Re: [SU] Pokémon: Dark Science - Black Consernation
[OOC: Hope this is all still okay, added a few changes]
Name: Tiffany Devlin
Pokemon Forms, if Any: None, though she is still immune to the Tempest Virus.
Description: Tiffany stands at about four feet tall, thin, with long, pure white hair combed straight back all the way down to her thighs. She lacks any sort of bangs whatsoever, and her hairline is clearly visible running over her forehead. Her skin is very pale, much like her brother’s, and her eyes are a dull grey color.
She wears a simple, well-kept grey suit and skirt, the buttons black and her shirt underneath a plain white. Around her neck and tucked into her buttoned up jacket is a solid black tie. On her feet she wears a pair of black flat-soled shoes, with small silver buckles fastening over the tops of her feet.
Personality: Those that knew Tiffany would say she was cold or distant. Those that didn’t would say she was downright creepy. She is slow to react to anything anyone has to say or do, and she speaks in a kind of serious monotone for most any conversation, only a change in volume indicating whether she is feeling a specific emotion or not. Having come from a family that largely ignored her in favor of her older brother, Tiffany’s reluctance to open up to anyone can be easily understood by anyone who knew her history. She always seems uninterested, unenthusiastic, and generally indifferent to anything that is going on. She is remarkably intelligent and some say ruthless as well, but the manner in which she proceeds with every task as if it were the same exact thing is what marks her utter lack of a definable personality.
Outwardly she can, with some effort, produce what would be expected of a normal twelve-year-old girl, smiling and giggling and speaking in a happy, childlike voice.
Inwardly, she’s almost as insane as her brother, but in an entirely different way. Her apathetic behavior is a byproduct of the number of suppressants she is currently on. Her personality shifts dramatically with each level of her disease that manifests itself:
Level 1: Normal and stable and completely in control.
Level 2: A bit more animated, a bit more reactive, and a bit more paranoid.
Level 3: A lot more animated and reactive, and incredibly paranoid. Developing aggressiveness.
Level 4: Incredibly paranoid, delusional and violent. Signs of self harm beginning to manifest.
Level 5: Terminally insane and unreasonable. If left alone for too long, she will end up killing herself in some gruesome way.
History: Tiffany’s history is rather different to her brother’s, though no less steeped in bloodshed and violence. With her brother being favored over her due to his psychic ability, Tiffany did not have a happy beginning in the world. She had to grow up fast, learn to do things herself. Knowing her brother was rotten from the start, she regarded him with disgust and hatred and resentment for how he so easily manipulated her parents, but did nothing, as she was absolutely powerless against him.
On her six birthday a distant relative of the Devlin’s, some grandmother of hers that she never actually met, ended up having Tiffany taken away from the Devlin estate. She was shipped off to a boarding school in Unova where she wouldn’t have to worry about the ties to her family in Johto. Tiffany enjoyed the school very much, made a lot of friends, and seemed to escape the horrible fate that would later befall her parents and everyone else in her hometown.
Then, when she was nine, she contracted a bizarre illness, the likes of which had never been seen before. It caused her to hallucinate, to make her think everyone was out to get her. She ended up causing severe injuries to several of the girls in her dorm, not to mention massive amounts of property damage to the school, before the authorities were able to catch her. At the time, hospitals were baffled at her condition, not knowing how they should deal with her. Xexan stepped in and offered to take her off their hands, claiming they could develop a cure if they studied her, saying that even if she died, they’d at least be better prepared for it if such a disease germinated in more people.
Tiffany saw Xexan as a savior at first, a treatment for her disease soon developed using samples and tests from both human and Pokémon subjects, allowing her to become lucid again. She didn’t realize the only reason they didn’t let her die was because of her value as the only specimen infected with the disease, and so she offered to help them with their research on it. Humored by the scientists at first, they soon realized she had an uncanny knack for getting results, coming up with tests and experiments that they, perhaps limited by their adult minds, could not even begin to comprehend. Encouraging the poor girl even further, all while keeping her dependent on them by providing her with her treatments, Tiffany soon grew to be a driving force in the organization. In that environment, she also began to lose any sense of morality that had developed during her brief, happy time at school.
