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Eleanor Wilson

Post by MegaChess-a-Tron on Sun Jul 05, 2015 9:20 pm

World: PRIME
Name: Eleanor "Ellie" Wilson
Age: 11 (soon to turn 12)
Position: 5th Grade Student

Appearance: Ellie is of average height for her age, being about 150 cm tall (roughly 5'). She's rather skinny and underweight, being only 36 kilograms (80 pounds), as she doesn't really eat or exercise much. Despite her height, this gives her the appearance of someone who's a bit younger than she really is... And it also doesn't help that she loves wearing her blond hair in very child-like twin tails. Overall, she's not really making an effort to appear any older than she really is, and that can be easily seen in her style of clothing, which favors "cute" to "stylish" or "practical". Her most distinctive features are her big, gray/dark blue eyes, which, unlike most blind people's, often wander around playfully rather than remain still.

Backstory:
Ellie's Birth:
Ellie doesn't know anything about how she came to be - all she knows is that she went into foster care immediately after her birth. The reason she was never really given any information about her conception or parents was because she was created as part of an experiment conducted by a big laboratory. The study, which aimed to prove whether intelligence was genetic or environmental, would "create" two children via artificial insemination. One of them would develop from an egg extracted from a Mensa member mother (with an IQ of 167) inseminated by sperm from a member of the Prometheus Society (with an IQ of 192), and the inseminated egg would be placed into a surrogate mother. The other child would be created the same way, except with an egg and sperm from parents with below average intelligence who are still mentally sound and unaffected by conditions such as autism or Dawn syndrome. Following the birth, Child A would be denied any environmental stimuli such as books or educational TV shows, while Child B would be tutored constantly. The children would then need to do an IQ test every year until their 10th birthday, when the experiment would conclude and the results would be published. Both children were born on the same day - August 22nd 2003. Both were completely healthy girls. Fortunately, about six months after their birth, the media caught wind of the experiment and quite rightfully started an uproar, calling it "savage" and "inhuman" and comparing the chief scientists to Dr. Mengele. The scandal quickly grew out of proportion, causing the researchers to cancel everything in an attempt to salvage what little was left of their reputations and avoid any potential legal repercussions. And while there were plenty of people who wanted to adopt the children, most candidates were dismissed for one reason or another, while the rest simply lost interest or had adopted another child while the girls' paperwork was being processed. Sadly, at the end both of them went into the foster care system.

The name "Eleanor" was picked by her first foster mother, Mrs. Monroe - a kind lady in her mid 50s who had turned her house into a foster home after her own son had passed away. The little girl never really liked that name, not even as a baby - when she was only about 7-8 months old, she'd pout or even start crying when called "Eleanor", so Mrs. Monroe simply started calling her Ellie, which the little girl seemed to tolerate a lot better. Ellie wasn't the only child in the home - there were several other kids there, most around her age. As such, it quickly became apparent that she was different from other children. Before she turned one, Ellie already spoke in complete sentences. At 18 months, she had taught herself how to read and even read bedtime stories to the other kids, even though some were older than her. By age two, she was fully capable of solving math problems with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, for numbers up to 100. By age three, she was as intelligent and emotionally mature as a child three or four times her age. By all accounts, she was a genius... And yet Mrs. Monroe didn't quite know how to stimulate her vast intellect. For a while, the woman considered transferring Ellie to another home where she could receive more specialized help that would continue building her intelligence... And then the choice was made for her.

