T. Cipher Candlerote
Players on the Street
Lester "Slick" Murphy is a gambler not just by trade but in his nature. He is always after the extra edge his ... ablity helps with this. This has lead to trouble before however, specifically with a local mob boss: Salvatore Riina who fined Slick 500,000$ for cheating at the "executive game" Slick has been paying back by being a player for the mob and keeping the games in hand, an arrangement benificial to all involved (in 2 years Slick's debt has withered to 100,000$)
Eric Fairwell was a Computer Science student at UCSD, getting by on financial aid until he had some bad luck. His parents died in a train crash. Eric had to drop out of school to work through the emotional trauma. Financial Aid debts piled up, and Eric couldn't find a job. He opted for a two-year English teaching position in Japan, to escape from his debts, and to clear his head.
Darrel Harrison is a 27 year old up and coming photo/journalist. After taking a break from college and backpacking throughout Europe he has taken many jobs as a free lance photographer and writer and traveled abroad taking photos. His father passed away in a motorcycle accident when he was a child. Darrel was with him but was thrown from the motorcycle and was knocked unconscious. He remembers nothing of the incident. Since Darrel was 16 his mother moved to New York and began seeking help for depression and substance abuse. Darrel went to live with his aunt for a few years before moving out and eventually going to college.
Joey was born a heroin baby by a useless junkie mother. Having been taken away by child protective services she grew up hopping from shelters and foster homes. She wound up dropping out of school at 14 and joining with a band of punkers. Pregnant at 15˝ by a 19 year-old she cared deeply for, it was this band of “friends” who pulled some strings and collected enough money to pay for the girl’s abortion. The drugs they administered during the procedure put Joey in a place she’d never been before. A hallucinatory sleep-like stasis that, when she awoke, she knew she wanted to experience again.
Arthur Tuskadeli's has always been gifted at fixing things. He was the kind of kid who would take apart the toaster just to see how it works. The difference between Arthur and other curious kids was that arthur would put it back together (usually with improvements.) As Arthur got older he got involved with a gang. This particular gang used to do small jobs for the mafia. This got the attention of Arthurs uncle. He kept an eye on Arthur and had plans to groom him into becoming a made man like himself.
Nathan Dross was a friendly child with a natural curiosity. His parents died when he was in his early teens, and only thanks to a trust fund was he able to go to college. He withdrew into himself, and studied the body, fascinated with the mortality of all things, but also in their beauty and diversity. Through hard work he managed to become a surgeon early and got a position at a local hospital. In his spare time, he took classes and studied other animals and planned to become a veterinary surgeon as well.
Marla Singer is a woman Slick met late one night downtown where she was working as a cabbie. Slick had never seen a cabbie wearing an old bridesmaids dress and smoking like a chimney, it was love at first sight. They have been together for about 2 years.
Salvatore Riina is a local mob boss in Chicago. No one really knows what to make of him as some describe him with a heart of gold while others would say he is the devil himself. Riina manages to always stay ahead of the FBI and is considered one the most powerful men in Chicago.
Cecilia Dranes is Darrel’s closest relative. She is his father’s sister and very wealthy. She is a widow. Cecilia’s husband Carter was alive when Darrel lived with her but he was always traveling and not around much. Carter died of a heart attack when Darrel was finishing up college. Currently she is a curator at the local museum but Darrel believes this is just a convenient title for her to hold as he doesn’t believe she really has too many responsibilities to tie her down.