Deep Throat

Enigmatic ex-FBI agent

Description:

Clan: Mekhet
Bloodline: Agonistes
Covenant: Invictus
Virtue: Prudence
Vice: Greed


Attributes: Intelligence 4, Wits 4, Resolve 4 | Strength 2, Dexterity 4, Stamina 2 | Presence 2, Manipulation 2, Composure 4.

Mental Skills: Academics 2 (Sp: Law), Crafts 1, Computer 2 (Sp: Hacking), Investigation 4, Occult 3 (Sp: Brood), Politics 3 (Sp: Kindred), Invictus House Lore 1.

Physical Skills: Athletics 1, Brawl 1, Drive 1, Firearms 3, Larceny 3, Stealth 3 (Sp: Cloak of Night).

Social Skills: Empathy 3 (Sp: Aura Reading), Expression 3, Intimidate 1, Persuasion 3, Socialize 3 (Sp: Telepathy), Streetwise 1, Subterfuge 2.


Disciplines: Auspex 5, Celerity 1, Dominate 3, Obfuscate 5, Protean 2 (processed stone).

Merits: Allies 4 (FBI), Allies 4 (Philadelphia Police Dept.), Contacts 2 (Ordo Dracul), Contacts 5 (Trade), Haven 1 (size), Haven 2 (security), Herd 2 (Blood Hustlers), Languages: Sign Language, Mentor 5 (Kahlil), NetJets Contract 1, Occultation 2, Quick Draw (pistol), Resources 5, Retainer 5 (Marco Ramos), Retainer 3 (George Arnold), Retainer 3 (Phillip Castle), Status 4 (Invictus), Status 4 (Philadelphia), Trained Observer (▪▪▪)

Flaws: Depression (mild).

Health: 7
Willpower: 8
Blood Potency: 2
Humanity: 6
Size: 5
Speed: 11
Defense: 4 Melee/4 Ranged
Armor: 1/1
Initiative Modifier: 8

Gear and Equipment: AK-47, Light Pistol, 2 Rifles, Minivan (Honda Odyssey), BlackBerry, Gunsmithing Kit, Lock Picks, Handcuffs, Electronics Toolkit, Silencer, Reinforced Clothing, Spectra-lite Kevlar Vest, Fey Oakenshield Charm, fake FBI, Philadelphia PD and Private Investigator licenses, pen and notepad.

Age: 36 | Apparent Age: early 30s | Embraced: 2006
Hair: Black | Eyes: Black


A nondescript man of average height, weight and complexion. He wears a black overcoat and slacks, a white dress shirt and a black fedora.

Bio:

Doug Ito won’t admit it, but his desire to join the FBI began with The X-Files. As a teenager he was fascinated by the show’s conspiracies and the idea that “the truth is out there.” He also was a smart, driven young man. By age 26, he was an FBI Special Agent.


Doug worked in the FBI Criminal Investigation Division and was assigned to the Philadelphia field office. The strong political machines in the state meant there was no shortage of run-of-the-mill corruption. But Doug had done some behavioral science work in college and developed an interest in cult-related crimes. One rather well-known case he broke open involved a quartet of upper-middle class women who believed that sacrificing girl children would release energies which would allow them to retain their youth. Eerily, the women were in their 50s but looked half their ages, although some wrote it off as cosmetic surgery and botox. The media dubbed them “The Bathorites,” after Countess Elizabeth Báthory.

Doug’s time as a Special Agent was not without strife. He wasn’t averse to stepping on others to climb the ladder. And while he was a talented agent, he wasn’t the crème of the crème in the Bureau. He disliked this and began gathering information on his elite rivals, looking for ways to undermine them. Still, he believed in the work and would never put personal rivalry before an investigation. So he made his share of both enemies and admirers.


After six years as a Special Agent, Doug was fired. They said he spent too much time on bizarre cult cases and not enough on national security and counterterrorism work which was now the FBI’s top priority. When Doug protested that he received good performance reviews in the past, the FBI representatives produced audio recordings and photographs of Doug taken covertly. They said his activities were a crime and conduct not befitting a Special Agent.

Doug went home, shocked and humiliated. Over the next several weeks he began to deteriorate mentally. He had recurring nightmares in which he was being escorted out of the FBI building by security. They led him down a long, dimly lit hallway. His former colleagues, dressed all in black, lined both sides of the hallway and cackled as he walked past. Their faces stretched in a distorted way which reminded him of the people in Soundgarden’s video for “Black Hole Sun.” And their laughter seemed to coalesce into a deep, vibrating bass which emanated from some dark, horrible place.

