|Name:||Nikolai Leonidovich Skalov // Jaime Lannister|
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Alter’s source work, author and character: Jaime Lannister from A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin.
Character Journal name: ser_jaime
Character Name: Nikolai Leonidovich Skalov
Character Age: 36 (1976)
Character Played By: Michael Fassbender
Alter Played By: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Character History and Personality: Nikolai Leonidovich (his father and close friends call him Kolya) is the only son of Russian oligarch Leonid Alexeevich. His mother died a few months after giving birth to him. He was born and spent his younger years in St. Petersburg. The Skalovs prospered through oil trading and other illicit under-the-table dealings, though Kolya was none the wiser at that time. He moved with the family to New York in 1991 after the Soviet Union collapsed with an estimated eight hundred million American dollars in tow.
He finished secondary school in New York and went on to do a commerce degree at NYU. The FSK (previously KGB) kept surveillance on the Skalovs throughout Kolya's tertiary studies. Though the Americans were eager to cooperate with a post-Soviet Russia, all attempts at extraditing the Skalovs for their alleged white-collar crimes had failed.
Kolya followed in his father's footsteps and went into commodities trading. The family had connections - other Russians in their position, Americans they had traded with before the USSR dissolved and others - and so Kolya made a rather effortless entry into Wall Street.
In five years, by 2003, he doubled the family fortune. He had scratched the 2.5 billion dollar mark in 2007, but the recession hit hard and he had lost a few hundred million before he could pull out of the stock exchange. They wouldn't make much of anything putting all of that in a bank, but they weren't going to lose all of it if the market went further south.
He quit his job that year and moved with his father to the Hamptons to live out the end of his days. His father died the following year in 2008, days after his 60th birthday, from lung cancer. Both Skalovs were heavy smokers, but Kolya has cut down a lot since his father's death.
After selling their estate in the Hamptons, Kolya decided he wouldn't go back into work just yet, and had an extended holiday in Las Vegas. The Wynn, to be precise. He became acquainted with the owner Steve Wynn after spending three weeks in one of his Fairway Villas and winning a high-stakes poker tournament. Kolya didn't do much business during the economic recession - he didn't see the point when most people were losing their life savings - so he ended up spending a lot of his money in Vegas on cards, drinks and women.
It's now 2012 and he's still living at The Wynn. He's occupying one of the two-bedroom apartment villas. As of 2011 he's started trading in commodities again, independently, so he does spend a few hours a day on his phone and laptop actually making money.
In terms of personal life, Kolya hasn't really had one. He's met a lot of people and he sleeps around, but he likes waking up alone in his bed and honestly, he thinks he's doing the world a favour by staying single. He hasn't really thought about settling down but he doesn't think it would be likely to find a serious partner here in Las Vegas.
Kolya first heard the voice while he was in the middle of having sex with a pretty blonde prostitute at the pool. He thought nothing of it. Three nights before that he could have sworn he heard Jesus whispering into his ear - admittedly after having four bottles of vodka. The voice came back to him a couple of times but he had been drunk on both occasions and has not given it much thought, even after the emergence of the key and the mystery app on his phone.
He's thrown the key away eight times and deleted the app that keeps re-appearing on his phone many more times than eight before he realised the key and the app were actually related, and the key wasn't something the whores kept leaving lying around the place. He's very careless with the key and leaves it more often than not on the corner of the dining table. The cleaners or the few guests he will have could take the key or move it around and while he might notice, he wasn't particularly attached to it to want to keep it close. He's more curious with the app on his phone, which seems to be to some sort of text-based communication platform.
Alter: (Spoiler alert for the series, from A Game of Thrones to A Dance with Dragons. Much detail has been skipped in an attempt to keep this section short).
Jaime Lannister was born one half of a twin with Cersei and is older brother to Tyrion Lannister. The Lannister family is the richest in the seven kingdoms where A Song of Ice and Fire is set, and they tend to stay close to the throne. His father Tywin and brother Tyrion had been Hand of the King, Cersei had been Queen and Queen Regent, the Queen's sons Joffrey and Tommen (actually products of the incestuous relationship between herself and Jaime) have been Kings, and Jaime himself has been Kingsguard and offered Hand of the King but declined this position. The family was not prominent when his grandfather Tytos Lannister was running the household, but under Tywin's watch it rose to glory. Now with Tywin dead the family is starting to crumble again, with Cersei half-crazy, Jaime turning into a half-decent human being after losing his hand and Tyrion on the run across the Narrow Sea.
