Lieutenant Catrina Donalda FraserHigh Concept: "A Life on the Ocean Wave"
Life began among the hard fought lands of the highlands where an existence eked out of the farmlands was a battle each day. Born the unwanted only daughter to an aged farmer, Catrina Donalda Fraser came into this world as her mother left. Though a burden to bear among so many, her father had never shied away from the hard labors. He took her on as he did most things, with a swig of his whiskey and a call to the Heavens. At one time he had been a man of Queen and Country, his land paid for with service wearing the black tartan and blood of his kinsmen slain at his side. Such stories decorated the mind of the young girl as she grew at his fireside and worked the small kitchen of their home. Yet dreams those stories invoked of distant lands and far off places. Her Fate was already sealed when her father took his last breath and her hair was slashed short with his old bayonet.
The Royal Marines were not eager for a woman among their ranks, but times were tough and bullets knew not the difference the recruiting officer said. So she was shoved to the front of the line figuring she’d be the first out the door. To much surprise she laid low any man standing in front of her and the same for any woman that raised a fuss for her being there. When concern was raised over having a woman aboard they were dissuaded with her level hand when the battle begun and her ferocity when the charge was made to board. Catrina embraced the tenets of the Royal Marines as if she were born to them and so secured her place aboard a sky ship while fighting the Spanish Armada.
A young officer to be had taken a shine to her during these years. At first he whispered to her as he walked the deck for night watch, typically taking a warning finger to his ribs for the effort. Friendly banter soon replaced flirting, but the tension remained between the pair. Yet as he moved up along his ladder so too did she move with him from ship to ship. A matron and a terror, she kept the men in line while they also exchanged letters back and forth. Even on shore leave they always seemed to be near each other as she leapt to his defense as he meet with children of his past. His low birth kept a secret between her lips as she saw now need to shake the rafters of his career with gossip.
The posting aboard a frigate was not glorious, but was the best she could hope for so early in her career. Most of the men were young and inexperienced, requiring a motherly reassurance and a swift boot to the rear. Catrina found herself well placed to offer both until the fateful day when her ship pulled alongside the flagship of the Spanish. Quick to the rigging she was first to pepper the deck of the opposing ship, looking from her perch as the young officer called for the charge. Fire rose in her veins at the call and she was soon amongst her brothers-in-arms, shoulder to shoulder with this officer to bring steel and shot against the enemies of her country. Long after the adrenaline had cooled was she still fighting forward, ensuring that the ship would never cause trouble for her brothers again.
Invoke – The High Concept can be invoked whenever Catrina is performing a stunt of daredevil bravery in the service of the Royal Marines. This could include leaping from the rigging of a ship, charging across the decks of a ship or spitting whiskey into the face of someone questioning the honor of her Corp.
Compel – The High Concept can be compelled to have her leave safety and security, to put herself in harm’s way when all she might want to do is lay warm beside the fire or next to her lover. Catrina will take to her love of the skies and sea above any other.Trouble: “Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do and die”
Love is an evil thing and love without restraint more evil still. A single night of passion was promised after the battle of the Spanish Armada. This was not a promise of words, but of whiskey and flesh. Brought together without thought or reason, she wanted to believe for a moment that their future together could be sealed. That night would confirm her fears as another officer stumbled into their room just as her hands undid the lacings of her bodice. Rumors were quick to fly, fires that lit up the decks of ships and the banquet halls of proper gentleman and officers. Catrina was soon brought in to answer questions and she knew well what they wanted to hear. She knew that her answers could well bring down the career of the young Battle, but could also sink her own if she were not careful. A soldier to the last, she stood tall and confessed to the crimes of seducing her commanding officer.
Men and women were both taken back by the scandal she confessed to, but once the words were spoken she could not take them back. Once more the hand of Fate worked to take her from her home, pushing her now back toward her father’s farm instead of toward the skies above. A last glimpse of he and her both in uniform was given as she was walked out under guard from the chambers. Soon he would be the talk of the town, a testament to English civility and stoicism against the wild nature of a woman. Catrina did not regret taking the bullet for him, but she felt the weight of her sacrifice as she was stripped of rank and pushed out of service. Work was hard to find and she was ill at home to work her father’s lands. Sword and pistol were all she knew, but just as her father before her she shouldered the burden.
Invoke – Catrina can invoke this aspect to place herself in danger for another she views as a brother-in-arms or a commanding officer. She will toughen out the pain her orders demand and press on to complete her task.
Compel – Catrina can be compelled to leap in front of danger for her comrades and superiors, despite good sense to avoid doing so. She will rush to their defense, take the blame and be their martyr so that they can continue on without her.Backstory: Not the Marrying Kind
Discharged and humiliated there wasn’t much work to be had for a former member of the royal marines with a sullied reputation. Those few merchant companies willing to open their doors to her had heard of her performance and discharge, some seeing her as a disgrace while others desired a protector to sleep between their sheets. Catrina would have none of either and so returned to her father’s lands with little to show for her time gone. Money had been sent home during those times, money that had paid for the lands but could little be relied upon now to till the fields and feeds the hands. There simply wouldn’t be enough to continue with this existence for long. So with her head hung low she turned to merchants outside of her homeland, to those of the Eastern lands.
Riches poured through the fingertips of Eastern lords and wealthy houses based in those lands. Enough riches that the men had need of a woman fighter, one to watch over their mistresses and daughters. Catrina, with her prowess on deck and proud history, was a near perfect candidate. Many of the mistresses were even pleased to see a woman that had a sullied reputation as this meant she might not stare down her nose at them. There would be little glory here and little honor, but the money was far better than she had before and so she could keep her father’s farm afloat. The added benefit was that her love, still a thorn to her heart, was long away on his own voyage away from her.
Invoke: Can be invoked whenever temptation arises via seduction or the promise of riches. As a woman of means and a woman used to turning aside the advances of others, she is well positioned to resist.
Compel: This aspect can be compeled to sully her name and bring about harsh reactions from those around her. The honor of the Royal Marines on her chest has been tarnished and there are few that don’t know what she has done.First Adventure: Second Chances
Will improve and work on them as they go, but this is largely what I have thus far. Also, sorry Dan but stole your setup there.