Tessa GwentCharacter Alias:
WhisperStudent or Teacher:
: Uncertainly pansexualPhotos:
Super Powers / Abilities
: While she can't pick up a car with her mind (yet), anything from a large motorcycle down is within her grasp, as long as she can see it. Failure or extended periods of activity tire her, but have no worse effects than that.Telepathy:
Anyone within sight, or known well enough, can be communicated with straight through their minds. Although this has saved Tessa quite a bit in phone bills, it requires her to initiate the contact, and she is too shy to use this much, especially with people she doesn't know well.Empathy:
One of her earliest abilities to show, Tessa can impose her emotional state over others, although she hasn't done this since she was a little girl.Mindsense:
The presence of an active, thinking mind anywhere near Tessa is known to her, as an odd, dull little sensation in her head, indicating direction and (roughly) range. Large crowds can be deafening, however.Mind Reading
. An unaware, unremarkable mind is an open book to Tessa. Knowledge of her intrusion, and sufficient willpower can keep her out, however. On the other hand, distractions make this far easier and, although she would never admit it, she has used this ability to silently watch when the young couple next door are being ... intimate. Unlike most of her abilities, she does not need line of sight for this, although that makes it much easier.WeaknessesMind over Matter:
Tessa's 'powers' are entirely mental in nature, physically she is entirely unremarkable - in fact, she's both weaker and frailer than the average human, although at least she's quick.Lightweight:
Both Tessa's small size and biology work against her, speeding the distribution of chemicals through her body, while her alien physiology hasn't had centuries of adaptations that humans have. While diseases have a bad time, chemicals, drugs and similar substances hit her both harder and quicker than they would affect a human.Hot-Blooded:
Apparently adapted to a warmer - and narrower - range of environments, Tessa finds temperatures below 60 F to be uncomfortable, and anything below 40 to be dangerous to her health. Cold and ice-based powers are very, very dangerous for her.Weak Eyes
: Although her glasses help, Tessa is both shortsighted and somewhat colourblind, her eyes having trouble picking up shades of blue.Bio / History:
Found in the middle of a field in a small, heavily damaged pod of obviously alien design, the more cynical would have expected the infant's life to continue - for a little while -in a laboratory somewhere.
Instead, while she certainly did receive some scientific attention, the bulk of the research she was subjected to was entirely noninvasive, two of the scientists going as far as to adopt the little girl who had fallen into their life.
Although mostly human, or close enough, when it came to her body, Tessa's abilities soon began to show, starting with the way the child wouldn't scream or cry when hurt or scared, but instead flood the minds of her two fatigues with her fear and confusion. As she grew, so did her mental abilities, moving from (more controlled) bursts of emotion to words and full, entirely mental conversations. And, after watching the Star Wars films as a young girl, she realized that she could move objects with her mind, although she still jokes about using the Force at times.
As she matured, Tessa's physical differences have become more announced, her breasts and hips stubbornly refusing to develop much at all, leaving her with, at beast, a b cup and a boyish figure.
The bigger, although less obvious, difference is between her legs. Instead of the human layout of separate orifices for different purposes, it would appear that Tessa's species, whatever they are, resemble platypi and other monotremes rather than Earth's more common branches of mammalian life - down to the laying of large, unfertilized eggs instead of the human menstrual cycle, a fact that freaked her the hell out when she first discovered it.
Soft spoken - both by her personality and the limitations of her body - and shy, Tessa knew that she would be going to a school like this for a long time, but is still shy around so many unfamiliar people, and tends to keep to herself. All of the issues she has with how different her body is doesn't help her, either.Personality
: Somewhat sheltered and very shy, Tessa tends to hide off in a corner rather than being especially extroverted. Although large groups disorientate her and her issues about her body make her uncomfortable for her to be the focus of attention, she stills hovers around the edges of conversations and groups, qatching and trying to involve herself, but shrinking away when attention is directly focused on her.
However, behind all of the shyness and image problems, Tessa is something of an unrepentant pervert, with an especially dirty sense of humour and something of an overactive (and dirty) imagination.Basic Ons
: Reading, swimming, seafood, being aloneBasic Offs:
Crowds, loud noises, egg-eatingSexual Ons:
Voyeurism, men, women, romantic sexSexual Offs:
Violence, dishonesty, poop stuff, blood, painExtras
: Perhaps because of her natural mental abilities, Tessa is physically incapable of shouting, and even speaking loudly hurts her throat. They call her Whisper for a reason, after all. Also, insecurities about her body make her exceedingly shy, especially when it comes to showing her body in any way.