It is early in the Age of the West Wind. Times are prosperous and the polity is money mad. There have been a series of weak Emperors and the Empire is not well policed. People ruined in the commercial tumult are turning to banditry.
You are reborn as a rice peasant who turned to banditry and have become a bandit chief. You have found that the key to success is to bribe the local army garrisons and not rob people with political influence.
With success comes the desire to enjoy the fruits of success and the desire to legitimize your position. Do you stay close to your band or do you take a house in the city?