Welcome to Beat to Quarters, a Play-by-Post Text Roleplay set in 1741. It's the Age of Sail, and also the Age of Piracy here in the West Indies. Will you fight for King and Country and uphold the law here at the edge of colonial civilization? Or will you pillage and plunder to your black heart's content? The wind's a-blowin' and the sea awaits, so prepare for adventure...
Madre de Dios, a Spanish galleon loaded with gold, is on her way back to Europe with her convoy. But an ambush lies in wait for her in the Inaguas – the Sea Hound is planning a bold assault on the larger ship, her pirate crew willing to risk it all for gold and glory. But Sea Hound is both predator and prey, as the HMS Steadfast closes in for another encounter with her quarry. The deadly showdown between the three forces is fast approaching...
Daniel Hedge, Annette Williams
Liz's enthusiasm, dedication, and talent all make her an invaluable member of the BtQ community! Her recent character, Dr. Daniel Hedge has proved to be a fine addition to Steadfast's crew, and a source of brilliant posting. Her commitment to character development makes each of her posts a joy to read.
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Linley, Augustus (temp)
Ordinary seaman, Steadfast
Member No.: 99
Joined: 15-April 10
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- Character info -
Name: Augustus Linley
Rank/Occupation: ordinary seaman
He has a slender face with refined features: a nose slanting upward and a narrow mouth with protruding lips. Blue eyes, dark brown hair at shoulder length. He is of ordinary height and build, athletic due to the work aboard ship.
The clothes he wears are worn but well-kept and as clean as can be expected. He makes an effort to be cleanly, but not so as to be remarked upon.
He is a dreamer and, although skilled, he can be careless about his work. Having grown up in a large family, he gets on well with others, and easily joins in groups or even entertains them. But only if this is balanced with time for him alone, otherwise he gets irritable.
He enjoys being outside, working in the rigging, and will try delaying going beneath deck as much as possible, no matter what the weather. The two ships he's been on before Steadfast were both greatly damaged in battle, one even sunk, so he'd starting to take his luck at surviving without much injury for granted.
He grew up in a large family in a small village near the sea and spent much of his time outside, climbing along the coast, watching ships and the ocean. Or running across fields, resting in trees, laying lazily around in the sun. Given his many siblings, he liked to spend as much time alone as he could get. He still doesn't do well if in too close space with many people for a long time.
Unlike most of his brothers, he wanted to get away from home and one evening, when rumours spread of a press-gang in the area, he took it as a sign and spontaneously volunteered. The next day he bid his family good-bye. He was about 17 at the time.
He started on a frigate on mission in European waters, which received heavy damage and had to be rebuilt. Most of the crew, including him, were reassigned. In-between he had the chance to visit his family, and this was the last time he's seen them. His new ship, a third-rate, eventually was sent to the Caribbean with Vernon's forces, but was destroyed in battle.
He was among the lucky men to survive with barely an injury, was transferred to a new ship, the Steadfast. He's been on board since mid May 1741. He hopes to make it to able seaman soon.
Birthplace: small village in Dorset
His father is a parish priest, and both his parents are still alive. He has several siblings, most of are older than he is and have taken up apprenticeships in various trades.
* Can read and write, because his father insisted on teaching this to all his children.
* Loves being outside, has a good sense of changes in weather.
* Has good balance and sure footing.
* Is quick to learn new things, but often lacks the will to learn it well.
* Doesn't have a very good memory, can be less than diligent with his work.
* Can be very contrary.
* Has a hard time sharing things, will get ill-tempered if too long in close space with others.
* Unskilled with sword and pistol, is afraid of engaging in a close fight.
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A few players have mentioned the lack of sailors on Steadfast, so I'm throwing in this one. I intend to use him as a part-time character. I won't be taking the lead on story development with him, but he'll be there to interact with, especially in group threads.
The image is a detail from Thomas Gainsborough's painting of his nephew Gainsborough Dupont.