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Benjamin Ward
Topic Started: Jan 14 2012, 05:44 AM (611 Views)
Solomir
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Name: Benjamin Ward
Gender: Male
Age: 18
Grade: 12
School: Aurora High School
Hobbies and Interests: Football, other sports, student council, "encouraging" fellow students

Appearance: Standing at 5'10", Ben is a caucasian man of average height. Weighing in at 207 pounds transforms the average into burly and stocky. His physical training has built up plenty of muscle, more focused in chest and shoulders than in his legs. His dark brown hair is usually cropped short, which he usually doesn't bother styling. Occasionally, he adds some gel to make some menacing looking spikes, but that only happens when he's looking to pick up somebody at a party. His face has a more angular look to it, though not as well defined due to his training. Thin grey eyes are positioned just a touch closer together than average, though not enough to mar attractiveness. Ben is slightly nearsighted, donning a pair of blocky rectangular framed glasses occasionally during class. His long thin nose shows the scar of a hard impact during his junior year. Ben has a fairly big mouth, though not figuratively, which stretches into quite the wide smile, although many of his classmates are more prone to call that smile a "sneer".

Around campus, Ben proudly wears his letterman jacket over a light hoodie or long sleeved polo shirt. His preferred shirt is a plain medium grey hoodie, but his wardrobe includes bolder designs and colors. He regularly switches between well-ironed khakis and well-worn jeans, but almost always roams the halls in a pair of white basketball shoes. After school, Ben is often working out with his teammates, during which he switches to a more comfortable pair of loose sweatpants and sleeveless t-shirt. Occasionally, maybe once or twice a month, Ben will attend class with much more formal attire: shirt, tie, and dress shoes. It's on these days that his classmates are more likely to shy away from him, as he's been said to be more easily provoked.

Biography: Benjamin Ward had what most people would consider a normal life. He was in a regular family of four, living the upper middle class life in Seattle. Nothing of extreme excitement or tragedy ever happened in his life: no incidents with the law, no medical emergencies, and no known abductions for Survival of the Fittest.

That's not to say Ben's life was boring.

Ben's father, James, worked his way up the corporate ladder to upper management at the Starbucks Headquarters in order to provide for his family. Understandably, this meant he was, more often than not, working extra hours to get the next promotion, especially early in Ben's adolescence. That didn't stop James from trying to spend as much free time as he could with his son. Free weekends were filled with sports, either out in the park or at home on the television. James introduced Ben to all kinds of sports: basketball, football, soccer, and even golf. Ben came to enjoy all of them, but he was drawn to football the most, a sentiment James encouraged with enthusiasm.

His mother, Mary, did not spend as much time with Ben, preferring to care for his younger sister instead. Working on and off as a real estate agent gave Mary flexible hours, but she just gravitated more toward the younger Elaine. This made sense to Ben: the mother would teach the daughter how to be a lady while the father would teach the son to be a gentleman. To be a gentleman to his sister, Ben grew to be quite protective. Being three years younger than her brother meant that he was rarely around to watch her at all times. This changed once they were both attending Aurora High. Ben already knew most of the boys around, and made quite certain that they all knew what being a suitor would entail.

James' encouragement led to Ben joining Aurora's football team as soon as was possible, which was as soon as he'd enrolled into the school. Ben's natural build made him most suitable for playing on defense, where he served as a veritable battering ram for the team. But his father's words and support didn't stop at that. All through Ben's early life, his father had taught him that the best way to succeed in life was to be on top: to be respected, to be admired, and to be the best he could be. Not only did he teach Ben this, he lived it. James' slow but steady climb through the ranks of the company exemplified everything he taught his son. Every promotion was followed with stories. Stories of how James commanded with words, with drive, and with action. Ben took it all to heart.

He didn't have the same natural charisma as his father. He lacked the eloquence and experience that enabled his father to lead. So Ben used what he did have: a blunt unashamed attitude and the physical prowess to back it up. He had no problem making it clear to his fellow students if they were not good enough. Ben worked hard for his team. He worked hard for his position in student council. He even worked hard on his grades. It hadn't taken him long to notice that his peers would be more likely to look up to a person of academic prowess, and Ben decided to capitalize on that. He didn't hide how hard he studied. Ben regularly achieved straight A's, though someone who looked closely would see that he excelled more in history than in math or science. Only people who were strong and smart were considered peers. This was his expectation of everybody.

Woe to those who didn't meet them.

The insulting words and the harsh tone were not meant to hurt, only to encourage. Some people needed to be dealt with in a more hands-on fashion, but Ben never intended to injure. This was the only way he knew to show that he was the better one, and to show them somebody to admire and follow. It wasn't his fault that they thought he was a bully. They just needed to toughen up.

Advantages: Ben is in excellent shape and holds a physical advantage over a great number of his classmates. Not only is he stronger, he has no reservations in using that strength to gain an advantage over others. Ben has some leadership experience, which could be useful in forming and keeping groups together. His reputation and his skill in bullying others will make it easier to intimidate others to his will.
Disadvantages: Ben's high standards have somewhat warped his perception of his peers, leading to some degree of arrogance. His "encouragments" has likely earned him many enemies. He's a straightforward thinker, more likely to approach dangerous situations head on instead of considering alternate courses of action.
V5


B036: Benjamin Ward: "Sh-shut the fuck up. Or I'll k-kick your ass."
B047: Marcus Leung: "Let's start by staying calm."


V4

Rest in peace

B004 - Peter Siu: "We're all fuck-ups."
G006 - Tiffany Baker: "Will you stay with me, until I wake up?"
G027 - Marybeth Witherspoon: "The cameras are pointing here, not there."
B115 - Tony Russo: "I'm sorry...."
G087 - Rachel Gettys: "I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell."
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Benjamin Ward is temporarily DENIED pending some minor adjustments.

Benjamin's attitude towards school, his general grades, and any classes he enjoys/execels in or that he dislikes/is doing not so well in needs to be included, please. You do an excellent job explaining that he feels he is the best, but I need some details to help round that out.

Once you've made the requested adjustments, we'll get Ben on his way into pregame.
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Solomir
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Added a bit about his grades. Maybe not enough but it's hard to elaborate too much without disrupting the biography's flow any further.

Thanks for your critique.
V5


B036: Benjamin Ward: "Sh-shut the fuck up. Or I'll k-kick your ass."
B047: Marcus Leung: "Let's start by staying calm."


V4

Rest in peace

B004 - Peter Siu: "We're all fuck-ups."
G006 - Tiffany Baker: "Will you stay with me, until I wake up?"
G027 - Marybeth Witherspoon: "The cameras are pointing here, not there."
B115 - Tony Russo: "I'm sorry...."
G087 - Rachel Gettys: "I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell."
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BetaKnight
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In some cultures, what I do is considered normal.
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