Meet the Maidens

Photo by Jeff Liott

Photo by Jeff Liott

Saber Tompson

Character bio: Saber spent her first years in a small Caribbean port with her mother and sister, and only sometimes realizing the existence of her pirate father. After her father “Shakes” came home one day and drunkenly killed her mother, she became very aware of his existence all together. Especially after he kidnapped her and stole her away on the ship he crewed on. He kept her hidden till they reached England, where for the most part he left her in the care of a brothel owner. During her time in England, Saber met a young man from the university who, after they struck up a bizarre friendship, taught her the basics of fencing. Shakes eventually arrived to steal her away again though, and they traveled to France, where she spent her older teen years dressing as a boy and fighting in illegal dueling rings. Her gender became obvious over time, and after men found they had lost to a girl, she was almost killed. Escaping France she stowed away on Captain Brenton Mulligan’s ship with the Scales and Crosstones, and there she has stayed ever since. However when on shore she’s not above picking up the extra coin now and then, and also freelances for Madam Rouge of “The Fancy”. She still fights when she has to, but has tried to put her past behind her.

Personal bio: Saber grew up singing in choirs and church musicals and receiving instruction from professional friends and family. As a teen she received 3 years of professional voice instruction, and also picked up the bodhran with no lessons at all. She currently also sings with and manages another pirate band called Scales and Crosstones, established 2007. As a Navy brat she has bounced all over the states before her family settled in MD, where even after she moved out she decided to stay. She was gainfully employed at the Piratz Tavern in Silver Spring as “day wench". It was there that she formulated the idea for an all girls singing group, and eventually found the other members of the Misbehavin' Maidens.

Photo by Jeff Liott

Photo by Jeff Liott

Flint Locke

Character bio: Born to a rather disinterested brothel whore and therefore unknown father in Nassau, New Providence, the girl now known as Flint was given the name Agnes out of what she eventually learned to be pure spite on her mother's part for a woman by that name; one of her clients' wives who'd tried to make trouble when she found out about his activities. From there the disconnect between mother and child was almost instant. In fact, had the brothel's matron not been, well, matronly, the girl would probably not have lived long enough to even attempt to fend for herself on the streets, which she did as soon as she could get the hell out of that place. After being "adopted" by one Gregory Locke, pirate extraordinaire, Agnes became Alex the powder monkey under the superstitious captain of his ship. Despite being taught various forms of combat as she grew, she became obsessed with flintlocks and ended up taking the moniker of "Flint", becoming a gunner and lookout on the ship until her gender was found out and she was promptly marooned.

Safe to say this lead to a rather long bitter streak within the young woman that eventually culminated in her essentially saying "hell with it all" and letting go. Flint swore that she'd act and be herself -- whatever that was at the moment -- from then on out, superstitions and roles be damned. She continued to mostly dress in men's clothing and generally kept to her practical and preferred style, but no longer made any attempt to hide her gender and let the pieces fall where they may, taking gun-for-hire jobs on pirate ships that weren't full of "superstitious fools". She's been living for adventure, entertainment, and music ever since.

Personal bio: Flint has been singing as long as she can remember and has performed in multiple all-female and chamber choirs as well as solo/ensemble competitions during her school tenure. Former lead vocalist for World, a J-Pop/J-Rock cover band, she was a member of Pirates for Sail from 2009-2014 and appeared on their 3rd album, "Dark Side of the Lagoon". A born Floridian turned Ohioan turned Marylander, she is just glad to be in a state that has seasons that aren't Winter or Construction. By day she's a webmaster for a non-profit, by night she's a TARDIS-traveler, cosplayer, anime geek, Crystal Gem and D&D enthusiast.

Photo by Jeff Liott

Photo by Jeff Liott

"Lucky" Annie LeBlanc

Character bio: “Lucky” Annie earned her moniker as a pickpocket in London. After her French father left her English mother, her mother succumbed to a broken heart (and dysentery), leaving Annie to fend for herself by joining a loosely-knit group of street children. She quickly learned how to relieve upstanding gentlemen of their excess wealth without getting caught, earning instant respect from her companions.

Eventually, she found herself at sea, and serves as the cook on a pirate ship. She believes any problem can be solved with either her coquettish charm, her heavy wooden spoon, or a combination of the two.

Personal bio: Annie Lynsen has been singing in choirs and musical groups since childhood. She sang in church choir and school choir, spending 4 years in 6-to-12-person "pops" choirs from 7th-10th grades. She sang with Pirates for Sail from 2010-2013 and appeared on their third CD, "Dark Side of the Lagoon."

Annie grew up in Minnesota and relocated to the D.C. area in 2005. She's spent most of her career in the nonprofit sector, and now works helping to make government websites better at a company called Aquilent. In her non-singing, non-working, non-sleeping time, she's an avid reader and rock climber, and handles a lot of the logistics and marketing work for the Misbehavin' Maidens.

Photo by Jeff Liott

Photo by Jeff Liott

Rouge O'Malley

Character bio: Rouge is the daughter of a French whore and the pillaging Irish pirate who once boarded her. Rather than disparaging her low beginnings, Rouge took advantage of each of her parents' "skill sets" and created a new and unique business model once she became of age. Through the generous "donations" of a few wealthy contacts, Rouge procured her ship, the Fancy, and became captain and Madame in one. She sails the seven seas with her crew of pillaging whores- If you're not interested in their "wares" they sometimes decide they rather like your cargo and take it anyway. Should you cross paths with Rouge and her crew, it's clear that they’re mostly concerned with getting their money by sword or by sheath, if you get my meaning.

Personal bio: Rouge is a casual singer, who participated in school choirs and sang along to the radio as she was growing up. She has never received any formal vocal training, but is quite enthusiastic about it anyway. She fell in with piracy when she became one of the bartenders at Piratz Tavern back in 2010, where she met the ne’er-do-wells who would later go on to become the Maidens. Rouge has enjoyed learning on her feet with the Maidens in her first chance to perform with a group.