1. Misty Gray
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- This RP is for long-term players. I would expect the RP to last for at least one year, so please only join if you intend on committing. We understand life can get in the way unexpectedly, but I can't stress enough that this will last a while!
- This is the fourth installment of the mob RP, but don't be put off or intimidated as we will do everything we can to ensure you're integrated into the RP and as the new RP is set 13 years later. Character relationships can be pre-arranged to help this.
The Crystal Room - Midtown, Manhattan
- Nightclub playing mostly rock music. Drug dealing often takes place here. Houses a private "on the list only" section for only the rich, powerful and super-unsavoury, but the less said here...
Francesco's Bar- Upper West Side, Manhattan
- Live music bar and cocktail lounge, specialising in jazz music.
La Casa - Upper West Side, Manhattan
- Moretti-owned private club. Invite only!
Maverick - Queens, New York
- Bar/Underground Tattoo Parlor. Owned by Ava Moretti.
Palermo Hotel - Midtown, Manhattan; Kalsa Hotel - Midtown East, Manhattan
- Two of the Moretti-owned hotels. Both are managed by Valentina & Theodore Wycliff and each houses an Italian restaurant on the ground floor. Palermo Hotel is classy and expensive, often attracting wealthy business travellers. Kalsa Hotel is more relaxed; targeted more towards holidaymakers and the younger end of the market.
Riverside Diner - Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan
- A regular diner with long public operating hours. Basement is in fact one of many Moretti bases. That basement has seem some grim sights!
Midtown Medical Center - Midtown, Manhattan
- Various doctors surgeries serving the general public
New York City Hospital - Midtown, Manhattan
- Serving the general public
New York City Police Department - Midtown, Manhattan
- Many of the cops and law officials are on Gabriel Moretti's payroll.
New York City Correctional Facility - Lower Manhattan -
- Past inmates: Allen Cartwright, Conor Sullivan, Peter Callahan.
Rikers Island Prison - Bronx, NYC
- Current residents: James Porter, "Jon Bernthal", +more
St. James Theatre- Midtown, Manhattan -
- Plays and Musicals.
Sexual Orientation & Relationship Status
Brad Pitt (previously Chris Hemsworth)
Location: (Dublin, London, or New York):
The Irish Mob
The Boss of the Irish Mob
Hand-to-hand combat, brawling and self-defence
Very strong and athletic
Drinking extreme quantities of alcohol
Spending time with his family
Romance and flirting
Disappointing Aliana and the kids
Cops, lawyers, politicians
Losing his temper
Anyone who takes advantage of his family
To his family and friends, Conor is kind, caring, funny and protective. With Aliana, he tries to spend as much time with her between business as he can. Though they have their fair share of disagreements, he loves his wife and remains the same flirtatious, charming and romantic man he has always been. With his younger children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, he feels most able to let his guard down by being silly and playful with them. He savours the rare time he gets to lift the weights from his shoulders and be the better man he believes he once was.
With his employees, Conor can be quite serious. He tries to maintain respect, friendliness and an informal presence with them, after all, they often risk their lives and freedom for his business. Still, he's not afraid to call them out on failures and push them to work harder. Conor doesn't believe he's that way through any kind of power trip, but he desires control in order to maintain his family's success over the city. He cares about his employees and knows the slightest slip up or lack of concentration could get them killed. After losing so many loved ones over the years, Conor is driven by the need to be the strongest in Dublin.
Despite being proud of his accomplishments over the last 13 years, Conor isn't exactly proud of who he's had to become. Although he's still the man he wants to be in the privacy of his own home, he doesn't like the things he's done to maintain his family's security. Having killed and tortured enemies, as well as paying some of his employees to do the same, Conor believes he's become someone he would have hated in the past. However, he feels it's the only way he can keep his loved ones safe. He also realised some time ago that society seemed to accept him more as a controlled killer, than an aggressive and impulsive man who was never shy of being in a brawl. One thing Conor still remembers is that for all his drunken mistakes, he wasn't always a calculating murderer.
Conor has been a scrapper since he was a kid, often getting into fights with his peers whilst out on the streets. He seemed to get away with it, being that he was really a nice boy and his father wanted him to grow up tough anyway. In his mid-teens, he began building up his strength and put petty theft behind him, taking on more important jobs for the Sullivans. In his late teens, Conor began taking businesses from their main rivals, the Romanos. As time went on, Conor's efforts against the Italian Mafia didn't go unnoticed and he found a deadly enemy in their boss, Vincenzo Romano. At the same time, Conor fell in love with the man's daughter, Alexandra Romano. Between fighting a war with the Romanos and having a secret relationship with their daughter, life started to become difficult for Conor very quickly. He often provoked the Romanos, to the point where Vincenzo personally tortured and almost killed him.
When his father was murdered by the Italians, Conor was suddenly thrown in at the deep end. He was completely unprepared for the responsibility but as his father's heir, he found himself in charge of the family business and their safety. Although Conor always had his family's well-being at the forefront of his mind, he found himself unable to attack or fight back against the enemy. This was something he received great criticism for and when he was finally pushed into taking action, he made a decision that he still doesn't forgive himself for now. Knowing James and Lucy were aware of his relationship with Alex, he agreed for James and his cousin, Cormac, to kidnap Alex. He thought they would go easy on her, but she was hurt during the kidnapping and it was then that their relationship ended.
In 1949, Conor stepped down from the business, handing leadership over to James. He joined the family when they moved to Dublin in 1950, but left late in 1951 wishing to get his head together and remove himself from the family business. He spent two years travelling around America and Europe. He made new friends and had a number of very short-romances. Whilst he'd managed to overcome the demons he'd been plagued with over the years, he never stopped thinking about those he had left behind. The phone-calls and letters to his family weren't enough, so he finally made his way back to Ireland in 1953 so he could once again live with those he cared most about. Much of his time in Dublin he had felt lost. His life had become of a cycle of getting drunk, sleeping around and getting into trouble. He had formed a friendship with Aliana Cartwright, with whom he often ended up sleeping with.
In 1959, his former lover, Alex Romano returned into Conor's life and revealed to him that he had a daughter, Michelle. Conor tried to rekindle his relationship with Alex and provide a stable family home for Michelle, so he turned his back on crime. This was short-lived when he realised there was no longer the same spark between him and Alex. It had taken a while, but it soon hit Conor that it was Aliana who he wanted to be with. It was around spring 1960 that he and Aliana became an item. Soon after, Alex took Michelle away to Italy.
Despite his temper and habit of getting into fights, Conor had never killed another person. However, as tensions between their enemies, the IWU, deepened, Conor lost control one evening after a couple of their members pushed him too far. In front of Aliana, Sinead and Peter, he ended up stabbing one of the men to death. The group successfully covered up the crime, but it still weighed heavy on his mind.
The war with the IWU ended in the summer of 1960 and the family was able to take back control. A short time later, Aliana informed him that she was pregnant and baby Leo was born in 1961. Soon after, Conor and Aliana got married. Aliana wanted them to gradually step back from being actively involved in the illegal side of the business, only carrying out jobs when entirely necessary. She also encouraged Conor to take control over his desire to fight and for quite some time he did exactly that, motivated by the love he had for his wife and son.
The family moved their business to New York in 1965. Conor took over a number of pubs and restaurants in NYC, happily sharing his time between managing the businesses and being with his little family. However, in 1968, Conor was arrested for aggravated assault. A couple of men had been harassing some customers outside his pub, so he and Peter stepped in to get them to back off. The other two guys clearly lost the fight, but the cops arrived just in time to pin charges on Conor and Peter.
Though they were both sent to prison at the same time, Conor's behaviour on the inside meant Peter was released some time earlier whilst he remained behind bars. His broken promises to Aliana and his repeated bad behaviour in prison led his wife to separate from him. Eventually, Conor decided to change his ways so he could get out of prison and be a better husband and father. Having previously responded poorly to the prison's psychologist, Conor finally started accepting the help Dr. Maddox Parker was offering him as well as cooperating with the family lawyer, Mitchell Van Gerwin, who was working on his parole. Once he allowed himself to work with them, Conor grew fond of both Maddox and Mitch. He also learned from the counsellor to control his aggression and find healthier ways of dealing with his anger.
After his release, Conor work his hardest to show Aliana he had changed and after a few rocky patches, the married couple finally got back together. Life on the outside wasn't all good as the Moretti Family had waged war with the Irish Mob. It soon came to light that Maddox had been working with the enemy for years, manipulating both Conor and Syd during their counselling sessions in order to get revenge for the Porters gunning down his family in Dublin back in the 60s. Although some of his family disagreed with him, Conor didn't kill the counsellor and instead imprisoned him for the mob's own use. For one of the first times, Conor didn't let his aggression take over him and he didn't act impulsively, which he couldn't deny had been a result of Maddox's sessions. His decision did cause Syd to lash out at him and for a while created a wedge between the uncle and nephew.
When Warren was killed by the Morettis, James didn't take it well and soon retired from his leadership role. The responsibility fell onto Conor's shoulders and with little warning, he was the boss of the Irish Mob. In a short space of time, Conor was forced to become a man he had a hard time accepting. He traded in being a hot-head who would hospitalise others on the first sign of provocation, to a man who would think first and plan his actions first. His actions were no longer done on sudden impulse but were calculated and premeditated, which Conor found repulsive about himself yet his new behaviour was more socially acceptable. Before his prison sentence, Conor had only killed one man and it had been to protect his family when they were attacked back in Dublin. Since being released from prison and becoming a "reformed" man, Conor's death count rapidly began to increase and for a while, he secretly struggled with that.
Deep down, Conor had never thought of New York as his home and for years had longed to be back in Dublin, where he missed the community spirit. However, his pride prevented him from surrendering to Gabriel and he refused the man's second offer to bring the war to a peaceful end by selling the New York empire. When Aliana told him of her pregnancy, Conor felt like the happiest man alive but once again he had to lock away any thoughts of returning to Dublin to raise his child in safety. To Conor, he couldn't quit. He felt he owed it to his family and his late father to succeed by maintaining control over New York. However, the losses began piling up and Dublin was repeatedly enticing him back home. In the space of a few months, he'd lost one of his best friend's, Ryan. He'd had countless businesses destroyed and innocent civilians dragged into the war. Sinead announced she was leaving to return to Ireland. Conor felt like he was being torn apart from the inside but he was forced to maintain a strong and positive appearance for the sake of everyone relying on him, as well as to avoid showing weakness to the enemy.
In late February, 1972, Jackson was killed when the Sullivans were lured into one of Moretti's traps. Conor was distraught by the loss of his best friend and seeing his loved ones struggle with the news overwhelmed him to the point where he was finally ready to compromise with Gabriel Moretti.
Having accepted Moretti's offer, Conor sold most of the New York assets to the Italian. With the Biancardis acting as the middleman between the Sullivans and Morettis, trade agreements were made and the families agreed to working together, albeit from a good enough distance. As the years went on, the Sullivans also developed a complicated alliance with the the King Family in London. The two families were always civil towards each other, albeit if only to keep a closer eyes on each other. With Savannah having a child to Alexander King and Shannon having a friendship with the English family, Conor was confident the two families would continue to work well alongside each other.
Over the years since returning to Dublin, Conor found himself going down a path his younger self would have been disgusted by. Having lost so many loved ones and the empire in New York, he found himself taking inspiration from men he would have previously considered monsters. Vincenzo Romano, Gideon Burnell, Gabriel Moretti and Alistair Sawyer. All leaders who hadn't been held back by sentiment and hadn't shown mercy or spared Conor's family from death and suffering. Having lost so many loved ones and businesses, Conor grew to realise he couldn't run a criminal organisation whilst going soft on those who threatened his position. Conor has killed and tortured. He's ordered contract killings and become the man behind much of Dublin's corruption. Despite struggling to come to terms with the man he has become, Conor can't deny he's maintained a firm stronghold over Dublin for the last 13 years. Conor has continued to cooperate and be on civil terms with Gabriel, though not only for business. Since James was extradited and imprisoned in New York back in 1979, Conor has been fully aware that a breakdown in the business partnership with the Morettis and Biancardis could have severe implications on the safety of James and any family still residing in New York.
Although business has continued to run smoothly with the Kings, Savannah's separation from Alexander has threatened to create cracks between the two families. The very recent passing of Conor's mother, Shannon, also presents another severed thread that was keeping the Kings and Sullivans on good terms.
Aliana Sullivan -Wife -- Leo Sullivan - Son -- Rhiannon Sullivan - Daughter, 12 -- Sydney Sullivan - Daughter, 5
Alex Romano - Ex-girlfriend -- Michelle Romano - Daughter (to Alex Romano) ---- Michael Anderson - Grandson, aged 10 ---- Lauren Anderson - Granddaughter, aged 7
Lucy Porter - Sister James Porter - Brother-in-law and former boss -- Delilah Porter - Niece -- Syd Porter - Nephew ---- Jane and Jeanie Porter - Great Nieces ---- Jack Porter - Great Nephew -- Mallory Porter - Niece -- Thomas Porter - Nephew -- Olivia Porter - Niece
Sinead Callahan - Sister Peter Callahan - Brother-in-law Savannah Grace (Gambino) Callahan - Niece -- Callum King - Great Nephew Braden Callahan - Nephew -- Hattie Callahan - Great Niece Emery Callahan - Niece Liam Callahan - Nephew
Finn Sullivan - Cousin
Riccardo Biancardi - Business "Partner"/Middleman Gabriel Moretti - Business Associate/Trade Partner/Rival Bruce King - Business Associate/Complicated Spencer King - Business Associate/Complicated
Sexual Orientation & Relationship Status
Heterosexual, Married (Since 1984)
(First marriage: June 1978-April 1982)
London - Cockney
Location: (Dublin, London, or New York):
The King Family
King Remedial (Pharmaceutical Companies)
Chemistry and Biology
Firearms and knives
- His family and friends
- Treating his wife
- Hard liquor and cigarettes
- Football and darts
- His father
- Stuffy, posh people
- Queue jumpers
- His ex-wife
- Tight-fisted people
- Passive-aggressive behaviour
Spencer is often described as a complicated man, despite his often straightforward and blunt attitude. With his friends and family, he is funny, warm and generous. He genuinely enjoys spending time with them, often arranging for the family to get together for Sunday dinner or making sure every birthday is celebrated in some way. He is fully committed to his family, believing they should always have each others' back, even if to defend a loved one over something they shouldn't have done in the first place. However, at times, Spencer's concern for his family can come across as too full on, with him being overprotective and sometimes overreacting if he perceives a family member to be in danger. He knows that sometimes he should stay out of their business for the sake of peace, but more often he just can't turn away.
Spencer finds it difficult to trust people and to completely let them into his family's business or his circle of friends. Once he does let a person in, he's the kind of friend most people would want. He's entertaining, caring and always up for a night out. Friends mean a lot to him and he believes everyone should put in equal effort for a friendship. Still, he mostly tries to put on a brave face and a tough attitude in their presence, wanting to make sure his family name is seen as one of power; an intimidating force to anyone who considers challenging them.
In romantic relationships, Spencer prides himself on always been faithful and honest. Although in his younger years he was a womaniser, he can say with all honesty that he's never cheated on a woman. He believes those who cheat in relationships shouldn't be trusted elsewhere in life either. After his first marriage ended, Spencer thought he would have trouble finding another woman he could let into his heart. Thankfully, he fell for his current wife, Shona, and he felt an instant connection to her. Her strong nature and confidence to stand up to him means their relationship never gets boring, and he loves that about her. Though in much of his life he is commanding and craves dominance, he could never want a submissive wife. Despite her strength, he still likes to spoil Shona and especially likes coming up with creative romantic gestures for her. Regardless, he sometimes can't help but feel a little jealous or suspicious if other men are around her.
For those who cross Spencer; be they enemies, rivals, or just someone who happened to make a stupid mistake, he has a much darker side. Far removed from the man who happily organises a birthday party for his nephew, Spencer will use violence, brutality and intimidation to bring fear into those who cross him. He's not exactly proud of the number of people he's hurt or killed, but he doesn't regret it and wouldn't hesitate to do it again. If someone is crazy enough to cross his family, then he believes they should accept the consequences.
Spencer was the first of the four King siblings to be born in London. As the oldest of the four, Spencer remembered the most of what their parents were like. Their father was emotionally distant, when he was even physically present at all. His mother tried to raise them but clearly struggled. As a result, Spencer learned to be independent and street smart from a young age, as well as being protective of his siblings. 24 years ago, whilst their mother was still pregnant with Harper, their father walked out on the family without apology or explanation. Having always performed well in school, it became immediately apparent when Spencer's behaviour took a turn for the worse and he lashed out of teachers or classmates. All as a result of the anger and resentment he was denied the chance of offloading against his waste of space father. The anger soon turned to grief when their mother died of a drug overdose, leaving the four siblings orphaned.
Thankfully, the kids we taken in by their uncle, Bruce King, who had previously lost his pregnant wife when she was killed in a car accident. The man treated the siblings as if they were his own and gave them a family home that was much healthier than what they'd started out with. As he overcame his grief, Spencer once again calmed down at school, leaving any fighting for outside of school and instead focusing on maintaining his good grades. Spencer was quite rough and had hot-tempered ways, but his uncle had a positive affect on him growing up. Despite the older man being a gangster, he presented himself as a respectable man who cared about the community. Feeling he owed it to the man for taking him in after his mother's death, Spencer was motivated to stay out of trouble. Not only did he stay out of trouble, but Spencer completed school and college before moving on to university where he earned his degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry.
Ultimately, Spencer only ever saw himself working for the family's business; a string of pharmaceutical companies which are a front for cocaine distribution. Aside from his involvement in the family's main source of income, Spencer ventured out further by taking ownership of a number of bars and nightclubs in London. Not only were they a product of his love for loud music and socialising, but they also proved to be crucial to helping in the distribution of the city's drug supply and places where the illegal, underground meetings could take place unnoticed.
Spencer had a long list of short-term relationships and casual girlfriends before he met Letitia Anderson in 1975. She came from a respectable family - the kind where her parents weren't exactly blown over by his coarse personality. After a couple of years in a relationship, Spencer and Letitia got engaged. Although her parents allowed their daughter to marry him, it was clear to Spencer that the snobbish family never truly liked him. They remained married for almost four years, but they seemed to drift apart after the first two, when Letitia told him she didn't want to have children with him. It wasn't long before she told him she'd met someone else and wanted a divorce. Even before the paperwork was signed, Spencer had grown a deep distaste for his wife after learning she'd cheated on him some time before admitting she wanted to separate. Shortly after the divorce Spencer learned Letitia was pregnant with her snobby new boyfriend's child. After that, Spencer found it impossible to find a good word to describe his ex-wife.
Spencer vowed not to get into another serious relationship, deciding it was much easier to keep things casual. That didn't last long, as barely a year later he met Shona. The woman was relatively neutral as far as London's gangs were concerned, though she was dating some small-time crook. The man in question had crossed Spencer on a number of occasions and owed him money. Spencer gave the guy a severe beating and it was only when he was finished that Shona caught his eyes. Her relationship with the man had been an abusive one, so a few drinks later, Shona went home with Spencer instead. The new relationship went beyond a brief fling, with the couple ending up dating before falling in love with each other. A few months later, they got engaged though hadn't intended on rushing into a wedding. However, when Shona found out she was pregnant, they brought the wedding forward and married a few months ago. Although Shona's sister is suspicious of him after the woman's previous abusive relationship, Spencer has at least gained the approval of his mother-in-law who thinks he's lovely. Granted, the woman suffers from Dementia.
Spencer has known the Sullivans for some years and had built up something of an appreciation for the sharp-tongued Shannon Sullivan, even if he didn't exactly trust her family. The two families had shared many meetings and civil dinners together, but there had always been something of a tension there. When Alexander got Savannah Callahan pregnant and their baby, Callum, was then born, it felt like the two families had more reason to remain on good terms and for a while it seemed like any tensions could be pushed aside. However, when the couple eventually separated after Savannah found out about Alexander sleeping around, Spencer felt the cracks begin to show again and there was a clear threat of the alliance being severed. Despite having personal reason to dislike cheats, Spencer's loyalty would always rest with his family, so even after expressing his disapproval to Alexander for his behaviour he intended to fully support him no matter what. With the recent passing of Shannon, Spencer feels even less of a friendly connection to the Sullivans. Spencer also has suspicions that Savannah intends on leaving London with his nephew, which he won't take kindly to if true...
