- "Now who wants to get shit-faced?!"
- — Ellis Robinson
Ellis Robinson was born on January 17, 1946 to Sammy and Perla Robinson in Delray Hollow. At the age of 12 his parents took in an orphaned Lincoln Clay, and the two became brothers and close friends. At the age of 15, Ellis' mother Perla passed away, leaving him and Lincoln to be raised by their father.
A few years later, Lincoln enlisted in the U.S. Army, going off to fight in the Vietnam War. During this time Ellis began selling marijuana in the Hollow through some fiends from Empire Bay. These friends later moved into heroin and wanted Ellis to be their distributor in New Bordeaux. Ellis hadn't told his father about the weed, but he couldn't move into heroin without clearing it with him first.
Sammy quickly rejected the idea, afraid of the heat it would bring down on them and the impact such a hard drug would have on the neighborhood. Despite his fathers objections, he didn't drop the idea, and spoke with his friend Giorgi Marcano about it. The two decide to go ahead with the plan, deciding to only sell the heroin in the French Ward, where Giorgi's Uncle Lou will turn his head to the drugs so long as they give him a taste of the action. This endeavor is still in the planing stage when Lincoln returns home from the war.
When Lincoln returns home, Ellis picks him up from the Southdowns train station and the two catch up on things as they drive home to Sammy's Bar. Ellis explains that their father has been nervous ever since they got Lincoln's telegram about coming home. Worrying about Lincoln's plane crashing, or his train being delayed, even worrying the Army might call him back. He'd spend hours sipping his whisky in front of the kitchen window like he was expecting Lincoln to come strolling up the sidewalk.
Ellis mentions his drug deals and their fathers objection to the heroin plan. Lincoln agrees, telling Ellis that while Giorgi may be a cool cat, heroin isn't the kiddie pool and can easily get them both killed. As they continue to head home, Ellis suggests the two go on a double date to a new club in the French Ward. A girl from the Hollow named Raejeanne has been asking about Lincoln, she has half the guys in the neighborhood asking her out, but she turns them all down, saying she's only interested in Lincoln. Ellis says that one look at her, and Lincoln is gonna want to dig right in.
The two finally make it back home, where Sammy and a some friends have gathered at the bar to welcome Lincoln back. After a night of drinking and catching up, the two stagger off to bed. The following morning, Ellis is upset with his father, who's been having money troubles the last few months. In honor of Lincoln's safe return, Sammy has decided to donate a truck load of food the the Warm Hearts Neighborhood Kitchen.
Ellis complains that they barely have two nickels to rub together, and now they're paying for all that food. He believes they wouldn't be in this mess had his father listened to him in the first place. As they continue arguing, Ellis storms off just as Lincoln enters the room. Sammy tells Lincoln it's nothing he needs to worry about and sends him off to help Father James with the food.
The money troubles the family is having are on account of the Haitian Mob interfering with the Black Lottery. After the Haitians attack Lincoln at the community kitchen, Sammy finally agrees with Ellis and decides to deal with them. Ellis wants to sweep the Hollow, tracking down and killing every last one of them, but Sammy disagrees. The last thing the neighborhood needs to see is colored folks killing one another. He wants it done quietly and away from there. He sends Ellis and Lincoln to take out the Haitian boss, Baka at their hideout in Bayou Fantom.
After Baka is dealt with, Ellis tells Lincoln that this thing with the Haitians has been weighing on their father. Ellis has been saying for months that they need to deal with this, but he thinks their father has lost his taste for this life. Lincoln tells him that just because a man doesn't rush to violence, doesn't mean he's lost something. Ellis agrees, saying that he hopes their pops outlives them both, but if he doesn't, everyone in the Hollow is going to be looking to them, or gunning for them. He thinks they need be ready when that day comes.
With the Haitians dealt with, Sammy turns his focus to repaying his debt to Sal Marcano. Sal has a plan to rob the Federal Reserve, which should make them all very rich. While Lincoln and Giorgi enter the main building and break into the vault. Ellis and Danny Burke will be in the Underground Canals below. They will use an industrial drill supplied by Danny's father to drill a hole through the vault floor. Once that's done, the two above will drop the money down to them and they'll take it out by boat.
The job doesn't go as planned, and they improvise a plan to get Lincoln and Giorgi out of the vault. Danny decides to use some dynamite they brought along to blow the hole in the floor bigger, allowing them to escape into the canals with them. The blast is larger than expected, and they end up bringing the whole vault down on top of them, breaking Danny's leg. Despite all the setback, the heist is a success and they all meet back at Sammy's bar to celebrate.
As they celebrate their new wealth, Sal Marcano arrives with his son Giorgi and Ritchie Doucet to collect his cut of the money. After they all share a drink to their success, the Marcanos turn on them. Giorgi shoots Lincoln in the head, leaving him for dead while he turns his gun on Danny Burke. Ritchie Deucet pulls out a knife and stabs Ellis repeatedly in the stomach, killing him. Sammy is shot and killed by Sal Marcano. The group then set fire to the bar as they leave with all of the money. Soon after the fire, Father James lays Ellis and his father Sammy to rest along with Perla in the Robinson family tomb at the Delray Hollow Cemetery.
- Perla Robinson (mother, deceased)
- Sammy Robinson (father, deceased)
- Lily Robinson (aunt)
- Lincoln Clay (foster brother)
- A mural of Perla, Sammy and Ellis will be added to the wall of Sammy's Bar when Lincoln renovates it.