Branwen's new character:
Shannon Elaine BunburyAge:
First Class Passenger, Fiancée of Lieutenant Colonel Edward KlineSexual Preferences:
Shannon is of average height for a woman of the time, has dark brunette hair and blue eyes and a generous, typically disapproving mouth. She carries herself with excellent carriage at all times whether standing, sitting or otherwise. Personality:
Shannon speaks slowly, clearly and with obvious elocution. Her manners are utterly unaffected, given to her neither by schooling nor lessons but by birthright. She is cordially polite but reserved with the lower classes, familiar when appropriately en famille
, and formally proper in social settings of her own class without being conscious of it. Privately Shannon tends towards melancholy but maintains the renowned stoicism of her family's heritage and homeland.Background:
Shannon is the third daughter of Thomas McClintock-Bunbury, 2nd Baron Rathdonnell. Rathdonnell is a peerage set in the County of Donegal, Ireland. The 1st Baron Rathdonnell, John McClintock, served as High Sheriff of Louth, Lord Lieutenant of County Louth and was raised to the peerage in 1868. He was succeeded by his nephew, Shannon's father. The family estate, Lisvanagh House, is outside Rathvilly in County Carlow.
Raised entirely at home by the governess and tutors, Shannon has the expected upbringing, education and manners appropriate to a young woman of the Georgian and Edwardian eras, and less of the post-Great War one. She knows horses, sheep and the woman's part of running a household and planning the great overgrown gardens. She is largely ignorant of modern culture and trends and fashions and a little uncomfortable around them and the outspoken, daring, smoking and drinking women who occupy it. She has been abroad, both to India and the Americas and spent a bewildering and fascinating six months in Southern Africa whilst her father traipsed about on safari.
She is affianced to Edward Kline and harbors some trepidation about the wedding, her husband to be and of course her marriage bed.
Lieutenant Colonel Edward KlineAge:
First Class Passenger, Fiancée of Shannon Elaine BunburySexual Preferences:
5' 9", 162 lbs, grey hair (once dark brown) and brown eyesPersonality:
Grim, dour, precise and intelligent. Kline is a man of few words. Slow to take action, he always assesses the situation first before deciding how to proceed. The war taught him patience. And pain. He will respond civilly to everyone around him, but will be slow to trust anyone. He respects the chain of command and expects others to abide by it too. Though often surrounded by others, Kline has few real friends in life. Inside, he is lonely, even though outside, he will never admit it.Background:
Kline was a member of the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) in the Great War. He has seen death. Up close and personal. Too often. He lost many good men to the carnage of the trenches. Worse, he lost wife--his beloved Monica--six months after returning home. He raised his then nine year old daughter by himself, as best as he was able. Somehow, something happened and Denise blamed the death of her mother on Kline. Today, Denise is married to a rich young man somewhere in New York. Kline hasn't heard from her in five years.
Kline was able to leverage his influence and connections to build and maintain a fairly successful copper manufacturing business, focusing mostly on higher grade wires and cables. The popularity of electricity led to an unexpected boon to his company and today, he is very well off. A man of humble beginnings (his parents, both deceased, were farmers from Iowa), Kline does not display his wealth openly.
Kline is on the Mystic
, returning to the States with his new fiancée, the beautiful and elegant Shannon Bunbury. With the consent, albeit not the outright blessing, of Thomas McClintock-Bunbury.
They are due to be married by the Captain while underway and will consumate their vows before arriving on the shores of America.