown and the blood ties that connect everybody have thinned considerably. This translates to relatively flat hierarchies and a democratically run coven. The big decisions pertaining to the coven as well as family matters are usually taken under advice from the family elders and as a unit. Operating under the unofficial motto “family first,” the members of the House of Laurier see each other as family and will not hesitate to help if a fellow witch is in need, at times going to great lengths to do so.
Every coven has a regent, and every family has a head. For the House of Laurier, this is the same person, colloquially referred to as “Ma” or “Pa,” depending on their gender. The regent looks after the wellbeing of the family members as well as the family as a unit, settles disputes, and has the final say in any big decision. In House of Laurier, this position is hereditary and not tied to gender, meaning that the offspring or a close relative becomes regent after the old regent passes away or becomes incompetent. However, there are rumours of an old curse on the Laurier bloodline. Whenever the title of the regent is passed down to the eldest child, a swift death awaits them. After a couple of regents were lost this way, the position now goes to one of the younger offspring.
To join House of Laurier, you have to either be born into one of the families that belong to it, or marry into it. These are the two most common methods to become part of the family-based coven. In the coven’s past, there have been exceptions to this. For example, family members of a person who married into the coven also joined, or someone who was extremely close to one or more of the coven members was eventually initiated. These are extremely rare exceptions, however. The commitment to the coven is equal to a commitment to family, life-long. Much like a family, House of Laurier isn’t actively looking to recruit, but grows organically.
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- 1823-1887 - The House of Laurier is born in a time when voodoo is emerging from an underground phenomenon to mainstream fame, in a time when Voodoo Queens and Kings of the likes of Marie Laveau roam the streets of the city. But even as it gains mainstream recognition, it first and foremost remains a practice of the minorities. It is in a densely populated, African-American and Creole neighborhood that the House of Laurier is established by a couple of witches who want to offer their magical services to the community. The title of the coven refers to an actual place, the family home of the Lauriers, from where they operate their coven and business. They are open to all people of their neighborhood, no matter the concern, and accept natural payments, such as a chicken for a soup, or exchange of services for a spell or ritual.
The Laurier couple, lovingly referred to as Ma and Pa, are almost on equal footing when it comes to the leadership of the coven in the beginning. However, Ma (*1801-1887) would prevail as the regent, if only per the fact that she lives longer than her husband. They come to have twelve children together over the years, although only three would live long enough to establish their own families, which would become the bloodlines that are still living on in the coven today.
- 1887-1888 - After the original Ma Laurier’s passing, the title and leadership of the coven goes to her eldest daughter. Hattie Laurier, St. Ville by marriage (*1821-1888) has a very short stint as Ma of the House of Laurier that ends in tragedy. She is famed for being a gregarious woman and loving more than the occasional drink, which she also incorporated into her magic. The stress of becoming regent and suddenly having all family members rely on her for everything proves too much, though, and she turns to the bottle to cope with it. This meant many a reckless night on the town. It was on one of these that she found herself in the wrong place at the wrong time, and fell victim to a violent dispute that would claim her life. Hattie’s reign as Ma ends not even a full year after it began.
- 1887-1895 - After the tragic death of Hattie St. Ville, the position of the leader of House of Laurier goes to her brother, Omére Laurier (*1825-1895), who becomes the first official Pa of the coven. During his time as a regent, Omére tried to form ties to other covens of the city, with varying success. Not all of the coven members agreed with these efforts, as many hold the opinion that they should keep to their own business. Nonetheless, it is Omére’s outreach that gains the coven the recognition within the magical community that it enjoys to this day. Having lived a long life, Omére passes away peacefully while taking a nap on his 70th birthday.
- March-September 1895 - Omére’s first-born son, Didier Laurier (*1843-1895) inherits the Pa title, yet is unable to make much of a name for himself as the regent of the House of Laurier because he meets his sudden death in an accident at a construction site he worked at. His mother, Omére’s widow Christine Laurier, famed for her accurate predictions in card readings, divines that her son’s untimely demise is due to a curse that lay on the Laurier family. She manages to trace it back to Hattie St. Ville’s death, too. Since none within the coven can tell who or how the curse has been put in place, making it impossible to remove it, it is decided that they must work within their limitations. After Didier, no first offspring of a regent will ever inherit the leader position.
- 1895-1917 - After his brother’s tragic death, Omére’s second son, Darcourt Laurier (*1852-1920), steps into the shoes of House of Laurier’s Pa. He does not meet the same fate as his brother, luckily, and remains the regent for two decades. Although this is a stable time for the conven as there is no quick changes in regents, Darcourt’s style of leadership left a lot to be desired. Some more blunt members have even called it “nonexistent,” as the idiosyncratic Pa liked to take a less than active role within the coven. Since he did not step in to smooth over arguments between coven members, many an animosities between the different families in House of Laurier developed in this time, causing some members to leave and the coven to almost disband. In the later years of his life, Darcourt started showing signs of dementia to a degree that he could barely take care of himself, and was relieved of his duties as regent before his passing.
- 1917-1978 - Info here.
- 1978-2015 - Info here.
- 2015-now - Info here.
Gaia's Sacred Circle
Not entirely taken seriously by the more established covens in NOLA, Gaia’s Sacred Circle would be easily dismissed were it not for their impressive growth rate. Though not strict in terms of structure or organization, this eclectic group of witches boasts idealistic, humanitarian intentions. Deriving their name from the primal Mother Earth goddess, Gaia, their focus is on the betterment of the planet and the promotion of acceptance and love for all people. Anyone can be a witch is a message they advocate, and they welcome newcomers into their midst regardless of their level of experience or magical background. This unselective approach coupled with recruitment is largely responsible for their increasing size. Their leader, Halcyon, is beloved by his followers, who are devoted to spreading his message throughout N’awlins.
Some covens have a clear tradition they follow with a strict set of rules and specific setups for rituals. Gaia’s Sacred Circle is not one of those covens. The magic they practice is a jumble of different traditions with their own inventions peppered in. The approach propagated by their regent Halcyon is “whatever works.” Witches in Gaia’s Sacred Circle are often young and just starting out, and are thus encouraged to experiment in magic, with only light guidance provided by the leader and elder members. Many look spells up online and adjust the recipes to fit their wants and available ingredients. This does not always yield the desired results, and it mostly takes many attempts and readjustments to get it right.
Overall, the main emphasis of any magic and spellcasting in Gaia’s Sacred Circle is self-improvement. As per Regent Halcyon’s belief, improving and evolving one’s self is the only way to lastingly better the planet. Meditation, affirmations, and other practices to expand consciousness are a daily staple in the regiment of the most active coven members. The coven also does not shy away to further this goal by other means: psychedelics and the illicit substance that has caused tensions between the police and witch community are taken in secret rituals.
Gaia’s Sacred Circle is based on an ideal of furthering the planet’s and humanity’s evolution towards more wholesome love and understanding. This altruistic principle was at the foreground of Halcyon’s mind when he created the coven, and his dedication appeals to people who join Gaia and practice witchcraft under his tutelage. Structures and organization were and remain secondary in Gaia’s Sacred Circle’s pursuits, to the point where they’re almost an afterthought.
Rules are implemented and discarded according to need for them, which on one hand makes it a dynamic environment that is responsive to the coven’s needs, but on the other hand can be chaotic. Some say that there is no real direction for the coven, and that Halcyon is to blame for this vagueness, but others say that his vision is too large to comprehend or be implemented at once. One thing remains intact, Halcyon’s word is final, even if it is to be revoked at some point.
Despite his warm and charismatic personality, very little is actually known about Gaia’s regent, Halcyon. He prefers to keep conversations philosophical, rather than personal, conveying deep, sincere interest in his followers while revealing almost nothing about himself. What is known, is that he moved to New Orleans from California directly following Hurricane Katrina out of a desire to help those impacted by the storm. He was a part of a small coven that later dissolved, some of its members remaining with and supporting him throughout the conception and birth of Gaia’s Sacred Circle. But even these founding coven members know only vague details, leaving much open to interpretation and speculation. Some say he’s the product of “humble beginnings,” others claim he’s Ivy League educated, other still claim he was formerly a member of the mob. The one fact almost everyone seems to agree on is that he spent several years living as a monk in Tibet, as his bedroom in the coven house displays photographs from his time in the Chinese region.
Gaia accepts witches of all ages, backgrounds, and experience levels, earning a reputation for being a very welcoming group. “All witches have to start somewhere,” is often quoted by members, who are eager to bring anyone interested in spellcraft into the fold — provided they meet with Halcyon’s approval, of course. It is worthy to note that the ratio of male practitioners to female within Gaia leans more toward the feminine than any of the other local covens.
Men are more likely to be turned away for one reason or another, meeting with a harsher screening process prior to being initiated or accepted. Typically, men who are accepted into Gaia are lower in skill level magically, either just starting out in the craft, or with less years under their belt than Regent Halcyon. Those who have been turned away often make claims of Halcyon being threatened by them, but his followers are quick to defend their leader, insisting he is above such trivialities. Some of his flock believe Halcyon is simply more in tune to the hearts and motivations of those seeking to join them and chalk up rejection to their intentions not aligning with those of the coven.
