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The Condominium (REBOOT / OOC / OPEN)

Postby Sylvanstreak » Mon Nov 30, 2020 12:55 am

The Condominium - An out of the way island chain in the tropics. South Pacific, to be more exact, but no one minds where you come from. At one time an outpost of British and Dutch merchant-colonizers; now a place for corporate interests and organized crime from across the globe. A stark contrast makes itself known, from the tourist-friendly beaches, nightclubs, and casinos of Whitaker Island and the local branches of large multinational companies on Fairway Island, to the middle-class housing and “suburban” areas of the Clovis Marches, to the slums on Khonar Island.

Anywhere in the Condominium, though, doing business means making a deal with this syndicate or that gang. High to low or small to big makes no difference in the end; only that the more money is involved, the more civilized (and civilized-looking) the criminals tend to be. In the past, the main conflicts were between groups fighting over territory, or control over a specific racket.

That was then; this is now. As the Condo’s tourist industry grows and grows, the companies begin to turn their attention to expanding out of Whitaker Island. But to make things appealing enough, the rest of the island chain needs a decent fixer-upper - and so, one way or another, the criminals must become a thing of the past. Enter Lichter Solutions, the private security company.

Things are about to get messy, since the criminals, in a very real sense, are the islands...and the only thing certain is impending uncertainty, no matter whether you’re a criminal, a Lichter contractor, or just a regular island resident. Will criminals choose to band together across groups, or stay in the same old pit of vipers mode from before, or even go legit? Will the men and women of Lichter stay committed to the job or go native and join the criminals? How will events affect residents - and how will they react?

Only time will tell.




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This RP reboots the original Condominium, and is (intended to be) a Sunshine Noir-ish work. Players are free to RP criminals, Lichter contractors, or Condo inhabitants as they feel like; so that the focus could be character psych, events, or realism, wherever their particular strength/preference is. Note (added in edit) that criminal and island resident characters will be a bit more on their own while contractors will be operating as part of a team, so criminal and resident apps will need to be more detailed to make the characters stand up more as compared to the contractors. Sorry, my bad! Forgot to mention this earlier.

As with the original, creating establishments, neighborhoods, markets, shantytowns, etc., on the islands is welcome and encouraged. Cylarn’s writeups of the original islands remain essentially unchanged.

TAG CLOUD - MT/PMT, crime drama, crime syndicate, gang, organized crime group, OCG, private security, slice of life, slow running, sunshine noir




THE ISLANDS (CURRENTLY)
  • Whitaker Island. This mile-wide island is a maze of “entertainment” buildings and neon lights, home to some of the wildest casinos and venues in the entire world. Violence in the boroughs of Whitaker is often hushed up quickly, and the general atmosphere is one of intoxicated revelry. Most venues are owned exclusively by OCGs, who carry out their warfare under cover of night.
    • Hero Dunes. On the western coast of Whitaker Island lies Hero Dunes, a conglomerate of various beaches that call the white sands and clear blue waters home. Wild parties and wilder concerts are the norm. The primary venue at the Dunes is Spearpoint Pier; the home of the Condominium’s popular “shark-baiting” matches.
  • Khonar Island. A sprawl of existing tenements, floating shanty towns, and an atmosphere of general squalor, Khonar is the home of slums - the dark side of the Condominium. Gangs control almost every street and the numerous small businesses pay heavy extortion fees in order to stay afloat. Basic amenities in this area are squalorous at best, and daily life is often disrupted by ongoing urban warfare.
  • Fairway Island. Partly clean, partly dirty. Many criminal groups maintain drug labs, chop shops, and other centers of industry on this island. Legit business is split between multinational offices and, in Sibley Harbor, refurbishing boats. Life here isn’t up to “armored VIP car” level as it might be in Khonar, but the people don’t go out alone, or after dark.
    • Sibley Harbor. Named for the East India Company officer Commodore James Sibley, the harbor itself covers half of Fairway Island. Ships carrying everything from TVs to bananas to people to cocaine dock in this harbor. The warehouses and piers are constantly under low-level threat, although unpredictable surges happen every now and then, due to the dynamic turf wars waged here.
  • The Clovis Marches. The last of the four main islands that comprise the Condominium, the Marches are a combination of individual markets and apartments considered to be of a higher quality than those in Khonar. From fresh fruit to fragmentation grenades, the markets have it all. Life here for the average resident is bearable, but as with the rest of the Condominium, strife is ever-present and a wide variety of gangs and syndicates call this place home.

