Vortis is an old slaver who runs a "holding center" in the bazaar of NCR, exploiting a legal loophole. Because the New California Republic has outlawed slavery, Vortis holds the slaves in pens just outside of the city (at the gates) for their owners, at a price. He has been a slaver for quite some time, and is aided in his work by other slavers, most of whom are seemingly "huge, but not too bright." He is quite scrawny, bespectacled, missing most of his teeth, and has a faded slaver's tattoo on his forehead, complementing his perpetually ink-stained fingers and shirt.
Vortis has been at odds with the NCR Rangers since their founding, due to his chosen profession and the Ranger's aim to abolish slavery and hunt down slavers in the region. Unfortunately for the Rangers, they have not yet been absorbed into a NCR military outfit, and are forced to act outside of legal channels to accomplish their goals of abolishing Vortis' slave trade.