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Student Application

PLAYER

name | Cupcake
age | Over 18
new or returning player? | New!
preferred contact method | [plurk.com profile] princesscupcake

CHARACTER

character name | Lydia Martin
age | 16
year | 3rd Year
gender | Female
appearance | Lydia Martin is 5'3" with red (strawberry blonde, by some reckoning) hair and green eyes. An image of her can be found here.

history | Lydia Martin at the Teen Wolf Wiki.
AU history | Lydia Martin is a very big fish from the very small pond of Beacon Hills, California. Her family is one of the richest in town (but due for an economic fall in slightly less than a decade to come). Her parents, while still married (divorce? unthinkable!) live something of a tense lie, and are estranged from each other, maintaining a facade in public in order to maintain their social standing, and while they don't think her daughter notices, she does. Add to that the singular family shame (doesn't every family have one?); the not-so-secret fact that Lydia's paternal grandmother is locked up in the local asylum, Eichen House.

When she was a little girl, Lydia was very close with her grandmother Lorraine; she helped to take care of Lydia and they would often read together - Lydia's favorite story was Hans Christian Anderson's The Little Mermaid. But her grandmother was always a touch eccentric; Lydia has memories of her grandmother seeming to talk to people who weren't there, and occasionally waking up in the middle of the night to the sound of what seemed like inhuman screams that she was told later by her parents were only screech owls roosting in the trees. If there's concern that Lydia is anything like her grandmother, it's not evident so far.

They sent Lydia to Clarion Academy in order to distance her from both the degrading status of their marriage as well as the potential stigma that comes from having an insane relative. They know she is capable of establishing herself and making a viable match and feel she has a better chance of doing so away from her home, and truth be told as smart as they seem to know her to be, they don't have more expectation of her beyond that. It's Lydia who's made something of herself of her own volition, with intensions to pursue her interest in science and math even after she graduates from high school as well as meet her parents' expectations.

personality | Lydia has always been situated to have the best of everything. She comes from a prosperous family, only wears the best clothes, and has her pick of gentlemen callers. A "queen bee" when it comes to social maneuvering, she at times presents a facade of being superficial and thoughtless. Status is important to her, because without status it one doesn't get very far in life. Friends, particularly female friends, have often been picked to keep competition close at hand and under a watchful eye. In as much as current social norms allow without sacrificing her reputation, she can be something of a man-eater and unapologetic admirer of the male form. But all of this hides what according to some of her teachers is a highly intelligent mind with incredible leadership potential.

Over time at Clarion she has become less inclined to hide her intelligence and more inclined to develop friendships with fellow students with only minimal consideration of class and station. While it might be evidence of a kinder, gentler Lydia, it's also in some part strategic: she's deduced that kindness and amiability earn her more than disdain, and the more friends one has, the better. That being said, she is highly protective of her friends, extremely competitive, and has a rather sharp tongue with little patience for anyone she deems to be foolish.

At her core, Lydia is a lot like most teenagers. She presents a confident facade, but is also just as scared and alone inside as other young adults tend to be. Her parents are distant and she is brutally aware of the limits society holds her to and the high societal (but not intellectual) expectations that have been placed on her.

It would be very easy to say that Lydia is a spoiled, shallow girl, but the potential for a more substantial, developed person who cares about the people around is well on her way to maturing. She has been accustomed most of her life to getting what she wants and accomplishing her goals with very little trouble or struggle. The opportunity to alleviate that is often the guiding motivation when she's inclined to take risks, though when confronted with the supernatural challenges of Clarion Academy, she may finally be faced with something that is not so easily grasped, and that may be difficult for her.

SAMPLES

sample 1 | While travel, particularly transcontinental travel, is viewed as a hardship by most, Lydia finds it strangely liberating. The summary of her journey is always the same; a long drive in her father's sedan to the railway station in San Francisco, the arduous traverse across the broad country from west coast to east, and then another car trip through the welcoming gates of Clarion Academy. And of course, the same, only reverse, to return home. Even if Lydia is starting to think of the academy as her home far more than her family's house in Beacon Hills. At home, smiles are strained, the weight of secrets is heavy, and the expectations on her shoulders are both lighter and so much more heavy - to find a good family to marry into and raise up her family in doing so. But at Clarion? It's her mind that's valued, and when people smile, they mean it.

