Character Backstories

As the title suggests. Inspired by threads by @GeographyDragon :smile:.

[name_f]Hailey[/name_f]:

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[name_f]Hailey[/name_f] [name_u]Madison[/name_u] [name_m]Johnson[/name_m] was born on [name_u]July[/name_u] 13, 2005, to [name_f]Julia[/name_f] and [name_u]Bryce[/name_u] [name_m]Johnson[/name_m]. She is the second child of her family; she has an older sister named [name_u]Shannon[/name_u] (born [name_u]October[/name_u] 2003), and two younger sisters [name_f]Jenna[/name_f] (born [name_f]May[/name_f] 2007), and [name_f]Amanda[/name_f] (born [name_f]May[/name_f] 2017). [name_u]Shannon[/name_u] and [name_f]Hailey[/name_f] were born in [name_u]Maryland[/name_u], and then they moved to [name_u]California[/name_u] in [name_u]August[/name_u] 2006. Their family has lived in [name_u]California[/name_u] since.
[name_f]Hailey[/name_f] and her sisters were very close as young children, especially [name_f]Hailey[/name_f] and [name_u]Shannon[/name_u]. When [name_f]Jenna[/name_f] came along in 2007, they brought her into their fold of tea parties, stuffed animals, and stories, which progressed over the years into building forts, working on school projects, and swimming in the community pool.
Their lives changed when [name_f]Amanda[/name_f] was born in 2017. It was a difficult time for their family, because [name_f]Julia[/name_f] and [name_f]Amanda[/name_f] almost died in the process, and [name_f]Hailey[/name_f] and her sisters were passed around between relatives and friends for several months. In fact, Hailey’s twelfth birthday was celebrated at her cousin Madelyn’s house, without her parents. The family was eventually reunited, and thrilled to be so. Despite all the trauma, none of the sisters held or holds any resentment towards [name_f]Amanda[/name_f].
They lived happy lives until [name_u]Shannon[/name_u] went off to university in 2021 and started distancing herself from her family. She began exploring what life was without her family, left them behind to live their own lives, and even disconnected from them for a period of 3 months. It wasn’t until [name_f]Hailey[/name_f] was about to leave for university in 2023 and she confessed her fears to her older sister, that [name_u]Shannon[/name_u] realized how badly she had left her family behind.
[name_f]Hailey[/name_f] and [name_u]Shannon[/name_u] ended up reconciling, and [name_f]Hailey[/name_f] happily went off to college at [name_m]Washington[/name_m] State. She has already made several friends, [name_f]Jemimah[/name_f], [name_u]Mina[/name_u], and [name_f]Caroline[/name_f], and is majoring in biology and environmental studies.

[name_f]Elizabeth[/name_f]:

