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Welcome to my AU take on the BBC show Peaky Blinders! No knowledge of the series is required. OCs are welcome + encouraged. *Please post in OOC thread if interested in joining!*
The war has ended. Birmingham’s working class have returned to the drudgery of factory jobs, but men still wake sweating and screaming and wondering precisely what it was they fought for in the trenches of France. Women who tasted freedom have awoken to find themselves stuck back in the kitchen despite their grand ideas. Workers’ unions are gaining traction and there are worried mutters in government about communism.
And yet, behind closed doors there is music and laughter, whiskey and a haze of smoke, beautiful women and backroom deals. Striding through this post-industrial hellscape, coats billowing behind and caps set at a jaunty angle, come the kings of this wretched domain. Businessmen tip their caps and mothers pull their children into doorways as they stride past. They are known as the Peaky Blinders, thanks to their reputation for treating dissent with a swipe to the face with the razorblades concealed in their caps.
This gang, headed by the Shelby family, controls the district of Small Heath more concretely than any politician or lawmaker. Aside from the occasional clashes with cops and the Italian mob, and a tentative peace with the local unions, they do well for themselves. Protection fees, controlling the local black market, and fixing horseraces provide a substantial income at a time when the poor are starving, and they reward loyalty.
The only problem? This small-time existence isn’t enough for their ambitious leader, made reckless by witnessing the horrors of war. When the gang stumbles across something it was never meant to find, and he attempts to turn that to their advantage, its very existence is threatened.
Beyond the larger politics, the business is a family affair, and family is messy. Rife with conflicting personalities, romance, strong women and shellshocked men, relationships are complex. And, in a family where the workday involves paying off cops and honor is worth killing for, the stakes are high.
Welcome! You can call me Kay. I’m brand-new to this site, but an old hand at writing. I’ll be playing the head of the Shelby family. The other characters, and the direction our plot takes, are entirely up to you. I’ll likely bring in NPCs to move the plot along, any of whom are up for grabs.
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- Adhere to all iwaku rules.
- 18+ for mature themes.
- 3 paragraph minimum. More is great. Evocative writing please! Adept + strongly preferred.
- Romance is awesome. Two characters holding up the plot while they get off? Not so much. Take it to the PMs, people! (again, pls obey iwaku rules)
- Be able to post minimum once a week. More is highly encouraged. If I haven’t heard from you by then with a reply or a brief explanation, we’ll work around you. If it happens again, I’ll assume you’ve lost interest.
- If there's a lot of dialogue, you're welcome to use PMs and edit into a single post.
- Plot ideas? Sweet! Just please run anything gamechanging by me first.
- I shouldn’t have to say this, but: no godmodding. NPCs are fine.
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- Mob family (associates, members, leader’s siblings, aunt/uncle, mother, etc...please read my character profile)
- Cops (undercover, corrupt, new to town and idealistic, etc)
- Rival gang member
- Union leaders, Communist agitators, assorted political groups (IRA?)
- Journalist, investigative reporter
- Prostitute, barmaid, entertainer, innkeeper
- Ex-soldiers/nurses (can combine with any other occupation; can have wartime connections with existing characters)
Character Bio (though feel free to elaborate):
- Name, age
- FC (realistic please, no anime)
- History, occupation, personality
- Any relevant connection to plot/existing characters
Occupation: Multiple, is currently working as a bookie.
Bio: Near dying for adventure, Beatrice left her large family in Cheshire and headed to London in 1914. Her two brothers had joined the military, but her father had been denied entry due to his health problems. There was more than enough help to be had on the farm and Beatrice figured that they would hardly miss her. Much to her family’s chagrin, she settled in London, finding work first as a cashier and then as a bank teller. Subsequently, when the men returned from the war she was let go from her job. Beatrice was not interested in returning home from failure only to milk cows. Instead, she found work with her cousin who worked rigging bare knuckles fights, among other illegal activities. There, dressed as a young man to avoid harassment, she collects bets and provides bookkeeping services.
Personality: Beatrice is a strong-willed and confident young woman. Working alone in London has brought out traits that many would say are un-feminine. Quick witted and sharp, she makes an excellent bookie. She’s not loud or brash but measures a situation before she speaks, and some people find her steady gaze unsettling, as if she’s picking you apart, which she probably is.
