The BasicsFull Name:
Quincy Eleuterio MartelNickname:
March 22, 1998 / 19Blood Status:
Cannon Beach, OregonHouse:
JuniorWand: Wood | Core | Length
Redwood with thunderbird feather core, fifteen inches, unyieldingPatronus:
Yes, sea otterApparation License
Quincy is 6'1" and a lean but healthy 180lbs. His heritage is a mix of Asian, European, and Native American. He's got a smile most of the time for the people he meets, but depending on his mood, he can be closed and distant. Even when he isn't speaking, he seems to have a demeanor of intensity. He even sits silently with intensity, if that makes any sense.Distinguishing Features:
A mix of tattoos adorn his arms and legs, mostly anime characters. His tattoo of Kenpachi Zaraki covers several ugly scars on his right forearm he earned from punching a plate glass window after losing his temper. Quin's tattoos represent honesty with one's self. Kenpachi is a samurai from the anime Bleach
who is always seeking challenges to improve himself. Major Motoko Kusanagi is a cyborg from Ghost In The Shell
who has a hard time telling where her original mind ends and the machinery begins. Alucard is the original vampire from Hellsing
, and while he fights against fascism, he isn't shy about admitting he's out for his own agenda. Milk and Cheese are just a carton of hate and a wedge of spite, metaphors for the id within everyone. Quincy knows he has issues with things, but at least he admits it, and his tattoos remind him of that.
Honest: Much like his mother, Quin tells it like it is. He's an apistevist--someone who accepts only evidence-based claims--and likewise will tell you quite bluntly at times what needs to be said.
Personable: There are no airs when it comes to Mr. Martel. He's approachable to anyone who isn't an enemy.
Reflective: Prone to giving a problem or a person a healthy dose of thought. Often accompanied by a toke and some mind-expanding music.
Sympathetic: He tries to see things from more than one perspective. However, while empathy is a good thing, oftentimes this gets him into the position of not being able to choose the best path, because he sees it from everyone's perspective.
Determined: Quincy pursues his goals with a single-minded essence that, if distilled, could probably run the entire country for a year.
Outspoken: There's no problem here with letting anyone and everyone know what he thinks on a subject. He may not always go about it in a loud and argumentative way, but he's the opposite of a wallflower.
Uninhibited: He's got no problem expressing his opinion, smoking a joint in public, or walking around naked among friends. There's confidence, and then there's I don't give a fuck
Dissonant: The man marches to the beat of his own drum, sure...but he can be downright disruptive when he won't see anything but his own way.
Melancholic: Quincy can slip into depressive states that last for days. He tends to blame it on his own overreaching of his own skills as far as righting the wrongs of society, but there may be more there. He's never gone to a psychologist or doctor for a diagnosis, but there's a good chance he suffers from depression.
Impulsive: Because he's a very zen-like person, Quin can act first and think later. Regardless of his intelligence, it's who he is, and he tends to go with his intuitions a lot, which can cause problems when he should think more.
Quin can be described as a driven individual when it comes to his passions: music, and equality. Owing to the great variety of ethnicity and sexual preference in his family, he's experienced discrimination both through himself and his relatives. Once he revealed an affinity to magic, he was exposed to one more prejudice: pureblood snobbery. He's worked a fair amount on his temper, and can get riled over it, but manages to keep himself in check most of the time.
Quincy struggles with what is the best way to achieve the aims he seeks. He's fairly balanced right now between the paths of Martin Luther King Jr and Malcolm X as far as if peace or violence is the answer. Because of this he's conflicted over Matilda Black. In many ways he sees her as a hero; in others, as someone who only lengthened the time to reach the final goal.
He gives everyone a fair shot when he meets them. He rarely forgets, however, and once someone crosses or insults him, he'll file their name away in his mind for future consideration. With friends and family, though, it's hard to find a person more likely to bend over backwards to help them.
Quin is straight, but isn't the stereotypical hetero. He likes aggressive women as much as he likes to be aggressive himself. He has a very confident air about him, but if he has a swagger, it isn't intentional. He knows what he believes in, and one of those things is himself. He appreciates all sorts of women, physically and personality-wise. He likes a challenge.
Music is a huge influence on his life. He will listen to most music, but his baby is EDM. He loves very aggressive electronica like Skrillex, Pendulum, and The Prodigy.History:
The Martels, for a no-maj family with a variety of ethnic ancestry, have some things in common with pureblood families of the magical world. The family is fairly rigid as far as it's beliefs, but those beliefs espouse tolerance and acceptance. With elders like Ivan and Jenna, there is a strong sense of tradition, but more family than any cultural or ethnic heritage. With Chinese, Filipino, Native American, Irish, French, Albanian, Russian, Guatemalan, Mexican, Libyan, Hawaiian, Lebanese, and Brazilian bloodlines, it was more a matter of too many choices, so they started their own. There is a strong sense of family pride, though. The Martels are well-known in their small town of Cannon Beach, Oregon, primarily a resort town on the coast. Both Ivan and Jenna have served as city councilmembers in the past, and Kael is currently on the council.