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[name_f]Elizabeth[/name_f] [name_f]Anna[/name_f] Shen was born on [name_f]May[/name_f] 8, 2008, to [name_u]Rose[/name_u] [name_u]Lee[/name_u] and [name_u]John[/name_u] Shen. She is the second child in her family; she has an older brother named [name_u]James[/name_u] (born [name_u]March[/name_u] 2007), and a younger sister named [name_f]Jasmine[/name_f] (born [name_u]November[/name_u] 2010). [name_u]James[/name_u] and [name_f]Elizabeth[/name_f] were born near San [name_m]Francisco[/name_m], but shortly before [name_f]Jasmine[/name_f] was born (July 2010), they moved farther away from the city, setting themselves halfway between SF and LA. They have resided there for the past 13 years.
[name_f]Elizabeth[/name_f] and her siblings have always been very different, and they don’t always get along. [name_u]James[/name_u] is a serious athlete and a prankster, [name_f]Jasmine[/name_f] is very outgoing and sarcastic, and [name_f]Elizabeth[/name_f] is a studious volleyball player, which puts all of their personalities at odds, and they don’t always get along When they do, it’s usually [name_u]James[/name_u] and [name_f]Elizabeth[/name_f] more so than [name_f]Elizabeth[/name_f] and [name_f]Jasmine[/name_f], because brother and sister have more in common and are less mean to each other. However, Elizabeth’s compassionate and concerned nature causes her to still respect [name_f]Jasmine[/name_f] and love her.
Despite sibling disputes, their lives went relatively well until Elizabeth’s freshman year of high school in 2022. [name_u]Early[/name_u] in [name_u]September[/name_u] 2022, their school burned down, without a detectable cause. [name_f]Elizabeth[/name_f] nearly lost her friends [name_f]Kaylee[/name_f] and [name_f]Natalya[/name_f], because the latter realized [name_f]Kaylee[/name_f] wasn’t with them, and basically ran back into the fire. [name_f]Elizabeth[/name_f] dragged [name_f]Natalya[/name_f] out, but walking through fire (literally), scarred her for life. Later she learned that [name_f]Natalya[/name_f] had escaped many desperate situations in her life (fires, storms, injuries, illnesses, etc), beginning when she was born (she was born early because her mother went out driving in a storm to help a friend, and it went wrong) to when she nearly lost her younger sister [name_f]Lena[/name_f] to illness, to when her cousins’ house burned down. That’s where her protective nature came from, and [name_f]Elizabeth[/name_f] felt guilty for not realizing before. They both did forgive each other, and [name_f]Kaylee[/name_f] made a full recovery from her injuries caused by the fire.
Luckily for them, only a small portion of the school was destroyed, and nobody died. The school was renovated and rebuilt, and by [name_u]July[/name_u] 2023, the school was good as new. [name_f]Elizabeth[/name_f] and her friends came back to school as sophomores, and are doing great! [name_f]Elizabeth[/name_f], [name_f]Natalya[/name_f], [name_f]Kylie[/name_f], and [name_f]Lillian[/name_f] all play JV volleyball together, and [name_f]Elizabeth[/name_f] also plays in the school band.

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Arik:

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Alarik, as known as Arik, was born in July of 1984 to his parents (names never mentioned). He had a relatively good life despite the fact that his parents died in 1989. He grew up with his grandparents,
Granny Tilly and Pappy Timmy. He has three brothers, Gregory (c. 1981), Francis (c. 1982) and Thomas (c.1987). He was never really close to his siblings which only grew worse when Arik joined Ambrose’s traveling circus, The Masquerade. When Arik found the note from Ambrose in his house, he had no idea the crazy stuff he’d end up being involved in. Despite the circus not having a way out (there is one actually it’s called de@th), Arik made the most of it and after a while even became the new ringleader.

Selkie:

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Selkie was born on a ship in an unknown year to two pirate parents. She grew up fairly well. She sailed the seas with her parents until their inevitable deaths. Once they were gone, Selkie started to build up her own crewmates. The legend of vikings and pirates being the same was true and that legend didn’t fall far from Selkie’s family tree. Her ancestors were vikings, originating in Scandanavia and pillaged villages and homesteads, taking whatever they wanted. They sailed the high seas and eventually took the UK. That’s why Selkie was born in Scotland. After a couple of years out on the open waters, Selkie and her first mate had a baby, naming him Jedediah. Just before Jed’s 8th birthday, Selkie and her first mate had yet another child, naming her Nerissa. After years of sailing and some inevitable deaths of her cremates, Selkie made a stop in Norway. The homeland of her ancestors. A few days after their arrival, Selkie met the Princess of Norway. She fell for her instantly and after a few years of meeting up secretly, Selkie and Abellona married (much to Abellona’s father’s dismay). Abellona soon adopted Nerissa and Jedediah as her own. Now after many years of marriage and friendship, Selkie still meets with Abellona and even plans to be there for her coronation as Queen.

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Here’s another one; it’s kind of long (warning: there are some difficult topics below)

[name_u]Lindsay[/name_u]:

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[name_u]Lindsay[/name_u] [name_f]Emma[/name_f] Eleck was born on [name_u]December[/name_u] 2, 1997 to [name_f]Susanna[/name_f] Wang & [name_u]Michael[/name_u] Eleck. She is the only child in her immediate family, but she does have some half-sisters with whom she is very close and considers her blood sisters. They are [name_f]Natasha[/name_f] (born [name_u]January[/name_u] 2007), [name_f]Alyssa[/name_f] (born [name_u]January[/name_u] 2007), and [name_f]Samantha[/name_f] (born [name_f]April[/name_f] 2008). [name_u]Lindsay[/name_u] and her (half) sisters were born and raised in Central [name_u]New[/name_u] [name_u]Jersey[/name_u].
[name_u]Lindsay[/name_u] had a very happy early childhood. She was an unexpected but most welcome child. Her parents were very invested in her, and did many activities with her, such as swimming, bike riding, visiting the local zoo and aquariums, taking trips to visit relatives, and they even went to [name_u]Hawaii[/name_u] when [name_u]Lindsay[/name_u] was 6.
However, that didn’t last. Shortly after her 7th birthday, her mother suddenly and sadly passed away in [name_u]January[/name_u] of 2005. [name_u]Lindsay[/name_u] and her father were left heartbroken. Her late mother’s friend, [name_f]Amy[/name_f] Shen, promised her friend that she would take care of her daughter. And she did. She took her to school and different activities. She took her to see a movie and took her to a fall fair. And in that process, she and [name_u]Michael[/name_u] fell in love, and they eventually married in mid-March 2006. Their first children together, daughters [name_f]Natasha[/name_f] [name_u]Lynn[/name_u] and [name_f]Alyssa[/name_f] [name_f]May[/name_f], were born in [name_u]January[/name_u] 2007, and [name_u]Lindsay[/name_u] was overjoyed to have siblings, especially sisters. She was even more thrilled when [name_f]Samantha[/name_f] [name_f]Grace[/name_f] was born in 2008, affectionately nicknaming her [name_u]Sami[/name_u] the day after her birth.
As [name_u]Lindsay[/name_u] and her sisters grew up, she began to feel some resentment towards them. She loved her sisters dearly, and would do anything for them, but she felt sad knowing that they had a full family, one that was complete, and she especially resented the fact that they got to grow up with a mother and she didn’t. [name_u]Sami[/name_u], a very perceptive child, was the first to pick up on it, and told [name_f]Natasha[/name_f] and [name_f]Alyssa[/name_f]. Together, the three of them strove to be there for their sister, and include her in their lives. And do that they did.
Despite this, she and her sisters lived happily together. Through school and eventually college for [name_u]Lindsay[/name_u], they all remained very close, despite the age gaps. All was well until [name_u]November[/name_u] 2023. When [name_u]Lindsay[/name_u] discovered she was pregnant. And she wasn’t married, or even engaged yet (her parents aren’t super conservative, but they do believe in waiting to have children until after marriage). Believing she had no other choice, she hid it from everyone out of fear, even from her boyfriend [name_m]Ben[/name_m], who loves her very much and would never betray her for anything. [name_f]Natasha[/name_f], [name_f]Alyssa[/name_f], and [name_u]Sami[/name_u], now in high school, quickly figured out what was going on. Eventually, the three of them got the nerve to ask her about it, and [name_u]Lindsay[/name_u] realized she had no choice but to confess to them what was happening. [name_f]Alyssa[/name_f] helped her come up with a plan to tell their parents. Although they weren’t pleased, they were supportive and promised to never betray her. She also told [name_m]Ben[/name_m], who was very happy to learn he was going to be a father. Soon after, they found out that they were expecting triplet girls! They planned to name them [name_f]Liliana[/name_f] [name_f]Joy[/name_f], [name_f]Eliana[/name_f] [name_f]Faith[/name_f], and [name_f]Arianna[/name_f] [name_f]Grace[/name_f], nicknamed [name_f]Lillie[/name_f], [name_f]Ellie[/name_f], & [name_u]Arie[/name_u].
