This is a role-playing game that throws together a number of different settings, each on its own ‘island’. Travel between them is through a mysterious aether that is forever in darkness. The character you portray could come from any kind of place, with any level of technology or magic. Unlike most people living in the game’s universe, this character of yours is one who feels compelled to keep travelling the dangerous Sunless Seas.
Some travellers want to get away from where they were, to start a new life in a different place. Some go with soldiers and weapons to find an island where they can install themselves as dictators. The less violent sometimes follow the same route back and forth, making money on the goods they transport. Your character is not like any of them. He is a career traveller, who may well die before he chooses to settle down.
Depending on where he grew up and what places he has visited he could have knowledge and skills in magic, spiritualism, firearms, mêlée weapons, unarmed combat, technology or something weirder. All such skills are considered ‘equal’, inasmuch that one is not inherently better than another by design.
Your character is not only travelling between islands in the game universe, but could also be transferred to a different group of players with minimal fuss. Everything about your character is written on a small deck of custom-written cards.