The completed character of Jason Monroe, Swashbuckler and rogue extrordinaire.
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 anearlobe. 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 that’s 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, there’s no reason why he can’t 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, he’ll even buy the drink. But, when the time calls for seriousness… well, he’s probably not the guy to look toward. He’s not lazy, or doesn’t take things seriously, he just doesn’t want to look like he is. But, when the decks are awash with blood and the sails are flapping in the dead air, he’s the man you want at your back.
"Are you calling me a pirate in that book? Good! Because I am! And a damn good one, too. No I never flew the skull and crossbones. That's for your fictioneers. But I have sought pleasure and profit all of my life at sea with no regard for any man's law. That's not to say without morals and principles! Hell, I got morals and principles. I never killed anybody who didn't have it coming. I never cheated an honest man. I never pillaged and I never raped. "
And so, more or less, is how Jason Monroe grew up.Not a bad man by most men’s standards, he is a man who lived by his own rules and made few bones about it. Born to a struggling family of craftsmen in a place that not even he will name, Jason grew up on the edges of the law and did what he had to do in order to survive; taking his own code very seriously as he dealt with what life in the streets had to offer.
That is, until he was picked up for some minor infraction involving a noble’s wife and daughter… there may have been some question about paternity, but again, he has never verified or denied the rumors and in fact refuses to comment at all on it. The net result was a sentence of service on a navel vessel, which ended up suiting him just fine. Jason liked the sea and learned far more on the deck of a ship than he ever would of on the streets.
Jason had always had a bit of flare, and taste that leaned toward the exotic. When he set foot onto the deck of Dauntless as a cabin boy, he caught the attention of the Captain and started to learn about the finer things in life, the civilized way of life, the feel of a blade in the hand and the dance of battle; the sound of steel on steel and the certain knowledge that life hangs in the balance. He loved his time at sea, even if it was a relatively short one… for now…
When Jason returned to the land-locked, he merged what he had learned at sea with his youthful exploits and expanded his scope a bit. Rather than thieving and dodging the authorities though, he went into mercenary work; chosing his employers with some care, and putting his talents to work for his companions and when it suited, friends. They say that mercenaries don’t have morals and principles, but it’s a myth. Some will fight for whoever will pay the gold, but others will work for those who have the gold and job that supports your own views. The money may be lean from time to ime, but you sleep better at night… preferably with a lusty wench next to you.
Morality: Jason is a strong believer in the ends justifies the means. That’s 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, he’s not above doing it. He believes himself to be a good man in the overall sense, but admits that he’s 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, he’ll go with the least bad of the two and accept that it’s part of being human and balancing the scales.
Individual rights and freedoms are important to Jason, but those freedoms and rights don’t 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 track… He’s fond of a phrase that he’s read in a book once, “I’ve never killed a man who didn’t have it coming, I’ve never raped and I’ve never pillaged!” In the end, Jason is ultimately a very practical man and will try to do the right thing.