Detective Inspector Chavez
Type: Extraordinary Mortal
Affiliation: The Guardians of the Veil
Cabal: The Old Bills
Virtue: Code of Behavior (The Law)
Long-Term Aspiration: To bring the rule of law to the supernatural world.
Background: Neva Chavez was born in Mexico City in 1976, to Diego and Marisol Chavez. Her father was a third generation policeman, and though no one could call Diego Chavez the most crusading of men, he was as honest as his salary allowed him to be. He took a few bribes, and ignored a few things, and tried to serve the people as best he could, as his own father and grandfather had back to the start of the Republic. But then Neva's birth changed that. What was the point of being a third-rate policeman in a land where all were corrupt and all was bleak, what sort of life would this give his daughter? So, Diego left. He had some contacts, his own and his fathers, and he had some money, and he had something even more valuable. A sister in Scotland.
With advantages like that, doors opened, and in 1978 the Chavez family moved to the United Kingdom, where they settled in London, where Diego worked as a waiter, then chef, then eventually a resteranteur. Diego Chavez, needless to say, was an entrepeneurial soul. Neva's name became Nicole for all practical purposes (it was legally changed on her 18th birthday), and they settled into something that was almost a middle class lifestyle. Summers were spent with her aunt in Scotland, reading the older woman's endless collections of books, on every imaginable subject.
Nicole went to high school and then to college, where she studied law and criminology and got herself involved in a few dubious escapades with student politics and over-enthusiastic parties. After a year off, she became a the fourth generation of her family to enter the police force, albeit as a British Bobby instead of a Mexican Federale. Joining the Metropolitan Police Service (the formal name of Scotland Yard) was a natural career, and she would rise through the ranks at a healthy clip. This surprised no one. She was smart as a whip, she was pretty and charming, and she was ambitious. She crossed over from uniforms to the Homicide desk early on, and then made Detective Sergeant in 2005, at the age of 29.
It was grim, gritty work. Chavez smiles a great deal, and she can flirt and tell jokes, but it did touch her. In some people, police work breeds greater empathy and compassion. But for Nicole Chavez, it led to a certain distance, a detachment from the greater herd of humanity. She came to see herself as someone apart, by virtue of her career and her talents, and sometimes, in her darkest dreams, as someone better. The bloody scenes affected her less when she thought this way.
Then came a routine case involving a Mr. Marcus Beverly and his sociopathic daughter. By the end of it, DS Nicole Chavez had fallen down the rabbit hole into the Hedge, into a world of magic and monsters and faerie tales. She'd met Ilkin and the Jack-of-Crows, been threatened by the Winter King Todd White, and helped shoot down a mad, monstrous Keeper in the heart of the Hedge. It was the most terrifying experience of Nicole Chavez's life.
Since that strange night, now more than a year in the past, Nicole has tried to order her life. She has friends, and has taken up a boyfriend in the form of the mage Vincent Jeffries, courtesy of some well-meaning prodding from Ilkin and Erin. She still finds the Fair Folk unnerving and frightful (with the exception of Erin, perhaps), but she brushes past that fear. Chavez has never been one to let fear rule her. And so, life continues, albeit rather more strangely than it had before.
In early 2012, Nicole was promoted to Detective Inspector, which means she now has the authority to conduct her own, large-scale investigations. Just how much the Guardians of the Veil had with this promotion is left to suspicious-minded individuals to decide.
Mental Attributes: Intelligence 4, Wits 5, Resolve 5
Physical Attributes: Strength 3, Dexterity 3, Stamina 3
Social Attributes: Presence 3, Manipulation 3, Composure 4
Mental Skills: Academics (Criminology, Law)5, Computer
4+Prodigy3, Investigation (Crime Scene; 9-Again)
2+Prodigy6, Occult (Fae)
3+Prodigy3, Science (Forensics)
Physical Skills: Athletics (Running) 4, Brawl 3, Drive 1, Larceny 3, Stealth 3, Weaponry 2
Social Skills: Empathy (9-Again) 4, Intimidation 3, Persuasion 2, Socialize 2, Streetwise 4, Subterfuge (Scrutinize; 9-Again) 5
Merits: Allies (Criminal) 3, Allies (Police) 5, Contacts 3, Indomitable 2, Language (Spanish; Native is English) 1, Professional Training (Detective; Empathy, Investigation, Subterfuge) 5, Resources 4, Status (Guardians of the Veil) 3, Striking Looks (Fair Cop) 1, Unseen Sense (Faerie) 2
Where the Bodies are Buried; Disciplined; Pull; Tithe
Combat Merits: Fighting Style (Street Fighting) 1, Fighting Style (Grapple) 1, Fighting Style (Police Tactics) 1
Lair: Highgate Flat (Shared with Seventeen); Security 4, Warding 2
Willpower: 12/14 (-2 Tithe)
Initiative: 7; +4 Body Language
Armor: 3/3B (Kevlar Vest + Aegis Talisman)
Mind Shield: 5 (Indomitable + Disciplined); Unbreakable
Magic Shield: 3 (Aegis Talisman)
Paragon Powers: Mental Prodigy, Unbreakable
Kits: Skill Kit (Investigation, Empathy, Subterfuge); Skill Kit (Streetwise, Athletics, Brawl); Relics
Skill Tricks: Investigation (Always Investigating; Incisive Mind), Empathy (Microexpression Reader; Body Language; Profiler), Subterfuge (Everyone Lies), Streetwise (Gang Ambassador; Word on the Street; Nose for Trouble), Brawl (Mechanical Compliance)
Relics: Aegis Talisman 5, One-Eyed Kings 1, Skeleton Key 1, Eye of Hubris 2
Grapple ..........……………………0B………………10………………Compliance Hold (+2 to Immobilize or Disarm)
Bear Mace………...................N/A..................7.............5 ammo, 1/10/20 range, -5 penalties