|Drawings done in my little free time. I have several stories pending that I may eventually get to.|
Name: Ezekiel Dalka (Zeke)
Grade: College Freshman
Nature: Bashful Shy, doesn't like or want attention.
Characteristic: Alert to sounds
Ability: Inner Focus
Personality: Ezekiel is very much a product of his home. Having lived in a Romani society, he finds it difficult to adapt to the ways in the school. He hates being alone and will seek to be around others whenever possible, often coming off as annoying or clingy to others. As a result of his insecurities involving the contrast between his lifestyle and that of the Kadic Acadamy, he usually remains quiet and observes rather than risk accidentally bringing attention to his differences. Despite this, he has a great sense of humor and insists on partaking in any activity his friends are, if only to be a part of the group. Partially due to his fear of rejection and partially a result of his home, Zeke is very susceptible to peer-pressure and will do almost anything to fit in. He is incredibly passionate about music.
IMPORTANT NOTE: I do not know much about Romani culture, although I have done my best to educate myself before making this character. If I have written something incorrect or offensive, please let me know and I will change it immediately.
Being of Romani descent, Ezekiel's family travelled in a band of about 150 individuals that moved from cave to cave whenever things got too hostile for a group of Zubats. Although the band had deviated from some aspects of the Romani lifestyle, he lived a fairly traditional life. As such, Zeke was constantly surrounded by others, either his extended family or those his own age. In his immediate family, he had three sisters and a brother, all younger, and his parents. His extended family was broad, at least 30 could be considered in the category and a dozen more through complex family ties.
Being the oldest child, Ezekiel was expected to be responsible for his siblings and uphold the traditions of his family. As such, he was treated like a small adult all his life. He spent much of his free time around adults and learned from a very young age how to converse with others. When he was six, he began training in his father's work, farming. This "farming" was more of herding. Their job was to help prepare Pokemon for the daily meal of the band as well as lead the survivors back into safety in order to keep them for future meals. While he was only in training, he was expected to perform at an adequate level and work as hard as the others. It was in this training that he met Emil. He was a year older than Zeke, and the two became fast friends.
His musical talent was revealed quite early by his singing ability, and soon he began playing the trumpet (being one of the few instruments playable for someone with four fingers). He found much joy in music and spent many nights joining in songs with the community. It was then, as a child, that people began to suspect a future in his musical career. His skills were refined by the adults that had been playing for years, and he learned how to adapt instruments to be playable. He continued playing and improving his skills even without the formal education.
It wasn't until Zeke was nine and his little brother could also help with farming that he had the time to learn to read. He never received a formal education, but loved storytelling so much that he demanded he learn to read Braille. As a result of learning how to read, he also developed rudimentary arithmatics and grammar. He didn't feel any particular passion for this, however, and found little practical use for it. He only learned enough to understand the stories he would read in the books. Although his responsibilities in work and family left little time to read, he compramised by reading stories during his turns in telling the traditionally oral tales at meals. His younger siblings became fascinated by the books as they grew older and wanted to read as well, causing him to be a tutor of sorts.
Growing into his preteen years, Ezekiel began facing troubles with divisions between his motives and what was expected of him. At the age of 12 he was betrothed. They were supposed to be married when he turned 16. Ezekiel rebelled against this, not wishing to be married at all. His family wanted to be supportive of him, but struggled to cope with his resentment of some aspects of their tradition. He managed to avoid his betrothal, but his parents continued to attempt to match him with someone.
It was at this time Ezekiel realized why he never seemed interested in any of the girls his parents tried to pair him with - he was in love with Emil. Terrified of the reaction if his family discovered he was gay, he tried to avoid the epiphany for years. When he was 16, however, he finally drew up the courage. He managed to get a private moment with his old friend while farming and revealed his feelings. To his relief, his feelings were reciprocated. They got in trouble for not producing a satisfactory meal that night, but they didn't mind much.
Over the next two years, they continued their relationship in secret. Ezekiel suspects his family knew about them, because whenever he mentioned Emil they became curt and would change the subject. They began pressing him to settle down with a girl, seeing as he was far too old to be a bachelor by their standards. Emil was facing the same pressures, although he seemed to have an easier time avoiding it.
