Rue Lancaster

Chesterfield Act Registry of the Non-Expressive Database

File #19 Feb 2018 12:47

Name February Marlene Lancaster Aliases
Status Registered Non-Expressive (Class N Non)
Gender Female
Birthdate February 29, 1988 Age 33
Height 5'11" Build Slim
Eyes Hazel Hair Red
Residence The Bastion and The Bunker Cat's Cradle Red Hook
Employment Wolfhound Command Cat's Cradle Freelance
Parents John and Kathy Lancaster
Adrianne Lancaster† ("Aunt")
Siblings None
Marital Status Seren Evans (Paramour)
Elliot Hitchens (Beau)
Children None
First Scene Ground Rules Last Scene

February — who prefers to be called Rumor by her friends — was the head of the intelligence team Keelut for Wolfhound, until the loss of her squad on what would become her final op. In her despair, she ended her stable relationship with Seren Evans after the reveal of her multiple infidelities by her otherverse counterpart "Marlene". Rue then lapsed into self-destructive habits, switching career paths to slinging drinks and dancing on the bar at Cat's Cradle.

This lasted until an old colleague came to call and dragged her metaphorically kicking and screaming out of the gutters she attempted to crawl into, helping her right her life — insofar as a life like Lancaster's could ever be right. She's given up dancing to "freelance" for the CIA. Maintaining a polycule with Seren and Elliot (along with Elliot's adjacent partnership) gives Rue something to fight for when facing down the end of the world if she fails in her mission.

With Nick Ruskin dead, and her having been captured, Rue's only hope is to hold out until she can figure a way out, be rescued by the ones who sent her, or until her enemies decide she really isn't useful, and end her life.

Rue Lancaster
portrayed by
Katherine McNamara

Knowledge is only a rumor until it is in the muscle.



Beau elliot_icon.gif Elliot Hitchens taught Rue a lot of what she knows about blending into a crowd in their time running together with Wolfhound during the war. After the fighting ended, he and his partner retired and drifted away. The occasional contact was kept through social networks, but they didn't really stay close. When Avi offered him a position, Elliot sought Rue out for her opinion. The two reconnected and started seeing each other. She knows it's only a matter of time before she messes this up — like she does everything else — but Elliot seems patient and more optimistic than her, so she's willing to play this out if he is.

To Rue, Hitch is a kindred spirit. They're both broken individuals who do the best they can with the hands they were dealt and afford each other all the leeway that comes from such a deep understanding of where that comes from when they stumble. She does her best to keep him from wandering down any dark paths, and he's trying to help her learn how to forgive herself. They seem a smart match and Rue has slowly started to get comfortable with the idea that he may stick around.
Paramour seren_icon.gif Seren Evans is the first person Rue has let herself love in a long, long time. They have the most incredible ability and she is constantly in awe of them. It was like dating actual Disney royalty. Most of the time. And when it wasn't, it was certainly not dull. The fact that Seren seemed as smitten with Rue as she is with them was a constant point of shock for her, but sometimes the universe gives you a gift and you don't question it.

Now, if only Rue could have been as good a partner to Seren as they were to her. Unfortunately, Marlene tricked Seren into a meeting and told them enough about Rue's affairs to do damage to their relationship that she finds irreparable. Unable to bear the regret she feels for hurting them and fearful of putting them in danger, Rue broke things off. Though it was her decision, she hasn't been taking it well.


Rumor Has It…
Face for Intel Serious Situation Working Grieving Undercover In Dreams
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Is It You? Is It Me?
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Date Title Summary Participants
03/09 Unlucky Duckling Clarity hurts. Avi
03/11 One More Night The truth is worse. Seren
03/17 Spares No One Grieving is a long journey. Megan
04/02 Bequeathed An unexpected honor. Huruma
08/11 La Ruelle en Noire Whatever. Richard
09/19 Rock the Cradle A visit from an old friend. Elliot
09/21 Coffee Connection Catching up. Wright
09/24 Obstruent Fine. Devon
10/24 Ow I've got you. Elliot
When It Matters Most What can't be undone. Axel and Seren
Ouch Licking wounds. Elliot
11/20 Rue Times Two That cat's out of the cradle, then. Elliot
11/22 The Offer to Help It hurts, but it's a good kind, maybe. Seren
11/24 Sensations Time to open up. Elliot
11/26 Season of Thanks/Season of Grief A Very Wolfhound Thanksgiving. Asi, Avi, Devon, Elliot, Francis, Marthe, Megan, Scott, and Wright
12/13 Traps for Troubadours Pleased to meet you, hope you guessed my name. Nick, Richard, and Wright
All the Sinners' Saints Just as every cop's a criminal… Broome, Joy, Marcus, Nick, Niklaus, Richard, Ruby, and Wright
Moment of Doubt and Pain Pilate washed his hands and sealed his fate. Elliot
As Heads Is Tails Just call me, Lucifer. Nick
What's Puzzling You There's so much that begs belief. Ruby
12/14 It Was You and Me Well, after all… Nick, Richard, and Wright
12/16 So They Imagined A long overdue apology. Seren
Date Title Summary Participants
01/05 Twelfth Night A gathering of loved ones. Elliot and Seren
02/28 Another Year Older It's all in their head, but also all in their head. Seren
Pas de Deux for Two Merrymakers If it's the last, at least it will have been a good one. Elliot
03/14 The Toll It's much higher than expected. Ames and Marthe
Infected Damn your love, damn the lies. Elliot and Wright
03/16 Still With You Thanks for all of it. Huruma
03/19 Unaccrued I've always been here. I always will be. Avi
03/21 Leaving on a Jet Plane I don't know if I'll be back again… Elliot
03/23 Broken Crown, Part I They're in over their heads. Nick and Rahm
03/25 Broken Crown, Part II Undeniably over their heads. Nick
03/26 Broken Crown, Part III The marks are chosen. Nick
03/27 Broken Crown, Part IV A lovely night for a swim. Nick and…
03/28 Broken Crown, Part V Neither of them is coming back from this alive. Avi, Lockheart, Ra'id, Remi, and Tafero
04/XX Après Moi Write violently about February. ???
07/11 Sunset Everyone deserves to be free. Aida, Arthur, Baruti, Charles, Niklaus, Prince, Ra'id, and Tibby
07/12 Tenuous Alliances It'll all come back around. Tibby