It helps that they always start off a day early so that she and her mother can overnight in the city, enjoy the shops and dining that San Francisco offers. Natalie always wants Lydia to look her best, and while French silk may be more expensive in San Francisco, Chinese silk is far more plentiful and in her opinion, well made. Or so she tells Lydia. And Lydia nods and smiles, and does as told, and tries to evoke some kind of simple pleasure before her inevitable hours of travel. She tries to look forward rather than back, away from the shadows and the grandmother she knows she can't see, shouldn't even speak of, and instead tries to keep her eyes on the light, on the prospect of possibility.

And that's why the week long train trip is so freeing. Lydia can be whomever she wants - within the considerable confines of first class, but if she's feeling daring, why not a trip to second class, or even, dare she venture, third? Even if there might be hobos! Especially if there are hobos. If she chooses to read a periodical about the latest advancements in science, none of these strangers have the right to impose their questions or presumptions on her. She can choose to converse or not as it suits her, and the view out of the window as the train chugs along is beautiful.

She feels like she's shedding an old skin, or emerging from a coccoon, every time she leaves Beacon Hills to return to the academy, able to be herself, to engage in higher learning that satisfies her hunger for knowledge, and can leave the shadows behind.


sample 2 | Lydia Martin at the Test Drive Meme.
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PLAYER
» Journal: lefthandedgenius
» Birthdate/Age: February
» Characters Played: Freya Beauchamp
» Re-App Status: Other people have played Lydia in-game before, however I will be starting her fresh with no previous memories of the island.
» Name: Lydia Martin
» Canon: Teen Wolf
» Reference: http://teenwolf.wikia.com/wiki/Lydia_Martin, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Teen_Wolf_characters#Lydia_Martin
» Canon Point: Episode 4.12, "Smoke and Mirrors".
» Gender: Female.
» Age: 18
CHARACTER INTERPRETATION
» Appearance: Standing a petite 5'3", this young woman appears to be in her late teens. Long red hair (or some may call it "strawberry blonde") is worn in a variety of styles to best show off her features including her bright green eyes. Her tends more toward the curvy than athletic, but she's in good shape. Never without high heels to add inches to her height, she is most often seen in mini-skirts and blouses that range in look from bohemian to preppy.
» Suitability: Lydia is 18 years old and has been having sex since she was at least 16 years old. She has numerous marketable skills and an extremely high IQ, so will well be able to survive on her own. Her reaction to being on the island will of course be one of displeasure, but if nothing else Lydia is extremely pragmatic when it comes to her own survival and the survival of those she cares about. And if there's any off chance that she may get to see certain familiar faces again, she may give the price of living on the island some more consideration.
» Orientation: Heterosexual. All of Lydia's canon love interests have been male.
» History: Season 1: Lydia befriends new girl Allison Argent along with her boyfriend, Jackson. She has her first encounter with the supernatural by way of Peter Hale in his alpha werewolf form, and deals with it by getting heavily medicated and allowing herself to be convinced that he was a mountain lion. She and the others are trapped in the high school by Peter in his monstrous form, and helps them to escape by creating a self-igniting molotov cocktail. Manipulating Allison into breaking up with Scott, she proceeds to try and seduce him while he's under the influence of the full moon. But after that, Jackson breaks off with her, and when Allison finds out, she accepts Lydia's apology, but demands Lydia go with Stiles to the winter formal. During the formal Lydia is captured by Peter Hale, who proceeds to bite her in front of Stiles. She winds up in the hospital, and when her wounds don't heal, it turns out she is in fact immune to a werewolf's bite.

Season 2: Still in the hospital, Lydia begins to start seeing hallucinations, and disappears for two days before being found in the woods, completely confused as to how she got there and not remembering anything during that time. Returning to school, her popular status has been compromised as people start to wonder about her sanity, and the pack likewise wonders if she is the kanima. She continues to have frightening hallucinations, as well as meets a mysterious boy who she has several encounters with, including a shared kiss and him giving her a gift of wolfsbane. He guides her to Hale House and puts her into his thrall. During her birthday party, she puts it in the punch causing those around her to have hallucinations, and ultimately kidnaps Derek to use his blood to resurrect Peter. When it is at last revealed to all that Jackson is the kanima, it's Lydia who's able to reach him, her love for him causing him to transform back into a human when she reveals to him the key he'd given her to his home that she'd kept even after their breakup.

Season 3A: With Jackson having moved to London, Lydia is free to play the field. She also finds herself even more frequently in fugue states which lead her to dead bodies. She begins to flirt with and then gets more seriously involved with Aiden who turns out to be one of the alpha werewolves who've come to either force Scott to join their pack or kill him. At the same time, Jennifer Blake is attempting to stop them by sacrificing people in a dark ritual, and when Lydia finds her, tries to killer while also revealing that Lydia is a banshee, or a "wailing woman". When Scott, Allison, and Stiles attempt their own ritual to prevent their parents from being sacrificed, Lydia is told by Deaton to assist Stiles, to serve as his emotional tether. During the final showdown, Aiden steps up to protect her from Kali, and when Jennifer arrives to take down the twins, she helps to get them both to Deaton before they die and saves both of their lives.