During what would have been Ezekiel's senior year of high school, he was approached by a stranger as he played his harp on a street corner. This stranger was a Kirlia from Kadic Acadamy, who recognized his talent and recommended he look at Kadic for college to pursue a musical career. She provided Zeke with scholarship information and her phone number, urging for him to call. Zeke thanked her for the offer, but privately discarded the idea. He couldn't leave his family.
Later that month, Ezekiel was forced to reconsider his position. One day, when he and Emil were together, they got caught by Emil's father. Furious at the perceived impurity, Emil's father agreed not to publically denounce his son and Ezekiel only if Zeke were to self-impose exile. In doing this, Ezekiel would endure the punishment he would inevitably be sentenced to by the kris, but Emil would be spared. Ezekiel agreed, and without being able to explain to his family why he was doing so, Ezekiel called the Kirlia about his options for attending Kadic.
His act of leaving his family was seen as an act of abandonment, and his family continues to request his return. On a tenuous full-ride scholarship, Zeke began studying music at Kadic. This formal education is foreign to him, and he struggles to adapt to such a rigorous schedule. With what little money he had, he bought a computer that would recite what he typed so he could take notes and do homework. Most of his classes are music theory and performance, although he is required to take basic math and english courses as his pre-recs. Using his computer, he still communicates with Emil in secret.
One day, after a study session with some friends, Ezekiel was asked if he ever wanted to be able to see. He admitted he was always curious, and his friends said they thought they might find a way. They took him to an abandoned factory after making him "promise to keep a secret." Assuming they were about to play a prank, he agreed and followed them. To his surprise, what they were saying was far from a prank, and he was introduced to a world he never imagined could exist.
Hobbies: If Ezekiel is not in class or out with friends, he is playing music. He enjoys listening and playing in equal measure, although recently he was become fascinated by editing software and has begun dabbling in it. He loves listening to movies for their story, although prefers books for obvious reasons. In classes not related to music, Zeke often has to resist dozing off and doing something else, occasionally forgetting that his teachers can see him.
Health Points (HP): 100 HP
Attacks Astonish, Air Cutter
Moves: Astonish 10 PP Ghost: Power of 30, accuracy of 100. Has a 30% chance of causing the target to flinch if he attacks first. He plays his harp suddenly and loudly as he rams the opponent, surprising them as he strikes.
Air Cutter 10 PP Flying: Power of 60 and hits 95% of the time. Using his wings to amplify the sound waves, he swipes a claw across his harp and sends razor-like winds at his target
-He keeps a pocketwatch that secretly has a picture of Emil in it, just for sentimentality. If someone asks for the time, he says it's broken.
-Because he has always been seen as an adult, Ezekiel is not used to having rules and restrictions being set for him and sometimes fails to see the importance of them.
-He rarely does so due to embarrassment, but Zeke is quite skilled at metal screaming and always loves a metal concert.
- He plays four instruments in addition to singing, the harp, trumpet, trombone, and a cello. In order to be able to hit most of the notes on the cello, he strained his joints enough to become double-jointed. He hopes to expand his collection of playable instruments despite his restrictions
-When he was eleven, he witnessed his friend being killed by a feral Sandshrew. Since then, he has distanced himself from Sandshrews and might recoil if they get too close.
-He is still in the closet and is very uncomfortable when the subject of his sexuality is raised due to the ingrained shame he has over his nature.
-His harp (seen above) is used as a weapon in the virtual world and is able to create high magnitudes of wind from the sound waves.
-To compensate for his wings, Zeke's clothes are mostly fastened under his wings. Imagine those low-armhole tanktops media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/736… that girls and "bros" love so much
-In the virtual world, Zeke is able to see thanks to the visor he wears. He is not able to see colors or lines like we do, but is able to see shapes, differences in heat signature, and ultra violet rays. Basically, imagine Geordi Laforge's visor and you've got it
|I am an 11th grader living in the United States. I enjoy many television shows, movies, video games, and books, and waste my time obsessing over them. My drawings are generally traditional, but I recently began getting back into the digital medium. I am always willing to talk and am rarely gone from the computer for more than 12 hours.|