Shona King - Wife
Bruce King - Uncle Alexander King - Brother
-- Callum King - Nephew Billy King - Brother Harper King - Sister
Oswald Taylor - Cousin Madison Monaghan - Cousin/Lawyer
Savannah Callahan - Callum's Mother Shannon Sullivan - Former Friend [Deceased] Conor Sullivan - Business Associate/Complicated
Trevor Stewart - Prick/Father Letitia Anderson - Ex-Wife
Sexual Orientation & Relationship Status:
Heterosexual, single (widower)
Dublin Irish with Chicago influence
Location: (Dublin, London, or New York):
Mobster (Conor's right-hand)
Father of three
Roxie's baby daddy
Vehicle maintenance, mechanics, hot rodding
Proficient with firearms
Being surrounded by family
Rock n roll
Going for drives
Parties, big family gatherings
Getting his hands dirty
Anyone who doesn't respect animals or his family
Authority, especially cops
Threats on his family
Therapists / counsellors
Being on his own
Severe trust issues
Needs to feel in control of a situation
Stress triggers BPD symptoms
Borderline Personality Disorder symptoms he has shown in the past:
Intense mood swings
Uncontrollable temper, aggression
Suicidal & self-injurious behaviour
Suspicious / paranoid beliefs
Insecure sense of self / self-worth
Anxiety / panic
~ This is a big juicy WIP ~
Born on March 6th 1941 in Chicago, Illinois, Syd was left with very few memories of his biological parents. Their drug addiction severely hindered their ability to look after a baby, and so, after three years of neglect, he was taken off their hands and placed in social care, where he stayed until the Porter family adopted him five years later. Never having found a loving parental figure at the orphanage, Syd developed a lack of respect for authority from a very early age. It landed him in a lot of trouble during his school career, which he never much cared for, and was periodically suspended due to his boisterous, unruly nature. It was during this time that he gained an interest in fighting and boxing and grew to become quite a popular kid. He left school altogether at the age of 16, however, and instead started helping out at his father's garage fixing and modifying cars.
Growing up, Syd never had much of an idea of what the family business was about. The house was often used as a meeting place for members of the Irish mob, but they were very firm on keeping business behind closed doors. With people coming home with unusual injuries - gunshot wounds and stab wounds, for instance - it was impossible to ignore that his adoptive family were involved in something criminal. For as long as he had known the man, James had been his hero, and so as soon as Syd turned 18 and his parents allowed him to see the business from the inside, he was keen as anything to join his father's side. When once he would rebel against any kind of authority, becoming an active member of the mob had a different effect on him; as the mob boss's son, Syd felt driven to live up to his father's standards and so would strive to fulfil any task set to him, knowing that it was for the benefit of the family. Surrounded by mentors and strong role models, both female and male, Syd was quickly shaped into a passionate, hard-working young man.
It was around this time that Syd met his first love. Skye was hired by the Callahans, who lived next door, as the nanny to his three young cousins, and within a matter of months, the two found themselves falling for each other. It was a perfect arrangement: they were able to see each other every day, and she became close not only to him but to the rest of the family as well. Before they had been together even for a year, however, Skye began to grow ill, complaining of frequent headaches and relentless fatigue. It soon came to light that she had a cancerous brain tumour, caused by a genetic disease that had afflicted her mother before her. Once confirmed as terminal, Syd proposed and the young couple were married within a few months, on September 19th 1961. Then, in April of 1962, just shy of her 23rd birthday and shortly after Syd turned 21, Skye passed away.
Even before being let into the business, Syd had been aware of its violent nature, but had never directly witnessed it before. Not every job went as planned, and the losses that he experienced and violence that he witnessed during his first year of work took its toll on his mental health. It taught him a lot, but throughout the consequential depression and trauma that he faced, Skye had always been his rock. So when he lost her, he didn't know how to keep going. He took a hiatus from work, both from the mob and from the garage, and succumbed to a deep depression. Within the first year of her passing, Syd made three attempts on his life - he was kept under close watch, his freedom essentially taken away from him as he couldn't be trusted in a car or near anything potentially harmful. When his third and final attempt ended up taking effect in a public place, the authorities were alerted and Syd was forced to spend several weeks in a psychiatric unit against his will. Only out of shame and guilt for having caused his family so much trouble did he agree to comply with the treatment and was set up with regular meetings with a counsellor upon his release. Even though he couldn't will himself better, he knew he had to do something to help himself and so he adopted a dog, a German Shepherd named Arrow, and focused on training her. The dog presented him with a new reason to live and before too long he was easing back into a training regime, taking on jobs in the garage and eventually in the business, too.
By 1965, the war with the IWU was over; the Irish Mob had reestablished dominance in the city and the IWU's power had all but vanquished. The family moved their operations to New York when Syd was 24 after Liam Sullivan, the boss of the Irish Mob in New York City, was murdered, which inaugurated the Porters' position of power and influence in the capital. In the years that followed, Syd continued to go out on jobs - he learned what to expect and grew wiser and more proficient at handling intense situations. In 1969 he opened a rock 'n' roll nightclub in Midtown Manhattan called The Lomax, which was used to control the distribution of drugs for the family business. Although his mental state had stabilised significantly since being institutionalised back in Ireland, Syd's underlying depression had him seeing professionals ever since. After going through a series of transitory counsellors, he finally settled with Dr. Maddox Parker in 1967, with whom Conor also started counselling sessions shortly after.
It was 1970 when things started to go downhill for the Irish Mob. A series of mysterious yet brutal attacks were taken on their family, starting with an explosion at a hotel that they were visiting with the hopes of hosting a charity event. Savannah’s friend Roxie Carriveau, on whom Syd had developed a crush when they met at his father’s birthday party, had been the one leading the tour and so immediately became the mob’s number one suspect. It also marked the onset of a gradual falling out between Syd and his parents, as he chose to defend Roxie from their wrath despite not knowing her well. From that point onwards, Syd’s mental health began to deteriorate. He grew nervous and short-tempered, his grip on reality slackening as he devolved into an anxious, paranoid wreck.
It only took one romantic night together, but some weeks later Roxie found out that she was pregnant with his baby. She was less than thrilled with the idea at first, but Syd, still grieving the missed opportunity to have children with his late wife Skye, flew into a frenzy and begged her not to get an abortion. His excitement at finally becoming a father had blinded him, and so when Lucy and James also expressed their doubts he turned against them in a violent rage and didn’t speak to them for some time. Having always been close with his parents, Syd instantly withdrew into himself, swinging between heavy depression and a delusion where he could live out his lifelong dream of making a family.
In response to his sudden decline, Doctor Parker began to make changes to his medication. It was around this time that Syd, Lucy and his Aunt Sinead were kidnapped while meeting up to make amends. The men that kidnapped them were of the East Harlem gang, a gang with an appetite for torture that attracted the sickest, most sadistic recruits and was at the time allied with the more powerful Moretti family to gain a foothold in the control of New York while helping them to wipe out the Irish Mob. While Syd, Lucy and Sinead had never seen their kidnappers before, they proved to know a great deal of personal information about them, including dark tales of their pasts. Already in a fragile state of mind, their tactics worked on Syd perfectly, and he sank into further despair and self-doubt until he felt low enough to make another attempt on his life. When he reached out to Maddox for help, the counsellor only encouraged him, weaving damaging thoughts into his mind. Then the truth came out: for the entire four years that Syd had been seeing him, Maddox had been mining him for information about him and his family that he would then pass on to the Moretti family to be used as ammunition. He revealed that back when the Irish Mob were at large in Dublin, they had killed his father for unjust reasons, and so Maddox had followed them to New York to take his revenge.
At this point, Syd decided that he had no choice but to kill himself if his family were ever to be safe. He returned to his office at the nightclub that he owned and, just before he could carry it out, his Godfather, Jackson, turned up out of the blue, having travelled all the way from Dublin. He saved Syd’s life that night, and instead of killing himself Syd ended up in a psychiatric hospital for several weeks.
Not long after his release, Roxie gave birth to their twin daughters, Jeanie and Jane. It was then that his life really started to turn around; Roxie wasn’t just the mother of his children, but the couple were now in love, too, and would be raising a family together just like Syd always dreamed. In fact, if it hadn’t been for them, he might not have made it through the month that followed. It was supposed to be the final attack on the Morettis - they were sure they had got them cornered, perfectly set up to take out the most important figures in the enemy gang. Unfortunately, it turned out that they were the ones walking into a trap. The Italians surrounded them, and when Syd was backed into a corner Jackson came to his rescue - only to take multiple rounds to the chest. The man didn’t make it, and died in Syd’s arms. With the mob suffering the heavy loss of Jackson and several other trusted mobsters, Conor made the decision to hand their empire in New York over to Moretti and move back to Dublin.
Syd liked the idea of being able to raise his children in the same city that he had called home for the majority of his life, but not everything ran so smoothly after they made the move. After Stefano was killed, Roxie had ended up having to meet with Gabriel Moretti on a number of occasions to sort out the secret family business that her father had left behind him. Knowing how unstable Syd could be, she thought it would be more of a risk to keep it a secret from him. He was understanding towards her situation, but while he trusted her, he couldn’t find it in him to trust the rest of her family. Traumatised from being used by Maddox Parker, Syd grew paranoid that her family could be exploiting their relationship to get further insight into him and his family. For her sake only, he made an effort not to act hostile towards her relatives, but he couldn’t put his anxiety to rest, and ended up spying on her family in secret. When Roxie eventually found out what he had been doing, she broke up with him and moved out. The only reason she stayed in Dublin was because despite his betrayal, she wanted the babies to grow up knowing their father. After a month of their sudden separation, Syd was sure that he had lost her for good, until she told him that she was pregnant again. It drew them together just enough for her to accept his support throughout the pregnancy, and shared their joy when she finally gave birth to their son Jack James, or JJ for short, named after his Godfather, Jackson, and his father - two men who had made a hugely positive impact on Syd's life. However, despite his hopes that their newborn son might help repair their relationship, Roxie had enough conviction to stick to her reasons for breaking up with him, and the two parted ways once more.
Fatherhood, as well as the passing of Jackson, had seen Syd take more responsibility in his life than ever before. The mob needed hard work and dedication in order to re-establish its empire in Dublin, and Syd found himself working more closely with his Uncle Conor. It wasn’t long before he found himself in Jackson’s previous position of Conor’s right-hand. He watched as his uncle began taking a more violent and merciless approach to the business, but given everything his family and their businesses had been through, Syd didn’t fight him on it. He never wanted to be overpowered by another gang again like they had by the Morettis. As a mechanic and lover of rock music, he opened a garage and a nightclub, both of which he would use as a front for dealing in weapons and drugs.
Overall, Syd was handling this new chapter of life fairly well. He had his children on weekends, plenty of work to keep him occupied and a stronger sense of belonging in his home town of Dublin. However, not every day was easy to handle, and it just so happened to be one of those days when something happened that would change the next course of his life. Already in an unstable frame of mind, Syd had got himself into a fight after a growing suspicion that he was being followed and monitored. In broad daylight, he snapped and threatened the suspected stalker with a gun. When the garda arrived on the scene, Syd jumped into his car and tried to lose them, but he didn’t get far before further intervention caused him to crash. He was arrested on charges of dangerous driving and brandishing a weapon with intent to cause harm. Despite always having managed to evade the police until this point, enough of Syd’s history was public knowledge that his mental condition was taken into account and considered a major factor in his crimes. The court deemed him fit to stand trial but under mitigating circumstances he was ordered to enter Court Mandated therapy in a medium security prison for a minimum of two years. Thanks to his prior experiences as an involuntary patient, Syd knew a little of how to keep his head down and with the help of a few family friends on the inside, he was able to make it through the two years without adding any time to his sentence.
Unfortunately, there wasn’t much time for him to adjust to a normal life on the outside; upon his release in 1979, James was extradited to Rikers Prison in New York with a life sentence, and around the same time, Thomas was captured as a prisoner of war in Iran. Needless to say, the family was shattered by the news, Lucy especially, and as much as it impacted Syd’s health he felt a strong responsibility to step up. He managed to remain at Conor’s side throughout, and when Thomas finally came home after 444 days of imprisonment, he felt prepared to look after his brother in whatever ways he needed.
Since then, Syd has mostly gone back to his normal life: running businesses, working as Conor’s right-hand, and spending weekends with his three children. In addition, he also founded a charity, the Safe Hands Foundation, which aims to fund orphanages and combat child abuse. Like many people in his family, including his Godfather Jackson and Uncle Peter, Syd had experienced the dire neglect and often traumatic abuse faced inside an orphanage, and wanted to put his excess wealth towards a cause that was close to his heart. Now, at 44, he is doing all he can to balance each area of his life and work towards a more stable future - perhaps even open himself up to the idea of romance, where he might fulfill his last dream.
Sexual Orientation & Relationship Status
Location: (Dublin, London, or New York):
The Moretti Family
Mafia Boss/King of New York and Miami
Speaks English, Italian, Spanish and Romanian
Combat and Self-Defence
Sleight of hand
- His family
- Being a grandfather
- Money and power
- Formal attire
- Strong alcohol
- New York
- Family dinners
- Lack of discipline
- Being betrayed
- Being refused
- Sexual promiscuity
Gabriel is a wise and successful businessman, who knows how to get his way and secure anything he sets his mind on. Though many who know him are aware of how dangerous it is to cross him, Gabriel's first instinct is to conduct his business transactions professionally and come to mutual agreements, even if his intended outcome is always to get the better deal. He's had enough experience dealing with people of all kinds of professions, whether they're cops, lawyers, politicians, or the more obvious crooks and criminals of the city. Through this experience, Gabriel is able to adapt to any kind of meeting, knowing which side of himself to present to get his way.
When there is no room for compromise and doing things the "socially acceptable" way don't work in his favour, then Gabriel is willing to do anything to get his way. Over the last two decades, Gabriel has proved that there is very little he wouldn't do to win or get revenge on those who cross him. Many enemies have been beaten, tortured, or killed on Gabriel's order. Plenty more have suffered their fates at his own hands. Despite publicly presenting him as a well-mannered and smartly dressed businessman, he is not afraid to get his hands dirty when it's called for. He believes by setting an example to his employees, it will ensure their respect for him is maintained.
The biggest changes to Gabriel is one only his family get to enjoy. When most of his family was killed by the Irish Mob, he grew stricter with his kids and gave them even less freedom to control their own lives than he had done even when they were children. However, defeating the Irish Mob and getting vengeance for his lost loved ones was more than just a victory to Gabriel. Feeling like he'd avenged his family and done his late father proud, Gabriel permitted himself to move on from their deaths. For his remaining family, this meant Gabriel became more relaxed and open-minded towards his kids. He listened more to what Marcus wanted; embraced Valentina's relationship with Teddy; and pushed aside his homophobia to understand and respect Tatiana's sexuality. With Elvian, he remains the same romantic and committed man he's always been, albeit he makes more time for her these days.
Gabriel loves all of his grandchildren and genuinely enjoys spending time with them. Unlike when his own three were children, Gabriel doesn't mind spoiling his grandchildren from time to time. Still, he can be strict with them and at times questions how they're being parented, which has caused problems between him and Valentina in the past!
Gabriel was born in Sicily in 1922. His father was a consigliere to the head of the mafia in Sicily. Gabriel was always closest to his older brother, Francesco. Their father tended to overlook Gabriel as he was set on priming Francesco to follow in his footsteps, which often left Gabriel living in his brother's shadow. However, Francesco looked out for him and taught him most of what he now knows, including how to fight and defend himself. Fresh into adulthood, Gabriel fought in WWII where he trained even harder in physical combat, gunfire, resilience and self-defence.
It was in the summer of 1943 that Gabriel met Elvian. He had been granted brief leave to return home and it was in a club in Palermo, Sicily where he first set eyes on the woman who would become his wife. They immediately hit it off as they spent hours alone together talking on the quiet beach that night. Ever the romantic, Gabriel knew there was something special about the Romanian woman and he made the extra effort to to get to know her. It paid off as the couple married and had three children together.
In 1950, Francesco and his immediate family, along with their sister, moved to New York, tasked with leading the operations there. At that time, Jack Sullivan led the Irish Mob, with control over the city. The Morettis kept under the radar and complied with the mob's rules. Meanwhile, Gabriel was sent to run Moretti business in Miami, keeping up their network, sourcing contraband and generally carrying out any orders Francesco passed down to him. With both men having large egos, ruthless natures and great aspirations, there were often disagreements and falling outs between the brothers. Regardless, the close brothers always reconciled; remaining close and loyal towards each other.
In 1957, Jack Sullivan died and his son, Liam Sullivan, took over the Irish Mob in New York. As the years went on, the Morettis began crossing the Sullivans and plotting their rise to power; to take over the city. After a number of attacks on Moretti associates, Francesco executed his plan to murder Liam Sullivan. He was the one to shoot the mob boss dead in 1965. Still, the Morettis failed to take advantage of the aftermath of Liam's death as the Porters rushed in to take over the Irish mob and retained most of the hold the Sullivans had always had over New York.
In 1969, the Porters lost patience with the Morettis who had been crossing them and attacking the Irish gang members. James ordered Francesco's death in retaliation for the killing of Liam. The Morettis were wiped out when the family gathered for Francesco's birthday party and the venue was destroyed in an explosion. Any remaining senior members of the Italian family were then gunned down.
Wrongly believed to have been in attendance at the party, Gabriel, his wife and their kids escaped death. With the Porters believing they'd killed all of Francesco's family, Gabriel laid low in Miami. He operated discreetly from there and built up allies. He recruited Porter rivals, old and new. Whilst gaining intelligence on the family from a sneaky counsellor named Maddox Parker he also forged loyalties with others gangs, including the savage East Harlem Gang and Stefano Carriveau. Once confident in the power he had developed and have his allies already forming cracks in the Porters New York empire, Gabriel moved to New York in the autumn of 1971 to take over the city and get revenge on behalf of his murdered family members. Believing there would always be more Porters waiting to take over, he knew killing James and his family wouldn't be enough. He focused on taking away the Porters' power by destroying the world around James Porter and stealing his businesses from under their noses.
The war Gabriel fought was a brutal one with the Italian showing no mercy or remorse in his campaign to destroy the enemy. When Gabriel finally decided to assassinate the Boss of the Irish Mob, things didn't go quite to plan and instead of killing James Porter, the explosion killed the man's brother, Warren. Although James survived, Gabriel was still victorious as the Irishman's exhaustion and grief caused him in to step down from leadership. The man was immediately replaced by Conor Sullivan and in a bid to end the war, Gabriel met with Conor. The Italian offered to buy out the New York Empire in return for the Irish returning to Dublin. The offer was refused by Conor, which prompted Gabriel to ramp up the war against the Irish, determined to eradicate them from New York.
It was around the same time that Gabriel's daughter, Valentina, was brutally attacked by two men. Believing the Irish Mob was to blame, Gabriel retaliated by attacking the Sullivan businesses, including destroying Sinead Callahan's jazz club; killing dozens of customers and employees. The attack on his daughter also brought out Gabriel's sensitive side to his family, especially following some home truths from his kids. He realised he had to give them more room to breathe and be who they wanted to be. Surprisingly, this included allowing Valentina to date his employee, Teddy - the man only a few months earlier Gabriel had been ready to kill for giving information to the enemy, albeit on account of being tortured!
Gabriel soon learned the Irish weren't behind Valentina's attack, but one of his own soldiers and Steve Kelly of the East Harlem Crew had carried out the attack on Alistair Sawyer's orders. Gabriel immediately ordered for all senior members of the East Harlem lot to be killed and he personally had Steve slaughtered.
Following an ambush on the Irish Mob, where Conor Sullivan lost employees and people close to him, the Irishman finally gave up and accepted Gabriel's generous offer. With the war over, the Irish returned to Dublin and Gabriel took over the New York Empire, forming a partnership with the Biancardi Family. With the Biancardis acting as the middlemen it allowed for the Morettis and the Sullivans to conduct business and trade deals effectively, without wanting to kill each other!
When James Porter was extradited to New York and imprisoned in Rikers Island jail, in Gabriel's territory, the Italian immediately jumped on the chance to make an arrangement with the man. In return for running the Morettis drugs trade within the prison, James was granted power and the chance to survive behind bars. It's a sensitive arrangement, with everyone fully aware that a breakdown in the business partnership between the Morettis and Sullivans could have severe implications on the safety of James and any family still residing in New York.
[Family Elvian Moretti - Wife
Tatiana Moretti - Daughter
Marcus Moretti - Son Ava Moretti - Daughter-in-law
Sexual Orientation & Relationship Status:
Heterosexual - Married
Head of the Mackenzie Family Gang
Whyte & Mackay Single Malt
Weekends in the Highlands
Anywhere that the temperature goes over 25 degrees C
The Status Quo
Alastair has not assumed airs and graces, he may be the King of Strathclyde, but he is the first to admit that no noble blood runs in his veins. His Kingdom was not formed by inheritance, long passed down and held up by the work of generations of underlings and servants. No this he created himself, pulling it from the mud, filth and poverty of his humble beginnings. As such he is not afraid to do whatever is needed to get his own way and is more than happy to speak his mind, coming across as brash at times, but at the same time there is something to be said about his lack of honeyed words. He may not tell you everything he has planned, but once he begins to speak, there is normally nothing being hidden behind his words.