Quincy, however, is something of a black sheep. That is mostly because of his magical ability. When it was discovered in him at the age of seven, his mothers were first amazed and pleased...then outraged. The fact that the magical community imposed what they saw as a gag order on telling the rest of the family was the first problem. Being a loving son, Quincy wanted to make both Malinka and Tania happy, but the two women have very different approaches to life. Malinka is a blunt force, and Tania a persuasive fulcrum, and between them managed to only create a rift in young Quincy's approach to life that has continued to the present.
After seven years of training, Quincy's uncle Tyrole approached him and revealed his own magical ability. He made Quincy swear not to tell anyone else, even his parents. This was because Tyrole himself was an unknown factor in the wizarding world. He'd never told Ivan and Jenna, but had shared it with his sister Shosta, because she, too, was a witch. Unfortunately, due to experiences unknown to both Quincy and the rest of the family, Tyrole and Shosta were firmly in the camp that believed violence and revolution were necessary to make a change in the world, both no-maj and magic-born. So far Quincy's uncle and aunt have only slowly revealed their beliefs to him, but none of their actual operations, but they have done it in a manner that has drawn in his interest, not driven him away. It's a dangerous game Tyrole and Shosta are playing, because they're risking exposure by attempting to bring Quin into their circle. In their mind, they are the good guys, and they're only prepping Quincy for the eventual sinkhole of destruction that they believe is coming.
Because of this, Quincy is feeling a fair amount of stress, between his conflicted views of how the current and long-lasting situation should be approached. He understands only too well the feeling of impatience at the lack of change in the situation, and depending on his mood he can be very much ready to raise the bloody banner of revolution. What tends to stop him is his own deeply-ingrained sense of empathy for humanity in general. His reading of all manner of revolutionaries throughout the ages, though, is making him see more and more the possibility that violence may not only be necessary, but inevitable, to bring about change.Family:
Malinka Martel, birth mother, 39. No-maj. Malinka is a regional director for the American Lung Association. She's married to Tania. Most of Quincy's outspoken personality comes from her. She will be tactful if necessary...but she doesn't find many compelling reasons to be tactful most of the time. She despises the rules she and Tania must follow because of the wizarding world, but follows them for Quincy's benefit. (FC: Nicole Scherzinger)
Tania Shaw, mother, 37. No-maj. Tania works for COLAGE, a national organization for LGBTQ rights, as a lawyer. She's tenacious like Malinka, but isn't head-on and confrontational like her wife--instead, she uses the old Ben Franklin technique and reasons her opponents into submission. Tania graduated from Yale. She's the parent who impresses patience onto Quincy. (FC: Nicole Lyn)
Ivan Martel, grandfather, 62. No-maj. Ivan is a fiction author with an emphasis on social issues. He rarely takes no for an answer. His morals are pure and if anyone tried to dig up any dirt on him, they'd end up shinier than Mr. Clean. He has no idea two of his children and his grandson have magic abilities. (FC: David Strathairn)
Jenna Martel, grandmother, 61. No-maj. Jenna is a retired nurse, and spends much of her time now working with COLAGE along with her daughter-in-law Tania. A second-generation child of Chinese immigrants, Jenna grew up in Torrance, California, and met Ivan overseas while working alongside Doctors Without Borders. (FC: Lauren Tom)
Tyrole Martel, uncle, 40. No-maj-born. Quincy's oldest uncle is secretly a wizard, but is also independently wealthy after working as a stockbroker in New York for many years. He's ambitious and manipulative, knows Quincy is a wizard--and he wants to show his nephew the better way to use magic in the world. Unfortunately, that way would pull Quincy fully over into the darkness. Also unfortunate is the fact that Tyrole is Quincy's favorite among his extended relatives. (FC: Keanu Reeves)
Shosta Martel, 36. No-maj-born. Shosta, unbeknownst to her family, is a witch, but passes in the no-maj community as a freelance graphic artist. She loves her family, but is closest to Tyrole. They agreed early on that working in the shadows and coordinating together was the best way to achieve their aims. (FC: Shannyn Sossamon)
Kael Martel, 35. No-maj. Quincy's youngest uncle runs a bed and breakfast in Cannon Beach. He's a happy person, even if he can't quite find the right guy to settle down with. Quincy spends a lot of time with Kael...and it's not just because he shares his weed with his nephew any time he wants. (FC: Freddie Prinze, Jr.)
A Little MoreAcademic History:Likes:
Reading biographies of all sorts of people, even those he'd hate in person. Electro swing music, as well as swing dancing, which he kicks ass at. Underdogs. Pot. Dueling--his uncle Tyrole has drilled him on it and practiced with him...he's damn good at it, and he loves the attention his uncle gives him over it.Dislikes:
Discrimination, period. Licorice, black or red. Flying brooms. Beer. People who don't make up their minds--unfortunately, he's a bit of a hypocrite with this one. Horror movies. Seeing people suffer.Habits | Mannerisms:
He has a tendency to chew on his upper lip when stressed out. If his hair isn't in a ponytail or clipped back, he spends a lot of time sweeping it back absentmindedly. He's a tapper and drummer when he listens to music on his earbuds or headphones.Fears:
For the normal phobias, Quincy is terrified of deep water and most insects. Since he's been in the wizarding world, he's found many more arthropods to be freaked out by. If it's a creepy-crawly fantastic critter, Quin is horrified by it.
When he's feeling on the light side: Seven Lions -- Worlds Apart
When he's not: The Prodigy -- NarayanNotes: