Character name: Blake ‘The Beast’ Franklin
Played By: ArtemisHighmore
Lodge Member : Has been a member for two years.
Current Suite : < Will be filled in by GM once character moves into play >
Sexual Preference: Straight
Description : Blake stands a little over six feet in height and weighs close to two hundred pounds, though it fluctuates during the winter as he tries to stay light to be able to throw himself around. Enjoys the scruffy look, leaving his black, short hair wild, while his dark brown eyes always seemed to have a mischievous light to them.
Character Personality: Blake can be a little full of himself, especially when he is on the mountain. His competitive side and be overbearing and he is not afraid to take on a challenge, no matter how reckless it would seem to be. Add in some alcohol and he is liable to jump off anything with a board strapped to his feet to see what happens. When not strapped to his stick, he tends to walk around as if he is the big man on campus and isn’t afraid to puff his chest to try and get some attention.
Background information: The love of snow and snowboarding runs deep in Blake’s family as his father was a boarder and taught him everything he knows. When his father died I a tragic accident involving a steep run and a tree, Blake swore that he would become the best boarder that ever lived so that he could do his father proud. That mentality has spurred him on into pushing himself and his equipment to the very limit and he has the injuries and scars to show for it. It has also given him quite the ego and he isn’t afraid to boast his own prowess on and off the slopes.
Born in the state of Washington, Blake was snowboarding shortly after he could walk, encouraged by his father much to his mother’s worry. He grasped the concepts quickly and was soon tearing up the little mountains that surrounded his hometown of Elk by the time he hit middle school. With age came the prospect of taking on bigger mountains, the family making yearly trips to the Cascades to take on the runs of the bigger mountains. Even Canada was within grasp, seeing them cross the boarder once, if not twice a year to catch some of the fresh powder. As his skills improved, Blake took a page out of his father’s book and started entering into competitions. A little taste of it was all it took and Blake plunged head first, joining everything that he could and rocking them.
It was during his sophomore year in high school that Blake’s father died while out on the slopes. His father had been out testing a new board for a local shop and hit a patch of ice. Unable to catch an edge, he slipped off the run and ran full out into a tree, dying on impact. Blake had been devastated but found that the only solace from the pain was on a board. His mother tried everything she could to dissuade him from continuing the sport but he needed it, needed the rush to push away the pain. The weekend after the funeral, he joined a competition on a local slope and crushed it. It was during the award ceremony that he felt his father smiling down at him and he knew that he needed to win to please his father.
Every competition he entered saw him coming out on top, sometimes beating men twice his age. It was during one of these competitions that he caught the eye of a promoter and was quickly swept into the semi-pro circuit after graduation. The promoter relocated him to Colorado, suggesting that he needed the challenge of the Rockies to improve his skill. It was on his 19th birthday that he caught wind of the Crystal Lake Ski Lodge’s annual competition. Not wanting to pass up the chance, he signed up and set out. He loved the place, the location and the slopes. The competition was stiff but he managed to place well and put in for a membership the first chance he could, needing to get up and hit those slopes as often as possible.
Lately he had has been on the semi-pro circuit, flying around the country and even over to Europe as he enters competition after competition. Having missed the previous years event at the Lodge he told himself that he would be sure to make it up this year and try and make it an extended stay as he could use some time off and really missed the culture that came with the lodge.