Asante Esiason: Big man on campus...in a more literal sense. While he is the starting center for Hunter High's highly ranked basketball team, he doesn't really use that to play into popularity politics. Asante is more likely to come off as either cold and/or weird, depending on who you talk to, barring some of his teammates of course. He's been a big fan of the Dragon Ball franchise since he was a kid, and generally wears that on his sleeve, and will explain why he feels GT isn't that bad (it is tho). He's into streetwear fashion, even a lot of the stuff on the more "out-there" side of things, and spends a lot of time on how he looks to fit his ideal image.
Scanning for teammates, people who can ask him about power levels, and fans of designer surgical masks. Straight, if you have any romantic ideas.
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- Name: Asante Walt Esiason
School: George Hunter High School
Hobbies and Interests: Basketball, Dragon Ball, Fashion
Appearance: 6'11" and 210 pounds, Asante cuts out a noticeable figure. He's black and dark-skinned, with noticeable muscle tone from playing basketball for many years. Asante's face is noticeably angular, having a square jawline with high cheekbones and a pointed nose. His eyes are colored a very dark brown and his curly hair is black, braided into dreads and colored a dark blonde color at the tips which just graze the back of his shoulders. His hair is usually worn to cover up his ears that stick out, often styled into an up-do during games and a snapback cap otherwise.
Asante's fashion choices ranges from flashy to what some call gawdy. This is due to the influence of street-wear fashion trends that he has submerged himself in. While he has the usual jeans and t-shirts, he prefers to go all out when he can express himself through his clothes. He takes good care of his clothing, especially his shoes. Hell often carry a second pair of shoes in his backpack just in case he thinks the pair hes wearing might get tarnished in some way.
On the day of the abduction Asante was wearing the following: A tiger print track jacket over a bright orange cut-off shirt with the Dragon Ball Turtle School emblem designed on the left side of the chest and on the back, blue hip-hop style harem pants that are tightened with black laces seamed in place of belt loops, and deep blue Nike basketball shoes with a red trim. For his accessories, Asante was wearing a blue triangle scarf that has a skull on it when pulled up to the face and feathery tendrils, scarlet colored contact lenses, and a Fiesta themed San Antonio Spurs snapback hat.
Biography: Abe and Tabitha Eliason were high school sweethearts who had managed to to stay together throughout college and ended up married by the time they graduated. On the first of August, Asante was born in Chattanooga and would become the couple's first and only child.
Unfortunately, the reason Asante would remain an only child was because Tabitha suffered dearly from complication during the birth, and passed away soon after it was over. Heartbroken without his other half, Abe found himself in a difficult situation of having to raise a child by himself and without a lot of financial help. This led to Abe working long hours as a data entry clerk, while Asante spent most of his time at a youth center until he was deemed mature enough to stay home by himself. This continued until he got to middle school, and was considered mature enough to take care of himself at the house. However, during this time, both Asante and Abe developed poor diets consisting of mostly microwave dinners and fast food due to Abe being too tired and untrained to cook proper food, leading to them both becoming overweight and unhealthy.
Asante's weight issues led to him becoming sensitive about his body, especially as he often compared himself to the basketball players on TV that he became enamored with during his nights alone at the house. This led to Asante having to deal with some bullying, mostly of the verbal and emotional kind, as he was still big and strong enough his bullies would most physical confrontations. Abe was aware of his sons problems, but went a long time unsure how to help, since he was dealing with the same weight issues.
Having to grow up without his biological mother, Asante often wondered about what she was really like, only asking his father and grandparents occasionally knowing it was a sore spot for them. Due to this, Asante often distanced himself from older female figures in his life, such as his teachers, his friends moms, and any potential girlfriends of his Dads with the exception being his grandmothers due to familiarity. Since most of his teachers in Elementary school were in fact female, he didnt have too many he could talk to about his school issues. While this has mitigated some as hes grown older, he does have a natural instinct to keep authoritative females at an arms length.
Deciding that something needed to be done, Abe decided to play games with him at the basketball court and change their diet. It was difficult for a while, as Asante felt embarrassed being outside, not being very skilled at the game and his insecurities making him feel like everybody was looking at him. Abe had to carry his son through a lot of the pain, having to talk to him out of quitting numerous times, telling him to look towards the men on TV that he looked up to so much, using them as inspiration to keep on going. It wasn't till middle school that Walt was able to shake off his worries to make some real progress and got the courage to sign up for the school team. Even though he was still hefty and slow, he was also very tall, and all his games with his father gave him enough know-how to compete. Finally, Asante had managed to lose all his weight, and was beginning to look more like how he wanted to. His father also benefited from this new stage in life, earning a promotion soon after the fact and a bigger paycheck to make their home life easier.
With his new popularity came a rather cold attitude. Being in shape gave Asante some assurance about his image, but he was still embarrassed about his past self and some of the ridicule he had faced. This led to him challenging varsity players even while he was still only a freshman and getting into fights, physical and verbal, with some of the other students who made fun of him. Still though, he has proven to be a talented Center for the varsity basketball team, and is especially proud of his dunking ability. While not being very flexible or having the most graceful footwork, Asante is great on defense and uses his size to his advantage. Hes also developed thick skin towards any trash talk or mind games that might come his way, preferring to use his skills on the court to make a point.
