Hermanne Petit-Goave, "Papagayo"
In 1791 the Hatian Revolution began. It is said by historians, that an act of a single vodou houngan of Haiti's local populace, began the Great Expulsion, allowing Haiti to become its own governing nation. Hermanne Petit-Goave was not that houngan, but he was that houngan's apprentice, having joined his master in summoning the loas in drug-induced rapture, and sparkign the Fire of the People!
When all chaos broke out on the island, the young, impressionable Hermanne witnessed his master's death, the demise of Jean-Martin Egouzeide, the legendary sorcerer, better known as 'Great Guhma Snakeleg', and barely escaped with his own life, as the battle raged and the blood ran in the earth. Hermanne found his way aboard a raft and would have perished at sea, if he had not been rescued by spanish slavers, who captured him and brought him to the mysterious northern coast city he had heard of as a child, the New Orleans, the old one being in France, Hermanne knew. When the caravel docked, Hermanne Petit-Goave escaped, killing a lazing crewman, and taking the man's clothes, as well as an odd Napoleonic chapeau he had found on the ship. He lastly took with him a name, the same one the spanish sailors had kept calling him on board. From this day on, in this new city, he would be Papagayo, "the Parrot", as he was mocked by his erstwhile masters. His lao oft came in parrot form when he was a young boy, and thus, the Parrot, would now do.
Papagayo wishes to explore this great city, this melting pot of humanity, and gingerly choose his life's path. Eventually, he muses, he will return to Mother Haiti. In the meantime, the ebon foreigner is comforted in the fact that his laos and his minor sorceries will protect him from the unknown.