Pathfinder RPG: Skulls & Shackles
Mr Plugg is the Wormwood's first mate, second-in-command to Captain Harrigan himself.
First Mate of the Wormwood
Bald except for a black ponytail and sporting long,
narrow beard, 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 is an angry young man. He’s always furious
about something, but somehow his rage simmers like a
stew, and even when he loses his temper he quickly seems
to gain control again. A sadist and bully, Plugg has 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, the memories and scars of Plugg’s
formative years are very fresh, and now he intends to have
Plugg is also incredibly ambitious—he intends 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 has wormed, blackmailed, and murdered
his way to the position of first mate, in truth a job well
beyond his abilities. He masks his own inadequacies by
pointing out those of others.
Everyone on board the Wormwood knows that the first
mate is the captain’s right hand when it comes to dealing
with the ship’s crew, but Harrigan’s other officers form
a close inner circle that Plugg can’t seem to penetrate, a
fact that vexes him to no end. Nevertheless, Harrigan is
sure to punish anyone who attacks Plugg, a fact that every
member of the crew is acutely aware of.
To Mr. Plugg, honor, friendship, and teamwork are
alien concepts. He believes 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 strikes first, and
asks questions later. Plugg is not a forgiving man, and if
someone does get the better of him, Plugg takes time to
plot his revenge in the cruelest way he can think of.