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Name Gryphon Golovin
Personality More introverted than he lets on, Gryphon has a tendency to drift between polite and diligent to cold and spiteful, though his will to live despite the circumstances keeps him firmly grounded and ever alert. His survival skills are passable, but he's well aware he can only make it so far by himself.
Skills • Perceptive • Handguns
History Back in the day, 17-year old Mariya Golovin ran away from home to Los Angeles for her dream of becoming a famous actress, where she would meet director Giulio Ganza. A cinematic genius in her eyes, the two were married within a year. But Giulio was nothing more than a B-movie hack, and with no real talent in acting Mariya begrudgingly stayed for the income. And then Gryphon was born. Gryphon maintained a natural flair for theatrics (and considerable skill in lying), a quality that only encouraged Mariya to push her son through theater classes all throughout his childhood, with little care from her husband.
Gryphon's talent gifted him any leading role in every single school play. This translated well into his future, starring in formal plays before eventually deciding to go to film during college. He was nothing short of a celebrity, everything his mother could ever dream of until he gradually distanced himself from his family. At one point, he had a brief affair with married actress Ava Keo which resulted in the birth of a son, Hayden, whom he was unable to meet before having business to attend to in Oregon. And just as it was about time to head back home, Gryphon caught the first glimpse of the end of the world, witnessing a man of graying complexion tear into some unknown's flesh on the way to the airport, mouth red and tongue blue.
After confirming this incident wasn't at all staged, the airport was locked, and that there were a grand total of zero reliable safehouses, Gryphon set out with his present friends to survive. Except he knew he was surrounded by idiots, and so left them within a week without so much as a word of farewell.
Father: Alan | Deceased Pre Outbreak Mother: Helen | Presumed Dead Post Outbreak Ex-Wife: Rhian | Presumed Dead Post Outbreak Bandmate: Steve | Killed by Walkers Bandmate: Dave | Killed by Walkers Bandmate/Brother: Alex | Missing and Presumed Dead Bandmate: Shaun | Missing and Presumed Dead
Your First Walker Encounter
☣ While performing a gig in Charlottesville, Virginia, there was a loud commotion beyond the cheers that they were accustomed to. Cries and screams that were a reminder of Leo's time in the army echoed throughout the venue. A small group of walkers entered the bar and began to tear chunks from people. With the surge of the crowd people were trampled and crushed as they tried to escape. Fortunately for the band and a few others they were able to escape through a back door.
History Before Outbreak
☣ There was nothing distinct or worth of note that occured during Leo's childhood. It was normal in every aspect, achieving decent grades and spending most of his time with his friends. He played football on weekends for his local team and was an avid fan of music, playing multiple instruments. He had two loving parents and never wanted for anything growing up. That's not to say he was spoiled because he really wasn't, he simply had everything he needed to have the best chance to make something of himself.
☣ At the age of sixteen when others were talking about staying on in school or going to college, Leo decided to join the British Army. His father and grandfather had both served in the army but that wasn't a factor of why he wanted to do it. He felt within himself that it would allow him to become part of something bigger than himself. Instead of ending up with a piece of paper that says he spent thousands of pounds and three to four years of his life in university, he wanted to accomplish something.
☣ During a fairly lengthy military career he did several tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He operated as a designated marksmen for the majority of his time while serving. He was wounded on his second Iraq tour after taking a bit of shrapnel to the chest. Luckily he survived and is left with a minor scar across the left side of his chest. Unfortunately during his second tour of Afghanistan his father died back in the UK.
☣ After returning home he found his father had left him a letter expressing his last wish was for Leo to do what he really wanted and what he felt passionate about. Leo left the army to pursue career in music, forming a band that was a mixture of his brother, childhood friends and someone he had served in the army with. Leo had saved money well and combined with the money his father left him, he was able to start a band without worrying about work. Within a year they had released their first album and made an instant impact on the metal scene. They did several supporting tours before finally having a headline tour of their own. The money they made from album sales and merchandise was enough to give the band a comfortable existence.