- 2005 - Directly following Hurricane Katrina, the city of New Orleans declared a state of emergency. While most of its citizens opted to flee before the hurricane made landfall, approximately 26% of NOLA residents stayed behind to weather the storm. The nation watched the aftermath unfold in horror on their TV screens, helicopters flying over the historic city left mostly submerged underwater. In California, self-proclaimed shaman, Chad Chadwick, was also watching. Deeply moved by the sight of victims stranded on the rooftops of their homes, he made the decision to help in the relief efforts. He broke his lease, packed up everything he owned and crossed country to Louisiana. There, he joined up with a local coven who’d returned to the city to assist. This altruistic group would unite under this common goal, aiding those in need both physically and magically. The hurricane would be the fifth most expensive natural disaster in US history, but the city would rebuild, little by little, one day at a time.
- 2010 - However, the strength and resilience of the Crescent City, wouldn’t be shared by this benevolent group of witches over the long-term. Disagreements and infighting eventually led them to disband, the larger group following none other than Chad Chadwick, who is known under the name of Halcyon since his arrival in New Orleans. Guided under the same altruistic principles that made him come to the city, he founded Gaia’s Sacred Circle. The coven follows the explicit intent of furthering the planet’s and humanity’s evolution. With this unapologetic proclamation, the coven attracts all sorts of idealists. Because of Halcyon’s belief that witchcraft as a means to betterment of humanity should be as accepting and accessible as possible, one of Gaia’s principles is the acceptance of many new initiates.
- 2013-2015 - With the coven growing rapidly, the apartment its witches occupied together soon becomes too small. Gaia’s Sacred Circle needed more space to live and to practice their craft in, and it was decided that the members would raise funds and start looking for a house to call their own. Through the help of their magic and a bit of good luck, they managed to acquire a house in an auction that just fit their very limited budget. The house on 3007 Dryades Street in Central City wasn’t much more than a ruin when Gaia bought it. Since funds were low, the coven had to roll up their sleeves and renovate it themselves. This meant living among rubble for almost two years since none of them could afford rent someplace else when all money went into renovations. When they were finally done, they were left with a result that they could be proud of: a place to truly call their own. However, the house is no mansion, and with coven numbers growing, the space is growing more and more cramped.
Mar 2017 - Present
Mar 2017 - Present
Throughout most of the first half of the 17th century, Ireland had a substantial wolf population of no less than 400 and maybe as high as 1000 wolves at any one time. One of the nicknames used for Ireland during this period was “wolf-land”. However, in the centuries to follow, humans put bounties on the wolves, exterminating them en masse. The last reliable tale of a living wolf in Ireland was in the 1780s. Little did the humans know, the wolves still lived in Ireland, but became smarter, hiding in their human skin and only changing under the cover of darkness.
The Morrigan pack was formed in Killarney, Ireland in the early 1500s, aptly named as an homage to the legends of The Morrígan, a banshee like she-creature of Irish mythology who was said to take on the form of a red-furred wolf in battle. To this day, Killarney possesses the most extensive area (approximately 120 square kiometers, 30,000 acres) of semi-natural native woodland remaining in Ireland. This is where the werewolves of old roamed on the full moon. The pack began as a small family and grew larger over the years. But it was, and always will be led by an alpha couple. While modern day packs, assimilating to human culture, have subjugated women as less than, the women in the Irish packs have always been a source of strength and power, rivaling the tales of the Morrígan of mythology.
An early wave of Irish immigrants, fleeing British persecution at the end of the 1700s, landed in New Orleans and became well integrated into the economy and social life of the city. With them came a small contingent of the pack, younger couples anxious to spread their wings in the new world. Thus, the pack was divided into an Irish and American pack.
Immigrants from Ireland again settled in New Orleans in significant numbers as famine began to drive them out of their homeland in the 1820s, a famine which peaked in the 1840s. During this time, more of the Morrigans joined the American contingent. Both groups, Irish and Americans swelled in numbers over the centuries.
Life for the Irish immigrants settling in New Orleans wasn't easy. Poor and living in slums, the Irish were particularly susceptible to a series of epidemics that periodically swept the city. Many Irish labored on the New Basin Canal, a dangerous project which claimed thousands of lives. They were considered "expendable labor."
From 1810-1850, during that second wave of immigration, the Irish Channel neighborhood was settled largely by such immigrants. However early on the area also had people of other ethnicities, including German, Italian, and African American, living nearby each other. The point of debarkation was Adele Street, where many immigrants, penniless, took up residence in simple cottages, providing the beginnings of today's shotgun houses.
These days, it's not really an Irish neighborhood anymore. Since about the 1960s, the neighborhood has been majority African American, with substantial minorities of the descendants of the 19th century immigrants and more recent Latino immigrants. However, it retains it's name, architecture, and neighborhood feel. Built on the city's old high ground, the neighborhood escaped the catastrophic flooding of most of the city in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. It is still the center of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, with Magazine St. parade riders throwing cabbages, carrots and potatoes (in addition to green beads and Moon Pies) to the crowds.
During this second wave of immigration, the Morrigan pack settled in the Irish Channel, taking up residence on a street of those simple cottages. During the full moon, they escaped to what is now known as the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge to run as a wolf pack. Their territory remains the same to this day. In order to avoid detection, they moved out of the area to other states or areas of Louisiana for several decades and then returned, members of the pack each taking their turn 'holding down the fort.' Like the population around them, the pack began to diversify as rogues took refuge in their ranks or other American wolves filtered in and out.
Thomas Avery, alpha from 1938-1998, opened the Howlin' Wolf in 1985. He named it as a tongue-in-cheek reference to his kin. It began in a small warehouse in the Irish Channel. But then, when a space opened up in the nearby Warehouse District, it relocated northwest, closer to the French Quarter. It is a beloved hole in the wall, with a red brick and wrought iron exterior. The bar is made from hand carved mahogany imported from Ireland. It is adorned with wolf heads and other creatures borrowed from Irish mythology. It quickly became the Morrigan's pack business, supporting their people for years to come.
In August 2016, the pack was taken over by an invading pack. It has since been retaken with the aid of the Irish contingent of the Morrigan pack and other allies in March 2017. Since that time, the pack has been ruled by an alpha pair, Liam Coughlan alongside his wife, Bree Coughlan.
- Early 1500s CE - The Morrigan pack formed in Killarney, Ireland.
- Late 1700s CE - A small contingent of Morrigan wolves migrate from Killarney, Ireland to New Orleans, fleeing British persecution.
- 1820-1840s CE - A small contingent of Morrigan wolves migrate from Killarney, Ireland to New Orleans, fleeing famine in the region. The pack settles in the Irish Channel and establishes territory in the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge.
- Early 1900 - Eoin Durham becomes alpha of the American Morrigan pack residing in the Irish Channel and in nearby regions.
- 1938 - Thomas Avery challenges Eoin Durham for alpha of the American Morrigan pack and emerges the victor. He and his wife Gwen become the alpha pair ruling over the American Morrigan pack.
- April 2, 1940 - Lowe and Lyall Avery are born to the alpha pair, Gwendolyn and Thomas Avery.
- 1942 - Thomas Avery spearheads the opening of The Howlin' Wolf, a bar and grill, in a warehouse in the Irish Channel.
- 1957 - Lyall leaves the pack at 17 years old after he and his father butt heads for the thousandth time. He's disinherited and considered a rebellious, ungrateful child, and traitor to the pack by many.
- 1975 - The Howlin' Wolf really takes off and, needing a bigger space, moves to the Garden District to the northeast, closer to the heart of the city.
- Early 1998 - Gwen Avery is put down after she is infected with the rabies virus, leaving alpha Thomas Avery devastated. Thomas begins to drink himself dead, leaving weakness in his ranks. Lyall returns home for her funeral for the first time in years.
- Late 1998 - Thomas Avery is challenged for his rank during his time of weakness and is defeated by Braden O'Neill. Lyall is banished from the pack, for fear he will challenge Braden over the death of his father. Lowe is heartbroken as she is again separated from her twin. But she is the only one left to keep her father's life's work alive and The Howlin' Wolf's doors open.
- Early August 2016 - A pack that had been residing in rural Louisiana decides they intend to take up residence in New Orleans. Their alpha, Harrison, challenges Braden for alpha so he can take over the pack and his territory. When the fight begins in a remote part of the bayou and Braden appears to be winning, war erupts. Harrison orders his wolves to attack the Morrigans. They hadn't expected such a blatant, dishonorable act, and are outnumbered. The invading pack wipes out the majority of the Morrigan pack and the survivors are scattered.
- Late August 2016 - Lyall returns home to find his sister, a wolf since the war, roaming the bayou as a rogue with the few other survivors. He brings Lowe back from the brink of insanity and sends word to their Irish brethren and other American allies of what has happened in New Orleans.
- September 2016 - Their allies, and the Irish contingent especially, are enraged and cry out for vengeance, but they aren't stupid. They make plans to aid the New Orleans Morrigans methodically. Meanwhile, Lyall, Lowe, and the other survivors settle secretly in Algiers on the other side of the Mississippi River from their pack territory. Shell-shocked, the survivors gather themselves and slowly begin to spy on their rivals across the river now living in their homes. Harrison's wolves shut down the Howlin' Wolf and it remains abandoned.
- November 2016 - Volunteers from the Irish Morrigans begin to move into the Algiers neighborhood. The survivors help them settle in as they plot their revenge. It is decided that the best way to take back their lands will be to ambush them during a full moon run.
- December 2016 - The Morrigans celebrate a very somber Christmas south of the Mississippi.
