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Body and Appearance
1. Describe the character's height and build. Is he heavyset, thin, short, rangy? Alex is 6'3" and built with wide shoulders and a kind of general lankyness aside from that.

2. How old is he? 17

3. Describe his posture. Does he carry himself well or does he slouch? He slouches and always seems to be trying to make himself look smaller, save for the rare moment he is alone with someone he is completely comfortable with.

4. How is his health? Is he fit or out of shape? Any illnesses or conditions? Any physical disabilities? He is thin and bone bare. He looks on edge.

5. How does he move? Is he clumsy, graceful, tense, fluid? He's tense, but not particularly clumsy or to graceful. He is mostly just reserved.

6. How attractive is this character physically? How does he perceive himself in the mirror? He is fairly attractive with a nice face that is a bit too young for his age. He doesn't like to see himself in the mirror. He knows he doesn't look bad, but he mainly sees his scars, and even that he looks good it's something that cursed him anyway.

7. Describe his complexion. Dark, light, clear, scarred? He is light skinned, and most of his body below his neck is covered in scars. He even has some scars above his neck. The most obvious ones there are is one thick but old one on his cheek, another one coming from above his hairline on his right to about an inch over his eye, and one one his left ear.

8. Describe his hair: color, texture, style. Blond, above the ears, thick and silky.

9. What color are his eyes? Blue.

10. Does the character have any other noteworthy features? Most of his bones have been broken at least once, so he has issues with swollen joints sometimes. He also rarely makes eye contact and has a habit of rubbing his sweatshirt.

11. What are his chief tension centers? between the shoulders, the neck, and lower back.

12. What is the character's wardrobe like? Casual, dressy, utilitarian? Bright colors, pastels, neutrals? Is it varied, or does he have six of the same suit? Casual, simple, plain muted colors, mostly black and white. Tee shirts and tanktops mostly. He has his oversized zippered hoodie that is well-worn but could still get more use. Whenever he gets a new hoodie he makes sure the sleeves could cover his hands, which usually means he gets up to a 4-xl while he could fit a medium because of his shoulders. He only owns jeans, and he avoids wearing ones with holes.

13. Do his clothes fit well? Does he seem comfortable in them? He doesn't seem comfortable in his own skin, and his tee shirts are usually too big, but they are clean.

14. Does he dress the same on the job as he does in his free time? If not, what are the differences? He doesn't have a typical job (he uses an alias and a carefully crafted fake overseas company to create digital security software), but he probably wouldn't take one where he had to dress different.

15. You knew it was coming: Boxers, briefs or commando? Boxers



Speech
1. What does this character's voice sound like? High-pitched, deep, hoarse? His voice is fairly high for a boy his age, but he also still sqeaks sometimes. It really hasn't deepened as much as it seems like it might.

2. How does he normally speak? Loud, soft, fast, evenly? Does he talk easily, or does he hesitate? He has a stutter and is usually very quiet until he gets excited about something or is comfortable talking with someone.

3. Does the character have a distinct accent or dialect? Any individual quirks of pronunciation? Any, like, you know, verbal tics? Aside from his stutter he has a New York way of speaking, specifially from the north of Central Park, but with touches of Brooklyn and sometimes a bit of a German accent peeks his head through.

4. What language/s does he speak, and with how much fluency? He speaks German and English natively.

5. Does he switch languages or dialects in certain situations? If he is extremely angry he is likely to go into German cursing. He doesn't use English cursing much, but he will also speak in German if someone else seems to speak it. He might also fall into German when ehausted and comfortable; it was the only language he spoke with his mother, but his father also speaks good English.

6. Is he a good impromptu speaker, or does he have to think about his words? He needs to think about what he wants to say most of the time and trips over his words a lot unless it's something he is extremely passionate about.

7. Is he eloquent or inarticulate? Under what circumstances might this change? He always is pretty inarticulate, but if someone convinces him to slow down when he is talking about something he cares about a lot he will slow down and try to explain more carefully.



Mental and Emotional
1. How intelligent is this character? Is he book-smart or street-smart? He is definately street smart. He learned through tough experience, but he is still too trusting.

2. Does he think on his feet, or does he need time to deliberate? Usually he can think on his feet.

3. Describe the character's thought process. Is he more logical, or more intuitive? Idealistic or practical? He is almost all intuition and idealism.

4. What kind of education has the character had? High school, but he is self taught in programming.

5. What are his areas of expertise? What, if anything, is he interested in learning more about? Programming, but general tech he is fascinated with. He'd love to build robots.

6. Is he an introvert or an extrovert? ~in~tro~vert~

7. Describe the character's temperament. Is he even-tempered or does he have mood swings? Cheerful or melancholy? Laid-back or driven? He is usually melancholy on the inside, but keeps a cheerful exterior to try to boost himself up. He tends to be a bit like the turtle from the turtle and the hare.

8. How does he respond to new people or situations? Is he suspicious, relaxed, timid, enthusiastic? Always timid.

9. Is he more likely to act, or to react? Far more likely to react unless his friends are on the line.

10. Which is his default: fight or flight? Flight, again unless his friends are on the line.

11. Describe the character's sense of humor. Does he appreciate jokes? Puns? Gallows humor? Bathroom humor? Pranks? He's all for the lulz, pranks, trolling, etc. but he draws the line with gallows and bathroom humor.

12. Does the character have any diagnosable mental disorders? If yes, how does he deal with them? He has dissociative disorder, depression, and falls on the autism spectrum. He doesn't always deal with them, since he usually is just happy with closing himself off and only have one or two close friends. He mainly relies on those people to keep him going. He doesn't tell many people about them if he can avoid it, and doesn't even realize he could probably be diagnosed with (most likely atypical) autism.

