Coriander Alice Rice
Looks remarkably like: Victoria Lee
WHO ARE YOU?
Nickname: Cori, Andy, Rice, Geeky Spice, ‘That strange chick’
Aliases: Various Screen/Game names for gaming, usually OnlyZuul
Birthday:August 27th, 1991
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Hobbies:Video games, writing, cosplaying, reading, vigilantism.
Talents: Trivia, awkwardness, video games, resourcing, fact-finding, writing, history
Languages: English, rudimentary Spanish, Italian and French, a few words in Russian, Chinese, Japanese and German. Very strong background in Latin.
Notable Education: Law School, Highschool, ect.
WHAT DO YOU LOOK LIKE?
Hair Color:Light Brown
Identifying Marks: A small scar across her right knee from falling off of her bike when she was eleven. Freckles on her nose and shoulders, with a few faded freckles spattered across the palest skin of her cheekbones.
WHAT MAKES YOU TICK?
Breakfast-club genre movies
Nineties pop music
Eighties Rock Music
Cutesy print sheets/bed clothes (I.e. Dukie print pajama shorts)
- Stories without happy endings
Being called crazy
Watching others suffer
Spiders (D: )
Not being able to help
- Enthusiasm: Cori tackles nearly every task presented to her with a great deal of enthusiasm. Organizing, cleaning, picking up the boss’s dry cleaning, she does it all with not only a smile, but a genuine excitement. This means that it is relatively hard to annoy or irritate her, and allows her to get almost all of these tasks done faster than she would if she were dragging her feet because she was bored.
Optimism: Cori tries to look on the bright side of every situation, sometimes to the point of absurdity. This enables her to triumph over most life obstacles and bounce back quickly from disappointments.
Bookworm: Cori reads, and reads, and reads. She devours books of all kinds, from fiction to nonfiction and everything in between. Romance books are undoubtedly her favorites, but she also enjoys historical books and many others. Because of her love of books she’s picked up a range of odd facts and strange little tid-bits of knowledge that come in handy in odd situations.
Resourceful: Cori is creative and very resourceful, capable of coming up with off-the-wall ideas to solve a problem with very few items at her disposal.
Observant: Cori very observant, picking up on a lot of things most people just gloss over. She may or may not be able to make sense of the little things she picks up, however. For Coriander, two plus two can often mean five.
Friendly: Although painfully awkward, Coriander is a friendly creature, always ready with a smile and a kind word.
- Depression: Cori is prone to fits of melancholia, especially around her birthday and holidays. These fits leave her tired and often bedridden, leading her to call in sick or try to avoid work around these days.
Annoying: Cori’s perkiness, combined with her big-eyedness and optimism combine to make a whole that many people find so annoying they will leave the room in order to get away from her. It does not bother everyone, but those it does bother it bothers a great, great deal.
Accident prone: Cori is a klutz, prone to small accidents such as spilling coffee on herself, walking into objects and generally bouncing off of her surroundings. As a result she is often sporting small bruises here or there. There is the occasional collateral damage as well, involving other people and/or her surroundings.
Loneliness: Cori is deep down a very, very lonely person. Her lack of friends, family and significant others leads her to spend a lot of time in situations where she awkwardly tries to make friends, and often just ends of weirding people out. There are most definitely times that she practically reeks of desperation, and she can be pathetically eager to please at times (although not all of the time.)
Injustice: Cori finds herself constantly driven to right the wrongs of the world, which has lead her into many a dangerous situation. She has thus far managed to escape injury, but she’s had a few close calls. She’s the sort of person who tries to stop people who snatch other people’s bags, or chases a crook’s getaway car to get their license plate number.
Baby face: Genetically Cori is either blessed or cursed with a youthful face and a voice that never quite dropped like it should have (rendering her with the voice of an older teenager). Because of this, she often has a hard time getting people to take her seriously, no matter how serious she is actually being.
Telepathy: For lack of a better word, Cori is 'allergic' to other telepaths- and, in a sense, herself. As a young girl she was given many different kinds of medicine which altered her development- as a result, when using her gift (or someone using theirs on her) the region of her brain associated with her abilities has a tendency to swell when over stimulated. Extended exposure/usage results in migraines, blackouts, nose bleeds and even seizures.
