|The Pirate Dragon|
Portrayed By Kate Beckinsale
33 years old
Mandrake (formerly Human)
Pirate (Former?), Knight of the Queen
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Amelia Bonny is one of the few female pirates to ever sail the seas of Maritanis, and arguably the most skilled. Brash, confident, and fearless, this swordfighting beauty has spent most of her life beating the piss and also shit out of anyone who had the gall to underestimate her. She's got a chip on her shoulder the size of a ship's deck, and she's not in the least bit shy about it. Currently however, she finds herself in the employ of the High Queen, as some sort of genuine champion... Life, as usual, has quite the sense of humor.
A Pirate In Training
Amelia was born to Archibald and Althea Bonny, a recently married (in secret) pair of lovers in the pirate haven of Sanctuary. For her first few years she lived in Sanctuary with her mother, only receiving occasional visits from her father, always complete with piles of gifts. Her father was a pirate Captain, after all - one of the best on the sea, and he would come to be her hero and idol even at a young age. She never took well to 'appropriate' pursuits for a girl, spending most of her time playing at 'pirate queen'.
When she was five, her mother took ill, and died soon thereafter of a mysterious illness. Her father only discovered when he returned to them for a visit to find his daughter surviving on her own. For reasons he would never explain to anyone, not even his crew, he refused to put her into the care of anyone else, saying she would only be safe if she stayed with him - and so despite centuries of superstition, Amelia became a permanent fixture among the crew of the Legacy, her father's pirate ship.
Though he might have taken her in on the ship, Captain Bonny still meant to make a lady of his daughter. Unfortunately, in the battle of wills between father and daughter, though the father might have had the authority, Amelia was always finding new and exciting ways to push the rules. She would sneak out at night to climb the rigging and explore the ship, and dressed up like one of the cabin boys more than once to get into fights.
Eventually, her father realized there was only so much he could do - if she was that determined, the only way he could get her to pay attention to the studies he wanted for her was to give her what she wanted, and so Amelia began practicing. She learned with half a dozen swordplay teachers, went about the ship in disguise more days than not, pretending to be another member of the crew, and quickly proved herself as good as any of them - and twice as determined. By the time she was old enough that hiding who she was became almost impossible, she'd been sailing as a member of the crew for years.
The Lady Terror Of the Seas
While the crew of the Legacy had done a good job for years of hiding that they had a woman on their crew, it became difficult as Amelia grew older and began making a name for herself. Not only did she prove herself the equal or the better of every warrior she encountered, she was possessed of a quick and incredibly devious mind. More than once, the crew was able to crack a tough mark thanks to her quick thinking and collection of dirty tricks - particularly her acting ability, taking advantage of her looks to lure unsuspecting sailors into poor decisions, pretending she was being kept a hostage by the nasty pirates that were actually her crew.
Of course, these affairs didn't always go exactly as planned - one time, she wound up trapped on her mark's ship as their captain, fleeing the Legacy, managed to run his ship aground on the shore of the Pride Lands. Amelia got luckier than they did - while the target crew wound up either drowning or hunted down by the lions, Amelia instead made the acquaintance of a rather more reasonable lioness by the name of Nala, who offered her an escort to safety.
By the time she was twenty, she had developed a reputation that even the male pirates had to respect. As her father's health failed, she took over many of the Captain's duties, especially navigation and charting their path through dangerous territory, though even her crew would never let her even appear to be in charge of the ship. Still, she put up with the indignity, knowing that one day her time would come - she was destined to be the greatest pirate on the seas, destined to shove her gender down the throats of every bastard who had ever questioned whether or not she could be a worthwhile pirate. She was never above competing with other pirates and even the Sea Witch herself for treasure, and fought to prove herself at every step.
The Time of the Blight
Things Get Bad
As the seas began to fall to the Blight, Amelia's crew was one of the few to manage to stay together and relatively unscathed for the first months. They had fought off monsters from the sea for years, these were only a little different, so long as they avoided being infected themselves - and they did lose more than one crewmate to the affliction. Amelia and her father decided quickly that any who were so blighted needed to be thrown overboard, for the good of the rest of the crew. They were making for the mainland, to find shelter until they could find safe passage, when the worst attack hit them.
