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Given Name: Connel Lindsay O'Shay
Alias Name: Shay, Nell to close friends.
Profession: Quartermaster (Supply)
Rank: Wing Second
Date of Birth: August 15 AC 180
Blood Type: O negative
Height: 198.12 cm (6'6")
Weight: 86.37 kg (190 pounds)
Nationality: Australian (Irish decent)
Place Origin: Earth (Sydney, Australia)
- Physical Description
- Connel is tall and looks almost impossibly thin, until his shirt comes
Then he looks more like a greyhound, lean and rangy. His carrot colored
hair is indifferently cut off at the shoulders, as if he had hacked it off
with a knife. His features consist of a classically oval face with round
clear middling sky blue eyes, high and wide cheekbones, a sharp chin, and
long beak of a nose that he has called "the wallabies snout". He is in
rather good physical condition and is stronger than he appears.
When out of uniform he usually wears a battered pair of brown cargo pants
and a white or gray tee shirt. For footwear, he prefers a battered pair
knee high leather snake boots. His clothing is usually rather loose, like
it was meant for a bigger, or at least a broader man. Often the sleeves
his shirts and the legs of his pants are more than a bit short. If the
sleeves are long enough, the shirts are huge in the shoulders and
if the legs of the pants are long enough when the waistband is buttoned
fall off Connel's hips. Connel tends to roll up his shirtsleeves to hide
this fact, as it both looks better and is more comfortable, to short pants
are hidden by tucking the cuffs into a pair of boots. He ranks comfort
above all. He can be convinced to get into something nicer, as he does
a nice pair of tight leather pants and a few nice shirts. This usually
involves bribery; an attractive person of either gender asking nicely is
usually a good enough bribe for him.
Mango (makes him sleepy, break out in mild rash and wheeze like an asthmatic having an attack.)
- Connel is usually running around with at least a half smile on his face.
is easy going and has a slightly twisted sense of humor, having a fondness
for dirty jokes and situational humor. This is one of those people who
a Monty Python quote handy for most situations, and will laugh his head
at just about any accident, providing that no one was injured. If upset
angry he will 'lose' his Australian accent and all warmth will gradually
drain out of his voice. If his voice goes utterly dead, bystanders are
advised to keep out of reach. Connel's temper tends to explode into
violence after extreme provocation. Fortunately, very few things upset
People who operate heavy machinery when stoned, drunk or just to damn
tired is the fastest way to provoke an explosion of temper out of Connel.
This is because a drunk driver orphaned him and his sister and he is very
inflexible on the subject. The second fastest way to get him angry is the
abuse of other people or of animals. If he cannot save the victim, he
do his best to make sure the abuser can never repeat their actions.
Connel will happily listen to anyone else's problems as it keeps him from
being homesick or thinking about his own, few as they are. He is an
irredeemable flirt with people of both genders. His definition of
attractive is heavily weighted toward intelligence, a brain before looks
sort of thing. He will cuddle almost anyone who needs or wants it but sex
is a battleground he enters warily, with the rules of the relationship
down well beforehand.
When he is busy with other work, in supply or elsewhere, Connel will sing.
He has a fondness for bawdy folk songs, and a very good tenor voice.
- Background Info/Origin
- Connel is the younger of two children born to Madeline and Donald O'Shay.
Donald worked as a sheep handler on Kalligerny Station, a sheep ranch
outside of Sydney, Australia. Madeline was employed at the same ranch as
primary school teacher, a common practice where distance kept busses from
collecting children for regular schooling. Until Connel turned three, he
and his seven-year-old sister Elizabeth were lovingly minded by parents
their only living grandparent. After a drunk driver killed Donald and
Madeline, the children found themselves with only their sixty-five year
grandmother for support. Gran, as the two children called her, took up a
position as a cook on the ranch to support them.
Gran did everything in her power to give 'Liza, as Connel called his
and Connel as normal of a childhood as possible. This included mundane
things like teaching them to cook, clean, and assigning them chores. The
chores gave both children a sound work ethic and enabled them to earn
amounts of money from the Stations Master, or manager. This money he
learned to husband wisely from the station's accountant. As Connel got
older, his chores began to include general care of the sheep that formed
backbone of the ranch's livelihood. His sister went into the managerial
side of things, as she disliked the animals. Connel's duties included
hauling feed and hay for bedding, dipping the sheep in spring, sheering
in early summer and assisting the veterinarian with their vaccinations and
health care. He also became very adept at tracking and retrieving lost
sheep. Hefting sheep around in sheering and dipping seasons is the
foundation of his lean muscle structure. He is in excellent physical
condition and is accustomed to doing hard physical labor in high heat and
humidity of the Australian spring and summer.
Money was often tight, even with mutton being provided by the station in
slaughtering season and a garden for vegetables. A friend of Connel's
father, and aboriginal co-worker named Todd, stepped in to provide him
a father figure. Todd taught Connel how to hunt, track, fish, and survive
in the outback. He also taught Connel to respect the beliefs of others,
that a smile would get him further in life than anything. The skills he
learned to get close enough to his prospective dinner to kill it cleanly
one shot have made him fairly good at stalking and tracking hidden game.
Hunting for food as a child gave Connel the incentive to become a very
Shooting food is one thing, shooting a person is another. Connel will not
shoot another human unless he has no other choice. Seeing the aftermath
a sheep rustler shot through the stomach sharply reinforced Connel's
aversion to killing other people. Dealing with other rustlers made Connel
very aware of the fact that some men would do their best to lie or cheat
others out of everything they owned and put him on guard against it being
done to him.
Helping to keep track of several thousand sheep made Connel very
Todd helped train Connel's memory by teaching him the oral history of the
world from the aboriginal point of view. This set of histories stresses
respect for life, self-reliance and heavily emphasizes the teamwork needed
for people to survive in a hostile environment.
Music was everywhere on Kalligerny Station; the Station Master's wife
the piano and taught both Connel and Liza how to play. Other ranch hands
taught Connel to play the guitar and bodhran. (A type of hand held, flat
drum that is commonly used in Irish folk music.) Todd's younger sister
Jenny taught him to play the harp, using the three octave and later the
great standing harp that Connel's father had built for his mother.
For academics, Connel was never more than average. He does read and write
music, as well as read a variety of subjects. Connel adores classical
literature and late 20th century fiction of almost any genre. His taste
authors varies from H.P. Lovecraft to Louis L'Amour to Anne McCaffery.
After graduating from high school, Connel applied for a position in the
Preventers. Initially he was accepted into the maintenance division.
a careless technician "lost", a vital part to a highly classified new
Connel was promoted to the position of Assistant Quartermaster. He found
the lost part in supply, right where the technician had left it. When the
higher ups started pitching fits at anyone and everyone involved Connel
managed to keep his cool and his sense of humor. A feat his superior was
not quite able to manage, although the fault did not rest on any of his
While with the Preventers Connel learned some basic sign language from his
assigned roommate, Jonathan Harper, who had been rendered deaf in high
school by an infection. The two young men became fast friends in the four
and a half years they roomed together. After Jonathan married Kathleen, a
mutual friend, Connel found himself rooming alone. A few months after
he was made an offer that would change his life.
After almost five years in the Preventers, Commander Noin offered him the
chance to transfer to a Special Forces group. Mostly because they needed
few more competent people to help keep the place organized and supplied.
Connel is *very* organized, a well-trained memory allows him to keep track
of exactly where he puts anything. He just has to remember to remember,
which in supply is not hard for him. Outside of supply he has a habit of
forgetting where he put his wrist com...
Connel was initially extremely hesitant about transferring to a Special
Forces group with as little information as Noin gave him, which was no
information at all. The idea of jumping into the dark, especially so far
from home gave him the shivers. An interview with Lt. Commander Chang
a chessboard changed his mind, and convinced him that he could do more
out on the Rim than he could on Mars.
- He like organization, music, chess, books (esp. history, classical
literature, science and old fiction), ice cream, spiders and making
In spite of being allergic to it, Connel adores mango. He really likes
making Sorata smile by bringing him flowers, and will willingly combat the
meaner plants on the island just to get a pretty flower.
- Connel dislikes drunks, drunks operating heavy machinery in particular,
idiots, sadists, and losing things. To counter his almost rabid dislike
D.U.I he will be a designated driver, even if he would rather not have to.
Friends do not even have to ask.
- Specific Enemies/Friends
- Connel has no real enemies that he knows of. Outside of his family, his
friends are Jonathan Harper, who is a supply assistant on Mars Prime, and
Jonathan's wife Kathleen. He does his best to keep in touch with
Kathleen, and his family on Earth, but the lag time for normal mail limits
this to e-mail and the occasional call when finances allow. He considers
Wufei Chang a friend but is not sure if it is reciprocated or not, and is
not going to push the issue. Connel can get along with just about anyone
he sets his mind to it. He adores Sorata and will do anything for him.
- Level 9 Skills:
- Level 8 Skills:
- Level 7 Skills:
- Level 6 Skills:
- Level 5 Skills:
Small Arm (Non-MS)
- Level 4 Skills:
- Level 3 Skills:
- Supply Order Reading/Taking
- Level 2 Skills:
- Level 1 Skills:
- Speed Typing
Special Weapons (blowgun)
- Level 0 Skills:
- MS type
- None. He loves to fly light aircraft, but cannot fly an MS out of a wet paper sack, and freely admits it.
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