I had my character approved earlier through PM, but since there are some in the thread now I wanted to add mine as well.
Name: Lisa Yamazaki
Weight: 110 lbs.
Blood Status: Muggle-born
Affiliation: Order of the Scar
Strength: Healing, Potions
Lisa is a very intelligent but timid young woman, driven by curiosity and a desire to help others. She takes her role as a healer very seriously, and gladly worked long hours up until the recent loss of her job. She has issues with self-esteem, especially with regard to being Muggle-born. Though she finds violence and revenge extremely distasteful, she has increasingly come to feel that she should take on an active role in resisting the Neo-Death Eaters.
Her hobbies include reading, studying magic, and watching Muggle televison and movies. She is a lesbian, but has yet to be in a relationship or have sex.History
Lisa Yamazaki is a Muggle-born witch, originally from the city of Boston. Her parents, Michael and Hanako, were distant but overbearing—hardworking professionals who pushed their only child too hard. While Lisa was very bright and excelled academically, she became withdrawn and awkward socially. She did have friends, though she never got to see them outside of structured activities and did not feel close to anyone.
As she neared her eleventh birthday, Lisa and her family suffered through the usual bizarre occurrences caused by adolescents coming into their magical abilities. Lisa’s paternal grandfather Tarō, a squib who had abandoned the wizarding world out of resentment, turned Lisa’s parents against her. They became emotionally abusive as a result. When Lisa received her invitation to Salem Memorial, the nearby boarding school for witchcraft and wizardry, she decided to run away from home rather than ask for permission she knew would not be forthcoming.
She followed the directions to the hidden local haven for magical businesses in Boston, but with no money or anyone to guide her she ended up crying alone on a sidewalk. Lisa was found there by Professor Annabella Smithson (née Arcadia), the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher at Salem Memorial. Annabella was deeply concerned about the lost girl, purchasing all her supplies and getting her to the train station in time for her trip to school.
Lisa adjusted well to life at Salem Memorial, despite occasional bullying she received due to being a Muggle-born. However, she returned from Christmas break with a black eye and bruises inflicted by her grandfather. She had been forbidden from returning to school and had run away again. Annabella had been keeping tabs on the girl she had helped, and seeing this was too much to bear. When the professor offered to adopt Lisa, she gratefully accepted.
The adoption caused a great deal of tension with Annabella’s husband Varius, who had once been somewhat open-minded but was increasingly becoming obsessed with the ideology surrounding blood purity. He refused to let Lisa take the family surname—the Smithsons were Pure-Bloods, as was the family Annabella had come from. Lisa gained no siblings from the adoption, as Annabella was infertile.
By the end of Lisa’s fifth year at Salem Memorial, Varius had transitioned from mere reactionary to full-fledged Neo-Death Eater. Annabella rented a place for Lisa to stay in Salem for her safety, and then went back home to seek a divorce and try to keep possession of her house. She soon fell ill and passed away. While it was later proven that Annabella was poisoned, she was considered a blood traitor by her relatives and the investigation into her death was a farce. No charges were ever filed against Varius or anyone else.
Lisa was almost constantly by her adoptive mother’s side during the final week of her life, and her death affected the young witch deeply. Despite a battle with depression Lisa was able to seek out and obtain legal emancipation. She redoubled her efforts at school, determined to become a healer in part due to witnessing Annabella’s illness.
After graduation Lisa worked for a year at the Beneficence Hospital for Magical and Mundane Ailments in Boston. Despite her exemplary work, she was fired from her post to protect the hospital’s reputation—the political climate in the city was becoming increasingly dire, and the hospital’s administration pushed out all Muggle-borns to protect the donations they received. With nothing to keep her in the area, Lisa left for New York City. She hoped to find work, and despite her dislike of violence she increasingly desired to become involved with the resistance against the encroaching darkness.