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Fri Jul 3rd, 2015 @ 1:31am
Unawakened Edward Carlisle
Name Edward Alexander (Xander) Carlisle IV
|Hair Color||Dark brown|
|Physical Description||Tall, lean, and fit muscular build. Hair is usually in a state of appealing mussiness. Eyes are like pools of deep chocolate that draw you into them and he has a disarming smile. Shrapnel scars on his back.|
Family & Friends
|Father||Edward (Ned) James Carlisle III, Baron Carlisle (deceased)|
|Mother||Hollyn Michelle (Michaels) Carlisle (deceased)|
|Sister(s)||Cecily Rose Carlisle, 18|
|Other Family||Neville Douglas Carlisle, 35 (uncle)|
Personality & Traits
|General Overview||Gregarious and outgoing personality hides a rather intense bookish and intelligent side, which can win out over sociability if he gets engrossed. This also hides a rather marked insecurity from being a third culture kid, and he sometimes does unwise things to fit in. Intense devotion to his sister, with an overprotective streak that can turn very dark, very quickly, against anything he perceives as a threat to her.|
|Strengths & Weaknesses||Intelligent
Rubbish at math
|Ambitions||For the immediate future, keep his sister safe and keep away from their uncle. No immediate plans for the future, given their circumstances. Eventually would like to go back to school and back to archaeology. He wants to return to Egypt to find the long-lost tomb of an Egyptian pharaoh that he and his sister discovered when they were children.|
|Hobbies & Interests||Reading
My Little Ponies: Friendship is Magic
|Languages||English (native), Spanish, Arabic, Hebrew, Latin, Ancient Greek, German (passable), French (passable), American Sign Language; working on Akkadian/Babylonian cuneiform and Egyptian hieroglyphics|
|Personal History||Xander was born in a hospital in London on December 3, 1992, ten months after his older sister Cecily Their father, Edward, was a native Englishman with a minor hereditary title that nevertheless came with a substantial living, allowing him to pursue his interest in archaeology. Their mother, Hollyn Michaels, was a Chicago native and the daughter of an American archaeologist. Edward's specialty was Near Eastern and Biblical archaeology, while Hollyn's was classical (Greco-Roman) literature. Both found positions at the University of Chicago, but whenever not required to teach classes they took Xander and Cecily out of the country with them to wherever they needed to work: Israel, Greece, Rome, Iraq, Egypt, Turkey.
Xander was a bright and precocious child, but it was soon discovered that Cecily was…special. She developed normal physically, but she never spoke or made a sound. There was nothing wrong with her physically, and mental testing didn't reveal any learning disabilities. She just…never spoke. She was a bright and loving child, however, empathetic and intuitive, and no one loved her more than her little brother.
Xander and Cecily went to private school during the year in Chicago and were homeschooled during the summer, usually in subjects not offered in American schools, like the traditional classical education studies of Latin and Greek. Xander showed a high aptitude for languages and history and literature, though he was rubbish at math. Cecily excelled at math and science, and in every other subject she studied, usually outdoing Xander in his grades. After lessons, both liked nothing more than to go out into the streets and play with the native children, and both were given more freedom than was perhaps good for them in a foreign country!
All of this changed when he was twelve. That summer they were in a Jerusalem market when a suicide bomber struck. In the chaos and madness after the attack, they found that their parents had been killed.
The children were given over to the custody of their favorite uncle, their father's younger brother Neville. But Neville was far different from their parents. He was the black sheep of the family, living at the ancestral home in England, womanizing, drinking, gambling, irresponsible – and spoiled Xander and Cecily rotten. For his fifteenth birthday, deciding Xander needed to be a man, Neville got the boy a prostitute. Much to Cecily's concern, Xander was a quick study of his uncle's ways, which was facilitated a bit by his being sent to Eton for school, away from the better influences of his sister.
Neville was also interested and trained in archaeology, but he wanted to use his knowledge to make money, since much of the family estate was in trust to Xander, who officially held the title, and Cecily. Neville was involved in the black market side of antiquities, smuggling and selling artifacts. But he needed more, and he set his sights on Cecily's money.
Neville found a loophole in the trust in a clause about mental competency. It was an easy enough matter to pay a doctor to insist that the highly introspective and disconnected young Cecily was mentally incompetent. It was then easy enough to disappear her into an institution and put the head of the facility on a stipend to keep her there.
Returning from Eton, Xander was devastated to find his sister gone. He insisted she wasn't crazy, and Neville reminded him that he hadn't seen her episode. Xander asked to see her, but Neville wouldn't tell him where she was and that Cecily had asked for Xander not to visit, knowing it would be hard on him, and Neville thought it would be just as hard for her to have him see her that way. He promised to forward her any letters he wrote. Xander wrote every week, and Neville simply filed the letters away. Xander was crushed. His grades suffered and he got into disciplinary trouble at school.
