In Character Posting Dates: March 1, 2015 - May 15, 2015
Rose Pineda, Nightengale | Emma Stone
Activity Level:Never Enough
RP Experience: More than some have been alive on the board.
Top 3 Authors:K. Armstrong, C. Vaughn, Mira Grant
Top 3 Bands:John Barrowman, SMASH Cast, Idina Menzel
Top 3 Movies:
Rent, Sin City, Quarentine
Mod Interest:Too Late!
Face Claim: Emma Stone
Eyes & Hair: Blue and Red
Scars, Marks or Tats: She has a tattoo of the Last Supper on her right shoulder blade. It has Jesus reaching for a figure standing in front of the table. The figure is a woman.
PLAYER INTERVIEW -
- Your views on your character.
What is your character’s super power?
Simply put, Rose has the ability to manipulate physical, mental and emotional pain.
Pain itself is a neurological process that has an objective and a subjective portion. People have different tolerances towards pain. When two people stub their toes, the first person might be able to immediately walk it off, while the second might crumple to the ground in tears. That is the subjective part of pain. It’s while some people are considered to have higher pain thresholds than others. She cannot control the subjective nature of pain.
Pain also has a biological portion. When the body receives a painful stimulus (the stubbed toe), a nerve ending senses this pain (Reception). The sense is then relayed to the central nervous system, where it is finally received in the pain processing center of the brain.
Rose’s power stems from her ability to mentally stimulate a subject’s neurological centers. This stimulation either increases the neuron’s transmission, or decreases it. She cannot heal a person, but she can make the person feel no pain from the wound he or she has. On the other end of the spectrum, she can stimulate a subject’ neurological centers in order to cause pain. This pain can be general discomfort to extreme levels to cause unconsciousness.
The most common use for her power is through her medical practice where she serves to remove pain from her patients.
What are the drawbacks or limitations to the power? Or what other powers may affect it?
The first limitation to her power is a complete mental block. When her powers first manifested, she used her hands to remove her sister’s pain. She has never had it suggested to her that she could use her powers without using her hands. As such, she firmly believes that she needs touch to trigger her mutant powers. It is my hope that someone, somewhere will suggest otherwise, and she can “reach” to having her mutant powers not be touch dependent. Once this is broken, her max range will be 35 feet.
The second limitation is biological. There needs to be pain receptors to stimulate. If person does not have pain receptors, then her power is absolutely useless. Of course, this also means she can, in theory, use her power on any creature with pain receptors...so evil Rose could hurt dogs. Glad she isn’t evil.
The third limitation is application. Rose has spent fourteen years working on the physical aspect of her power. While she has used her powers to qwell the pain of a person in a severe depression state, this is not her normal mode. She has not had extensive practice with emotional pain, and has only really used her power with extreme depression. It is my hope that this aspect of her power can be developed through game play.
The last, and most dramatic limitation is that her power takes a toll on her body. Rose currently has a brain tumor. The brain tumor is in the portion of her brain in which her mutant power is housed. She is aware of the location of her tumor, and that doctors suspect that use of her power feeds the tumor. She was given an opportunity to medically remove the tumor, but when she was informed removing the tumor had a high chance of removing her power, she declined. She firmly believes that God gave her the power to remove pain to assist people. The tumor can be removed via mutant healing, but she’s never sought it out. The tumor can be lessened with conventional medicine (Chemo, Radiation), but her body will have the normal reactions to such measures. The tumor is a side effect of her power; it does not grant her the power. Thus, if someone, somewhere got a mutant to heal her, the tumor would go away, and she’d still have her power. HOWEVER, the tumor would return with the use of her power.
What other characters on the site does your character know or interact with?
Rose has the ability to know almost anyone on the board. She operates an underground medical service for those who cannot get conventional medical help. She has a pager. Those who have her number are instructed to either page 411 (I need medical attention; it is not an emergency) or 911 (I need medical attention immediately). She is an active provider for The Kit Kat Klub and the Rubber Room.
She has helped over the past few years the Thieves Guild and the Morlocks. She has no problem crossing groups; she owes no affiliation. Her only rule is no rapists and no pedophiles. It is quite probable she’s helped someone in all sub groups on the board.
She works with Lindsey Ryan; She is his go to gal when his missions end up on the bad side of things.