She is Beauty: Before the bomb, Rue had a very promising career in modeling. She has poise and is very much in possession of the unique skill set of a professional model, but she puts that to use now to be a pretty, unassuming face in a crowd. The role of the vacuous young woman sometimes causes people to let their guard down around her.

She is Grace: While not nearly so good as Samara, Rue studied ballet alongside her friend for many years. She still practices on her own, though more as a means of exercise and conditioning. While she feels that it's a somewhat childish hobby at times, it is a source of stress relief.

She Will Punch You in the Face: In her time with the Ferry, Hana trained Rue to defend herself. What she lacked in intuitive skill, she made up for in determination. She redoubled her efforts during the war, and can hold her own in a fair fight.

Take a Shot: Before the war, Rue was learning her way around firearms. She specialized in long-range rifles, and while she's not the best, she's more than simply an adept sniper.

Linguistic Inflection: This used to be a party trick. Now, it's another tool in her arsenal for deception. Rue is exceptional at mimicking people and accents.

I've Covered Wars, You Know: Making a snapshot compelling is a delicate art. Rue and her camera documented many of the atrocities of the war, but also the hopeful moments. She knows how to pick out what's important and frame it to evoke a response. She also knows how to be surreptitious with her shots, when the situation calls for it.

Talent(ed) Scout: Staying out of sight and out of trouble is the name of the game when it comes to reconnaissance. How to blend in with a crowd, where the best places to perch and hide may be, taking note of the exits in any given space are all useful things to know. She can pick a lock with the right tools to grant herself access to the places she needs to be.


Known To Most

  • Rue was a member of the Ferrymen. She had a reputation for being sunny and friendly to everyone. A beacon of hope and light in the darkness of their awful situation. That isn't her reputation anymore. A veteran of the Second Civil War, she testified at the tribunals in Albany about the atrocities committed against Evolved refugees just trying to find peace both before and during the war.
  • Footage exists of a woman with curly ginger hair pulling children from a canal during the raid on the Commonwealth Institute in Cambridge, MA on November 8, 2011. It's a clip that's been played many times over the years, and Rue has admitted in printed interviews that she was that woman. She has refused to talk about that day on camera outside of the Albany Trials.
  • Arrested in connection with the kidnapping of Richard Ray. The investigation is on-going, despite her release.
  • Resigned from Wolfhound in spring of 2020.
  • Possesses a key to the upstairs room at Cat's Cradle, which she made frequent use of when she'd had too much to drink. Or when she wanted to knock boots without the whole Bastion knowing. For a time after her retirement from Wolfhound, it was where she lived.
  • Lives in the garden level apartment of Elliot Hitchens' townhome in Red Hook.

Known To Some

  • Rue was once an aspiring ballerina. She had better success as a model, having appeared in ad campaigns in Chicago from 1988 to 2006, and in New York from 2008 to 2010. She never achieved much notoriety, and had even less success as a small-time actress, but some of her old photo shoots and commercials have been archived on the internet if one wants to search.
  • Formerly registered as a Tier 1 Evolved with Limited Telepathy. While not actually SLC-Expressive, she has the ability to see her best friend Samara when she phases out of reality. This is a residual effect from when Samara caused them to phase at ground zero, saving both of their lives from the bomb. No one is certain how this works or why.
  • Won awards for her war photography. Some of it hangs in exhibits from time to time and a coffee table book exists. She receives revenue for it, most of which is donated to post-war recovery efforts. Especially veterans' services.

Known To Few

  • A survivor of the original explosion in Midtown on November 8, 2006, Rue spent a year recovering from the effects of radiation poisoning that should have claimed her life.
  • The non-Evolved strain of the H5-N10 flu nearly killed her in 2011. This is how she discovered she was not herself SLC-E.
  • Has an evil twin running loose in New York City. Call her Marlene.
  • Current Previous holder of Wilby, formerly Jensen Raith's sidearm. She is gonna murder a motherfucker to get it back.
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