Besides his love for basketball, Asante all loves the Dragon Ball series, a franchise that he grew up with around the same time. It started when he was in Elementary, with Dragon Ball Z being shown on Cartoon Networks Toonami time slot. To him, DBZ stood out in comparison to other shows on the block. It had its own unique art style, even compared to most other anime shows at the time, and the power shown in the anime was above anything he had seen, nearly iconic to him. It was one of the other things besides basketball he had found that he could connect to people with, and so he delved into its history and found himself as a fan. This continues into his high school days, and hes stuck to being open about, getting minor jests about his interest from time to time. Asante doesnt mind this, since its not a part of him that hes ever disliked like with body image.
In part of both wanting to change who he is physically and stay true to himself emotionally, Asante has grown an interest in fashion, namely in that of street-wear, with an emphasis on the 90s retro and hip-hop culture subdivision. His range of experimentation can go anywhere from simple skater mimicry to lose and baggy hoodies with eight zippers and 80s anime filters. It mostly depends on what he thinks would look the coolest that day. Not only at school, but Asante has taken to sharing his style on social media, namely Instagram and Twitter. Hes built a loyal following on these sites, which has encouraged him to stick with his fashion choices. Asante generally makeshifts his own style with thrift shops and sales, often saving up his allowance to spend it all on a particularly expensive item.
Right now, Asante is feeling alright with how his life is going. Hes been accepted to the University of Tennessee on a scholarship, planning to play basketball there while he figures out what to major in. His grades span from Cs to As, just managing to keep a 3.0 GPA. His core class skills are all average, mostly boosting his GPA through his electives. The only source of consistent friction in his life comes from the introduction of his step-mother, Britney, into his household. Its mostly a case of boundaries, as Asante has pulled up a bigger wall between himself and her than when she was just his fathers girlfriend. Britney does want Asante to see her as a mother figure in his life, and its apparent that hes against the idea. Abe has been unsure of how to deal with this, given that he assumed Asante would welcome a mother in his life. Dinners at home have had tension in the air for a while now, even with the news of Britneys recent pregnancy. Asante has been spending more time going out, as a result.
Advantages: Asante is athletic, being strong and tall. His cold attitude could help in that he wouldnt be as easily manipulated or get too attached too any potential allies he didnt know before hand, especially any girls. He also wont be easily riled by any choice words thrown at him.
Disadvantages: His cold attitude would be a double-edged sword, and might hinder him in the early parts of the game. His inflexibility, size, and clothes could also make him an easier target to hit than most. Asante also has strong opinions on his own image, which would come into conflict with taking part in the game and having it change him, with potential cause for emotional and mental stress.
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Dolly Upton: 2. ?. 3. 5. 5.
Andy Silverman: 4. 1. 3. 4. 4.
Cheridene Williams: 3. 3. 3. 4. 3.
Ned Jackson: 2. 1. 3. 2. 3.
Fabian "Ian" Cortés: 4. 1. 5. 2. 2.
Akiem Hampton: 5. 1. 4. 3. 1.
Keisha Higgins-Bell: 3. 4. 2. 1. 2.
Astor Maradona: 3. 1. 3. 2. 1.
Floyd Adkinson: 2. 1. 3. 2. 2.
Phillip Ovares: 1.5. 1. 4. 5. 2.
Ron Kiser: 4. 1. 2. 1. X.
Ivy Langley: 3. 5. 1. 1. 1.
Heather Klein: 4. 2. 2. 1. 1.
Myles Roux: 2. 1. 1. 1. 2.
Wyatt Carter: 5. 1. 0. 2. 1.
Searching for people who enjoy the same type of music she does and possibly band members, maybe a tutor, and a tabletop party. Lesbian.
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Leslie Smith: "Do you think she'd like this playlist I made for her?"
Charelle Chernyshyova: "What can you do, ya know? It wasn't a good fit."
Yuki Hayashibara: "She helps me out a lot, so I try to do the same."
Rueben Walters: "I'm the Alan-a-Dale to his Robin Hood."
Andy Silverman: "Dude is a total banger in a power jam."
Isra Khalili: "Best keytar rival!"
Justin Greene: "We're like two peas in a pod, if one of us was a berry!"
Demetri Fuscher: "A quiet sorta guy who holds onto what he thinks. I can admire that."
Keisha Higgins-Bell: "I feel like she's always shooting daggers at me..."
Dante Valiero: "He likes girls, I like girls, that's close to a match made in heaven."
Abaynesh Dula: "I get extra food for doing my homework, this is the best deal ever."
Heather Klein: "I have this strange feeling like I've talked to her before..."
Filing for student council members/upper class peeps, poker players, and people who want to say "I have a bookie". Wants to see if she's gay by secretly dating another girl. Biromantic, maybe.
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Mackenzie Baker: "Call me when you're rich and famous, we'll play poker! ( ˘ ³˘)♥"
Ivy Langley: "Well Wishes ✿✿✿."
Kelly Nguyen: "You're a great friend! (づ￣ ³￣)づ"
Gyu-Ri Christense: "I believe in you!"
Juliette Sargent: "Don't let anything hold you back!"
Joey Quintero: "Don't forget me at your inauguration!"
Janie Lyons: "Wishing you the best!"
Alison Bernheisel: "Follow your path!"
Lavender Ripley: "Shoot for the stars!"
Alton Gerow: ?
Dante Valiero: ಠ_ಠ
Myles Roux: _____