Roxanne "Roxie" Borowski- I've mentioned her a few times, but yup, I'm making another perky goth!
Roxie is an aspiring special effects artist, with a focus on makeup effects in particular. She's particularly fond of horror-based stage makeup, such as making herself into a zombie or making werewolf facial prosthetics, but she has done other things as well. To help with her interest, Roxie has her own YouTube channel (name pending) where she largely uploads tutorials on how to make your own horror special effects at home cheaply and easily. As you might guess, she's a fan of horror media, especially 80s horror movies. In fact, she likes 80s-90s pop culture in general; one of her favorite non-horror movies is Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, which I can see her quoting on a regular basis. I''ve also considered making her a huge fan of the miniseries Stranger Things. Roxie is part of the school's drama club, and enjoys both acting onstage and helping out backstage. Another one of Roxie's interests is learning about odd mythological creatures; she's the type who'd tell you about something like vampire pumpkins.
When Roxie was in early elementary, she was involved in an accident. I might change it in the future, but right now I'm thinking it was vehicle-related. While she survived, she was significantly injured; her left leg in particular was crushed, broken, and damaged. Because the limb was unable to recover correctly, the doctors recommended that it be surgically amputated to improve her health and quality of life. Ultimately, this is what Roxie's family went with, and nowadays she uses an ATK prosthesis. Despite the trauma of being in a near-death experience and losing her leg, Roxie is fairly well-adjusted. I imagine that some of her gothiness came about partly as a coping mechanism for it when she was younger. However, she did have some guilt when she learned that her family had some difficulty financially afterwards, so she started working as soon as she was able so that she could buy things she needed (such as makeup supplies) personally. I'm thinking she has a regular part-time job and a seasonal one. I don't know what the part-time is yet, but the other one is that she worked at a local haunted house attraction for at least one year.
Roxie comes from a Jewish background; to be specific, her family's Ashkenazim and practices Reform Judaism (which is a liberal sect). Despite what you'd initially suspect, Roxie is actually reasonably devout. I'm not certain yet, but I'm thinking she does practice kashrut. In addition, I'm thinking that after her leg was amputated, it was officially buried (as per tradition). Because of her Jewish background, Roxie is actually interested in seeing horror themes that take clear influence from the culture and religion (she feels that horror media is oversaturated with Christian themes). One of her dream projects is a Marble Hornets-style ARG about a dybbuk, which she still is in the early planning stages for. Of course, I may need to do more research on this front, since I'm not personally Jewish.
Personality wise, she's a bit of a gadfly. If you're friends with her, be prepared for loads and loads of trolling. Of course, she's the type who doesn't mind getting teased and made fun of too, as there's very little that'd upset her if you joke about it to her face. She's fond of self-deprecating humor, too, and doesn't mind jokes even at the expense of stuff like her disability, as long as it's clear it's good fun between friends (so if you go up to her and be like "HAHA, one-leg", she'd frowny-face, but if you're a close friend who cracks a joke about it she'd at least not mind it as much). Speaking of her disability, she doesn't really feel shame about it or try to hide it. To her, it's a sucky situation, sure, but she doesn't like the idea of people feeling bad for her because of it. Just something you got to deal with, you know? Roxie is also confident, and fond of body-positivity. Currently, she's been trying to get involved in anti-bullying efforts around the school, since, while not to Alex extents, she despises bullies. As you might suspect, she's consistently busy; she's often working, updating her channel, doing something for the drama club, or studying. So yes, you could say she's a hard-worker. Overall, she's peppy.
Cliff Notes Version
- A bit of a gothy horror fan; also likes 80s/90s pop culture in general.
- Aspiring makeup effects artist; has her own YouTube channel where she uploads tutorials on how to make your own.
- Had a transfemoral amputation when she was younger; uses a prosthesis.
- Has a Ashkenazim background, practices Reform Judaism
- A drama club member; works both on- and backstage.
- Likes spooky mythological creatures.
