The Harbinger and the Fountain
Jean-Reynard de Souisse
A French Jesuit Who Stands With the Power of The Church
Father Jean-Reynard de Souisse makes no effort to disguise his position as a Jesuit priest. He prefers to wear a cassock, rosary and crucifix at all times, and is hardly ever seen without his great black leather-bound Bible.
De Souisse is of medium height and build with unremarkable dark hair. He wears a goatee beard and a Van Dyke moustache. His only bodily attributes that stand out are his keen, suspicious brown eyes. A sharp observer may note his smooth hands, upright posture and shuffling gait – this is a man who was gently reared.
When he speaks, he reveals a thick, educated Ile de France accent. If he has to say something complicated, he will try it out in French first. His voice is a little harsh, too, and given his stiff French manners and his habitual scowl he projects a sense of judging everyone and everything in sight. He is distrustful of women and will not stand to be flirted with.
Father de Souisse has a complicated life but lives like someone who longs for a simpler, happier world where everyone follows the Faith and does what they should. Being a believer and a Frenchman, he is pained by the tasteless and foolish ways that people misbehave. He does not like to lie, and does not engage in lust, gluttony, sloth, envy or greed. However, he will readily demonstrate both pride and wrath.
Those who gets to know the French Jesuit more intimately will see symptoms of his inner struggle. Exposure to alcohol, adrenaline or religious euphoria can shake up his composure and make him vulnerable to blurting out things he shouldn’t. Exposure to the morally complicated, cosmopolitan environment of London is having an effect on his moral compass, especially as he finds more and more things that his education and faith did not prepare him for. What is clear is that there is something burning inside Father de Souisse and he only knows how to deal with it by identifying an implacable enemy that he can hate.
Jean-Reynard de Soussie was the third child of a noble French family that survived the Revolution and Napoleonic periods. His father was in some kind of mortal debt to the Jesuit order, and so even though they were suppressed by the Crown and Church in 1773, he managed to deliver the boy into the hands of the black robes. He was whisked off to the Jesuit refugee enclaves in Prussia, Poland and Russia for his late childhood and youth.
At this time, Jean-Reynard was angry and resentful at the Church and the Order for taking him away from his family and imprisoning him in frozen barbarian lands. The most rebellious activity he could conceive was to explore Satanism and witchcraft and to coax some of his classmates into diabolism right along with him.
it was at this time that the young acolyte’s powers began to manifest. This unstable and dangerous situation reached a head during one of Jean-Reynard’s ad-hoc ‘ceremonies’ in the most traumatic way possible: The evening ended with two of his friends dead, one driven mad, and young Jean-Reynard left with the impression that he had personally spoken to the Devil and that only the teachings of the Jesuits had saved him from eternal torment. He was born again hard.
De Souisse decided that he had been given that most precious yet dangerous and terrifying of gifts: Personal certitude of the existence of Heaven and Hell and the undeniable truth of God’s Word. With this motivation, he threw himself into his faith and his studies and became the hardest-working Jesuit in the business. His family was forgotten. Between his Strange gifts and his need to abase himself in the service of the Order, he volunteered to travel to Rome and to be trained as an exorcist
By 1618, the Jesuits had been reaccepted into the fold of mainstream Catholicism after they had issued strong promises to stop meddling in politics. Father de Souisse, after a string of successes against dark powers, was dispatched to London to serve in the small chapel attached to the Ambassador’s residence. This is only his cover story: His Jesuit superiors know that de Souisse has strange powers, and so they sent him to infiltrate the Kereboros Club. What he found there was not even remotely what he had expected – these people are clearly gifted with Strange powers, but they do not emanate from either God or the Devil.