They were swarmed with what seemed like hundreds of monsters, twisted from the sea's creatures into things they could barely recognize. This time, Amelia's father was one of the first to die. Somehow, even though she can barely remember, she and the last of the crew were able to fight their way to shore. She took command with a will, fighting her own battles while she shouted orders to the others, even able to keep the ship on track until they made it to the shore. Whatever anyone had said, she proved herself a Captain... Just not enough for her crew.
Not long after they had buried their dead and made repairs, the crew turned on Amelia. No matter what she'd done, they could not abide a woman as their Captain, and Amelia was too stunned to fight. The crew left her things and some provisions, and sailed off onto what would become the Blackwater, leaving the Pirate Lady alone, adrift on the land... and burning with anger.
The seas have not seen the last of Amelia Bonny. She dreams to this day of her triumphant return to the ocean... whether it is as pirate and terror once more or something else remains to be seen.
And They Can Always Get Worse
After the mutiny, Amelia found herself aimless, without a crew to direct or work with, she resorted to the only means she had to survive in the world; after all, one can still be a pirate without a ship, on the land they just call them thieves, and she had plenty of skills to put to use in the service of enriching her lowered station. While the mainland was still ravaged by Blight, she managed to scavenge and steal plenty to get herself by - and put herself on a few truly spectacular benders, one of which ended up with the drunken pirate stumbling into the midst of a burning village, and encountering a phoenix. During another, she encountered a Musketeer by the name of Aramis, and after a night of revels ended up spending the night for him - unfortunately the night ended up rather poorly for the hapless musketeer, who fell under some sort of curse that night, and woke up a woman. Amelia was, naturally, deeply amused, but took pity on the (man? woman?) and has taken it on herself to help her (him?) get on her (his?) feet.
The real turning point for the pirate, however, came while she was raiding coaches in the forests south of Caerleon. It turned out that her crime spree had caught some royal attention - the High Queen, Gwenhwyfar Pendragon herself. The Queen sent two Knights to collect her and bring her back to Caerleon, but Amelia got the jump on them - knocking one to the ground and putting her sword to the other's throat, and forcing them at swordpoint to shed their armor and clothes before riding back to the castle. Amused, Gwen decided to track the pirate lady down herself, bringing Amber Jackson along as backup. The Queen decided to pull one of Amelia's favorite tricks, playing the airheaded noble princess, though eventually the charade broke down. When the dust settled, Amelia learned she wasn't being accosted for an arrest - she was being offered a job.
The Unlikeliest Knight
Of course, being an official somethingorother in the service of the High Queen, and living in quarters at Caerleon itself was a rather novel situation for the pirate. She remains an uncomfortable 'champion', but finds the situation more than satisfactory for encountering a fresh pile of menfolk with delusions about their skill with a sword who she can teach just how outclassed they could be by a woman. She found a kindred spirit in "Jack", and the two quickly found a great deal of themselves in one another, striking up a friendship - even after the younger warrior taunted her a time or two with her shapeshifting abilities.
Strange as it might have seemed, Gwen became Amelia's best friend, and the pirate has been fighting at her side since arriving at the city. She fought in the siege of Caerleon, cleared towns of Mandries and other horrific monstrosities, and for the first time found herself devoted to a cause other than the collection of money and alcohol.
The Dragon Lady
Though fighting might have been Amelia's strongest suit, she had considerable skills at infiltration from years of thievery - and at one point, it occurred to her to try and find what she could from the court at Xehacora. She met a noble from Xehacora during one of her battles and was invited to escort her back to her castle. What Amelia didn't know was that the noble lady was the dragon Melusina, and Amelia found herself trapped in the caverns beneath the city. Melusina had picked her for her strength - but to be experimented on by the mad scientist Viktor. Amelia became the first of his human-dragon hybrids, very much without her consent. Before the process to bind her to the will of Melusina and Malificent could be completed however, Viktor's daughter, Alexandrea (who Amelia had met by chance a couple months previously) came to her rescue breaking her out of her cage and allowing her to return to Caerleon, though certainly not the way she had left.
Amelia struggled hard to deal with her changes - especially the fact that, intentionally or not, Viktor's procedure had not just allowed her to change into an enormous dragon, but put the soul and occasionally the personality of a dragon into her head. Since then, Amelia has warred with something of a split personality, though she and the dragon are slowly coming to terms. And at least Gwen didn't kick her out of the castle.
