----- ---- DEZHNYOV
PAKHAN – FORTY-THREE – DAVID GANDY
dezhynov. it's a name many know: a name that inspires, whether it be loyalty, fear, or admiration, it's a name that affects people. naturally the man with the name is no different. dezhynov is in a class of his own, not just because he's the top dog of an entire crime organization but because he is the epitome of sophistication and a role model for discipline. poised, calculating, intelligent, and let's not forget brutal. (fortunately the latter is only when provoked.) one might think due to being a criminal that he's unfair, but it's quite the contrary. dezhynov believes in equality and is therefore a just man and so punishment is only as cruel as you make it. he has wisdom that far surpasses that of many his age and enjoys thoughtful conversations. that isn't to say he has no sense of humor or that he doesn't like to loosen up every now then. after all, he created red vanity. such a shame that he's incredibly selective and a hard man to please.
----- ---- VASILIEV
OBSHCHAK – THIRTY-TWO – COLIN FARRELL
as far as everyone is concerned, vasiliev is one of the most loyal members to the bratva; in fact, many believe he has lost his humanity because of this so called job. what they don’t know is that vasiliev is in this only for himself. he keeps his friends close and his enemies closer because wouldn’t it be a shame if the russian mafia happened to find out he was swindling big bucks from them and depositing it into his own private bank accounts? vasiliev is a crook, charismatic as hell when needed, but a crook nonetheless. trusting him might be your biggest mistake and the last thing you ever do.
---- ---- NOVIKOV
SHESTYORKA – TWENTY-EIGHT – ANDREW COOPER
novikov has the attention span of a goldfish and in this line of work, that is a very dangerous thing. he’s been seduced by the glitz and glam of red vanity and has forgotten the point of his assignment. novikov would much rather spend his time surrounded by beautiful creatures and partake in the luxuries of rich men than actually work. he believes himself to be of great value to the bratva despite holding such a low position in their ranks and his arrogance hasn’t gone unnoticed. novikov has been so busy feeding his gluttony he hasn’t realized that he’s pissing off a lot of powerful russians. sitting duck anyone?
ALEKSEI KIR KAMENSKY
SOVIETNIK – THIRTY-FIVE – JUDE LAW
this man believes the mafia saved his life. he was a rebel degenerate on the streets of st. petersburg going nowhere when the bratva picked him up and he honestly believes he owes them his life—which is exactly what he’s willing to give them. though it’s not his job, he likes to think of himself as the pakhan’s personal bodyguard; it might have something to do with the fact that he is utterly obsessed with the man. kamensky’s obsession goes beyond simple lust: he is infatuated with the man and while he might not show it out right there are certainly enough stories flying around about his ‘dealings’ with the pakhan’s ex-lovers to suggest something a little more than mere loyalty.
MAXIM VASILIEVICH ROMASKO
VOR – TWENTY-FIVE– TOM STURRIDGE
from the outside he appears to be a playboy heartthrob: sure, he’s beautiful and people fall at his feet, it’s just a shame that beauty is only skin deep. romasko is a sociopath, he cares for no one except himself. people are mere playthings to him and he feels no guilt for breaking hearts. romasko is one of the more violent of the vor. he takes some sort of sick pleasure torturing people and isn’t shy about it. the only problem is, as a sociopath, he isn’t very tidy; he carelessly leaves messes wherever he goes and if he wasn’t so damn brilliant at his job, the bratva probably would have gotten rid of him by now.
---- ---- THANE
SECURITY GUARD – THIRTY – BRANDO BOYD
working at red vanity was never thane’s aspiration in life. in fact, he wanted to stay as far away from this world as possible when he got clean, but who else was going to hire an ex-junkie fresh out of rehab? he’s the strong, silent type; the one who always gets over looked, but deep down he’s just a huge teddy bear. he hates watching these young pretty things come to work here only to leave broken, beaten, and messed yet what can he do? he needs the job or he loses his livelihood and though he might not have graduated high school, thane is smart enough to know you don’t cross the mafia.
---- ---- MERCER
ATTORNEY – THIRTY-EIGHT – EWAN MCGREGOR
if you think a place like red vanity doesn’t get law suites every other day, then you’re sadly mistaken. it’s mercer’s job to make sure they all get swept under the rug and that the public doesn’t find out about them. he’s a sly bastard and often cuts
throats corners when it comes to dealing with ex-patrons-or-employees, but that doesn’t mean he enjoys it. he’s terrified of the pakhan and his crew because he knows they could destroy him within minutes. before he came to work for red vanity, mercer did some not so saintly things as a public defense lawyer: his biggest mistake was trying to blackmail the bratva and thinking he’d come off scott free. his life time of forced servitude proved him wrong.
---- ---- BOLTON
BARTENDER – TWENTY-TWO – DOUGLAS BOOTH
bolton is a "wrong place at the wrong time" kind of guy. originally from australia, botlon spent a year backpacking around america before he ran out of cash and took up a job at red vanity. he's always been a fairly laidback kind guy and actually didn’t even know the russian mafia ran this place until the cops raided it one evening. ever since he’s been a little on edge, always looking over his shoulder, but for the most part, he’s fairly light hearted. Bolton gets bored easily so he doesn’t plan on staying for too long; however, won't he be in for a nasty shock when he finds out he’s seen too much to be allowed to leave. (alive anyway.)
