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@ 2028-03-23 13:07:00
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2nd Generation Preyan
Coming up slowly, oh, sun over the hill
Daylight still a long time coming
But I know it will
Jael’s parents were an unconventional couple; his mother was a potions dealer with a tough attitude and an affinity for alcohol and punk rock, and his dad was a minorly successful poet with similar tastes. Even though neither of them had intended to become parents, they loved each other and their son, and they did their best to do right by him. Compared to his parents, Jael was actually a very together person from a young age. His even-tempered, logical personality made him easy to get along with, and he often ended up playing mediator when his parents clashed. It was not an easy household to grow up in, although Jael never doubted that he was loved.
They were an artsy family, and their house looked like a library. He grew up listening to his father hash out poetry and dutifully keeping track of the library books so they would stop running overdue. He also helped his mother make potions since he was old enough to stir a cauldron. He doesn't have her talent, but he loved that time with her, loved seeing her so content and centered. His mother's careful tutelage put him ahead of his magic-using peers in potions despite having no particular aptitude for it himself.
Jael was a bright kid interested in learning, especially when it came to history and culture. Maybe that came from having an unusual heritage like his - both of his parents were newcomers to Preya from different worlds, but Jael was born here. A lot of his friends were also 2nd or more generation descendants, heirs to this messy mix of people from a variety of worlds and backgrounds. As he got older, he became more and more interested in this subject, and started dabbling in researching it as a hobby. He would hang out with his friends' families for different cultural celebrations and rituals - religious services, weddings, customary rites of passage - all of it fascinated him.
In high school, his childhood best friend Hayden wanted to be a star musician, and easily talked Jael into becoming a member of his band. As curious older teens, the two also experimented with sex together - they weren't boyfriends, and they weren't in love. They were simply very close, and decided it made sense for them to learn with someone they cared for. From their open relationship, Jael figured out that he is bi, but leans more towards women. As time passed though, Hayden's feelings started to deepen into something more, but Jael remained oblivious to this, content with their arrangement (he still has no idea).
When Jael got busy with university, he made a hard decision chose to leave Hayden's band. This was a big personal step for him, because it meant putting his own needs first instead of setting his interests aside to help his friend. Hayden took it kind of hard, but ultimately it was a amicable split. After that Hayden started to distance himself, and while they are still on friendly terms, they are no longer as close as they once were.
With his mother's training and encouragement, he also became a licensed potions dealer. He worked in his mother's shop to pay his way through school, brewing and selling potions. He still works there on weekends, but more to help his mother out - it's still hard for him to turn people down when they ask him things. His mom knows he doesn't want to follow in her footsteps and while she can't say she isn't a little bummed, she'd rather he pursue what makes him happiest.
Trying to forge his own path, Jael chose to turn his long-time fascination with the cultural landscape of Preya into a career field. He started by studying anthropology and history in school, with most of his focus on ethnology. He studied a lot of the places that many residents had come from, religions, traditions, values, and lifestyles. He learned their languages and read their literature and listened to their music.
Nowadays, Jael does ethnographic research for the Abacus Institute. He took his long-time hobby and turned it into a full on grant research project, studying the people who've come to Preya and what kind of influence they've had on each other and on how the community has developed over the years. His current focus is on how each individual's cultural practices have had to adapt or change due to being in Preya, and how they have been challenged in this vastly multi-cultural setting. As part of this research, he has joined the newcomers network, so that he can get to know and study some of the people who are relatively new to Preya.
Been under their spell, oh, but we're coming awake
So we'll be rude, we'll be loud
As long as it takes
Jael is one of those people that is virtually impossible to anger. He has always had a calm, cheerful demeanor and a cheeky sense of humor. He is pretty good at both winding people up, and talking people down from high emotions, making him an excellent mediator or an annoying little shit, depending on the situation. He uses this skill at home fairly often, as both his parents can be rather stubborn and high strung at times. When he does get angry, it doesn't tend to show very well unless you know what to look for. He mostly just gets super-extra sarcastic.
Down-to-earth and sensible, he's a very responsible and helpful sort of person; he likes to make sure that people have what they need without coddling or being smothering. He's not dramatic or heroic enough to call him self-sacrificing, but whenever someone else's desire comes at the expense of what he wants, he graciously sets his interests aside for their sake. If it's within his power, he will provide what someone needs with a friendly smile on his face then slip back into the background. He's not much of one for the spotlight. He's efficient and has strong work ethics, and he's not afraid to get his hands dirty to get a job done.
Having grown up in Preya, he sees it as his home and loves it dearly. He isn't blind, but he does trust the Ruler and his advisors' judgment that it is for the greater good to restrict people's ability to leave Preya. He is, however, very empathetic and feels for those who have realized that they want to go home. Given time, his sympathies could lead him down a path that some loyal to the Ruler may view as treasonous. Ultimately, Jael wants to maintain the peace, for everyone to be happy and safe.
ABILITIES AND SKILLS
This is why, this is why
We crank the dial to the right
Ooh this is why we're biting the bullet
We know the kids are right
To Jael, magic is something he grew up around - it's an ordinary, everyday thing to him, like electricity or computers. He doesn't take it for granted, but he doesn't revere or pursue it anymore than he would another everyday skill. He has rudimentary knowledge of alchemy and witchcraft, and his magic works best through something physical. His particular skills include:
His more mundane/practical skills include:
We keep cranking the music up
Driving through our towns
But they don't wanna hear
They want us to turn it down
FIRST PERSON SAMPLE:
THIRD PERSON SAMPLE:
So come on lovers, come on haters
Tonight we raise the fire
'Cause when the people get to dancing
They forget about taking sides
FULL NAME: Jael Tobias Greaves
AGE (DATE OF BIRTH): 25 (October 31, 1992)
SEXUALITY: Bisexual; his preferences tend towards women
RELATIONSHIP STATUS: Single
BIRTHPLACE: Brightford, Preya
CURRENT RESIDENCE: Ravenmoore, Preya
EDUCATION: Abacus Institute
OCCUPATION: Ethnologist, doing ethnographic research for the Abacus Institute. (Also licensed to deal potions.)
• ETHNOLOGY - a branch of anthropology that compares and analyzes the characteristics of different peoples and the relationship between them.
• History. Origin stories. He likes to know where things came from
• Traditional cultural practices. Studying different customs & beliefs
• Fashion. Kind of has a boho punk vibe. Bright colors and loud patterns.
• Making other people happy, helping them get what they want/need
• Baking and cooking, just for fun
• Being outside, sunlight, fresh air
• Dogs, cats, horses
• Yelling, aggressive behavior, violence
• Bigots. Discrimination based on racism, homophobia, sexism, ableism, or religion
• That he can't seem to put himself first, and so sidelines himself all the time.
• Being stuck inside
• Smelly markers
• The dark
• Allergic to cats, but he LOVES them. He makes a potion to hold off the effects and owns three - Mercury, Neptune, and Ceres.
• He's daydreamed about traveling to other worlds and times outside of Preya, but has never considered it an actual option because he grew up knowing Preya's one-way-ticket policy
• When he was in his bff's band, he got terrible stage fright, but always hid it to focus on Hayden.
• Cannot draw to save his life
• Insomniac. Uses meditation, potions, etc. to try and relieve it.
• Occasionally smokes recreational marijuana, mostly for fun, but it also helps the aforementioned insomnia
NAME: Tayber | tayberhecate
AVAILABILITY: Most of the day, off and on; please be aware that I am #TeamSnail!
FANDOM: Original Character
CANON POINT: N/A
PB: Arjun Gupta
PLAYLIST: We're Just Different Colors
APPLICATION: One Way Ticket