☣ While touring the UK Leo met his ex wife, a slender blonde with bright green eyes who instantly took Leo's breath away. They hit it off right away and within two years they were married...happily Leo assumed. Unfortunately for him he found her in bed with someone else when he returned home early from a tour due to a cancellation of a gig on health and safety grounds. Not one to be treated like a fool he kicked her out and took to the bottle. He spent the next six months permanently drunk and had it not been from his bandmates intervening, he would likely have died. Several months of rehab later and he was clean, not touching a drop of alcohol since.
☣ A month prior to the outbreak the band set about their first headlining tour of the US. The tour was without incident with sold out shows and passionate fans wherever they went. That was until the night of the outbreak.
History Since Outbreak
☣ As the band and a few of their fans escaped the bar they headed to a nearby motel. Within in they barricaded the doors and windows as best they could, closing curtains and whatever else was available. For several days they stayed there surviving on the contents of a lone vending machine. Chocolate and fizzy drinks didn't make for the best diet but it meant they would stay alive. Then on the fifth day of being in the motel a notice was played over the radio, instructing everyone who was able to, to make it to the park in the center of town to be extracted. The time limit was short, only twelve hours from when they heard the message.
☣ The survivors knew they had to chance it as their supplies were on the verge of running out. Arming themselves with whatever they could find they made their way to the park. A couple of people were killed by walkers on the way, but for the most part the group made it relatively in tact. They were met by a large crowd of people waiting to board busses and helicopters, the surrounding area covered by heavily armed soldiers.
☣ The time ticked by quickly but with little movement for the survivors and that proved costly. As they were waiting to be extracted the extraction site was set upon by a horde. Sully watched as walkers appeared from almost every direction, tearing into whoever got in their way. Busses sped off and helicopters flew off into the distance leaving civilians and soldiers alike to fend for themselves. Leo was forced to watch as Steve and Dave were pulled apart from a group of walkers that had gotten between them. In the melee Leo lost his brother and the last band member Shaun, getting pulled in different directions by the rushing crowds. Eventually he ducked into an abandoned house and threw everything he could behind the door, barricading himself in.
☣ Left to stew with his thoughts for a couple of days Leo decided it was time to go. He planned to move under cover of darkness to minimise the risk of being spotted by the walkers. He returned to the extraction zone to a scene of devastation and slaughter, only a couple of lone walkers remaining to pick the last bits of meat from peoples bones. At the site there was still a vast quantity of weapons left by the fleeing or deceased soldiers. Taking his opportunity Leo armed himself and set off in the hope he would find his brother.
☣ In the days that followed Sully moved from small town to small town searching for his brother and gathering supplies. He wouldn't stay in one place too long, barricading himself into a house for a night before carrying on his search. He moved cautiously and treated the majority of people he came across with suspicion. He had a few brushes with bandits and the undead but for the most part survived by being careful. As the months rolled by he gave up hope of finding his brother or Shaun alive and now assumes that they are dead.
To most Alex appears cold and standoffish, but those who know him well realize he is just a quiet guy. He can seem rude but that is only because he is very direct and rarely lets bias change how he deals with things unless he REALLY dislikes someone. He is fiercely loyal and if someone hurts or wrongs someone he cares about he will defend them, but he rarely defends himself. He loves bringing characters to life and enjoys making people happy despite not seeming like it. He has difficulty trusting people, but once you have it you won't lose it unless you do something to wrong him or those close to him.
Ever since the outbreak, Alex has become even more closed off. He does his best to keep from making connections with people because he knows the closer he gets to someone the more likely he'll do something stupid to protect them. As of right now, he does whatever he can to protect his family, and in his mind, there are very few lines he won't cross as long as they are safe.
Engineering(Specifically Computers) - From College Studies.
