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20, seems a boy aged 16Gender: Female (but disguised as male) Rank/Occupation:
Her hair is an unusual shade, light brown, colour of the riping acorn, cut short and round, according to the fashion for country boys in that time. She has green eyes like the warm seas. The skin was rather pale by nature, but exposure to sun had tanned it. She is 1,65 m height, toned, rather strong. She is not fragile, work on the ship while young made her strong. She has rather small breasts and she knows how to hide them when needed. The fact that she has no pierced ears helps her also passing as a boy. She is not beautiful, neither ugly – actually a common, plain face which doesn’t attract people’s attention… when not remarking the unusual shades of her hair and eyes.
Normally she is wearing sailor’s blue trousers, white shirt and blue handkerchief at the neck. Boots hiding a flying knife. When she is a girl (and it hasn’t happened for 2 years), she wears the simple dresses of her time’s poor to middle class women – i.e. simple fabrics, but she can embroid and tailor herself the dresses to be beautiful, but comfortable. She doesn’t like high fashion, only a decent dress in which to be able to move easily.Personality:
Her original outgoing, open and friendly personality was further reined in by the education received in the monastery. She had to become tough – or at least to mask herself seeming tough – in order to resist to others’ abuse. Hardworking, generally observing rules and commands, but she rebels when the other is absolutely wrong. She is always wanting to do the right things… but right for whom? Sometimes this is tricky… even with a high conscience like hers, which doesn’t allow for middle grounds.
She is a worrier by nature, but this makes her only think of several alternatives, not to be paralysed by fear. Earnest, stubborn, ambitious, but liking to help others. She can lie to protect somebody, but not to cause harm. Doesn’t give a dime on social conveniences, she may befriend a negro slave if he/she has a good character, or she may fight a wealthy man to defend a powerless person or to answer to a grave insult.
She doesn’t curse and doesn’t drink, so becoming the subject of the mates’ jokes.
Likes life at sea. This is all her life… and she is dreaming that one day, after fighting pirates and getting her part of the prize, she will be able to buy a small merchant ship, more or less like her father’s, and get a small crew of trusted friends with whom to roam around the Mediterranean, carrying goods from port to port.
Likes to discuss with cultivated persons about books and to avail any opportunity to learn something new and useful.
When in ports likes to listen to the songs of the country, and when the sailors are free to sing under the deck she likes listening to their songs and stories as well.
Dislikes cowards and anybody who doesn’t comply with the promises he/she made, or the allegiance vows made.
Dislikes opression on any people and is ready to fight the opressors – this includes pirates as well as the Turks who made her family remain at sea under the Venetian flag.
Dislikes drunk people or other vices. However she is not feeling as strongly against prostitutes, because she has heard that most of them don’t do it really by choice, but by need. In her mind, they are on the same place as the slaves and other oppressed. Birthplace:
: Born at sea somewhere in the Ionian Sea, on the little merchant ship “Colomba”, bearing the flag of Serenissima Repubblica di Venezia Family: Father – Sterio Costa
, born in a village in Greece (which is part of Ottoman Empire), deceased at seaMother – Maria Pasqualigo (married Costa)
, born in Kefalonia (a Greek island under Venetian domination), deceased at seaUncle – Ianni Costa
, deceased at seaBrother – Andrea Costa
, one year and a half older, lost at sea (maybe not dead, but saved by another ship and fate makes them meet again? Or as well he might be really dead!)Bio:
Her family, together with her father’s sworn brother, Diamandi, and his wife and child, owned the little merchant ship “Colomba”, carrying goods from the Greek islands and mainland to Venice and Mediterranean ports. There was no other crew aboard, so the three men and two women had to cover everything to be done and to teach the children. The children had an unusual education, as their life was basically at sea and the ports were to be visited only. So they were bilingual in Greek and Venetian, they learned almost everything their parents know - and this included not only rigging, washing the deck and steering the ship, but also reading maps, establishing the good road, the ship’s speed, etc. As the family chose life on sea in order to flee the Turkish power in their region, and they were often smuggling guns and ammunition for the rebels who are fighting Turks, the children grew with stories about the cruelty of invaders and fighting for liberty.
