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Twisted Confessional | Nobilis

Louie Simms

Power of Walls, Lord of Leisure
(Mortal Form, Duke, Realm's Heart, Hearthfire)

Aspect: 0
Domain: 4/2
Realm: 2
Spirit: 1
AMP: 6, DMP: 6
RMP: 5, SMP: 6

Gifts and Handicaps

Affiliation: Light
Gift: Durant
Gift: The Knock*
Gift: Scopic Sight**
Granted Gift: Emotion Sight***
Virtue: Diligence
Limit: Light Touch (+1MP)
Limit: Focus (+2MP) - His lucky coat
(Louie's lucky coat, a memento from his past life,
is a focus of his Noble nature as well. It contains
both of his Domain points for Leisure, as well as
his gift, The Knock, and three Aspect Miracle Points.)
Restriction: Cannot lie to the charitable
Restriction: Dog-Lover's Bond
(Similar to cigarette bond, Louie is formally bound
to befriend any who make friends with Derby, and
he cannot refuse to let someone pet his dog.)

Bonds & Anchors

4 Imperator Matzacoztlihcitloc
4 Derby, his faithful Blue Heeler
3 His memories of Becca, his dead wife
3 Homeless Folks
2 His former haunt, Philadelphia
2 Locus Destine
2 His lucky jacket
No Anchors

Wound Levels

Surface: 2
Serious: 1
Deadly: 1

XP: 4

*The Knock
With this gift, once Louie knocks on a nearby wall,
events will conspire to create an opportunity for a
nearby person; this can help someone get back on
their feet (if they accept it) or get a fresh start.
This can only be used on mortals or spirits in need,
not other Nobles or Louie himself.
+4 Lesser Creation of Opportunity
+1 Uncommon
-1 Simple Miracle (0MP)
-2 Works on one person
-1 Wide variety of uses
+0 Penetration of 0
=1 CP total cost

**Scopic Sight
This gift of Aspect provides Louie with incredible
eyesight, capable of operating on both a telescopic and
microscopic level. All he must do to activate this sight
is focus.
+7 Aspect Miracle (impossible for anyone, local)
+1 Uncommon
-1 Simple Miracle (0 MP)
-3 Works on self only
-3 One trick only
+0 Penetration of 0
=1 CP total cost

***Emotion Sight
This gift granted by Matzacoztlihcitloc allows the Noble
to see the emotions of people near him. It comes with a
price, however; the emotions of those nearby tend to run
a bit rampant in the Nobles' presence.
+2 Lesser Divination of Emotion
+1 Uncommon
+1 Penetration
-1 Simple
-1 Works locally only
-1 Wide variety of uses
=1 CP total cost

Design
Two flowers, stems crossed, engraved on a lightly-curved parallelogram-shaped shield in the background. One flower has open, yellow, irregular heart-shaped petals (symbolizing the constancy of poverty). Another flower has closed, white, irregularly-shaped petals (symbolizing the beauty of industry). The shield's design is of silver, interlocking circles depicting the cycle of unchangeability. The shield's border is white, and the corners depict flowers with closed, silver, irregularly-shaped petals (symbolizing the error of apathy). The bottom border of the shield is etched with leafless ivy vines.

Estates of Interest
Hope, Doors, Buildings, Comfort, Poverty, Greed, Charity, Memory, Indoors, Luck, Providence, Ulcers, Split Personalities, Justice, Apathy, Cancer, Idleness, Action, Drugs, Dogs, Destruction, Weather, Ground, Roads, Property, Relaxation, Laziness, Ignorance, Guardians, Bureaucracy, Opportunity, Gravity, Holes, Ignorance, Light, Restrictions, Stress (Distress/Eustress)



Louie had a life on the streets. He had a dog and a pretty remote place to sleep, a couple friends, and a buddy at a deli that always had some too-old-to-sell, not-too-old-to-eat food to pass along. Derby was probably the huskiest homeless dog in town. Life could've been better, sure, but Louie knew folks in worse places than him. He'd taken LSD once in high school, just once. He'd felt like total crap afterwards, never did it again, and the whole experience had pretty much inoculated him from getting into the bad place like some folks he knew. He considered himself lucky.

Becca hadn't cared, not way back then. She had known he was a little rough around the edges, and the whole firm-hand thing got him on the right track. He got a decent job at an accounting firm, just doing non-college-degree stuff, kind of a cross between secretary and janitor. Floor Priority Assistant, he was called. Bullshit title, but he kinda liked it.
- - -

Louie turned the corner of the alley, nearly kissing pavement in an effort to avoiding stepping in dumpster juice, on one side, or kicking Derby, on the other. The dog was running just a little faster than him but had taken the outside track of the turn, and had somehow known to turn down this alley. Louie realized he couldn't hear his own footsteps, wondering if it was the adrenaline or the gunshot still ringing in his hears. He climbed a chain-link fence, then levered up the bottom of it for Derby. Another report echoed through the alley.
- - -

He squeezed her hand. It was quiet. "I'm giving up, Louie," she'd said. It'd been an hour since her last breath. He signed some forms and chose a funeral plan and signed some more forms and fell asleep on the walk home.
- - -

Descending the stairs was more gravity than coordination, and Louie hit some of his parts on some other people's parts as he ran. Derby, in the lead, looked to be falling diagonally and gracefully, seemingly never touching the ground. More shots rang out, rapidly drowned out by the resultant chorus of screams. The subway's doors had just opened. There was a gate, but Louie went over and Derby went over.

The doors began to close, but someone on board, guessing at his desperation, forcibly propped the door halfway open. The car was already in motion when they boarded. Another shot, this one far away and echoing pathetically. Louie sat down in relief, caught his breath, and cursed his sour luck before realizing the car was, save for himself and his dog, completely empty.
- - -

The lady had fallen on him, more than anything else. He was just trying to get a little rest between the late night mugging rush and the early morning coffee/amphetamine bustle. Half-roused from sleep by the rapid pitch changes of unremarkable, rehearsed flirtation and footfalls echoing towards him down the alley, Louie was unprepared for the sudden yelp and the impact of an apparently-unconscious prostitute on his legs. His eyes darted up, spotting her companion. A young kid, real young, in the clothes of a hoodlum, stared back, just as confused. "You son of a bitch!" the kid shouted hoarsely, reaching behind his back. The man fired a shot at Louie, hit the girl's motionless body instead, and Louie took to running, dog in tow.