Jose Rodrigo SilveiraAliases:
Joe, Zé, Zeca. Not many outside Portugal or her coloniesAge and birthday:
27. Born in 15 of July 1693.Gender:
maleOccupation or title:
privateer, crewmanBirth place:
Lisbon, PortugalCurrent Location:
aboard "Hermione"Character Face Claim:
Tyrone PowerGeneral appearance:
Tanned somewhat muscular man with beard mostly shaved. Though, occasionally he lets faint moustaches and beard grow. His hair is a little curly and dark while his eyes are light brown, shade is almost amber. He is hairy and it can be seen when he works without a shirt. He is slightly taller than an average person.Clothing:
Usually he wears rather similar clothes on land and at sea. These include a waistcoats of durable cloth, white linen shirts, short sashes around his waist, simple buckled or tied shoes, and loose breeches. He favours simple colors like brown, gray and green except his sash that is always scarlet or bright red. On land he wears a black hat with wide brim. At sea he uses no hat or he has a beret styled piece of headgear made of cloth.Personality:
He is a curious man with some ideals he wants to stay true to. He has many dreams and he spends a lot of his time dreaming. But, his dreams are humble and he doesn’t really hope unrealistically much from life. He does not have very much ambitions.
He is energetic and he is not known to fret much about unnecessary things. Sometimes he is even somewhat careless. He is rather sociable.
Jose doesn’t feel bad about his background, but he still prefers to keep the fact that he is an illegitimate son to himself as he knows that others might think differently.
Even while he has ideals it does not mean that he lives a prudish life most of the time and he likes visiting taverns, gambling houses and sometimes brothels as well. Though, recently his mind has moved towards more stable relationships with women.
Also, if he feels that it is justified, like as self-defence or during battles, he can kill a man without much hesitation. Though, he doesn’t enjoy it at all.
Jose is an upright person, but he is able to invent white lies if situation requires it. Still, in general he is honest and kind. Even while sometimes he might get over enthusiastic and forget good manners and such, he never does that on purpose.
When drunk, which is not a rare condition to him, he is not violent, but more happy and humorous. Though, he is not the worst jester imaginable in any condition.
While sometimes finds his way into fights it is usually about some misunderstanding.
He is somewhat superstitious and takes many stories of sea monsters alike very seriously and he cannot understand while some do not.
He is not significantly religious if obeying the Ten Commandments is observed, but in times of stress he can be seen always praying with his prayer beads.
-Drink, especially Brazilian rum
-Song and dance (even while he has not a very good singing voice)
-Talking (with his hands as well)
-Sea when the weather is nice
- Traitors or cruel people (many slavers included)
- People who do not like him
- Being ignored
- Good physical abilities
- As he is not too ambitious he can usually reach his goals
- He is usually happy with his life
- He is a decent sailor even while not a very experienced one
- He knows enough French and some other languages he has learnt over the years (However, for the most part he lacks ability to write in those languages and all his learning is informal)
- He is rather flexible
- He can be called a little immature or his nature is less "manly" than his strong appearance would suggest
- His reading and writing abilities could be much better. Though, he knows how to read and he can write simple sentences. Still, errors happen very often.
- Sometimes he is too irrational or superstitious
- Some people can, and do, find him irritatingFamily:
Father Actual one: Irish sailor named Ádhamh Walsh.
Stepfather: Francisco Silveira
Mother: Anabela Barros
Siblings: Half brothers and sisters: Maiguel, Diogo, Tomás, Mariana, Amália, Alice and Ana.
spouse, children, anybody else: not officially yetHistory:
Jose was a son of an Irish sailor and a Portuguese woman. His mother had fallen in love with a foreign seaman that visited the city. To her family’s terror she then gave birth to an illegitimate son, Jose.
His father would have returned to his mother and married her, but tragically he perished in a shipwreck and never returned. Jose never saw his father even while he thought about him often during his early years and especially later. To make her situation better Jose's mother married a man that she did not really love, but they lived comfortably and rather happily together despite that.
