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[name_m]Salvatore[/name_m] [name_m]Pietro[/name_m] [name_f]Lotti[/name_f] (27) is Essie’s fiancé and works as an internal auditor in The [name_m]Bronx[/name_m], NYC. He just recently proposed to [name_f]Essie[/name_f] and are constantly shifting between the excitement of the upcoming wedding and the casual content of enjoying engaged life. [name_m]Salvatore[/name_m] doesn’t get involved in tabloids and doesn’t really want so much fame but respects how the band manages such a lifestyle. He does support [name_m]Rook[/name_m] and is on good terms with him and is grateful he wasn’t forced into child pageantry because that’s something he definitely could not do. [name_m]Salvatore[/name_m] was raised by good people but he doesn’t get along with his aunt, who is a constantly lazy person who expects the world to do everything for her while she does nothing. But if anyone calls her out for her laziness, she denies it and acts super offended. [name_m]Salvatore[/name_m] isn’t religious but feels some people do fall into the 7 deadly sins: his aunt being Sloth, [name_f]Margaret[/name_f] being [name_f]Envy[/name_f], and [name_m]Rook[/name_m] and Essie’s mother being Pride; and sees how these deadly sins affect them and ruin relationships with their families. While [name_m]Salvatore[/name_m] isn’t super fame-focused, he’s a supporter of famous people like his siblings and always supports Essie’s career path. He too supports POC artists and he and [name_f]Essie[/name_f] make sure they’re represented in fame and fashion.
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[name_f]Ottavia[/name_f] " [name_f]Avia[/name_f] " [name_f]Angelina[/name_f] [name_f]Lotti[/name_f] (19) is the youngest of Salvatore’s siblings and the most anonymous in comparison, granted she has no plans of attempting to surpass anyone, including her brother. Currently majoring in philosophy and theology as a combined degree, Avia’s always been the quiet one of the family, but she’s never been unhappy about this; in fact being up in her room with a good book and an iced coffee is her favourite place to be. This doesn’t stop her respecting how other people handle the spotlight - especially her eldest sister, who’s just had a major breakthrough in her career as an opera singer - but it’s really something [name_f]Avia[/name_f] enjoys being removed from. She’s relieved her sister used their mother’s maiden name for career purposes, as the idea of everyone at school badgering her for autographs or insights into the world her siblings inhabit terrified [name_f]Avia[/name_f] in high school; where even being vice president of the Photography Society took a lot of deliberating when the suggestion was made by one of her close friends. The group she belongs to mostly met in middle school - as one of the local one’s closed down meaning a greater influx of new people - and they’re a second family as far as she’s concerned, trusting them with all her fears, hopes and dreams.

Sometimes [name_f]Avia[/name_f] seems a little lost in her own world - when she isn’t fixed on knitting [an interest she picked up from her other oldest sister] or continuing to capture the natural world on the polaroid her parents got her for graduarion - but she’s more in tune with her surroundings than she seems. At school and college she unintentionally has a talent for uncovering gossip due to people assuming she’s wrapped up in work then spilling ongoing drama, so [name_f]Avia[/name_f] tends to get questions from her own group about what’s going on. This has led to [name_f]Essie[/name_f] joking about never letting her go to Rook’s house, as she’d be an ideal mole for publications looking for the inner workings of the bands dynamic, but [name_f]Avia[/name_f] and he have met a few times, getting on well due to how much privacy means to both of them [and of course, she’s approved of by the sister he loves so dearly, which gets some extra points].

Now entering her second year of university, [name_f]Avia[/name_f] recently moved in with three friends - two she’s known from school, one’s also part of her philosophy course and they bonded after having to find the classroom when it was moved for a couple days - and also accompanying them is one of her friend’s guide dogs, [name_m]Hector[/name_m], who’s become the clear favourite of the house. The group take time to participate in ‘house activites’ - including bowling, bingo and thrifting - which [name_f]Avia[/name_f] enjoys more than she wishes she could express, as its helped improve her confidence considerably. She was officially diagnosed with anxiety only a few years ago, a relief of sorts after debating this internally for several years, and her family supported her following this; especially [name_m]Salvatore[/name_m], who she tends to spend a lot of time with, and always clung to when they were growing up. His metaphor always amuses her, although [name_f]Avia[/name_f] grants herself lucky as the youngest, as by this point in time their parents had practically no contact with the infamous aunt who to proves such a drain on them.

