One of Shan Fan’s “Big Brothers,” Rat- Skinner Hou gets his name from the way he dealt with an informant who betrayed him to the authorities. This was back when he was smuggling opium into the City of Lost Angels. Just to make it clear what kind of fellow he is, he had that informant’s hide tanned and turned into a hat. Wears it all the time. Hou’s a big, strapping man with a cue-ball bald head and a big mustache. He’s known for his bad temper—which is saying something, considering the poor self-control of the average Big Brother.