When Ellie was three years old, one of her friends began speaking about a "friend" who'd often talk to her while she was playing outside. Being young and naive, the little girl didn't think much of it - they all had a few friends, right? That all changed when one day she noticed her friend leaving the playground with a much older man that Ellie didn't recognize. Finding it very suspicious, she decided to confront them and stop them from leaving before Mrs. Monroe could okay it. Sadly, there was really only so much a three year old girl could do - while her friend was willing to go back to the foster home, the older man was having none of that. He grabbed the young girl in his arms and began running towards his car. Without thinking twice, Ellie gave chase, as much as she could. Despite her short height, Ellie still managed to reach them just as the man was trying to push the young girl into his car. The child struggled and cried, but it was of little use, as the predator was determined to take her. And he would've succeeded, if it wasn't for Ellie, who immediately attacked him, kicking him in the knees and biting him to make him let go. To get rid of his attacker, the man pulled out a baseball bat from the back seat of his car and struck Ellie in the back of her head with all his strength, completely shattering the backside of the three year old girl's skull. Thankfully, the commotion attracted the attention of other people, who quickly made sure that the other girl would go free and the perpetrator would be arrested, but it came too late.

Ellie was never expected to survive the attack. Her skull was so damaged that part of it had to be removed and replaced by a prosthetic, and even afterwards the girl was in a coma that the doctors were positive she wouldn't wake up from. Still, Mrs. Monroe refused to pull the plug, instead hoping and praying that things would miraculously get better. And they did - Ellie finally woke up after a three month coma, thus achieving the impossible. Upon her awakening, one of the doctors commented that the girl probably had a guardian angel, as the odds of her regaining consciousness at all were slim to none. But not all was well - the attack had destroyed the child's occipital lobe, which was the part of the brain that deciphered visual information from the eyes. Ellie was a hero - but she would be completely blind for the rest of her life, with no chance of recovery. The little girl had grown very dependent on her eyes for reading and learning, so the fact that this was suddenly taken away from her devastated her. Her recovery was long and painful, and Ellie spent then next year of her life in the hospital receiving constant scans and MRIs, which was a very traumatizing experience for someone whose hearing had suddenly sharpened (as MRIs are unbelievably loud and last for a very long time). On top of that, Ellie would undergo several surgeries throughout her life in order to replace the prosthetic in the back of her head with a bigger one.

When she was finally discharged, the little girl was eager to return back to Ms. Monroe's home and all her friends, but was told that she couldn't. Instead, she had to be transferred to a foster home on the other side of the country, one which hosted only children with no eyesight. There, Ellie learned the essentials of living a life without eyes - navigating her surroundings with a cane, reading braille and managing day-to-day tasks. Thankfully, it wasn't too hard for someone with her intelligence to adjust, and less than two years later Ellie had mastered life in darkness. When she was about five years old the girl began learning again, using the home's vast Braille library to educate herself. She picked up a third language (besides the English and French she already spoke fluently as a Canadian), which was Italian. She managed to learn the ins and outs of that language before her sixth birthday, even going as far as to specifically request books in Italian so that she could increase her dictionary. At six and a half she was already fluent and had picked up Japanese, almost on a dare. That's when the foster mother realized that perhaps she was holding the little girl back. Soon afterwards, it was decided that Ellie would be transferred to another home where her intellect would be allowed to flourish. For the second time in her life, she was forced to say goodbye to all her friends.

The third foster home she was in wasn't for disabled children, quite the opposite - while it didn't really "specialize" in gifted children, a lot of them tended to be sent there, as both foster parents were MIT graduates who would be able to intellectually stimulate them. There, Ellie quickly learned that "intellectually superior" in the real world translated to "arrogant and cruel", which seemed to describe most of the other children quite well. She was often bullied because of her blindness, especially after her foster siblings learned that she was more intelligent than them. The little girl was regularly subjected to cruel pranks, with the other kids dropping nasty things into her food, stealing her cane and one time even slipping a live rat into her bed as she slept - an event that forever left her with a phobia of rats, mice and other small animals. As a result, Ellie would fall into a pretty deep depression, refusing to socialize or even feed. Her only comfort were the books that she received from her previous foster home every month. Thanks to them, she managed to perfect her Japanese (though unlike with her other languages she never learned how to spell Japanese letters without braille, and thus wouldn't be able to read them even if she could feel them). Finally realizing that this place probably wasn't right for her, social services soon moved Ellie to another foster home - her fourth one. By that point, the little girl had grown used to starting over regularly.

