Prince Othmar Bolshnik
Othmar Bolshnik was born in 708 BC, the son of Kethmar Bolshnik, twice prince of Nova Vaasa. He succeeded his father both as head of the Bolshniks and as prince in 729 BC, upon the latter’s death. Initially, Othmar suffered under the tutelage of a regent, Duke Tristen Hiregaard, a deathbed arrangement made by the father that infuriated the son. In 733 BC, at the end of the Bolshnik term of office, Prince Othmar refused to step down on the grounds that the regency had cheated him of his term of office. The regency ended and Othmar ruled alone, breaking the Cycle of Stewards. His subsequent actions have left no doubt that he intends to have himself declared king. So far the Church of The Lawgiver has supported him in his ambitions.
In addition to the Bolshnik militia, Othmar maintains a personal police force named the Straffers that instill fear wherever they go by both reputation and deed. Happily, their activity is confined to the Heartland Duchy. They are led by Nikko Hetch who also serves as the executioner of the Bolshnik court. Likewise, Omthar maintains a bodyguard, the Storkaskete (“Black Caps”), consisting of fifteen men who are fearless and ruthless in equal measure. His spy network, Slangetunge, is led by Rangvold Alriik, a distant cousin, close advisor, and member of The Council of Lords. Being identified publicly as a member of the Slangetunge can get one lynched, such is the hatred that it has earned for itself.