Mikael "Mik" Zakowski - Mik has always been a little misshapen. Hitting a sizable growth spurt just at the start of middle school, he quickly got used to towering over his fellow classmates. While not ugly, he has a distinctly flat, broad face and a neutral expression that is taken by some as scowling. Being the biggest kid in class at that age while not being particularly aggressive resulted in him getting into a number of fights with classmates who fancied themselves the bullies of the school, culminating in him having a broken nose that's never quite set correctly. Despite his size, he is not particularly built, though working recently has begun to put some meat on his bones. Despite all of this, Mik is a surprisingly warm and friendly person, more than happy to carry on a conversation with anyone who sits down with him. He rarely gets into conflicts with anyone at the school, and will most often be the person to play peacemaker between his classmates if any conflicts look in danger of getting physical. He enjoys a strong relationship with his mother, a polish immigrant who came to the country pregnant with him after a one night stand. They've worked hard on this relationship, which has often been strained by her need to work two jobs in order to support them. Now that Mik himself is old enough to work, he pulls 20 hours a week pushing trolleys at a nearby supermarket, something he does with little complaint. He insists on his mother taking a portion of his wages as rent, but she refuses to take more than that despite his offers, wanting him to spend the money he earns on luxuries she can't afford for him. Outside of school and work, Mik has little time for hobbies, having only one interest that's largely dominated his free time, mid 90's death metal. He desperately wants to form a band (or is already in one, depending on how planning goes) and spends as much time as he can practicing his bass and working on his death growl.
Felicia Cara - It's possible to raise your kids around drugs and still have them turn out to be a responsible adult. This isn't the case with Felicia. With hippy parents who regularly got messed up on strange substances and had late night parties, it wasn't long before Felicia was sampling from her parents stash. By the time she got to high school she was turning up to class high, and with the relentless predictability of events she quickly got caught. Both of her parents were swiftly busted after the police managed to bully Felicia into admitting where she had gotten the drugs, and she was swiftly put into a group home as her parents were disappeared into seperate prisons. She has been unable to maintain contact with them, as she feels painfully guilty over being responsible for them getting caught. But life wasn't quite done taking a dump on Felicia, and her parents dealers managed to find Felicia. While Felicia's parents didn't implicate their dealer, he was quickly able to convince Felicia that if she didn't agree to work for him, he would have his men on the inside kill them on the off chance they changed their mind. While she has not yet been asked to deal herself, she is regularly tasked with transporting drugs from one stash to another. The guilt and fear she was now living with drove her even further towards drugs, and she now nurses a low level meth dependency. The time since the arrests have hardened Felicia from the flower child her parents raised her as into a tough young thug. The meth use has not yet begun to tell physically on her, but she often comes to school wearing bruises and cuts that she refuses to explain. Despite this, she is not a loner, having a small set of girls who associate with her in an attempt to seem dangerous. She looks on these girls with a mixture of contempt and affection, on the one hand finding herself angered by what she sees as their misery tourism, but on the other hand treasuring human interaction that isn't as awful as most of the other interactions she has.
Alan Boid - You know how there's that one kid who takes his fandoms a little too seriously? As though he can't properly deal with the real world? Well, people pegged Alan for that from the first day of middle school, when he turned up wearing the GM cape his mom had made for him. Despite the mockery however, he continued to wear it day after day and as he grew up, he was continually asking his mother to adjust it to fit him, or craft him a new one. To people's surprise, Alan was not in fact your typical shrinking violet nerd, instead he wore his geekiness like a badge of pride and had an often infectious enthusiasm. Indeed, Alan seemed to have an almost heightened sense of empathy when he tried to understand the world mechanically, and quickly grew a close circle of friends, spreading his love of RPG's throughout them. Moreover, he was more than aware that not everyone shared his interests, and proved himself quite capable of having regular conversations with folk, quickly becoming a casual acquaintance with the majority of his year in school. Sure, the bullies hated him, and would love nothing more than the opportunity to kick his teeth in, but being relatively well liked by most of the students meant he was afforded a certain amount of immunity. Alan's cape is no longer a point of derision, instead it's simply seen as his thing.
Mik - "Only looks scary"
Felicia - "Damaged, not yet broken"
Alan - "No, you're the one who's a dork!"