Embers At Night
Grizzled City Watchman. Overworked, exasperated, and frequently in need of a drink.
Skills: Sword, Brawling, Intimidation, Interrogation, Streetwise, Observation, Haggling, Riding, Armor, Reading
Sixth generation policeman, but the first to rise above the rank of Sergeant. Looks older than his 29 years, with some minor facial scarring, and hair that’s on the early stages of salt and pepper.
Dirk moved through the ranks steadily – he began assisting his father, Robert “Bob” Copper, in the local city watch barracks at the age of nine, and was made a full officer-on-the-beat at 15. He quickly gained a reputation for being much smarter than he looked, and for a stubborn determination to find the truth while investigating crimes.
His first break was the case of the Knusterham Strangler, who terrorized the populace for months. With a keen eye toward detail and solid interrogation of those in the area, he was able to identify certain individuals who had repeatedly been seen near the scenes of the crime. With the arrest of the Strangler, he became a minor celebrity in the city, and was promoted to Sergeant-At-Arms – the same rank as his father – at the age of 17, making him one of the youngest in city history.
He quickly proved himself a capable, if demanding, Sergeant. He was assigned to Wrightsville, an area of the city usually described euphemistically as “rough.” Over the course of the next six years, he made significant progress in taking the local syndicates down a notch. With a combination of good discipline and a crack-down on bribery, the city watch in that neighborhood transformed from a corrupt and lazy force to one of the most reliable in the city.
When he was 23 years old, the news broke – the Knusterham Strangler, who happened to be the son of a nobleman, was released. Nobody was surprised when dead were found in the streets. Enraged and frustrated that the legal system he had given so much of his life to had betrayed him, Dirk began to work around the law. He found the strangler in the streets and tailed him, obsessively, for days. When he finally got him alone, he struck. The Strangler became just another body in the river.
He was promoted at the young age of 23 to Captain. He would periodically insert himself into an investigation that warranted extra help, but most of his time was spent in command, allocating the limited resources of the watch to best serve a rapidly growing and changing city.
When the church called for an investigation into the strange weather, Dirk was the city watch’s contribution to the job – who else to send but the very best?