Name: Jason Monroe
Physical Description: Jason is a good looking young man with a certain style and flaire that makes him stand out in a crowd, be it on the deck of a ship, or the local tavern; he makes a mark wherever he goes. A strong jawed face with bright, blue eyes and a slight curl to his lips that implies a bit of humor that only he is privy to are separated by a straight, almost bold nose and the top half of a jet black goatee. A tanned complexion surrounded by a luxurious mane of ebony hair and a single gold ring in the right earlobe. Broad shoulders fills out the linen tunic under a dark blue jacket before his frame narrows to lean hips and long legs encased in leather pants and turned down thigh high boots.
Personality: Jason never lacks for something to say, usually witty and perhaps just a little insulting, but thatís only to his opponents. A fairly happy-go-lucky man, Jason is everything that a swashbuckler should be, urbane, polite, and loves a good duel. While he might plan to kill a man tomorrow, thereís no reason why he canít sit down and have a drink with the man for some banter and piffy interchanges the day before. As long as the rules of etiquette are followed, heíll even buy the drink. But, when the time calls for seriousnessÖ well, heís probably not the guy to look toward. Heís not lazy, or doesnít take things seriously, he just doesnít want to look like he is. But, when the decks are awash with blood and the sails are flapping in the dead air, heís the man you want at your back.
History: Jason Monroe was born to prosperous merchants who traveled extensively, doing the business of trade that was the lifes-blood of the family. Once Jason was old enough to travel with them, meaning that he could be carried without an alarming amount of care, Jason went along for the ride. Even at the very early age of 2 years old, Jason loved the sea and ships. He would sleep through the worst storm and had his sea legs before he had learned to runÖ so his favorite times where when they traveled by water and vastly preferred it to his hometown of Waterdeep.
Unfortunately, when Jason was less than 5 years old, he was found alone in the shipís longboat, dehydrated and near death from exposure. The fate of the vessel that he and his parents had been on, or the crew was ever discovered. As Jason only knew his age, and had no memory of the events that led to him being alone in the boat, he was returned to Waterdeep where his grandparents raised him as best as they could. From that day onward, the mystery of the lost ship and family haunted Jason. It sat in the back of his mind so deeply that as soon as he was old enough, he went off to sea to learn the art of being a sailor. Eventually, he learned the art of the blade and the tongue as well and couldnít resist the allure of well made clothing and the feel of excitement when the sound of steel on steel filled the air.. until recently. A disagreement with a certaincaptain of a certain ship made Jason decide that it was time to see more of the world and with a wave of his hand and some piffy comments, he left Waterdeep for the wider world of land-locked, flat lands to find more fame and fortune in the wide world.
Morality: Jason is a strong believer in the ends justifies the ends. Thatís not to say that he would go out of his way to take the most difficult route or the least difficult option, but if he has to step into the shades of gray to keep the greater good, heís not above doing it. He believes himself to be a good man in the overall sense, but admits that heís sometimes done bad things to benefit the good. In his eyes, the greater good may sometimes simply mean taking care of the present situation and worrying about the greater picture later, or making a difficult decision that no one else wants to make. If it comes down to the best of two bad choices, heíll go with the least bad of the two and accept that itís part of being human and balancing the scales.
Individual rights and freedoms are important to Jason, but those freedoms and rights donít extend to causing harm to the innocent or denying another of their freedom without just cause. He has killed and takes no pleasure in it, but he would lie if he said that he regretted killing a man who was trying to kill him. A duel, afterall, is a duel and honor means something, even when your idea of honor may be a little off of the beaten trackÖ Heís fond of a phrase that heís read in a book once, ďIíve never killed a man who didnít have it coming, Iíve never raped and Iíve never pillaged!Ē In the end, Jason is ultimately a very practical man and will try to do the right thing.
I'll send the character sheet to our fearless DM.