Likes: Hot baths, new people, evenings, champagne (she’s only had it twice in her life)
Dislikes: Rain, rude people, cabbage, being spoken down to
“Well my answer depends on who’s asking”
Name: Chasity Lucille Laurent
“Well that’s a bit of a rude question, didn’t you learn never to ask a lady her age”
“I make money to live. I feel like that’s all you need to know”
Occupation: Entertainment at the Garrison, Ex-Combat nurse for WWI
“One word. Bitch”
Brief Persona: Chasity is a woman of many secrets and is crowded in an aura of mystery, which is how she likes to keep it. She’s too independent for her own good and definitely knows how to keep herself in trouble. Although she seems like the sweet little dumb blonde to most when first meeting her, there are layers of her personality that she decides to show when she deems necessary. She’s a manipulator, a survivor, and knows when to use her weapon of beauty and when to use her weapon of intelligence. But, she’s a kind soul deep down who loves caring for people she seems worthy in her life. Loyalty is her middle name and anyone who messes with her or her small group of people has to deal with the tornado that this little woman can bring (and best believe she brings a storm). Let’s just say that getting involved with her is worth the trouble it brings.
“Well that’s for me to know, and for you to get me drunk enough to find out”
Brief History: The norm was something Chasity had never been aquatinted with. Her father was a French man her mother met one wild night, and only knew that one night before he found himself taking off like a thief in the night. Once she was born, her and her mother had been shunned by her grandparents They lived with the men that found interest in her mother, and It wasn’t until she turned ten that she realized there was a problem with her mother.
There would be periods where even the world couldn’t stop her from doing what she wanted, But with those periods would come times where she wouldn’t see her mother for weeks, and when she did she was getting screamed at for being a filthy whore for holding hands with a boy. Her ‘norm’ was soon ripped from her life. Her mother was thrown in an insane asylum and she was thrown into an orphanage.
She never got adopted, the hopeful parents say her as a potiental risk since she was the daughter of an insane woman. So when she got the chance she joined the war efforts as a nurse after receiving the proper training. That was when Thomas Shelby first made an impact on her life, though one that would not last until their paths crossed again. After the war ended she found herself working at the Garrison as a singer which was where she eventually ended up meeting her ‘husband’ the criminal communist agitator Richard, a man she wished she never got involved with.
Georgina Anne Worthington, AKA Charlotte Clarke
Appearance: Georgina is rather tall, with the slender figure that is fast becoming all the rage. She has golden-blonde waves and the creamy white skin of an aristocrat. The nose, however, failed in revealing that particular heritage, being merely straight and a little on the small side. But the mouth makes up for any lack of distinction there with full, sensuous red lips. And in her dark, well-opened eyes there is a captivating twinkle that at times is irresistible.
Personality: Georgie, as she is known to her close friends and family, can be a bit of an enigma. For all her entrancing manners there is a certain veil of reserve behind which she retreats from the world. The only person she had ever really opened up to was her brother. For everyone else, the mind and true feelings behind the light and bubbly façade remain a mystery, though few would even think to see that more lay beneath. Georgie’s society personality is trained, rather than inherent; left to her own devices she would be much more of an introvert, and eschew such parties as her parents delighted in (and as were, inevitably, their ruin). But though her reserve allows her to hold back her emotions, and react calmly in the face of even the direst situation, Georgie is not cold-hearted. Indeed, her sympathy for fellow men may well be her downfall in her chosen calling. That’s not to say she would balk at killing, if necessary. She would face such a task as coolly as any other job. But she would also go out of her way to help a friend in need, even if it risked her cover.
Skills: Plays piano, speaks French and German, can mimic many different accents, nursing (basic), pickpocketing (basic)
History: The Honourable Georgina Anne Worthington is the younger child of Viscount and Lady Desford, with one brother, her elder by six years. The Worthingtons’ lineage is prodigiously impressive, having been landed gentry for centuries and Viscounts for seven generations, but their acreage and accompanying wealth had dwindled by the time of Georgina’s birth. Lord and Lady Desford, utterly oblivious to this fact, continued to live the merry, expensive, heedless lives of aristocrats of yore. Likewise, they raised their children to have absolutely no useful talents other than entertaining the empty lives of their fellow nobility. Or rather, a series of governesses raised their children in this mould, for the Desfords themselves had little to do with their offspring beyond periodic pro forma visits to the drawing room to show off their talents to Mama and Papa. In this pampered and yet strangely barren environment, Georgina and her brother Sidney clung ever-closer to one another. Being six years her senior, Sidney took on a rather parental attitude toward his little sister, shielding her from the most dangerous winds of the world.
