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Dr. Wesley Zane Lawrence

"And life goes on without you..."

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Created on 2014-02-15 09:59:53 (#2164423), last updated 2014-02-15 (188 weeks ago)

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Name:Dr. Wesley Zane Lawrence
Birthdate:Oct 31
Location:New York, United States of America
Website:~ noirenewyork

"And life goes on without you..."

Dr. Wesley Zane Lawrence was born in Milan, Italy in 1963 and three days after his 23rd birthday, he was Embraced in New York City. Wesley never met his Italian father, Zane De Luca a pilot who died of a heart attack and suspected alcoholism shortly after Wesley was conceived. His mother, Poppy Winters, was an American air hostess for the same airline his father worked for and he was the product of a brief affair on a stopover in Paris one night after a couple of drinks where she was swept off her feet by his Italian charm. She knew his name, but never saw him again and only heard of his death through the grapevine at work. She came very close to having an abortion, but got cold feet at the last minute after hearing of an old school friend who had one and almost lost her life from a botched job. Her parents weren't happy, but they stuck by her only on the ultimatum that she marry the good Christian boy who lived two doors up who had been in love with her for years, Billy Lawrence. Billy was a hard working young man who was in Law School, and he did right by Poppy, raising Wesley as his own. He was the only father Wes ever knew and ultimately, he had a content upbringing in Scarsdale, New York, and Poppy grew to love Billy, despite the feelings not being there initially.

For quite a few years during his teens, Wes thought he might follow in his biological father's footsteps and become a pilot. It was just a flighty ambition, however, and during his late teens, he started to discover the many facets of his sexuality when he lost his virginity to a guy, Felix Harrison. It was the early 1980s by this time, and they started an open relationship. Felix was gay where Wes found an enjoyment in both sexes. They fell in love and eventually became exclusive, and out of the blue, Wes decided he wanted to go to Med School for no real apparent reason than he aced his grades in school and secured a place at Harvard. Going away for college, he and Felix decided to part ways and they remained close friends. In fact, when Felix came to visit him in Boston in Wes' second year of med school, they had a few too many drinks and ended up in bed together, Felix cheating on his current boyfriend back in New York, and both of them vowed never to speak of the slip again. They hadn't managed to keep the promise, and three weeks later, Wes drove home to New York and told Felix he was still in love with him.

They reunited and Felix moved to Boston so they could live together, never going to college himself and instead working as a nurses' aid where he was lucky to be able to get work anywhere. Six months later, just when they were at their happiest, things took a horrible turn for the worst. Felix fell ill with what they thought was a terrible flu, but when he didn't seem to be able to shake it, becoming bedridden for almost a month, they had no choice but to take him to the doctor. Wes would never forget in his existence the day Felix's diagnosis with AIDS came, and then two weeks later, Wes' own diagnosis of the terminal disease. Wes had never had unsafe sex, but Felix hadn't been so vigilant, and expected Wes to be furious at him for passing the virus on to him. Wes couldn't, though. He loved Felix too much, but he struggled with the news he had AIDS. Just eight weeks later, after Felix's illness got its grip into him, Felix passed away in Wes' arms after he had been nursing him through the worst of it.

Wes' illness had been asymptomatic but when he started to feel ill and weak, his grades slipping when it became hard to focus, he started to get terrified he was going to die at any minute. It began to eat him up inside, and hid himself away thinking people would judge him for having the illness. One of his college friends who he had study groups with, Trinity Willis, decided to come and visit him when his absence from class became starkly obvious. She found Wes a mess, and with his emotions stretched to almost breaking point, he spilled everything to her... about Felix, how he was infected himself, and how he didn't want to go on with Felix and had been contemplating that very day taking his own life to just end it so he didn't have to face the horrific death Felix had.

It was here that Trinity revealed herself to Wes as Kindred, a Ventrue, and she offered him Embrace to cheat himself of the terrible death and give him a way to continue life... albeit a somewhat cursed one that came with sacrifices. He took it, without even hesitation, and she Embraced him that night but only on the promise she contact his parents and tell them he passed away from pneumonia so they didn't have to live with the burden of having their son die of AIDS. She did, and even though they were heartbroken, she reassured them that Wes died very quickly and in no pain, not realising he had pneumonia. Back in Boston, Wes finished Med School via night classes whilst Trinity stuck very close to him, loyally fulfilling her Sire duties and training and teaching him intently of the ways of Kindred and the Ventrue Clan.

It was very obvious, however, that Wes was one of those few Kindred who could have fond peace in multiple Clans. He had many sides to him which ultimately made him a fine Kindred. He has a very traditional and ambitious side that made him a perfect Ventrue, but also has a very playful side with a devious sense of humour that could have welcomed him into Brujah. He developed a love of music and was taught to play the guitar by his stepfather, so Toreador would have fit too, however there was also this underlying urge for freedom where he had days he liked to shed the strict and formal Ventrue ways to be a bit rough around the edges, loving riding his motorcycle for hours during this night, visiting bars to play darts or snooker, and feed from mortals who fit his isolated Ventrue taste of natural redheads.

In fact, it was his hint of Gangrel tendencies that could have stemmed from one of his ancestors, who would turn out to be his great, great, great, great... or however many greats grandfather on his mother's side, fellow Kindred and Gangrel Primogen of New York, Daniel Cooper, a connection which has yet to come to light with Wes mostly being based in Boston as a nightshift physician for one of the city's largest hospitals and is now making the move to New York City at the request of Kindred friend, Xavier Carlisle.

