Born to a working family in Florence, Paulie was taught to work for himself from 10 years old. His parents gave him nothing, and he expected nothing, working to provide for himself, and himself alone. He stole what he could and pawned it off to those who would buy it, gaining quite the reputation with local police. Of course, he learned quickly how to bribe them off too, paying a pretty sum of his ill gotten gains for them to turn a blind eye. His reputation swelled with his size grew up, growing to be a towering 6’5, 240 pounds. His thefts eventually led him to stumble across a healthy stash of drugs, enough to be sold to keep him alive for a full year. Of course, this was a trap. The local mob had their eyes on him for a while, and this was a test to see his motives. Paulie tried to split with the drugs, but of course they caught him. He wasn’t one to go down without a fight, and he started swinging. Took four of the mobsters to get him down, but they got him eventually. Impressed with him, a Gambino underboss who witnessed the fight recovered his drugs and brought Paulie to meet with the boss. This meeting is what set Paulie to a true life of crime, working with the Gambino family as an enforcer. His massive size kept him as an imposing force in the field, working to secure their dominance in Florence. Eventually, he was truly sworn in to their family, a true member. Never had he been more proud of anything in his life.
Eventually, when the fall of the world came, the Gambino’s had some product stolen by a rival cartel. Furious at this, the bossman sent him and his brothers out to recover the stolen product.