THE RACKETS
  • ARMS PRODUCTIONS - The production of weapons of any make or mark. You're not running a massive munitions factory, however, if the smugglers have anything to say about it.
  • ARMS TRAFFICKING - Stolen pistols from family homes, hand-me-downs from forgotten wars, or expensive pieces bought from unscrupulous quartermasters in the world's premier militaries, the vast number of weapons in the city come from these guys.
  • CHOP-SHOP/VEHICLE THEFT - The art of stealing automobiles and stripping/adding parts in order to sell the (usually stolen) vehicles. Chopping is an art form for some, perpetuated since the early days of mass-produced automobiles.
  • CONTRACT-KILLING - Life is cheap in the Condominium, and there will always be those who will pay every cost to extinguish another person, for every reason imaginable. Any stiff with a gun can get paid to take a life, but there are a treasured few who have made murder-for-hire into a much coveted form of business.
  • COUNTERFEITING/FORGERY - Contrary to popular belief, paper money is but one of the few things that can be duplicated into a counterfeit item. An industry exists in the Condominium that provides a forged document for any purpose, from visa papers and passports to conscription waivers and doctor’s notes. Quality is in the eye of the beholder, and in the price tag.
  • DRUG PRODUCTION - Anything from shake-’n-bake methamphetamine to long-lost research chemicals, made by those who have found the capability to produce drugs. You get what you pay for, and accept the consequences on a case-by-case basis.
  • DRUG DEALING - Most criminal groups in the Condominium delve into drug sales, regardless of the amounts sold.
  • IMPORT/EXPORT - You're a force of progressive dynamics on the docks; if someone needs something, you get it in. Easy to do business with both sides of the Condominium, for you know the importance of keeping your contacts happy.
  • LUXURY ITEMS FENCING - Lost Nazi treasure, genuine Rolexes, expensive cars - this business provides people with a discount on the finer things in life. These items are usually sold to tourists, or to the multinational execs.
  • ORGANIZED PROSTITUTION - The trade of bare skin, by one avenue or another. Some use bars, some are prone to curbs, and there are many "houses of pleasure" that one can find.

THE MULTINATIONALS
Lichter Solutions - The private security firm hired by the tourist companies. Its staff come from a variety of sources; former analysts, investigators, operators, the whole works.

Grand Summit Holdings - The Condo’s own banking system. In a bit of an awkward place, since it’s the only place that has to serve everyone who doesn’t store their own cash and valuables. Absolutely neutral, kinda like the hotels in John Wick.

Seraph House - UK-headquartered. Specialty insurance company dealing primarily with insuring ship cargoes and sailors. Life insurance, disability/workers’ comp, cargo loss at sea, pirates.

Trend Line Inc. - A pharmaceutical company with a factory in the islands. Word on the street says some of their guards and employees look the other way when a crime boss wants some supplies.

THE APPLICATION
If you don’t feel comfortable using a pre-existing image, https://generated.photos/faces may help. Any kind of image is fine.

