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HOWARDS, Douglas

Post by Douglas Howards on Wed Aug 22, 2012 4:39 pm


Name, nicknames, anything:

    Douglas Howards

Age, rank [please refer to the list of opened and filled ranks before choosing a rank], anything that goes along with that (include what country and branch of the military[ignore if character is not military] the character is in):

    Age: 58 [ Oldest child is 38, started having kids at age 20. The reason the age is so low is because 3 Star Generals have to retire within a month after their 64th birthday, if not more, and this gives us as much time as possible with him as The General. ]
    Branch: United States Army
    Rank: Lieutenant General (A Three Star General, O-9)

Describe your character's appearance. Include eye colour, hair colour, height, build, and anything extra.

    Douglas is an older gentleman of 58, and carries himself with confidence and pride. His hair used to be black, but he went silver early. He keeps his hair clipped short, in a no-nonsense military crew-cut. His dark brown eyes are heavily lined; in younger years, he had laugh lines, but when his wife died, the laugh lines turned harsh and strict. His eyebrows are still dark, giving him a slightly two-toned appearance. His mouth has been set in a stern line for decades now, with very few reasons to smile. He's not in as good shape as he used to be, but even Generals have to still be able to pass PT. He might be working a desk now, but he moves like he could still be dangerous, with a boxer's calm grace. His voice is low and he has a tendency to rumble when he talks, and his laughter, when it happens, is short and choppy.

Character play-by (Actor/actress that portrays your character)

    Sean Connery (from about ten years ago)

Likes/Dislikes, at least three each.

    Likes:
  • Being in charge.
  • When things run smoothly and people obey orders unquestioningly.
  • Good soldiers in his command.
  • A fine weapon in his hand.
  • Martinis, shaken, not stirred.
  • The way a violin fits under his chin, though not many people know about that.
  • Imported Belgian dark chocolate, in small doses.
    Dislikes:
  • Insubordination.
  • He'd say "not having a weapon on hand", but that would never happen. Ever.
  • Cheap chocolate
  • Freakball vegans.
  • Hippies.
  • Left wing liberal idiots.
  • Journalists and the idiots who talk to them.

Skills, at least three.

  • Natural born leader.
  • Damn good shot.
  • Picks up skills quickly and easily; something he learned in the Vietnam War.

Strengths/Weaknesses, at least three each.

    Strengths:
  • He'd be in good physical condition for just about anybody, but for his age, it's damn good condition.
  • Has an inherant bullshit detector.
  • As he discovered in Vietnam, he has a rather large tolerance for torture before he breaks. Something to ponder: if you're following the rules established at the Hanoi Hilton for how to deal with torture and broadcasting propoganda, are you still breaking? Society says one thing. Douglas' own conscience says another.
    Weaknesses:
  • Doesn't have the best relationship with his family.
  • Sucks at the touchy-feely kumbaya crap.
  • Impatient when people don't just shut up, listen, and then nut up.

At least three important events in your character's life and why it matters.

  • On his 18th birthday, Douglas joined up with the Army. He figured it was only a matter of time before he was drafted, and this way, he got to control his fate at least a little. It wasn't long before he fell in love with the military, even if there were things he didn't like. Before shipping out to Vietnam, he met Anne Bradley and before the summer was over, the two were wed.
  • Douglas was only 19 when Anne informed him he was going to be a father. His world dropped out from under him and then reformed under his feet. He had never been happier and more terrified in his life. When Derek was born, that emotion intensified. With each child that was born, he still felt that terror and happiness. When James and Alexandra was born, he realized that the terror he'd felt before was nothing compared to having a baby girl.
  • Douglas and Anne only had seventeen years together before cancer took her. Douglas was ill-prepared to be the sole parent to six kids, ranging from five to fifteen. When Anne died, the light and laughter in the house died, too. Douglas withdrew from his family, not knowing how to cope with the death of his wife. Some people, when faced with a loss that large, don't know how to do anything but shut down. Douglas didn't consider himself a weak man, but that didn't stop him from shutting down as much as possible. Work was non-negotiable, and family, unfortunately, fell by the wayside as he promised himself tomorrow. Eventually, tomorrows run out and your family stops forgiving you for not being around.
  • Alexandra and James, the babies of the family, were the most affected by having only Douglas as a parent, because the others at least remembered Anne and her ways. For Alexandra and James, the memories were hazy at best. Things came to a head after their high school graduation, when he was unable to show up because he was working out the funeral arrangements of his oldest son, Derrek. Unfortunately, it was the last straw in a long line of straws too heavy for the camel, and James and Alexandra joined the Marines in a moment of spite. Words were exchanged that neither side could take back, and that was the last time he spoke to his two youngest children.
  • After decades of working his ass off, Douglas found himself transferred to the same top secret base that he'd managed to pull strings to get Alexandra and James transferred to. He was looking forward, with no small amount of trepidation, to reconnecting with them.

