Griffin Winsor

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  1.   1.  Personality
    1.   1.1  Overview
    2.   1.2  Detail
  2.   2.  Appearance
    1.   2.1  Basics
    2.   2.2  Gallery
  3.   3.  Relationships
    1.   3.1  Family
    2.   3.2  General
  4.   4.  History
    1.   4.1  Thread Archive

Artwork by San

Griffin Winsor is a former sailor, a former Captain, and now just a simple guy living his best life with the love of his life, Tiamat Amaranthe. They currently reside together on the outskirts of Portland, where he spends his days fishing at the river, playing cards with some friends he's made in the area, and pushing Tiamat's buttons. Even though he gripes about how boring life has become, he is the happiest he's ever been. He is trying to enjoy every moment before it all inevitably changes.

Overview

Basics

Heritage

Affiliation

Player

  • Family: Winsor
  • Birthplace: Ship at sea called the Dancing Courtesan
  • Name Meaning:
Griffin — Strong Lord (English)
Winsor — Riverbank with a winch (Old English)
  • Nicknames: Griff
  • Pronunciation: Griff-en Win-zor
  • Loner Band: None
  • Title: None
  • Former Pack(s): None

NPCs

OOC Assumptions

Plot Opportunities

  • cNPC: Griffin is currently a cNPC to Tiamat

Residents and travelers of Portland may assume and reference the following without discussion/asking:

  • Seeing Griffin at Mullens bar or trading at the Trader's Alley
  • Seeing Griffin accompany Tiamat around
  • Griffin is available for Lasky threads only.
  • Griffin is living a normal life in the Portland area. His mate is the one who gets into trouble. Maybe take it out on him?
  • He is easy to rob or beat up. You just might face consequences for it.

1.  Personality

1.1  Overview

Summary

Griffin is a reformed jerk. While he still maintains a confident (bordering arrogant) air and a somewhat flippant attitude, he's calmed down a lot in his "old age" and has gotten a lot better at being a good friend and listener. That being said, he still doesn't hold back from saying what he thinks (despite the consequences) or teasing people, especially if they are getting on his nerves. For the most part, he has a good heart and good intentions, but he's still undoing a lifetime of being a self-absorbed asshole.

Griffin's shining quality would probably be that he's not as dumb as he makes himself out to be (to be clear, he definitely has dumb moments), and his perceptiveness can be very helpful when used for good. At one point he was an excellent sailor, but now is somewhat out of practice. He tends to pick up new skills easily, however. He also has a very grounded sense of humor, with a lot of self-deprecation.

As far as vices go, one might say Griffin is about 90% vice, 10% other. He is a struggling alcoholic and chain-smoker, and when he gets pushed to it, he can be very pessimistic, mean, and self destructive.

Traits

  • Demeanor: Laid-back, sarcastic, observant
  • Speech: He swears a lot and speaks informally.
  • Scent: Woodsmoke, sea, Tiamat
  • Outlook: Pessimistic
  • Alignment: True Neutral
Concerned with their own well-being and that of their group
Remains nonjudgmental and uncommitted to any moral, legal, or philosophical system
Will keep their word if in their best interest

1.2  Detail

Interests

  • Likes: the sea, ships, sailing, fishing, napping, gambling, drinking, smoking, cooking, Tiamat
  • Dislikes: running, extreme physical exertion, storms at sea, winter

Biases

Griffin doesn't care enough about most things to be biased for or against them. As long as it's not bothering him, his mate, or their friends, he doesn't see a point in trying to change or form an opinion about it. His reaction to most people being overly concerned or nosy neighbors is get a life, although he's come to respect when people are overly concerned for good reasons.

Motivations / Fears

Griffin is motivated to be a better person and atone for his mistakes. His fears are many, but most of them are about backsliding into the person he used to be, giving in to his worst impulses, and hurting the ones he loves. He also deeply fears losing his loved ones.

Sexuality

Griffin is mostly heterosexual, but to be honest, if an attractive fellow tried to kiss him, who is he to say no? He thinks it'd probably be fun, or at the very least, an informative experience. He doesn't care very much about these things.

Used to being noncommittal and avoidant because he was afraid of becoming his father, Griffin was greatly surprised when he fell in love. He is drawn to women who can kick his ass and challenge him to grow.

Substances

Griffin has done pretty much everything under the sun.

He struggles with his addiction to alcohol and smoking, but he thinks as long as he keeps it under control it'll be ok. He hopes.