- March 2017 - The Morrigans ambush Harrison's wolves on a full moon, slaughtering dozens and taking back their lands. They return to the Irish Channel, and several of the Irish wolves decide to stay in America to help revive the struggling Americans. Most significantly, Irish born wolf, Liam Coughlan took up alpha after they retook their territory. He is well respected among his people and known for his brave actions during the battle. He now rules alongside his wife, Bree.
If human soldiers think the bond between battle buddies is tight, just imagine how it is for these wolves. They've survived major conflicts together, watched pack members die, and came out the other side. This is their greatest strength and their greatest weakness. They've been through a lot and that burden weighs heavy on their shoulders. Logan has brought many of his wolves back from the brink of going wild, struggling with the trauma of war. But throughout Apex's history, he hasn't been able to save all of them. He's had to put some wolves down. Those who can't regain control, who threaten the lives of the humans his men protect...are a threat to men and wolves alike. Back before the wolves were 'out' he had to protect his own kind from the threat of exposure. Each of the wolves he's had to end, he has taken as a personal failure. Only those who have been with him the longest know the toll this has taken on him over the years.
But for those who survive, who make it through...they become a part of a family that would take a bullet for them without hesitation. They have each other and they have a purpose — correction, they HAD a purpose. Recently they were driven underground by anti-werewolf rhetoric and tyrannical policies. Now, they're operating with their hands bound behind their backs and the pack grows restless. They have been trained to fight and they are now living in a world where wolves are forced to be complacent or end up in a jail cell. They've worked hard to ensure the safety of this country and now, their government has turned against them. For some, the bitterness over recent events runs deep.
Fenrir Fidelis History
To understand Apex you have to go back in our nation's history quite a ways. As you may notice when picking up any history book, America's part of World War I was led by John J. Pershing. But even before Pershing brought soldiers across the Atlantic, wolves had a role in the war effort. In 1916-1917, what the Russians and Germans thought were every day wolves attacked the Eastern Front, in the northern region of Vilnius-Minsk. The humans thought the wolves were hungry and starved, but really they were werewolf packs aiding the war effort. The Germans and the Russians became so desperate that they negotiated a temporary truce in order to coordinate an effort to exterminate the pesky wolves. Hundreds of wolves were killed or scattered. The problem was solved, the truce was called off and the soldiers got back to killing each other properly.
But Pershing got wind of these developments and being from a coven of practicing witches, he knew exactly what these 'large ferocious wolves' were. It sparked an idea. If he could harness the wolves’ pack mentality, telepathic bond, and heightened senses... he could have the super solider. So he began an effort to allow wolves to enter the United States military undetected. He knew there were several barriers to military life wolves would need to overcome. Arbitrarily assigned units meant a wolf soldier would be separated from his pack. He pulled the right strings to ensure wolf recruits were placed in the same unit. He created the first intra-military packs. Strict rules meant wolves had no ability to escape on the full moon to shift. He made sure to cut through the red tape to make that possible. Wolf soldiers also didn't age, so he arranged for their honorary discharge after approximately a decade, after which all record of their service would be destroyed so they could start anew in a few decades if they wished.
Most importantly, wolf soldiers were unstable, sometimes responding negatively to the trauma of war. If you thought humans suffering from PTSD were bad because they returned home and shot their wives, just imagine the havoc a wolf would rain down. So he cultivated leaders and a mentorship program, to ensure the safety of both the wolves and the humans they worked alongside. He arranged for wolves to be discharged if they just couldn't handle the stresses of military life anymore. This organization never really developed a formal title. While they originated in the Army, by WWII they had spread to all branches of the military. There were rumors of similar underground military projects sprouting up in other militaries worldwide. Military personnel in the know about the supernatural followed in Pershing's footsteps and took up his mantle. It was all very hush, hush. This was all back before werewolves were known to the world. Humans could never know about it, but units made up of wolves changed the tides of many wars to come. They became known in the supernatural community as Fenrir Fidelis, after the great wolf of greek mythology and the loyalty they showed one another.
Yet Pershing's first wolf soldier project didn't go off without a hitch. There were mistakes, ones that were quickly covered up. Logan Bennett was one of those mistakes. He was a thirty-four year old British soldier who was attacked by a young US wolf trainee who couldn't control himself, who went AWOL. But after Logan turned, Pershing brought him into the fold. Logan didn't actively fight in WWI. Pershing arranged for him to be shipped back to the US, to obtain citizenship, and to begin training. He was later called upon and deployed in WWII. When the war was over he became a mentor to other soldiers of his kind. He was honorably discharged with a bunch of medals he didn't care about.
Alpha, 1945 - Present
In the 1950s Logan opened up his own private military corporation and training facility. Logan's organization has been rebranded and reestablished itself several times over the years to adjust to differing aliases and identities. It's most recently known as Apex Corp. From the very start Fenrir Fidelis contracted with him to train their wolf soldiers prior to recruitment into the military. They also sent him problem soldiers they thought could be rehabilitated back into their units. As Apex expanded, he recruited and privately employed some of the best military trained wolves. They took up government and private contracts. They did the jobs the military couldn't or didn't want to be associated with.
Apex went on to specialize in top notch, professional security and defense. They did everything from government contracts, to training soldiers, to traveling the world, protecting diplomats, private investigations and surveillance, self-defense instruction, to teaching handgun safety at local shooting ranges. They worked for large corporations and prison facilities consulting on security protocols. However, the developments of recent years have reshaped Logan's organization. In the 90s the werewolves were outed to humankind. FF panicked, knowing it was only a matter of time until the humans found a way to identify the wolves embedded into the military. They started covering their tracks, started destroying evidence of what they'd been doing. They arranged for honorable discharges for wolves that were afraid of exposure and wanted to get out while they still could. Some of those wolves joined Apex.
It was a good thing too. With the implementation of the Werewolf Registration & Notification Act, all personnel were tested to confirm their identity as human. Those who were confirmed to be werewolves were registered and suspended from active duty pending a determination by the Military Courts. One wolf has brought a civil case against the United States government, raising allegations of unlawful termination and meanwhile military wolves are suspended in wait. At the time, Apex was headquartered in Arlington, close to Logan’s contacts in DC. But with the risk of his organization, his pack being exposed, they needed to relocate. They sold their facility and headed south to New Orleans, Louisiana, where Logan had an old friend with connections.
His newest wolf, Zenn Blackwell, former CIA operative, hooked them up with counterfeit documents, using social security numbers of dead US Citizens. They wouldn’t hold up forever, but they bought them time. Logan’s alias was a Jackson Cooper, a country boy from South Carolina. He adopted a Southern twang and along with fellow pack member, Ruan Wilder, began working construction for Landis, a company that refused to buy into the prejudice stirred up by the government and media. Other pack members adopted similar stories that matched their new identities and sought employers that didn’t ask questions or were willing to hire and keep their werewolf status a secret.
One of his connections owned an apartment building in Metairie and he offered his pack members refuge. Slowly, over several months the pack moved in. By December 2016, they were all there, together again. It’s not the same as living together in a pack compound as they were used to, but it allowed them to be together without drawing attention. They made trips twice a month to a nearby nature preserve south of Metairie to run as wolves and embrace the identities they hid from the humans.
They still had contact with some of their wolves overseas, stationed at their satellite offices, and continued to use underground channels to manage those operations. One of their units was on assignment working for a large company in Africa, helping them revamp their security protocols. Another unit was on assignment in Syria protecting local supernatural diplomats from ISIS and unrest. But given the climate, their assignments overseas needed to be extended. They were safer in remote regions of the world. Logan hoped this would be temporary, that the political climate would improve, but as the days passed he became more and more uncertain. They refused to register as werewolves, doing their best to blend in as every day humans. While fear was to become the norm, fear was not an emotion these wolves recognized. Civilian life got old quick. Yet even with the Louisiana State Penitentiary just a few hours away, they refused to be intimidated by the threat of a cage and an alpha who would never be their own.
Present Day History
July 1, 2017, the pack and the human tenants of their apartment complex were celebrating the Fourth of July with an apartment wide luau, complete with BBQ and cabana music. It was then the government came for them, the FBI swarming with SWAT team and chopper overhead. Seth Cook, a young wolf, lost control and all hell broke loose as the officers fired into the crowd. Topher Brady was then killed in the crossfire.
To prevent more deaths, Logan was forced to give the order to stand down. At the word of their alpha, his pack mates were forced to remain human and willingly be taken under arrest. The pack was then transported to the Louisiana State Penitentiary for the crimes of Criminal Impersonation and Failure to Register as Werewolves. They each received 7 months behind bars and over 2 years of parole where they would be forced to check in regularly with a human police officer and follow strict guidelines.
While on the inside, Logan would no longer be able to shield his pack from human ugliness. Upon release, registration would be forced upon them. They’ve been all over the world and survived countless conflicts, but the tyranny of the human government may be their biggest adversary yet.
Joining the Pack
To join Apex, each potential member must first fight Logan. No exceptions. You're not expected to beat him. If you were he wouldn't keep his rank for very long now would he? No, it's more to test what you're made of, to see whether you can hack it in their pack.
At one time this meant you had to have advanced combat skills, but over the years they have let civilians into the pack, solely mates or family of pack members. Being non-military family does not absolve the wolf from having to fight. Logan will go easy on you, but he will test and push you to the breaking point. Joining is not for the faint of heart.
These fights are held on the full moon, during one of the customary pack meetings, so new recruits have to petition one of the wolves for an invitation. If the wolf joins newly bitten, they will have a year reprieve until they must fight. Until they complete their fight they will rank lowest among them regardless of dominance level.
