Titus Winthrop: Leader of the Vengeance Hounds

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Titus Winthrop is Mab’s younger brother who stands at about 7 feet tall and wields twin claymores because he can.  Might seem rather blunt, but that actually works for the character to some extent.  He’s also part of a trio that stems from the Vampire game I played prior to going to college.  These are my high school friends who introduced me to the game and we didn’t take it seriously at all.  Mayhem and acting like monstrous vampires was the point, which is why my vampirized author didn’t really fit.  I’ll get to him later in the post.  Titus is definitely not the guy he was back then though.  In fact, he doesn’t even have the same name.

Way back when, his name was Lurch because he was huge.  He carried big guns and never shied away from a fight.  There was also a session where he freaked out at the sight of fire and went berserk in a CVS.  It still fit the mood of the game because it was all about having fun and being vampires.  Combat was a constant activity and I think Lurch might have been the instigator a lot of the times.  Definitely wasn’t boring when he was around even when he was revived for a summer game where I used Clyde.  Talk about a pair that shouldn’t be in the same zip code much less the same room.  Both of them enjoyed fighting so much that you’d never know what would happen.  This is also where Lurch was introduced to the ‘Merit/Flaw’ system that allowed you to customize characters.  So, he was reborn after a quick explanation of Large Size and Ambidexterity followed by everyone turning pale at him requested two giant swords.  Man, was he a force of destruction after that one.

While I kept his physical stature, I couldn’t keep the rest.  The name had to change and I thought of Titus because it was close to Titan.  He actually had the surname of Winthrop first and then I thought it would be fun to make him Mab’s brother.  He was turned by one of her enemies in the hopes of using him against her, but it backfired and the siblings teamed up.  I’m actually thinking that Titus was the one who joined Mab and Clyde to turn their partnership into the begins of the gang.  This also meant he couldn’t be a battle-crazed monster, so I made him intelligent and insightful.  At the very least, he’s more cool-headed and has no problem voicing his opinion.  That doesn’t say much in some instances because I had to honor the original by giving him a temper.  It’s not as easy to trigger, but it’s there and rather specific.

Oddly enough, Titus brings in a big sense of family to the series.  The rage triggers I gave him revolve entirely around threats to the gang, which he sees as his brothers and sisters.  Mab gets special preference, but he’d rip a person’s head off for making a move on anyone, including Clyde who is more powerful.  In this way, Titus became a protector and leader within the ranks, which helped out a lot in terms of the group dynamic.  While Clyde and Mab are more adept at solo and duo jobs, Titus is the one who works with larger groups and that’s why I designed the Vengeance Hounds.  They’re not thieves, so much as mercenaries and bandits.  Seriously, a giant of a man can’t pickpocket if his hands are too big to get into the pocket.  This also helped the transition for Titus and his companions in the wake of Clyde’s disappearance.  Since they were more warrior than thief, it wasn’t too difficult to become Xavier’s special ops team.  This does pose a problem though since it has led to their ranks being reduced to 3 by the time the series begins.  It’s another factor in Titus’s protective nature and will be a deciding factor in his Dawn Fang powers if he decides to accept the change.

The funny story deals with the one time Titus, when he was Lurch, couldn’t do anything in a fight.  It was hilarious because he missed with every roll and it was against mortals in a bar fight he started.  On the other hand, my artist vampire was destroying everyone as he tried to get out in one piece.  I was putting people through tables and shattering chairs over heads with my piddly strength.  The giant was doing more damage to his pride and ended up having to get dragged out by me.  This led to us being hunted too, which ended with my guy getting his head blown off by an Ithaca Shotgun (I asked the gunman before death) and Titus/Lurch getting away.  Eh, it was the last game we’d get to play before we all went off to college and I still chuckle about it.  How could I not use Titus after such a fun time?

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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9 Responses to Titus Winthrop: Leader of the Vengeance Hounds

  1. How not use Titus indeed. Sounds like a lot of fun memories.

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  2. I love reading the development of your characters–and the amazing attention you’ve paid to group dynamics.

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  3. Sounds like a fun character. Thanks for sharing his backstory.

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  4. L. Marie says:

    It’s so interesting to read Titus’s development. Have you talked to your friends about the changes you’ve made to your character since the days you played the vampire game?

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