Name: Kerry McNair
Birth date: Cadere 19th, 1802
Age as of 1826: 24
Kerry was Marcus Galloway's cultured second in command and one of the leading causes for the split between the IFM and KLA. He was born in Leerick, a city in the northern half of the Killbraugha. His sister, Caroline, was born a year later. Their father was an alcoholic who drank himself to death when Kerry was four years old. The remains of his family moved into a large townhouse owned by Kerry's three uncles, who had made their wealth by serving as a third party between Shivian businessmen and Koren inventors. Despite cries of Shivian oppression, Northern Killbraugha was relatively free before the First Shadow War. Here many Killer lawyers, doctors, and businessmen were born and raised, and it was from Northern Killbraugha that many fled during the Shivian's draconian tactics after the First Shadow War.
When the war came, Kerry's youngest uncle volunteered with a Shivian unit. He was killed at the battle of Bruneye. His other two uncles volunteered in 1807 and fought in the Battle of Trippé and only the oldest survived. Kerry's mother married his uncle after the war and they struggled to make ends meet. Their townhouse was taken from them by the Shivians and they were forced to squat in a room only big enough for two people. Kerry did what he could to help, which included cooking, cleaning, and sewing for his mother who was busy helping his uncle reestablish his connections with the Korens. They succeeded, but Shivian law cut the percentage they would receive for every deal they helped broker and their living quarters did not improve much when they moved into a larger roomed apartment. The only good thing that came out of their business deals was that a Shivian businessmen was willing to take Kerry under his wing and teach him about business. Kerry was eleven when he entered his apprenticeship and the next few years were filled with heavy studying and running a number of errands. He kept in close touch with his sister and we have many of their letters in our museum.
Despite having his letters in our possession, we do not know when Kerry met Marcus. The first time he mentions him is in a Veran 11th letter, "Can't write much right now. Things are well, but I am busy. Marcus and I have big plans for our people. I will explain when I see you. Kiss momma for me.” This letter has been dated as of 1815-the same year Marcus is assumed to have joined the IFM. A year later, with the help of a Killer named Andrew Connolly and Kerry, Marcus took over. Many historians wonder about Kerry's assistance given his young age (he would have been fourteen according to our estimates), but it seems that Marcus primarily used him as a runner, spy, and smuggler-similar to how the KLA would use Pip Norris in the 1820's. Andrew Connolly was killed in 1817 and Marcus and Kerry spent the next two years rebuilding the IFM. It seems around this time that Marcus discovered Kerry's flair for literature and his connections with the Korens through his, now, sickly uncle. While Kerry smuggled weapons in the Killbraugha and created large propaganda posters, pamphlets, and various articles written under numerous pseudonym, Marcus bloodily consolidated his control over the other Killer freedom movements in the Killbraugha.
"Can't write much right now. Things are well, but I am busy. I met a Killer named Marcus who has big plans for our people. I will explain when I see you. Kiss momma for me. "
The IFM felt strong enough to assassinate the Shivian chief of police in 1822. Caroline, who had married by now and had two children, was astonished to hear about this and Kerry quickly wrote her a letter swearing he had nothing to do with it. While it certainly seems that Kerry was not part of the assassination team, we know that he helped Marcus plan it and had already prepared a number of posters and pamphlets to capitalize on the assassination. The chief police's death forced the Shivians to send Bernard Griffin, a reformer from the Ignis Desert War, to try and regain control over the Killbraugha. Bernard created a Shivian Task Force and focused on hunting down Marcus, Kerry, and the other district leaders of the IFM. They believed that if they destroyed the leadership, the IFM would fall apart. It is around this time period that Marcus and Siegfried Von Hult met for the first time while Kerry cemented his relationship with arms dealers from the Kanas Mountains. In 1824, Bernard wounded Marcus during a shootout, but the Killer survived to become the most wanted Killer in the Killbraugha and Shiva. While Marcus recuperated, Kerry was effectively in control of the IFM and led a serious of retaliatory attacks against the police. It is around this time that Kerry and Marcus first learned of Bernard's spy ring in the Killbraugha.