Closets: Unlike her fear of spiders, slugs, crabs and eels, her fear of closets IS something very close to a phobia. It isn't the closet itself, per-say, as much as it is a fear of things IN a closet. If the closet is closed, lit, or wide open, she's okay- but a half open, dark closet will render her a shivering, terrified mess. Finding something IN the closet would illicit full blown panic attacks, and possibly shock.
- Insanity: Coriander has lived all of her life terrified that she is insane. When she was a small child her adoptive father took her to several different psychiatrists and had her put on several different forms of medication in the effort to make the voices stop. Ever since Coriander has felt that the voices she hears are a manifestation of some sort of mental illness that will someday grow worse, leaving her entirely insane. She also fears that she won’t realize she is losing her mind.
Being discovered: Cori is petrified that someone will discover that she hears voices. She is convinced that if anyone knew what she hears she would be locked away forever, burned at the stake, taken away to a government lab, or something as equally bad or terrifying.
Being alone forever: After the death of her adoptive father, Cori quite suddenly realized that she has no real friends and no family outside of her Mother and her cat. The possibility of becoming a crazy cat woman who dies and is eaten by her cats is a real and terrifying possibility to her.
Eels, horseshoe crabs, and spiders: These are not in the real of true phobias for Cori, but they certainly freak her right the hell out. So long as there’s a pane of glass between her and them, everything’s honkey dorey. For that matter, even if there isn’t glass, so long as they’re (the eels and crabs anyway) at least five feet away, she’s cool. Touching evokes wall-climbing screaming sessions from her, however, and spiders… well, she has a history with spiders.
Being bullied: Aka the whole lunchroom is laughing at me again situation. She frequently has nightmares about revisiting the lunchroom/gym of her old high school, where-in she is once more a drugged up, chubby/emaciated thirteen year old with braces, glasses and acne and no concept of the social rules everyone else are playing by. In real life she is often frightened that the adults around her are going to spontaneously revisit this behavior some day in a public venue.
Witnessing a violent death: As a telepath, Coriander's deepest fear is centered around what would happen if she were near someone who died violently and suddenly. Her deepest nightmares involve being sucked into the mind of someone who is dying, and experiencing their death right along with them.
Emotional connections: Once bitten, twice shy. Coriander's fear of abandonment has morphed into a full-blown fear of emotional reliance. She's as friendly as friendly comes, and absolutely willing to help a pal out, but a wall has formed between her former willing soul, sealing off the trusting, heart. Beneath that she is as lonely as ever, but having been burned she finds herself reluctant to open up again.
Personality: : Cori suffers from a great many character flaws. She is hopelessly optimistic, in the vein that annoys people and comes across as whiny most of the time. For instance, her car might be on fire, and then it might start to rain as well. Cori would say, “Well, at least the fire is out. The rain might wash away some of the soot too!” She is also hopelessly romantic, enjoying chick flicks, bodice rippers, and prince-rescuing-his-princess type books. She is the sort of person who sighs sappily at every romantic scene in a movie. She also loves comic books, super-hero cartoons and movies, and late-eighties to early-nineties music.
She finds herself quite average looking, and doesn’t think there is anything particularly spectacular about herself. This is not to say she thinks that she is ugly, only plain. This means she does not expect people to notice her and will sometimes ignore someone speaking to her, thinking they must be speaking to someone else. Despite this, she can be quite enthusiastic when speaking to someone else about their ideas. Sometimes too enthusiastic, either coming off as sarcastic or just annoying. She has a strong sense of right and wrong and of justice. This has been known to drive her to break the rules on occasion. She finds herself driven to do whatever she can to right a wrong.
Despite her cheerful, naive and eager-to-please personality, Cori has struggled with depression since her powers first became an issue, twice attempting suicide in college (both in rather silly ways, in hindsight.) Once she took two sleeping pills and jacked her A/C all the way up, attempting to kill herself with hypothermia. The other time she threw herself off of the roof of her two-story dorm room, resulting in a broken ankle, but no other injuries. Unfortunately she actually landed on another student during her second suicide attempt (he sprained a wrist, but was otherwise uninjured), which frightened her enough to end her suicide attempts immediately.