Season 3B: Lydia begins to notice the odd behavior of her friends due to their ritual sacrifice for the nemeton, most notably when Allison almost shoots her in the chest by accident. When Scott tasks her to help find Malia, she gets caught in a bear trap and Stiles has to work through his own hallucinations of mixed up words to help her get free. As time passes Lydia begins to hear strange things, like a buzzing sound which turns out to be a premonition of both the nogitsune and a serial killer named Barrow. With the nogitsune released, she helps to try and find out more about it by using Talia Hale's claws and is even the mastermind of an armored car robbery. Ultimately the nogitsune kidnaps her to use her for her powers, and though she contacts the others via another banshee to stay away, when the pack comes to rescue her Allison is killed. She joins the others in the final battle against the nogitsune during which Aiden is killed, convinced that Lydia doesn't see him as a hero.

Season 4: Lydia and the rest of the pack go to Mexico to try and rescue Derek from a Mexican hunting family, but she and the others end up captured. Eventually she and the others are released with the revelation that Kate Argent is alive and has Derek, and when she returns her banshee abilities lead her to the corpse of one of Kate's victims. She's also eventually lead to a fridge room full of corpses belonging to a family of wendigo as food, during which she meets Jordan Parrish, a deputy in the Beacon Hills Sheriff's Department. Her family has been suffering financially, and during a party at her grandmother's lakehouse she finds a soundproof safe room designed for her to use her banshee powers - it turns out her own grandmother was also a banshee. She and Stiles eventually unlocked the deadpool started by Meredith, another banshee inspired by Peter's ravings while he was in his coma. Eventually she helps to lead Stiles and Malia to locate the computer being used to send out the dead pool and destroy it, while helping Malia to integrate into human society and introducing Scott's new beta Liam into the world of the supernatural. During the final showdown, Lydia actually grabs a baseball bat and attempts to attack one of Kate's berserkers, declaring that she's going to fight for her friends.

» Personality: Throughout highschool, Lydia has been one of the most popular girls in Beacon Hills. She came from a prosperous family, only wore the best clothes, and had her pick of the guys at her school. A "queen bee" when it comes to social maneuvering, she presented a facade of being superficial and thoughtless. Status was important to her, because without status in high school one doesn't get very far. Friends, particularly female friends, were often picked to keep competition close at hand and under a watchful eye. Lydia was a bit of a man-eater and certainly an unapologetic admirer of the male form. But all of this was superficial, hiding what one of her school guidance counselors claimed was a highly intelligent mind with incredible leadership potential.

After Lydia's first real encounter with the supernatural (courtesy of Peter Hale), the cracks in her well developed facade began to show. She began to become less inclined to hide her intelligence and as she develops friendships with the other members of what eventually will become the Beacon Hills pack and She develops (or maybe always had) an incredible sense of loyalty to her friends, willing to risk her life and put herself in direct danger for them. This is not to say Lydia is without her flaws; she is highly protective of her friends, extremely competitive, and has a rather sharp tongue with little patience for anyone she deems to be foolish. Having spent a good deal of time obsessed with 'bad boys', she has since resolved that if she wants to be good, she in turn must choose to be around good people.

Her association Allison started off as a way to keep the new girl subordinate, and eventually grew into a true friendship. Allison was unequivicably Lydia's best friend, and her death had a significant impact on Lydia, instilling in her a sense of grief and loss that Lydia continues to carry, even as she embraces new friendships with other girls. She eventually comes to accept Kira and Malia as friends, though Kira is initially met with hostility, regarded as an invader until she proved herself, and Malia is perhaps more tolerated as a presence, as she has some empathy for the were-coyote's need for help re-integrating back into society.

Her relationships with the males in her life is somewhat more complicated. Her first real relationship started because both she and Jackson were conscious of their social status, and it eventually grew into love, and soon enough had to let him go when he left the country with his family after he was turned first into a murderous kanima and then after her love arguably saved him, into a werewolf. The twin alpha Aiden started a relationship with her under false pretenses, but eventually his affection for her grew (and to some degree, hers for him) to the point where he was willing to face off with members of his own pack for her safety. It's in trying to prove himself a hero and not a "bad guy" to her that Aiden eventually loses his life, citing regret that she would never know his heroism while unaware that she was only a few feet away. Her relationship with Scott originated in a certain amount of social climbing effort and even deceit, but the two have since become fast friends as they have risked their lives together and vowed to help each other in a mutual effort to keep those around them safe.