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[name_f]Giulietta[/name_f] [name_f]Paola[/name_f] [name_f]Lotti[/name_f] (24) is one of Avia’s older sisters, who is embarking on a career as an opera singer. Despite being involved in a creative industry, [name_f]Giulietta[/name_f] is extremely calculating and was nearly obsessively dedicated to timing her success in the opera world. She uses a stage name of [name_f]Giulietta[/name_f] [name_m]Fortunato[/name_m], which is her mother’s maiden name, which she uses to avoid confusion with another opera singer with a very similar name. The separation between who she is on stage and who she is off it has been a good decision, as it has kept her family away from any unwanted attention - especially her younger sister [name_f]Avia[/name_f]. [name_f]Giulietta[/name_f] tried to support [name_f]Avia[/name_f] the best she could through her anxiety, but she admits that she could never really understand in the way that [name_m]Salvatore[/name_m] seemed to. Despite this, [name_f]Giulietta[/name_f] is supportive in her own way and often mails ‘self-care packages’ to her sister and they are nearly always texting each other. [name_f]Giulietta[/name_f] tries her best to stay as close as she can with all her siblings, but finds it difficult when she is constantly touring the world with her various operatic performances. She gets along well with [name_f]Essie[/name_f] too, and admires much of her work She really appreciates the support of [name_f]Avia[/name_f], [name_m]Salvatore[/name_m] and their other siblings, but worries that her career will make them drift apart.

[name_f]Giulietta[/name_f] has already felt that she has damaged the trust of one of her siblings, after she and her older sister ended up falling in love with the same man - a famous composer who [name_f]Giulietta[/name_f] worked with and befriended. [name_f]Giulietta[/name_f] introduced the man to her family, and he was liked by them all, especially her older sister, as they shared an interest in art. When [name_f]Giulietta[/name_f] began a relationship with him, she had no idea about her sister’s feelings towards him. When her sister found out, she was upset with [name_f]Giulietta[/name_f] and they both ended up saying things they probably shouldn’t have. They forgave each other eventually, and [name_f]Giulietta[/name_f] is still with her boyfriend. She plans to move to [name_u]France[/name_u] to be with him at some point, and would like to get married - but she is happy to wait while they both focus on their careers.

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[name_f]Maybelle[/name_f] [name_f]Catherine[/name_f] [name_m]Osmond[/name_m] (82) is the opera vocal coach [name_f]Giulietta[/name_f] thanks for her success in opera. Ironically [name_f]Maybelle[/name_f] didn’t actually teach opera until she was in her 60s and while she grew up appreciating it and and sang opera as a hobby, she was pursuing other talents instead. She grew up as the daughter of two film actors, both of whom started their careers as silent film actors before going to sound films before going to colour films. Doing so put pressure on her to be a movie actress as well and she starred in movies. She didn’t star in as many as her parents mainly because she couldn’t quite escape their shadow and because she didn’t have the willpower they had. She liked it but felt listening to directors and doing multiple takes until she nailed what they wanted was not “creative” or “artsy” in her mind. She was just too dramatic of an actress for the big screen and when she played, she always had the same similar roles and couldn’t branch out.

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So did she turn to opera right away? Well, supposedly but not quite. The only opera she starred in at that time was a soap opera[name_f][/name_f]. A lot of people laugh or say [name_f][/name_f] when they hear she was a former soap opera actress but her dramatic acting skills worked for it. While it’s less surprising now seeing that [name_f]Maybelle[/name_f] is an old woman and most soap operas tend to be viewed to that audience; [name_f]Maybelle[/name_f] was in her thirties when she started and acted for over twenty years until leaving. She said that she could be doing this longer but didn’t like the way the writers were doing the seasons and hated how her characters were portrayed. It was only in her sixties that she decided to make her lifetime hobby of opera become a career.

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Now at 82, [name_f]Maybelle[/name_f] has become a vocal coach for opera. She doesn’t quite have that opera voice she used to have and retired from performing, but she’s grateful she had it for over sixty years and only regrets not doing so sooner. [name_f]Maybelle[/name_f] is inspired by [name_f]Giulietta[/name_f] and encourages her to go after the man she loves. [name_f]Giulietta[/name_f] hasn’t told [name_f]Maybelle[/name_f] about her sister liking her boyfriend at some point since it’s probably not the best idea to tell relationship drama to someone who used to act in soap operas. However [name_f]Maybelle[/name_f] does know a bit about Giulietta’s family since one of Giulietta’s cousins and one of her friends also does opera. [name_f]Maybelle[/name_f] often tells the [name_f]Lotti[/name_f] siblings all about Giulietta’s success when she’s away traveling. Giulietta’s friends in opera inspire [name_f]Giulietta[/name_f] when [name_f]Maybelle[/name_f] isn’t around and know that [name_f]Giulietta[/name_f] is closer now with her boyfriend although no marriage plans are yet in order.

