((Bear in mind I usually loathe using cartoon/anime images. But it was next to impossible to find a stock that wasn't
Johnny Depp or Orlando Bloom...
Leon Harlowe (Leo)Age:
24Role on the ship:
Boatswains Mate (ship master in charge of the crew and their management).Background:
Like most pirates, Leon came into the profession out of desperation, seeking to carve his fortune out of sea spray, steel and gunpowder. His childhood, if one could call it a childhood, was spent amongst the hustle and bustle of the London streets. A street urchin by profession (nay, livelihood) abandoned by his prostitute-mother, many would say he was never destined for an honest life. And true enough, the wry young boy was an adept thief with a tongue and mind almost as fast as his hands and feet.
He grew up learning the ways of the rogues and, knowing no other lifestyle, he loved it. The freedom, the rush or living on his wits and the debauchery that surrounded him. He learnt the tips and tricks that helped him survive; learning how to read people's body language, pick a pocket, he was even skilled with a dagger. But as he grew older, he realised a move from the city streets was needed to fuel his increasingly sinful lifestyle. And liquor and wenches came readily to pirates, so joining a ship was a natural choice.
And so it was he joined the fateful crew where he would begin the next chapter of his life. Beginning as a lowly crew member, Leon was initially discontented scrubbing the decks and chewing tack with the rowdy, slow bunch. He sought recognition, exciting jobs and the promise of wealth. It was lucky then, that the captain was captured by naval officers during a sortie in a Spanish port one day.
Sure, the crew had suggested leaving the man to rot in his cramped cell, but Leon sided with a strong band of the old captain's supporters, helping devise a plan to bust him from incarceration. To this day, no one is sure how a pack of playing cards, a woman's dress and several loaded muskets were turned into a plan worthy of swiping a pirate out from under the noses of the Spanish navy, but the details were lost in the haze of whiskey and rum that followed their celebrations. Needless to say, Leon was at the heart of the escapade and won the Captain's trust, who placed the young swashbuckler in positions of larger and larger power.
After half a year of leading raids on the French coast, Leon had learnt the graceful style of florentine-fighting, using two swords as deftly as one. Thrown into the deep end of seamanship when he was entrusted with guiding a commandeered trade ship back to a pirate port, Leon picked up the delicate skills of navigation. And all the while, he gained the respect of the crew, for it was here he truly excelled. Leon's way with words was his real weapon, able to diffuse situations and persuade the weak-willed with ease.
And so now the dashing, young pirate is Boatswain's mate amongst the pirate crew. In charge of managing the crew, just below the first mate, but with greater respect in 'the trenches' as it were. From rallying the men to sail or leading a boarding assault, Leon takes it in his stride. Though the nagging voice of ambition still sounds in his mind every now and then...Appearance and interesting feats.
Bright blue eyes stand out against his thin face, the strands of his loosely-trimmed blonde hair falling lightly on his gaze. He has an almost elfin demeanour, his sharp chin and shallow cheeks making him look a little younger than his 24 years.
His body itself is lean yet toned, his corded muscles a product of a hard life at sea. Leon isn't particularly bulky, nor strong. But what he lacks in pure, brute force, he makes up in speed and agility. A youth spent on the run has made the man a fast fighter and something of a gymnast while moving through the rigging of the ship. This is only to his advantage in a fight, his flashy style of fighting with two swords heavily reliant on his confidence in movement.
Long arms and legs end in strangely supple hands, which still retain the light touch needed of a thief.
In terms of dress, Leon tries to stand out from the 'mundane' of the crew, trying to wear the light shirts, well cut pants and leather boots he never had as a youth. He is also rarely without a tricorne hat of some kind. However, despite his attempts at sophistication, Leon never goes overboard, knowing all to well the rough life a pirate leads.Anything else you would you like us to know.
Despite the outward image of loyalty, Leon is at heart, out for himself. His goals, his needs, his desires. He is a determined man and able to use his wit, skill and cunning to get what he wants. He has a knack for placing himself in positions of power and his quick hands and tongue aid him in situations where the strength and intimidation he lacks, would ultimately fail.