And then Xander found the letters. It was his first indication that his beloved uncle, the man he looked up to, was up to something. Further investigation found the trust documents and letters from the hospital. He visited his sister and found that the time spent in a place with actual crazy people had not been good for the sensitive young woman. How vowed to get her out.
Xander scrounged and stole what money he could. He bought tickets to Chicago, packed their bags, and stole his sister out of the hospital.
|Character Questionnaire||Character's Full Name
Edward Alexander Carlisle IV
Reason or meaning of name?
Edward is a family name. Alexander was his maternal grandfather, as well as named after Alexander the Great.
Is there a reason for the nickname?
To differentiate him from his father, he was always called by his middle name Alexander, for which Xander is
Age in years
How old do they appear?
Weight in pounds
Height in inches
Type of body/build
Lean, fit, runner/swimmer build
Shape of Face
Deep, soulful eyes
Distinguishable hair feature
Type of Hair
Character's typical hairstyle
Are they healthy?
More or less
If not, why not?
A bit malnourished, drinks too much
Favorite: Blue, black.
Least: Pink. No man should wear pink. It's just…wrong.
Favorite genre: Jazz/blues, classical Favorite Song: Layla – Eric Clapton (anything by Clapton); anything that shows real talent.
Least favorite genre: Boy band/Most pop and rap. If you're just a pretty face put up there to sing someone else's lyrics, or if a song shows little need for talent.
Least favorite song: Imagine – John Lennon; it's just inane Sixties crap
Favorites: Traditional Chicago foods (hot dog, polish, Chicago style pizza, Italian beef, Italian sausage), and Middle Eastern food.
Least favorite: Most traditional English foods. They're rather tasteless and nasty.
Favorite genre: Classics
Least favorite: Most 'pop', mass produced things (fantasy, sci-fi, romance, westerns), though he will occasionally delve into a well-written mystery(Agatha Christie, P.D. James, etc) or fantasy(Tolkein, Game of Thrones)
"Khara!" – Arabic: Shit!
"Kus!" – Arabic: Fuck!
Tends towards t-shirts, jeans, mostly because they're cheap, but he'll grab a dress shirt at Goodwill if he can. Least favorite clothes would be his school uniform at Eton. While he's fine wearing a dress shirt, he hates ties. He wears is a silver crucifix he got from his parents for his confirmation, the spring before they died, and matches the gold one his sister wears, as well as a gold and lapis lazuli scarab ring with the Eye of Horus on it that is a copy of one he found in an Egyptian tomb.
Currentlyliving on the streets of Chicago. Would like to go back to Jerusalem or Tel Aviv, but thinks he should reclaim the estate in England from his uncle.
What do they do too much/little of?
Too much: Worrying, drinking
Too little: Planning for the future
What is your character's most prized possession?
His sister. They've always been close, and, yes, he's rather possessive of her.
Gold and lapis scarab ring with the Eye of Horus on it.
Childhood treasure map of the location of a lost tomb.
Does your character play a musical instrument?
Piano, guitar, harmonica
Mode of transportation
Public transportation, bicycle
Does your character smoke?
Not usually, but he's enjoyed a fine cigar before, tried cigarettes and pot at Eton.
Does your character drink?
Yes, he's been known to drink a bit too much, something he picked up from his uncle and at Eton, and it helps keep warm and dull reality a bit. Favors scotch, brandy and cognac, but if he just needs to drown, anything will do.
Reading, music, soccer, chess
How does character spend a rainy day?
Usuallyin the library or coffee shop with a book. Or watching My Little Ponies.
Type of Childhood?
Until the death of his parents, it was full of love and fun adventures in other countries. His teen years were spent spoiled by a 'rich' uncle and picking up his bad habits.
What is your character's first memory ever?
On his father's back climbing the pyramids.
Most important childhood event that still affects them?
Death of their parents, for obvious reasons.
5-12 at St. Thomas More Catholic school
Special summer tutoring
13-16 Eton, England
While he doesn't have a high school diploma, Xander is much more educated than your average American high school graduate, likely on
par with a sophomore in college.
Raised Catholic, but more or less Moralistic Therapeutic Deism (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moralistic_therapeutic_deism)
Xander technically is heir to a large estate and trust fund, as well as a peerage, but the funds are all controlled by his uncle until he's 18. Currently he makes a living as a courier in Chicago, supplemented by busking in the parks and elsewhere in the city. Cecily also has a job working at a soup kitchen and shelter where they often stay.
Hollyn Michelle Michaels (Deceased). She was loving, kind, quick to laugh. She would tell them the stories of Greek and Roman mythology and history. She instilled in them a love for literature. She was also the primary musical influence, taking them both to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as well as jazz and blues clubs and introducing them to the wonders of Chicago life and culture.