- Has a bit of a trolly jokey personality, but doesn't mind being the butt of jokes too, at least when it comes to close friends
- Hard worker; has a yearly part-time job (that I need to settle on), as well as a seasonal part time job working at a local haunted house attraction.
- Dislikes bullies.
- [+] spoiler
Yuka Hayashibara- "Oh! I'm making a new video and I need a guinea pig. You down?"
Hyacinth Eickenhorst- "Oh, we know each other because Jewishness. Phooey on her, though."
Bree really loves fish. Her dream is to become a marine biologist, and she's had experience taking care of aquatic pets. I'm not certain yet, but I'm thinking she might have a betta tank (maybe a sorority? It's something that's generally agreed to be tricky, but feasible). Because of her love of aquatic animals, she has strong opinions on them. For example, Bree dislikes the idea of cetaceans in captivity, and will probably explain why you shouldn't go to SeaWorld, land of orca abuse. I'm thinking she might also be the type to tell you that sharks, while apex predators, aren't the demons pop culture portray them as, as well as preferring to use products that are good for the ocean, and encouraging proper care of aquatic pets. So yeah, she does have a lot of feelings about fish!
When she was younger, Bree's family went through a nasty divorce. Currently, Bree lives with her mother; she hasn't seen her father in a long time, due to not having a good relationship with him. While the experience was difficult, perhaps traumatic for her, she has somewhat overcome it through counseling and bonding with her mother. She still has some insecurities about it, however. Because it's a sore issue for her, she doesn't like to talk about it too much. Like Roxie, she may have taken a part-time job to help her mother out (maybe working at a pet store?).
Bree is athletic; she's a member of the school's swim team (possible captain? we'll see), and is fairly good at it. In addition, she enjoys kayaking; Chattanooga is right on the Tennessee river, so there's plenty of places for her to check out. Aside from water sports, Bree also enjoys livestreaming video games. I'm not certain what she streams exactly, but I do know she does it purely for fun, as a way to show herself playing video games while chatting with her friends and other people who decide to pop in. She isn't really expecting to get popular at all, really. Bree also enjoys changing her appearance regularly, and usually styles her hair in various ways. For example, one day it'll be a low sidetail, another will be a high ponytail. I imagine her as the type who also randomly decides to braid her friends' hair, too. Generally, I also picture her as the kind of person who invites her friends over to a movie night/slumber party where she styles their hair (possible thread idea?). Speaking of which, she likes movies too; she likes more chick flick stuff.
She has some mean-girlishness to her; while she is part of the popular crowd, she has a mean-spirited, selfish side of her personality. She doesn't go out of her way to bully or anything. However, she is the kind of person who it's easy to tell what she thinks of you. If she thinks you're annoying, dumb, or silly, you'll probably find out pretty quickly. It also doesn't help that there's a moody, rash side of her personality, especially if things don't go her way. On the other side, though, you'll probably also know if she does like you; she's kind and affectionate to her friends. Also, she is popular for a reason; she's both academic and athletic, giving her lots of cred to both crowds. And, as mentioned before, she's pleasant and friendly to those she is fond of.
Bree's not as fleshed out as Roxie, but feel free to toss things my way!
Cliff Notes Version
- Aspiring marine biologist; has strong opinions on issues relating to aquatic life.
- Has kept aquatic pets; might work at a pet store.
- Family had a messy divorce when she was younger
- Likes water sports; is a member of the swim team, and enjoys kayaking.
- Livestreams video games.
- Enjoys changing up her hairstyle a bit.
- Likes chick flicks
- Is popular; kind of has mean girl elements, but is otherwise kind to people she likes.
- [+] spoiler
Michael Froese- "We talk about fish together. So?"
Yuko Hayashibara- "Hey, I found this picture of a seal. Think it's up your alley?"
Hyacinth Eickenhorst- "Bah. She just can't handle someone with curves."
Jordan Brankovich- "Who? Oh, her. What's her problem?"