A family man, everything he is now doing is with the goal of setting up the Mackenzie Empire, to pass onto his son Simon. At the same time though one of the main reasons he has sent Simon south is so that he too may start with little, he may have help from his father, but the London operations are his alone, to grow and hopefully prosper. This won't all be given to him on a silver plate, blood, sweat and tears must be shed. He loves his son however, and whilst he may have sent him into the lion's den, this is only due to his faith in his abilities. In Kirsten he has a wife who hs stood by him all this time, through the bad times and good, and loved him long before his rise to the top of the Clyde.
To those who cross him he is ruthless. Glasgow has maintained his for this long due to his understanding that hard decisions must be made, the Docks massacre was the first of many hard decisions, ones that have left his hands stained with blood, but he does not hide this fact. The business he is in is cruel, and unforgiving, kill or be killed. But he also recognises that it is one that is not rigid and unmoving. His very success story was one of the Status-Quo being broken down and rebuilt. Glasgow is no longer the bustling port it once was, but new avenues have opened, and he is always open to new ventures and capers, constantly diversifying and adapting to the changing times. An old dog he may be, but he's always willing to learn new tricks.
The son of a docker and a seamstress, the Mackenzies were no great clan or family, generations had grown up on the shores of the Clyde, their fortunes ebbing and flowing like the tides. University or any form of higher education was out of the country for Alastair, his destiny was on the docks. Born in the dying years of the Great War, his future was shaped by the Second. The Clydebank Blitz leveled large parts of the city, the vital port acting as the northernmost entry point for the North Atlantic convoys. Munitions, food, and various other supplies flooded through the system. But it soon became apparent that wasn't all that was coming through, there were numerous other items, strictly off the books. Chocolate, stockings, cigarettes and countless other items that were in high demand. With hundreds of ships coming and going every week, it became clear that the opportunity was there for those willing to take a risk, and at 23 years of age Alastair was happy to take that risk. Already ambitious he had already assumed the role of junior foreman, running a team of whom most were almost twice his age. Not that they minded, once the merchantmen realised that they had a willing accomplice dockside, the money and goods started flowing, and the men on Alastair's team were handsomely rewarded as such. Loose lips sank ships after all, and that could be ill afforded. The end of the war did not bring about the end of opportunities however, Britain was still a nation ravaged by war, and the merchant convoys still flowed. It was no longer simple commodities that were being dealt with however, peacetime wasn't just proving a boon for domestic industry and rebuilding. The contacts that he had made enabled him to go beyond such trivial items. Contacts from the war has perforated all sort of industries and businesses, and now those chickens were coming back to roost. No longer dirtying his hands in the docks, Alastair now had the majority of them in his pay. Things continued as normal day to day, but if they came across a container with familiar markings, then they knew what warehouse to put it in, and not to look at it too closely, following those simple instructions they were sure to find a healthy bonus at the end of the month, a brown envelope stashed through their letterbox late at night.
The heart of Glasgow was always the docks, the lifeblood of the city. With that under his control the rest soon fell under his sway, his own fiefdom, carved out through sweat and blood. It wasn't easy, the criminal families did not look kindly upon this young upstart, this urchin from the docks. But then again he was just seen as a figure on the periphery, they controlled the city and the streets, let him have the docks. But as time went by they realised that they had made a major miscalculation. Whilst they controlled the customers, Mackenzie controlled the supply lines. It was gradual at first, lighter deliveries, delays, the odd crate disappearing. Not enough to garner an immediate response, but as time went by the instances increased, until finally the noose was ready to be pulled tight. Overnight the shipments of drugs, weapons, knock off American Jeans and countless other products came to an immediate halt. Reports filtered back to the families of their yards and warehouses being seized in the night, of Mackenzie's men descending on them like creatures of the night. No demands were made, no call for a slice of the pie, or a seat at the table, nothing. A response was formalised from the 4 great families of Glasgow, and they descended on the dockyards with their full numbers, armed and ready to crush this interloper and set the natural order back to the way it should be. They had the numbers, they had the experience. The Glasgow Times reported it as a massacre, the alleyways of the docks full of bodies, drains overflowing with blood, thankfully civilian casualties were non-existent, with the early hours attack occuring whilst most discerning citizens were still abed. But as the sun rose, the bodies were counted and the Police and Politicians decried this dark day in Glasgow's history, it was Alastair Mackenzie who sat at his desk, a smile on his lips, and Glasgow now firmly in his grasp. These were his streets, his neighbourhood, and as the 4 families descended, they fell into his trap, the rabbit warren of alleys, warehouses and clustered terrace housing, they hadn't stood a chance. The families power was shattered, and Alastair simply waltzed into the city, the smog of the docks lingering behind him, as opposition was swept aside. He was gracious to the defeated heads though, no death would come upon them today, instead they bowed to him now, the King of Strathclyde.
Alastair's hold of Glasgow and Strathclyde have remained firm, and the riches that flow through Glasgow have kept his pockets full. Whilst his rise to power rankled many of the noses of the families of Edinburgh and the Northern English cities, it soon became apparent that he had no dreams of expanding into the territories of his neighbours. He had his Kingdom now, and he was happy. He married Kirsten Hamilton, a childhood sweetheart, at St Andrew's Cathedral, and a son soon followed, Simon. Simon is his goal now, to not only pass onto him a Kingdom, but an Empire, to make sure that the Mackenzies continue their upward spiral. As such Alastair began extending his feelers, southwards and across the Irish Sea. Given his Roman Catholic faith, the Republic was the obvious source of allies, the Glaswegian Secetarian divide meant that he could never fully embrace his Republic brethren to the south, to sway too far one way could ferment discontent in his own city against him, but there was a way around this of course, and that was setting their joint eyes somewhere further from home, to avoid the wound that lay in Glasgow, and could easily result in it being picked at. As much as the wealth of Glasgow was enough to keep him happy, and his men content, Alastair knew that there was a far greater goal.
400 miles south lay the jewel. Everything else in Britain was simply a gateway, at most an artery, to the beating heart that is London. And they had their own Kings. Long allied with the Irish, to make any sort of move against them was to have the forces of London and Dublin arrayed against him, and he knew that was a fight that he could not win. But overtime whispers began to filter through to the cold north. Of splits between Sullivans and Kings. A barest crack. But greater structures have been collapsed through exploiting less. Avenues could be made. London was perhaps too great a prize for one man to rule, but a slice? Surely that was possible. Entrusted to Simon, the Mackenzies are moving south. Having purchased a Pub in Hackney, the newly re-named Earl of Kelburn, from which to run their operations, Simon has been entrusted by his father to run things from here whilst Alastair continues to operate from Glasgow, preparing to court the Sullivans as their relations with the Kings slowly collapse. If himself and Simon can hasten the destruction of said alliance, then such a thing can surely be arranged.
Sexual Orientation & Relationship Status
Irish - soft spoken
Location: (Dublin, London, or New York):
The Irish Mob
The King Family (sort of)
Actress, Singer and Dancer (musical theatre and television)
Pianist and Singer
Playing piano and guitar
Writing short stories and poetry
Performing on stage
Old family photographs
Ice-skating and Dancing
Cocktail bars and restaurants
Cold and wet weather
Seeing others sad/upset
War and politics
Guns and bombs
Despite being an exceptional stage and television performer, Savannah is in reality quite an introverted and soft-spoken person. She was always seen as a fragile girl and in a way, she believed she was a pushover. After numerous attacks on her life; people taking advantage of her; as well as the personal strength her career dictates, Savannah has grown a thicker skin over the years. She has become more assertive and unafraid to confront others. She is ambitious and determined, never backing down from a challenge. If her past traumas have taught her anything, it's that she has a fighting spirit and now she has a son to defend, she has all the more reason to show courage.
As a mother, Savannah is gentle, encouraging and loving. She enjoys telling Callum stories, the more imaginative, the better! Still, she can be firm and a little controlling too, but all for reasons she believes to be in his best interests. She's protective over him, discouraging fighting and any pretend games she sees as too violent. Callum wasn't planned, but Savannah can't imagine a life without him and she would put herself in harm's way if it meant protecting him.
Savannah is an exceptionally creative person. Singing, dancing, acting and playing music are her favourite things to do, so being able to pursue a career in the performing arts has filled her with a great sense of purpose and joy. Despite being good at what she does and landing almost every role she auditions for, there is still a modesty within her. Though she knows interviews and the press come with the career, she does her best to keep her private life out of the limelight. She enjoys her work but doesn't crave the fame and attention that some of her peers do. Although it doesn't show up on stage or in front of the camera, Savannah does suffer with bouts of anxiety in the lead up to her performances - something she's sure she inherited from her mother. Still, she feels that is nothing compared to the positive parts her mother passed down to her, primarily the creativity and ability to perform on stage.
In 1949 Chicago, Savannah was born out of wedlock as a result of her mother's secret relationship with one of the family's enemies, Giovanni Gambino. The relationship ended before Savannah was born and Giovanni never got to see her up close. When she was just a few weeks old, Giovanni was killed after being gunned down by the cops. Savannah knows her father was a criminal and her family's enemy, but she'd always been spared the details during her childhood. She later learned how unhinged her biological father had been and that he'd put her mother's side of the family through hell in Chicago. Still, she never stopped hating the police and blaming them for shooting her father dead. She always believed if they hadn't killed him, there would have been hope for him to change and to make up for all of the bad things he'd done. Savannah liked to think she would have had a positive effect on him and made Giovanni a good person.
When Savannah was still a baby, Sinead and Peter started a relationship. Peter cared for Savannah from the start and even though she knew he wasn't her biological father, he was the next best thing. Not long after, the whole family moved to Dublin and started up their business there, hoping to leave the nightmares of their past back in Chicago. When she was a couple of years old, her half-brother was born and then a a few years later her half-sister. No matter how much love her parents showed her, as Savannah started to get older and understood things a little more, she started to wonder if she was less important because her brother and sister were full siblings. It didn't help that they often teased her and made comments about her not being their "real" sister. This led her to spending more time with the adults around the place rather than her brother and sister. Despite her siblings' childish teasing about her parentage, Savannah adored Peter and would often go to him for advice over her mother.
As a child, Savannah would often argue with Sinead and play up for her, which was eventually put down to the fact a part of the girl blamed her mother for not saving Giovanni. In addition to that, Sinead refused to let her go to a normal school, instead having the children tutored at home where it was deemed safer and away from their family's enemies. Eventually, Sinead had a change of heart and let the children start attending a normal school. Around the same time, Savannah discovered she had an older half-brother named Matteo, with whom she shared a father. Although the boy knew nothing about Giovanni, she was still ecstatic to meet him and to know she wasn't the only part of their father that remained.
Savannah started school when she was 11 and despite her initial excitement, she didn't immediately enjoy it the way she had imagined. Due to her introverted and imaginative nature, she immediately stood out as an easy target for bullies. For a few months, the popular kids teased and threatened her. Having always begged to be sent to school, she didn't feel like she could tell her parents what was happening. Instead, she ended up confiding in the likes of Matteo, Granny Shannon and members of her Uncle James' gang, who taught her how to fight back. With the ability to physically defend herself and to use her natural charms, she eventually fought back and put bullies in their place. She'd never set out to be popular, but she soon found herself with plenty of friends and even a list of romantic admirers. Whilst that was all nice, Savannah focused on her studies, especially the creative arts. She excelled in her classes and was given many leading roles in school productions. In 1965, When her family decided to move to New York, Savannah was initially unhappy at the thought of having to leave her friends behind. She eventually came around to the idea, excited to return to the country she had been born in and to a city she saw as having far more opportunities in the theatre than Dublin had.
After leaving school, Savannah studied music and drama at college, whilst continuing to be given paid roles in local theatre productions. When she turned 18, she managed to find part-time work playing the piano in fancy restaurant, apparently just as her mother had done at her age. Although she was still prone to arguments with Sinead, they had reduced significantly over the years and Savannah stopped blaming her mother for everything that had been out of the poor woman's control.
It was in 1971 that Savannah felt her career was truly getting started. It was in her first big production, starring as Nancy in 'Oliver!' that Savannah was dragged into the centre of a new war being raged against her family. She was kidnapped by two East Harlem thugs, Steve and Luke. She was dragged off stage, hit, and bundled into a car boot, but it was the mental and emotional injuries that affected her the most. Although her family rescued her from the men, she crossed paths with Steve a couple of times following that and his face was one that haunted her dreams for months after.
Around the same time, Savannah had some light come into her life, in the form of Danny Vaughan. Although he was a drug dealer for the family, his peaceful and free-spirited nature allowed her to brush aside his mob ties. The two dated for a while before Savannah told her parents. They accepted him, especially as he'd proved to have her best interests and safety at heart. It was on one of their dates that they were attacked by a gang who weren't fond of the Irish Mob. In an act of self-defence, Savannah shot and killed a man before he had chance to do the same to her. Although her family covered up the crime and made sure she never had to pay for it, it was something that would always weigh on her conscience.
Savannahs relationship with Danny continued to grow and she soon fell in love with him. For the first time, she felt like she'd found someone who loved her as much as she did them. However, as her love life grew, so did her career opportunities. After being invited for an audition following one of her stage performances, Savannah was offered work in London's West End. She knew she would be a fool to turn down the opportunity, but she was reluctant to leave Danny behind. In the end, the war in New York and her parents having already decided to leave America helped her to make her decision. Savannah soon left New York to begin rehearsals in London, where she lived with her grandmother, Shannon, for the few few months until securing her own apartment. Savannah and Danny had agreed to maintain a long-distance relationship, which soon became near impossible to maintain. Even when Danny had moved to Dublin, the time difference issues were replaced with their working patterns clashing. Savannah's schedule was heavy and gruelling, which meant she couldn't give Danny the time she felt he deserved. The pair ended their relationship within a year.
In 1976, Savannah landed a role as a main cast member in a British television soap opera, her biggest role to date. In theatre, it had been quite easy to keep her relationships private, however, when she started dating one of her television co-stars she found herself under a spotlight she didn't like. They tried to keep their relationship out of the media, but in the end, things didn't work out and Savannah decided she would do everything she could not to date anyone famous again.
During her time in London, Savannah had met the King Family a number of occasions, both through her grandmother and the family business in Dublin. Although The Kings and The Sullivans weren't exactly allies, they would often attend events and even have dinners together on occasions. The two families kept up the friendly front as a way to keep eyes on each other. "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer". Savannah attended a number of those meetings between the families and it was where she first met Alexander King. They started a romantic relationship in 1979, but decided to keep it a secret, both due to their the families' fragile alliance and Savannah's need to keep the press away.
Though Alexander's arrogance caused issues at times, Savannah always looked past it as she developed strong feelings for him and enjoyed being with him. When she became pregnant in the summer of 1980, they could no longer keep their relationship a secret. Alexander had promised to marry her and despite her apprehension about having a child, she was excited at the thought of starting her own family. She'd been playing the same character in the soap opera for four years, so this gave her the push to finally quit the role and she would play out her last scenes three months into her pregnancy.
It was halfway through her pregnancy that Savannah's relationship with Alexander ended after it came to light that he had been sleeping around. The free time she'd gained by quitting the TV role had made her realise her fiancé was never around, which is how she was able to learn of his betrayal. Although she was heartbroken, she remained in London, supported by her grandmother but also finding Alexander's family were still accommodating, no doubt due to her carrying his baby.
Savannah has remained in London. Despite what Alexander did to her, she wouldn't get in the way of him seeing his son, Callum. In the last couple of years, she has returned to theatre work but something has felt missing lately. Although the Kings have still been good to her, she can't help but feel like an outsider. With most of her family living in Dublin, she has been considering moving there and Shannon's recent passing has given her even more incentive to leave London...
Alexander King - Ex-Boyfriend/Callum's Father
-- Callum King - Son
Conor Sullivan - Uncle -- Michelle Romano - Cousin Aliana Sullivan - Aunt -- Leo Sullivan - Cousin -- Rhiannon Sullivan - Cousin -- Sydney Sullivan - Cousin Lucy Porter - Aunt James Porter - Uncle -- Delilah Porter - Cousin -- Syd Porter - Cousin ---- Jane and Jeanie Carriveau-Porter - Goddaughers ---- Jack James Carriveau-Porter - Godson -- Mallory Porter - Cousin -- Thomas Porter - Cousin -- Olivia Sullivan - "Cousin"
Roxanna Carriveau - Close Friend Finn Sullivan - Cousin
Daniel Vaughan - Ex-boyfriend/First Love Kerry Patrick - Friend Harper King - Friend... For now?
Name: Callum Matthias King Age/DOB: 4 (1st March 1981) Face Claim: Fox Messitt
Accent: Cockney Personality: Friendly, perceptive, imaginative, laid-back Likes: Cars and trucks, Mummy, Daddy, roughhousing, chocolate, seaside, parties, Batman, football Dislikes: Strangers, vegetables, rain, large groups, shouting/arguing Extra:
- Callum doesn't properly understand that his parents are no longer together. As long as he sees each of them frequently, he's content with the arrangement. Even so, he likes it when they're both together, even if they are just talking.
Savannah Callahan - Mother Alexander King - Father
Sinead and Peter Callahan - Grandparents Shannon Sullivan - Great Grandmother [Deceased]
Whyte & Mackay Single Malt
The London Nightlife
Late Nights and Loose Women
MDMA (Only on the odd night out mind you)
Ambition. Simon is driven by it. Coming up against the behemoth that is the Kings of London makes it a necessity, driven by anything other than ambition you would most likely be quaking in your boots. To his men he's a stalwart leader, one giving orders not only from the front, but also putting himself in the same situation as his men, willing to slog it out with them. As such he isn't one to shy away from a fight, whether that be with fists or something more. He knows that London represents his greatest challenge, but could also be his greatest victory, not just materially but also for his standing in the eyes of his father. Whilst it is his goal, he still has his morals however, largely shaped by his father. Women and Children aren't targets, collateral or otherwise. Whilst he knows this isn't a gentlemen's game, and below the belt blows will have to be made, he does still hold onto a few morals.
In running his pub, or on a night out, Simon is the sort of person who is happy to rub elbows with anyone and everyone. Most likely due to his families roots, he is more at home in the seedier parts of the cities he finds himself in, but that isn't to say he's some sort of classless party animal. As long as there's a bar for him to frequent, a dance floor for him to hit, and a toilet for him to partake in the odd 'party stimulant', he's happy there. Whether it's buying rounds for patrons, chumming up with bar flies or leading the pub in a sing along, he's the sort of guy that most can get along with.
Whilst he fully trusts the men he had brought down with him, this is down to years of loyal service and working together, not just anyone gets to receive that sort of trust. A lot fall by the wayside, he won't go out of his way to say he won't trust you, and there's no slight meant by it, its just that many don't make it into his inner circle, mostly those who share blood or have shared in having it spilt. While his gregarious and convivial nature make him easy to get on with, as it is hard for him to impart his trust onto just anyone, its more often than not difficult for people to scratch the surface and work out what really makes Simon Mackenzie tick. Conversely, working your way into a place where Simon inherently trusts you, only to betray that trust is a dangerous move indeed. By no means an inherently violent or aggressive man, this is a sure way to bring out a side that is rarely seen in him.
Whilst he has entertained numerous relationships, few of them have lasted more than a couple of months. Mostly due to not only the nature of his work, but also his propensity to pick up new companions on nights out. As such he has something of a reputation as a womaniser, moving from one to another, not hanging around long enough to bed down any real feelings. Whilst he admires the strength of the relationship that his father and mother have built, and how it carries them from one event to another. But so far he has yet to find anyone with that spark. And in his opinion what's the point in settling for anything but the best in this instance?
If his father's claim to be the King of Strathclyde is a valid one, then that surely makes Simon the Prince of Strathclyde. Whilst his upbringing was far easier than that of his father's, having been born after his Alastair's meteoric rise to the top, it did not mean that everything was simply handed to him on a silver platter. The eldest of 3 (2 sons and a daughter), Simon was the heir apparent to everything that his father was building. It was a tough childhood, Alastair was a stern father, one that wanted his children to understand that life came with knocks and pitfalls, and that the person you could only truly rely on was yourself. So whilst there was still love in the household, it was one that had to be worked for, a relationship that only true bloomed once Alastair's children became more self sufficient, able to impress their father with their own accomplishments and accolades.