When she reached the age of eighteen, Georgina was properly “launched” into high society, quite as if from a cannon, and felt herself flying aimlessly through the throng, utterly unable to control her own destiny. She was therefore one of few people on earth to be quite relieved when the war broke out, and put the London social scene in hiatus. Her only regret was for Sidney, who almost at once enlisted and was sent to the front.
Though they protested (frequently), the Desfords were given no choice but to open up Desford Castle (not, in fact, a castle, but rather a gothic-revival Georgian construction) to wounded soldiers returned from the front. While her parents retired to their private apartments and tried to pretend the incursion had never taken place, with a level of affront that you might well ascribe to poor Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s family (to which overexertions might be ascribed Lord Desford’s demise, midway through the war), Georgina signed up for a basic nursing course and volunteered to help care for the soldiers housed in her backyard. In her training course she met, under her real name, Lizzie McGowan-Bell.
Georgie did her duty in caring for the soldiers, and felt some satisfaction in having given to the war effort in her small way, but she quickly discovered that nursing was not for her. Her privileged life had not much prepared her for a profession where the great majority of work involved cleaning up various forms of bodily fluids. So, when the war ended, she gladly turned over her apron and awaited Sidney’s triumphant return. The English may have been triumphant, but Sidney Worthington, now Lord Desford, was certainly not. He came back to Leicestershire with a ball in his knee that gave him a pronounced limp and a disturbing new predilection for strong liquors. He reviewed his father’s papers with a gloom bordering on apocalyptic, and announced the family to be bankrupt beyond recovery. Lady Desford, predictably, went off into a swooning fit immediately. Georgie only asked coolly what was to be done now. ‘Sell land, perhaps even the house,’ were the dreary responses, intoned in a voice of complete detachment. They were Sidney’s now, Georgie reminded him, with a sisterly kiss on the cheek. He must do as he wished. She would make do.
Since Sidney did not seem to much care how Georgina planned to ‘make do’, and Lady Desford had not even noticed that she was gone, her departure from the ‘civilised society’ that had engrossed her entire life up until this point was remarkably easy. In truth, she worried about Sidney, but ever since his return he had repulsed her advances, as if he knew her no longer. She could not bear to live with him like this, so the least she could do was remove the burden of her room and board from his plate. Georgie knew well she had no skills with which she could earn a real living, a legal living, that is to say, but she had heard tell, from the other nurses, of new types of establishments cropping up in big cities where a pretty face could earn a lot of cash in a night for simply ferrying a few drinks around, and maybe a dance or three. Georgie thought she could handle that; after all, years in the haute ton had amply prepared her. Of course, what Georgie knew of partying and what lay in wait for her were two completely different things.
Adopting the name of Charlotte Clarke and peddling a tale of forgettable working-class normalcy, she did earn a pretty penny, but she also quickly learned to lift a wallet or a weapon, spot a gullible sap a mile away, and fend off unwanted advances with precise use of her bedazzled heels. It did not take 'Charlotte' long to realise that there was more to be made out of some of these fools over a long game, rather than a one-night ticket, and she began to develop more and more elaborate schemes to draw out their money. Her domain was a little limited in Leicester, though, so once she had exhausted all the dupes there she moved on to Birmingham.Name: John Michael Shelby
Occupation: Member of the Peaky Blinders. Formerly a machine gunner with the Warwickshire Yeomanry.
Bio: John is a proud member of the Shelby family. He looks up to his older brothers, and while he doesn’t possess their ruthlessness, he is devoted to the business. He has an easygoing disposition, though there’s a temper beneath it. While no schemer, he’s quick-witted. He also has a softer side. In another life, he might have been been bothered by the violent repercussions of his work, but between Small Heath and the war, it’s all he’s ever known.
