Hard Times in the Big Easy
Jack D. Belmont Jr.
The Hunter in the Shadows ... mostly his Father's
High concept: The Belmonts’ Shadowy Chessmaster
Trouble: A reasonable man in an unreasonable family.
Aspect: Don’t call me Junior!
Aspect: Stuck in his father’s shadow.
Jack Jr. is the father of Jack the third, and generally regarded by him as both the ‘less shitty parent’ and ‘a lying, sneaky, underhanded little wimp of a bastard’.
Quite frankly, both are true. Jack Jr. endeavored to correct his own father’s mistakes by attempting to connect with his son outside of hunting and training, although his own screwed-up (by Belmont standards, even) childhood, and their strongly differing natures, made the results awkward at best. Nevertheless, unlike his wife, Mary Belmont, he at least made the effort to raise a son, not just train a soldier.
Jack Jr. has had the misfortune of living in the shadow of his much revered Grandfather, Jack Sr., the greatest hunter the Belmonts have on record. This was further exacerbated by Jack Sr.’s utter worthlessness as a father, due to his greatness as a hunter stemming from a near-insane obsession with his duty, to the exclusion of virtually all else.
Jack Jr was never the hunter his peers were, never the fighter his cousins or uncles were. What he was, and still is, however, is clever. Tricky. Sneaky. And connected. Unlike many of his kin, Jack Jr doesn’t see the non-Belmont hunters as jokes or irritants. He treats them more like chess pieces, while presenting himself as an ally. Jack Jr’s connections with the scattered monster hunter ‘community’ are extensive, and always expanding. It’s how he met his wife. It’s how he does most of his ‘hunting’, and it’s why he should be, but isn’t, one of the most feared mortal hunters in the nation.
Jack Jr. puts on a front of alternating irritation and amusement at Jack III’s desertion, but truly, he’s both proud and worried about his son. He worries because he doesn’t think his son is smart enough to manage on his own for too long. He takes after his mother too much. But he’s proud because he is managing, somehow, and he’s forging his own way, making a name for himself as an individual, rather than as another member of the Belmont family, something Jack Jr. never quite managed to do.
Jack Jr would go to great lengths to help his son out … for a price. A heavily discounted price. But always, there’s a price. His son wants to be independent, and he wants his son to stay independent … and that means there always has to be a price. Now that his son has stopped pretending he doesn’t exist, he’s become another piece on Jack Jr’s chessboard. Not a pawn, like most hunters, but something far more valuable. A knight, perhaps…