Sir Humphrey Irving BattleHigh Concept:
Captain Battle of the Royal Navy is an accomplished and decorated naval officer. His years of service has seen Elizabeth I give way to James I but his loyalties have never changed. For Britain he would give his life in her service. His accomplishments during the Queen's reign began when as a young boy saw him take part in numerous skirmishes with pirates protecting British trade lanes. Eventually working his way to a posting aboard a small frigate Battle proved his mastery of aeronautical combat leading when the Spanish Armada tested the Royal Navy again. Alone his ship found it's self side to side with the mighty Spanish flagship, El Impoluto
. It was a ship that the Spanish prided itself on, one of the largest man o' wars to ply the skies.
It had harried English merchants and sunk nearly every Royal ship that had tried to stop her. The El Impoluto
had sunk the Relentless
killing Lord Hornblower of the Admiralty board during the last time the two navies clashed. Every English sailor knew and understood aboard his frigate that they had to stop the terror of the skies. Without thinking he ordered his Marines into battle while he challenged the Spaniard Admiral to a duel with a cry of "Sink the Impoluto!" that echoed out of every English sailor. Through the smoke and sounds of dying men his men fought heavily outnumbered. They pushed hard against the odds knowing Britain was relying on them. On his sword the dirty Spanish fleet broke with no leadership and it's flagship under English control. Following the legends defeat he found himself leading the chase as the Armada fled back to home. There Battle finally smashed the cowering foe into Spain's shores. Master and CommanderTrouble:
Due to his very strong patriotic origins Battle tends to look ill at Spaniards or Frenchmen. His sourness for such men being grown through his service to the Crown. Being the man who would in his deep baritone voice from the railing of the poop deck cheer his men on with songs of battle even as shells hissed overhead, Battle commands the same amount of respect from his fellow Englishmen as his hatred for Britain's foes. As such, he finds it difficult to be in the company of some of his island nation's longest rivals without challenging them to a test of martial prowess, but equally difficult to bring harm to fellow countryman. This makes Battle a great drinking buddy if you're English but terrible company of your home country is one of Britain's bitter rivals.
When it comes to his service if the King decrees it then it must be done. Battle has never disobeyed an direct order nor does he intend to. Throughout his service he has become as close friend of the King himself, being a trusted officer to the Admiralty board and adviser when the King needs a honest opinion. To break the trust the Crown has placed in him would be unthinkable to the Battle and worse then death. The highest insult anyone can say to his face would be to question his loyalty to the Crown which has only happened once. After a short duel Battle proved that he is more then willing to risk his life for the King.Your Faithful & Obedient Servant, SirBackstory:
Battle spent his childhood on the streets of London before being taken under a Commodore's wing and enlisting in the Navy. Aboard the HMS Whistler
young Battle spent much of teenage years learning off of the various sailors on board from gunning to commanding. He met the love of his live, Catrina, while he climbed both ropes and ranks. Given a name by the Commodore, the young boy became known as Humphrey Battle. After his commission to a junior officer he transferred to another ship. Even in separation the two kept in touch even as it became taboo. One night after a massive battle with the Spanish they were caught, she took the fall and he continued in his career. Even as he patrolled the skies of the Americas Battle's heart stayed in Scotland lamenting the fact that an gentlemen like him could never be with a working girl. Always the hero he began to question his place in life.
Ever since then the Captain found himself among the head of every fleet. Always the first to be seen leading the line as two fleets clashed, Battle became a hero in England. Every battle he participated in, win or lose, Battle was categorized as never taking a step back. Always steady even under the scream of flying shell or hiss of splinter he saw his mission through. Eventually he worked himself up to the head of a might fleet aboard a large man o' war where he plied the skies and protected the various colonies from vicious scoundrels. Across the skies in the America his name was synonymous with "one who is master of the skies" and pirates began to fear the silhouette of his ship coming over the horizon. My Bonnie LassFirst Adventure:
When Battle was called into audience with the King, he was surprised to say the least. Duke of Buckingham had approached the Crown with an ambitious and daring plan to goad the French into war. A number of the Duke's agent would be part of this plot but the James wants someone he can trust. Trust to be steadfast and sturdy when the chips are down, Battle was that man. The plot would mean that Battle along with the Duke's agents given Letters of Marque to become privateers complete with new identities. Still they would work for the England but harry the French and Spanish merchant lanes to goad either power into getting too aggressive. Then once they overstep the bounds the privateers would be called to raise their true colors along with whatever resources they amassed in that time. This would not only allow England to rightfully go to war against France, but greatly increase the strength of the Royal Navy without doing it openly during peacetime.
Agreeing for his King, he was given his letter along with a contact in the Americas who would set him up with a ship. Along with that the contact would be the one to pass orders from English Crown. Asking the King directly, who wasn't aware of the scandal between the two, Battle wanted one condition. He could bring a recommissioned Catrina as a trusted officer at his side. Without much fuss the King signed the paper reinstating her with orders to meet Battle at the London dock. Thanking the King Battle, now Ward Tanner a ex naval officer looking to strike it rich, headed out to get ready for his adventure of piracy. The King's Secret Navy