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Jin Anne-Marie AdlerBirthdate & age:
May 24th, 2000 – 17 Years OldGender & pronouns:
High School Student SES/social class:
Working Class (Foster Child)Education level:
Junior (Grade 11)Languages known:
English, American Sign Language, Rudimentary GermanPhysical/mental conditions:
Post-Traumatic Vocal Disarticulation
Caucasian, British/IrishHeight and build:
5’8, AthleticHair color/style:
Light Ginger, Long and straight (sometimes braided or pony-tailed)Voice/manner of speaking:
Mute, speaks using hands, or using a small white-boardDistinguishing marks:
Thin white scar on her throat from exploratory surgery, lengthwise 2 inches. Very light freckles cover her face, shoulders and arms, usually covered by make-up.Fashion/way of dress:
Tanktops and slacks are her out of school attire. During class time however, she usually wears a floral shirt over the tank-top, and the slacks are mostly replaced by skirts which end just above the knee or lower.General impression:
Jin is very outgoing and bubbly, and she likes “talking” with people. Being a mute makes it difficult for her to participate in conversations (especially amongst groups), but she will happily sit and listen, offering her inputs when she can sign or write something in edge-wise. She loves to make friends, and has a soft spot for children which will always make her smile, even if the day has been hell for her.
- Summer (The Sun, Warmth, and plenty of time outdoors)
- Teaching (Sports, ASL, or Drawing)
- The Younger Generation (8-15)
- Winter (The Cold, Rain, Hail, Sleet, and Snow)
- Snobbish/Narrow-minded/Arrogant people
- Fast Conversations/Arguments
- Taphophobia (Fear of being buried alive)
- Acrophobia (Fear of heights)
- Athazagoraphobia (Fear of being forgotten or abandoned)
- Athletic (Dancing and Soccer)
- Mute, or “Jinxed”
What puts your character at ease: What makes your character uncomfortable:
- Grammar Nazi (Punctuation, people!)
- Fidgets when Nervous (Plays with a strand of hair, chews lip, etc.)
Overbearing people and having her bubble intruded on by people she doesn’t believe are friendly. Even if they have no intention of hurting her, she will visibly shrink away and try and move aside.Soft spots/vulnerabilities:
Jin needs her hands to speak. Anything that restricts her hands will cause her to panic. How they try to come across to others:
She will try to come off as friendly, even though her lack of speech may be seen as being aloof or indifferent.What they try to hide about themselves:
Her deep depression about not having her voice is buried underneath her outgoing exterior, and she will try and keep busy to avoid dealing with that.How they really feel about themselves:
Jin has lost a large part of her person being mute, and she feels that even by being more outgoing she isn’t able to fill the void her voice has left.Character traits:
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LIFESTYLE & PHILOSOPHYWhat are your character’s thoughts on…-- Substance use:
Jin doesn’t drink, smoke, or do drugs. While she doesn’t actively look down on those who do, she tries to avoid the scene as a whole.-- Sex/romance:
Not something she’s done, it doesn’t mean she isn’t interested. Being mute though, she feels as if people wouldn’t look at her in a romantic sort of way.-- Marriage/children:
Maybe someday, but not right away. Too many high-schoolers dropping out because of baby bumps, too many shotguns weddings… not her deal for at least another decade.-- Religion:
The is quietly (ha) religious, but she doesn’t openly talk (ha) about her feelings or beliefs. She accepts that people do have their own beliefs, and does her best to accommodate them when she learns.-- Politics:
Jin has been so caught up with school and living her own life that she hasn’t gotten too caught up in the politics, though from what she’s managed to catch, that might be a good idea.-- Technology:
Technology has been her savior. Instant messaging, e-mails, even a tablet that allows her to quickly write something down for people to understand. It’s something that she can’t live without, and is thankful for the age she lives in.How social are they?:
As much as a mute can be! She will always try and be outgoing and greet new people she hasn’t met before. Some people can be averted by her nature, especially when they learn she can’t speak. Sometimes it might seem forced, and very rarely she’ll just be curled up somewhere, spending her time alone.Types of people they like:
Those who are receptive of her disability. She is hard to get rid of if they are tolerant of her.Types of people they dislike:
Arrogance. Those who are full of themselves, ones who don’t have time to read what she is saying, or ones that dismiss her as dumb simply because she cannot speak.Social profile:
Unknown. A recent arrival to the town, she moved to a new foster home in the middle end of town while she waits to turn 18 and be considered “an independent adult”.Saving/spending habits:
While her family wasn’t slumming at all, growing into her teenage years in foster care, she had a stipend for clothes and recreational stuff (such as a phone). Her tablet is her most expensive possession, and was given to her by the school system. Originally valued at a ridiculous price, it is a few years old and has slowed down considerably. Still, it saves her from having to write every thought on a pad and pen.Recreational activities:
Soccer and Dance are her recreational activities. She hopes to join the school soccer team, if there is one.
