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Tegan Hawke

Post by Grimm on Sun Aug 23, 2015 5:21 am

NB: The backstory is in spoilers because it was 3k words, not because it's a secret.

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Name: Tegan "Warhorn" Hawke

Age: 14

Position: Meta, Sentinel Class

Appearance: Tegan is a relatively short girl, standing at only 5’ 2”, quite short for a woman, with a slim build. At 14, Tegan still retains her youthful looks, and prefers to wear her dark grey hair in a tight bun, with choppy bangs at the front. Two of the bangs hang loose to the sides, longer than the others. More often than not she’ll wear some kind of accessory in her hair, usually a brightly coloured ribbon, although she mixes it up from time to time depending on her mood.Her most striking feature is her stormy grey eyes, peering out from beneath her bangs. The eyes are an oddity among her family, as both her parents sport chocolate brown eyes.

In her casual clothes, she normally wears either tank tops in varying colours or a white shirt underneath a black hoodie, and tends to wear skirts rather than trousers, along with a pair of black sneakers.

In the field, during training and in public appearances she wears a black leotard, with crimson  fingerless gloves and boots that extend to her thighs. Completing the appearance, she drapes a crimson cloak over her shoulder, complete with a hood for anonymity should she require it. Her katana is kept in a black sheath strapped across her back, with her dagger being kept in a hilt that rests horizontally across her waist.

As a result of her spending a lot of her early life and subsequent school holidays in France, she has a very slight French flair to her accent, although it is still easily recognisable as a middle class English accent.



Backstory:
Infancy:
Tegan was born on the first of November 2000 to her parents Marie (née Dèmure) and Tiberius Hawke. The Hawkes were a young family, already with a 4 year old son called Tiberius Jr., living in the outskirts of London. Right from the start, the family struggled after Tegan was born. She was a well behaved infant, she didn’t cry and slept relatively well, but the problem lay with Marie, Tegan’s mother. The family noticed a change in her, and she didn’t act like a mother with a newborn normally would: she seemed to avoid Tegan at all costs, only picking her up to feed her, and pretty much left the child in the care of Tiberius Sr. This went on for a few months and, eventually, Tiberius grew tired of essentially being a single parent, and confronted his wife, fearing the worst: postnatal depression. What he discovered, though, was much worse.

Marie claimed that Tegan would speak to her when she was near her daughter, and was clearly becoming paranoid. Obviously, this worried her husband greatly. Over the next few days, he tried to coax more of the story out of Marie while trying to encourage her into spending more time with the baby. His efforts had… mixed results. On the one hand, Marie explained that the baby would “tell” her when she was hungry or had some other need, but on the other hand she was growing more and more paranoid by the day, and eventually outright refused to be in the same room as the baby. At his wit’s end, Tiberius Sr. gave up, and called in professional help. Marie was diagnosed with severe postnatal depression, and the “talking” was chalked up to depression-related psychosis. Thankfully, Tiberius and his wife both had rich parents, so Marie was checked into a prestigious mental health facility, located in the countryside a few hours from London.

The following months were hard, Tiberius struggled dealing with the two young children and his compassionate leave from the police force was coming to an end. He struggled to find care for Tegan while he was at work; there was a long list of nannies that had quit for varying reasons, none of which Tiberius Sr. believed. It pained him much to do so, but he eventually decided to split his family up. He and his son would remain in England, seeing as Tiberius Jr. was old enough to attend nurseries and soon enough school, and Tegan would be sent to live with her grandparents in France until she was of a similar age. She was sent to M. and Mme. Dèmure, who lived in a large manor house in Northern France. The solution had actually been proposed by the Dèmures themselves, who felt guilty that their daughter had, in their eyes, failed the family. While they were grandparents, they had only just reached their late fifties, and were still of sound enough body and mind to look after the infant girl.

Chateau du Dèmure :
Tegan was delivered to her grandparents on the day she turned six months old, quiet as a mouse. From then on, she knew nothing but care and affection, particularly from Clément, her grandfather. He treated her as something of a personal project, ensuring that she developed as stably as possible without a mother. Given that he and his wife no longer worked, they spent almost the entirety of their time with her, caring for her and ensuring she formed well. By the time she was one she was a confident walker, and by two she was able to hold a basic conversation. Her grandparents were trying to bring her up to be bilingual, much to Tiberius Sr’s approval whenever he visited, which was as often as his line of work permitted.

Meanwhile, Marie showed no signs of improving. She still insisted that her delusions were real, and that her infant child really did speak to her. As the years passed, the once beautiful woman became haggard and pale, looking less and less like her usual self as she refused meals and stayed inside. Eventually, she stopped coming out of her room to receive her family when they came to visit, and stopped talking to her doctors.

