Merquam was middle-aged and of stocky build. He was missing an ear after losing it in a knife-fight, but suffered no loss of hearing.
Merquam was intelligent and a shrewd businessman, but had no regard for morality or ethics in his trade nor who he worked with, caring only for profit. He was intensely jealous of his wife, and bore an irrational hatred of beggars.
Merquam owned a mansion in Xi Hulang, an estate in the farmlands north of Bejung, shops in Koje and Tu Pe, and an inn and a pawn shop in the floating city moored at Tu Pe. He also owned a fleet numbering twelve ships.
His wife was Mai Lan, a beautiful woman of Shou heritage, and he kept her cloistered in his Xi Hulang mansion.