During the war, John was struck by a stray bullet in a confusion of friendly fire. He spent three weeks in convalescence, where he encountered the nurse known to him as ‘Lizzie’. Somehow, despite the opium and the unflattering angle, he managed to seduce her from his sickbed. Or maybe it was the other way around. In any case, their relationship was short and sweet.
Name: Kenneth Smith
Occupation: Factory worker/former sapper
Bio: An evidently shell-shocked former sapper who served during the first world war. In recent years he has taken to a life of petty crime, drinking, drug taking and other pursuits and vices as a means of coping and as a political statement. His deep resentment at being sent to war with Tommy and the other men of small Neath is evident
His deep hatred of the establishment that sent him and many men like him to war and continues to hoard the wealth for the rich parasites sickens him deeply. Sickens enough to drive him to drink and drugs.
He is crass and crude but with surprising eloquence and possesses a wealth of political knowledge despite his regularly profanity-strewn speech.
Weaponary: A souvenier Webley revolver, a trench club and a daggerLevi Young
Family: born into the young family, Levi is one of several children. His immediate family is comprised of three boys and four girls however their wider family make up a portion of their community. The community is comprised of the Young, Lee, Boswell and Grey families with several marriages tying them together. The head of the young family is their Great Grandfather.
Features: Standing at 5’9” Levi is of a lean build, blue eyes, black hair and olive complexion. He has a deformed left earlobe due to the lower portion of the lobe being cut off during a fight.
Personality: well known to be loud and jovial it is hard not to notice the young man in town despite the obvious fact that he does not belong there to begin with. Sporting a free spirited attitude Levi is more often seen raising the atmosphere with his friends no matter the occasion. When angered he is brash and quite often fights before asking questions has landed him in a brawl over menial things. Loyal to his family and culture, he represents his family with pride. Skilled in the art of training and wrangling horses, Levi earns himself a decent wage through the family business although is not above frequently pick pocketing or stealing from anyone he sees fit. It is common for Levi to skillfully deceive others through simple trickery and schemes.
Likes: sleeping out by the fire, ma’s stew and dumplings, making quick cash, parties
Dislikes: regular townies, cops, upper class people
Bio: Born in the fields near the family campsite the third of seven children, Levi was brought up in the community alongside his friend, siblings and cousins. Quick to learn that the community was the safest place to live as a gypsy through several incidences, Levi understood early on in life that he would always be looked down upon however there was a pride instilled in respects to his family. As a child he became well versed in pick pocketing through crowds and often spent hours in town with his friends stealing and subsequently hiding from the constabulary when someone was caught. As he grew up he was educated through his family, particularly by his father, uncle and grandfather who taught him how to train and sell horses for a tidy profit as well as less ethical methods of profiting.
In his late teens to early twenties Levi made friends beyond the community and became more of a regular face in town, either in the middle of a scrap or running small games in the streets where he could fleece people for quick cash. At the outbreak of war, several men from the community took up arms in the fight despite the open lack of respect from townsfolk. Having spent much of his past time hunting out in the fields, his skill with a rifle meant he was able to join the army as a marksman. His time in the war is not openly advertised with the only reference raised being a small set of medals his mother keeps in a chest. Unlike most of the men that came back, Levi seems to experience little in the way of post traumatic stress however is prone to throwing a fist if asked too many questions about war.
Upon return home the community held funerals for the fallen followed by a large celebration before life resumed as though little had occurred. Though Levi now spends a lot of time with people he met during his service and carries himself with a new maturity one only sports when facing the terrors of war. Still loud and proud, Levi takes little crap and loves a good feast.
Name: Regina Elizabeth "Lizzie" McGowan-Bell
Occupation: Freelance Journalist, Ex-Combat Nurse in WWI
Brief Personality: Lizzie is a great spitfire with a title to her name. She isn't afraid to speak her mind and is extremely aware of herself and of others. After she took up writing, she's used it as an outlet to cope with her PTSD symptoms from war. She tries hard to not let the world get to her, to wake up and believe that tomorrow is always gonna be a better day, but her friends fear she might have developed a bit of a drinking problem somewhere down the road.
