, or simply PlantReal Name:
Bethany (Beth) LevittEthnicity:
American ~ Caucasian with Israeli rootsSex:
XavierPosition at the School:
College Freshman – Biochemistry & Genetics major. [Appearance]:Hair:
Light, mousey brown hues, cut to a long and even length. Most usually styled straight with a centre parting and left to hang down to just past her bust line. Occasionally it can wisp with very subtle, natural waves and kinks. When working in the biology labs, she always ties it back into a loose, low bun granting her a far more mature presence.Eyes:
(Changeable) Normally a mossy green which turn far more vivid when her skin is gaining the necessary nutrients. Recently, they have been known to be more luminescent in the dark. Occasionally she wears red rimmed, stylish glasses, being slightly short-sighted.Skin:
Fair, yet carries an earthy, light olive tone. The basis of her mutation means that her skin is often effected. Beth cannot always blend in with normal humans like other mutants can. When soaking up too much sunlight or water, thin, green veins appear behind her translucent skin, to resembling the texture of leaf veins. The more the exposure, the stronger the veins can appear. It's an uncontrollable factor of her mutation, and can sometimes just occur without warning. Recently, more prominent veins have permanently discoloured, such as within the neck and at the junction of wrists.Weight:
Beth stands with an overall willowy appearance; her weight equally distributed across a lean and pliable physique. Her muscles are not toned or defined enough for her to be considered wholly athletic, but she does possess good upper arm and leg strength thanks to a childhood of gymnastics training and moderate ballet. She retains the ability for limbs to bend easily and contort her body at will, so performing somersaults and flips remain an easy feat. Date Of Birth:
12th January 1991 ~ CapricornPlace Of Birth:
Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Virginia State, USCitizenship
: US Citizen [Information]:Personality:
It isn't hard to realise that the hard-working and stable Beth is both practical and prudent both in and out of her studies. Generally she prefers to be quite self-centred, not really meddling with the affairs of others unless they give her permission first. In turn, this means she prefers others mind their own business when it comes to her own private life. She can patiently persist as long as necessary to accomplish a goal, and is a reliable, disciplined and responsible member of any team. Regardless, she prefers not to take on any leader roles, but can often become the backbone. Often she prefers to either work alone on a designated, important task, or assign herself a role as part of a team. She does have a great respect for diplomacy and authority, but if granted higher position, she can tend to ignore or not want to listen to any opinions that conflict with her own.
Both honesty, loyalty and factual information are integral to her beliefs, possibly because there is very little she can hide about herself thanks to her physically altering mutation. What you see is mostly what you get. Although she is a peaceful soul, she can get overly excited by the opportunity to openly debating subject with her very philosophical, sometimes pessimistic point of view. Sometimes playing the devils advocate; exploring all avenues of an argument, and luring her opponents into traps so she can unintentionally show off her logic. Many are put off by her brains over brawn choices, rendering her quite the nerd. She thinks profoundly and deeply, owning good concentration skills and a good memory. An indulgence for further knowledges proceeds all other base desires.Background:
Although Bethany has lived the majority of her life in her hometown of Charlottesville in the US Virginia State, she was at least conceived in Israel. Her young parents tied the knot overseas, surrounded by extended family, and nine months later, the first and only child was born back in America. Israeli-born and raised Esther had met the American born Jacob Levitt whilst studying in the overseas US, and the rest was a blissful history. Graduation was followed by a mutually blessed marriage and the permanent move to Virginia. The tall Jacob pursued his athletic career in basketball sponsored by his middle class family and college awards. He made a semi-famous name for himself in the major league, before serious injury forced him into private coaching and eventually, down the path of personal trainer. Bethany was two when her father's major league team contract was cut. Meanwhile, Esther balanced motherhood with the running up her own florists shop, specialising in arranging expensive bouquets with her deft fingers.
Throughout her childhood, Beth was steered towards an athletic path. Encouraged by her father to try various sports, she finally settled on trampolines and later on gymnastics, even though her heart had been set on the more feminine ballet. Like many little girls, she was slightly more interested in being a little princess than throwing a basketball through hoops. So she managed to convince her supportive parents to let her take on the extra ballet classes, so long as she got good grades and didn't slack on the sports activities. As an only child, she was somewhat spoilt with opportunity until she was six, and the birth of her brother gained far more attention. Meanwhile, she grew to be a passive and attentive young woman, managing to balance her studies with her extra-curricular hobbies, and hanging out with the handful of friends she'd made. It always helped to have a semi-famous father to be asked questions about, but she also had a knack for separating the false people from those who she genuinely got along with. By the time she started High School, she realised that she enjoyed science classes the most. Not the most popular of girls, but she fit in with her own little niche of ordinary types.
It was at a gymnastics competition aged fourteen however, that her mutation begun to manifest. Beth had suffered pains in her lungs and the feeling of sickness simply from breathing. Gone off her food, she presumed it was just anxiety and nerves to perform the triple somersaults she'd kept messing up in practice. While waiting for her team's turn to perform, Beth had taken some time out to get some fresh air. It was a hot summers day, but she'd been drinking more water than usual to combat her sickly feeling. When stooping over to quench her insatiable thirst at a fountain however, she felt a tingling sensation at the corners of her lips. Venturing over to a nearby car as the feeling persisted despite scratching and rubbing, she sought her reflection in the rear-view window, and caught the faintly thin, purplish-green vein lines for the first time. Trying her best to ignore it with the application of thick foundation over her entire face, Beth tried to compete in the competition, but her floor routine suffered many failures.