Sadly, yet more troubles came their way. When she was in the 23rd week, she lost little [name_u]Arie[/name_u] due to complications. The family was heartbroken, yet they pushed on for [name_f]Ellie[/name_f] and [name_f]Lillie[/name_f]. Along the way, they changed Ellie’s nickname to [name_f]Ella[/name_f], after a nurse in the hospital that helped them with the pain of losing [name_u]Arie[/name_u]. One happy moment that came during this time, was that [name_m]Ben[/name_m] asked [name_u]Lindsay[/name_u] to marry him, and they became engaged.
Thankfully, [name_f]Lillie[/name_f] and [name_f]Ella[/name_f] were born healthy and happy. The entire family was thrilled, and both [name_f]Amy[/name_f] and [name_u]Sami[/name_u] offered to spend the night and help out, more days than not. The three girls even stayed with [name_u]Lindsay[/name_u] for three weeks in the summer to help her out, and even though Alyssa’s not fond of babies, she loved her nieces. And she was the one who gave [name_f]Ella[/name_f] her second nickname [name_f]Ellie[/name_f].
[name_u]Lindsay[/name_u] and [name_m]Ben[/name_m] were married on [name_u]July[/name_u] 31, 2024. It was a joyous experience, and they were so happy that their new little daughters could be a part of this special day. Shortly after, in [name_u]October[/name_u], [name_u]Lindsay[/name_u] became found out that she was pregnant again with another girl. The entire family is ecstatic, everyone except [name_u]Sami[/name_u]. [name_u]Sami[/name_u] is nervous that something will go wrong with the baby, such as what happened with [name_u]Arie[/name_u]. But ultimately her fears are unfounded, and little [name_u]Evelyn[/name_u] [name_f]Hope[/name_f] joins the family on [name_u]July[/name_u] 26, 2025. Her name [name_u]Evelyn[/name_u] [name_f]Hope[/name_f] symbolizes life and hope, which is very meaningful, especially after the loss of [name_u]Arie[/name_u]. [name_f]Natasha[/name_f], [name_f]Alyssa[/name_f], and [name_u]Sami[/name_u] all call her [name_f]Evie[/name_f].
Exactly two years after [name_u]Lindsay[/name_u] found out she was having [name_f]Evie[/name_f], she finds out she is pregnant yet again with another baby girl. Her sisters all return home from their respective universities for [name_u]Christmas[/name_u], and that’s when [name_u]Lindsay[/name_u] tells them, to their great surprise. And nearly exactly two years after Evie’s birth, [name_f]Olivia[/name_f] [name_f]Faith[/name_f] is born. She is a sassy little girl, so [name_f]Natasha[/name_f] teases that they should call her [name_f]Livvy[/name_f], after [name_f]Alyssa[/name_f] (who goes by [name_f]Lyssie[/name_f] and Lyssa), who is also a sassy and stubborn young lady. The nickname sticks, and soon little [name_f]Olivia[/name_f] begins to think her name is [name_f]Livvy[/name_f].
[name_u]Lindsay[/name_u] is now living her best life in [name_u]Maryland[/name_u]. She has a job as a manager for a company, she and [name_m]Ben[/name_m] are happily married, [name_f]Ella[/name_f] (or Ellie) and [name_f]Lillie[/name_f] are in elementary school, [name_f]Evie[/name_f] and [name_f]Livvy[/name_f] are in preschool, and they see [name_f]Natasha[/name_f], [name_f]Alyssa[/name_f], and [name_u]Sami[/name_u] frequently. [name_m]Even[/name_m] though she had a rough young life, she is now successful and happy. They are now expecting their fifth daughter, a girl they will name [name_f]Emma[/name_f] [name_u]Dream[/name_u].