Skull & Shackles
If ye get in the way of my plans, to the bottoms with ya.
Mr Plugg is First Mate on The Wormwood and is a ruthless, brutal bully to all on the ship. He uses all manner of tactics from mugging, beating, poisoning and even blatant disgarding of crew over the side of the ship to get what he wants…and what he wants is to be Captain of his own ship. He would even try and take The Wormwood if he thought he could get away with it, but he is deathly afraid of Captain Harrigan. So he resigns himself to biding his time and torturing sailers until he gets his own ship.
Mr. Plugg somehow looks angry, miserable, and uncomfortable, all at the same time. Bare-chested, he wears an immaculate coat with pearl buttons and carries a cat-o’-nine-tails with him at all times. He clearly takes great pride in himself — everything about him shines, from the polish on his boots to the dome of his head. His teeth are gray and yellow, however, and his face is fixed in an almost constant grimace.
Mr. Plugg was an angry young man. He was always furious about something, but somehow his rage simmered like a stew, and even when he lost his temper he quickly seemed to gain control again. A sadist and bully, Plugg had a hard, desperate life—few places are more dangerous to grow up than the dockside streets of the Shackles. Only 21 years of age when he was killed, the memories and scars of Plugg’s formative years were very fresh, and he intended to have his revenge.
Plugg was also incredibly ambitious—he watned to captain his own ship someday, and he joined the crew of the Wormwood purely for his own ends. Thanks to his ruthless devotion to Captain Harrigan’s orders, his rise has been meteoric. In just 11 months aboard the Wormwood, he had wormed, blackmailed, and murdered his way to the position of first mate, in truth a job well beyond his abilities. He made up for his own inadequacies by pointing out those of others.
Everyone on board the Wormwood knew that the first mate was the captain’s right hand when it comes to dealing with the ship’s crew, but Harrigan’s other officers formed a close inner circle that Plugg couldn’t seem to penetrate, a fact that vexed him to no end. Nevertheless, Harrigan was sure to punish anyone who attacked Plugg, a fact that every member of the crew is acutely aware of and that kept him alive for so long.
To Mr. Plugg, honor, friendship, and teamwork are alien concepts. He believed that discipline is the only thing that matters at sea, and that the constant threat of ruthless punishment is the only thing that can keep a crew of cutthroats and scoundrels in line. He tended to strike first, and ask questions later. Plugg was not a forgiving man, and if someone ever did get the better of him, Plugg took the time to plot his revenge in the cruelest way he can think of.