The fool strikes. The wise man smiles, and watches, and learns. Then strikes. The wise wait for their moment, but never let it pass.
Social Rank: 7
Concept: Cynical Sailor
Marital Status: Married
Hair Color: Dark Brown
Eye Color: Blue
Description: Skapti's on the taller side, but no great giant; lean and wiry with a whipcord strength. Striking blue eyes are deep set, in a tanned and weathered face, that usually has a light beard, or a few days worth of stubble more often than not. The sailor wears his hair long, and their are often trinkets tied up into it, to go with those about his neck and fingers.
Personality: There are those in the world who despite all life's hardships wake up with a bright smile, optimistic about tomorrow. They always see the glass as half full, no matter how dingy the drink inside. Skapti is not one of these people. Those people are fools and blind to the world around them, to Skapti's way of thinking. While he enjoys a good time as much of the next man, usually he's a rather dour individual and always seems to be just waiting for the other shoe to fall, and Murphy's Law to enact itself on the universe once more.
Background: Born to Thraxian Thralls, Skapti's childhood was a hard one, and he didn't do himself any favors when he joined with a crew of raiders as a young teen to earn what he could to pay of their debt before it became his own. Every copper he made off plunder went back to his family to pay off the debt in hopes to free them from Thralldom. By the time he was an adult, he was a seasoned veteran, and no one could mistake him for a soft man.
It wasn't enough, however. He freed his mother, but his father was still deep in debt when he passed. When they came back from a raid, he heard the news. Some sort of farming accident, it seemed. What happened next, Skapti never would have imagined from a group of hard bitten killers. Rather than lose their comrade to Thralldom himself, each of them offered up the lion's portion of their own share and bought out his freedom.
The luck was too good. The next raid they set out on was disastrous. It had been bold, perhaps too bold, but it had had to be to be profitable. To make up for his freedom's price. Almost to a man, they were slaughtered, and Skapti barely mananaged to escape himself, eventually finding himself in Arx.
Since coming to Arx, the man has worked a slew of jobs, going work is available, some legit and some... Less so. Bouncer to merchant's guard, deck hand to smuggler, leg breaker to ditch digger.
|Aella||Rough around the edges, but what can I say, I like them that way. Always up for trouble, and getting his drink on. Makes for a rather enjoyable companion.|
|Agnarr||A sailor. Suppose in a way we both sell the strength of our bodies and weapon-arms, though better him than me to deal with being on boats most of your life. Probably won't murder me for cheap, so points to him there.|
|Alarissa||One who was presebt the night his High Lord asked to bind my hand, he was one of those who showed a far different side of Thrax than I had been raised to beleive. A delightful commoner. That hair...|
|Arcelia||While our first encounter was technically on the beach during my bonfire party but the first interaction that really counts happened at the Navegant's home. We drank together while playing a drinking game and I got to learn some interesting things about the man. I look forward to getting to know him better in the future but even without getting to know him well I think I can say that I enjoy his company.|
|Arianna||I like him, he's got a good sense of humor and doesn't give a shit about my crass demeanor. I think, if I can cross blades with him once. I'd like that indeed.|
|Asher||Didn't get to talk to him much, but he's a sea captain apparently, and knows Arcelia. That's enough for me!|
|Caspian||A man who, like me, rose from the ranks of obscurity to importance. I can respect that.|
|Clara||Skapti seems like a nice fellow. A sailor, likes to drink it would seem... I wonder what else the man is interested in. I'm curious about him.|
|Cybele||A sailor man who goes very far north and does not like riding or walking. He has a natural affinity for people, I think, and makes for entertaining conversation.|
|Daemon||An old man who I'd guess had more time with a blade in his hand than he's had fresh meals and sleep. Sailors are an interesting sort and he certainly is a top contender for 'interesting'!|
|Estil||While the Good Captain's rough around the edges, he's loyal and steadfast. My brother was a smart man in making him part of our house, we are better for it.|
|Fatima||The man reads, and he seems to be of martial stock. Good Gods is he really Thraxian? Handsome, most definitely. Also has that Salt life swag. I like him, high hopes I have for the lad.|
|Ferrando||He's a well-travelled sailor that's been around and seen a lot by all indications. And he's signed up with the Ministry of Defense, so he's got initiative to help the Compact too. I'd say he seems like a solid kind of guy.|
|Flavien||Count Turo was right - he's very good at what he does. I could stand to learn the more Reaver maneuvers he uses.|
|Gian||He seems a good, solid sort. Captain of something called "the Leatherback", which I gather is a ship.|
|Harald||A common man, but one that gives honest answers to pointed questions.|
|Ian||Even the sailors in Arx mince words.|
|Insaya||A man who's not ashamed of where he comes from has a stronger foundation for where he's going. I admire that.|
|Kaede||Seems to be all right, for a Thrax. If Aella likes him, he can't be as much of a pain in the ass as the majority of that lot.|
|Maeve||This man came with us on the voyage out into the terrible place called Darkwater. He is a brave soul and fights well too!|
|Moira||and interesting man this Captain Skapti. He appears to have a thrill for the danger in life, but that is to be expected from one whom sails.|
|Monique||Now, isn't this an interesting development? A man who sees more than he lets on is worth a great deal.|
|Mydas||What appears to be a competent sailor, at least from the knowledge he exhibited. Still, he offered some good ideas and advice.|
|Reese||His mother was a thrall, but he is a free man who I think is going to do great things. He seems intelligent and thoughtful.|
|Reyna||Gods above he could use a new infusion to that sense of humor of his. Unless you like it really dry. Ah well. Perhaps I'll rub off on him!|
|Sabella||He seems quite nice! Apparently he was out at sea for awhile, but any friend of Lord Ian's will surely be a great friend of mine if Lady Zoey is any indication!|
|Saedrus||I first met Master Skapti when he came to the Grotto one morning, looking I think for something different. He is a man that seems to wear a life hard lived on his features, he is polite though which I appreciate, and I think has far more beneath the rugged surface of a sailor than first meets the eye.|
|Serafine||Trussed up like a fishing lure, seadog to the bone. Doesn't even wobble when he walks across the deck.|
|Signe||I like his sense of humor, and an enjoyable drinking partner. We shall have to drink together more often!|
|Sivard||Commonborn though he may be, this is man far more respectable than any Lord I've met, outside of my own House. I've only seen little of him, and fought at his side once.. and yet, in him I see potential.. someone perhaps to call friend in the coming days.|
|Talen||A sailor who took on the Sword of Stonedeep. Seemingly skilled in combat, he got mowed down nonetheless. The opposition, a northerner, resulted in a bet won by Talen, though the silver went down a charitable drain. Fucking Valencia.|
|Thena||Anyone who Mags has got roped into one of his mad schemes is a little bit suspect. Still, he seems like an all right sort.|
|Victus||A man who's seen a lot and done a lot, you can tell just by looking at him. Count Turo picked a good man to be at his side without a doubt.|
|Viveka||He's the sort of rough and gruff salt that I'm used to being around. The sort that my husband would spend his time with. They all got pasts, ones that a lot them don't care to think about, and the drink often helps with that. I hope he manages to find a way to not drown what haunts him in a bottle.|
|Wash||Competent conversationalist. Let's hope he's at least as good a sailor.|
|Zoey||He has been around and seen a lot. The fact that he survived means he is the sort of man to follow in a dangerous situation.|