I previously posted the character profiles for the heroes in the Tales From Undersea series, but haven’t yet gotten around to the villains. So here they are! These are only the villains from the first two books, in order to avoid some major spoilers:
Captain of the Fenrir
Real name: Lewis Mercier
Name meaning/origin: English, ‘famous battle’
Birthplace: Penzance, England
Sex: Cis male
Family: Father (deceased), mother (estranged), 3 brothers (estranged)
Appearance: Thinning, balding dark red hair usually tied back, beer belly, dark brown eyes
Virtues: Intelligent, tactful, persuasive
Vices: Obsessive, vengeful, paranoid
Skills: Monster fighting, ocean knowledge, gathering information, lying
Weapons: Longsword, axe, duelling pistol
Flag: Two headed dragon on black background
Influences – Count Olaf (A Series of Unfortunate Events), Fagin (Oliver Twist), Captain Hook (Peter Pan)
Note: He is a poor fighter and compensates with trickery.
Background: Originally from a poor, abusive family in Penzance. He had to steal to keep himself and his brothers alive, and even killed their landlord so they wouldn’t be evicted. His mother was so horrified by this act that she kicked him out and he moved Undersea. He eventually joined Redscalp’s crew, becoming his quartermaster. He became increasingly bitter and greedy, even leaving Priscilla and Robert to die for his personal gain. He helped Redscalp to hide the treasure but Redscalp hid the gemstone without his knowledge and wouldn’t tell him where. He intended to steal back the gemstone and the treasure for himself and got Redscalp drunk so he’d reveal where the gemstone is. But he gave him too much and he drank himself to death (specifically by drowning in his own vomit). He changed his identity and became captain of a Viking ship to avoid detection because the Pirate Queen was looking to punish him for his crimes. He spent years looking for the gemstone so that he could get the treasure back.
Captain of The Invicta
Full name: Captain Richard Theodore Nigel Grail
Name origin/meaning: English, ‘brave ruler’
Birthplace: Cork, Ireland
Sex: Cis male
Appearance: Beer belly, grey hair
Virtues: Cultured, confident
Vices: Creepy, talkative, misogynistic, cruel
Skills: Trade, throwing parties
Likes: Art, canapes
Weapons: Pair of holster pistols
Quirks: Compulsive liar.
Goals: To be accepted into high society
Background: Grail is the captain of the The Invicta, a trade ship. While he is good at trade and highly cultured, he is cruel and uncaring and has thrown crewmembers overboard for displeasing him, resulting in some of them becoming merfolk. He is on the lookout for a suitable wife, but is overconfident in his abilities and looks. He is desperate to rise above his station and become a part of high society, even if he has to buy his way in.
Inspiration: Zapp Brannigan (Futurama), Douglas Reynholm (The IT Crowd)
Queen of the Pirate faction.
Name meaning/origin: Scottish, ‘pretty’
Sex: Cis female
Appearance: Long red hair, green eyes, thin face, expensive clothes and weapons
Virtues: Courageous, intelligent, calculating
Vices: Selfish, greedy
Skills: Combat, democracy, recognising opportunities
Weapons: Sword, pistol, throwing stars
Likes: Money, fine things
Dislikes: Rich people
Favourite food: Booze
Vessel: The Revenge, The Hangman
Pet: Plato the monkey
Background: Bonnie ran away from her family at an early age to become a Pirate. She was elected Queen after sinking an entire Empire fleet at once. She will do anything to make the Pirate faction stronger and richer, which often means doing highly immoral things.
Inspiration: Anne Bonny (historical figure), Akito Sohma (Fruits Basket)
Sir Dante Francis Ashburn
Privateer and commander of the Silver Lion
Name origin/meaning: Italian, author of The Divine Comedy
Birthplace: Somerset, England
Sex: Cis male
Orientation: Homosexual (closeted)
Appearance: Wispy blonde hair (under wig), blue eyes, fine military uniform.
Family: Debra Ashburn (wife), 4 children, Shirokani (former lover)
Friends: Richard Holburne
Virtues: Courageous, determined, hard working
Vices: Insensitive, possessive, controlling, hypocritical
Quirks: Hidden sexuality, abusive
Skills: Leadership, keeping secrets
Likes: His children, opera
Dislikes: His wife, Undersea factions
Background: Dante is from a prominent military family allied with the Holburnes. As a younger officer, he was part of a fleet which bought slaves from Japan. He fell in love with one of these slaves, Shirokani, and had a secret relationship with him. When he was forced into marriage with Debra, both of them were devastated. Shiro asked Dante to run away with him to Undersea and become Pirates, but Dante said that it was beneath them and the marriage went ahead, even though it made both of them miserable.
Eventually Shiro became so depressed that he literally jumped overboard. Dante thought it was suicide but he was actually jumping to the Barracuda. He deeply regrets his actions and still secretly grieves for Shiro. On the outside, he is happily married with four young children.
Since then, he has been knighted and become a privateer (legal pirate). He still looks down upon actual Pirates, and Shiro is well aware of his hypocrisy, although he isn’t.
Notes: He believes Shiro is dead and is still in love with him. He still adores his children and they are the only thing that makes him happy, even though his career means he can’t see them often.
His love for Shiro comes mostly from his desire to control another
He and Debra would actually make a good couple if their sexualities matched up.
Inspiration: Sir Francis Drake (historical figure)
Lt. Thaddeus Judecca
Second in command of the Silver Lion and very briefly the Captain. Later becomes Kei’s second
Name origin/meaning: Biblical, ‘heart’
Age: 50 (born 1734)
Sex: Cis male
Deity: Jesus Christ
Family: Wife, 2 children (he hates them)
Appearance: Dark hair under wig, thick grey eyebrows
Virtues: Devout, opportunistic
Vices: Poor judge of character, ruthless, submissive,
Quirks: Racist, homophobic
Hates: Vices such as alcohol
Weapons: Military issue sword
Languages: English, Latin
Foil: Shu Kei, Dante Ashburn
Goal: To rise above Ashburn
Background: Like Ashburn, Judecca is from a wealthy and important family and gained a high position in the Navy. He is somewhat bitter that Ashburn was promoted over him, since he is older and more experienced but slightly lower in social status.
Inspiration: Captain Norrington (POTC)
Note: His surname is a reference to The Divine Comedy and the place in Hell where traitors to their masters are sent.