The Shadow Network
Alonzo Morales "Libri Recondo"
Quote: “Look at this first edition of Ficino’s De Vita Libri Tres — more than 500 years old, and in perfect condition — no, please don’t turn the pages like that.”
Description: Alonzo is a slightly scruffy-looking latino man in his late 30s, whose keen intellect and passion for books are often concealed by his somewhat dingy-looking trench coat and two-day growth of beard. He is thin and pale, his asthmatic condition only worsened by his obsession with dusty tomes.
His nimbus causes those around him to be filled with greed and possessiveness for their personal possessions.
Dedicated Magical Tool: A Latin first edition of the medieval grimoire, the Picatrix
Real Name: Alonzo Morales
Mental Attributes: Intelligence 3, Wits 3, Resolve 2
Physical Attributes: Strength 2, Dexterity 2, Stamina 1
Social Attributes: Presence 2, Manipulation 3, Composure 3
Mental Skills: Academics 4 (Rare Books), Computer 2, Investigation 3 (Research), Occult 2
Physical Skills: Drive 1, Firearms 1, Larceny 2, Stealth 1
Social Skills: Intimidation 2, Persuasion 2, Streetwise 1 (Blackmarket), Subterfuge 2
Merits: Dream 1, Library 5, Occultation 2
Wisdom: 5 (Fixation)
Arcana: Matter 3, Mind 1, Prime 1, Space 2
Rotes: Matter – Discern Composition (•), Untouchable (••), Repair Object (•••); Mind – One Mind, Two Thoughts (•); Prime – Analyze Enchanted Item (•); Space – Scrying (••)
Mana/per turn: 11/2
Background: Alonzo Morales was a bright but somewhat shy child who grew up in Brooklyn. His first job was working at a friend of his mother’s used bookstore. His love of books grew, as did his fascination with rare and valuable ones. By the time he was in his mid-20s, he was a rare book buyer working for a large bookstore, and before he turned 30, he had opened his own small used bookstore that specialized in first editions and other rare volumes. Alonzo’s busi- ness generates a good income, while also helping him to locate and afford his most precious finds, most of which go into his private collection.
His Awakening consisted of a lengthy series of dreams about the search for a singular and perfect book, which he eventually found and signed a bill of sale for – his signature represented his signature on the Watchtower of his Path.
Once Awakened, his interest in books continued, only now he noticed that some books had been imbued with magic, while a very few were written in Atlantean High Speech. Alonzo is a member of the Mysterium, but not an exceedingly devoted one – he largely regards his association with the Mysterium as an al- liance that benefits the order and himself. He allows Mysterium scholars to read and copy his books, and they give him access to the order’s library. In return for his efforts in areas such as translation, cataloging and determining provenance, the local leaders of the Mysterium allow him first pick of some of the duplicates of their rare volumes, as well as partial access to several nearby Mysterium Athenaeums.
He belongs to the Mysterium far more because the order largely shares his goals than out of any feeling of camaraderie or shared purpose. While he would only consider breaking his word to them if tempted with a particular fine and unique book, he will never go out of his way to help his colleagues, particularly if this help would interfere with his own efforts in any fashion.
Storytelling Hints: Alonzo is obsessive about books, about the state and safety of his personal collection and about any opportunity to obtain a new rare book, especially anything connected with magic or Atlantis. He is also suspicious of people he doesn’t know well and firmly believes that everyone has his price.
The cabal the Faithful of Ithaca often seek access to his library or purchase books from him, which has lead to a friendly alliance over time. Though both parties associate out of self-interest, their ties are such that they can rely on each other’s support through trouble.