Rifles - From hunting a lot and then usage since the outbreak.
Stealth - Primarily developed after the outbreak started.
Acting/Lying - Alex was an actor at his high school and college before the outbreak started.
Self-defense - Was forced by his parents to take Hapkido classes because he would constantly get into fights as a kid. They stopped forcing him when he assured them he had stopped fighting. When in actuality he just got better at hiding it.
Before the outbreak, Alex's life was fairly average. He had two brothers, three sisters(one of which was adopted), and two loving parents. He had friends, in a loose sense of the term, and life was fairly easy for him. What more could a guy ask for? Well, for one he wished he fit in with his family. They were all kind and caring. Sure he cared for his family but it felt different. Another desire was for an actual deep friendship. The majority of his 'friends' were just that because they were friends of his siblings. He had one or two real friendships but didn't really see them for what they were. What about life being easy for him then? Well, he wanted some hardship as he has developed a self-deprecating personality being the black sheep of the Woulfe tribe which constantly tells him he doesn't deserve any of it.
As a kid, he had his own friends but over time those relationships just waned away and he only really spoke with his family. Over the years Alex drew more and more into himself except when he got the itch to either get in a fight for no real reason or perform as a character other than himself. When it came time to transition to college, Alex and his twin sister, Kiley, both opted to simply go to the local community college to stay near home. Nearing the end of their college experience, Alex was even more emotionally distant from anyone that wasn't family. His siblings constantly tried to change that when the unthinkable happened.
The day IT happened, Alex had been tricked into a double date by his best friend and family. The four had ventured to the closest city to watch a movie. All was going well until screaming seemed to be drowning out the movie. All the people watching began to get confused. Some left to see what was going on. Alex and his group were among them. What they saw will forever remain ingrained in Alex's mind. People eating and tearing at the flesh of other people. It was like walking into a horror movie. The whole building went into a panic. Alex and his group rushed to exit the building but not before Alex's best friend, Jake, got bit on the shoulder.
Alex grabbed a nearby chair and slammed it against the attacker and the four quickly ran for it. They hoped in Alex's car and rushed for the hospital only to find it in even worse shape. Having no other ideas Alex drove home with reckless abandon while Kiley, who was studying to be a nurse, did her best to treat the injured friend. They arrived home and carried Jake inside with help from some rightfully confused family members. They tried all they could but eventually Jake passed away. At this point, they all realized things were even worse then what they appeared. They couldn't reach the police because the phones were down and the cable networks were all reporting chaos in the streets. Suddenly Jake seemed to just wake back up. He stumbled towards whoever was closest as they tried to talk to him only to have Jake sink his jaws into Alex's father. A panicked scream was elicited from many in the house but Alex quickly and regrettably grabbed Jake and threw him off his father. The body formerly which housed Jake slammed into the wall and Alex was forced to kick it until it stopped moving.
It took a few hours for those in the house to process everything and by that time Alex's father had assumed what was going to happen to him. He told Alex to gather as many people together as he could and leave the city for somewhere safer until everything blew over. Alex did this gathering quite the group of people. Mostly just his family and those close to them. He left a note behind in case his older siblings came back home saying where they were going, grabbed a few supplies and things to protect themselves with (including the katana he inherited from his grandpa's sword collection), and set out for somewhere safe.
It has been quite some time since then. The group has changed and merged. Over time people from the group have joined the worse spectrum of life and death. Most have just up and left not being to keen on how Alex would do things. He continues leaving notes in various places in hopes anyone he knows will find them and follow his trail. But now he and his tiny troop consisting of his siblings, Kiley, Sadie, and Micky have found themselves heading right into Portland, Oregon.
If there is anything I need to change let me know.
@Unknown100 It's not unheard of for multiple people to know self-defense. And as for the weapon, everyone has a style. It's technically not any different to multiple people carrying knives. Just people tend to see specific swords themselves as more unlikely to see out in the world. In reality, if the zombie apocalypse happened, people would gravitate to the weapons they think would be best. So, if they came across them they'd probably bring it along. Swords aren't as rare as people tend to think they are.
And my guy is decent at best in self-defense. Anyone else trained to fight any would likely still beat him hand-to-hand.
@Unknown100 Like @alexfangtalon said, it wouldn’t be unusual. In the original show, they had problems because a lot of their people were long range, offensive weapon users; we may have a different set of problems looking at our crew!
You’re welcome to change your concept if you want, but I like the idea of having them both around.
Name: Jessie “Jess” Goldman Age: 26 years old. Gender: Female
(A picture and proper description should arrive in a few days, as my main computer is in the repair shops right now.) About 170 cm and certainly not a heavy weight fighter. Still wearing her yoga pants, Mid Crossback, gym shoes, with only a slightly too big olive military field jacket to cover herself and provide some warmth.
Personality: Jess has all the reason in the Universe to be down, yet she has put on a comedic attitude; the only way to survive, she thinks. Quick witted, joyful and unable to ignore someone in need. She meditates to calm her mind and can’t imagine a day with practicing at least one talent.
Martial arts: First Jess learned to walk in life, then she learned to kick. After a lifetime of Judo, she started branching out and training more dirty tricks. As the apocalypse started 2 weeks before her first fight, Jess has never had to pick herself up. Meaning that she has done a lot of training, a lot of technique, a lot of theory, yet never has she had to push through pain and a beating and get back up. Jess got the hands of a true warrior, just not the heart of one... yet.
Nodachi training: About 13 years of this training. Never fought on a competitive level, yet she sees fencing as a alternative form of meditation and has committed to the form.
Jess also has a fierce intelligence (maybe even a knack for leadership) that might prove useful as she accepts the world around her.
Weaknesses: Not always the bravest, as she still has a hard time adapting to the new world. No experience with guns and she has yet to recover any glasses that can fix her eyesight. Being unable to ignore a situation or someone in need can also prove to be a major disadvantage for her.
History: Born and raised in Tokyo. The philosophies of the mind and body has always peeked Jess’ interest. She came from a family of Judo and does not remember a time, where she didn’t practice it. Fencing and its soothing effect on the body came later and so did her quest to find inner peace.
Having grown up as a caucasian in an English-speaking home, she never really felt like she fit in Japan. Thus, by the age of 20 she moved over to the Unite states. There the Judo-teachings were more scarce and she got into mixed martial arts. Eventually she acquired a trainer and started training for the MMA. Since fighting was introduced to her at such a young age, she possessed a fluidity few can achieve by other means.
2 weeks before her first fight the apocalypse happened. Streets ran red, people screamed. Stepping out of the gym, Jess saw the mayhem and tried to help. A man was stuck at the passenger seat of a burning cop car that had been flipped over. Because of his size (he was a mountain of meat and muscle) it required both him and Jess to get him through the smashed, crooked door. Next up was getting the cuffs off him and seeing to his bleeding forehead. It was only the day later that the man showed his true colors. Now that the world had ended, he opted to turn everything into his kingdom. The desperate and the angry had already joined his and Jess’ growing group. As his plan started to involve cannibalism, Jess tried to sabotage the thing. One of the few possessions, she had managed to save, was her Nodachi. An imposing weapon. However, as she could not bring herself to kill a fellow human, she was ultimate taken prisoner by the group. The big man she had rescued started to refer to himself as Manhunter. He couldn’t bring himself to eat the woman whom had saved his life. So as his journey and madness started to begin, Jess was being transported along against her will. That’s when her story starts out: The day she escapes and must take the first few steps of loneliness amongst the walking dead.
I’m also kinda introducing a villain in the rp. Whether he will just be her nemesis, or a threat to absolutely everyone, time and you people will tell 😉 I do have Manhunter's personality planned out. So possibly wait until I introduce him before feature him in posts 😊