Name: Chester Duvall
Birthday: August 11, 1943
Hometown: Bridgeton, NJ
Clothes: In all outfits – A pair of thick, round glasses, of an old prescription that is now slightly off.
Hot – A pair of beige cargo shorts; a collared, short-sleeve polo with blue and white stripes; and a light pair of sandals.
Cold – A dark brown duster; a pair of fingerless, black, woolen gloves; a knitted, dark blue cap; and layers underneath consisting of clothing from his other sets.
Business – A black tuxedo (from his magician days), threadbare now and of mediocre quality to begin with; a white undershirt, collared with long sleeves; a black tie, again old; a pair of black socks; and a pair of black dress shoes.
Personality: Chester is a natural optimist. He assumes things will go well enough, and when they don't he still tends to wave away the gravity of the consequences. He is not happy to such an extreme that he is entirely removed from reality, but he is relatively happy for someone that is homeless and frequently unemployed.
He is also a risk-taker. This is likely influenced by both his optimism and his history in a gambling atmosphere. While daredevil feats of physical fitness are beyond him, Chester still enjoys the tension of high-stakes situations, and generally performs better in them. When the potential prize is extremely big, Chester will even put his life on the line, as he has “already had a good run.”
Relations: Chester is friendly with many, but only friends with a few. He used to be close to many of the employees of Tir na Nog (see Background), including the other dealers and the more frequent musicians. He had a romantic entanglement with one of the cocktail waitresses, Diane Walters. He does not seem them often, but he would recognize most of them if they passed him on the street.
In his more current setting, Chester remembers a few of the people that watch him preform magic. Generally, the more generous a donation they make, the better he remembers them. One nuclear family in particular, the Palmers, stand out in his mind; both of the children enjoy his tricks, and the parents have been very kind to him.
Henry Beltane - Having been with the Family for some time, Chester knows Henry pretty well. He is on good terms with the man, but doesn't always take what he says at face value. He acknowledges Henry's motivations, and tries to keep them in mind during their interactions.
Harold Millions - Unfortunately, the age gap between Chester and Harold limits their relations. Chester approves of the young man's vigor and investigative skills, but he is completely against his tastes, and deals with him minimally outside of business.
Rodger Tinsdale - Chester approves of Rodger, as he seems to be one of the most upstanding members of the Beltanes. While they are friendly, Chester has noticed that Rodger is reluctant to follow his plans and advice, but it doesn't bother him much.
Antonio Vasquez - Chester has more or less bought into Antonio's happy demeanor. However, because Antonio does not talk about his past much, Chester assumes there is more to the young man, but leaves it alone out of politeness.
Frederick Marshal - Chester is used to Marshal's attitude, and finds it amusing some of the time. However, when that attitude comes out in public, which is frequent, he is far less approving. As a showman, Chester is averse to the idea of being rude to strangers (potential customers). He calls Marshall by his first name.
Ambitions: To “win big,” a phrase Chester applies liberally to many situations. He is not focused on any particular goal, as he has accepted that he is unlikely to achieve much more in his lifetime, but he wants to enjoy himself the rest of the way.
Appearance: At 68, Chester looks his age. He is a light, slender man, standing at 5'7” straight-up, though he has a significant stoop. He is Caucasian, neither incredibly pale nor tan, with wispy grey hair that has receded from the front half of his scalp. He has a weathered face, with pronounced laugh lines and often more than a little stubble. He has bright blue eyes and surprisingly nice teeth. His left leg is slightly stronger than his right. Overall, Chester tends to keep up appearances, and manages to stay relatively clean when the opportunity is available.
Likes: Magic tricks, high stakes, jazz, children, the unexpected, and most jokes.
Dislikes: The jaded and disillusioned, drunkards, electronic music, and the two more extreme weather generators (Summer and Winter).
Fears: Fluids with unknown origins and/or properties. The greater the volume, viscosity, and color, the greater the aversion.
Trinkets: Two full decks of playing cards, plus a few extras; a set of three small balls and three shells; a Swiss Army knife; and a toothbrush.
Background/Circumstances: Born in Bridgeton as an only child, Chester was raised by his single mother, as his father never returned from the second World War. From a young age, Chester was implanted with an interest in magic (particularly card tricks) from an uncle. In his late teens, his mother became seriously ill, and Chester spent much of his time helping her around the house and making an income.
When he was 23, his mother passed away, and Chester moved away from Bridgeton. Looking to make a name as an entertainer, he gravitated toward the larger cities, finally deciding on Samhain. The first place he tried his act was the Tir na Nog, a casino in the Summer district. While the owner of the establishment, Devlin Malachy, was not interested in a magician, he did take note of the man's card-handling. With a quick training session, Chester became a dealer, starting with blackjack and eventually expanding into other games. Secretly encouraged to use his sleight of hand, he became an asset to the house, and was generally called in to clean up patrons that had been too lucky for too long. Chester enjoyed the atmosphere and his coworkers, so he settled down in the area, buying a house on the mainland with some savings. His wages kept him comfortable through his time at Tir na Nog, an additional 26 years.
One night, he got caught, and it was over in an instant. Scrambling to maintain his institution's credibilty, Devlin feigned ignorance and fired Chester on the spot. As soon as he was outside, he was jumped by the “associates” of his intended target, and ended up in the hospital. Between the resulting bills and unemployment, Chester made it through, but he could not continue to make payments on his house. He was forced to move to the slums of the Winter District, where he's been ever since.
Chester was accepted into the Beltane Foundation, and eventually the Beltane Family, soon after its creation. His knowledge of the Summer district, and numerous contacts within, have been of use to the organization, as most Winter residents are unwelcome in the area. He splits his time between the Family and performing magic on the streets in Spring.
Foraging Skill: 16
Directional Sensibility: 22 (E1, B2, C2, D2, E2, C4, D5, E5, D6, E6, B7, C7, D7, E7, B8, D8, E8, B9, D9, E9, B10, C10)
Streetwise: 3 (specialty; Shortcuts)
Politics: 3 (specialty; Summer District Politics)
Sleight of Hand: 5 (specialty; Card Tricks)
Night Vision: 0
Bluffing: 4 (specialty; Misdirection)
Hearthwise: 4 (specialty; Rumors About the Summer District)
Sense Deception: 4 (specialty; Body Language)
Self-Appointed Theme Song: "Sing, Sing, Sing"