160 cms // 5'3"Weight
55 kgs // 121 lbs
Jake is of very short stature for a man of his age. Being appropriately—but not unhealthily—skinny as well and lacking any real muscle, physical strength is not his forte. Neither does he consider his appearance to be worthy of any praise, though there were undeniably some who called him ‘cute’ before.
Most of the times he wears formal clothing or the default Institute attire, the biggest reason for which is that he hates having to put together a decent-looking—or rather, one that does not look atrocious—outfit every single day.
There is a miniature and lightweight device attached to the rim of his glasses at his left eye, created by himself. Currently it is just a framework and serves little more than a barely visible decoration, but one day he hopes that it can be upgraded to be capable of enhancing his sight in ways a normal pair of glasses cannot.Likes
Practical applications of any kind of research, fascinating theories and models, progress, a good challenging puzzle, moments of solitude, open-minded people, cool robots, energetic music, video gamesDislikes
Overly long and descriptive research papers (especially if he has to read them), people who value emotions above rational thought, cocky and/or stubborn people unwilling to accept others' truths, sappy soap operas, buzzing crowds (after a certain extent)Party Trick
Due to his ability to think and speak at incredible speeds, Jake can perform even the trickiest rap songs flawlessly (a skill he very rarely acknowledges, much less shows).ProfessionAssociate Research Scientist
in the field of Computer Science and Robotics
at the Shine City Science Institute and Research CentrePersonality
Jake is a very excitable person, quick to gain attention and easy to impress. He can get very passionate about the newest developments in research and more importantly, in practice, especially in his own field of work. This comes with a fleeting attention span which means that he often jumps between projects and rarely finishes anything. He tries to make up for this sometimes irritating behaviour with kindness and loyalty towards his fellow scientists and co-workers. He rarely approaches others without a strong reason to do so, but can be a very pleasant conversation partner when the talk is about topics he is knowledgeable about.
Although his full potential has seldom been realised yet, it has been shown time and time again that when he does
work on something seriously, he is capable of great results. He has both the eye and the mind for applied computer science and electrical engineering.Biography
Ever since he was a little kid, Jacob Sharner was known as a generally insufferable brat with sparks of genius shining up in him every now and then. His rather selective memory and incapability to stay at one place for too long gave plenty of headaches to his—otherwise lovely and caring—parents who took him to a variety of examinations and tests screening for mental illnesses ranging from autism to ADHD. At the end, it turned out that he had nothing of the sort, but was simply like that as a person. Despite this, they tried to temper his extremities—to various degrees of success.
In high school, it was his ‘sparks of genius’ that carried him through the years. He has always had an interest in mechanical engineering—started by binging on mecha cartoons and animes in his earlier years—, he won numerous design competitions in this time which helped keep his grades afloat from the appropriate subjects. The teachers, aptly, likened him to the schematics of a revolutionary machine: incredible potential, but a massive effort required to make it a reality.
Unfortunately for him, not many places were willing to make the effort. He got himself reasonably together in university—where he only made it to thanks to a generous recommendation by the principal and the staff—, strengthening his memory and taking up meditation to help him focus. He graduated without a hitch, but the hardest part of his life had only just begun: finding a workplace that would take a person such as him in.
The stars finally smiled on him after a couple years of part-time jobs and low-pay work. The S.C.S Institute in the nearby Shine City extended him an offer to put his skills to good use at them full-time. With an accepting environment to his faults and the possibility to move up the academy hierarchy, it was all Jake could have hoped for. He accepted it without a second thought and moved to Shine City where the Institute provided him with a small apartment to live in just like the rest of the scientists and professors working there.
Life has been great to Jacob Sharner since that.
...so much that he managed to find something he did not know he sought: love. The chance meeting at the club and the subsequent crazy and rarely believed events with a certain Nina Valentine was only the beginning of a wild ride, though he did not realise he was actually on
it for a good while. In his defence, life had usually found just the right obstacle to throw in front of the small man that prevented him from seeing the situation clearly. One such was the desperate attempt he undertook with a few other, like-minded people to save a sweet girl from a terminal illness. They had done all they could to stand against fate's inevitability, but in the end, the powers of the universe prevailed. The failure haunted Jake for weeks. He could not see what was happening in the big picture—his eyes were too tearful for that.
In those trying times, however, there was one person who shone through his rainy clouds like a sun: Nina. It was only after bearing the grief together did he finally notice how different his had situation become. The paths of the scientist and the teacher intertwined more and more often, sometimes accidentally—or as some would have it, through the guiding hands of some mystical force—, but usually deliberately. In the end, they decided that if they were going to spend so much time walking the same roads...then they might as well walk together.