13. What moments in this character's life have defined him as a person? The death of his mother, meeting Mikel (and then Loretta), telling them about his father and seeing their reaction, Kaylee's death

14. What does he fear? Everything More than anything else he is afraid of being alone. Not only would it mean him starving, but other people and feeling how they experience things is what gives him a better understanding of the world around him, and he is desperate for affection, even though he doesn't know how to deal with it always. He also fears sex a great deal, and fears loosing himself to his emotions or dying because he has eaten a shadow he can't handle.

15. What are his hopes or aspirations? To keep anyone else from getting experimented on the way he had, to make sure everyone is treated fairly. He wants to make the world a better place, and hopes to do it through digital warfare- the only effective battlefield that doesn't endanger lives directly. He wants to overcome his fears and more than anything he wants a normal life.

16. What is something he doesn't want anyone to find out about him? That his father sold him as a child prostitute and that he taught other children how to get used to it- and know enough still that he could turn his father in but doesn't out of fear.



Relationships
1. Describe this character's relationship with his parents. His mother is on a pedistal, the perfect angel that is illogically seen as a saint despite having taken her own life and leaving him to the wrath of his father. His father is an abusive drunk who he tries to spend as little time around as possible.

2. Does the character have any siblings? What is/was their relationship like? No siblings, and though he would have liked one, he would not wish his father on anyone.

3. Are there other blood relatives to whom he is close? Are there ones he can't stand? He isn't close to any, and he can't stand his father.

4. Are there other, unrelated people whom he considers part of his family? What are his relationships with them? Mikel, Loretta and Alice. Mikel found him crying in the labs and befriended him. He introduced him to Loretta, a girl from the same orphanage that Mikel is from. They act kind of like surrogate siblings/parents. Alice is his pet rat.

5. Who is/was the character's best friend? How did they meet? Mikel. Arguably Alice.

6. Does he have other close friends? Loretta.

7. Does he make friends easily, or does he have trouble getting along with people? He doesn't have trouble getting along with people, but he has a hard time getting close to people.

8. Which does he consider more important: family or friends? Friends by far.

9. Is the character single, married, divorced, widowed? Has he been married more than once? Never married, Kaylee was the one person he had a crush on, but she was killed before he could admit it.

10. Is he currently in a romantic relationship with someone other than a spouse? no

11. Who was his first crush? Who is his latest? Gina, from freshman year. She was the first girl to be nice to him aside from Loretta. They would play video games together, and it looked like they might have been an item until she tried to kiss him. He freaked out, and she stopped talking to him. Kaylee was his latest.

12. What does he look for in a romantic partner? He isn't sure. He doens't look for them really.

13. Does the character have children? Grandchildren? If yes, how does he relate to them? If no, does he want any? no

14. Does he have any rivals or enemies? Just some other hackers from the internet, though the whole C.R.P. is really his enemy, even if they haven't uncovered his identity yet.

15. What is the character's sexual orientation? Where does he fall on the Kinsey scale? Sexual: X Romantic: 2

16. How does he feel about sex? How important is it to him? He will avoid it at all costs.

17. What are his turn-ons? Turn-offs? Weird bedroom habits? Does running away while screaming in terror count?



Beliefs
1. Do you know your character's astrological (zodiac of choice) sign? How well does he fit type? I picked his Birthday for his astrological signs, January 14 1993. His sun sign is Capricorn and moon sign Libra. (Mainly it is a good way to get variations in birth dates for characters.)

2. Is this character religious, spiritual, both, or neither? How important are these elements in his life? Neither.

3. Does this character have a personal code of morals or ethics? If so, how did that begin? What would it take to compromise it? He does, though they aren't something he has ever laid out for himself. Most parts of it are strict, but he only applies the "don't lie unless it is someone's life on the line" to anyone else.

4. How does he regard beliefs that differ from his? Is he tolerant, intolerant, curious, indifferent? He's tolerant and curious.

5. What prejudices does he hold? Are they irrational or does he have a good reason for them? Drinkers, because of his father, but he is willing to make exceptions.



Daily Life
1. What is the character's financial situation? Is he rich, poor, comfortable, in debt? Poor, but has money safe in an offshore account that he won't be able to access for some time.

2. What is his social status? Has this changed over time, and if so, how has the change affected him? Poor, and it's given him street smarts. His dad does make a decent amount, but spends most of it on beer and nice TVs, since he has a habit of breaking them

3. Where does he live? House, apartment, trailer? Is his home his castle or just a place to crash? What condition is it in? Does he share it with others? He lives in a small room in the top floor flat of a shitty apartment complex. More often than that he crashes on Mikel's futon.

4. Besides the basic necessities, what does he spend his money on? computer parts, comic books.

5. What does he do for a living? Is he good at it? Does he enjoy it, or would he rather be doing something else? Programming, and he would make Turing look like your average second grader attempting calculus. (Okay, maybe not that bad, but I am running out of ways to say he is a genius level progammer).

6. What are his interests or hobbies? How does he spend his free time? Programming, trolling on /b/ a bit, but mostly on /vg/. Watching lots of sci-fi and reading comics.

7. What are his eating habits? Does he skip meals, eat out, drink alcohol, avoid certain foods? He skips meals all the time (shadows), but as for 'real' food, he only eats sweets.



Associations
Which of the following do you associate with the character, or which is his favorite:

1. Color? grey
2. Smell? butterscotch
3. Time of day? 2 AM
4. Season? Spring
5. Book? I, Robot
6. Music? Dubstep, House, Trance, Techno
7. Place? Central Park, almost anywhere in there
8. Substance? things with obvious but soft textures
9. Plant? --
10. Animal? Rat!



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