Beyond The Shore
Captain Merril Pegsworthy
Merrill Pegsworthy was once a military man of the Empire, bound by honor and duty to a cause, but he has since found his faith in such things to be based on illusions—the greater causes all being made of individuals who themselves define the causes to which they cling. As such, he is much less interested in “the greater good” and much more focused on individual honor and loyalty. He defines his own code of conduct and sticks to it. He is a ruthless but fair adversary and is prone to holding prisoners of worth for ransom and letting those without such means go free. For this he is a Free Captain both popular and reviled among his peers. That he stills wears his Naval coat and epaulets makes his fellow captains nervous, but his skill and knowledge of naval combat along with his willingness to engage in battle with Imperial ships make them recognize his value as an ally. For his part, he goes his own way making few enemies and fewer friends. Captain Pegsworthy controls four ships: the Bonaventure, the Drale, and the Hound, and the Spanish galleon Strix.