There was also this old movie I only barely remember but it was the first time I cried about a movie. It was about this kid who was kidnapped and he basically him and the kid ended up having a father son relationship since the kid didn't have a dad. At the end of it the kidnapper was shot by the police. (and that kids is when I learned you can't trust the po po.) I think I was like 7.
A Perfect World, that's the movie you're thinking of; starred Kevin Costner as the kidnapper/Dad TJ Lowther as the boy and Clint Eastwood as the trigger-happy Sheriff who had a similar role in Butch's life as he did with the boy. Hated that
Spoiler:and truly hated Clint Eastwood for that decision as he was the director of the movie.
So many titles I see here and I say "Hey! I remember that book!". C. S. Lewis,Asimov,Verne, Clarke, Wells, Bradbury,The Mushroom Planet series. When I was in Elementary School we had the Scholastic Book Club that allowed us to get books super cheap. My parents fostered a love for the written word and would purchase any and all books I wanted. Loved the thrill of having them brought to class and handed to us. One other book that I haven't seen mentioned was about a boy that fell through a door on his planet and landed on earth. But I truly enjoyed being able to find all these books again to read to my children and pass the love of reading to them.
Donomsail Lishoni is looking at her reflection in the polished brass plaque that serves as a mirror and as she does so she reflects on how she ended up where she is now, never thinking that she would have the choices she now faced in her life.
Donomsail had been told for the first 15 years of her life that her red skin, horns, and clawed hands proved her direct tie to Asmodeus. She wasn't certain where her denomic heritage came from but agreed with her mother that it was most likely that one of her ancestors had consorted with the Devil and she was the result.
Looking down at her bare midriff she follows with her aquamarine eyes as her fingers trace the scars running across her body. "I can remember when everyone of these were carved into me." She thought to herself unaware that she was also talking out loud. Her fingers continue up her breasts painfully aware that no one else would want to touch her so intimately once they caught sight of the scars crisscrossing across her chest, flowing down the valley between her large breasts and joining the scars on her abdomen forming a crude pentagram that had one vertex pointing down to the folds between her legs. "Mother always told me this was the proof I was to be his bride once I came of age." Once again unaware that she was voicing her thoughts aloud.
That was the reason for the frantic search of a way out of the basement that served as her room. That day had been drawing closer as her thirteenth nameday had been approaching. Once she escaped her destiny she faced the prospect of having no idea of what to do next. She'd been found by Veh Troujoju, a half-elf that understood what it was like to be an outcast from society. Draping his cloak over her shoulders, the same cloak she was preparing to put on now, he entreated her to join him as he journeyed to Neruma to become the new High Priest of the Temple to Gozreh.
That was just over four years ago and she had taken to life in the temple as a fish did to water, fitting as she was now heading out to the docks to follow what she believed to be her destiny, preparing to put out to sea. Gozreh had come to her in her dreams, not once but many times, and let her know she could best serve him on a sea going vessel but never letting her know which vessel or how. Scrutinizing herself one last time she looked at not only her brick-red skin but the scars that some how healed black, then ran her slender fingers with their sharp pointed nails over her bare skull wondering once again why she had no hair anywhere on her body. Taking a glance at the horns that curled at the sides of her forehead she gave thanks to Gozreh for the robe given her with its deep hood and long sleeves that completely covered her. Sure it got hot in the sun but that was a small price to pay for the anonymity afforded her, allowing her the ability to go out in public even though she didn't do that often.
"Welp, here I go." This time aware of speaking out loud as she used her voice to give strength to her resolve. Taking herself away from the comfort of the only place where she never felt the summation of her future as she had at the place where she grew up, refusing to call that hell hole home. With that she left, saying goodbye to the few friends she'd made there and saving Veh for last as she wanted to remember the final advice that he would give as they both knew she would never return.
Role in Party:
I see her as a support character for the first several levels as her lack of socialization will not allow her to be very personable or demonstrative. As a Cleric she will be the one behind the scenes trying to help control the battle field. As things develop this will change as she slowly starts to find her voice.
Role on Boat:
She will want to learn as much as she can about how the ship functions. At that she will spend as much time around the Captain as they will allow, peppering questions as fast as the thoughts come to her. As she learns more about the other party members she will do the same, especially if they appear to take a leadership role.
Why be a Pirate:
She has been having dreams about going on the high seas, whether this is an actual calling from Gozreh or just her excuse for leaving her old life behind she isn't sure but she is going into this with her mind open to the possibility of a better future. She has told herself she has a destiny to fulfill but she has no idea what it might be.
After the first couple of combat scenarios she will start loosening up around the other PC's. In a few levels she will no longer see herself as a victim and instead see herself as a survivor of her past. Once that happens she will be much more active in attempting to use the knowledge she has gained to help her fellow adventurers. I want to start her as a Cleric with the Crashing Waves archetype and then when she can she will move into the Storm Kindler Prestige Class.
Like a few others here I started playing when the very first addition of D&D came out. Have played all versions of the game including 4 Ed (still recovering from the psychic damage taken from that experience) and in the last few years started playing Pathfinder in a FtoF setting. This is my first time trying out for a PbyP game and I am looking forward to trying this out. I have read the threads about how to be a good online player and will spend the next few days looking over a few of the story threads to see all that info put into RL use. Sadly no good posts to share (also no bad ones) but hopefully that will change soon.
I think I have the basics here if I am missing anything let me know and I will add it in.
Unfortunately I am currently having troubles with my laptop and am only able to post from my tablet. I have a Tiefling cleric that I would like to bring in. I have her backstory written up and will post it and all the other pertinent information as soon as I have an easier way to do so. It will happen later today I promise!