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B024 - Moradi, Matthew[/DECEASED]
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Name: Matthew "Matt" Moradi
Gender: Male
Age: 18
Grade: 12th
School: Cochise High School
Hobbies and Interests: Video games, literature, violin, tabletop games.

Appearance: Matt is short with a lean, skinny build, standing at 5'6" and weighing 137 pounds. Due to his primarily Persian ancestry, Matthew has an olive complexion and black, straight hair, which he keeps short. Matthew doesn't shave, having been able to grow a full beard since he was 14. However, he does keep his beard trimmed and well groomed. He keeps it fairly short.

Matt has thick, bushy eyebrows. His eyes are brown, the almond shape typical for someone of Persian ancestry. His nose is sharp, narrow and angular, a stark contrast to other parts of his face. His chin is short and poorly defined, which is the main reason he doesn't shave. Matt has large ears and small, thin lips.

In terms of fashion, Matthew tries to dress in a way that makes sense, considering the weather; he usually wears a single colored t-shirt and jeans. Shoes are usually the most expensive part of the outfit, often costing well over a hundred dollars, usually Roshe Runs. During the winter Matt usually wears a coat and Timberlands, if it snows. On the day of the abduction, Matt was wearing jeans, a white t-shirt, sneakers and a red flannel shirt.

Biography: Matthew Abdullah Moradi was born to Ahmad Moradi and Hester Moradi (nee Tehrani) on September 8th, 1996 in the city of Kingman, Arizona. Both of Matthew's parents were doctors, both having been born and raised in Arizona. Ahmad is a Kingman native, whereas Hester is from Phoenix. Hester and Ahmad agreed to give their son a Western name, Ahmad citing problems he had fitting in at school due to his name.

Both of Matt's parents had decently high paying jobs: his mother worked as a physician and his father worked as a dentist. Due to the high paying nature of both their jobs, Matthew's family is relatively wealthy, living in a large house in a nice neighborhood.

Matthew's mother, Hester, had been raised as a nondenominational Muslim but had stopped practicing by adulthood. Ahmad had been raised as a Shia Muslim. Although Ahmad was not a very devout Muslim, he believed that being raised religious was the key to being a moral person. Hester wanted to raise Matthew without any religion, preferring to let him choose later on in life. Ahmad was reluctant to raise Matthew without any religion, but eventually gave in.

Upon entering school, Matthew was pushed to excel by his father; he was rewarded for getting good grades and scolded for anything less. Ahmad pushed Matthew to do well in school because he believed that instilling a good work ethic was important. Hester agreed with Ahmad, but believed that he could be too forceful at times, as he sometimes hit Matt lightly and yelled at him for doing poorly. Due to this, Hester occasionally argued with him. As Matt got older, he came to resent his father for being overly strict. Matthew learned from his father early on in life that if you want to succeed, you have to work hard. This is where he gets his dedicated nature from. Combined with his natural intelligence, Matt didn't find it too hard to get good grades in school.

Matt learned to read at an early age, starting to read at age four, kick starting his love of reading and literature in general. Matt was reading at a 9th grade level in the 5th grade. Matt also began using computers at a fairly early age, starting when he was six. Around this same age, Matt began playing video games, though not to the extent he would later on. Early on in life, Matt read anything he could get his hands on, fiction or non-fiction. Today, he mostly reads genre fiction such as fantasy and science-fiction. He likes these genres mainly due to the escapism aspect, reading them allowing him to forget how boring his life is.

Matt did well academically and socially early on in school, finding it easy to get good grades if he tried hard enough and focused on school. Matt was agreeable and friendly as a child, finding it easy to make friends with his peers. It was around this time - at the age of 8 - that Matthew's mother started pushing him to start playing violin, hoping he would have some sort of talent for it. He began to take lessons from a tutor and, despite lacking any talent for the violin at all, Matt enjoyed it. Over time, he became better, though his current level of skill could be considered just barely competent. Matt rarely plays in front of anyone else, feeling embarrassed at how unskilled he is for the amount of time he's been learning. Matt prefers to play mostly classical violin music and has yet to attempt to compose any himself.

Matt started middle school around the same time that he started going through puberty. Matt's voice started changing, his skin became greasier and was soon covered in acne. Suddenly becoming extremely self-conscious about his appearance, Matt lost most of the confidence he had before. Because of this sudden lack of confidence, Matt opened himself to being bullied. Also due to this loss of confidence he rarely, if ever, spoke out against his bullies. Matt simply took it instead of telling anyone, believing that trying to deal with it by himself was the best option. His parents and teachers had noticed Matt's sudden change in personality and tried to put a stop to the bullying - Ahmad gave Matt exceedingly poor advice, suggesting that he try and fight back physically. Weak, Matt lost - still, irregardless of the outcome, this merely got Matt in trouble and made teachers doubt that he was really a victim. His teachers usually gave out ineffectual punishments, occasionally to Matt as well. By the end of middle school, it had mostly stopped, but Matt had changed as a person. Matt himself didn't consider what he went through bullying, mainly because it wasn't the stereotypical kind. Instead of, say, being shoved into a locker, Matt was picked on a lot for his height, appearance and ethnicity. Because of what he went through, Matt withdrew socially, having few friends and rarely speaking. Due to the bullying and social isolation, Matt developed an extremely abrasive, rude and sarcastic personality in order to avoid getting emotionally hurt. If he spoke, it was almost never anything nice. When dealing with new people, he was cautious, not really opening up all that much to them.

As a result, middle school was a struggle, at least socially. Academically, Matt did poorly, at least by his standards. His grades had dropped from an A average to a B due to his lack of focus thanks to the bullying, something that frustrated him. Around this time, Matt began using the internet more and more for recreational purposes; he had mostly used it for the news before that. He began browsing websites like Tumblr and Reddit, eventually creating a Tumblr blog and a Reddit account. It was also around this time that Matt's political views began forming. He began questioning religion, especially Islam - for a large part of his early life Matt had chosen to follow his father's religion, albeit half-heartedly. His father felt incredibly disappointed and even betrayed at Matt's sudden change of views, especially due to how militant Matt was about them. His mother was saddened at how this change caused her husband some level of distress, but otherwise felt that Matt was free to make his own choices. He also became interested in social justice, though he only remains involved in the online aspect of the movement. Beginning to play more video games, Matt built his own computer to play more graphics intensive ones more efficiently, saving up allowances and sinking a thousand dollars into it, having saved the money up over several months and a year. His interest in computers barely went beyond this. In terms of taste, Matt plays all genres, but he prefers indie games due to what he perceives to be their originality and creativity.

Soon after he started attending Cochise, puberty began to end and Matt's acne began clearing up, something that had left him with a new found sense of confidence. Matt quickly began to realize that his personality wouldn't help him find any friends. He began trying to change his personality, toning down the abrasiveness and sarcasm the best he could. Though not as irritating as he once was, Matt is still much like the person he was in middle school: abrasive and sarcastic, just not to the same extent. Usually, he stays decently reserved and cautious when dealing with other people, at least until they give him a reason to start acting abrasive.

Shortly after starting high school, Matt became interested in tabletop games, mainly Dungeons & Dragons and its derivative games, like Pathfinder. The escapism aspect of tabletop gaming is what attracted Matt to it. Matt's determined nature lead to him playing more optimized characters, ones that tended to be as optimized as he could make them or as much as the GM would allow. This, combined with his abrasiveness, makes him a difficult person to play with at times; roleplaying takes the backseat to winning, an attitude that has gotten him kicked out of groups in the past. While aware that his style of playing could lead to strife, he feels as if not doing it would make his character - and thus, himself - less useful. Matt is currently in a group, though he often finds himself arguing with others, mostly about in-game things like loot and the usefulness of others.

Matt does well in school, at least academically. Due to his sheer dedication to studying and his natural intelligence, Matt is almost a straight A student, finding trouble with few subjects other than French, a subject he has little enthusiasm for. Compounded with the trouble he has with conjugations and simply learning a new language, Matt's grade in French is a B, something that disappoints him greatly. Other than that, he particularly excels in history, finding it the most interesting due to the way history seems to tell a story. Outside of school, Matt studies history - European history in particular, mostly due to the readily available resources and his own personal interest in it. Matt has little enthusiasm for most subjects other than history, not finding the majority of them hard, except for French.

Socially, Matt has few people that he himself would call his friends, not feeling very close to many of the people he knows. He gets along best with people like him who share his heavily sarcastic sense of humor. He feels this way mainly because he doesn't feel like he spends much time with them. Recently, he's been trying to change this. Over the years, Matt has made a few enemies - really just people who hold a mild dislike of him - due to his attitude. They come from all different backgrounds, mostly just being people Matt has gotten into arguments with or insulted. Matt is heterosexual and still a virgin, something that frustrates him.

Matt's relationship with his father started to become strained around the start of high school. They often come into conflict over varying topics, usually religion or politics. Ahmad is a Muslim and a right leaning Republican, whereas his mother is more of a moderate, professing agnosticism. Matt feels as though his father is intentionally trying to start arguments with him, but it's the opposite: Matt is usually the one to bring up politics and religion. His relationship with his mother is slightly better, although distant due to the hours she works.

Matt despises sports. Never having been particularly athletic as a child, Matt's lukewarm attitude towards sports and most kinds of physical activity has shifted to an open dislike of them. Matt often asserts that he doesn't like sports and has little understanding of them beyond the basic rules. Physically weak, Matt has made few attempts to fix this or become stronger. At this point in his life, Matt has mostly just come to accept that he's not very strong - his mother thinks quite little of Matt's poor physical strength, though she does push him slightly if only so he could do better in PE. Ahmad is a touch more concerned, often telling him that he should at least try to be more athletic - having mostly accepted that this is who he is combined with his general disrespect for his father, Matt does little to follow his father's advice. Matt's general lack of athleticism has led to him doing poorly in gym, lowering his GPA, driving him to despise sports and physical activity even more.

After graduating, Matt plans to go to college. He has applied to several colleges and has been accepted and plans on going to Arizona State University to get a bachelor's degree in biology before applying to a dental school.

Advantages: Matt is a decently intelligent person, having a good amount of natural intelligence. On top of that, he's very determined, never giving up on something he sets his mind to. Matt is also a generally cautious person, not rushing into things headfirst.
Disadvantages: He's physically weak and has a quite abrasive personality, which isn't considered a good trait by many people. Due to his abrasive personality, Matt may have made some enemies in the past.

Designated Number: Male student No. 024

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Designated Weapon: Selfie Stick
Conclusion: Even if your weapon is weak, your mind is strong. Use it well and you might just make it out alive. Do be nice, though. Don't make any enemies you don't have to. - Boris Petrikov


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B023 - Van Dyke, Darius[/DECEASED]
Name: Darius Van Dyke
Gender: Male
Age: 18
Grade: 12
School: Cochise High School
Hobbies and Interests: Gardens, anime, sketching, pranks, gaming

Appearance: The 5'2" tall Darius weighs 139 pounds. Darius has a small build and appears to be overweight, due to having a bigger torso. He has a dyed green streak above his right eye on the top of his short, brown, frizzy hair. Darius' face is round and full. His complexion is light olive, due to being quarter-Argentinian. His nose is big, and above his hazel eyes, which are often squinty, are thick brown eyebrows. His teeth are yellow and his lips are full. While a goatee would appear around his lips and on the chin, he is clean shaven.

Darius usually wears green hoodies along with blue or black jeans. On the day of abduction he wore a dark-blue coat with a fur hood. Underneath it he wore a green t-shirt. He also wore black jeans along with white-blue sneakers.

Biography: Darius Van Dyke was born in 1997 to Dustin and Pina Floyd in Kingman, Arizona. Dustin worked as an IT technician, while Pina was a store clerk. Darius especially had a good relationship with his mother, as the Van Dykes owned a garden. When Darius was young, he often played outside at that garden. Often, his mother helped him with gardening and taught him what to do in case he did need help in gardening, though most of the time he tried to take care of the flowers without the help of his mother. When Darius grew older and was about 7 years old, he also helped his mother at gardening, like at cutting the grass, which is something he enjoyed, as he felt proud of being able to fulfill these tasks. Their garden was also a nice place to barbecue and when friends came to their house, they often went there.

Thus he had a deeper bond with his mother and continues to garden in his free time. While he now doesn't always have time for gardening, he usually helps his mother at taking care of the garden every weekend. He enjoys gardening and is proud of what he has created.

Darius had his first experience with computers at an early age. His father used to play games on the computer and Darius also then began to play games there, for example, solitaire or puzzle games. While he grew up, he continued to play more games: at first free flash games, but then he also bought games he wanted to play, not only on his computer, but also on consoles. His first games he completed were Super Mario Brothers 3 and Pokemon Ruby, which were games his father gave him as a present on his eighth birthday. While he isn't a fan of platformers anymore and prefers to play shooters or strategy games, he continued with his habit of completing games, often using the internet for walkthroughs when he was stuck. He also continued playing roleplaying games as well, particularly the Pokemon games, which were addictive to him, but also bigger roleplaying games with more story, like one of his favourite games, Skyrim. At first he liked video games as they were a fun way of passing time. He also liked to show his skills of playing the game to his friends and compete with others. But after having played more video games, he was more and more amazed at the plots that the games had, some which made Darius think about specific subjects more often.

During kindergarten as well as in elementary school, Darius tried to act like a class clown, which brought him attention. He liked it when he could make his friends laugh, which is why he often liked to kid around during class or outside of class.

This however changed when he accidently half-blinded Astrid Tate when they were in elementary school. During recess, Darius and some other kids threw paper pellets at each other via elastic bands. After Astrid was hit in the eye, it had consequences for him. He felt guilty for having hurt Astrid. After his teachers contacted his parents about the accident, they were shocked and the Van Dykes had a lengthy discussion at home, resulting into Darius getting a sanction via a 2 month grounding. At school Darius felt guilty for that and around the teachers he tried to act better, feeling observed and judged by them. All pupils who participated in the game with paper pellets also received a lecture by an elementary school teacher, elastic bands were banned on the playground and the teachers observed the kids better so that it could not happen again. As Darius felt guilty for having half-blinded Astrid, he apologised to her. But Astrid hated him, so he tried to avoid her in the future, feeling uncomfortable around her. The Tates and the Van Dykes had a discussion with the result of no sueing to occur.

As he was scared because of the permanent damage he had done, he changed for the better. He concentrated more on class and didn't want to fool around in class anymore. He continued to joke around, but rather outside of class. He's also now against violence and just jokes around with words.

He had a good relationship with his cousin Brady, who dyed his hair when he was 15. Around the same time he was introduced to more gaming and anime by him. With his classmates, he played multiplayer games. When he got Steam and Skype, he invested much of his free time to play games. However, he tried to not play too much, never neglecting other important things. For example when he had to learn for an exam, he focussed on learning instead of getting distracted. He also liked to watch anime of all genres. Two of his favourite series are Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and Cowboy Bebop.

As he was interested in anime and liked the art, he even attempted to sketch in his free time, when he was bored. In breaks, he had a college block with many drawings with him. In these he often draws anime characters he liked, video game characters he wanted to draw or something random that comes into his mind. He doesn't sketch during class, though, as he wants to concentrate on the subjects in school.

His mother disliked how he spent more time inside on the computer than outside, like she does. But as Darius still liked gardening and helped her out every weekend, she still spends an amount of time with him, although there are just few subjects they talk about that both are interested in. In contrast, Darius and his father talk more often.

When talking to other people, Darius often tries to impress them by making them laugh. Since Elementary he liked to tell jokes, often ones he had heard from friends, but from time he also could think of his own ones, so he liked it that when he had something witty or funny in mind, he could add it as a comment to others. His father also likes to laugh and is humorous as well. They get along well and are open to each other, often laughing about stuff or ranting about stuff together.

He isn't serious all the time and loves being sarcastic and over exaggerating, which can be interpreted as loudmouthed or rude sometimes by his classmates, like when he brags about his grades or makes fun of other people. This lead to him not being a popular guy to hang out with. Still, he had good friends he hangs out with. His use of humour depends on the situation he currently is in, as he hates it if his jokes are ruined by them being too inappropriate. For example, when younger kids are around, he avoids joking about some subjects. To strangers or people he doesn't want to leave a bad impression on, he also tends to not joke too much around, but rather tries to be friendly, though he loves to mock other people he dislikes with jokes. Their annoyance can even be entertaining in some cases. Often he can also be brutally honest with humourous undertones to people he dislikes, which make some of the students consider him as unfriendly or a jerk. He prefers that to pretending to be nice and lie at others, which is why he thinks that he is cool and a rebel by doing that. With friends he likes to joke around, mostly with insider jokes, or mock games or other people, sometimes even the friends themselves. To make them laugh, he also sometimes makes jokes at other's expenses.

When Isaac Brea pranked him, he wanted to seek revenge. This lead to Darius researching what pranks he could pull off. Upon stumbling on some funny pranks on Youtube, he also continued to watch prank videos. Youtubers he liked were Remi Gaillard, Vitalyd and among his personal favourites are whatever and Tom Mabe. He also did some small pranks in Kingman with friends and sometimes filmed it, but pays attention about what to do as he does not want to hurt anyone physically or break any laws. At first Darius and Isaac could not stand one another and sometimes pranked each other. But they soon developed into friends who rival each other, so when they got along, they also did pranks together.

He likes to surf on the internet, but on the internet he's ruder than in real life. He sometimes trolls on the internet and he can be more daring to joke around and his jokes have no limits there. Anonymity encourages him to dare to be more offensive, which is why he had multiple account names as well.

He has started a channel on YouTube as well, where he does Let's Plays and does anime reviews as well, though he also likes to rant about stuff, generally about games, anime or what comes into his mind. He also planned to do pranks or social experiments in the future and has a lot of ideas for original or good pranks, but worries about the legal trouble he could get when uploading prank videos. He also is not well equipped enough for the videos to have a good video quality so that it would be worth uploading on YouTube for it to become viral.

