Thomas "Tom" Henri Carville III
Thomas "Tom" Henri Carville III, also known as Carvell, was a pioneer settler of Pennsylvania. Not much is known about his very early days. He may have been born as early as 1650 or as late as 1670. What he does remember is that his family was among the first permanent English inhabitants of the region once the English took possession of it at the end of the Third Anglo-Dutch War in 1674. Thomas and his twin brother, Robert, were the eldest two of eight children of Lawrence Carville and Keziah (often called Katie) Carville.
Thomas remained at home well into his adult years, working for his father. Despite his family’s humble farming beginnings, Thomas always had dreams of being a business owner. He set off on his own to follow those dreams with his wife, Contessa Carville. Shortly thereafter, she would abandon him, telling tales of horrific spousal abuse before leaving the area. They had two sons, Isaac and Elijah, and a daughter, Edith, all of whom left with their mother.
Carville came to be known as a wood worker who ran a general store for almost 15 years during the early 18th Century. It was his ambition that brought him to the attention of a Nosferatu passing through the area. The spanish vampire, calling himself Alejandro, was looking to build a new kind of information network deep into the American frontier. Alejandro recognized Carville’s position as a central hub of information in his village in the Pennsylvania colony. After a short time vetting the man, Alejandro Embraced Carville.
Carville was left to his own devices as Alejandro ventured forth to search for other avenues of power and information. He remained in the Pennsylvania colony, sponsoring multiple ghouls so that he could control businesses in the area even after his visage had changed so drastically after the Embrace.
Having settled in Northumberland, Carville started working with a flatboat company so that he could tap the potential of the flatboat operators that passed through the area on the rivers.
Carville eventually followed the flatboat trade into a community known as Yellow Banks. His first business venture in Yellow Banks, which would come to be known as Owensboro, was a canvas-and-lumber saloon known as the Captain’s Respite, which featured drinking, gambling and bare-knuckle boxing matches. Shortly after, he opened a number of other businesses, including a general store, the Yellowbanks Salvage & Supply Company, as well as a lumber mill and a hotel. Poised as an owner and proprietor of multiple businesses, he had the ability to gather much of the local information that an outsider couldn’t.
Carville encountered Alejandro again in Yellow Banks. His Sire had heard about the Lewis and Clark expedition and intended to create new Childer and expand his network of loyal informants all the way to the Pacific Ocean. It was fortunate for him that one of his Childer already resided close to the embarkation point of the expedition. Alejandro wintered with Carville.
Alejandro left to follow the Lewis and Clark expedition as it left Camp Dubois. He communicated with Carville a few times, asking for news that Carville was able to gather. Even after the Lewis and Clark expedition officially ended, Alejandro’s messages continued to arrive. They never contained information about his Sire’s activities or location, only a location to which responses could be sent. The last of his Sire’s communiques arrived in October. Carville never heard from his Sire again.
- 1865: Carville takes a new Retainer in Dr. John H. Hickman, a new, influential resident of Owensboro.
- 1883: Carville and Dr. Hickman maneuver to have the doctor installed as the president of the Owensboro Wagon Company. He is later elected mayor of Owensboro in 1890 and maintains the position until 1896.
- 1896: Carville allows Hickman to move on, focusing his attention on manipulating those in control of the Wagon Company. His success allows him to break the seal on becoming a respected and influential ancillae in the local court.
- 1910: The Owensboro Wagon Company reaches its peak. After this, the emergence of motor cars causes the wagon company to begin a decline that ravages Carville’s interests.
- 1924: Carville’s fortunes in the court mirror the downturn of his business dealings. He has branched out to take advantage of the local penchant for barbecue, but it is too little too late. As those that are able to take advantage of the roaring 20’s take control of the political hierarchy, he is drummed out of his position as Primogen of the Nosferatu clan.
- 1951: Carville continues his meat business, becoming known as the Butcher Baron of Owensboro. He watches the slow decline of the Owensboro Wagon Company end in the shuttering of the business. This caps off the overall negative trend of his existence. He enters torpor in a small crypt deep under the floors of the wagon company’s building at the corner of 4th and Leitchfield.
- 1999: Carville’s tomb is spared when the Wagon Company building is finally destroyed in order to make way for a parking lot. Carville’s slumber continues beneath the gravel lot.
- 2017: Carville is finally disturbed from his rest when the parking lot is prepared for development. He emerges to the modern world, ready to attempt to recapture the success that slipped through his grasp in the past