|Mortals, those humble from whom the Dreaming springs...
|Walter Lexington -- 47 years of age. The proprietor of Walter's Shrimp Shack, Walter has grown increasingly surly and bitter over the years--as any of his regulars will tell you. Large in stature and keen of eye, he can be seen mostly behind the bar, filling the glass mugs with the beverages of his customers' likings. He is even more skilled in the kitchen, though he mostly leaves such work to his employees these days. Some say that he used to catch his own seafood out in the bay before Shamus MacElroy won his trawler over a tipsy high-stakes game of seven card stud. Others say that the more elite seafood courses--prepared for patrons by Walter's own hands--may hint at some degree of formal education, but Walter has thus far warded off all querries into his history. He and MacElroy persist in their rivalry to this day, and neither side shows signs of giving in.|
|Jack "Jacko" Orson -- 29 years of age. Strong and rugged, Jacko first met Captain MacElroy during a particularly nasty bar brawl in Biloxi; after convincing the stubborn MacElroy that they were in over their heads, the two of them cuffed a few more lads, pulled each other out of there and scrambled back to MacElroy's coastal runner amid a hail of hurled beer bottles. The Captain immediately put the unemployed roustabout to work aboard the ship and prowed it around Florida and back home to Prosperia City. Jacko took to his new job very well and--both at the shipyard and out to sea--has served as MacElroy's foreman and first mate ever since.
Being the silent type, Jacko prefers not to speak unless he has something worth saying. His subordinates regard him as aloof but fair, and none can deny the quality of his work at MacElroy's marina. He dresses better than his blue-collar work would require and still has a soft spot for the ladies....
|Amanda Jaegarhaus -- 21 years of age. The barmaid at Walter's Shrimp Shack...the only barmaid, in fact, a circumstance which ensures that 60- or 80-hour workweeks are not uncommon for her. She originally came to Prosperia City three years ago to attend Braddiwick University and earn a degree in marine biology, but after a few lackluster grades her grants were cut off. Now Mandy works long hours at the shrimp shack both to pay for her tiny apartment and to save up enough money for tuition and accomplish her dreams of swimming among the porpoises at long last.
In the meantime, she continues to smile at the customers and do her job as well as she can. The people are nice enough to her, but the long hours already show on her face, and her boss' gruffness doesn't help matters either. For now, she can only work. There's always more work....
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