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Character Profile #2 : Robert Oxford

This is the 2nd post in a series of posts. How many will there be? Nobody knows. Not even me. hehe They are profiles for the characters I have created for my NaNoWriMo adventure. It's my first try at this fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants whirlwind of a writing marathon, so be gentle. :)

Before we get started with this one, make sure you stop by HERE to catch up if you missed the first character profile. Also, when I mention "the Spectre," don't get confused. It is the ship on which the majority of my story takes place. I'll probably do a character profile on it sometime later, because it is that involved in the story. hehe

Pickett Oxford is First Mate on board the Spectre and is a self-proclaimed misanthropic miser. At the tender age of 9 his parents, in dire financial straits and no other options available to them, sold him to the Spectre's Captain in order to lighten their fiscal load. He has been on board ever since moving up the ranks, serving under 3 different Captains, and distancing himself from everyone he meets. Being sold when he was just a child most rightly had negative effects on him, giving him severe abandonment issues, and these issues are not aided by the quick turnover rate of the crew over the years. A pirate ship is not a place to make lifelong friends. Despite his efforts to keep himself separated from his fellow shipmates he essentially grew up alongside Eldon Whitlaw (will be featured in next character profile), and they became close friends. When Eldon was promoted to Captain, he extended the First Mate position to Pickett, and after a long period of serious contemplation he accepted.

While he moved up the ranks, Pickett gained an interest in navigation, and over the years taught himself all of the ins and outs of said craft. In the end, this knowledge is what granted him promotion after promotion, pay raise after pay raise. Money, however, wasn't of much importance to him. He spent his money on necessities and put the rest of it away in a retirement fund. When he was promoted to First Mate, he took a percentage of his money and began sending regular, anonymous sums to his family. He understood their motives for giving him up, and he figured that they actually did him a favor. In truth, he blames the upper class people in charge of the system like Natalie's father for putting his parents in such a steep hole.

He is hard-headed and lacks in the social department, giving 1-word answers to any question asked of him, and he has absolutely no sense of tact (See comments to find out why this is removed). He'll tell you exactly what he thinks if you ask him, but otherwise he'll keep his mouth shut and / or ignore you entirely. Extremely protective of his belongings and those close to him, few as they may be, Pickett will fight to the death for them. He also doesn't like to admit it, but he has a soft side and constantly suppresses hopeless romantic tendencies. Of course, he's grown to be quite the expert at it, but every once in a while he slips.

That's everything for now. There are probably going to be a few things that I add / alter, but that's the basic idea.

Thoughts? Questions? Advice? :)



BlaqueSaber said…
What I like so far is that the elements of the story you are weaving in these character profiles is essentially timeless. The ships, people, places, and situations could be turn of the century, before or even after. In fact, when I first started reading this profile my first thought was a sea sailing ship.

This looks better and better....
Stef Howerton said…
Thanks a lot! That's so encouraging to hear, because it's kind of what I'm going for. I mean, history has a tendency of repeating itself in fads and trends and whatnot, so I felt like it might be a good idea to incorporate that into my story. It's set in the distant future (or maybe not TOO distant), but you could imagine these pirates being present in the Caribbean or on space.

Ahhh! You have no idea how happy you just made me. :) You're all sorts of wonderful.
Lisa said…
Stef, I need to go back and read the other character profiles. How many have I missed?

I have to tell you, I am blown away by this. What I found particularly interesting is that Robert is sending money home, and anonymously. That alone, just that little detail, speaks of a longing and a loss that paragraphs couldn't cover.

There is one character trait I stumbled sense of tact. I think there is a difference between brutal honesty and no sense of tact. The former seems just slightly insidious (motivated by something other than ignorance), and I don't see Robert, by this profile, to be conciously hurtful.

Otherwise, I am totally hooked and need to go back and read the others.

I feel something very big brewing here.
Stef Howerton said…
Thank you so much for your comment, Lisa! :) You know what, I agree with you. There was something about his character that wasn't mixing with me, but I couldn't put my finger on it. Turns out it was the "tactless" comment. Ah, the glory of having lovely readers who catch things that I cannot. hehe

You've only missed one previous character profile: Estelle Hansley. She's the main character. I believe if you look to the 2nd paragraph of this post, I've linked to it. Easy peasy. :)

Once again, thanks so much for your thoughts. They are really appreciated and so helpful!
BlaqueSaber said…
No problem, I'm looking forward to seeing where this goes

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