The Swashbuckler of the Month is a new feature where we highlight a member of the PDXYAR crew. Consider it sort of an employee of the month program, if you will. The exception being that sometimes we will select the crew member based on merit and diligent attention to their duties, while other times it is whomever threatened the selection committee the worst. I will leave it up to you to determine who fits in which category.
What is your name?
What is your position aboard El Tiburon?
Do you have a nickname, or something you prefer to be called?
Ava (a.k.a. The Black Widow)
If so, how did you get that nickname?
Severe trust issues. *gufaw* No seriously. I’ll cut you if you don’t laugh.
I have a reputation for not keeping a mate for very long.
Where are you from?
Breton originally. I was bred into a loyalty to England, but I believe there is Celtic and French heritage back there along my bloodline somewhere.
What were your parents like?
My father, Sir William Morley, was a British noble and naval engineer/investor who owned property in Breton. My mother, Anna-Maria Petit, was born and raised in Paris and was well connected in French society. She was significantly younger than my father, very impetuous and had a taste for high fashion and theatre.
Do you have any siblings?
When I was seven, my mother conceived another child. However, there were complications and she died bringing forth a son, Thomas Morley. Sadly, Thomas was sickly and deformed and died only days after my mother.
How did you become a pirate/privateer?
After I murdered my husband (did I mention trust issues?)I decided to cover up the crime, fake my own death and assume his identity. Soon after, I joined the crew of The Tempest, which was sailing under the authority of Captain Elric Brewer at the time. I became known as a worthy and faithful crewmember–a fact that proved valuable when an injury brought me to the ship’s medical officer, who discovered that I was in fact not a man. Years later, with the backing of some of the crew, I mutinied the captain of the Tempest, marooning him and his loyalists and renaming the ship, the Widow’s Scourge.
How long have you been a member of the crew?
My stint aboard El Tiburon as the boatswain has been for only a few watches, but she’s a fine vessel.
When the ship approaches battle, how do you feel, personally?
Elated. My heart is beating with enthusiasm. My skin feels electrified. I feel inspired, powerful, and liberated.
Are you a fighter?
I live for the fight. Some days it feels like I have fire in my veins. Hello… I killed my husband.
What weapons and tactics do you like to use?
Daggers. More specifically, throwing daggers or perhaps a short sword, Florentine style. In a pinch, I can wield a flail like the best of them and I am a fine archer as well.
What’s your favorite color?
Blood red and black. Naturally. I am also a fan of purple and gold, the colors of my ship, The Widow’s Scourge.