Jennifer Hadley - insists on being called "Mockingbird Girl"Age:
Art History / PhilosophyPersonality:
Jennifer is something of a "free spirit," aka one of the campus' "hippy chicks." She's laid back, thoughtful, and pretty liberal in her views. Once something catches her interest though, she's all energy. Everyone's a potential friend, and she tends to try to build bridges between people.Hobbies, interest and/or “things they like to do”:
Well, obviously Jennifer enjoys gaming. She got started with the group because it 'sounded retro" but has since come to appreciatethe depth of imagination it requires. She's always been a player of more static games - tabletop, card, and video games, so it's fairly natural.
Mockingbird Girl is very fond of animals, and pulls weekends at a local animal rescue shelter. Don'ttalk to her about puppy mills or breed bans, she'll go on for days.
She's a big fan of movies and television, but more for their content than entertainment value. she runs a critic blog where she takes apart goofy-ass movies in (what she figures) a humorous way. She's been working on cheeseball 80's fantasy movies thanks to the group's influence.
She's got something of a reputation as a mattress queen, but it's not entirely deserved - it's not like she's bedding a random person every two days. but she has had more boyfreinds than semesters, and isn't shy about making her interests known. She considers this being a "people person."
Aside from this, she's a fan of punk music (especially irish punk), recreational self-medication, and has taken up free running.Fears, phobias and/or “Things that they don’t like”:
If there's one thing M.G. can't stand, it's bigotry and snobbery. Two things
, if there's two things she can't stand, it's bigotry, snobbery, and people who overuse Mony Python jokes. I'll start over... Mockingbird Girl reserves a special place in hell for those who hate and target others due to characteristics or qualities. Being from a fairly low-income background herself, she's run afoul of someo f the other students who think "working our way through" is a sign of low quality or whatever.
seriously though, anyone making Holy Grail
jokes at the table gets beaned with a D12.
Though she's not adverse to drinking, she is pretty disgusted by alcoholics - the guys who brag about their blackouts and vomit parties just make her skin crawl. Part of this is because both her parents have booze problems, and she knows it's heriditery. Luckily weed isn't addictive, right?
Though she considers herself political, she does not
[ like discussing "politics." This candidate or that policy, that sort of thing. It's tedious and fruitless (after all, at the election level it's all the same, right?) Unfortunately she gets frustrated at people who don't want to hear about causes
All of this comes together to help explain why she's not very fond of her parents, and was happy to get out from under them. Well, except for the holy grail jokes.
Finally, Mockingbird Girl is sick to death of "Classic Rock," being perved on by people who think she's easy, and her job (Tables at a trendy local restaraunt) Brief Background:
Jennifer grew up in the Florida panhandle, outside Pensacola. her parents could never really keep a leash on her, and she spent as much time out among hte live oaks, pines, and creeks as she did at school or home. That was fine, gave her parents more time to scream at each other, really. Despite that stress, she made consistently good grades in school, being pretty quick to grasp new things, and even tutored some other students.
She did a lot to spite her parents - boys (and a girl o two), smoking - she got her first tattoo at age 13 (a friend did it, and it's hideous, but she loves it anyway.) As a teenager, she threw out her voice a few times screaming with her mother, and dad threatened to kick her out at least once a month. Thank god for those grades, even a partial scholarship was worth it to get out of that place!
Jennifer spent her first year undeclared, but soon decided she wanted to nurture her artistic side, though she angsts over her choice of major, and frequently hems and haws about changing it to Political Science or French or whatever sems good this week. She usually shuts up after a good bong hoot, though.Tell me about the character that they play.:
hard to say before we get to Stage 2
But Mockingbird Girl sees roleplaying as a form of escapism, and tends to play against her "type." Not always - she's one of those people who has several 'spares" due to excess ideas - but just for reference, one of her longest-runnign characters was a big beefy Fighter who ran around in a loincloth and not much else. No one else took Hulgin of Metteran very seriously, but she
had fun. There were penis envy jokes, and she happily made references to his "polearm" during that session. This nigth seems a bit more on the serious table side though, so she's likely to follow suit and crack out one of her less silly characters.What, out side of self-defense, might push the character to take a life?
Mockingbird Girl is an advocate of nonviolence. However, she's not a total pacifist; she recognizes that sometimes you have to stand up and fight for what you believe in, whether it's protecting someone's life, or theri rights. And simetimes, people will get hurt. She'd likely never entertain the thought of cold-blooded murder, except in circumstances where that would very certainly result in an actual "common good" result (i.e., she wouldn't smother baby Hitler, but would shoot adult Hitler, see?)How does the character deal with stress and/or anxiety?
As the mood strikes her? Pot, yoga, sex, a good movie basically whatever takes her away from the anxiety and places her into a new frame of mind. Does the character have a religious belief system? How strong/weak is that faith? (Note: I am not asking for specifics, only a broad viewpoint)
She was raised in a Lapsed Catholic household - Christmas-and-Easter Catholics, basically. She's poked around pagan religions, but finds that a lot of them feel "fake." She believes in a higher power, but isn'rt certain that "religion" can deliver it.How deeply has the character gotten into the personality/life of their RPG character?
Are you kidding? She's written novellas with the group as protagonists. No, she won't let you read them, until she's finished (and even then you don't get to read what's in th pink journal, that's private
. She likes to flesh out her characters as much as possible, though she does so over a period of time, rather than all at once at the table. Is there anything that the character places particular importance in?
her own freedom; Mockingbird Girl's home life was pretty restrictive, and she foguht and struggled to get the hell out of there and do what she wanted on her terms. She's sort of bad with authority, and thinks everyone should be free to flip the bird and tell "the man" to go to hell. University has been a surprising and very welcome relief from high schoiol in this regard, and even she can think of a fe times she's gone overboard, just to prove she can.Name one thing that the character will not abide
Violence against women; She's seen her mother slapped around, and her friends taken advantage of with enough frequency that she figures, if she doesn't stand up no one else is going to. Name one thing that the character fears beyond all others.
Maybe a weird worry for someone just in their second year of college, but Mockingbird Girl is terrified by the thought of senility - alzheimer's, that sort of thing. To lose who you are and know
you're losing it is scary as hell.