Lucian is co-owner of the SS Chanteuse, a former passenger freighter that belonged to his father, Liam MacLeod. The ship was the first one that Liam's Miami shipyard built. In 1919, he gave the ship to his two eldest sons and challenged them to make a go of a business using the ship as its basis. Lucian and his younger brother, Jameson, renovated the ship, reducing her freight capacity and adding a larger kitchen and indoor/outdoor nightclub on the main deck. The Chanteuse offers short dinner-cruises, private parties (she can be chartered), and longer overnight cruises around the keys, to Havana, and to other nearby islands.
The club is located on the main deck of the SS Chanteuse. It is a high-class dinner club and cabaret and offers live-entertainment and dancing. Lorelei is one of the hottest night spots in all of Miami. The restaurant has received numerous good reviews and a five-star rating. Club Lorelei is also a speakeasy. However, to date, no one has managed a successful raid of the ship when alcohol is present.
Bella Mara Reserve
Lucian inherited the Navarro family coffee plantation which he visits several times a year. The actual coffee groves are located in an undisclosed location in the Zambales Mountain Range. Lucian’s uncle manages the plantation while Lucian handles the import side of the business with offices based in Miami.
Lucian started learning the art of bladesmithing soon after he began his Kali training at age six. His teacher and Kali master, Cesar Khan, explained how forging one's own blade also forged a spiritual link to it. Lucian found the work soothing and something to focus on outside his own troubles.
Now, at age thirty-eight and a Kali master himself, Lucian still works his forge. He is considered a master bladesmith, and when he can be convinced to sell one of his blades, the price is exorbitant. Most often, Lucian uses his skills to make his own karambits and other blades as well as making replicas of historical weapons.
LXM Forging, the company name that he works under when bladesmithing, is not a major source of income. The money that Lucian makes from his bladesmithing is tucked away in a secret account. Lucian is a strong believer in not having all his financial eggs in one basket.
Liam MacLeod meets Isabella de Sylva y Navarro. Later the same year, they are married with her parents' blessing, and Liam makes the port of Zamboanga, Philippines, his base of operations for his shipping business.
1886 (a. 0)
- Lucian Xavier MacLeod is born at Bella Mara Reserve, Zamboanga del Sur Mountains, Mindanao, Philippines.
- José Rizal publishes anti-Spanish novel, Noli Me Tangere (The Lost Eden); and stirs up independence sentiment.
1891 (a. 5)
- Isabella and Lucian both contract Malaria; Lucian's mother dies from complications despite treatment.
- Liam relocates to the United States, leaving Lucian in the care of his grandparents, Philip and Sofiía Navarro.
- Lucian is left bereft and confused by his father's abandonment as he tries to cope with his mother's death. As time goes on and Liam does not return, he withdraws further and further into himself.
1891 (a. 6)
- Filipino, Dr. Cesár Khan, a graduate of the University of Santo Tomas, is called when Lucian has a relapse of the malaria. His grandparents talk Khan into staying on.
- Starts training in Kali, Filipino martial arts. Khan also starts showing him the art of bladesmithing.
- Starts formal education.
Khan is small in stature but radiates the strength and confidence that Lucian needs in his life. He is immediately drawn to the man and instinctively trusts him. Khan's patience as he begins teaching Lucian means the world to him, and he slowly comes out of his self-imposed shell.
1893 (a. 8)
- Begins guitar and voice lessons.
Having noticed that Lucian seemed to enjoy singing some of the traditional Filipino folk songs he heard at the plantation, Khan got permission from Philip and Sofía to hire someone to teach music. Through the local Catholic church, Khan finds a classically trained Spanish guitarist and musician. Lucian took to the instrument and was soon able to play easy tunes. Khan also noted that Lucian's ability with music translated into him learning the various Mindanao languages and dialects with relative ease.
1895 (a. 9)
- August 30: Battle of San Juan del Monte (Luzon Island, Manila) took place (Spain vs. Katipuneros revolutionaries).
1896 (a. 10)
- Bella Mara is raided, and Lucian's grandparents are murdered by Filipino revolutionaries because of their perceived loyalty to Spain.
- Per the Navarro's will, Cesar Khan becomes Lucian's guardian and leaves medicine to train and practice Kali full-time.
In the summer of 1896, after a bad bout of influenza, Lucian's grandparents left him at the family villa on Vitali Island while they traveled to Zamboanga del Sur to attend to business at Bella Mara. Two weeks later, Khan receives word that bandits or revolutionaries had hit the estate and killed the Navarros as well as many of the workers. Lucian is shocked and deeply grieves the loss of his beloved grandparents. Khan steps in and sees to all of the needed arrangements, allowing Lucian time to come to terms with his loss. When the Navarros' will is opened, it is learned that Lucian inherited everything, stipends were given to loyal workers, and Khan was appointed Lucian's guardian and executor of his trust until he is eighteen years old. On the heels of this, Liam returns to the Philippines, determined to take Lucian back to the United States with him. As was his right as the heir to the estates, Lucian refuses to receive him.
- October 31: A new group of the Katipunan is formed in Cavite headed by Emilio Aguinaldo.
- Spanish execute Rizal for instigating insurrection; public outrage spawns rebellion.
1897 (a. 11)
- Bella Mara returns to operational status. Khan hires a trusted man from Brazil to take charge of the coffee groves.
Life returns to a semblance of normal for Lucian. The biggest change was that Khan included him in business meetings and the decision making process for Bella Mara Reserve, the coffee business. As part of his business education, Lucian works the groves. Liam writes to his son often. However, Lucian returns the letters unopened.
1898 (a. 12)
- August 21: American warship Maine was blown up in Havana harbor, triggering the Spanish-American war, the battle of Manila Bay ensues.
- Emilio Aguinaldo assembled the Malolos Congress in Bulacan, then declares independence in Kawit, Cavite.
1899 (a. 13)
- Treaty of Paris ends Spanish-American War, cedes Philippines to the U.S. after payment to Spain by the U.S. of $20 million.
- February 4: Philippine-American War begins; Emilio Aguinaldo declares independence then leads to a guerrilla war against the U.S.
1901 (a. 15)
Although seemingly untouched by the events unfolding in his beloved island, Lucian is keenly aware of what is happening. He listens to the news from his priest, the nuns, and the workers at the plantation. At the age of fifteen, Lucian is already a savvy businessman, able to discern the subtle flavors of various coffees and make shrewd decisions regarding the direction that Bella Mara Reserve must go to keep its edge in the market.
Lucian was also dangerously proficient in the art of Kali. It also seemed that the events of his childhood had caught up with him, leaving him angry much of the time. When not actively engaged in schoolwork or working the plantation, Lucian began sneaking off to participate in the underground Kali matches where he earned money and prestige. He usually gave the money to those that needed it more than he did, but the respect made him feel good...so did the native alcoholic beverages that were readily available at the matches.
- March 23: Emilio Aguinaldo was captured at Palanan, Isabela. Convinced of the futility of further resistance, he swore allegiance to the United States and issued a proclamation calling on his compatriots to lay down their arms, officially bringing an end to the war. However, sporadic insurgent resistance would continue in various parts of the Philippines, especially in the Muslim south, until 1913.
- William Howard Taft arrives as the first U.S. governor of the Philippines.
1902 (a. 16)
- Lucian completes his primary education.
- Kali Rank: Instructor (the equivalent of a 1st degree Black Belt).
- Insurrection ends; Taft improves economic conditions, settles disputes over church ownership of land, establishes the "Pensionado" program, allowing Filipinos to study in the U.S., which helped modernize and westernize the country.
1903 - 1905 (a. 17-19)
- Attends San Diego University, San Diego, California; Majors: Language, History, Music
- Meets Elena Alvarez, a young civilian clerk at the naval base. They begin dating.
Khan, aware and disapproving of Lucian's participation in the underground Kali matches, encourages him to go to an American university. Thanks to his father's American citizenship and the establishment of the Pensionado program, Lucian was accepted at the San Diego University in the United States. He chose business administration as his major but also studied languages, history, and music. He missed his life in the Philippines, but Khan insisted that his time in California would be valuable for his future. One thing he could not get enough of was seeing the ships come and go from San Diego's harbor. More and more, he yearned for something that college was not offering him. The one positive thing was meeting his future wife, Elena Alvarez, who, enamored by the sailor's wives she had met through her work, encouraged him to join the United States Navy. He made no effort to contact his father, although he knew Liam lived in Miami.
1905 - 1906 (a. 19-20)
- Enlists United States Navy.
- Completes basic training in San Diego.
- Completes his training cruise.
- Marries Elena Alvarez in the chapel on the base.
- Receives his assignment to the Office of Naval Intelligence at Naval Base Subic Bay, Luzon Island, Philippines.
- He and Elena are married in the base's chapel before leaving for the Philippines.
- Kali Rank: Guro (equivalent to a 5th Black Belt in other systems).
Khan was concerned when Lucian contacted him to tell him that he had left college in favor of enlisting in the US Navy. However, Lucian was of age, and there was a chance that the discipline of military life would do him good. Lucian and Elena quickly settled into married life at Naval Base Subic Bay. His assignment as a translator and analyst for ONI is fulfilling. However, Lucian returns to the underground fighting circuit. It is not easy to keep his activity a secret from those around him. The thrill of the secrecy keeps him going back.
1908 (a. 22)
- Elena's first miscarriage and depression.
- Sent to rescue a valuable asset on Mindanao.
- Becomes an ONI field asset; works mostly deep undercover.
- Drinking worsens; continues on the underground fight circuit.
Lucian was one of the only members of the ONI that was fluent in a variety of the local Filipino languages and could blend in with various populations. Since he was also fluent in several other languages, including Mandarin Chinese, he was one of their most valuable assets. When one of ONI's field assets went missing on Mindanao, they turned to Lucian to go in with the retrieval team, ostensibly just as support personnel. However, as hasty operations so often do, this one went horribly wrong. Lucian managed to bring the team and the asset back to safety. From that point on, he was given some training and assigned to field operations.
Later that same year, Elena miscarried in her second trimester. It would be the first of several miscarriages and rounds of severe depressions.
1909 - 1913 (a. 23-27)
- Various ONI assignments; becomes known as Diyablo (Filipino for a demon or devil).
- Encounters and befriends a man named Jameson Duquesne (Naval gunboat officer).
- Drinking heavily and realizes he is an alcoholic.
From 1909 to 1913, Lucian is given various ONI assignments, some undercover, some simple hits, or retrievals of information. He has an affinity for the work. Over and above that, his skills with Kali means that tracing anything back to the Americans would be very difficult. Although a majority of his assignments were in the South Pacific, he was also occasionally sent to other regions such as Cuba and China. Although Lucian was practically a legend in the field, it was taking a heavy toll on him. He drank heavily to cope with the stress of and distress over some of his orders. Lucian realized he had a drinking problem. However, it did not affect his ability to do his job. His other stress relief was the illegal Kali matches. His misbehavior off-duty was overlooked, and in some cases, condoned due to his value to the ONI.
- Moro Rebellion ends with a United States victory.
1914 (a. 28)
- Lucian's wife, Elena, gives birth to a stillborn baby girl and, in a fit of depression, commits suicide by hanging.
- Lucian stops drinking.
Over the years, Elena became pregnant several more times. All but one ended in miscarriages. In 1914, she managed to carry her baby to term. However, their daughter is stillborn. Lucian takes some of his accumulated leave to stay with her when she is released from the base hospital. Believing that Elena is coping better than before, Lucian goes off-base to a Kali match and subsequently gets extremely drunk and winds up staying out overnight. When he returns to base, it is to find that Elena had committed suicide by hanging herself. Their marriage had been in trouble for several years.
Lucian's marriage was, on a good day, tumultuous. Although his drinking never drove him to be abusive to Elena or to anyone else in his personal life, the same could not be said of Elena. Her rages had been epic and she preferred to vent her anger in physical violence. Beyond defending him from the worst of it, Lucian normally resorted to venting his own anger and frustrations by drinking more and heading to the underground Kali matches.
