Skull and Shackles
Roberta (Byrd) Blackstone
human swashbuckler, arrrrr!
Byrd is a tall and wiry 18-year-old. With her dark hair and nearly-black eyes, she fits her surname of Blackstone. She keeps her unruly hair bound into several thick braids that go back into a ponytail. Her favorite weapon is the rapier given to her by her stepfather, Aleck Caddis.
Human swashbuckler – level 1
STR: 12 + 1
DEX: 18 + 4
CON: 14 + 2
CHA: 15 + 2
It wasn’t easy growing up in Port Peril. My mom raised me by herself until I was about 10, and whoa was she overprotective. But no matter how much she worried about me, I spent a lot of my time free-ranging while she took on any odd jobs she could find to try to keep us fed and clothed. Most of the time we barely scraped by as she worked herself to the bone doing laundry, washing dishes at the tavern, and sometimes even begging on the street.
When I was 10, mom married Aleck, a drifter like so many others who came through Port Peril. But Aleck was looking to stay, and managed to eke out a small living as a fisherman. I was hoping things would be easier once I had a stepdad, but Aleck was always getting into trouble. Anyone trying to fish around the waters of Port Peril was always getting into trouble. Aleck sometimes came home from his fishing trips with black eyes or worse.
It didn’t take long for me to figure out that out here, it’s every woman for herself. And it didn’t take me long to decide that I wanted to learn how to fight. It was the only way I could think of to get out of this place. One day, after sneaking out of the house to hang out down at the docks and look for pirates, I saw Aleck bringing his tiny fishing boat back in. A big, swarthy guy confronted him and it looked like they were arguing. The man handed Aleck a sword. It looked like Aleck didn’t want to take it, but eventually the man convinced him to take it.
I ran home so Aleck wouldn’t know that I’d been out of the house again without permission, and when he got home he looked sick with worry. I wanted to ask him about the sword, but he had a look in his eye that scared me.
I kept my eye on Aleck from that day on, and I soon realized that there was more to him than met the eye…