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Name: Therese Voerman Age/Date of Birth: 87 | September 5th Sexuality: Asexual/Pansexual (this will make sense later) Fandom: Vampire the Masquerade Medium: Video Game Canon point: Bloodlines; pt 1, pre-revelation moment/Tung ceasefire Alternates?: If anyone wants to like...hit me up? Housing: Office/Apartment in any building (with blacked out windows)
PB: Anna Torv
TRIGGER WARNING: CONTAINS MENTION OF ABUSE BY A PARENT, SEXUAL ABUSE, PATRICIDE, MENTAL ILLNESS AND BLOOD DRINKING
Upon first meeting it is evident instantly that Therese is very intelligent. However it's also clear that she's arrogant, ruthless and cunning to boot. She's not without morals, she genuinely cares for Jeanette and believes she is responsible for Jeanette's survival as a vampire. But Therese is very clearly the business minded part of the duo, very much the reason that Santa Monica ruins smoothly and that the Asylum is financed.
Therese is also something of a prude, she is extremely pious and chaste, and thinks vampires are superior to humans, expressing her disgust at the thought of Jeanette having sex with mortals. She fancies herself better than the average Malkavian, as she is not so open about her clan heritage as her sister is and like most Ventrue or Toreador vampires, looks down on the Nosferatu, especially Bertram Tung. At first glance it would be easy to assume that Therese was a Ventrue or Toreador, based on her together appearance, sharp business mind and her snobbish attitude.
Later, however, it becomes clear that Therese and Jeanette are not sisters as implied in the strictest sense.
Jeanette is highly sexually promiscuous having numerous lovers, including various mortals and, potentially, the protagonist. Jeanette is very childish in most things she does, she is very needy and uses a mix of her childish nature and potent sexuality to get what she wants, also she often makes petty quips about Therese, calling herself the "Prettier Face". She mocks Therese's uptight nature regularly while embracing her own freedom.
One thing they both have in common is that they both believe themselves to be the "good" sister, when it comes to certain areas, particularly their father. While Jeanette sees Therese's incestuous molestation by their father as Therese being just as sexually depraved as she is, whereas Therese saw it as being an obedient daughter, something Therese has never looked at as 'abuse'. Both are very closed off about the incident itself, but it is implied that Therese killed her father after she 'caught' Jeanette with him sexually.
Jeanette despite being rather friendly, is perfectly capable of malicious acts such as when she asks the protagonist to rob the charity box at Therese's art gallery, she is underhanded in working against Therese, never making it clear that's what she's doing, while acting sweet. Whilst Therese, who is as cold as ice and as tough as nails, softens to her sister when remembering happier times when they were little and all they had was each other. They both have their flip sides, Therese being more together and controlled, while Jeanette is intense and volatile.
Besides Therese's split personality, Therese and Jeanette seem to have their own mental illnesses. Jeanette is a hypersexual nymphomaniac, which explains why she still fornicates while most vampires choose not to, whereas Therese seems to suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder as she shuns physical contact, indicated by Jeanette, who says Therese won't drink blood out of anything other than a wine glass and her disdain for sex, as well declaring many things as unclean, including Nosferatu.
HISTORY CONTAINS MENTION OF PARENTAL ABUSE, PATRICIDE, MENTAL ILLNESS AND VAMPIRISM Pre-Game & Game
DEFROSTING ICE QUEEN: Therese is sort of the epitome of this; she starts off very prim and proper, all business, but over time, and as tasks are completed, there is a degree of affection that seeps in. She can seem callous and closed off, but Therese genuinely cares about Jeanette and just wants what's best, it just so happens that she thinks she knows best what is right for them. She obviously favours competence, she can't stand Nosferatu and will never warm to them, but others can break through the icy exterior if they prove worth it.
MULITPLE-CHOICE PAST: While it's heavily implied that Therese is the dominant personality, and indeed the 'original', there are allusions to a few other possibilities; the possibility that Jeanette was a real person at one point that Therese knew, potentially even a sibling; the possibility that Jeanette was an imaginary friend to help Therese through her abuse and the death of her father but after her embrace spawned into a full second personality; there's even the chance that Jeanette was the original and fabricated Therese in order to cope with her past. It's never confirmed and in that regard there's open background for interpretation.
NOBLE DEMON: Therese counts herself outwith many others in the Masquerade political tug of war, in that she sticks to her word. If Therese says she'll do something, she does it. She's testy and easily pissed off, but she sticks to her deals and holds up her end of things, unlike a lot of her peers who play to whoever is stronger or whatever serves them best. If, however, Therese is betrayed first? She's not shy about getting her own back in the least.
POLAR OPPOSITE TWINS: While they're not actually twins, they do play it like that, and by those standards, they are two sides to a coin. The White Face; Jeanette, is perky and friendly, she's a tease and openly bubbly, social and always looking for a good time. The Black/Grey Face; Therese, is far more business like, she's calm and controlled, she has a temper and tends to keep to herself. Therese is all about power and control, obtaining it and maintaining it, while Jeanette just wants to enjoy her afterlife.
