SOL GALVEZ NAME:
Rodrigo Solano ValeraALIASES:
Solano (Sol) Galvez- the name he says since he chose the sea life. Nickname – Sol Picador
– Piercing Sun AGE AND BIRTHDAY:
28 (born on 12-th of December 1691) GENDER:
MaleOCCUPATION OR TITLE:
sailing master BIRTH PLACE:
Veracruz, Viceroyalty of New SpainCURRENT LOCATION:
aboard "Hermione"CHARACTER FACE CLAIM:
Eduardo PalomoGENERAL APPEARANCE:
He is of medium height, athletic, with graceful moves and fine traits. His hair is dark, slightly waved, long up to the shoulders, rarely tied. His eyes are dark brown, and the skin complexion, tanned by so many years at sea, is of a copperish shade. He wears a silver earring, having a sun charm
on it. He has various scars from battles (and from the tortures endured during the prison times in Charleston and Port de Paix).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. A neckerchief and a wide belt, and boots hiding a navaja
. His shirts and trousers are often off-white, as it is customary in his native Veracruz area, but sometimes he has others in any colour he can get. He usually has two changes of working clothes and some nicer ones, for when in ports with a spying mission. PERSONALITY:
Sol is optimistic, spontaneous, intrepid, jovial and makes light of things most of the time, especially in odd situations where one would expect prudence, but he is a man of hot temper and extremes. When not smiling kindly or ironically, he is boiling with anger. His heated temper keeps him from doing any emotion halfway and this leads sometimes to fierce arguments and fights.
He strives to win against any obstacles life may get in his way and succeed – especially to prove to himself and anybody else that the illegitimate son of a nobleman can get through his own forces what his legitimate siblings obtained through their birth - and this includes acquiring knowledge and wealth equally. He is daring and determined, liking less taken paths in all fields, A mystery is only intriguing for him, and he secretly dreams of discovering something to leave his name to – be it an island or any other place. He is loyal to friends and ideals, not willing to sacrifice his life in vain, but standing up for his beliefs, and would die for them if the case might be.
He treats all women with respect. He likes their attention, but he is currently too occupied finding glory and wealth to worry about settling down, and he considers himself immune to love since the death of his fiancée, nine years ago. The month spent in prison, in continuous tortures, in June 1719, and later, in August 1719, witnessing the sinking of his ship had somehow changed his personality, giving him a pessimistic streak, enhanced by losing his fiancee to slavers. He had questioned his worth as a man and as a pirate, why he had survived and others didn't, and even if these questions are somehow behind him now, nightmares are still his faithful companions, and his initially optimistic nature is countered by nightmares, mood swings and pessimism bouts which, centuries later, might be called PTSD.Likes:
+ the sea – it has made his life not only bearable, but nice and free.
+ victory - there is nothing quite like winning, especially if since birth some people told you there is no chance for you to win
+sunrise – it always reminds him that each day is a new beginning, a new opportunity of success.
+ learning new things. He is open minded and has a good memory.
+ partying – this involves liquor, dance, women… or tavern brawls if somebody offends him
+ strong women –it is nice to feel chivalrous and protecting sometimes... but it is even nicer to know that the woman by your side is not needy and frail, but reliable, a wild flower, not a greenhouse one
+ attention and being admired for his skills – especially when men or women are around him, asking him to play their favourite songs. Dislikes:
- cowards and traitors, because they put stupidly one’s life in danger
- losing – be it a battle or a game of cards
– being cheated
- nobility with the associated vanity and prejudice. If there is in this world a “blue blood” not making case of his/ her origins and treating everybody well, at the same level, than no grudges
- law enforcement, obviously, because they hunt pirates… and all kind of rebels
- strong ones oppressing the weaker
- long range fights and getting shot – because there is no honour in killing from a safe distance, and getting a bullet in one’s flesh is painful indeed. Strengths:
+ good sailor, also skilled at drawing maps and navigation
+ he can read and write with nice penmanship. He writes correctly in Spanish and with mistakes in English, but he had the ambition to learn to read and write in English when he sought the position of a master's mate on "Merciless", as he couldn't obtain and keep it otherwise.
+ he has a quick wit and a thirst for knowledge
+ playing guitar (the four-stringed requinto jarocho
from his area, also called guitarra de son
sometimes) and singing get him popular in any tavern or brothel, but it is also useful in the free time aboard, to avoid boredom not only for him, but for his mates. Weaknesses:
- women – be they seducingly beautiful ones to be wooed or ladies in distress (of any age or social status) who need help he could provide
- not really wanting to kill people if there is any solution to avoid it. He can do it if really needed, but will try every way around it before doing so
- overpowering ambition and desire to win
- a strange sense of honour
- letting his hot temper and emotions get the best of him sometimes, which gets him into trouble
- not holding well his liquor, and sometimes he knows when to stop drinking, other times he doesn’tFAMILY: Father
– Rodrigo Manuel de Sandoval y Galvez, viscount Mother
– Marisol Valera de Goyri, servant (deceased)Stepfather
– Juan Diego Goyri, peonTwin brother
– Jose Manuel Valera (Josema
), overseer on Sandoval’s haciendaYounger sister
– Juana Maria Goyri de Perez, two years younger, married to a baker, living in VeracruzYounger brothers
– Diego and Juan Antonio (Juanto
) Goyri (twins), five years younger, craftsmen, Juanto living in Veracruz, Diego on the haciendaThe viscount’s legitimate offspring
don’t count here, as they have never seen him as more than a rebellious and ungrateful servant who ran away Adoptive mother
– Concha Italera
, healer and midwife, CubaSworn brother
– Chago Moreno, smuggler HISTORY:
As the illegitimate son of a Spanish nobleman and a sixteen years old servant, Rodrigo has been raised in his father’s house in Veracruz, as well as his twin brother Josema. As they were looking exactly like their father, and they were the first sons he knew about, he liked them enough to give them a good education for their birth status – they attended a few years of school with a priest, together with other boys from Veracruz, even if their colleagues were petty merchants’ children. Being teased as illegitimate by the other children, the Valera twins learnt quickly to fight and to defend themselves… and while hating their natural father for the shame they were bearing, to try to take advantage of anything he could offer. And they were both clever, quick to learn, studious and eager to win… in a world where the name and social position counted more than anything else. But their personalities were different, Rodrigo being the rebellious, hot-tempered one, while Josema was calmer, slier and more calculated.
