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Jathan Carter, A Profile, I guess?
ChainReaction01
post Jan 31 2012, 09:01 PM
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Okay, excuse a newb if I do anything wrong xD

Name: Jathan Carter

Age: 18

Hometown: A small farming village in central Johto.

Appearance: Jathan is of above-average height, about 5'11. At first glance, he seems a bit chunky and overweight, and while it's mostly true, Jathan chooses to wear unflattering clothing because it appeals to his strange sense of aesthetic appeal. His undershirt is plain and dark gray, but his hooded jacket is usually done up, hiding it. The hood is a common source of amusement for Jathan, as he likes wearing it up, but he usually doesn't because he is aware that this puts people on edge. The jacket itself is black with white stripes down the side, and it has deep pockets in the front that Jathan uses to keep his hands warm and store miscellaneous small objects. Jathan wears long brown pants that have lots of pockets - eight in total. Each of these pockets has a set usage, though, and Jathan will refuse to put anything where it doesn't belong. Finally, Jathan wears thick farm-hand boots that are black and stain-resistant, although there are a few stubborn brown patches that Jathan can't be bothered cleaning off. All of his clothing except for the boots are baggy and loose-fitting, which adds to Jathan's overweight appearance.

There are a few trinkets that Jathan holds very dear. One of these is is his watch, which he wears on his right wrist, despite the fact that he is right-handed. He has a silver pendant in the shape of a leaf, which he wears on the outside of his jacket. Finally, he has a silver signet ring that he wears on his left index finger, which was given to him by his grandmother.

Jathan's hair is long-ish and brown, but it has a natural curl so it stays around his head instead of heading down his shoulders. His eyes are brown as well, but he usually has his eyes thinned or semi-squinted so it's hard to make this out. Jathan's feet and hands are a little bigger than usual, which means his boots are specially made, and he has trouble wearing gloves. Jathan has small scars on his hands and wrists where he has accidentally cut himself on farm equipment.

Personality: Jathan is a mostly kind, quiet individual. He respects the sanctity of life and strongly believes in his religion, which he keeps secret from others. This may cause others to look at him weirdly, but the young man just wants to follow the tenets in peace. He prefers the company of animals and Pokemon to people, and thus lies his greatest fault: he believes that all people are inherently evil, or at least struggling against evil, whereas the "lesser creatures" are naturally pure. So, in struggles between "lesser beings" and people, Jathan will always side with the animal/Pokemon because he believes them incapable of doing wrong.

Despite this, Jathan is able to work with others, and even finds pleasure in people's company, but he has yet to find someone he is truly comfortable with. In a way, this is what drives him forward, as he wishes to recover that which was taken from him.

Jathan's bonds with his Pokemon are the strongest that he has ever known of. He feels that being linked to his Pokemon helps him resist the evil inside himself. Only a couple times has Jathan's hold on the "evil inside" slipped, and these times were when none of his Pokemon were by his side. For this reason, Jathan wishes to surround himself with Pokemon friends, and travel the lands protecting creatures who cannot protect themselves.

When faced with a problem or a confrontation, Jathan will attempt to solve it logically and with diplomacy. If this fails, however, he will happily respond with force. His time on the farm made him strong, so he's not against fighting with his fists to save his Pokemon the strain of battling. Jathan fights in the same of his religion, and in doing so claims that he fights for "fairness and equality", but in reality he only cares about his own definition of fair. Still, his definition is usually pretty accurate, if a little bit simple.

Biography: Jathan grew up on a farm outside a small town in the centre of Johto. His first decade was spent learning the farmer's life and tending to a small patch of dirt that was given to him by his parents. His first project was a line of string beans, and after a few false starts the plants started to grow promisingly. A couple days after his eleventh birthday he found a wild Chikorita eating his beans. Originally he got angry with the small Grass-type, but when he saw how hungry and alone the little Pokemon was, he took it in and fed it and it became his Pokemon. For another few years, the Pokemon and boy tended the crops together, until one fateful day. At twilight when out in the field, Jathan heard cries and screams coming from the woods bordering their farm. Nervously, he entered the woods with the Chikorita at his heels.

After ten minutes of searching, Jathan found something that would change him forever. A Gallade and a Gardevoir in addition to an old man had been massacred under one of the biggest trees in the forest. Blood was splattered everywhere, and foulness was seeping into the ground. Jathan vomited on the ground at the horrible sight. He was just turning to go when he heard a small peeping cry, and when he turned back he noticed that the old man was hiding a baby Ralts under his dead body. Jathan rescued the Ralts carefully and carried it back to his farm. Halfway back, however, the Chikorita became scared for no apparent reason and ran away. When Jathan couldn't find it, he continued back to the farmhouse, only to find it aflame. Jathan put the Ralts in a bundle of plants before dashing into the house, trying to find any of his family members. However, the fire was too far gone, and the only living thing Jathan was able to rescue was his older sister's Riolu. The young boy stumbled out of his house just in time to see a group of about five people ride off on Rapidash. They were laughing and jeering, and Jathan tried to chase after them but he collapsed onto the ground not fifty metres from the roaring fire.

