Hello yourself, CotG, and thanks, nice to see you here also. Don't worry, I'm not going to try to play Oddball the tank guy in this one, too.
Anyway, Senor Zorro, here's my character for your consideration:
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Pyotr Illyich Chekhov (aka: "Peter" or Father Peter)Age:
36 years old (in 1947)Biography: The short version
: Pyotr is a Russian Orthodox priest, born and reared in the U.S.A. and educated in Paris. He was studying in Paris when the Germans came and has lived there ever since. He is vehemently anticommunist, but isn't too fond of the fascists either.The longer version
: Pyotr's father is a Russian Orthodox priest, who left Russia for America long before the revolution. His mother is the product of a marginally Lutheran German father and a devout Roman Catholic French mother. Pyotr's father went to America in response to a calling from his church, while the mother accompanied her family in search of opportunity. They met in San Francisco which is where they made their home. They never mastered each others language(s) and communicated via English in the home, but also retained ties to their respective ethnic communities within the big city. By necessity, of course, Mom learned a bit of Russian when she converted to Orthodoxy (to marry Dad) and Peter grew up with a working knowledge of them all (English, Russian, German, and French) -- Russian because of his involvement in the Church, French and German because of his mother and visits to those countries during his youth.
He speaks English and Russian like a native, and is fluent in French, though he could never pass for a native. Nor could he pass for a native German in most situations, but might get by for the short term if he faked a cold. Thanks to the Spanish heritage of his native California and its relationship to French, he also knows a bit of Spanish, but not enough to be considered literate in that language. Pyotr spent a great deal of his childhood in Europe visiting relatives in France and Germany. He, and everyone in his family, hates communism. Despite his many trips to Europe, he has never been to his father's native Russia.
Just because it was planned he would follow in his father's footsteps and enter the priesthood doesn't mean he couldn't be a typical boy. Peter enjoyed the typical American sports (baseball, basketball, football (of the oval variety) and swimming. He could hold his own, but didn't particularly excel in any of them. Summers spent in Europe also introduced him to the other version of football (aka: soccer). He detested piano lessons but parental prerogative forced him to persevere. He would also take dares at the drop of a hat, and has the scars to prove it.
In addition to sports and girls, he grew up with a love of sailing, and spent many a weekend on San Francisco Bay in his youth.
On graduation from high school, Peter enrolled in San Francisco State Teachers College, majoring in History. While seeing all the turmoil going on in the world, he began to have doubts about the contribution he could make as a priest in the Orthodox Church, and enrolled in ROTC. Due to his language skills, he was commissioned into the Intelligence branch of the U.S. Army and spent his entire time at Ft Detrick, Maryland and Washington, DC. Oh his release from active duty, he remained in the inactive reserves and resumed his quest to become an ordained priest in the Russian Orthodox Church. As there were no (Russian Orthodox) seminaries in the USA for him to attend, he found himself in Paris at the Institut de théologie orthodoxe Saint-Serge
, or St. Sergius Orthodox Theological Institute. This is where he was when the Germans entered Paris.
At the beginning of the war, as an American citizen (whose country was not yet at war with Germany) and an ordained deacon, he was walking more than one fine line by getting involved with the resistance movement. He decided he could live with that. After the U.S. entered the war, he found further justification in the fact he was still a reserve officer in the U.S. Army. Though circumstances would preclude him being called back to active duty, Peter reasoned that said circumstances justified his taking the initiative by involving himself in the struggle. Though he has not shared this information with anyone, he has secretly put together a U.S. Army uniform, complete with shoulder patches and collar insignia, which he keeps hidden. He is now a priest whom the Germans classify as an enemy alien and not allowing him to return to his native country. His Gestapo dossier might contain information on his army background.Personality:
Peter is a bit of an idealist, so naturally sees the resistance as an agent of good opposing evil. He isn't so naive as to believe that nasty things don't happen in war, and he has had to make compromises. Though he has picked up a weapon and used it on occasion, he prefers his contribution be through gathering or dissemination of intelligence and sabotage... and of course in trying to meet the spiritual needs of his comrads -- a sort of "unit chaplain" if you will. He is also an optimist, and believes that someday the war will be over and they can start rebuilding their societies and their lives, though he is prone to discouragement from time to time also. Mainly, he feels that as a clergyman, he has the burden of setting the example of maintaining a positive attitude. Player Limits:
All's fair in love and war, though I would prefer he not be raped by SS Zombie tentacle-monsters.Death?
(OOC Note:) First, I fully understand that this character may not fit in with what you were looking for. If this is the case, no hard feelings, and I had much of this written up for another game which never got off the ground, so it wasn't a waste of my time.
I am not Eastern Orthodox and know oh-so-little about the church. Like many people, I find the eastern churches, their beliefs and practices, to be quite alien to that which I'm accustomed. It might not seem so alien to me if I were Catholic, but I'm not. Still, I have a great deal of respect for their history and the way in which they worship, and have wanted to delve more deeply into what they believe and how they do things and why. This could be an opportunity to do so. At the same time, it should be understood that I'm hardly the expert on the tenants of my character's religious beliefs and practices, and even much of the terminology is ... (sorry, I can't resist) ... Greek to me.
Still, I'd like to give this a shot, and I want to emphasize to my fellow players that if you are more familiar with the Orthodox way of doing things and see I'm doing something not consistant with my character's education and background, please feel free to let me know.