Character BasicsFull Name:
IthacaDate of Birth:
Geologist, Project IthacaPhysical DescriptionPhysical Description:
With his 6’1 and 175 lbs, Joseph’s not insanely buff, but he keeps toned and in shape through playing basketball throughout the facility when he has nothing better to do. Good looking by nature, he has his mother’s dirt blond hair and brown eyes. While he isn't vain about his appearance or anything, Joseph does spend a few extra minutes in front of the mirror in the morning. His choice of personal wardrobe includes a variety of loose sweaters, tending towards dark colors or earthy tones along with jeans that are comfortable loose fitting without showing off his boxers. His jewelry consists of a simple hemp choker and a crude, braided bracelet, spelling out the initials “tmo” . Two sterling thumb rings with celtic images on them can usually be seen worn on his fingers. Play by:
William LevyCharacters PersonalityPersonality:
Josue, usually called Joe or Joseph, is a fairly laid back guy with a lot of layers in his personality. Easy going, and humorous in one moment while thoughtful and somewhat introvert the next, are only some of the traits that makes up his characteristics. A rather good listener, Joe would be one that you could seek comfort and advise from as he find it enjoyable to share his experience and thoughts with those whom he trusts. Having a conversation with him does not always mean you would exchange stories or brainstorming a problem, Joseph has been known for occasionally offering up a quote from literature or great philosophers, usually appropriate for the topic, although sometimes not so much. Certainly not all that interested in the world around him, Joe’s fairly amicable as far as people go; he doesn't go out of his way to meet and greet new people, but he doesn't avoid them either. If someone he doesn't know wants to talk, he'll talk, at least until he finds them either unintelligent, boring, or simply a jerk. Joeseph is extremely uncomfortable when under exuberant amounts of attention. Not the kind of attention he would receive from someone being polite and courteous, but rather those who are genuinely interested in who he is and so forth. As much of a harmless guy Joe might seem to be, he is also a recovering alcoholic who exhibits some less than flattering traits once drunk. Occasionally moody from withdrawals, Josue has decided that it’s nothing that can’t be fixed with another drink.Likes:
* Bad puns
* Star gazing
* Board gamesDislikes:
* The Woods
* Loud people
* Rips/tears in clothingCharacters FamilyMother:
Helen Ortega - deceasedFather:
Saul Ortega - deceasedSiblings:
Minor daughter - deceasedOther Important Figures:
Ex-wife Camille Ortega - deceasedPersonal History:
Helen was only eighteen years old the day she met this dark, tall and handsome man named Saul, who later on became Josue’s father. They fell in love, got married, and not even two years after their marriage did they have their little son. The pair made a conscious decision not to have more children. It wasn’t so much that they lacked the finances to have another child; it was more so that Helen and Saul were completely content with having Josue as their only child. As a young boy Joseph would often chose to spend his time reading and studying every bit of material he could lay hands on as opposed to playing with the other kids in the neighborhood. He made sure to always learn new things and obtain new knowledge whenever he had the chance as he didn’t want to disappoint his mother in any way. His friends were far and few because of this which in turn caused him to be a bit introvert. Always having an interest in geology since the age fifteen, it wasn’t until a few birthdays later that he made a decision to study geophysics. His parents were more than pleased to support this decision and shortly after long nights and days spent in numerous labs followed suit. Hard work paid off and Joseph was awarded with a bachelor’s degree in applied geophysics. He received an apprenticeship to a world renowned geophysicist whose main area of focus was to gather subsurface data for laboratory interpretation. Strongly urged by his mentor, Joe returned to the university to add to his degree by applying to the Master's of Science Program where tectonophysics and seismology quickly became his fields of interest. Ready to apply the newly acquainted degree, Joe accepted a job offer in the city of Guanajuato, Mexico.
It was here that Joseph met his soon to be wife, Camille, and began a relationship that could rival some of the best. Just as his parents, he had a child of his own shortly after the marriage. Joseph continued his research for the government where he worked closely with a small team of scientists and other staff who would be away in the field to collecting data on natural phenomena. Meanwhile, Camille began looking into getting a position as a file cleric for a local office that dealt in Psychology and soon the family of three settled into a routine, and despite the fact one day blended into another, the family was content. Around the fourth birthday of their daughter there was a series of events that put strain on Joseph’s marriage and after nearly a year, both his wife and child moved out. Devastated, he instead submerged himself to his research, this time obsessively as he was trying to forget about the loss of his family.