Challenging for Rank
Challenges are only permitted on the full moon. Each full moon Apex has a pack run and meeting where members can air any grievances and challenge for position in the hierarchy. Off-moon challenges are forbidden and Logan will step in to end them. Challenges during a sanctioned time, not even Logan will step in to stop. Once a challenge is made, it must be answered.
- Winter 1917 (WWI) - J. Pershing, decorated US Army General and witch, began experimenting with wolf packs in the military. His efforts were entirely unsanctioned and done without knowledge or approval by the US Army. He established the beginning of what would become Fenris Fidelis, an underground supernatural military organization, that provided for arrangements that allowed wolves to serve while staying hidden from human kind.
- 1930-1941 (Early WWII) - Logan did his first official tour of duty as a wolf in active combat. At that time, he learned of a group of civilian wolves near their base who worked closely with the military and actually took in a few wolf soldiers, including Topher Brady. For the last year of the deployment he became alpha of his unit of military wolves under Fenrir Fidelis, which maintained a friendly relationship with the civilian pack. When the they returned, Logan became a civilian again, but continued to contract with the US military on special assignments. He and a few associates volunteered secretly as a pseudo-branch of Fenrir Fidelis, training and mentoring young wolves. This was the beginning of his pack, which will later establish Apex Corp, a paramilitary company that would continue to fullfill military contracts.
- Late November 1943 (Anglo-Soviet Invasion) - During the Anglo-Soviet Invasion of Iran, Logan and his associates were deployed to the Middle East to help train the Iranian military. While there he met then thirty year old, Haidar Salehi, an Iranian soldier who had joined the war effort out of an idealistic intent to protect the region he was from. The only person who both spoke English and knew the area, Haidar was made to tag along with the American soldiers to serve as both translator and guide. During an ambush, one of the wolves in Logan’s group lost control, mauling Haidar in the process. Aware the Iranian man would likely die on his own, Logan made him join his ranks. He helped Haidar through the process of coming to terms with what he had become and the pair later became best friends.
- January 1949 - March 1949 (Arab-Israeli War) - While serving as a front-line soldier in the Arab-Israeli war, Rivka Vardi was captured and held as a prisoner of war. After being tortured for months, one of Riv's captors, a werewolf, mauled her, sensing that the end of the war was near and not willing to leave survivors behind. Logan, on a mission to retrieve a diplomat from the same compound in which she was being held, discovered her half dead. He took her with him even though everyone in his group doubted she would survive. She lived and joined the pack.
- Spring 1950 (Post WWII) - What started out as Logan just taking small military contracting jobs at late in WWII blossomed into a full out corporation, and he creates his own paramilitary company, Apex Corp., hiring on extra help.
- Early 1951 - Once Logan officially incorporated Apex, he had an influx of new hires sent to him by his contacts at FF. Most were veterans looking to reenter civilian life. Silus Breaux aka "Tank" was one of them. He quickly impressed the crew with his resilience. He's the biggest wolf in Apex, earning him the nickname for other reasons than his prior military history in heavy artillery.
- Summer 1965 - Apex Corp. grew to over fifty employees and Logan could barely manage the stream of wolves FF was sending to him for help. The company purchased a training facility, approximately 100 acres, in an obscure, wooded area of Virginia. It began to serve as HQ for all their state-side operations.
- Late 1971 (Vietnam War) - During the Vietnam War, Logan took a contract training US soldiers prior to their being shipped overseas to fight in Vietnam. While there, he met Ruan, a promising young recruit. A born wolf, the Green Beret caught on to Fenrir Fidelis' presence on base and sought to join their ranks.
- Late 1986 - Henry Warrick joined the pack when he was sent to Logan after falling injured and suffering PTSD. The two military grunts connected instantly and it wasn’t long before Henry became an important member of both Apex and the pack. His strong personality often made him stand out even among other wolves. During his time in the states, Henry fell in lust with a witch from a nearby coven and together they had a child, Leighton - who would grow to devote herself utterly to the pack. Throughout his work in Apex and keeping his ever growing child in control, Henry still felt a need to return to his duty, to serve his country again, even though it meant leaving his pack and his teenage daughter behind. It wasn’t long before he followed the call back.
- 1992-1999 - During the Bosnian War (1992-1995) and Kosvo War (1998-1999), Apex was contracted by associates of NATO to aid the war effort. At that time, Rea was working with various paramilitary groups in the region, using her expertise to help Bosnian Muslims and local Kosovars find protections from their Serbian attackers. Not having done much work in Europe, she was hired by Apex to act as cultural guide, translator, scout etc. After that, they kind of just never got rid of her.
- Early 2002 (War in Afghanistan) - After being rehabilitated and working for Apex for a number of years, Henry Warrick went back to serve his country. His life was taken after a bombing from which his body never recovered.
- Late 2003 (War in Afghanistan) - After two tours in Afghanistan both pre and post 9/11, Seth Cook was suffering from intense PTSD, made all the more challenging and dangerous after being turned. While recovering at a military hospital, a psych evaluation led to him being identified as a werewolf by someone with Fenris connections. Logan was contacted and he was subsequently invited into the Apex Pack. Logan spent the next several years working with Seth to overcome his PTSD.
- Summer 2008 - Cameron MacCormack joined Apex after her pack was wiped out by a rival pack. Since she was previously with Fenris Fidelis while enlisted in the military, gaining the rank of officer and becoming an instructor, she reached out to Fenris for help amidst her grief. They recommended she go to Logan and his people.
- Fall 2011 (Post Libyan War) - Finley Morrison joined the pack after the Civil war in Libya in 2011. He was transferred to the care of Logan by Fenris after being mauled by a werewolf in Libya and experiencing the death of his best friend and several coworkers.
- Winter 2014 - Leighton Warrick grew up around Logan and the wolves because her father was beloved pack member, Henry Warrick. As she grew up she became a police officer, following in her father's footsteps to some degree. After Henry died in 2002, Logan stepped in as a sort of adopted father. Over the years, she helped heal the pack when they returned from their missions. In 2014, she officially joined their ranks.
- October 2016 - Zenn Blackwell had previously met the pack several years earlier while she was still human. She’d been a member of the CIA working in the Middle East, training military personnel in how to identify falsified documents of persons trying to gain entry across the border in Pakistan. Apex had been hired to provide security for her CIA team as they had connections in the region, experience, and foreign language skills to facilitate ease of interaction. By the time their contract was up, they’d grown to like her since she fit in well. She stayed in touch with Logan over the years. When Logan’s pack needed to go into hiding, she created the falsified documents. Only when she was making the delivery, she was attacked by a rogue werewolf while on the phone with Logan. It was likely a wolf he’d refused acceptance into his pack, trying to make a statement. Logan came to Zenn’s aid and she has been with the pack ever since, cooking up her own false identity to join them in hiding.
- Early November 2016 - Topher Brady and Ruan Wilder had since joined a local SWAT team together in Boston. But when news hit that their department would require every employee to be screened to rule them out as a werewolf, they had to put in their resignation and take their leave. They sought out long time friend Logan to start over in a way that would avoid the new registration laws.
- November 2016 - Apex pack members assume new identities and slowly move to Metairie, Jefferson Parish to escape registration in their home state of Virginia. They have a contact who works at Chateaux Di Jon who agrees to rent them apartments under the table and keep things quiet.
- February 2017 - The older brother of Ruan Wilder, Rhydian, unlike most of the Apex, is not ex-military. A former underground boxer, he lost control after being ambushed by a group of thugs following a fight. Accidentally killing one of them, he was forced to leave his home in Boston to keep his family pack safe. He faked his death and wound up in Louisiana, where his brother had relocated after changing his identity. Once Logan was convinced every precaution was taken to cover his tracks, he was initiated into the pack during the following full moon.
- April 2017 - Genesis Division's SWAT team raids Chateaux Di Jon where the Apex pack has been hiding for the last 5 months and arrests them for failure to register as werewolves.
- November 10, 2017 - Apex pack is released from Angola after a little over 7 months in prison and settle in Westwego.
Acting Wasohá Miko
Based in Metairie and Marigny, the size of Wasohá Pack and their territory, has diminished substantially over the last couple of years. Once a formidable presence in New Orleans, the 2014 raid of their business, Hell or High Water Tattoo, resulted in the incarceration of a large portion of their pack for illicit activities, primarily the falsification of documents and driver's licenses used to conceal the identities of werewolves. Prior to this, however, Wasohá maintained a firm foothold in the city. Known for aggressively defending their territory, members of other local packs thought twice before venturing into Wasohá's side of town without seeking clearance from their alpha, Gadiel Torrero.
This aggressive defense strategy has only intensified since the raid, as the need to maintain the appearance of strength despite their loss of numbers has only grown since then. They are a ruthless bunch; quick to attack and ask questions later, known for wielding machetes and cutting off limbs of those who trespass. Upon arrest, Gadiel transferred his alpha rank to his mate, Catalina Cardona. From behind prison walls, he attempts to maintain some semblance of control over his subordinates through her. The majority of its members boast mixed indigenous, or Mestizo heritage, which serves as a kind of glue that bonds them together. While they have initiated members of different ethnic backgrounds in the past, these instances are rare and these members often regarded with suspicion regardless of their level of loyalty.