She knows Raj, Choryung, The LeBeaus. I’m open to others.
What are your short and long term goals for your character?
I want Rose to know everyone. I want her to get involved in street level plots. I have already spoken to a few people regarding establishing relationships. I want Rose to end up being the street doc for all the different groups.
How do you want your character to develop over the next month? The next year?
I want Rose to get involved in several board wide plots, plus, perhaps, become a neutral party across group lines. I am a drama whore and competing with Kel for all the threads. As she’s now preggers, I figure I have a shot on the board.
What kind of plot/s would you like to see? Or see for your character?
I want Rose to get called for all the boo boos out there. I think Rose might be my bid for Erik's little endeavor. I want to try and work with the plot I discussed with Eve and Kel.
CHARACTER INTERVIEW -
- In character interview questions.
Standing in front of a mirror, what do you see? What do you like and dislike about what you see?
I look in the mirror and I laugh. Oh, not because I have body image issues or anything like that. Far from it..because I see, mentally, my family surrounding me. Sure, I’m attractive...fuck it. I’m hot. I keep myself in shape, and I don’t have body image issues like many my age. God gave us our body, and it’s our job to take care of it. I keep my hair shoulder length; easier to do things with. I keep my face mostly free of make up - not out of any real reason save I work twelve hour shifts and am too lazy to keep make up on my face. It’s impractical. I love my eyes. They are blue, and yes - I know they are “the window into my soul..” God. That’s SO cliche - but true. My eyes are my best feature..well, eyes and ass...but eyes are more socially acceptable. Oh, why do I laugh? I’m so fucking Irish looking it hurts. Pale skin. Red hair. Blue eyes. My family? Papi is Puerto Rican. My siblings are all mixed. Even my mother has dark hair. I look like the literal red headed step child. It amuses the hell out of me.
What are your favorite clothes? What do you wear for a special night out? Relaxing on Sunday?
My favorite clothes? Easy. Jeans and a soft cotton T-Shirt. What do I wear normally? Scrubs. I work in an ER. Because I’m a Physician’s Assistant, I get to wear ‘business’ clothes. I stopped my second week; they just got blood on them and got ruined. Oh, sure, I can look fantastic in business clothes, but they’re impractical. Jeans. Soft T-Shirt. One of those infinity scarfs.
As for somewhere special? I look amazing in a long black dress. I know, I’ve had to wear several for hospital functions over the years. I enjoy dressing up and being feminine. I enjoy my curves; God gave them to me for a reason. Who am I to turn my back on them? My “special” style tends to be more 40s glam over anything else. Those micro minis? No thank you. I’m 28; I’m not trying to draw any more attention than I already get.
What makes you happy? Sad? Angry?
Happy? People around me will tell you I’m always happy. Happiness is a choice, and I chose to be happy. Today is a gift; that’s why it is called a Present. I really, and truly live by the saying Carpe Diem. Life *is* too short, and it’s our purpose in life to make the best of it, every single day. I enjoy helping people; there’s a reason why I’m a PA. A bit higher on the totem pole than a nurse, but not as removed as a doctor. This makes me happy. Helping people makes me happy; there’s a reason why I’ve started my street clinic. Yeah, that’s what we’ll call it. More on that later, I’m willing to bet.
What makes me pissed off? Simple - Pedophiles and Rapists. Kids need to be kids. They don’t need some asshole doing assholey things with them. Rape is a control issue. Go get fucking control somewhere else. I’ll treat anyone who needs it -save those two. Once, some gang banger thought I was lying. They 911’d me to help with a guy who’d gotten stabbed by the Mom of a kid he’d been molesting. I used my powers that day to insure a whole lot of negative reinforcement for his penis. Those guys never pushed me again.
I _love_ my family. I know, I know - I’m supposed to talk about them later, but they make me stupid happy. Oh, sure, Mami is over protective and Papi would, I think, castate any man who’d try to hurt me..and my brothers and sisters are loud and annoying - but they are my loud and obnoxious. I love them all. If any of them called me in the middle of the night, I’d call in every favor to find a teleporter to get me there ASAP.
Were you raised by your family? Was it a productive relationship?