Brief History: After doing her time as a combat nurse in WWI, Regina moved onto more pleasant things. She carried a great passion for writing about factual events and developing better global awareness about the crime and hatred spread throughout the world. She became a freelance journalist, opting to write inside and out about the turmoil and depression from the aftermath of the war. This writing outlet also became a source of comfort and therapy for the young woman. She's seen too many young soldiers die in her arms to want to be a part of war again.Thomas “Tommy” Shelby
(Based on canon, some of my own twists)
Occupation: Leader of the Peaky Blinders, former Sergeant Major
Bio: Thomas is one of the children of a small-time gang leader, the product of a scandalous romance with a gypsy who gave up her way of life for love. (Mother either a. Died in childbirth, or b. Is an available character. Siblings are open to play!) His intelligence and people skills propelled him through gang ranks from a young age, and picked up the slack (along with other Shelbies, though he’d like to think it was single-handed) when alcohol began sapping his father of what little business acumen he once had. Tommy’s ambition shaped the gang from a rabble of thugs into a well-respected illegal enterprise and a force to be reckoned with.
Then came the war. His father never made it out of the trenches. Thomas did, but a part of his soul was left behind. Four years of tunneling under enemy lines, of dirt and disease and the scraping of German shovels and the death-glazed eyes of comrades, left him angry and bitter, indifferent to personal risk. Enclosed spaces make his heart pound and he is constantly searching to fill an aching chasm in his chest. He relies on whiskey, distractions, and opium to make it through the week.
Likes: Irish whiskey, horses, respect
- Intelligent strategist and businessman. Plays cards close to the chest; can be manipulative.
- Recklessly ambitious, regardless of cost to relationships or danger.
- Carefully walled-off emotions, with anger and nihilism threatening to break through. Terrified of letting anyone in close enough to see how he’s falling apart at the seams. Has a (well-hidden) soft side, and utter loyalty to his family, as well as the men he fought alongside.
- His presence commands respect, despite his unassuming stature. He’s mastered the art of bullshitting people into thinking he always knows what he’s doing.
Dislikes: Slurs on his Gypsy blood, cowards, slowing down long enough for emotion to catch up
Tyler “Ty” Knox Shelby
Age: 24, born 1899
Occupation: Enforcer for the Blinders, former Corporal
Bio: Tyler has always been something of an enigma to his family. He was possessed of some need to prove himself for no apparent reason, always pushing himself further than he should. His family has had to bail him out of trouble more than they’d like, but seem to continue doing it for his prodigious marksmanship skills that landed him a spot in the Marksman Corps while in France.
Long hours spent sitting in muddy dugouts, isolated from the rest of the unit and being completely still. Eagle eyes watching for a German helmet to show above the wooden parapets of an enemy trenches, just to train his sights on a mans head and watch it turn into a red mass after coming into contact with a .303 bullet. Tyler remembers it all, from the first kill to the last. He still wakes at the wee hours, sweating and screaming at ghosts that aren't here.
Weapons: Tyler carries a souvenir Mauser “Red 9” C96, taken from a dead Austro-Hungarian during the Somme. During times where he his used to attack a rival gang, he carries a SMLE Mark III rifle or Model 1897 Trench Gun depending on.
Personality: Tyler is often likened to John and Arthur, sharing attributes of both. He’s very headstrong, disagreeing with almost anyone bar Tommy. Willing to butt heads at the slightest provocation, he is usually kept away from any negotiations as a participant. But at heart, Tyler is a big softie, but rarely anyone knows that.
Likes: Vodka, Gambling, Killing
Dislikes: Layabouts, Rivals
William Edward Byrne
FC: Michael Fassbender
Father: Edward Hugh Byrne
Mother: Deirdre Byrne (nee: Taaffe) deceased
Sisters: Niamh (32), Clara (22), Poppy (16)
Brothers: Conor (29) KIA, Oscar (27) MIA, Eoghan (24) KIA, Liam (18)
Brother In-law: Connall Doherty (35)
Features: green Eyes, Brown hair. William has a sharp jawline and stands at an even 6ft. He is most often seen dressed in a dark woollen tailcoat and simple dark three piece suit (often simply the shirt and waistcoat, wears the jacket to more formalised occasions. He dresses well out of habit making him stand out a little more than the average lower class worker.
Personality: Despite appearing to be constantly silent and serious, William loves a good laugh and has a dry sarcastic type humour. He is fiercely loyal to his family with the exceptions of his father and will not tolerate slander. He is honest but has learnt through his profession that he can tell a bloody good lie and cover his bases. He is protective to a fault. He is compassionate though finds it difficult to invest his soft side. When feeling hurt or experiencing episodes he shuts off and can come across abrupt and harsh.
