This page contains the character list for 1815: After the Battle of New Orleans, a live-action roleplaying game.
Cast of Characters
Below each name is a link to their real Wikipedia page and their true years of life and death. A few facts have been changed in this historical fiction tale, among them: Franklin is still alive in 1815, Hamilton and Burr never had their duel, etc.
Aaron Burr: A Federalist who opposes slavery, Burr is an ambitious man who has a great enemy in Alexander Hamilton. He served as Vice President under Thomas Jefferson, but he now wants to win the whole election.
Alexander Hamilton: The idealistic former Treasurer of the United States. In this world, he and Burr never dueled and so he is still alive in 1815. He prefers the British to the French, he opposes slavery and wishes well toward the natives. Perhaps not unsurprisingly, this has not made him a popular figure. Due to his vendetta against Burr, he has been characterized in the press as a half-crazed conspiracy theorist; he would characterize the situation as him being dogged in his beliefs.
Andrew Jackson: The great General of the Battle of New Orleans, Andrew Jackson, or Old Hickory, is tough-as-nails. He has his eye set on the Presidency and little will stop him.
Ben Franklin: Franklin lived longer in this world and he invented more. His wisdom is sought by many.
Dolley Madison: The influential wife of the recently (in this world) dead President James Madison, Dolley is an astute judge of character with vast political influence, and she has her eye set on having her political policies dominate.
Eli Whitney: Inventor of the cotton gin and man about town.
Elizabeth Monroe: Wife to James Monroe, the current President. They recently had a famous falling-out. Some argue that she is the real brain behind his success.
James Monroe: President of the United States after Madison and his Vice President succumbed to death in quick succession. Monroe is running again for the Presidency but he has little support. People see him as spineless.
Jean Lafitte: The Pirate who sank the British fleet. Jean Lafitte is a mercenary who sells his blades to the highest bidder.
Josephine: This “Josephine” who is the love of Napoleon Bonaparte is the Haitian lady Marie-Madeline Lachenais. She is ostensibly barren and Napoleon wants a child, so she seeks to remedy this problem.
Marie Laveau: You are the Witch Queen of New Orleans, a mixed-race lady who is rumored to cast spells. Tonight, you are Alexander Hamilton’s guest in recognition of your accomplishments fighting plague and disease amongst the citizenry while battle raged around the city.
Marquis de Lafayette: You are here to sell New Spain to these Americans, whose Revolution you helped when you were young.
Napoleon Bonaparte: After a series of victories against the British, you became too popular and your political enemies arranged to have you sent abroad to defend France in Haiti and New Spain. Your troops helped Andrew Jackson and your American allies push back the British. You have grand plans that will allow you to return to France as Emperor.
Sacajawea: Honored and invited by President Monroe, you seek to preserve the interests of natives in the territories. You led Lewis and Clark on their expedition to the west.
Sam Houston: Hero of the war against the British, Sam Houston is a quirky, hotheaded man who has a quick mind for invention and a penchant for odd political causes.
Thomas Jefferson: Former second President of the United States, Jefferson seeks to promote balanced policies that will lead the country to prosperity.
William Clark: Second-billing to Meriwether Lewis in the great expedition to map the West always weighed badly on you. You are here tonight because you are a man of substance who deserves to be invited to an event of this caliber. You also are looking to make a deal.
Winfield Scott: You were General in the North and fought the British to a standstill in Canada. Your tactical mind is brilliant and you deserve to be President.
3 other male characters and 1 female character are available as replacement options if a character meets a premature demise. These characters are fully developed historical personages and they have been tested as thoroughly as the other options.
Francis Scott Key: Imprisoned on a ship during the burning of the White House, you wrote the “Star Spangled Banner.” Before that, you practiced law with Aaron Burr and defended his honor in a series of legal cases.
Gertrudis Bocanegra: A wealthy woman who married Pedro Advícula de la Vega, then Lieutenant and later Colonel in the Spanish forces in Mexico, she has read the great authors of the Enlightenment. Now, she is single, after her husband’s death of typhoid, and she raises her son alone. She is here tonight as a woman of substantial wealth and influence in the future of New Spain.
John Jay: Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and former Ambassador. You have served Presidents and you have served the Republic.
Thaddeus Kozikuzko: Old now and bitter, you, a Polish mercenary, served in the Revolution, training Americans how to defeat the British.