From that day, the mutation persisted. Try as she might, it was hard to cover up her skin in the middle of the hot, Albemarle County summer. Worse yet, thickly cosmetics could barely conceal the changes to her facial skin. That's when the bullying started; first assumptions that she was suffering severe acne. Then the more noticeable green lines that was certainly not normal. 'Freak' and 'Mutie' were some of the less colourful insults to leave the cruel lips of her peers. Beth's parents were some of the last to notice the abnormal changes their teenage daughter was going through. Swiftly pulling her out of the school into private tutoring, doctor after doctor visited the family home in an attempt to use a diagnosis other than 'mutant'. The tension between mutants and humans didn't help with town relations; neighbours can be cruel, especially those who feel threatened by a mutant living next door. The terrorised family were considering a move to outside of the city, leading to tensions rising between what had been a cosy family unit. Fortunately, a housebound Beth watched the news often, where Hank McCoy often appeared in the defence of mutants and his scientific research. Inspired by what he had to say, Beth hit the local library; a move that provoked two things. First, more physical attacks as old high school peers threw whatever objects they had to hand at her. Secondly, her decision to go home, and pack her bags. The relieved look on her parents face however, as they were realised they would finally be free of the great burden brought to them by their daughter's mutation, will always be remembered by her.
Since arriving at Xavier's school to complete her High School years, Beth underwent a transformation of sorts. Her mutant powers begun to fully manifest, leading to her temporary shying away. Yet after the reclusive period, she has emerged as a butterfly might leave her chrysalis cocoon. Having realised that she possesses both interest and skill in the study of sciences, Beth was swift to pursue her college joint major in biochemistry with genetics. While other mutants possess more extravagant powers, she instead strives to contribute her intellectual skills to the cause. That also includes worshipping the work of Hank McCoy and the studies of Moira MacTaggert while hoping to one day live up to these influential role models.
Name: Esther Levitt
Name: Jacob Levitt
Name: Isaac Levitt
Other relatives: N/A
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Resembling a plant life-form is the main basis of Beth's mutation. Like humans, she needs certain nutrients in order to survive. But the universal requirements for oxygen is reversed with the necessity for carbon dioxide and water instead. The constant conversion in her body of carbon dioxide and water into sugars and oxygen with the catalyst of sunlight, causes various side effects. The most visual being the chloroplasts that exist in her blood, replacing normal red blood cells to store the majority of the sugars she produces. She does however, still bleed red. The rate of energy captured by photosynthesis is pretty immense, leading to high sugar levels in her body, but also a very high metabolism rate. While these sugars provide her with enough nutrients to survive without much food, she does need to fulfil a large, daily quota of photosynthesis in order to remain healthy and full of energy. Lack of sleep is also a downfall of these high sugar levels but on the plus side, she can exist peacefully with humans, providing them with essential oxygen while they in turn, provide her with carbon dioxide. A fair trade off.Limitations
: Aside from lack of sleep, Beth can suffer either bursts of hyperactivity, of on the flip side, severe lethargy if dehydrated. Sleeping during the daytime is impossible. Having access to water and fresh air is a matter of life and death. As with any human, to be trapped in an enclosed space would mean certain wilting and an eventual, suffocating death. As her power is more of a state of being than a weapon, she is pretty defenceless unless given an actual object to use.Minor
: Self-Regeneration (including Fast Metabolism and Pain Resistance)
This minor ability is mostly self-effective, branching off from her main power. When enough energy is stored, Beth has the ability to self-heal at alarmingly fast rates. She rarely wears bruises for longer than a day, while cuts seem to recover within hours. With injury, her body can release strong endorphins to counter-act the pain.Limitations
: Whether she could actually regrow a severed limb is yet to be seen, but she's also not inclined to try. She is not completely resistant to suffering injuries and the repercussions they might cause, for example; a punctured lung would still affect the rest of her body and require a longer length of time to self-heal without the assistance of medical help. She would also need to be constantly replenishing the large amount of body-resources spent on using this ability.Minor
: Bio-Chemical Body Fluid Properties (within saliva)
Having physical contact with others is safe, provided there is no exchange of bodily fluids, namely through her saliva. Beth knows very little about the properties her saliva has, other than possessing the endorphins related to her regenerative capabilities. Plants afterall, possess qualities used for beauty and health, and it seems her qualities lie in more medicinal toxins.Limitations
:The potential for her blood to be harvested, or for her body to undergo experimentation is a background fear. Also the fear of getting physical with another with unknown side effects. What if she transfers too many endorphins? What if the chemicals prove to be allergically poisonous to some humans? The questions are endless. Can she transfer pain resistance? Or can her saliva cause a skin irritation to others? There is also potential for this ability to be highly lethal, so she prefers to keep it controlled. [Hobbies and Interests:]
- Reading, especially the study of plant biology
- Milder interests in Gymnastics
- Secret fascination with Ballet; a pair of old ballet shoes hang from her dorm room door.