schismsmod Player Info: Name: Nicole Are you over 18? 18++ Timezone: EST E-Mail: email@example.com Discord/gtalk/CDJ/ misc. contact info: Discord: iamohsoawesome#9870 PB: Main: Dreama Walker; Alternate: Rose McGowan Character Journal:sheistimeless
Character Information Character Name: April Parker Nickname(s)/Codename: N/A Age and Birthday: April 15, 1999 Gender: Female Sexuality: Heterosexual Residence: Bronx - Shangri-La Faction (optional, please include when they joined and the subgroup you want them to be in): Unaffiliated Job/Student?: Dancer with the Corps de Ballet in the New York City Ballet Registered: No
Abilities/strengths & Limitations/weaknesses: April's primary ability is Age Manipulation. She is able to accelerate or reverse her age or the age of other people and living beings at will, and also when emotionally triggered. When pressured or afraid she has shifted younger and younger. Under extreme stress, she once shifted age until she became a non-verbal infant, a sort of physical regression in response to psychological distress. When angered or aroused, she tends to shift into her middle aged form, and when sad or sympathetic, she becomes an older woman. Otherwise, she remains at her true age. When enduring high levels of stress, she may shift multiple ages in several hours. Her ability to shift from one age to another occurs quite rapidly, typically a full shift within 30 to 60 seconds. However, the change is clearly visible as it is occurring. When purposeful, she can maintain the age shift for up to four days, when unintentional, it can last anywhere between several minutes and up to one week.
With consent, support, and encouragement, April has temporarily aged her friends forward and backward several decades, lasting only about a half an hour. She has not yet mastered a permanent change of age in anything. April is also able to manipulate the age of people, plants, and animals, reducing them to their earliest/beginning/natural state or to the latest/final/death stage, whichever she chooses. She does not often manipulate the ages of other people because she is afraid of what would happen if she couldn't change someone back, or worse, if she aged someone too far ahead and they died. To date, she has never unintentionally aged anything other than herself.
Rapid aging, or long-term aging causes April to experience extreme fatigue, blackouts, and at times intense physical pain as her body adjusts to its different ages. When overly fatigued or after a series of rapid changes, she may remain 'stuck' in a particular form until she has had sufficient rest. Manipulation of form often leads to nausea, headaches, fatigue, and loss of consciousness, depending on the extent of use.
April has a secondary ability, Body Manipulation, where she can temporarily change any aspect of her body or the outward appearance of others, such as hair color, skin color, eye color, height, weight, or other proportions. She enjoys being able to change her looks subtly, and has never been disappointed in the result which she can maintain up to two weeks. She is able to make the same changes to others, also only on a temporary basis, lasting up to several days.
Appearance: Regardless of how old she appears, April has the same core features. With large, expressive doe eyes, a perky upturned nose, and full lips in an almost eternally bright smile, April is attractive. Sometimes this is in a sweet and innocent way, when in her real age or younger, and sometimes it is in a more seductive or powerful manner. She never thought much of her looks, other than putting more effort than most into maintaining her slender physique. Since her body has been her job for as long as she could remember, April is very careful to remain in good shape. She is most attracted to bright, 'happy colors,' her wardrobe filled with vibrant with yellows, oranges, pinks, blues, and greens. Then again, she spends the majority of her time in the studio dressed in blacks and ballet pinks. She likes dresses and skirts to show off her feminine figure, but she can't deny the comfort of jeans or leggings with boots, and over sized sweaters or coats for warmth in the cold northern winters. When adjusting her appearance, she may change her clothing to show off her newfound proportions, or hide the effects of aging.
Personality: Out of pure necessity, April is a very cautious person. At first glance, one might expect her to be overly anxious or skittish. The fact of the matter is, April still figuring out who and what she is as both an independent person and a mutant. She approaches most unfamiliar situations thoughtfully, relying on context clues to help her decide how to act. While she is careful, she is always approachable and is relatively good at being at ease, and putting others at ease most of the time. When she is very uncomfortable, it is obvious to others because she will shift between ages.
Yet when comfortable, April can be quite bubbly, charming, and charismatic. Always friendly, she would rather put her best foot forward to make friends than to make enemies. She is polite to a fault, and some may think that she is ditsy. But April is far from naive or stupid. While she doesn't claim to know much, it is clear that she is much more than a pretty face.
April would much rather walk away from a situation, than embarrass herself or put herself in danger. She worries a lot about losing control and displaying her abilities in public unintentionally. But instead of thinking of this as a social hindrance, she tries to use it as an opportunity to approach a situation or setting more than once in different age forms to see if she can gain a better understanding of what is going on at a given time. In general, April is surprisingly upbeat, and considers her ability as an opportunity to explore the world relatively free of bias.
History: Born in Nashville, TN, April was adopted shortly after birth by Rebecca and Marcus Parker. She was their second adopted child, their first being three-year-old, August. Two short years later, they adopted their youngest, June, and completed their well-to-do household. Marcus owned and operated a successful commercial construction business, while Rebecca stayed home and doted on her little ones, giving in to their every whim. The family was very open about the children being adopted, and always encouraged them to be themsevles. An agreeable child from infancy, April got along splendidly with her siblings. Even though April didn't look like her family, she always felt at home with them, and that was all that mattered to her.
