Routhenrask Ruthelbora - Ro to his friends- is a smuggler, thief, and merchant. Born the only son of a fishmonger, he always had dreams and aspirations of moving beyond his anticipated station in life. As a young lad he signed onto a merchant ship. His journeys took him far and wide and he soon learned something of the world beyond the limits of his small town imagination.
He is a man who has worked hard for his station. From lowly cabin boy to first mate, he fought to move beyond the life that his parents predicted for him. The time came when he had saved enough money for his own boat. It had become obvious to him, during his time as a legal merchant that, while profitable, it could not compare to the money made smuggling.
Now nearly 37 years old he is considered one of the finest blockade runners of the age. His vessel, the StarSkimmer, is a marine ship modified for air travel and, though it runs lightly armed, it has no challenger for speed.
His crew is made up of freed slaves, free folk seeking adventure, and more than one young noble run away from home to test their mettle in the world.
Gregarious, generous to his crew, and ruthless to any who might betray him, Ro has earned the reputation as a daring and roguish figure who is impossible to dislike. Even the sternest Naval Captain can grudgingly admit that Ro is a gentleman first, a ragamuffin second.
He toes a fine line with his flaunting of any laws and will dump a cargo before engaging with any warship. This action, though not always popular with his clientele, has ensured no boarding party has ever been able to firmly pin him down as a criminal.
Whatever nefarious dealings he might be up to are always mixed with legal trade and tender. Ro is clever enough to ensure that some cargoes and their ownership are so convoluted that even he isn’t entirely sure what is going on.
Even so, if you’re desperate for manarite and need it sooner rather than later, Ro is your man. Or Elf? Maybe an Orc? No one really knows what race he is and he keeps that secret close to his chest.
Ro long ago made his fortune but something about the open sea and sky, the thrill of the chase, the pleasure of the deal, all of it perhaps, keeps him on the move.