As he takes school very seriously, it led to him getting good grades, getting As or Bs in classes. He stopped joking around during lessons and concentrates and acts well in class. Therefore he understands the concepts that are taught to him. Just outside of the classrooms or during the breaks he likes to fool around. He also doesn't mess with teachers or authorities to avoid conflicts with them.

He had no special subject he's particularly interested, thinking the time outside of class to be much more exciting than the one spent inside class, except maybe computer science, where he can learn more about programming. A subject where he is not as good as in the others and acts more silly there as well is PE, as they did physical activities instead of learning. Due to his good grades he gets, he is proud of them and that gives him the motivation to become better.

He aspires to become a successful Let's Player or Youtuber to live off the money and it's a dream of his, but he realises that this would be improbable. So he wants to start an apprenticeship at an IT company, as computers have interested him since an early age. He thinks it would be good for him to learn more about them and work with them in the future.

Due to surfing through the internet he also discovered an SOTF shock site, where he saw footage. He was disgusted and did not want to visit links he doesn't think are safe.

Advantages: Darius is smart and determined. His prankings show that he can also be a creative person, whose thinking outside of the box could help him on the island.
Disadvantages: Darius is pretty honest. He might get in trouble with other people, because he says his opinion out loud. He also has made a good amount of enemies, which may hinder his classmates to trust him. He also is not in a good shape.

Designated Number: Male student No. 023

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Designated Weapon: Chisel
Conclusion: Determination is your greatest asset on the island. Keep it and you might be able to carve out a name for yourself. - Boris Petrikov

G020 - Saraki, Kiziah[/DECEASED]
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Name: Kiziah “Kizi” Saraki
Gender: Female
Age: 18
Grade: Senior
School: Cochise High School
Hobbies and Interests: Linguistics, languages, mathematics, charity, human rights

Appearance: Kiziah at 5’8” is fairly tall, with her legs being particularly long. Her height is complemented by her posture: she stands tall, back straight, with open and welcoming body language. She weighs one hundred and thirty-six pounds, the weight distributed fairly evenly across her body into a lean build, the only exceptions being her curved hips and broad thighs. She has black skin.

Kiziah has a heart-shaped face, with delicate and welcoming features, a smile almost always on her small mouth. Her hair is jet-black in colour and slightly wispy in texture, neatly combed down and tidily pulled into a short ponytail at the back, with a thin but noticeably long widow’s peak. Her ears are quite small and barely stick out, but due to her hairstyle, they remain visible. Her relatively small nose has a slightly turned-up shape at the tip and a narrow bridge. She has wide deep-set brown eyes that often carry a surprised or startled look, even when in her resting neutral expression.

In terms of clothing, Kiziah tends not to place too much thought into what she wears, generally going for anything comfortable, practical, and socially appropriate. Her wardrobe does contain a large amount of denim and leather, two fashion preferences she does try and accommodate. She aims for subtlety and understatedness with makeup, typically using only eyeliner, mascara, and foundation. Sometimes, she will add some rouge and red lipstick, but rarely more than that. The only jewellery she wears is a modest cross necklace, a gift from her mother.

Biography: Kiziah was born on the 9th of December, in 1996, to a middle class Yoruba family. She was born in the city of Ilorin, and has one older sister, Lisha, born in 1995, and a younger brother, Olabode, born in 1998. Her parents also had a first child in 1993, a boy named Osaze, who was born two months prematurely and died after three days from infant respiratory distress syndrome, a tragedy that inspired strong protective streaks in both parents. Her father Abidemi was an economist for the local authority, her mother Simisola a tax assessor. Neither job was exactly flashy or opulent, but they were not insignificant postings, giving them considerable influence in one of the larger local government offices. Both were largely self-made in enjoying the comforts they did, with Simisola in particular coming from a background of poverty and instability. Both viewed their comfortable lifestyles, when so many of their peers remained at the bottom of the ladder, as down to luck more than anything, and sought to ensure their offspring had more secure livelihoods. They were both in their late twenties when their children were born, with Abidemi being 29 and Simisola being 27 on the day Kiziah was born.

The Sarakis tried giving their children every concrete advantage they could in life, with much of their disposable income, even to this day, going on items such as educational toys and the like. Even their daughters’ names, not traditional Yoruba names, were inspired by the spouses of successful administrators, acquaintances they wanted to please, from larger and wealthier regions such as Lagos - a trend Simisola was able to abandon upon arriving in America, with Olabode being a traditional Yoruba name. Largely as a result of fears from Osaze's death and an acute awareness of the horror stories that could befall young children, they were very safety-conscious parents, particularly Simisola. They consciously tried not to be smothering or overprotective, but erred sometimes excessively on the side of caution. Due to the hardships they faced, Simisola’s overprotective streak only increased with time. Kiziah was almost never allowed to play on the street or play in the dirt without strict supervision and was not allowed to even walk to the shops until she was about fifteen. Kiziah would sometimes disobey her mother in this regard, her play stepping beyond the approved bounds, but she never flagrantly stepped over these boundaries, accepting most of them as sensible.

The Saraki family started during a tumultuous time in Nigeria. On the one hand, the relatively young Abacha regime saw increased economic prosperity for families like the Sarakis. On the other hand, said regime was cruel and draconian, and the shadow of oppression and tales of greater atrocities were abundant. As a largely apolitical couple who was rarely directly confronted with the brutality of the regime, they were able to maintain distance. However, their jobs often saw them confronted with the gross corruption that also defined the Abacha government. The Sarakis were not corrupt, but they were not indispensable either, and knew to keep their heads down. They were bureaucrats in a minor administrative office, miles away from the epicentre of any turmoil within Nigeria. Just as they were rarely confronted by the worst horrors of the time or put on the spot by any serious moral dilemmas, they were not greeted with any major opportunities to either partake in or expose corruption.

Things were, at first glance, seemingly looking up for Nigeria in 1996, with hints of a democratic transition. The Sarakis were perhaps too optimistic about these developments, taking them at face value, and let their guards down slightly. Nigeria remained oppressive, and ultimately most moves towards democratisation were token displays. It was Simisola who accidentally crossed an invisible line first, in August 1997. In her duties assessing tax liabilities, what she thought was a standard case investigating a local businessman spiralled out of control when the businessman called on powerful political allies within the state and local governments. Soon internal investigations were mounting against both Saraki parents, accusing them of various acts of corruption and negligence in their duties. Several family friends were arrested, and within three days of the campaign against them commencing, they fled their home.

They were split up, Simisola with the daughters, Abidemi travelling with his brother Bamidele. Both parties were headed towards the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Representative in Cotonou, in neighbouring Benin. Simisola arrived first, and spent several weeks moving from shelter to shelter, waiting for her husband. Abidemi never arrived. To this day, Simisola has no idea what happened to either her husband or her brother-in-law.

The refugee application process was drawn-out, and fearful. Once again, the family heard of many horror stories that gave them reason to be concerned. Eventually, they mounted a successful application based on the politically-motivated persecution from the government. Initially, the plan was to resettle in Benin. This was the favoured option of the UNHCR administrators, would have given Simisola and her family a good position in life, and would have allowed easy return to Nigeria and, they hoped, easy reunification with Abidemi. Simisola began making plans to settle and get back on her own two feet.

That plan was not to last, however. The stress of the past few weeks and the loss of her beloved husband had coincided with a period of what was at first thought to be a minor illness for Simisola, leaving Simisola bedbound, and requiring constant care. Doctors quickly discovered that she was three months pregnant. The possibility of going through a potentially dangerous pregnancy without the support of Abidemi only served to stress Simisola out even more. Soon, the Saraki family were admitted as Priority One refugees into America for resettlement, another difficult and drawn-out bureaucratic process fraught with tension and uncertainty. But, eventually, Simisola was accepted. She met several of the criteria for resettlement as defined by the UNHCR: a woman-at-risk, recently a victim of persecution, in need of urgent medical care, for whom remaining in Benin was quickly losing any feasibility.

They were settled in Kingman, Arizona, with the help of the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, one of the refugee resettlement agencies working with the federal government. They were placed in the area because a distant cousin of Simisola’s, Tolulope Bankole, already lived in the local area. Despite having not seen each other since early childhood, Tolulope willingly agreed to provide her cousin and her children with support and help in adjusting to American life.

Olabode was born in the first week of 1998, two months prematurely. For a pregnancy that coincided with relatively long periods of sleepless nights, inadequate nutrition, and great stress, Simisola was relieved to see no major long-term complications that were apparent at first. There was considerable distress when it emerged Olabode suffered from moderate loss of hearing in one ear, but he was otherwise a healthy boy, and Simisola herself recovered from the difficult pregnancy quickly.

Simisola couldn’t rest though, and had to get a job to support her family. Tolulope was able to help with the initial round of rent payments and some childcare costs, but didn’t have the wealth needed to sustain them by herself. Within a week after Olabode’s birth, Simisola was on the job hunt. She had poor English abilities and very few marketable skills, her previous experience with Nigerian tax law being next-to-useless. She had to carry three part-time jobs initially, working as a dishwasher at a restaurant; a night shift worker at a local motel; and a cleaner at the local Amtrak station. She often brought her children with her to work to save on childcare costs and be there for at least some of their childhoods, but her children spent much of their time at Tolulope’s house. It was only when Kiziah was around 5 that Simisola was able to get enough security to get one full-time job, working at a local hardware store, where she has remained employed ever since, rising up to the ranks to her current position as one of the shift managers.

A year after admission, the family applied for, and received, Lawful Permanent Resident status. Only Olabode was a natural-born citizen, and Kiziah was 7 when Simisola, with help from Tolulope with regards to handling the paperwork and tests, finally became a citizen, her daughters becoming naturalised citizens too as a result. Kiziah has no memories of Nigeria, having never been to the country since leaving. Unlike her mother and her sister, for whom Yoruba was their first language and Nigeria their home, Kiziah speaks both English and Yoruba as first languages, and never experienced any real culture shock. Her mother experienced some, but was lucky to have an established and settled relative to help out.

Similarly, Kiziah cannot remember her father. At least at first, Simisola embellished his memory, describing him as a long-time outspoken political activist who had willingly given up his life so his family could escape. Over the years, starting when Kiziah was about 11, Simisola has slowly begun to admit the truth to her children, not wanting them to believe in an exaggerated vision of their father, feeling Abidemi was a great enough man to be remembered fondly without sharing mistruths. Simisola revealed facts such as how they posed little opposition to the Abacha regime until its final days, and how she still has no idea what fate befell her husband and brother-in-law, until her children had a more grounded vision of their father. While the truth is not quite as grandiose and Abidemi’s legacy is not as massive as Kiziah originally believed, she still holds nothing but respect and admiration for both her parents.

As Kiziah grew up, she fell into a traditional middle child role. Her sister Lisha was entrusted with responsibilities such as getting a part-time job, helping her mother with DIY projects, and disciplining her younger siblings. Even though Kiziah is more reliable and obedient than the bullheaded and boisterous Lisha, Lisha received such responsibilities due to a mixture of her age and her more practical personality. Meanwhile, Olabode was not only the baby of the family, but required substantial focus due to his hearing difficulties.

Kiziah has settled into this stereotypical status as middle child happily, with no resentment, no feeling of being ignored, or the like, and has no qualms about being left with the boring chores or not receiving the most attention. If anything, she enjoys the relative lack of pressure and interference - her mother is still there for her when she needs her, and she never comes close to being neglectful, but she was never quite as mollycoddled and overprotected as either of her siblings, something she is quite happy with.

She enjoys good relationships with both of her siblings. While neither of her siblings attract much drama or cause many arguments and both have generally nice and accommodating personalities, Kiziah is very much the heart of the three Saraki children. Both her siblings would admit she is the kindest and most helpful out of the family, and while she is better-behaved than her boisterous and mischievous siblings, she is always up for a laugh even if she is rarely the instigator.

The greatest personality difference regards humour. Kiziah has a very sweet and harmless sense of humour, and her siblings have slightly crueler, darker, and edgier comedic sensibilities, with irreverence and surrealism Kiziah couldn’t come close to matching. Her siblings frequently share private jokes about sensitive topics such as Olabode’s partial deafness, Christianity and Nigeria, as well as more general dark comedy material, jokes Kiziah herself would never dream of making. Kiziah’s character traits, such as gullibility and poor common sense, are frequently exploited by her siblings. They rarely go too far with their jokes or cross Kiziah’s own boundaries - she takes jokes at her own expense in her stride and is generally tolerant of jokes she herself wouldn’t make. She has a similar attitude to profanity. She rarely curses, but doesn’t mind being around those who do.

Kiziah is obedient and well-behaved, and has a good relationship with her mother. Simisola gets on well with all her children, but she views Kiziah as the most reliable and the one that can be trusted the most with independence, in part because of how well Kiziah has adapted to being a middle child. When she was 10, her mother started dating again, having been open to the idea of moving on and starting new relationships again for some time. When Kiziah was 13, Simisola entered into a relationship with a Greek-American mathematics teacher by the name of George Kritikos, and they have been together ever since. Whereas Lisha was initially resentful of George and Olabode was initially shy and retiring around him, Kiziah was always friendly towards him and supportive of her mother, and Simisola was grateful to her for that. George has since become part of the family, Lisha and Olabode having come around, and several months ago the couple announced their engagement.

Kiziah has been raised as a devout Christian by her mother, and to this day still sticks to that belief system. She uses her faith as a source of support and comfort during hardship, as an assisting hand in addressing difficult moral questions, and as a way of getting better involved in the community. While the Sarakis were Anglican in Nigeria and were all baptised in an Anglican church (with the obvious exception of Olabode), Simisola made the decision to convert to Lutheranism, largely out of gratitude for the assistance the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service provided her family.

To this day, the Sarakis remain part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Kiziah herself places particular importance in her faith. She goes to church every Sunday, tries to volunteer at local faith-based organisations whenever possible, and has several friends at her local church. Kiziah associates with the more socially liberal wings of the ELCA, and is happy she belongs to a church that allows both female and openly LGBT pastors. Her own faith is strong and unwavering, but she rejects those who use their faith as an excuse for intolerance or zealous dogmatism. Using faith as an excuse for intolerance, or stereotyping all religious people as intolerant, is one of the few ways to make her visibly angry.

Kiziah is generally well-liked by others, and does little to inspire negativity towards her. She is kind and friendly, tolerant of differences, and always supportive and caring to her friends, and never antagonises others or makes cruel or nasty comments. She has a generally positive and cheerful approach to life, and a forgiving and optimistic attitude to human nature. Even if she does dislike someone, she will not disregard them, and generally blames the conflicts that do arise around her on circumstance as opposed to being the fault of the individuals involved. It is very difficult to provoke Kiziah into visible anger, and she can normally keep such emotions in check.

Perhaps the personality trait Kiziah is best known for is her complete gullibility, and also her minimal common sense. She historically has had a habit of believing nearly every far-out story, illogical rumour and factual inaccuracy she’s told. Her siblings credit themselves with this discovery. When Kiziah was about five, and having several arguments with her older sister, throwaway comments made Kiziah temporarily believe she was both adopted and responsible for her brother’s hearing troubles.

Upon realising just how seriously Kiziah took these comments, Lisha immediately backtracked and apologised, and Kiziah’s family as a whole were always careful with both white lies and more extreme insults, even in the heat of an argument. Less cruel jokes are still common between them, with neither Lisha nor Olabode having any reservations about exploiting Kiziah’s gullibility for a cheap laugh. Their proudest moment was successfully convincing Kiziah “Semprini” is the worst profanity in English for a total of three years starting from when Kiziah was 13, one of the few times they’ve convinced Simisola to go along with their lies.

She is well aware of the over-trusting aspect of her personality, and has given up on trying to change it; her few conscious attempts in the past have resulted in either little change or her temporarily not believing anything, just as useless a filter. That is not to say she has remained as gullible as ever. As she has grown older and learnt to manage this character trait, the more extreme aspects of her original gullibility have largely faded. For example, she can no longer be easily convinced something she knows to be true, or a value or opinion she holds dear, is wrong and should be discarded, as happened in her preteens and early teens, when her political and religious views were changing almost every week and every new hoax and conspiracy theory hooked her in. As her intellectual confidence and assertiveness on her own opinions have solidified, the limits on her gullibility increased. She can no longer be hoodwinked with the most ridiculous statements.

However, she still remains gullible, albeit largely on small or unimportant stuff, a naivety that is mostly just fodder for jokes. On issues of importance, she is sceptical of surprising or unintuitive statements that she would have once believed, and now goes out of her way to check facts that she finds suspicious. She refuses to share what she considers interesting facts where even an inkling of doubt exists unless they are meticulously double- and triple-checked, and does not engage in gossip out of fear of spreading a malicious lie or being deceived in a harmful way.

Kiziah also struggles to string together even the most basic or innocuous of lies. She struggles to keep her false stories straight, or suppress her tells. This honesty does not translate into brutal honesty, however. While she struggles to give false praise or cover negative opinions to her friends, she is able to deliver criticism in a kind and constructive way. Her honesty is never brutal or cruel. Sometimes she can be accidentally insensitive or blunt, as a result of her poor common sense clouding her social judgement, but never excessively so, and she is always apologetic.

While less gullible than she once was and her impressionability is largely exaggerated for comic effect, she is still frequently the butt of jokes. She accepts this, and it is a fact she mostly accepts and plays along with, often laughing at all but the cruelest jokes at the expense of her gullible streak. Her gullibility is accompanied by below-average common sense, and occasional gaps in what is seen as “common knowledge”, her intellect being more one of esoteric depth than width. These too are often exaggerated, and they too are all both acknowledged and considered fair game for humour by Kizi. In keeping with the rest of her personality, people constantly expect her to be clumsy as well, to make her an all-round klutz, but as she points out, this is indeed not the case.

