Greets! If this thread is still recruiting as it seems to be, here's a hat to throw in for your interest and examination.
Nadra Tahira DarziAGE:
Foreign StudentPOWER THEME:
Peak Human Physical Performance - if it's a feat worthy of an Olympic athlete or a world record holder, Nadra can replicate the deed. Fast as Usain Bolt, limber as Simone Biles, with the strength of a weightlifter, the resilience of a kickboxer, and the stamina of a marathon runner. This boost is limited to raw physical performance; anything that makes use of tools, psychological conditioning, training, education, or competitive skill is not directly affected this power (though she can lean on it significantly to affect her performance).POWER/CHARACTER FLAW:
At this time, Nadra can only call on her preternatural physical prowess for a little over twelve minutes in any given half-a-day, measured from sundown to sunup and again. Moreover, while her powers are active, a silver-dollar-sized golden circle shines on her forehead, its light visible through anything but a solid inch of metal. More personally, she is Not From Around Here
; her English has a notable accent (though it's far better nowadays), and while she has been in the United States for a couple of years now, there are still parts of the country and culture that she only knows from movies and television. Nadra is a follower, not a leader
; she's capable of self-direction, but most of the time yields reflexively to the stronger will. The only reliable exception in this tendency is that she is morally inflexible
; she was raised within certain tremendously strict measures, and while she knows that human law is often unjust, she believes very much in the tenets and codes of Orthodox Christianity, and will not bend when she sees wrongdoing of this sort.BIOGRAPHY:
Once, Syria was a beautiful country. In generations past, her ancestors were free to practice their faith in freedom, and to hold office and learn much. No, it hasn't been that way for a while -- but Nadra remembers it because her parents remember it, and it is one of the things that they mention almost every day at the dinner table. The two of them met in university in the United States, both on international scholarships; the two of them became quite close, and once their marriage was approved by families, returned home with skills and degrees to enrich their country. It was those same degrees that allowed them a chance to escape the civil war and ISIL; they had intended Nadra to come to the States so that she could learn, just not this young, not this impressionable...
Nadra knows they have doubled down on their strictness because of this, but she is a good child, and wishes to succeed, and make them proud. She has friends and family back in the old country, and knows she is tremendously fortunate to have escaped their fate. She is also more lonely than she wants to admit to anyone at all, and as such she does her best to fit in with the other kids in school on things like clothing, music, recreation, and the dozen other trivial details that nearly every teenager obsesses about in their own way. Walking the line between Christian modesty and shameless Americanism is a difficult tightrope, but she's thus far managing it between schoolwork, church, and the friends she has made -- even if it's earned her a justified reputation as kind of lame and a definite stick-in-the-mud. Now, if she could only get over her jealousy that her brothers are not getting the same restrictive treatment...Miscellaneous:
- Nadra is a true believer. She attends a local-ish Greek Orthodox church with her family every Sunday, and is a regular volunteer in the charity work that they do. She also does what she can to help family and friends back home with surviving the ongoing war; it isn't much, but pennies count, and materials save lives.
- Although she is only seventeen, Nadra tested into a superior grade and has managed to keep up academically, despite her knowledge gaps in things like history.
- Nadra follows international football attentively. She played when she was younger, but strictly for fun; the climate against women in sports was bad in Syria, and her parents have forbidden her from picking the sport back up in the States because they're afraid she might catch lesbianism.
- While Nadra does keep social media, she only accesses the related websites from school computers (her father watches her internet access like a hawk!), and she is usually a bit behind when it comes to this kind of thing. To her silent vexation, her brothers (Amad, thirteen and Sadib, nine) are much less stringently-policed.
- Nadra is a native Arabic speaker, mostly fluent in English, and can translate French when she has a few seconds to think about it.
- While she knows how to drive, her parents have resisted getting her a vehicle of her own. Maybe when she's off to university, they muse.THEME SONG:
(The player doesn't know the origin of this particular hymn
, but it's a nice hold-through for the time because songs are so hard to nail down!)Writing Sample Behind the Spoiler:
Nadra spent several moments staring at the white piece of paper in front of her before taking a moment to pinch the bridge of her nose with one hand and sigh, quietly, between her teeth. The details of the World Wars were beginning to blend together in her head despite the nights of studying, quizzing herself, and practicing -- and she couldn't even blame Mr. Vance for this. She was the one who wrote down the wrong chapter to read. It was an innocent mistake; she'd been distracted, and only heard 'world war' when he meant World War 2. The test should have been easy, but she'd been stupid, and --
She bit her lip for a moment, trying and somewhat succeeding at jarring herself from the endless train of self-recrimination. She might be stupid, but she wasn't going to let that get in the way of doing as best she could, regardless. If she could remember the stories the Americans told about the wars, she might be able to fake it. Japan was definitely part of the Axis, because of the nuclear bombs, even if it had been friendly to the United States in the first war. Germany was the enemy in both wars, even if they were heroes today. England had not been an enemy of the States since... which war? The revolution? That sounded right. And they had never had a war with France that she could remember. And Russia had mostly been an ally in both wars, too. There were battles fought in Italy, and the United States was fighting in them, but were they fighting there like they were fighting for the French, or was Italy part of the Axis? It was one way in one war and another in the other. If she'd been paying attention, she would have studied the right thing and -- no. No, off of this track.
God, be kind to this pathetic soul, she murmured below her breath, eyes closing, remembering. We all err. It was arrogance to think yourself fit to judge your own worth, and sinful. Leave it in the hands of God, take a breath, and work as best you can with what you know.
Nadra took that breath, held it for several seconds, and began her best round of educated guessing. The worst she could do was fail the pre-test. If she got a C in this class, it would not be the end of the world, no matter what her parents said -- but she would try for the A anyway. It was only right.