There are going to be some of you that will have been in Tremaine for some time before the game starts. It could be because you have been dutifully scouting for an organization you work for, or you landed here with a boat a few weeks ago, or perhaps you were born here, but it is up to. For those who decide they actually know a little bit about the city of Tremaine here are some basic figures almost everyone knows about at the time of the campaign. These are most likely in order of how you heard about them:
Queen of the Dead Also known as Bella Hein: A hero of the city and the priestess in the city of the Dead god - Baldur. She is most known for solving the last undead outbreak that wiped out the local temple to Tyr. She keeps their temple in perfect condition and encourages the people to remember the temple - and it's deceased keepers- fondly and with respect. Despite her outwardly benevolent nature, her name is spoken with fear as often as it is spoken with respect.
The Painted Prince: A half elf Magician who is known for granting wishes. He holds the rowdiest parties in Tremaine where every common man is invited and the wealthy have to beg to be admitted. He loves performing at these gatherings and will drink until the sun rises alongside anyone who buys him a shot. He is equally loved and hated by the populace, as his deals have ruined more than one life. He remains unaffected and seems determined to live life in the fast lane. No one is sure where his wealth comes from, or even the man himself as he seemed to appear overnight.
Mama: Bridget T'dian, Bride of The Painted Prince. She is an immensely powerful woman with bright red hair, glowing skin, and green eyes. There are many rumors that she is fey, and no one knows why she is married to the Prince with his partying (and likely wandering) ways. She is sure of herself, and many people can come to her for help without worry of the cost. People are known to give the Painted Prince whiskey with peppers in it to give her (as only those in need can find her) on their behalf, as it is known to be her favorite drink. Those who have seen The Prince and Mama together never speak poorly of them, but do say the looks Mama gives her husband could freeze a lesser man solid.
Captain Fleet: Also known as Gabriel Fitte, this halfling pirate has captured the heart of the people of Tremaine. He has lived in the city for several decades and is it's staunch defender from outside influence. He has successfully defeated at least two naval fleets that were sailing on the city and has an entire week dedicated to him every year in celebration. He recently has renamed it to Flam's Week in honor of his recently killed First Mate Lucien Flamburg. He and his crew are still openly mourning their loss.
First mate Slaughter: Also known as Joan Davida, this She-wolf is the new First Mate to Captain Fleet. She has long been a member of his crew and was practically raised by Lucian, with his recent passing she was the obvious choice for his replacement. She is easily the deadliest member of Fleet's crew and is loyal to a fault. She has been known to gut those who insult her captain, and he has been known to do the same for her.
The Fontaine family:
The "Cotton" King Alexander Fontainne: The head of the Fontainne family due to the recent passing of his parents out at sea, Alexander has recently been crowned the "Cotton" King. This is a title his head of family has held for centuries due to their founders success with their first cash crop. Occasionally they still grow cotton, but they have since diversified. The Fontaine family is reknown for being the wealthiest and most influential in Tremaine, and it is considered wise to have any business ventures approved by them.
The Queen of Spades Alexandra Tremaine: The twin sister to Alexander, she only holds the title of Queen until her brother marries. She is frequently courted due to her social standing and the fortune her dowry promises to be, but no one has been lucky enough to win her heart. Though she is not the canny business man her brother is, she still serves the family faithfully and well.
The Knight AKA Roderick Kline: *Particularly interesting for Les's character* Roderick Kline is a relatively new but noteworthy member of the Fontaine's servants. He is the first member of the Brotherhood to leave it's ranks without either dying in the line of duty, or properly retiring when no longer serviceable in the field. Roderick Kline instead sent in his resignation, saying he had found more fulfilling employment. This was a massive surprise to his organization, and many have been wondering if he has sold out to their enemies. Les's character is allowed to investigate as he desires by his organization, though that is not the primary reason for his placement in Tremaine. Kline was a very capable member of the brotherhood and should not be taken lightly.
Citizen's of particular standing or role:
Judge Regis Stemp: It takes a special kind of man to preside over a city like Tremaine, and Regis Stemp has risen to the challenge. He has been in place for a decade after the prior judge was assassinated and done his best to administer what justice the city allows him to give. He uses the gifts of his people (owl-like avorial elves) to avoid what assassins have been sent against him, and is a being of stern moral fiber. In general the populace respects him, with exception to the more criminal groups.
Head Hog AKA Chief Damien Cove: Head of the City Guard, this dwarf is beloved by few. He is a good man by most people's measure, but in Tremaine few people enjoy seeing the guard around their neighborhood. Damien is not known for being the greatest fighter, or being the most politically savvy individual, but his investigatory skills are of such note that when he was promoted no one complained. It is not often the people of Tremaine allow him to practice his skills unhindered- most prefer to take care of grievances themselves, but when they have become desperate enough to search for answers through the guard, Damien Cove has always pulled through.
Gentle Hands AKA Torin Melic: This gnome is protected by almost everyone in the city. He is one of the very few healers in Tremaine, and the only one to come without a price tag. No matter your standing, Torin will heal any who come to his clinic to the best of his ability. People donate what they can to him, and the wealthy have been known to take care of his rent when needed out of respect for his position. He has been seen recently in mourning clothes and occasionally openly weeps. Some laugh it off and say it's due to his soft heart, but even that doesn't fit right with them, he is well respected and the people sympathize with whatever loss he is dealing with even in this hard town.
Lower Class Figures:
Creve Couer aka Virre Noir: Perhaps the most coveted woman of the night in Tremaine, Creve Couer mingles with the everyone in the city. She is the Madame of the most popular house of ill-repute in the city and rich and middling come to her doors for the entertainment she has to offer. Whether it's to see her girls shows or to spend a night, Virre Noir's presence makes everyone feel more at ease. Her smile can melt away the stress of the day and leave you a better man than you were. This elven beauty is always happy to spend some time with you for the right price or make sure one of her girls will do the trick. In the grand scheme of things she probably knows more about what goes on in the city than most, and is a staunch supporter of the arts, all of her money is constantly spent sponsoring new artists or taking care of the girls she presides over.
Dream AKA Dianthe Dawar (deceased): Dream has become one of the most talked about figures in the town as of late, unfortunately, this fame has only come about because of her murder and not because she was finally recognized for her talents. Dream was a changeling, and used her powers to cater her "goods" to a far wider clientele than any other woman of the night would dare. No one spoke poorly of her, and due to her specialty clients, she was relatively well looked after. She did not just transform herself into whatever you dreamed, she would also agree to turn into someone you were missing, and those exchanges usually had far less to do with passion than they had to do with closure and saying goodbye, or recounting glory days with a long gone friend. While everyone feels fondly about Creve Couer, Dream was a wish come true to her clients. She was loved by the people for the type of healing she could provide and her death is a wound in the community. Few know much about her beyond what she did for them on a personal level.
Hunter/Gator AKA Skald: You haven't heard much about him other than if you need something from the swamps, or need to get through them, then he's the guy you want to talk to. He'll either take care of you himself or point you to someone who can.