Since college she has coped better with her depression, although it is still ever-present, and has returned largely to her hopeful ways. Deep down though, she is still an incredibly lonely person, and is always searching for a surrogate family- or just people she doesn't annoy the piss out of.
WHAT ARE YOU?
Power Level: Intermediate
Powers: Telepathy (40 points)[+3 power]
Coriander is a telepath, or a human with the ability to read the thoughts of others. She considering this a form of insanity for most of her life, however, and thus has actively attempted to ignore/repress the ability, rendering it unpredictable and unwieldy at best- not to mention, she tends to ignore what she picks up from it.
Empathy- (30 points) [+2 Power]: This Metahuman can feel the emotions of those around them. In Coriander, this is a subset of her telepathy- something of a side effect, or the younger sibling of the larger power.
Beginner: Trespassing (30 points) [+2 Power]:
Cori can deliberately attempt to figure out what someone is thinking, but this costs her a great deal of energy, especially if she is say, looking for a deep rooted memory or a thought someone is trying to hide from her. Trying to fish for thoughts will also cause a headache, which will eventually morph into a migraine, mind-numbing pain, eventually causing nose bleeds, black eyes, and unconsciousness the longer and harder she tries. For the most part she only picks up on the stray ‘surface’ thoughts a person is thinking at that immediate moment without exhausting or hurting herself. Physical contact can make it a little easier for her to pick up on deep-rooted thoughts, but she must maintain contact the entire time she is looking for the memory or thought for this to be of much use.
Broadcasting (30 points) [+2 Power]:
Cori can, with a great deal of concentration, project thoughts into another's mind. This requires a great deal of effort though, and no distractions. She is at this point unable to do more than project a word or two, or hazy images. She also must be able to either see the person she is attempting to communicate with or have already communicated with with them before. Repeated use of this ability in short periods of time exhaust her and eventually become painful. In addition, verbal messages will always be sent in her 'voice.' She cannot disguise her voice in any way while communicating telepathically.
Mindscape (30 points) [+2 Power]:
Coriander is what one might call an... imaginative woman. She doesn't always think like other people do, and the biggest example of this is her mind. It has become something of an imaginary world in and of itself. Cori can, while dreaming or unconscious, enter the world of her own mind, but she must be unconscious in some form or another. For the most part it is the large, two-story (excluding basement and attic) house she grew up in. Her memories and thoughts are loosely grouped in boxes (in the form of photo-albums or home movies) that are located in the different rooms of this house, roughly organized by emotion or time period. Suppressed thoughts are often hidden in the attic or basement. Outside of the house, the mental world quickly deteriorates into a jumble of nonsense loosely populated by thought/memory fragments. It makes it harder for invading telepaths to find her thoughts/memories or chase her 'mental presence' down, as well as making it just a little bit harder to tamper with her thoughts on a permanent basis, as most of the memories are connected by a loose web of association to other memories. Because she must be unconscious in some for or another, using this ability forces her to be helpless in the physical world. She cannot defend herself, feed or in any way take care of herself. In addition, if she spends too much time outside the 'house' or in the memories of her mental world it is possible for to get lost/stuck until woken by some outside force. Lastly, once awakened, Cori will not remember 90% of what went on while in the mind-world outside of a few fragments of thoughts or mental images.
Projected Mindscape (30 points) [+2 Power]:
This ability is essentially the same as her basic mindscape-ability, only it transfers over to another person. Essentially, upon entering another person's mind (she must be in a trance, unconscious, or asleep to do so) she shapes it into a mental world. The world itself depends upon the person, as it is the 'physical' embodiment of their mind, but with a few key points (some form of physical memory, be it pictures, books, boxes or videos, places where repressed or hidden memories might be stored, ect.) Once there, she can manipulate things to an extent, for instance, moving hidden memories back into the light. However, she is completely helpless physically during this process, a person's mind might reject the changes if they are too extreme, or they cannot be handled, and once exiting the other person's mind, she will remember next to nothing about what she did/saw there-in.