In school, April didn't feel quite so comfortable. She tried her best, and was always eager to please, but she could never quite do her schoolwork the way it should have been done. Sometimes, she felt so young and helpless, like a baby. Tutors and special classes did little to help, it was hard to retain much, and even more difficult to just sit still and focus. In time, April started to dread going to school at all. Hoping to find a place where she could feel successful, Rebecca enrolled April in dance classes at the age of seven. And that is where April really thrived. The little girl who cried through an hour of homework loved spending hours upon hours learning and practicing choreography. Her dance teachers noted her remarkable talent; it wasn't long before she was performing in local and regional events. While opportunities were available in the entertainment industry, the Parkers felt it was too much pressure for a young child. April didn't necessarily agree, but she wanted dance to be a career, and was serious about getting the best training available.
At 16, April applied, and was accepted into, the Julliard Summer Intensive Dance program in New York. April had the time of her life that summer, under the watchful eye of her parents. She made the decision that she wanted to attend Julliard full-time, and her performance during the summer program practically guaranteed her a spot. But the Parkers were hestiant to let their innocent, sometimes naive daughter stay in New York by herself. Disappointed, April remained in Nashville with her family for another year, continuing to struggle in school and living for her time in the dance studio. But when August decided to transfer to New York University for college, April saw a chance to pursue her dream. The siblings plotted the idea for several days before finally presenting it to their parents; April and August would move to New York together, and share an apartment. Both would attend school, August at NYU and April at Julliard, and get jobs to help contribute to their new little household. They would pay their parents back for the money it cost to rent an apartment, and promised to do well in school to make it all work. And of course, brother and sister promised to stay out of trouble. It took a lot of convincing, but Rebecca and Marcus finally agreed to let their kids move almost 900 miles away from home.
At first, things in New York were great. April loved the excitement and freedom of this new adventure, but still felt safe and protected with her big brother nearby. But the Julliard program proved to be more intense than she anticipated, and April initially struggled to keep up. On one particularly stressful day, she lingered behind in the dressing room after class, discouraged. Once she was sure she was alone, she broke down in tears, questioning her ability and her choices. She let herself have a good long cry, and went to the bathroom to clean herself up before going home. But when she went to wash her face, she was scared by what she saw in the mirror. April was no longer herself, but an older, much older version of herself. Touching her face, she felt unfamiliar lines and wrinkles along with the touch of her own fingers against her skin. Shock and fear took over, and her appearance changed again, this time to a little child, a very familiar, younger form of herself. Terrified, she grabbed her things and ran out, but was stopped almost immediately by a concerned security guard, wanting to help the little child find her parents. Overwhelmed and confused, April told the guard her address, and asked for his help getting home. The police were called, and April was delivered home to her bewildered brother across town. Once alone, April tried to explain to August what had happened, while still trapped in her little girl form. While it was one hell of a story, August couldn't deny that the child in front of him was no doubt his sister. It took several hours for April to calm down, and she fell asleep. Upon waking, she was her usual self again. And this time, her watchful, protective brother witnessed the change for himself. April and August had head stories of mutants before, but to their knowledge had never personally met one. But to experience it for themselves was quite a different experience. Searching the internet for any information he could find, August was convinced that April was a mutant. And that was a dangerous thing. They vowed to keep this knowledge a secret between them, and did not even tell their parents.
April had no idea why she had changed, or how, but she did not want to admit that she was any different than other people. She went on with her usual routine, doing her best to forget that strange day. A year passed, and then two, without any incident. August remained vigilant, worried that something could happen to April because of what she was, and he worried about her going off alone and potentially changing in the presence of others. But once they were convinced it wouldn't happen again, it did.
On her 20th birthday, April, August, and a group of friends went out to a local club to celebrate. April wasn't interested in drinking, but luckily was able to sneak in with her fake ID. She was just focused on dancing and having a good time with friends. The pretty blonde caught the attention of a handsome young man, and the two flirted heavily. Excusing herself to use the restroom, April was giddy with excitement, which was obvious by the change in her form. She looked somewhat older now, more mature, and absolutely not the flat chested little blonde girl who had entered the club a few hours earlier. Finding August, who was confused once again, the siblings rushed to the safety of their apartment until April returned to her usual form. They couldn't avoid the truth now, but April did her best to move forward and continue to pursue her dreams.
April auditioned for, and became a member of the New York City Ballet. But over the next two years, she shifted again multiple times, often in public places, and was luckily able to narrowly escape each situation without being caught. Worried for his sister's continued safety, August thought that it would be best for April to go into hiding. She refused, and the two made the compromise for April to move to a more mutant-safe area in the Bronx. A new resident to the area of Shangri-La, April is gradually adjusting to her new home and accepting her identity as a mutant.
What non-powered skills do expect this character to have?:April was classically trained in ballet since a young age. This 'skill' hasn't proven very useful outside of the dance studio, unfortunately.
Plot ideas: 1. April learns stronger control over her ability. 2. Someone somewhere tries (maybe successfully?) to recruit her to spy for their cause. 3. She gets in trouble with the government somehow. 4. I'd love for someone to possibly take on the character of August, just for family development and to see where he falls in the game (possibly also a mutant with less obvious abilities than April's). Because he is also adopted, the possibilities are endless.
Are you comfortable with the possibility of this character being killed? No thank you!
Create five rumors that can be common knowledge to anyone in the game: • Good: After her debut season with the NYC Ballet, April met and became good friends with ballet superstar Misty Copeland. • Good: April was one of only five dancers chosen to do an exhibition tour in Russia when she was 21. • Bad: While in Russia, she was recruited to spy for the KGB. • Bad: April's real age is unknown and none of her physical appearances are even close to her true self. • False: April has changed her appearance to star in porn. Trivia: April has never had a cupcake. When practicing routines alone, she prefers to listen to 90s rap music. April goes home to visit her parents twice a year, every year, without fail. This year, April decided to donate a portion of her income to a local mutant-friendly shelter.