Fill it out however you want, straightforward answers, talking into a recorder, something else I haven’t thought of, it’s all good.
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[b][i]FACTION[/i][/b] - (Criminal, Lichter, island resident. If criminal, please also give a specific group or independent)
[b][i]SPECIALTY[/i][/b] - (Some particular racket for criminals; {analyst, investigator, operator} for Lichter; N/A for resident unless you decide to come up with something, props ITC)
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[b][i] BIOGRAPHY / BACKGROUND INFORMATION[/i][/b] -
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Postby Great Confederacy of Commonwealth States » Mon Nov 30, 2020 3:05 am

Hahahah, oh yeah... I remember this. Thank you, will get to this shortly.
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Postby Confederation of the Equator » Mon Nov 30, 2020 4:08 am

Seems interesting, I'll be back here soon.
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Postby Cylarn » Mon Nov 30, 2020 10:50 am

Very good to see this once more! App incoming.
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Postby Mincaldenteans » Mon Nov 30, 2020 3:15 pm

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Mincaldenteans wrote:*blows dust of keyboard* Checking in...

:kiss: :hug:
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Time to Smuggle some Ak-47s
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Seems interesting. I'll see if I can have an app up soon.
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NAME - John smith
PROFESSION- smuggler
FACTION - Lichter
SPECIALTY - Racket: import/export
GENDER - male
AGE - 35
BIOGRAPHY / BACKGROUND INFORMATION - John was just a regular boy in southern england, running down the street with his mates, racing his sister to the sweets shop with their monthly allowance, and pretending to have sword fights with sticks and branches. His father owns a small shipping company.
When John was 18, his father died of a heart attack, and as stated in his father's will. John was handed ownership of his father's buissness.
But over the years, john found that doing buissness was tough when there was growing competition among the industry, and so he decided that he needed to move his operations to somewhere else, somewhere that Shipping and transporting goods, be it legal or illegal is in high demand,
and that's when he heard of the Condominium.

Has a high concentration of people? Check.
Has a Port? Check.
Has a high demand for contractors importing or exporting goods? It's mostly illegal stuff they're importing or exporting, Check.

And so, john sold off All of his assets, laid off each and every one of his employees, and moved this buissness to Sibley harbor, ready to rebuild his company from the ground up, the foundation being shady Drug manufacturers and Orginaized crime groups that need a thing or two to be shipped out of the condominium.
ANY PARTICULAR FLAVOR TIDBITS - John, after years of experience- is experienced in the art of diplomacy, able to more easilly Haggle with people.
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Great Confederacy of Commonwealth States wrote:
Mincaldenteans wrote:*blows dust of keyboard* Checking in...

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! Hello good sir :hug: :hug:

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Postby Sylvanstreak » Mon Nov 30, 2020 6:19 pm

Great Confederacy of Commonwealth States wrote:Hahahah, oh yeah... I remember this. Thank you, will get to this shortly.


Hat tip.

I haven't secretaried an RP in ages and it shows. Forgot completely to include a space for accepted apps, updates, etc. This is that now, lol.

Min - Gabriel Tyne (Lichter/criminal)
Trenaka - John Blackmore (criminal, independent) - contract killer
Norv - Steve Collins (?)
Cy - Piet Ferreira (criminal, Ferreira Firm) - gambling, smuggling
GCCS - Gerard Sant'Angelo (criminal, independent) - luxury items smuggling
UFT - Erik Bauer, Alicia O'Donnel-Bauer (Lichter) - operator, investigator
SNE - Alexander Chang (island resident) - teacher
Magdelene - Maritza Lopez (island resident) - addict, streetwalker
Zark - Marya Marta (criminal, Condo native mob) - counterfeiting
Forest State - Shufen Hsu (criminal, independent) - cybercrime/scams/computers
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Postby Mincaldenteans » Mon Nov 30, 2020 6:31 pm

It's awfully simplistic, but then I'm feeling pretty newbish so it works out no? :lol:
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NAME - Gabriel Tyne
PROFESSION - 'Customer Relations'... make what you will out of that...
FACTION - Lichter Solutions (primarily), with a bit of criminal as an... occupational necessity... yeah we'll go with that.
SPECIALTY - Operator
GENDER - Male
AGE - late 20s/early 30s
BIOGRAPHY / BACKGROUND INFORMATION - Gabriel would tell you to mind your own business and kick rocks unless you had something over, against, owed from, him. He doesn't like talking about himself and he figures its unlikely anyone would give a damn anyway. Besides, the lesser known about him, the safer it is - at least in his view. Information is sparse to say the least, but what information Lichter Solutions did gather is that he has a sister on the same island. Could be he's looking for her, but Gabriel hasn't given any indication of it.
ANY PARTICULAR FLAVOR TIDBITS - Can be a bit forthright and subsequently antagonistic.

