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 Nora Jean Wilkins
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The Character

Full Name: Nora Jean Wilkins
Age: 26.
Gender: Female.
Sexuality: Heterosexual.

Class: Handler.
Starting City: Marchton City.
Patron or Trick Lord: --

Overall Appearance:
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    Standing at a rather short 5'5", Nora is often mistaken for a woman much younger than she appears. However, due to her short stature, she is often underestimated as a handler. She inherited her lean structure from her mother, who boasts a rapid metabolism. She doesn't merely rely on that alone, though, so she keeps physically fit by working with her father on their land. Her skin is slightly darkened by the sun in the summers, having worked outdoors for as long as she has. But when the seasons cool as winter approaches, her skin reverts back to its natural tone. Her feet and hands have become slightly calloused over the years, more evidence of her work on their land.

    Though she gained her metabolism from her mother, Nora inherited her father's dark, almond-shaped eyes. Her dark hair falls flatly against her shoulders (and often into her eyes), but often pulls it back when she is concentrating or needs to get a job done. Atop her head is usually found a worn, scuffed cowboy hat that was given to her from her father at a young age. She isn't the type of girl who gets distraught over her appearance, especially if she is spending time on the farm. Should she be spending the day in the city, she'll perhaps take slightly more care in her appearance, but doesn't usually depend on it.
Distinguishing Features:
  • Small scar on her left hip.
  • Short stature for her age.
Overall Personality:
    Caring. Nora is first and foremost, a caring spirit. Having grown up in a household that prides itself in taking care of pokémon and tending to the land, it's only natural that she feels the need to lend a sympathetic hand to those in need. Not only does she hold responsibility over the miltank and tauros on their land, she is often visiting the daycare in Marchton where she can further tend to pokémon in need.

    Anxious. That being said, she isn't entirely sure of herself most of the time. She lacks a certain self confidence that allows her to make bigger decisions on her own without having thought out the consequences beforehand. She tends to become very anxious in new situations, and isn't as spontaneous as she would like to be. Should she be placed in a situation that she is uncomfortable or new with, she becomes very fidgety and aware of her surroundings. When her mother brought her into the Marchton marketplace for the first time, Nora clung to her mother's leg and cowered behind the stand when people passed by. But as she grew accustomed to the setting, she felt more comfortable exploring her surroundings (under her mother's watchful eye).

    Humble. She is very modest in her actions, never thinking to be rewarded for a task that needed to be done in the first place or asking for more than her fair share. She takes pride in the hard work she puts in and would rather see that her work brings happiness to others instead of money in her pocket. This doesn't always work in her favor, though, as the need for gold becomes increasingly important. She is slowly learning that people tend to take advantage of her good nature and is working toward fixing that.

    Clumsy. Leave it to Nora to be the one who trips over her own feet. Be it the crack in the road or the most obvious tree root, Nora's feet will find it. She has obtained and endured several bumps and bruises since her childhood. Theodore and Olive always felt that she would outgrow this strange trait, but even in her twenties she is walking into people and unintentionally dropping objects.

    Optimistic. Finally, Nora is incredibly optimistic. She never once saw her family as lower class, for those poor financially are rich in pride. Should everything be seemingly against her on one day, she'll go to sleep knowing that the next day will be prosperous. And even if it isn't, she has no reason to believe that the next won't be better. She finds great joy in the small things, whether they be a meaningful conversation with her mother or enjoying her grassy surroundings back home. Even when anxiety seems to overwhelm her in new and uncomfortable situations, she attempts to ease her worries by reflecting on what is good and what is going for her. This usually helps quell her fears.
History:
    Nora grew up on a small patch of land on Route 3 just outside of Marchton City. Theodore, her father, has lived on that same bit of land his entire life, just as his father did before him. The Wilkins' are a proud but hardworking family. As a young girl, Nora found great interest in the Miltank and Tauros that her father raised on their land. Early in the morning she would often run after her father as he went to feed them, climbing up on the fence to watch. She was ecstatic when he started allowing her the opportunity to begin some of those responsibilities herself. She found great joy in the tending to the pokémon, occasionally longing to have one of her own.

    Nora's mother, Olive, owned a small stand in Marchton marketplace where she would sell the berries that she grew and the Moomoo milk that the Miltank back home produced. While there were some days when the sales were great, most days Olive brought back very little to her household. Nora never questioned how their family lived, she had always understood that that they only lived off of the necessities. It never occurred to her that they were poor. Though times were hard, they had their health and each other and that's all they really needed to move on.