Immobilize (40 Points)[+ 3 Power]: Interrupts the brain's communication with up to two limbs at a time- no more. Must be within fifteen feet of the intended victim and have no objects obstructing more than half of the victim. Will fade up to five minutes after the attack- unless the limb has fallen asleep.
Incapacitate- (Advanced) (50 Points)[+3 Power] An attack on the mind of another. Can cause migraine-like pain, dizziness, and unconsciousness with prolonged attack. Requires the user be able to see his or her target. If used for more than thirty minutes begins to have mirrored effects on the user.
-30 points (Mindscape)
-30 points (projected mindscape)
-30 points (Empathy)
-50 point Level up to Advanced
Supernatural Affinity- (50 Points) [+3 Power] Through much practice and time, the telepath has become capable of using their abilities on supernatural creatures with almost as much ease as they would a normal human.
WHERE DO YOU COME FROM?
Mother: Arinnia Archimedes nee’ Hitchcock
Adopted Mother: Ellen Rice nee Brown
Father: Allan Archimedes
Adopted Father: Bradley Rice
Pets: Pharaoh, her male six-year-old tabby cat
Other important people:
History: [i] Allan and Arannia Archimedes did not fall in love at first sight. Actually, neither much cared for the other. They were both part of a small, closely knit group of families in which different 'gifts' ran, however, and bumped into one another continuously from the time they were fifteen to the time they both turned twenty-five. They realized, somewhere during that twenty-fifth year of life that they had grown to care for one another. Bowing to the inevitable, they admitted their feelings for one another and agreed to get married. They were married a year later, and quickly became pregnant with their first child, a little girl.
Unfortunately, shortly after Coriander was born, her mother was diagnosed with bone cancer. She did not survive her disease, and succumbed when Cori was only a year and a half old.
Allan struggled to raise Cori with the help of his sister, Therese, trying to give his little girl the family she deserved. Her young life was to be fraught with bad luck, however. When she was three, both her father and her aunt went missing. Cori was found alone in their house, hiding beneath the bed in the guest room. When asked what had happened, Cori insisted the monster in the closet had taken both her father and aunt. Police concluded, on the other hand, that Allan and Therese had been killed and hidden in a home intrusion gone wrong. Why or how Coriander had escaped death was chalked up to luck. Cori's mother was an only child, whom's surviving parent suffered from late stage Alzheimers. Cori's father's only sibling disappeared along with him, and both of his parents had already passed. Cori was well and truly orphaned, with no family to go to.
Thankfully for Cori, the media storm generated by her family’s disappearance resulted in her being placed with a very kind couple who had no children of their own. As years passed and Cori’s family failed to surface, the Rice family adopted Cori and raised her as their own. Most of the memories of the first three years of her life faded with time.
Coriander inherited her telepathy from her father, who’s family the gift ran in. Unfortunately for Cori, her father was not around to teach her how to control and use her abilities. She was six when she first began hearing other people’s thoughts. As a little girl she did not yet understand how wrong it was to hear voices, and thus made no attempt to block out or ignore these voices. On the contrary, she began answering them and telling other people about them.
At first her parents dismissed this as a little girl’s imagination, but soon enough Cori was beginning to be isolated by the other children at school, and one of Cori’s teachers suggested she be sent to a therapist, just in case. Cori’s parents declined to take the teacher’s advice, instead transferring their little girl to a private school. Things were no different here, however, and matters quickly escalated. Ellen and Bradley disagreed in extremes about how to handle the situation. Bradley was convinced it was all in Cori’s mind and she simply needed to have it impressed upon her that ‘making up stories’ and ‘lying’ were unacceptable. Ellen was convinced that what Cori was doing was a cry for attention, possibly connected to what she had seen as a little girl.