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NAME - John Blackmore
PROFESSION - Contract killer/Mercenary for hire
FACTION - (Criminal, Lichter, island resident. If criminal, please also give a specific group or independent) Criminal, independent
SPECIALTY - (Some particular racket for criminals; {analyst, investigator, operator} for Lichter; N/A for resident unless you decide to come up with something, props ITC) Killing for cash, although he may double-cross those who pay him a little too less...
GENDER - Male
AGE - 36
BIOGRAPHY / BACKGROUND INFORMATION - John was born in the slums of New York City on June 28, 1984. He was used to a life of poverty and squalor as a child, although he graduated from public high school. He originally went into the Army, where he fought in Afghanistan as a sniper, becoming the best in his unit at it. He eventually made enough money as a soldier to move to the islands, where he became a career assassin, ruthlessly killing those who he was paid to kill, and hiding and disfiguring the bodies enough to make them unrecognizable. He lives in a small apartment in the Clovis Marshes, appearing as a quiet, reclusive, slightly wealthy man to the public.
ANY PARTICULAR FLAVOR TIDBITS - (Quirks, virtues, vices, unusual interests, items - No more than 3 total) John is very blunt and to the point when speaking, having little patience for people who drag out conversations. He owns an MK-13 sniper rifle, as well as a Glock 33 pistol.
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Postby Sylvanstreak » Mon Nov 30, 2020 7:23 pm

Mincaldenteans wrote:It's awfully simplistic, but then I'm feeling pretty newbish so it works out no? :lol:


NAME - Gabriel Tyne
PROFESSION - 'Customer Relations'... make what you will out of that...
FACTION - Lichter Solutions (primarily), with a bit of criminal as an... occupational necessity... yeah we'll go with that.
SPECIALTY - Operator
GENDER - Male
AGE - late 20s/early 30s
BIOGRAPHY / BACKGROUND INFORMATION - Gabriel would tell you to mind your own business and kick rocks unless you had something over, against, owed from, him. He doesn't like talking about himself and he figures its unlikely anyone would give a damn anyway. Besides, the lesser known about him, the safer it is - at least in his view. Information is sparse to say the least, but what information Lichter Solutions did gather is that he has a sister on the same island. Could be he's looking for her, but Gabriel hasn't given any indication of it.
ANY PARTICULAR FLAVOR TIDBITS - Can be a bit forthright and subsequently antagonistic.


Agree!

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NAME - John Blackmore
PROFESSION - Contract killer/Mercenary for hire
FACTION - (Criminal, Lichter, island resident. If criminal, please also give a specific group or independent) Criminal, independent
SPECIALTY - (Some particular racket for criminals; {analyst, investigator, operator} for Lichter; N/A for resident unless you decide to come up with something, props ITC) Killing for cash, although he may double-cross those who pay him a little too less...
GENDER - Male
AGE - 36
BIOGRAPHY / BACKGROUND INFORMATION - John was born in the slums of New York City on June 28, 1984. He was used to a life of poverty and squalor as a child, although he graduated from public high school. He originally went into the Army, where he fought in Afghanistan as a sniper, becoming the best in his unit at it. He eventually made enough money as a soldier to move to the islands, where he became a career assassin, ruthlessly killing those who he was paid to kill, and hiding and disfiguring the bodies enough to make them unrecognizable. He lives in a small apartment in the Clovis Marshes, appearing as a quiet, reclusive, slightly wealthy man to the public.
ANY PARTICULAR FLAVOR TIDBITS - (Quirks, virtues, vices, unusual interests, items - No more than 3 total) John is very blunt and to the point when speaking, having little patience for people who drag out conversations. He owns an MK-13 sniper rifle, as well as a Glock 33 pistol.


