"Repetition can make you hate something you love."
Born and raised in London, though one of his grandparents is German, but has so long integrated to British society that his German ancestry has been somewhat barely noticeable
Changing to St Pauls college has allowed a lot of freedom to pursue his normal style of clothings. He normally sports a pair of suit and tie, usually dark-colored, but occasionally he can show off his white suits whenever he feels partygoing and thrills (good luck getting him to that). In colder times, an additional thick overcoat is employed. You'd likely find him like this all the time, though at home he wears more comfortably, and sometimes you can find him wearing less formal short-sleeved collared shirts when going out on short excursions. People, including close relatives, have been quick to point out how unnecessary it is with the choice of clothes, and inconvenient especially in hotter times of the year, but he doesn't really care. It's simply one man's opinion.
His metaverse appearance downed his formality slightly, but the impression of his age rise spectacularly. In his metaverse self, the suit and tie has been changed to a more Victorian styled attire. Surprisingly enough, it was strangely convenient for him to perform difficult or high speed stunts without much inconveniences. His formal shoes has also been changed to black boots to easily move around quickly.
Why is silence condemned as sadness? That's what Phillip really finds annoying, and basically a sum up of his characteristics in general. Silence is the blissful heaven for Phillip. A time for rest, for personal reflections, for concentrations. He knew it from the time of his prime as an Olympiad participant, and has been like that since. He enjoys sitting by the corner of the room, with a book or a computer besides him, with perhaps a cup of tea to accompany his aloneness. It is not that Phillip is socially awkward by any means, in fact upon interaction you can find it all too clearly how socially capable he is: able to talk without any hesitations or scaredness, sometimes even impressing the other party by how well-mannered this man is. He is capable of holding a meaningful conversation with the opposition, just that he doesn't actively approach anyone, except in a special circumstance, and often don't enjoy small and meaningless conversations. This demeanor too could cause quite some people to depict him as snobbish and arrogant, given his social status and achievements.
In terms of social interaction, Phillip views people rather scientifically. He knows and accepts that there are elements that can mix together really well with another, whilst some may completely reject and ignore the others. And so with humans. That's why he doesn't mind being left alone or ignored. He is just as easy to become friends with depending on which elements they are. For morality, coming from a family of rationale champions, Phillip prefers to view things in a more practical and rational way than emotional, which sometimes might bring him the air of coldness. He doesn't, or at least tries to, react to things emotionally, but in the heat of the moments or during occasions where rationality are not given the space and time to shine, Phillip would adhere mostly to basic sense of morality and kindness.
In the metaverse, this does not change much, if not at all. Strangely, Phillip is just as silent in tense situations as his normal peaceful self, only raising his voice occasionally. Taunting and insults are not in his dictionary, and do not work on him. Even when many thers would scream and shout, either in fear, excitement or maniacally, that neutral lips still plastered on his face. Even as he destroy enemies to pieces, his only responses would be a raise of his eyebrows or a shrug of his shoulders.
Metal gauntlet (Right hand only)/Steam pistol
St Pauls College: Engineering
Phillip's life has been a pretty extraordinary ride in the early stage. Born in a family of engineers and professors, it was rather expected of the young Phillip to inherit the family's knowledge. What they did not expect is how fast it is that he did it. Phillip exhibited an unusually advanced mathematical ability when he was only in primary school, capable of performing early high school level maths at the age of 10. In middle school, the introduction of physics into his curriculum had led to yet another astonishing discovery that his understanding and perception of physics are also at an abnormally high level, just like his math skills. He was among some of the rare individuals to score a whopping 740 on the math section when he was only 13 years of age. 2 years later, the young boy astonishes everyone's already awed impression with him snatching home the silver medal at the International Physics Olympiad. He was once considered one of the smartest kids of his time.
His family was proud, his friends were awed, his teachers were glad to be the educator of the mind of this caliber. All was fine and dandy for everyone.
Everyone except him...
Except for the fact that Phillip didn't enjoy what he's doing. Once felt like the normal school math/physics curriculum could not benefit this bright kid any longer, schools began to recommend him to study at a much higher level. He took courses in university (on a part-time basis) whilst still pursuing high school education at Evergreen. Ones that are perhaps a step too far and too soon. The life of university were a little too foreign for the child prodigy to enjoy or adapt. And the high achievements of Phillip in his early days had led to an unfortunate perception of his intellect: Overestimation.
They didn't understand that even geniuses has their limits, even though he was trying hard to break them.
Courses were rigorous, competitions were high, and expectations from parents, friends and societies to ace exams, pass with flying colors and seizing scholarships began to weigh Phillip down like a chain. And for what reasons? Was it because they wanted to look good in front of everyone with a child who is incredibly smart? Or was it because they wanted Phillip to become a great person, have a great job and do great things? What great jobs and things? They didn't even tell him what was it. It was just blank promises and blind encouragements to get him to work harder with his academics? In fact, as a result he didn't even know what things he wanted to do. He was too busy trying to please the expectations that he didn't know what he should be doing, or what his true role to play in society but being a good role model student. That couldn't possibly last forever.
And eventually he grew distasteful of it. He thought that it was nowhere being his passion, that it lied somewhere else not the ones he was gifted to. Hate would be a rather strong word but it somewhat resembled his feelings towards academia at the time.
Phillip gradually strayed from mathematics and physics, preferring to indulge in other less scientific fields, like philosophy, art, music, everything to interest and keep his mind off the equations and theorems that he had swum in them till his limbs grew weary. He learnt to play the violin while still in Evergreen. And when the time comes, the once smartest kid of the time again astonished everyone, but this time for the totally wrong reasons. Starting with his parents with one single proposal:
"I want to go to St Paul College."
Like...why? St Paul is prestigious and all, but why? His expertise, his prodigious knowledge, his vast intellect could have landed him a spot in Harvard, Stanford or at the least Oxford for convenience sake. Why such a relatively normal school? Why such a path of least resistance? A lot of convincing was done, and despite seemingly broken through to Phillip's mind, he still couldn't choose to go to any of the universities he was offered and recommended, to even the point of irrationality. No one got it. No one could understand why he'd choose that path. Not even himself.
Eventually, as Phillip was considered a grown adult, and being from a family of high prestigious standings, they couldn't force their child. They allowed Phillip to attend St Paul as an engineering student, under his parent's influence, though Phillip usually indulged in something else, as he tried to find the true passion of his mind, and therefore the purpose of his existence. But what he didn't realize was that the thing he was looking for was right before him.
Steven Leonhart (Father)
Maria Leonhart (Mother)