A member of the noble Piedmonte Family and leader of Sardivelia. His family made their money crafting high-quality armor and bridges in Trecce, and he became an influential figure in the fight against the Court of the Undying in Sardivelia in 873. He allied with Azrael's thieves guild The Handgun in the 870’s to combat Fairouz the Undying's influence, but he distanced himself from the organization in the following decades to maintain a sense of legitimacy of clean dealing. He nearly lost his fortune trying to defeat his political rival Grego Vivaldi in 875 on Blue Monday, but he managed to win the other noble families to his side during the Festival of Drachma later that same year when it was revealed that Grego’s sister Cella was working for Fairouz and the Coven. In 881 He consolidated control over the other noble families on Red Monday in a massacre that left hundreds of nobles poisoned and dead. He led the nation into an era of unprecedented wealth and expansion with exploratory voyages towards the continents of Rana and Dapily. His overflowing coffers funded redevelopment projects in the ruins of Avicenna after the 875 Avicennan War, and he revitalized the neglected trading posts of Craxi, Renzi, and Silvio. His decades of public life have left him a powerful and polarizing figure: his supporters call him the greatest politician of his generation while his critics call him a vengeful sadist with repressed sexual deviancies. In 897 he bribed fellow Sardivelian Jackson ‘Jax’ Capaldi to provide him with intel about the goings-on of the Royal Knights Brigade during Queen Astrid's voyage through Myltev. This tenuous relationship began falling apart after Jax failed to capture Christopher Isherwood or intimidate Giovanni Rosso out of business, ending when Jax disavowed his family and fully embraced the barbarian way of life. Despite losing such a valuable political ally, Paoli's continued to expand Sardivelia's political influence around the world. After the defeat of the Sunken God at the Battle of Kassadeia in 897 he attended the Treaty of Iverburg in 898, convincing the other attendees to allow Sardivelia to take control of cities destroyed by the monstrous deity's sahuagin horde like Oridelfa, Hedgpeth, and Galway. Paoli's brand of retail politics ensured all these cities fell under the control of Sardivelia, investing millions of gold pieces from his private treasury to ensure that the cities became shining examples of Paoli's influence on the world stage.