Name: Timothy Abrams
School: Aurora High School
Hobbies and Interests: History, Music (School Band), Model Making and Reading (Book Club)
Appearance: At 57 and 140 pounds, Timothys build is unremarkable for a boy of his age. He has brown eyes, placed high on his rounded face, above an aquiline nose and a small mouth with rather thin lips. He is quite non-athletic, with no muscle definition to speak of, and is rather pale from his lack of time spent outdoors. He keeps a very clean appearance, with a clean shaven face and shortly cropped black hair. He prefers to wear clothing with long sleeves, no matter the weather.
Biography: Timothy was born in Seattle, Washington to Glen and Sandra Abrams, on October 21, 1993. Glen and Sandra, both senior managers at a local company, worked to maintain a high standard of living for their children. Glen and Sandra constantly tried to make a good impression toward their superiors and coworkers, in hopes of receiving promotions and other accolades at work. Because of this, the majority of their relationships with others were not very open. They suspected that their friends would judge them if they showed any family troubles, such as Sandras fathers alcoholism, which she has tried to keep hidden from her family. Consequently, they became very worried about appearances, and felt a need to provide an outward appearance of a "perfect" family. This caused some stress for Timothy, causing him to adopt his parents' pattern of hiding their problems. Since he knew that telling his parents about any problems with school or relationships would just cause them to worry, he preferred not to talk about any emotional problems with anyone, lest they worry or tell his parents. Although no serious problems have developed in his life yet, his academic performance has suffered somewhat, due to his unwillingness to admit his lack of comprehension of some of the material being taught.
Timothy has a brother, named Brandon, who is nine years older than him. When Timothy was five years old, Brandon had an accident while riding his bicycle, breaking his arm. Timothy doesnt remember this incident, but his parents do. Although they were judged by nobody but themselves, they became convinced that this, as well as any further accidents, would reflect badly on them as parents. Afterwards, they became very protective of Timothy and his brother, encouraging Timothy to pursue hobbies that carried little risk of injury.
Overall, Timothy has had a positive, if somewhat distant relationship with his brother. The distance in their ages has made it hard for them to relate to each other, and after Brandon went to college for an engineering degree, they barely had any contact with each other. Still, Timothy looks up to his brother, and wishes that they could be closer. Timothy feels pressure, both from his parents and from himself, to achieve good grades in high school, since Brandon was consistently at the top of his class.
In elementary school, he spent a large amount of his time reading, preferring the comfort of his books to the loud and rowdy games of the other children. However, this didn't deter him from making friends. All though he has drifted away from most of his elementary school friends, he has made a few friends in high school and enjoys their companionship, as well as the company of those in the various groups and clubs that he has joined at Aurora High School. He has friends both in the book club, and in the school concert band, where he plays the clarinet. He enjoys making models of imaginary armies, and using them to simulate famous battles at home, as well as participate in modeling competitions at his local hobby store.
At Aurora High School, Timothys favourite subjects are history and English. His sheltered upbringing has lead him to feel that everyday life is boring and sterile, causing him to focus his attention on stories that are far removed from modern life, such as science fiction, fantasy or stories concerning events past eras. Timothy is fascinated, in particular, with ancient Rome. He especially enjoys reading about Roman military campaigns, such as the Punic Wars. As part of this interest, he takes Latin courses at school for his foreign language credits. After he graduates, he plans ancient history in college, though he occasionally has nagging thoughts of concern for the lack of job opportunities in that field.
He is very close to his uncle, on his mother's side, David Sheridan. Davids wife died soon after their marriage, and he never remarried. Having no children of his own, he focused his attention on Timothy and Brandon. Timothy took great enjoyment in speaking with his uncle about their favourite books. While Timothys uncle holds anti-government views, Timothy is largely apathetic towards current politics, instead focusing on the events of the past. A few summers ago, David took Timothy on a week long camping trip. Although Timothy did not enjoy himself, due to his dislike of the great outdoors, he enjoyed his time with his uncle. On that trip, his uncle taught him a few things that he had learned while in the Boy Scouts when he was younger. He demonstrated to Timothy how to properly make a campfire and showed him a few edible species of berries and mushrooms. After learning about Timothy's interest in military history, David took him to a shooting range. Again, Timothy did not enjoy the experience, and did not spend much time there.
Advantages: Timothy is familiar with basic gun safety, and has learned several skills that would be useful for extended stays in the wilderness.
Disadvantages: Timothy is physically very weak, which would be a great disadvantage in the event of any physical obstacle or combat. He is not a good shot by any means, but his small amount of experience may lead him to overestimate his competence.
Hi Skraal! Good start to the bio, but it's DENIED for right now just for sake of needing some elaboration.
There's some questions I want to ask about the character that, when answered, may help flesh the character out a bit.
For one thing, why did their parents worry so much about appearances? Did they both come from less-than-stellar backgrounds and wanted to stay above it all? The fact that Timothy gained this habit is interesting; are there problems that have been particularly notable that he decided to hide from the public eye? How does this factor into his everyday life?
How does he do at school? Any favored subjects? Any aspirations outside of school he might have picked up?
Asking questions like these can be good for getting more details on your character. I look forward to looking at this again when you resubmit!