Jean-Luc Baptiste Laguerre
Generally referred to as "Jean-Luc" in full, but he won't complain if he's referred to by a nickname.
Jean-Luc has an appearance that looks distant and cold. He's tall and lean, not quite buff but not very thin, with a developed musculature packed into a slightly hunched figure. One of his most notable physical characteristics is his skin, which has a dark, ebony hue to it, with a few areas of lighter coloration present on his knees and hands, where he's had some scrapes and scars in the past. He wears a stern, serious face most of the time, and in general doesn't come across as a very 'happy' person. Smiles are rare for him. He has very deep, dark brown eyes, watchful and inquisitive, and wide protruding lips.
His color scheme is mostly shades of black and violet, with white colors worn sparsely. While he does gravitate towards nicer clothes, his wardrobe is a mix of many different styles, some formal and some less so. He does make an effort to make himself look presentable at all times, but his clothing isn't always highly dressy. Jean-Luc tends to wear necklaces quite often, normally dangling a couple around his neck.
Jean-Luc has a noticeable Haitian accent, not overbearing or strong enough to make him hard to understand, but it is certainly present in his speech. It's been described as almost soothing in a way.
Weight: 166 lbs
If Jean-Luc could be described in one word, it would be 'intense.' Jean-Luc is a serious, focused, and dedicated person, the type that rarely cracks a smile and can keep a straight face throughout some of the funniest of moments. Jean-Luc is grave and somber, collected in his thoughts and ever the cool type, detached and pensive. He much prefers the atmosphere that silence brings about rather than raucous laughter and discussion. That's not to say that Jean-Luc is antisocial; he's certainly capable of holding a conversation and quite enjoys one-on-one discussion, but is the type to shy away from larger crowds, parties, and large gatherings. He doesn't enjoy living alone, but seeks companionship over large assemblies of acquaintances.
That's not to say that Jean-Luc is always the best of companions. It depends on what you're looking for in a friend. Jean-Luc is brutally honest, blunt, and often overly harsh in his critiques. He comes off easily as very candid and almost rude, offering his own direct truths as opposed to watered-down euphemisms and compliments. He does this out of a place of caring- he believes that having strength and growing is a crucial trait, especially for the witchlings of the coven, but his 'advice' can often be disagreeable, especially to those who aren't asking for it in the first place. Jean-Luc is certainly capable of taking what he receives, and he's almost immune to negative comments, with any attempt at an insult bouncing off of him harmlessly, but he gives off an aura of authority, if not superiority. Jean-Luc, simply put, acts like an adult in a room full of children, even if he's in a room of his peers or other adults. In all due fairness to him, Jean-Luc is very sagacious and shrewd, and his advice is often rather wise, but his delivery is often unfiltered and hence rather jarring. It can take some type to get accustomed to him.
Jean-Luc, at heart, is a surprisingly loving person to those that know him. He is extremely honest and has a very high integrity, and is also a very loyal and brave person. He's not foolishly courageous, and is sometimes too clever for his own good, but he's loyal and dauntless in his actions. To see him taken aback is as rare as to see him smile, which is indeed something very rare indeed to see.
To those he dislikes, though, beware, because Jean-Luc's moral compass is often a few clicks off from what would be considered normal, and he's willing to go to lengths to punish people that he believe deserve it. He's more than willing to teach people a lesson on his own accord, and his powers can be very scary. Jean-Luc is a great friend and a surprisingly caring person once you get to know him, but God is he a terrible enemy to have.
Jean-Luc was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to two capable witches in the region. Though Jean-Luc strongly identifies with Haitian culture, language, and customs, his memories of actually living in the nation of Haiti itself are few. His family left Haiti when Jean-Luc was a toddler, migrating to Raleigh in North Carolina and moving up further north later on. Jean-Luc's parents were dedicated and hard-working, and they always put their children first. While the family at first had nothing, Jean-Luc's father opened up a small Caribbean restaurant with a friend that later turned into a small chain, able to provide a more-than-suitable living for the young family. Jean-Luc was able to experience the American Dream firsthand, and was able to tangibly feel a rise from relative poverty to relative wealth.
