Wednesday 3 August 2016

Rogue's Gallery: Madame Orla

In Alyeska there but a handful of individuals who wield great influence yet lie a step away from the public limelight, preferring to work partially behind the scenes. Madame Orla is one such person, well known as both the owner of a certain infamous 'house' and information broker.

There is more to the Madame than meets the eye.

Madame Orla

Much of Madame Orla is surrounded by mystery. Her skin tone, accent, and mannerisms bespeak of her hailing from some locale far beyond Alyeska's shores. Her advanced years have done little but refine her exotic and alluring beauty, which attracts men to her 'establishment' like moths to the flame. Whilst most come for the fine drinks and scantily clad girls, there is something else that draws aviators. Madame Orla has built up a network of contacts amongst Alyeska's shadier denizens and is the main person to speak to when looking for work thats not strictly legal (though minus her cut of course). Madame Orla is well aware of her establishment's reputation and bars undesirables such as drunks, tramps, and even the law from entering. She makes good use of enforcers to ensure her rules are obeyed and to ensure prompt payments from her clients.

What isn't generally known is that her family hails from a distant province of the former Holy Sodkan Empire, though they departed there long before the Great Darmonican War and have had very little contact with their homeland ever since. Her father worked for the Empire's intelligence service, but left after an apparent 'disagreement' with his superiors and moved his family to Alyeska. Orla's father continued to ply his trade as an intelligence operative, though this time as a freelancer selling secrets to whoever had the money. Most of his clients ended up being sky pirates seeking shipping lists for potential targets, the young Orla became fancied by them and despite her father's best efforts joined one of their bands after she fell for their leader.

Things to begin with did not go well for her, most of the other members of the gang looked down upon her as an overeager wet-behind-the-ears rookie. Worse still the gang leader saw her as just another woman to bed, something that he didn't have long to regret when Orla eventually killed him and took control of the gang. In time her band become one of the most feared gang of sky pirates and probably the most highly skilled, but Orla was careful to never be publicly seen as the gang's leader which paid off when she choose to semi-retire. 

These days she runs a number of brothels that she'd setup using the fortune she had gathered as a sky pirate, these also double up as safehouses for her sky pirate gang which she retains command over. Though her sky pirating days are over she still profits from her gang's activities as well as selling the information that her girls collect, though the choice targets always go to her gang. Her girls also collect the dirt on other sky pirates, particularly rivals and those that mis-use one of Orla's houses.

Attributes: Agility d8, Smarts d10, Spirit d8, Strength d8, Vigor d8
Skills: Climbing d10, Driving d10, Fighting d10, Notice d8, Persuasion d10, Shooting d10, Streetwise d12+1
Charisma: +2; Pace: 5; Parry: 5; Toughness: 5
Hindrances: Small, Stubborn
Edges: Ace, Alertness, Attractive, Connections (sky pirates), Level-Headed, Professional (Streetwise)
Gear: Machine Pistol (12/24/48, 2d6-1, RoF: 3, AP1 Auto)

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