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Postby Great Confederacy of Commonwealth States » Tue Dec 01, 2020 1:55 pm

I have a few ideas for characters, which I will have to juggle a bit as to which one to go with.
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Postby Reverend Norv » Tue Dec 01, 2020 6:47 pm

Interesting to see this back. It looks like Grand Summit Holdings has usurped the role Steve Collins and the Exchequer played in the original, though, so I may just be an observer.
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Postby Sylvanstreak » Tue Dec 01, 2020 11:41 pm

Reverend Norv wrote:Interesting to see this back. It looks like Grand Summit Holdings has usurped the role Steve Collins and the Exchequer played in the original, though, so I may just be an observer.


Plans are a basis for change; it's only a oneliner worldbuild, so if you're interested, consider Steve Collins un-usurped.

EDIT - Unless you've previously TGed, been invited, or posted in here, this is now closed, I think we have enough people for now.
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Postby Cylarn » Wed Dec 02, 2020 8:49 am

Sylvanstreak wrote:-snip-


The door should always be open for Norv.
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NAME - Pieter 'Piet' Ferreira.
PROFESSION - Owner and Proprietor of the Whitaker Grand Casino & Hotel; Head of the Ferreira Firm.
FACTION - Criminal; affiliated with the Ferreira Firm.
SPECIALTY - Gambling is the primary economic mover of the Firm; the Whitaker Grand Casino & Hotel, located in the vicinity of the Hero Dunes, offers a legitimate casino experience for high-rollers who manage to drift into port - and the added allure of illegal animal fights. Two warehouses in Sibley Harbor are controlled by the Firm, for usage in their smuggling rackets of luxury items, high-end commercial machinery, Afghan heroin, and exotic animals from various locales, for private sale and for participation in the baiting matches.
GENDER - Male.
AGE - 35.
BIOGRAPHY / BACKGROUND INFORMATION - "Ah, time to talk about myself. To begin, never did I think I would end up in the tropics, living in this city and doing what I do. I'm a businessman; I have interests in entertainment and shipping here in the Condominium. It's a comfortable life, remarkable for the son of a Natal farmer. My childhood is not important; you don't need to know of my formative years before the age of eighteen."

"At eighteen, that's when I signed up for the service, and not the national kind. Hauled my ass to France and presented myself before the recruiters of the French Foreign Legion. Why? A desire for adventure and a casual flirtation with masochism, I'd wager at this point when I look back. If don't know much about them, it's a sordid lot. For a Afrikaner kid thousands of miles away from home, it was jarring. There were multiple opportunities for me to fall out, head home with the stink of failure about me. I don't give motivational speeches, so don't expect me to say that I earned a bunch of respect and admiration by squeaking past the odds. I barely eked through it with a handful of other guys, and if my instructors had any personal respect for me, they were damn good at hiding it."

"Although I was far from exemplary, my efforts merited membership in the 2nd Foreign Para Regiment. The cream of the crop, where I spent the next eight years of my life - and ironically, where my criminal journey begins. First deployment was to Afghanistan, with ISAF. First time ever being shot at, for one. I used to fantasize when I was younger, think about what I'd do if I ever got shot at. Usually, those thoughts were fairly negative; but when we took fire from a ridge 400 meters away, all of those thoughts and self-assumptions went out the window as I felt myself crouch down and raise my rifle. If anything, it was fun. Loud cracks in the air, bullets flying around. From that little mountainside skirmish, I liked the fighting enough to reenlist."

"Like I said, crime became an option for me fairly early on in my military career. Afghanistan is the world's largest producer of opium; in a place like the Condo, you'll find Afghan smack to be the most plentiful on the market. The militaries of the world aren't very squeaky-clean either; some of the US Marines we served alongside during the deployment had connections to gangs back in the States. Met Lance Corporal Salvador Ayala, boy from East LA who rolled with Sur-13 - Mexican gangbanger-types. We worked under some older guys, did things like drive truck off-hours to get opium to a processing or pickup site. There was a whole improvised criminal underworld within ISAF; didn't go all the way up to the brass or anything, but there were plenty of junior officers and NCOs who found ways to make an extra buck. Although I wasn't high-up on the totem pole then, I made my own extra buck during my time in the Regiment. Found things to do, whether it be selling five seized and smuggled Khyber AKs to hoodrats in Marseilles, or stealing a brick of brown to deal out. Made more than an immigrant should make, anyway."