My family is….fun. Yes. We’ll go with that. Let’s start at the very beginning - a very good place to start. Mami was an adult, thought she was in love, got knocked up. She was 19 and young...very young. I saw the pictures. I truly believe it was one of those heat of the moment things, and she really did love the sperm done=orr. She’s never spoken badly of SD. My hair is completely SD’s. My eyes are my Mami’s, as is my mutant powers.
I was barely one when Mami met Papi. They fell in love quickly. He’s Puerto Rican and very..traditional in some ways, and very progressive in others. My first real memory is his laugh. He has this warm, rich, wonderful laugh. I was raised as his hija. Sure, by the time middle school rolled around, I figured SOMETHING was going on. My Mom has dark hair, blue eyes - a true black irish. Papi - well, Hispanic. My siblings are all a beautiful combination of them. And then there is me. They lovingly call me the red headed step child. Of course, it’s completely in jest; Papi adopted me when I was an infant. As far as legal records go, Papi is Papi and SD is SD.
My childhood was so bloody normal it’s almost painful. Reared in Northern Jersey in a Hispanic area. I learned Spanish, Spanlish and English. I went to school. I was expected to get good grades, and I did. I was expected to take care of mi Hermanos y Hermanas. Maria esta cinco anos mas joven. Marco is seven years younger. Jenni is the baby; she was a pleasant surprise ten years ago. I think Mami and Papi were sad I was going to college. I love them all, and they all still live in New Jersey. Mami and Papi know of my extra curriculars; they are proud but worry. They don’t know about my brain tumor. Benefits of being a grown up.
When did you know you had abilities others didn't? Did it change your life?
Oh, shit yes.
Mami is a mutant; she’s a puppet master. That is, she can control the impulses that reach the brain. Do you know how absolutely terrifying it can be to reach for something you shouldn’t have to find you have no control over your body? Yeah..we learn very quickly to not piss Mami off...not that’s she’s mean, or aggressive..she’s just...Mami
I was 14 years old. Bratty (What 14 year girl isn’t). I didn’t want to babysit; I wanted to go out with friends. Mami and Papi were insistent we had a family day. It was just Mami, Papi, me, Maria (9) and Marco (7). We were fighting. I’m pretty sure I’d lost the ability to talk because I was being THAT bratty. Any who...a car ran a red light. We were T-Boned - on Maria and Papi’s side. It was AWFUL and there was bloody everywhere. Maria was freaking out, struggling. Mami was trying to calm here, but she was hurt too. I grabbed Maria’s hand and something *clicked* Now I know I soothed the neurons sending the tremendous amount of pain to her...back then? I made Maria feel better...and that lt the paramedics get her out. It also was the clue Mami had that I was a mutant. This was before the registration act and so forth.
Obviously, we were all okay in the end. Mami and Maria were hospitalized. Apparently I slept with my sister, and when I wasn’t there, she was inconsolable. Strange things happened during that time - like when the mean nurse tried to rough house Maria, well...that’s how I learned about the opposite end of my powers. They couldn’t prove anything, though. Thank God.
Mami and Papi talked. Should they send me away? There was serious consideration, but Mami also learned how to use her powers by herself, and she was fine - so what was the harm, right? When I was given an option ? Oh,I wanted to stay with my family.
That year I got home schooled. Our bunny grew terrified of me. I had to practice somehow, and it wasn’t as intelligent as a human, cat or dog. I still sometimes have nightmares over that Bunny. Either way, I learned. I practiced. I controlled. I’m good now, never thought I needed a collar or anything like that.
Where were you and what were you doing during the Race Riots? Have you experienced any other anti-mutant behavior?
I was 20 during the Race Riots, in school in New Jersey. I had to go in state; I was a great student, but college is still expensive. So, yeah, I saw the race riots. They terrified the fuck out of me. That’s when I learned to keep it very, very quiet that I was a mutant. I watched girls at school get raped over it; I made sure the rapists didn’t again. Do you know with an overload of pain, you can short circuit short term memory? I joined the campus brigade that escorted people home. It’s where I learned some hand to hand, and to know that look someone gets before they do something incredibly stupid.
We’ve all experienced some anti-mutant behavior. I keep it quiet; I had to register when the whole MRA went down; there was no way I could practice and NOT register. The tried to make me wear a collar; I always seemed to miss the appointments. There is something to be said about having a shit ton of contacts. When the crap with the UPC went down? Well, thank God I was going through a chemo rotation. I was safely secreted away. Fortunately, when you do what I do, a lot of people talk to you. I had a lot of intel thrown my way.
