Bogdan Kotovo

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  1.   1.  Appearance
    1.   1.1  Basics
  2.   2.  Personality
    1.   2.1  Ideals
  3.   3.  Connections
    1.   3.1  Family
    2.   3.2  Skills
  4.   4.  History
    1.   4.1  Threads

Bogdan Kotovo is a wolfdog from Volgograd?, Russia.

A runaway turned pirate who settled down to start a family, disaster struck when a fire ripped through the homestead. The blaze would claim the lives of Bogdan's mate and two of their children. Furthermore, it cost Bogdan his leg. He and his surviving son left their homeland to seek out a supposed relative living overseas. To their surprise, they found her. This soon led them to Salsola, where the pair decided to settle. Bogdan was sponsored by Stannis de le Poer, and soon began assisting him with the developments beginning to take place in his new home.

His skills with woodworking and knowledge of sailing and fishing have seen Bogdan play an important role in Salsola's waterways and The Docks. He currently lives there, and mans the small marina where his growing collection of boats awaits members seeking to sail Loch Fundy. His son Igor also lives in the pack, and regularly assists his father with both construction and fishing.

Overview

Basics

Name

Heritage

NPCs

Etc.

  • Date of Birth: 7 July 2013
Human Age: 50
  • Gender: Male
  • Luperci: Ortus
  • Residence: The Docks
  • Mate: Sabine Kotovo
  • Pack: Salsola
  • Rank: The Family
  • Pronunciation: BAWG-dan
  • Etymology:
    • Bogdan: given by God
    • Kotovo: tomcat
  • Alias:
  • Epithet:
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1.  Appearance

1.1  Basics

Basics

  • Species: More wolf than dog, with only slight hybridization.
  • Fur: Bogdan has very dense, plush fur. He is mostly steely gray all over, with darker coloration found on his muzzle, ears, neck and shoulders. There are very subtle hints of brindle stripes found in his coat, but as they are very close in color to his pelt, the effect is hardly noticeable.
    • Optime Hair: Bogdan does not grow hair while in his Luperci form.
  • Facial Features: Strongly defined jaw, slightly wrinkly skin around his forehead and brow. His eyes are a brightly colored orange.
  • Build and Size: Bogdan is a large wolf, with a stocky body and well defined muscles.
    • Lupus: 110 lbs (49.8 kg) ↔ 38 in (96.5 cm)
    • Secui: 179 lbs (81.1 kg) ↔ 50 in (127 cm)
    • Optime: 260 lbs (117.9 kg) ↔ 6 ft 11 in (83 in) (210.8 cm)
  • Scars:
    • Missing right leg below the ankle; has obvious scars from the amputation.
  • Tattoos:
    • Nautical star on right forearm; created via branding.
  • Accessories:
    • Wooden peg leg. Carries a crutch/walking staff. Gold earring.

Interaction

  • Scent: Smells strongly of salt water, woodshavings, fish, and wool.
  • Speech: Bogdan's native language is Russian. He is mostly-fluent in English, though sometimes he pretends not to be.
  • Quirks, Gestures, Etc.: Tries to downplay his handicap. Loud, distinctive laugh.
  • General Posture and Body Language: Observant, generally relaxed.

Palette

Fur

 Mist Gray (#C4C4BC)
 Friar Gray (#807E79)
 Chicago (#5D5C58)
 Tuatara (#363534)

Eyes

 Fire Bush (#E89928)

Nose, Skin, Paw Pads

 Woodsmoke (#0C0D0F)

Scars

 Dusty Gray (#A8989B)

2.  Personality

2.1  Ideals

Traits

Charismatic, Hardworking, Calculating, Opinionated, Resentful
  • Expression:
  • Sociability: Enjoys the company of friends, hates the presence of strangers.
  • Alignment: True Neutral
    • "Will provide for friends, and expects to be repaid in some manner."
    • "Will take risks if the benefits are great."
    • "Will support his nation when profitable to do so, but will not act against his nation if profitable. "
    • "Believes people deserve the treatment they are willing to endure."
    • "Will not harm others for profit. "

Biases

  • Outsiders: Bogdan is generally suspicious of everyone that isn't part the group to which he considers himself loyal. In this case, anyone who is not a member of Salsola.
  • Non-Luperci: Though he has not encountered many of them, Bogdan firmly believes that the abilities presented to Luperci outweigh the choice to "live traditionally".

Interests

  • Likes: Sailing, the sea, the beach, snow
  • Dislikes: Illness, poor weather, "do-gooders"

Substances

  • Likes to drink, extremely high tolerance.
  • Occasional smoker.

Motivations and Fears

  • Safety for himself and his son, wealth, an easy life
  • Bad luck, crippling injuries, painful death, drowning

Spirituality

  • Polytheistic, though not highly religious.

