Gaston Loic de Mereliot
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Fullname: Gaston Loic de Mereliot
Played by: Chris Pratt
Gender: Male
Age: 34
Birthdate: July 18
Class: Noble
House: Mereliot
Occupation: Captain of The Sea Strumpet
Province: Eisande
Country: Terre d'Ange
Parents: Gwenael Marceau Mereliot (father) and Sophia Anais de Nantes (mother)
Siblings: 5, including the youngest, Gwenaelle
Marital Status: Single
Children: None

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The second son of an unlanded branch of the Mereliot family, Gaston is the captain of The Sea Strumpet, a small merchant vessel in the service of his father's import/export business.

Background

Gaston Loic de Mereliot is the third child and second son of Gwenael Marceau de Mereliot, a member of one of that great house’s unlanded branches who has made his way in the world as a successful shipping merchant. Stuck in the middle of his family, and firmly between a responsible brother and a studious one, Gaston looked to the more dubious activities of clowning and trouble-making for his share of attention. He ran with bad company, broke rules, some laws, and generally made an ass of himself until his parents were at their wits’ end.

It was, Elua be praised, sailing that saved them all from tears. Around the time that he turned twelve, Gaston became obsessed with sailing, begging his father and older brother to take him out on the water at every opportunity. On the sea, he showed a keen interest, confidence, and peace that had always seemed to elude him on shore. He was still prone to trouble-making, but so marked was the difference that his father was heartened and a new era of understanding was birthed between them.

When Gaston came of age, his father gave him a post aboard his ship, slowly teaching him matters of business in addition to seafaring. He learned languages common to his father’s crew and of the merchants in foreign ports. His affable humor and confidence made him an easy negotiator, and when he reached the age of 25, his father gave him his own ship. Gaston promptly named her the Sea Strumpet. This, among other things, should have been a sign of the rough waters to come.

Regardless of his interest in sailing, Gaston has always been a bit less /principled/ that some members of his family. It was not long before he was taking on a number of smuggling and other less-than-strictly-legal jobs from outside sources to supplement his income and appetite for excitement. One such assignment a few years ago nearly saw him arrested by the crown, and it was only the swift intervention of his father and use of the family name that averted a public scandal. He has been kept on a short leash ever since; however, his weak moral compass, combined with his love of risk, has ensured that trouble and enemies are never far from the horizon.

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