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Nines Rodriguez

Nines Rodriguez
English voice: Armando Valdés
Profile
Gender: Male
Race: Vampire (Kindred)
Date of birth: c. 1920s
Vampirism
Professional status
Affiliation(s): Anarchs
Partner(s): Damsel
Skelter
Smiling Jack
Rich bastards screwed the country – but did they suffer? No, the little people suffered.
―Nines Rodriguez

Nines Rodriguez is a character in Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines.

He is the Brujah leader of the weakened Anarch Movement in Los Angeles, and the presumed successor of former leader Jeremy MacNeil. He is based in The Last Round, in Downtown LA. Nines eschews titles as part of his populist rejection of the Camarilla and the old world-style politics it represents, but he's still functionally the head of the Anarchs.

Background

Early life

Nines was alive during the Great Depression and, from then on, had developed a hatred for people in power, meaning the likes of Sebastian LaCroix and Ming Xiao. By 2003, the Anarch Movement's power in the free states had weakened considerably. Los Angeles had gained a prince, and the Kuei-jin invasion was beginning. Barons such as Therese Voerman, Gloria Martinez, and Tara were favoring the Camarilla over California's Anarch position.

The major remaining loyal Anarchs in the city were Nines himself, Smiling Jack, Isaac Abrams, Skelter, Jeanette Voerman, and Damsel.

Events of Bloodlines

He assists the fledgling at two points: first by halting their potential execution during the intro, then by dissolving a Sabbat ambush. While Rodriguez offers no quests, he is deeply embroiled in the main plot, which culminates with a Blood Hunt and the apparent murder of Malkavian primogen Dr. Alistair Grout.

Personality and Traits

Nines is rebellious, but also compassionate, as he was willing to save the fledgling twice. His mercy was such that he was willing to let three Sabbat vampires go without hurting them, killing one of them only in self-defense. Nines is someone the young Anarchs can look up to, but he does not consider himself to be the de facto leader, as he promotes equality of rights above all else.

Nines hates the Camarilla and especially Sebastian LaCroix, as he represents everything Nines hates: politics, underhanded tactics, and tyranny. He seems to hold grudges as, if the fledgling offends him, he will not speak with or help them until very late in the game.

Abilities

Nines is an extremely powerful vampire, possessing enough stamina to defeat a werewolf and escape with only a few injuries. He is also a skilled hand-to-hand fighter. Also, when the situation calls, he makes great use of his pistols, being able to kill a vampire with one gunshot.

Related Quests

Jyhad for Beginners
Nines saves the fledgling from the Sabbat, while also warning them that Downtown was far more dangerous than what they've experienced prior.
The Enemy of My Enemy
Nines supposedly dies after being snatched by a charging werewolf, leaving the fledgling to fend for themselves against a very powerful enemy.
Ming Must Die!
If the fledgling chooses to side with the Anarchs then Nines will provide this quest.
Royal Flush
If the fledgling chooses the independent ending (siding with no faction) and does not open the Ankaran Sarcophagus then Nines will appear at the end but the fledgling will ignore him and walk away.

Trivia

  • The fledgling, should they avoid offending Nines and have a Combat skill level of 1-5, may obtain combat skill points from him via dialog.
  • Nines stated that when he was human, he came to California to escape the Dust Bowl. This would imply that he is originally either from Oklahoma or Texas.
  • The name "Nines" is a reference to how 9mm pistol guns are used in a firearm "tag" scenario commonly referred to as "game of nines".
    • It's also a trick-taking game played with a standard deck of 52 playing cards, played by three people with the objective to lower your score from 9 to zero. This can be seen as an unintentional, but possible metaphor for the triple threat between the leaders of the Camarilla, Anarchs, and Kuei-jin in their bid for power over Los Angeles.
  • Nines is mentioned in the novel Gehenna: The Final Night. His haven was burned to the ground by a gang of Anarchs called the MacNeils, named in honor of Jeremy MacNeil. Whether he is alive or dead is unknown.
  • A Malkavian fledgling may ask him "what happened to numbers one to eight". Nines responds in a manner that implies someone like that actually existed but died, implying he's the ninth leader of the Anarch Free State.
    • It's also possible he is simply playing along.

Navigation

Characters
The Protagonist BrujahGangrelMalkavianNosferatuToreadorTremereVentrue
Major AndreiBeckettCab DriverDr. Ingvar JohansenGrünfeld BachMing XiaoNines RodriguezSebastian LaCroixSmiling JackThe Sheriff
Supporting Bertram TungGary GoldenHeather PoeIsaac AbramsMaximillian StraussMercurio
Minor Adam DunsirnArthur KilpatrickAsh RiversBarabusBishop VickBoris CheckovBrother KankerBruno GiovanniCalCarsonChastityChristopher GiovanniCopperDamselDanielleDavid HatterDennisDorisDr. Alistair GroutEEdEd Jr.Fat LarryFlynn BoyleGinger SwanGomezHannah GlazerIgorImaliaJezebel LockeJi Wen JaJohnnyJuliusJumblesKent Alan RyanKerriKikiKnox HarringtonLilyLu FangMalcolm St. MartinMaria RosseliniMarian MuriettaMcGeeMike "Muddy" DurbinMira GiovanniMistiMitnickMr. OxNadia MillinerOcean House VictimOfficer AndersonOfficer ChunkOfficer HeinzOfficer MarshPaigePattyPaul AndersonPhilPishaRickyRomeroRosaSamanthaShuSimon MilliganSkelterSlaterSouthland SlasherStanley GimbleSweeperTawni SessionsThe CathayanThe Chang BrothersThe Deb of NightThe MandarinTherese and Jeanette VoermanTiffanyTin Can BillTommy FlaytonTrina St. MartinTripTsengVandal CleaverVelvet VelourVenus DareVictor GiovanniWong HoYukieZhaoZygaenaSire (character)

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