Her relationship with Stiles Stilinski is complicated. It is arguable that she was completely unaware of the infatuation he had for her since they were very young, or simply that she's chosen to ignore it, consciously or otherwise. He is however, one of the few people besides Allison who has been able to cut through a lot of pretense and recognize the best in her, and the two of them have developed a deep friendship, perhaps even eclipsing his previous infatuation. They are in some ways, two sides of the same coin, and often work together as a team when investigating things on behalf of the pack, serves as his emotional tether when he seeks to sacrifice himself on behalf of his father, and both have saved the other's life and simply been there emotionally for each other on numerous occasions.

At her core, Lydia is a lot like most teenagers. She presents a confident facade, but is also just as scared and alone inside as young adults tend to be. Her parents are distant, she keeps constantly getting exposed to death and danger; and let's face it, her friends? They are not exactly average or normal. Even Allison, while entirely human, was in her own way something special. Lydia and the people around her have been trying to figure out for a long time exactly what she's become since being bitten; it's only recently that she was told what it is: a banshee and as time passes she has come to develop her abilities while striving to understand them - the discovery that it runs in her family, and that her grandmother was also a banshee was a significant revelation for her.

It would be very easy to say that Lydia went from a spoiled, shallow girl to a more substantial, developed person who cares about the people around over the course of seasons one through four. She has been accustomed, most of her life, to getting what she wants and accomplishing her goals with very little trouble or struggle. But it's not like she's made some kind of moral heel turn. Quite simply? The stakes have gotten higher, and that means investing more. Interestingly enough, her willingness to be more empathic and relatable to others (but still always in "Lydia" fashion) was Allison. Allison's connection to Scott, who's connected Stiles, both were connected to Jackson, who in turn had always been connected to her, and so on. As the circle got wider, it Lydia's willingness to associate with these people and developing friendships that has brought her to where she is today.

Of course, at the crux of all of this is Lydia and her relationship to the supernatural world. From the very first time Lydia laid eyes on the Alpha Werewolf (who was of course Peter Hale), her life changed forever. When Peter attacks her after the semi-formal, it's not just the potential supernatural changes in Lydia that are important, but the way she feels about herself and sees the world. For the first time in her life, Lydia is a victim, and while most people who endure trauma can heal and move on with their lives, Peter continues to purposefully haunt her in order to control her into helping him resurrect, and Lydia's hallucinations and hysterics are something few, if anybody understands. Lydia begins to understand what it feels like to be an outsider. But when he uses her to come back from the dead, that's when she seems to come to the realization about how little world is anything she actually has any control over. It would be fair to say that Lydia is violated on a supernatural, spiritual level by Peter Hale, and while it makes her a person who is more receptive to the pain and hurt of others, for a long time she pushes away her own. Findingthe balance between her anger and fear of Peter with the need to heal and move on has been difficult, but for Lydia, not impossible. She's had to deal with him since then for a variety of reasons, avoiding direct confrontation without others to watch her back.

Lydia's own powers in relation to her personal growth are worth mentioning here. Lydia is not someone who likes to be out of control of her faculties, and as her powers have grown, she has continually been exposed to death and horror. Over the course of the seasons Lydia has gone from simply being a slave to her abilities and processing them with a sense of helplessness, to gaining an objective regard for them (even when not understanding exactly what they were or what they've made for her) until finally, in the Season 3 episode "The Girl Who Knew Too Much" Lydia comes full circle and commits to the use of her powers, and in doing so has a moment with Scott in which her empathy comes full circle. She connects with him, they have a moment, and a shared dedication to something bigger than just themselves. For Scott this moment of virtue is something we expect of him as a hero, but for Lydia, this is a game changer. And it's only after she commits to utilizing her power that Lydia gains some kind of knowledge of what exactly is her true supernatural nature. But of course, unsurprisingly, the knowledge also comes with a price. As she begins to understand her powers she begins to work with them more proactively. Her tether to Stiles allows her to hear him when he sleepwalks into the coyote den, to find him after he collapses once leaving Ichen House. It also leads her to sense the oncoming death of Alison Argent, though she does not realize it's her best friend's death that she has foretold until it actually happens. She is still struggling to understand her abilities in Season 4, and gains some insight into them by way of her heritage and direct contact with another banshee, the source of the dead pool. Her ultimate revelation is that "not all monsters do monstrous things", and this is a significant emotional realization for Lydia, reflecting an acceptance of not just herself, but the world in which she lives and the people she chooses to associate with.
» Re-App Changes: N/A
SAMPLES
» First Person Sample Choice: Option 1



[Lydia's mouth purses as she holds the communication device gently in her hands. From the angle she's holding it at, a red satin ribbon can be seen fitted to her neck, possibly familair to those who know her - it runs right along the area where Jennifer Blake attempted to garotte her.]

