Still KokoCharacter Information NPCFull Name:
Tunis, TunisiaCurrent Residence:
Wife: Daliya (deceased)
Son: Rafiq: (16, sailor on the ship)
Brother (younger): Talal (39, Second Mate)Body InformationClothing:
Though the weather is usually hot and most of the rest of the crew has long discarded their military dress Samuel prefers dressing up in his formal attire from his days as Fleet Captain for the Rashid family. On land he keeps the suit impeccable maintained, it’s heavy gray threads with gold and red embroider as well kept as a decade old suit can be. On the ship he stows the uniform, carefully folded, in his chest and dons a black shirt faded to gray and matching trousers. Like his captain and most of the rest of the crew he moves barefoot on the ship.Hair:
Samuel keeps his hair close cut with a carefully groomed beard to match. Since he’s a little more spiritual than his captain he tends to keep a hat he sewed himself over his head for similar reasons that Jews don a KippahFace:
Ayn’Eamonn, while not born into nobility, holds a commanding figure and penetrating eyes that his men respect. His rigid control and belief in order can be seen in his carefully maintained beard and unforgiving gaze. He expects the best from others and demands it of himself. While many men on the ship, including Farouk, let their appearance falter somewhat during long voyages he takes time everyday to maintain a look of civility.Body Build:
Though not so large as Farouk, Samuel is a strong, healthy man who seems fit beyond the norm for his age. Constantly in rigid, perfect posture, the word ‘statuesque’ comes to mind both for his healthy visage and his powerful manner. Though Farouk, the noble born of Tangiers, has fallen into adopting the sailor’s habit of body art Samuel’s body has remained untouched. He has no piercings, no tattoos and wears no rings. Scars cross his body but most are from the dangers of sailing rather than fighting.Height:
175Picture(s): http://cdn.giant.blackplanet.com/wp-conten...03/18444189.jpg http://www.variety.com/graphics/photos/rev.../rothello_2.jpg http://www.aceshowbiz.com/images/still/lord_of_war06.jpg General InformationAllegiance:
Neutral (loyal to Farouk Rashid)Rank:
- Sailor: Samuel is an able captain in his own right and a skilled sailor, able to do everything from navigating rough seas to rigging the sails. After almost 30 years sailing he acts often as an advisor to his younger Captain.
- Warrior: As a common-born his rise was dictated by his skill with the keel and the blade, both are considerable. Set as head of the fleet during their expedition to India by Farouk’s father he was chosen for his considerable martial prowess as well as his nautical skills to keep the noble born out of trouble. It’s a role he’s maintained since the demise of the estate.
- Needlwork: Samuel is often responsible for patching up ripped or worn clothes, old sails or netting. When they spend an extended time at port he sells his services as a net maker.
- Learned: He can’t read or write but he understands maps, compasses and sextants easily.
- Language: He speaks Catalan, Spanish and Arabic fluently.
- Singer: it gets boring being a ship for weeks or months at a time but Samuel’s deep bass is often heard reciting Arabic poems or reading the Quran. He also keeps the tempo when rowers draw on target ships.
Compass, Rope, needle and threadAdditional InformationPersonality:
While Farouk was born high and sought to fall low until only recently, Samuel has always sought to rise above his lowborn status with honor, integrity and skill. Soft-spoken and always looking like he’s just been carved from stone, Samuel is a man of deep character and spiritual faith. He’s remained loyal to Farouk despite the loss of holdings and the less than reputable job change and even accepted serving under the much younger man without choler. He’s the kind of man who cried at his wife’s death but at the funeral stood resolute an unbending. Each Friday he turns toward the holy land and bows to God regardless of where their ship may be.History:
From 10 years old Samuel has been working to support himself. Like most children of poor families he was sent to learn a trade early and in a popular city on the Mediterranean, sailing was an obvious choice. He served in Tunisia’s navy for 12 years before increasing pirate attacks and the success of his younger brother Talal convinced him to try his hand at Caravan Guarding. Already a respected Captain with honors from the royal family he was able to secure respectable clients and drive a high price for his services.
During a trip by the Rashid family back from the Palace in Tunis to their lands in Morocco he secured the rich contract and escorted their personal compliment of guards with his usual efficiency. During the voyage Samuel wore his uniform as was his usual wont and his several naval accommodations drew the attention of Ayn’Rashid, a man rich off the wealth of his merchant fleet. When presented the option of a command with the fleet he readily agreed and it was Talal’s turn to follow his elder brother. The patronage of a Tunisian Lord was a significant gain in status and he acted in his usual professional manner in all his business.
Morocco proved good to Samuel and he married there. The union didn’t last long, his wife dying in childbirth, but he gained a son Rafiq in the sad affair and along with his brother, they formed a small family. Samuel’s son left him to coastal work for the first 10 years of the boy’s life as he took an active role in his growth and learning. Because of this he was less resistant than he might have been when Farouk began pushing for his trip to India. With his son as cabin boy and his brother as a fellow Captain in the fleet there was nothing to hold him to the region though he was far more aware of what such a journey would entail.
As fleet captain for the venture, Samuel Eamonn proved capable and competent and it was a matter of pride to him that both his and his brother’s ship finished the journey though the loss of the third ship was hard. In India he developed a fascination with elephants that bordered on childlike wonder and he fell in love with the place. Extending their triumphant stay on the subcontinent was partly his decision though ultimately he recognized that he still served Farouk. During their return he redistributed the crews to accommodate for losses and took Farouk as his own first mate.
Upon their return and learning of the Rashid family’s death Samuel moved into service of Farouk as the last living descendant of the family and ceded his captaincy without complaint. The move was impressive and spoke to his loyalty as he commanded the respect of the crews above the noble man. Initially he acted as guide and advisor to Farouk in mastering the skills of a captain however Farouk had already long served on ships and Eamonn become something more of a moral guide and father like figure to the man. When they descended into piracy he was against the idea however his skills as a soldier were a large part of the successes.