Main goal:

    To help keep his country the greatest in the world.

Greatest fear:

    Continuing to live his life in such a way that when he dies, the only people who are there are there for military purposes.

What does your character not like about themselves? At least three things.

  • He has treated his family like soldiers ever since his wife died. He knows that he does it, but doesn't know how to stop. A good soldier is able to adapt. He is a good soldier, and he should be able to adapt in this way.
  • Workaholic. When Anne died, he threw himself into work, and now he doesn't know how to stop.
  • He's getting older in a young man's game. Years of guns are amounting their toll on him, and the hearing loss is starting to affect his violin playing. Violin is one of his few ways to unwind.

Why was your character chosen for the Stargate program? (Include any skills that would be part of the reason.)

    Douglas has worked his way up the heirarchy. He has proven himself repeatedly as being able to run a base in top order. He's been able to handle journalists and reporters for years, by giving them enough information to not dig deeper for a story, but not so much that what he's said can be taken out of context and have him saying anything he shouldn't have said.

Describe your character's personality, at least one hundred words.

    Douglas is a gruff, no-nonsense man. To him, there's two ways of doing things, the right way and the wrong way. He's not egotistical enough to say that his way is the right way, but... it usually is. He's not the best at touchy-feely things, and because of his inability to be flexible in his own home, he's alienated his children. He's not sure if he can change, but he's going to try to re-establish a relationship with them, and he has no illusions that that will require him to be more open and gentler with them, even if they are now adults. He can be slightly caustic without intending to be, and tends to set up an unapproachable exterior. He's working on it, though, so at times, he can pull that spiky wall down, only to have it snap back up again.

Your character's history, at least 300 words.

    [ Mostly using the defining events, but, hey, those are pretty substantial. ]
    Douglas was one of three sons to a stay at home mom and an Army Officer father. On his 18th birthday, Douglas joined up with the Army. He figured it was only a matter of time before he was drafted, and this way, he got to control his fate at least a little. It wasn't long before he fell in love with the military, even if there were things he didn't like. Before shipping out to Vietnam, he met Anne Bradley and before the summer was over, the two were wed.

    Douglas was only 19 when Anne informed him he was going to be a father. His world dropped out from under him and then reformed under his feet. He had never been happier and more terrified in his life. When Derek was born, that emotion intensified. With each child that was born, he still felt that terror and happiness. When James and Alexandra was born, he realized that the terror he'd felt before was nothing compared to having a baby girl.

    Douglas and Anne only had seventeen years together before cancer took her. Douglas was ill-prepared to be the sole parent to six kids, ranging from five to fifteen. When Anne died, the light and laughter in the house died, too. Douglas withdrew from his family, not knowing how to cope with the death of his wife. Some people, when faced with a loss that large, don't know how to do anything but shut down. Douglas didn't consider himself a weak man, but that didn't stop him from shutting down as much as possible. Work was non-negotiable, and family, unfortunately, fell by the wayside as he promised himself tomorrow. Eventually, tomorrows run out and your family stops forgiving you for not being around.

    Alexandra and James, the babies of the family, were the most affected by having only Douglas as a parent, because the others at least remembered Anne and her ways. For Alexandra and James, the memories were hazy at best. Things came to a head after their high school graduation, when he was unable to show up because he was working out the funeral arrangements of his oldest son, Derrek. Unfortunately, it was the last straw in a long line of straws too heavy for the camel, and James and Alexandra joined the Marines in a moment of spite. Words were exchanged that neither side could take back, and that was the last time he spoke to his two youngest children.

    After decades of working his ass off, Douglas found himself transferred to the same top secret base that he'd managed to pull strings to get Alexandra and James transferred to. He was looking forward, with no small amount of trepidation, to reconnecting with them.

Roleplay sample (please use the character you're creating):

    See Sandy and Mouse for Kati, Sarah for Sai, Eric Crichton for Spade, and Daniel Blackburne for Run. (He's an NPC that's going to be used by at least the four of us.)


PLAYER DETAILS. Name (doesn't have to be real, just a moniker for us to use), age, how long you've been RPing, timezone, best way to contact you, anything else you think we should know:

    Kati: See Sandy Howards
    Sai: See Sarah Yadin
    Spade: See Eric Crichton
    Run: See Daniel Blackburne

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