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Alain de Cormeilles

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Mar 17 2014, 07:51 PM
Date: 31-st of January 1720
Place: Port de Paix, Saint Domingue,
Countess d'Amorbach's residence



Alain loved to play music and each day doing so at the market was a delight. But that did not mean that he hadn’t looked forward to the day when he would have an excuse to be around that Comtesse with the exasperatingly difficult surname to pronounce. Luckily though she had a first name that not only was simpler to say but also sounded sweet and beautiful and having been offered a chance to return to her home to help her with some gardening had been a welcome surprise. It had been that stern maid that had constantly kept an eye on him the last time who came to give him the when and where and Alain had obviously agreed with as much modesty as he could muster. No need to make the maid return home and suggest that her lady found another helper.

The job wasn’t quite what he had expected though. Alain found himself standing by the edge of the garden fountain and fishing up leaves from the cool water. Not what he had expected at all but then, his dreams might have been far beyond realistic. But he had imagined sitting by the fountain and gently fishing up a leaf or two on occasion while he held his other arm gently around the comtesse who sat by his side and enjoyed the sun. He had imagined that they had talked and laughed to the music of his little band as they played to make her day even better. Of course he wasn’t going to think any further of the part of his dream where he had taken her in his arms in a tender embrace and kissed her beautiful lips. No, not going into that line of thought at all!

One leaf, two leaves… Three… It actually started to seem like a bad idea. Until… Suddenly the door to the home opened and Alain saw the comtesse walk out and the very moment when she was lit up by the sun did she look like an angel. Alain observed each of her steps. Such grace she had. She looked so kind, so beautiful. So innocent and yet her curves… The curves! Alain realized that in his lack of ability to multitask he had stopped working in the fountain and spent all of his energy eyeballing the lady and taking in her lovely appearance. Quickly he got back to the leaves. What was that? Four, five… six? Okay he couldn’t resist looking back up.

It was easy to lose one’s breath just looking at this woman. And Alain did just that. When the comtesse was finally close enough for it to make sense for him to speak to her, he realized that he hadn’t been breathing at all so as he took one step towards her he also took the opportunity to get a bit of air back in his lungs. “Comtesse!” He said and happily took her hand and realized that it was wet from working in the fountain. Alain quickly let go and dried it in his pants before taking it once more and placing a polite, innocent and charming kiss on the back of her hand. Then he let go of her hand and glanced around for that wolf of a maid who seemed to keep an eye on him no matter what he did. “I am honoured that you’d let me back to help you” He said and added quietly with a slightly shy smile: “May I just say that you look absolutely beautiful right now?
Jan 30 2014, 02:28 AM
Date:7-th of January 1720
Place: Port de Paix, Saint Domingue, Hispaniola


It was early morning. For some reason Alain had been unable to sleep properly that night and while he was tired, he could not sleep anymore. So rather than to stay on the ground and roll around in the dirt, trying to find a relaxing position to rest in, he got up on his feet and gave his body a good stretch. He looked down at the others who all slept soundly and he couldn’t hide a little smile. Alain decided he wanted to take a walk and maybe even see if he couldn’t get a bit of breakfast for him and the others before they woke up. But before walking anywhere he knelt down and gently brushed the cheek of his sleeping sister with the back of his fingers before setting out on his own in Port-de-Paix.

The morning air was fresh and lovely compared to the hot and almost unbearable midday sun. Alain enjoyed the first few rays of sun that hit his muscular arms and even enjoyed the fact that the ground beneath his feet was still cool. But where to go? The market? No, Alain spent most of his days in the market. Why go there when he had some time to himself? The dock? Well, what fun was there on the docks for someone who didn’t sail? In the end, Alain simple chose to take a walk along one of the streets of the town. It was a residential area so he did his best not to be envious of the people who actually had homes.

But despite of a bad night’s sleep and the fact that he had nothing in the world, Alain was actually feeling quite joyful that day. In fact he did managed to hum a few verses of a song he didn’t even recall the title of before he took a rest, sitting on a stone wall that surrounded a house on the street. Alain looked up at the sky and decided that this day simply had to have some luck with it.
Jan 28 2014, 07:29 PM
The rules are simple. You basically say if you'd Kiss or Kill the person who posted before you and then say why.

KISS OR KILL?
Now explain why.