Coming out of secondary school Simon didn't really have much of an option when it came to his 'career' path. Working for his father, starting out as nothing more than a common driver, late nights and early mornings spent ferrying goods from the docks to various drop off points, where they would be picked up and distributed to wherever the highest payer resided. It was front line work, grunt work, no punches were pulled or special arrangements made, if this was all he was good at, then that was where he would have stayed. Thankfully he had a propensity for hard work, rubbing off from his father, and by the age of 25 he was already heading up one of the dockyards with 10 good men under his direct command. Despite his level of command he was already getting an image as being 'one of the men', shunning his father's Victorian house for a flat a stone's throw away from the docks, more often spending his time down the pub or club with his men. A wild card certainly during his time off, his flat was often the destination at the end of a night for an equally raucous after party, men and women tramping back. The complaints from the downstairs neighbours were particularly bad, until he resolved the problem by simply buying them out for 10% above market value. A hard partier, but one who still got up in the morning to get the job done.
For almost 15 years he worked in Glasgow, building not only his reputation (in both the eyes of his father, but also others inside and outside of the organisation) but also his skills. Branching further and further outside of the city, into those grey areas between the great cities, where the agreements over control and territory became looser. Simon had always been ambitious, not happy to rest in his father's shadow, and he was the one who had suggested London, long written off as a Siren's Call, offering rich rewards, but just leads outsiders to ruin, especially with the dominance of the Kings, in their eyes the Mackenzies were little more than some regional lords in frozen north, of little threat, and a half decent business partner. As time went by though however word began to filter down of a chink in the King's armour. For most of this time they had managed an alliance over the Irish Sea, unsteady though it seemed to be it was sealed by blood, and that was a hard thing to truely break. Whilst the Scots had eyes southwards they wouldn't be able to overcome the native dynasty, not whilst it was supported by the Irish Sullivans too. But then came news of the death of that relationship, more than a relationship mind you, one of the main threads between those two families. Alastair was quick to act, and likewise Simon was quick to put himself forward, it was time to make inroads, not only physically in London, but perhaps a long overdue trip to Dublin was required. A true Celtic understanding could be established. Simon was sent south with 30 good men, a large amount of liquid capital, and the deeds to a pub in Hackney, North London. The new home for this offshoot of the Mackenzies. The Scots were coming south, and Simon stood at the head of them.
For just under 6 months he has been here now, and going has been slow. Whilst the King/Sullivan alliance certainly appears to be circling the drain, it hasn't slipped beyond the precipice yet. Until then opportunities are limited and they are very much in hostile territory. But he's more than willing to make the most of them, limited as they are.
An only child, Riccardo Biancardi was born in New York, 1945. Since his birth, his life had always been somewhat chaotic due the to the family business his father was heavily involved in. Despite the nature of the business, Ricky only ever remembered having positive experiences with his mother and father, feeling he received enough love and attention from them as a young boy. Along with them, the most stable and fond part of his childhood was his cousin, Roxie. Born only a few months apart, the two cousins were always good friends growing up and he was grateful not being the only kid in the family. His relationship with his Uncle Stefano; Roxie's father, however, wasn't as pleasant. Whilst at times he had a positive relationship with his uncle, at others the strict man yelled at him, not as patient with Ricky's often disobedient and cocky attitude. As a child, Ricky was at times scared of Stefano and the man's tough attitude was part of what drilled into the boy's head that he couldn't show weakness and sensitivity. From a young age, Ricky learned he had to put on a tough front, masking any upset and insecurities through jokes, sarcasm or bravado.
Religion was a big thing for the Biancardis. Ricky attended a Catholic high school as well as Sunday school, even if at times he snuck out early. It was Ricky's frequent disobedience and impertinence that got him in trouble with his superiors. On many occasions Ricky ended up having to stay behind for detention or stay behind at church after services when his peers had been allowed to leave. It had started with lectures and writing lines as punishment for his misbehaviour, but he didn't take any of it seriously. Father Miller's punishments escalated to far worse than writing lines and being yelled at, to severe physical and psychological abuse. Even without the priest's manipulation, Ricky had a fear of disappointing his family and coming across as weak. That, along with his family being religious, especially his Uncle Stefano - a deeply devout Catholic, meant Ricky was forced into silence with the belief nobody would take him seriously were he to speak out.
Despite the secrets he felt he couldn't share, Ricky had a good relationship with his parents and always looked up to his father, Giovanni, as his role model. Once he was 14, Ricky became more acquainted with the darker side of the family business, something else he had to keep to himself - certainly not permitted to divulge such details to his cousin Roxie, as much as it tore him apart to keep secrets from her. Deemed old enough to handle it, Ricky was taken out on jobs where he could observe his superiors at work during interrogations and torture. As horrified as he was at first, Ricky forced himself to put on a brave face and to convince himself those who were suffering deserved it, that they were being punished for far worse crimes. Perhaps repenting for their sins. Over time, Ricky developed his own coping mechanisms and was able to separate himself from feeling fear or disgust. This helped him as he got a little older and was tasked with carrying out the most unpleasant side of business himself.
By his early twenties, Ricky seemed to have overcome the horrors and abuse of his childhood, never giving the nightmares any thought in his conscious world. Instead, he had grown into a confident man; an extrovert who wasn't afraid to give his opinion and learned to cope with uncomfortable situations by cracking jokes or using sarcasm. Although not everyone appreciated his manner, Ricky was a man who got things done and knew when to be serious in business. This was especially useful when the war between the Moretti Family and the Irish Mob began to impact on New York City too much to be ignored. Ricky's Uncle Stefano had been murdered by the father of Roxie's children, Syd Porter. This gave Ricky mixed feelings as he was torn between feeling he should condemn Syd out of loyalty to his family, but also being deep down glad his miserable and judgemental uncle was out of the picture. The death of Stefano meant Ricky's was promoted within the family business, to Giovanni's second-in-command. The increased responsibilities meant Ricky found himself stuck in the middle of the Morettis and the Sullivans, trying to help them come to an agreement.
When the war ended in 1972, with the Irish Mob leaving New York city to run their business in Dublin, Ricky continued to find himself stuck in the middle, as a middle-man between the Morettis and the Sullivans, whilst also trying to do what was best for Roxie and stay ultimately loyal to his cousin. Things seemed to run smoothly, however, allowing Ricky to get used to his position in the business. Meetings, interrogations, torture, debt collection, travelling between countries... it was all no wonder Ricky struggled to hold onto a relationship for long, or at least, that's the reasoning he was able to give others for his lack of success in the romantic department.
In 1981, Ricky meet and fell in love with Claudia Roberts. They were together for two years before they became engaged. He believed he'd been able to put his past traumas and abuse behind him, able to have a meaningful, long-term relationship which even allowed him to believe he could start a family of his own. However, early in 1984, Claudia ended their relationship, citing she couldn't continue putting up with his dangerous and unpredictable behaviour. Having kept the business away from his fiancée and feeling he was nothing but good to her, Ricky was left confused and disheartened. To this day, he remains unsure of what he did wrong and that has made him unable to feel any motivation to want another romantic relationship, instead seeking out opportunities for one night stands only.
With his father's passing in March 1985, Ricky lost not only one of the few people he genuinely cared about, but was left feeling apprehensive about what the future had in store for him...
Giovanni Biancardi - Father [Deceased, March 1985] Martina Biancardi - Mother
His Lucky 1893-CC Morgan Silver Dollar
Having a Family
People who don't cooperate
Those who mess with his family
Theodore's change in personality is all thanks to his dear wife, Valentina, and unfortunately the Porters. After he was tortured and almost killed, he had the revelation that the life of a bachelor wasn't what he wanted and what he wanted was to settle down and have a family. It wasn't until Valentina helped him get back in Gabe's good graces that he realized it was with her. Valentina helped him discover that yes, he was an asshole, but he was also very caring and supportive. He had a sensitive side that he hadn't realized and he only showed it to his wife and would deny it if anyone asked. When he's around her and his children he's able to be open and more in tune with his emotions. He has a tendency to spoil both his wife and his children, leaving much of the discipline to his wife. Lately, he's been helping with Paolo as his tantrums have been worrying his wife. To his children, he is very playful and often spoils them rotten as he wants to be a better father than his own. He tries his best to keep his work persona and his home persona separate, though there are times where he has to catch himself before he does or says anything he shouldn't.
When he's in business mode, he is still very focused and very much an asshole. It comes with the job not to be as soft as he is with his family to make sure no one underestimated him. He's very loyal to his father in law, doing anything the man asked of him and will give him his opinion when asked. He can be very cautious at times, preferring to plan things out and think instead of acting with his emotions. There have been several times when he wished his boss listened to him, only to have his concerns ignored. His relationship with his Father in law is one that he cherishes, but when it comes to Gabriel as his boss he drives him crazy. He's been more active in the business, going so far as to get his hands dirty. Ever since he took care of Steve he has been more active and getting more comfortable when it comes to killing people.
Theodore "Teddy" Wycliff was born in 1939 in Manhattan, New York. His father owned several businesses most of which gangsters frequented and his mother was a showgirl. He went to school with the uppermost elite and of course, always got into trouble. The only reason he got into so much trouble was that he was always picked on and bullied. His father always taught him that his words were more powerful than using his fists; Teddy was starting to doubt this as his ass was always getting kicked. Mom always thought he should fight back with his hands but one day her son surprised her by informing that fighting only caused him more issues. It gave the bigger kids more of a reason to beat him up when he fought back. So, one day he devised a plan that would more than likely put an end to all this bullying. He found a way to get all the kids that had put a hand on him expelled from their prestigious school and anyone who watched him get beat up and said nothing got what they deserved. From then on, kids knew not to touch him and he became quite popular despite his small stature.
When he went on to high school, his tales and reputation from middle school followed him. All the attention he got soon floated to his head and he began to become reckless. It wasn't just the attention, but the pressure of knowing that soon he would have to go on to college to learn to take over whatever businesses his father would leave him and how to acquire some of her own. He wanted to be able to enjoy himself before that time, so he resorted to drugs, alcohol, girls. Several times he should have been locked up but because of who his father was in cahoots with, they never dared. Instead, they'd deliver him to his parents a bit roughed up and smelling of alcohol. Several times his father tried to send him away, but his dying mother wouldn't have it. She wanted her boy around in her last days and because he loved his wife, he allowed it. It wasn't until her death when Teddy had begun his 3rd year in college, that he finally started to get his life together. It was her dying wish that he stopped the heavy partying, drinking, and drugs and thought about his future, mending his relationship with his father. He was reluctant but he had given in to it.
His father took him to Miami after his graduation. He had said he wanted to dive right into learning about his businesses and to meet the men he was in business with. One of these men was Gabriel Moretti, a man Teddy knew of but not much about. Teddy was going to stay in Miami, his father informed him, and take over the family businesses there and work closely with his friend. Theodore gladly obliged and sought to take over while his father stayed in New York to run things there.
The move to New York was very bittersweet as he had become acclimated quite nice to the sunny weather and the beaches in his backyard. The move was a necessary one for the Moretti family, so he didn't object to the idea. The Moretti family had the upper hand when it came to the Porters', something Teddy prided himself and his informational skills on a lot. In the beginning, he was living his lax little life without a care in the world, basically as Gabriels right-hand man. It all went down for dear Theo when James Porter decided he was going to kidnap the informant and torture him for information. That was the night he should have died with the information he shouldn't have given out but a brief flash of his life made him think otherwise. He bet his life on what he meant to Moretti and how much he would be needed, as well as his desire to get his life together. He had given them the information and in return, he and his 8 other fingers were allowed to live to face his boss. Gabe had been upset with, rightfully so, to the point where Theodore thought he was going to kill him. Luckily he had Valentina and the rest of her family in his corner coming to his defense. Valentina was able to help him find a way to get back into her father's good books with some information he heard on the street and that's when he started to fall for her. For weeks he ignored the feeling that was growing inside him until Valentina had been attacked.
The time he spent in the hospital during Valentina's recovery made him realize a lot, the main thing being that he actually did have feelings for her. There was something about her that wanted him to be better, her opinion mattering more than the mother figure he had in Elvian. Despite the age gap and the fact that her father was his boss, he pursued her with help from Elvian and permission from Gabriel. Though she was hesitant with him because of her attack, he remained patient with her and never got upset. He prided himself a lot of the times on being able to be patient and level headed, no matter what. He had to constantly remind himself that she was working through something and she wasn't taking it out on him personally, not taking her actions to heart. They moved at a pace that was comfortable for her and that was fine with Theo. There were moments in his relationship that he felt he was being tested, oftentimes not feeling like he was good enough for her. He would doubt and question himself but he did his best not to let that affect his relationship. This woman he wanted to be with for the rest of his life and he knew it early on.
After asking for permission, Theo proposed to Valentina not long after they became official in 1972 and married her in 1973. With the tensions between their enemies dying down, Theo was able to focus on his wife and starting their life together. They moved into their own home, Theo getting reminders that if anything happened to Tin he would be paying for it. Once they settled into a routine, they decided children would be the next step in their family. Francis was born in 1975, the eldest of their three children and it freaked Theodore out. Having a kid himself wasn't something he thought was possible and now here he was with one. In '76, his daughter Cristina was born and that freaked him out even more. It was one thing to have a son you could instill proper values in but his daughter? He had to treat her like a princess so she would grow up knowing what to look for in a man. He didn't want her to grow up like the women he took advantage of and didn't want his son being like him. Paolo was born in '79 and he had to work on him the same with Francis. The only difference was him having to be stricter with Paolo, seeing as of late he's been having disciplinary issues. The other two children he didn't have a problem with but for some reason he did with his youngest, so he made sure to pay him more attention.
In 1980, his wife wanted to start working again and he had asked her several times if that's what she truly wanted to do. After getting yelled at, Theo began to support his wife and her desire to start working again. Even if he hadn't agreed if this was something she truly wanted to do he wasn't going to stop her. For the next six months, Teddy remained neutral in the argument that ensued between his husband and father-in-law. He said his pieces to both parties and had no desire to be caught in the middle of it. When his kids wanted to see their grandfather, he would take them and he would not entertain any "Talk some sense into my daughter" or "Talk some sense into my father" comments whatsoever. It didn't matter if he was scolded, he would mind his business. Everything became peaceful when they decided to talk again, the weight of the world off his shoulders.
With the Sullivan's out of their hair, a partnership having been made, the Moretti and Wycliff family were able to relax peacefully for the next 13 years. Theo was grateful for it, wanting to be able to watch his kids grow up without any sort of issues. The only thing he has to worry about is his wife playing off the attack she suffered at the hands of Isac and Steve. They had lasting effects, that much he knew and understood, but he wished she would take it more seriously and stop trying to do it all. He's often conflicted with telling her so as he doesn't want it to seem like he's not supporting her. The last thing he wants is for her to feel like he's reneging on his promise, but he also doesn't want her to continue doing so much that it causes more health issues.
Valentina Wycliff- Wife
Francis Wycliff - Son
Cristina Wycliff - Daughter
Paolo Wycliff - Son
Gabriel Moretti - Father-in-law
Valentina Moretti - Mother-in-law
Tatiana Moretti - Sister-in-law
Marcus Moretti - Brother-in-law
Ava Moretti - Sister-in-law
Francis is just like any older brother in which he's very protective of his younger siblings. He's always taking charge whether it be in playing games with them or teaching them how to do things. He looks up to both of his parents, wanting to be hardworking like his mother and thoughtful like his father. There are times where he can get frustrated, but will normally talk it out to whoever listens to him. When it comes to his younger brother Paolo, he notices his bratty behavior and often times tries to get him straight so his parents don't have to worry as much. It doesn't seem to work, but his determination keeps him going. Francis loves being a big brother and will do anything his siblings ask him to do, often getting in trouble because of it but he doesn't mind so long as they're happy.
Being Woken Up
Elvian is still the passionate Italian-Romanian woman people have come to love and adore over the years. She's still very much old fashioned, preferring to chastise people in private and away from prying eyes than doing it around others. Elvian makes for an excellent confidant, often listening to those who confide in her before she responds. She prides herself on being open to change and things that make people different, not being one to pass judgment of any kind. She has complete control over her emotions and doesn't let anyone see her reactions unless she wants them to. When it comes to her husband, she's nothing but supportive and will often call him out on things she feels is unfair. Again, she only does this in private. Elvian is very family-oriented so she often plays the peacemaker in her home trying to keep the family from falling apart.
When it comes to her grandchildren, she spoils them rotten. They light up her day often and she will volunteer to babysit them without hesitation. Though she tries to instill in them the same lessons she taught her own children, her grandchildren can basically get away with anything. There are times when Valentina or Teddy are chastising their kids and Elvian will baby them afterward. Even though she's not as active as she once was, she still tries to have fun with them and be on their level.
Mrs. Moretti was born 10 November 1925 in Liguria, Italy to a Romanian mother and Italian father. Her parents were commonfolk, her mother owning the biggest and most frequently visited flower shop in Italy and her father an investor and painter. Elvian lived a comfortable life, but she always felt as if this life were meant for someone else. Her parents always wanted her to be tame and control her, but she was as wild as the wind was. They forced her to go to an all girls school at the age of 12, hoping it would calm her free-spirit a little and teach her some control. While she was there, she did learn a lot more things about life and essentially how to be a woman, but she also learned traits her parents weren't expecting her to come back home with at age 18. While she had come back a lot calmer than when she left, she came back with a newer sense of self-awareness and her parents were loving it. Eventually they would learn this new sense of self meant she was no longer going to be the daughter they knew.
Having graduated from secondary school, she decided she was going to continue her education in the business world to maybe one day take over her mother's growing floral business. While away at Uni, she started to go out more with her friends to parties and clubs. Some nights she would let loose but it was a rarity and others she would be more poised. Even though she no longer needed to be this perfect little daughter, something in her said she should still keep up with the facade. Not having to be around her parents anymore, she was finally able to be who she wanted when she saw fit.
Elvian met Gabriel Moretti in 1943 at a nightclub of all places. She was trying to get away from a nuisance of a man when she spotted the Italian, hoping he would save her. It was a relief when he pretended to know her and be her boyfriend, causing the other man to leave her be. At first she was going to thank Gabriel and leave him, but there was something about him that made her want to stay and get to know him. Though he was a stranger she let him take her on a walk and the two of them shared a tender moment that led to their marriage. Her parents didn't approve, of course, as they saw him as a ruffian. He didn't come from their island, he fought in the war, he had to be a ruffian, right? Elvian didn't care as he was like a breath of fresh air and their opinions now in her life meant squat. After a few years, they got over the fact that their daughter was leaving and wished her the best. It was around that time that they both passed away. Her father in a tragic boating incident and her mother from taking her own life due to heartbreak.
When her husband wanted to move, the death of her parents made it that much easier to get up and go. The only ties she would have were the floral shop, to which she maintained legal rights to, but let other people run it. This new criminal life took some getting used to as she didn't know a thing about it. But as the years progressed, she learned and took note and understood how things in life worked. She was grateful that she had, especially during the times her life was tried. It helped her teach her children how to behave and handle things that were thrown at them better. The only issue now they were trying to face was this Porter/Sullivan problem... If she had to do one more flower arrangement for her family there was going to be hell to pay.
Once in New York, things were looking up as far as her family was concerned. Though she hadn't wanted to leave Miami, she did as she wanted to make sure her husband understood she believed in him. She would never break their family apart just because she preferred beaches to city life. It wasn't that hard to acclimate once they had moved anyhow. Things were looking up until the day Teddy stumbled in her home bloody, beaten, and with two missing fingers. She knew things were going to be bad for him the moment he explained to her what happened, but she waited until she had her audience with Gabriel. A part of her was shocked that he had let the younger man live, but she was happy nonetheless. From then on she fought for her husband to give another chance to redeem himself and not shun him forever. Teddy was a family friend, one of her favorites alongside his crazier partner, Tony so she was always going to bat for him. Luckily he was able to come up with a way to make up for his betrayal and she was able to relax.
Except, she wasn't able to relax as the moment she did Valentina had been attacked. That was probably the worst day of her life, seeing her youngest daughter in so much pain and knowing she couldn't do anything. The attack had stirred up so many emotions inside her that she found herself yelling at her husband and blaming him even though she knew it wasn't his fault. It was a rare occurrence for her to do something as such, but it had happened. When she had calmed down and sought reason, she apologized for the words she said to him. During this time, she spent every day in the hospital and told off every cop and nurse that bothered them. On several occasions, Teddy had to calm her down and it was also during this time she noticed how attentive he was to her daughter. This sparked an idea in her head that she would begin to plot on when her daughter was better. Elvian plotted for Teddy and Valentina to confess their feelings for one another, confirmation of Val's own coming from a night they spent together talking. Granted, she had to make sure Gabriel didn't kill his employee for trying to date his daughter, but it worked nonetheless.
