Mr. Alonzo Mayweather
Mr. Alonzo Mayweather could possibly be the most heavily weaponized crewman aboard El Tiburon. His cannon (Kaboom) and blunderbuss (Ivette) are two of the largest weapons in the gunnery compliment. No one in the crew has mustered the courage to ask Alonzo exactly where he came from, or exactly how he keeps finding his horrifying weapons.
Andrew Lone a.k.a. “Alone”
Image courtesy of Christopher J. Yetter Photography.
Angus is rarely aboard ship, though he always seems to appear in whatever port El Tiburon has docked. Usually the same day or shortly thereafter. When asked how he got there, Angus does not rightly know and can only say that there was “rum involved”. His shipmates are wary of the times they get to port after Angus. For more than once, they have arrived in port to find Angus waiting for the ship at the quay… port town burning behind him and with Angus greeting his friends with a hearty “‘Bout time ye got here, ‘twas running out of things t’ do!” On occasion, he appears in town with Raevenna, and she ain’t tellin’ Angus how he got there either.
Annie (a.k.a. “Hawk”)
Daniel “Cannon Heart” Douglas
Son of a Scandinavian sailor and a Scottish barmaid, Daniel “Cannon Heart” Douglas was raised by his mother’s family until a feud with another clan prompted his being put into service aboard a merchant vessel. Various misadventures and misunderstandings caused him to jump from crew to crew until he finally found himself aboard El Tiburon, the only ship that would have him. Cannon Heart is known for telling stories, sometimes to get himself and other members of the crew out of trouble. Though it should be noted that in any instance, the veracity of his stories should always be held in question. He is known to embellish and outright fabricate stories. At no point should anyone completely believe what this man says.
Conrad “The Cudgel” Demitrius
His native Poland broken, home burned and family scattered, Conrad decided to combine his military profession with sailing and a hobby of banging people about with a cudgel. After joining the Cossack Zaporozhian Siech, he proved himself to be a good man to have in a fight, extortion, plot, robbery, raid, kidnapping… you get the idea. He became a feared pirate on the Don River sacking the Turks. Wanting a higher price upon his head than the insultingly low one offered by the Sultan, Conrad left Russia with nothing more than his Hussar coat, sword, Cossack armor, dagger, a decorated Turkish musket and all the silver he could steal… er, carry. He then sought out the most feared pirates in the Caribbean. Not being able to find them, he instead joined the crew of El Tiburon. Drink with him, if ye dare!
Governor Giles Seamus Hagthorpe MacGuffin
Born the thirteenth child of an impoverished thistle farmer in the high lowlands (or possibly the low highlands) of Scotland, Giles Seamus Hagthorpe MacGuffin ran away to sea when he was a mere eight years old. He quickly mastered pillaging and plundering and was then sent to bed with out dinner. Many years have passed since then and he still thinks he can get away with much more than he really does. Hagthorpe has recently been appointed to the position of Governor with PDXYAR, though he hasn’t yet been give the coordinates of his appointed island. Regardless, he’s still looking forward to getting the wig.
Gracie hails from Portsmouth, England. She was the youngest child and only daughter of a widowed merchant. Not knowing how to raise a daughter, Gracie’s father and brothers taught her how to ride, shoot, and fight. Because of this, she grew into a wild and independent woman. Gracie soon found herself in love with a man as wild as she was. However, she discovered that the man she loved and was betrothed to turned out to be a scoundrel and a cheat. Rather than being bound to such a cad, she disguised herself as a boy and signed onto a merchant ship bound for the Americas. Being a smart and ingenious woman, she learned how to work the lines, run a cannon, and proved herself to bean able sailor, earning the respect of the crew. Off the coast of the Carolinas, the merchant ship was set upon by El Tiburon. After a bloody fight, she was among the few survivors. Gracie impressed the crew of El Tiburon with her viciousness in the fight and was asked to sign the articles. Gracie can be seen firing her mortar “Nightmare”, the most terrifying gun on El Tiburon’s line.
Jimmy Long Guns
Jimmy once served as a dog watch guard on a merchant ship, when he was approached by Captain Redgoat one night in a pub. The good captain offered Jimmy six month’s pay in exchange for his services as guard aboard El Tiburon. Jimmy Long Guns signed the articles and has served as one of the most loyal members of the crew ever since.
Lazarus “Crasher” Cotton
Chi Tao Gan (a.k.a. “Lil’ Jon”, a.k.a. “Crawdad”, a.k.a. “Treasure”
Chi Tao Gan a.k.a. “Lil’ Jon”, a.k.a. “Treasure”, a.k.a. “Crawdad”, a.k.a. “Jean LePetit”, a.k.a. “Jon St. Jon”, a.k.a. “Short Round”, a.k.a. “Small Arms”, a.k.a. “Master Blaster” is the crew’s pocket pirate. He was discovered in a liberated roll of carpeting from the cargo hold of a Shanghai merchant vessel. He decided to stay with the raiding party of El Tiburon after hearing about ham night. When not filling his hollow leg, the nimble feet of this stealthy stowaway have proven frightening, especially when he hides in plain sight.
To most rogues, he is a Boogyman spat out of Hell by “Ole Scratch” himself, a name mentioned by captains to quiet their mutinous crew. Some believe him to be on board El Tiburon, while others aren’t sure. There is a MacTavish on board and if it is Lucian, then even the gods themselves may not be able to save those who El Tiburon has its sights set on.
Mercy Marie Dillingham
Mercy Dillingham was the younger daughter of a wealthy landowner from the New World – The Carolinas to be exact. One afternoon, she heard the boom of cannon and ran to the docks to see the commotion. Coming in fast to the shore was a stunning pirate ship, The Blair, with a fascinating looking man at the helm. Mercy was intrigued by the beauty of the ship riding the waves, the smell of smoke coming from the cannon, the thought of freedom that comes with the pirate life. She waited for the ship to come close to shore and then charmed her way aboard. With her red hair flying in the wind, her skirts billowing around her, and her husband, Master Cockroach Blair at her side, she was invincible.
Under considerable persecution in the colonies, Molly sought refuge aboard El Tiburon while it made port in Philadelphia. Originally brought onto the ship under the guise of “safety”, she soon became known for her ability to start as many fires as she quenched.
Image courtesy of Gary Louie Photography.
Rae was discovered floating unconscious on a charred hunk of wreckage and was brought aboard El Tiburon. When she came to, she found herself at home on the ship and rediscovered old friends from previous pirating voyages. She now works side by side with MacTavish, running the ship’s gunnery, especially the cannons, which has always given her great joy.
Master Robert “Cockroach” Blair
Image courtesy of Ryan J. Zeigler Photography.
Cockroach was given to Howell Davis as a cabin boy at an early age. There, he tutored in seamanship, scholarly matters, battle tactics and navigation by Davis’ navigator, Bartholomew Roberts. He served under Roberts until Cape Lopez, then struck out on his own. Returning to the Caribbean, Cockroach forged a reputation for courage, invincibility in battle, “a way with the ladies” and stealth. The Spanish dubbed him “La Cucaracha” (The Cockroach) since he seemingly could not be caught or killed, striking quick and then dashing away to hide. He is captive only to his love and wife, Mercy Marie Dillingham. Together, they sailed the Blair around the horn and took up the sweet trade on the northern Pacific Coast.
No one among the crew knows the true name of The Ronin, perhaps not even The Ronin himself. He first came to sail aboard El Tiburon when he awoke in the shio’s hold after an apparent three day sake and dice bender. He arrived having only the kimono on his back, no clan affiliation and a poorly-scrawled letter of service to Captain Redgoat tucked in his sleeve. The Ronin’s stoic manner and deadly precision with a blade have made him a strong ally and at times a formidable opponent to members of the crew.
Temperance “Skully” Tooms
Shipwrecked en route to a new life in the New World, newlyweds Temperance and Terrence Tooms faced an eternal honeymoon, a life alone in each other’s company, marooned on a deserted island paradise. But when the young Mistress Tooms found her beau in the arms of an island girl native to this “uninhabited” rock, she chose to set her sights beyond the confines of marital bliss. After quickly, and rather violently, divorcing her husband, the young widow found passage on the privateer El Tiburon. Now a fiercely loyal member of the crew, Skully applies her occasionally murderous passion to the pursuit of glory on the high seas, ever accompanied by what’s left of her husband… more faithful in death than he ever was in life.
Erzsebet “Spyglass” Slezak
Erzsebet “Spyglass” Slezak was born to a noble family in Hungary. Possessed of a keen wit and her own mind, she did not take it well when her family promised her in marriage to a local baron. The night before her wedding, Erzsebet disappeared, followed days later by the baron. Neither hide nor hair was seen of either. Aboard El Tiburon, Spyglass is small enough to be comfortable in the crow’s nest, keeping a lookout for possible targets. From her vantage point, she can keep a weather eye out for trouble and secrets aboard the ship, but Spyglass also scans the horizon in case her spurned baron shows up seeking revenge.
A master of song and a wanderer at heart, Troubadour started a life at sea with the King’s Navy. He was later found “stranded” in a Dutch port, by crewmen of El Tiburon. He is an admirer (from afar) of chivalry and polite society. However, times being what they are, is willing to sing a ribald shanty or two for a jingle of coin or a dram of gin. Troubadour can often be found sailing north of Yerba Buena to seek out exotic herbs and botanicals – useful to any ships mess (as well as a fine gin).