My biggest concern with the possibility of a Veteran PC being the squadmate who brought Charlie's dog tag back to the states is that it raises the question of "Why didn't Benji and Mary seek them out when they fell on hard times if the man felt obligated enough to seek them out in the first place?" and, if they fell out of touch after the dog tag was delivered for whatever reason, it changes to "How on Earth did they run into each other again?" unless said squadmate is from out of state or what not.
Maybe I'm overthinking it.
If it's a dynamic you'd like to have I'm okay with it.
@Genni Aside from his jacket and potentially his knife, the Dog Tags serve as the only memento Benji has that belonged to his father, who pretty much put a bun in the oven and immediately got shipped out to France and subsequently died during the War.
Born in the town of Rockport to an English teacher, Benji never had the opportunity to know his father, conceived on the eve of one Charlie Hayes' deployment to France in the Great War.
Unless the Army sending the dog tags back to his family isn't something they did back then. In which case I'll have to switch some stuff around.
Appearance: It is clearly evident to anyone who lays eyes upon Benji that he has been a man, or rather boy, of the tracks for some time. His clothes are weathered, his face unshaven and his brown hair grows unkempt down to his shoulders. Though it cannot be denied that he carries a sense of weariness thanks to his newfound position of fending for himself, his gray eyes and sheepish grin still lend a somewhat boyish quality about him. Benji's most noticeable piece of clothing is an armed forces jacket inherited from his father that hangs loose on his 5'3" frame. The only other apparel Benji seems to own (other than his farmhand's uniform) are a plain white shirt, a faded pair of blue jeans, and a set of work boots.
Personality: I'll write this shit eventually.
History: Born in the town of Rockport to an English teacher, Benji never had the opportunity to know his father, conceived on the eve of one Charlie Hayes' deployment to France in the Great War. Aside from this, Benji's youth was practically mundane. He took regular trips to Flemington to visit his grandparents, caused only a little bit more trouble at school than your usual student, and went to confession once a month at his local place of worship. Like everyone else however, this changed once the Great Depression began in earnest.
Upon the stock market crash in 1929, Benjamin's mother, Mary, was forced to take up any odd job she could find around town in order to support herself and her son, and while Benji was still young and naive enough to enjoy the almost daily trips to the local soup kitchen, Mary worked herself to the point of exhaustion, and only a few years into the Depression came down with what prove to be a lethal case of tuberculosis. While she had attempted to find an orphanage to take Benjamin in during her final days, it seemed all such establishments were full, and upon her death in the summer of 1933, Benji was left to fend for himself.
Without his mother's guidance, Benji has drifted from town to town along the railway in Georgia, relying on whatever kindness he could find from strangers and working whatever jobs he could find available. Recently, he heard of a farmstead taking on hands in Cypress Hollow, and traveled their with a group of his fellow homeless. He found himself one of the lucky few to be taken on by the Tackett Family, and believes he has now found the ideal spot to ride out the rest of the Depression and, potentially, a career.
Speech Color: Forest Green
Traits: Agile - You are quick and light on your feet. +1 Local - You are knowledgeable of Florida's landscape, including towns and local shortcuts. +1 Observant - You are better at noticing traps, as well as your enemies' weaknesses. +1 Quick-Thinking - You can make use of improvised weapons, such as bottles, broomsticks, and fire. +3 Weak - You are not physically strong. -1 Churchgoing - You are of the righteous sort who might hesitate to kill. -2 Skittish - You frighten easily, and have trouble keeping your cool in stressful situations. -2
Inventory: A single dog tag reading "Charles Hayes" A simple Swiss army knife
Question: What's the most Common language in the Hundred Kingdoms?
Considering its position as something of a border region between the Scavenger Lands and "the East", I imagine it'd be a pretty even split between Riverspeak and Forest-tongue (dependent on whichever side of the area you're on, of course), with some smatterings of the various Realm languages thanks to Greyfalls and the efforts of any Immaculate Monks in the area.
But it's not my game so don't take my word for gospel. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Also just found someone saying gwyns home town has a different language than sky tongue and rip me if that is so. Anyway I'm going to sleep.
I'm like 95% certain that, as a city in the North, Gethamane's main language is Skytongue.