Peterus is a heavy set, slightly round man, with jowels forming. His hair is running sparse, but his rest of him is growing. He dresses very well for being unemployed.
Peterus Winecrafter no longer practices his guild trade. In fact, he is officially Peterus NoGuild upon the rolls. He is the main man, "he who knows people". Everyone who is looking for work at The Corner Klah talks with him and tells him what they can do. He arranges work, arranging meetings for people... someone looking for help and the person who can do it. All he asks is a few coins from your pay, when you get paid. Sure is it just a few copper each week, but a few copper from a few hundred people seems to be adding up.
There are always a few young lads looking for some odd coins who run his messages for him (or take them to the messager guild).
His ThirdMan work, he sometimes call himself an MeetingSmith or ArrangementSmith or WorkCrafter, seems to be paying quite handsomly. He is always sitting at "HIS TABLE", something near the back near the feeble fire that heats water keg used to make the somewhat okay Klah and Tea served here. Good thing the baked goods come from some place else down the street.
Peterus is always learning on one elbow. If you are sitting at a table, he will also lean in towards you.
He likes raising one eyebrows when admused or bothered.
He has a wry sense of humor.
He also has an expert poker face.
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He is a great NPC for any game to have.
I could see him played by Michael Chiklis. He seems pleasant, but underneith the polite mask, you know there is a violent monster.
Add to this an English Accent. He is one of those 'minor bad guys' that you see in British Cop/ Spy shows.
It might also be good for people to see him outside of his normal context.
You know of course, since he is a third man, he arranges contacts between parties who perform criminal and marginally legal activities. Sure he does legit introductions and finds work, but nobody dresses that well on a few coppers a day.
edited: Since nobody I talked to has seen the classic movie, thus getting the reference:
An American pulp writer arrives in post-WWII Vienna only to find that the friend who waited for him is killed under mysterious circumstances. The ensuing mystery entangles him in his friend's involvement in the black market, with the multinational police, and with his Czech girlfriend.
It is very much an Orson Wells movie, even though he only directed a little over half of it.
Going to find the movie immediately. :)
a fantasy broker. terrific! could use a little more fleshing out on this one. Saw Third Man many times in film study. Would love to chat with you about it some time.
This is an old one, but a classic in more than just the age of the post.
I think you could go beyond the coins and mention that 'people owe him.'
Almost like the Godfather. 'One day I will come to you....'
But a classic NPC that is underused I think. Doesn't have to be as obvious as this one, but there are always those that know who to talk to or how to get things ala 'Leo Getz.'
A great character, one perfect for delivering plot hooks if other attempts fail...