Sir Nigel Galsworthy, 4th Baronet of Bishop's Lydeard (Deceased), Invisible Member of the Suicide Circle
: As forceful and confrontational as a rabbit confronted with a piece of celery, Nigel grew up in the shadow of his father, Sir James Galsworthy, the 3rd Baronet of Bishop's Lydeard. A forceful and potent man, Sir James was a banker, his own grandfather raised to a baronetcy for services to British finance. Nigel grew up under a massive weight of expectations, one which he shouldered poorly. Instead of a barrister or financier, his few talents tended towards painting and dealing with animals, and he was cripplingly shy in social circumstances.
But Nigel was rich as Croesus, had a luxurious estate out in Somerset County, and he had a title. So when his father died suddenly of a stroke, Nigel found himself the target of entirely more attention than he'd ever been subjected to before. In short order, he found himself engaged to an exceptionally attractive young woman of artistic background, and for a few months, the young man was deliriously happy. He bought a wedding ring from De Beers with enough diamonds to feed a small country and started planning a honeymoon across the world. They'd visit Italy first, then perhaps a few weeks in Greece...
Then his fiancé was caught in flagrante delicto
with one of the groomsmen, a school-friend of Nigel's, and the wedding was cancelled under a cloud of scandal. Nigel was actually willing to go on with it, but his own family vetoed that idea thoroughly, and it was entirely arguable as to whether the young lady in question was more fond of Nigel or his money. Regardless, Nigel sunk into deep, deep depression, interspersed with bouts of blatantly self-destructive behavior (visiting prostitutes, both high-class and low, drinking till he was insensible, etc). It was not long after this that a distant friend of his father suggested that Nigel could at least channel his misery to constructive uses.
Joining the Suicide Circle was cause for some perverse pride on Nigel's part. It required his death, but it was death for a cause, and the Romans did say that to kill oneself restored one's honor, didn't they? Thus, on New Year's Eve, 2007, Nigel Galsworthy underwent the Three-Fold Death. He drank from a cup of wine mixed with cyanide. He was hanged by a silk rope. And he was disemboweled with a sacred sickle. His blood fed London for one more year.
Of course, even in dying
, Nigel managed to screw things up. Through Lauren Darrow's presence, she was initiated (somehow) into the Suicide Circle, despite being already dead by most standards. The other Invisible Members were not well-pleased with this, though the situation was eventually resolved.
These days, Nigel is technically
part of the Suicide Circle's Invisible Membership, though since he's somewhat frightened of them and they think (in so far as any opinion can be discerned) that he's an inveterate screw-up, they mostly avoid each other. Instead, Nigel has become the Cat's Cradle's official ghost, and spends most of his time hanging out with the people there, especially the changeling Bat, with whom he has a slow, romantic relationship (they go on picnics to graveyards).
In life, Nigel was a short man with soft blond hair and a babyish face dominated by a pair of cornflower blue eyes. At his death, he was dressed formally, in a black suit with a bright green checked tie. In death, his face has gone pale, chalk-white, and he bears the marks of his death upon him: a smell of bitter almonds, the shiny-red ligature marks upon his neck, and the open, rancid wound upon his gut. He is able, for a time, to look as he had before, though even then he wears a black noose about his neck.
Presently, Nigel's personal anchor (his wedding ring) is in the possession of Bat, having been excavated from his grave at Kensal Green cemetery. He is also anchored to the Reform Club.
Attributes: Power 3, Finesse 5, Resistance 4
Influences: Anchors ●● (The Reform Club, The Suicide Circle, His Engagement Ring)
|This Numen grants a mortal a vision of a task the entity wishes him to accomplish as well as a magical determination to see it through. The entity pays 2 Essence and rolls Power + Finesse. On a success, the subject receives a short vision of whatever the entity wishes him to do and is under the Obsessed Condition regarding carrying that mission out. |Innocuous,
|The entity is very good at being overlooked. Perception rolls to notice the entity are penalized by 2 dice. This Numen does not require a roll to activate and has no cost. |Mortal Mask,
|This Numen disguises a Materialized entity as a human and can be used at the same time as the Materialize Manifestation Effect. Using the Numen costs 1 Essence and the human seeming lasts for activation successes in hours. The human “costume” is flawed — witnesses may make a Wits + Composure roll penalized by the entity’s Finesse to realize that something is wrong. Characters able to sense the entity in Twilight do not suffer a penalty to the roll. |Speed
|The entity accelerates into a blur of movement. The entity chooses whether to spend 2 or 4 Essence when activating this Numen. Spending 2 Essence doubles its Speed for the remainder of the scene, while spending 4 Essence triples it. |
Manifestations: Twilight Form, Materialize, Image
Ban: Cannot harm any servant of the City of London, from the Lord Mayor down to the garbage men, while they are on duty.
Banes: Royal Blood