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[name_u]Hunter[/name_u] [name_m]Osmond[/name_m] (15) is Maybelle’s 2nd eldest grandchild out of 5 grandchildren coming from Maybelle’s one son and one daughter. [name_u]Hunter[/name_u] uses they/them pronouns, and they came out to their school a few months ago, it was very strange transitioning from [name_f]Danielle[/name_f] to [name_u]Hunter[/name_u] as they got lots of looks, lots of support, lots of gossip and lots of kind words. Occasionally, they get called [name_f]Danielle[/name_f], but they brush it off and focuses on being [name_u]Hunter[/name_u] and not letting anyone else get in the way of that. If you asked their friends one word to describe them, they would definitely all say determined or assertive. When [name_u]Hunter[/name_u] wants something, they get it and if they want to say something, they’ll say it. [name_u]Hunter[/name_u] does not share a love of opera with her grandmother, infact they hate singing and lean more towards acting, like their great-grandparents and they love horror films. They have 2 siblings, a 19 year old sister, [name_f]Cassandra[/name_f] and a 12 year old brother, [name_m]Oscar[/name_m]. [name_f]Cassie[/name_f], their sister, and [name_u]Hunter[/name_u] are very close and [name_f]Cassie[/name_f] was the first person [name_u]Hunter[/name_u] came out too. [name_m]Oscar[/name_m] knows about Hunter’s prounouns and always respects them, and [name_m]Oscar[/name_m] was very embarrassed about his dyslexia and only [name_m]Oscar[/name_m] and their parents knew, but after [name_u]Hunter[/name_u] told [name_m]Oscar[/name_m] about them being non binary, [name_m]Oscar[/name_m] finally told his sibling and their older sister. [name_u]Hunter[/name_u] loves her family, for them, family always comes first.
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[name_f]Vittoria[/name_f] “ [name_f]Vira[/name_f] “ [name_f]Isabetta[/name_f] [name_f]Lotti[/name_f] (26) is Hunter’s co-star in the horror movies they act in. Unlike [name_u]Hunter[/name_u], [name_f]Vira[/name_f] loves art, to the point where she was romantically interested in a composer but he preferred her sister [name_f]Giulietta[/name_f]. [name_f]Vira[/name_f] has gotten over a lot of her jealousy and is now close with all her siblings. She can live in [name_u]New[/name_u] [name_u]York[/name_u] City forever but she doesn’t live in The [name_m]Bronx[/name_m] borough, she resides in Queens.

[name_f]Vira[/name_f] is also close to [name_u]Hunter[/name_u] because of mutuals in their siblings, with Hunter’s sister [name_f]Cassandra[/name_f] being a roommate of Vira’s sister [name_f]Avia[/name_f]. While [name_f]Vira[/name_f] and [name_u]Hunter[/name_u] aren’t as close as [name_f]Cassandra[/name_f] and [name_f]Avia[/name_f], [name_f]Vira[/name_f] and [name_u]Hunter[/name_u] enjoy that they’re about to be co-stars in an upcoming horror film. [name_f]Vira[/name_f] is close with the cast and completely adores her “horror fam” but hasn’t left her real family and enjoys being a [name_f]Lotti[/name_f], saying she’s proud of how amazing they are at art. [name_f]Vira[/name_f] admits it’s awkward being around Giulietta’s brother but has no ill will towards him or his family.

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[name_f]Cassandra[/name_f] [name_f]Nicole[/name_f] [name_m]Osmond[/name_m]

Hunter’s sister and Avia’s roommate. [name_f]Cassandra[/name_f] is a sociology and safety major. Through living with her and Avia’s friend with a guide dog, [name_f]Cassandra[/name_f] has secured a passion of working with people with differently abled bodies. She’s specifically interested in making urban areas more accessible to all bodies. A professor recommended an internship at a local school for blind children and [name_f]Cassandra[/name_f] has flourished in this role. It is through a field trip with the school [name_f]Cassandra[/name_f] realized she’s a great bowler. Wanting competition her own age she now enjoys bringing her friends to the bowling alley. She loves getting cheese fries after a game at a small dinner where she might have a crush on the line cook.

[name_f]Cassandra[/name_f] is normally confident and outgoing. Her genuine interest in people makes her a great listener that many people find themselves confiding in. She is patient except while driving and then the road better watch out. When it comes to love though, [name_f]Cassandra[/name_f] is shy and feels awkward about approaching people. Her friendliness often makes people feel friend-zoned when she’s actually flirting.

