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Matthias Zhakov

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About Matthias Zhakov

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CHARACTER PROFILE

  • GENDER
    Male
  • PLAY-BY
    Jordan Barett
  • AGE
    28
  • SEXUAL ORIENTATION
    Homosexual
  • RACE
    Magus
  • JOB
    Mercenary
  • LOCATION
    NY, New York
  • FACTION
    Not Selected Yet
  • APPEARANCE
    Broad-shouldered and imposing, Matthias stands at 6'2" feet. Despite this, he has quite a lanky build overall from not ever bothering to work on his muscles or body. He's pretty enough to be looked at twice without being passed by on the streets, but Matthias has never put much merit into his appearance. He appreciates people's minds much more, and so in turn gives more credit and care to his own. Despite this, Matthias is quite a vain character, preferring to don expensive clothing in order to show off his wealth and success in the society where much has been crippled after the Resonance. He has a sort of washed out blonde main that frames his face, and most times Matthias prefers to slick it back or tie it up since it is entirely too long to not put some effort into cleaning it up.
  • PERSONALITY
    At his worst, Matt is manipulative and a liar. At his best he's spoiled and selfish. But that doesn't mean that Matt doesn't care for anyone. It's just that life has only shown him its worst hand, and Matt has had to adapt accordingly. Prolonged acquaintance with anyone is sure to have him catching feelings, and it's quite surprising how far his loyalty will go towards someone he considers a friend. It's the whole friendship aspect which takes time with Matthias. Given his childhood, he is naturally cautious when approaching others he doesn't know. With those he sees as friends, Matt is very easily influenced by them. Unknowingly, Matt will sometimes change entire behaviour patterns in order to please someone he considers a friend, and is prone to favouring his friends' views and ideals if he can see some resemblance of sanity behind them. This unfortunately leaves him quite open to manipulation by those who aren't strangers, and his friends have found it easy to use his power for their own ideals.

    This renders Matt having almost two distinct personalities - one meant for his friends and the other for everyone else. With friends he behaves akin to a spoiled brat and can be quite clingy and insecure. With strangers he becomes someone aloof and cold entirely. He's kind of a prickly character, and not many people are drawn to him for the sake of friendship - curiosity perhaps, is plausible. Ironically, one of the things Matt fears is his own thoughts and being alone, so his outwardly harsh behaviour presents a paradox as to what he truly wants. As a child, Matt did not have any sources of love and attention, and so at his core, Matt is still trying to find people who will give him this, it's just that this innocent, childhood yearning has been covered by other hardships.

    Matt isn't a whimsical or spontaneous person. He meticulously plans all his actions several steps ahead, preferring to be the one with the upperhand. This doesn't mean that he won't abandon plans when he sees their inevitable end, but he prefers not coming to this stage, and often will try to hold onto the slightest probability of his plans succeeding even when the odds are against him.
  • HISTORY
    Post resonance, magic has always been a part of Matthias’s life, just not in the way that he always believed it would be.

    His life pre-resonance hadn’t had much for him to celebrate. In fact, it was probably these days that had caused such a distinct lack of humanity in him.

    Orphaned from a young age, Matt can’t remember anything about his original family. This has often been a source of great curiosity for him and one of the conflicts in his life. All he has been able to uncover is the fact that he had an older brother, and that his family had given him up.

    After a few uneventful years at an orphanage, Matt was finally adopted at age 12 by a rather wealthy family, one that was known for their benevolence for adopting disadvantaged children from all backgrounds. The whole process leading up to the move had been mundane, and to the young Matt nothing had seemed out of the ordinary.

    At his new family home, the Zhakov family (those who adopted him) was aloof. Even the other adopted children did not talk much to each other or between themselves. At first, Matt had not found anything strange about the ordeal, not knowing what families were and how they functioned. Instead he took it all at face value and instead decided to enjoy the new luxuries his new home provided. And there were indeed many luxuries.

    However, years of being starved for affection as a child had hardened him in some ways. He had trained himself to always look for signs of weaknesses or habits in those around him. In fact, Matt had taught himself how to read people to a degree that was frighteningly accurate. It was, perhaps an early manifestation of one of his abilities to be able to ‘see’ the stronger emotions of other people.

    By carefully studying the other children and the maids in the house, Matt finally realised why there had always been an ‘off’ feeling about the family. Misha Zhakov - the head of the family who had adopted him - was an alcoholic, and an abusive one at that. The children that the family had adopted was Misha’s wife’s way of deflecting the physical abuse from herself onto the children that the couple adopted. Children, Kaylan Zhakov had found, made for excellent substitutes, and the fact that they were orphans with no family or connections to speak of made it all the more easier.

    After acquiring this information, Matt was always careful to avoid the couple, always making sure he was in the company of another child who would be able to take the brunt of the abuse whilst Matt would be able to escape. Kaylan’s strategy seemed to work at placing her out of harms way with her husband, so Matt used it to, despite knowing how cruel it was.

    However, it was inevitable that eventually Matt did bear the brunt of Misha's intoxicated ire. He'd always believed the first time to be the worst, but that wasn't necessarily true. He can't remember much of what exactly did happen, his brain preferring to shut down parts of his memory, but he remembered waking up, sometimes days later, with his back aching and dried with blood. However, these incidents only pushed Matthias to become smarter with his planning and avoidance strategies, until he was almost never subject to the sage rage.

    The Resonance for Matt was almost the same as any day, with nothing particularly special. The Zhakov's lived in an old mansion that crumpled almost immediately during the event, and with it, most of the Zhakov family perished. Not having any particular ties to the other children, staff or the family in the house, Matt left almost immediately for the city, where he figured he could gather more intelligence on. Later, it was discovered that both Misha and Kaylan had perished during the event, and in a rare act of kindness, Misha had left his fortune to be split evenly among the adopted children. It was in this way that Matt found himself with ample savings for the rest of his life, and so he fared better post-resonance than many others in similar situations who had to live on the streets.

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    Ember didn't let the innocent smile on her face slip, well aware that she was playing a dangerous game. Had her disguises really been that terrible and easy to see through? She had spent ages trying to get the best hair extensions for one of them. But most people wouldn't have realised her as out of place, let alone following them. Well, she had been following him, but it wasn't because she was some obsessive ex, or someone out to get revenge.

    Okay scratch that, she sounded worse than the obsessive stalker.

    But she was just doing her job. She didn’t know what exactly the man had done that warranted someone paying a hefty sum for his head, but she wasn’t about to let it bother her. Never get too close to marks. That was her mantra. Too close equated to feelings and feelings equated to her not being able to do her job. Her job was the only thing that put food on the table for her.

    Her smile slipped a bit, as she pondered over how she was going to get herself out of this situation. Playing innocent was obviously not going to work in her favour. "Okay, you caught me. Good job, you deserve a medal." She gave him a round of applause. "Maybe I just find you interesting and want to know more?" Keeping up the fake smile, she slid into a seat next to him. "Or maybe I'm just really really bored." Ember shrugged and kept the nonchalant look on her face. All she had to do was get her story and then back the hell away from there. Easy.

    She wished.
    "So, tell me about yourself."
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