NAME: Lord Richard Hasting
DATE OF BIRTH: 1689 (28)
PLACE OF BIRTH; Cambridge, England
To say that Richard Hasting was born with a silver spoon in his mouth would be putting it mildly. His father was an admiral and an earl so the young Richard wanted for little in life and as such always took his high station and easy living for granted. Growing up he swam in high-society, young and hedonistic his main activities in life were gambling, drinking himself into a stupor with his aristocratic friends and deflowering naive young women.
At the insistence of his father Richard entered into the Royal Navy from a young age, his family's influence consistently securing him increasing rank vastly disproportionate to anything he deserved and generally allowed him to windle his way into cushy posts. But one fateful July day off the coast of Mexico his life would change forever.
Hasting was assigned the role of overseeing an escort for a South Sea Company ship trading across the Spanish Indies, a task he undertook with his characteristic lack of vigour. When a ship with crimson sails was spotted on the horizon it took him longer than it should have to realise they were under attack, admittedly his lack of sobriety didn't help him. Despite strongly outgunning their opponents "The Bucephalus" seemed to run rings around Hasting and his crew. Outmanoeuvred at every turn, the battle quickly began to go south.
Cowardice was what saved Richard Hasting that day. As soon as he saw the day was lost he and some of the officers made their escape on a lifeboat amidst the chaos. After some time adrift the deserters were picked up by a passing merchant vessel and returned to England in disgrace.
Scorned and dishonoured Richard's ordeal left him a changed man. It was as if scales had fallen from his eyes, the near death experience showing him the futility of his life up until that point. He was left a bitter and hollow man, finding no joy in his former reckless lifestyle. As time passed though Richard became more and more sure what he had to do. Using the last of what little influence he had left (and a few well placed 'donations') Richard was able to assume captainship of the fearsome HMS Relentless with the mission to patrol the Caribbean to reign in the threat of pirates and for him a chance a redemption and revenge.
MOTIVATION: (this is optional)
- Educated and a well trained seaman, Hasting epitomises the English gentleman in all except his morals.
- A notably gifted swordsman
- Hasting is obsessive to the point of recklessness and tends to have little regard for his crew's wellbeing.
- His ordeal at sea has left him with intermittent splitting headaches.
ROLE ON SHIP: Captain
NAME OF SHIP: HMS Relentless
A 45m long 70-gun third-rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy. Painted in basic yet striking yellow and black stripes with white sails, the British flag proudly hoisted and a bust of stern Britannia at the helm.
((Not too savvy with the period, happy to change any details to fit historically. Thought chasing after PC's would make things interesting but I don't want to step on any toes, so this can be changed if people want))
Accepted! You don't need to worry about stepping on any toes, I'm sure everyone agrees that having someone hunt their pirates would add a little more spice to the RP. Anyhow, you may post your sheet in the character's tab when you're ready. ^^
@BlondyMcHuggles Thank you very much! I'll start on a post shortly.
By the way, stumbled across this map resource that could prove helpful.
Thanks for that! I'll put it into the OP; I'm sure it'll help people out!