Spirituality

Griffin isn't religious, and he doesn't care if anyone else is religious either. He is superstitious, however. Who knows what's out there? He sure doesn't.

2.  Appearance

2.1  Basics

Overview

Griffin has a casual, relaxed air that would not separate him in a crowd. He doesn't swagger, but at a glance he seems self-assured. He appears unconcerned with how others perceive him, whether that's due to confidence or depression is hard to say.

  • Structure & Fur
Griffin has a trim and hardy figure, although in recent times he's begun to soften a little in places. At one point he had very defined arm musculature, although now it's only evident when he exerts himself. His coat is short and sleek, and seems to protect him well from water. His short hair is dark and shaggy, and has an effortless bedhead appeal
  • Humanization
Born and raised on a boat, Griffin has a high degree of humanization and is very dexterous with his hands and feet. He is comfortable wearing clothing and using tools.
  • Modifications
While he has plenty of scars around his arms and legs, a notable scar is one on his right palm.

Forms

  • Lupus: 29 in (74 cm) ↔ 80 lbs (36 kg)
  • Secui: 40 in (102 cm) ↔ 145 lbs (66 kg)
  • Optime: 6 ft (183 cm) ↔ 165 lbs (74 kg)

Gear

Griffin doesn't keep many things, mostly due to the fact he has been through some shit and lost most of it.

Clothing

  • 2x Collared shirt (blue, white)
  • 2x Trousers (brown, black)
  • Wool peacoat

Accessories

  • Red sash
  • Leather belt and belt bags

Color Palette

General Colors
 Mikado (#2e1e11)
 Cedar (#3a2014)
 Old Copper (#724a2d)
 Spicy Mix (#7d543c)
Eye Color
 Husk (#b8954e)
 Glade Green (#5a734c)

Note: Griffin's color palette may be artistically exaggerated in his depictions.

2.2  Gallery

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by Sanby Sanby Sanby Sanby Sanby San

3.  Relationships

3.1  Family

Immediate Family (Winsor)

Unknown relations indicated by *, strikethrough denotes deceased

  • Mother: Luciana
  • Father: Declan Winsor
  • Siblings: None
  • Half Siblings:
Paternal: MANY

Extended Family

Griffin belongs the Winsor family; as such, many of their members are directly and indirectly related to him.

  • Grandparents:
  • Aunts & Uncles:
  • Cousins:

Key Family Relationships

  • Griffin's father Declan Winsor was the infamous Captain of the ship, the Dancing Courtesan, before he was overthrown by his son. He was extremely competent at sailing, known to be one of the best. He was also a well known abuser of women. This abuse often extended to Griffin as well, mostly when his father was drunk. These factors, and Griffin's belief that Declan killed his mother, were what led him to plot his mutiny. Griffin waited for the perfect moment, and it was Tiamat who ended up providing that moment for him, however at the cost of her trust. Griffin and his crew dropped Declan off at a random port in Africa, and he couldn't care less whether he lived or died.
  • Griffin barely knew his mother Luciana, although he heard stories about her from the crew growing up. It was never clear to Griffin whether she was a captive of his father's or a sailor, but he knows she was well-loved by his ship mates. He wishes he could have known her, and idolizes her a little bit.
  • Griffin was the only one of his litter to survive. He knows he has half-siblings through his father's side, but their names and status are completely unknown to him. He doesn't really care to seek them out.

3.2  General

Key Relationships

  • Griffin first met Tiamat Amaranthe when she and her strange group of companions sought passage on his ship. While he began working her into his plans to overthrow his father, to his surprise, he also started to catch feelings for her and her starry-eyed idealism. Even after they parted ways, with Tiamat heart-broken by his manipulation, all he could think about was trying to find her again. Griffin found the chance in Onuba, where he happened to encounter her and her new crew of mercenaries out to finish a war that began in the desert. After a change of heart, Griffin passed on his ship to his first mate and joined Tiamat's adventure. Their relationship was back and forth for the longest time, culminating with Griffin's decision to leave Portland so that he could try to mend his own broken heart and allow her to move on. After she returned from Erie, she confessed her love to him. They have been together since then.
  • Initially jealous of his good looks, Griffin became good friends with Tsolin Himaa during their time in Portland. They comforted each other, opened up about their lives and feelings, and shared lots of quality male bonding time together. Griffin misses Tsolin, although he understands why he decided to leave.
  • Tiamat's right hand and a full two fists in her own right, Rahab De Le Poer was at first a nuisance to Griffin. Over time, his feelings for her evolved from neutral, to annoyed, to a crush, back to annoyed, and then finally settled on she's good. Although they had a small dalliance, it became especially clear to Griffin that Rahab didn't exactly reciprocate feelings when she rejected him and told him not to join their mission to Erie. Now that things have settled, he's come to see her as a good friend, even if they tend to butt heads on pretty much all matters. That was part of the attraction, anyway!
  • Griffin's feelings for Mateo Salcedo are so complex and nuanced that it's impossible to describe by the written word. Just kidding — Griffin was wildly jealous of Mateo from the outset, chiefly because of his relationship with Tiamat. He tried to play it cool and aloof, but he struggled deeply to accept their relationship. They never quite got their footing on a friendship, but Mateo rescued Griffin from slavery when it was not in his interest to do so, earning a begrudging amount of respect from Griffin. After spending some time with The Troupe, Griffin softened up to the guy. He wishes him well, which is easy for him to do now that he stole his girl. Griffin's trying to be a better person but he still a petty lil shit.

Minor Relationships

Significant Positive Acquaintances

  • Friendly: The Troupe
  • Griffin understands that Tiamat, her brother Lotan, and his companion Pazuzu Lykoi, are all kind of a package deal. That being said, he feels very intimidated by them, even if Lotan's kind of a dork. Although he never got close to him, he is glad that Tiamat has her brother, since he knows how much family means to her.
  • Apart from his fascination with the lovely Mara Savoy and Agrippa de le Poer, Griffin genuinely enjoys their company.

Significant Negative Acquaintances

  • Enemies: Anyone who has ever hurt Tia, jackal who enslaved him, Scarlett Arena, Laevisa Arena
  • Griffin can't remember his negative acquaintances. That's not to say he's never pissed anyone off or gotten beat up, but for the most part, he kinda deserved it and he acknowledges that fact.

Notable Former Relationships

  • Calrian Amaranthe helped Mateo in freeing Griffin from slavery, a debt he hoped to repay by serving as the The Troupe boozehound for a short while. It mostly ended up with him laying around, rolling cigarettes, and bothering people while he avoided going back to Portland. Griffin thinks Calrian is a good guy, and he isn't sure Tiamat's grudge against him is justified, but he tries not to get in the middle of it.
  • Griffin met Captain Mina Hark when she was still first mate of her ship, the Albatross. She's an old flame of his, and while they care about each other, they never quite got the timing right.

4.  History

Youth

Griffin was born to Captain Declan Winsor and Luciana in the summer of 2105, on his father's ship the Dancing Courtesan. His mother died when he was young, an experience Griffin can't recall at all. He lived most of his life aboard the boat learning from his father, an experience most would consider a privilege as Declan is said to be one of the best sailors in the Atlantic. Griffin gradually came to understand his father's exploitative and abusive nature, especially of women, and grew contemptuous of him.

Despite the abuse of his father, Griffin had a lot of other male role models on the ship. He grew close to the crew, who helped to fill in where his father fell short, and it was their influence that allowed Griffin to look back on his childhood with any fondness. As the crew was of different species and backgrounds, Griffin enjoyed learning about their rituals and cultures, and they would take him inland whenever they made port at one of their homes.

Adulthood

Griffin was well on his way to becoming a skilled sailor in his own right by the time he reached adulthood. He got into plenty of trouble when they made port, as one does as a youthful scamp, and these experiences mostly taught him how to lie and cheat and steal.

When he was a year old, Griffin met Mina Hark while his ship was at port in Pointe-Noire. She was then the first mate of the ship the Albatross, which was undergoing repairs, and had been living there for some time. Although she was committed to another, they had a torrid affair. When Griffin tried to break it off, she told her lover of the affair which led to Griffin getting his ass kicked. They met again a month later in Lisbon, and then Dublin, and then Algiers, repeating this type of pattern until Mina put an end to it when she became Captain.

Everything changed for Griffin when he encountered a strange young passenger in January of 2017. Initially, he meant only to humor her furtive antics (and lied about his identity to see what she might tell him), but soon became infatuated with her wide-eyed idealism and desire for justice. When she insisted on helping him take the Captaincy in exchange for his help freeing her godmother, Griffin agreed. He thought this could be his moment to finally overthrow his terrible father.

4.1  Thread Archive

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