Name: Jaime Castillo
Location: Udynaesses, Groam
15 years as a professional pirate in the high seas taught only one thing to Jaime – that life is cheap, but still worth living. Jaime has spent most of his adult life on board ships of a multitude of shapes and sizes. He started out as a deck hand on a small trade vessel, but wanted a more exciting career and switched over to the side of the piracy before he celebrated his 18th birthday.
Udynaesses – a once bustling, opportunous, international and joyful city almost big enough to be a city state lost a good number of it’s populace to the plague 90 years ago. Then an invasion by Groam and steady decades of decline towards corruption and crime. The last ten years have treated the fallen city relatively kindly and some of the city is now almost functional – albeit corrupt, filthy and diseased, but functional nonetheless. The trade routes are only a fraction of the past glory and while the city is nominally under Groam control, it actually is managed by a self-appointed and tyrannical criminal.
Jaime runs a protection agency now. He has a modern villa in the city center that houses his employees, a small safe house, training grounds and a protected vegetable garden. Many modern buildings in Udynaesses are now designed to be resistant to mob attacks and have facilities with which the occupants can be self-sustained for short periods of time. Jaime’s villa is named Castillo’s Claw and that’s the name of his protection business as well.
Business is now blooming. Crime lords of the city took a severe blow a year ago when a wandering paladin of Aldamar named Augustus von Haedor returned an official court and justice system back into the city. Von Haedor succeeded – with the support of the citizens – to re-establish and rekindle systems that had fled the city long ago. Unfortunately it was a short-lived endeavor and after the paladin went his merry way towards new challenges, the city has struggled under the crime lords again. Many citizens regard von Haedor as the saviour of the city and equally many are trying to work against the newly established rule of law. Needless the say the conflict is still very much active. And they all need protection against each other. A delightful situation for Jaime.
Jaime has 12 regular employees and few more on irregular odd jobs. They work for merchants who refuse to pay “protection money” and they work for crime lords who are squeezing “protection money” from merchants. Essentially Jaime’s business doesn’t take into account what’s morally right and simply lets the highest bidder dictate the “morale of the day”. But they don’t do murders, assassinations, kidnappings nor any sort of active violence that potentially could lead them to the hanging hill of the city. Instead they offer services of protection and only resort to violence if attacked first. Or so they claim. Some disagree.
Jaime Castillo has the charismatic presence of a rebel leader. Even if he has no political ambitions at the moment, he has the potential to become a major player in the city. He is a clever and resourceful pragmatist and quite good at creating social networks around him. He respects hard work and loathes all who he thinks gets things too easily. This applies equally well to lazy city officials pushing papers and to fat crime lords farting at their subordinates to steal them more money. Jaime dislikes the brutal violence with which the city’s biggest crime lord Mercheval Dufien runs the place but as long as the violence isn’t targeting him or his men, he welcomes the added business such violence brings. But in his heart he knows that sooner or later the city runs out of people to kill or the actions of the crime lord turn toward him. Good solutions to the situation, however, are hard to come by…