ABUSIVE PARENTS: Not much is mentioned about the Voerman's mother, not at all really. Just the father. And it's not good. The first thing you really see in Therese's office is a giant portrait of a serious, scary looking man standing with two little blond girls, implying it's Therese and Jeanette and their father. The creepiest thing is the possessive hand on one of the little girl's shoulders. Therese claims she was an obedient daughter, but Jeanette paints a slightly more twisted picture, one where Therese was sexually abused by her controlling father who kept her locked away, so she didn't 'get hurt'. It culminates in the father's murder at Therese's hands, she kills him with a shot gun after she catches him in bed with Jeanette. However, later it's discovered that Therese and Jeanette are the same person, Therese suffers from Disassociative Identity Disorder and Jeanette (or Therese) is a manifestation. Whether Therese created Jeanette in order to preserve some of her innocence (as Jeanette is the more naive of the two) or if Jeanette created Therese to distance herself from the abuse is unclear. All that's known for sure is that Therese killed him when he tried to touch Jeanette, out of concern and in an attempt to protect Jeanette, or out of jealousy stemmed from severe Stockholm Syndrome.
вlood ѕυcĸer: as a vampire Therese naturally requires blood to survive. Therese is very particular about her blood; she never drinks straight from a host, only ever using a glass (usually a wine glass) to consume her blood. she will use blood packs for donations if she must but she prefers known donors. Jeanette, however, is very open to how she takes her blood; she thinks aroused blood is sweeter, and she is fond of the sweeter things in life. a hunger vampire is a weak vampire; thus Therese is required to keep her hunger under control if she wants to maintain her traditional vampire abilities -speed, strength, hearing, vision, etc.
мalĸavιan мadneѕѕ: a Malkavian by bloodline, Therese is bestowed with ... certain abilities along with her normal vampire powers. the Malkavian bloodline boasts three sets of specialities;
deмenтaтιon: a very powerful and useful discipline, this is the signature ability of the Malkavians. It gives them the ability to control other people's minds, to induce hypnotic suggestions, or provoke suicides. The destructive potential of this discipline is known to everyone, and people try to avoid Malkavians and their abilities as best as they can. Only those with exceptionally strong minds, or mental shields are truly able to protect themselves from this ability. It comes with specific stages;
нyѕтerιa: the victim becomes temporarily incapacitated with laughter; taking any action against the victim will end the effect prematurely. most instances last no longer than three minutes. мaѕѕ нallυcιnaтιon: anyone near you suffers mild hallucinations, best used in close proximity to threats. lasts approximately two minutes depending on size of targets. вerѕerĸ: the victim goes insane, attacks at random, and then drops dead. may have a lesser effect on supernaturals. вedlaм: the target and any others near will randomly suffer one of the levels of Dementation.
aυѕpeх: a discipline that grants vampires more heightened supernatural senses. due to its versatility and overall usefulness in just about every facet of vampiric existence it is one of the more favoured disciplines. auspex allows someone the opportunity to see through illusions, so long as the user possesses at least an equal mastery in auspex as the discipline in question. Furthermore, it has been known to grant some degree of oracular ability, particularly alerting to danger.
auspex can also detect who among a group of vampires is a practitioner of diablerie as their aura gains black vines; diablerie is the drinking of vampire blood by another vampire -something that is highly frowned upon and forbidden in some clans.
auspex has certain levels of ability;
level one: reveals the auras of all living and undead within a short distance; lasts 20 seconds. level тwo: reveals the auras of all living and undead within a modest distance; increases users perception, lasts 24 seconds. level тнree: reveals the auras of all living and undead within a large distance; further increases perception and wits, lasts 28 seconds level ғoυr: reveals the auras of all living and undead within a great distance; greatly increases perception, vision and wits, lasts 32 seconds. level ғιve: reveals the auras of all living and undead within a tremendous distance; perception is near perfection for the duration, lasts 36 seconds.
oвғυѕcaтe : a discipline that allows vampires to conceal themselves and create some manner of illusions. It is one of the more popular disciplines practised by Kindred, and is the source of legends surrounding the ability of vampires to vanish and appear seemingly from nowhere. obfuscate is mentally based; its powers achieve their effects by manipulating the minds of others, not in creating any real changes, and thus will not work against creatures immune to such mental effects or technological sensors.
obfuscate has varying levels of power and action;
нιde: invisibility as long as user remains motionless. movement or taking any action will result in becoming visible and effects negated; lasts 18 seconds. lιмιтed ιnvιѕιвιlιтy: invisibly while crouched, even when moving. revealed if contact with someone else occurs, or if you interact with the environment; lasts 20 seconds. нιdden ĸιller: stealth kills while invisible are possible. touching victim beforehand will result in being revealed. any other attack results in ended ability and damage to self; lasts 22 seconds. advanced ιnvιѕιвιlιтy: free movement while invisible. interaction with the environment results in being revealed, or physical contact with anyone. any other attack results in ended ability and damage to self; lasts 24 seconds. υnѕeen ғorce: free movement and interaction with the environment. contact results in being revealed. any other attack results in ended ability and damage to self; lasts 26 seconds.
parтy тrιcĸѕ ғor all: as a member of the undead, it's highly important that members of the kindred have certain qualities to their personality in order to help maintain the masquerade. one such quality is being able to feed without alerting those around to the existence of vampires. things like manipulation, wits, seduction and persuasion are key aspects to a successful vampire. Jeanette is more prone to the seduction tactics, something she is very talented in thanks greatly to her Malkavian mind powers, Therese on the other hand prefers the more intellectual approach, using her powers of persuasion instead. Jeanette and Therese are both very good at manipulation in their own ways.