Sheriff Of Anchorage
Josiah Stone was born c.1835 in Arkansas, to a family of poor sharecroppers. His early life was a litany of failure: he failed as a farmer a shopkeeper, a husband, and a father. Josiah finally found his niche as a Confederate soldier: he was good at killing people and staying alive. After the war he drifted West and worked as a cowboy for a time before taking up the mantle of bounty-hunter. He plied that merciless and bloody trade for nearly 20 years. In 1885, on the verge of an impoverished retirement, he took up ‘one last hunt’ for a half-breed Indian accused of serial rape and murder in San Francisco. While most of his colleagues/ competitors headed south for Mexico, Josiah (having done a little background research on his quarry) headed north through Canada harrying his prey to the Alaskan Territory. Eventually he cornered the ‘breed in a cave on Flat-top Mountain. Gunfire and spilled blood awoke the torporous Gangrel ‘Death from the Mountains’ who drained the ‘breed and Embraced Josiah to be his guide in the modern nights, enforcing his dominance with the Vinculum. For the next 50+ years the pair hunted the animals, Indians, and burgeoning white population of the Anchorage area. Interloping Kindred were killed or driven off. In 1940 the Russian Ventrue ‘Svoboda’ came to settle. Josiah dutifully supported his master’s efforts to expel the invader, but halfheartedly. Svoboda played on Josiah’s discontent, and helped him break free of the Vinculum. The two together defeated and destroyed ‘Death’ and Svoboda claimed praxis on Anchorage and environs.
In the early 1960s Josiah Sired Fitka Koktelash,; a young Dena’ina woman that he had fallen in love with. The Embrace poisoned their relationship and they remain on icy terms even now.
To the present night Josiah remains Svoboda’s Sheriff and right-hand man. He enforces the Masquerade and other Traditions and laws, and keeps an eye out for interloping Kindred and other threats. He is tough and intolerant of disrespect (to himself or Svoboda), but not tyrannical or petty.
Josiah is known to keep a pair of ghouls: a veterinarian and a K-9 police officer (human).
In the present nights, Josiah is often seen as an Animal Control officer, patrolling the night in search of dangerous beasts in a van full of cages and guns.