Were it not for Adelei Niska’s brutal reputation, he might be able to pass for a legitimate businessman from the old country. He is small in stature and bald, with a pair of gold-rimmed glasses. He wears fine suits, usually appears well-mannered, and speaks with a thick accent. The simplicity and elegance of Niska’s appearance lends to the horror of his reputation, though. He maintains his calm demeanor and eloquent speech even when angry, and always keeps his philosophical banter going during long torture sessions. Those who haven’t heard of Niska might not think that they’re dealing with much, but he tends to change people’s minds very quickly.
Niska very much resembles an old fashioned mob boss. He is cordial and polite on the surface, but ruthless when people double cross him. He takes what he wants, when he wants it, and kills anyone who tries to get in his way. Despite this brutality, Niska seems to have a twisted sort of honor. Of course, it’s easy for him to follow his code, since he’s the one who decides what is honorable and what isn’t.
Very little is known about Niska’s past. He’s been around for quite a while, and folk in the ‘Verse don’t really care about history all that much — especially when the man with all the guns and knives doesn’t want things found out. Niska was a very enterprising man, and is something of a self-made thief, having climbed the ladder within one of the Syndicates before finally breaking off and forming his own gang. The rest of his past is full of rumors and lies, some potentially spread by Niska himself to make him seem even more terrible than he is.
One thing that Niska is very concerned with is reputation. He doesn’t tolerate people double-crossing him or even turning down his jobs. He is a man who gets what he wants when he wants it. One group of people who have given him trouble recently is Malcolm Reynolds’ crew on the vessel Serenity. After accepting a train job from Niska, Mal tried to back out of it, ultimately returning his wages but also killing one of Niska’s men. Mal was later captured, tortured to death, revived, and tortured some more. But his crew was more resourceful than Niska expected, and they managed to free their captain while killing many of Niska’s men in the process. Since then, Niska has become even more ruthless in an attempt to cover up the potential rumors that someone went against him and lived.
Life Points: 16
Initiative: d6 + d12
Assets: Friends in High Places (minor), Friends in Low Places (minor), Highly Educated (minor), Intimidatin’ Manner (minor), Moneyed Individual (major)
Complications: Credo (minor), Memorable – accent (minor), Non-fightin’ Type (minor), Sadistic (major)
Skills: Covert d4, Discipline d6/Intimidation d8/Interrogation d10, Influence d6/Intimidation d8, Knowledge d6/Philosophy d8, Medical Expertise d4, Melee Weapon Combat d4, Perception d6
Niska is a very wealthy man who takes what he wants when he wants it. He keeps a space station in orbit near some of the Border Planets, and has a number of mercenaries and supplies there. He usually dresses in fine suits, and his wife keeps him apprised of dinner engagement and other social events. If there is something that Niska doesn’t have, he will get it. He hires mercenaries quite often to steal all manner of contraband, including medicine, guns, and platinum. Niska has a collection of the writings of Chinese dictator Shun Yu, and keeps a wide variety of knives, drills, and high tech torture devices. Niska sees torture as his art, and he usually works very hard to keep people alive for days or even weeks as he torments them, sometimes even resucitating them after they’ve died.