Agatha Merril was one of my earlier Cartel characters, among those who are active. I imagined her as a pirate from the start, and have also kept her original image claim, actress Ksenia Solo, since her creation. Born in an upper class family on Chandrila, Agatha always felt at odds with her parents, especially her mother, who wanted her to marry a fine suitor and give her grandchildren. As she grew up, Agatha got along much better with her mother’s siblings, especially her aunt, Fireya, who taught her the ropes about treasure hunting and gave her the love of ancient artifacts and adventure.
When she turned eighteen, Agatha left Chandrila to start working as a pirate for the Cartel. She knew that it would be difficult, but thanks to her father’s support, she had learned combat and flying skills, as much as her older brother had, while she grew up. The young woman liked that she often looks inoffensive, thus allowing her to gain advantage over foes. Of course, Agatha got into her share of trouble and made mistakes during her first missions. The first time she had to kill a man to make it through was a difficult time for her, though she eventually accepted it as part of her life as a pirate. While she has a good heart, she has come to be much more casual about violence than I had expected her to be. She is ready and willing to get things done, and if a violence free approach doesn’t work, she switches gears without thinking twice.
While Agatha is a very independent person, she takes pride in her work for the Cartel and always encourage team spirit among Vaago The Hutt’s employees, believing that it serves them well not to shoot one another in the back, though she considers healthy rivalry a potential inspiration. The same, she is fine helping new recruits if she can provide some practical tips.
When I created Agatha, she had some issues with relationships and even more intimacy due to past bad experiences with the one boyfriend she had had earlier in her teenage years. She nevertheless met a young man working for imperial Intelligence, who turned out to be the Empress’s first born; and the two got along well. She liked his patience, loyalty and quirky side. She was able to open up to him and draw her boundaries, such as her choice to remain virgin until marriage, without him trying to pressure her into changing her mind. That led the pirate to pick up assignments that didn’t go against imperial interests, because she didn’t want to cause any issue. The two even worked on several joint missions together, even prior to their engagement and wedding.
Something I didn’t expect when I created Agatha was how members of her family would turn into actual characters, including some written by a friend of mine. I like when relatives exist as active characters and not just as non playable ones, so it was a great surprise to see the developments!
- Do your characters have trouble establishing their personal boundaries and keeping them respected?
- Do you enjoy writing adventurers?
- Do your character have better ties with other relatives than with their parents or siblings?