Sexual Orientation & Relationship Status
Location: (Dublin, London, or New York):
Hotel and Restaurant Manager
Events Manager and Hostess
Mathematics, chemistry and biology
Trained to use handguns
- Her family
- Date nights with Teddy
- Parties and formal events
- Proving others wrong
- Being in control
- Smoking and drinking
- Animals and nature
- Beaches and sunshine
- Her family's enemies
- Anyone who upsets her children
- Her recurrent headaches
- Memories and nightmares of her attack
- People who harm animals
- Being patronised
- Exposing her own weaknesses
As a child, Valentina was relatively reserved and spent much of her time studying or outdoors watching her mother in the garden. This was down to being afraid of breaking her father's rules and disappointing her family. Despite the resentment she has for her upbringing, she cares deeply for her family and regardless of any arguments, she would support and defend any of them without second thought.
Valentina has always felt like she had to prove herself, as such, she is stubborn, ambitious, independent and assertive when it comes to business - and dealing with her father. She hates being patronised and will give her opinion even if it will cause confrontation. After being assaulted herself, she doesn't like to see other women being belittled or mistreated, so will defend others if she feels she needs to.
With Teddy, Valentina is at her happiest. She loves him and cares deeply for him. She knows she's not the easiest person to be with but she admires him for sticking by her and he's ones of very few people she trusts completely. She likes to treat her husband and craves the time they spend together, even if it's just being held in his arms whilst watching the TV. With her children, Valentina is playful, encouraging and imaginative. She feels very protective over them, especially her daughter, but she tries not to be as strict on them as her father was to her. Still, she isn't afraid to assert her authority and doesn't like the kids to be lying or misbehaving. Paolo in particular causes Valentina to feel stressed and she struggles to control him.
At her darkest, Valentina is tormented by her past. Memories of being brutally assaulted, along with losing most of her family often surface to the front of her mind if not as terrible nightmares. It's then that she feels the most vulnerable and appreciates the protection her family offers her.
Growing up, Valentina didn't have as much freedom as her friends did. Her strict father was controlling. Though his intentions were to ensure his family's safety and to encourage them to strive for greatness, Valentina found it suffocating. When it wasn't Gabriel asserting his authority, her older sister was often domineering in their father's place. This meant Valentina kept to herself a lot when she was a kid, spending her time studying out in the garden where things felt less suffocating. Linked to her own mother's interest in gardening, Valentina was happiest when out in nature, around animals and other creatures. Her love for animals was something that continued into her adult life.
As she grew older, Valentina was gifted more freedom to prove her father wrong and that she could be independent. She started studying as well as taking up a part-time waitress job she didn't need just so she could spend less time at home. She loved her life in Miami, hanging out by the beach with her friends and never being far away from the coast to enjoy days out with her mother. Even after her teenage years, Gabriel continued to judge and disapprove of her boyfriends. Though she was sure he had her best interests at heart, she hated that he always got in the way of her love life. In 1968, she started dating a young man she'd met at college. Calvin seemed like someone who would impress her father. He was smart, rich and responsible, yet Gabriel still didn't approve of him, giving the reason there was "something untoward" about him. Rejecting her father's assessment, Valentina continued her relationship with Calvin, becoming an official item and growing deeper feelings for him. However, only a year later, Calvin became possessive over her and when Valentina ended their relationship, he physically attacked her. Valentina was unable to hide the marks from her face and certainly unable to lie convincingly to Gabriel. She couldn't help but admit her father had been right all along and this made her more appreciative of his ways. After that day, Valentina never saw Calvin again and though she suspected her father had something to do with that, she preferred not know for certain what really happened.
In 1969, Valentina and her family had been due to attend her uncle's birthday party in New York. Gabriel's business in Miami had caused them to run late, which turned out to be lucky for them as they weren't at the party when the building was destroyed in an explosion. Unfortunately, Valentina lost grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins that evening. Any reservations she'd had about the Moretti Family's criminal activities were washed away when she learned the Irish Mob were behind the attack. She knew her father wouldn't let her get her hands dirty or take part in any jobs that would risk her life, but she still offered to help wherever she could. Committed to her family's business and the need to avenge those lost, she gladly help with hosting and administrative duties. The only part she didn't like was knowing that one day they'd have to leave Miami to go live in New York.
The Morettis moved to New York in the autumn of 1971, whether Gabriel's children liked it or not. Her father proceeded to wage war against the Irish Mob and it was something Valentina supported, given they were the ones who had slaughtered most of her family. Still, her father refused to let Valentina have the same kind of input into the business as Tatiana and Marcus had. Instead, he pushed her to focus on her veterinarian degree. Despite her previous desire to care for animals as a career, losing her family to the Irish had made Valentina want to instead work for her father and have as much a part in the business as her siblings had. But he continued to refuse her requests. This left Valentina feelings patronised and underestimated. As such, when she developed an attraction to Teddy, she felt forced to keep it to herself. She figured the way her family treated her would make Teddy see her as too immature for him, despite her being in her twenties.
The 16th February 1972 was a date Valentina would never be able to forget and one that changed her life in many ways. When she had been heading a a party on campus, she was abducted by two masked men who physically and sexually assaulted her. Valentina was hospitalised following the brutal attack. Whilst she remained unconscious, her father automatically blamed the Sullivans for the attack and had Sinead Callahan's jazz club burned to the ground. Dozens of people died in the destroyed club and the fact the killings were done in her name was something Valentina would never truly come to terms with. When Valentina regained consciousness, she was only able to identify one of her attackers; shockingly, he was an employee of her father's named Isac. Her father, brother and Teddy tortured the man before killing him.
Although physically, mentally and emotionally beaten down, Valentina fought hard to try overcome her attack. Still, she appreciated the comfort her family gave her and found herself especially grateful for Teddy's support. It soon became apparent that she and Teddy both shared feelings for each other. Whilst she was uncomfortable at the thought of men going near here, Teddy was a man not only familiar to her but one she trusted and already cared for. At the same time Gabriel relented and gave his blessing for Teddy to date Valentina, she realised the second man who had attacked her was Steve Kelly, another of her father's employees who had betrayed the family. The revelation came only a day after Steve had allowed two innocent men to be executed for the crime he'd committed. When Valentina demanded to be present for Steve's punishment, her father refused her. Although she knew he was doing it to protect her, it took a while for her to forgive him for denying her the closure of seeing her attacker suffer for what he'd done.
Knowing both of her attackers had been dealt with and weren't roaming the streets, Valentina was able to focus on her recovery. Her family supported her but she was especially grateful for Teddy's patience and sensitivity during her slow recovery. Although it took a while to be physically intimate with him, Valentina fell in love with Teddy and she knew early on he was the man she wanted to spend her life with. It wasn't long after that the Irish Mob left New York and the Morettis took control of the city. Although the shift in power came with political and logistical stresses, Valentina and her family were able to relax. The city took on a relative peace and business began to be about business rather than personal wars.
Valentina dropped out of her university degree and demanded her father let her have a part in the business. The man refused to let her get involved in the dirty work that her siblings and Teddy were involved in, but he compromised by letting her learn to manage some of his businesses and sit in on some of his official meetings. Valentina accepted her role and knew it had been enough of a breakthrough for her father to include her at all. The second breakthrough came late in 1972, when Teddy proposed to her, having already been given Gabriel's blessing to do so. Valentina didn't hesitate to say yes and the couple married in the summer of 1973.
In 1975, their first child was born and with that, Valentina finally began to see real hope for their family. After everything their family had been through, she could see the genuine happiness in her parents when they were with their grandson - something she hadn't witnessed in a long time. Her second child was born in 1976 and the third in 1979. After spending a few months recovering from the third childbirth, Valentina had wished to return to work in 1980. When Gabriel refused to let her go back so soon and she perceived him to be telling her how to look after her kids, it resulted in a heated argument with her father. After a lifetime of feeling she was being patronised by her father, she hadn't taken his words well. Just as stubborn as him, Valentina didn't speak to or see Gabriel for six months. She would let Teddy and the children spend time with him but she asserted her control by refusing to back down until he apologised. Gabriel eventually apologised in time for the family to spend Christmas together and Valentina would be lying if she said the experience wasn't empowering.
Back on good terms with her father, Valentina returned to work. She has continued to work for the family business, finding a way to balance her time so she sees plenty of her husband and children. Although she has regained her confidence and ambition over the last few years, she is still haunted by the attack 13 years ago. She has nightmares and anxiety attacks on occasions, though thankfully they have reduced in frequency over time. From the severe blows she took to her skull in the attack, she continues to suffer from frequent headaches which she tends to try ignoring or underplaying.
Theodore Wycliff - Husband
-- Francis Wycliff - Son
-- Cristina Wycliff - Daughter -- Paolo Wycliff - Son
Gabriel Moretti - Father Valentina Moretti - Mother Tatiana Moretti - Sister Marcus Moretti - Brother Ava Moretti - Sister-in-law
Name: Cristina Wycliff Age/DOB: 8 (31st December 1976) Face Claim: Aria Lyric Leabu Accent: American-Italian Personality: Charismatic, Bossy, Intelligent, Empathic, Attentive, Cautious, Persuasive, Kind-hearted. Likes: Books, Friends, Parties, Family, Animals, Dolls, Dresses, Gardening, Sunshine. Dislikes: Strangers, Arguing, Mess, Surprises, Blood, Crying. Extra:
- Likes collecting coins and trinkets.
- Is able to tell when her mother is upset or having an anxiety attack so will try to comfort her or warn others.
- Often argues with her "annoying" brother Paolo.
- Is curious about the family business and often asks Teddy to take her for tours around 'their' city.
Name: Paolo Wycliff Age/DOB: 6 (23rd February 1979) Face Claim: Malachi Barton Accent: American-Italian Personality: Hyperactive, Cheeky, Imaginative, Playful, Boisterous, Impressionable, Stubborn, Fidgety. Likes: Cars, Toy guns, Baseball, Being noisy, Parties, Chocolate, Playfighting, Dogs. Dislikes: Cats, Bedtime, Authority, Cops, Being quiet, School. Extra:
- His favourite people are his Father, Uncle Marcus, Grandpa Gabriel, Tony.
- Has issues taking orders and is often in trouble.
- Can act out and have severe tantrums if he doesn't get his way.
- Only seems to behave well for the male figures in his life.
Sexual Orientation & Relationship Status:
Cuban (Pinar Del Río)
Location: (Dublin, London, or New York):
Proficient with both firearms and knives
Steady hand, good aim
Fluent in Spanish
Can pilot a private plane
Physical strength and athleticism
Creative expression - painting, writing, cooking
Spending quality time with his wife and children
The smell of rain
Birds > dogs > cats
Upbeat Cuban music
Getting out of bed
Closed-minded, arrogant people
For most of his life, Chase had never thought much of himself besides what he could contribute to his work, and so that was largely how he measured his worth. His strong work ethic has been carried over from a childhood spent on the tobacco farms of Pinar Del Río and Viñales and his lifelong devotion to a trade - that for him became criminal - trained him to be focused and diligent. He will take any order without question and, provided that he has the means, he won't hesitate to help somebody in need. While a life of violent crime wasn’t one he ever imagined himself leading, he is happy to do the dirty work, taking it in his stride without complaint.
To ensure he doesn't get consumed by the darkness of his criminal lifestyle, however, Chase manages to hold onto the more innocent elements of his life, such as painting, spending quality time with his wife and playing with his three children.
It can take a while to get to know Chase on a personal level as he is generally reserved and introverted - even shy and awkward at times - but once a connection is established, his layers of mystery begin to peel away, revealing a thoughtful, sensitive man at his core. Despite his introspective nature, his children make sure he doesn’t take himself too seriously. He loves to tap into his childish side for them, indulging in the innocence they offer to his life. Living perfectly content as a bachelor for so many years never made adjusting to family life difficult, and it was thanks to the freedom his own father permitted him growing up that he came to be so independent, and consequently a capable husband and father. But the circumstances of his upbringing were much different to that of his own children, and with all the threats that lurk beyond the walls of security he tries to uphold for them, Chase knows that he will have to navigate parenthood on his and Jasmine’s own terms.
The tobacco farms of Pinar del Río in Cuba featured in every one of Chase’s earliest memories. From the age at which he could first walk, he assisted his father, Anton, on the farms that produced the tobacco for what was renowned as the world’s most luxurious cigars. Despite attending a small school, his average grades meant that he often went unnoticed. Chase was bullied for many years for his shy and introverted character, and as a result he directed his efforts away from education and instead found solace in his work environment. That isn’t to say that he didn’t have a childhood, however - the scenic landscape of Pinar del Río was his playground and as his father wasn’t a particularly strict man, Chase would often spend hours into the night exploring the hills with his friend Rígo, the son of one of his father’s colleagues.
An ambitious man loyal to the industry, Anton advanced Chase from the farms to the factories in Havana. By the age of 15 he understood the profession inside out, and having always prioritised his work over his education, decided to drop out of school and work full time.
When the end of the Cuban revolution brought about a trade embargo, which made a variety of imported goods from Cuba to the US illegal, the cigar trade fell into the hands of the black market. As one of the few employees with dual nationality, Chase, then aged 22, took an active role in smuggling Cuban cigars to the US. He was even taught to fly a plane in order to increase their reach. Their closest buyers were those of the Moretti family, based in Miami. At first they made strong profits working together, and it became apparent that the largest gangs and crime families were their best targets. At that point in time, the Irish Mob, led by Liam Sullivan, held significant power in the state of New York. Their distribution system set standards high, and after signing a business agreement they quickly became their most lucrative connection, and the strongest link in the chain.
The exponential wealth and power that the mob accrued led to their other, weaker connections being gradually swept into the sidelines, including the Moretti family. In pursuit of a better deal and a stronger partnership, Moretti arrived in Havana to confront the leaders of the smuggling operations. Anton Zegarra made the mistake of standing up to him, which resulted in a fatal shot between the eyes. Chase was en route to New York when his father was killed, but Moretti’s actions shattered their partnership altogether, foregoing their profitable connections. Losing Moretti’s business, however, only meant that they invested more into the Irish Mob.
It was shortly after Liam Sullivan’s assassination when cocaine exploded onto the market. Chase soon found himself working as a mule for not only Cuban cigars but also bricks of their finest white powder. Their connection with the mob grew even stronger, to the point where Chase became more than acquainted with their representatives on the trading front, who included Adam Harper and Syd Porter. When Adam was sent to prison in 1967, Chase was offered the opportunity to fill his position until he was released. Interested in working with the mob more closely, he took the offer and made a permanent move to New York City. His dual nationality, fluency in Spanish and many familial connections in Cuba gave him an advantage in managing business and relations overseas, and so he stayed to work alongside Adam after his return. Aside from occasionally travelling back to Havana, Chase found his place in the mob acting as a guard and assisting them on jobs as a soldier.
It took a few years of training and gaining experience before Chase was gradually partnered up with his more experienced colleague, Jasmine Carpenter. It didn’t take long for him to gather an impression of her strength, skill and fortitude, and along with a fun and caring personality and a smile that could make him forget where he was, Chase soon found himself utterly smitten with her. Their compatibility was on a level he never in his life imagined he would find, and the Irish Mob left New York and immigrated back to Dublin the two were married in the late spring of 1973. Their first child, Michael, was born nine months after the ceremony and, finding themselves in love with parenthood, decided to have more children, daughters Emilia and Safia. While Jasmine stepped down from her violent occupation in the mob to provide the children with some extra stability, Chase remained involved with the front-line work, doing his best to keep his family out of harm’s way.
Jasmine Zegarra - Wife
Michael Zegarra - Son
Emilia Zegarra - Daughter
Safia Zegarra - Daughter
Leanne Wilson - Mother (died in childbirth)
Anton Zegarra - Father (died when Chase was 27)
Adam Harper - Close friend & colleague, Godfather of children
Conor Sullivan - Boss
Syd Porter - Close friend and superior colleague
Sinead Callahan - Close friend
Peter Callahan - TBC
Name: Michael Joseph Anton Zegarra Age/DOB: 11 (28th February 1974) Face Claim: Noah Jupe Accent: A mix of New York, Cuban and Dublin Irish Personality: Shy, introverted, creative, good memory, lacks confidence Likes: Arts & crafts, loud music, family time, games, bike rides, teaching things to his sisters, being around Dislikes: Public speaking, confrontation, school, bullies, not fully understanding his mixed identity, asking for things, change Extra: Fluent in Spanish (Cuban obvs)
Chase also has two daughters: Emilia, 6, and Safia, 2, shown on Jasmine's CS
Adam was born and raised in the Bronx. His father an American and his mother Spanish. He was the eldest of three siblings, but far from his parents' favourite. Whilst his brother and sister were over-achievers, Adam was frequently in trouble at school. He cared for his parents, but he couldn't help but get himself into fights with other students and in arguments with his teachers. The only classes he showed interest in included sports and mechanics. As soon as he finished school, with average grades, he found himself work as an apprentice at a local garage. Whilst he was spending his days getting high and sleeping around, his siblings were attending college and then university. Adam held no ill feelings towards his siblings, who were seeking out careers in the pharmaceutical and scientific research fields, but he had no interest in studying and his only interest in such fields was testing out recreational drugs for his own enjoyment.
Over the next few years, Adam got himself involved with a gang in the Bronx who were affiliated with the Irish Mob when it was led by Jack & Liam Sullivan. It might have been dirty money, but Adam was making a lot of it. He seemed to have found an area he excelled in; ranging from illegal dealing to eventually carrying out contract kills. Everyone was good at something, right? There had been a barrier between Adam and his family for some time, but when he got himself locked up in 1960, what little contact they did have was completely severed for good. Adam had no interest in contacting his family and he didn't care that they never visited him. They could have moved to the other side of the world and he wouldn't have batted an eyelid. His first prison sentence was two years long, for minor drugs and assault offences. He begrudged the sentence, but by that point, he was guilty of much more than the cops had been able to pin on him. Prison wasn't a place he'd have chosen to be in, but he made the most of his time in there forging alliances and sourcing valuable contacts he could use on the outside. All he had to do was gift his fellow inmates with contraband and provide them with protection, at a price. Oddly enough, the two years flew by.
Once he was back on the outside, Adam was a more experienced man with enough skills and contacts up his sleeve to find himself climbing to ranks of the Sullivan Mob. When it came to Liam Sullivan's attention that Adam was fluent in Spanish and had relevant experience, he gave the man a promotion within the ranks. From then, Adam found himself spending his time flitting between New York and South America. Adam built up a strong allegiance with the mob's contacts in both Cuba and Colombia. Not only was he a middle-man for the deals between the South Americans and the Sullivans, but he also found himself fighting by the side of his Cuban allies. It was in Cuba that he became most skilled with firearms and perhaps the most desensitised to killing his enemies. Whether it was a bullet to the head or gutting a man with a hunters knife, up close and personal, it was no skin off his nose.
It was through his trips to Cuba that Adam first met Chase and the two men soon became good friends who would make sure to socialise together whenever in eithers city. Adam had a reputation for sleeping around and in 1964 he spent a number of nights in bed with Isabella. He didn't make a habit of seeing the same woman twice, so on a later business trip to Cuba he blew the woman off when she approached him and through his immaturity at the time, he made a point of rudely turning away when she persisted to try speaking with him. Unknown to him, Isabella was two months pregnant with his child, but his dismissiveness towards her meant she changed her mind about telling him at all.
Adam had spent five years back and forth since getting out of jail. In that time, his employer had shifted from Liam Sullivan to James Porter, but his role had remained practically the same. He tried not to form much of an opinion of the new man in charge, as he was employed to do a job and not form friendships in the process. Business and personal life were best kept separate. It was only during his second prison sentence, in 1967, that he began making friends with his colleagues. This time, he'd been locked up for assault, which was again nothing compared to the high number of far worse crimes he'd committed. He was on the same prison wing as Peter Callahan, a member of the Porter Family. They tended to communicate during meal and recreation times, the rest of their days being separated in different cell blocks. They formed a friendship over shared allies and Adam learned more about the family he worked for, realising there was more normality and humanity to the family than he'd realised. It made him feel oddly protective over the Poters, realising the times he'd worked as a bodyguard around their businesses had been about more than protecting money and materialistic assets. He'd even witnessed Conor Sullivan himself during visiting hours, seeing a gentle side to the man when he was with his family, rather than merely the violent nature he'd only witnessed from him.
Despite his friendship with Peter, Adam had been unable to do anything to help the man through his hard time in jail. Peter was clearly having it rough, but both of the men's personalities meant it was something that would never come up in conversation. They had an unspoken understanding to keep such matters to themselves. Adam's hard times in prison hadn't come from him suffering at the hands on fellow inmates, it was quite the opposite. Adam hadn't hesitated to torture and rough up any prisoner who threatened to get in the way of his own operations. He had a healthy source of customers on the inside so that couldn't be jeopardised. There had been brief moments when he'd felt some guilt over watching others suffer as a consequence of their addictions, but business was business and he couldn't afford to make exceptions.