Are you still towing the line alone, or do you hang out with a group of mutants? Why did you pick them?
I cross lines. Three years ago, I noticed there was a gap in medical care with people in general. Gang Bangers. Hookers. Exotic Dancers. Members of the thieves guild. It started small enough; offer my services to those who couldn’t get proper care for whatever reason - just stick to my rules, treat me right and scratch my back later. When mutants found out about me, well, I started helping a LOT of off grid mutants. Do you know there are a bunch of mutants who live underground? They’re called the Morlocks. Decent people...just, separate. I’d be willing to bet money I’ve interacted with people from all factions, but I claim none. No rapists. No pedophiles. Keep your shit at the door. Those are the rules. They work for me.?
What is your current living situation? How do you pay the bills?
Legally, I am a registered mutant (Pain suppression) who works at New York General in the Emergency Medical Department. I’ve been there for four years, and have received glowing recommendations from my superiors. I’m generally well liked, and get paid well. On paper, I am a very vanilla PA who happens to be a mutant.
Off the books? I live in a one bedroom apartment in Hell’s Kitchen. It works for me, and is cheap. Anything I’m paid for my street meds go straight back into my Street practice. I have a contact from a major pharma corp that has me registered as a clinic, so I can get morphine and other narcotics I might need through him. I helped his sister when she was hooked on some bad crack. Stayed with her through the withdrawal and made sure she didn’t die - both physically and from the pain. It was a long week, but the contact made it worth it.
Are you in a relationship? If not, is there someone you would like to be?
No, not currently, and before you go looking for why...yes, I get it. I’m attractive, but I also work hard, and I have a side job that is..consuming. I tend to do anything I do all the way. I’m intense..I know that. I’ve had relationships, and I throw myself into them completely..and when they are over, I’m devastated and then move on. I’m no prude; I enjoy healthy sex and have had several lovers. I can do friends with benefits, but I don’t often do meaningless sex. I also don’t do the other woman. Don’t mind women, men, open relationships..as long a everyone is on the same page.
Setting your abilities aside, what are you good at? What can you brag about?
I’m a DAMN good PA. DAMN good. I’ve had my license for four years, and people notice my abilities. It’s enough that I can choose my rotations at schedule time. I’m decent dealing with people; I’m not a bitch until I have to be. I can brag that I can get gang bangers and hookers to come to me with their problems, rather than doing coat hanger abortions in the back of a club. And No...you won’t find me performing abortions. Life is sacred. All life. I’ll gladly counsel a woman on her choices, but...
Everyone has vices or guilty pleasures, what are yours?
You know, people ask me this a lot. They declare someone with the happy background, the life I lead,I must drink, or do drugs, or something. Fuck it. Life is too precious to throw away on destroying your body. Do you know what a person looks like when the die from a drug OD? I do..or how much pain withdrawal cause? me too..No...I don’t feel guilty with any of my pleasures - but I do love me my chocolate...I suppose you could say I have a terrible habit of not cleaning my bedroom; everywhere else is clean, but my bedroom is my area and messy as hell.
Ok, last chance! What should we know about you?
I am very religious. I was raised Hispanic Catholic. There are things you don’t fuck with. I swear like a sailor, but God and I have an understanding. He gave me a gift, and I’ll use it, and he’ll love me for who I am. I’m not Catholic anymore, but I’m very Christian. Catholics got a little...judgemental for me. There’s a female pastor out there, tattooed all over the place. She’s my idol. The Bible says “Judge Not, lest ye be Judged.” I try really hard to live that. It also says, “Trust in the lord; lean not on your own understanding.” Another way I live.
I don’t talk about my brain tumor. Sure, my boss knows; I have to leave every little bit for Chemo or Radiation, but my parents don’t know. I have a few friends who know, but really..you don’t walk up to someone and go “Hi! I’m Rose and I’m right handed.” I don’t walk up and go, “Hi! I’m Rose and I have a brain tumor that could kill me.” I keep healthy. I do what I should. I have a quiet support network.
Speaking of network - I have contacts EVERYwhere. Again, just a side effect of what I do. I can spend a night in the ER and then head to the Kit Kat Club to do some exams. I am content being a street level person, though I hear things….
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