"After eight years, I left the Legion with the rank of Corporal and the right to French citizenship - if I wanted it. Lived easy in Nice for about a month, before I headed back to South Africa. I was never particularly attached to my family, not out of malice mind you. I keep my visits spare, as I did then. It was easy for me to jump into private security, especially in Joburg and Pretoria - South Africa has a massive private security industry, and in the townships and shantytowns where the cops are few and far between, the business owners with money will pay for protection. Boring work, to say the least. Most of being a security contractor is sitting in a 4x4 and occasionally making a show of things to scare off some kid from stealing copper tube at a work site."

"Eight months. That's how long I sat on my ass until some sensitive work came my way from an old mate that I knew in secondary school. Fella's name was Michael Giorno, and he'd made himself something special as a Made Man in the Italian Mafia. Ran a smuggling op from the ports in Durban. Said he needed some guys for wet work at a minimum of five-grand a pop. Enforcers or hitmen in a way, but Giorno's operation was much bigger than Durban, or really the country. The man ran high-grade pharmaceuticals all over Africa, and was the fella who sold flashy luxury goods to despots and socialites alike throughout the continent. I did my assignments out of country, going in when 'liasons' needed a talking-to. A talking-to could be anything from simply beating an uncooperative associate, or helping them out with their own personal bullshit. I considered the latter more than I did the former, and it paid off most of the time. Even saw some combat; I led a street gang in a series of firefights in the port district of Monrovia against a rival, and did much more."

"The money came in well enough, enough for me to purchase a luxury apartment in Durban and lead a dapper lifestyle. I flew first-class to go do my work, and could buy whatever I needed on the ground. By 2016, Giorno saw me as more than his best fixer, and a promotion in the ranks was shoved my way. No more continental work; I was to form an allied, autonomous organization elsewhere in the world, to facilitate an expansion of Giorno's networks, and he knew exactly where he wanted me: the Condo."

"It's an open secret, this place. No country technically owns it, and regardless of who might be here on Whitaker, things have remained the same for a while. Lots of squabbling amid the struggle of criminals to coexist; no peace is to be found. To start a new operation in the Condo, you have to land hard. Remember Ayala? I made contact with him, found out he was stationed at Subic Bay and I decided to visit him before proceeding to the Condo. The two of us made a deal; I'd sell his Afghan heroin in the Condo, in exchange for his support in providing arms, equipment, and additional bodies for staking a claim in the Condo. I had twelve men of my own, including three fellas from the Regiment, but Ayala gave me forty more men. Mostly Filipinos, and a handful of ex-Marines from the States who'd burned out all of their normal civilian prospects. Armed with decommissioned Filipino equipment, we took a freighter to Sibley Harbor."

"The first month in the Condo was crammed with endless phone calls and constant shootouts in the Harbor. Without asking for permission, we overran a local warehouse and shored it up. Few of the gangs in the docks, already embroiled in perpetual gang warfare, appreciated our arrival. Selling the heroin was hit or miss amid the fighting. Dealers were getting killed because we were breaking into an already-crowded market. Perseverance was what got us through fifteen dead and everyone taking licks in order to stick our dicks in the dirt here. But in the end, on top of all of the reprisal attacks and shootouts and abductions, we made it. Things calmed down within four months, and aside from the typical danger of this place, we did our business. While Ayala kept sending in heroin, I checked in with associates in the ports of places like Durban, Monrovia, and elsewhere. Started bringing in A/C units, high-def televisions, Rolexes, expensive cars, and the like. Legit shit, none of it fabricated or knocked-off. Made me more money than I'd think."