Of course, Jean-Luc's parents are not only chefs and businesspeople. The Laguerre family has had a long history of witches in it of itself, with both paternal and maternal family trees tracing back through generations of spectacular magicians, and Jean-Luc was no different. He was closely embroiled in the Coven activities from an early age, learning magic fervently and becoming highly dedicated to its practice. While his parents balanced Coven activities with active work and social lives, Jean-Luc had tunnel-vision to become a powerful witch. Recesses for him were spent reading and practicing in secret, free time allocated to his studies of various forms of magic and curses. His skills grew rapidly, at the cost of living a normal life. Sure, he went to school and he had some friends, but he was always the quiet kid in the corner, the weird kid.
As he approaches time to join the Coven, Jean-Luc is ecstatic to be a part of the group, though, as usual, he won't ever show it.
That Jean-Luc once used a curse to kill a boyfriend that cheated on him.
He most definitely did not kill anybody, but there may have been some curses placed and some form of damage done.
Cynophobia (Fear of dogs)
Jean-Luc was bitten when he was 6, and while he isn't deathly scared of the animals, he will gladly move away from them if they get near him.
Jean-Luc is a highly skilled young witchling that would, for the most part, be considered a generalist. He has some areas of magic that seems to be more focused, however, and some areas that are weaker.
Jean-Luc's parents were both prodigies in this field, and Jean-Luc has learned how to place curses on individuals with phenomenal results. Jean-Luc is able to put minor curses on individuals without much difficulty, able to cause targets to stub their toe on their bedframe or trip over a twig and hurt themselves, nothing significant or long-lasting. For repercussions that are significant, however, Jean-Luc would have to apply a much more significant sacrifice to make the curse effective. Though requiring sacrifice, these higher-level curses can have a very destructive effect on a person that can slowly (or quickly) rip apart their lives. Jean-Luc only has a theoretical understanding of these more destructive curses, though. Jean-Luc's two strongest weapons in his arsenals are causing wounds to become unhealing for long periods of time (the "yon blesi ki pap geri" or "unhealing wound" is in theory supposed to be eternal, but Jean-Luc is nowhere near that level of severity) and causing severe relationship damage to the people the afflicted person cares about. Jean-Luc has never used this curses yet, due to the legality of them along with the sacrifice necessary, but has a good understanding on how to cast them should he ever need to.
Jean-Luc's other unique talent is the ability to link a mortal being with an object and exercise limited manipulation of that target. Jean-Luc, through using a piece of the afflicted's body (such as hair, a tooth, anything really) or a possession of sentimental value, is able to link either another person or an inanimate object, like a doll, to the afflicted. From there, Jean-Luc can use magic to cause a sort of sympathetic link that will cause the afflicted to move and feel what the linked object (person or thing) is doing. To maintain this link for long periods of time requires a great deal of magical energy and sacrifice, especially when linking two people together. Jean-Luc would traditionally do this type of magic with a sort of voodoo doll or poppet, though he will be quick to point out that the conception of voodoo dolls being linked to Haitian Vodou is perpetuated by Western stereotypes. Still, it's a pretty awesome and terrifying magic to see in practice.
Minor Specialty: Potions
Jean-Luc is fairly skilled at making potions. It's not exactly one of his strongest suits, but he's fairly adept at doing so and is overall capable of making a good chunk of potions.
Minor Specialty: Charms
Jean-Luc is fairly skilled at creating and using charms as well. They aren't as effective as his curses are, of course, but Jean-Luc is still able to successfully create and use them on a fairly high level.
Weakness: Healing Magic
Familiar: Jean-Luc's lovely familiar is as far from fluffy as possible. Namely, it's a Central American boa constrictor named Ghede, a lazy and often moody snake of over 6 feet that is named for a renowned Loa of Haitian vodou. Jean-Luc loves reptiles and is quite affectionate of Ghede, though Ghede seems to never return the favor towards Jean-Luc or anybody else, for that matter.
Language: Jean-Luc is fluent in English and Haitian Creole, and rather proficient in French.
Color: Dark magenta on the Guild
Accepted! Go ahead and put him in the character tab- in the same post as Dakota is.