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memoirsverse ([personal profile] memoirsverse) wrote2015-09-03 10:04 am

Character Profile: Alice Deva

Name: Alice Deva

Species: Alice is Aetheryn, a humanoid species that had dealings with the Time Lords in the past, one of the few categorized as “higher forms of life”. They are empaths and have a limited degree of telepathy, and also, a more intense form of synesthesia than what Evelyn Alvar experiences is a norm for this species. They also have a degree of time sensitivity, in that they can often be prescient and track probabilities. They are highly emotional and intuitive, but also have a very intellectual side to their psyches and can be schemers. Their life spans are longer than a human’s, but shorter than a Time Lord’s, averaging at several hundred years. Their physical bodies are very robust, despite tending towards slender frames. There are only a handful of them left after the Time War. Their planet was not utterly destroyed, but was decimated during the War, rendering it uninhabitable. The Aetheryn is one of several species that gave rise to the myths of the sidhe, the fair folk, the Tuatha De Danaan, those legendary beings who are said to have retreated to their hollow hills so many centuries ago.

The Aetheryn have a limited collective consciousness, mostly empathically based. However, they are most definitely not all of one mind— factions and conflicts did exist back in the day. Only a small band of them remains, though, and for the most part, they are inter-cooperative in the interest of survival.

Age: She appears about thirty years old, though is actually seventy-three (still rather young for her species)

Appearance: Long, straight black hair and striking blue eyes. She is willowy and somewhat pale, and dresses with a kind of understated dark elegance. She has a very slight, undefinable accent, barely noticeable. Her ears are subtly pointed, and her finger/toenails fully white; these are the only surface physical characteristics that are noticeably different than most humans. She claims they’re rare birth defects and usually keeps them covered with her hair and fingernail polish, respectively.

Personality: Alice (not her real name) has a hardness and coldness about her for the most part, a somewhat icy demeanor that softens a bit around Evelyn. She cares for Evelyn in a sense, but convinces herself that her control over her is a good thing, and quite frankly revels in the powerful feeling of ownership of another living being. She is protective of Evelyn in a territorial sort of way. She has a terrible penchant for cruelty and violence at times, but usually doesn’t direct this to those close to her— usually. Her coldness and cruelty are in part due to the trauma of the War, which she and her people were involved in. Her manipulative nature is very deliberate, and is rooted in a feeling of powerlessness brought on by trauma. She is not evil, nor is she a sociopath, but she’s also not good, and is capable of evil things. She does cultivate an appearance of good, however.

Alice was not acting on her own in her bonding with Evelyn when they found her— she was following orders. Even she isn’t fully aware of what those leading the remnant of her people have in mind for Evelyn. Somewhere in the back of her mind, she sees Evelyn as a tool or even a weapon, a way to gain power (although that rather cold-hearted perspective is very much at odds with her very real and almost maternal attachment to Evelyn), though she’s not quite worked out how to prevent the degeneration of Evelyn's body. She doesn’t fully understand why the Time Lords transferred this sentient essence into a partially human body that would break down as the mental filters do, but she’s guessed— perhaps they intended for Evelyn to return to them for help, in return for her cooperation and obedience. Or maybe they just wanted to make sure she wouldn't survive what they have planned for her. Alice doubts Evelyn has the ability to reach the Time Lords past the Time Lock. At least, she’s fairly certain it should be impossible. Probably impossible.