The Fourth son of a Salt Merchant in Nice France, Jean Robert was allowed to attend university where he was exposed to Gentlemanly Arts. His scoundrel nature however he comes by honestly as his Grandfather obtained his fortune and Sea Salt business on the turn of a card playing Basset with the rich and powerful.
The LeMarchand family owns a protected trade route, and have made a trade with an Italian Spice merchant family allowing them the use of those routes in exchange for discounted access to spices from Arab lands. The deal was sealed with the marriage of Jean Robert to Sophia de Vicenza.
His Motto is "Nolo Pungere Ursum" which translates to "Don't poke the bear." Good advice to anyone.