In the 1920s, racial tensions remained high throughout New Orleans. Minorities were commonly regarded as less than, creating an "us versus them" mentality between races. Despite the end of segregation, the invisible lines that once separated the city's residents by skin color, didn't disappear overnight. Gang violence was prevalent, different groups claiming their portion of the city and defending it against perceived threats. For the Hispanic and Mestizo communities, Metairie would become home and, of all the gangs springing up during this time, they would become known for their ruthlessness, protecting their turf with a vengeance. At first, these gangs lacked any sort of formal structure or leadership, but this disorganization would change over the next several decades.
Despite sharing a common language, these gang members stuck with their own, mostly associating with those with roots in the same Latin American country they or their families migrated from. Those who straddled racial lines, however, were often not accepted within these communities. Mestizos were looked down upon by both sides of their heritage, neither fitting in with the Hispanic half of their bloodline, nor the indigenous. Overtime, this would lead to Mestizos forming a community of their own and within this community, gangs to combat the discrimination and hate directed at them by others. The most violent and feared of the Mestizo gangs would become known as Los Reyes Asesinos or LRA. They would develop a hierarchy of an almost militaristic nature, consisting of generals, lieutenants, captains, and soldiers.
In the early 50s, a low level soldier in LRA of Coushatta descent, Francisco “Cisco” Hernadez, would be mauled by a wolf and live to tell the tale. Although werewolves were decades away from being exposed to the public, this turned wolf would slowly amass a pack that was destined to become the most feared street gang in New Orleans. The enhanced abilities he’d gained through the attack allowed Cisco to climb the chain of command to the top, where he eventually took on the role of miko or chief. In the highest position of power, he would rename his group Wasohá, a Koasati word that means “wolf clan”. Slowly, he would begin mauling his soldiers, turning them one by one. Those who survived were viewed as worthy of their place among his ranks, while those who perished were deemed not strong enough, their bodies disposed of. For new members, this would serve as a sort of jumping-in process, weeding out the weak from strong.
But there is no honor among thugs and Cisco would eventually be betrayed by one of his most trusted friends, Ramone Gutierrez. However, Ramone would not hold onto the position of miko for long. The title would change hands several times between 1960 and 1982. It was in that year that Gadiel Torrero would rise up to take charge, holding onto leadership longer than any miko before him. Over the years, Gadiel had watched his predecessors, observed their mistakes, recognizing the previous mikos were not utilizing a very obvious weapon in their arsenal: alpha command. Upon taking control, he ordered every wolf within the pack to honor and obey him loyally, demanding that any efforts to stage a coup be reported directly to him. Though some would try, these provisions worked in his favor, and after a decade of cutting down those who dared to come against him, the surviving pack members fell in line, begrudgingly or not.
Despite being involved in everything from robbery, extortion, and drug trafficking, the gang would also hold down normal, manual labor jobs. Following Hurricane Katrina, many businesses couldn’t afford the cost of repairs despite flood insurance payouts. Real estate was selling cheap to those willing to make the repairs and in 2006, the gang purchased a storefront location in Marigny and set to work. They named the business Hell or High Water Tattoo, using it for both legitimate business as well as illicit ventures. When footage of a werewolf leaked onto the internet in 2009, the pack knew it was only a matter of time before the government got involved and began making attempts to control what they feared. The werewolf registration act allowed humans to blatantly discriminate against their kind, singling them out by marking their driver’s licenses and other documentation with their species. It was deja vu all over again, a sort of segregation, and Wasohá saw an opening to not only help themselves, but to turn a profit as well.
They began making counterfeit IDs and birth certificates, providing them to werewolves for a steep price. Despite taking every precaution, however, the government would eventually be tipped off. In 2014, after surveilling Hell or High Water for several months, the Genesis Division moved in. A large portion of the pack would be arrested and hauled off to the Louisiana State Penitentiary, where all werewolf inmates were housed. Those left were forced to regroup and figure out a way to hold down their territory and maintain control of what they'd worked so hard to acquire.
The raid of Hell or High Water would make both local and national news. Images of Wasohá pack members would flash across television and computer screens across the US. They would be held up as examples of what werewolves could be at their most depraved and dangerous. Publically outed, their business would be targeted by hate groups, including Los Muertos. A war of sorts would break out between the two gangs, a very strict line forming between their respective territories, Metairie and Kenner. While Gadiel had effectively saved his rank by transferring his power onto his mate, he left Catalina to deal with a pack of mostly male, dominant wolves, none too pleased by the prospect of submitting beneath the rule of a female. Cat would be forced to utilize the same method as her mate: control through the abuse of alpha command. With her capability being questioned, she would have no choice but to exude strength through mercilessness. Weakness is not a trait she can afford to display. As such, she has developed a reputation for being just as dangerous as her mate, if not more so. While the size of their territory may have diminished in the three years since the raid, the brutality of Wasohá remains intact. Aware the government is keeping a watchful eye on them, they've had to become far more cautious about any illegal activities they become involved in.
Joining the Pack
Extremely distrustful, Wasohá is cautious about who they allow into their ranks. Prior to the outing of werewolves, the only way to join the pack was to be recruited by the miko himself, as secrecy was of the utmost importance. These days, it isn’t uncommon for pack members to refer family or friends who they feel can be trusted or an asset. Should the miko take the person under consideration, loyalty must first be proven. Oftentimes this requires the potential member to complete a task of great risk. This is different for everyone, but puts the postulant to the test, forcing them to choose the objectives of the pack over the law, thus proving their dedication and nerve. Once completed, if the person in question is human, they will be mauled-in. The odds of surviving this process are an even split, which makes the stakes especially high. The person is choosing to gamble their life and surrendering their humanity for a place in the pack. If they come through the mauling with their life, they are considered worthy of a place within Wasohá, but there is still one, final task. After the newly turned werewolf has healed from their wounds, they must fight to determine their rank among the subordinates.
Challenging for Rank
Within Wasohá, rank is permanently in flux. Like Apex, rank is determined through fights and skirmishes. However, unlike the military pack, there are no formalities within Wasohá. The full moon needn’t be present for a wolf to challenge a pack mate for their place in the hierarchy. Instead, challenges can come any time, any place, without warning, though both must be in wolf form in order for the transfer of rank to be official. The challenger may not attack when their pack mate is in human form and therefore more vulnerable. In that sense, both must be on an equal playing field, though an ambush it perfectly acceptable if both are wolf. While there was a time when females were considered lower in rank by default, this has changed since Catalina became acting alpha. She-wolves now have the right to challenge male pack members for rank, however, they generally remain toward the bottom of the totem pole due to their smaller frames and subsequent strength.
- 1950 - Francisco “Cisco” Hernandez, a low level soldier in the street gang Los Reyes Asesinos, is mauled by a werewolf and survives. Though his transformation takes some adjustment, Cisco’s rises in rank within his gang with the help of his enhanced abilities.
- 1955 - Cisco gains control of Los Reyes Asesinos. He restructures the gang, eliminating those he doesn’t trust as being completely loyal. He begins gradually mauling members of his gang. The process serves as a kind of jumping-in, where those who survive are considered strong enough and worthy of their place in his ranks, while those who die are weeded out, weak from strong. The gang continues to grow in strength and numbers and are especially ruthless. They develop a reputation around New Orleans and other groups learn to steer clear of Metairie as a result. Cisco renames his gang Wasohá, meaning “wolf clan” in Koasati, the language of his tribe. He begins referring to himself as the miko or chief, a term the pack still uses to this day in the place of alpha.
- 1958 - Cisco is killed by a member of his own gang, Ramone Guitierrez, who takes up the mantle of miko.
- 1960-1982 - Throughout this period, leadership changes several times, with those willing to betray the active miko ending up on top.
- 1982 - Gadiel Torrero becomes miko after staging a coup. Upon becoming leader, he alpha commands his subordinates into submission and loyalty to him, instructing them to come forward with any information regarding those who might be plotting against him. He executes traitors without hesitation and the pack falls in line.
- 1993-2001 - Gadiel meets seventeen year old human, Catalina Cardona. The pair fall hard for each other fast, but Gadiel is unfaithful and their relationship is turbulent.
- 2001 - Wasohá’s territory continues to grow. Gadiel maintains control over his pack, but not over his girlfriend. When Catalina decides to break things off, no longer willing to tolerate his unfaithfulness, Gadiel orders members of his pack to maul her. Both she and her younger sister, Mariana, are attacked. Both survive to become werewolves.
- 2006 - Wasohá purchases a storefront in Marigny. This becomes Hell or High Water Tattoo and serves as a front for the pack’s illicit activities.
- 2009 - Werewolves are outed to the public. The government implements a registration act forcing werewolves to identify themselves for the safety of the human public. Wasohá doesn’t comply and the pack begins issuing counterfeit documentation (birth certificates, driver’s licenses, and passports) to werewolves looking to conceal their identities. This becomes very profitable for them.
- 2014 - The FBI is tipped off and raids Hell or High Water after months of surveillance. A large portion of the pack is taken to Louisiana State Penitentiary, where all of NOLA’s werewolf inmates are housed. Before he is taken away, Gadiel transfers his alpha authority to Catalina, who is the only one he trusts to surrender his rank back to him when he is released.
The Ensemble, as they are known among vampiric society, is a nest based in New Orleans, comprised solely of the fledglings of Gottlieb Kaiser, The Conductor. Formed over the course of two and a half centuries, each member of the nest was chosen and turned for their musical talents. While some were offered a choice, others weren’t so lucky, but all remain bound and under the tight control of their sire, who views them more as a collection of instruments rather than individuals. The nest lives together in a shared mansion in Audobon, where they practice music for several hours a day. This has allowed them to perfect their art to a degree that would be impossible for mere mortals to acheive, and those who have heard them play together describe it as a sublime experience.