When Jathan awoke, the Riolu was whimpering in his arms, the Ralts was crying just off to his left, and the Chikorita was licking his face. Jathan cried for the loss of his family, then gathered up the Pokemon and walked off. Originally, he vowed vengeance against his family's murderers. However, about a month after leaving the farm, he stumbled across an ancient temple and sought shelter in its ruins. Jathan discovered an old man, a monk, the last of his order. The old monk struck up a quick companionship with Jathan, and for several weeks the boy was happy again, learning and studying the tenets and documents of his new religion. The day after he was inducted into the order as a full-fledged monk, his master died. Heart heavy with sorrow once again, Jathan buried the old man and left the temple. Ever since then he has been content, if not happy, walking the world and righting the wrongs that he sees. He doesn't think that he'll ever find the people that killed his family, but if he did, even he's not too sure what he would do.

Class: Wanderer, loosely a Pokemon Trainer

Pokemon:

Saki the Chikorita (Female) - Level 9
Ability: Overgrow
Moves: Tackle, Growl, Razor Leaf, Poisonpowder
Saki used to be a quiet, shy Pokemon with a retiring personality typical of a Grass-type. Ever since the night when Jathan's family died, however, the Chikorita resolved to grow stronger and never run away again. Now, her personality is more outgoing, and occasionally outright rash. Saki is proud to be Jathan's first Pokemon, and she'll often object strongly to insults or casual dismissal aimed at her Trainer with a sudden puff of powerful poison clouds.

Dual the Ralts (Male) - Level 6
Ability: Trace
Moves: Growl, Confusion
Dual is young yet, a mere child of a Pokemon. His personality is that of a curious young schoolboy who will run and hide behind his mother at the first sign of trouble. Despite being quiet and fearful, Dual is full of curiosity and often wanders away from Jathan's guiding hands. He waits anxiously for the day he can communicate telepathically, and despite his lack of strength and courage, his dearest wish is to exact revenge on the group who murdered his parents.

Kurami the Riolu (Female) - Level 5
Ability: Steadfast
Moves: Quick Attack, Foresight, Endure
Kurami belonged to Jathan's older sister before she died in the fire. The Riolu is easily the most violent member of Jathan's little group - she enjoys fighting and wants to learn as many moves as possible. Kurami requires a strong arm to keep her from biting off more than she can chew, and Jathan does a remarkable job of this. However, he doesn't always succeed, but no apologies are needed - the harder Kurami is beaten down, the stronger she is when she gets back up. And she always does.

Items: 2x PokeBall, 2x Potion, 1x Antidote, 1x Prz Heal

Other: What is the biscuit's name? The answer is... Scheherazade.


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post Jan 31 2012, 10:52 PM
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This is a very nicely written profile that seems to be quite well thought out, but I have a few questions:

I feel like the part about "stumbling across an ancient temple and learning the truth of the world from the last living monk", is kind of a big thing. Would it be okay with you if I asked you to elaborate on this, or do you have it planned to be revealed at a later date?

So, if he's walking the world and righting wrongs...what brought him to Furoh?


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post Feb 1 2012, 12:53 AM
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QUOTE(Kamaitachi @ Feb 1 2012, 01:22 PM) *
This is a very nicely written profile that seems to be quite well thought out, but I have a few questions:

I feel like the part about "stumbling across an ancient temple and learning the truth of the world from the last living monk", is kind of a big thing. Would it be okay with you if I asked you to elaborate on this, or do you have it planned to be revealed at a later date?

So, if he's walking the world and righting wrongs...what brought him to Furoh?


The "stumbling across an ancient temple" part is just how Jathan picked up his religion, as he didn't have it when he was a farmboy. I was intending to reveal the tenets of his religion (and thus, why he acts the way he does) across multiple RPs. I've elaborated a little bit on his stay in the temple though, is case that's what you wanted.

Nothing in particular brought Jathan to Furoh. Normally, I roleplay characters that are pretty active and have clearly defined goals and a strong presence in the overall story. This time, however, I thought I'd go the opposite direction and roleplay a character who just drifts along and waits for adventure to envelope him. If you want a literal answer, it would be that Jathan saw a boat heading to Furoh and though "Why not?" xD

EDIT: While I'm here, can I ask how friendship evolutions work in this RP?


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post Feb 1 2012, 01:16 AM
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In that case, I'm happy to approve.

Post in the current levels thread, and you can begin rping immediately.

As for happiness evolutions, I think the ruling is that at least two roleplays, or at least some convincing that the pokemon is sufficiently happy. PM a mod when you think it might be time.


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