The Shadow Network
Louise Harrington "Mercy"
Quote: “I told you before, it’s $600 a hit. So, you can either reach in your wallet, and we can do business, or you can fuck off and hope I don’t have Jay over there teach you a painful lesson about wasting my time.”
Description: Mercy’s looks are and have always been a bit on the plain side. Her pale skin is caked with a later of cheap makeup and she goes for a certain trampy chic that some people find attractive and others, repulsive; yet she manages to convincingly pretend that she doesn’t give a damn either way. Her hair is naturally a deep black, but it has been bleached and straightened enough that it’s now a frizzy brownish-yellow ruin. She favors blood-red lipstick and heavy dark eye shadow but wears clothes that could almost pass for a professional wardrobe – a thin veneer of civility over the Company’s unsavory practices.
Her Nimbus appears as a deathly pallor to her flesh, and hazy, indistinct shapes, little more than humanoid distortions in the air moving behind and just around her.
Dedicated Magical Tools: Bone pendant
Real Name: Louise Harrington
Order: Free Council
Mental Attributes: Intelligence 2, Wits 3, Resolve 2
Physical Attributes: Strength 2, Dexterity 3, Stamina 1
Social Attributes: Presence 2, Manipulation 4, Composure 2
Mental Skills: Investigation 2, Medicine 1, Occult 1 (Urban Legends), Science 1
Physical Skills: Athletics 1, Brawl (Dirty Tricks) 2, Firearms 1, Larceny (Pickpocketing) 3,
Social Skills: Animal Ken 1, Empathy 2, Intimidation 1, Persuasion 3, Socialize 1, Streetwise (Shelter) 3, Subterfuge 2
Merits: Allies (Prostitutes) 1, Contacts (Drug Dealers, Homeless, Prostitutes), High Speech, Resources 2, Sanctum (Shared) 2, Sleepwalker Retainer 1, Status (Order 1) Willpower: 4
Wisdom: 5 (Inferiority Complex)
Arcana: Death 2, Fate 1, Matter 2, Space 1
Rotes: Death – Speak with the Dead (•), Touch of the Grave (••); Fate – Reading the Outmost Eddies (•); Matter – Craftsman’s Eye (•), Unseen Aegis (••); Space – Spatial Map (•)
Mana/per Turn: 10/1
Armor: 2 (“Unseen Aegis,” Matter ••)
Background: Born Louise Harrington, the girl who would come to call herself Mercy came from a troubled home, in which a revolving door admitted all manner of men that her mother tried to pass off as father figures. Some were merely unpleasant, while others could scarcely be called human. Louise ran away at the age of 15 and earned her survival working as a small-time independent prostitute. She Awakened at the age of 21 during a heroin overdose, and lost what little ability she had to cope with the real world shortly thereafter. Vision changed all of that.
The manipulative willworker discovered Louise wandering the streets of Roxbury. He took her in and christened her Mercy, mostly because he liked the sound of the name. He inducted her into the Mysterium and helped her clean up. To this day, Mercy wonders whether he did it out of any regard for her or what he thought she could eventually do for him. Truth be told, even Vision has never figured that out for certain. She has served him loyally since then, unaware of any other way to live. For better or for worse, Mercy’s fate belongs to Vision now.
Storytelling Hints: Mercy fancies herself the den mother of the Company, the “legitimate businesswoman” of the cabal. In truth, her aggressively nihilistic demeanor ends up making her attempts at professionalism especially laughable. Her self-esteem issues (a number of which have their origins in her unrequited near-love for Vision) contribute heavily to her undiscerning promiscuity, and she’ll hit on very nearly anything with a pulse.