Megan of Bristol


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Clan: Gangrel

Nature: Judge

Demeanor: Capitalist

Concept: Merchant Prince

Generation: 9th

Embrace: 1176 A.D. (born 1148 A.D)

Sect: Camarilla

Attributes

Physical Strength 2, Dexterity 4, Stamina 2

Social: Charisma 3, Manipulation 5, Appearance 3

Mental: Perception 4, Intelligence 4, Wits 4

Abilities

Talents: Alertness 3, Athletics 3, Awareness 3, Brawl 3, Empathy 2, Intimidation 2, Leadership 2, Subterfuge 2

Skills: Drive 2, Etiquette 3, Larceny 3, Melee 3

Knowledges: Computer 1, Finance 5, Investigation 3, Law (Corporate) 2, Occult 2, Politics 3

Backgrounds: Allies (The City) 3, Contacts (The City) 5, Generation 4, Haven 5, Influence (The City) 5, Herd 2, Resources 5, Retainers (Isaacson Family) 5, Status 4

Merits: Common Sense, Iron Will, Prestigious Sire, Fae Affinity

Flaws: Allergy (Cold Iron)

Virtues: Conscience 3, Self-Control 5, Courage 4

Morality: Humanity 6

Willpower: 9

Disciplines: Animalism 5, Auspex 1, Celerity 4, Chimerstry 2, Fortitude 5, Potence 3, Protean 5

Discipline Techniques: Fenris' Talons, Shattered Fog, The Badger's Hide

Character History

Megan was the daughter and only of a wealthy Bristol wool-merchant and his Welsh wife. Megan was brought up with her mother's attitudes, Welsh attitudes, towards a woman's proper role - far more capable and far less submissive than Norman England considered seemly.

When her father died, his fellow merchants in Bristol naturally assumed that Megan would marry one of their number and retire to her needle and her cooking-pot, leaving her new husband to manage her inheritance. Megan had other ideas. She took over her father's business and began running it herself. The initial guffaws from the other merchants tailed off into uneasy and resentful muttering as they realized how good at it she was.

Two of the town's leading Guildsmen, Berenger Le Fullere and Hamon Waryn, hatched a scheme to put Megan "in her proper place". First, Berenger hired some Channel pirates to harass Megan's shipping and steal her wares, driving her business into the ground. Second, Hamon would force himself on Megan, giving her a stark choice between marriage to him and the scandal and disgrace of giving birth, in poverty, to a bastard child.

The plan began to unravel when Megan, instead of submitting meekly to Hamon's advances, or begging, calmly thrust a knife into his heart. It didn't help that Hamon's last words were an extended bout of gloating which conveniently revealed to Megan where Berenger was keeping his share of the loot that the pirates had been stealing from her ships.

She stripped Hamon's body of valuables and dumped it into the River Severn, starting a manhunt for the murderer when it washed up on the shore several days later. The she called for help to some of her Welsh relatives, her mother's kin. The Welshmen raided several other Bristol merchants' warehouses over the next few weeks, "carelessly" leaving behind clues that pointed to Berenger's complicity. When the other Guildsmen finally broke into Berenger's secret hoard, they found not only Megan's stolen property, and their own, but also the valuables taken from Hamon's body. Berenger was hanged for theft and murder shortly thereafter.

He protested his innocence to the last.

It was soon after her victory that Eirik Haraldsson approached Megan with an offer. She'd defeated her rivals for now, he pointed out, but for how long? The rest of the town's merchants were still united against her; eventually, they'd wear her down. What if he were to offer her the power to fight them - and to accumulate a fortune beyond their wildest dreams?

Megan considered the offer for three nights, weighing it up like a tally of profits and losses in her ledger book, before she eventually assented. She abided strictly by the terms of her agreement with Eirik, devoting a portion of her resources and connections to his causes, but her main focus was on the commercial empire that she built on the back of the economic boom unleashed by the Crusades.

Throughout the more than eight centuries since, she's been a merchant, building a commercial and financial empire that spans Europe and the New World.

She's based herself in London, on and off, since the seventeenth century, although she spent much of the eighteenth in India. In the 1937, she was driven into torpor by Nazi flamethrowers while evacuating her long-time allies and servants, the Jewish Isaacson family, from Nazi Germany.

She arose from torpor only a few months ago, and is still recuperating in her sire's stronghold of Tromso, Norway. Her grasp of modern technology and modern business is still shaky, but she is increasingly resuming command of her various enterprises

Calm, capable and outwardly reasonable, Megan is an honorable woman with a powerful sense of loyalty to her allies and responsibility towards her subordinates, but she's also coldly ruthless and utterly implacable when someone tries to cheat her or take advantage of her.