Andrea COSTA NAME:
Ange au Sabre / Sword Angel (and crewmates call him Angel)AGE AND BIRTHDAY:
22 (born on 30-th of November 1697) GENDER:
MaleOCCUPATION OR TITLE:
former pirate sailing masterBIRTH PLACE:
Born at sea, somewhere in the Adriatic Sea, between Venice and Ragusa - now Dubrovnik - on the little merchant ship “Colomba”, bearing the flag of Serenissima Repubblica di Venezia CURRENT LOCATION:
TortugaCHARACTER FACE CLAIM:
Alain DelonGENERAL APPEARANCE:
He is of medium height, strong but not excessively muscular, graceful, with fine traits, of a strange beauty, inherited from his mother. His eyes are an unusual shade of green, like the warm seas, the only thing he has in common with his sister. His hair is dark, slightly waved. His complexion, initially rather fair, like his sister’s, got tanned by sun so many years at sea.CLOTHING:
Usually sailor’s clothes, loose fitting cotton trousers and a white or blue shirt, with a scarf around the neck. When in ports with a spying mission, he may wear more elegant clothes, adapted to fit to the environment.PERSONALITY:
He is ambitious and perfectionist, but not as competitive as his sister, because he hadn’t needed to – he was the eldest and the one educated from early childhood to be the future captain of “Colomba”, while she was the younger one, always wanted to be as good as him… or even better!
Loyal and reliable, he would never break a promise by his own will. He has an original moral code, but the good teachings of his family didn't get lost when he became a corsair, then a pirate – they got just a little bit adapted to the new reality of his life. Andrea is usually good-tempered and calm, even if not always as patient as needed, but he flares in certain circumstances.
He treats all women respectfully, as he was taught in family. Although his beauty attracted women of al kinds in the ports where he has roamed, he is not a womanizer or a seducer. He is honestly being himself, not trying to impress women and not really aware of his charm, but his tender and romantic nature make him even more irresistible. When he wasn’t in love, he couldn’t resist to the pretty women’s advances – could really any unattached man? While in love, he has eyes only for his beloved, and he faithfully belongs only to his wife.
He fights bravely, but he didn’t really enjoy being a pirate. He had done it in order to be close to the one he loved, then for his friends aboard, and to obtain the money needed to fulfill his dreams. However, after the sinking of the "Rising Sun", he gave up piracy, because he saw no more reasons to do it. Having a family and a home required a less risky seafaring profession. Besides, the tortures in prison in June 1720 had left both physical and especially psychological marks on him. He is haunted by nightmares, visions and accesses of depression ever since. Strengths:
Sailing and foreign languages seem to be family talents. He is a very skilled sailor, having been a master’s mate on "Marie Gallante", before it was lost at sea, since he was 18. Besides Greek and Venetian, spoken, read and written, he speaks well (reads and writes) French too, understanding Provensal, Spanish and English rather well, but these latter languages he speaks with difficulty. He plays mandolin (not virtuoso but acceptably) and sings. Moderation is one of his strengths. He drinks a glass or two, plays a game of cards or two, but nobody has seen him gambling his savings. (Well, he really got drunk a few times in his life… but it was an experience to take into account and never repeat.) Weaknesses:
If a Genovese or other enemy takes on him for being Venetian, he can’t abstain fighting back, irrespective how many they are, how bad the fight may end or if there are any other consequences. He’d also do anything for his beloved, and for his sister. FAMILY: Father
– Sterio Costa, born in a village in Greece (which is part of Ottoman Empire), deceased at seaMother
– Maria Pasqualigo (married Costa), born in Kefalonia (a Greek island under Venetian domination), deceased at seaUncle
– Ianni Costa, deceased at seaSister
– Marina Costa, one year and a half younger, governess in KingstonSworn brother
- Leif Edwardssen, ship boy aboard the "Rising Sun", deceasedWife
- Honour Costa, born MillerHISTORY:
His family, together with his father’s sworn brother, Diamandi, and his wife and child, owned the little merchant ship “Colomba”, carrying goods from the Greek islands and mainland to Venice and Mediterranean ports. There was no other crew aboard, so the three men and two women had to cover everything to be done and to teach the children. The children had an unusual education, as their life was basically at sea and the ports were to be visited only. So they are bilingual in Greek and Venetian, they have learned almost everything their parents know - and this includes not only changing sails, washing up and steering the ship, but also reading maps, establishing the good road, the ship’s speed, etc. As the family chose life on sea in order to flee the Turkish power in their region, and they were often smuggling guns and ammunition for the rebels who are fighting Turks, the children grew with stories about the cruelty of invaders and fighting for liberty.