Wes has never gotten over losing Felix deep down. He vowed he would never love again, but lately he has been feeling a deep sense of loneliness, like he is yearning for something deep inside he can't put his finger on. Felix's death is something that can still haunt him at times, which almost always triggers a frenzy within him. It is, unfortunately, one of the things he brought with him from the mortal to the Kindred world and whilst these days, he has much more control on it than he did, the torment of watching his love died in a terrible way has never been drowned out. It was that which made him determined to succeed in the top of the medical industry, driven by a new sense of Ventrue ambition. He is now a specialist in Neurology, but runs a general medical practice in the evenings for affluent patients that has made his services somewhat exclusive. His position as a doctor gives him a good link into the mortal world and he uses it to protect The Masquerade. Kindred, of course, do not need medical attention, so all his patients are mortal. It is where Wes finds the most peace, and in being a doctor has gradually been able to work through some of the torment he had losing Felix.

Within a vampire bloodline known as The Kindred, seven vampire clans are collectively joined, forming the largest sect of vampires called the Camarilla, and survive through the Masquerade, disguising themselves as humans. Camarilla policy is that vampires should try to fit in with and hide from the rest of humanity, as to easily feed on them. For this reason, they created a web of lies and misinformation, called the Masquerade, to make the public believe that supernatural beings like vampires could not possibly exist. The Camarilla also believes that the only way the vampire species can survive in these modern nights is if it unite. Any breach of the Masquerade by any vampire risks exposing the entire race. Both viewpoints are fundamentally opposed by the Sabbat, an opposing sect to the Camarilla. The Camarilla also enforces the Eldest as ruling class over the younger vampires. The seven clans of the Camarilla are Ventrue, Brujah, Malkavian, Toreador, Gangrel, Tremere and Nosferatu. When a human is turned by a Kindred vampire, it is known as the Embrace, the vampire siring the human to embrace them into their own bloodline.

Each city has a ruler, a "Prince" who enforces the laws of The Masquerade that govern them to protect their anonymity. A clan is a group of vampires "related" by blood; i.e. the vampiric equivalent of an extended family or lineage. A clan is usually a large group, acknowledged widely in the vampiric society. Each clan nurture their own characteristics and traits, and each clan has its strengths and weaknesses. Often the clans do not always get along with certain clans such as the Brujah and the Ventrue actually hating one another. Each clan within a given area has a representative, a Primogen, who is usually the eldest and most powerful member of the clan, who attends the leader or prince's advisory council. This status also grants the character social advantages and greater power than being a normal member of their clan.

All information is taken from fandom source @ Masquerade Wiki and Kindred Wiki

The Ventrue are the rulers, leaders and politicos of the Camarilla, sometimes known as the Patrician Clan or the Kingship Clan. In Ancient Rome, they were generals and warlords of the Empire, and in the Dark Ages, they were knights and barons, leading crusades and conquests. In modern times the Ventrue still have great ambition and see themselves as conquerors, but their ways have changed, using courts and companies instead of feifdoms and mighty armies. Targets for Embrace by the Ventrue have always been people in positions of power, whether these people were aristocracy or company CEOs. The Ventrue perceive themselves as the most powerful of the vampiric clans thanks to their wealth, social influence, and powers over the thoughts and feelings of mortals. The clan as a whole is typified as conservative, be it in actions or customs. The Ventrue have their own nigh-inviolable code of etiquette. The clan's Elders have been known to punish violations of these unwritten rules with greater ferocity and resolve than the Traditions of the Camarilla.

The Ventrue claim that ruling vampires is their duty, their burden, a task which is interlocked with their fate. The reality is that excessive pride and ambition seem a more convenient explanation as to why they strive to expand their already vast influence and assert themselves over other Kindred. They tend to be politicians, businessmen, military officers, crime lords, important members of powerful religions, sects and cults. In response to what they perceive as a degeneration of the clan from its noble roots, a smaller segment of the clan has forsworn their ties to the Camarilla to join the Sabbat as antitribu. They believe that greed has led the body of the clan astray from its previous glory, so their quest is for righteous military and tyrannical power over other Kindred to reestablish what they believe to be the proper order. The Camarilla Ventrue casually dismiss their antitribu cousins as idealists doomed to failure. Both Ventrue and Ventrue antitribu refer to themselves as the sole "true" heirs of the name.

In comparison to the other vampiric clans, the Ventrue are considered to be especially particular about whose blood they drink. In fact, any given Ventrue can only drink blood from a specific kind of mortal, or from mortals under a specific sort of circumstance. Some may only prey upon a given ethnicity, while others can only feed from humans of a certain occupation or even religion. Some Ventrue can only find nourishment from blood that carries a more rarefied quality such as anger, fear or innocence. Regardless of the sort of blood the Ventrue requires, other blood is regurgitated or simply cannot be swallowed. They may feed from other Kindred with no such restriction. Ventrue prefer to view this flaw as a matter of refined tastes. Of course, with the power (both supernatural and temporal) most Ventrue possess, few go hungry.

All information is taken from fandom source @ Ventrue Wiki

Wesley is an original character is for kindred: the masquerade/vampire: the embraced psl, noirenewyork

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