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Alize was born on the sea, or at least close enough to count; her father was a merchant out of Ecci, her mother a Iacetani he had taken a fancy to keeping aboard his vessel (so to speak.) The sea, her barbarian blood, and her fathers' mercenary ways would come to form the girl's future quite easily. By the time she was twelve, her mother had taught her where to stab a man who was causing problem. By sixteen, her skill with the rigging and book keeping had her in her fathers' good graces.
of course, Ruio had plans to just marry her off, like any other asset in his ledger. The trouble with that was that he didn't want his daughter marrying some savage Hispanian, or - gods forbid! - a Phoenician or Gaul! ...But the 'proper Romans" he envisioned for her future never appeared. Evidently a half-barbarian girl who could put some legionnaires to shame wasn't seen as worth the trouble. Unable to recoup his "losses" (i.e., the years he had spent raising a daughter) he suggested
she find some way to put her talents to use.
He probably didn't have piracy in mind, of course. Oh it started innocently enough, she offered her blades to another captain to fend off pirates, and amused by the notion of a girl claiming to be a soldier, he took her on. This didn't end well when plunderers swept off from the Sicilian coast. Well, it didn't end well for the pirates. A few tips like this helped Alize hone her skill and get real practice... but also exposed her to the waveswept life of sailors, full of wine, song, brawling, and whoring.
It wasn't long before the lure of greater profits drew her to a new ship, a new captain, and a lot of risks to her neck. It was a wild time, and the Greek and Carthaginian traders her crewmates plundered rarely gave up without a fight.
Though they tried to steer away from Roman cargoes, as such ships were dangerous sport indeed, it happened on occasion. One of those times, the ship yielded after a brief skirmish and - rather unbelievably - the two captains shared drink and stories! Whether one had been a former partner or the other a former pirate didn't seem to matter... and though Alize had been propositioned plenty of times before, it had never been with a job offer!
She now plies her trades - the art of the blade, a passing grasp of most languages, and solid knowledge of ships - in the employ of a noble house in ecci. Overall Goals:
Maybe it's cliche, but Alize craves adventure. She's an explorer and wants to see new lands, learn new tongues, share wine with Scythian and Meroe alike, and keep their sons and daughters awake at night. She has an overwhelming lust for life, and wants to seize as much of it as she can as soon as she can. Minor goals:
...But as they say, while in rome
... She knows she needs better social graces, at least as the Romans reckon them. Especially if she's going to be taking hte silver of a noble house (through pay, rather than tipping over their dining cabinets.) She's not willing to let her combat skills sit idle, though, and often seeks out someone to test them against. part of her wants to "beat" her father in the merchant game... but she knows she has neither the patience or skills for that. yet.