LEFTHERIS VOUNOS NAME:
Thierry – this is how the Frenchmen can pronounce itAGE AND BIRTHDAY:
35 (born on 24-th of August 1685)GENDER:
MaleOCCUPATION OR TITLE:
Master GunnerBIRTH PLACE:
Chania, Crete, Greece… which is a part of the Ottoman EmpireCURRENT LOCATION:
aboard AmazoneCHARACTER FACE CLAIM:
Nikos XilourisGENERAL APPEARANCE:
He is rather tall, but not too tall, athletic, with graceful moves and fine traits. His light build gives him a certain agility. His dark eyes, always shining with some mischievous and analyzing light, are deep set under thick eyebrows. He has dark hair with loose curls and a bushy moustache. His skin complexion, tanned by so many years at sea, is of an olive shade, rather common for the people of his island. When working aboard, his rebel hair is usually tied with a bandana, not to enter his eyes. He has various scars from battles, especially burnt ones, giving that gunnery has, sometimes, explosive surprises.CLOTHING:
On the ship he wears canvas trousers and a cheap breezy shirt, usually half unbuttoned, occasionally paired up with a vest. If work is hard and the heat horrible, he might be shirtless as well. In battle, the gunner’s apron is a must, though. He usually has a change of working clothes and some nicer ones, for when in ports.PERSONALITY:
A fearless adventurer at heart, Leftheris is easy-going, spontaneous, intrepid, jovial and makes light of things most of the time, especially in odd situations where one would expect prudence. For him, rules are something to be used only when convenient. If they don’t fit a certain situation, he is ready to work around them.
He is a perfectionist, liking things well done, but he is tending more to indulgence than discipline for the crewmen’s small offenses. (Leave a cannon untended properly, though, and you'll see an outburst!) Long drills might be the answer for most trespasses, in his opinion. He gets on well with the men, overlooking gambling or other things as long as it doesn’t affect the men’s fight capabilities. He is persuasive, drawing people in, making him well liked by the crewmen.
He is dashing and fearless, or perhaps just enthusiastically reckless, but his enthusiasm makes him an inspiring leader for those who may be timid. He feels he has nothing to lose anymore, so he is prone to joke even with death. He enjoys the feeling of dangerous exhilaration a battle brings, and he thrives in it.
His aims include acquiring knowledge and wealth equally - in these matters, he has a practical spirit. This practical spirit went together with the newly discovered love, as he associated with his mistress in opening the inn La Rose et l'Ancre in Port de Paix. In matter of the heart, he had thought himself incorruptible, until he fell for a brothel madame, the one who had become his mistress and associate.
Gambling is, for him, more a hobby than a weakness. He is never as desperate as to bet and lose everything he has, and he never cheats. He is fond of cards, but more of his country’s traditional game, backgammon. He likes partying and dancing, not only because today can be the last happy day and tomorrow might bring the bloodiest battle, but because these are outlets for his emotional energy.
+ familiar with all kind of explosives and cannons
+ talent for foreign languages – speaks French and Venetian; has started learning Spanish as well
+ quick learner
+ making friends quickly
+ loyal and brave
- vengeful and holding grudgesFAMILY: Father
– Vangelis Vounos, town clerk, deceasedMother
– Maria Vounos, housewife, deceasedsiblings
- Nikitas, brother, deceased
- Vangelitsa, sister, deceased
- Marianthi, sister, deceased
- Maroulis, brother, deceasedfiancee
– Mora Vargas (or something between a fiancee and a mistress) HISTORY:
His town, Chania, had been under Venetian occupation when his parents were born, and even if the Turks had conquered it about 20 years before he was born, the Venetian colony and spirit remained. They had tried first to live under the Ottoman rule, in their home, sending their sons to the night school organised, far from the eyes of the Turks, who had forbidden it, by the parish priest.
His father, a little clerk, had also paid a tutor among the old Venetian men to teach his sons not only to speak, read and write Venetian, but also Maths, Geography and whatever else the old man, a retired Venetian officer, could teach them. But life was becoming harder and harder for a former clerk who had been connected to the Venetian rule, not to the Ottoman one, and they ran away to Gramvousa, which still belonged to the Serenissima Repubblica
Actually, many of the people who had a problem with the Ottoman government sought refuge, when they could, some in other islands and in Venice, others in the few corners of Crete still remaining under Venetian rule, such as the mountain region of Sfakia, where the armed rebels remained, descending in flash-raids upon the Turks, and the little fortresses of Gramvousa and Souda, not far from Chania, and Spinalonga, on the other side, which had resisted for fourty years more, defending the Venetian trade routes. Ultimately, this was what Leftheris’ parents had done too, when their children were old enough and they couldn’t bear the Ottoman rule anymore.
When the new Ottoman – Venetian war started, everybody in Gramvousa
followed it with the hearts beating for the Serenissima Repubblica
. The oldest son of Vounos family, Nikitas, decided to enroll in the Army and fight against the Turks when he turned 15, the age of enrolment – little did he know that his younger brother would follow him as a stowaway. When Leftheris was discovered aboard the ship heading for Morea, they had nothing else to do with him than accept the situation. He remained aboard as a powdermonkey and a ship boy, while his brother went ashore to fight and got killed in battle. He had found a good mentor aboard the ship, who knew how to raise his interest in cannons, so, in time, he learnt as much as his mentor knew and became a good gunner.
When the war ended with Venice partially victorious, his fate was already linked to the Venetian Navy, so he remained, especially that he had nobody else to go home to – the Turks had killed his whole family, together with the others who sought refuge at Gramvousa, which had been betrayed.
A new Ottoman-Venetian war started in 1714, the Second Morean War, and it ended, in 1717, with the Turks conquering the last Venetian holdings in the Aegean, including Morea and the islands. It found Leftheris as gunner’s mate aboard “Fortuna Guerriera
”. In the Battle of Matapan
, the damage to his ship from the enemy cannons threw him, severely wounded, into the water. It would have been his death if the allied ship “San Raimondo
”, belonging to the Knights of Malta, didn’t rescue him together with a few of its own people. The Knights of Malta nursed him back to health in their hospital.
There he befriended a French Navy lieutenant, Seraphin de Bauffremont, who had served, before getting wounded in the same battle, aboard the ship commanded by Vice-Admiral Bellefontaine
, the Commander of the Order of Malta. They happened to be released from the hospital at the same time. The Venetians were far away, having lost the war. The French, allied with the British, had other wars to further fight, and he had a friend who took him aboard the new ship he had been sent to command.
It was a corvette, nothing fancy, but enough to keep Leftheris – or, how the French started calling him, Thierry Vounos – in the French Navy. Aboard this corvette he had raised, almost one year later, to the position of master gunner. They patrolled in Biscaya Gulf, contributed to the taking of San Sebastian… and the ship got severely damaged. Ships are decommissioned too, people are redeployed… and so he got sent to the West Indies in the autumn of 1719, just ready to be sent, by Rear-Admiral Duval, to serve aboard ”Le Phenix”
. He had been the master gunner of ”Le Phenix” until its sinking at the end of July 1720, when he got reassigned on "Amazone", together with most of the survivors.
He can handle any sort of gun in combat, and, as smaller arms, he has a particular affinity for flintlock pistols, having a good aim. He is average at wielding a sword and he prefers the boarding cutlass, because it requires less fine skills.ANYTHING ELSE:
As favourite possession, he has a rosary with amber beads
, which had belonged to his father, and a backgammon game
he might teach anyone willing. They remind him of his past, of his origins, that he once belonged somewhere.
Theme song - Ta logia kai ta hronia ta hammena
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