Biography: Anthony Ketrelli was born to human parents near the coast in a small fishing village. Growing up he worked the small fishing boats with his family, and sold the surplus in the market nearby. His family consisted of three brothers, and two sisters. They had traditionally only owned a small plot of sandy land with a large hut. It was only natural that he would spend his days in the market dreaming of becoming rich and successful one day. He watched the trained merchants in the village to learn as much as he could about the ways of the market, and his parents taught him basic arithematic. In addition to being uniquely interested in the market, he was highly intelligent and inquisitive, and by the age of twenty he had acquired a reputation as the best salesman in the market. Which, in a small fish market in a village of one hundred wasn't really that impressive.
But, when a S'laaeth ship stopped off shore one fateful day, he was for the first time given a real opportunity to become something bigger than a fisherman. He set up his stall as always, and prepared for business. The lizardmen were for the most part unimpressed by any of the wares displayed. They had little interest in the fish for sale, but were impressed by the young man's tenacity. But more importantly, he was a human. They had found it difficult trading with humans because of their appearance, and could use a liason that wouldn't frighten the smaller villages and towns along the coast. In couple of years, he had built his reputation from that of a fish peddler to a bonified merchant of all sorts of items the S'laaeth sold. After five years of selling successfully to the men along the coast, the S'laaeth gave him command of his own ship, a merchant frigate christened the "MoneyPenny".
He spent five years aboard the MoneyPenny, taking over several privateers in the process and expanding his fleet. During those boarding actions, he had often led the fight, acquiring invaluable skill with a blade and light armor. After capturing several ships, he began using the MoneyPenny as his flagship. He expanded his operation far past the S'laaeth waters to the south, out of the typical waters. Those virgin coastlines proved to be rich in treasure and valuables, which the natives were more than happy to trade for weapons, armor, and clothing from the North. After his provided inventory was gone, he returned to the nearest S'laaeth dock and traded the southern goods for more local riches. After a few years of this cycle, he became an incredibly rich man with ties to royal houses throughout the kingdom, and in the S'laaeth Navy.
After those five years had passed, he had finally acrued enough personal wealth and knowledge to be successful on his own. Eventually, he wished to settle down somewhat and decided to expand his company into more traditional goods while delegating his coastal sales to regional sales people. He retains a 2.5% cut of all profit generated by his coastal sales, and a majority claim to the profits made by his new domestic company, Vinhelm Trading Company.
He still maintains good ties with the S'laaeth to this day, as a veteran merchant of the fleet, and was given a prized sword as a sign of respect upon his retirement from active duty in the fleet. Since a portion of his ships profit goes the dock and S'laaeth navy, there are no hard feelings between them. Indeed, he taught them a thing or two about species to species relations and marketing. He has great talent as a businessman, and will undoubtedly make fortunes in the coming years.