This is part of a series of RPG characters, creatures, and locations inspired by random entries from Wikipedia. The material I create may grow distant from its roots.
Today we have Joseph Hardcastle Corsbie: a minor Canadian politician most notable for his three unsuccessful candidacies, though he found success elsewhere. This is a perfect example of a character that seems uninteresting until you look at the pattern of his life:
Why did Corsbie run for election so many times? And why did he fail so often?
John Crosby is a minor politician representing a small province. Two competing motivations drive his behavior:
On the one hand, Crosby believes in the power of law and government to ensure that the wheels of civilization continue to turn smoothly. He believes he holds a vital role in speaking for his province’s interests in the general assembly. As a result, he bores others to tears with talk of the importance of government. This is not helped by the fact that his many years of dealing politics infect his speech with pompous language.
However, he is gripped by the fear that he’s good for nothing else. Early business ventures fell flat, but an early stint in the military fired in him a typical soldiers’ fury at politicians. After he got out, in a fit of youthful passion, he put in his name for a seat on the local council. His fire excited enough to get him a seat, but that fire long ago died within him.
Now he makes confused speeches and makes jumbled conversation with his peers, always talking about the latest news or topic without doing anything about it. This only decreases his standing with the people and his peers. He’s getting so desperate he’s sure to commit himself to something dangerous soon: a radical cause or course of action that will get him in more hot water than he can imagine.