Elena's death came as a blow to Lucian, both spiritually and emotionally. At the same time, it was also a relief. The end result was that Lucian realized that he had to straighten himself out. He emptied all of the liquor bottles in the house down the drain and stopped drinking. Khan moved in to provide him with support and put him back on the right path in the Kali disciplines. Lastly, Lucian turned to his faith for the strength to keep moving forward.
1916 (a. 30)
- U.S. Congress passes the Jones Law establishing elected Filipino legislature with house and senate.
1918 (a. 32)
- Retires from the navy (13 years).
- Rank: Petty Officer (First Class).
By 1918, Lucian had attained the rank of Petty Officer (First Class). He had continued to work for the ONI. Deciding it was time to hang it up before his luck turned, Lucian put in his papers and retired with honors. For the next year, he enjoys the life of a wealthy coffee plantation owner, dividing his time between Bella Mara and the villa on Vitali Island. Lucian also used the time to indulge his love of history and spent considerable time working at his bladesmithing.
1919 (a. 33)
- Liam sends for Lucian to come to Miami for a meeting.
- Meets his younger half-brother, Jameson Duquesne MacLeod.
- Liam deeds Lucian and Jameson a ship and tells them to make a success of her.
- December 31, 1919: Club Lorelei opens to a packed house.
Over the years, Lucian regularly received letters from his father, which he promptly returned. He no longer felt the bitter hatred toward Liam that he had carried with him throughout his childhood, but he also had no desire to read any of the letters. Liam had moved on and lived his own life, Lucian had done the same. Ironically, MacLeod Enterprises offered the best prices on shipping, and Lucian used them for the majority of Bella Mara Reserve's transportation needs.
Lucian was understandably surprised when Liam MacLeod's attorney telephoned and requested a meeting. It turned out that several of the letters that he had returned were requests for him to come to Miami to meet with his father. The man, Rhys Tregarth, informed him that Liam had a business proposition for Lucian and that it also concerned his future inheritance of his father's property. Lucian politely declined the invitation, but Tregarth proved relentless.
As it turned out, they had to make a stop in Hawaii before heading for Miami. Tregarth had to see another man who, as it so happened, was Lucian's younger half-brother. The fact that the younger brother in question was also the gunboat officer he had become friendly with during his years in the ONI. Jameson, usually known as J.D. MacLeod, was equally resistant to Liam's invitation. Finally, it was Lucian who persuaded him that there was strength in numbers, and they needed to beard their old man in his den.
The brothers arrived in Miami and met with their father at his newest hotel and resort in South Beach. Surprisingly, it had been named for his younger son (J.D.'s middle name is Duquesne, which was also his mother's maiden name). The reception was cool all around, but J.D. and Lucian heard Liam out. The business proposition was simple. Liam needed to know that they could work together and be successful before he would hand over his businesses and vast fortune. He also wanted to know that there would be someone to keep an eye on his daughter, Jessica, should something happen to him. To that end, he would deed one of the first ships his shipyard had built to them. They had to renovate and update her and turn her into a successful business. He then took them to see the Lady Isabella.
The rest, so they say, is history.
- January 1, 1920: 18th Amendment and the National Prohibition Act, informally known as the Volstead Act, takes effect.
1922 (a. 36)
- Lucian meets and begins dating the beautiful Laura Nightingale. He also becomes friends with her twin brother, Alexander Nightingale.
- Soon after Lucian starts seriously seeing Laura, Alex is killed in a car accident. Laura is inconsolable and turns to a medium / spiritualist in an attempt to contact her late brother.
- Lucian advises Laura to stop using the psychic, that most of them are frauds. Laura breaks off the relationship.
1923 (a. 37)
- Lucian is contacted and questioned by the police when Laura Nightingale is found dead.
1924 (a. 38)
- December 31, 1924: Club Lorelei's 5th anniversary.
- Kali Rank: Lakan (Kali Master); Tuhon Khan awards Lucian the rank of Lakan.
