Karin Norling Jan 9, 2014 7:19:20 GMT -6
Post by Karin Norling on Jan 9, 2014 7:19:20 GMT -6
Name: Karin Norling
Date of Birth: January 10
Birthplace: Snowpoint City, Sinnoh
Sexual Orientation: Homosexual
Face Claim: Renko Usami - Touhou Project
Distinguishing Features: None of note
Personality: Karin is a perfectly normal person who lives an ordinary life and-ahaha, no, that is not true at all. She's attracted to the weird, the unexplained, and the unfamiliar. Unsolved mysteries, ghost stories, legends, you name it, she's interested. She can be a bit difficult to get along with, because while most people (or at least many people) will stay in the light where it's safest, she'll be the first to go running off into the dark because she doesn't know what's hidden just out of sight yet. Does that make her reckless? Absolutely. Is that a desirable personality trait in the eyes of someone who isn't equally reckless? No, not really. Unless you're into that sort of thing.
Back home in Snowpoint, she was always the weird one. Just about any kid is interested in things they don't know, but Karin took it to a level that set her apart from everyone she knew. On top of that, rather than wanting to know everything she could about the unexplained, as many kids do, Karin wanted to understand them, which is a trait usually reserved for adults. And she hasn't changed at all since then. If anything, recent events have only reinforced her behavior.
She's friendly enough in person, if a bit snarky. Okay, a lot snarky. Somewhere along the way, she learned that the least painful way to pass the slow days that she's come to hate so much was to make fun of them, and that's exactly what she does. This sometimes applies to people too, although she means well and will usually back down if she knows she's bothering someone. And among girls, she can be very flirty, although now that she has a girlfriend she's toned that down considerably. She's also very composed most of the time, and also quite patient, although (in part because of how easily she's gotten over many of her old fears since coming to Falling Star) that patience is most easily strained by people who scare easily. She is willing to help those people thought, to the best of her...somewhat questionable ability.
Likes: Folklore, scary stories (both of the ghost variety and not), ghosts, ghost pokemon, anything unexplained or not fully understood, exploring, "weird" places, good music, stormy nights, the cold, coffee, seafood, the ladies, Akira
Dislikes: Slow days, people who scare easily, people who refuse to enjoy life, not being able to enjoy life, assholes, ignorance, extreme heat, big to-dos over little things.
History: Once upon a time...no, that doesn't quite work here. That's for stories that end "and they all lived happily ever after", and this one doesn't even have an ending just yet. Let's try this again. It was a dark and stormy night...no, that doesn't quite work either. While many of Karin's smaller stories may have begun on a night that was both dark and stormy, that's not the right place to start this one. The right place to start this one is...ahh, yes. "So there I was, no shit..."
Snowpoint City is known for exactly four things. Being really cold, a nearly impossible route out of town thanks to the area's many blizzards, some temple that most people quickly forget about, and hauntings. It is this last point that interests us, and has interested Karin since she was very young. Every now and then, people would get lost in the snowstorms down south, and vanish. And then, on even rarer circumstances, travelers hardy enough to brave the blizzards will run into people who are there one second and gone the next. These stories spread quickly around town, and more than once the young girl would catch wind of them. She longed to get out of town and encounter one of these ghosts in the snow herself, but as a young girl with no pokemon to protect her she could never so much as get past the first route. Complicating matters further was that, after several attempts to leave town on her own and running into the strong (and occasionally violent) pokemon of the region, she began to instinctively avoid pokemon. So, with no will to become a trainer and no way to protect herself, the young girl was unable to leave town on her own.
Until of course, one day, she did.
Which brings us to our opening line of choice. "So there I was, no shit," was exactly how she started retelling the story, carelessly swearing as many ten-year-olds who think words they're not allowed to say are "cool" are prone to doing. She recounted finding her way onto the route south, just in time for the latest snowstorm to get so intense that she could no longer see the way ahead or back. She wandered through the blinding storm for several minutes, before coming upon a house. She raised a shivering hand to knock, only for the door to swing open at the lightest touch. She stumbled into an unlit house, to find a lone woman sitting in the dark in the kitchen. Karin apologized for barging in, and explained that it was the first shelter from the storm that she could find, but the woman waved it off and, in a faint voice that Karin claimed she could barely hear over the wind outside, thanked her for visiting. Karin promised not to get in the woman's way and returned to the foyer, then left as soon as she was feeling up to braving the cold again. Of course, this being a ten-year-old in a snowstorm, she quickly decided she was wrong and ducked back inside. When she did, she returned to the kitchen to find the woman no longer there. Or, for that matter, anywhere else in the house.
Her parents would be more focused on telling her off for wandering out into a storm alone and making sure she was okay than the oddities of her story, but her friends insisted that she had seen a ghost. A real ghost! Here, just outside of town!
She of course, wanted to get out more and find more places like the haunted house she had stumbled across. Over the next two years, her parents began to warm up to the idea, and even sought to address her aversion to pokemon. Eventually, it was decided that the best way to ease her into the world was to send her to a training school. But where was the best place to send her, when the easiest way to leave Snowpoint was by boat? Why, one on an island, of course. Good thing Falling Star fit that description perfectly.
Since then, Karin has quickly gotten more used to pokemon and developed a fondness for ghost pokemon and those with strange stories tied to them. She's also found as she's begun to mature that she's more into other girls than boys (like, exclusively so), but that's another story for another time. Perhaps even one that begins in the same way.
Dorm: Void Dorm
Type Specialty: Ghost, Ice
Type Deficiency: Fire, Dragon
Uniform Color: Black
Personality: Proud. Reluctant to follow orders, especially if the trainer tries to enforce superiority. Loves causing trouble for her trainer and others. Despite this, she is very loyal to her trainer, and can be quite vicious toward those who would do her harm.
(Bold Nature. Mischievous.)
Starting Moveset: Confuse Ray, Psybeam, Shadow Ball, Power Gem
Karin Notes: A devious little prankster of a ghost type. She's pretty troublesome at times and a bit hard to handle, but I love her anyway. I wouldn't trade her for the world.
Personality: Relaxed and easy-going, but thick-skinned. Literally and figuratively. Not intimidated by much. Prefers to remain idle when not much is going on. Has been confused for a regular mirror at least once for this.
(Relaxed Nature. Capable of taking hits.)
Starting Moveset: Gyro Ball, Extrasensory, Payback, Hypnosis
Karin Notes: In some old stories, they say a woman's mirror is her soul. Which, I suppose, means that it's a good thing that this mirror is so durable.
Additional Info: Karin cannot see herself training dragon types. It's a strange thing, especially next to her much more reasonably aversion to fire types, and she doesn't fully understand it herself, but there it is. Because of that, she would have a much harder time actually trying to train one.
Soon after starting at Falling Star, Karin met and developed feelings for a girl named Akira Mikan. Due to other complications she waited for Akira to make the first move and, amazingly, she did. They've been going out ever since. Karin has a fairly casual attitude about the whole thing, but her feelings are no less strong for it.
Played By: Satori
Other Characters: Astrid Sherinian
RP Sample: N/A