3.  Connections

3.1  Family

  • Mother: Akilina Kotovo
  • Father: Bjart Kotovo
  • Siblings Ivan Kotovo
  • Children (with Sabine Kotovo)

Bogdan is related to members of the Helsi family by means of his grandfather, Odin, who is Kynda Helsi's father. His father Bjart is her half-brother, and uncle to Reykja Helsi, Siv Silfr and Víborg Helsi.

3.2  Skills

Strengths

  • Sailing (Master): Bogdan sailed the Caspian Sea for several years, learning the skills needed to operate and maintain a moderately sized ship. He is most experienced sailing in contained bodies of water, though played an active role aboard the ship which brought his son and himself across the Atlantic.
  • Navigation (Master): Capable of using the stars to determine direction and distance.
  • Shipbuilding (Journeyman): Bogdan has constructed several types of vessels. He is not capable of making anything extremely large without assistance, and would not be able to make an ocean-worthy vessel.
  • Food Handling and Preparation (Accomplished): Bogdan is capable of preserving, rationing, and cooking food. He acted as a cook both on and off of ships, and briefly maintained a livestock farm.
  • Livestock (Journeyman): Previously raised ducks and goats.
  • Language (Multilingual): Native Russian speaker, mostly-fluent in English.
  • Singing: Bogdan knows all sorts of Russian songs. He has a strong voice, and picks up on new material quickly.

Weaknesses

  • Physical Handicap: Missing a foot makes Bogdan slow and generally off-balanced, though he has adapted to this well. He most often travels in his Lupus or Secui forms over any periods of great distance. While working, he relies upon a crutch and simple peg leg to help his remain upright, though he generally limits himself to work that can be done while sitting down).
  • Impulsive Behavior: When faced with difficult decisions, Bogdan often locks into the first idea that comes to mind. This does not always work out in his favor.

4.  History

Bogdan Kotovo was born in the Volga region of what was formerly Russia. He was one of two children brought up by a pair of Luperci living in a small pack outside of the remains of urban areas. Originally expected to fall in line with the needs of his family unit, which were far more feral and spiritualistic than Bogdan cared for, the young man rebelled and sought of a more civilized world.

He began spending time in Volvograd?, a city alongside the Volga river. Here he began perfecting his skills as a fisherman and shipbuilder. Over time, these skills caught the attention of a woman who represented a crew of sailors. Her stories of sailing across seas and seeing the larger world captivated Bogdan, who soon found himself leaving behind what little responsibilities he had in the area.

The job, he soon discovered, was a little bit more complicated than merchant sailing. It was not the first he had heard of piracy, but the experience – and his own involvement – cemented him as part of the crew. For the next several years, Bogdan sailed the Caspian Sea. He and the other pirates lived a risky, but fulfilling life as they plundered trade ships and sought out rare and valuable loot.

A return to Volvograd would change the direction of Bogdan's life, as he met and became infatuated with a local named Sabine. He made the rash decision to give up his life at sea in order to convince the young woman to settle down with him. Shockingly – perhaps owing to her early pregnancy – the two became mates. Bogdan moved into her small family farm, which he began overseeing. Their children were born in the fall of that year. Things went relatively okay for several months. The farm began to decline under Bogdan's inexperienced leadership and Sabine's focus on her offspring, but true disaster struck when a fire ripped through the homestead late in the summer. The blaze would claim the lives of Bogdan's mate and two of their children. Furthermore, it cost Bogdan his leg.

After making the difficult decision to amputate his ruined foot, Bogdan spent the long winter in recovery. That spring, he and his remaining son, Igor, traded away what remained of their supplies and land claim in order to fund passage across the Atlantic. The idea was Bogdan's – he was unwilling to remain in the area and took a risk seeking supposed relatives overseas. According to his grandfather, he had produced a child with a witch-woman from a powerful pack.

The long journey that followed would eventually see the pair land in Portland. There, a search soon lead them to the Salsola Outpost and Kynda Helsi. Though their story seemed outrageous, the resemblance and details Bogdan shared convinced the woman as to the validity of their claim. She explained the opportunity that Salsola could present to them, and Bogdan and Igor soon-after joined. Bogdan's sponsor was Stannis de le Poer, another man who had been born a foreigner and joined the pack, while his son learned from his younger distant cousin, O'Riley Eternity.

His skills with woodworking and knowledge of sailing and fishing have seen Bogdan play an important role in Salsola's waterways and Docks. He currently lives there, and mans the small marina where his growing collection of boats awaits members seeking to sail Loch Fundy.

4.1  Threads

  1. [M] The ways of old (Jan 2019)
  2. easy does it now (Apr 2019)
  3. [M] a thousand times goodnight (Jan 2020)
  4. Under the circumstances, I've been shockingly nice (Feb 2020)
  5. a hundred arms, a hundred years (March 2020)
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