Let's assume that I actually buy into the improbable mathemtical construct that would involve the creation of entire quantum reality that stands alone and apart from all others, effectively setting string theory on its ear.

The fact that anybody would do just so they can have their own personal Skinemax world seems more like the plot of one of those big-eyed comic books like the kind you'd find at the bottom of one of Stiles' desk drawers.

[The frown turns into something a bit more like a smile, but it's pretty wry.]

Just saying. So where do I go from here? I guess it's hard to believe anyone would get this elaborate for the sake of a practical joke, no matter how amazing I might look naked.

[She gives no indication of having been here before.]

» Third Person Sample Choice: Option 4 - http://amatpartygames.dreamwidth.org/34257.html?thread=4415185#cmt4415185
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Musebox for AU versions of Lydia.

✓ Teen Wolf - Alpha/True Alpha Werewolf
✓ Teen Wolf - Possessed by the Nogitsune
✓ Teen Wolf - Future/5 Years/10 Years Later
✓ Victorian/Edwardian/Steampunk
✓ WW2 - Serving as a codebreaker in 1940's London.
✓ Game of Thrones - House Marten, "Wails and Whispers".
✓ Grey's Anatomy - 1st year intern, probably going into Neuro.
✓ Hogwarts - A member in good standing of House Slytherin.
✓ Halfblood Hill/Percy Jackson - Daughter of Aphrodite, Legacy of Melinoe.
✓ Pacific Rim - As a drift analyst or jaeger pilot.
✓ The 100 - Lydia of the Sky People
✓ The Tomorrow People - Part of the Underground, rescuing Break Outs. Strong telepath.
✓ Divergent - Erudite Faction member and/or Divergent.
✓ Suggest an AU!
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Player's Name: Princess Cupcake
Are you over 16? Yes
Characters Played Here: N/A

Character: Lydia Martin
Series/Canon: Teen Wolf
From When? Season 3B Finale

History: Lydia Martin at the Teen Wolf Wiki, Lydia Martin at Wikipedia

Personality: Lydia is one of the most popular girls in Beacon Hills High School. She comes from a rich family, only wears the best clothes, and would seem to have her pick of the guys at her school. Lydia is a "queen bee" when it comes to social maneuvering; she presents a facade of being superficial and thoughtless. Status is important to her, because without status in high school you are nothing. Friends, particularly female friends, are often picked at least initially to keep competition close at hand and under a watchful eye. Lydia is also a bit of a man-eater and certainly an unapologetic admirer of the male form.

Dig a little deeper, and something more substantial is presented. Get past the superficial bullshit, and a surprising sense of loyalty is revealed. Her association with Allison started off as a way to keep the new girl subordinate, and eventually grew into a true friendship, one that involves Lydia being willing to put herself into risky situations at worst and inconvenient ones at best to help Allison out. Likewise, when Lydia falls in love she isn't fickle about it. She dedicates her whole heart when she falls in love, telling Jackson even though she should hate him for all he's put her through, she still loves him. At the same time Lydia refuses to be victim to her own emotions, and when Jackson moves away to London she is able to look past his leaving and pursue other romantic interests. But when Lydia's involved, she's extremely invested. Even though she won't openly admit it, the core group that has Lydia's loyalty by Season 3 effectively includes Allison, Scott, and Stiles and expands from there in lessening degrees to other associates.

An important note about Lydia's personality is specifically in regard to her intelligence; her IQ test has her statted at 170. She has previously taken great pains to hide it from her classmates, having previously even opted to deliberately fail tests in order to maintain her social face. But Lydia can be counted on to have an expansive knowledge of everything from archaic languages to chemistry recipes right out of the Anarchist's Cookbook. A

At her core, Lydia is a lot like most teenagers. She presents a confident facade, but is also just as scared and alone inside as young adults tend to be. Her parents are distant, she keeps constantly getting exposed to death and danger; and let's face it, her friends? They are not exactly average or normal. Even Allison, while entirely human, was in her own way something special. Lydia and the people around her have been trying to figure out for a long time exactly what she's become since being bitten; it's only recently that she's been told what it is: a banshee. She has only really started to understand what she's capable of and proactively use her abilities.