Gottlieb Kaiser was born in Germany toward the end of the 17th century. A musical prodigy from an early age, he was on par with Händel during his time, who would become his greatest competition professionally. Throughout his musical career, he composed everything from operas, to arias, to duets, cantatas, sérénades, church music, big oratorios, and background music. During the most fruitful period of his life, he became the chief composer at the highly renowned Oper am Gänsemarkt — now rebuilt as the Hamburg State Opera. His desire to outshine Händel, who frequently garnered higher praise for his compositions, led him to seek the wisdom of mystics in pursuit of becoming the best through supernatural means.
It was through this search that he learned of vampires and began his quest to become one. With an immortal life, he would have the advantage of endless tomorrows and all the time in the world to achieve the greatness he believed he deserved. In 1739, he would be sired, but what he hadn’t accounted for was the time it would take him to acclimate to the temptations of his new existence. A decade would go by before he would get his thirst under control and during this time, he thought of nothing else but accomplishing his goals. Unfortunately for Gottlieb, while time had stood still for him, this had not been the case for the rest of the world.
The once revered and well-respected composer was left behind by the rapidly evolving world of music. He became embittered by this, but stubbornly refused to adapt to the ever-changing sound of the times. Eventually he would request release from his sire bond, a gift his creator would grant him that Gottlieb would never afford to his own vampiric children. When he could no longer remain in Germany, his public past making it impossible to stay under the radar as a frozen immortal, he was forced to leave. On his own, he travelled the world, collecting the members of his nest one by one, creating his perfect Ensemble. Among vampiric society, Gottlieb is known exclusively as The Conductor. His name, along with his humanity, perishing over the course of centuries.
Intact Sire Bonds
It is the duty of every sire to guide their fledgling through the first decade of their vampiric life, helping them acclimate to new instincts and learn to tolerate the temptation of their thirst. The bond between creator and child exists for this reason, but there are some who opt to abuse it, wielding it as a permanent power over those they transform. The Ensemble falls into this category. Each member is connected to their maker by the psychic umbilical cord that formed upon taking his blood into themselves. In this way, they are living puppets, left with little choice but to comply with his commands or suffer the wrath of the cane should they choose to resist his power over them. Loyalty within the Ensemble is split, with some of the nest devoted to their master, while the rest desire freedom they may never obtain.
The nest sustains itself on wealth accumulated over the last few centuries, in addition to funds earned through performances as an ensemble. These are arranged by Bartalan, who oversees all of the nest’s finances. While the Conductor doesn’t outright forbid members of the nest from seeking out employment, the strict rehearsal schedule he enforces leaves little time for outside pursuits, least those that are not of an extremely flexible and often shady variety. The Conductor’s attitude toward this is simple: out of sight, out of mind. As long as illicit activities can’t be traced back to him by the local centurions, he doesn’t care what his fledglings do provided he doesn’t have to witness anything distasteful.
- 1737-1739 - In the twilight of his life, German opera composer, Gottlieb Kaiser began to grapple with his mortality. Still itching to create and unready to bid adieu to art and music, he began to consult mystics and pursue rumors of immortality. Eventually he would find what he sought, becoming a vampire at age sixty-five. To those who knew him during his human life, he simply disappeared quite mysteriously. He was later presumed dead after years of not resurfacing. In reality, he was adjusting to rebirth as a vampire, learning the ropes from his creator, who would later release him from the sire bond.
- 1750-1761 - Free from his sire's control, Gottlieb began to travel the world under the cloak of night. This would eventually lead him to Hungary, where he became mesmerized by a young timpani player named Bartalan. Attending the orchestra night after night, Gottlieb's obsession with the man's talent grew. He decided he had to possess it and approached Bartalan one evening to offer him the gift of immortality under the pretext of eternally preserving his gift. Bartalan was seduced by the offer, the prospect of living forever too enticing to pass up. The pair would begin traveling together once Bartalan had learned to control his thirst.
- 1800 - After traveling throughout Europe for nearly half a century, Gottlieb and Bartalan decided it was time for a change. America was becoming more cultured and it seemed a new and exciting prospect to explore. Boarding a ship, they crossed the sea to the eastern coast of the United States. Arriving in Virginia, they would spend the next five years here before heading north to New York. Here, Gottlieb would once again find himself transfixed by a gifted musician, a young violinist named Lily. She would become the next addition to his growing collection. However, unlike Bartalan, she did not take to the offer of immortality with the same fervor and was compelled into compliance. Unfortunately, Gottlieb, still young himself by vampiric standards, had not yet mastered the art of compulsion. As a result, something went wrong, altering Lily's state of mind during her transformation. While she comes across as girlish and almost innocent in demeanor, she is happiest when committing torture, hunting humans, or witnessing mass destruction. She is Gottlieb's most devoted fledgling, her adoration for him bordering on worship.
- 1855-1872 - Lily's instability and frequent mishaps would eventually force the growing nest out of New York. They headed west, stopping briefly in the small town of Fox Lake on their way to Chicago. On this evening, during a bout of nostalgia, Gottlieb and his ensemble would observe a nighttime church service. The organist was an eleven year old boy, by the name of Tobias Langdon. Gottlieb recognized the talent that far surpassed his tender age and would not soon forget the preacher's son. He would sporadically return to Fox Lake over the next several years to check in on the prodigy. Eventually he learned that Tobias, along with his new bride and child, had relocated to the big city, becoming residents of Chicago. However, Tobias had seemed to give up music, focusing on his business as a private investigator. This, of course, was viewed as tragic and in need of remedy.
As it turned out, Tobias' new business venture would cause their paths to intersect unexpectedly, as he began investigating a string of disappearances, the bodies always washing up in Lake Michigan, drained of blood. In 1872, seventeen years after first deciding he would sire him, Gottlieb and his nest descended on Tobias' home. When his wife answered the door, their child in her arms, both were promptly killed. Tobias emerged from the house, noncompliant after coming upon the sight of Lily holding his daughter's limp form to her lips. He was forcibly drained and sired, stumbling inside his home just before Gottlieb's vampiric blood stopped his heart, ending his human life. But unforeseen provisions had been made by his wife, who unbeknownst to the vampires, was a witch. The heavily warded home served as a barrier, sealing out those who meant to cause harm. As dawn approached, Gottlieb and his fledglings had no choice but to abandoned Tobias and seek refuge from the sun. By the time they returned the following night, Tobias had already awakened and fled.
- 1872-1886 - Over the next several years, Gottlieb would draw upon the sire bond between himself and Tobias in effort to find him. Unfortunately, the bond that led him toward his fledgling, also warned Tobias of his impending arrival. While he would sire more vampires during this time, those who proved disappointing were disposed of or released from their bond and left to fend for themselves. This game of chase between himself and Tobias continued until 1886, when a flute player in Kentucky seduced his ears during a visit to the Lexington Opera House. The newly built structure was a thing of beauty, as was the gifting of the thirty-one year old Emery. Observing the flute player discreetly over the coming nights, Gottlieb would learn of his wife and six children. These obstacles would be viewed as inconvenient nuisances. However, the mishap with Tobias led Gottlieb to return to his original sales pitch. He offered Emery a choice and was pleased to discover the man's desire for acclaim far outweighed his loyalty to the family he'd created. Gottlieb, who had taken to referring to himself as The Conductor, had once again enticed a talented musician into a life of immortality.
- 1890-1901 - A state that would later become known for the most lynchings in US history, Mississippi was an ideal hunting ground for a nest of vampires adept at disguising their kills. Upon arriving in the southern state, the group would meet a Turkish vampire with a talent for the trumpet named Isaac Udon. The wealthy immigrant would invite the nest to make his plantation their temporary home until an uprising among his slaves, who'd begun to suspect their master and his guests were responsible for the disappearances of so many of them, reduced the home to a smoldering pile of ashes. Left homeless once again, they abandoned Mississippi, heading into Louisiana.
- 1901 - The Ensemble nest heard rumors of a French city in the southern most part of the state where the seemingly strange and unusual went overlooked by most locals. Weary of the constant relocation, the group of vampires made plans to set down roots in New Orleans. They would begin construction on a permanent residence in nearby Audubon, building an elegant mansion on 5 acres of land, sparing no expense.
- 1910 - Jazz music was born in New Orleans and while the Conductor found the sound of this style particularly loathsome, it was undeniable that some of those who chose to take up with it and waste their gifts were quite talented. A young woman named Hilding, a native to New Orleans, had grown up in a colorful house surrounded by jazz music. Her father, a renowned trumpet player, had mentored his daughter up until his death at an early age. In his memory, Hilding had continued to practice, eventually surpassing even his great skill. One night, while visiting the French Quarter, the Conductor would hear her playing alongside a band of street musicians. Showering her with praise, he would encourage her to come with him to the nest home where he would invite her to play with the Ensemble. She was a perfect fit and after hearing the story of how she'd shared her love of the instrument with her deceased father, he knew exactly the angle to play to get her to join them. Isaac's mediocre skills were no longer needed, nor would they be tolerated. He was shown out after Hilding was turned, though she'd later come to regret her choice when she learned of the Conductor's utter contempt for the jazz music she loved so much.
