The Vachkov family, long residents of Carrion Hill, have a tradition stretching back generations... they are a family of Watchmen. For the last 5 generations (and further back no one is sure but family lore has it stretching back beyond that), at least one Vachkov son has served.
Grigor is no exception. Raised on stories from his grandfather and father and assorted watchmen who periodically drank with them, he prepared himself to also enter the family trade. All things considered, this was easy enough - all that was really required was an opening and the right introductions.
Despite his youth he did very well. He'd accumulated a lot of experience before his feet even touched the cobbles and was known to be a diligent albeit slightly zealous agent of the law, such as it was in the small city.
Overconfidence can be deadly.
When word came from Caliphas that they were looking for experienced Watchmen to take up a large number of recently vacated positions (which later turned out to be a more often than occurance than was thought), he sought a recommendation from Commander Garus and then councilman Heggry, both friends of the family. It was hard to leave the family home but the bonus money was a big incentive and Grigor hoped for better opportunities but he did take with him a personal memento - his Watchman's badge.
He was hired without reservation.
Work in Caliphas's constabulary proved to be very much different from anything he'd done on Carrion Hill but he proved just as skilled in Caliphas as a watchman... but sadly his brusque personality with those he considered unworthy to be 'on the strength' made him few friends, and his myopic world of 'watchmen and criminals' squeezed out any other relationships. A few chance arrests brought him to the attention of some powerful patrons - a recovered valuable amulet, a captured rapist guilty of defiling a member of the wealthy family and return of a run-away bride landed him a promotion to 'Inspector'.
And at that point Grigor learned that with powerful friends come great obligations.
Inspector is a special role, rated as a sort of speciality Sargeant, their job is to take responsibility for those cases that require special attention or investigative skills. As an Inspector on the Watch he was given responsibilty over the crimes that were both high profile as well as those crimes that certain people made it known would be resolved quickly, quietly, discreetly and with a certain disregard to the actual evidence. It didn't help that much of the pressure came from Captain Boverde Hoptler, Commander of the Watch and someone who had developed a dislike for Grigor as an arrogant upstart - particularly when Grigor ignored or misinterpreted orders and suggestions when he felt best to do so.
When a case of missing persons whose families were marginally wealthy enough to make noise over the issue Grigor was given the case but told it was likely some sort of sets of random disappearances (again, more common in Caliphas than he'd originally thought) and should be closed as such.
What he discovered instead was a nightmarish cult involved in the worship of beings so perverted as to strain sanity itself. Disregarding suggestions, then instructions and then direct orders he continued with the case. He was driven to open tomes of blackest lore, to study Foul Languages, ancient and arcane lore and finally, to learn to use magic himself. In the end the trail of corruption led to one of the sons of Baron Meier. Just when he was readying to strike and to bring down the head cultist, he was bought before Captain Boverde Hoptler, stripped of his position and jailed for a month.
It was in that month that Captain Hoptler captured a few members of a small cult who had sadly been responsible for the earlier murders... and Lukas Meier quietly disappeared from society, rumoured perhaps to be delicate of health and in need of a brief period of hospitalisation.
The loss of position and the injustice of it was more than he could handle. Friendless, Grigor took to drink, and for around 3 months drank away such funds as he had until news reached him of his Fathers death.
Too late for the funeral he still managed to make it back to Carrion Hill to fufill the duty to support his mother as the oldest Son of the family. Taking pity on Grigor, Commander Garus had him re-installed in the watch where Grigor has been for the last two years, and now holds the position of Senior Watchman. He still has a drinking problem, who wouldn't after what held experienced, but it is under control for the moment indulged off duty for the most part. Married to the sister of a merchant, Rupman Myre, whom he doesn't love and Father of a son of his own, he has become resigned to his life in Carrion Hill.
Where Grigor was once diligent and driven, he now goes through the motions, only fully focusing on such cases that temporally kindle his passion. In his youth he was idealistic and zealous of obedience to the law, he is bitter and sees the law as merely a framework and something that can be exploited by those with the wealth, position or talent to do so.
The one thing that has meaning in his life is that he's a Watchman, of a family of Watchmen. He can't give up the job that has been central to his whole life. His one hobby outside the job that he has retaken up is fishing.