Things continued on like this until Tegan was five, at which point she was merrily babbling away in both French and English to her grandparents, and her brother and father whenever they came to visit. She was growing up to be quite talkative; some days her grandparents thought the constant stream of questions would never end. As she grew, she developed a keen interest in the antique weapons on display around the chateau that her grandfather had been collecting for several decades. He took to teaching her the ins-and-outs of the weapons, and was the first to introduce her to combat sports. In his prime Clément had partaken in a variety of combat sports such as fencing and kendo, and took it upon himself to indulge in Tegan’s interests and begin showing her the ins-and-outs of swordsmanship. He taught her rudimentary fencing and kendo at a young age, which she responded to quickly. Despite her young age, she was able to come to grips with the very basics of swordfighting, dedicating many hours a week to practicing with her grandfather.

During this happy period, however, Tegan’s strange abilities came to light. One morning during breakfast she came downstairs, babbling away to herself like she normally did. All seemed normal, until she spoke up to her grandfather and asked why he’d been dreaming of her mother. Shocked, he asked how she knew, and Tegan simply explained that when she couldn’t get to sleep she listened to her grandparents’ dreams. Unsure of how to react, Clément decided to keep the revelation away from his wife for the time being, and began probing the subject more and more with Tegan during their training sessions. He quickly discovered that Tegan wasn’t simply limited to dreams, and could hear his waking thoughts as well. After a while, they eventually discovered that Tegan could transmit her thoughts to him. After that, Clément put two and two together and deduced that in fact his daughter was sound of mind. Despite this revelation, he couldn’t very well march into the mental health facility and claim it was true, nor could he have a potentially suicidal mental health patient discharged, so he decided to simply bide his time until Tegan was older and could come to a rational decision herself. In the meantime, however, he helped Tegan develop her ability, spending many nights “talking” to each other from separate rooms. Much to his chagrin, she discovered that she could use her ability to cheat while fencing, and began to prove a much greater challenge to him. At first, it only granted her a minor advantage, but as she grew in power and got more and more used to interpreting thoughts and reacting to them on the fly, she was soon able to anticipate virtually every move that her grandfather made.

Tegan's Return:
However, the time soon came for her to return to England with her father, seeing as she was now old enough to attend school. She was sad to leave her grandparents, but was glad that she was living with her father, with whom she had developed a good relationship despite his infrequent visits. She still visited her grandparents however, returning to the chateau along with Tiberius Jr. every school holiday. Her grandfather also made sure to continue practicing her various combat sports with her, finding himself outmatched before she’d even turned 12.

She was enrolled in the same school as Tiberius Jr., a local private school on the outskirts of London. She exceeded in her studies, often finding herself bored in classes, due to the amount of time her grandparents had been able to dedicate to teaching her. Quickly, she discovered cheating on tests was incredibly easy, thanks to her power, and simply copied the cleverest people in the class for a while, making sure to make intentional mistakes to avoid detection (this came to an end, however, at around 9 when she realised that the cheating was pointless, and she had gotten to a stage where she would get the majority of answers right anyway without her ill-gotten aid).

Her social life was a rocky one, on the one hand she was popular and well-liked, interested in the usual things that young girls obsess over, like the latest boyband craze or celebrity gossip, but she also discovered the down side to her power. She could hear what people truly thought about her. It became force of habit that she’d read the thoughts of people around her, and quite often what she found wasn’t pleasant. Sure, her friends admired her and genuinely liked her, but nobody’s perfect. She’d quite often find them thinking not-so-friendly thoughts. She learned to accept this as a fact of life, though. Hell, she even had the same thoughts herself. That still didn’t make it pleasant to hear. This led to her becoming rather mistrustful of people in general, aware that despite the compliments people paid her, they were also accompanied by a lot of secret dislikes.

During her school years Tegan continued to hone her combat sports, and joined a local fencing club. Unfortunately, there were no kendo clubs nearby for Tegan to attend, but after a pleading phonecall with her grandfather she was gifted with her own bokken, and would practice in her back garden on her own, working on her posture and speed with the two handed blade. At age 8 she began competing in fencing competitions, and her success was unparalleled. A combination of her early start, natural skill and supernatural abilities allowed her to dominate the junior championships, and she became a national champion in her age bracket in no time at all. During this time, she also set her sights on Eskrima. She overheard several of the older students at the fencing club talking about eskrima, and was immediately drawn to the speedy takedowns and the use of the opponent’s strength against them. She began hesitantly, learning a few moves on the internet and purchasing rattan sticks to practice with. She knew her father would never condone such a dangerous sport, but was pleasantly surprised when he discovered her in the back garden alone at 10 years old, fencing sword in one hand and rattan stick in the other, whirling and striking and the battered tree that she used as a training dummy. She quickly felt his presence, and apologetically stopped, quietly explaining what she was doing. tiberius Sr. agreed to allow her to seek proper training, on one condition. He demanded that she visit her mother.