The Future Arc, and the Finale
With the interference of The Forebearer, Amelia's timeline (like many others) was split shortly after her transformation. In the first timeline, where Malificent's plans triumphed, Amelia was forced to deal with the death of her friend Gwen - and the fact that her dragon side could still be manipulated by Melusina, even if she had managed to escape the binding ritual. Amelia helped protect and raise Arthur and Gwen's children, teaching them to fight (and probably to swear, rather a lot), all the while struggling with keeping her dragon side suppressed, so she could not be coaxed into rampaging again. Because of this, while Viktor's transformation of her should have kept her from aging normally, she has been growing gradually sicker, a side effect of both her dragon's struggle to emerge and the binding magic she acquired to prevent that. She has been a leader of the resistance, but one who is struggling to keep up with the expectations of herself and the others around her, despite her gradually worsening condition.
Meanwhile, the version of Amelia that was shot into the future was tasked with finding and retrieving the powers of Adora, the goddess who became Malificent after she was stripped of her power by the Pantheon. Accompanied by the half-fae Tweedle Dum, she was able to complete her mission - after the pair remembered what it was, having to deal with the side effects of the time travel turning out to be worse than they might have guessed.
Once she returned with the prize, Amelia threw herself into the final battle. She was a warrior, and though it was they who made a dragon of her, she intended to make them regret it.
A Particular Set of Skills
As one might expect, Amelia has the traditional skills of a pirate, having spent a lifetime pushing herself and training (some might say obsessively) to prove herself as a woman in a profession with almost no women in it to speak of. Amelia is one of the most skilled humans in the world with a sword, with an unconventional and viciously quick style honed on the uneven, rolling decks of ships at sea. Perhaps above all else Amelia is incredibly athletic, running, climbing, and jumping with complete confidence in the most difficult terrain and situations. Since she fought for her life from a very early age, she is a unhesitating and creatively lethal, and like most pirates she has very little regard for what others might call 'fighting fair'.
Though her dream never panned out for her, Amelia has also trained to be a leader, studying under her father for years even against his resistance. She has a keen strategic mind - despite the stereotypes of pirates, a captain must still be a master navigator, negotiator, and a dozen other professions as needed, since their crew is so reliant upon their mind, even more so than their sword.
Since Viktor and Malificent's little ritual, Amelia has gained the ability (and some might say the curse) of being able to shift into the form of an enormous scaled monster, a bronze dragon. Fittingly, her form is well adapted for the water, with frills and webbing making her an incredibly powerful swimmer as well as flier. Since her transformation is relatively recent, she is still learning how to properly use her dragon form, occasionally aided by the second soul that was placed inside her, and her friend Alexandrea. Her breath weapon is ice rather than fire, a blast of incredibly cold water and hurricane-force winds that can do as much damage by freezing and shattering as the fire of other dragons.
[approx. dragon statistics: Wingspan 35 ft, 7ft claw to shoulder, nose to tail length ~36 ft, about 2/3 of that being neck and tail length]
And They Say She's Difficult
Personality And Stuff
Amelia may have the looks of a lady, but she is every inch a sailor and a pirate, and unless she means to deceive, she makes no bones about that fact whatsoever. She's quick to respond to any challenge (the chip on her shoulder is legendary in some circles), but she's equally quick with a joke or a prank, and it is her sense of humor that serves to leaven what could otherwise be a harsh and competitive personality. Which is not of course to say that she is anything less than hyper-competitive - a lifetime of having to prove herself, particularly to men, has given her a deep seated drive to always be better, smarter, and faster. It can be an exhausting drive, but one that has paid off in her life, taking her from a girl child forbidden even to hold a sword to one of the most dangerous pirates on the seas - or on the land, for that matter.
Though she is an unrepentant criminal, Amelia has never been a terribly cruel person, unless suitably provoked. To her, piracy is a profession, albeit one frowned on by the majority of the world, and she takes great pride in being outstanding at it, even the bits that involve theft and the occasional murder. That being said, while she takes great joy in battle, she is not the sort to kill a man unless he's armed and fighting back - as she would say, it's always better to make sure they know they'll live if they give you their gold, lest they fight like the cornered to keep life and treasure both.
She has a deep sense of loyalty to her crew, believing in her father's lesson that even a pirate has a duty to those beneath them. So, while she is not exactly an honest person, if she takes someone as crew (or as a partner in an endeavor) it would not be like her to betray them, at least not without fair warning. For her few friends, she is fiercely loyal - even a pirate sometimes feels like taking on family, after all. Even if her only family proved to be a traitorous bastard, she always sought to be not just her father's equal, but his better.