Likes: boxing, privacy,
Dislikes: his father, disloyalty and white feathers, speaking about his time at war, heat, people seeing his scars (both mentally and physically), thinking time
Bio: First born son and second eldest of the eight children, William Edward Byrne more affectionately known as Will was raised in a small north Ireland county on the Byrne’s family farm, land worked by their family for generations. His mother and father where married when she was quite young, his father at least ten years her senior. Deirdre was a local girl, wooed by Edward who knew her through family friends. Young and naïve, Deirdre gave herself to Edward though did not comprehend the consequences until she discovered she was pregnant. The pregnancy caused an uproar between the two families and Edward and Deirdre were married in order to restore honour. Though Deirdre dreamed of a more exuberant existence she lived anything but, instead spending most of their early years of marriage pregnant and confined to the farm. Edward Byrne inherited ownership of the land when his father died, continuing in the family business of training horses for supply across Northern Ireland and later provided stock for war efforts.
The first child; Niamh’s arrival was not greatly received by Edward which was made much more obvious at his joyous celebration when William was brought into the world, a son the most favourable factor for Edward Byrne. William was to carry the Byrne name onwards and like Edward would one day continue the family trade. Across the years Deirdre continued to provide children, three girls and five boys altogether. The siblings were close, with William particularly close to Niamh, Connor and Poppy though he was always protective of all of his brothers and sisters. He did have friends around town and at school but more often than not, the Byrne siblings preferred each other’s company. When he was old enough to take on larger farm duties, Edward pulled William out of school, consistent in his aim of having his son follow in his footsteps. William was fond of his life but like his mother, William needed more in his life. It didn’t go down well with his father and after a furious argument and his father labelling him a disgrace, William left home and moved to Belfast where he joined the police force. He wrote his mother and siblings regular letters and despite Dierdre begging for him to return home, William refused, stating that he was okay but that he was determined to establish a life elsewhere.
An officer at the age of 18, William worked in the Royal Irish Constabulary within Belfast and due to their strict requirements, did not actively seek out a woman with the intentions of gaining a wife. He was well known to have a lady on his arm when not in uniform though he never felt settled. He was a member of a local boxing club and competed both privately and as a representative of the constabulary. William did not return often to the family farm, only when his mother fell ill and eventually died of suspected influenza and for Niamh’s marriage. William and his father did not speak following his last visit and William refuses to speak of him openly with people.
With World War 1 declared, people in positions required for the functioning of the country were exempt from joining which meant Edward was to continue working the family farm whilst William’s younger brothers rushed to recruit for the war effort. Though his work meant William was also excused from recruitment, William enlisted as an Irish soldier under the British armed forces, mainly because Conor was said to be separated from the other brothers as he had moved over to England before the war and thus had enlisted under the British force. It was William’s idea to enlist so that he would fight alongside and protect his younger brother. Fatefully the brothers were never within the same unit.
A fusilier, William charged the frontlines along a long line of men, many of which did not return home during the years of service they saw. Little is known of William’s experiences because he outright refuses to discuss them, even with other veterans save for the passing acknowledgements they would often swap each other. What is abundantly clear however is that at some point William was treated for a gunshot wound to his shoulder, a visible scar left behind and from a particularly horrific gas attack which has left William with physical scarring over his back, stomach and legs and is cause of susceptibility to the common cold. The sensations and memories of the attack have stayed with William who at time has been seen to be far off in thought.
The return from war was not at all easy, learning of Conor and Eoghan’s deaths with Oscar officially declared missing in action and presumed dead. It devastated the remaining family and William has felt lost ever since. He returned to the police force once released from the hospital where he had recovered from his injuries though regular police work on the streets did not fill the void left behind.An opportunity however was not far away, William successfully promoted into a specialised unit of the police force investigating complex cases and eventually pulled into his senior officer’s office where he was presented with the option of moving to Birmingham for a classified assignment. With little left in his life, William agreed and has moved to Birmingham in the very neighbourhood occupied by the Blinders.