Marie:
Up until then Tegan had point-blank refused to visit her mother, claiming that she felt betrayed by her mother for abandoning her. To her father, she made it seem like she didn’t fully grasp the consequences of “depression”, but deep down she knew that she didn’t want her secret revealed. Her grandfather had warned her that her mother would more than likely react in a bad way to Tegan, and her secret would be revealed one way or another. However… Tegan did miss her mother terribly, and eskrima was simply too tempting to give up.

An appointment was made, and the Hawke family made their way to the hospital. As usual, Marie did not greet her family in the common room and the family were admitted into her private room, which took a lot of convincing from a nurse for Marie to let them in. At first, the meeting was awkward. Tegan and her mother simply stared at each other, unsure of what to say, until Tegan burst into tears. She felt completely wracked by guilt: her power had led to the malnourished being that stood before her, alien in her blank expression. Soothing words from her father helped her, and eventually the tears stopped. Tegan looked up at her mother, who still stared blankly. She didn’t seem capable of emotion anymore. Nothing at all. Sadness turned to anger, and Tegan snapped “Well?! Are you going to say anything?!” before aggressively invading Marie’s mind, ripping through every corner of her consciousness in a violent attempt to find some shred of humanity within. Her intrusion was obviously so sudden and explosive that Marie could feel the trespasser, and began wailing before throwing herself to the floor, screaming her vocal chords raw. Between the incoherent screams, the whole hospital could her crying out “She’s doing it again!” over and over, becoming more and more hysterical by the second.

The Hawke’s never visited Marie again. Several weeks later she was found hanged by her bedsheets, the word “freak” scratched into every available patch of wallpaper. Tegan couldn’t help shake the feeling that her mother had been describing her. The death shook her, and she was wracked by guilt for a long time, but she was also aware that it was her mother’s own fault. She abandoned her daughter, rather than helping her. Tegan had every right to be angry. Her feelings on the subject stayed confused for the next few years, and she buried them under a hectic lifestyle.

Tension:
Tiberius Sr. kept his promise, and allowed Tegan to take up eskrima. However, the visit to Marie changed him. Tegan quite often found him looking at her, almost fearful. On the day of the funeral he barely spoke to his daughter, choosing to comfort her older brother instead. It was clear to Tegan that her father held her to blame, and had begun to doubt his previous assumption that his wife was delusional. She couldn’t blame him, his wife had killed herself and he found himself wary of his own 10-year old daughter. Their relationship suffered greatly, and communication between the two reached an all time low.

From then on, Tegan threw herself into competition after competition, in both fencing and eskrima. As previously, she dominated the junior leagues and continued to smash opponent after opponent once she entered the amateur tournaments at 11. She was soon fighting 15 and 16 years olds, and had begun earning a small amount of fame in various sports communities, and featured in a few local news stories.

She continued on at an average pace at school, her studies taking a back seat as she focused on sports. Her friends rallied around her after the death of her mother, and she found herself spending more and more spare time with them. Thankfully, this prevented her from descending into depression from the combination of the stress of her mother’s death and the hostility of her father.

For the next couple of years, Tegan’s life continued this way. She continued to enjoy success as a fencer and eskrimador, kept her power to her chest and carried on her awkward relationship with her father. Tragedy struck shortly after her thirteenth birthday, though, and her grandmother suffered severe complications following a stroke and passed away. Her death hit Tegan much more severely than the passing of her mother, and the family were somewhat rallied by yet another tragic loss. Clément stayed with them for a time, and often conversed with Tegan about the problems she was facing with home life. They both had very different schools of thought when it came to approaching a solution: Tegan was content to let the matter rest, but Clément felt that she owed it to her father to reveal the true cause of his wife’s death. It took a lot of convincing, but shortly after Metahuman abilities were thrown open to the world following the death of Tyler Jacobson, Tegan came clean. Her father was wary at first, and refused to speak to Tegan for many hours, until he finally came to her late in the night and hugged his daughter. He whispered his thanks to her in the dead of night, and the two grieved for their lost mother and wife until the early hours of the morning.

To America!:
In the following weeks, the family were truly happy. Clément returned to France to live out his life as a widower, throwing himself into studying medieval history to while away the time, and the three members of the Hawke family found themselves in high spirits for the first time in years. Tegan entertained the family with her ability, and all was well.

