Friday, September 14, 2007
Keep in mind that these descriptions tend to be a “snapshot” of a certain time in the individuals life, so there may be some differences between their earlier and later years. Also, I have once again watered down the game aspects of the descriptions, as they do not reasonably apply to SL. As there has been a growing interest in nautical aspects of Antiquity, Caledon, and New Babbage, choosing the greatest admiral of Victorian times seemed like a good starting point
Age 39; 55″, 125 lbs. A small-boned man, with blue eyes (and a scar under the right eye), once sandy-hair turning white, dressed in a Royal Navy uniform according to his rank and occasionally sporting a gauze patch over his good left eye to protect it from the elements.
Nelson was the sixth of 11 children of the rector of the village of Brunham Thorpe. At 12, he joined the navy as a midshipman under his maternal uncle, Captain Suckling, who sent him to the West Indies in a merchantman to learn seamanship. In 1773, he sailed on an unsuccessful Arctic expedition. He caught malaria in the East Indies and returned to England in 1776. After promotion to lieutenant in 1777, he fought in the American War of Independence in the West Indies, and was promoted to Post-Captain in 1779.
When the war resumed in 1803, Nelson was given command of the Mediterranean fleet. On October 21st, 1805, he defeated a combined Franco-Spanish fleet off Trafalgar, but was killed by a French sniper.
In his lifetime, Nelson was famed for success in battle, humanity, and the scandal of his private life. His death granted him mythic status, an appeal which remains even today, especially in the Royal Navy, which continues to commemorate Trafalgar.
Nelson delivered the Navy from a tactical straight jacket to a more imaginative, independent style. The Battle of the Nile ended Napoleons hopes of Eastern conquest, securing Britains vital links to India, while Trafalgar safeguarded Britain from sea-borne invasion; henceforth, Napoleon was constrained to land warfare, and his enemies were assured of an ally in Britain. Nelsons success also transformed an already formidable navy into a seemingly invincible force, establishing British sea power as supreme until the first World War.
Socially, Nelsons vainglory expresses itself in accounts of military actions delivered in his Norfolk drawl. He is a genial, urbane host, and modest in his appetites. He will complain about his failing health, although such concerns will fade if given an opportunity to strike a blow against France. In military circles, he will often be found discussing strategy with like-minded captains in his squadron. He is sympathetic to officers and men, but unswerving in the maintenance of discipline. In times of crisis, he shows his preference for action, prefers honor and glory to pecuniary reward, and will not hesitate to place himself in the thick of battle.
Bradford, Ernie: Nelson: The Essential Hero
Pocock, Tom: Horatio Nelson
Walder, Nelson: Nelson