Luca Muscato

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Aliases: Muscato. His friends call him Luc. No one calls him Luca.
Clan: Brujah
Clan Faction: Iconoclast
Sect: Anarch
Philosophical Camp: Nihilist
Gang: The South Street Syndicate
Role: Gang Leader
Domain: Brooklyn, NY
Position: None

Abiding Status

  • Committed to the Anarch Movement
  • Monicker (South Street Syndicate)

Fleeting Status

  • Hardcore x2 (Popular Acclaim)

Reputation

Muscato and the rest of the Syndicate have something of a dubious reputation among the Anarchs. The ruthlessness with which he pursues his obvious ambition seems to stand in the face of popular sentiment in The Movement, and his propensity to threaten and use violence coupled with a perceived disregard for human life unnerves those struggling to maintain their Humanity. He does nothing for free; every action taken on behalf of others benefits him, his people or The Movement somehow - there's not an altruistic bone in his body.

For all that, Muscato runs a tight ship; both as the leader of his gang and the Constable of Brooklyn. Fiercely independent, he's highly opposed to risking himself, his gang, or members of the militia in matters that fall under Camarilla jurisdiction unless adequately compensated, and he's made it known that neither he, nor his people, come cheap.

Timeline

  • 1833: Muscato is born in Sicily.
  • 1845: Muscato emigrates to America with his family. His father dies of pneumonia during the voyage.
  • 1849: Muscato and Paladino begin working at the docks on South Street in lower Manhattan.
  • 1851: Muscato, Paladino and several other dock workers form up into a group of laborers. The South Street Gang starts off as little more than dockside thieves and hooligans, but soon garners notoriety for smuggling, extortion, burglary and general thuggery.
  • 1856: Part gang, part labor union, the South Street Gang is well-established and boasts a fearsome reputation for violence and brutality, enough to attract the attention of an ambitious Brujah who takes key members of the gang as her retainers. With their newfound strength and a kindred's patronage, the gang aggressively expands its influence. Unbeknownst to the gang, in actuality they're being used to fight a proxy war against the retainers of their regnant's adversaries.
  • 1857: The South Street Gang joins the Dead Rabbits in a clash with the Metropolitan Police. During the riot, Luca Muscato kills a patrolman, and the gang flees to Brooklyn in an attempt to avoid apprehension or retaliation.
  • 1858: The South Street Gang relocates to the Brooklyn side of the East River, finding work at the Brooklyn Naval Yard. They initially clash with local gangs of laborers and other street toughs, but eventually they manage to reestablish themselves as an influential force through violence, tenacity and the fearsome reputation of their ghouled members.
  • 1861: With the Sabbat becoming more prevalent and aggressive, the gang's kindred patron offers the ghouled members of the gang a choice - agree to fight the Sabbat on behalf of the Camarilla and she would embrace them and free them from their bonds of blood. They agree, and five members of the gang are embraced as a brood.
  • 1866-1872: The Sabbat lay siege to New York City. The South Street brood, their haven located in an outer borough, find themselves in the thick of the fighting. Of all those embraced, only Muscato and Paladino survive. Their sire disappears during the height of the conflict, presumed to have fled the fighting or been killed. Without their sire to advocate on their behalf, the efforts of the South Street Gang remain unrecognized, fueling feelings of bitterness and betrayal. Within a year, Muscato and the Gang sever ties with the Camarilla, nominally allying themselves with the Anarch Movement.
  • 1871-1922: Muscato and the South Street Gang remain in Brooklyn, steadily expanding their influence along the docks and emerging speak-easies. The gang becomes well-known for its propensity for violence and volatility, their disregard for human life and lip-service observance of Libertas see them fighting other Anarch gangs as often as they fight broods and coteries allied with The Tower. This period marks the beginning of the emnity between the South Street Gang and the idealistic Watchdogs, with Dante and Muscato becoming bitter rivals. Their efforts also draw the attention of the city's Sheriff, Bladis, who regularly curtails their gains with his goons.