Role: Sister to Thomas, Arthur, John, Finn and Ty Shelby
Bio: As the only female Shelby sibling, Ada was forced to develop a thick skin and a strong voice to make her ideas heard from a young age. She is level-headed, and strong-willed, with a streak of the family temper. She has mixed feelings about being a Shelby, as she doesn't approve of their criminal activities or violence, and goes out of her way to rebel against her brothers in little ways. For the sake of our RP, she's single, and deeply maternal towards John's kids.Aleksei Petrov
Bio: Aleksei, a former professor with grand political ideals, came to England to escape persecution under Tsarist rule. He washed ashore at Liverpool, and eventually made his way to Birmingham through connections with his immigrant cousin who married a British barmaid. He got a job at a textile plant that paid cash under the table, and experienced firsthand the drudgery of factory work. When word of the October Revolution reached his ears, Aleksei cheered on the Bolsheviks from a distance. The local Communist Party branch was slightly suspicious of his nationality, but they saw in him an opportunity, and his charisma won them over. He’s a proponent of armed revolt, and wants to smuggle in weapons through his contacts in Russia.Archibald 'Archie' Gilbert Rosamond, aged 10
First born son to Bettina and Horace Rosamond, and heir to the family business. Often seen delievering letters with his little sister Henrietta Schmidt-Rosamond who only speaks very little English and mostly Austrian German. Regarded as a sweet boy with a rather troublesome personality; always willing to help his mother out, though, as he is quite the mama's boy.
Favours the looks of his father; auburn hair that is neatly slicked back, freckle kissed cheeks and bright green eyes.
Name: Arthur Shelby Jr
Role: Peaky Blinder; Tommy’s right-hand man
Bio: While Arthur is the oldest Shelby brother, he’s more comfortable firing shots than calling them. He’s loyal to a fault, but his recklessness outstrips his good sense, and he lacks the subtlety and diplomacy needed for leadership. The war left him directionless and angry, and did no favors for his addictive tendencies. Arthur’s looking for an anchor to hold on to.Name: Elizabeth “Polly” Shelby (formerly Gray)
Occupation: Aunt to the Shelby siblings. Treasurer for the gang, and matriarch of the household.
Bio: Once upon a time, in another life, she was the proud daughter of a union between the Shelbys and a Roma princess. She married a gypsy by the name of Gray, but their life together was cut short when, drunk out of his mind, he drowned in the canal. After that, the State took away her two kids despite her sobbing and screaming.
When Thomas (John, Ada, etc)’s parents proved incapable of looking after themselves, let alone anyone else, the Shelby siblings became the children Polly never saw grow to adulthood. She’s the thread which holds the family together. As involved in the business as any of them, she took over its operation while the men were at war, and relinquished some of her power to Thomas only with reluctance on his return. It breaks her heart to see how closed and emotionally distant he has become.
Personality: Polly is proud, fiery, and strong-willed. She’s the only person who can keep her nephews under control. Despite her lack of illusions about the world she lives in, she’s a romantic at heart. She fights with words and emotions whenever possible, and sees violence as a dull tool that women are intelligent enough to eschew.Eugene Raymond Townley
Occupation: Australian Gang Member, Ex-Serviceman in France: Battle of Verdun & Battle of the Somme (Formerly) & Farmer (Formerly)
Summary: Life wasn't the same after leaving the war, returning to a broken family and missing younger sister that decided not to come home after foul treatment from his grieving parents. Eugene missed his little sister, and wished to be reunited with her, so took the chance from his brother when he offered to go find her. Before they did that the two brothers' had to organise some rebuild in York and throughout the rural towns. Taking a shining to being able to take his war related frustrations into fights, Eugene found a career worked well. Getting into contact with a former comrade Arthur Shelby, the Townley brothers' offered their assistance to the expansion of the Shelby business, and docked the next ship sailing toward England to have some more fun. Meeting new allies, an old friend and finding their little sister.Finn Shelby; aged ten (almost eleven)
Youngest Shelby Brother, and forever dreaming to take his place in the Peaky Blinders to help his family. Finn longs to have the connection his older brothers have. Loyally he follows them like a lost puppy, in the hopes to help them out in jobs that they needed. His closest relationships within the Shelby family are held by his eldest brother Arthur, and aunt Polly Shelby. Sweet boy at heart, and both aunt and eldest brother try rather hard to keep him out of the dangerous side of the family, in hopes that he could have some innocence in his childhood.