Once back on the outside, Adam returned to his duties for the Porters. The drugs trade was at an all time high, so Adam was in his element. His time once again being shared between liaising with the Cubans whilst also working in New York as both an enforcer and bodyguard. He had to admit, over the years he grew to care about the family through his friendship with Peter. He wouldn't show it explicitly, but it mattered to him that his friends and allies made it out of every job alive. His friendship with Chase strengthened when the Cuban settled in New York and he was surprisingly interested in the developing relationship between his friend and their colleague, Jasmine.
The war against the Morettis ended in 1972, with Conor Sullivan signing over the New York empire to the Italians. With so many lives damaged and lost, even Adam had to admit the right decision was made in the end. Though he didn't like that his employer had made a business agreement with the Morettis he was loyal to the Sullivans and wished to remain working for the family. Over time, the business arrangement proved to be beneficial to all parties and though there would always be hatred on both sides, the distance between New York and Dublin made it easier to avoid direct conflict.
With the Sullivans having complete control over Dublin, there was little in terms of dangerous conflict. This has given Adam more time to relax and do things that aren't work-related. Being the godfather to Chase's children seemed to soften him a little, even if he would go to great lengths to deny it and salvage his macho street cred. Regardless, he has grown close to his godchildren and is protective over them. His godchildren, along with all of the other children affiliated with Conor Sullivan's business, have made Adam think a lot over the last few years about his regrets of never settling down to have a family himself.
Isabella Velazco - "Old Flame" -- Elena Velazco - Daughter
Chase Zegarra - Close Friend Jasmine Zegarra - Close Friend -- Michael Zegarra - Godson -- Emilia Zegarra - Goddaughter -- Safia Zegarra - Goddaughter Peter Callahan - Close Friend
Gambling (a soft sport for the horses)
Millwall Football Club
The sensation of a man's nose shattering beneath one's fist
Literally anyone who he views to be crossing or disrespecting him
Tony is a psychiatrist's dream, a boiling combination of a broken family, disadvantaged upbringing, and a bordering psychopathic tendency towards violence. Of course given the state of the last man who tried to psychoanalyse him, any psychiatrist who did want to try and tease out the coil webs of Tony's psyche would most likely want him quite safely restrained
The living embodiment of shoot now ask questions later, it always appears that Tony could be on the verge of another violent episode. Famous, or perhaps more correctly infamous, for his hair like trigger, snapping over seemingly the smallest or most inconsequential thing. Even more worrying is his incredibly dry sense of humour, and so you can never quite be sure whether he's pulling your leg or about to rip said leg off you.
Despite this deficiencies, Tony is loyal to a fault, he knows to keep his mouth shut, hardy enough to take a beating, and too prideful to open his mouth for a reward. Combined with his absence of any sort of empathy or moral compass, he may be a loose cannon, but he's a very useful one if pointed in the right direction.
Born Anthony Richard Harris, Tony grew up in the East End of London, Whitechapel to be precise. His father was a docker working the warehouses, whilst his mother was a seamstress. The East End was much like it was in the Victorian era, a deprived shit hole. His family had little to nothing in the way of money, and lived in a two room house. His father was an alcoholic and both an abusive husband and father, both Tony and his mother feeling the sting of his belt or the back of his hand whilst in his house. Then the war came that funnily enough brought 2 major improvements to 7 year old Tony. Firstly the implementation of rationing actually brought about an increase in the food he was receiving, in fact this was a trend in poorer communities with children’s health raising dramatically. The second major improvement came about through a German HE 111 medium bomber which managed to hit its designated in the Docklands with pinpoint accuracy, wiping out not only a substantial warehousing area, but also Tony’s father. With his father's abusive domineering presence, and his mother the same quiet personality that had been subject to his father's abuse, Tony essentially had no checks or balances which led him on his journey which would eventually lead to the Moretti crime family. Him and his mates started by looting the ruins of bombed out houses and buildings during the blitz and V1/V2 attacks. After the war they progressed onto more brazen crimes, muggings and break ins. Though never caught during this period, it was clear that on his current path, he was heading towards some sort of conviction.
This path was changed however once he turned 17, and the National Service Act of 1948 kicked in, stating that males between the ages of 17 and 21 would have to serve a minimum of 18 months in the military. This was in 1949, and as a result, a year into his service, the Korean War broke out. Shipped out to Korea with the Gloucestershire Regiment. It was at the Battle of Imjin River that he encountered the horrors of war, his Battalion was left with an effective strength of 109 men after 3 days of fighting against overwhelming odds. Whilst some men never recovered from the traumas, Tony was effected in altogether different way, he embraced what he saw. As a youth he had always been something of a thug, often in trouble at school for bullying or fighting, now he found a place where his violent side was nurtured and encouraged. As a result when his period of service came to an end, he was one of the few to sign up to the regulars, and thus entered the Parachute Regiment as a regular private, and went onto serve in the Suez Crisis, and Indonesia. Though praised for his actions under fire and in combat, he was reprimanded several times by officers for misconduct from bullying younger soldiers, showing impertinence towards superiors, and there was suspicion (though never proven) that he was part of a group that had stolen military supplies which were then sold for profit. However as in his youth there was never quite enough to convict him. As such he managed to retire from the army in 1967 at the age of 35 with an honourable discharge though still holding the rank of Private.
Having returned to Civilian life he soon returned to his own ways, and within a month of returning to London he has already fallen foul of a few old enemies, which had resulted in 2 bar brawls, a burnt down garage, and one body washing up on Putney dock (The man’s face was so badly beaten that they had to rely on dental records in order to identify the body). It was the second bar fight that forced Tony to leave London. The pub in question was an Irish one, Tony had turned up already steaming drunk and demanded a pint, which was of course refused. This small slight resulted in Tony throwing the barman through his own collection of spirits, and knocking out 2 of the regulars. It was only a week later that he discovered that the bar was owned and operated by an Irish Gang with strong roots throughout London, and they had Tony’s name on the top of one of their lists. Thankfully one of Tony’s old childhood friends put him in contact with an associate of an associate, a certain Mr Moretti based out in Miami who was looking for ex soldiers and cons for a move he was making in the Big Apple. With nothing to tie him down in London Tony accepted the ticket and with little more than a change of clothes departed Liverpool on a ship for Miami, but not before returning to the pub and burning it to the ground.
Having arrived in Miami Tony soon carved out a role as Moretti’s jack of all trades. Need a bruiser of a bodyguard to protect you and intimidate anyone else, Tony was your man. Need a business owner roughed up to make sure that from now on he would pay on time, Tony was your man. Need a nice public and violent message sent to ward off competitors, namely through their bodies being found in various parts of the city, and not all in one piece, then Tony was your man. Whilst he has enjoyed his time in Miami, he has been chomping at the bit to make it into the big league, New York, to be let loose against the real enemy.
Tony's arrival to the Big Apple coincided with outbreak of total war between the Sullivans and Morettis. This is what Tony had been after. Miami had long turned from an occupied territory into home soil. There was no challenge there, no mighty foe to be let loose against. Whilst with the Sullivans and Porters Tony found his challenger. He stalked the streets of the Big Apple, more often than not being partnered with the East Harlem Gang, Gabriel Moretti's enforcer to make sure that the war was dictated on his terms. His biggest scalp came in the form of James Porter's own half brother, Warren Taylor, blow to pieces whilst James stood but feet away, it was only a shame that James was the target, a failing that Tony held over himself even as others forgave him or laid the blame at other's feet.
As the war turned into a stalemate, clamours for peace began to rise, off an accord between the Morettis and Sullivans. Tony's voice was the loudest against such a plan. Blood and treasure had been split, great quantities of both in fact, but he claimed that final victory could be in their grasp, to not only take New York in its entirety, but to kill every last Irishman who stood in their way. They may have lost the men of East Harlem, but their conviction was now only stronger because of it, united only as Morettis. Unfortunately Tony was unable to continue to fly this banner. The Sullivans had long been hunting him, an increasingly large price on his head for the death of Warren. It was in an alleyway round the back of his flat that the hitman found him, half drunk and swaying, putting two bullets into his chest. One ended up cracking several ribs, and the second entered his right lung, collapsing it. Yet even as he fell to the floor, his shirt stained red, Tony let forth a reply, killing the would-be-assassin where he stood. But Tony did not emerge unscathed. 6 months he spent in hospital, fighting not only the injury, but several subsequent infections. And when he emerged, it was into a peaceful New York. The war was over.
As the years slipped by, Tony found post-war life increasingly difficult to adapt to. Gone were the skirmishes and pitched battles, and instead a rhythm of protection rackets and the odd shakedown. As well as this the pain from his injuries have lingered, a dull ache in his chest that he can not shake and haunts his every waking moment. Not to mention the dreams getting worse. Korea, Indonesia, Egypt, New York. Countless battlefields, countless wasted lives and horrific scenes, long kept at bay, his wounds appeared to have sapped his mental barriers, and the demons have begun to slip in. The alcohol that normally accompanied him to bed by choice is now a necessity in the path of seeking that blissful dreamless slumber. What began as whispers now grow louder as to how long the Morettis will be able to tolerate Tony. The Mad Dog was fine in a time of war, but now that peace has descended he tugs ever harder at his leash, and the fear of him turning on the hand that feeds him grows larger every day.
Gabriel Moretti - Boss
Teddy Wycliff - Best Friend
Madison Amelia Monaghan
(Maddie, Maddsie, Mads)
Age and Date of Birth:
27 (August 14, 1957)
Sexual Orientation & Relationship Status:
Heterosexual / Single
Location: (Dublin, London, or New York):
- fluent in Spanish
- determined overachiever
- very persuasive
black and white movies
swimming in deep water
cold and rain
Right after meeting and speaking to Maddie for a while, it has to be clear that she is smart and sharp as a tack. Her background never dragged her down, she never allowed it to happen and educated herself where her parents wouldn’t even lift a finger. She grew up to become an overachiever, trying to get everything she was denied before. Being a hard worker, she managed to claw her way up to the top even in class where males were prevalent. Maddie always knew she needed to work hard to make something of herself. Her perseverance and determination got her far and definitely a part of her success can be assigned to her inborn stubbornness and unwillingness to give up. She hates losing and will do anything to prevent that from happening.
Where people can see her as closed and hard to get along with, those who take their time to get to know her find out that she is actually a were pleasant person to be around. Inside of the court room, she doesn’t know a brother, walks across dead bodies to win and is ruthless, even cruel sometimes, to grant her client a win. But outside, she likes to relax and loves to entertain herself with stupid jokes and pranks. Maddie can be incredibly goofy when she feels good in a group of people. Sarcasm is her vernacular and she can be so blunt that sometimes it borders with rudeness though she always knows how to balance that. Once you get her on your good side, she will be a loyal friend to you and will protect you to death but if you make an enemy of her…well, let’s just say that she had enough of being quiet and not act. And she does handle a gun as well as she handles a flawless defense of a client.
Madison’s life was never supposed to be worth anything. She was born to Elizabeth and Marcus Monaghan when those two were at their lowest. Marcus was never worth anything, all he had was his imminent bad boy image and that was exactly what made Elizabeth fall for him. They were the high school sweethearts and naturally, they got married right after graduation. Marcus never knew how to lay low and he was that rebel without a cause to the bone. And in reality, he was the worst of the worst human scum on earth.
Marcus knew exactly who Elizabeth’s brother was and that he was married to Laura King. And since he couldn’t get any closer to the Kings, Elizabeth was his only chance. Distant. But a chance. When the woman got pregnant, neither of them really expected it. They spent all their money on cheap booze and any drug they could lay their hands on and a baby was a real cut in their budget. No wonder that once the little bundle of joy arrived, neither of them was exactly thrilled. By that time, Elizabeth was not exactly in her right mind. If they gave Madison up for adoption, her life would have been much better.
All babies cry. And usually, moms know how to calm them down. Elizabeth didn’t. She was annoyed by every louder sound Maddie made and she kept locking her in dark closets and this habit remained in the Monaghan family until Maddie was ten. Every louder sound, every sign of rebellion, disobedience, it all got her a trip to the closet where she would spend hours and hours, sitting in the dark. The girl learned to suppress her tears very well, when at home, she kept to herself, read a lot and even being this young, she understood that the life her parents were leading was no good.
The only thing why Maddie never became the same trash as her parents was that she got to hang out with her cousins a lot. She grew pretty close with them and visited every time she had a chance. It held her on the right track and ignited a desire inside of her that she needed more. More than a filthy apartment that smelled like cheap whiskey, more than hazy eyes that were not able to distinguish between the drug-infused dream and reality. More than her parents ever gave her. She never owed them anything. Not to her mother using closets as a cry remedy, not to her father who tried to teach her to swim by throwing her in a lake and laughed watching Maddie struggle for every breath.
The first chance she had, Maddie left that place, leaving everything and everyone behind. Despite everything, she was very much smart and worked her butt off at high school to earn a scholarship for law school. There simply had to be more in life for her than her past and the girl was determined to get it for herself.
In her last year of university, she met him. The one. The guy she felt was going to be her one and only. Don’t take her wrong, she dated before. But never did she feel it stronger than with Simon Gallagher. Maddie fell deeply in love with the man and after a year, she could almost hear the wedding bells. Simon was an artist, a beautiful soul, gentle, soft, romantic, like any hero from all those books Maddie had read as a teenager. He was like a dream come true and soon, the two moved in together and lived their fairy tale. Too good to be true you say? Exactly.
Simon liked to go out on his own. He said he was fishing for inspiration. And Maddie believed him because every time he returned, he spent hours in a small room, drawing, painting, creating. And in the morning, he always had a new work of art ready to sell. What Maddie found out a bit later was that Simon was indeed looking for inspiration. But he never found in in objects. He rather found it in Annie, Sarah, Jocelyn, Charles and quite a few girls and boys he met on his wanders. It shattered Maddie’s heart into million pieces. It was at the time when she got her first job in a law firm. A small job, but it was a job, right? But this was a low blow which she never expected. It took her an hour to pack and leave the apartment, closing her heart to any deeper feeling, thinking she was predestined never to be really loved.
Working in that law firm didn’t last long. Keeping an apartment, paying rent and actually living was almost impossible from her tiny wage. Her luck turned around a little bit. There was one time when her cousin Spencer needed help with his divorce and since she proved her worth right there, she got a chance to work for the King family full time as their family lawyer. Despite her shitty background, she was family and was given a chance. And Maddie never came to regret it. Not to her knowledge.
Elizabeth Monaghan (née Stewart) - mother Marcus Monaghan - father
Spencer King - cousin Alexander King - cousin William King - cousin Harper King - cousin
Karl Urban (Previously Baker Mayfield)
Slight Italian Twang
The Moretti Family
Underboss of the Moretti Family
Football (Particularly the Miami Dolphins)
Winding up his Older Sister
The Rolling Stones
Being seen as a failure (particularly in the eyes of his father)
The return to New York proved to be a turning point for young Marcus. The carefree life in Miami, of boardwalks, beaches and football, was left far far behind. Instead the grim realities of his father's job became apparent, and not just the rewards and life without want that came along with it. As the war progressed Marcus found himself finally getting the chance to work his way into his father's organisation, no longer just the remit for Tattiana. He was growing into this, as much as he missed Miami and his old life there. The attack on Val hit home however that life was dead and buried, and with it so was the old Marcus.
In many ways Marcus has inherited many of Gabe's traits. His ambition, single mindedness and at times pig headed belief in his own path. This has obviously led to clashes with his father as to the running of the organisation, one that he believes should be his sooner rather than later. The Crown Prince jostling in the wings. Luckily his relationship with the rest of his family remains relatively strong. With Valentina he is still almost overly protective, especially following the attack on her person by the former members of the East Harlem Gang, and whilst this does cause occasional chafing between them as she seeks to spread her wings and become involved in the family business, they still care about each other greatly, and he is often happy to dote upon his niece and nephew.
Marcus in the middle child, and so far only son of Gabriel and Elvian Moretti. Of the 3 Moretti children growing up, Marcus was by the far the most brash and willing to push the boundaries that had been set, whether this be by his father or by his older sister. As such his relationship with his parents and sister have been strained at times, made worse by the fact that Marcus is far too clever to break any of his father's rules, instead just pushing them to the very edge of breaking point. Whilst Valentina found solace in her own company, Marcus escaped the strict rules and regulations with his friends, often arriving back home a few scant minutes before curfew (and a few more times arriving some time after through his bedroom window) spending their nights on the Miami boardwalk with some drinks that they’d got an older sibling to purchase for them, something he definitely wasn’t open about with his parents, even though as he got older the surer he was that they must have had some idea as to what was really going on.
Through a combination of his charm, cockiness and looks he inherited from his parents, he was a popular kid at school, combined with his natural athletic ability he ended up as the high school quarterback, further inflating his ego. Whilst he was a pretty average student, his ability on the football field enabled him to secure a place at the University of Miami, ending up as the starting quarterback in his second year, in his mind fully nailing the American dream when it comes to succeeding at University. The university life suited him, late night parties, weekend games where he was the centre of attention, and the near constant presence of floozies and hangers on. His last summer at College however changed everything. The only thing that stood between him and an early grave was his father's appointment running over the allotted time. The news from New York of his extended family's demise hit Marcus hard. He realised that all the rules that his father had put in place, the tough life lessons, they were all there to protect him and help shape him for an unforgiving world.
Though the tragic event didn't warp or drastically change his personality, he found a new drive, to prove himself in the eyes of his father. To him the move to New York is the perfect way to prove himself in the eyes of his father, that he is no longer the carefree kid he once was, but ready to pick up the mantle of responsibility and do what is required.
Between leaving college and moving with his immediate family to New York he took a job with the University of Miami as a Fitness coach, that however has had to fall by the wayside, and he has arrived in New York without a job.
The war against the Porters and Sullivans saw Marcus getting fully involved in his father's business. It also saw a straining of the Moretti family unit, that in many ways was led by Marcus' conflict with his father over the plans he had made, and what those plans had wrought on the family. Whilst his threats to take the family back to Miami fell by the wayside, this did set Marcus apart and away from his father's shadow, able to grow as his own man. With the deaths Steve and his co-conspirators, Marcus was fully set on his new path, he was his father's son. And the family business would be his one day.
With Gabe's orchestrated peace, the Morettis assumed control over the Manhattan, with the surrounding territory split with the Biancardis, removing the Sullivan bad blood and largely allowing for bloodless co-existence, much needed after years of bloody conflict. The peace did not stifle Marcus however, and he continued to rise within the organisation, overtaking even Tatiana to sit as Gabe's second in command and heir apparent, fueled not only by his own skills and ambition, but also those of his new wife, the two driving each other to fly higher and higher. Even now there is something of a low level power struggle as Marcus attempts to slowly entice his father towards the door and usher in a new era for the Moretti family. With grandkids now in the picture, Marcus hopes that this will be just another pull on Gabe away. Even now a low level cold war seems to be settling in, as Marcus not only serves his father, but attempts to build his own power base, ensuring that any transition occurs smoothly.
Young though he is Marcus has his eyes set ever upwards. With his relative youth, ambition and loyal cohorts the sky is the limit.
Ava Moretti (Nee TBC) - Wife
Ava is by no means some sort of 'kept' wife, not one to just look after the homestead whilst Marcus is away. Their very first meeting proved that. Whilst he had attempted to swing in like some gallant knight when he saw her being accosted in that alleyway, by the time he got their the would be mugger was already sporting the beginnings of a black eye, Marcus simply finished the job. That was 5 years ago, and what was the start of their courtship. Despite hassling from his mother to hurry up, marry her, and start making her some more grandchildren, it was 3 years before he popped the question to her. Thankfully the answer was a yes, and for 2 years they have been happily married. The pair bounce off each other, each a mirror image in regards to their ambition and drive, pushing each other onwards. For Marcus Ava is the one he comes back to each day, validating his actions and decisions, soothing his fears and misgivings, his rock. The only thing missing so far is children, much to his mother's chagrin. Not for a want of trying however, but age for the time being is still on their side, and Valentina's kids are more than enough to keep them occupied in the meantime.
Gabriel Moretti - Father
Elvian Moretti - Mother
Tatiana Moretti - Older Sister
Valentina Wycliff (Nee Moretti)- Younger sister
Theodore Wycliff - Brother in Law
Christina Wycliff - Niece
Paolo Wycliff - Nephew
Sexual Orientation & Relationship Status
(Amazing youthful genes)
Chicago, mixed with some Irish.
Location: (Dublin, London, or New York):
New York... Rikers Island Prison
The Irish Mob
Prison Inmate - "Top Dog" - 1979 to Present
Former Boss of the Irish Mob - 1949-1971
Expert short and long-range shooting
Fixing and modifying cars
Fighting and physical strength
Leadership and management
Remembering tiny details
Driving... and cars in general
Succeeding and winning
Cigarettes and whiskey
Anyone who threatens his family/friends
Family/friends keeping secrets from him
Chaos and disorganisation
Liars and cheats
James is a very serious man, who likes to be focused and fully attentive to what is going on around him. Although he likes to hear a good joke, he rarely delivers any himself. In most situations, James is able to remain calm and think over his actions before retaliating to any provocation. That's not to say there will be no retaliation as he can deliver both a good beating and a convincing threat. If pushed enough, he has no issue with killing or taking drastic measures.