  • 1923: The surprise attack by the Sabbat catches the South Street Gang off-guard. In the desperate scramble to hold onto their turf, Muscato and Paladino attempt to emulate their sire and between them embrace a small brood to bolster their numbers. The fledglings prove easy prey for the rampaging Sabbat, with only Eric Loughrane surviving. The South Street Gang is forced to flee New York as most of the city falls to the Sabbat.
  • 1923-1924: Muscato and the surviving members of the gang relocate to Atlantic City, attempting to carve out a niche for themselves in the local underworld economy. They initially meet with stiff resistance from the locals, and its is not until Muscato exerts his influences over a rival's mortal retainer that they're able to break into the business.
  • 1924-1925: Muscato further exacerbates his feud with the locals by embracing Simone Delarue, the retainer he'd stolen from one of his rivals. Sire and childe spend the months of her accounting indulging in all manner of vice along the boardwalk. The blatant antagonism leads to months of heated conflict before coming to an end when Muscato's rival suddenly disappears, never to be seen again.
  • 1925-2014: The gang, re-christened the South Street Syndicate, spends decades immersed in the underbelly of Atlantic City. They keep their operation small to avoid attention, eking out a modest existence in the shadow of more powerful enterprises.
  • 2014-2018: The Syndicate unexpectedly becomes the target of other gangs, coteries and kindred led organizations. Unable to stand against the organized effort to drive them out of town, Muscato eventually leads the gang back to New York City, hoping that the recent change in the city's leadership will prove more welcoming.
  • 2018 (Early): Muscato and his gang arrive in New York City and immediately begin to make a name for themselves. Muscato's aggressive nature leads to clashes with other prominent Anarchs, including the Constable. Within months, however, Muscato himself is elected Constable, and becomes a signatory of the Principle Proclamation, a document that would serve as the basis for the foundation of the United Free States.
  • 2018 (Late): Muscato shows signs of a growing rivalry between himself and Brooklyn's Advocate, Dottie Youngblood. When Youngblood issues a Call to Arms against the elder Elijah Zacheaus, Muscato publicly expresses his disagreement with the Call, accusing Youngblood of using her position to fight a proxy war on behalf of her Grandsire, Irma Kardos. While Youngblood later makes a statement that alludes to a reconciliation between them, tensions remain high.
  • 2019 (January): Muscato leads the Syndicate, Aztlan and Carniceroes gangs in a raid against the Pamyat gang, accusing them of a slew of crimes, including collusion with the Camarilla and infernalists. Following the attack, all captured members of Pamyat are summarily executed on Muscato's orders, the few surviving members scattered and in hiding. The Marked Anarch Nosferatu, Hustleberry, is also executed on charges of treason against the Free State. While the Advocate, Dottie Youngblood, is initially caught by surprise by the Constable's actions, she ultimately votes in favor of awarding status to all the participants by popular acclaim, giving the attack her tacit approval.
  • 2019 (February): In response to the raid on Pamyat, the senior Ventrue elders of the city sponsor a retaliatory daytime attack against the Syndicate, destroying their haven and bloodying the leaders of the gang. Muscato claims this is proof that Paymat was continuing to serve as a black flag operation for the elders of the Tower, as they once had for the former Prince Maraslav. While several Tower elders offer to intervene on the gang's behalf, Muscato refuses them all.
  • 2019 (March): Despite the justifications for their actions, the raid against Pamyat kicks off a gang war within the Brooklyn Free State. The State's largest gang, the Toreador-led Los Fraternidad, leads an attack against Aztlan, overwhelming the smaller gang and destroying their haven. In response, the Syndicate formally allies with the Carniceroes against Los Fraternidad and Muscato musters the Brooklyn militia.

Connections

Lineage

For decades, Muscato never spoke of his sire, nor claimed to be part of any lineage, other than to confirm that he was embraced in New York, and that many of the Brujah in his gang shared lineal ties. However, in the months following his return to the city, the enigmatic Elder Little Bird would resurface, claiming to be Muscato and Paladino's sire, and the childe of Elder Garvin McCarthy. While Muscato has never refuted his connections to these elders, his acceptance of them seems begrudging at best, and relations between them remain tense.

