Maria Astorino [only friends, his 'employees' and some clients call him Vinnie]Title/Status: Member of the Astorino Family ( 'Ndrangheta - Calabrian mafia branch of NYC)
- Pimp/Dealer/occasionally contract killer (whenever it becomes necessary or he is hired)Age:
. (Model is Bartolomeo Fasano)History:
Vincente was born on August 18th, 1990, in Calabria/Italy, as second of five children to Angelo and Donatella Astorino. All of his brothers and sisters and of course himself were sent to good catholic private schools, to make sure the kids were well educated and smart. His father, and various other family members were involved in 'Family business' and it was merely a question of time, before young Vincente would follow in his fathers and grandfathers footsteps. Tradition, and all this. And one always had to honour traditions. Having been involved with the 'Ndrangheta (the Calabrian Mafia) since he was twelve, it was quite obvious what the young man would do with his life: Dedicate it to the organized crime. For years, he's done grunt work, pushing drugs, doing 'deliveries' as a runner for some guy he never saw, back then. Everyone just knew him as 'The Boss'. Didn't matter. The young man grew, and with him, his tasks.
By 2005, his father had been involved in blackmail and protection money business, but Vincente always had his 'field of expertise' in other venues. Having one or the other drug dealer and pimp as friends, Vincente quickly found a liking for those things, and he quickly got involved into human trafficking when he was barely eighteen. He worked hard because he wanted to show the family boss what a good, loyal man he was. And, finally, was accepted as full member of 'La Famigila'. This, of course, came with a price. They wanted him to 'get rid' of some dealer who had fallen from grace, so to speak, having taken more than his share, and Vincente did not hesitate. Until then, he already had sold drugs, beaten some whores half to death, was in quite some brawls - why not add murder to his list?
However, his family immigrated to the United States in 2010, when Vincente just had turned twenty. His father was invited by a cousin, to run some businesses (restaurants) with him and help him with other family business, and he agreed, taking his wife and the five children with him. When family was calling, who was he to say no? New York City was an awesome place, and the young, ambitious man quickly made the 'right' connections within the families of new York City, proving his skill and dedication, and his quite remarkable talent to make money. Having a college degree in Business Management certainly was helpful in his endeavours, and his ruthless and quite vicious methods soon earned him a reputation. One as uncompromising but honourable businessman. Not even a year after his family came to the states, Vincente already had quite some prostitutes running for him, working their asses off, just to get him the money. Officially, Vincente works at one of his fathers restaurants in town, as co-owner, doing accounting and some management. Was a neat cover-up, to launder the money he made with all his illegal ventures.
Of course, 'just' being a pimp wasn't enough for him. Vincente always wanted more, and thus, he got his fingers into drug business, and was involved in it soon after, thanks to the good contacts of his family in town. Was so very profitable, after all, and the sheer extent of New York City provided him with clients on end. All those damn addicts, filling his pockets rather nicely. Would he wast a thought on their poor, miserable lives? Fuck, no. Mostly, Vincente sells Cocaine, Heroine and various designer drugs, whatever was hip and new. One had to be quite flexible in this line of work, and with his connections and the connections of his widespread family, it never was a problem, to get his hands on what was desired.
His family is mostly known for having their hands in Import/Expost business (which of course is used by Vincente to smuggle the drugs and whores into the country), various construction companies, restaurants and one of the other bar in town.
Christian/Catholic (goes to church on Sunday)Heritage:
Originally from Reggio di Calabria/Calabria/ItalySpoken Languages:
Italian [native], English, SpanishWeapons:Desert Eagle
, Switchblade (he owns quite some other weapons, but those are the ones he has on him usually)Car: Lamborghini Gallardo 'Tricolore'Piercings:
4 inches long scar on his left, upper leg (from a knife fight)
A gunshot wound on his right shoulderblade
11 inches long scar on left side of his torso (also from a fight)
Regularly worn jewelry:
He always wears a golden ring
on his right pinkie and a golden necklace
-All pictures are clickable-
- Business management (has a college degree)
- Finances (Accounting, Banks)
- Law Knowledge (had some pre-law courses at college)
- Blackmail, Coercion, 'convincing' people, persuasion
- Communication, delegation,
- Hotwiring cars, lockpicking
- Shooting, Combat, fast driving
- Vast drug- and area knowledge (street gangs, various criminal organizations, etc.)
- Knowledge about the structure and chain-of-command of the organized crime
- Poker, ballroom dancing
- Knows his way around in jail (He's done some time for assault)
His prime motivation is to bring honour (and money, of coruse) to his family and to himself, and be loyal to those he works with (or for). There was always a bigger fish, and he was very well aware of this fact. Being protected always came with a price. Giving his loyalty and trust only to those that earn it, he expects people to work hard and not slack around. Life was hard for some, not so hard for people like him.
Vincente is a generally calm and determined man, especially when it comes to dealing with clients and business partners. Showing too much emotion was nothing Vincente was known for. If he hated someones guts, they would know, sooner or later. Why should he warn them? He learned early on in life that patience, honour, confidence and loyalty could open many doors. He is a harsh, ruthless business man with little mercy for those trying to betray him or lessen his income. He is known to treat his property (aka. whores) with little respect, viewing them as nothing but trash and just existing to make him some good dollars. Beneath the calm exteriour lies a passionate, hotblooded, confident and devoted man, not afraid to take what he wants (even if he has to use his persuasion skills or plain, brutal force at times). He is a generally dominant person, with a strong will and fierce passion.
Now and then he works as contract killer, too. Depends on how much he gets paid and on who the target it, of course. If anything, Vincente wants a challenge, and not off some lousy street dealer. He was more skilled than to waste his time and talents on that scum.Likes (non sexual):
Authentic Italian food and drinks, earning money, business running well, making new connections, fast cars, soccer and baseball, his family (close and extended), now and then a hit of Cocaine, expensive Whiskey and cigars, good music, lazy Sundays after he was at the mass, hanging out with friends, his weapons (he is particularly fond of sharp objects), showing people their places, violence, Dislikes (non-sexual):
Rats and liars, people without honour and pride, Cops, people that open their mouths before thinking, his whores talking back at him, cheap booze, people that brag (he considers this pathetic and not worth his time), questioning his loyalty, having to get rid of missbehaving whores, random people getting their hands on him (he's got a personal space, for gods sake), American styled Fast-food, pathetic people, people that beg (usually for their lives), when plans don't work out, unreliable coworkers or business partners,Sexual Preference:
Homosexual, mostly [This is not public knowledge. It isn't something Vincente tells just about everyone, because it is nobodies damn business. Not even his family knows.]Turn Ons & Offs:
I really can't tell, yet. (Sooner or later he will tell me). Not really essential, right now, anyways. Please read my On and Off thread
Character development, relationship building, Open for friendship/enemies/allies, and of course for his clients or those that work for him (aka prostitutes); (My PM box is open for everyone for plotting, questions, etc.)