Joseph continued excelling in his field and soon enough was he leading his own team of scientists where he was responsible, not only for gathering data directly from a location, but also interpreting the results in the lab before reporting on the collected data to the team as well as his clients, senior management and government officials at meetings and presentations. It was not until later that he received an offer to join up with a team going to a research facility in an island located in the pacific. “Mr. Ortega, I would like to have a word with you”, a smart dressed government official said one day as he stood before him in the lab. At first Joe was certain that it was about a refusal for a collection of data that he wanted processed or perhaps an issue with funding grants. Instead an offer came to follow other specialists that were handpicked for the Ichaca research station, which Joseph accepted. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity as far as he was concerned and in the back of his mind, he didn’t have anything left in Guanajuato with his wife divorcing him and his daughter being kept from him. Some months later, there was a heavy knock on the door and it had been all the notice that Joe had received. He had somehow managed to stumble out of bed more asleep than awake to see two well-dressed men standing on his doorstep. At first, he had no idea what was going on but then it slowly dawned on him. He had been wondering why the Ichaca research agents had showed up a couple of weeks earlier than planned, and when he had asked them for an hour to get ready, they had cut it down to twenty minutes.
Joseph had been scrambling to gather clothes that could be thrown into his bag. After taking as much as he could allow himself to, he decided to stop and fill in the empty spaces with external hard-drives as well as printouts of research done for whatever he thought was actually important. Still, packing a few books he never read before into his bag, he decided to add in a few of the books from his favorite authors as well. He finished packing and flung his duffle bag over his shoulder before being followed to a car waiting outside of the building he stayed at. When he had inquired about where they were going, he had gotten subtle to no decent answers from them, at least not until they were settled onto an airplane.
"Where, ah, where are we going?" Joe had asked, trying to erase the feeling of being kidnapped
"Can't say," one of them said, and he realized that this was the only guy out of the two who would talk.
"Are we still in the country?"
"Yes," he said shortly
"Are we still in the state?"
"No," he said.
"Do you two have names?" Joe had decided to ask, something for a moving conversation.
"What would make you think we don't?" the agent asked and his friend chuckled lightly. "I'm Blythe and he's Welsh," To Joseph they weren't exactly agent names but they were better than Scary Agent and Scarier Agent.
Arriving at the island Joseph had quickly started working the field. To his knowledge, people had always been fascinated by the thought of the end of the world. Revelations, 2012, Armageddon, the apocalypse and so forth. Most people would brush off any such thought as hysteria but as far as Joe was concerned there were concerning readings that pointed to the fact the world might just come crashing down around them. Seismic surface waves would show on his readings, subtle, but substantially enough for him to closely monitoring it. Slowly but surely the levels had started to rise and when he tried to alert his superiors for it, his findings were dismissed due to too low readings. Watching as the signals increase steadily over a short amount of time, Joe nearly halted all other research and focused in on the seismometers only. Then it happened. Joe’s worst nightmares had come to life and there was little he could do about it. In the early hours of the morning, when most people were asleep, the ground had started shaking. As a big crack let out its thunderous roar and stared shaking everything in its path, all Joseph could think about was to save his research notes and final data that he had collected. Occupied with pulling information from the main lab, it wasn’t until he looked back that he noticed the sounding alarm followed by doors and walls being ceiled to the ground. Staffs were frantic, although their cries were nothing compared to the yelling and pleading coming from coworkers in the rooms outside now being flooded with water. The shaking carried on and forced Joe to seek cover under a heavy metal desk and just as the final power lines went crackle and snap, the quake just as easily stopped and left everybody crying for help. What little left of Achica has attempted to be restored, but with most of Joseph’s equipment and research material gone, this specific geologist in question is not at all that certain of what their future will look like. Roleplay SampleRoleplay Sample:
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