EDMUND CAMPBELL NAME:
don’t dare!AGE AND BIRTHDAY:
39 - born on 23-rd of February 1681GENDER:
maleOCCUPATION OR TITLE:
merchant, secretary of the West India Planters and Merchants Committee in JamaicaBIRTH PLACE:
London, Great BritainCURRENT LOCATION:
Kingston, JamaicaCHARACTER FACE CLAIM:
Colin FirthGENERAL APPEARANCE:
He is of average height, with dark brown hair, slightly wavy. He has hazel eyes and regular face traits, showing him younger than he is, and quite handsome, ready to impress both males and females. His body is rather slender, with the muscles not as developed as at men who did any physical effort.CLOTHING:
Edmund does not dress with comfort, but with style, to impress men and women alike. He pays high attention to his attire, in order to seem even a more important person than he is. He loves silk, French lace and fine linen. He often wears expensive coats with gold lacing and buttons. He is always elegant, fashionable, impeccable, in fine attire, as a gentleman befits an elegant and tasteful wardrobe.PERSONALITY:
Selfish and arrogant, greedy, cold and calculated, but charismatic, hedonistic and well versed, Edmund doesn’t care about anybody else, only about his own luxury and appearances. He has a good education, having attended Winchester College
and having been a good student both in business and law. He knows how to behave in society; he likes everything classical, having refined tastes. His conversation is smooth and friendly, and he is likable if he likes the company at his turn… or if he can take an advantage from it. His good business sense tells him about each opportunity.
A city man who loved his comfort and the upper society clubs he frequented, he did not like at all moving to the West Indies for business reasons, seeing it as a confinement. A snob, he is always looking for the company of the high society… which doesn’t mean much here. He likes connecting with other businessmen, and anything which might bring him more money, fame, social status. This is all he cares for, and the fact that he is the secretary of the West India Planters and Merchants Committee in Jamaica helps him connecting with the ones he wants.
He hates traveling in general, losing – a fortune or a bet have the same impact on his ego - outlaws of any kind, but this doesn’t hinder him having underground business relationships with unsavory characters. Anything that might get him richer is a good game.
He is paranoid and suspicious, convinced that every person he is in any relationship with, be it business or personal, intends to cheat on him and to take advantage of him (as he would likely do the same).
In his mind a woman's place is in the home, totally subject to the husband’s will. Affairs might be exciting, married women are better for this because they don’t expect any commitment, and their connections might be useful too, but a marriage should be based on a good alliance and a good dowry.
When he had a wife, chosen upon these criteria, he apparently cared about her because he wanted to be seen from outside like a model husband, what he was not at all. He was jealous on her, restricting her social contacts, but not because he would love her, only out of an exacerbated sense of ownership: his wife should be focused exclusively on him. No wonder that one day he had found the cage empty, to his rage… Yes, he had hired a bounty hunter to bring her back, but to no avail. She might have died or fallen prisoner to the pirates or to the Spaniards, what can he know.Skills:
+ opportunistic, good at availing himself of any means for social advance
+ good negotiator, which gave him success in some bussiness ventures
+ charismatic, enjoys social engagements; well versed in the dances of the day, he is the star of any partyWeaknesses:
- not skilled with any weapons
- likes gambling, but he is not addicted to it… yetFAMILY: Mother
– Ann Campbell (deceased) Father
– Richard Campbell (deceased) Sister
- Mary, three years older, a nun Sister
- Catharine, two years older, married to a baronWife
– Georgiana Drummond (married Campbell, whereabouts unknown, he claims she is deceased) HISTORY:
Only son of a rich merchant, he was much awaited in the family, so he lived happily and he was given enough education in order to take some day his father’s business. Since he was 18, his father involved him in the business and taught him what he needed to know. He was sort of a junior associate, but his father didn’t tell him everything about his business. Well, Edmund hadn’t told him about his tumultuous bachelor life either…
He had a rougher youth, like most richer men, but following a scandal covered by his father, he left the partying life with gamblers and wenches, focusing on business. And he was good at it.
When he was 29, he meet and fell in love with the wife of his future business associate and boss. He was 50 years old, she was 32. The two continued seeing each other when his job permitted under the nose of her husband.
A couple of years later, his father was found dead at his desk, strangled by an unknown murderer, probably hired by a rival of sorts… or by somebody who wanted his revenge following strange risky ventures. He had left behind a business in uncertain financial and legal situation, thing unknown previously by Edmund, who inherited only debts and had to solve all these problems.
The prospect of marrying a young respectable girl with the right dowry was appealing. When Mr. Franklin Drummond, leading a small shipping company, offered his daughter’s hand in marriage, as a concrete mutually advantageous business proposal, he accepted immediately. Georgiana Drummond had a handsome dowry. On the other side, Edmund had the connections her father lacked and with the marriage, came the connections that her father needed to strengthen his company.
He didn’t spend his time courting the girl like any fiance would do, he barely met her a few times before the wedding. If he wanted love or intimacy, he had a mistress for this, an affair going on for a long time - and he loved Lady Jane as much as a cold soul like him could love somebody (which is a rather twisted way of love).
He married the girl, used her dowry to pay the debts, sold the company and invested successfully the money in actions of the company his mistress’s husband was representing, as advised by Lady Jane, who also used her influence for him to obtain an employment with this company. Her husband was one of the West Indies colonial agents’, whose function was to keep the British government, and people of influence in Britain, mindful of the importance of the sugar colonies, and to ensure that any British legislation that affected them did so in a manner that was as favourable to the plantation owners as possible.
Edmund's services were remarked, so he gained a promotion. Then his boss was sent back to the colonies, as his mandate of a colonial agent had expired, while Edmund remained in London, so the two lovebirds were separated for almost two years. However, this did not enhance his marital life. He didn’t like the idea of his wife having some intelligence and her own interests, in the literary sphere, besides running his home efficiently, and he hated her for this reason, feeling threatened that she might discover somehow his underground activities – because, like his father before him, besides the legitimate business he was involved in, he entered in association with unsavory characters in order to get richer.
After a while, when his material and social status improved notably, he was sent to the colonies to be stationed at Barbados as the personal assistant of his mistress’ husband. So, when the two former lovers met up at one of the Governor’s parties, their romance resurfaced.
One night, during a party, his wife found about the affair and ran away. People started to gossip about her disappearing, which he tried to keep secret first, then to make it a kidnapping case. Edmund hired a bounty hunter to bring her back to his golden cage, but to no avail. Ashamed and worried that the gossips might affect his business reputation, he decided moving to Jamaica, where the position of local secretary of the West India Planters and Merchants Committee was available, and nobody knew him. If it meant giving up his lover, at least temporary, so be it. She was growing old anyway.
In Jamaica, in addition to his official mission and to expanding his business connections, Edmund also got involved into smuggling... or, at least, he is continuing the side operation he was running since stationed in Barbados. WEAPON SKILLS:
almost noneANYTHING ELSE:
He also claims he is a widower, even if nobody had seen his wife lifeless…MEMBER INFOPLAYER'S NAME:
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