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[name_u]Bret[/name_u] [name_m]Reginald[/name_m] [name_m]Osmond[/name_m] (84) is Cassandra’s great-uncle. He’s the brother-in-law of [name_f]Maybelle[/name_f]. [name_u]Bret[/name_u] himself is blind in one eye but it’s not from being old, he’s had this since he was 7. He loves opera and is also an opera teacher. [name_u]Bret[/name_u] knows his brother and [name_f]Maybelle[/name_f] are about to celebrate their 50-year wedding anniversary and he knows his brother wants to make his and Maybelle’s anniversary extra special. He’s heard they’re renewing their vows and he’s nothing but supportive of that.

He and [name_f]Cassandra[/name_f] have bowled before with some other family members but he’s kept his space and not gotten angry when [name_f]Cassandra[/name_f] just wants to bowl with her friends. [name_u]Bret[/name_u] truthfully isn’t a good bowler given his eyesight so he doesn’t do it often but he enjoys it. Another thing he enjoys doing but isn’t good at is dancing and he’s notoriously bad at dancing, but it’s hilarious and he doesn’t mind being ridiculously terrible. He’s close with his great-nieces and great-nephews and [name_m]Oscar[/name_m] has just taught him how to rollerblade, which he loves.

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[name_f]Eleanor[/name_f] " [name_f]Nelle[/name_f] " [name_f]Lucinda[/name_f] Fenlain (19) is Cassandra’s roommate and Hector’s owner, who knows of [name_u]Bret[/name_u] because of what’s been mentioned by her friend. Technically Nelle’s the newest member of their group, being Avia’s fellow philosopher who’s also a double major, her other subject being [name_f]English[/name_f] Language; however this didn’t stop them becoming close friends in their shared class. [name_f]Nelle[/name_f] was born fully blind in her right eye and is impaired in her left, receiving a full diagnosis when she was a toddler after her mother decided she needed an assessment. It wasn’t always easy growing up, primarily thanks to people treating [name_f]Nelle[/name_f] with distinct degree of patronising that impacted on her self-confidence, and pushed her to become a much cagier person; generally placing barriers between herself and others, as well as preferring to fade into the background academically thanks to how she found her successes were always specified as being in spite of her disability. High school did provide something of a respite to [name_f]Nelle[/name_f], as she found the confidence to speak to her parents about what she’d been going through, and they spoke on her behalf: for how she’s confident in keeping to herself, she didn’t want to draw any ire.

Once she was in her mid-teens, [name_f]Nelle[/name_f] met more people who’d experienced similar prejudices to her thanks to high school being a much more diverse environment, and this is where she was able to find the confidence that had often been denied to her. While she never lost her touch of introversion, she was able to concentrate on her academic achievements without the same tint of undermining, and helped form the school’s Anti-Discrimination Society; which focused on addressing all forms of prejudice varying students experienced. Here she met several of her soon-to-be closest friends, although the bonds she made during middle school and her younger years weren’t diminished. Nelle’s best friend is currently studying at [name_u]Yale[/name_u] - she amuses herself by making people guess the other girls major [as it’s pretty niche] - and recently came to visit her place, quickly becoming Hector’s absolute favourite human second to his owner; that led to a great deal of joking about betrayal from her roommates. He isn’t the first service dog Nelle’s had but has been with her the longest, since she was 12 to be exact. [name_m]Hector[/name_m] was recommended by her uncle, an animal patrol officer, who was friends with his trainer, and the fit turned out to be absolutely perfect.

To relax, [name_f]Nelle[/name_f] enjoys either knitting or crochet, she isn’t too fussed as long as it’s a rhythmic pastime to get her head away from studies for a while. She made the blanket commonly used when winter ushers in, which is proudly displayed in the front room, and of course is the source of numerous gifts and commissions by her extended circle. Nelle’s mom actually runs a clothing repair shop - her mother’s met thanks to her mama needing a skirt repaired and her mom being suggested by a mutual friend - which is where she gets her supplies from, as well as working there when she returns home during break periods. Typically she prefers hiding in the back and away from the prying questions of customers, but her no-nonsense side makes her a good backup when a [name_f]Karen[/name_f] situation is erupting. She also has an older sister who’s currently in [name_u]Alaska[/name_u], working within wildlife conservationism, and admittedly wishes her schedule was less demanding, but doesn’t hold a grudge about not seeing her in person much. Unlike some of her friends who were born using sperm doners, [name_f]Nelle[/name_f] is aware of her biological father’s identity - he was an old friend of her mama and fellow medicine student - but they don’t have a familial bond as he’s someone who is child-free by choice. Technically she has half-siblingd as he’s anonymously fathered children too, but would rather just stick to her mother’s and sister as she very much feels happiest with the family she’s always known and loved so dearly.


Avia is credited to yours truly :cherry_blossom: