Esme Reed (The Caregiver)

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Esme Reed

on MUX as

The Caregiver


The Caregiver



Apparent Age


Played By

Alison Brie

Faction Membership


There are a number of professions that involve care. The people that conduct those jobs are often of a certain mettle and merit, to be sure. However, when that care is given freely, due to the sheer good will and caring nature of another, it transcends a boundary that defines a caregiver from a caretaker. Semantics, perhaps, but after all, human beings are as much product of nurture as they are nature.

Some people can't help it. Caring for others is their very root and stone. And sometimes, it brings as much detriment as delight.

Archetype Roster Concept 

You nurture, protect and guide those who need it most, and nothing makes you happier than being needed. You're always ready with a shoulder to cry on, some bandages and a few encouraging words.

Role in Bonds of Blood

Esme Reed is part of the Freeland family, the daughter of Becca and Morgan Reed. She's a senior in high school with her twin sister Lana, and she works part time at the cafe her family owns, which makes her a bit of a social fixture outside of school activities and friends. She remembers what every regular orders and takes personable timeouts to talk to the customers because Esme is just like that. People tend to like her and her upbringing between two easygoing (hippie) parents facilitates an innate empathy that people tend to be receptive to. She uses that trait in peer counseling and in her school newspaper advice column, Ask Esme.

All nice things said, she's still a naive teenager, and though she's very much a reflection of her parents' easygoing, free-spirit attitudes, she has certain personality streaks that are very notably Freeland. If she decides she wants or needs to do something, she just does it and thinks about the effects or consequences after the fact more often than not. Sometimes this means her good (occasionally stubborn) intentions pave the way straight into annoyance, headache or worse. Also, for coming from two hippie-esque parents, she's very materialistic/vain on the sly and has a penchant for pretty boys, pretty words, and pretty expensive things.

--Peer Counselor

--School Newspaper: Ask Esme Column


--Responsible Free Spirit

--Likes Pretties and Shinies


Brawn: Normal
- Doll Build (Negative)

When it comes to taking and doling out hits, Esme is not built for it.
Finesse: Normal
+ Fleet Footed (Positive)

Esme does core yoga more than she ever runs, but she loves to dance and is well-coordinated and spry.
+ Quick Reflexes (Positive)

Esme isn't just hummingbird quick and well-coordinated on her feet. She's fast to react with hands and body too, especially in a pinch or scare situation.
Brains: Normal
+ Keen Eyes (Positive)

Her eyes are pretty, but they aren't just decoration. Esme has killer eyesight and keen attention for visual detail.
- Too Trusting (Negative)

Esme gives and takes things at face value and has trouble understanding others don't do the same.
Spirit: Good
+ Contagious Charm (Positive)

Charisma and looks aren't everything, but they sure are useful for exploit and Esme has a fair chunk of both.
+ Contagious Calm (Positive)

Sometimes Esme's so zen, it makes other people a little zen by proximity.

Perks and Quirks

+ Adrenaline Boost
+ Found Item
+ Bloodline Boon (Freeland)
+ Bloodline Trait (Freeland)
+ Youthful Exuberance
- Unreliable
- Bloodline Taint (Freeland)
- Bloodline Bane (Freeland)
- Tasted Blood


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My Sissa (AKA The Other Half)

High School Senior



Landon Marchant

Senior in High School



The Cousin You Don't Race




The Cousin That's Radio Buzzin'

High School Senior



Lucas Marchant

Student/Smug Little Shit


No supporting cast found for this story.

No badges for Bonds of Blood.

