I do hope this is appropriate/acceptable in which case!
I'm a great lover of creating characters that are not entirely what they appear if you couldn't tell although if it is too far do please let me know :)Name:
'Maxwell Dúval' – [Maximilian Kharitonov]Age:
The general citizenry would know Maxwell as the proprietor of 'Rapture's Ramparts'
, a small but greatly acclaimed security agency with many high profile clients. Those within his inner circle however know that Maximilian is in Rapture for other purposes, most notably that he had originally been sent to infiltrate the underwater city by the Soviet Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnost, better known as the KGB
Some might find it odd that the owner of a relatively small business like Rampart can afford to live within Olympus Heights
. The fact is the small number of employees and large payments from the well-to-do clientèle have allowed Max to amass a nice stash with which he has been able to acquire many of the amenities he would have back in the USSR. This is, of course, not something he tends to admit in his rare communiques to his handlers outside of Rapture.Affiliation:
Whilst Max has his own agenda and plans if there were to be open conflict between the two forces he would most likely stand behind Ryan
if only because of his belief of the old 'devil you know' adage.Personality:
As what might be obvious there are two sides to Max, that which the public sees and that which is known to only a few.
Those not in the know would think of the Rampart's owner as a rather smooth-talking and suave negotiator, blessed with a silver tongue. His ability to talk himself out of troublesome situations and into profitable business ventures has been a hallmark of his success and enabled him to become well established since arriving in the city. Max has been said to have an almost 'disarming' nature that has won him many allies, not to mention allowed his reputation (and by extension, his company's reputation) expand and become a household name for those looking to to hire bodyguards and the like. This is certainly something that he has acknowledge and embraced, revelling in the attention it has brought him since it has enabled him to weave his deception masterfully.
Beneath his public image Max is, of course, a man with a rather ruthless ambition spurred on by his KGB handlers. Despite the years spent undercover in Rapture he has pursued his goal of keeping tabs on Ryan and other prominent members of the city relentlessly. The few who know Max in this way understand too that, while he greatly appreciates and lavishes his friends, his enemies are worse than dirt to him. If you find yourself on Max's bad side it is often not long before you know it.Background:
Having grown up within one of the USSR's tributary states the young Maximilian found that life did not grant you any favours at a very young age. His family had not been able to afford his upkeep and he was forced to grow up in a dank and rotting orphanage far from his home. He spent many of his formative years there, right up until he reached the age in which he was required to serve within the armed forces of the nation. By the end of his basic training Max found himself picked for the Intelligence Corp after having displayed an aptitude for the gathering of data and ability to often get others to spill information they were not keen on talking about. This was a turning point for him as after just a couple short years he found himself as one of the KGB's many spies, in particular those meant for infiltration within the United States. Max had undergone strict and often harsh training to formulate a firm grasp on the English language and to adopt a particular accent from the US. It was not easy but by the end of it he had at least managed to suppress his native tongue and pass himself off as an American to anyone but the most learned of linguists.
Max eventually found himself tasked with the infiltration of a supposed underwater city built by former Russian Andrei Rianofski
, now passing himself off as 'Andrew Ryan'. Getting into Rapture was easier than expected as he managed to get a hold of information regarding one of the shipments of people entering the city. All he had to do was knock off one of them and take their place, becoming Max Dúval.
For the past 3 years of living within he has continued his observation of Ryan and other more prominent members of the city, having built himself up a rather nice front for doing so. While his contacts with the outside world are few and far between he has managed to accrue wealth and fame within the city like that which he could not have imagined possessing back under Soviet rule. For that he has no intention of seeing his new found way of life changing...Appearance:
Max has the more common traits from his homeland possessing light blue eyes and a rather fair brown colour for his hair. Thankfully these traits did not really stand out in the multicultural and ethnic mix that is Rapture. In terms of height and build he is around an average size for his age standing at just a bit taller than the norm in the city (though he is by no means the tallest man around nor even in his own company). In terms of attire his wardrobes boast a decent amount of finery and traditional clothing of the era, usually opting for suits on formal and business occasions. Considering he is often arranging deals and meeting with high-profile clients he tends to have to stick with this particular type of clothing. Max has always felt it best to look the part so to prevent even the minuscule chance that his cover might be blown. In the times wherein he is not out on business and is resting at home he tends to usually forgo the jacket for a more looser fitting shirt and trousers with which to relax in, sometimes requiring suspenders beneath to keep them in check as is most common during the current 'fashion'.