- 1921 - While the Conductor may have cut his losses, choosing to forget about the organist he'd sired back in Chicago, Tobias had found it rather difficult to forget about the man who destroyed his world. In the decades since being turned, he'd trained his body and his mind, plotting his revenge. In 1921, believing he was ready, he followed the pull toward his sire to New Orleans. But there would be no hiding his approach or intent from the bond between creator and child. The Conductor was ready for him and his nest defended him against Tobias' attempt on his life. Though encouraged by the others to end his existence, the Conductor was not ready to put the vengeful creature out of his misery. Enlisting the help of a local witch, he chose to have Tobias' memories extracted and imprinted upon the wedding ring still worn by his fledgling. This ring would become the Conductor's to hold. So long as he kept it from Tobias' hands, he'd never have the opportunity to regain his past. Tobias would awaken confused, with no recollection of who he was. He was rendered completely dependent upon the Conductor, who renamed him Graham, separating him from his former life entirely.
- 1921-Present - While their agelessness forced them out of the area during the 50s, Ensemble is once again based in New Orleans. Each members' sire bond remains intact to this day, despite some desiring freedom from their maker. Unfortunately, the Conductor has no intention of setting any of his children free any time in the future, enjoying the control he maintains over each of them and their respective talents.
Majestic Mortuary has been offering funeral services for over 60 years. They have a full service funeral home to take care of pre-arranged funerals and cremations. They service all policies. The employees of Majestic are known as "the cleaners" within the vampire and ghoul community of New Orleans because they provide for the majority of corpse disposals within the city and surrounding areas.
They offer counsel and comfort to families and friends of the deceased, arrange for removal of the deceased’s body from the place of death or local morgue, prepare the remains, and file death certificates and other legal documents. If a death certificate is not provided, they assist the family with submitting the required paperwork with the state to receive one. They often must apply for the transfer of any pensions, insurance policies, or annuities on behalf of survivors. They also may help resolve insurance claims, apply for funeral benefits, or notify the Social Security Administration or the U.S. Veterans Administration of the death
They coordinate the locations, dates, and times of visitations (wakes), funerals or memorial services, burials, and cremations. They help the family decide whether the body should be buried, entombed, or cremated. They prepare obituary notices and arrange for pallbearers and clergy services. If a burial is chosen, they schedule the opening and closing of a grave with a representative of the cemetery. If cremation is chosen, they can provide those services with an on site crematorium. They also prepare the sites of all services and provide transportation for the deceased and mourners. In addition, they arrange the shipment of bodies out of state or out of country for final disposition. While no counseling is provided on site, they often refer out to private mental health practitioners. They also provide the majority of these services in advance of death, to make sure everything is taken care of when the time comes. They also have a merchandise display room. Within you can find catalog for flowers and other decorations, coffins, etc. Their property also holds a small chapel. The crematorium burns bright on off hours. Medical examiners at the local morgue are compelled to call in Majestic when they receive a body with bite marks or other such signs of immortal attack. Immortals that accidentally take things too far or slip up call in the Centurion, who calls Jacques, and their black all-purpose van hits the streets loaded with bleach, tarps, and all manner of instruments to make someone disappear. Not all, but most of the employees are involved in this side of the business. They require an iron stomach for obvious reasons. The mood may be quiet and somber, but the work is often stressful, because workers must arrange the various details of a funeral within 24 to 72 hours of death. In addition, they may be responsible for managing multiple funerals on the same day. Majestic only employs vampires and ghouls, keeping it 'in the family' if you will. This not only keeps their secrets under wraps but is a matter of practicality. In most funeral homes, workers may come into contact with bodies that have contagious diseases and thus follow strict safety and health regulations. At majestic, with a staff full of the undead, they don't have to pretend to follow such human precautions. Some of their employees have an associate’s degree in mortuary science, the typical education requirement for all funeral service workers. Others have a background in grief counseling, the funeral service industry, and business law. Mr. Mournier has a state license, attended a mortuary college, and has cycled several times through medical school in his over a hundred years as a Ghoul. He is an expert in embalming and restorative techniques. Thus, what one does not know he readily teaches through on the job training. To do this job right, one needs compassion. Death is a delicate and emotional matter. Funeral service workers must be able to treat clients with care and sympathy in their time of loss... This is a bit difficult when the business is basically a den of murderers. Those that don't naturally give a shit about their human subjects at least know how to fake it around their customers, tactfully handling the toughest times in their lives, no matter how pathetic they may think their lives are. Those that work at Majestic don't earn a salary. They are 'taken care of,' which means they are set up with housing and anything they could need as long as it isn't too extravagant so as to attract suspicion. They are also given protection against other immortals who may do them harm.
If cremation is chosen, they can provide those services with an on site crematorium. They also prepare the sites of all services and provide transportation for the deceased and mourners. In addition, they arrange the shipment of bodies out of state or out of country for final disposition.
While no counseling is provided on site, they often refer out to private mental health practitioners. They also provide the majority of these services in advance of death, to make sure everything is taken care of when the time comes.
They also have a merchandise display room. Within you can find catalog for flowers and other decorations, coffins, etc. Their property also holds a small chapel.
The crematorium burns bright on off hours. Medical examiners at the local morgue are compelled to call in Majestic when they receive a body with bite marks or other such signs of immortal attack. Immortals that accidentally take things too far or slip up call in the Centurion, who calls Jacques, and their black all-purpose van hits the streets loaded with bleach, tarps, and all manner of instruments to make someone disappear. Not all, but most of the employees are involved in this side of the business. They require an iron stomach for obvious reasons.
The mood may be quiet and somber, but the work is often stressful, because workers must arrange the various details of a funeral within 24 to 72 hours of death. In addition, they may be responsible for managing multiple funerals on the same day.
Majestic only employs vampires and ghouls, keeping it 'in the family' if you will. This not only keeps their secrets under wraps but is a matter of practicality. In most funeral homes, workers may come into contact with bodies that have contagious diseases and thus follow strict safety and health regulations. At majestic, with a staff full of the undead, they don't have to pretend to follow such human precautions.
Some of their employees have an associate’s degree in mortuary science, the typical education requirement for all funeral service workers. Others have a background in grief counseling, the funeral service industry, and business law. Mr. Mournier has a state license, attended a mortuary college, and has cycled several times through medical school in his over a hundred years as a Ghoul. He is an expert in embalming and restorative techniques. Thus, what one does not know he readily teaches through on the job training.
To do this job right, one needs compassion. Death is a delicate and emotional matter. Funeral service workers must be able to treat clients with care and sympathy in their time of loss... This is a bit difficult when the business is basically a den of murderers. Those that don't naturally give a shit about their human subjects at least know how to fake it around their customers, tactfully handling the toughest times in their lives, no matter how pathetic they may think their lives are.
Those that work at Majestic don't earn a salary. They are 'taken care of,' which means they are set up with housing and anything they could need as long as it isn't too extravagant so as to attract suspicion. They are also given protection against other immortals who may do them harm.
- 1955 - Majestic Mortuary Services, Inc. opens.
- 1972 - Majestic Mortuary Services, Inc. is purchased by Jacques Mournier shortly after the era of civil rights settles. Racial discrimination ensures the business starts slow, and primarily caters to coloured clientele.
- 1975 -Jacques Mournier is instated officially as the Ghoul-Vampire Liaison of New Orleans and Majestic opens it's doors to vampires that need to make a corpse disappear.
Le Pavillon Hotel
Le Pavillon is a historic New Orleans hotel that provides guests with an unforgettable ambiance combining Old World elegance with modern amenities.
Evolution of Le Pavillon
First open in 1907, after a 2-year construction on the corner of Poydras and Baronne, the 10-story building was originally called the New Denechaud Hotel and run by Mr. Justin Denechaud. The thoroughly modern structure was built to withstand fires, and each of its guest accommodations offered a view. In 1913, new owners renamed it the Hotel DeSoto. It became a popular destination for visiting dignitaries, and during the Prohibition Era, an underground passage stretching about a block and a half to another building was put to use when discreet exits by politicians and other well-knowns were needed.
From 1928 to 1948, the Penthouse was used as the home of radio station WDSU. In the 1970s, new owner, Isaac Udon, again changed the name, this time to Le Pavillon, in homage to New Orleans' French roots. A renovation began including a hunt for fabulous European antique furniture, art and decorative gems, the stunning Czechoslovakian crystal chandeliers and matching sconces in the lobby. Some furnishings and the marble railings of the staircase are from the Grand Hotel in Paris.
Today, Le Pavillon Hotel provides guests with an exceptional hospitality experience. Surrounded by authentic antiques, paintings and accents of the 19th and 20th centuries, the hotel is thoroughly modern in its amenities and services. Guest rooms and suites are outfitted with flat-screen high-definition TVs. Meeting rooms are wired for the 21st century, and every modern comfort has been thought of. Combining the beauty and integrity of the past with the innovation of today and tomorrow, Le Pavillon Hotel is the perfect choice for a New Orleans holiday or business trip. Or so patrons are led to believe.
Le Pavillon Today
Unbeknownst to the human guests of the hotel, Le Pavillon has been the epicenter of elicit vampiric activity in New Orleans since it was purchased by Mr. Udon in the 70s. Elite vampire clientele pay obscene amounts of money to participate in an annual blood feast hosted at the hotel. The underground passageways are utilized just as they were during the Prohibition Era, creating a discreet way for these elites to enter and exit the hotel without attracting the attention of the centurion authority. Each attendant of these blood feasts, is supplied with three humans possessing their desired blood type.