It would be very easy to say that Lydia went from a spoiled, shallow girl to a more substantial, developed person who cares about the people around over the course of seasons one through three. She has been accustomed, most of her life, to getting what she wants and accomplishing her goals with very little trouble or struggle. But it's not like she's made some kind of moral heel turn. Quite simply? The stakes have gotten higher, and that means investing more. Interestingly enough, her willingness to be more empathic and relatable to others (but still always in "Lydia" fashion) was Allison. Allison's connection to Scott, who's connected Stiles, both were connected to Jackson, who in turn had always been connected to her, and so on. As the circle got wider, it Lydia's willingness to associate with these people and developing friendships that has brought her to where she is today.

Of course, at the crux of all of this is Lydia and her relationship to the supernatural world. From the very first time Lydia laid eyes on the Alpha Werewolf (who was of course Peter Hale), her life changed forever. When Peter attacks her after the semi-formal, it's not just the potential supernatural changes in Lydia that are important, but the way she feels about herself and sees the world. For the first time in her life, Lydia is a victim, and while most people who endure trauma can heal and move on with their lives, Peter continues to purposefully haunt her in order to control her into helping him resurrect, and Lydia's hallucinations and hysterics are something few, if anybody understands. Lydia begins to understand what it feels like to be an outsider. But when he uses her to come back from the dead, that's when she seems to come to the realization about how little world is anything she actually has any control over. It would be fair to say that Lydia is violated on a supernatural, spiritual level by Peter Hale, and while it makes her a person who is more receptive to the pain and hurt of others, for a long time she pushes away her own. Findingthe balance between her anger and fear of Peter with the need to heal and move on has been difficult, but for Lydia, not impossible. She's had to deal with him since then for a variety of reasons, avoiding direct confrontation without others to watch her back.

Lydia's own powers in relation to her personal growth are worth mentioning here. Lydia is not someone who likes to be out of control of her faculties, and as her powers have grown, she has continually been exposed to death and horror. Over the course of the seasons Lydia has gone from simply being a slave to her abilities and processing them with a sense of helplessness, to gaining an objective regard for them (even when not understanding exactly what they were or what they've made for her) until finally, in the Season 3 episode "The Girl Who Knew Too Much" Lydia comes full circle and commits to the use of her powers, and in doing so has a moment with Scott in which her empathy comes full circle. She connects with him, they have a moment, and a shared dedication to something bigger than just themselves. For Scott this moment of virtue is something we expect of him as a hero, but for Lydia, this is a game changer. And it's only after she commits to utilizing her power that Lydia gains some kind of knowledge of what exactly is her true supernatural nature. But of course, unsurprisingly, the knowledge also comes with a price. As she begins to understand her powers she begins to work with them more proactively. Her tether to Stiles allows her to hear him when he sleepwalks into the coyote den, to find him after he collapses once leaving Ichen House. It also leads her to sense the oncoming death of Alison Argent, though she does not realize it's her best friend's death that she has foretold until it actually happens.

Why do you think your character would work in this setting? Lydia is an accidental import, brought in via the karmic tether she shares with Stiles. She works for the game for a number of reasons; first and foremost, her "pack", ie Scott and Stiles, are there, and she has a vested interest in getting rid of the nogitsune. Outside of her immediate circle, Lydia's brilliance and great love of astrophysics will incline her to take advantage of the great scientific minds in New Dodge that she'll be able to learn from.

Inventory: Lydia has her beloved Chloe Marcie handbag with her when she arrives in New Dodge. Inside her bag are the following items:

An AT&T Sharp FX Smart Phone and its charger.
A copy of "Thermodynamic Asymmetry in Time".
Two spiral bound notebooks and a couple of pens.
Her keys (for house and car, one of her dog Prada's old dog tags is attached).
A smaller makeup bag that includes foundation, blush, shadow, eyeliner, mascara, etc.
Her wallet with ID, credit cards, about $60 cash and a few pictures.
Samples:

Third-Person Sample: From the Boomtown Test Drive Meme.

First-Person Sample:
Allison,

I'm not the person I was when we first met. In fact, when I think about who I am now and who I was back then, I feel like I'm looking at stranger.

I'm not going to lie, everything involved in becoming a banshee has a lot to do with it. Everybody thinking I was crazy. How much I was kept in the dark through everything. But when I needed to be strong, I knew that I only had to look at you and realize that I could be as strong on the inside as you were, inside and out. I never held a crossbow, but because of you, I could look Peter Hale in the eye.