Marisol married one of the peones
who was sent to the city house to help in the yard and in the garden. One couldn’t be sure if Juana Maria was really his daughter or the master’s, as she was born seven months and a half later… but she bore the husband’s name and looked more like Marisol, so at least she couldn’t be labeled as the viscount’s daughter, as Rodrigo and Josema were known, having inherited more from their father’s Navarro face traits, and only the skin colour from their mother’s mestizo
Surprisingly, Juan Diego Goyri was a rather good stepfather, even if he was a little strict. Later, when he had his own children – also twins – it was shown that he actually made no difference among all his wife’s children. When he was drunk, he treated them equally bad; otherwise, equally well or with indifference, it depended on his moods… and when one of them was up to a mischief, Juan Diego took care not to punish an innocent. All the boys had learnt from him how to play the local guitar.
School, where they excelled, to everybody’s pride, hadn’t lasted much, however, and at twelve their stepfather wanted them to learn a trade, even if the priest had wanted at least one of them to follow a clerical path. But none of the twins had such a vocation, despite their thirst for learning and the nice penmanship which had attracted several times the priest’s praises and the classmates’ envy. Juan Diego Goyri asked them whose apprentices they would like to be, and while Josema answered he wanted to be a little merchant’s, Rodrigo said the blacksmith’s. The Veracruz blacksmith taught him not only how to make blades, but also how to use them. However, when he died an untimely death and another one took his shop, the nearly 16 years old Rodrigo did not find this job bearable anymore under a mean master. He took an opportunity to ask his natural father if he could be of better use to him with his knowledge… and so both Rodrigo and Josema were sent to the hacienda
and given into the foreman’s care to find them suitable jobs. The foreman liked more Josema, and kept him around, as his own trusted man, while Rodrigo was given various tasks.
He fell in love with a girl who was helping in the kitchen, Benita, but immediately after he won her grandfather's blessing to get engaged, he found her struggling in the arms of the local constable, who was known in all the region as having the eye for young peasant girls. He fought the rapist and killed him with his navaja
. After realising his deed, he had no other choice than to run away… and where else could he not be found by the guards, than on a ship? He went to Río Banderas, a little bay southern from Veracruz, where he knew that small ships used to anchor, and looked for one who was ready to leave. It proved to be “Volante”, a smugglers’ ship which made good deals with the British colonies up in the North… so while he learnt the ropes to become a sailor, he felt useful to the future business to learn English as well.
His drawing skills were put to good use with drawing maps, and he was fascinated by navigation. The quartermaster also liked him because of his nice writing and quick calculations, so Rodrigo – or actually Solano, how he gave the name when embarking - found himself helping with the logs too.
Three years later, the ship was attacked by the British Navy South from Charleston, caught with unexplainable merchandise… and at 21, he got acquainted with the British jail. The cells were common… and so he befriended a clever and bold Jamaican pirate, Frank Norman, who was by his side... And when the pirate had a plan to evade, he took Sol with him – a little from friendship, half from fear not being betrayed and a little because he needed the help of somebody who could fight by his side…
This is how Sol found himself aboard the pirate ship “Merciless”, together with his friend from jail… and when most of the crew jumped ship, following a violent encounter with the “Caribbean Siren”, he was among them. The perspectives of both gaining good gold and getting revenge on the British Navy for the year of jail and on the snobby noblemen as well motivated him strongly. Soon his navigation skills got appreciated and he found himself the master’s mate.
Battles at sea are always requesting their toll, therefore Sol found himself chosen as first mate when the position became available, then, a few months ago, when the captain got lost in a storm, he was elected captain of the “Caribbean Siren”. He likes life at sea more than piracy itself... but if this kind of life is an opportunity to win what was denied to him by his birth... why not? After witnessing helplessly the sinking of the "Caribbean Siren", even if he survived, he felt his world torn apart, until fate got him another ship - the "Rising Sun". He was determined to lead his men to new victories - and he could count, among these, the taking of a Spanish treasure ship in March 1720. However, this raised the envy of other pirates in Tortuga, and at the beginning of June 1720 he fell into a trap meant to have the crew marooned on a desert cay in Bahamas and the ship taken by his enemies.
Saved by a British Navy ship, the marooned crew returned to Tortuga with thoughts of revenge, plotting to take back their ship. Only that the result of the ensuing naval battle had been different. The ship sunk, and so did his ally's, the one he had been on. After a survival quest on sea and islands, Sol got back in Tortuga, determined to give up piracy. However, he couldn't stay away from sea, and his sworn brother, Chago, offered him a place aboard his little smuggler ship.WEAPON SKILLS:
He is very good with any blades. The nickname “Sol Picador” (Piercing Sun) comes both from his high ability with blades and his name Solano. He is rather a traditionalist in his own way, prefering his navaja
to a dagger, and the smugglers on “Volante”
taught him to fight with it baratero
style, like in Andalucia. His machete
– which is similar to the cutlass – is always handy and put to good use. He had a Toledo sword, but he lost it with the shipwrecks he had been through. ANYTHING ELSE:
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