    On these daily trips to Marchton, Olive would occasionally take Nora with her. Oftentimes, she allowed her to visit the daycare where she would see the pokémon being tended by the family there. She became enamored with these visits to the daycare, and the family who owned it grew accustomed to seeing her face around. As she befriended the family with her several visits throughout her childhood, they were impressed with her ability to take care of the pokémon at a young age. They had even offered to compensate her, to which she quickly declined. Nora visited because of her love for the pokémon, and did not wish to taint her visits with receiving money to do so. As the years went on, it never became easier for her to break her attachment to these pokémon when their owners came back for them. Her longing for one of her own grew stronger as she grew older.

    At the age of twenty-six, on a seemingly average morning, an unseasonably strong storm blew in from the coast with winds that damaged a few of their fences. Bracing the weather, she and her father went out to round up the stray tauros that have escaped their boundaries. While she tended to the fence, he rounded up the strays and directed them back to their enclosure. While most of the miltank were docile enough to know to stay put, the tauros were not as easy to convince. In the confusion of the storm and the rain, a startled bull trampled past Theodore and managed to knock him to his knees. Steeling himself against the sheer pain and loss of blood, he managed to limp back to the house while Nora finished the fence. Olive tended to him through the day and though he protested, they took him to the pokémon Center in Marchton to get medical attention. They lost a few tauros that day, but they were lucky that Theodore didn't lose his leg. He moves around now with a cane, but doesn't do anything strenuous.

    Due to the increase in bill payments from the Marchton City pokémon center and the very few sales her mother made from her stand, it was becoming increasingly obvious that Nora needed to find another form of income to help her family. It was then when she decided that it was necessary to train herself to become a handler and take on jobs to earn some gold to send home to her family.
RP Sample:

"I never wanted you to pursue this path--"

Nora waved off her father's concerns. He sat directly across from her at the worn, wooden table where they earlier ate their breakfast. The early afternoon sunshine shone through the slightly dusty windows that lead into their small farm house. A sword of some sort and a few pieces of armor-like objects sat in front of him. Nora watched him subconsciously fiddle with the chain mail on the table as he spoke, never really looking Nora in the eye.

"It is my choice to do this. You are not in a suitable enough condition to just go out and take care of the cattle," she held up her hand once more as he looked up in a moment of protest, "and the debt we owe to Marchton City is only going to grow larger the longer we put it off." She then motioned to the objects that sat in front of him. "Are these items of importance?"

She watched her father pick up the blade in front of him, watching the light bounce off the reflection as he turned it over in his fingers. "These were my sister's; your aunt's. She was once a handler in her young age, but decided to pursue another subject of interest after a few years. She left me with these with the intention of never going back to her handler days. I feel that they will help you in your journey." Nora took hold of the short sword as he placed it in her outstretched hands. She studied the handle in slight awe as she heard a new voice in the room.

"I also have something for you." Her mother spoke softly as she walked towards the table, a recognizable pokeball in her hands. She spoke about how she obtained the ball in a trade a few days back in her stand, but has had no reason to keep it for she never found out what it was. Nora gazed up at her mother as she handed her the ball, not oblivious to the slight quiver in her fingers.

"We know you'll make us proud, Nora." She looked from the ball in her hands to her mother, who had moved to place an arm around her father's shoulders as she looked down at her in pride. She felt color in her cheeks as she looked back down at the table, silently processing what this new adventure would mean for her family. A small spark of anxiety grew in the pit of her stomach, but as she took a deep breath and stood, she felt a smile spread across her face.

"I won't disappoint you."

Weapon and Armour Choices: The short sword, and the leather backed chainmail shirt with corresponding arm guards instead of pants.

The Player

Name: Nda.
Age: 23.
Time Zone: CST -6.
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 Posted: Jul 9 2011, 12:31 AM
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You have earned yourself 600 gold. Here are your pokémon choices:

http://i832.photobucket.com/albums/zz241/HarperRegion/Sprites/280ralts.png - Caring, shy, observant
http://i832.photobucket.com/albums/zz241/HarperRegion/Sprites/56mankey.png - Bold, generally rude, very physically adept.
http://i832.photobucket.com/albums/zz241/HarperRegion/Sprites/BWPokemon/519.png - Random

Please pick one and state whether you would like primary or secondary type TMs (if applicable), and whether you would like to substitute a Hidden Ability for a Natural Ability. You can choose the pokémon's gender, two egg moves, and give it a nickname if you wish.

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 Posted: Jul 9 2011, 12:49 AM
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Okay, I think I'll go with Ralts. Primary type TMs, and I'll stick with Synchronize and Trace for abilities. I'd prefer if she was female with Disable and Shadow Sneak for egg moves. No nickname right now. :]

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 Posted: Jul 9 2011, 01:04 AM
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