However, many make the mistake of confusing Kiziah’s gullibility with stupidity, and that couldn’t be further from the truth. Kiziah is incredibly smart and knowledgeable when it comes to the subjects she’s passionate about, and routinely is one of the best students in the school when it comes to subjects like linguistics or maths. On most subjects, she is an above-average student, with promising but not amazing grades, but with languages and mathematics she really comes into her own.

Kiziah has always been bilingual, speaking both English and Yoruba from an early age. While she shares this with the rest of her family, she also has a natural knack for picking up languages, understanding new grammatical rules, and memorising vocabulary with comparatively little effort. She would not describe herself as a polyglot, and gaining proficiency in a language still requires considerable effort, but languages are definitely her strong suit. She noticed this relative ease from an early age, as did her teachers, and has been actively trying to maintain that skill.

Her Yoruba is rusty and derived entirely from her mother, and Kiziah has never had the chance to try it out with a native Yoruba speaker outside of her family. Due to having studied both languages in school, supplemented by extracurricular learning, she can proficiently speak both French and Spanish. She has very basic knowledge of several other languages, being able to fulfil basic travelling needs or understand elementary phrases, and this is largely without any conscious or active effort on her part. After graduation, she wants to expand on her skills with all of these languages.

Her interest goes beyond just the languages themselves, and into the underlying mechanics of linguistics, in which she self-admittedly enters nerdy territory. She is interested in virtually all of the branches of linguistics as a discipline - language is how ideas are conveyed, how culture is developed, how humanity progresses, and Kiziah finds it such a fascinating field for those reasons. Her particular area of interest is the descriptive area of linguistics, the objective analysis of how language is actually used. In particular, she enjoys etymology and historical linguistics, being incredibly interested in how words and dialects have evolved over time. She also enjoys phonetics, with its real-world applications and how it explains such fundamental questions such as how we speak in the first place.

Being largely involved in the descriptive linguistic tradition, Kiziah tries not to let her subjective opinions on language get in the way, as a matter of principle. She refuses to answer questions such as what her favourite language is, for example. When there are academic debates within linguistics that grab her attention, she tends to avoid taking a side, preferring to be open-minded, viewing herself as currently lacking the detailed knowledge necessary to come down on one side or the other.

There are a couple of exceptions. She views attempts to regulate language almost always negatively, a view inspired both by her view language should be left to evolve naturally and by reading George Orwell’s 1984, that gave her an acute awareness of how restrictive a regulated language could be. As such, unless meaning is obscured, she has a very relaxed attitude to grammatical errors. Secondly, while she thinks nothing can be done about it now, she hates the idea of grammatical gender, rejecting it as pointless and arbitrary, with the exception of personal pronouns. While she has not yet started on such a project, she has somewhat lofty ambitions of one day creating a constructed language, and hopes to study both Esperanto, as the archetypal conlang, and languages that use an animate-inanimate noun distribution in place of grammatical gender.

Her interest in mathematics is not as deep as her love for languages. She has no intention of studying it in university or beyond, she lacks the natural skill and curiosity in it, and it was largely an interest that started in the classroom. However, over the past few years she has come to view mathematics in a similar vein as she does languages - it helps explain everything else that follows. As such, she has developed an appreciation for the field, especially the paradoxes, puzzles, and mysteries. She has read several books detailing interesting aspects of mathematics in an accessible manner, including a few that explore maths within popular culture. A shared interest in maths was, in fact, one of the first things where she bonded with her mother’s new boyfriend, George, when he first started dating her mother.

While she is incredibly nerdy and keen about both of these subjects, and she is willing to indulge any willing listener with lengthy explanations or trivia at any moment, she is well aware that not everyone else is as fascinated by these fields as she is. She rarely talks about them in social settings, unless prompted. She does not use them as crutches for conversation, and can happily listen to people talk about their interests, even if she herself has little to say. For example, she is little more than a casual TV watcher and her music tastes are very superficial and fleeting, but she will contentedly listen to someone extol the virtues of their favourite bands or shows at length.

Party politics does not interest Kiziah one iota, and she does not concern herself with the intricacies of most economic and legal debates. She views civil participation as important, but will concede, perhaps too modestly, that she is far from being an informed voter. She does not define herself as an activist, or associated with any particular political ideology. Generally she finds most modern political discourse as far too divisive and cynical for her tastes. She knows very little about economic issues, but her general social liberalism means she tends to be more sympathetic towards Democrats when she does take a stance.

However, she maintains an interest in human rights. She has little to say on its philosophical underpinnings, which she has spent barely any time on, being completely uninterested in the history of the concept or the ethical debates around it. Instead, she is interested in the real-world implications. In part inspired by her family’s history but also by proactively following the news when it comes to various violations committed throughout the world, she views human rights activism as a very noble cause. She follows human rights news, is a card-carrying member of Amnesty International, has donated to and joined the mailing lists of groups such as Human Rights Watch and Oxfam America, and is particularly concerned about refugee issues. The current situation in Nigeria, especially involving Boko Haram, is especially important to her.

Charity and human rights activism remain two important things for Kiziah. She frequently donates to charity, sometimes on an impulse, and wants to do some volunteering in the local area after graduation. Her long-time career plan is to study linguistics at undergraduate level at the very least, and then get a job as a translator for a charity - perhaps the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services. She largely keeps these aspirations and interests to herself, out of a desire not to appear pretentious, boastful, or preachy.

Advantages: Kiziah’s friendly and well-liked by her peers, and has never acquired an enemy or anyone who would have particularly strong reason to dislike her. She is well-aware of her flaws, especially her gullibility. She is difficult to anger.
Disadvantages: Kiziah’s personality is the exact opposite of what SOTF would require: she’s kind, and caring, book-smart but lacking in common sense, sees the best in people, and struggles to spot a lie or a trick, being next-to-unable of concocting her own lies. Her personality makes her friends at school, and has not made her any enemies, but would leave her very vulnerable in an environment such as SOTF.

Designated Number: Female student No. 020

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Designated Weapon: Ithaca 37
Conclusion: That shotgun should be more than enough protection to keep you alive. Make sure to acknowledge what you need to do in order to make it out- know that you have the strength to do what's necessary. - Boris Petrikov


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B014 - Spencer, Henry[/DECEASED]
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Name: Henry Spencer
Gender: Male
Age: 17
Grade: 11th
School: Cochise High School
Hobbies and Interests: Cryptozoology, conspiracies, horror movies, games and novels, trivia, fishing

Appearance: Henry is of average height, roughly 5’8”, and is only 132 lbs. Henry is slender and lithe; he has a fast metabolism, keeping him thin, but is only of average fitness. Henry is naturally fair-skinned, and tends to burn easily in long periods of sunlight; his face is marked by a number of freckles across his nose. His hair is naturally brown, but for several years now he’s been dyeing it black. It is very straight and fine, and worn with emo bangs, being short in the back and with long bangs swept over his right eye. Henry’s eyes are large, round, and dark blue. His features are mostly unremarkable; a somewhat upturned but small nose, thick eyebrows, thin lips and a round face. He is by no means ugly, but isn’t especially handsome either. Aside from his unique style, he would not stand out much. Henry’s hygiene is usually good, though occasionally he neglects it; his teeth are fairly white, his hair is usually washed, and he is clean-shaven.

Aside from his hairstyle, Henry has a few other specific stylistic choices that are somewhat eye-catching. He often wears a small amount of black eyeshadow, more because he likes the aesthetic than to make a statement. He also has a gold stud in his left earlobe. Henry usually wears black; he simply appreciates it from an aesthetic standpoint. He also occasionally dresses more eclectically, wearing a blend of different colors and styles. Overall, Henry favors t-shirts, jeans and once in a while will wear polo shirts. Henry favors a particular black leather jacket, and wears it regardless of the weather. When abducted, Henry was wearing this jacket over a white undershirt, black jeans, and red converse.

Biography: Henry’s father Derek and his mom Carol, an artist and a dental assistant respectively, grew up together in Kingman, and were even high school sweethearts. The two had only been married a year when Carol learned she was pregnant. Initially, the young couple was ecstatic. However, their excitement was extinguished when Carol learned she had developed preeclampsia midway through the pregnancy. Not wanting to lose the baby, Carol opted to continue the pregnancy until her son was ready to be born.

Tragically, shortly after Henry’s otherwise healthy birth, Carol passed away as a result of complications from her condition. Derek took it hard; a somewhat demure and shy man, he became even more withdrawn. He cared deeply for his son, and worked hard to raise him well despite financial struggles, but it took him years to really recover. Derek was estranged from his family, and while Carol’s parents helped care for Henry when he was an infant, they eventually moved to Florida to retire. Thus, Henry was mostly raised alone, as most friends of the couple gradually spent less time with Derek due to his shy nature; most of them were more Carol's friends, and didn't like Derek as much.

When Henry started school, it was immediately apparent he was somewhat odd. His conversations with other children were largely long strings of babbled information, and while never intentionally mean he tended to be blunt, which often upset the other children. While his father was contacted as his behavior became disruptive to classes, often blurting out answers to the detriment of other students, nothing really changed, as Derek was still struggling with the loss of his wife. His teachers responded to his behavior with various methods, but Henry had trouble adapting to their requests.

As such, Henry as a child was often labeled problematic, as while unfailingly cheerful and friendly, had little grasp of tact or social etiquette, going on long tangents and spouting large amounts of trivia. At the request of the school and with Derek's agreement, he eventually received several psychological evaluations at age 9 to determine if perhaps he was on the autism spectrum, which did indeed identified him as having Asperger Syndrome. Henry took this revelation well, as did his father. He was placed on an IEP program, allowing him some extra attention and care towards his needs and helping him restrain himself in classes.

Henry’s favorite pastime has always been learning trivia. When he was little he’d tell people about some interesting tidbit he’d read about with great enthusiasm. As he grew older, his pursuits expanded, but his love remained, as did his fondness for sharing facts. He likes to learn; even when he was little, Henry was fascinated with the strange things about the world; unsolved mysteries, unknowns. Henry’s personal favorite subjects of trivia are usually unusual historical events, dinosaurs and other natural phenomenon.

Around the age of 10, this love of the strange and mysterious led him to cryptozoology. The idea of cryptids, strange unknown animals people could not determine the validity of, appealed immediately to Henry. He became enthralled with cryptid-based TV shows like “Lost Tapes” and spent much of his time reading about them on the internet. Henry doesn’t necessarily believe in cryptids; he just likes to imagine that they might exist, and finds study and theories about them compelling. He is most interested in aquatic cryptids like Champ and the Ogopogo, believing them to be most plausible. He follows magazines such as the "Journal of Cryptozoology" and owns numerous books on the subject.

While researching cryptids one day when Henry was 12, he became interested in the idea of conspiracies and delved into some online theories. He found the ideas people thought of as explanations to be fascinating, from entertainingly bad to uncannily plausible. Again, he doesn’t necessarily believe in such theories, but he is interested in looking them up and reading about them online or in books. He favors ideas about less famous events, preferring to read a theory about something obscure to a more famous event like the moon landing, for instance. Henry personally has some distaste for SOTF theories, and generally follows forums and message boards about theories regarding aliens or secret conspiracies.

Studying conspiracies, in turn, led to Henry’s interest in horror at age 14. While not easily frightened, he does enjoy the thrill he gets watching movies about supernatural terrors. He especially enjoys “found footage” because it comes across as the most realistic to him. His real favorite horror media, though, is novels. He finds reading them more appealing than watching them because they allow his imagination to control how scary it is. He likes the stories that novels tell better than more gore-focused movies as well. His favorite horror tends to be more psychological and supernatural-based rather than slasher films. Thus, Henry has particular fondness for Guillermo Del Toro, Stephen King and HP Lovecraft.

Recently, Henry has had a growing interest in horror games after being introduced by an online friend. He favors atmospheric PC games like "Amnesia" and "Slender" as well as the MMO "The Secret World". He loves the immersive, atmospheric nature of the games, since it raises the feeling of thrill in him, since of late he'd been feeling a bit less easily frightened by stories and movies.

Henry is quite odd. While he never means to cause harm, his lack of social awareness has limited his ability to really make friends, as many are turned away by his behaviors. Henry’s few friends are primarily those who can handle his idiosyncrasies and enjoy talking about his various fascinations with him. Henry has a small social group, but he cares deeply for his friends and is very trusting in them. In his younger years, Henry was periodically picked on for being weird, but he is resilient and doesn’t take insults to heart; attempts at bullying would be met with little response, which meant he was rarely targeted. Henry’s grades are good, as he is naturally intelligent and a good student, but he occasionally neglects homework and projects in favor of other pursuits, leading to slips. His favorite is science, especially when they delve into unusual trivia. Henry also enjoys history, as it is full of stories and events that interest him, but he dislikes English, finding it tedious, and math, finding it excessively rigid and uninteresting. His grades overall average around a B, occasionally slipping below.

Exhibiting many of the classical Asperger traits, Henry is an intelligent and empathetic boy with a distinct lack of social skills. Despite his compassionate nature, he has trouble recognizing how others will react to things and tends to assume people are interested in the same hobbies he has. His long-winded narratives and descriptions usually turn people off from interacting with him, which he has gradually become aware of and tried to manage more, with mixed success. Henry is cheerful, however, and holds a very optimistic worldview, believing strongly in inherent goodness of people. His romantic status has been effectively nonexistent, as few people express interest in him. Henry has self-identified as asexual since he was 14, preferring the loving and romantic aspects of relationships to more sexual exploits, though he has no real experience with either.

Henry and his father share a close relationship. Both are very concerned with the other’s happiness, being that they live relatively closed-off lives due to Derek’s introversion and lack of family connections, and take time to talk whenever possible. While Henry was often quite lonely in childhood, his outgoing nature means he rarely wants for companions nowadays. Henry’s paternal grandparents are deceased, and while Derek’s brother Anthony lives in Kingman, he took little part in Henry’s upbringing and interactions between Anthony and Henry are usually incidental and awkward. Henry’s maternal grandparents send letters periodically, but Henry feels some resentment towards them for abandoning his father and contact is minimal.

One of their primary bonding times is when they go fishing; Henry and Derek have gone out on numerous fishing trips on weekends, with the frequency of these trips increasing of late. These expeditions are one of the few times when Henry will engage in conversations where he is more quiet than the other participant, as his father recollects many old stories from his life and about Henry’s mother. Henry enjoys the peace and quiet as a sharp contrast to the relative bustle of normal life.

Henry’s post-graduate plans are somewhat indistinct; his grades are good, but he isn’t really sure what he wants to study. He plans to attend a local community college and get a part-time job, but for now is more or less content to live his life as he always has.

Advantages: Henry has picked up the occasional bit and piece of information which could prove helpful, such as trying to fish if he had a body of water available. He is very loyal, most will recognize him as nonthreatening.
Disadvantages: His unusual hobbies and eccentric behavior often lends Henry a not-undeserved status as something of an oddball, and not one especially likeable, which makes him an unappealing ally to those who don’t know him well. His talkative personality may annoy people already on edge. Henry’s endless optimism may make him oblivious to dangers, and he is not much of a threat himself due to his compassionate nature.

Designated Number: Male student No. 014

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Designated Weapon: 8-foot Bullwhip
Conclusion: Keep that optimism you have, but don't let it control you. If you stay strong and use your knowledge you'll make it out okay. - Boris Petrikov


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Name: Michael Crowe
Gender: Male
Age: 18
Grade: 12
School: Cochise High School
Hobbies and Interests: Motorcycling, horror movies, mafia shows.

Appearance: Michael Crowe stands at around 5'7, weighing in at 168 pounds with a firm, but relaxed posture. He is somewhat muscular, but is a bit pudgy around his midsection. He has light brown hair, and with the help of cosmetic gels and sprays, it is styled in a mix of a 1980's-esque mullet and coiffure combo. His hair is styled up and towards the left, fringe ending just above his eyebrow and the sides curling upwards. He is Caucasian, with a somewhat tanned and sunburned complexion. He has grey-blue almond-shaped eyes, with a slight squint. His nose is somewhat small, curved upwards, dotted with a light brush of freckles. His eyebrows are angular, a little on the trimmed side, and his right brow has two scars from a childhood incident causing a lack of hair in two small lines along the outer edge of the brow. His lips are thick, wide and heart-shaped. The upper lip is larger than the lower one. He doesn't smile openly much because even though the teeth on his upper jaw are straight, the teeth on his lower jaw are extremely crooked and overlapping. He has a slight overbite. He has a somewhat triangular facial build, with high protruding cheekbones, and a medium length jawline, with a pointed chin. He grows a small amount of facial hair in the form of sideburns, a goatee and neck dusting that he frequently shaves. When he doesn't shave, it comes in patchy and undefined. He has rather clear skin with no acne.

He has a high-pitched voice and a speech impediment that makes him unable to say his Th's properly, so he speaks with a faux-Jersey accent to compensate.

His outfits change based on the seasons, but all have the same biker aesthetic. In the summer, he tends to wear darker colored Harley Davidson brand button up short sleeve shirts, open over brightly colored tank-tops or designer T-shirts. He typically wears loose-fitting blue or grey jeans, pre-faded, occasionally worn and cut around the knees with a leather two-prong belt holding them up. His shoes switch between brightly colored purple, green, and teal Jordans, or some worn grey, brown, and purple skate shoes if he doesn't want to get his Jordans dirty. In the winter, he trades his Harley Davidson shirts with his iconic leather bikers jacket, which has a patch on the back with a playing card spade, and a skeleton in a biker get-up tipping a top hat inside of said spade. Underneath his jacket he tends to wear plain white T-shirts, and for pants grey chinos with the legs slightly rolled up, giving him a greaser look. Outside of school he's seen wearing a wallet chain. On the day of abduction, he was wearing his biker jacket, with a teal and grey button up Hawaiian T-shirt underneath. He wore his grey jeans with holes torn at the knees with smaller worn holes around the thighs, his wallet and chain, a leather double pronged belt, and his gaudy neon Jordans.