Coming In the Front Door
(2019-10-22 • Old Abandoned House) It's the final showdown with Fran, and the group splits up to take both sides of the house. This intrepid group walks in the front door while the others go around back.
Cast  •   Hector de la Huerta  •  Desdemona Marchant  •  Cash Freeland  •  James Thistle  •  Devereux Jaden Marchant  •  Morrison Lester  •  Spear Thistle  •  Lana Reed  •  Landon Marchant  •  Justin Michaels  •  Ashley Freeland  •  Amy Lester  •  Zane Bloomquist  •  Felicity Bloomquist  •  Georgina "George" Lester  •  Arthur Bloomquist  •  Thea Marchant  •  Lucas Marchant  •  Esme Reed  •  Silver Luna Thistle  •
(2019-09-30 • Lake Havasu - English Village) Graduation is a time for celebration, and yet, the celebration in the English Village goes horribly wrong when The Painkillers make an appearance, claiming they've captured one of the new graduates.
Cast  •   Spear Thistle  •  Esme Reed  •  Landon Marchant  •  Theodore Marchant  •  Lucas Marchant  •  Zane Bloomquist  •  Silver Luna Thistle  •  Devereux Jaden Marchant  •  Desdemona Marchant  •  Star Thistle  •  Felicity Bloomquist  •
2nd Moon Gathering
(2019-09-18 • Lake Havasu - Marchant House) A lot of the senior students gather at the Marchant house this time under the guise of another party to hide from the Painkillers. They're left alone by the vampires.
Cast  •   Lana Reed  •  Desdemona Marchant  •  Amy Lester  •  Devereux Jaden Marchant  •  Hector de la Huerta  •  Spear Thistle  •  Felicity Bloomquist  •  Cash Freeland  •  Landon Marchant  •  Lucas Marchant  •  Esme Reed  •  Sky Bloomquist  •  Zane Bloomquist  •
(2019-09-09 • Twins Suite) Esme brings heaps of yearbooks over to the Marchant twins to search through while they have their friend Justin over. While the teens are trying to connect faces with names, there's a family connection made. Landon and Esme also connect a little on break, and before she goes home, they have five names.
Cast  •   Landon Marchant  •  Theodore Marchant  •  Esme Reed  •  Lucas Marchant  •
Are You Gonna Go My Way
(2019-09-05 • Newspaper Room) Landon runs into Esme hiding out to kill time in the news room after school. She's been scared quiet and sober by the whole ordeal. Meanwhile, Landon is agitated by his own situation before getting more annoyed by the recount of the Reed House events. He gives Esme some instructions before giving her a ride with the guys to work.
Cast  •   Esme Reed  •  Landon Marchant  •
Something's Always Wrong
(2019-09-04 • Lake Havasu - London Arms) After surviving the full moon, the teen crew shows back up to talk to Mr. Chen, as promised. The information passed is... certainly something.
Cast  •   Lucas Marchant  •  Esme Reed  •  Zane Bloomquist  •  Desdemona Marchant  •  Marianne Igesund  •  Arthur Bloomquist  •  Georgina "George" Lester  •  Amy Lester  •  Cash Freeland  •  Star Thistle  •  Landon Marchant  •  Felicity Bloomquist  •
Vampire Blues
(2019-09-03 • Reed House) There is a sleepover at the Reed's on the full moon, in order to protect those who have drunk from the pull of the...adversary. The vampires seem to have left, but that doesn't mean the teens are home free.
Cast  •   Spear Thistle  •  Ashley Freeland  •  Hector de la Huerta  •  Amy Lester  •  Arthur Bloomquist  •  Devereux Jaden Marchant  •  Desdemona Marchant  •  Zane Bloomquist  •  Star Thistle  •  Silver Luna Thistle  •  Cash Freeland  •  Esme Reed  •
Can We Talk
(2019-09-02 • Phone Call) Landon calls Esme with some personal and planning news about the impending full moon. Then they get all cute about prom before promising to survive.
Cast  •   Landon Marchant  •  Esme Reed  •
(2019-09-02 • The Workshop) The Reed house is open to volunteers and those affected-by-drink. They enact teenage protection against monstrous intruders as a group during the Full Moon. No one but Silvio gets invited in.
Cast  •   Arthur Bloomquist  •  Devereux Jaden Marchant  •  James Thistle  •  Georgina "George" Lester  •  Marianne Igesund  •  Desdemona Marchant  •  Zane Bloomquist  •  Star Thistle  •  Silver Luna Thistle  •  Lana Reed  •  Cash Freeland  •  Esme Reed  •  Silvio Bloomquist  •  Amy Lester  •  Ashley Freeland  •  Francine 'Queen Fran' Sunderland - Painkiller  •
Caught in a Web
