: Günter von SchrickerAge
: German, specifically PrussianGender
: maleRank or Profession
: Ship’s CaptainSexuality
: Straight and dominateAppearance
Günter is not a tall man, standing at five feet and nine inches but that had been to his advantage inside the cramped u-boats. Normally fair of skin, the past eight years skippering a surface ship around Asia and the Caribbean, has left him with modest tan on a weathered face, as well as darkening his short blonde hair somewhat. He looks older and sterner than he really is, from his service in the Great War. Proud but hard eyes, of a fierce light blue, dominate his face, which always seem to stare down his straight nose, even when he has to look up at someone. Athletic but not overly large, he’s more than strong enough to hold his own in a bar brawl. He can normally be found wearing muted tan or khaki shirts and trousers, with brown leather shoes and a battered looking and slightly strained white cap on his head. For cooler weather, he has a brown leather jacket.Weapons
: MP 18 and a Mauser C96Personal effects
: Günter doesn’t own much, save for his ship but he does keep six special items, most of which was kept tucked away in his cabin. The first, which he wears is his Girard-Perregaux wristwatch
, which was issued to him when he was commissioned in the Kaiserliche Marine. The second is his old commander’s cap
and his Kaiserliche Marine uniform. Folded carefully and reverently, a Reichskriegsflagge
is tucked under his mattress. The final two are his Iron Cross second class
and his Pour le MériteSpecial talents
: His ability to take charge and lead, highly skilled navigator and a very good poker face, decent shot with a pistolHistory
: Born in 1889, into a family of Junkers, although not overly wealthy or powerful as nobles go, in Wismar. His childhood was rather uneventful, although he always had a love of the Baltic. When he old enough, he enlisted in the Kaiserliche Marine, where he was serve aboard a Magdeburg class light cruiser, until he was moved to U-Bootschule, in the early days of 1914. In the first year or more of the war, he served as both the second and then first watch officer on U-20, under Kapitänleutnant Walther Schwieger and stood at his station when U-20 sank the RMS Lusitania
. After U-20 was grounded by Schwieger in 1916, Günter was promoted and given command of U-51, which he would hold until the end of the war. Commanding his U-boat for fourteen patrols, he managed to sink 49 vessels, equalling just over 100,000 tons of cargo sent to the bottom, earning him both the Iron Cross and the Pour le Mérite.
When Kapitänleutnant Günter von Schricker returned to Germany in 1919, after surrendering his U-Boat at Harwich, he found his beloved Kaiserliche Marine disbanded and replaced by the new Vorläufige Reichsmarine, a gutted navy, lacking submarines. Finding no place for him, Schricker was discharged with honor and left to find a new profession. Using his own personal finances and funds left to him by his Junker father, he purchased an old freighter and hired a crew of former U-Boat sailors, who like him, were out of a job. Knowing work would be hard to find in Europe or America, for the men of the U-Boat fleet, he sailed for Asia, where merchant ships had never known the terror of unrestricted submarine warfare.
While in Singapore, Günter, his two mates, the head engineer and a handful of his sailors, were in a bar, drinking and retelling stories of their old glory in the war, in German. After several glasses, an American joined them, who seemed to understand them somewhat and was not unfriendly, despite the war so recently fought. In a rare moment, at least for the Germans, they opened up with a former enemy, gladly telling stories and listening to his, right before members of a Chinese secret society, started shooting at the bar, looking to kill their new friend. After a sharp fight, leaving a number of dead gangsters on the street and the floor of the bar, they took their new companion, who called himself Connor Williams and headed out to sea, knowing to stay in Singapore would mean being murdered or being arrested by the British authorities.
In the year that followed, Connor proved himself a valuable member of the crew, especially when there was trouble about, even when he brought said trouble to their ship. Well liked, Captain Schricker choose Jack, as the men called him, as First Mate, after the former holder of that position was killed in a skirmish between the soldiers of rival Warlords, which they happened to have been caught in. While the young American might not be a born sailor, he was brave and blessed in battle, the kind of man, men would rally behind. The very kind of man, whom his sailors would need, should the Captain be killed.
In 1925, he returned to the Atlantic, sailing to the Caribbean and loading up with rum. His sailors, being well seasoned smugglers, were able to sneak the cargo of illegal booze right into New York Harbor, in broad daylight and unload it without getting caught. From that voyage forth, he has moved booze across the East Coast for criminals of all sorts and sometime takes passengers along, although not in the greatest of comfort and style. It was in this trade, which Connor proved to be an asset again, having personal knowledge of the local underground and able to point Günter in the right direction, to get them contacts with the gangs and mobs around New York.Sexual ons
: Either the very familiar or the very exotic, he most enjoys women who remind him of making port in Germany, after a long patrol in U-51 or something the likes he's never seen before. Bonus points if she's a friendly, adventurous woman. Sexual offs
: Being called a Hun or a murderer, especially right before having his advances rejected.