Biography: Michael Crowe was born in November 10, 1996 to Mary and Joel Crowe at Cincinatti, Ohio. Joel Crowe was a Vietnam Air Force veteran, currently working as a truck driver for British Petroleum, his wife, Mary Crowe, was a bus driver, however since the move to Arizona, is no longer. Michael was born as an only child, but has a half-sister living in Ohio, and a half-brother who lives in Texas. Michael's dad was in his late fifties while his mother was in her late thirties by the time he was born. Michael was a happy infant, living a peaceful and healthy lifestyle, thanks to his family being well-off financially, however he caused a bit of trouble at the daycare he was at taking toys or food from the other kids nearby. He was frequently sent home early for his behavior. Around four years old, it was time for him to go to school, but his father's truck driving job ended up taking them to Kingston, Tennessee.

During his elementary school years, his dad retired, joining the Kerbela Shrine. They were able to live a good lifestyle, despite having a small home with a modest lifestyle. Michael made friends easily, inviting people over to his house commonly to play video games with him. Every weekend he would watch "The Sopranos" with his family, and on occasional nights, watch horror movies from the Sy-Fy channel. Michael's parents were worried at first about introducing him to violent movies, shows and games, but seeing as he was happy with it, as he had a good grasp in reality for his age, allowed him to watch it. Occasionally he'd get caught in class talking about some of the scenes. Teachers frequently called home worried about his behavior while his parents just considered it being a kid, as he had never shown any worrisome signs. His parents decided to limit him to only watching his shows and movies on the weekends, which after a while due to multiple re-runs, got Michael uninterested in it. Kingston Elementary started as an alright place, but once he made it to second grade, things took a downturn. While Michael made friends easily, he also made enemies just as quickly. His speech impediment grated on some of his peers, as well as the fact that he got into arguments often. Eventually peer pressure stepped in, and more people were upset with Michael, normally using his speech impediment to bother him. Because of this, Michael become more aggressive and started to become a bully himself, which caused him to get into trouble often, and a good amount of his friends left him.

Middle school is when another turning point in Kingston happened. Around the time kids were talking about more mature subjects, Michael had the rotten luck of mentioning why he'd rather not be with a girl, and that he'd prefer a boy. By everyone's reactions he realized his speech impediment would be the least of his worries. The dreaded "Faggot" became his new nickname and the bullying got significantly worse. Michael didn't understand why. Michael didn't see why was it a problem. While the school was aware of what happened, they found it easier to push it under the rug, rather than addressing the problem. It would have been better for them PR-wise not to have acknowledged bullying happened in the first place. Eventually the bullying got worse, and the one time Michael lashed out against a group of three in the hallway, they turned around and beat him. All involved were sent to an in school suspension program. When he came back, Michael expected it to stop because he fought back; it didn't. Michael started becoming antisocial, rarely leaving the house except to go to school, as his bullying progressed. His father decided to try and teach him how to better defend himself.

His dad took him to Tae Kwon Do classes, and signed him up for the wrestling team. Wrestling didn't interest Michael much, so he stopped a little after a few months. However, he continued with Tae Kwon Do until he was a blue belt. His father also taught him a few techniques that he learned as well, including various grapples.

Eventually on a school bus ride home, Michael got into yet another fight. He started off fine, but was caught in a corner, and his skills wouldn't help him there. Again Michael was angry and waited until the student turned his back and tried choking him out instead. That worked. This time, Michael was suspended, and banned from using the school buses. His parents punished him for trying to prolong the fight, while they were glad he tried to defend himself, they got onto him for getting himself into more trouble by running back into the fight afterwards, and made him promise that he wouldn't do it again. Michael got into less fights, and while people still picked on him, Michael decided to ignore it, doing his best to stay out of trouble. On a walk home after school, Michael was jumped by the student he choked's older brother. Michael lost. After a hospital check and a contusion later, his parents decided the best course of action was to move.

Around Summer break, Michael made it to Kingman, Arizona. Michael saw a new opportunity, so he decided to have a makeover. He cut his hair and spent some time on his voice. His speech impediment was a problem he needed to fix it somehow. An idea came up from all the various mobster movies he's watched. They pronounce words around the same way as him so all he'd have to do was emulate their accents and say he's from New Jersey. Michael wanted to detach himself as much as possible from Tennessee, and he went out of his way to make it seem like Kingston never existed, as a way to cope. So a haircut, new voice that hides his impediment well, no mentioning of liking boys, and he had got a fresh start. He had trouble getting to know people, and not many people spoke with him, so he decided to enhance himself more in the eyes of his peers. He made up a story about coming from New Jersey, talking about how great it looked, his non-existent friends ect. His story worked, and even until today, people think Mike's a Jersey boy. He was able to accomplish this by avoiding life talk at home with his friends, and keeping family conversations minimal with his friends. He eventually made his group of friends, and of course his group of enemies. People picked on Michael for various reasons, either being the new kid, or just simply being obnoxious, and Michael retaliated, fighting back whenever possible. After a while, Michael became a bully himself from it. Anyone he managed to beat, he'd hold it above their head to terrorize them himself. His reasoning was varied based on the person. Maybe he saw three kids picking on that person, and joined in in the rationalization he'd make three friends instead of one, maybe the person picked on him, but were weaker than him, or maybe, he just outright didn't like the victim.

At this point, Michael became desensitized to bullying, simply considering it a part of everyday life, both in receiving it and giving it. It was common for him to fight back against his bullies, even if he knew he would lose, or for the people he picked on to challenge him. He tried for the most part to keep the fights private, to avoid getting a teacher's attention and getting sent home. Sometimes it worked, other times it didn't. It was rather common for Michael to walk home covered in bruises from a bathroom fight right after school. While his parents were concerned, Michael told them not to worry due to the fact he can actually fight back now, and that he's still in a higher step up compared to Tennessee. He was legitimately happy in Arizona, the playing field was fair in his eyes. It wasn't him versus the world. While his parents were Ok with him fighting, they told him not to constantly get sent home, because while he's at school, he should keep that first of his priorities. As a result, Michael kept most of his fights private, either off campus or inside one of the many bathrooms, with the occasional spectator or two.He tried for the most part to keep the fights private, to avoid getting a teacher's attention and getting sent home. Sometimes it worked, other times it didn't. However during a fight in Junior year, where a teacher saw the crowd outside the bathroom door and decided to investigate, Michael and his opponent got suspended for over a week. Because of this, his parents decided enough was enough and made sure he would cut it out. He obliged. His father always taught him to work hard, and is constantly on him for his grade. Now the few fights he has are private fights after school with the trust of the two individuals not to snitch, no spectators this time. Because of these "private" fights, he would rarely get caught, however, there were two exceptions, both ending in a week's suspension.

Michael's grades weren't special, being mostly B's and C's with the occasional D in math, but his parents always pushed him to do better, now that he's stopped fighting as much. His grades improved, a few A's were dotted in a majority of B's, however, there were still a few C's, and his math continued to fluctuate between a D or a C, but he was working on it.

He pays attention, and learns, but eventually some old romantic thoughts from the back of his head came back about men. They were small, but Michael noticed them. They were short and Michael held them back, but eventually he couldn't do so anymore. As he went on the thoughts in the back of his head rationalized, and eventually the secret he was hiding all his life would have to come out. He was gay, and while he was afraid at first, he slowly came to terms with it. It was a gradual process, he denied it to himself, before getting angry and thinking something was wrong, before slowly coping with it. When he finally came to terms with it, he just realized he had no choice in the matter and took no blame in it. In the end he never saw it as a change, he had been the same as he always was. This realization helped him, combined with him leaving behind Kingston, that what was done was done, and there was no point in dwelling on it. Eventually he came out to his friends and anyone that would listen, but continues today to hide it from his parents due to their more conservative beliefs. It came as a surprise to the majority, but eventually it just became Michael. Despite his current hardships, and the hardships he faced as a child, he'd decide to move forward. For him, the past was through, and there was no point dwelling on it.

Michael's father was a motorcycle aficionado and eventually it would grow on Michael. Michael took a ride on his father's bike numerous times, learning how to use it, and eventually his dad took him to a driving class to get his license. On his sixteenth birthday Michael got his new bike in celebration of getting his license, the 2013 Harley XL883 Sportster, bright orange. A perfect starter bike. Eventually he got into the biker lifestyle, and taken his outfit from a combination of the 80's films he's watched, along with biker clothing. Michael is seen riding everywhere with his motorcycle, usually parked on the edge of the school parking lot for easy entrance and exit.

Michael's typically happy-go-lucky, with a slight amount of a fatalist view on things; whatever happens will happen. Michael has since grown up somewhat from his bullying phase, in that while he still picks on people, he's gone out of his way to tone it down, and on occasion, try to atone for it. While open about his sexuality, he doesn't mention it often, unless someone asks him about it. He likes to tell people about his tall tales from his non-existent stay in New Jersey, and at times, almost believes the stories himself. He also frequently makes jokes about various subjects, however he has a dark sense of humor, and a majority of his jokes are seen as rather offensive. He's again tried to compensate by warning people ahead of time, but sometimes it still doesn't work. Because of this, his peers opinions of him vary and there's not much of a neutral ground for Michael, people either think he's cool or despise him passionately. While he doesn't talk much openly or try to initiate conversations, once you get him talking he'll keep speaking until the end of time, another trait people may think annoying of him.

He dislikes when people consider him weak for his sexuality, or when people claim he's lying; he also has a distaste for people using him. If he thinks somebody is trying to get close just to use him for something, he'll detach and avoid that person like the plague, or pick on them relentlessly. People he dislikes tend to be the victim for some of his less than savory jokes, and at times he's downright spiteful. He likes his friends more than anything, keeping close ones around the level of his family.

He was always brought up to care for and respect your family, and it shows. While having trouble with paying attention to other people's authority, Michael immediately gives when it comes to his parents. He trusts his family and tells them mostly everything, however due to their more conservative beliefs, he still keeps his sexuality hidden. Despite that, Michael's relationship with his family is a good one. It's frequent for them to go on various outings throughout the month. Michael's family didn't like him getting into fights at Cochise, worried he might get himself hurt or kicked out of school. They never really cracked down on him however, due to the fact his father just considered it a thing kids do. His father always taught him to work hard, and is constantly on him for his grade. His father worked until he was in his early 60's to make sure his family had all the retirement funds and pensions they needed to live off of.

Michael had prefered to watch a good horror film or two when he got home, seeing as The Sopranos ended around 2007. He's recently gotten back into horror films around the 9th grade, watching many old-fashioned slasher films, and finds the blood and guts masked maniacs a good alternative to the old mafia shows of the late 90's early 2000s, and of course, better than the modern paranormal themed movies that Michael dislikes heavily. He started watching horror films after he finished watching the various mafia shows and movies through transition. He would then watch Tarantino films, and eventually the Grindhouse series, before switching over to horror films. He likes their similarities of a villain protagonist, large cast of characters, similar suspense mechanisms, and high quality soundtracks. Michael also gained a fond love of the 1980's during his middle school years, mainly due to the music and movies he's watched, which he incorporates into his clothing choice. At school he's rather moderate with decent grades in everything except math, which was always his weakest point. Michael's favorite classes are Film class and PE. He is unsure of what he wants to do after high school, but he's been leaning to video production thanks to his intricate knowledge of filmography, or failing that, following his father's footsteps and becoming a truck driver. Among his peers, he's known as a bit of a joker and a movie expert, along with an amazing impersonator of actors from mafia movies, his Joe Pesci Goodfellas impersonation is top-notch apparently.

Advantages: Due to his rough childhood, Michael has decent fighting skill and is capable of defending himself when needed. He's able to keep his cool even in stressful situations. He's a habitual liar, spending his entire life making up a completely different life than the one he actually had, rarely contradicting himself, and his frequent on the spot stories help him for on the spot lies.
Disadvantages: He overestimates his abilities, frequently biting off more than he can chew and getting himself into situations he wasn't prepared for. Despite being capable of holding his temper, he's still prone to outbursts. While rare, when he does lose his cool he explodes, leading him to make rash and not-so-bright decisions. Being considered weak, or people looking down on him because of his sexuality tends to set him off the fastest. He's also a mixed bag to his peers. While he's got a good group of friends and acquaintances, his bullying and joking tendencies have gotten on the bad side of others. His mouth also gets him into trouble he can't get himself out of. His reputation as a bully rubs people the wrong way and it could be hard for people to trust him.

Designated Number: Male student No. 011

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Designated Weapon: Felling Axe
Conclusion: A fighting spirit will help you survive on the island, but don't overestimate yourself. Stay strong, stay calm, and keep going. - Boris Petrikov


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The Sweetest Things
Penelope smiled as Samuel said yes to going to the dance, and slowly relaxed in his embrace.

Penelope closed her eyes and gently rubbed her head on Samuel's chest. She loved these moments that the two shared with each other. "Let's just stay here for now, yeah? We can talk dance plans... later." She said, quietly.

She opened her eyes briefly to look at the TV, the noise and warm glow emanating around the room. Despite looking at it, she couldn't make out what was being played or being said because it didn't matter what was actually playing on it at this point. All that mattered right now was the two of them, together and happy. Maybe she was just young and naive, but Penelope legitimately believed that she and Samuel were going to be together forever. She loved him, and he returned the favor. Despite that all they were planning to do is go to a dance that she thought was somewhat arbitrary, she started to think more about their future together. She rubbed her head on Samuel's chest again. She hoped that they would be the one lucky couple to be high school sweethearts and then wind up happily married. The odds were against them, but she believed.

Penelope wiggled her lips back and forth as she considered something else. She leaned over towards the edge of the couch and grabbed her bag. "Hey, Sam... I have an idea... if you're up for it..."

((Penelope Fitzgerald and Samuel Howard continued elsewhere...))

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Name: Taranis “Tara” Behzad
Gender: Female
Age: 18
Grade: 12
School: Cochise High School
Hobbies and Interests: Running, reading, writing, theater makeup, film, war and disaster accounts such as SotF

Appearance: Tara stands at 5 feet 5 inches and was 101.9 lbs at her last weigh-in. She is thin and wiry, with high cheekbones and neck-length black hair which is typically glossy thanks to careful conditioning. Her bangs are cut just above her browline. Her brown eyes are a little too big for her heart-shaped face, especially in comparison to her small, pointed nose. Her eyebrows grow quickly but she tends to keep them meticulously thin. Her jawline tapers down to a pointed chin. Her hips are narrow and her breasts are small. Her teeth are slightly crooked from inadequate dental care, since she has seen a dentist on average about once every two years throughout her life, but she keeps them very clean after a nasty cavity when she was six. Her lips are dark and full.

She favors long tight jeans to emphasize her muscular legs when it's cooler and breathable long skirts in bright colors when it's warmer. She consistently wears long-sleeved tops, particularly loose blouses in darker colors, because they're breathable and tend to conceal what few scars she has on her arms, the most prominent of which is a scar on the inside of her right wrist, just beneath her thumb. She generally wears sneakers and tends to use only a cursory amount of makeup unless it's a special occasion, usually sticking to foundation and eyeliner unless there's something she wants to emphasize or conceal. When wearing more revealing clothes, she does not try to hide the large scar on her right elbow, which is the result of a broken arm when she was 11.

There is a small scar on her forehead from a swingset accident when she was three years old, which is usually concealed by her bangs. Both her lobes are pierced, and she had the cartilage on her right ear pierced in two places as a present to herself on her 18th birthday. She favors simple studs for her lobes and a more ornate arrow-piercing for her cartilage. As an additional birthday present to herself, she got the words Nil opus est uotis iam fatum accersite ferro in manibus uestris quantus sit Caesar, habetis tattooed in script on her right shoulder blade over the following month. She has a benign mole the size of a dime on her left hip.

Biography: Tara is the product of the impulsive elopement of her parents, Alaine Cornelison and Kamal Behzad. Kamal, a first-year grad student and third-generation Arab-American, met Alaine, a college senior and Kingman native whose Irish ancestors had moved to New York in the middle of the 19th century, while Kamal was doing his Masters coursework in History at Arizona State University, teaching his professor's Pre-Christian European Religions course, in which Alaine was enrolled. She asked him out after handing in an essay on the syncretization of Jupiter with the Celtic God Taranis. They eloped two months later, and Alaine was pregnant two months after that. A mistake in the ultrasound convinced her parents that she was going to be a boy, who they gave the name Taranis. When she turned out to be a girl, they kept the name in honor of their first date, but called her Tara.

But whirlwind romance didn't long keep her parents happy. Kamal completed his Master's Coursework but could not afford to continue his studies with a child to take care of, and ended up getting a job as a history teacher at a private school in Phoenix while Alaine stayed home to take care of Tara.

Alaine had developed anorexia in high school as a result of body image issues largely stemming from her own mother's emotional abuse. She had overcome these issues thanks in part to the counseling services at her college, but left alone at home and unable to lose some of her pregnancy weight, her eating disorder made a resurgence. Prone to drinking already, she turned to alcohol more and more as a coping mechanism for her issues.

Kamal was by nature emotionally aloof, and instead of engaging his wife's problems he retreated more and more to his work. The only time they would touch on her issues was during explosive fights where Kamal would blame Alaine and Tara for keeping him from the academic life he'd wanted. Kamal eventually had an affair with a secretary at his school, and Alaine found out a few months afterwards. They divorced when Tara was 5, with Kamal giving up custody in part because the evidence of adultery gave Alaine's case more weight and in part so he could pursue his PHD and get his life back on track. He later married the secretary with whom he'd had the affair.

Trapped at home with an alcoholic mother, Tara learned destructive ways of coping and feeling in control. Her most prominent self-destructive habit became pulling out hair in moments of stress or anxiety. Her teacher noticed her doing this when Tara was 7 and suggested counseling, which her mother insisted she didn't need. She started to stringently punish Tara for her lack of self-control, withholding meals at home if she caught Tara pulling at her hair.

So Tara drew as little attention as possible to herself so as to avoid any further punishment. She made sure to get her homework done and tried not to get in any trouble at school. Her mother had difficulty holding down a steady job, instead working part-time and living off child-support and alimony from Kamal. She disdained any form of welfare as a sign of weakness, so Tara did not invite what few friends she had in Phoenix over to their impoverished house.

Tara learned to read around the time of her parents' divorce. Reading provided her a consistent escape from her circumstances and allowed her to be entertained without drawing more attention to herself. She turned into a voracious reader, consistently reading above her grade level throughout her life. At home, she would often sit in her room and read quietly, not wanting to draw her mother's ire. As a younger woman she favored fantasy and sci-fi, books that provided her a broad escape from her own circumstance. But even from a young age she couldn't stand any material that refused to grapple with heavy subject matter. The first novel she ever completed was an abridged version of Moby Dick at the age of 6, and some of her favorite works were the His Dark Materials trilogy when she was nine and the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant when she was thirteen.

However, in recent years her interests have pivoted to non-fiction, particularly disaster and war stories. Her advanced reading habits did get her recommended for gifted programs when she was younger, but she was still paranoid about any extra attention and didn't want to participate, and for once her mother's negative opinion worked in her favor; she didn't believe her daughter was gifted and acceded to her wish not to get tested. When they later moved to Pahrump, Tara had gotten better at not drawing attention to herself, and was able to avoid any further recommendations for the Gifted program.

When Tara was 9, however, Alaine finally sought some sort of help at the behest of a friend and began attending AA meetings. It was there she met Barney Collins, a software engineer with a history of depression who'd turned to alcohol as his own coping mechanism. They married when Tara was 10, and a little after Tara's 11th birthday they moved away from Phoenix when Barney got a job at a small software developer in Pahrump, NV.

Barney acted as a stabilizing influence for Alaine and gave Tara some much-needed emotional support. Barney had always been a shy but empathetic man who tended to avoid confrontation. He was gentle and patient with Tara, and helped her to come out of her defensive shell.

However, both Barney and Alaine stopped going to AA meetings shortly after moving to Pahrump. Just after Tara had gotten her cast removed shortly before her 12th birthday, Alaine fell off the wagon once again, and Barney soon followed, though he was able to retain his job and drank only after work. His drinking, however, made him a much less supportive influence in Tara's life, and he tended to not get involved when Alaine started acting emotionally abusive towards Tara, particularly as his depression made a resurgence and he failed to seek treatment for it.

Alaine never hit her daughter, but was constantly berating her for her appearance, her grades, and her projected lack of self-control. As Tara got older, Alaine's comments got more vicious, highlighting her physical flaws and raking her over the coals for every mistake. It was after one particularly vicious fight shortly before Tara's 13th birthday that Tara first cut herself with scissors, but she remembered her punishment when she was 7, and took great pains not to be noticed. She started with the hollow of her right wrist just beneath her thumb, since it was a hard place for anyone else to see clearly. It was as a result of these first cuts that she started using make-up. Her first attempts were clumsy, but over time she became adept enough with foundation and concealer to hide the worst of the cuts. She learned the basics of applying make-up from Alain in what would prove to be one of the few fond experiences with her mother, and quietly experimented with different ways of obscuring her cuts over the course of her life. She switched to her upper thighs when she started participating in athletics, since this area was much easier for her to conceal beneath her shorts, and tended to delay in the showers and changing rooms to make sure she wasn't noticed, always finding a locker near a wall she could face. Her early efforts in cutting would leave her with a scar below her thumb, which she would pass off as part of the same break that left a scar on her elbow when anyone asked.

Tara threw herself into school activities so as to stay away from home as much as possible, taking track and cross country as soon as they were available. She excelled in particular at the 400m dash, since it demanded the most from her in terms of both endurance and speed, and placed fairly high at State during her junior year at Cochise. She prefers cross country, however, since it demands the most from her in terms of endurance, and tries to run in the 5000m whenever possible.

It was when Tara first started running that she began to develop anorexia, forcing herself to run farther and farther on fewer calories, pushing herself to extremes so as to feel more in control of her circumstances. Tara's anorexia has very little to do with her body-image and a lot to do with ideas of self-control and discipline. It developed gradually, in part as a response to her always-chaotic home life and in part due to her mother's constant attacks. It gives her sense of control and of equilibrium, and serves as one more way to distinguish herself from her mother's legacy of failure.

She spends as many weekends as possible sleeping over with friends so as to avoid her troublesome home life. Her athletic activities gave her reason to keep her grades up; she has consistently hovered around a B average, with some dips due to troubles at home or peaks in specific subjects such as English and reading comprehension.

She convinced Barney to let her adopt a cat as her 13th birthday present. The cat in question, Bast, lives with her still, along with two of its kittens, Jaspers and Scamp. She doted heavily on all of them, buying them toys and saving her allowance to make sure they had food when either of her parents dropped the ball, and using them for comfort as her home situation deteriorated once again. The cats also proved convenient because they allowed her to have a valid excuse for her cuts and scratches. She has repeatedly used cat scratches as an excuse the few times the cuts on her thighs have been noticed.

It was shortly after her 13th birthday that she met Raynor Laroque, an aspiring filmmaker who lived a little more than a mile from her on the outskirts of Pahrump. Raynor was the child of a widower who worked long hours as a licensed pyrotechnican for a company which made its money through a series of contracts with Nevada theaters in general and Las Vegas in particular, supplying these shows with the pyrotechnics they used. Raynor's father had been promoted to a managerial role but he still helped to design some of the more-specialized explosives, and maintained a small workshop at his house thanks to a license obtained through the ATF. His father sometimes allowed Raynor to use this workshop under his supervision.

Raynor was fond of movies with big stunts and tended to be a little wild, always trying to find ways to create interesting scenes on the shoestring budget for his home movies. His risky ambitions fascinated Tara, and they began spending more and more time together.

Raynor introduced her to many of his passions, first and foremost of which was his obsession with making movies. Having already taken an interest in make-up, in part to help her cover the cut on her wrist, Tara developed a fascination with make-up for film and for the stage. She learned the basics from online tutorials and then refined her skills by experimenting on the various friends Raynor roped into helping with his projects. She specialized in designing monsters and gore for Raynor's movies. She tends to prefer especially dramatic make-up--wounds, transformations, mutations, fantastic shapes. While doing her research, she fell in love with some of the work of Michael Westmore, most prominently known for his work on the Star Trek franchise.

She became involved with Raynor's home video projects principally doing make-up, but soon learned how to help with the stunts as well, learning how he built the pyrotechnics he used on his father's few acres outside of town. These stunts were of dubious legality, but the house was remote enough that the police were never called, and his father insisted that he clear any potential fire hazards away from his shooting sites first.

It was while helping Raynor with his movies that she discovered how much she liked writing. Raynor usually conceived of his movies around some big flashy stunt he wanted to try without much in the way of plot, so Tara gradually started writing for him, giving his actors lines and motivations, helping each project to come together as a cohesive whole that actually felt like a story from beginning to end. Raynor's eclectic taste and stunt-focused directing interests meant that her first encounter with trying to write for multiple genres was in many ways a baptism by fire, trying to figure out narrative reasons for pirate swordfights, space explosions, and duels between fantasy characters using roman candles as wands. Tara did not learn by writing traditional screenplays, instead hastily figuring out rough scripts for each ridiculous scene by first writing the scene up as a short story so she could better understand all the motivations and factors in play and then figuring out what dialogue absolutely needed to be in each scene. As such, she remains principally a short story writer, though she has gotten more familiar with script-writing as she's aged.

Raynor was also the one who introduced her to wrestling, teaching her what he knew and what he learned on their school's team. Tara came to enjoy the contest and eventually knew enough to beat Raynor 6 times out of 10.

Tara got her first job as an off-the books hostess at a Chinese restaurant a few months after her 14th birthday. She saved carefully and worked hard, throwing herself into every task so as not to give her employers any reason to complain or let her go, forcing herself to as much of an extreme at work as she did in running.

It was shortly after she got this job that she started dating Raynor, first in secret and then more openly. It was a difficult relationship to manage, as she was always leery of him suddenly turning as her mother so often had before, but Raynor was patient and very in love, and she came to trust him more than she had trusted anyone else in her life.

Between her athletic commitments, her job, Raynor's various projects, plays, and school, Tara had to spend very little time at her home, and on the worst nights she would sneak out of her house and walk to Raynor's, usually without his father's knowledge thanks to Raynor's bedroom being located in the garage a little ways from the main house.

It was during one such stay that she woke up to find Raynor watching some of the footage from SotF available online. Raynor was ashamed of being discovered--he'd started watching the videos because he wanted to try and make a movie loosely based on these events, and then found himself hooked as he searched through these online communities for edited storylines. But Tara didn't judge him, and found herself intrigued as well. Tara hadn't heard much about SotF before, besides what was common knowledge after the release of the feeds, but she found herself fascinated by the nature of the videos. Yes, it could be brutal and violent and horrifying, but it forced young men and women from all walks of life into impossible extremes, and as a result the stories that played out between them were compelling in a way she'd never found before. She and Raynor watched much of the raw footage together, as well as some of the edited storylines available online.

These videos led Tara to a larger fascination with war and disaster stories, both in documentary and in novel form, exploring the way humans react under intense pressure, failing their friends or rising impossibly to the occasion. Tara is as cautious with this fascination as she is with all her habits, refraining from even bringing her war and disaster accounts to school in case it should lead someone to discover her fixation. Larger acceptance of stories such as Between a Rock and Hard Place and the related movie 127 Hours, as well as child-soldier memoirs such as A Long Way Gone, has given her some leeway in expressing her interests, but she still tends to hide them, torrenting the books online and reading them on her laptop. She is aware of how reprehensible some people find these materials, but finds these stories gripping--not because of their violence or shock value but because of what these intense circumstances demand from those caught in them and how they respond to these pressures. She takes both a voyeuristic and a cathartic pleasure in these stories, imagining herself caught in similar struggles and intrigued by how others react to these immense pressures. She has torrented many of the biographies and autobiographies of SotF winners and survivors, with particular attention paid to the V4 crowd.

Things at Tara's home took a turn for the worse as the years went on. Barney was struggling to shake off his alcoholism and was trying to get Alaine to do the same, sparking a persistent cycle of failed recoveries that strained their marriage further each time and frequently sent Barney tumbling back into depression. A few months before Tara's 17th birthday, Alaine's mother died, and the ensuing spiral of depression plunged Alaine off the wagon once again after four months sober. This proved too much for Barney, who finally left her without much fanfare.

Alaine and her mother had not spoken in close to a decade, but Alaine had been her sole heir, so she inherited her mother's house as well as her modest nest egg. Alaine decided to return to Kingman and brought Tara with her. This decision sparked an intense few days of fighting. Tara's only reason to stay in Pahrump was Raynor, since she blamed Barney for abandoning her once again, but Alaine threatened to have Tara committed if she stayed behind, and so at last Tara joined her mother and came to Kingman in the summer after her Sophomore year. Tara's relationship with Raynor ended a little while after that, largely because Tara couldn't handle the additional strain of a long-distance relationship on top of all the other changes going on in her life.

As Alaine stayed in the house she had hated as a child, drinking her days away as she ostensibly cleaned it out and saw to her mother's affairs, Tara flung herself into her activities once again, taking up a job at the local movie theater so she could spend more time away from home. The lack of any real friends in Kingman left her without safe place to run for the first few months, with only her cutting and her anorexia leaving her feeling in control. Her weight dropped to 96 lbs, which had a number of negative side effects; running left her feeling faint, and to her panic her period stopped for two months.

Once she'd adjusted to life in Kingman, things started to normalize once more. She made friends at work and at school, giving her places she felt safe and in control. She remains underweight, but not so dangerously as she was.

She helps with theater both locally and at Cochise, doing work as a stage tech and helping with the make-up. She has assisted with a few local video projects, helping with the makeup and using some of Raynor's knowledge to help them design stunts, but without access to Raynor's workshop she hasn't been able to keep using what she learned now that she's in Kingman. She does, however, help choreograph some fight scenes, using her time with Raynor largely as a series of counter-examples so no one runs the risk of getting hurt. She's only an amateur, however, and usually is better able to say what won't work rather than what will. She writes and reads a great deal and prefers realism in both pursuits, trying to understand the very real pressures that can shape people so differently, with particular interest paid to peoples' differing responses to identical circumstances. She likes exploring both how people can react in wildly different ways from the same set of original conditions and how people can come to behave similarly even with radically different backgrounds. She maintains her B-average so she can continue to compete in track and cross-country. She is a fairly competitive runner.

Tara started working part-time at a gas station a few blocks from her house when she was 17, lying about her age to a manager desperately looking for someone to work the 10-2 shift. She left her job at the theater immediately after getting the gas station job, since it fit more conveniently into her schedule. She works three nights a week so she can have time for all her activities, and often takes extra shifts so she can call in someone to cover her when she's busy. She and Raynor remain on fairly good terms and talk regularly. She still runs track and cross country and recently ran in her first marathon.

Tara is quiet but personable. She finds people fascinating, and will listen to them at great length, often using what they tell her for short stories or plays, though she rarely shares much about her own life and tries to deflect or avoid any personal questions. She is aware of the ways in which her life has been very different from others and finds such differences fascinating. Her attentiveness tends to be attractive to others due to its earnest totality, but since she fears vulnerability it is difficult for her to make lasting relationships, save for the few people who have the patience to overcome her hidden insecurities.

She is always attracted to extremes, both personally and in terms of who she speaks to and what she watches and reads. She likes stories and events that push boundaries, and seeks out extremes in athleticism, pain and pleasure. She craves novel experiences and novel sensations. She tends to date and befriend people who both intrigue her and who look out for her, giving her the novelty she craves as well as the safety, the control, and the comfort she's never really known at home. This tends to create an uneasy tension in the relationship, however, since it is so difficult for her romantic partners to find the right balance of safety and novelty to keep her invested.

Tara values self-reliance and self-control above almost all else, largely because of the ways in which the adults in her life have failed her. She is also generally distrustful of people, always wary of any new betrayal. Although she likes to learn about other people and often tries to spend the night away from home, she rarely confides in them about her own secrets and problems, and can become defensive and evasive when people try to probe her for more information. She takes any form of betrayal extremely personally, often ending friendships and relationships for broken promises as small as failing to show up when expected or lying to her about being busy. She has only ever told a few people that she cuts, and almost no one is completely in the know about her mother's drinking problem. She spends most of her weekends with her friends, and usually comes home only to sleep, feed her cats and keep her things in order. She buys most of her own clothes and pays for many of her amenities, determined not to give her mother any more control than she has to. In many ways, she reacts against her mother in all she does.

Tara's relationship with her mother is complicated, to say the least. She aims to be nothing like her and is uncomfortable with some of the similarities that have developed between them, especially the fact that they both put such value in self-reliance. She sees her mother as a hypocrite but always nurses a kernel of self-doubt, wondering if she follows the same track as her mother, a pathological fear of being seen as weak undercut by repeated failures of character and self-control. These doubts create a vicious short-circuit which forces her to push herself even harder. Their mutual failings and fear of attracting attention sometimes compel them to protect each others' privacy, lying about their more worrying behaviors. Alaine is almost always willing to sign anything for Tara, for fear of drawing more attention to them.

Tara prides herself on her ability to work hard and to control herself. Although she is sometimes uncomfortably aware of her flaws, her careful hiding of her nastier habits enables her to view herself as being in control of these compulsions. Her friendships are sometimes complicated by her instinctive wariness of being dependent on anyone, leading her to distance herself from her friends if she feels she's relying on them too much. In addition, Tara's insecurities compel her to call out anyone who violates her demanding personal standards, for fear of seeing herself as weak. The combination of these two qualities has made her a few enemies, both among people who were formerly friends of hers and acquaintances who have enraged her.

Tara is not close with Kamal. She has seen him only a handful of times since the divorce, in large part because Kamal blamed her and her mother for derailing his life and in part because Tara blamed him for abandoning her. Kamal wanted to return to the life he thought he was supposed to have, and didn't try to keep in contact with his daughter immediately after the divorce. After a cancer scare two years ago, however, Kamal has been reevaluating his life and trying to become close to his oldest daughter again. Tara is torn between her dislike for and anger at Kamal and the fact that she has two half-sisters through him and the secretary he married. She has met these sisters only twice.

Barney moved back into the house they'd shared in Pahrump once Alaine moved out and has offered to let Tara come stay with him and visit Pahrump, but Tara's feelings towards him are too mixed for her to take him up on it. She understands why Barney had to get away from her mother, but her issues with Kamal also complicate her feelings towards Barney, as she can't help but feel abandoned by him. She also blames him for his weakness, feeling like if he'd been willing to stand up to her mother she could have avoided the hardship of the last several years. She talks to Barney more frequently than to her father, however, and in the last year things have warmed considerably between them.

Her mother, frugal in everything except alcohol, has managed to live off a combination of her inheritance and the child-support payments Kamal was required to pay until Tara's 18th birthday. Tara is staying with her only long enough to finish school, and intends to move out the moment she has her diploma. She sticks around in part because she instinctively fears having too much attention drawn to her and in part because she feels her leaving would be a sign of weakness, a concession that she was incapable of rising to her mother's challenge. It would be the ultimate failure.