"Whitaker Island, fun place. I bought a crumbling ruin of an old casino there on the cheap, and after a series of painstaking renovations and additions, the Whitaker Grand made its debut on the entertainment scene. Casino drama; it's fucking great, with all of the competition and leering. I am immensely proud of the Bouts; where we hold the beast fights. Bought some docks next to the Grand, and built a complex to host two fighting 'stadiums', one submerged and one on solid ground. Fat cats and starving dogs alike come here, cashing in every penny and paycheck on the hopes that their tiger shark, or gator, or what-have-you, will come out on top. Some call it cruel, but it's not like I don't feed the animals or anything."

"Wanna learn more about me? Just watch. I'm not leaving this place anytime soon, mind you."

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Postby Ah-eh-ioh-uh » Thu Dec 03, 2020 7:13 am

Working on something. A wanted fugitive/prison escapee (no extradition treaty on the island. Let me know if anybody among you wants to tie our stories together. Hope this rp is still on. I'm thinking MC has friends on the island including but not limited to fellow escapees and a powerful/wealthy benefactor/s that he may or may not be employed by/owe favors (perhaps being a part of their gang).

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Shiiiiiiit, I might just have to come back to NS.
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NAME – Gerardo ‘Gerard’ Sant’Angelo
PROFESSION – Apostolic Nuncio
FACTION – Criminal (independent), island resident
SPECIALTY – Luxury items fencing (medieval and renaissance Christian art and artefacts)
GENDER - Male
AGE - 42
BIOGRAPHY / BACKGROUND INFORMATION – “His Holiness, after giving me my appointment, wished me a pleasant journey home. It is good that my faith in Him and the Church is so strong, or I would begin to doubt His infallibility. I don’t feel home on Whitaker island, even though I can see my birthplace from my penthouse apartment. Had I had the misfortune of still living on Khonar, I don’t think I would be feeling at home either. But neither did I feel at home in Barcelona, or Rome.

“I was born on Khonar Island, some weeks and 42 years ago. A small clinic run by some man I could call ‘uncle’. I had many ‘uncles’ in my life. My mother never told what she did for a living, or who my dad was, but looking back, her late work hours and the amount of large denomination bills made it pretty obvious. My mother always told me that she was a virgin, though, so maybe I am just a child of miracle, hidden away at the ends of the earth. Life on Khonar was hard, but I don’t know if it has gotten easier or harder. At least during the Cold War, the US spent a lot of money here on development. Didn’t want nukes stationed in range of its major pacific bases. But after ’91, that all dried out. Replaced soon after by a different kind of foreign investment, the drug trade. And everything that came with it, including the employ of my mother.

“She told me grand stories of her youth. Old Polynesian aristocracy, she used to say. I didn’t believe any of the fanciful tales, but I never bothered to check the genealogy records. It could be true, I guess, but it wouldn’t help. There is only one kind of aristocracy left on Khonar, and they are about to be replaced by another. My mother disappeared when I was 13. One evening she was there, the next morning, she was gone. Left a note with my name, 500 dollars and a phone number. A Christian orphanage on the island, the last bit of charity left from the outside, situated in an old mission. The 500 bucks made sure I was on the top of their list for adoption, which happened only a few months later. I was shipped off to a family in Barcelona. I only met them once before traveling there. They spoke a funny sort of Spanish, and I didn’t understand them half the time.

“But they were kind enough, the Sant’Angelo family. I could not believe my eyes when they showed me their home. Nowadays, Clovis is full of them, but back in the day, I had never seen the likes. Clean, with running drinkable water. Parks, broad avenues, beautiful architecture. And the Sacrada Familia at the centre. I didn’t fall in love with Christianity back at the orphanage, but I did then. A people this wealthy must have been blessed by God. And, conversely, the Condo must have been especially cursed. In the Divine Comedy, Jerusalem is seen as the centre of the Earth and the gateway to Heaven. The Condo must have been on the exact opposite side, I thought.