Doug began to develop an obsession. He followed people around, some who he knew, others that he didn’t, and monitored what they did. He also spent a lot of time looking over his shoulder, convinced that someone was watching him. Then he would go home and go to bed and the nightmares would begin again. It was during one of those nights, as he tossed and turned in his sleep, that Hana Fukuhara, a Mekhet Invictus, embraced him. As Doug sat on his bedroom floor, draining blood from the victim Hana had brought, she extended her hand. “Hello Mr. Ito,” she said. “Welcome to your new world.”

Doug handled the transition to unlife fairly well. In a sense, it shocked him out of the rut he had been slipping into and forced him to focus on his now apparently endless future. The cutthroat world of the Kindred reminded him of life in the FBI. Hana tutored him in his vampiric abilities and he proved a quick study.


And then she disappeared.

The event seemed to catch the Invictus off-guard. Everyone had a different theory – she ran away to join another covenant. She made one too many enemies and was killed by a rival. She was experimenting with dark magic and accidentally transported herself into another dimension. A werewolf got her. She was captured by a sex crazed mage who had a thing for Asian female vampires. Even with his investigative skills, Doug found himself stymied. In a dark world filled with strange creatures and powers, the possibilities seemed endless.


Concerned that he would be vulnerable without a patron, Doug began looking for another. Several Invictus, disdainful of his lack of social graces, chuckled and told him sorry, but no. Fortunately, William Blake saw beyond that. The “Information Consultation” Meister appreciated Doug’s strong abilities of stealth and investigation and the two found they had several interests in common. He took the neonate under his wing. Doug is very grateful to Blake and sees him almost as a kind of godfather.



Questionnaire Excerpts

How old are you?

36. He was embraced at 32.

What was unique about your childhood?

Doug grew up in Sacramento, California and was a smart, quiet kid who most people didn’t notice. Doug didn’t mind being overlooked. He was a shy boy who disliked attention.


While Doug was in high school, his mother died of pancreatic cancer. He and his mother were close and Doug felt a lot of pain, but his overall response was to withdraw even further. His studies faltered a bit, but he finished high school and went to George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Doug was a loner during his childhood and teen years. After his mother died, his father had a spiritual “reawakening” and moved to Japan to become a Buddhist monk during Doug’s senior year in college.


What kind of a person were you?

Doug came out of his shell a bit in college and managed to make friends; a few even came with him to the FBI. He had known he was gay since high school and had some brief encounters with other guys. However, it was during this period that he began to develop a ruthless edge. D.C. was a city full of people who stepped on the backs of others to get where they wanted to go. Doug could see that getting into the FBI was going to be a tough fight and he decided that no one was going to get in his way. Given that he had been a quiet, shy boy, an observer might have been surprised by the change.

What was your first brush with the supernatural?

When Doug was eight his family visited The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. He couldn’t sleep one night and wandered out of the room. The sound of beautifully ethereal piano playing floated through the air. Entranced, he began wandering the hotel.


He eventually found the piano in the ballroom. But when he walked in, there was no one there. At first he thought it was a player piano. As he approached, the playing stopped.

Doug sat down at the piano and immediately felt chilled, as if there was a cold spot in the room where the piano bench was. He jumped up and backed away. As he did, the piano playing began again.


This childhood experience first opened him up to supernatural possibilities. As an FBI Special Agent he encountered a number of supernaturally tinged incidents, including the Bathorites case.

How did the Embrace change you?

Not as much as one might expect. Life in the FBI was a swirl of alliances, backstabbing, intrigue, corruption and power-grabs. Doug had adapted to that environment and in some ways even enjoyed it. The experience served him well when he was thrust into the Byzantine politics of the Invictus. For a neonate, he showed an unusual level of talent with the Mekhet clan disciplines. This bolstered his confidence.

Doug spent his whole career fighting criminals and catching predators. He used to think of himself as one of the “good guys” (even though he didn’t always act that way). Now he has become a predator himself – a turnabout he has not yet fully accepted.

Where is your haven?

A medium-sized house in Germantown. The lightproof basement has a locking door and there is a well-hidden cupboard under the basement stairs. He also has a bolt-hole at a storage rental facility.


Do you retain any connections to your mortal life?

He still has allies in the FBI and street-level contacts from his time as a Special Agent. As far as they’re concerned, Doug is still alive. He had few friends outside of work and had grown distant from his family, so breaking off contact with them wasn’t a problem. They have no idea what happened to him or what he is doing.

What are your habitual feeding grounds?

Most often Doug will activate Cloak of Night and break into a house to find a sleeping victim. He prefers middle or upper-middle class neighborhoods where people keep to themselves.


Doug also has a small herd of good looking young men who want to make some extra cash and aren’t picky about how to get it. These “blood hustlers” carefully maintain their diet, physical health, and overall appearance (and Doug is quick to drop those that don’t). He would like to expand his herd in the future.

What motivates you?

Deep Throat is motivated by the core Invictus principle that the purpose of power is power.

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