When Xexan went rogue, she went with it, not having any reason to return back to civilization. She participated rather actively in the K1-A3 project, finding it ‘cute’. Whether she actually meant it, or was being sarcastic was anyone’s guess. Still preoccupied with her own disease, however, she found out that by administering treatments from various psychic Pokémon that she could bring out her own latent psychic abilities as well as strengthen her will over her illness. Developing a power to rival her brother’s, she intended to head back to Johto and confront him, still harboring a deep grudge against him.
This unfortunately happened right at the time when the government started actively trying to find and destroy Xexan. Not wanting her only means of staying sane and hope of eventually being cured to be taken away, still feeling like she owed her life to the organization, Tiffany now devotes her time solely to making sure they aren’t discovered and developing her own research. Revenge on her brother could wait.
Having reached her hideout in Opelucid City, along with all the data she recovered from the Silver Needle, an underground bullet train that connected to many points beneath Unova that was loaded with all her supplies and research, Tiffany carved out a niche for herself when the Tempest virus broke out. As far as she was concerned, her own disease was much worse, and she had to find a way to prevent it from spreading now that everyone's immune systems were weakened.
It wasn't until much later that she found out her own disease, in addition to the supplements she received from Xexan, were keeping her alive and protected from it. Her guard and driver had succumbed to the disease before she could help him, and the rest were holed up in her shelter, unable to go outside. So, left no other choice, Tiffany went back out onto the surface of Unova, regrouping with Helen, who had been rather badly hurt trying to protect her mistress' identity when the group of Pokémon she'd been spying on found her out and tried to force her to tell them what she knew.
As always, Tiffany was rather indifferent about the situation. So there was a whole new problem to worry about in the form of Siphon and the virus. It meant nothing to her. She would overcome it, cure herself, and then, finally break through the quarantine and go after her accursed brother, finishing him off once and for all.
She swore it.
Powers: Tiffany has very strong ESP and can perceive anyone or anything living within five hundred meters of herself. She also has an ability to produce a hexagonal formed sphere of energy around herself as a barrier to attack, not even needing it to be all or nothing. She can shield only the area in which she is threatened and leave the rest of the barrier down, thereby saving energy. As for offensive abilities, she has the rather nasty option to release a heavy wave of psychic energy that can fry the brain and nervous system of any sentient creature that gets in its path. This is equally applicable to robots and machines, if they can be classified as 'sentient'.
The downside for Tiffany is that owing to the sheer number of suppressing treatments she has to take to keep her illness in check, she is remarkably slow to react. While she may have a ton of power, it often takes her several seconds to decide how and if she’s going to apply it. The other problem is that if she uses too much of her mental energy, she’s liable to provoke the illness into moving up a stage, and thus rendering her more dangerously reactive, but a lot more vulnerable. She can lower the level if she gets a treatment injected in time or forces it down through sheer willpower, but often her paranoia sees even this treatment as a threat.
Pokémon: A Liligant named Helen. Helen has a rather sweet and caring personality, which seems totally at odds with her situation, being the Pokémon of a Xexan Scientist. However, she is truly one of the only people who understands Tiffany, who sees her for the scared little girl fighting against her entire being that she really is. As such, she's fiercely devoted to her, willing to do anything to protect her Mistress and help aid in her recovery so that one day, maybe, they can live a normal life as a simple human girl and her beloved Pokémon.
Other: When in her more insane stages, Tiffany tends to carry around some form of weapon, usually anything she can lay her hands on. In her sheer desperation to defend herself, using wild and deluded instinct, she can often wield them with terrifying, unpredictable potency. I will be detailing the level of her disease at the beginning of each post too along with name and location and affected RPers, if that is permissible.