Admiral Dannis Beech of the Lone Islands | Son of Adam | 36 | OPEN | Face Claim: Tom Hiddleston |
Dannis was born on the island of Avra but grew up on his grandfather’s ship, which was one of a handful of vessels that was out at sea when Jadis took power. He was raised with the idea that because his family were lucky enough to avoid her enchantment, which froze most ships to the coast, they had an obligation to help those that hadn’t. During his childhood, his father commanded the small number of ships that had escaped, and they spent their time fishing, taking what they needed to survive and then passing on the rest to the Narnian smugglers.
Actually delivering this food to the mainland was a dangerous task and Dannis became a brilliant sailer because of it. Not only did he have to learn how to evade other ships or lookouts along the coast, he also had to learn how to manage his men so that they could get to shore and back safely. He always volunteered for the landing parties, and never once failed or lost someone under his command.
By the time he was seventeen he had been granted his own boat and he was growing restless. He took a group of men loyal to him and sailed towards Galma and Calormen, raiding any vessels they found, whether they be simple fishing vessels like theirs, or warships with soldiers on board. He sunk some boats and added some to the fleet, and always ferried the weapons and supplies back to the Narnian coast. He lived a hero’s life in these years, enjoying the benefits his glory reaped him whenever he was on land.
Life for a time was great for Dannis; not only was he young and brave and great, but he even managed to convince his childhood sweetheart to marry him. They had their first child, Willfred, when they were 20, and for the next few years lived a happier life than most Narnians could dream of.
Then, when he was twenty six, his first mate, a Talking Bird called Tripwing, returned from a scouting flight along the coast with the news that Aslan had returned. They immediately gathered up all the men and weapons they had and made their way to Aslan’s camp. Many of the fisherman died at Beruna, including Dannis’s father, but Dannis and his company survived. At 26 years of age he became the Admiral of the fleet, and a few days later High King Peter named him Lord of the Lone Islands.
Tragically, one year later, Dannis’s wife died giving birth to their second child, Dalia, who was plagued from the moment of her birth with health problems. No one has ever been able to say exactly what plagues Dalia, and to her family’s constant grief has never been expected to live long.
Dannis has matured a great deal since his wife died, both as man and as a leader. He has worked closely with the monarchs of Narnia to build up their capabilities at sea, and even loaned them his personal vessel, the Splendour Hyaline, for their trip to Calormen. He has focused mainly on making Narnia strong in defence at sea, as his thoughts of daring raids and great victories have long since passed - although they do live on in his son.
Currently he’s travelling with both his children to Narnia for the peace talks. Normally he would leave them at home, but Willfred has persuaded his father to once again see if the Narnian healers can do anything more for Dalia. Although he’s given up hope of her ever being properly healthy or finding a miracle cure, he knows that at least they’ll see the great capital and have whatever fun they can together.
What he doesn’t know is that a bastard of his, a daughter, is currently working as King Peter’s maidservant. That’s sure to be a surprise.
Dannis is brilliant with children, and is flawlessly polite and charming to everyone he meets. However, as much as everyone likes him and as much as he smiles, it’s exceedingly rare for him to open up to anyone. He hides how scared he is to lose his daughter behind his smiles and polite gestures.
He also struggles to get through to his son, and wishes that Willfred would take a different path to the one he took. But they’re becoming increasingly distant from each other. Maybe it’s because when Dannis goes out with the fleet and spends his nights at port, he spends them in pleasure houses and Willfred disapproves.