“Now, my parents were not entirely unproblematic in my upbringing. Something I noticed. They did not know how to handle a boy who had seen his first fatal shooting at age six. Neither did they know how to treaty a fourteen year old who had seen more shit than his adoptive father had. And they never lost a smug superiority over ‘saving and civilising’ me, even though they never dared say that aloud. I still write them from time to time. They are so proud of me. I see them for Christmas every other year. Despite that, they never felt like my true parents. And neither did my biological mother, who might still be alive on Khonar somewhere. I haven’t bothered to check yet.

“At age 18, I went to university. Studied Art History, because of course I did. I was obsessed with Christian art, with the idea of divine inspiration. Bernini, Da Vinci, Michelangelo… All the Ninja Turtles, my professor used to say. But also more modern Christian art. Antoni Gaudí was an inspiration, and I spent more time in his Cathedral than I care to admit. I even met a friend there, who I fell madly in love with, but my adoptive parents wouldn’t allow it. Actually sent me to Sunday school to get it all out of my system. After I graduated, I did some odd jobs here and there. Worked for this newspaper, worked for that museum, but I never landed a good, well-paying, long term job, despite my adoptive father’s best efforts.

“So, at age 28, with a small apartment where I could barely turn my ass, I applied for a theology study. I actually managed to land a scholarship for poor youth from a developing country, so being born on Khonar wasn’t all bad. At 33 I finished my studies. At 35, I got my PhD in the theology of depictions of Christ. At 36, I finally landed a job, as one of the curators of Vatican art. It consisted of giving tours to ambassadors and high paying Catholic donors, instructing the Pope in matters of art, and doing research in the Vatican library. This job was good. This job paid well.

“But something was gnawing at me. I travelled the world, saw all these beautiful paintings, just rotting away in museums. Unloved, not inspiring any kind of religious fervour or devotion. There was no passion. People take such art for granted, and why shouldn’t they? They did not work for it, and they have no connection to Christ. Art is not meant for uninterested mass consumption. It is deeply personal, and can only inspire through rigorous study. Which is why it is better suited in the hands of private collectors who pay large sums for the privilege. I would rather have one of those people grow a love for Christ our Saviour than I would have the paintings grow dim under the breath of a million uninterested teenagers.

“The Holy Father is old, sentimental, and has some misplaced love for developing countries. So, when I asked him if I could lead his efforts in the Condominium, to represent the Church and care for the lost souls, like I had once been, He accepted and appointed me his nuncio, Papal ambassador, to the islands. Of course, I care for the island’s wellbeing. I helped set up some Catholic hospitals and clinics, as well as modern orphanages and schools. I have to, because my money needs laundering, and there is no better way than through poor people’s cash flow. My diplomatic immunity, and the use of the diplomatic briefcase, has made me the perfect person to act as a mediator between those stealing high value art, and those willing to buy it. My knowledge in the field is unmatched, as well as my ability to make people pay out of their asses for the privilege. And I get paid, not only in millions and millions worth of untraceable dollar bills, I get paid in the glimmer and gleam of someone’s eyes when they first set eyes on their new acquisition. When I explain to them the history and hidden meanings, and the Christian symbolism. Even if they don’t know it, everyone who leaves the confines of my diplomatic Mission leaves a bit more Christian than when they entered.

“The world changes, though. The Condominium, now still the Wild West beyond the West, is beginning to fall in line. The tourist industry and petty drug crime can’t go together. Soon, the islands will know a new richness, built not by export but through the wallets of people with more money than sense. They will value the island as a paradise, and the mere thought of their millions will make this island crack down. And when they come, this island will see a renaissance like no part of the world has ever seen. And I hope to be at the forefront of that development.”
ANY PARTICULAR FLAVOR TIDBITS – Art historian, has diplomatic immunity which he uses to import and export stolen art, often receives high end guests on holiday in the Condominium
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Postby Sylvanstreak » Thu Dec 03, 2020 6:26 pm

Nice one, GCCS.
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