(2019-08-31 • Lake Havasu - London Arms) Several of the students meet with Mister Chen at London Arms, and plans to keep their friends and loved ones safe over the next few days begin to form.
Cast  •   David Chen  •  Zane Bloomquist  •  Esme Reed  •  Cash Freeland  •  Desdemona Marchant  •  Landon Marchant  •  Star Thistle  •  Lana Reed  •  Hector de la Huerta  •  Ashley Freeland  •  Silver Luna Thistle  •  Devereux Jaden Marchant  •  Marianne Igesund  •
Stick It Out
(2019-08-31 • Lake Havasu - High School) There's not a lot of physical activity during PE, but there sure is some congregating and talking about things that have been and things to come. Nothing to do but stick it out, right?
Cast  •   Esme Reed  •  Landon Marchant  •  Lucas Marchant  •  Silver Luna Thistle  •
Everything zen, everything zen? I don't think so.
(2019-08-23 • Lake Havasu - Reed House) Cash comes by to check on Esme and talk while she's trying to make everything zen with herself in the back yard.
Cast  •   Cash Freeland  •  Esme Reed  •
Flesh and Blood
(2019-08-20 • Guest Sitting Room) Ashley pulls Esme aside at the party for a flesh and blood level chat about bloody nights. They both learn a few things.
Cast  •   Esme Reed  •  Ashley Freeland  •
Fell On Black Days
(2019-08-19 • Lake Havasu - Marchant House) The Marchants who were lured by the call for blood and Esme Reed wake up at the Marchant family mansion where they discuss their dreams, their assumptions and how to deal with all of it. Jade shows up too with some sound advice.
Cast  •   Devereux Jaden Marchant  •  Thea Marchant  •  Esme Reed  •  Lucas Marchant  •  Landon Marchant  •
Viva la Masquerade
(2019-08-19 • Marchant House) The Marchant triplets throw a masquerade party to celebrate Spring Break. Everyone who's anyone is there. It's the event of the season!
Cast  •   Devereux Jaden Marchant  •  Silver Luna Thistle  •  Sean Winters  •  Jonny Lester  •  Spear Thistle  •  Desdemona Marchant  •  Zane Bloomquist  •  Ashley Freeland  •  Amy Lester  •  Landon Marchant  •  Lucas Marchant  •  Esme Reed  •  Star Thistle  •  Lana Reed  •  Thea Marchant  •  James Thistle  •  Alyssa Laine  •  Hector de la Huerta  •  Heather Burnett  •  Anna Wilkins  •  Cash Freeland  •  Hendrix "Squid" Lester  •
(2019-08-18 • Middle of Nowhere (Off-Grid)) A group of teenagers who'd previously drank from Fran's bottle feel compelled to a location outside the city, where they meet up with her again.
Cast  •   Esme Reed  •  Lucas Marchant  •  James Thistle  •  Thea Marchant  •  Arthur Bloomquist  •  Silver Luna Thistle  •  Landon Marchant  •  Cash Freeland  •  Director1/  •
Villains In History
(2019-08-12 • History Class) Ian Thistle holds a theatrical history class about Villains in History, having students dress in costume, and then discuss what makes someone a villain, versus a hero. The nature of evil is on the table and the kids have a good think on it.
Cast  •   James Thistle  •  Sean Winters  •  Justin Michaels  •  Lucas Marchant  •  Devereux Jaden Marchant  •  Esme Reed  •  Lana Reed  •  Jonny Lester  •  Landon Marchant  •  Star Thistle  •  Ian Thistle  •  Hector de la Huerta  •  Amy Lester  •  Spear Thistle  •
All Mixed Up
(2019-08-05 • Backscene: Big Ben's Cafe) The newspaper crew have breakfast at the cafe when they notice that Esme Reed is totally out of it, so as investigative reporter types do, they inquire.
Cast  •   Silver Luna Thistle  •  Lucas Marchant  •  Landon Marchant  •  Esme Reed  •
The First Taste is Free
(2019-08-03 • Rotary Park) A group of teens meet The Queen.
Cast  •   James Thistle  •  Thea Marchant  •  Esme Reed  •  Arthur Bloomquist  •  Cash Freeland  •
Press Room Floor
(1994-04-16 • Havasu Herald - Press Rooms) Some of the school Newsies go to see Silvio about a special interest piece. Looking for help and insight into real journalism.
Cast  •   Silver Luna Thistle  •  Silvio Bloomquist  •  Landon Marchant  •  Lucas Marchant  •  Esme Reed  •
From the Press Room Floor
(1994-04-16 • Havasu Herald - Press Rooms) Some of the school Newsies go to see Silvio about a special interest piece. Looking for help and insight into real journalism.
Cast  •   Silver Luna Thistle  •  Lucas Marchant  •  Landon Marchant  •  Esme Reed  •  Silvio Bloomquist  •