---- ---- HENDRICKS
SUPERVISOR – TWENTY-FOUR – MATTHEW POILE
hendricks spent the first twenty-three years of his life dedicated the church. at least until his affair with one of the pastors got out and he was promptly kicked to the curb. there’s a sense of self-loathing that hendricks can’t seem to get rid of despite the fact he accepted that he liked men a long time ago. red vanity fascinates and repulses him all at the same time. he wishes he could be so open about sex as the others seem to be, but there’s something holding him back: the fear of god. hendricks by no means preaches about his beliefs—and it’s probably a good thing as on occasion he’s been known to act as one of the soubrettes and sneak off with a client or two.
---- ---- COOPER
SWITCHER – TWENTY-SIX – MAX IRONS
this one here is a diva. he has only child syndrome, which means he believes whatever he wants he is entitled to. and what he wants is to be the most desired body at red vanity. it’s a wonder how his head fits through the front door, really, considering the size of his ego. cooper has been known in the past to belittle and terrorize some of the newer soubrettes. he doesn’t want anyone to come in and steal his spotlight at the club, even though he’s the only one who seems to think there are “spotlights” to be had. towards the patrons, cooper can be tender and sweet or a total bitch; it all just depends on how rich they are since this boy is out to get himself a sugar daddy.
---- ---- VASQUEZ
SUBMISSIVE – TWENTY-FOUR – PAOLO NUTINI
no one really knows where vasquez came from. he was just there one day as if he’d always been part of the club. vasquez is a quiet kid that doesn’t talk much to patrons except to organize rooms and prices, but once you get him between the sheets... boy, are you in for a surprise! while on the outside vasquez comes across as meek, inside he has a perversion for getting off on tying people up and humiliating them. he’s the best kind of dominatrix; nothing is too taboo for vasquez and more often than not the clients he takes don’t get to make requests, he makes the decisions. he is what they call a power bottom and he’s possibly the most sought after one at red vanity.
---- ---- BURTON
DOMINANT – TWENTY-EIGHT – CHARLIE HUNNAM
everyone has a reason for being what they are at red vanity, but burton’s is possibly a little more admirable. when he was in college burton got a girl pregnant without knowing, then two years later, out of the blue, there’s a woman on his doorstep saying this is your son and it’s your turn to look after him. burton had to drop out of school to look after his kid and despite the fact he doesn’t like men, he’s on stage every night to pander to their sick perversions to keep a roof over his kids head. just don’t try to ask for anything more. sadly, it's his part of the job to do more. alas, burton’s got a temper like nobody’s business and if you met him in a back alley, you’d better hope he’s feeling charitable.
---- ---- HOLLOWAY
SUBMISSIVE – NINETEEN – CHRISTOPER RAYNER
poor little Holloway. he went from being crème of the crop to yesterday's news in a matter of weeks. he was involved with one of the members of the bratva for a short while and we do mean short: the silly boy got caught cheating; and we all know how possessive russians are, so getting caught with someone else’s dick in your mouth is not ideal. it's safe to say things ended pretty soon after that. regardless of said gangster's certain hatred for holloway, he still views him as his and as a result he was recruited to work as entertainment specifically for the bratva. it’s must be humiliating to be passed around like some cheap toy, but at least he feels wanted now.
---- ---- RUFUS
UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR – THIRTY-SEVEN – ALEX O'LOUGHLIN
Can you say genius? He's been intelligent ever since he was a kid so it was no wonder he would grow up to be a teacher. His passion for knowledge is admirable—well, it would be if people respected him more. See, because he's a brainiac, Rufus is kind of socially challenged. He can interact with people, he's just... weird. And talks about stuff that goes over people's head. The only reason people tolerate him is because he's relatively good-looking, otherwise he'd be useless. That, and he has the protection of the bratva thanks to a very good friend being a gangster. Not just anyone could have made his daughter an honor student, after all.
---- ---- VERGIL
SENATOR – FORTY – ADRIEN BRODY
This fellow here is a straight up scoundrel and he's not shy about it, so it's no surprise that not many like him. His trick is blackmail. He knows everyone's dirty secrets and will not hesitate to use them against a person. In fact, he got his position by threatening one of the men that had influence in Congress to step down or else his liaison with terrorists would be announced. So the man gave up his spot and still had his secret told. Vergil doesn't have to worry about him anymore though—he's dead. Because of Vergil's wicked ways, he's used by the bratva sometimes to get the inside scoop of rival dealings. As a reward? Every price for a soubrette is on the house.
---- ---- STEVENS
CASHIER/BAG BOY – TWENTY-FIVE – ROBERT PATTINSON
Sure, he's small in frame (he doesn't eat very well), but he packs a punch. He doesn't let anyone walk over him because honestly? His life has been shit. Mother and father were poor farmers that worked their asses off to provide for them all, so he's never really known a day without labor. On top of that, they were killed during the H1N1 viruses that broke out a few years back, leaving him to toil the land himself. He's got no other relatives to help out and, let's face it, no one aspires to be a farmer, which crossed out hiring folks. In order to save himself from suicide, Stevens gathered just enough money to pack up and hit the road, deciding on Chicago. Now he works at the Wal-Mart as cashier and bag boy. But hey, it beats planting crops.
---- ---- ARIELLO
SOCIALITE – TWENTY – BRETT OFIELD
For the one that was born first, he behaves more like the one born last. Carefree and bubbly, it's hard to resist his natural charm. Most think of him as naive because he's so cheery and optimistic, but the truth is Ariello is very aware of the world. He knows there's evil out there—and is quite certain it's in his home—just chooses not to dwell on it. But it's difficult to ignore when your cruel step-father is off God knows where; your unhappy mother is cheating with your step-uncle; your youngest sister is possibly the devil incarnate; and your other sister might be traumatized. If there's anything Ariello learned it's that you have to be strong, not just for yourself but for those you care about. However, that doesn't mean he can't use his credit card and splurge himself at Red Vanity.