James is always willing to get his hands dirty and do a tough job himself. When it comes to defending his loved ones, he wouldn't hesitate to put himself in the firing line. He doesn't let anyone take him for a fool or attempt to cross him. He's strong-willed and not easily intimidated. He's a man who can kill with little hesitation and cut off his emotions when needed. The gang wars he's fought in throughout his life and the people lost as a result has made James a colder man, both professionally and personally. He has long since learned his rivals don't deserve his mercy, especially if they pose a threat to him or those he cares about.
If there's one person who could always calm and even command James, it's his queen, Lucy. James is deeply in love with his wife and respects her opinion on all matters. Though they may not all be his blood, James treats all of his kids with the same amount of love, care and attention. They mean the world to him and since the day he welcomed them into his home, he has cared about them. The most difficult part of being locked away in prison is not being able to see Lucy, his kids and his grandchildren. He thinks about them every day and wishes he could have spent more time with them on the outside.
James was born in Chicago and raised by his father, Ronan Porter. As a boy he worked for the Sullivans, an Irish gang residing in Chicago. Their main rivals were the Romanos of the more powerful Italian Mafia. Whilst his father provided muscle to the gang, James and his young friends would partake in petty thefts and less complex break-ins. James was 15 when his father was given a life sentence for murdering one of the Romano gang members. A couple of years later, the man was killed in prison after a fight broke out. James later learned the head of the Italian gang, Vincenzo Romano, had ordered Ronan's death.
Although James vowed to stay out of prison himself, he did end up serving two sentences in jail for theft and assault, during the early 1940s. James initially suffered torture and abuse in jail, thanks to Romano's contacts. Soon enough, he learned to block out pain and to cut fear from his mind. As he built up physical strength he also developed popularity amongst the inmates, ones he would later be able to use on the outside. After his second prison sentence, James became reacquainted with the Sullivans and began taking on more complex jobs. When the Irish Boss, Emmet Sullivan, realised James had a knack for fixing cars and was a competent bodyguard, he hired him as his chauffeur and hitman.
As time went on, James fell in love with his boss' daughter, Lucy Sullivan. Tired of the Romanos attacking the Sullivan family, the couple hatched a plan to assassinate Vincenzo at his own birthday party. Things didn't go quite as planned and Lucy killed the Italian Boss' wife, Gianna Romano. This lead to James being tortured twice; the second time he was tortured alongside his love, Lucy. The war between the two gangs only intensified and the Sullivan Boss - Lucy's father - Emmet was murdered by Giovanni 'Angel' Gambino. The following months were difficult for the Sullivans, with their enemies often attacking them and their businesses.
It was around the same time that James learned his own mother was Vincenzo Romano's cousin. It tore James apart to know he had the enemy's blood in his own veins, but he eventually bonded with his mother and accepted her as his family. James still maintained complete loyalty to the Sullivan family, acting as the new boss' (Conor Sullivan's) closest adviser and hitman.
Despite all of this, James proposed to Lucy and married her in the summer of 1949, just a few months after. It was at their wedding, that Angel attacked the family, injuring both James and Lucy. The gunshot wounds Lucy suffered made her unable to have children of her own. This devastated the married couple as they had been longing to start a family together. With James' soft spot for children without families or those with troubled childhoods like he'd suffered, he and Lucy decided to adopt instead. They would go on to adopt four orphans later that year: Delilah, Syd, Mallory and Arlo.
James remained loyal to Conor, but he could easily tell the Sullivan Boss was not capable of looking after the family business and the fact Conor was sleeping with Romano's daughter, Alex, didn't help matters. It was in the fall of 1949 that the Sullivans' war with the Romanos ended, when Conor stepped down and left the business in the hands of James and Lucy, believing they were the true leaders of the Irish Mob. James made an agreement with the Russian Mafia to take the Romanos down. They were successful in killing Vincenzo Romano, his brother, Salvatore, and son, Nicolo. James himself was the one to murder the Italian boss, up close and personal! Despite starting out life as a small time thief, James' tough life had gradually equipped him for leadership. Looking back, it seemed like it had been destined for him to end up as the boss of the mob.
In 1950, not long after watching the Romanos fall, James decided to move the Irish operations to Ireland, where they had more business opportunities and the chance for a clean start with their family. For ten years, things had been running relatively smoothly. James had built up the family's reputation and had maintained close ties with allies forged internationally. James was known to be a man of action and one who wouldn't hesitate to switch off his emotions to punish anyone caught crossing him.
In 1959, the Porters faced the first real challenge they had since their time in Dublin. It started when James refused Ciara Hennessy, the leader of the Irish Workers' Union, when she asked for explosives to use during her protests against the politicians. Knowing the woman was mentally unstable and innocent lives could be caught up in her actions, he was unwilling to help her. Ciara, along with the IWU, soon turned against the Porters and she tried to use James' own brother, Elijah, against him. After a series of attacks against the Porters, Ciara's presence came to an end when she was arrested for attacking and wounding a police officer who had been in the process of arresting Elijah, who had for murdered a man who'd taunted him in a pub. Elijah was locked up in a mental facility indefinitely and Ciara was taken to a women's prison.
The war with the IWU was far from over as Jared Armstrong, the manager of the IWU's factory - base of operations - stepped out of the shadows having waited for Ciara to slip up. As leader of the union, Jared set his sights on the position of the Mayor of Dublin, believing such a title would allow him to give the IWU more power. After successfully assassinating the Mayor but failing to kill James in the process, the war between the Porters and the IWU intensified. During that time, the Porters lost a number of their friends and gang members, including Thomas Dempsey who was gunned down during a meeting between the Porters and the IWU. When Jared lost the election, he, his family and his loyal employees were slaughtered by the IWU. The Union was answering to Gideon Burnell, a man who had been pulling the strings for some months. The IWU's war on the Porters intensified, with the Union set out to take control of as much of the Porters' empire as they could.
In 1960, James and Lucy welcomed into the world their first biological child, a son they named Thomas. For a couple of weeks, James was able to find happiness with the new addition to the family. However, after walking into a trap set up by the IWU, James was hospitalised by Gideon. During his time recovering, James was approached by Gweneth Sheehan, who informed him she was his half-sister; the two of them sharing the same father.
With Commissioner Morris elected a few months earlier, the Gardai began acting on the man's pledge to rid the city of crime. The cops set their sights on the gangs around the city and the IWU. When they IWU were gone, the Porters found themselves under closer watch by the Gardai, finding themselves having to be more careful even with the IWU out of the way.
In 1965, the Boss of the Irish Mob in New York, Liam Sullivan, was murdered by an enemy of the family. It had always been his wish for the Porters to take control of the business if something happened to him. With business in Dublin becoming more difficult with the cops doing their job, for once, James didn't need much convincing to take over operations in New York, leaving some of his trusted men and women to keep control of things in Ireland. In 1969, James had Francesco Moretti and his family wiped out in an explosion during the Italian's birthday party; both in retaliation for Liam's murder and to stop the Morettis from becoming a threat to the business.
Although it seemed like order had been restored and the Irish Mob were firmly ruling New York, a new war began in 1971. It soon came to light that not all of the Morettis had been killed back in 1969. Francesco's brother, Gabriel Moretti had survived the mass assassination, along with his wife and three children. The Italian had been hiding out in his Miami stronghold until he was ready to wage war on the Porters in 1971. The remaining Morettis, along with the East Harlem Gang, Stefano Carriveau and Maddox Parker all joined forces to try destroy the Irish Mob from within. The first real casualty had been Arlene Sullivan, who was brutally murdered by Alistair Sawyer and Ethan Turner of the East Harlem Gang. Then his own son, Syd, had been dragged into it. His counsellor, Maddox, had manipulated him enough to then push him to the brink of suicide. Thankfully, Syd's godfather, Jackson, arrived in the city in time to stop the troubled young man from killing himself.
Despite his family and heart pleading with him to retire, James refused to quit, believing he owed it to his family and employees to fight the war in New York - a war he knew he was largely to blame for. However, when his brother, Warren, was killed in an explosion that had been intended to kill James, he took the death hard and finally stepped down from his position after decades of fighting. With Conor in charge, James was finally able to retire and after a few months of struggling, he finally got used to his new life with his family and without the constant stress of leading the mob. It helped that his first grandchildren, Jane and Jeanie, were born to keep James and Lucy distracted when babysitting. Following the arrival of their granddaughters, James and Lucy officially adopted Olivia after the recently orphaned girl expressed her wishes to have them as her parents.
When Jackson was killed in action early in 1972, it sent shockwaves through the family. Not only had the man been a close friend but also Syd's godfather. James struggled through grieve upon losing another loved one and in such a short space of time. So when Conor finally took the decision to surrender and accept Gabriel Moretti's offer to sell the New York empire and return to Dublin, James was relieved. New York had become a burden more than anything, so a life back in Dublin was appealing.
James settled into his Dublin life, finally enjoying the normality of simply being a husband, father and grandfather. Everything had been going well until fresh evidence was found linking him to the case of a murdered New York cop in 1971. James was extradited to New York where he was eventually charged and sentenced for the police officer's murder. James was incarcerated in Rikers Island prison, where he would spend the rest of his life.
The first few months of his jail sentence had been the worst. Whilst he was relatively popular amongst many of the inmates, it was the prison wardens who made his life hell - they didn't exactly look kindly on cop killers and gang leaders. Between lengthy stints in solitary confinement and regular beatings, James had to force himself to stay strong, just as he had been made to do the first time he was incarcerated over three decades earlier. A opportunity for survival came from an unlikely source, when Gabriel Moretti offered him a deal to not only make his life easier in prison but also to ensure the Irish family members still residing in New York were protected. James agreed to the deal, which put him in control of the drugs and contraband trade within the prison walls. After a few years, James has been practically running the prison, with wardens and inmates alike learning to respect him to avoid his or Moretti's wrath. It still comes with risks and every so often other inmates challenge his position, but so far James had managed to maintain his power behind bars. Although resigned to the fact he was never intended a peaceful life, James spends much of his alone time missing his family and wishing he could grow old by Lucy's side...
Ronan Porter - Father [Deceased] Rayna Caito - Mother
Lucy Porter - Wife -- Delilah Porter - Adopted Daughter -- Syd Porter - Adopted Son ---- Jane and Jeanie Porter - Granddaughters ---- Jack Porter - Grandson -- Mallory Porter - Adopted Daughter -- Thomas Porter - Son -- Olivia Sullivan-Porter - Adopted Daughter
Sexual Orientation & Relationship Status:
Nicole Kidman (Originally Amber Heard)
Chicago mixed with Irish
Location: (Dublin, London, or New York):
James Porters Wifey/Mother/Auntie/Grandmother
Eternal Youth (lololol inside joke)
Quick on her feet
Handy with a gun
Being a mother
Being a grandmother
Being separated from her family
Lucy used to be young in every sense of the word, personality, experience, and looks. She's grown tougher and wiser with the experiences she had back in Chicago, Dublin, and New York. She is stubborn and very observant, so if something about someone rubs her the wrong way, she will find out what dirt you are hiding. Her family brings out the best in her and she often praises her husband for the woman she is today, knowing if they never crossed paths in the way they had, she might not even be around and on top like she was now. Lucy is a natural charmer, not having to act or put on a face in the social spotlight. Since her first kill back in Chicago, Lucy hasn't feared the thought or action of ending a life, if the situation called for it learning well how to shut out the guilt she often felt as a younger woman. As a mother, Lucy is very attentive to her children, perhaps sometimes too attentive. She means well, having fallen in love with her adopted children the first day they brought them home. Motherhood changed Lucy in a way that she can't often express. Being a grandmother has changed her as well, she's far more patient and understanding with them than she was with her own kids.
Lucy was born on October 3rd, 1925, the firstborn child and daughter of Emmett and Shannon Sullivan. Most of her childhood was spent staying out of the family business, much like her father intended for his daughters. She often helped her mother look after her younger siblings, becoming very close to them. As she grew older, Lucy realized that her father wanted her to have nothing to do with the business, overlooking her and instead of looking to Conor, the second oldest child. Although it irked her to no end, her father's words were final and for many years, she stayed out of the family business, doing her own thing and staying out of the way.
James Porter and Lucy had a simple relationship before anything serious started, often flirting with one another the two grew closer as the family struggles deepened. After the Romano's took a step too far, Lucy proposed a plan to James to kill Vinnie Romano, wanting to end the feud once and for all, he agreed and the pair had executed a plan on the night of the Boss' birthday. Gianna Romano was killed that night and Lucy lived with the guilt for a while. James and herself were tortured for their crime against the Romano family along with her older brother Conor.
Needless to say, the two had history and on the night of Gianna's death, a new relationship was born. Lucy married James in the Summer of 1949, a day that she would never forget when Giovanni Gambino gunned James and herself down at the altar, leaving her unable to have children of her own. They struggled with this news as the War between the Romano's and Sullivan's was at its peak and with Conor struggling with his position, in the end, having to choose between his relationship with Alex Romano and protecting the family, he handed over the business to James and their families, rival, Vinnie Romano and his family (besides Alex) were killed and soon after Lucy and Conor had sent Alex along with her surviving friends on a train out of the city, and hasn't been heard from since then.
After all, was over between the Romano's and the Sullivan's, the Porters decided to adopt three siblings, who they love as their own, and have loved since the moment they were brought home. Soon after, James had decided to move the business back to Ireland and Lucy supported this greatly, now almost having been there for a decade, it is was like they never left and Chicago never really existed. Lucy knows it did of course, and in the back of her mind, she often thinks of the years of struggle and hardships it took to get to this moment in her life where she was nothing but happy. She wonders every day what she has done to deserve her husband, her kids, and family and friends, and strives to keep everyone around her safe and sound. Years of being a mother have made her life rather settle now, the craziness she experiences back in Chicago was a thing of the past and now things are mellow, she is a mother first and foremost, for now, leaving the exciting life of being a part of the mob operations behind but that doesn't mean she won't return to it if necessary. 10 years had passed and they were living peacefully in Dublin, things were going great, even being blessed with the news that their youngest, Thomas had been conceived despite the fact that it was near impossible. Of course, they had more problems dealing with like the IWU, but that drama came and went and things went right again before they all decided to move to New York.
Things in New York were quiet for a while until the Morettis stepped in, once again her family found themselves trapped in war that didn't seem like it was going to end. In the middle of it, she had finally convinced her husband that it was time to retire and let Conor take over as boss. Things only seemed to get worse from that point on up until her brother decided that enough was enough, taking the deal that Gabriel Moretti had offered both her husband and her brother in the first place. Lucy was more than relieved to leave New York behind to return to the familiar territory of Dublin. While Syd had his own family, Mallory and Delilah were in London with her mother and Thomas was growing up to become his own man, James and herself took the time to travel for many years and Lucy thought they were going to spend the rest of their days happy in retirement. That was up until James was arrested and sent back to New York in 1979. The decision to leave the rest of her family in Dublin was difficult, especially since Syd was having a hard time looking after his kids on his own during his time with them due to his separation from his ex-girlfriend Roxie. But Lucy decided to leave a few months after James arrest with Olivia, moving back to New York across the water from Riker's Island in Queens.
Now Lucy has lived with Olivia for 5 years, always taking some time to go and visit those in Dublin when she can, making sure she still helps her children when they need her despite having a difficult time with James' prison sentence.
Sexual Orientation & Relationship Status:
Heterosexual / Single
Machine Gun Kelly
Location: (Dublin, London, or New York):
- attention to detail
- steady hands
- firearms training
- hand to hand combat
- expert on explosives
pistachio ice cream
anyone threatening his daughter
being said no
sitting around for a long time
not having anything to do
Although people can think that Nolan is nothing but a dumb street thug, judging by his appearance, in reality, he is pretty smart, just hides it because he simply loves when fuckers underestimate him. His job requires precision and steady hand which he definitely possesses. Nole is a perfectionist when it comes to work and is able to tinker with his toys for hours, perfect them polish them until he knows they are the best version of what they can be. He hates disorganization around his workplace, everything has its place and god help those who touch his stuff. He is a little rough around the edges but inside, he is quite a softie if you know how to approach him. And Charlie definitely knows how to make her rough dad a total teddy bear.
But make no mistake, the man can definitely deliver a punch and his fuse is known to be quite short. He is hot-headed and pretty reckless, will take any job, no matter how dangerous. He’s always been living on the wild side and says that if he has to day, it will be feet kickin’ and guns blazin’. He is a pretty quick learner, wields various firearms but also can handle himself in hand to hand combat. When it comes to anything that belongs to him, Nole can get extremely possessive and jealous, which always brings the worst qualities in him. But all it takes is a little TLC and the man is calm again. No matter how fast he gets angry, he can relax just as fast.
Nolan was born in the family of mechanic Charles Banner and his wife, elementary school teacher Emily. Emily was told she was never going to be able to bear kids so imagine her surprise when one day, her pregnancy test showed a positive result. Charles took exceptional care of her and made sure that the pregnancy went without problems. Thankfully, Emily brought a wonderful baby boy to this world and Nolan remained an only child because his parents didn’t want to poke fate again. They simply raised their son as best as they could and there was nothing extremely off in the first five years of Nolan’s life.
Shit hit the fan when his father lost his job. The family was never exactly wealthy but they got by. However, with the father unemployed and living only from mom’s teacher’s salary, the budget was significantly reduced. For Charles, it was difficult to find a new job as there was plenty of other mechanics, much younger and more skillful ones. Due to his age, no one was keen to hire Charles and more and so the man started to look for answers on the bottom of every bottle he could get. The happy family was not so happy anymore.
Nolan still remembers all days when dad came home and mom just grabbed the kid and hid him in the bathroom while she herself had to face her husband, encouraged by alcohol. At first, it was just verbal abuse but it soon grew into physical attacks which were getting more and more brutal with every next time. Mom was going around the house with black eyes and busted lips all the time but every time that happened, next morning, Charles was hugging her, cuddling her in his arms, asking her for forgiveness. And Emily, loving wife she was, always forgave him only to get another beating three days later.
Later, Charles didn’t stop with hitting his wife only but also assaulted young Nolan. For three years, the boy suffered the abuse. Then he turned eighteen and decided it was just enough. For those three years, he was not just sitting at home. He went to a small local gym, worked out and learned how to throw a punch properly. Until that one day Charles lifted his hand on mom again. Nolan stopped just watching but held father’s hand and fought back. And then again. And again. Charles was enraged that his son dared to oppose him and it only fueled his anger. Nolan was determined to protect himself and mom until his last breath. Only it was not his last breath that was let out that day. Nole shoved his father away in one of their countless fights and in his drunken haze, Charles stumbled over his own legs and hit his head against the table. The man was dead on the spot.
Wanting to protect her only child, Emily made Nolan swear he would never ever reveal the truth and signed the confession in his place. Nolan was devastated and he tried to convince mom not to do it but Emily, who prayed for a child for so long, couldn’t watch her son to ruin his life and she herself was locked up for involuntary manslaughter. But from that moment on, Nolan was never the same. He changed, took on his real bad boy attitude, got his tattoos and started to run with the wrong crowd.
It was then when he met Molly. She was beautiful. Everything a man could want in a girl. A real goddess with her long raven hair reaching to her waist. Nolan fell for her immediately and the two hit it off right away. One could say that Molly loved him very much as well. They lived as they were. Young and wild and free. No limitations, nothing standing in their way, the world was their stage. It was about that time when Nolan started to be interested in explosives. The little local gang he was a part of decided to rob a few places around the city but they wanted to approach it differently than skimasks and yelling. That was when bombs entered the game. Nolan got immediately interested and thanks to his love for tinkering and puzzles, he only took a few weeks of learning and studying mechanisms to be able to put together an efficient little explosives. Sure, he never stopped with that and wanted to know more and more.
As he was getting better in his field, life with Molly was becoming pretty casual. It felt like he knew her his whole life. They were planning their life together, their future. And then he got her pregnant. Molly never planned to have kids, it was just not for her. She simply wasn’t the motherly type. But Nole convinced her to keep the baby, to give it a shot. And she did. For a while. She even gave birth to their daughter. After one week, Nole came home. The place was loud and little Charlie was crying her lungs out. A proper set of pipes on that one. But Molly was nowhere to be found. The bitch bailed on their little family only to be never heard about ever again.
