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Perspective character

Name: Joseph King
Age: 18
Gender: Male
Race/Ethnicity: Caucasian, Itallian descent
Profession: Factory Worker
Home Location: Lee's Posh Apartments (home) / Cherry Suites (occasionally)

Memberships/Factions:
  • Labor Union (GLU)
  • Criminals (associated)

Relationships:

Disposition:
Mild mannered in public, but anxious and resentful in private.

High concept:
An average joe who is the sole provider for his family and wants to improve his lot in life however he can.

Special skills/abilities:
  • Perception +3
  • Crafting +2
  • Organization +2
  • Empathy +1
  • Willfullness +1
  • Hiding +1

Notable flaws/weaknesses:
Joe is often on edge about life and the future. He doesn't see things getting better for him or his family any time soon, but also feels completely powerless to do anything about it. However, with his lifestyle, he has also fallen into a routine and doesn't handle change very well.
Joe is also resentful of the educated and veterans to a fault.

Recently, Joe has become more concerned with the safety of himself and his family as chaos engulfs the city and he begins exploring the criminal underworld. He acquired a M1917 to defend himself, which he often carries on him in an interior pocket of his coat.

Basic appearance description (daily, avg):
Joe has a stocky build, standing at around 5'8" and weighing around 200lbs. He has brown hair and brown eyes, and his skin has a somewhat darker complexion, indicative of his Italian heritage.
Joe owns some relatively nice clothes, but most of them were his father's so he choses his own ratty clothing whenever he can. He tries to stay cleanly, but his work and standard of living make it next to impossible. His hands are stained with oil and grease from the factory and his clothes always have a sooty look to them.

Motivations:
Short-term motivation
Medium-term motivation
Long-term motivation
To earn enough to put food on the table and keep a roof over his family's head.
To get his family out of their crappy apartment.
To escape poverty and buy his mother a house.


Narrative


Background (family, education, important life events)
Joe is the only child of Roberto and Lucia King, a pair of Italian immigrants who moved to America for a better life. Upon arriving at Ellis Island, Roberto was so filled with hope and confidence in the future, he stated that his last name was "King" and all but forgot his old family name. Roberto never told Joe his true family name, instead always telling him "we are Kings now." Joe always wondered what would make someone want to give up the name their family carried for generations.

Roberto and Lucia moved to Rochester to settle down and, after a few years, out popped baby Joe. Roberto provided for his family pretty well. They were by no means rich, but there was always enough food on the table. Joe was able to go to school, though he grew up as a bit of a ruffian. He would never admit it, but he truly did enjoy school and was very hopeful for the future.

Then came the Great War. Roberto went off to serve his new home in 1918 and never came back. With his father gone, Joe was forced to leave school and join the work force. Unskilled and unable to secure a job that could pay for their home, the Kings were forced to move to a run down apartment in the poor part of town, where Lucia worked as a cleaner. Money always seemed to be tight, but the Kings have managed to scrape by these past few years.

Current Biography (ca. 1921):
Joe works in a factory owned by Archibald Regiblaster, earning a meager wage. While he is discontent with his quality of life, he actually enjoys his work. He finds the tedious monotony of factory work to be strangely soothing, allowing him to forget about his situation and all the anxiety that comes with it. It's not until he goes home for the day that he is reminded of all his troubles. He has begun to seek out other ways of escape, making connections with the Italian Mafia as well as frequenting a seedy little hotel called Cherry Suites. Through the mafia he hopes he can get one lucky break and finally be free from poverty. At Cherry Suites, he partakes in other indulgences to help take his mind off life. He has also developed quite an infatuation with the owner of Cherry Suites, Miss Cherry, though the feelings aren't entirely mutual.

Epilogue:
Following the destruction of Archibald’s Prosthetics, Joe suspected that his involvement would not remain a secret. He quickly packed up his meager belongings and left Rochester with his mother, Lucia. In the years that followed, the name Joseph King quickly became part of an urban legend told throughout the city. He was believed to be responsible for every major bombing that had happened in the past several years. While some doubted the very existence of the man, his story became both one of horror among the masses and adulation for the anarchist movement.

In the meantime, Joe settled in Buffalo, where he was able to purchase a small home for himself and his mother. They lived peacefully for a couple years, with Joe continuing to make his living doing odd jobs and repair work around the city. However, in the winter of 1923, Lucia came down with a severe case of pneumonia and passed away. While Joe mourned her passing, he also felt a sense of new found freedom. He left his home and began traveling.

Without much money to his name, Joe was unable to get far and ended up living in squalor during his time on the road. In the spring of 1925, Joe ended up in Philadelphia, where he fell in love with a woman named Megan Diquesa. The two soon married and had three sons, Lee, Richard, and Martin Luther.

The stock market crash in 1929 and the ensuing depression hit the new King family hard, but Joe managed to keep his family fed and sheltered, though at a great cost to his own health and well being. When the US joined World War II, Joe was able to find ample mechanical work around the city and managed to pull his family out of poverty and to about the same middle class standing he had been at upon leaving Rochester.

However, in 1947, Joe was diagnosed with advanced stage lung cancer, likely caused by years of inhaling fumes at the factories he had worked at in his youth. In the end, he could never truly escape his past. Joe died peacefully at the age of 44, surrounded by loving family and friends. He was survived by his wife and sons, who fondly remember the wild stories he would tell about gang shootings, underhanded business dealing, and bombings he had been a part of. His memory lives on with a saying his family came up with: To speak in jest is “to be Joe King.”


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