Role: Cousin to Beatrice Holloway; runs illegal boxing matches in London's East Side. A
!Not my character, so I won't write a proper bio! Just adding him to the list for reference.
Frederick Otto Townley
Occupation: Australian Gang Member, Ex-Serviceman in France: Battle of the Somme (Formerly), Farm-Hand (Formerly)
Age: Forty (Eldest Townley Son, sixteen years older than his sister Dorothy)
Summary: Fredrick Townley, affectionately known as "Freddie" only by his younger sister Dorothy Townley is a returned servicemen from the Battle of the Somme. Originally recorded to be MIA, he was later found and sent back home to find out that his family had fallen into chaos and out-cast his little beloved little sister 'Dot', on top of that news he learnt more about the debts and struggles men and woman faced after the war creating a gang to rebel against the government. Under his guidance for a time, Fredrick stepped down and travelled to England with his second brother to locate their sister, and offer her some protection and family comfort around her. But Fred has another motive, hoping to settle in the area of Birmingham and work closely with a certain Arthur Shelby to help expand the Shelby's family business.Henrietta Priscilla Myra Schmidt-Rosamond, aged four.
Final child to Horace and Bettina, born during the war in Vienna Austria, after her mother was formally removed from her family to be a spy against her will. Originally it was unknown that Bet was pregnant until part way through one of her assignments. Henrietta was raised to speak Austrian-German by her mother and third cousin that helped her mother raise her for a short time before moving back home after the war. She's quoted to be a rather curious little child, tagging along happily with her bodyguard, brothers or mother. Horace is rather resentful to himself about not being around when she was born, but has only really taken that anger out on Henrietta thus Bettina has separated the two and she spends most of her time with her mother in the working hours of the day.
Heavily favours her mother's appearance, with beautiful blue eyes and brown waves for hair.Name: Howard Bell
Role: Lizzie’s Husband
Occupation: Chief of Police
A sophisticated, moralistic man of a few words. He's been on law enforcement for almost eleven years now and shows no sign of retiring. When Howard was 18 years old and just a dumb high school boy, he took a bet that he could bed Lizzie, a girl many boys deemed notoriously difficult to please. This led to a marriage, one that Howard considers himself and Lizzie quite happy in.Name: Ian Patterson
Occupation: Birmingham Small Arms factory worker
Bio: Ian has always lived in Birmingham, in the worker’s housing unit shared by his parents and his sister’s family. He’s resigned himself to the fact that the world is not forgiving or fair. Years of hard labor, with an intermission of warfare, have given him nothing to show but the calluses on his hands and the nightmare of memory. His would-be fiancée fell in with another man while he was overseas. However, this gloomy outlook has not dampened his natural cheerful mannerisms. All Ian wants is a steady income and a loving wife (though he wouldn’t say no to a less-cramped living arrangement). He has a strong distaste for the Shelbys, and sympathy for socialism, but he’s too wrung dry by daily routine to bother with politics.
Name: Raymond Gallaway
Occupation: Car Mechanic, BAS Factory Worker (Formerly), Cadet Captain in WWI (Formerly)
Summary: Lizzie’s friend, that’s all. Joined military to get away from factory work but also to prove his worth to his dad and mum and fight for his country. Has been sober for a while now and gives Lizzie advice from time to time. Started a small, private car mechanic business not far back.Richard Chapman
Full Name: Richard Sasha Chapman
Role: Communist Agitator; Chasity's Husband
Bio: Born to a English mother and Russian father, Richard began to appreciate the ideals of communism at a young age. His father was a communist agitator who often took to violence to get his point across which led to his arrest when Richard was the age of sixteen. When his father had gotten arrested his mother has changed his last name to her maiden name so that Richard hadn't been looked down upon because of the radical ideals of his father that frequently appeared in the newspaper, and moved them to Birmingham where he would finish his learning and ultimately be raised. Though when he turned 18 he realized that the preachings of his father were right and against his mother's wishes continued his fathers legacy. Now he commonly is found starting small rebellions in factories and spreads the ideals of communism hoping to gather more people for the large scale rebellion he's planning, but he has yet to gather the right people who actually want to set the plan in motion.