Hello, I'm...Character's Name:
Born in Damascus, Syria
but was raised in OhioSexuality:
LeopardBitten or Born:
BornI look like...Hair:
Khaleed is tall with a slim build but he is much stronger than he looks due to years of physical labour. He has classic Middle Eastern features accompanied by dark brown hair and an olive skin tone.I'm usually...Eloquent (Pos)
- Khaleed is a very well spoken young man. He has always been an avid reader and since the relative fall of society there are no longer the distractions that plagued them pre-virus. All that reading has expanded his vocabulary. He is a weaver of words as well, with an innate ability to craft words to elicit certain emotions in his audience. Honourable (Pos)
- He lives by a strong code of ethics. He’s not one to walk away from a person in need. He holds himself by a higher standard and will not compromise his values for anything and/or anyone. Proud(Neg)
- Khaleed has a high opinion of himself and while this can be a good thing it has affected him negatively on many occasions. Life hasn’t been easy as a modern day werecat. The humiliation he was sometimes subjected to growing up amongst humans was almost unbearable. Despite his desire to put those taunting him in their place he was often advised to ‘keep his head down’ for his own sake and that of his family’s. It left him feeling angry and ashamed. He still feels that shame and anger and has used it to propel himself through his studies and to fuel his ambitions. Even now, despite his halted college dreams, he still has hopes for the future. His pride won’t allow him to continue living as he has for the past four years.Radical (Neg)
- He has very strong opinions concerning the state of their world. It’s clear to any that know him that Khaleed is not happy with the lives that werecats lead nor how they are treated by humans. He knows that he isn’t the only one that wants a better life for his people but he also knows that many are content to only complain behind closed doors rather than stand up for their rights. He wants things to change and although he’s not sure how to go about it, he does harbour revolutionary aspirations.Forthright (Neu)
- Khaleed has always been honest and open with people. What you see is what you get. He’s not afraid to state his opinions for all to hear. This coupled with the fact that he doesn’t care what people think about him or his opinions, give him the liberty to say what he feels. I come from...
Life has never been easy for Khaleed. He was born in Damascus in 2011, during the infamous Arab Spring and the onset of the Syrian civil war. His father was a university professor who had fallen in love with and married one of his students. His mother's family had been shocked by her decision to marry a lion rather than a leopard. It wasn't unheard of but her species were known for being picky when it came to choosing a mate. Khaleed was their first and only child. He spent four years in his native Syria, among the fighting and the bombs before his family managed to escape to the United States. His father’s sister lived in Columbus, Ohio and had helped them apply for immigration. The process had been begun before the war and taken years to actually go through but in the summer of 2015 they were given a visa to go to the United States. Khaleed’s cousin came along with them, his aunt and uncle had been killed in the fighting and had left their only child in his mother’s care. The family of five made the trip and it seemed that their luck had changed but it was not to be.
For a few years things went well. His mother was a biochemist back home but she had to be content working as an in home caretaker for terminally ill patients. She often worked nights, leaving the children behind with her sister in law. Things changed drastically a few years later when Suraya, Khaleed’s mother, discovered that her husband was having an affair. When she confronted him he had the nerve to ask her if she would be ok with him marrying another woman. Despite whatever her religion stated, her husband having another wife was not the norm for her and she was wholly unprepared with the prospect. She tried to consider it at first but her pride wouldn’t let her. She was a leopard, beautiful and intelligent. Her husband had been lucky to have her in his life but clearly he didn’t see her for the gem that she was. Still she would forgive him if he apologized and broke it off with the other woman. She was shocked when her husband decided to pack and leave. Suraya herself had no choice but to move out of her sister in law’s house and find her own home, taking her niece and son with her.