For her next home, Ellie decided to shake things up a bit. Rather than take pride in her intellect, instead she'd try to hide it. Rather than explain that she read books such as Divine Comedy in Italian, she'd just say that she read young adult novels. She'd bottle up all her feelings, her sorrow, her loneliness and her pain, and then she'd stick them in the deepest part of her soul where they'd never be found again. The Ellie that stepped through the doors of the fourth foster home was a completely new girl. She was dumb, loud, social and fun-loving - the exact opposite of her past self. Right from the start, she made it quite clear that little things such as her lack of vision would never hold her back. And it worked - the kids accepted her with open arms, often letting her join in on their shenanigans. Soon afterwards she started school as a first grader and deliberately scored less on tests that she could easily ace. She was a solid B+ student, and proud of it! But sadly, that, too, had to come to an end. After 4 years in the foster home - the longest she'd ever spent at one place - Ellie was contacted by a newly founded school known as Tachibana Academy - a prestigious school for disabled children. Despite her moderate success at school, an Academy representative said that they saw potential in her, and as a result would be willing to arrange for her to enroll in the Academy on a social scholarship, considering the fact that she was an orphan. The only catch was that she had to move out and live in the Academy's dorms. At first, Ellie was completely against the idea of leaving her friends behind, but was soon convinced to give this new school a shot - if she didn't like it, she could always come back to the foster home. Left with little choice, the 11 year old girl accepted and, for the fourth time in her life, left everything and everyone behind to start fresh.

Personality: On the surface, Ellie seems very cheerful, carefree and, frankly, weird. She's loud, has a bit of a motor mouth and can even be considered obnoxious. The young girl always says what's on her mind, no matter how weird or out there it is, and she doesn't even make an attempt to hide her love for sheer, unregulated fun. She's quite social, always looking forward to meeting new people and getting to know them. In simple terms, Ellie can very easily be described as the class clown who's never too afraid of making a joke or being the butt of one. There's also the fact that she has recently entered puberty, which brings a whole new type of crazy to the table - the boy crazy. Whenever she meets a boy she finds to be cute, Ellie will not even attempt to hide her attraction, and the cuter the boy is, the more progressively disturbing her stalking tendencies get. In a nutshell, she's weird, fun-loving and there's never a boring moment with her.

Below the surface, though, things aren't as simple. Ellie suffers from chronic depression - she has ever since she lost her eyesight. The depression is untreated and unmedicated, and is only getting worse. Despite how many friends she makes at school, the young girl feels completely and utterly alone, and it doesn't help at all that she believes her friends only like the fun side of her. Emotionally, she's mature way beyond her years, and this serves to further distance her from her peers. The more she continues with her charade, the worse her emotional state becomes. At age 11, she often can't fall asleep unless a solid few minutes of crying tires her out first. She's also found it harder and harder to find things to be happy about - to find real joy, not just one she simulates for her friends. If this keeps going, things can only end one way.


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Re: Eleanor Wilson

Post by TheMootking on Sun Jul 05, 2015 11:31 pm

A very strong application, perfect for our first profile!

The appearance and basic details are well explained, and the backstory is gold. Great characterization, but I'd like a little clarification as to why an experiment is suddenly left out to dry. I expect some overzealous parents would immediately jump to take in the poor girl who was only created for an experiment. Other than that, it's a very interesting concept and a character that I expect to go far!

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Eleanor Wilson wrote:Her most distinctive features
Eleanor Wilson wrote:an experiment conducted by a big laboratory
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Re: Eleanor Wilson

Post by MegaChess-a-Tron on Mon Jul 06, 2015 2:28 pm

Done!
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Post by TheMootking on Mon Jul 06, 2015 5:09 pm

You have my approval!
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