The letter from Kuriko Hatsuhara came as a surprise, but not as much as a surprise as when she turned up at their door a week later. The purpose of The Tyler Jacobson Academy was explained to the family, and they were offered an apartment in the Metropolis while Tegan attended the academy. Not wanting to waste his renewed relationship with his daughter, Tiberius Sr. quit his job in the police force, and found work as a security guard in downtown Chicago. Tiberius Jr. remained in a private boarding school in England, moving to the US during the holidays.

Tegan was placed in the Sentinel group, assigned to the role of recon and communications, and chose the name “Warhorn”, remembering a long-lost lesson from her grandfather about horns being used in medieval wars as a method of delivering orders. Upon her arrival, she was presented with her costume, and found that her grandfather had commissioned a custom katana and dagger made for her. The material used was a relatively new alloy called “Faywynium” that was ultra light, but could withstand a moderate amount of punishment and could be sharpened enough to cut through solid wood with relative ease.

Powers: A simple way to describe Tegan's power would be "telepathy", but in truth her power is a lot more sophisticated than that. She is in fact able to control brainwaves, and temporarily change how herself and others transmit brainwaves, and even grant the ability receive them. While brainwaves control all that happens in the brain, her power focuses on those that make up the “consciousness” of a person, and essentially translates brainwaves into the thoughts of a person. She is also able to communicate this way in a non-traditional sense, by conveying emotions, wants, needs or even evoking pictures in the receiver’s mind’s eye.This allows her to traverse the language barrier, albeit in a very primitive way.

She can achieve a multitude of mental feats, such as mind-reading, transmission of her own and of other people's thoughts, and the ability to give others temporary mind reading abilities. Practical applications of this power are vast, for example when engaged in combat she is more often than not one step ahead of her opponent, unless they're acting on instinct.

She truly excels in a support role, however, acting as a communications system between the other Metas. In the modern day, it’s very easy for an enemy to disable conventional communication, for example radios or phones, but her power allows her essentially open up a mental radio link between people. While this does have its downfalls - namely the metas being able to hear each and every thought of the others while connected - the team uses it as a very effective method of communication.

Her power does have one final “panic” button. This method requires all of her concentration, and it very difficult to achieve, but it is extremely effective in neutralising a target. To give an example, if she was backed into a corner and had no way out, she can essentially “shut down” a person’s thoughts, and turn them into a vegetable for as long as she needs. As previously stated, this ability would also disable Warhorn herself, and if used on a long-term basis she would need guards to protect her.

Outside of her supernatural powers, her history with various combat sports has honed her skills with a blade as well as unarmed conflict. She uses a hybrid of moves from fencing, eskrima and kendo in a Frankenstein’s monster collage of martial arts to defend herself. She is skilled in both one-handed and two-handed swordsmanship, but usually fights with her two-handed katana. She always keeps a dagger at her hip though, as the different blades perform different jobs. Quicker opponents tended to be more easily dealt with with her dagger in one hand, taking full advantage of her sharp blade and the quick blows of her palm to overwhelm an opponent. Due to her physique, she uses swords that are very light and as a consequence resorts to quick blows rather than strong ones, normally opting to disarm and disable rather than dominate an opponent.

Personality: Tegan is certainly a fiery individual, with a serious competitive spirit. When she is in a good mood, she is generally very cheery and talkative, but if she gets fired up or competitive she can come across as quite spiteful, and even mean at times. She has been known to have an angry streak at times, and if threatened to an extreme degree will not hesitate to resort to violence. Anyone that offends her or her friends will generally feel the sharp lash of her tongue.

In terms of her relations on the field, she excels when leading her squad, dishing out orders from anywhere on the battlefield. Her ability compliments the role well, as she can easily discern the position and status of her entire team, and formulate plans quickly based on enemy locations, too.

While she is capable of performing well academically, she prefers to use her intelligence for more practical applications such as problem solving, and devising tactics and maneuvers for the other metas and herself. She is well aware that she probably needs to try harder in “normal” lessons, but she finds combat and saving the world to be way too exciting to bother with that.

She likes a lot of things you would expect of a 14 year old girl. Her interests include the latest celebrity gossip and pop music, but a fascination of all things medieval was drummed into her at a young age by her grandfather. She definitely likes socialising, and her love for her friends only comes second to her love of competition (particularly combat sports such as fencing or kendo).

When faces with a new person she goes “on the offensive”, finding out as much as possible about them. She seldom uses her power to do this, as she feels that this takes away the point of friendship. another reason is that she has already learnt that even your best friend notices your flaws.


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A near-perfect profile. Only one thing - the school is in the US, near Chicago. Fix that and consider yourself approved!
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Gotcha! Changed that all up for you.
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