When the ship sunk in a storm in the Mediterranean, she was saved by an English ship and, when ashore in Cork, the quartermaster sent her to the Saint Mary Monastery, where the nuns had a school for girls. The old prioress liked her and allowed her to study together with the rich girls, even if she had also, in parallel, work duties to perform in the kitchen, because she had not paid for the school, and as an orphan she must work. She was a good student and the prioress liked her even more when she noticed it, which rose the envy of other students and nuns. The prioress died two years later, and Marina’s life was made a hell by the ones who didn’t like her. She was forced to take the veil when 18, because she has nowhere where to go and what to do. But she couldn’t like the confined life in the monastery, compared to the vast seas she has lived on for her first 14 years, and, even if she believed in God, she felt that her vocation and call was on sea, not in being God’s bride. So she took her opportunity and ran away when she was nearly 18. She stole some boy’s clothes from a dry hanger and cut her hair, not to be recognised, then she headed for the port of Cork, to see if any recruitments on ships are made.
Fortunately for her, ships were recruiting (mainly through “impressing”, but she came voluntary, not impressed), and they wanted her as a cabin boy. Once embarked, she asserted her cause, showing her knowledge and previous experience of “son of a little merchant ship owner”, and proving what she knew, she was accepted as the youngest of the able seamen, because her knowledge surpassed much the ordinary sailors’. So she is in the Carribeans now, on “Steadfast”, fighting pirates. Skills:
- Knowing at a young age how to do most things at sea (including ones not done by the simple sailor, but by the officers on a large ship). As an able seaman, she is appreciated the most as a "topman", for the rigging but also for making sails and being at helm, but she tries to do as well as possible everything she has to do.
- Speaking several languages – Greek and Venetian as bilingual, from her parents, English and Latin learnt in the monastery. She had learnt some French too, but she understands below average and can't talk more than usual phrases. She can read in Greek, Venetian, English and Latin, and write in the first three languages, if needed, even if with some mistakes.
- She is an average fighter, not one of the best, but she can manage to defend herself, to wound or kill an enemy. She prefers pistols, not swords, but her less usual knowledge is that of flying knives, with which she is rather skilled. Her father trained her when young in order to be able to defend herself if needed against pirates or villains in the ports. When she entered the Navy, she perfected her skills and learnt to use a dagger and a sword.Weaknesses:
Even if she is generally open-minded (as in against slavery, against judging people without hearing them first, willing to try/ learn anything new which may be useful), her moral values are more of a black/ white nature, without gray middle grounds, as she was taught in the monastery. She did not emulate everything learned there, but more than three years among nuns had to leave a mark somehow on the severity she sees the sin.
She is fighting for her ideals of justice, which give her the needed courage. The ambition she has to be one of the best among the crew and the desire to be accepted by everybody (and remarked by the officers) makes some of her fellows to tease her as “officer’s pet” . Ambition (which is sometimes extended to a rather aggressive competitiveness) and stubborness may be her greatest flaws.
She is trying (in vain) to be as tough as her fellow sailors, because the education received in monastery cannot be hidden. Some of her fellows make fun of her because she is too “soft and religious”, but nobody suspects yet her secret, that the uniform of Martin Costa hides a girl’s body…
She doesn’t know how to be girly, she can’t dance. She is actually a wild tomboy with a great heart.
She loves secretely one of the officers, but she isn’t even aware yet that she loves him, she considers she is only grateful for the fact that he accepted her in the crew and she admires him for everything he knows/ does. Her love is not full of passion and lust, but rather like the adoration a faithful dog has for the master, wanting, more than anything, to help him, to fight by his side, to protect him… Her love inspires her acts of bravery, because she wants to be praised by him.Theme Song: Thalassa
by Mihalis HatziyannisAnything Else:
She likes to read, to learn new things, has a good memory. She has a special talent for foreign languages and she is interested in herbs and remedies for illnesses, as she likes assisting the ship’s surgeon and learning from him. She might sing in the evening, for herself, with a low alto voice (mezzosoprano), often in Greek or Venetian, but sometimes Latin hymns from the monastery or the ballads of the sea learnt on the ship.Model - Hilary Swank in "Boys don't cry"