You always stood by me. Even when you kept things from me in order to keep me safe. Maybe on some level I'm angry about that, but there are so many more important things to be angry about, not the least of which is the fact that you're no longer here.

You're dead. I thought I'd done enough to stop it. I knew death was coming...I could hear it in the whispers of the other banshees, I could feel it in my gut. I did what I could to send you the message. I should have known that despite my message, despite my warning, you'd come anyway.

You came, and so did the others, because it was me. Isn't that the truth? And you died. You died, and I'm part of the reason why.

I'm sorry, Allison. I wasn't strong enough. I failed you, you're dead, and I wasn't strong enough.

It's too late now, but I want to make you a promise. Can you hear me? I hope if banshees can hear the dead, maybe the dead can hear us. I hope you can hear me.

I'm sorry. I wasn't strong enough. But I'm going to make you a promise: for you, because of you, from now on I will be.

I miss you.

Lydia
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PLAYER
Name: Princess Cupcake
Personal Journal: [personal profile] princesscupcake
Plurk: [plurk.com profile] princesscupcake
Time Zone: Pacific
Email: scapebabe@gmail.com
Messenger: AIM - Rommie XMC10182
Previous Characters: None on HBH
Munhead/Musebox: See personal journal.

CHARACTER
Name: Lydia Martin
Canon: Teen Wolf
Age: 17
Demigod/Hunter/Satyr/Nymph: Daughter of Aphrodite; Legacy of Melinoe.
Demigod abilities: As the daughter of Aphrodite, Lydia has the standard abilities of appearance changing and speaking French, she also has amokinesis. However, this ability has a tendency to 'leak' leading others to be attracted to her either when they otherwise might not be, which is why she tends to take guys (and girls) who profess an interest in her with a grain of salt it's just her demigod magic after all, it isn't 'real'. And it's not like having charmspeak, because while it might make someone more inclined to do things for her, it's not as specifically directed as charmspeak, and having someone be in love with you also means they can become obsessive or jealous. As the granddaughter of Melinoe, she is sometimes referred to as a 'Demigod Geiger Counter for Death'. She is able to sense death as it occurs, but over the years she has been able to develop some ability to get a sense of it before it happens and take part in being able to prevent it. She also has a unique ability to scream when frightened that can be heard by any demigod within a range roughly equivalent to the size of the camp, a throwback power that ties into the idea of the wailing spirits of the dead.

Personality: Lydia is one of the most popular girls at her high school. She comes from a rich family, only wears the best clothes, and would seem to have her pick of the guys at her school. Lydia is a "queen bee" when it comes to social maneuvering; she is extremely adept at presenting a facade of being superficial and thoughtless. Status is important to her, because without status in high school you are nothing. Friends, particularly female friends, are often picked at least initially to keep competition close at hand and under a watchful eye. Lydia is also a bit of a man-eater and certainly an unapologetic admirer of the male form.

Dig a little deeper, and something more substantial is presented. Get past the superficial bullshit, and a surprising sense of loyalty is revealed. It takes a lot to earn Lydia's trust, but once it is earned, she is willing to put herself into risky situations at worst and inconvenient ones at best to help her friends out. Likewise, unlike most children of Aphrodite, when Lydia falls in love she isn't fickle about it. She dedicates her whole heart when she falls in love, but at the same time Lydia refuses to be victim to her own emotion, tending to be skeptical of others when they profess feelings for her, at least initially. It's not to say she can't enjoy casual relationships, but when Lydia's involved, she's extremely invested. She knows the important distinction between wanting a boyfriend and wanting a "distraction", showing a certain understanding of the nature of love that is an intuitive attribute of her parentage.

An important note about Lydia's personality is specifically in regard to her intellect. She has a genius level IQ but has often taken great pains to hide it from others, having previously even opted to deliberately fail tests in order to maintain her social face. But Lydia can be counted on to have an expansive knowledge of everything from archaic languages to chemistry recipes right out of the Anarchist's Cookbook.

At her core, Lydia is a lot like most teenagers. She presents a confident facade, but is also just as scared and alone inside as young adults tend to be. Both of her parents love her, but her father is somewhat distant and while her adoptive mother is deeply devoted to her, time apart has created something of a barrier. She keeps constantly getting exposed to death and danger; and let's face it, her friends? They are not exactly average or normal.

It would be very easy to say that Lydia went from a spoiled, shallow girl to a more substantial, developed person who cares about the people around over the course of seasons one through three. She has been accustomed, most of her life, to getting what she wants and accomplishing her goals with very little trouble or struggle. But it's not like she's made some kind of moral heel turn. Quite simply? Over the years the stakes have gotten higher, and that means investing more.

