Another example of my amazing speed when it comes to art. This one was started way back in 2011, and finished a week or two ago. But it was done in the end, so that's what matters, right?
Crest in the top left corner drawn and coloured by the lovely
If you haven't watched her already, do it now!Basic Information:Name:
Alric John MarrinerAge:
55 yrs oldSpecies: European Herring GullDate of Birth:
21st June 1748Place of Birth:
Graveodder Head, AlbeaCurrent Residence:
3ft 10in (115cm)Weight:
5st 0 lbs (31kg)Alignment:
Lawful GoodMarital Status:
Captain of the HMS FinerreKnown Relatives:Francis Marriner:
Alric's father and fisherman. Died in 1801, aged 83 yrs old.Susan Marriner (nee Miller):
Alric's mother and housewife. Died in 1803, aged 81 yrs old.Siblings:
Reynold Marriner - The eldest sibling, 62 yrs old. The former captain of the Soaring Eagle
merchant ship, now retired, living in Kincross.
Lindsey Marriner - The youngest sibling, 47 yrs old. A shopkeeper in Graveodder Head, married with three children of her own. Until their deaths, Lindsey also looked after the parents as well.Spouse:
Calanthe Marriner (nee McAuley). 52 yrs old. The daughter of the wealthy James McAuley, of the McAuley and Simpson Trading Company. After the divorce, she returned to the family home in Windside with her son.Offspring:
Elliott Marriner. Alric's 15 yr old son, who lives with his mother and works on the docks in Windside. Alric barely knows the first thing about his own son.Natural Abilities:Buoyancy:
Alric's natural buoyancy allows him to stay afloat in even the roughest of seas.Consumption of Seawater:
Alric is perfectly capable of drinking seawater with no ill-effect, though he still prefers fresh water.Swimming:
Alric was quite a strong swimmer in his youth, but is not as active now as he was then. Thanks to his natural bouyancy he is unable to dive to any great depth.Likes/Dislikes:Likes:
Cod, Fishing, the Finerre
, Journaling, the Ocean and Whisky (in moderation!)Dislikes:
Invasion of His Personal Space, Dishonesty, Frivolity, Physical Contact and Pirates.Strengths:Intelligence:
Despite his poor upbringing, Alric is a very intelligent and capable man, far more so than Warrick Beckett.Fairness:
Alric is a very fair-minded individual. He treats everyone equally (except pirates)is willing to listen to different sides, and will not take sides or jump to conclusions without knowing the full story. Conscientiousness :
Alric is a very conscientious individual, going to painstaking lengths to make sure that duty is and done in the proper manner. Weaknesses:Seriousness:
Alric is far too serious for his own good, and can completely miss even the simplest of jokes.Stinginess:
Thanks to his poor background, Alric is very careful with this money, but this often goes into full-on stinginess, with Alric refusing to pay for anything that is not necessary.Cautiousness:
While Alric is a very diligent and conscientious man, sometimes he can be a bit too cautious, and this can make him reluctant to act and take risks.Personality:
As a captain, the easiest way to describe Alric is tough but fair. Knowing that a firm hand and good discipline is needed at sea, Alric commands his ship with an iron fist, holding very high standards and expecting everyone to work hard and give their all. While he may be a firm captain, he is not a cruel man; he will deal out firm punishments if needed, though it not something he likes to do. With a great love of the ocean, he is loyal to his King and country, and puts his duty above all else. He will follow any orders given without question, even if sometimes he does personally disagree with them.
Far too serious for his own good, Alric pretty much has no sense of humour, and many jokes was often pass him by altogether. He often comes across as downright grumpy and sarcastic at times, even if he does not intend to be. He can be slow to hand out praise, but any that he does give are always sincere and well-meant. Though usually polite and well-mannered with people, he is also brutally honest, and will not usually mince his words with anyone. However, unlike certain other people, he does recognize that there are times when a softer, more diplomatic approach is needed, and will adjust his words as appropriate.
Deep down though, under the harshness, Alric is still very much the same kind-hearted idealist that he was when he was a youngster, albeit one who has been worn down and jaded over time. Even though he knows that the world is not black and white, he still very much wants to believe that there is some good in everyone, and is always willing to lend an ear or give advice to whoever needs or wants it. Unfortunately, this has come back to bite him more than once.Backstory:
Alric John Marriner was born in 1748 to a poor family of gulls in the fishing village of Graveodder Head, located in north-western Albea. As small and isolated as the village was, even then the village was sliding further and further into decline Life was hard for the young gull, who even as a child would have to either work or starve. He worked alongside his father for many years, but before long it became apparant to the boy that that would no longer be enough. With few choices in his home village, Alric could either follow in his father's footsteps as a fisherman, joining the navy or becoming like the gin-soaked, ambitionless criminal youths in his town. For Alric there was no competition. He joined the Royal Albean Navy in 1760 when he was only 12 yrs old, as a cabin boy.
During his early years in the navy, he would go from ship to ship, from captain to captain, until he eventually ended up on the HMS Bountiful
, a ship headed by the then Captain Douglas Greyson. The young gull quickly caught the eye of the Captain, and the older duck took Alric under his wing. With Greyson's guidance and advice over the years, Alric gained an education and advanced through the ranks, eventually gaining the rank of Captain in 1788. Of course it was not all plain sailing for the gull, as he suffered many setbacks over the course of his life, including pirate attacks, a failed marriage, and Verulian raids, the latter resulting in the sinking of the Bountiful
in 1785. It was only then that Greyson and Alric went their seperate ways, with Greyson going on to become Admiral, and Alric becoming the Captain of the newly-commissioned frigate HMS Finerre
In later years Alric was offered promotion to Admiral more than once, but each and every time he would turn it down, stating that by that point he was too old, and that remaining a Captain was good enough for the likes of him.
In 1801 Alric was on shore back at Graveodder Head, attending the funeral of his father who had only just died, aged 83 yrs old. After many months and years away from Albea, the kingdom that he returned to was a shadow of the one he had left. The Royal Court is in complete disarray, the nobility are clinging to their status, wealth and power at the expense of the lower classes, Montvellieu had been returned to Verulian sovereignty, and the once-proud Albean army and navy, the pride of the kingdom and the envy of many others, are in a steady decline. Even though he had been away for a long time, Alric had heard many troubling rumours about various goings-on within the kingdom. However, it is only when he is requested to meet Admiral Greyson and the King himself in Kingsmaine that he fully realises just how grave the situation actually is...
(full bio still in the works)Additional Notes:
- He is right handed.
- Alric usually refers to people by their surname.
- During his life Alric kept an extensive collection of journals detailing life in the Navy and his thoughts and opinions on Albean society and people and events of note during his life. For him these journals were a way of keeping his life and thoughts organised, but long after the man's death, they would prove to be an invaluable source of information for historians in the future.
- Even though he is from a poor family, over the years Alric has amassed a sizeable fortune with the proceeds of looted pirate and foreign ships, in addition to his own wages as Captain. The divorce did cost him dearly, however.
- Over the course of his life, Alric has been awarded several medals for his exploits. However, he never wears them, feeling that to do so would be to show off.Appendices:
Part One: Human Alric