The family had humble living but the husband’s, who was a mason and a carpenter, salary kept the family afloat. Jose had several stepbrothers and sisters and while he had some conflicts with them, his relationship with them was close. While he started to use his stepfather’s surname he was still in several ways an outsider among the kids. Jose didn’t receive formal education, but his stepfather thought him what he could and a helpful priest helped him to learn basics of reading and writing.
It was not a wonder that little Jose was interested in seafaring already in early age. He lived in a major seaport and a capital of one of Europe’s great seafaring nations. Ocean’s call was reinforced by heroic stories of old explorers like da Gama or Dias. Also, Jose's little head had been filled with dreams related to sea already because he was curious about his mariner father’s background. Because the family was not wealthy enough to support so many children, his mother and stepfather encouraged him to go to sea to earn a living.
A Portuguese slave ship took Jose on board as a cabin boy when Jose was 13 years old. With the captain of the ship Jose took part in slave trading expeditions between Guinea and Brazil. During this time he saw much cruelty, though not as much as he could have. The captain was relatively gracious for a slaver. However, while especially children and women slaves were treated rather well, the captain never show any mercy towards mutinous slaves. Like most slaver captain he ordered mutineers to be decapitated or shot. During the five years he spent onboard the ship we witnessed one greater slave revolt and a few smaller ones. This was rare, but Jose saw some violence he would never forget and more would follow.
As he grew more aware of things he began to dislike the slave business and the floating hell of a slaveship. But it was not really huge thing to him, his carefree attitude was helping him with the negative feelings. During their expeditions he fell ill several times because of tropical diseases, but because of the ship’s good doctor he was cured every time. The doctor became a good friend to Jose and in a sense a father figure who was always willing to give advice to the young man.
However, when the captain of the ship died Jose, who was an actual sailor, a rigger, by then, lost his work as it turned out that the investors of the slaver expeditions and the ship’s captain had debts that required the selling of the ship. Now Jose found himself in Colony of Rio de Janeiro and without work. He had not earned much money during those days before the mast and he was eager to earn some real money, enough to help his family at home too.
He was in Rio in 1711 when The French attacked
the city and he joined the local militia. He took arms against the French privateers. He was disappointed to the surrender of the town governor, but he was happy to be alive after that fierce battle. Even while this fight caused hate his hate was mostly directed towards these particular privateers. This didn’t make him loath the French people in general.
When the war was ending the local life normalized. He had heard stories about the recently established gold mines of more Southern Brazil and about the wealth one could gain there. He travelled to Villa Rica (Ouro Preto
) and he received work as a miner in a nearby mine. There he saw even more cruelty than he had seen on board the slave ship as there the working slaves were threaded more barbarously.
Even while he ultimately got job as a work enforcer and would be in charge of mining slaves in the mines, he did not like that task, unlike some more sadistic work leaders, and he tried to be as gentle to the slaves as his employers allowed. Despite this Jose worked there as long as he felt he could stand it because of the decent salary. He did not lose his happy attitude, even while these years had an effect on his mind.
Finally, he decided leave that miserable enslavement camp. Again sea was the solution.
When the peace was declared again he decided to move to West Indies as he presumed that there he would find even more working opportunities. He ended up in Hispaniola. Ironically he was intrigued by a French privateer ship that was looking for men. After all, he had fought against French privateers in Rio years earlier. However, once he was sure that these were not the same privateers that had sacked Rio years earlier he was willing to join the ship's crew. Over the years he had learned some French, enough to help him in his new task.
After suffering in disastrous battle, where the ship he was serving on was lost, he made his way back to French Hispaniola, where he was recruited by a pirate hunter privateer. He was very well aware of how lucky he was as he had both survived the battle and then found work so easily. After having served aboard "La Chanson"
for a while, it got severely damaged and, after a while at half pay, he was hired aboard a smuggler ship, Hermione
. It still came frequently to Port de Paix...Weapon Skills:
Jose has very little experience of firearms, but he can shoot with them without problems. Hitting may be another matter. Blades and tools are more to his taste, but as a common sailor he lacks any formal fencing training. He knows how cannons are loaded and fired, but the gun deck is not his favourite place on board the ship.Anything else:
Not for the moment.Member InfoPlayer's name:
JoukoE-mail, YIM, etc.:
At first try pm, then we can see more.Player's age:
22How did you hear about us:
Already member of the story for years