Clients, you say? Perhaps something like...Name:
Commander James Wesley Hext, R.N.Played by:
Bisexual (Depending on level of intoxication, primarily.)Likes/Turn ons:
Casual sexuality, 'status play,' irreverence, drug use, worshipful oral sex, submissive individuals, sodomy (giving), intellectualism, the smell of gunpowder, biting wit. Dislikes/Turn offs:
True non-consensuality, 'superior' officers and individuals of 'high breeding.' Rapists, abusers, child-molesters and violent drunks. Role/Archetype:
Dissolute naval officer. Personality:
James Hext is not what you'd expect in a naval officer -- he's tall, slender, horrible at taking orders and possessed of sufficient wit to get himself into trouble. He has always walked the line of respectability and would have likely never received promotion were he not a superlative fighting captain. He's a thrill-seeker and a world eater, perpetually falling for a new high or a new pleasure...which isn't to say that he's thoroughly depraved. Only partially. Background/History:
The son of a wealthy industrialist and shipyard owner, Hext took to the military because it was more interesting than getting a real
job. All of the odd skills picked up during his youth in his father's drydocks paid off in the steam-driven navy of the present, and while he is by no means a proper tall-ship sailor, when it comes to the new wave of tactics made possible by the advent of steam-powered screws he has few equals. That said, scandal followed the young officer -- a bad habit of ending up in bed with the wives of his superior officers, among other things -- almost from the moment of commission, and as a result he has served the majority of his career in the Empire's most distant ports...where he has had excellent opportunity to indulge in the vices that keep his life interesting.
The ultimate thrill, though, is in combat...and Hext has been tested so, many times, and in every case he has triumphed, often against severe odds. His promotion was not meteoric, but it did come, with just over a decade at sea seeing him a Commander, just returned from service in the Orient. He presently commands HMS Nymph, a sloop-of-war of the Amazon class, which is undergoing extended refit liable to leave him on the home isles for some months. It is his preference, during such times, to keep himself relatively out of the RN's eye...which could well explain his presence at the Castello in times both past and present.
His upbringing means that money does not mean perhaps as much for him as it might, and his inheritance has left him vastly well off. While it is true that Hext is a tearaway, womanizer, and general scalliwag...he was also the only one of his siblings to display any real aptitude for ships and their construction, and as a result the shipyard is his. This shocked his siblings and alienated him from the remnant of his family, which he has no issue whatsoever with. However, he is still coming to terms with exactly what the possession of a business that lucrative means and largely leaves it management to the existing staff. The only responsibility he has ever expected is that of the lives of the men under his command when they set to sea, and he will be damned
if he allows his father to change that in death!
Highlights of career include service in support of Anglo-French efforts in Second Opium War as Lieutenant. Commanded HMS Bouncer at Shimonoseki, and throughout British involvement in Japanese Civil War. Additional Character Info: