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Alexandrine Jessamine Crayne
« on: February 12, 2020, 12:52:57 AM »
Name and Occupation
- Taken Name: Alexandrine Jessamine Crayne
- Pronunciation of the Name: Al-ekks-an-Dreen Jess-uh-meen Crane
- Name Etymology: Alexandrine took her first name because she likes the way it sounds and is her favorite poetic meter. Her other two names she took as an homage to the people she considers to be her closest family. Jessamine is the given name of Voluntas Aranea who she affectionately calls “Auntie Vol”, and Crayne being the ancestral taken name of the LaRouque family and her adoptive father, Silas Crayne.
- Given Name: Emily LaRouque-Miller
- Pronunciation of the Name: Em-ill-ee Luh-Roak Mill-er
- Character Job: Chief Information Officer of Crayne Consolidated. Her title is rather symbolic within the actual Crayne Consolidated Board of Directors, however, she is in charge of overseeing and directing the complex web of subsidiaries and independent contractors that work around Crayne Consolidated’s umbrella without directly carrying the Crayne Consolidated name. Alex is often the go-to problem solver for clients and organizations that have caused trouble during negotiations, and will also act as a headhunter when particularly good recruitment opportunities come up.
- Qualifications: Alex has a master’s degree in business administration and forensic accounting.
- Titles: Miss Crayne, several of her coworkers call her the Ice Queen to her face, and Medusa behind her back, both because of her legendary ability to glare and the Versace crest she’s so fond of wearing. Her authorization code to access Crayne Consolidated files is “Heiress”, and this is how she’s identified in classified Crayne Consolidated documents. Most people call her Alex rather than Alexandrine, though it’s more of a nickname of convenience than a title. She uses the alias “Helen Back” when she doesn’t want to reveal who she is.
 
Character Mentality
- Character Personality: Alex is a cold, calculating, and blunt woman. She doesn’t suffer fools and has no patience for people who don’t learn from their mistakes. Alex generally has very little to say outside of things that are immediately relevant to the situation, and genuinely dislikes it when conversations wander too far from where they started if the original point of discussion hasn’t been resolved. Alexandrine has quite an explosive temper, a trait she acquired from her adoptive father. Though Alex doesn’t have nearly the same level of violent tendencies that Silas does, she’s every bit the conversational battering ram he is and sometimes even more. When particularly angry Alex has been known to simply start pointing out the things that people are most insecure about or things that cause them emotional distress purely out of spite. She can get physical if pushed hard enough, and her Lycan side doesn’t help that. Alex does have a degree of sadism, when she delivers a particularly savage comment or in the event, she’s pushed to get physical she distinctly enjoys the rush of watching other people’s pain.
Thanks to her extreme level of focus and her ability to easily break complex problems into their component parts before solving for a cohesive whole Alex is an excellent teacher on a good day. On her worst days, Alex is an outright steamroller, she has a famously short temper, and while she isn’t a particularly violent person she has earned the title of “Medusa” for a reason. Alex knows exactly what to say to get under someone’s skin at best and make them outright contemplate their existence at worst. Luckily her current team has proven themselves capable enough to be allowed some leeway, but that list is only as long as her own team, her adoptive father Silas, and her auntie Voluntas. 
The people that Alex trusts are ones she would die for. Voluntas, Silas, and a few other people she considers to be family just as much as them. Just like her temper, Alex came upon this honestly. Both Silas and Voluntas ingrained an incredibly strong sense of familial loyalty over everything into her from a young age, something the beating she received in 2014 only served to reinforce. Aside from Voluntas, Alex has a deep-seated fear of Vampires, even seeing one that isn’t looking at her or moving in her direction elicits an immediate and intense fear response from Alex, and she can require several minutes to calm back down from seeing one.
Alex is deeply insecure about most things about her. Despite her accomplishments, she deeply fears living in the long shadow is Silas and Voluntas, and never thinks she’ll escape the idea that everything was handed to her. After having several of her teeth replaced and bearing scars that magical means were unable to heal, Alex is extremely concerned about her appearance, and will do everything she can to draw attention away from her face, or conceal its flaws.
 Alexandrine is a very casually manipulative woman. Fitting the Mindwalker stereotype here to an absolute tee, she will passively read your thoughts and encourage the ones that are outright detrimental to your well being. Alex’s natural ability to lead and to inspire confidence in her abilities from others means that Alex can easily convince people to go against their better judgment without hesitation if given enough time or enough knowledge of them. 
Alex is a genuine workaholic, not just because she works constantly and stays incredibly late on problems she could easily let wait a day. Alex confronts all her problems by simply working more and escaping to her office. Alex struggles to relax, generally finding downtime to be more stressful than crunch time. She thrives on chaos, finding situations that most would think are overwhelming or incredibly stressful to be energizing and often more relaxing than calm situations. Largely due to the fact that if Alex doesn’t have something to immediately grab her attention she starts to overthink and can struggle to live in the present if she doesn’t have a clear goal for the day or the next few hours. Without something specific to ground her Alex develops severe bouts of racing thoughts, a condition only made more intense with her Mindwalking ability. These trains of thought often center on thinking that everyone nearby is staring at the damage to her face, or that something else about her appearance is out of place. She regularly abuses prescription amphetamines to try and stay focused, she justifies her drug abuse by claiming it makes her feel normal.   
- Character Likes:
Having things to do. Alex’s mind is racing constantly from one thing to the next, always looking for the next thing to keep her grounded in the present and avoid having her mind wander.
Crowds afford Alexandrine a degree of anonymity that she simply can’t get in most circumstances. Even if she’s wearing clothes that make her stand out, she can often simply fade away unless someone can sense her Lycan nature. Alex will often slip away to places with large concentrations of people to relax when Voluntas throws her out of the office.
Horseback Riding is a hobby that Alex picked up shortly after moving to London.
- Character Dislikes:
When people she doesn't know call her Alex or any other nickname. It just irritates the unpleasant excrement out of her.
99.99% of Vampires. After Alex received a savage beating in 2014, Alex developed severe Sanguivoriphobia, a crippling fear of vampires.
Boredom. Alex’s mind is constantly racing and if she doesn’t have anything to do it drives her insane. Boredom tends to make Alex do dumb things, so she tries to avoid it in more reasonable ways.
Being alone
- Mental Traits: Alex is wickedly intelligent, having taken the SAT and ACT at 10 years old and continuing to simply have no trouble with education from that point on. She thinks at a ridiculous speed, in part thanks to being a mindwalker and in part thanks to being as intelligent as she is. Alex is diagnosed with chronic nightmare disorder as a result of PTSD related to the death of her mother and her beating in 2014, she has undergone image rehearsal therapy and takes anti-anxiety medication regularly to counteract both disorders as best she can. Her nightmares often involve a combination of car crashes and vampires. As a Mindwalker, Alex has quite an impressive memory and a knack for solving brain teasers or complex problems quickly.
 
Species and Allegiance
- Species: Human/Werewolf
- Ethnicity: European/American, French mother, mostly German father.
- Nationality: Alex is an American citizen but has spent a large portion of her life in London and so considers herself both British and American.
- Alignment: Neutral Evil
- Allegiance: Silas and Voluntas are where Alex’s loyalties lie first, last, and always. Whether that be Crayne Consolidated, Diabla Llameante, or Argento Capital.
- Reasoning: The loss of her mother and subsequent adoption by Silas made Alexandrine into a fiercely loyal girl. She partly remains loyal out of a desire to do right by her mother, and partly
 
Relationships
- Allies: Most of Silas’ allies are Alex’s by extension.
- Enemies: Just like with allies, many of Silas’ enemies consider Alex to be an enemy by extension.
- Family: Silas Crayne, her adoptive father.
Simultaneously her mother, boss, and aunt, Voluntas Aranea is possibly the only person than Alex sees as being family on an equal level to Silas. She looks to Voluntas for guidance on matters ranging from relationships and business to makeup and clothes. Her “Auntie Vol” is, even more so than Silas, a constant presence that Alex knows she can rely on.
- Friends:
- Significant Other: Aside from the occasional dalliance Alex doesn’t think she has time for a relationship.
 
Character Age and Gender
- True Age: 25
- Appearance Age: mid twenties
- Character Birthday: 6/16/1994
- Gender: Female in all aspects.
 
Character Appearance
- Skin Colour: Alex is usually very pale from spending so much time indoors, but she tans well with a red undertone like most of her family.
- Height: 5’ 7”
- Weight: 152lbs
- Hair Description: Alex’s hair is naturally light, sandy blonde. She generally has it dyed to a platinum or ash blonde. Her hair is shoulder length and parted on the left, framing her face on the sides. Her hair is naturally wavy and she wears it in a variety of ways depending on how she feels or where she’s going to be on that particular day.
- Eye Description: Alex’s irises are a vibrant blue-green with small spots of a gold/amber color extending out from her pupils. This is rarely noticeable unless her face is brightly lit or you look particularly closely at her eyes.
- Facial Details: Alexandrine has a heart-shaped face with her mother’s high cheekbones and her biological father’s slight facial asymmetry that turns pulls her cupid’s bow lips slightly up and to the right and down to the left, giving her a slight smirk that never goes away. Her right eye appears slightly smaller than her left, though both of her eyes still seem large on her face. She has a wide nose with narrow nostrils that is crooked to the left slightly.   
- Physical Appearance: Alex has a fairly average build
- Attire: Alexandrine changes what she wears on a daily basis if she can. She tends to err on the side of business casual at the office, with a particular liking for pencil skirts and blouses that give her a more curvaceous appearance than she has. She favors muted colors for work but tends to mix more saturated colors in her casual wear. When she isn’t working, Alex’s casual wardrobe changes constantly. She is just as at home in a tee shirt and jeans as she is in a designer getup that looks more at home at Paris Fashion Week than anywhere else. Alex always accessorizes heavily. She can always be seen in earrings, a necklace of some kind, a watch on her left wrist and at least one bracelet on her right. Alex always has sunglasses of some kind on her person, whether she wears them or not depends on a combination of how appropriate it is to wear them, and how hungover Alex is. She wears the LaRouque pendant around her neck at all most times, the crystals contained within serve as her Animi to help channel her Mindwalking. If she doesn’t wear the pendant she uses the crystals within the mechanics of her watch to keep her power in check.
 
Speech and Habits
- Character Voice: Alexandrine’s voice is fairly average for a female of her size in terms of pitch, not particularly high or low. Her voice is naturally quite loud and capable of carrying long distances. Alex’s voice is buttery smooth thanks to her vocal training. She has a very impressive range from her normal pitch and tone. She speaks and enunciates very clearly, and opens her mouth wide when she talks.
- Speech Traits: Alexandrine has an odd mixture of midwestern and west-coast accents most times, while she also has a very clear British influence from spending so long around Voluntas in London. She tends to drop her R’s in odd places despite not having a clear accent that would cause it. Alex uses the word “like” constantly to replace “umm” and “uh”, much to the annoyance of her older coworkers.
- Languages: Alexandrine’s first language is English, but she speaks fluent French, Portuguese, Russian, and conversational Korean.
- Habits: Alexandrine has been a smoker since she was in her late teens, however, has switched over to the more acceptable vaping in most cases. She has abused stimulants of various kinds for most of her adult life, often changing between cocaine and various prescription amphetamines over the course of the year. She claims that they help her focus and stay in the present, but more often than not she takes them simply to stay awake for as long as possible. Alex would argue that she isn’t an addict, as she prioritizes things over her chosen vice, but in reality, Alex is every bit as dependant on the drugs to feel normal as she is to stay awake and alert.
- Mannerisms: Alexandrine plays with her hair constantly, but she does specific things depending on the circumstances. She flicks her hair over her shoulder when she tries to move a conversation to another topic, or when she has something specific to say. When nervous, Alex will push her hair behind her ears and place one of her hands in front of her mouth as if she’s thinking. When Alex is actually thinking about something she twirls her hair around her right index finger. 
 
Weapons, Equipment and Artifacts
- Large Equipment: Alex has been known to carry a briefcase when traveling for an extended period, but rarely travels far enough for long enough to justify packing heavy.
- Small Equipment: Alex carries a variety of purses and small shoulder bags. She rarely takes the same one out in public in the same month,
- Weaponry: None.
- Ammunition: None.
- Pocket Items: Wallet, keys, pens.
- Magical Equipment/Artifacts: The LaRouque pendant that Alex wears around her neck is forged from memory steel in the shape of a wolf with gems set into the eyes. When the metal is activated the wolf’s jaws open, revealing another gem set inside. This object is what Alex uses for her Animus to keep her magic in check.
- Other: Various cars and homes scattered around the unites states and Europe.
 
Magical and Physical Abilities
- Magic Type: Adept
- Specialization: Mindwalking
- Immersion Metamorphosis: When Alex uses her magic her eyes glow and incandescent white. Her pupils change like her father into horizontal bars like a goat, though her pupils aren’t very visible given how bright her eyes glow. When she pushes herself Alex will start to get white wisps of energy that flow out from the corners of her eyes like small snow flurries. Like most afflicted, Alex can enter a kind of half-transformation IM if put under enough emotional distress. This half transformation is agonizing to enter and exit for several seconds, and is extremely obvious. Alex grows several inches taller, her arms and fingers lengthen, and the bone structure of her face takes on a more bestial appearance. Her muscle mass increases proportionally to her increase in height, making her several times stronger than she is in base form.
- Ability Specific Info: Mindwalking is a psionic discipline that encompasses primarily telepathy, dream manipulation, and memory manipulation. Mindwalking additionally includes the creation of passive wards that serve to keep unwanted Psionics out of one’s mind, mental shielding which is an active form of warding, and the offensive ability known as “spiking” where a Mindwalker directly stimulates the pain center of the brain in a target. 
- Magical Abilities: While inexperienced and quite young, Alex comes from a long line of powerful Mindwalkers and is being trained by the best of those Mindwalkers. Silas guesses that her power is beyond his or that of his sisters, making her potential beyond anyone Silas has encountered before. She requires a crystal animus to keep her power from running wild, and can’t do anything beyond fairly basic send/receive telepathy and basic self-defense spiking. However, the range of her telepathy is nearly unlimited as long as she can pinpoint where her target is and is capable of using psychic navigation. She has been trained on how to spike as self-defense but isn’t able to cause unconsciousness or cognitive damage with her spikes. Unlike her father, Alex has taken up experimenting with the Reasoning aspect of her discipline, which is where a Mindwalker collects information on a subject and then uses several kinds of reasoning simultaneously at an accelerated rate to come up with a highly educated guess. Alex has used this to great effect in her chosen career paths of both financial analysis and forensic accounting. She will often have Silas construct a Case in her mind of the relevant information, and then start working from there.
- Physical Abilities: As both a Lycan and an active person, Alex is physically quite impressive. She can run long distances before tiring, lift almost twice her body weight thanks to her affliction, and is naturally dexterous and graceful from her time shooting. Lycanthropy makes her senses are incredibly sharp, with her senses of smell and hearing being tens of times greater than a normal person. Her eyesight is beyond perfect, with her eyes having visual acuity beyond the traditional scale. If they were to be measured, her eyesight would be something like 20/.05.
- Strengths: Between the increases to her physical abilities from Lycanthropy and the passive mental buffs granted by Mindwalking, Alexandrine is a very well rounded fighter and talker. She was raised to be a corporate employee, her ability to lie and manipulate are possibly her greatest strengths. She is extremely disarming when she needs to be, which she abuses to no end when dealing with new people. Her mind is extremely heavily warded by her adoptive father, with very few of her memories or regular thought trains being easily accessible by any but the most obnoxious of mindwalkers.
- Weaknesses: While her mind is heavily warded, Alex struggles to deal with attacks from other Psionics. Just because they can’t read her mind doesn’t mean that Alex doesn’t feel their intrusion, or that she is powerful enough to stop it. Her hot temper can lead Alex to make rash decisions under extreme duress, and means that any Empath would have an absolute field day messing with her feelings. Her verbally destructive abilities, while sometimes useful, can get her into serious trouble if deployed on someone important or that she didn’t really mean to hurt, but simply snapped at in a moment of anger.
- Training: Alex has been learning to shoot since she was 11, works out regularly, has done self-defense training because it’s a reasonable thing to do as a human being that lives on earth, and has been learning what she can of mindwalking from Silas.

- Magical Disease or Affliction: Lycanthropy
- Inflictee: Alexandrine inherited the condition from her mother.
- Site of Infection: None, Alex was born a Lycan.
- Werewolf Form: Alex’s transformed state is very similar to her adoptive father’s form, if slightly smaller in both height and mass. When transformed, Alexandrine stands almost nine feet tall from the bottoms of her feet to her eyes when upright. But she often hunches down, making her roughly eight feet tall. The shoulders of her werewolf form are roughly four feet wide, her legs and arms are proportional to her increased size and tipped with large claws that serve better for gripping than cutting. She inherited the silver pelt that most LaRouque Lycans have, and maintains her blue-green eyes when transformed.
- Benefits: Increased durability, pain tolerance, and senses. In some cases the Lycan presence in her mind can be a massive help to her, warning her of coming danger even before her Mindwalker thought processes can detect it.
- Downsides: Alexandrine’s enhanced senses can become overwhelming at times, with sudden flashes of noise or light disorienting her extremely quickly. The presence of the Hunter is easier for Alex to manage than some, thanks to a combination of being a psionic and being a natural werewolf. But, it can still cause Alex to react violently to certain scenarios where she wouldn’t otherwise. Alex has been known to accidentally break things, not realizing her own strength. The transformations are both dangerous and extremely painful, and Alex avoids them at all costs.
- Fitting In: Alex doesn't try very hard to fit in most times. While the stigma around Lycans is very real and noticeable in some cases, Alex is proud of her Lycan heritage and status and is generally confident that if someone decided to put the hands on her over her Afflicted status they would end up dead shortly afterward.
- Suppressant/Cure: There is a concoction of alchemical ingredients that can be taken to stop the transformations which Alex uses regularly.
 
Goals, Motivation and History
- Major Goal: Become as powerful and mindwalker and as powerful of an individual as her father and Voluntas, because she’s been taught that power comes before everything else.
- Minor Goals: Find a Snickers, because you’re not you when you’re hungry.
- Motivation: Alex is motivated by the ridiculously high bar set by Voluntas and Silas and wants to do them and their legacy justice.
- Bio: Alexandrine was born as Emily Miller in Wichita, Kansas in 1994. Her mother went by the name Jacqueline and took the last name of her husband, Keith Miller, when they were married in 1991. Keith was a mortal and worked for the US Air Force, stationed at McConnell Air Force Base. Jacqueline, on the other hand, was a mage, a Mindwalker to be specific, and before she met Keith in the mid-sixties, she went by the name Adriana Crayne, the supposedly dead sister of Silas Crayne. Adriana did everything she could to explain the name away as a coincidence, and when she married Keith she jumped at the chance to be rid of anything connecting her to her long lost brother. Emily’s early years were mostly spent at home in Wichita, she attended preschool, kindergarten and her first couple of years of grade school there, and the Miller’s lived a fairly comfortable life. As an only child, Emily was doted on and cared for in the extreme. When she was a bit older she would go fishing with her father at Cheney reservoir, and their family would go camping there in the summer.
 
 But Emily’s idyllic childhood wasn’t going to last forever. On September 11th, 2001, her father was at the Pentagon in Washington D.C., and while he did narrowly escape with his life, Keith would actively seek to be deployed to the Middle East at the soonest possible opportunity. Despite both Jacqueline and Emily’s misgivings, the family was moved to San Diego, California so that Keith could ship out aboard the USS Ronald Reagan. Emily and Jacqueline were both concerned for his safety and were not big fans of San Diego. The weather, the people, the increased security on base in the post 9/11 world, none of it. But they soldiered on and waited for Keith’s first tour to end so they could hopefully go back to Wichita. But it seemed that the downward trend would only get steeper from here. In October of 2003, a freak accident in the F-16 that Keith Miller flew would cause his plane to crash at Mach 1.1, his body would be recovered in such a state that the funeral would be held with a closed casket.
 
 The death of her father wasn’t easy for 10-year-old Emily, and it was compounded by the fact that her magic was starting to manifest. Emily was starting to hear other people’s internal monologues, catching sudden thoughts and angry outbursts that may have not have been voiced. Others at school weren’t so bad, random thoughts of birds or legos or something else rather benign. But walking down the street or making eye contact with the teacher? That was where things would get interesting. Debts to pay, rent being due, divorce, infidelity, drug addiction, lies, and confusion were everywhere. To put it lightly, Emily learned all kinds of new words when her latent mindwalking started to manifest.
 
 But the person that should have been there to explain these things and make the new voices in Emily’s head start to make sense, was actually one of the ones who was teaching her the most of these new words. Jacqueline Miller did not handle the untimely death of her husband well in the slightest. The extent of her help was to give Emily a crash course in using Animi to focus her powers, but not a very good one. It was a momentary distraction from the thing that Jacqueline had taken on as a full-time job. Drinking.

 Jacqueline had struggled with substance abuse before. Often in the wake of the deaths of family members, a habit she picked up from her own mother nearly 600 years before. Emily watched her mother enter a downward spiral for nine months, she got thinner, slept less and less, and developed a habit of constantly raving about people Emily has never even heard of. In the early morning hours of Emily’s 11th birthday, Jacqueline Miller pens a note to her daughter and to her estranged brother, with a P.S. for whoever finds Emily after what she’s about to do. Jaqueline then proceeded to chase a .43 blood alcohol level with a fistful of prescription painkillers prescribed to her for a badly damaged hand. But before the deadly cocktail could do its work, Jacqueline decided to take a long drive with a very short stop going north in the southbound lane of I-805 toward downtown San Diego. The body needed to be identified by dental records once her Kia is pried out from underneath the 18 wheeler it hit head-on.

 At this point, Emily couldn’t really understand what was happening. Her mom left before she had woken up, and no matter how many times she rang her cell phone from the landline in the kitchen, she got the same response.
“Hi you’ve reached Jaqueline Miller, if I didn’t pick up I’m probably in the middle of something and I’ll get back to you soon!” And then an automated female voice would take over where her mother’s silky, southern accented voice had been. ” The person you are trying to reach has a voice mailbox that is full, or has not been set up yet goodbye.”

Distraught and with no clue what to do, Emily called 911, hoping to get some kind of an answer as to where her mom was. What she got was everything she feared and worse, her mother was dead. Just like with her father all she could think was, “Mom isn’t coming home anymore.”

 Depending on how you view luck, the next turn of events could be viewed as a rather lucky one. Jacqueline’s death and known status as a mage, and a Mindwalker in particular, meant that the Sanctuary was keenly interested in finding her daughter before the mortal government stuck her in the foster system. Essentially the mage equivalent of social services arrived in minutes, teleporters make everything easier. Emily went with them to the Sanctuary’s location in California, despite her confused and disoriented state she trusted them. Primarily due to the empath they had brought with them more so than Emily finding them to be trustworthy. They had plenty to say but Emily wasn’t particularly listening until they said her mom had left them a note on who the young mindwalker should be entrusted to. Her estranged brother, Silas Crayne. All Emily knew was that she had an uncle she didn’t know about, and all the Sanctuary mages knew was that Silas Crayne most definitely did not have a sister. And most definitely was not going to take on the daughter of a random woman claiming to be the long dead Adriana Crayne.

 Perhaps out of pity for Emily or for some other twist of fate, the Sanctuary mages did reach out to Silas, and his initial response was about what they expected.
“Adriana has been dead for decades.”

But they tried again, telling Silas that if he came and took a DNA test they would prove it, a long shot cooked up by a woman in the office who was really only hoping to find out if this was Silas’ accidental child. Silas agreed. After all, Adriana was dead, what did he have to lose? But when Emily met her mysterious uncle in July of 2007, it wasn’t because it was because he was leaving the building at the same time as her, but in fact, because she was the daughter of Adriana Crayne after all, and she would be going with him back to London.

Neither one could meet the other’s eyes when they first met. Silas because the child seated across from him looked exactly like Adriana. Emily because, frankly, Silas was scary. A big man with an intensity about him that Emily didn’t fully know how to reconcile and a dangerous look in his eyes that reminded Emily of some of the men her father knew in the Air Force. But more than either of those things, Emily could sense his magic more clearly than any nebulous feeling she had about his posture or the way his eyes looked. He was a Mindwalker just like her or her mother, but this man was orders of magnitude above what her mother seemed capable of. The power she remembered coming from her mother was a small puddle compared to the vast ocean than seemed to be inside Silas, and it was not a calm ocean. The two of them talked, Emily noted that Silas seemed very surprised by her intelligence, even commenting that she seemed more able to carry on conversation than most of the people he dealt with daily.

“Mom always said I was smarter than the other kids.”
“How much smarter?” Silas asked, meeting her eyes for the first time for more than a second or two.
“I took the ACT last year. It wasn’t that bad, but the other people taking it were thinking some very mean things about it.” Emily said, staring at her swinging shoes.
Silas was suddenly less interested in her academic abilities.
“How do you know what they were thinking?”
“I hear what everyone is thinking, just like you! My mom could do it too, she taught me about the crystals.” Emily’s voice broke slightly talking about her mom again, her eyes welled up.
“Adriana was a talented Mindwalker. I can tell you got a lot of her.” Silas sighed, placing his head in his hands. ”Talented, but lacked the creativity to be powerful.” Silas thought to himself, careful to keep himself shielded from Emily’s wandering mind.
“Dad always said we looked like twins. We even sing the same.” Emily responded.
“I can tell you’ll like Voluntas,” Silas said to the ground through his hands.
“Who’s that?”
“She’s my… partn- associa-“ Silas stopped short before each word could be finished. “Voluntas is my friend.” Silas took his hands away from his face and looked back at Emily, careful to choose words that wouldn’t make Voluntas seem like the talented and valuable yet very snaky CFO she was at the time. “She sings too. Reminds me of Adriana, very much has her talent for people.”

Their conversation went on for almost 2 hours, by the end they could both make eye contact without suddenly staring at the floor, and Emily didn’t think Silas was so scary anymore. They flew back to London, taking Silas’ jet from LAX back to London. By the time they touched down in Heathrow, Emily was fast asleep. Silas carried her out of the jet and stepped onto the runway where he was greeted by a black Maybach and its owner, Voluntas Aranea. Silas wasn’t sure why it was that Voluntas had opted to see his return with Emily personally, and doubly wasn’t sure why she seemed to simultaneously enjoy the idea of having a child around and hate the fact that Silas had returned with one. She peppered him with questions that hadn’t even entered Silas’ mind at this point.

“Where will she attend school? What should she do for recreation? Will she be allowed in the office? Will you clean up your act now that she’s here? Will you be the one teaching her Mindwalking? Will you explain taking a name to her? Will she take your name as a LaRouque? Silas, WHY…”

And so it went on, Emily slept through the majority of the ride, waking up to Voluntas asking some questions about musical instruments and creative pursuits.
“My mom taught me to sing.” She murmured, still half asleep in the ridiculously comfortable backseat.
“Your uncle Silas tells me Adriana was a talented singer once upon a time,” Voluntas responded, suddenly much more engaged in the conversation than she had been while pestering Silas. In reality, Silas hadn’t told her a thing about Adriana, other than that he thought she had been dead for nearly 60 years, and that she more than likely faked her death to get away from the fish headshow that was his power-hungry ultraviolent family. Silas shot her a look that seemed to be threatening, perhaps Voluntas had stepped on a toe with that one.
“She was…” Emily dozed off again before she could continue.

From that point until early 2009, Emily actually spent more time with Voluntas than she did with Silas. Not by a particularly extreme margin, Silas was around a lot, they would go shooting, Silas would teach her mindwalking or tell her stories about her ancestors and her mother. But sometimes he wasn’t around, for business reasons or… personal ones. On more than one occasion Voluntas would take her for a night out after having a very stern conversation with Silas. Voluntas taught her to sing more during this time, and Alex developed a genuine attachment to her, at this point even more so than she felt with Silas. In early 2009 Silas would clean up his act to a larger extent, partly due to his own convictions over the way he was acting and the example he was setting for Alex, and in part due to several brutally honest late-night conversations with Voluntas. At this point, Emily started traveling with Silas, visiting Crayne tower locations around the world, going to meet with important people, and seeing new things. Emily became far closer with Silas during these few years, having already completed her high school requirements before having met Silas in 2007, and with little interest at this point in higher education, Emily was happy to tag along with Silas around the world or get etiquette lessons from Voluntas back in London. Silas taught her to drive, continued her lessons in Mindwalking, and started to show her some of the ropes for the business.

Voluntas introduced her to the financial side of things, the raw numbers and data of how a company the size of Crayne Consolidated operates. Silas taught her the more abstract side of things, the ability to read market trends, market capitalization, strong and innovative leadership vs profit margins, you name it either Silas or Volutas were teaching it to her. Around now Emily had learned about taking a name, but nothing was really sticking when she tossed it around. But Emily found the name for her in early 2011. The experience was unlike anything she had felt before, as soon as the name came out of her mouth she felt like her very being had changed. As if a new layer of protection had been built around her soul. She wouldn't be Emily Miller anymore, her name was Alexandrine Jessamine Crayne. Silas and Voluntas both swear up and down that the other one shed a tear when Alex told them the name she had chosen, the only difference between them is that Voluntas doesn’t deny it.


In 2012 Alex went with Silas to France, but not for a business venture or for a vacation, she could tell because Silas had specifically stated for Voluntas to stay in London, and not extended the offer to come with them. They flew to Paris, hopped into a car Silas kept at Charles De Gaul airport and headed south. They drove for a couple of hours, talking about what Emily wanted to do in the future, and how she wanted to get there, before arriving at an ancient estate. The path that led to a crumbling stone house wasn’t nearly wide enough for the car to drive up.

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Now bearing the LaRouque family crest, Alexandrine left the decrepit estate with a new purpose. She’d become the next leader of Crayne Consolidated and do her family proud. Silas and Voluntas were overjoyed that she opted to attend an Arcane Education Center in LA county, spread her wings away from them and all that. She started at St. Eachan’s AEC in the spring of 2013, and it went extremely well for a while. Her extreme intelligence meant that she ended up on the fast track towards her degree in Business Administration. She joined the competitive rifle team and sang choir while she was there, gaining the approval of both Silas and Voluntas in the process. She had a good circle of friends, got good grades, and enjoyed her first year of higher education all in all. Silas came to visit for a few days over spring break, celebrating her adulthood before flying off to go annoy Voluntas some more.
But going into her second year of schooling, Alex would learn that taking the last name “Crayne” had painted quite the target on her back. The kind of target that people would take a shot at regardless of the setting. One of her classmates was named Anton Zavrazin, the Vampire son of a Russian oil baron that Silas had brutally cut off from expanding in the late ’80s, a transgression that his father had never forgiven, and one that had been blamed for his wife’s suicide. As such when Anton came into contact with someone claiming to be the daughter of Silas Crayne himself, the vampire saw his chance to take his family’s revenge. He followed Alexandrine off campus one night after rifle practice, fully intending to kill the young Mindwalker. In the parking lot, he attacked her and delivered a beating the likes of which Alex had never experienced. Anton knocked out all of her teeth save for her molars, one incisor, and one of her bottom canines. He broke her collarbone and damaged her skull in three places. Alexandrine broke several bones in her hands, her left ankle, and suffered severe lacerations and friction burns in addition to tearing several muscles in her frantic bids to escape. Had it not been for the timely arrival of a group of other students there is no doubt Alex wouldn't have survived the assault. She was taken to a doctor that was only able to stabilize her before Silas arrived. She was taken back to Crayne Tower Chicago to be operated on and to undergo months of physical and psychological therapy. Anton Zavrazin would apparently go on to commit suicide by stabbing himself fourteen times in the neck and chest before throwing himself down a flight of stairs. His last wish to be buried in a shallow grave by Alexandrine’s father, Silas Crayne.

The recovery process was long, and the damage that Alex had sustained was, to put it lightly, severe. Some of the wounds inflicted on her face would never heal completely, leaving her with several ugly scars around her mouth and eyes. The damage also permanently altered the way her face rested, giving her the permanent smirk and making her asymmetrical eyes even more pronounced. She didn’t leave the medical bay for several months and had a reaction of pure terror when she saw Voluntas for the first time after waking up. Thankfully, the Empath was able to regulate Alexandrine’s emotions subtly enough that they could spend time together without Voluntas having to stop Alex from hurting her. Incidentally, it also helped Alexandrine’s recovery as a whole to have both Voluntas and her adoptive father be Psionics. The time spent in emotional therapy was short compared to physical therapy. The development of the nightmares, however, wasn’t something that went away. In a somewhat ironic twist of fate, the nightmares were what caused Silas and Alexandrine to bond on a deeper level than ever before. The older mindwalker had struggled with them for longer than Alex had been alive, and the two of them would often stay awake together for long periods of time to avoid their respective nightmares. Alex picked up her smoking habit on these midnight chats with Silas. Much to her surrogate aunt’s chagrin.

After working through the effects of her beating, Alex opted to go back to school. As far away from any Vampires as she could get. This second round of higher education went far smoother, and Alex went back to excelling. She completed her degrees in 2018 and was offered a spot immediately alongside Silas and Voluntas. Her particular skill set leant itself to keeping track of a large number of things at any given time, allowing her to take some of the strain off of Silas and Voluntas. Her first assignment was restructuring the shells that surrounded Diabla-Llameante and Ximena Ortez. A job that was, admittedly, over Alex’s head. The project took longer than expected, and Alex was shuffled around Crayne Consolidated briefly before her calling was found. Alexandrine’s charisma and cunning had her placed as the eyes and ears of her surrogate family when dealing with subsidiaries. Rather than dragging Silas away from whatever he does, or making Voluntas leave London on business, they send Alexandrine to handle behind the scenes fish headshows. This line of work and her hyper-adaptable nature keep Alex constantly on her toes, with Silas and Vol seeming to never run out of new things for Alex to do. In light of recent events, Alex has stepped in to fill more shoes than ever before, taking on the role of a headhunter and a personal confidant to the CFO.


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Re: Alexandrine Jessamine Crayne
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2020, 06:52:01 AM »
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I really enjoyed reading through this profile; it was easy, and well put together, as always.  My initial proof was to pick up any grammatical or spelling errors, but as I read I honestly didn’t find anything information-wise conflicting at all!

That’s a 1/1 approved once you fix these errors from me!

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My guy, she isn't finished??? She isn't finished???


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