Edward (Ned) James Carlisle III (Deceased). Loving, doting, if absent-minded father. Often lost track of his children if he was engrossed in something, much to the chagrin of his wife! Allowed his children to get their hands dirty at digs, marveling at each potsherd they dug up. He told the stories of the long line of Carlisles in British history, serving in far-flung parts of the Empire, including the very places they were often living.
Cecily Rose Carlisle (18) – she is Xander's Irish twin, older than him by almost 11 months. They are very close, each being protective of the other, though Xander tends to be more annoying about it. She is gentle and kind, highly empathetic and intuitive, but also sometimes withdrawn into herself. She never speaks, and is currently recovering from some psychological trauma from her time in an institution.
Neville Douglas Carlisle (35). Ned's baby brother. Handsome, debonair bachelor. Womanizer, gambler, ne'er-dowell. Intelligent, gregarious, and charming. Always looking for the shortcut, the get rich quick scheme.
Losing his sister. She's the last of his family and he's kind of made her the reason for his life. And deep down, she's his rock, the onlything that's kept him from completelyself-destructing after their parents' deaths.
What is the worst thing that could happen to them?
His sister going back into a mental hospital. That might be worse even than her dying.
What single event would most throw character's life in complete turmoil? Why?
Losing his sister. See above.
What will character fight to the death over?
His sister. Or anyone he genuinely loves, though at the moment there's no one else in his life.
What makes the characters skin crawl?
Character is most at ease when:
Lost in a book or his music.
When he's with his sister
Most ill at ease when:
Trying to fit in with American/English culture, structured schooling, or math.
1. Keep sister safe
2. Recover their family inheritance
3. Find their lost treasure
How does your character feel about themself?
He generallylikes himself, though he's starting to doubt his ability to judge character.
What past failure they would be embarrassed to have people find out about? Why?
About his uncle buying him a prostitute for his birthdayto make him a man. He finds it just embarrassing that he couldn't get his first girl on his own.
If granted one wish, what would it be? Why?
To see his uncle drawn and quartered. Well, maybe not literally. He'd settle for a nice Turkish prison.
Daredevil or cautious?
Usually a daredevil.
Greatest strength in character's personality (whether s/he sees it as such or not)
Character's soft spot?
He's wrapped around his sister's little finger.
What is your biggest vulnerability?
He has some daddyissues. His father died just before he became a man and then the man he looked up to most tried to steal their inheritance.
Are they an introvert or extrovert?
Extrovert. Having a lot of freedom as a child, he found friends in the local kids on the street, even if he couldn't yet understand what they were saying.
Drives and motivations
Be a great archaeologist like his father. And a musician. But first he has to get his life back.
Polyglot – learns languages quickly and easily
Extremely skilled/unskilled at:
Skilled: Languages, music
Unskilled: Math, most sciences
Tends to run his hand through his hair and muss it up.
Hates Jello and camels
Curses in Arabic
Regrets not seeing his uncle for who he was and endangering his sister.
Discovered an intact Egyptian tomb, though he told no one.
Character's darkest secret?
He's secretly a brony. His sister is the only one who knows, because it happened when he would watch the show with her on their laptop. He started by eye-rolling and complaining, and somewhere along the way became invested. He refuses to admit to his crush on Fluttershy.
One word CHARACTER would use to describe self:
How CHARACTER would describe self:
Describe myself? Ehm…well, I'm tall, I guess. And skinny. Probablytoo skinny(shrugs). I guess I'm pretty cute. Girls seem to think so. At least, I don't usually have a problem with getting them interested (smiles disarmingly). Best feature? Eyes, I guess. They're…soulful, I think one girl described them. (smiles) And mysmile. They also tell me theylike that. Worst feature? Ehm…I guess my hair? It never stays in place. No matter how much product I dump in it, it always gets mussed up (unconsciouslyruns his hand through his hair, mussing it). It's like constant
If change #1 was made, would character be as happy as s/he thinks? If not, why not?
He doesn't much think about it, but probably not. Girls find it adorable.
How does character relate to others?
He's open and friendlyto most everyone, at least until you give him a reason not to like you. If you mess with his sister, though, he just might hulk out on you.
How are they perceived?
Most people like him and find him charming, especiallythe girls. It can sometimes get him into trouble when he leads more than one along. Guys might be a bit jealous for that fact. Only his sister really gets in below the surface to know his insecurities and fears. She can read him like a book.
What do family/friends think about character?
The few friends they have currently think he's great. Fun to have around. His sister, though, has her concernsabout his drinking. She is also often annoyed by his suffocating protectiveness, which, of course, she often returns.
Immediate goals are to make a living for himself and his sister. Long term he wants to recover his inheritance and maybe that long lost treasure he found as a child. He has no real plan on how to accomplish this given that his priorityis food and shelter for them.
Xander tends to react before thinking to a problem or crisis. He's pretty good at it, though, his intuition usually fairly accurate. He's quick-thinking and independent from his childhood experiences in other countries and can often fall back on his charm.