Things were much harder for the family of three afterwards. Suraya found herself working more hours. The struggles of modern life didn’t last long when the world began to fall apart around them. An unknown virus began to spread through the world causing mass hysteria as the body count reached record highs. To make matters worse a war was waging on between the werecats and the humans. The numbers of werecats in the city dwindled as more and more were killed by either the virus or the violence that sprung out between the two species. The family of three eventually fled to a small town that had a sizeable population of werecats, specifically leopards. It was here that they found support among their kind as the world began to fall apart around them. It was during this period that Khaleed’s mistrust of humans began to form, so it was to his astonishment that the treaty between humans and werecats was signed. Unfortunately no one wanted the opinion of a 14 year old.
Their situation was hardly ideal but it was much more improved when compared to the years of chaos and sickness. The eight territories formed and they lost contact with a good portion of the what had been the United States. His mother was able to get a job as a researcher, performing experiments on the mutated creatures that were brought in by the border patrol. In them they hoped to find some information on the virus. This afforded the family a bit more respect in the town but they still weren’t treated with the same level of respect that humans were, they were werecats after all.
Due to his hard work in his academics, Khaleed was one of the few students chosen to attend high school in North Carolina. He spent four years there with the hopes of attending university one day and working to find a cure for the virus. He ended up graduating high school at the top of his class. He came back home triumphant. His mother couldn’t have been prouder but his dream of attending university in the fall was not to be. While he was home for the summer, he became involved in an altercation. It was dusk and he was walking home; in a world with no electricity, there wasn’t much to do after dark. It was there that he saw a group of young men talking to a young woman on an isolated corner the street. It was hard to see the girl’s face but from her body language he could tell that she was frightened. Despite his better judgement Khaleed stepped forward to intervene. As he got closer he realized that the girl they were taunting was a werecat, a cheetah. It didn’t take too long for the human men to turn on him. He told the girl to run and he began to fight them. His strength allowed him to win the fight but not without a few injuries.
The next morning the police were at his door. They arrested him without bothering to tell him what he’d done but Khaleed already knew. While he was incarcerated and awaiting trial, he found out that one of the young men he’d fought was the Mayor’s son. The Mayor hadn’t taken too kindly to his son coming home with a broken arm. Despite the effort of a werecat Elder in obtaining a testimonial from the cheetah female he had saved, his trial was rigged from the start. He was sentenced to three years in prison. His family was devastated and he wasn’t given much time to say his farewells before he was carted off to Alabama. The life there was harsh and they were put to work, often being forced to make repairs on the wall that separated them from the West, walls that were made of measly wood. He had the ‘privilege’ of seeing the mutated creatures that stalked the West, it was something that he would never forget. He was, also, shocked to see that there wasn’t much being done to protect the rest of the territories. He had already known the corruption of the government on a small scale but to see it reaching some of the highest levels of government simply strengthened his anti-establishment sentiments.
He was 22 years old by the time he was released from prison. When he had been arrested he had lost his place in university and his mother had lost her job. When he got back home he had no choice but to work in the coal mines, like a majority of the residents in his town. His hopes and dreams of going to university were not to be. Still things could always be worse. He lived his life in relative peace. His mother was getting older and she couldn’t really do the hard labour jobs that were available to the average werecat and since she had lost her job at the research center she had no choice but to stay at home. His cousin managed to finish her schooling and was sent to the research center to work.
For two years he led an uneventful life until the government came knocking on his door. They wanted to ‘talk’ to him about a new opportunity that had arisen. It was a program where a lucky few werecats had been chosen to explore the West and see if their territory could be expanded. Naturally, Khaleed refused to go. Of course they were prepared for a refusal so they informed him that his cousin was on a list of researchers that could, quite possibly, help with a new method of studying the virus. Khaleed could tell from the way they said it what they meant by ‘new method of research’. He had no choice but to follow their demands. He only had a few days to prepare before he would be sent to Alabama to begin the new exploration product. His mother was heartbroken, she didn’t want him to go but she knew that they had no choice. Khaleed has no idea if he’ll make it back alive but he knows that the chances are slim. My quirks are...Fears:
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