Alias(es): Raphael Carmichael, Raph (pronounced RAYF), Mr. Carmichael, Carmichael, Harpy Carmichael
Real Name: Raphael Carmichael?
Apparent Age: Late 20's
Concept: Modern Day Hermeticist
Detailed Status at the time of death:
- Acknowledged - Originally in New England, 1920s.
- Cherished by Jann von Strauss, former Prince of Los Angeles, for being instrumental in retaking and stabilizing the domain from the Sabbat, Anarchs, and rumoured Kuei-Jin.
- Loyal by word of Michaelangelo Archadia, then-Prince of the greater East Bay, in recognition of the many services performed first as Primogen, and then Seneschal.
- Loyal by the Revered Tobias Walden, then-Primogen of Clan Tremere in the greater East Bay of California for revealing the lies of Charles di Barticot, a Setite Apostate from the Toreador clan who held praxis for several years.
- Driven by the Exalted Sovereign Prince Luther Rommell of Baltimore for his actions during Glitter and Gloom as a lesser Harpy (4/2/2016).
- Dedicated by the Respected word of Primogen Lane Jacobi of the Lehigh Valley. (10/3/2015, On loan to John Reed, Lesser Harpy of the Lehigh Valley)
- Revered as Primogen of Hartford
- Respected - Reputation
- Dignitary of the Camarilla
- August as a Luminary of the Camarilla
Raphael Carmichael's history begins in the Northeast in the early 20th Century, where he was mostly beneath notice. He spent much of his time in study, learning both the ins and outs of the Camarilla and the magic of Clan Tremere. In the late 1800's, there is a record of a man fitting his description who was a member of the Order of Hermes and also instrumental in Aleister Crowley's development of Thelema, and, presuming they are the same person, that attitude towards magic seems to have continued in his unlife.
In the early 2000's, when Jann von Strauss decided to retake Los Angeles from the Anarchs, Sabbat, and Kuei Jin, Raphael Carmichael was the only Tremere who was visibly active in the war. Raphael quickly rose to the position of Primogen, and was often called upon to oppose Koldunists and the few magicians the Anarchs could bring to bear. He prevailed in all counts, and spent a very short time as Seneschal to Prince von Strauss before moving north, to the Bay Area of California.
While in Berkeley, Raphael served as Primogen and Seneschal to Prince Aliya Markham, and then to Prince Michaelangelo Archadia. During his stay, he often opposed the Sabbat, Lupine threats, and the Fae, as well as taking on several demons and at least one Kindred who had chosen to sell his soul to them. He spent a good deal of time in Sacramento, Stockton, and San Francisco as well, and was often seen in the company of Lyla Mercy, Javert Witchblade, and their associates.
Those five or six years were when he earned recognition outstripping the domains he resided in, and many Kindred of the Camarilla knew him to be Ruthlessly Efficient in his dealings, both with the Sabbat and with infernalists, which he seems to be particularly opposed to.
Raphael's Loyalty to the Camarilla has been recognized a total of four times by four separate people, although he presently only claims two of them. During an unfortunate encounter with the unacknowledged Kindred under Archon Alecto's accounting, Raphael was stripped of two of those measures for his restraint of the Kindred in question to prevent her from attacking him. Prince Virgil Deems cleared him of all wrongdoing in the event, but Archon Alecto, who was Harpy at the time, still viewed the actions as scandalous when she received a report of them, as she had not been present that evening.
When his tenure as Seneschal to Aliya Markham ended in Oakland, he moved to Sacramento and took up residence there for a majority of the time. He still often visited the East Bay and San Francisco, but he's very open about spending almost all of his time either in research for Clan Tremere or opposing the Sabbat in the area.
In 2014, though, Raphael unexpectedly emerged from the library, said his goodbyes to the Tremere of Sacramento, and has since spent his time in Reading and the Lehigh Valley. He presently holds no position in the Camarilla, but is no less ardent in his defense of the Ivory Tower.
