From left to right: Peter, Kristian, Niels, Ingrid, Duncan, Kiddo (Elliot), Natalie, Scotsman, Thomas, Wendy and Caron.
Peter is in this version a Swedish priest who is grossly abusing his position and peopleís faith in him. Because he is Swedish he is eyed with some suspicion by a lot of the Danes, because Sweden and Denmark are still mortal enemy at this point (yet is wasnít unusual to see Danes fighting for Sweden and Swedes fighting for Denmark). Sure he claims to have switched sides, but the most paranoid people suspect him of being a spy. An evil rumour has it that Peter got chased out of Sweden by the population who had gotten tired of him, but his reputation followed him to Denmark, so he jumped on the first boat to the Danish-Westindian Islands before it spread too much.
The Norwegian Kristian is supposed to inherit his fatherís plantation, but everybody can see that it would never work. Either he would waste the money away, or he wouldnít discipline the slaves properly and a slave rebellion might arise (the islands had experienced a few violent rebellions where most of the city was burned down). His father found another solution: Marry him off to Ingrid. Her family isnít as wealthy as theirs, but they are well respected and her brother is know for his good judgment. He can then inherit the plantations, and that way it can at least sort of stay in the family. Kristian has no interest in marrying Ingrid though, and much prefer riding around the island on his horse or talk with shady people in the town.
Niels is not a crime lord in this version, but a lowly hitman and swindler. He tries his best to get friends in all social layers, his biggest achievement being Kristian. Kristian is up for pretty much anything as long as it will be fun, so Niels doesnít really have trouble getting Kristian to do him favours. That is also why he started a romantic friendship with him, because it was the closest people could come to be blood-brothers in high social layers at the time. This way Kristian will both find him entertaining and be less likely to suddenly turn his back on Niels.
Ingrid is trying her best to tame Kristian, but is getting really f***ing tired of him (he even steals from her!), so when her eyes fall on Duncan she is intrigued. She has never seen a free black man before, and thereís something awfully exiting about that. She starts to secretly flirt with him, putting Duncan in a very difficult situation.
Duncan has come to realise that life as a free black man is more difficult that it was as a slave. When he was a slave his owner at least had an interest in keeping him alive, but now people are only interested in his workforce, and couldnít care less if he got hurt. Therefore he is given even harder and more dangerous jobs than before, which is why he decided to join forces with Niels.
When Ingrid starts flirting with him, he is put in an awful situation. He doesnít want to cheat on Natalie, but if he turns Ingrid down blankly, she might report him to the police for a crime he didnít commit, and the police wouldnít even think twice about throwing him in jail.
Natalie also had to face that when youíre black, freedom isnít all itís cracked up to be, though she doesnít regret it either. She patch up and repair clothes for people and gets paid much less than other women doing the same work. Therefore she occasionally help Niels and Duncan do their hitjobs.
Sheís not happy with Ingrid hitting on her man, but she too is worried about her and Duncanís safety if she gets too aggressive towards Ingrid, so the best she can do is try and keep them apart or only let them meet in public places.
Kiddo (Elliot) is a strange child. To really get by on the Danish-Westindian Islands you should be able to speak at least three languages: Danish, Dutch and English. Kiddo speaks all three and always at the same time. He can without problem use them in one sentence, and for some strange reason he will occasionally say ďyesĒ in French. He is of course fluent in NegroDutch, a now dead language that was spoken by the slaves (Obviously Duncan and Natalie speak this, along with English and a bit of Danish).
Agent 300 is known as Jim Scotsman in this version. He got the name because he is the only Scotsman in the police, and has even started signing papers with this name.
Niels always wanted a friend from the police and tried his luck with Thomas for a long time. Finally he had to give up. Thomas was just too honest. Things are however going much better with Scotsman. He is rather corrupt, enjoys bribing (which allows him to wear unusual nice clothes for a policeman) and a brothel downtown is allowed to stay open because can go there for free. Rumour has it that he is even joint owner of the place.
But Niels has found his way around him. He has figured out Scotsman hidden desires and is greatly using and exploring them to make Scotsman more cooperative.
Thomas is Scotsmanís work partner. He is Dutch in this version, but otherwise his story is the same. His wife died a few days after giving birth, and he is now terrified of either loosing his daughter, Wendy (unlikely name, yes) or dieing himself, leaving her behind. He lives alone with her, renting a room in Caronís house.
Caron is a widow and is renting out a room to Thomas to survive. When Thomas isnít home she looks after his daughter, and Windy has accidentally called her mother a few times. Caron is also his best provider of gossip, mainly because he doesnít get out much himself. Caron didnít know Thomas before his wife died, and has trouble believing the stories about him.
For the first few years of her life, Wendy thought Caron was her mother. She actually prefers to be looked after by Caron because her father wonít let her out much. Has befriended a stray cat and named it Mimi.
13th September 2010