Captain Lo Chen (a.k.a. Guǐ lǎoshī)
War of the FlagsHua died shortly after the first blockade became violent, destroying prominent piers as punishment for intervening. Stricken with grief and impassioned by his late grandpa's influence, Lo Chen joined a freedom group that promised Taru Independence known as 'Red Flag', yet left as the group sided to being Pro-Cantari. A pro-Federation group, 'Blue Flag', was founded by other Taruans with equal standing. The two groups tore family bonds with blood, as Taruans were caught between a war and desperate for resources. Refusing to join either side, 17-year-old Lo Chen joined a much smaller underground organisation first named as the 'Grey Flag'. This group focused on distributing resources between Taruans and were largely left alone. That was until the admiral of Grey Flag died as his ship was caught between crossfire between Blue Flag and Red Flag. Grey Flag became scattered and leaderless. It was during this time, that Lo Chen and his brother, Qing Chen, rose to prominence.
"You always ask if I was on this side or that. The problem is, you don't get it at all. War isn't neat and it isn't glorious. We were dirty, we were hungry, and we didn't want to die." - Lo Chen, after finally agreeing to an interview with the Taru press in a 20 year deal that they leave him the 'heck alone'.After receiving the Show Spoiler
Victory in the Second ArmadaThe main aggressors in the Second Armada; The Federation and Cantari, noticed Taru's uprising fleets and publicly warned Taru citizens to stay away from the battle. The Taruan fleet was much weaker than The Federation and Cantarian frigates, and while Taruans had hope that they could have an impact on Taru's defense, Lo Chen knew it was hopeless. Lo Chen took a sloop alone one night to contemplate and pray to the spirits for guidance. After observing human-like shadows in the water, Lo Chen became inspired. He dived down and discovered the Merfolk, a then unknown species of people. After convincing them of their similar goals, Lo Chen led the vessels into a surprise attack between both Cantari fleets and The Federation. The battle was not easily won, yet with thanks to the Merfolk's efforts and Lo Chen's calling magic, the Armada ended and the surviving fleets fled home.
Recovering from the warAfter the Second Armada, after years of negotiation, The Federation handed control of Taru to Cantari, who in return, promised Taru greater freedoms. The civil unrest ended and celebrations ensued. Lo Chen hated the celebrations, not trusting Cantari to keep their word but not wanting to be involved in the political scene. He travelled at sea with his crew for a short while, then sailed alone. Lonely, but unable to form any meaningful friendships, Lo Chen became addicted to drink. He finally meet Captain Alice Monaghan who persuaded him to keep alive the Taruan tradition of Seafaring by teaching it at the Taru International Academy
“I only believe in what I see.” Lo Chen said, while brushing the fish spirit off his shoulder.Lo Chen follows many Taruan spiritual traditions as part of his cultural identity. As most Taruans, he does not follow a religion as such, but he would not disregard tradition either. He feels these things are a personal manner.
Due to Lo Chen's gift, the relationship between himself and Abraham Zhang can be interpreted as uneasy. Lo Chen will avoid Zhang, and Zhang won't make an effort to develop a friendship between them, despite secretly respecting Lo Chen.