Employees of the local Blood Bank are compelled to gather information on donors with rarer blood types. Those who are less likely to be missed, are tracked down and acquired for the feast, then housed in the Penthouse level of the hotel. During the months leading up to the feast they are treated with the utmost care, kept healthy, well-fed, and clean. On the day of the event, all are dressed immaculately and presented to the vampire who purchased them to feed. For that single night, the entire hotel is shutdown, accepting no reservations from human guests. In order to ensure bodies are disposed of cleanly with no evidence left behind afterward, Isaac struck up a relationship with ghoul mortician, Jacques Mournier. In exchange for having access to his crematorium directly following the feast, Isaac ensures Jacques and a few of his cohorts are fed as well — out of sight of the the vampire elites, of course.
For vampires who still want to enjoy rare blood delights the other 364 days of the year, Le Pavillon employs a dozen escorts, all permanent residents of the hotel, who are available for appointments daily. Whether sex, blood, or both is the desire of the client, these in-house pets aim to please. There is a very strict no-kill policy in place when it comes to arranging an encounter with one, however, as they are not considered disposable like those acquired for the feast, but rather part of Isaac's private collection. Human clients are also invited to make appointments, though obviously they are kept out of the know when it comes to the supernatural goings-on of the hotel, meeting their desired escort on a separate floor entirely. Some of the escorts are compelled to cooperate, others stay without complaint because they hope to become vampires. The reality is, few are kept around passed the age of thirty, though Isaac would have his surviving escorts believe he transformed and granted them their freedom.
- 1701-1799 - The land upon which this hotel now stands on was part of the original land grant given to the Jesuits by the founder of the New Orleans Colony. When the Jesuits were expelled from New Orleans, the land became part of a huge sugar cane and indigo plantation, owned by Jean Gravier. After some years, Jean Gravier suffered a financial fall, and the land returned to its swamp-like beginnings.
- 1799-1800 - Around the turn of the 18th century, this land was in a very bad part of the outskirts of town, where crime and murder were a way of life. Poydras Street was a stinky, stagnant canal.
- 1830 - The New Orleans Carrollton railroad came to its rescue, and reclaimed the land in 1830, filling it in so it could be used for more wholesome endeavors. The main depot was built on the spot where Le Pavilion Hotel now stands.
- 1850-1870 - During the mid 19th century, the railroad lost interest and the depot was remodeled to accommodate various forms of entertainment, like circuses, traveling shows and other acts. By 1867, it was time to tear it down, and a German Theatre (Werlein Hall), owned by Mr. Philip Werlein, who founded the famous music store. After a long legal battle with the city, who was trying to take over this property, Welein Hall finally burned down in a suspicious fire.
- 1889-1907 - A magnificent hotel, described as a palace with luxurious accommodations, was constructed, called New Hotel Denechaud, a high class hotel, offering continental splendor. This well built building survived good times and bad times, offering a respite from the troubles of the world.
- 1970 - The New Hotel Denechaud was ready for a restoration effort, when the hotel passed into new ownership. The new owner, Isaac Udon, a wealthy Greek immigrant, did a great job of mingling old world charm with the addition of modern conveniences. Udon changed the name to Le Pavilion Hotel.
- 1970s - Now a member of Historic Hotels of America, Le Pavilion Hotel truly has earned the nickname The Belle of New Orleans. Today this grand palace integrates old world beauty and decor with modern day amenities. Udon spared no expense, purchasing crystal chandeliers from Czechoslovakia, marble floors from several locations around Europe, marble railings imported from France, that once graced the lobby of the Parisian Grand Hotel. Spectacular Italian columns and statues were bought to grace the exterior, and fine art and antiques from the world were added to the decor, much to the pleasure of its guests. All the modern conveniences expected in a 4 star hotel can be found in Le Pavillon.
- 1980s-1995 - Le Pavillon would experience its heyday during this time. Prior to the exposure of werewolves, the council wasn't policing vampiric activity nearly as strictly. Blood feasts hosted at the hotel played out unfettered, even high ranking vampire authority opting to take part in these elite events. But this all came to a halt after the existence of the wolves was made public. Secrecy and caution would become emphasized once again and Isaac was warned against the continuation of such lavish parties that were considered too great a risk, regardless of discretion involve. As far as the council was aware, Le Pavillon became a hotel kept thriving purely due to human business.
- 1995-Present - The reality is, Le Pavillon hasn't changed all that much. While the frequency of blood feasts has lessened, they still very much occur, albeit on an annual basis. Those who are invited are meticulously vetted to ensure the council won't get wind of the hotel's elicit affairs. Overall, the gatherings have gotten much smaller and elite, while the price to attend has gone way up. This hasn't diminished their popularity, however, as each one brings in tons of additional income for the hotel.
New Orleans Police Department
The New Orleans Police Department is made up of six bureaus consisting of over 1,200 men and women, officers, and civilians. NOPD has been in existence since 1796, and has a long and colorful history.
The City of New Orleans is divided into eight NOPD districts, each headed by a district commander with its own staff, mailing address, and geographic jurisdiction. The first district and NOPD headquarters is located in Mid City.
The New Orleans Police Department is divided into six bureaus, including: the Office of the Superintendent, Compliance Bureau, Field Operations Bureau, Investigation and Support Bureau, Management Services Bureau, and Public Integrity Bureau. For more information please see the NOPD website, but we will highlight the Field Operations Bureau, as it is most often referenced.
The Field Operations Bureau conducts all criminal investigations, protects life and property, prepares incident reports, handles traffic assignments, provides proactive patrols and special assignments. Its Special Operations Division is composed of specialized units including the Violent Offender Warrant Squad, Tactical Platoons 1 and 2, the Bomb Disposal Unit, Armory Unit, Search and Rescue/Marine Unit, Extradition Unit, K-9 Unit, Traffic Fatality Unit, and DWI Unit.
Its Investigation and Support Bureau is responsible for the follow-up investigation of crimes committed against persons or property in the City of New Orleans, which require a degree of specialization or a centralized investigative approach. It is made up of the following three divisions:
- The Criminal Investigative Division, which is comprised of all of the centralized detectives in the New Orleans Police Department, and is divided into five sections: the Homicide Section, Special Victims Section, Property Crimes Section, Juvenile Section, and District Attorney’s Office Section;
- The Specialized Investigations Division, which employs a multifaceted approach aimed at identifying repeat violent offenders and ultimately building cases viable for prosecution and long term incarceration of violent offenders to reduce violent offenses in the City of New Orleans; and
- Crime Lab & Evidence Division, which is responsible for the collection, processing, testing, storage, and disposition of all evidence and property received by NOPD. This Division is divided into two sections: Crime Lab and Central Evidence & Property (CE&P).
The NOPD office wear body cameras, and use in-car / dash cameras.
Rank / Hierarchy (Lowest to Highest)
- Civilian Employees and Unpaid Support Volunteers - Police department administrative representatives.
- Reserve Police Officers - Part-time unpaid volunteers with full police power and authority, the same as full-time paid officers.
- Deputy Chief
- District Commander
- Superintendent - Leads the Police Department.
- 1796 - The department is established.
- August 29, 2005 - In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, shooting, violence and other criminal activity became serious problems. With most of the attention of the authorities focused on rescue efforts, security in New Orleans degraded quickly. By August 30, looting had spread throughout the city, often in broad daylight and in the presence of police officers. Ninety-one officers resigned or retired and another two hundred and twenty-eight were investigated for abandoning their posts.
- Sep 4, 2005 - The "Danziger Bridge shootings" - A deadly police shooting occurred on the Danziger Bridge in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Six days after the hurricane, a nineteen-year-old and forty-year-old, both African American, were killed in the gunfire, and four other civilians were wounded. All victims were unarmed. A mentally disabled man was shot in the back. New Orleans police coordinated in fabricating a cover-up story for their crime, falsely reporting that seven police officers responded to a police dispatch reporting an officer down, and that at least four people were firing weapons at the officers upon their arrival. The Danziger Bridge Shootings led to several NOPD officers being charged with various crimes including obstruction of justice.
- July 2007 - Superintendent Stevens announces his retirement from the New Orleans Police Department, effective immediately. The Mayor then announces the appointment of 7th District Commander, Matthew Harris, a 24-year veteran as the Interim Superintendent of Police. It was announced later in the day that former Superintendent Stevens would be taking on a faculty teaching position at Loyola University of New Orleans. Rumors circulate that Stevens was a werewolf, and the department was allowing him to step down to avoid the scandal.
- October 2007 - Superintendent Harris announces the realignment of some of the department's top brass. Werewolves are officially banned from service.
- Aug 5, 2011 - The Danziger Bridge Shootings cases comes to a close. Five officers were found guilty of all charges. Several others plead guilty to lesser charges in exchange for testimony against the other officers. On September 17, 2013, the five officers who went to trial and were found guilty of various civil rights violations, were granted a new trial due to prosecutorial misconduct.
- 2012 - The NOPD enters into a consent decree in 2012 with the U.S. Department of Justice. A U.S. DOJ investigation leads to a written report alleging unconstitutional conduct by the NOPD and describing concerns re NOPD policies and procedures.
- November 2014 - Superintendent Harris is killed, he and his family found murdered in their home. The Mayor announces the appointment of Mathias Cornwall during the aftermath, who vows to find justice for his family. The media spins the murder, speculating about potential werewolf involvement.