When the ship sunk in a storm in the Mediterranean, he was fished by a ship bound to Marseille, which did not really need his services, so the captain left him in Marseille, with a few coins for the work he had done aboard in the meanwhile. Andrea spoke no French at all and he was alone in a big port, looking for work. He soon discovered that nearly half of the people were speaking, however, with different degrees of proficiency, one of the Italian dialects, that a Venetian could understand more or less – Piemontese or Genovese. But when asking for work in his mother tongue, it was as predictable to receive an answer in Genovese: “We don’t have anything for a dirty Venetian pig!”,
given the multisecular rivalry between the two maritime republics. And his reaction was as logical… only that he was outnumbered and beaten to nearly death.
His good luck was that a beautiful young woman was passing by in her carriage and took pity of the suffering boy left in a corner, bathed in blood. She took him and nursed his wounds, her first impulse being of Christian pity. Well, she had plenty of sins to be forgiven, and if saving a life could count… Mireille was a demi-mondaine
, which meant a little more than a high class prostitute: she had a house, nice things and a carriage – and a protector paying for all these. When Andrea woke up, after four days of fighting death, and saw her near the bed, he thought he was with the angels in heaven. And if it was normal for him to fall in love with the one who had saved him, nobody expected Mireille to take a fancy in the nearly sixteen years old boy, when she was 20 and she could have any man in Marseille she wanted.
At the beginning, she thought him shy like most boys his age, but a little later she realised that it was more than shyness, all the beauty of an innocent soul, and she was the most appropriate woman to awake in him love and passion. ...Indeed, their passion could have set in fire the whole city, but it couldn’t last, it was bad for her business. Two or three weeks Mireille did not open the door of her house. Her protector was worried and he might have been dangerous for both of them if he learned about Andrea, so the beautiful young boy had to go, following his own destiny, which, clearly for both of them, was one of the sea. Therefore, she introduced Andrea to captain Allegre, the well known corsaire
, who had armed a brigantine and was chasing the eternal enemies of France, the British…
On “Marie Gallante” Andrea further perfected his sailing skills, while learning to fight well with any weapon, but the sword was his first choice, which gave him the nickname Ange au Sabre
. He learnt French and Provensal well, and for his business understanding English and Spanish had proved also useful.
Since two years ago the British allied with the French against the Spanish, the privateers’ enemies changed… Accordingly, “Marie Gallante” arrived in the Caribbean, to hunt for the Spanish gold. One fateful day, the ship got into a storm immediately after having met a Spanish man-of-war… so the tempest completed what the Spanish cannons had started.
He was washed out on the shore of Tortuga, where a pirate lass helped him. He fell in love with her, and this was his only reason for joining the crew of the “Caribbean Siren” as a master's mate, otherwise he wouldn’t have ever become a pirate. But once aboard, he made some friends too, and he had accepted that this was what his destiny wanted for him. This helped too when he lost her, who listened to untrue gossip about him and disappeared mysteriously one night.
He lost another lover, this time to the sea, then he survived the sinking of the "Caribbean Siren". Together with the survivors of the crew, including his sworn brother, Leif, a lad who had survived two shipwrecks too, they got a new ship, and they are making the name of the "Rising Sun" famous.
Meanwhile, he found his sister, Marina, in Kingston, after he had considered her lost at sea in the shipwreck of "Colomba". He got a new love in Tortuga, Honey. They got engaged on Michaelmas 1719 and married on 6-th of April 1720. He bought a home for his family in Tortuga, and he is settling here after the sinking of the "Rising Sun", giving up piracy and looking forward to captaining his own small ship. It will be named "Colomba", like the one he had grown up on.WEAPON SKILLS:
He is good at fighting with any weapon, but he prefers the side sword
- and French fencing school is one of the best - which made the corsairs on "Marie Gallante" give him the nickname of Ange au Sabre
. His family's training with Greek flying knives was further applied on throwing daggers, he is extremely good with them as well. Pistol is so and so.ANYTHING ELSE:
THEME SONG - “Sail on” – MasterplanMEMBER INFO PLAYER'S NAME:
ELENAE-MAIL, YIM, ETC.:
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