Her anorexia and cutting tend to be more immediate responses to harsh circumstances, typically involving her mother. For Tara, extremes act as a form of control and reassurance, letting her feel as though she is in charge of her own circumstances, equal to the most intense challenges, and capable of growing into someone stronger than her mother. She maintains a careful facade of normalcy and hides behind a wall of emotional distance which few people are ever allowed to see past.

Advantages: Tara is athletic, with high endurance and agility from various track and field events. She is emotionally cautious, wary of being vulnerable after frequent betrayal, and so will not be easily misled. She is also extremely diligent and has a high tolerance for pain.
Disadvantages: Tara is compulsively insecure, and will reflexively act to restore her self-image of strength. Her status as chronically underweight mean that she will be easily exhausted. Her fear of vulnerability also means she has few friends she can truly count on, and has earned a few enemies due to the extremes her behavior can push her towards. She is a bundle of anxieties and neuroses that will only be aggravated by contact with the harsh demands of SotF.

Designated Number: Female student No. 012

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Designated Weapon: Flashbang grenades x3
Conclusion: Flashbang grenades can get you out of some dangerous situations. Use them wisely. Being fit will help, but make sure to eat and keep up your strength. Know that you're strong and live it. Don't let insecurity and fear get to you. - Boris Petrikov


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G010 - Senay, Fiyori [/DECEASED]
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Name: Fiyori Senay
Gender: Female
Age: 18
Grade: Senior
School: Cochise High School
Hobbies and Interests: Cooking, Piano, Partying, Recreational Drug Use, Socializing

Appearance: Standing at 6'1'' and weighing 138 lbs, Fiyori makes a very skinny and scrawny appearance. Additionally, she has quite the bad posture, hunching just a little forward. Her skin is a dark brown with cold undertones, contrasting the gray-blue eyes resting in her oblong-shaped face. Her general features are those associated with caucasian heritage: strongly retreating cheek-bones and a narrow nose with a high nose bridge. Her lips are thin with the lower half pronounced more strongly, while her eyes are down-turned.

Her black hair is silky and straight which through mere genetic luck is very easy for Fiyori to care for; it has a length of 13 inches. Often, she just keeps it behind her ears by using hair clips, which tend to match in color with her glasses. Those have a rectangular shape and a light blue frame color.

Fiyori's wardrobe consists out of many colors, with hues of light blue dominating slightly. Primarily, she wears either ponchos in combination with denim pants or she wears shirt-dresses. Her favorite pair of shoes are ballerina flats, which match in color with her glasses' frame.

On the day of abduction, Fiyori wore brown boots, denim pants, a black top layered with a dark blue poncho featuring a big, golden fleure-de-lis. Additionally, she wore a leather wrist band and her glasses.

Biography: Antony Senay was a student in a Californian university when he met Birikti Tesfay, a waitress at a local diner. They both shared some peculiar similarities. Both had Eritrean immigration backgrounds with which they tried to reconnect, but they also shared a passion for the Route 66 and it's aesthetic, primarily because they saw it as a sign of freedom and the American Dream. It took them a few years, but eventually they married and on the first of September 1996, Fiyori was born as the first and only child.

Soon after her birth, the Senays moved to Kingman. The reasons for Kingman were rather simple. There was a bit of enthusiasm for living in one of the more iconic tows by the Mother Road, but the primary reason was that Antony found a job as an English teacher in a local elementary school. Birikti concerned herself with child-rearing for the first years, a work which she found to be stressful and unrewarding. Additionally, having to care for a young child without the aid of extended family meant that Birikti had to make great sacrifices regarding her social life. Although she never truly resented her daughter, Birikti's enthusiasm for motherhood decreased year after year.

As Fiyori was in the third year of middle school, Birikti tried to rejoin the work force. In time, she found work as a cook in a local low-end restaurant. Initially, the unspoken agreement between the parents was that Antony was at work forenoons and at home afternoons, while Birikti worked afternoons while being at home forenoons. However, Antony still had hobbies and often left the home on his own leisure, leaving Fiyori without supervision. It was a small source of conflict at first, but the Senays soon noticed that Fiyori did quite well on her own: she cooked for herself, kept care to leave their flat not too untidy and was very careful about not loosing the key.

Antony and Birikti had a general laissez-faire attitude concerning the raising of their child. Birikti specifically was relieved by Fiyori's teenager years, as she finally managed to reconnect with her old friends both in Kingman and elsewhere, as well as having time to pay attention to her own needs in general. Antony is overtly proud of his laissez-faire disposition, believing it to be the best way for a child to blossom and more importantly, he felt confirmed by Fiyori's self-reliance. In his case, however, the truth was that he had trouble understanding teenagers. He did like children, but the notion of having to raise a maturing woman scared him.

Antony's subconcious worries and Birikti's disinterest in her child led to a relationship that seemed harmonic and content, but was actually becoming cold and disengaged. Nonetheless, this allowed Fiyori to have a lot of privileges in regard to her age. They set little curfews on their own, or bothered to stop Fiyori from leaving home whenever she wanted. Additionally, she could easily ask for small sums of money without her parents objecting. However, as they managed to revitalize their social lives, they did not notice Fiyori's lack of energy.

While it was true that Fiyori was a responsible young girl, which earned the admiration and respect of her parents, it was also true that Fiyori was having trouble with being motivated. She had friends with whom she hung out with, but she had no passionate hobbies or extracurricular activities. Furthermore, her academic progress was stagnating, not because Fiyori was unable or untalented, but simply because she saw no point in being better than what was necessary to pass all classes. The reason for this mindset is unclear. Most likely, but still speculated causes would be a genetic disposition, or the result of the Senay's cold filial relationships.

It got slightly better starting with high school, at first with the acquisition of an electric piano. Originally, it was a skill Birikti wanted to have, as part of a new year's resolution, but after she bought the keyboard, she quickly abandoned that project. Nonetheless, Fiyori was curious about the instrument, and began to play it herself. Although she has received no professional schooling aside from music class, Fiyori gained some decent skill in self-study. It was not anything spectacular, but other people were ready to listen to her either on her own or part of some bigger ensemble. However, often Fiyori just plays the instrument after a stressful day in order to relax.

Furthermore, after many years of cooking her own meals regularly, Fiyori developed a certain affinity for it. Despite this, Birikti and Fiyori did not manage to bond over this hobby, as the former was often too exhausted by work and preferred to not be hassled with matters of food preparation in her free time. Which is why Fiyori tends to try out new recipes with her friends or on her own. Fiyori deems the eating part to be more interesting than the preparation of dishes.

Fiyori is a fairly social person. She likes to frequent parties and other public functions, although she prefers her own circle of friends over the making of new acquaintances. However, due to the high rate of drug users among her peer group of Cochise High School students, Fiyori herself started to smoke cannabis at age of 16. She does not smoke regularly, though, and often only whenever her friends are doing so. Yet when she does so, her intake is high and she often wakes up with side effects of overuse the next day, such as head aches or difficulty concentrating. Despite this, she is aware of Cochise's strict drug policies and is careful not to get herself in trouble by being obviously high. Her parents do not know of her habit, but they have a dim suspicion. Given the various issues mentioned, they do not dare to investigate this further or confront Fiyori.

As mentioned, Fiyori's academic progress is just enough to get through classes. Her parents do not mind much, although they encourage her verbally to improve every few weeks. They do not pursue any plans however, which means that nothing changes. Fiyori herself has few ambitions concerning academic success. She is theoretically aware that she could have the chance if she wanted, and that it would improve her future living conditions, but Fiyori has massive problems developing any motivation and is in the firm belief that exercising herself would not make her happy.

While she herself thinks that this is simply part of who she is, a psychiatrist might speculate that she suffers from dysthymia, meaning that the chronic depression of her mood results in classical symptoms such as a bleak outlook on life and a decreased motivation. Such a diagnosis however would be questionable, depending on whether her wasted academic potential would be considered a significant problem or not. Additionally, Fiyori has a low affect and is more concerned about simple emotions and feelings, such as the satisfaction of a meal or sexual pleasure, and feels stumped regarding emotional or significant events. Additionally, she has a certain degree of dislike towards committing herself to certain things, such as a college course. Other ways in which this dislike is exhibited can be found whenever she makes plans with her friends, as she prefers spontaneous meetings to planned trips.

Despite this, Fiyori has a genuine fondness of her friends, and displays a working sense of empathy. However, she does not care a lot about politeness or social conventions, which does endear her to some, but very often people are put off by her snide remarks or other rude if generally inoffensive gestures. Additionally, Fiyori features a questionable sense of humor, partaking in practical pranks that do well in angering others. Her regret regarding those varies according to how she views the affected person.

On the physical side, she suffers from rather bad eyesight, with a vision of 20/100, a drastic drop which she experienced during her teenage years. As she has her glasses with her all the time, it is usually not much of a problem. On the other hand, Fiyori's experience with food introduced her into the world of nutrition. While she is not particularly invested, she has become aware of her own nutritional needs as well as the effect of diverse foods on hunger and physical condition.

Advantages: Fiyori's limited affect allows her to make less rash decisions in the wake of being faced with Survival of the Fittest. She has strong ties with her friends, giving her opportunity for strong partnerships. Due to her cooking knowledge, Fiyori knows how much energy via food she needs. As such, she will ration her supplies better.
Disadvantages: On the physical side, she would have great trouble without her glasses, potentially meaning that she would not be able to discern fine details anymore. On the emotional side, Fiyori's dysthimic disposition has a decent chance of developing into suicidal or at least apathetic behavior. Lastly, Fiyori not only made good friends in high school, but is also a major nuisance for many people. This might factor in negatively in hostile encounters.

Designated Number: Female student No. 010

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Designated Weapon: Military Shovel
Conclusion: A military shovel is a pretty decent weapon. Good at cutting, decent bludgeon. Be glad you got it. Being able to stay calm is a good skill, I approve. Keep track of your glasses though, and don't give up hope, there's always hope. - Boris Petrikov


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G009 - Dyer, Sandra[/DECEASED]
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Name: Sandra Dyer
Gender: Female
Age: 18
Grade: 12
School: Cochise High School
Hobbies and Interests: Softball, track and field, tennis, skateboarding, playing the guitar, stand-up comedy.

Appearance: Sandra stands at 5'7" and weighs 142 lbs. She has a well-toned body from a near lifetime of participating in sports. Her olive skin goes with her brown eyes and hair. Her hair reaches down to her neck, though she pulls some of it on the sides into twin tails. She has an oval face with a short, narrow nose and full lips. She has a scar that starts just below her left eye and travels down to just beside her nose, from when a guitar string snapped and hit her in the face.

Sandra likes to dress casually, preferring to wear t-shirts and hoodies with jeans or skirts. She prefers a mix of colors for her clothes, but almost always employs orange somewhere in her outfit. She wears a white scarf almost every day, only ditching it in the most sweltering summer days. On the day of the abduction, Sandra was wearing a white shoulderless shirt over a black tank top, a thin orange hoodie, a denim skirt, black running shoes, and her scarf.

Biography: Sandra was born on January 19th, 1997, the first child of Scott and Wendy Dyer. Scott works in the postal service, and Wendy is an article writer for an online magazine. The two met in college during a group project, and they found that they shared similar interests. Eventually they fell in love, got married, and four years later, Sandra was born. Sandra has two younger brothers, Eric and Michael, who are one year and seven years younger, respectively. Sandra acts like a typical big sister to her brothers; she engages in friendly teasing, but is willing to lend a hand to them whenever they need it. Sandra is also in a loving relationship with her parents, and she feels grateful to them for who she is today.

Since she was an infant, Sandra was an energetic girl, always running around the house and constantly moving around. Her parents had tried to keep her out of trouble as best as they could, by engaging her in as many tiring activities as possible. Although this worked for a while, as more members of the Dyer family came into being, her parents had less and less time to spend with her on these activities and Sandra was running around the house again. To remedy this, Scott and Wendy asked Sandra's cousin, Megan, to come help babysit the young girl. Megan had taken a year off from university, and so had the time to look after Sandra. Megan turned out to be the best babysitter for Sandra. Megan had started out with a similar disposition as Sandra, and she had channeled her own energy into sports. It was Megan that got Sandra interested in sports, and she was also the one who suggested to Sandra's parents that she take up extracurricular sports. Megan managed to match Sandra's energy, and even when Megan's study period started again, she managed to find a bit of time during the week to visit.

In elementary school, Sandra's boundless energy translated to a want to meet as many people as she could. This made her fairly popular with the more outgoing crowd, but more introverted people tended to be annoyed by her. She had trouble understanding that some people just wanted to be left alone, a habit that would take year a few years to break. For the most part, though, she was fairly popular with her fellow classmates. And of course, at Megan's suggestion, Scott and Wendy enrolled Sandra in extracurricular sports. They started her off with softball, which she loved almost instantly; it was a good way to expend her energy, and she loved the challenge of becoming skilled enough to be good at the sport. With her outgoing personality, she made friends with many of the softball team members.

Although Sandra enjoyed softball, around the time she entered middle school, she felt that it wasn't enough. She asked her parents for more sports to participate in, and they allowed her the freedom to choose the ones she wanted to. Throughout her middle school period, she tried out many different sports. She took to some of them better than others, and by the end of middle school, she had settled on two other extracurricular activities to participate in regularly in addition to softball: track and field, and tennis. Track and field, especially, ignited something inside Sandra: a fierce competitive spirit. She felt a rush of excitement and satisfaction in besting her own times and those of her fellow teammates. As for tennis, Sandra enjoyed testing her skills against other people in a one on one match. She prefers singles matches to doubles matches for this reason.

In the seventh grade, one of Sandra's friends invited her over his house. While there, he brought out a skateboard. While he wasn't great at skateboarding, he was able to perform a few basic tricks, and it impressed Sandra enough to try it riding the skateboard herself. When she returned home, a few scrapes richer, she asked her parents to buy her a skateboard of her own. She began to spend her weekends at the local skate park, slowly increasing her skills on the board. She loves the energy involved, and enjoys the adrenaline rush she feels when she successfully executes a trick. She likes all styles of skateboarding, but prefers vert skateboarding above the others.

Shortly after Sandra entered high school, Sandra picked up an interest in the guitar. It started when one of her track friends from middle school invited her to hang out with a few friends at a small rock concert. As Sandra watched the musicians on stage, she was particularly entranced by the lead guitarist's energy and passion while he was playing the guitar. After the concert, Sandra gushed about how cool playing the guitar was, and after a bit of playful prodding by her friend, she decided to start learning the guitar. She started out with rental guitars, but her parents eventually bought her her own guitar a year later. She started out by learning famous rock songs, but eventually she broadened her horizons and started playing anything she liked the sound of. She doesn't take formal lessons, instead opting to learn over the Internet or through friends.

At first, Sandra was clumsy in handling the instrument. On one occasion, while tightening a string on the rental guitar, she got distracted and the string snapped. It left a cut on her face, deep enough to draw blood. The cut wasn't very long, though, and a quick trip to the hospital prevented any further damage. The doctor told Sandra the she was lucky; if the cut had been any higher, she could have lost vision in her left eye. Thankfully, the rental guitar had not been damaged. Undeterred by this incident, Sandra continued to practice the guitar, though she became much more careful about handling it.

At around the same time, Sandra began to watch stand-up comedy videos on YouTube. She had been watching some amateur sketch videos her friends had linked to her, and she noticed a stand-up comedy video in the related videos. She loved the energy of the comedian in the video, and had laughed harder than she had ever remembered laughing before. Before long, she was hooked on stand-up comedy. She loved that stand-up comedians can interact with the audience and make them laugh; she aspired to be the type of person who could do that for her friends. She particularly enjoys comedians that use storytelling comedy and build up a rapport with an audience.

Academically, Sandra is an average student. She gets mainly B's and C's, with the very rare A showing up on her report card. Although Sandra isn't the type to fool around during class, she doesn't spend much effort to excel academically. Barring the occasional missed assignment, she puts in sufficient effort into her studies, but never more than she deems necessary. She tends to leave assignments until at least halfway through the assignment period. She prefers subjects with explicit right or wrong answers; she feels that subjects with subjective answers and justifications require more effort to do well in. For this reason, Sandra favors subjects like math and science over ones like English. Sandra isn't quite sure what she wants to study after high school, but she is hoping to get accepted for an athletic scholarship for softball or tennis. She's not particularly bothered about where she goes, so she's willing to take whatever offers she gets.

Sandra is friendly and outgoing, and tries to make as many social connections as possible. Although this may irritate some, most people are on good terms with her. Around her friends, she's energetic and carefree, but around lesser acquaintances and strangers she adopts a more laid-back attitude. She believes that unnecessary stress is harmful to her health, and so tries to avoid worrying about and fretting over things. If she accumulates any stress, a bit of physical activity is enough to bring her stress levels down.

Advantages: Sandra's outgoing nature means she has plenty of friends and potential allies. She is very fit due to a lifetime of participating in sports, and therefore will have no trouble in terms of stamina or strength. Her easy-going attitude and ability to relieve stress through physical activity will help her avoid being overwhelmed by the stressful situation of SOTF.
Disadvantages: Sandra's competitive spirit might flare up at the wrong time, clouding her judgment at a crucial moment. Her outgoing nature could cause her to let her guard down around people she knows, which includes a large majority of the student body.

Designated Number: Female student No. 009

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Designated Weapon: Pot lid
Conclusion: I am very sorry the random weapon assignment gave you such a poor weapon. Maybe you can use it as an improvised shield? Regardless, friends and fitness help. But make sure to keep your focus and don't let it waver. - Boris Petrikov


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G007 - Shelley, Dorothy[/DECEASED]
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Name: Dorothy Shelley
Gender: Female
Age: 17
Grade: 11
School: Cochise High School
Hobbies and Interest: Blogging, crafts and arts, diary keeping, the Internet, and science (specifically biology)

Appearance: Dorothy stands at 5’3” and weighs 140 pounds. She is slightly overweight with a round and chubby body. Her fat is mainly distributed around her waist, giving her a diamond-shaped figure. Her upper body is much smaller than her lower body. Her dark brown skin is due to her biological parents. Dorothy’s hair is naturally black and curly, she ties it back in pigtails.

Her face is heart-shaped and she is currently suffering from acne, mainly around her nose and on her forehead. She has few acne scars, most of them on the edge of her face and on her cheeks. Her facial features are proportionate with her size. She wears a pair of red glasses on her large brown eyes to see. Her eyebrows are the same color of her hair. She has an upturned nose, and thin lips. Her lips are slightly paler than her skin. Her teeth are straight, but some of them are crooked yet not enough to have braces. She has a bit of baby fat on her cheeks making her look younger than she actually is.

She dresses in a way to feel comfortable, but also not to get in trouble. She follows the dress code and adheres to its rules. She wears handcrafted bracelet around her wrists.
Her normal outfits consist of jeans and sweaters. During the winter and the colder days, her outfit stays similar. On the hot days and summer, she goes for a pair of shorts and a tank-top. She prefers pale and pastel coloured clothes.

When she was abducted, Dorothy was wearing a pair of jean mini shorts, a pink sweater with a blue shirt underneath. She wore a pair of white Converse and knee high red socks. She had her pair of red glasses and a second pair in her bag.

Biography: Dorothy is the only child of Anna Anil and Michael Chadoury, both were residing in San Francisco when they discovered the pregnancy, soon before Christmas 1998. Anna Anil went into labour the 31st December of 1998. Due to complications, she died from postpartum bleeding while Michael died in a car accident because he was speeding through traffic to reach the hospital. Dorothy was adopted by a couple residing in Arizona.

Joy Shelley née Smith and Mike Shelley both worked at the Arizona State Prison, as a nurse and correctional officer respectively. However, soon after the arrival of Dorothy, Joy quit the job at the prison due to safety, and went to work at the Kingman Regional Medical Center.

Since both of her parents had stable careers, she was able to live comfortably. She was pampered by Joy. However, Mike was colder toward Dorothy and tried to force her into a stricter routine than Joy’s. It was often the subject of conflicts between the parents, which eventually led to Mike giving in and letting Joy choose Dorothy’s activities.

During her years as an infant and toddler, she was sent to pre-kindergarten, as a compromise between Joy and Mike, and, in a way, let them both work full time. During the obligatory activities, she discovered a love for crafts and arts, and started to make her own bracelets at home. She was then able to make friends at the daycare by handing out her crafts. Her handful of friends followed her when she started elementary school.

She learned about her adoption before the beginning of school. Dorothy was visibly upset at the revelation, but she didn’t make a deal out of it. She didn’t care much about her biological parents since she never knew them. She never learned about their death since her adoptive parents preferred to keep it hidden. She questioned them about her biological parents, but she gave up after a while.

At the beginning of class, Dorothy was teased by other kids. Her peers were picking on her since she was both overweight and had dark skin from her Indian ancestry. She was, however, able to stick with her friends and avoided being severely bullied. However, she had to stay clear from the playground and stayed within her teacher’s class during recess to avoid her bullies. It was around the time she started to read that she received her glasses due to her myopia.

Dorothy’s grades were erratic in elementary school. She struggled with mathematics and language courses, while she achieved good grades in science and art classes. Mike pushed her hard because he wanted her to excel in her weaker classes, while Joy was trying to encourage her to continue following her favourite classes.

In an effort to increase her English mark, she started a diary during her final year of elementary school. At first, she disliked it since she found it redundant, but she started to enjoy it when she started to develop secrets. She also wrote down several hypotheses about her biological parents.

Before the beginning of middle school, she started to combine diary keeping and craft. Her diary at the time was filled with drawing, pictures and other collectibles such as dried flowers, stickers, and stamps. It was around the same time her father found her diary and started to read it. Dorothy never had any proof of it, however, but she still switched to another diary around that time.

When middle school begun, she mainly made friends with social outcasts; she felt drawn to them since she didn’t keep her friends through the transition between elementary school and middle school since she moved three weeks before the beginning of class. The majority of her group were delinquents, which influenced Dorothy. She skipped class once, but her father found out and grounded her until the end of middle school. Dorothy was upset about it, but stayed in contact with her friends through social media.

The situation at her home was tense. Her mother was on the side of Dorothy while Mike was standing alone. Mike and Joy often argued; Dorothy took refuge in her room and went on the computer. Dorothy went on her personal accounts on social media, and made friends with several people, whether they were strangers or peers from school. She also tried to keep it hidden from her father. However, like for her diary, Mike found out and stalked his daughter. Even though Dorothy learned about it a few months after, it still strained their relationship because Mike would get into arguments with his daughter about the things she posted and talked about.

When she entered Cochise, she fell in love with the science curriculum. Her liking of science started blooming in her sophomore year when she learned about anatomy and biology. She thought about pursuing a career in medicine, but quickly dropped it since her grades weren’t good enough, but kept it in mind.

With both her passion for art and biology, she started enjoying researching on the topic of body modification in her sophomore year, but it was in her junior year, she considered working as a professional piercer. She did some research and found online communities about the subject, but she was disgusted at the sight of most modification. She reluctantly decided to go into nursing for two reasons: her mother worked as a nurse and made good money, and her considering it similar to medicine, but easier

Dorothy found out about her father’s habits when she caught him red-handed in her room reading her diary. Her father defended himself because he claimed that was protecting her, but she did not accept his reasons. Her self-confidence took a hit and she became less vocal about her problems to her parents and friends in fear that they would use it against her. Mike admitted to Dorothy that his job was stressful and he was struggling to cope with it, but while she accepted his apologies she stayed bitter towards him.

She started to concentrate on her studies to make her father happy. Her grades went up all around, but for English. Her father was impressed with her attitude, and paid a tutor for her English class. Her grades slowly increased, but she stabilized at barely a passing grade because she stopped caring about her father’s approval when she learned he read her diary.

Dorothy never took an interest in dating. She never felt attracted to anyone, in fear of being rejected and hurt. She did have a couple of crushes, however. Principally toward her close friends at school but nothing more of that. She is questioning her sexuality, but she hasn’t thought seriously about it.

Her strong relationship with her mother stayed consistent throughout her years in both middle and high school. She wasn't as pampered as she was in elementary school, but Joy wasn't shy to spend money for her daughter. It was once the subject of an argument between Joy and Mike, but it was later dropped when Dorothy came back from her club's activity. Other than that, Joy continued to guide and help her daughter, leading to her choice of becoming a nurse.

She is rarely seen without her cell phone at school, she started using it to surf the Internet in class when she’s bored. She keeps her diary hidden in her purse. Nowadays, she updates her diary online through blogging since she found it easier to update than on paper. She enjoys keeping a diary because she finds it a good way to vent about her failures such as her personal relationship with her father.

It is easily remarked that Dorothy is childish. She is not well versed in the topic of drug and alcohol. She struggles at taking things seriously and discussing about important matters with others. Her happy-go-lucky attitudes often take over when the situation becomes heavy and often annoys other when they are going through difficult events.

In class, she never participates, but often talks to her friends, much to the annoyance of the teacher. Her friendly attitude towards her peers made it easy for her to befriend people. She only answers questions when she is directly picked on by a teacher, which she particularly hates since it put her on the spot. She particularly hates it in English class because of her past experiences, and she started to enjoy P.E. due to swimming class and being able to hang with her friends.

Advantage: Dorothy’s friendly and calm nature could help to make allies and to defuse violent situations. Her high spirit and cheerful attitude will help her to cope with stressful situations ahead. She also learned about first aid techniques from her mother and when she researched about nursing on the Internet.
Disadvantage: Dorothy is out of shape since she never bothered working out or paid attention during gym class. Her childish nature could annoy people, and she could easily be influenced by others

Designated Number: Female student No. 007

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Designated Weapon: 2x Escrima sticks
Conclusion: Friendliness can help you get a few more days of life. However, in a situation like the one you're going into friendliness only lasts so long. I wish you luck with those martial arts sticks, even if you're out of shape. - Boris Petrikov


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B003 - Frasier, Jeremy[/DECEASED]
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Name: Jeremy Frasier
Gender: Male
Age: 17
Grade: 12th
School: Cochise High School
Hobbies and Interests: Video Games, Internet Forums, Piano, Violin, Writing, Survivor, Music

Appearance: Jeremy is exceptionally tall compared to the rest of his class, standing at 6’3” and weighing 205 lbs. Because of his height, he tends to lean forward slightly when he’s with other people, so that they don’t mention or ask how tall he is. He also has a beer gut, but this is something that people rarely see due to his attempts to hide it. His hair is curly and unruly, but neatly cut and never going down past his forehead at the front, and never goes past the nape of his neck on the back. He has brown eyes, matching the colour of his hair. His face is fairly average for a teenage boy, with a small nose, occasional pimples, and the faint traces of a moustache. He is Caucasian. Despite his weight, he still looks slim, with most of his weight going into his height and into his gut.

Jeremy doesn’t really care much for how he dresses, normally going for what he feels would work on what’s in front of him on his wardrobe, or what is comfortable in the scenario that he is dressing for. His wardrobe is dominated with simple t-shirts, often with posters for movies or bands that he likes, and simple pants, such as trousers and shorts, normally with a single color on them. He tends to buy shirts that look too big for him, so that he can hide his beer gut. He also tends to stray away from wearing things such as jeans or buttoned clothing, as he feels that they take too much effort to wear to something that he feels is uncomfortable to wear. On the day of the abduction, Jeremy was wearing black trousers, a black t-shirt with the Ghostbusters logo on it, and black joggers.

Biography: Jeremy was born on September 16th, 1998 to Faith and Robert Frasier in the Kingman Regional Medical Centre. Robert Frasier was a high school dropout and, after trying out several jobs including being a steelworker, a bartender, and as a storage company caretaker, ended up as a milkman who delivers to schools and hospitals. While Robert was born in Arizona, his father was Scottish, having come trying to achieve the American Dream. Faith was a Harvard Graduate who now works as an office assistant for a Kingman lawyer who specialises in divorce cases. Kingman was her hometown, and after completing her education she moved back to live on her own. The two met at the bar that Robert was working at at the time, and while he was serving her, they gained a natural chemistry for one another, which made them start dating, eventually leading to a marriage. Jeremy was the second child that his parents produced, after his sister, Sandra Frasier, who is currently studying engineering at Harvard. Although they shared a brother-sister rivalry when they were younger, they share a positive relationship nowadays, for they realised that they had similar personalities and could enjoy each other's company. He also has a couple of cousins, but Jeremy generally regards them as being the complete opposite of him; being more sporty and extroverted than he is.

As he was growing up, Jeremy was regarded as a very smart student with a fondness for reading, to the point where instead of interacting with other students during lunch break, he’d get a book, find a secluded spot in the playground, and read for a while. In class, he often tried to be the center of attention, and would often tell lies about himself to make himself seem more interesting. When the teacher asked if the class was right handed or left handed, Jeremy said that he was ambidextrous, when he was actually right handed. When the teacher asked where the students came from, after seeing how many people picking America as their country, he lied and said that he was from Scotland, where his dad's family came from. This is something that Jeremy carried through his school years; him often lying if he wanted to make himself seem more interesting or if he just didn’t feel like telling the truth, often saying that nothing interesting happened even if something interesting has happened. Over time, he has become better at lying to the point that he can eliminate a couple of the tells that people make when they’re lying, and he can get people to believe him if he repeats the lie enough.

During third grade, his parents urged him to do more activities and be more social. After he was told this, he learned of a program at his school which could teach piano to students, which he took up. The piano became a hobby for him after this point, and after he left elementary school he started taking private lessons at a conservatorium. He enters into contests for piano, and frequently gets first or second place during them. He learned his second instrument after, when he happened to hear Coldplay’s Viva la Vida on the radio as his mother drove him and Sandra to school. This got him interested in playing the cello as an instrument. However, his parents couldn't find someone who could teach cello in the area, so they settled for the next possible alternative, a violin. While Jeremy isn’t as good as the violin as he is at the piano, and is surprised and annoyed that his parents couldn't find a cello teacher for him, he still practices to this day, and he performs at the club that his teacher is associated with once or twice every year.

His learning of the musical instruments also led to music becoming a full time hobby for him. He started listening to it through his mother’s collection of CDs which he would listen to when he was being driven to school. He has expanded his tastes since then, although nothing he listens to really sticks with him, aside from a couple of standouts. He doesn’t particularly listen to a single genre, and is willing to listen to anything so long as it’s good. If you were to ask him what his favorite bands were, he’d answer with The Killers, The Protomen, Lorde, and ABBA as bands that have stuck with him; and They Might Be Giants, Ed Sheeran, The Book of Mormon, and Olly Murs for his current phase.

Grade Five also saw Jeremy picking up another hobby, video games. While at an electronics store with his mother getting something for her friend’s birthday, he happened upon a game that he had seen on an advertisement that he was interested in. After asking his mother about it, she bought the game for him. After this, gaming became a hobby for him, when in his later years he kept a list of every game he completed that year along with some thoughts on the game and whether he enjoyed it or not. He's for the most part a PC gamer, which until recently was the only platform he had, but recently he has saved up his spending money to buy a 3DS. While he hangs with the gaming crowd at school, he generally tries to downplay his interest in videogames when in a conversation with somebody who doesn’t play then, knowing that they probably wouldn’t be interested in what he’s talking about and that they’d label him as a gamer and nothing else.

Middle school was an interesting experience for him, since he tried to be more outgoing and social to a couple of people, putting reading behind him as he progressed. While he actually tried to make friends this time, he tended to gravitate towards the more imaginative people in his year rather than the people who played sports on the field every day. While he was with them, Jeremy discovered that he had a flair for storytelling and being able to create a world for characters to interact in. This stemmed into an interest into writing in general, and, while he doesn’t exercise his skills all that much, he is trying to write a novel and if he has a strong enough opinion on something he’ll post a review of it.

Grade Seven also saw the coming in of another hobby for Jeremy: interacting with other people via the internet. He tended to go towards video game centered forums, which allowed him to voice his opinions on what he thought on things. He also found his flair for debating on these forums, being able to rebut against points when he disagreed with them. This stemmed into an increase in Jeremy's confidence in real life, allowing him to become a competent debater in the classroom, although one who can get passionate and angry if provoked enough. He also uses forums to show off stuff that he has made, from piano arrangements of songs that he likes to pieces of writing that he posts where appropriate.

Towards the last six months of middle school, Jeremy started noticing his feelings towards a girl in some of his classes named Cadeyn Miller. He had crushes on girls before then, but they were more passing things, Jeremy never acting on them until one of the two changed schools or if his mood changed towards someone else. After a while, Jeremy decided to act on his feelings and ask her out, figuring that since since High School was starting soon he’d use what he thought was going to be a rejection as a growth experience. Surprisingly, she accepted, and the two started dating. The relationship only lasted two months, with Jeremy quickly finding out about Cadeyn’s eccentricities and forceful personality, quickly hitting a breaking point where Jeremy visibly and vocally lost his temper and broke it off. After that, Jeremy decided that he wasn’t going to act on his feelings, and now tries to think over things before he does them. He can still have crushes on people, but he now never acts on them, trying to ignore them if possible. Cadeyn entered Cochise High School the year after he did, to his dismay, and he acts irrationally whenever he's near her, treating her as if she's not there unless there's no way to avoid her.

Jeremy started falling out of shape, at this point, and realized this. He started doing more exercise, and started walking to and from places rather than using public transport. While it is working, and he is still in fairly good shape, he is still heavier than he'd like to be, a fact that he is fairly self-conscious about and wishes to change. While he still looks thin, he is out of shape, and takes active effort into keeping his stomach sucked in and his chin up, to make sure nobody knows about his weight issues.

During High School, Jeremy became far more social towards his peers, and has benefited from it. He’s mostly quiet and pensive, being more introverted than extroverted, but he isn’t reluctant to open his mouth when he feels like he needs to speak. He is also slightly snarky, but this is usually in his head as he isn’t very good at putting thoughts to words quickly. He is also a member of the school band, and his bandmates have noted him to be a friendly person who is always ready to help the people who need it. His friends tend to be around the gamer crowd, but he tries to be on good terms with the rest of the student body, knowing the names of everybody in his grade and never trying to actively antagonize them except for when he thinks they deserve it. However, when he hates someone, it’s very hard for him to change his mind on them, keeping grudges that last for a very long time. Even worse is the fact that if they manage to aggravate him enough, he tends to become very vocal about his hatred for them, becoming a very ugly person to be around in these cases. He is aware of this, and tries to not hate too many people in the student body in case of this.

It was also around this point where his already strained relationship with his parents became worse. Jeremy found that his parents had far different plans for him than he wanted, them wanting him to be a lawyer when he wanted to be a professional writer. When he told this to his parents, they refused, saying that he had to have good grades so he could get a job that actually pays well. At that point, after he came home with a worse report than usual due to not doing enough work in class, his mother started characterising him as someone who was obsessed with his computer, who acted like a rebellious teenager and was incapable of doing basic things. She started telling him that he was a failure who didn’t do homework or get good grades at school, making small problems with assessments that he has shown to her out as something major. His father doesn't seem to care as much about his grades as his mother, but his focus on Jeremy's musical exploits has since become a problem on its own. He would make Jeremy practice for extremely long periods of time, being incredibly strict about the speed he's going at and at points making him start a whole song again because he sped up without realising it. He would often call Jeremy for practice when he was doing homework, and said that he didn't care when Jeremy pointed out that he had work to do. He tries to tolerate them when he’s around them, but inside, finds that they’re a massive burden on what he wants to do.

Around this point, Jeremy started feeling like he was trapped within society. He thinks that the majority of people are trapped in a cycle in which they work, pay taxes, marry, retire, and die; a cycle that he feels is unfulfilling and unexciting. He wishes to break free of it, and live life the way he wants to, thinking that he’d prefer to die young than live to an old age having wasted his opportunities. He thinks that there is an event that every person experiences at some point that defines that person’s life, and waits for that event to come to him as he feels like the life he currently lives is fairly boring. This is mostly based in the books he reads, where the protagonist would typically find upon something that changes their lives forever. He uses his writing and imagination as an expression mechanism, and tries to imagine worlds where he (or an insert or similar character to him) has adventures with other characters both created by him or by other people, hoping that someday that one of these adventures might come true and allow him to break free of what he feels is a boring life. He tends to shirk off responsibility due to this, sometimes not doing the work that he has to do in favour of doing what he wants to do.

Jeremy is a little odd when it comes to hobbies, he’ll normally be apathetic to something until he’s seen a deeper look into it, in which case he becomes obsessed with it to the point where it hits his mind and makes him think about it at random times. This is the case for the TV show Survivor, which he started watching in its 28th season after a recommendation from a friend. He has become hooked to the show ever since then, buying past seasons so that he can catch up on what he has missed. To him, the reason he likes it is a cross between the unique characters that the show produces and the game itself, him looking at the edit to see if he can predict who will be voted out that episode or who will win. Since he has started watching the show, he has taken looks at other CBS Reality TV Shows, such as Big Brother and the Amazing Race; but they haven't quite stuck with him, because of Big Brother going through a stretch of bad seasons when he started watching and due to the Amazing Race's more physical approach. He has considered auditioning for Survivor when he graduates high school. He considers it a long term dream, however, since he knows that he has to stabilize himself in a job before he can have some fun, something that he doesn’t particularly like.

Despite his heavily social temperament, and desire to break free from society, he still does well in class, making above average grades in most classes he goes in. He considers himself naturally smarter than the majority of his classmates, with a memory and enough natural talent to do well on assessments. In particular, he excels in the humanities, with history, religious studies, and philosophy being the subjects he naturally excels in. He has trouble with Maths, in particular with some of the concepts such as Trigonometry and Quadratic Equations, because of the overcomplicated nature of them. He has noted the teachings of Seneca, and tries to put them to heart, having a negative outlook on what’s going to happen so that he can feel that good stuff happens to him more often. While Jeremy does not follow any religion, being born into an atheistic family; he is agnostic, and believes in the concept of a soul and an afterlife, thinking that something has to happen after he dies. He isn’t particularly interested in finding out what happens, though.

Advantages: Jeremy’s lying and debating skills make him a good speaker, and so long that he knows the person enough, he could potentially use his knowledge of them enough to be able to manipulate them. In addition, Jeremy is considerably intelligent, and is on good terms with most of his classmates, making it that much easier for him to make allies.
Disadvantages: Jeremy holds grudges, and is easily provoked against somebody he hates. His emotions can blind him very easily, potentially causing him to perceive people as enemies or threats purely because he doesn't like them, acting irrationally in situations involving them.

Designated Number: Male student No. 003

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Designated Weapon: Scoped Raging Bull
Conclusion: A gun will serve you well on the island, especially such a potent little revolver. But do make sure to control your emotions, you don't want to get into more fights than you have to. - Boris Petrikov


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B001 - Parker, Min-jae
Name: Min-jae Elliott Parker
Gender: Male
Age: 17
Grade: 12
School: Cochise High School
Hobbies and Interests: Goth rock and metal music, Goth subculture, drawing and painting, cooking

Appearance: Jae stands at 5’ 11” and weighs 163 pounds, putting him on the thin side. Along with his light weight, there is a bit of awkwardness to his long limbs, as he is still in the middle of his growth spurt. Jae is bi-racial, with a Korean mother and Caucasian father, and has a naturally fair complexion which he sometimes accentuates with pale foundation, particularly during sunnier months. He has a heart-shaped face with a sharp jaw and cheekbones, almond-shaped brown eyes, a slightly pointed nose, and full lips. His straight black hair falls a few inches past his shoulders and is cut in choppy layers, and his bangs are long and parted to the side. He pulls his hair back in a ponytail when he needs it out of his way. He has two piercings in the cartilage and one in the lobe of his right ear, a spider bite style piercing on either side of his lower lip, and a tongue piercing. He received the ones in his ear with the accompaniment of his parents on his sixteenth birthday, and the ones in his lip and tongue on his seventeenth. He generally wears simple silver rings in the cartilage and lip piercings, a spike in his earlobe and a plain silver stud in his tongue piercing.

Jae is very meticulous about his appearance and tends to dress for style over practicality. He favors a punk-goth aesthetic; his outfits tend to be in dark colors, with extra zippers, buckles, or other embellishments, ankle or knee-high boots, and a tank top or t-shirt layered over long sleeves, often topped off with his favorite black leather jacket. He frequently wears makeup, most often dark eye shadow and eyeliner, and sometimes nail polish.

On the day of the abduction, Jae was wearing his leather jacket, a gray t-shirt with a design of angel wings on the back over a long-sleeved fishnet shirt, black skinny jeans, and black combat boots with decorative extra buckles up the sides. He accessorized with two belts (one studded leather, one plain), his usual jewelry, and his typical eye shadow, eyeliner, and nail polish.

Biography: Min-jae Parker was born on June 9, 1997 to Ethan Parker and Hye Choi Young in Stanford, California. The first year of Jae’s life saw a good bit of financial strain on his parents, as Ethan was still finishing law school at Stanford and Hye was a recent graduate of the same, and both were working relatively low-paying jobs in their field to support themselves. They held off on getting married until they were more financially stable, a few years after Jae was born.

Though the couple both worked, they spent as much time with Jae as possible during his early childhood. When they could not coordinate their working hours so that one of them could be at home with him, he spent the day at a local daycare center that some of his parents' colleagues also used. He was an energetic and talkative child, but was prone to sulking and occasional tantrums if he didn’t get his way. It was apparent early on that he was inclined towards sketching and painting, and his parents encouraged his creativity. They took what free time they could to play or draw with him, and displayed his artwork around the house and in their workplace when appropriate.

The family spoke both English and Korean in the home, so Jae entered school fluent in both. While he did fairly well in elementary school, teachers reported that he could be hyperactive and tended to talk out of turn, and was sometimes temperamental and argumentative with his teachers and other students, especially when he didn’t get his way. When he was disruptive in class, he was usually removed from the situation by his teachers until he calmed down, though a few repeated altercations with certain classmates resulted in being sent to the principal's office and a meeting between his parents and teachers. Ethan and Hye were more lax on disciplining Jae for his behavior at this point than they would be in the future, concerned that implementing strict disciplinary measures for the first few incidents of his misbehavior would be unfair on him. They tried to balance restricting privileges when he acted out with rewarding him for behaving and doing well in school, and this helped to curb his problematic behavior for the time being.

When Jae was in fifth grade, Hye began having vision problems and difficulty walking and keeping her balance. She held off seeing a doctor, hoping that the episodes would go away, but when her symptoms became so severe that she was unable to work, it was obvious that there was a deeper problem. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and it was recommended that she begin working from home or quit altogether due to her impacted work performance. After a long debate and discussion, Ethan and Hye agreed that she ought to take an indefinite hiatus from work until her condition improved, leading her to spend a few years as a stay-at-home mom.

Hye’s illness and leave from work had several effects on her relationship with Jae. He was initially stressed and scared by her suffering health, and though his parents explained the illness to him and assured him that Hye was not dying, it took a few months for him to get used to the dealing with her sickness. During this adjustment period, Jae’s incidents of acting out at school became more frequent, and he fell into a cycle of bottling up stress, having an outburst, and then being reigned in, which set the general tone for his future struggles with controlling his temper. His teachers were generally understanding during this time, thanks to what his family was going through, and he didn’t face any serious consequences at home due to his parents’ attention being mostly focused on Ethan’s increased time working and Hye adjusting to being at home and coping with her episodes.

Once Jae got more used to having Hye at home and was able to better understand what went on during her MS flare-ups, he was happy to be able to spend more time with his mom. He started taking on more responsibilities around the house, gradually getting more confident about taking care of himself and helping Hye out when she was having an episode. Through a combination of being taught by his mom and trial and error, Jae learned to cook and eventually was able to prepare simple meals for his family when neither of his parents was available.

Being able to spend more time with his mother also piqued Jae’s interest in the Korean side of his heritage. Hye was a practicing Buddhist, but her religion had gradually fallen out of her priorities when she was busy attending college and law school and then working to support her family; this and the fact that Ethan considers himself agnostic lead to religion having little presence in the Parker home until Hye decided to refocus on Buddhism. During the most trying years of her illness, she experienced a revival of faith, taking comfort in meditation and prayer and educating Jae on the ideals and practices of Buddhism. Jae expressed interest in practicing the religion along with his mother, but he found difficulty applying its philosophies to his everyday life. To this day, he fluctuates in how strictly he follows Buddhist principles, trying diligently to follow them for a while before his dedication wanes, then picking up again at a later time. Hye also began teaching him how to prepare a few simple Korean dishes when they spent time cooking together.

Partway through Jae's sixth grade year, Ethan reconnected with a friend from law school, one Vernon Kanuho. Vernon informed Ethan that he had established his own firm in his and Ethan’s hometown of Kingman, Arizona, and offered him the opportunity to sign on as an associate, stating that he would be willing to make allowances for Hye’s condition if she wished to return to work as well. Ethan and Hye debated the risks and benefits, and Ethan finally accepted, moving the family.

Jae did not react well; while he had eventually learned to cope relatively well with Hye's illness, the sudden uprooting of the family so soon afterward and in the middle of the school year left him feeling lost and stressed out. His behavioral problems resurfaced; the lingering stress from Hye’s illness, combined with the move and feelings of lacking control over what was going on began boiling over into verbal outbursts. He made some efforts to adjust and was able to form friendships with kids who shared his interests in art and cooking, but this was hampered by his lashing out when frustrated, earning him a reputation as bossy and sometimes outright mean.

Art had always been Jae’s main outlet for stress. Though his behavior began to go downhill in middle school, he continued to work and develop as an artist, trying to achieve more realism in his sketches and paintings, and experimenting with different mediums, like charcoal and colored pencil. His cooking skill also improved, and he began learning to make meals that required more time and skill, and experimented more with traditional Korean cuisine by elaborating on the dishes his mom had taught him to prepare and following other recipes that he found online.

In his freshman year of high school, Jae was drawn to the cliques of students who were involved in the Goth rock and metal subcultures. He liked the dark tone of the music and the Goth fashion, which he began to adopt into his everyday look. This began as increased interest in stores that purported themselves to be Goth or scene fashion, such as Hot Topic, but it was quickly pointed out to him by the kids more familiar with the subculture that people who frequented mainstream stores like that were usually seen as posers. He was directed towards thrift stores and online shops which catered to his tastes, and began drawing his parents’ attention to his desire to adopt a Goth look.

They were initially hesitant, concerned about the stereotypes associated with the subculture and uncertain about Jae’s motivations for wanting to become a part of it. Through discussing it with his parents over several weeks, Jae explained that he liked the music and the fashion, and the idea of an open-minded subculture that celebrated expressing one’s self in ways other than the mainstream. Eventually, Ethan and Hye agreed to let him begin making changes to his appearance, starting with purchasing a few thrift store items and making alterations. Their caveat for allowing him this was that he had to keep his grades up, and if it seemed to them that his new interest was getting him into more serious trouble he would have to abandon it.

Though he had finally found his niche, at the time Jae didn't make many close friends that shared his interests; the older kids in the Goth clique at school viewed him mostly as a hanger-on. Additionally, he had begun to drift apart from some of his friends, in part thanks to his continuing issues with needing to be in control of situations and difficulty keeping a handle on his temper.

During the same year, several instances of disciplinary action in close succession at school thanks to outbursts in class forced Jae's parents to acknowledge that his behavior had become an uncontrolled problem. Teachers frequently had their attention on him thanks to his past behavioral issues, leading to a self-feeding cycle where Jae felt that unfair pressure was being put on him, making him feel more stressed out, and thus more prone to the arguments that had gotten him attention in the first place. The school counselor suggested that Jae might benefit from anger management or at least general behavior counseling, and provided them with the necessary resources to find a therapist that would suit Jae. After a few general sessions with various counselors, they found a good match and Jae began more specialized therapy to help him deal with his anger and control issues in constructive ways. He currently attends counseling twice monthly, and his sessions focus mainly on helping him learn coping strategies for stressful situations and working through the reasons for his anger rather than bottling up his emotions for them to explode later.

Ethan and Hye remained somewhat at odds with Jae's interest in the Goth subculture thanks to his more serious behavioral problems becoming apparent around the same time that he was first drawn to it. It took a lot of discussion and convincing over the next few months for Jae to allay their concerns that his interest was the cause of his social issues, helped by the gradual improvement that they saw through his counseling sessions. They still claim to not fully understand Goth's appeal to him, but have gradually accepted that it is not influencing him towards more disruptive behavior. Once his parents relaxed their suspicions about it, Jae began to embrace the Goth subculture more fully as he went through high school, developing his own fashion sense and incorporating gothic elements into his art. At his parents' urging, he tried to branch out socially more, making friends with more artistic types and finding other kids who shared his taste in music. Around the beginning of his junior year of high school, Jae’s parents also encouraged him to get a part-time job, so that he could begin saving up money for the future and purchase some of the more expensive items of clothing or shoes that he wanted himself. After a short search, he found a job at a local movie theater, where he has been working for about a year.

Jae does decently in school, though he has a habit of letting his grades slip in other classes when he is busy with art. He is able to achieve at least B’s in most classes when he tries, usually with higher marks in history and language classes than math and science. Jae is a member of the art club and spends most of his free time during school in the art wing. When required to work with others in class, Jae generally tries to adopt a leadership role, feeling that he works best when he is the one in charge.

Aside from art, cooking is Jae’s biggest hobby. He finds it relaxing and enjoys the presentation of dishes, and he is frequently the one to cook dinner for his family, especially since Hye has begun working again now that she has been able to cope with her disease for a few years and Jae is older and more self-sufficient. The family tries to have at least one proper meal together a week, so that they can catch up on each other’s activities.

Aside from butting heads over his behavior, Jae has a healthy and close relationship with both his parents. His mother and father do their best to be understanding of the causes behind his anger issues and encourage him to be more open to others. All of them are less close with their extended family, however, as both Ethan and Hye’s relatives had mixed reactions to their relationship being interracial and their having a child before marriage. Things have grown less strained over time, but Jae still rarely sees his relatives outside of holidays and special occasions such as weddings; most of Hye’s family lives overseas, so traveling to see them is expensive and time-consuming and his immediate family has only made the trip a few times during his childhood. Jae is somewhat uncomfortable around much of his extended family, aware of their feelings about his parents' marriage and his mixed heritage. He has better relationships with his cousins who are close to his age than with his older relatives, but is still not particularly close with any of them.

With the help of counseling and just generally maturing, Jae is gradually becoming more laidback and positive, though his anger management skills are still very much a work in progress. He is improving, but he can still be quick to lose his temper, and he tends to get defensive easily when he feels that he is being insulted or unfairly targeted. However, he is learning to recognize when he has crossed the line, and he usually tries to own up and make amends when it happens. He is gentler with people that he is close with than strangers, but his general attitude is a turn-off to some.

One of his biggest personal struggles in recent years has been with his sexuality; Jae has never been especially interested in dating, and recently he has begun to consider that this is because he is attracted to men rather than women. He is very conflicted about this, worrying about the reaction he’d get from friends and family if he were to admit it. He does have a developing relationship with his classmate Hazel Jung but he is uncertain if his feelings for her are actually romantic, and this is compounded by his confusion regarding his feelings for other boys.

Jae's impulsiveness still sometimes gets him in trouble, and he still has a bit of a reputation as a bully or a control freak. He sometimes feels as if he is stuck with the image that others have of him, so he doesn't always make as much of an effort to stay out of altercations as he should. He also talks a lot, especially when he is nervous or anxious, which can annoy some people. If people can get past that, however, Jae is always willing to talk about art or music with those who are interested. He is happy with his own company, but he also enjoys being around people in casual settings. He is a social smoker and drinker, partaking in alcohol and cigarettes if they are available at parties. As the end of his high school years approach, he has been smoking more, keeping cigarettes and borrowing them from friends more often, particularly when stressed. Since he is under 18 and not legally able to smoke, he only smokes outside of the house and generally in private places where few people will see him, to try and minimize the chances of his parents finding out.. Similarly, he has never smoked pot or tried any other drugs when they were available for fear of the consequences if it were to get back to his parents.

Jae is set to attend a local community college after graduating high school, but he is still uncertain if he wants to pursue higher education beyond that or if he wants to try working as a freelance artist or illustrator. He is considering taking a year off to travel after completing his basics, and has been saving his money accordingly.

Advantages: Jae is confident, independent, and decently smart. He works well in leadership roles if he is able to get others to follow him.
Disadvantages: Jae’s anger issues and reputation as a mouthy bully may make it difficult for him to gain or keep allies, and he doesn’t work well with others if he can’t be in control. His developing smoking habit could have a negative impact on his physical ability and would result in mild nicotine withdrawal if he is unable to smoke. His impulsiveness could get him into trouble if he makes rash decisions at the wrong time.

Designated Number: Male student No. 001

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Designated Weapon: Telescopic Baton
Conclusion: I can appreciate confidence and independence, but those anger issues might not do you so well in a survival situation. Good luck, and I hope that baton helps. It's not a gun, but it's something I suppose. - Boris Petrikov