| Southern Victory |
POD: September 10, 1862
|Appearance(s):|| Walk in Hell|
In at the Death
|Type of Appearance:||Direct|
|Nationality:||United States (born in the Confederate States)|
|Date of Birth:||Late 19th century|
|Occupation:||Police officer, Spy|
|Professional Affiliations:||Kentucky State Police|
Luther Bliss was a Kentuckian who became head of the Kentucky State Police (the state's de facto secret police force) during the Great War. Although born a citizen of the Confederate States, he was instrumental in persuading a rump legislature to petition for re-entry into the United States. During the years before the Second Great War, Bliss used his power effectively and ruthlessly to crack down on black Marxists and Confederate saboteurs.
Residing in Covington, Bliss had frequent run-ins with Cincinnatus Driver and Apicius Wood. He tricked Driver, a former Kentucky resident living in Iowa, into returning to Kentucky. Long suspecting Driver of being involved in activities against the U.S. during the Great War, Bliss had Driver locked up during the 1920s. Eventually, Driver's family employed attorney Clarence Darrow to win Driver's release.
In 1937, Bliss made his way to Philadelphia on what was officially called a "fact-finding" trip. This was a cover story; the state government of Ruby Laffoon dissolved the KSP not long after Bliss left. He was able to escape immediate reprisals from his enemies within the state. He returned to Covington in 1941 at the outset of the Second Great War to coordinate sabotage missions against Confederate armed forces. His path once again crossed those of Wood's and Driver's. Wood willingly entered into an alliance with Bliss to help undermine the Freedom Party. Driver participated on a minimal level, until he could secure safe passage back to the U.S. for himself and his father. Though he detested Bliss, Driver grudgingly respected Bliss' courage in venturing into territory where his life would be forfeit if caught.
In 1943, when U.S. General Irving Morrell's drive into the C.S. had seized Kentucky, Bliss once again found Driver. This time, Bliss brought Driver before U.S. Intelligence officers to pick his brains for information about the newly-conquered state.
Bliss and Driver had one last encounter in 1944, when Driver passed through Kentucky on his way back to Des Moines. It was not a cordial meeting, though even Bliss shared Cincinnatus' lament over the population reduction that swept up the Blacks of northern Kentucky; Bliss himself had tried to rescue Lucullus Wood before the Freedom Party shut down the colored quarter, but failed. In the end, Bliss affirmed that he didn't trust Driver, and Driver affirmed he didn't like or trust Bliss.