Roughly 3.5 (B+/A-)How do they feel about their school?:
This is her first semester in the school. Jin is certainly nervous about all the new faces.How studious are they?:
She delves deep enough into her homework to have a decent understanding of the concept, but doesn’t have the time to get into the full dissection of the textbook.After-school/part time job:
None, extra-curricular activities have her too busy.
FAMILY & HOMESignificant relatives / pets:
-- Susan (Sue) Ferniuk (67, Foster Parent)
-- Albert (Al) Ferniuk (69, Foster Parent)
-- Emily Adler (33, Mother, Deceased)
-- Micheal Adler (31, Father, Deceased)Relationship with family:
Jin has lived with the Ferniuk’s for about two months so far. She is rather frustrated that the government put her into a home where the people don’t read ASL, but they’ve put up small white-boards around the house, and are learning snatches of words from Jin as they settle in.Current residence:
Foster Care, Middle-class. A light blue house built in the late 1920’s, it has been kept up on repairs by Al, while Susan does the garden and yardwork. They are able to live their Description of bedroom/living space:
Her current bedroom is rather bare-bones, with a few pictures, a double bed with a small polished brass frame, and a white desk and dresser that could have easily been built in the 60’s. Her bedroom looks out over the front lawn and faces the street.
BACKGROUNDPlace of birth/hometown:
Brighton, United KingdomGeneral History:
Born in the UK, Jin and her parents immigrated to the United States when Jin was 4 years old. Having accepted jobs at the University of New England teaching Biochemistry (Emily) and Marine Biology (Micheal), they lived on campus while Jin travelled to the nearby JFK Memorial school.
At the age of 8, her life was dumped upside down. A series of students, either as a prank gone wrong or specific reason, built a chemical bomb inside one of the labs. The bomb detonated, causing one section of the Science building to collapse. All the students involved were killed instantly, along with 32 other people. Jin’s parents were among the deceased. The 8 year old was at the edge of the blast radius, and was struck by rubble, suffering a broken arm and leg as well as a concussion. When she awoke a day later and was told of her parents’ demise, she spent most of that day crying, or staring at the wall. It was the last day that she ever made a sound.
Her parents, her voice, her life gone, Jin’s world became a huge tornado. Over the next five years, psychiatrists and exploratory surgery were never able to determine the cause of her speech loss, and she was diagnosed with PTVD – Post Traumatic Vocal Disarticulation. Although there was no physical damage to her larynx, a mental disorder has blocked signals to her vocal chords.
By the time she had entered intermediate school at the age of 10, she had learned a great deal of American Sign Language, gone through 4 foster homes through Maine, and consecutively 4 different schools. Her depression had kept her reclusive, prone to almost violent outbursts, which eventually made her unwanted by most foster families.
Entering Middle School though, she gradually made the change from moody and reclusive to more outgoing with the help of a special needs aid at the intermediate school who directed her to bring more of her old self out, to heal and move the personal scar tissue that was causing her to act out. For 4 years she learned from the special needs aid, finding new ways to grow and properly develop.
Jin fought the Maine school board with the help of her special needs aid to be put into a proper public high school instead of a special needs high school, to interact with the general public instead of being sheltered with others with disabilities. They won at the end of her time at intermediate school, but there was a catch – She would have to move again, to a small town with a school that had both physical size and class size to allow her to go with the help of a speech translator, someone trained in ASL who could speak on her behalf. Although unamused by the need for a translator, she has plans to go to this new town and high school with a positive outlook, no matter her past.How their past affects them:
Mute, Orphaned, and bounced around Maine’s foster care system, Jin harbors deep depression that she covers up with an outgoing personality. She buries herself in school, dance, and sports, and the remaining free time is dedicated to the friends she makes.Character’s feelings about their past:
Jin has a lot of emotions about her past, the loss of her voice, parents, and life as she knew and should have had. She tries not to think about her past, but occasionally she looks back and cracks, going back into her state of denial and rebellion. This is typically the times when she withdraws and spends her time alone until she recovers.