110 lbs.Eye colour:
Dark hair, light brown furProfession:
Extensive knowledge of philosophy, theology, history, natural philosophy (science), and other topics.Likes:
Reading, writing, stimulating conversation, beautiful women. Harbors a fetish for being helpless and sexually abused.Dislikes:
Stupidity, unethical behavior, being frightened.Personality:
Intelligent, curious, shy, vain, and very cowardly. Just the threat of violence will easily reduce her to tears.
Initially she is racist toward non-rodents, in a condescending but sympathetic way. Also at first she is very sexually repressed and in denial about being a lesbian. She often fantasizes about being raped, because in her mind if she has no choice then it is not a sin.History:
Clara is the daughter of Charles Ward, the exceedingly wealthy governor of the island of New Essex (see below). She was raised a strict Munsterite. She has lived a life without work or hardship. Because she is timid and eschews the company of others, Clara has devoted most of her time to her passion for reading and writing on innumerable topics. Recently, all her learning has caused her to question her faith and her views on the world.
Despite Clara’s resistance, she is set to be married off to a wealthy mouse. She is traveling to meet him aboard a merchant vessel when it is attacked by the ruthless Joan O’Tail and her crew.
The island of New Essex lies among the chain of Windward Islands. Most of the island is devoted to farming and fishing, and the largest settlement is Jamestown—this is where all the island’s commerce with the outside world takes place.
New Essex was colonized by the Munsterites, a puritanical religious group which is a schism from the Church of England. This highly repressive faith broke from the Church over its radical doctrine that only rodent species are God’s chosen people, and also the belief of its founder that Communion wafers must be made of munster cheese.
On the island of New Essex only males of rodent species may own land or vote in town hall meetings, and most non-rodents allowed permanent residence arrive as indentured servants. Sex is only legal within marriage for purposes of procreation and alcohol is banned. The laws of New Essex are very draconian—very minor offenses are punished by being locked in the stocks for long periods of time, and anything serious leads to a hanging. Despite all this, Jamestown itself has a hidden, seedy underbelly for those who know where to look. Hypocrisy abounds—often the same men who spend their nights involved in drunken debauchery yell of fire and brimstone in the churches by day. In practice, all the strict laws really only apply to women and the poor.
The Governor of New Essex, Charles Ward, is extremely determined to rid the surrounding waters of piracy. In the past he has been known to call upon the navy, arm merchant vessels, or even hire assassins.