The Shadow Network
Josiah Bakerfield "Baron Steele"
Quote: “No problem. I’ve got it handled.”
Description: At nearly 7’ tall, Baron is a mountain of a man, and his silent glower only reinforces the “don’t mess with me” attitude that surrounds him. He’s clean shaven, in his thirties, and wears his jet black hair in a barely-there cut that is only a shade darker than his skin. Baron normally wears custom-made leathers: boots (steel-toed), pants, jacket and fingerless gloves, with dark reflective glasses.
His nimbus makes him appear even taller than his already gigantic height.
Dedicated Magic Tool: Two drumsticks carved from an ox’s thighbone
Real Name: Josiah Bakerfield
Order: Silver Ladder
Mental Attributes: Intelligence 2, Wits 3, Resolve 3
Physical Attributes: Strength 5, Dexterity 2, Stamina 4
Social Attributes: Presence 4, Manipulation 2, Composure 3
Mental Skills: Academics 2, Investigation 2, Medicine (Anatomy * ) 1, Occult (Practical Magic Applications * ) 2
Physical Skills: Athletics 3, Brawl 4 (Street-Fighting * ), Drive 2, Firearms 2, Larceny 2, Stealth 3, Survival (Urban * ) 3, Weaponry (Improvised * * ) 4
Social Skills: Empathy 1, Expression 3 (Drumming * ), Intimidation 4, Persuasion (Overt Threats * ) 3, Streetwise 3, Subterfuge 2
Merits: Area of Expertise – Improvised (Weaponry); Fighting Style: Street Fighting 5; Giant; Order Status (Silver Ladder) 1
Arcana: Death 3, Matter 3
Rotes: Death – Forensic Gaze (1), Corpse Mask (2), Decay (2), Entropic Guard (2), Touch of the Grave (2), Destroy Object (3); Matter – Find the Hidden Hoard (1), Alter Accuracy (2), Unseen Aegis (2), Armor Piercing (3)
Background: Baron learned early to use whatever tools he had at his avail. His size was one. Another was his utter willingness to do whatever needed to be done to ensure others left him alone — no matter how dangerous, disgusting or morally depraved. Awakening was just one more situation with which to be dealt, and magic just another tool. He was originally appealed to by members of the Guardians of the Veil, but he failed the test of the Black Veil and was denied entrance into the order.
Instead, he was taken in by the Silver Ladder before helping to form the Alabaster Shield; because of this, his outlook is a muted combination of both groups. He works (lethargically) to improve society and maintain the veil at the same time. Baron Steele now specializes in doing what the cabal needs done, especially jobs at which others would pale. In exchange, the cabal gives him sanctuary where none (save for them) will bother him between jobs.
Storytelling Hints: Baron Steele works as the brute muscle of the cabal, serving as the obvious threat to distract from Mayfly’s subtle lethality. He gets all of the privacy he could want when the cabal is not actively pursuing some goal as a result of his cabal-mates active shadow lives in the Sleeping world. During such times he can be found crouched over his drums like a hunched giant, losing himself in the beat.
Baron has been a Silver Ladder Acolyte for more than a decade, and is unlikely to progress further in the order than that. That is not to say, however, that he is not valued or important to those who do have higher rank and Status among the théarchs. He is quite efficient and those he serves value his discretion and dedication as greatly as they do his powerful skill with magic. His close association with two Guardians of the Veil is seen as a significant asset within the Silver Ladder of Detroit, a small bridge between the two distant factions.