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Jan 26 2014, 02:44 AM
Alain de Cormeilles



Name: Alain de Cormeilles

Aliases: Al (from English friends)

Age: 23

Gender: Male

Rank/ Occupation: street rat (former upper class)

Current Location: Port-de-Paix

Character PB: Johannes Nymark

General appearance:
Charming. That is the best way to describe Al. Of course he had much more to him when he was a wealthy young man living the good life, but he still has the same charming smile, the same spark in his eyes and the same chestnut locks of hair that made the ladies turn to look at him before.

His has a fairly good built too. Not overly muscular but not to sloppy either. Al has the pale white skin of a rich man so the dirt is easy to spot on him when he hasn’t had a change to bathe, and he rarely has.

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From the fancy robes of the wealthy to the dirty tatters that poor people wear, Al has gotten used to his new clothes quite easily. His shoes were never meant for longs walks or even running, so once the family lost everything they were quickly ruined. In fact, Al quickly discarded every piece of clothes he had in favor of a few coins and a pair of breeches. Out of patches of cloth and other pieces of old clothing, Al quickly got a vest made by his sister and that is really all he wears. It can be a bit cold on the darkest of the Caribbean nights but he’ll manage.

Personality:
Having come from the upper-class, Al often has a hard time really seeing the people on the streets as his equals. Of course he knows deep down that he is a street rat now, but a part of him, and the way he was raised, has made him very apprehensive of those he walks around most days now. He was always taught how the commoners and the street rats were thieves and murders with no moral in life. Al knows how to defend himself so it wouldn’t be too bad if it was just him, but he has a sister to take care of too. He’ll do almost anything to keep her safe. But trust is a hard earned thing when it comes to Al, but once someone earns it, they have his help in anything.

Al is hard working and not just to feed himself and his sister, he always knew that nothing comes around on its own and he knows that he needs to work to get anywhere. He’ll never be able to get a decent life if he just give up and accepts the streets. This requires him to be very resourceful, and he is. Whenever Al has to learn something new he does so quickly and because he has some good schooling behind him, Al is also quite the quick thinker.

However, as much a hardworking man as he is, Al does often find himself doubting his decisions. After all he still lives on the street and his life is hardly improving. That mixed with the fact that he knows of the sweet life of the wealthy, Al often just see himself as trapped in a big black hole. So while he can often be cheerful and happy, there are certainly days where he’s just down and moody.

Birth place: Port-de-Paix

Family:
Father – Bernard de Cormeilles
Mother – Marie-Louise de Cormeilles
siblings – Jasmine de Cormeilles (younger sister)
spouse, children, anybody else – None

History:
From birth, Al was destined for a great life. His father was a rich plantation owner and as the first child, Al was going to inherit the family fortune as well as the plantation after his father. And it was a very large plantation. The family was considered among the top of the Hispaniola elite even if they weren’t part of the French nobility. So Al got the best tutoring and had plenty of say in what he wanted to do with his life. Of course when attending big balls or parties, military men often advised him, even from an early age, to join the ranks of either the navy or the army but Al didn’t really want to go that way. He saw that the money came from his father’s plantation and Al saw no reason to get a job elsewhere. Especially not one that could kill him.

As he got older, Al started helping out on the plantation. He started making decisions and the overseers started coming to him more and more for direction. At this point, Al still hadn’t noticed what was going on behind the curtains, he hadn’t noticed that his life was about to change. But slowly, Al became aware that the family fortune was lessening. He became aware that his father spent less time working and more time away from home. At first Al suspected that his father went to a mistress, but one day when he followed him, Al learned that his father had a problem, much more severe than polygamy. Al’s father was a gambler and unfortunately not a very good one.

Al tried to persuade his father to stop, but as the head of the house, Al’s father was not to be stopped. Al continued to see his family money disappear and it wasn’t long before it was all gone. In fact in the end the family owed more money than they had. Obviously Al’s father tried to win back everything, but he couldn’t and shortly after, the family was thrown out of their home and a new life was starting for them.

However not a dream life. Al’s father died soon after becoming a man of the street and it didn’t take long before his mother passed away as well. However Al and his sister were persistent and Al had made his mother the dying promise that he would not give up and that he wouldn’t turn into those bad people of the stories who stole and killed. Al promised her that he would make her proud of him.

Life on the streets were tough but after a little getting used to, Al found a couple of friends and with them and his sister they made a small band of street musicians. They found the best and busiest spot on the market and then played music, sang and danced in order to earn some coins. Sometimes successful, sometimes not. However at least it kept them alive. So now Al can focus on getting back up in life.

Weapon Skills: Has learned a bit of fencing but is hardly an expert. Knows a bit of shooting but similarly to his fencing skills, he is hardly standing out as a marksman.

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