The third member of the Vengeance Hounds is Luther Grathan who started from nearly nothing. I was actually surprised how often I used him and where he was heading because I didn’t see much to him in the planning stages. He filled the role of straight man to Bob’s antics, guarding Titus’s back, and handling part of the information gathering for Clyde’s gang. Unlike Kai and next week’s character, Luther specialized in disguises and wandering the wilderness for news. He certainly started as a more nature-based character, which is why he spent early versions as a rarity. A few stories, he only had one scene to deliver a message and that was it. Thankfully, that’s already started to change.
Like most of the cast, Luther was a game character and he came from the crew of Titus, Bob, and my dead author. His name wasn’t Luther and I don’t remember the original since we were only in one session together. Unlike the others, he was designed entirely on surviving and would go it alone a lot. It wasn’t that he would leave everyone to die, but there was a big divide and meet up later mentality. This guy was a master of that and wasn’t much for words. His desire to NOT be killed meant he stayed away from the more destructive incidents.
This turned Luther into another blank slate character, but his initial build appeared fairly quickly. I think the survivor mentality mixed perfectly with both adventure fantasy and vampires. It became a clearer identity when I made him a forest tracker and gave him a few tricks to help with his spying. He remained cautious and extended his desire to survive to those around him, which helped him be a foil to Titus and Bob. He is the wisdom and clear words for Titus when things are getting personal. He is the foil to Bob’s craziness and will join in at times to keep the elf in check. Luther even got along with Kai who didn’t seem to be getting along with anyone. Kind of proud of how far he’s come since his original creation.
Now, all of this came about in the actual writing instead of the profile. In fact, one could say Luther is the most likable of the characters. This is more by the other characters where only one person seemed to have issues with him. It was situational too. Even more surprising, Luther has connected with next week’s character. I don’t want to spoil anything about her, but I can’t really call it a romance. There’s this strange level of respect between them where they obviously have a soft spot for each other. It came out of nowhere and I ran with it, so I’m looking forward to seeing where that goes. Guess the main point of Luther is that he’s going to be an enigma for a while and will continue to surprise people.
I already mentioned Bob hurling a shopping cart at Luther in the game, but I have another story that I was told about. It’s another Bob and Luther job where they ended up being on the run from the mafia. How they got involved was not mentioned, but there was supposedly a helicopter involved. Not them flying it, but falling from it while it was above the city. Luther was hurt the most and had to be carried, which made things worse when they ended up trapped in an alley with a spiked fence in their path. People might be realizing where this is going. Luther healed himself enough to help with the tactic of Bob throwing him over . . . Well, it was supposed to be over. Poor guy landed on the spikes and slid down as they were getting surrounded. Bob still managed to get him off and the pair escaped to cause mayhem another day. I think this is why I have the two characters interact so much in the books and take on a best friend relationship.