Obligations and Entanglements

Session Zero

Wherein things get underway...

  • Finalized character designs, made some last minute alterations to allow for a slightly broader range of hubris than 5 people with Loyal.
  • Set up web of relationships, establishing why each character knew at least two other members of the group.
  • About half of the group have obligations, money issues or had been pressed into service on the Matron’s Sorrow in the service of Captain Alicia Montoya de Zapeda del Castillo.
  • En route to Kirk to unload some cargo at what they hope will be a significant profit, the Matron’s Sorrow came under attack by a pair of Vesten longboats whose crew boarded the ship. They were quickly repelled through the adroit fighting of the party members, and their Skaerjn, who had been about to get away, was captured when Giorgio Lucani leapt from the ship down to the retreating rowboat – and calculated the angle a bit badly, hitting the lip of the boat, which flipped it over and launched the Skaerjn into the water. The Skaerjn was recovered and brought on board the Matron’s Sorrow where she was questioned; revealing the attack had been a mistake – they’d mistaken the Matron’s Sorrow for another vessel purported to be carrying Vesten sacred objects to Kirk.

Party consists currently of:
Louis Camus, a Montaigne from the Echine region and travelling companion and possible confidante to Rafael Dominguez. Louis knows Lucien Demoulins through similar but non-competitive mercantile interests they engage in; bpth have served as adjuncts to greater men in their home country. He is loyal to a fault – while this is exactly what Rafael needs, it has gotten them both into trouble on occasion. He is also one of the few people that Rafael trusts implicitly.

Lucien Demoulins is a member of the Montainge Gentry from the western provinces who works for a powerful patron seeking out potential markets and useful information – and along the way setting up his own connections – perhaps a bit too quickly; he can be a bit rash in pursuit of his goals. Lucien knows Louis Camus due to mutual interests; he knows of Giorgio Lucani as someone he’d met a few times at parties in Montaigne and Vodacce before Giorgio’s unfortunate … shift in fortunes. Lucien has his own valet, an extremely well organized servant who has been in the employ of the family since before he was born.

Giorgio Lucani is a former noble of the Lucani family of Vodacce attempting to right his keels, so to speak. Given his circumstances, he is probably lucky to be alive; most of the losers in Vodacci power plays tend to end up face down in the canals. Since then, he has made his way north; working his way through Montaigne, to find that while the courts there might not use as much literal poison to get ahead, the social toxins could be just as debilitating. Better for a time to lay low … restore his finances before attempting anything grander. While these interests put him in occasional contact with Lucien Demoulins, certain other activities required a different skill set; it was through these sorts of means he became associated with Rafael Dominguez. Despite his setbacks, his confidence in his ability to recover is nearly limitless.

Rafael Dominguez claims to be an expatriate Castillian with little interest in the unfortunate little border dispute between Castille and neighboring Montaigne. This is probably one of the most honest viewpoints you’re liable to get from the man. While he acts the part of a rake well, the presence of his faithful manservant companion Louis Camus suggests heavily there is more to Rafael than he is letting on. His relationship with Giorgio Lucani might seem a strange one from without; there seems to be little that would connect the two otherwise fairly dissimilar men; perhaps he feels an odd sense of loyalty or protectiveness toward the other man. His ‘relationship’ with Don Pablo Rios de Soldano del Castillio on the other hand, is a far simpler one to grasp; Don Pablo is a skilled Soldano practitioner; Rafael follows the Gallegos style – and the two schools have been heated rivals since before the Swordsman Guild was established.

Don Pablo Rios de Soldano del Castillio was, until not very long ago, a free man with a ready blade, a warm smile, and all the trappings of class. The exact sequence of events that lead to him being conscripted as crew aboard the Matron’s Sorrow along with an Inishman named Fionbarr is not something he has spoken about, but it would not take much observation to notice that whatever the alternative might have been, this was preferable. Both he and Fionbarr have been on the Matron’s Sorrow long enough for the crew to know of them but not long enough to be considered proper members yet. They have become well familiar with the sight of Myshka scrambling in the rigging and about the ship, putting his tiny frame to use performing all sorts of tasks that would be more difficult for larger people.

Fionbarr is the very model of a Inishman, boisterous, good-humored and earthy, ready to enjoy all of life’s opportunities. However, as an Inish soldier, he has also seen some dreadful things, and is more familiar with death than most people; though this just seems to make him appreciate ’life’s little opportunities’ when they show up all the more, there is definitely hard steel beneath the surface. Waking up one morning to find his cabin was moving when he was sober was a novel experience; when he learned he’d been volunteered to the Matron’s Sorrow_, he took it in stride; one commander was much like another, and his new CO was far easier on the eyes even if she swore just as much as his old commander. Fionbarr discovered fairly quickly that he wasn’t the only new patriot on board when he met Don Pablo; the two, though from vastly different backgrounds, had common experience in the discipline of the blade. When _Giorgio Lucani joined their crew a few voyages later, Fionbarr helped him learn the ropes, and Giorgio introduced him to a couple of Vodacce vintages he’d never had before, with a promise of more to come once his fortunes came back around.

Myshka, is a small, wiry, quiet Ussuran lad. He seems to have earned a position of trust with Captain Alicia Montoya de Zapeda del Castillo ; though perhaps it is just an odd sense of humor that leads her to ask his opinion on any number of subjects. Seeming at times equal parts officer, mascot, and good luck charm to much of the rest of the crew, Myshka is a regular sight on deck. He unofficially keeps an eye on new crew; even the best Captain picks up a bad barrel occasionally; in this capacity he has been observing Pablo, Giorgio Lucani, and Fionbarr; of the three, Fionbarr reminds him most of his countrymen.

Comments

I’m going on memory here – if I’ve commited any gross errors, comment with the issue and I’ll post corrections. Note I’ve tried to keep the mini-bios to information party members might know about one another.

Session Zero
 

fixed a couple of spelling errors

Session Zero
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