Bartender/owner of the saloonAppearance:
William has a somewhat round face with black hair and a black beard which he keeps short. His body shows the evidence of a life of abundance. With a wife who can cook well, a love for strong alcohol, and a low physical activity, chubby is the word of choice. Personality:
He usually wears a light-brown waistcoat over a white shirt, with a silver watch in one of the pockets, secured to the waistcoat with a silver chain. His pants match the vest and his boots are of a fine quality leather. His eyesight has gotten worse over the years, so when he needs to read or write he wears spectacles.
Sociable is one of the first things people would call him. William enjoys tending the bar at the saloon, listening to the patrons, talking to them, and laughing with them. He is generally a good-natured, calm and patient man, but every man has his limits and he keeps a revolver on his belt and a shotgun under the bar for when those limits are reached. And anyone laying a finger on his wife or daughter will soon learn his broad figure doesn’t contain just fat, he is capable to fight and will do so when his loved-ones are in danger. In a saloon with drunk men, and an increased amount of outsiders with different backgrounds, it regularly happens he must break up fights or throw people out.Bio:
Speaking of the different backgrounds, William will serve all customers, regardless of the colour of their skin or the shape of their head. As long as they can pay for their drinks, they are welcome in his saloon. His grandfather would certainly not agree with that attitude, but William prefers profit over xenophobia. As he likes to say “Money is money, it doesn’t matter what hand it comes from.”
Being good-natured and easy to talk to, the patrons often confide into him and he will keep whatever they tell him to himself. Breaking their trust is bad for business after all, although he is less worried about that with outsiders. Any information the miners share with him is available for other miners, for a price.
He accepts bribes when offered, depending on what they are for. If they don’t go against his own morals, he has no issue taking them.
When it comes to card games, they happen frequently in the saloon. When people get drunk and things get heated, he will intervene before they start breaking things. And while he can generally tell who cheats at cards, he usually only intervenes when he knows a victim really can’t afford to lose, or when the cheater is an outsider and the victim is a local. Maybe he doesn’t care what colour the hand carrying money has, but he does care more for the people of Ashfork than he does for the outsiders who are only interested in the riches of the volcano.
He enjoys playing poker himself, with a group of trusted friends, but they never play for money.
The McDougals have lived in Ashfork for several generations. Williams father, Duncan Sr., owned the saloon before him, and before that the saloon belonged to his grandfather, who had bought the saloon from the old owner.
As a child William often went out with his older and younger brother, Duncan Jr. and Angus, playing in the area and riding on horseback to explore the surroundings, while his sister Mary stayed at home. When his brothers were old enough and had earned enough money, they left for the big city. William hasn’t heard from them since, he stayed at Ashfork, working at the saloon of his family.
While Mary never went to play with him and their brothers, he has a good bond with her. They trust each other and will turn to each other when they need help.
During his childhood he made many friends, but only a few good friends and those were still his friends when they reached adulthood. To this day he and his friends get together twice a week after the saloon closes for a friendly game of poker.
Thus far William hasn’t made any enemies.
William fell in love with the Sarah, daughter of the blacksmith and a year later married they got married. Two of their four children survived their first three years of life. Their oldest child, a daughter, is called Lily-Ann, combining the two names of their mothers, their son got named Robert after Williams grandfather.
After his marriage his father retired and left him the saloon. He died a year later. His mother died a few years after that, but was able to help Sarah through her first pregnancy.
His children are old enough to help in the inn, his daughter Lily-Ann helps her mother with cooking, cleaning, and playing the piano, while his son Robert assists at the bar. Both know how to use a revolver and a knife and carry those with them.
William is already preparing his son to take over the place and Robert is eager to learn all the tricks of running a successful saloon.