Five years later and Lucian and J.D. have indeed made a success of the ship. They finished renovating her and re-christened her, SS Chanteuse. The business they settled on, despite Prohibition being just around the corner at the time, was an upscale dinner club, nightclub, and cabaret. Club Lorelei quickly became one of Miami's hottest nightspots.
Now, the trick will be keeping it open and flourishing, not to mention, keeping themselves alive and out of jail.
Romantic Status: Single (widower)
Ex-Girlfriend: Laura Nightingale (met: 1922; deceased 1923)
Late Wife: Elena de Coronado y Alvarez (m. 1906, deceased 1914)
Father: Liam Angus MacLeod (Scottish-American, DOB: 01/04/1861)
Mother: Isabella de Sylva y Navarro (Spanish; DOD: 1891)
- Jameson Duquesne MacLeod (American; DOB: 06/30/1888)
- Mother: Antoinette Duquesne
- Mark Carson (American; DOB: 04/25/1892)
- Mother: Anna Carson
Sister(s): Jessica (Jess) Faye MacLeod (a. 18)
- Mother: Claudia Farrell (Miami socialite and heiress).
Languages: Spanish (native), English (native), German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Vietnamese, Moro.
Ten Years of Sobriety: As of 1924, Lucian has been clean and sober for ten years. Although he does not drink, he does not judge others if they do. He also refuses to take any type of narcotics. Even when drinking, except for being impatient and short-tempered, Lucian was very functional. He was never a sloppy, falling-down drunkard.
Birthplace Notes: The Mount Pinatubo volcano is located in the Zambales Mountain Range. On June 15 1991, the volcano had an explosive and devastating eruption (VEI 6) that affected global temperatures for two years.
Character Trait: Lucian has a very precise and formal style of speech. He rarely uses contractions and is not given to using slang very often.
Invictus: The Invictus is Lucian's full-time home on the water. She was originally built by a flash-in-the-plan millionaire who had to forfeit her when he lost all of his money. Lucian acquired the 101 foot yacht for next to nothing compared to her actual worth. He has not done much with the yacht's interior beyond putting up new curtains and buying new bed linens. She is also a bit much for someone to handle alone on the open water. However, some of the crew of the Chanteuse are usually happy to make extra money by crewing for him.
Imelda: Lucian has a 6' green iguana named Imelda.
Combat and Weapons
Lucian is a master in the traditional Filipino martial art of Kali (there are traditional Filipino names for it, but Kali is acceptable and easy to remember). He always has at least two karambits on his person and often more than two since he also has had made folding ones.
Lucian rents a boat garage at the Marina where he has his forge and a workout area for his use and for testing his new blades. The building has large garage-type doors front and back, originally designed for pulling a boat and trailer straight through without having to back it up. It makes an idea forge because the open doors allows the breezes from the ocean to pass through making it a bit cooler than an ordinary enclosed building would be.
Lucian suffers from occasional relapses from malaria which he contracted when he was five-years-old. These relapses are rarely severe, but he does have to take medication (quinine) when they occur. For that reason, he has an ongoing prescription for quinine.
Some forms of malaria can cause relapses. Specifically, Plasmodium vivax and P. ovale can form dormant stages that reside in the liver, which can then re-enter the blood, causing a relapse of malaria infection and a recurrence of symptoms. A simple blood test can confirm if a person is suffering from a malaria relapse or another illness. It is unlikely to be malaria if the patient does not present with a high fever in addition to chills, muscle, and joint aches and pain, etc.
Primaquine, which can kill the dormant liver forms of the malaria parasite, was not available in the 1920s. Most people that suffered from "chronic" malaria had to take courses of the available medications, mainly quinine.
Lucian meets with Miami Herald reporter, Victoria Hayes, to pump her for information about Vivian Flanders.
Lucian interviews Bessie Dooley for a job and is about to offer her a hostessing position. Then, her answer to his question about Prohibition backs him off. Thread is ongoing...
Lucian answers a telephone call from Vivian Flanders. She wants to charter the Chanteuse and Club Lorelei for a party at sea...a murder mystery!
Intro for Liam MacLeod and his relationship to his two older sons.