AU History: Lydia's history doesn't start with her, but rather, her parents. Her father is a son of Melinoe, the Goddess of Ghosts, and the woman she believed to be her mother, a daughter of Aphrodite. They had been unable to conceive, and so Lydia's 'mom' prayed to Aphrodite for help. Aphrodite answered in an unexpectedly direct way; seducing Lydia's father and becoming pregnant with her daughter's husband's child. This unique parentage resulted in the birth of Lydia Martin (believed by some to be the second most significant event to occur in Beacon Hills). Despite the circumstances of Lydia's birth, her mother was so eager to have a baby that it didn't matter that Lydia was not her natural child, but the smallest crack that would later become a rift resulting in divorcing her husband would start to grow from that point. They would separate before Lydia's thirteenth birthday.

Her family had been adequately prepared for dealing with a demi-god child, even if they didn't actually inform her of her heritage. They had more than enough money to make sure Lydia got the best education despite her 'ADHD' and by the time she made it into high school, not only was she considered one of the smartest - if not the smartest student in the school, she was also one of the most popular as well, her charm and beauty, hallmarks of her parentage had become evident.

However, at thirteen Lydia got her first true contact with the world of demigods. On the night of a middle school dance, Her paternal grandmother, Melinoe, decided to pay her a visit. The encounter was nightmarish and triggered the latent abilities of her paternal ancestry; for weeks afterward Lydia would awaken screaming from nightmares after waking up in the woods and around town, usually not far from a dead body. Her parents tried to deny what was happening, but Lydia's increasing nightmares and night wanderings kept leading to bodies, and they knew they had no choice: Lydia would have to go to Camp Half-Blood.

If everyone was expecting Lydia to falter in the rustic environment, if anything, she flourished. Aphrodite acknowledged her almost immediately upon entering the Camp and she was installed in the cabin of the Goddess of Love. Her Blessing was the envy of some, as it seemed Aphrodite believed there was very little to have to improve upon when it came to this particular daughter. Lydia's allure is so potent that she's accustomed to people pining for her, but tends to ignore such behavior; privately questioning which is 'real' and which is the result of being a demigod.

Melinoe has made herself something of a nuisance at Camp Half-Blood, and that's putting it lightly. The fact that she has made trouble for the campers and even brought to bear the deaths of at least three of them means that Lydia isn't exactly a fan of Grandma. Fortunately Lydia has been able to prove herself a loyal camper despite Melinoe's actions over the years, and most generally think of her more as Aphrodite's daughter than Melinoe's granddaughter. Except when she screams. Or finds a body.

While Lydia is more a lover than a fighter, she did her part in the Titan War. Her intelligence and affinity for science made her a surprising yet ideal part of the camp forces dedicated to the manufacturing of Greek Fire to be used in battle. Being on the actual battlefield was difficult for her, the premonition of death far too overwhelming for her to be in attendance.

Lydia realizes how lucky she is. Both her biological father and adoptive mother still love her, and to her, her adoptive mother is still 'Mom', while Aphrodite, whom she's never met, is the mother she's never seen. Still, Camp Half-Blood is the only place she can really be herself.

SAMPLES
Iris Message:

[Lydia flashes a smile, adjusting her hair briefly with a little lift of her chin.]

So! Another summer at Camp Half-Blood! I'm Lydia Martin, daughter of Aphrodite, and I'm here to tell you that even if you're not the offspring of the Goddess of Love is no reason why you can't look your very best. Daughters of Athena? You'll be pleased to know that very sensible yet stylish braids are a really big thing this year. And sons of Hephaestus? Never discount yourselves; work at the forge provides you with the type of muscles that can make a girl swoon. Sleeveless shirts are always the best choice for you!

But there are also some no's when it comes to Camp Half-Blood fashion. Children of Ares, would it kill you to learn how to get bloodstains out of your shirts? Soda water, seriously. I cannot stress this enough. And as for the Children of Hermes, let's just say, if I could sum up what I'd suggest in one word.../PEDICURES./ It's one thing to be fleet-footed, but totally another to have gnarly toes.

Remember campers, if you have questions about style or love, just drop it in the little pink box in front of Aphrodite's Cabin, and I'll do my best to offer you advice via Iris Message! After all, if we can't help each other with these things, what's the point, right?


Third Person Log: Sample - http://tampered.dreamwidth.org/976506.html#cutid1 -- while this isn't an HBH log, it is a log in which Lydia is under a "Stupid Cupid" curse and I thought it seemed appropriate!
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