Descendent of

  • Hannibal

In the Lineage of

Great-Grandchile of

Grandchilde of

Childe of

  • Little Bird (Birdie)

Broodmate of

Sire of

Allies

Associates

Enemies

Word on the Street

Rumors

  • Muscato and the South Street Syndicate are only Anarchs of convenience. They only joined The Movement to have more freedom to do as they please without being beholden to a Prince, and really just look out for themselves.
  • Muscato harbors a deep hatred of the Sabbat. He despises Sabbat defectors in The Movement, in particular members of clans and bloodlines traditionally associated with the rival sect. He takes a dim view of their active use of their blood-born abilities, referring to it as them using their 'Sabbat shit'.
  • Muscato knew the former Prince of New York City, Jack Rider, when he was still an Anarch and views his tenure as Prince as a betrayal.
  • Muscato and the rest of the Syndicate almost got into a brawl with Joseph Cobretti, the former Constable of Brooklyn. Two months later, Joey resigned and Muscato ran for the position unopposed.
  • Muscato enjoys poaching gang members, ghouls and resources from other kindred as a means of exerting his dominance over them.
  • Muscato never speaks about his sire.
  • Muscato is violently opposed to the mere suggestion of a Brooklyn Charter or any other codified set of rules or laws.
  • Feel free to add a rumor!

Quotes from Muscato

  • "I didn't join The Movement to champion democracy or play caretaker to the kine. I'm an Anarch because I won't bend the knee to a prince, or anyone else for that matter, be they officers of the court or elders of my clan or lineage."
  • "I'm not the Advocate's fucking secretary."
  • "There's no sixth tradition in Brooklyn, nor any other charter or law stopping me from doing whatever I need to do in order to fulfill my duties and obligations."

Quotes About Muscato

  • "A salty, obnoxious, cantankerous man whose mouth is surely going to get him killed one of these days, but also makes him extremely entertaining and oddly productive to work with." - Teri Raphael
  • "I couldn't figure out to relate to Muscato at first. But then you see how he is with his family and you realize a lot of his shit is because he puts them over anything else. So now the hard part is--how do I get him to realize that all of his brothers and sisters of the Movement are family too?" - Kyle Morgan
  • "Sure, I'll talk to him. But are you paying him to listen too? Because I'm not sure he's actually capable of it." - Mara Nordahl, former Sheriff of the City of New York
  • "Muscato uses words the way he wields every object, concept, and, from what I've heard, Kindred in his vicinity: as blunt instruments. However, those who underestimate the power of a well-turned pen are the most likely to find themselves undone by one, without even the slightest understanding of what befell them." - Leon Astorio
  • "Why does this kindred walk around with chains? I thought the point of being an Anarch was to break the chains. Well, at least he wears a shirt and I have heard he is a capable combatant" - Atticus
  • "Muscato is young, passionate, and vocal. In many ways he's typically Anarch, but he's also very Brujah in a number of ways. I don't agree with his ideals, but I do appreciate his dedication to them." - Mila Rurik
  • "To do what I do, you have to hold yourself to standards, and those standards can't all be internal. I need worthy people to act as check and balance, and a Constable is just that for an Advocate. It took almost a year to find the Constable that could stand beside me, and I need every drop of stubborn, pragmatic, cantankerous fire in him if this is going to work. I also need him to live, which may be the harder job in the long run." - Dottie Youngblood, Advocate of Brooklyn
  • "I was not aware that the Constable's job was to ensure that the Anarch movement can abuse whichever humans they wish at any given point in time.." - Elijah Zacheaus
  • "Wonderful lad. Very well-behaved. Pleasure to be around. Never causes his elders any heartache. Really, a Camarilla elder couldn't ask for a better Anarch than him." - Garvin McCarthy, Prince of New York City
  • "Crowbar! Be cautious, wouldn't dismiss him as scary pile of muscles, I mean he is a scary pile of muscles, but unlike most he uses his brain sometimes. I grant him the abiding status of 'BAMF' Fuck yeah!" - Richard Holt
  • "Theodore Roosevelt famously said 'Speak softly and carry a big stick', but Yosemite Sam said 'Well I speak LOUD! And I carry a BIGGER stick! And I use it, too!' I think we need look no further than the Merrie Melodies to discover the source of Constable Muscato's understanding of tact and diplomacy" - Bartleby Crane
  • "Now there's a backbone I'll be looking out for with great interest..." - Thaddeus Moreau, Prince of Montreal
  • "Someone who like isn't like clinging to Libertas as like the reason they didn't like question like why the fuck like their leaders are like doing some way questionable shit. Like color me like halfway in love." - Karma, Brujah Primogen of Austin
  • "By all means add a quote!" - Name