As the arguments between her parents began to escalate, Cori became more and more ostracized by the other children. This bullying was not so much physical or even verbal as much as she was simply avoided and ignored by the other children. By the time she had reached middle school, however, her parent’s marriage was dissolving and she had entered an unfortunate ugly duckling phase. No part of her body seemed in proportion to the others, combined with the typical awkward states of adolescence (braces, acne, glasses, ect.) she quickly entered a new level of bullying. Suddenly she became the target of nasty pranks (such as having her clothes stolen from her locker during gym, or having jars of spiders left in her desk), name calling and much more. She was not unaware that she was the cause of her parent's arguments either. This time in her life would lead to a deep-seated depression later in her life.
Ellen and Bradley divorced when Cori was in the sixth grade. Each parent was awarded partial custody, but her time with her father was consumed with visit after visit to different psychiatrists, many of whom began diagnosing the young girl with all sorts of different afflictions, including schizophrenia. She found herself on a plethora of different drugs, which wrought havoc on her body weight, causing her to drop weight and regain it rapidly off and on. Many of these drugs also caused her to be groggy and loopy, only aggravating her preteen awkwardness.
By the time Cori hit high school Bradley had largely given up on his daughter, choosing to leave her to her mother’s care while he dated and perused his new career, generally enjoying the worst midlife crisis known to Man. Cori’s mother, on the other hand, went the opposite direction, beginning to dabble in the metaphysical and new age, hoping to ‘balance her daughter’s chi’ in order to help her. Ironically, it completely failed to occur to Ellen that her daughter might be afflicted with one of the psychic abilities so many of her new friends claimed to possess.
Ellen was a caring parent, but somewhat ditzy. If it had not been for the massive alimony her lawyer had won her, she likely would have been left entirely destitute and helpless. Cori stopped taking most of the pills she had been prescribed and drifted back into quiet anonymity amongst her peers. Without the drugs dampening all of her senses she still occasionally would pick up on other people’s thoughts. By this point, however, she firmly understood that this was a bad thing and did her best to ignore them completely.
She graduated from the same private high school her father had enrolled her in, immediately joining her local community college and getting her B.A. Thankfully, after turning eighteen she had inherited the money left to her by her biological parents and grandparents, which enabled her to go to college full-time and comfortably earn the degree of her choice. From there she decided to get a degree in law, hoping she could help people, and perhaps right some of the many grievous wrongs that plagued the world. She continued her degree in a local law school and eventually graduated. Throughout college she experienced a resurgence of her abilities. Her father passed away around this time from a heart attack, leading her to reevaluate what she had always been told about the voices she heard. She struggled with depression, but also began to experiment some with her abilities, beginning to realize perhaps she was not as insane as she had thought. To this day she continues with some mild experimentation, although it hasn't led to much and she still finds herself deeply frightened by her "talent."
She gained a job in a small law firm, working as a legal aide, and worked her way up slowly to more prestigious law firms. At some point she took and passed the Bar Exam, but quickly found that no one seemed to take her very seriously as a lawyer. She found she was more successful (and less frustrated) remaining in the paralegal position, not to mention there was more demand for a legal assistant than a an actual Lawyer. Recently she decided to move to Boston, knowing the crime rate there was much higher than that in her little town, and thinking perhaps she could make a difference there.
After a little over two years living in Boston, sometime around the crisis that gripped the city, Coriander simply disappeared from her life. She quit her job, cashed out her 401k, closed up her home, and sold most of her possessions. In the years that followed she wandered, travelling all across the world, seeing all the sights she'd always wanted to see- sometimes she stopped for months at a time in a particular city or location, lingering until the urge to go pulled her away again.
She struck up a minor travel blog as she went, augmenting her lifetime's savings.
A recent development, however, has called her home again. Her former boss requires a favor, and Coriander is the only one he trusts to help him. Out of some sense of loyalty she has returned- although only time will tell how long she will stay.
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[witch][b]Character Context:[/b][/witch]Travel blog writer, former Paralegal/lawyer. Lives part-time in Boston.[/size]
[size=100][center][human][b]Gender: Female[/b][/human] [human][b]Preference: Demi-sexual, straight.[/b][/human] [human][b]Relationship Status: Single, not looking.[/b][/human][/center][/size]
What should we call you? Themascura
How long have you been role playing? 11+ years.
How did you find us?
Random fun fact about you? I read. Like. Everything. Ever.