The Good, the Bad, and the Dead
Enigmatic keeper of New York's masquerade
She died and left to me
This heath, this calm and quiet scene;
The memory of what has been,
And never more will be.
– Three years she grew in the sun and show by William Wordsworth
When neonates first hear of the Janus of New York they are usually equal parts incredulous and skeptical. It just seems a little too good to be true after all. This is often the seed of healthy doubt that will help competent neonates survive the harsh gauntlet of the Camarilla. Age and experience have taught the ancillae of New York to regard the Janus with a level of measured respect. He is a necessary and effective function of Kindred life, but few are stupid enough to assume he is either impartial or harmless. He is a scalpel to Olivier’s broadsword: subtle and quick.
However, Sebastian’s presence is rarely well received when he is on the clock. No one appreciates being seen in their weaker moments of indulgence and embarrassment, but Sebastian is always there with the same level of cold clinical detachment. Whether he it be the lowliest insignificant neonate or Bradley himself, he had only one agenda. Maintain the Masquerade.
Janus is a title not many cities find it necessary to employ. Most Princes find the office archaic, a poor reflection on their ability to govern and control the city in their charge. Dating back to the days of the Inquisition and the conception of the Camarilla, the Janus was a member of court who maintained the delicate veil separating the Damned and their unwitting kine. The Janus’ was entirely more imperative in the nights of torch and blade, being the first line of defense against gaze of zealous witch hunters. However, in modern nights, the Janus’ job has become entirely different.
Grey serves as the ultimate magician, making problems disappear. Many speculate how one Kindred so capably handles such a job, but he executes it almost flawlessly. When a neonate frenzies and leaves a room full of bodies, Grey uncannily arrives. Medical reports are fudged, red tape bogs down investigations, bodies are cremated prematurely and witnesses unknowingly give false testimonies. Those are the most extreme cases though. Grey works tirelessly, knowing the smallest flaws in the grand deception of the Masquerade could unravel it. Most of this work goes entirely unremarked, and most are only aware of it when they are the subject of such efforts.