Intense American Indian, dressed in Western clothes.
The son of the famous Cherokee General Stand Watie of the Confederacy, James spent much of his life surrounded by war. His battles under Gen. Stonewall Jackson during the American Civil War formed an strong belief in leadership, loyalty, and honor. His prized possession is a pocketwatch given to him when he was a child by Jackson, who was speaking to Stand at the time and saw young Jim admiring the watch.
Being of Cherokee/Apache heritage (James’s mother was a earlier dalliance of Stand’s, and had James delivered to his father when she passed away), he was an outsider in the Confederate States, but well-liked by his fellow soldiers for his quick, easy wit and plain speaking nature. James’s amazing calm is partially due to a gift from his mother, the ability to not only speak to the spirits of the restless dead, but enable them to appear to others as well.
Having witnessed all the worst of the war, including Antietam and Gettysburg, James had decided to leave the States regardless of the War’s outcome. The way he figured his people were still going to lose no matter what. With a brand new rifle (a Winchester ‘66 repeating rifle gifted to him by his father) and a desire for a life less clouded by moral ambiguity, James left for London, England to deliver a letter to a deceased comrade’s mother, and then perhaps Africa or India.
He always wanted to meet an Indian…