I like the sort of emotional broadcast that Gwyntaan can use to communicate--that'll make for a really interesting RPing challenge that I really like!
I have a part of Captain Tesla's history that I worked out, and a couple of other ideas:History:
Tesla grew up the son of a military man. His early days were filled with discipline and intensity. Oftentimes the family moved to accommodate his father's profession, and he could go months without seeing him. The young man grew up quiet and cold, things he associated with adulthood because, simply put, his father was either never there or distant. But when his father was there, Tesla learned all he could from the man. His father never manned an airship, only normal ships of the sea, and Tesla would watch and admire the sailing of those vessels, but dream of acquiring one of the rare clockwork ships of the skies, to sail through the clouds the way his father did through the waves. He learned how to box and how to shoot from his father, and Tesla used these talents as a mercenary and headhunter in his younger years.
Over time, he accumulated money, and he invested with several individuals to create his own small airship, the Sunset Dinghy, as he calls it. He gambled early in life and did well, well enough to buy out his fellow partners. But the more time that passed, the greedier he became. He gambled more and more and lost money...and he did turn to raiding and piracy, but never to those of his own country. He sailed foreign airways and attacked foreign cargo and military ships, trying to make up the difference in what he lost.
He had a small crew, all of which except one were human. Keynes was his navigator and a longtime friend since he was a child. Their fathers knew each others, and Lambert Keynes was eager to buy in to the enterprise. He didn't mind turning to piracy, either, just so long as they weren't targeting their own people. There were the twins Hua and Li, both who were excellent at repairwork and craftsmanship. The two bombshell ravenhaired beauties, met on a raid in the East, are epitomies of the Chinese steampunk style, and Tesla almost always had on again/off again relationships with either sister at any given time. There was Jonathan Tin, a man who seemed to be more golem than anything, crippled...and slowly replacing his body parts with steampunk gear. He was responsible for supplies and quartermaster duties. There was the grizzled and embittered veteran named Charles Mackleby, a drunkard with a heart of gold hidden somewhere under the rum. He is twice as old as Tesla, a closer friend to Tesla's father than Tesla himself, but an almost family loyalty kept him around.
Until Tesla turned up broke and couldn't afford to pay the crew. Sometimes love isn't the strongest thing in the world. Money makes the world go around, and as much good will and friendship as the others bore him....they could not sacrifice their livelihoods for Tesla. One by one, they left.
Soon Tesla was left only with Gwyntaan and his alchemy...and a lone map to a portal he had discovered. It was time to make a new start. He had, singlehandedly, destroyed his own life. And now he's ready to make a new one with the dragon he won from genuinely evil pirates with the very bad habit he should never have entertained.
I have to work in his alchemy, but this is the roughdraft thus far. I get the feeling that Tesla will have blown a lot of cash on his alchemy experiments, too.
I was also thinking of what types of worlds we might want the two to explore. The original world setting I was hoping would be an alternate world to our own, a steampunk/fantasy Victorian setting.
Here's a list of genres I think might be cool to go through and explore:
Okay, so I've been thinking about the portal in the video. I was tempted to have it be a portal accessible to certain types of individuals, perhaps those attuned to travel and magic. The portal, though, could be random in where it sends Tesla and Gwyntaan. If we genuinely wanted a challenge, we could even use the Dicebot on E to randomly determine which world they would go to next, returning to go back through when Tesla or Gwyntaan ends up disliking a world or perhaps don't find it viable to live on or make a living on.