Claudia Mezole

A character illustration for any fantasy-themed role-playing game setting. I made this a decade ago but never gotten around to actually putting it online. The character was designed to fit my own fantasy world Cresia.

 

Name: Claudia Mezole
Race: human
Location: Cuervo Garrac, Ferria

Miss Mezole is a free lancing (ie. not part of any shady organization) burglar concentrating her thieving efforts to the southern port cities of Ferria but mostly she operates in the city of Cuervo Garrac based solely on the fact that it is the biggest of these cities. Cuervo Garrac is an ideal place to one of her profession because it is commercial nexus point for trade routes between Crovascia, Tharia and Calishem and as such there are dozens of merchant ships docked in there at any given time and the crews of those ships spend much deserved free time in the city’s many recreational locales. Many of whom get drunk and less careful about their belonging. The dock areas are off limits to free lancers as they are being controlled by a group of professional criminals; just try lifting a purse there and see for yourself. But shady operations around and in of the many taverns and inns are not controlled by any particular group and that’s where most free lancers operate.

Claudia is a flowing and bubbling personality with a hint of fatalism and nihilism thrown in for good measure. She doesn’t think herself as particularly good when it comes to her profession but in fact she is one of the best operating in the area. Her modus operandi is pretty classic: she picks a lone target who rents a room, waits until such a time the target is most probably not going disturb her and simply cleans the room of such valuables that are not identifiable. But come a lucrative enough mark she is not above direct confrontation in a dark alley provided the mark is heavily intoxicated and thus not able to properly defend. Or identify the assailant. She usually works alone. Any proceeds that she makes are simply spent in local joints although she has managed to save a small fortune stashed in a location only she knows.

 

Jorge Gel, Ship Captain

A fantasy -themed character illustration.

 

Name: Jorge Gel
Race: human
Location: Wherever his ship ‘Raimelho‘ happens to be; port of call is Cuervo Garrac in Ferria

Jorge Gel was born in the port city of Cuervo Garrac in Ferria to a family full of sailors – some being accomplished veteran seafarers and others less so but pretty much all of his family members has a long history on the seas. He spent his early childhood aboard his uncle’s small cog and already at the age of ten he was baptized in combat against pirates trying to hijack the ship; luckily no lives were lost at that time although the cargo was. It was a defining moment in Jorge’s life as he then and there realized his entire future would be aboard sailing ships until his demise and he gladly accepted it.

As an adult Jorge spent many years on and off many merchant ships traveling the coastal regions of Ferria and Calishem mainly and saving any and all earnings he got in order to some day get a ship of his own. Finally at the age of 29 he bought the wrecked cog Raimelho from an old merchant Tirrana Welmius who called it quits and retired after defying one storm too many. Welmius did not have enough money to get his ship repaired and instead offered it to the Gel family – who were a known family of seafarers – and managed to convince Jorge that Raimelho would have many decades ahead of it after some simple repairs. As it happens, repairing the damaged ship cost far less than what the old merchant had assumed leaving the new owner with some excess capital to start his own business.

Now at the age of 42 Jorge is a veteran captain. His ship has served him well and is still in a fine condition thanks to Jorge’s interest in both maintaining it and understanding it’s limitations as well as his own. He has amassed a respectable fortune during his years as a merchant captain although there has been darker times involving lost cargo and lost crew members. He probably would have enough to get him a bigger ship but he is quite happy and satisfied with his current one.

As a person Captain Gel is stern and just with a twist of quickly cooling temperament and a quirky sense of humor. He considers himself a reasonable and upright man and takes great pride in having achieved a reputation as a fair and trustworthy merchant in all the ports he frequents. Captain Gel has also frequently paid his crew bonuses for runs that go well. When on land, Captain Gel resides in the heart of the Cuervo Garrac city on a mansion (named Gelanto with a long and important history in the city) owned by his family.  He spends a total of 3-4 months a year in Cuervo Garrac between merchant runs getting new deals agreed upon and spending time to maintain the ship.