Briar Williams

Started by Scout, April 23, 2018, 04:03:49 AM


April 23, 2018, 04:03:49 AM Last Edit: May 15, 2020, 08:36:53 AM by Scout
Played by: Scout

Age:  26

Gender:  Female

Primary Occupation:  Pilot

Secondary Occupation:  Mechanic

Appearance:  Briar is what you might call a hot mess: her demeanor is coltish, her wardrobe consists mainly of t-shirts in various stages of falling apart, and her dirty-blonde mane of hair is never quite under control, yet what she lacks in elegance she makes up for in natural down-to-earth charm. She has cute, delicate features, with big green eyes and a smile that lights up the room. Her (somewhat deceptively) innocent appearance has gotten her out of trouble more than once, but that's rarely due to the purposeful employment of feminine wiles. She just has one of those faces, y'know?

Faceclaim:  Elizabeth Olsen

Initial Personality:  Briar comes across as a very laid-back individual, responding to life's setbacks with a shrug and a good-natured wisecrack. She's friendly and easygoing, although she has a habit of letting her mouth run away with her and take the conversation to places it perhaps shouldn't go. Some people might label her as a ditz based on first impressions, but she's not stupid, just scatterbrained and lacking in certain life skills.

Underlying Personality:  Briar has a heart of gold. While she's no stranger to criminal activity and is generally fine with bending and breaking Alliance regulations, she would never do anything that could hurt "the little guy". Despite being a warm and sociable person, she struggles with forming lasting relationships with other people. In fact, she's not the best at making long-term plans in general, and seems to have a gambler's blind faith in good luck eventually bailing her out of trouble despite evidence to the contrary. Part of her devil-may care attitude is genuine optimism, but there is a dash of denial mixed in. She likes the idea of building a more stable life for herself, she just doesn't know where to even begin, and so defaults to winging it.

Known History:  Briar was born on June 21, 2493, on Hera. Her mother, Suzanna Williams, is a prostitute, while her father's identity is unknown. Somewhere around 2504 she was supposedly adopted by a Captain Alais Bailey, owner of a Shu Fu class transport called Juneau. No official paperwork for this adoption exits, however.

In 2512, the crew of Juneau were arrested for smuggling. Briar received a relatively easy sentence due to her young age, low position in the chain of command, and the shady circumstances under which she ended up in captain Bailey's care. She spent about a year on a penal colony on Muir and was released in 2513.

Other History:  Briar spent her formative years in a whorehouse, raised by her mother, never knowing her father. As a child she would make up stories about him, imagining herself as the child of a scandalous magistrate, or a dangerous bounty hunter, or perhaps a dashing con artist with a secret heart of gold. The truth was probably something a lot less exciting.

The brothel wasn't the greatest place to grow up in, but it wasn't the worst. Sure, she was exposed to some ugly sides of humanity at a very early age, but on the other hand, there was a strong sense of kinship among the workers, and her mother showered her with love on a daily basis. Still, as Briar neared puberty, it became clear to Suzanna that she didn't want her daughter to be forced to lead the same life she'd become trapped in; she wanted her to have options, a chance at making her own destiny. She made a painful decision and gave Briar up to a space faring friend of hers in an unofficial adoption deal. Briar was eleven years old at the time, and completely devastated by having to leave her home and family behind.

At first, Briar was mostly used as a distraction or cover story by the crew; as it turns out, certain business dealings go over a lot more smoothly if you have a cute little girl around to endear your clients. However, Briar was a clever and curious child, and as the initial shock over the change of scenery gave way to intrigue, she started to study the trade of the people around her as an apprentice. By her late teens she was trusted to take the wheel every now and then and could fix the occasional hiccup in the ship's engines.

War made life harder. The crew didn't want to actively pick sides in the conflict, although they suspected an Alliance victory would complicate their job in the long run. This turned out to be true: Juneau was eventually caught by the feds in the middle of a smuggling job. The ship was decommissioned and the crew was arrested. Briar got the shortest sentence out of the lot, which meant that once she walked free, she had no friends to reunite with. She couldn't exactly put her life on hold while she waited out their sentences, and so she had no choice but to try to pick up the pieces on her own.

Never having had to look out for herself before, Briar had a difficult time finding a steady position on a ship. She took on a few shady jobs to get quick cash, and when some of those jobs went south and resulted in her not getting paid, she had to resort to borrowing money from various small-time crooks in order to make ends meet. And then she discovered gambling. What she failed to discover was that gambling never solves financial problems.

So started the spiral that would define Briar's adult life: scattered jobs here and there, bad investments, gambling, owing money to the kinds of people you really didn't want to owe money to. She's tried extra hard to clean up her act as of late, but hasn't had much luck so far.

Skills and Strengths:  • Spent her teenage years on a ship and is therefore in her element in the black
• Can pilot small-size aircraft and knows what makes them tick
• Can play the guitar and has a pleasant singing voice, though not on the level of properly trained musicians
• Knows how to shoot a gun

Weaknesses:  • Does not know how to shoot a gun very accurately; her firearm skills are rudimentary
• Not a fighter in general
• First aid skills limited to "apply pressure and pray for the bleeding to stop"
• No formal education
• Disorganized, lacks foresight
• Has a bit of a gambling problem and is bad with money in general

Briar Williams

A toolbox
A deck of playing cards
A .44 magnum revolver with a worn wooden grip
An acoustic guitar
An old brass locket with an engraving of a rose in the front and a picture of her mother inside
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Briar Williams

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Briar Williams

May 15, 2020, 08:20:31 AM #3 Last Edit: August 15, 2020, 11:45:14 AM by Briar Williams
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