I hope this character is alright
If there's anything you want to change about the backstory and how my character meets the captain, that's fine
•Name: Hiram Faulk
•Nickname: I’m open to any nicknames the crew might give him
•Hair: He has thin, slightly wavy, silver-grey hair parted down the middle. It goes down past his chin, but ends before his shoulders. The pieces are rather uneven and split. He also has a long beard and mustache which he keeps pulled together with a band.
•Eyes: A watery, light blue. Around his eyes are distinctive crows feet.
•Skin: Average peach tone laced with wrinkles and folds he has those noticeable bulging veins that old people have on their hands. He has chipped, talon-like fingernails as well.
•Body type: Whenever he goes out in public, he likes to put on the “homely beggar” appearance and will hunch over and walk with a cane. He dresses to make himself look thinner (e.x: large, loose clothing that he chooses to purposefully look unfitting and unkempt) while he is actually fits comfortably in the average weight range. When he stands up tall, he actually has an imposing figure, standing at 6’3. He rarely draws himself up to full height though.
•Tattoos/markings/scars/etc: he has light scars across his arms and knees from his younger days as a pirate. He claims they’re heroic battle scars but they’re really just times where he’s accidently cut himself or when he’s fallen on the wet deck. He also has one silver tooth.
•Face: Long and gaunt. He has a large beak-like nose and his eyes are small and slightly sunken, peeking out under thick, messy eyebrows. He has noticeable lines across his forehead.
•General outfit: Hiram deliberately dresses up poorer than he actually is in order to garner sympathy and to look like less of a threat. He likes to play himself off as a miserly beggar in need of assistance. He wears fraying breeches and long, stiff shirts that are ill-fitting. Sometimes he’ll tie small planks of wood to his feet with rope and wear them as sandals. Doing that is very uncomfortable though and hazardous so he only does it when he’s going somewhere wealthy.
•Personality: Hiram’s a swindling, gold-bricking coward. He’s obsessed with wealth and will do whatever he can to obtain it. He has a penchant for gambling and playing cards, as well as being a maligner whenever he gets caught shirking his duties. Conniving, plotting and scheming are all second nature to Hiram and he’s not afraid to exploit others if it’s to his own benefit. Hiram will definitely use his age and his rank to push his way around the ship, or he’ll complain about something ‘harming his fragile old bones’ or somesuch. He’s all for the “get rich quick” plans and so becoming a pirate (which as he recalls, he became when he was an unbelievably young, dashing, handsome man some fifty years ago) was something that just called to him. Despite his own selfish convictions and seemingly callous nature, Hiram does care about his crew (After money, of course) and realizes that they’re all he has at the moment so he has to put up with them, at least for the meanwhile.
•Likes: Money, Scheming, Parties, Gambling, Exploring
•Dislikes: Restrictions, Miserly people (like himself), Rainy days, Rowdy crewmates
•Strengths: He’s ambitious, determined and very observant. He’s very quick mentally and can spot discrepancies like no one’s business. Hiram can come up with a plan on the spot and he’s very flexible no matter what the situation. He knows how to lie low and wait for opportunities to present themselves to him and he can be very patient. Even though he’s very lazy, he’s also very miserly and takes good stock of the items aboard the ship.
•Weaknesses: Hiram’s greedy and his one track mind can get him in heaps of trouble. He’s also violently adverse to working and will go to great lengths to slack off any job. He’s unreliable and irresponsible and can’t take the blame for anything. His shenanigans can create friction and conflict between him and the rest of the crew.
•Power: Coin manipulation. He can’t make coins (haha, the hold of the ship would be absolutely flooded with coins then) but he can move them and make them grow larger/smaller. Sort of like limited telekinesis, but only with coins. This might explain why he always wins coin tosses…
•Abilities: Fast talking, (pressuring someone to do something by talking very quickly so they don’t understand exactly what he’s saying.) gambling, rigging systems in his favor, disguising himself, lying.
•Weaknesses: Well, he is old. Mostly he exaggerates whenever he’s in slight discomfort, but he isn’t as fit as the rest of the crew for that reason. Running tires him out quickly and he has old joints which make it hard to stand for extensive periods of time. He also smokes from a pipe and so he has limited lung capacity and has the tendency to go into terrible hacking fits when he can’t catch his breath. He relies more on his intelligence than he does physical strength.
>Bio/backstory: Hiram, some fifty odd years ago, lived in a place that was wrecked by war and famine. Young men were being pressured to enlist and serve their country. Many never came back. To escape this fate, he stowed away on a ship leaving harbor. Not long afterwards, he was discovered by the captain. The crew of this ship weren’t too accepting of scrappy stowaways and they were going to kick him off on the nearest island when in a moment of panic, Hiram caused the coins in the treasure hold to flood out of the hold and roll towards him. The captain was impressed by this and let him stay, because he proved himself valuable enough to steal. He worked as a cabin boy, taking on lots of chores and completing tasks none of the higher ups wanted to do. As he grew older, he was trusted with more duties of the ship and filled in different roles like engineer, lookout and gunner whenever his crewmates got injured.
After serving on the ship for seven years, calamity struck. His ship got caught in the line of fire between two different rival pirate factions. One of the ships fired a cannon off and struck the hull of his ship, causing it to begin sinking. The two fighting ships, not wanting to be responsible for the sinking of his ship, quickly sped away, leaving him and his crew to their fate.
Hiram miraculously survived the sinking of his ship, but he was the only one. Being one of the youngest members on the ship, he was more fit and could handle the water’s pressure better. This event jaded his view on the world and spun his life’s path towards a totally different course.
Homeless and broke, he washed up on the shores of an island. The island was a hotspot for different pirates to dock and harbor at, it was like a safe haven from the law. During the time he spent on the island, he gambled and partied a lot in order to get more money and eventually leave the island. Instead, he fell into the habitual cycle of getting rich and then spending it all and becoming broke once more. The majority of his middle aged years he spent on this island, peddling fake jewelry and ‘miracle cures’ before quickly closing up and moving away once his customers found out it was a hoax.
He made a regular appearance in the gambling houses and one fateful night, encountered Captain Morrow. He was in his late fifties and already greying, he had given up on his dream of ever being able to escape this island and live a comfortable life long ago. During their game, Hiram attempted to keep the captain preoccupied and quietly steal all his money using his powers. While doing this, Hiram got caught red handed. Instead of being punished, the captain offered for him to join his crew, seeing that he had magical abilities.(and nowhere to go, as evident by the small talk conversation they had while gambling) Seeing this as a golden opportunity to finally leave the island, Hiram took it. He’s been serving (more of less) on the ship ever since.
>Position: Quartermaster (This could be the reason stowaways were able to get on the ship in the first place)
>Other: I hope the backstory is okay? I don’t know how out of character it would be for Captain Morrow to gamble or not. You can definitely change it if it doesn’t fit.
My favorite book is A Separate Peace