Theo MonsdalePlayer Name:
See O/OFairytale of Birth:
Aladdin; Thief of BaghdadKnown Relatives:
Iago (Pet Parrot)Occupation:
Royal VizierStorybrooke Occupation:
Occult studies, geology, clockmaking.Powers:
None; Ja'far is an extraordinary swordsman and tactician, and possesses a very profound knowledge of the arcane. He is an excellent liar, and is capable of seeing through ruse and deceit. He can summon and wield the Cobra Staff.
The Cobra Staff can be used to compel others through hypnotization.Personality:
Ja'far is a smooth operator. He has a very relaxed and subdued demeanor, and he is calm under pressure. He enjoys society, and behaves in a cordial manner befitting a noble. Though the man isn't prone to get carried away, he is infatuated with technology.History:
Ja'far was born into the nobility of the desert city state of Agrabah. His adolescent upbringing involved martial training with bow and scimitar, and a profound education in the ancient rites and mysteries, both religious and arcane. It was during his younger years that he developed a fascination with an old relic, a lamp that contained within it the means to pacify the universe. Ja'far had become terribly afraid of what lurked beyond this reality, for what stared at him within his forgotten tomes was an inconsolable evil. His research led him to the Cave of Wonders, and he was found worthy to enter into its depth. He passed up riches beyond measure to behold the lamp, but before he could take it, he had a change of heart. No man should possess such power. And whatever lurked within could never be set free. So he left everything as it was, and returned to the surface.
Like most men in the nobility, Ja'far joined the Sultan's guard. He earned distinction when he led a contingency of warriors to fend off Ali Baba's Forty Thieves. He was an effective leader, capable strategist and a brilliant quartermaster. Indeed, his attention to detail was second to none.
It was his deep understanding of economics that brought him into the Sultan's circle. Despite their efforts to stifle the effects of inflation, the city's leaders could not reconcile military payments with rampant price increases throughout the kingdom. That is until Ja'far came into the picture. Ja'far introduced a number of economic initiatives that resolved the issues of inflation, strengthened the city state's coffers and bolstered Agrabah's position in relation to the other realms.
Soon, Ja'far found himself in the enviable position of being the power behind the throne. He could direct the Sultan in one way or another as his Royal Vizier, but he found the time away from his studies loathesome. There was an exception, however: Ja'far had fallen in love with the Sultan's daughter, Jasmine.
In a series of events most often retold, Ja'far witnessed Jasmine succumbing to the wile of a cunning thief, Aladdin. Everyone fell for Aladdin's charm -- everyone, except for Ja'far. Rumplestiltskin appeared before Ja'far and attempted to make a deal to rid him of Aladdin, but Ja'far understood what Rumplestiltskin was, and he knew better than to deal with the Dark One. Instead, Ja'far entered the Cave of Wonder, and retrieved the ancient relic that he had long ago abstained from possessing -- but he was captured by Aladdin, and the lamp was taken.
A sordid tale of war between Aladdin and Ja'far ensued that devastated the kingdom. When Aladdin's wishes backfired on him, Ja'far once again came into possession of the lamp. Rumpleestiltskin again came before him, and offered to restore Agrabah to its grandeur if and only if Ja'far would return the lamp. However, Ja'far used his only wish to launch the lamp far away from Agrabah -- and unto the same shore that King Leopold came to find it.
Highly misunderstood, Ja'far desires nothing more than to spend the rest of his days waging a proxy war against Rumplestiltskin. It was he who developed the plan to capture Rumplestiltskin, and he who crafted the plume (from his crimson parrot, no less!).
Though he is highly neutral towards the Queen, she cursed him nevertheless to forget who he was because he was dangerous -- and knew how to deceive even his long-time enemy, the Genie of the Lamp.
In Storybrooke, Ja'far is an accountant. He begs his clients to behave responsibly with their money, save for retirement, use low-risk invesmtent vehicles, and above all else, avoid Mr. Gold's pawn shop.