Nolan was heartbroken but he knew he had to figure shit out. If not for him, then definitely for Charlie. Knowing what a shitty father meant, Nolan promised to raise his kid right. He still kept his career, tinkered with anything that came around but bombs remained his favorite. Charlie was always by his side, she was curious little thing and Nole was teaching her everything he knew from early age. The girl never played with dolls but she was able to name every car parked on their street and had a great passion for comic books. When Nolan took the job to work for the King family, Charlie, naturally, went with him and maybe now he would be able to give his little girl the life she always deserved.
Emily Banner - mother (in prison) Charlotte "Charlie" Banner - daughter
Name: Charlotte "Charlie" Banner Age/Date of Birth: 5 (May 17, 1979) Face Claim: Nikki Hahn (as a kid) Accent: London Personality: lively - chatty - amicable - stubborn - outspoken - confident Likes: daddy, fixing cars (watching rather than doing it), sweet tea, comic books, apple pie Dislikes: eating her veggies, skirts and dresses, foul smells, bright colors, large crowds Extra: Charlie is not a typical girlie girl, living only with her dad taught her a thing or two and she is more interested in cars, repairs and taking things apart only to put them back together in a much more elaborated way, never played with dolls but she has an extensive collection of toy cars and comic books, wants to become a superhero when she grows up
Though he may not act like it half the time, Billy is a highly intelligent person. In the face of hard work, he would rather rise to the challenge than shift responsibility to somebody else and won’t stop until it’s done. His focus often reaches obsessive levels, letting projects eat into his hours of rest and neglecting or getting irritable at anything or anyone that gets in his way, even including people he loves. The energy Billy possesses is visible in every aspect of his personality, from his work ethic to his flamboyant laughter, his get-up-and-go attitude to his impassioned temperament. Billy isn’t one to hold back and will speak his mind regardless of whether he expects it to cause offense. As for his own sensitivities, he loves relationships packed with banter and roughhousing, but can be easily wound up if he is deep in the middle of a task or simply in a serious mood. He is a very organised, meticulous person who has set ways of arranging and doing things, and if somebody ruins it he is known to fly off the handle.
While generally confident and self-assured in most areas of his life, his biggest insecurity is in how others view him. Growing up at a time of rampant hate crimes against the gay community and now with growing fears surrounding the AIDS epidemic, Billy is terrified of being perceived as homosexual. More still, he is terrified of the intrusive feelings he has about men, which he conceals under the pretence of being a womaniser. Although naturally charismatic and charming, he focuses his charms on women in particular to help steer his reputation in the direction he wants. Being raised in a male-dominated household inspired him to devote more time towards his traditionally masculine interests over any traditionally feminine ones. With no mother figure present, he had only his older brothers and his uncle to model himself on, but while that may have added some pressure on him in how he presents himself, his obsession with masculinity has made him grateful for their influence.
Aside from the stories from his older brothers and his Uncle Bruce, Billy’s account of his earliest years is largely blank. With an emotionally distant father and an unstable mother with a worsening drug addiction, the King children weren’t raised on a foundation of love and support, but instead one of neglect. Responsibility ended up falling on the shoulders of his eldest brother, Spencer, who was 13 years old when their father took off one day, never to return. Billy always found it ironic that his strongest memory of his father was the day he found out he wasn’t coming home. By that point, he had become so used to relying on Spencer that when their mother died of a drug overdose when Billy was just four years old, it hardly affected him - in fact, it was something of a blessing in his innocent eyes, because from that day forth the children were passed into the care of their Uncle Bruce, who supported them through to adulthood. Having lost his wife and unborn child in a car accident, Bruce treated the four siblings as his own children, and so Billy quickly adapted to viewing him as their father.
As a result of Spencer’s disruptive behaviour at school and of their being from a broken home, Billy’s reputation preceded him. Although he was bright and hard-working, the teachers always expected him to be hard to handle and treated him as such, dismissing his efforts and finding any excuse they could to put him in detention. Billy could have given up, but instead he decided to rise above it in his own way, and became something of a class clown. No matter how much teachers despised him, his grades refused to fall and in the end it surprised nobody when he went on to earn a degree in Architecture.
With Bruce being the boss of the London mob, the King family had a bond unlike any other family Billy knew. They looked out for each other, carried secrets with unquestionable loyalty and became a strong family unit out of which Billy never intended to break. Despite his popularity at school, Billy would always put his family first and with his studies also a high priority of his, not even studying at a nearby university could save a few of his closest friends from falling off his radar. Billy was halfway through completing his degree when he reconnected with one of his oldest friends, David, at a party in Soho. From the day they first met in primary school, the two were inseparable - until David moved up north to study at the University of York. They had gradually lost touch after five years apart, so when Billy learned that he had come back to London, they started doing everything together.
Swept up in the joy of having his best friend back, Billy didn’t notice David’s change in behaviour. To him, everything seemed normal - until one night, on their way back from a party, David kissed him. He confessed to Billy that he had been in love with him for as long as he could remember and was tired of pretending that he felt anything less. Having grown up in a time when homosexuality was a criminal offense, Billy had witnessed first hand violent acts of homophobia, and, added to the fact that the first few cases of AIDS had begun to make headlines, Billy was so shaken at the thought of becoming a target that he shut David down immediately. He decided to cut ties with David and tell nobody what had happened, hoping to take it to the grave. It took some effort to shake him off - after Billy refused to take his calls, David eventually came to his door to try and repair their relationship, but Billy couldn’t look at him in the same way anymore and fought off the man’s efforts with physical force. David never turned up on his doorstep after that. Two years later, in 1983, Billy found out that the man had fallen victim to the AIDS epidemic and passed away.
Now, Billy has settled into a secure position working for the family business, not just in their pharmaceutical chain, King Remedial, which serves as a front for cocaine distribution, but also undertaking some of the darker duties of the mob. On a more innocent level, he also works as a freelance architect, although he is cautious when choosing who to work with. As for romance, Billy has made no plans to settle down with anyone. Ever since the situation with David, he has made more efforts to surround himself with women, in case any man should ever mistake him for anything other than heterosexual. But there has never been any particular woman that has held his interest past the point of sobering up, and certainly none that he ever missed or thought about in bed. As far as he is concerned, he doesn’t need to settle down any time soon - he has his work and his family, and that’s enough for him.
Bruce King - Uncle
Spencer King - Eldest brother
Alexander King - Older brother
Harper King - Younger sister
Shona King - Sister-in-law
Callum King - Nephew
Ozzy Taylor - Cousin
Savannah Callahan - Callum's mum
Born in New York to Arlene Sullivan and Julian Van de Berg, Olivia is half American and half Dutch, though by now many people assume she is of Irish decent. Adopted by Jack Sullivan, Arlene was involved with the Irish Mob since being a child, along with her adoptive-brother, Liam. However, it was during her pregnancy that Arlene decided to distance herself from the business, taking on more administrative jobs rather than the dangerous missions she'd always thrown herself into. Olivia's father was arrested for fraud and sent to prison before she was born. She was still a baby when Julian was killed during a prison brawl.
Arlene decided to move away from New York so she could bring Olivia up in a safer environment. With the help of her family, she set up a new identity and moved to Connecticut with Olivia, where the enemies from her past would struggle to find her. Things went well for a few years, with Arlene working at a casino and dating a man named Patrick. He was a man free of criminal ties and that helped Arlene to try give Olivia a normal life, even if the woman did miss the action once in a while. In 1971, Arlene was abducted by members of the East Harlem Crew. After watching Patrick being beaten and tortured, she came face-to-face with someone from her past. In a failed assassination many years earlier, Arlene had failed to kill Ethan Turner but instead murdered his wife. In the hands of Alistair Sawyer and Ethan, she was forced to watch as Patrick was killed, before she too was tortured and murdered by the vengeful Ethan Turner.
Even as a child, Olivia had been made aware by her mother of their family's mob ties and the dangers that faced them. So when Arlene went missing, Olivia had no doubts her mother was dead. Orphaned, Olivia was taken in by Lucy and James Porter. For months, the child's outgoing and upfront nature was buried away by her grief. It took a while, but being around her cousins and the family pets especially helped her to come out of her shell. When she felt comfortable enough, she agreed for the Porters to adopt her, accepting Lucy and James as her new parents.
When the Irish Mob left New York and returned to Dublin, along with James having retired, Olivia was able to settle into something resembling a normal childhood. She and Natasha went to the same school, as well as being friends at home. As she got a little older, Olivia was keen to be as strong as her mother was so asked James to train her to fight and use guns. Whilst she was able to bond with Lucy on many other things, the training was the best way Olivia had found to bond with James. Everything was going well until she was 13, when James was extradited to New York and jailed for life. Despite having friends and family in Dublin, Olivia didn't hesitate to return to New York with Lucy.
In New York, Olivia soon settled into high school, asserting her confidence from the first day to ensure her she obtained a high status with her peers. Through a balance of friendliness and dominance, she was able to secure her popularity throughout her school, having many close friends and a number of boyfriends over her teenage years. Although she came out of school with good grades, Olivia didn't wish to continue with further education. In the back of her mind, she has always expected to follow in Arlene's footsteps at some point and work for the family business. As such, she went straight into working, able to incorporate her interests into a career, by training as a fitness instructor.
For now, Olivia is happy with her life in New York, wanting to be close to Lucy and able to visit James in prison. Although, she does miss the rest of their family and looks forward to every trip back to Dublin. She only hopes that one day she can have a role within the mob, be it in New York or Dublin...
Arlene Sullivan** - Biological Mother [Deceased] Julian Van de Berg - Biological Father [Deceased] Liam Sullivan - "Uncle" [Deceased]
Lucy Porter - 1st Cousin, Once Removed & Adopted Mother James Porter - Adopted Father -- Syd Porter - Adopted Brother -- Delilah Porter - Adopted Sister -- Mallory Porter - Adopted Sister -- Thomas Porter - Adopted Brother
Conor Sullivan - 1st Cousin, Once Removed/"Uncle" Aliana Sullivan - "Aunt" -- Michelle Romano - Cousin -- Leo Sullivan - Cousin -- Rhiannon Sullivan - Cousin -- Sydney Sullivan - Cousin
Aliana has gone through many different personality changes over the years due to her experiences and changes in status. With her children, she's become both a stern and free-going parent. When she puts her foot down with them, she does her best not to budge and will get upset if her father or Conor undermines her authority whether it be by accident or on purpose. She's adopted characteristics of her mother in terms of speaking in riddles sometimes when she wants her kids to think about things, often having to stop herself from doing so. She's very loving towards them, wanting to make sure they know just how much she loves and cares about them and there are times where she can be seen spoiling them. She tries to make sure she splits her attention between the three of them equally ensuring no one feels left out. There are times she can be over-protective, especially of Leo now that he's older and can work for his father. Ali has been keeping a close eye on both her husband and son for fear of losing either one of them. She keeps it to herself as she doesn't want to worry them, but it is a fear she holds.
Her relationship with her husband seems to get stronger with each major event in their life. She's learned to communicate with him in a way that doesn't end in an argument, though sometimes it does end in an intense conversation. More so because of how passionate they can get about the topic, but not because they're upset with each other. Nowadays it's rare that they do get in arguments, but it does happen. After promising to do better and be there for her husband more, she has become even more supportive than she has been in the past. Ever since Conor left prison and they got back together, she has been trying to prove she will always be there for her husband and never leave him alone again. They're still loving and flirtatious, Ali often acting the same way she did when they first met each other when they have time alone with each other. Ever since her heart attack, she makes sure to schedule breaks for the two of them so she doesn't have another and so Conor doesn't have one at all.
As for as other people go, she's still the sarcastic, strong Ali they all know and love. Her family members and people loyal to their family she holds close to her heart and she cares deeply about them. The same way she would for her children, she would die for her nieces and nephews. She's taken Lucy's role as the homemaker and often has to take of everyone, which she is happy to do. At first, it was strange but now, with help from Lucy, she has settled into the role quite nicely. There are times where she will give her opinion on certain things without being asked to, but it is always coming from a place of love. She doesn't do much judging, knowing that times are changing and has certainly been apart of that change.
Aliana Marie Cartwright was born May 17th, 1932 to Seana and Allen Cartwright in New York. Of course, it was a rough time to be born as an interracial child but with Allen's reputation and hold in their community, she didn't have to experience much of that hardship. Her parents always taught her to be strong and to defend herself against anyone and anything, especially growing up in a mob. While her parents were strict, they still allowed Ali to have fun and live her life the way she wanted. However, that sometimes meant getting into trouble with her mouth. With her mother gone for a while, Allen taught her how to see the world and be strong, and to stand up for other people. There was one time where a friend of hers, Christina, was being berated harshly by her father. While she knew what discipline was, something in her told her that this was not discipline but abuse. At the young age of 7, Ali went up to the man and pushed him as hard as she could away from her. Of course, her small body against this big burly man was going to do nothing for her so, in an irritated rage, he smacked her. When she got home there was a small scratch and Allen lost his shit. After his arrest, she knew how much her father loved her and that she was the reason he ended up there in the first place. It was then that she asked her mother to teach her how to defend herself and she complied.
When Allen got arrested Ali was only 10. Allen would miss the next 29 years of his daughter's life and while she understood, it still made her upset and hold some resentment towards him. She still sent him letters and does to this day. She and her mother moved to Dublin, Ireland, where they were taken care of by the family. They needed to get away from everything that was going on and Seana wanted a new start. At 20, her mother adopted a young boy named Leonard McGrath after his family was killed and they took care of him. Leo became very important to Ali, more so than Seana and Ali would take care of him after their mom moved away. From then on, Ali would live her life as the owner of 'Sky Haven' and become close to the Porter, Sullivan, and Callahan family; she especially became close to Conor Sullivan.
For the next few years, she and Conor would have an FWB relationship, keeping all emotions out of it. Until, of course, she was unable to. When the two broke it off on account of the mother of his child, Alex, showed up, she began to feel all sorts of emotions. She knew she had to move on, she couldn't compete with his new family and she wasn't going to try. Instead, she found a new distraction in Thomas Dempsey. He made her question herself and her own emotions about him and the new feelings she had inside. She had readied herself to give in to her instincts to just try it this once until he was killed and taken from her. There's a diamond bracelet he gave to her that she always wears and does to this day. It took her weeks to get over it, but luckily she had Conor to help her grieve after they had a conversation about their feelings for each other. Ali was then given the opportunity to help launch an attack on the men who had killed Tommy and this created a new person.
Months later, she would feel as if things were going great in her life. The IWU was still causing problems, but they didn't directly affect her until it was brought into her restaurant. While she was out solving an issue, Leo was out front handling an issue of his own. Moments later she heard gunshots and was heartbroken to find it was her own brother who had been shot. For months she was not the same Ali she used to be, but with the support of her mother, Conor, Lucy, Blake, and Sinead, she was able to become herself again. The real turning point had been Syd, the only person who saw just how bad she had gotten after his death. She wasn't sure why it had been Syd, but she was glad the teen's words were able to help her get back on her feet and become a tougher version of herself. The turning point of her relationship with Conor had come when the two of them were out for dinner, along with Sinead and Peter, and two IWU members were hassling them. Conor had lost his temper while defending the women, leading Ali to kill a member of the IWU and she did so without hesitation. She had killed for Conor and this would be the first time she acknowledged that she was completely in love with him.
Soon they would have a child, Leo, and get married. Once Leo was born, she convinced Conor that they should move away from their past and start a new life and he agreed. Living in New York, while they still got involved in some things, it wasn't completely heavy. Conor made a promise to Ali that she would never have to speak to him through prison bars, that he wouldn't be like Allen. But when he lost his temper and landed himself in jail, Ali was very hurt and decided to separate from him. She allows Leo to go and visit, not wanting to deprive him of his father, with his grandmother. The one time she did visit him it turned sour very quickly, no doubt because of minor misunderstandings but it did cause Ali to threaten to take Leo away from him. It was a threat she now regrets ever making, knowing how much that could have hurt him and while he was trying to recover. At the time she was just very upset with him, heartbroken even, and wanted to hurt him as much as he hurt her.
Conor's return hadn't been a pleasant one for her, seeing as the day he was released she had been hungover from the previous night. She was drowning her feelings and emotions in something that helped her not think about things for a brief moment. Not only that, but it seemed like all they did was argue whenever they were in the same room. For a long time, it seemed like they really were going to get divorced until the idea of marriage counseling was suggested. When they saw Dr. Louise Summers, it seemed like a lot of the issues actually stemmed from the beginning of their relationship, something Aliana herself hadn't even recognized. But with her help, the two of them were able to get their marriage back on track to the point where they agreed on having another child.
As much as Aliana wanted to leave the gang life like her two sisters-in-law, she knew that with Conor stepping up that would never happen. She had broken down in tears when Conor broke the news to her, her dream of leaving utterly crushed. Despite how she felt about it, she still supported her husband and took on Lucy's duties as head of the family. Life in New York had been rough in trying to acclimate without Sinead around, but luckily she was able to turn to Lucy for guidance. After not being there for her husband while he was in prison, Ali made sure not to make the same mistake this time around when he became the boss. She made sure to let her husband vent to her, confide in her, and whatever else he needed when asked. This time when he needed her she was going to be around and support him. When he needed advice she made sure to be completely honest and not just tell him things she thought he wanted to hear. Nothing was sugarcoated between herself and her husband like they may have been in the past.
After Jackson's death, she was told their family was moving back to Dublin. Ali was filled with nothing but mixed emotions about returning to the place where she had lost so much, afraid of subjecting her children to the past. She made sure not to project those feelings onto her husband when they discussed it, maintaining a neutral expression and tone throughout their conversation. She didn't want him to worry about mundane things that she could take care of herself. The main upside was that she would get to be with her whole family again, something she missed, so she tried to focus on that. It would be nice having all three of her children born in Dublin, so to say she was excited would be an understatement. Rhiannon being born in Dublin marked a new chapter in the Sullivan family and she hoped it meant the start of something amazing. With both of her parents coming to live with them, she would have more help in her daily responsibilities.
Things took a turn for the worst over the years, stressing Aliana out more than she had expected. She saw a change in her husband as both a person and leader of the family. With him having to put his foot down more, that meant more killing and she knew it was something that was going to change him in the future. He was questioning himself more and she didn't know how to help him, often turning to her father for advice on how to help guide him. There were a few times Allen was able to help and Ali was ever so grateful for it. When her mother died in 1978, it hit both her and Leo harder than she thought and a few days after caused Ali to have a heart attack. The stress of life, her family, and the death of her mother was to blame, and ever since she's tried not to keep everything in. When Sydney was born in 1980, Aliana promised to take more breaks and find a healthy outlet so she would be around for her family as well as support them.
Rhiannon Sullivan-Older Daughter
Sydney Sullivan-Youngest Daughter
Michelle Romano- Step Daughter (Conor's)
Michael Anderson - Grandson
Lauren Anderson - Granddaughter
Lucy Porter - Sister in law
James Porter - Brother-in-law
Delilah Porter - Niece
Syd Porter - Nephew
Jane and Jeanie Porter - Great Nieces
Jack Porter - Great Nephew
Mallory Porter - Niece
Thomas Porter - Nephew
Olivia Porter - Niece
Sinead Callahan - Sister in law
Peter Callahan - Brother-in-law
Savannah Grace (Gambino) Callahan - Niece
Braden Callahan - Nephew
Emery Callahan - Niece
Liam Callahan - Nephew
Finn Sullivan - Cousin
Jackson McCarthy - Husband's Best Friend / Ali's Romantic Rival
Blake McCarthy- Ali's Best Friend / Partner in Crime
Born August 20th, 1972
Rhiannon often acts like a younger Aliana, sarcastic and witty in her comments, and acts older than she actually is. She was six when her mother had a heart attack, which scared her and caused her to develop separation anxiety much like Leo when he was younger. Rhiannon didn't want to leave her mother's side and even though she's older, there are times where she still doesn't. Other times she's very active and quite nosey, sticking her nose in everyone's business and insisting she's old enough to know adult stuff. She's adopted Ali's characteristic of being brutally honest and Conor's blunt attitude, making her quite the force to be reckoned with. When she's not pretending to be an adult, you can find her ice skating or bothering people to take her to an ice rink. She's won medals and trophies for figuring skating and has a closet full of sparkly dresses she doe not allow Sydney to touch.
November 6th, 1980
Sydney is the only Sullivan child that is actually a sweetheart. Often times she reminds people of Sinead, being such a big ball of energy and brightening everyone's day. She's inquisitive about things she doesn't understand, seeking out answers. She mostly likes to draw pictures for people when they seem down and will tell jokes to make people feel better. Her favorite person at the moment is her grandfather, who she calls 'Grandpa Al'. She's more independent than her siblings, often able to be left to her own devices for hours before she desires attention. Ali sometimes uses Sydney to see if people are good or not, considering it's pretty rare that Sydney doesn't like someone. Usually, when she doesn't she will make it known by either her actions or sometimes her words.