In early 2015, after Joseph Gallagher became Prince of the Lehigh Valley, Raphael was elected Harpy. There were some rocky moments with the Primogen before they eventually settled on him, but his reputation speaks for itself. Since becoming Harpy, he's been very proactive in maintaining appropriate behaviour and prestation in the Domain, and it's pretty clear that he's taken his political maneuvering to a National level.
Being one of the only magicians in the Lehigh Valley, Raph is often called on to answer the more supernatural threats, despite being the Harpy. Since taking office, he's had to deal with the local Setite Elder, Sebastian, on numerous occasions, face off against the Sabbat, cope with Lupine incursions, and deal with a Node that was utterly consumed. As a result of his tireless Dedication to the safety of the Domain, he was recognized by Primogen Doctor Jacobi. The commendation came not only because of his response to the threats of the area, but also because he found time to educate the many neonates on the intricacies of Camarilla politics and how to navigate them. The recent influx of such childer into the Lehigh Valley provided him with some concern at first, considering the Sabbat to the north, but he seems to be slowly coming to trust them, and he certainly makes certain they all understand the labyrinthine manouevres of prestation.
In early 2017, Raphael met his end against the infamous Demon Child of the Assamites, ur-Shulgi, during Glitter and Gloom.
- ? - Prince of the Lehigh Valley
- Simone Craig - Keeper of Elysium, Lehigh Valley
- Jake Hemingway - Sheriff of the Lehigh Valley
- Vincent "Scooter" Pompeii - Primogen in the Lehigh Valley
- Lane Jacobi - Primogen of the Lehigh Valley
- Cameron Fagan - Primogen of the Lehigh Valley
- Daniel Locke - Primogen of the Lehigh Valley
- Louis Lockehaven - Primogen of the Lehigh Valley
- Caroline Masters - Primogen of the Lehigh Valley
- Nikolai Pushkin - Primogen of the Lehigh Valley
- John Reed - Lesser Harpy of the Lehigh Valley
- Rosamund Elise Kingsley
- Fredrick Gold
- Peter Premysl
- Lilyan Townsend
- Zackary Cole
- Fiona MacGregor
- Rebecca Levi
- Sebastion Han
- Michaelangelo Archadia
- Prince Walter Hamilton of Reading
- Gideon da Vinci
- Virgil Deems
- Julian St.John
- Julius Cole
- Gary Kowaleski
- Amanda Desrosiers
- Daniel Corcoran
- Jean-Luck Matado
- Johnny Main
- Dr. Adrienne Stratton, PhD
- Kingston Lennox
- Graham Gold
- Cameron Wagner - Harpy of Reading
- Rayne - Primogen of Reading
- Keri Raven - Primogen of Reading
- A'yan al-Farouq - Primogen of Reading
- Joseph Gallagher
- Thomas Sabatini
- Rishi Massoud - Deceased
- Geoffrey Tanner - Deceased
- Madison Langley - Deceased
- Evangeline Luna - Deceased
- Henry Jones - Deceased
Sebastian Black - Comes the Inquisitor Babylon 5
- May be the only decent Tremere acting currently which makes him hated by the other Tremere for betraying their reputation
- Is rumored to be in a secret coterie of Harpies
- Seems to devote a lot of time and energy to clean up the mistakes of other Tremere and have not gotten a single good thing out of this so far
- Is secretely a Ventrue infiltrated in the Tremere. Or wished he was
- Just like every other Tremere, some claims he hates all the Toreador for supporting the Children of Haquim Justicar at the latest Conclave
- Is rumored to really hate his clan and work against them whenever he can, using his Harpy position as excuse to fuck them over
- Pretends to be a well mannered polite kindred but was seen to vilely curse others, especially if they come from Peoria
- Is really the one behind all the actions to destroy Peoria's reputation in the Camarilla, banding the Harpies together against the domain.
- Raph seems really fond of Clan Toreador. He spends an awful lot of time with them. And has a lot of Toreador friends. What's up with that?
- Raph also seems to be very fond of a couple of Malkavians, both of whom are famous for hating Clan Tremere. Does he just have a major masochism fetish for people who hate his clan?
- Raph is really an Assamite