Jaime himself was knighted at 15. He has had a long-term illicit relationship with his sister Cersei, and to get out of an unwanted arranged marriage and stay close to her he pledged his services to the Kingsguard. War breaks out across the seven kingdoms after King Robert Baratheon dies. Jaime is captured by one of the armies but is later released. He reunites with Cersei but ends their relationship. He then leaves Kings Landing and travels to and battles in various places, trying to finish the war.
He has trouble communicating with Nikolai - Kolya, as he likes to refer to himself - and it is, to say the least, frustrating. He's only able to do so when the Russian lets his guard down, and unfortunately that only tends to happen after he's had a few to drink. But the urgency of the war continues to rush through Jaime's veins, and if the key won't pique Kolya's interest, he will just have to use the journalling app to get the bloody Russian to go to Passages and open the damned Door.
Journal/Key: Kolya accesses the journal through an app on his Samsung Galaxy S II, but Jaime writes into it through a roll of parchment that he carries with him. The key is a nondescript old bitted key designed for a 3 lever lock.
Open: The Lannisters - Cersei, Tyrion and Tywin would certainly have Alter interactions with Jaime. Joffrey, Myrcella and Tommen could be interesting too, though I suspect the relationship is very much one-sided with the children.
Open: The Starks - Jaime would love antagonising any/all of them; Kolya is already in a position to make Theodore's life a little more difficult.
Open: Brienne of Tarth. How close you want to get to Jaime (or Kolya if you want both the OC and the Alter to be connected to him somehow) is up to you.
Open: FSB agents - I'm sure the Russian government is keeping tabs on the last surviving Skalov.
Open: Business relationships - other traders, investment bankers, etc. who have worked in Wall Street in 1997~2007 prior to moving to Vegas.
Open: Vegas relationships - other high-rollers, friends of Steve Wynn, Texas Hold 'Em players, sex workers and what-have-you.
The Russian billionaire playboy was still going strong after a couple of bottles of vodka and a line of cocaine, but Jaime knew better. 'Mister Skalov' here would rather sleep it off with the pretty blonde thing dangling off his arm - she was pretty, the blonde, quite intelligent and borderline manipulative too; reminded Jaime of a shadow of someone he would have preferred to forget - but ultimately the Lannister had other plans and an intoxicated Russian boy wasn't going to get in his way this time.
He's not half-bad, this Nikolai - he insists on being called 'Nikolai Leonidovich' or 'Kolya', for that was the Russian way, but they were not in Russia anymore and the former felt too formal while the latter too informal. The son of the oligarch was by no means a self-made man, but he did have a bit of a Midas touch. Had a way with words, knew how to play politics with the people that mattered, and had connections that spanned across the globe. Jaime didn't know much about this world that Nikolai inhabited, but he could respect the man who seems to have it all going for him.
Nikolai, on the other hand, knew next to nothing about Jaime. He had asked for a name after he ascertained that Jaime wasn't just a figment of his half-sober imagination, but words like 'Kingsguard' and 'Casterly Rock' meant nothing to the Russian. Nikolai was good at feigning respect and would call him 'Mister Lannister' when he acknowledged Jaime's presence, but most of the time he was either too busy making money or wasting it, and every time he talked to 'Mister Lannister' he knew he was taking one step closer to madness.
But right now, he couldn't stand up against Jaime like this. He could barely stand at all. And Jaime couldn't afford to spend another day in this casino - not when the war was waiting for him.
"I have some business to do tonight. Come find me again tomorrow." He offers a smile that puts the young lady's worries to rest, and seems surprisingly lucid as he flicked out a business card from his wallet with his thumb and handed it to her.
He makes a quick stop back at Nikolai's oversized villa, ignoring everyone greeting him along the way - very 'unNikolai' of him, but they'll get over it when Nikolai takes over and flirts with them tomorrow again - and grabs the old key off the dining table. Jaime has never driven before but he's watched - felt - Nikolai do it many times over that he's confident enough to get behind the wheel and use the thing on his 'smartphone' - the amount of technology in this world was ridiculous - to give him directions to Passages.
The 'smartphone' is of no use to him when he finally unlocks and steps through the door, but something else catches his attention and he seems to have forgotten all about it. It's not the door or the return to a familiar world that surprises Jaime. He took two steps in and stopped. For a minute that felt longer than eternity, he just stood there and stared his right hand, curling and uncurling his fingers.
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