Gothroc Gro-Bromac lived as an orphan in a city that he can not disclose due to the terms of a Mark of Justice placed upon him. He never knew his parents, he always assumed his mother abandoned him due to the violent and unwanted nature that is all too common in half-orc conception. He was named Marcus by the warden of the orphanage that he was held at, but he never really liked the name.
Marcus spent his childhood in abject poverty. The orphanage provided him little more than a place to sleep and a worthless education by poorly educated volunteers. What little he was fed by the orphanage was a disgusting gray paste that smelled like paper and tasted like soiled paper. He survived by stealing food from the more racially disadvantaged halfling orphans and begging on the streets. In his early teens, Marcus met a conman named Jonah who taught him everything he knew. Together, the two of them stole hundreds of gold pieces from honest, hardworking people. When Marcus was 15, Jonah was arrested and Marcus never saw him again.
Saddened by the incarceration of Jonah, Marcus left the orphanage and joined the army. He lied about his age and gave himself the more orcish sounding name of Gothroc Gro-Bromac. Gothroc found the army life to be an amazing improvement over living as a street urchin in the orphanage with the three meals a day and the lessons on how to kill. Gothroc quickly realized that he had a real talent for slaughter.
After five years in the army, Gothroc left and started his own business of managing investment funds for soldiers. Soldiers would give their money to Gothroc while they were away from home on duty and Gothroc would invest it and make money on it for them. When the first of the soldiers started getting their substantial payouts, word spread and hundreds of soldiers signed up for his investment services. Eventually, Gothroc opened it up to all civil servants and he soon became responsible for the retirement plans of thousands of government workers.
It only took two years for Gothroc’s Panzi scheme to collapse and he was arrested. It turned out that Gothroc wasn’t investing the money at all, he was just paying out old investors with money from new investors. Gothroc has spent most of the money on a palatial estate and some very nice magic items. The government was so embarrassed by Gothroc’s scheme that instead of subjecting him to a long and public trial, they simply confiscated all his possessions and placed a Mark of Justice on him that prohibited him from ever returning or speaking the name of the nation aloud.
Gothroc then tried his hand at adventuring. He loved the adventuring life, but always seemed to have trouble finding parties to work with. He decided that he would fashion himself as an adventuring consultant. He would sell himself as an synergy expert and tell wealthy patrons that he could make their adventuring parties more efficient and less prone to expensive and inconvenient deaths. The best part about the scheme was that there was absolutely no oversight. Gothroc could take credit for anything and everything that went right and claim that bad things were the preexisting faults of the party. He was himself a very capable fighter so he would get a cut of the treasure and he could occasionally get a little extra from the patrons.
Being an adventuring consultant treated Gothroc very well until he was hired by a Rakshasa to kill some guy named Tsar…