Merchant by keith
This man is currently a very wealthy merchant in the southern trade city-states. Only recently has he come into power as an independent financial force. Originally married into a position as treasurer of the powerful Culnacci family, he was privy to many a goings on in the region. Made aware of the date planned for a riot and coup to overthrow the administration of a neighbouring city-state, he surreptitiously snuck off to the troubled area with the Culnacci seal. There he proceeded to use the familys reputation to take out huge loans from the citys major banks. He paid a fraction of this wealth to several cutthroats and promised more on the condition that they burn to the ground every bank specified amidst the chaos of the impending uprising. When the uprising came, all proceeded well, and the records of the loans were destroyed. He had his wife poisoned, invested his gains, had the rogues hanged when they returned for their pay, and now lives comfortably hopping from one riverfront property to the other with his twenty concubines.
He dresses in the expensive, but worn clothes of a style that has become laughably out of date. His cane is actually a smooth bore matchlock musket. The barrel employs the Gerlich effect, which prevents the ball from falling out the end (as he always keeps it loaded after a Culnacci made an attempt on his life).
Blue colerase pencil and Photoshop. Prints available here- http://www.keiththompsonart.com/pages/merchant.html