29 | Banker | “You have a brain the size of a walnut.”
(+) Organized, efficient, witty
(-) Judgmental, deliberately insulting, easily intimidated
Julian Brody does not play around. He’s very sharp and dislikes most people, getting more entertainment out of insulting them than befriending them. As a result, many people don’t like him, but he’s alright with that.
A banker, Julian tends to cross paths with the bigger names in town. As he handles the monetary affairs of some pretty important people and could probably bring some of them down if he worked hard enough, they don’t generally mess with him, though he provokes them often with his words.
The older brother of Christine Brody, Julian was raised just a ways outside of Chicago, in Evanston, Illinois. Though his childhood was relatively uneventful, it was clear from an early age that he wasn’t a people person. He was constantly tormenting his sister, although it can be said that she was asking for it—she was the one who would never leave him alone. He was generally discontented with life in Evanston, seeking something bigger, and at sixteen he realized where he wanted to go: Chicago.
Over the years he developed quite the knack for organization and a fondness for handling other people’s affairs that one generally didn’t see in most people. His father, a banker himself, nurtured these qualities, so naturally when Julian reached the conclusion that he should be a banker too his father agreed. He wanted to head to Chicago as soon as possible to make a name for himself, to find his place in the bustling city, for although he hated people, he couldn’t help but love them a little bit, too. To this day he still wonders why he likes to be around them, but doesn’t question it too much. His general explanation nowadays is that he loves how stupid they are and, well, people generally don’t question that.
At twenty he finally moved, renting a small apartment near a bar. With the skills he’d accumulated it was easy to find an entry-level job at a bank, doing menial tasks for menial pay. As much as his superiors hated to admit it, he was actually advising them on some of their work whenever he could get a word in edgewise, and herein laid the problem: everything he said was right. He was slowly promoted until, at twenty-five, he became a banker himself, dealing with lower level clients and working his way up to people like Edward Lincoln and Giovanni Macini. He was fully aware of what the Macini mob did, of course, but he did business with them anyway, managing whatever work Giovanni gave him the same as he would any client.
Looking back on it now, that was a mistake.
A deal went bad for the mob and Giovanni was in his office, screaming and kicking things, trying to bribe Julian into giving him back some money he’d invested. Julian tried to explain that the money couldn’t just be returned so easily, but it was to no end, and eventually Giovanni just outright threatened him at gunpoint. Julian, of course, bent to his will instantly, forced to commit fraud and mess with a few accounts to get what Giovanni wanted.
Though the issue has long blown over, Julian views it as a blemish in his career and still feels guilty about it. He is at the height of his success, but he won’t forget the lack of integrity he had that day, and it only makes him more grumpy. His sister has moved to Chicago, too, and when she visits he torments her just the same, thinking up new insults for her every time he sees her. Perhaps the only friend he has in the city is the violent and moody Madeline Day, who he met once while getting coffee. Though it was not a pleasant meeting, he admires some of her qualities, so they get along… marginally.
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