Colonel Sir Bayard Caide
A charming grin. A hearty laugh. A lethal stab in the back, followed by a firm push down the stairs.
Caide is an utterly charismatic English baronet and career cavalry officer at the end of the 18th century. He leads his men with competence and dignity, charms the ladies (unmarried or not) with casual ease, and pretty much commands any room he happens to step into. His commanding officers look at him with wonder and not just a bit of jealousy; Caide exudes that aura of charm, kindness, and competence that makes him a trusted leader.
And that’s really a pity, because Sir Bayard Caide is a ruthless and unapologetic cad. He enjoys ruining others’ lives, breaking the law, and flouting societal mores, and he believes deeply that if one should betray others — and make no mistake, Caide really does enjoy betraying others — then one should do so with style and panache. “Make it memorable and make it count,” he says, because lesser methods would demean his gifts. As a result, Caide’s plans are clever, dastardly, and practically cinematic. He overplans, but it’s usually in the interest of humiliating his foes at the best possible time.
Caide’s good reputation is all-important to him, and he never acts against someone who could spread scurrilous rumors unless that person can be controlled or destroyed. Sir Bayard Caide may have started as an English cavalry officer, but true talent seldom goes unnoticed for long. He is now a known freelancer for time traveling agents of various nefarious operations, all of whom need a capable and resourceful human agent. He’s so good with people that he can almost always talk himself out of trouble, and his reputation as a team player means that rebel groups and enemies of humankind are lining up to hire him. He may be working for someone else, but he’s ultimately out only for himself. His employers would be wise to remember that.
Caide can inspire a good bit of loyalty in underlings and allies of convenience, but his one weakness is strong-minded, stylish women. He’ll go to extreme lengths to impress or pursue one who has caught his eye, and he may get so wrapped up in the romantic dance that he forgets his task at hand. When that woman is a TimeWatch agent, Caide may even be talked into changing sides… at least briefly.
Sir Bayard Caide’s Stats
Defense: Hit Threshold 4, Armor 1, Health 15
Offense: Scuffling +3, Shooting +2; Damage Modifier +1 (cavalry sword), +1 (pistol)
Abilities: Tempus 22; Authority 3, Charm 3, Falsehood Detection 2, Military Tactics 2, Spying 1, Taunt 2
Special Abilities: Clock Out (cost 2), Extra Action (cost 2), Flashback (cost 5), Technology (cost 2 — see below)
Misc: Alertness Modifier +3 (Notice); Stealth Modifier +1
Description: Handsome and dashing, Caide makes a good first impression and inspires friendship. If Caide is on a job, he usually has a technological item or two held in reserve for a fast escape.