"Be afraid... for he does not wield the sword in vain."
"Be afraid... for he does not wield the sword in vain."
Rudo is a dark-skinned man of a lanky yet well-cultivated build; his cut biceps and pectorals are typically covered by his layered clothing. His hairstyle changes often, though his long mane is most often seen in the forms of both long braids and a large afro; he’s been known to braid it or soften and straighten it, either of which causes his hair to hang down to the middle of his back. However, it seems much shorter when worn as an afro. He has long, tapered sideburns cut inward, curving along the underside of his angular cheekbone. His facial hair consists of a full, scraggly beard along his jawline; he’s, for a reason unknown, adverse to having a mustache. Both lips are full, though, the top lip is slightly darker than the bottom. Both flat, dark brown irises typically remain hidden behind a pair of tinted glasses.
His attire is usually of a dark tint, mostly just plain black all over; a long overcoat that hangs down just past his knees, a black buttoned shirt, and black jeans tucked in leather boots are his typical attire. Ever since receiving the trinket from his godmother---which is, unbeknownst to him, his mother's Quincy cross---he wears the silver pentagram by a thin silver chain in his pocket. Around his wrists are overly-expensive accessories, and within his jacket pocket he carries a fourteen-carot Jesus Piece necklace at all times.
Who Rudo is has largely been shaped by the events of his early childhood; growing up as a foreigner in a new country, the sudden disappearance of his mother, and the twenty-five-year absence of his father. Deeply, he is callous and untrusting, building a relative buffer zone between himself and the rest of the world to mask his inner turmoil from those with a sense of perception. He is sometimes highly critical of others, especially of the music that tops the charts nowadays---which happens to be the music that many prefer over his own brand. His mood and overall demeanor are considerably inconsistent with Rudo having yet to completely leave behind his self-centered and self-serving ways. The international stardom, widespread authority and influence, and incalculable sums of wealth that were once commonplace in his life instilled him with a sense of superiority and complacency that still plagues him to this day. He is sometimes very curious and cautious of those he is unacquainted with, though, the many unanswered threats on his life have invited a lingering sense of complacency and infrequent geniality.
As a formerly well-respected musician, Rudo still experiences a fragment of the admiration he once took for granted. While he deeply appreciates the path laid before him---one relatively free of the nefariousness and prehensile peril of his previous life---an even deeper desire to redeem his old life still holds much sway over his judgments and actions. Though he thinks himself more matured and wiser now, he is very much a man stuck between that which once was, and that which could be.
Rudo is a practitioner of the Catholic faith as a result of his being raised by Anselma. Though it has been remiss from the majority of his life, he now looks at the faith of Christianity as a means to cleanse himself of his former misgivings---as well as a path back to the lofty heights on which he once resided. He is multi-instrumentalist, though like his estranged father, he is especially exceptional with the saxophone.
Born October 11, 1978 in Cologne, Germany as Charles Aldridge III to Ayodele and Charles Aldridge, Sr. His mother and father met during the Vietnam War, the former serving as a medic while the latter served as a soldier on the frontlines. The couple quickly wed and kept residence in Germany after the war. Their first child, Charles Aldridge, Jr., died shortly after birth. Both worked multiple jobs throughout the days and nights of his early childhood, hardly ever seeing the boy. Charles III was raised mostly by Ayodele’s close friend who was the superintendent of the apartment complex they lived in, Anselma, whom taught him to speak both German and French. Both his mother and father were talented musicians; both played various instruments, though, his father was particularly exceptional with the saxophone and his mother the piano, fostering his early love for music.
On his eighth birthday, Charles III was suddenly taken away by a grief-stricken Ayodele. The two migrated to Camden, New Jersey, where the two lived with Ayodele’s older brother, Abel, and his family. As a youth in a new country, Charles III found himself disparate with the American culture, making the next decade of his life increasingly difficult. Finding himself alone and isolated from his peers due to his uncultivated mind and heavy German accent, Charles III became an irascible recluse who sought to take from those around him the respect they refused to give him. When Charles III was 15 years old, Ayodele mysteriously disappeared. There was no funeral, no body recovered, and no explanation given to her son other than a simple message from Abel: “Your mother is gone.” It is at this point in his life that his destructiveness compounds and enters a path of criminal activity filled with violence and bloodshed in the impoverished streets of Camden.
By the time he graduated high school, Rudo had been arrested more times than he could count on one hand. Unable to curb his nephew’s attitude, Abel forces Rudo to join the military. It is during this time that Rudo finds himself, finds discipline and control, though, he is never truly ridden of his darker self. Charles III finds his passion in the music industry and eventually rises to stardom as a hip-hop artist. Behind the scenes, however, he continues to operate as the figurehead of an underground criminal organization, earning several millions of both licit and illicit dollars.
Though his star rose rapidly worldwide, a narcissistic, obdurate persona and an intensely-cursory lifestyle would soon prove to be his downfall. Suffocated by massive debt, death threats rendered by those once endeared to him, and the rapid decline of his popularity, Charles III escapes America, finding refuge in his birthplace of Cologne. It is at this time that he changes his legal name to Rudo Braun, fading into cagey obscurity. The formerly heralded musician now lives in humble and secluded conditions, experiencing in Europe only a fragment of the renown of years past.
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