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Jason Chang

"Family above all."

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a character in “Aeonis Academy for Demi-Gods”, as played by Portrait of a Sociopath

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"Your talents are not a gift to you from the gods; you are a gift from the gods to the world."








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FULL NAME::
Jason Jiafu Chang
NICKNAME(S):
Jay || Peers and friends
Mister Chang|| Peers, sarcastically
Rou Dai || Older siblings, roughly translated to "meat bag", vestige of his punching bag days
DATE OF BIRTH:
March 18th
AGE:
turning 18
GODLY PARENT:
Hestia
YEAR:
12th
GENDER:
Male
SEXUALITY:
Heterosexual
ETHNICITY:
East Asian
DIALOGUE OR THOUGHT COLOR:
#A7133B || #D4AF37





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PERSONALITY:
Jason has the reputation of being a killjoy. His peers regularly joke that he is too serious and too responsible for his age and he has just enough humor in him to age himself with his powers in response to their accusation. Having been raised in an extremely conservative family, Jason does not indulge in the majority of activities labeled as "fun" by teens and young adults. He finds them immoral and counterproductive, but can respect his peers' decisions should they take part in them so long as they will not affect him or his future. Playing into the Asian stereotype is his thirst to excel and improve himself. His time is stretched thin between workouts, studies and extracurricular activities that will embellish his C.V. His everyday life revolves around a strict, self-imposed schedule so he can make good use of every single minute of his youth, ironic considering the fact that he has the tendency of making himself appear much older than eighteen. He is a focused and disciplined, but only expects that much from himself alone. His friends can be as wild as they want and as lazy as they can if they do their share of the work and yield acceptable results. Jason is not easily influenced by the people around him and he does not believe in a pack mentality so he is confident that he will not stray from his proper ways even when thrown in a pit of depravity. Is it confidence or arrogance, only time and twisted Fate can tell.

Work and studies aside, Jason is a mild-mannered and honest man who greatly cherishes the notion of family. As a matter of fact, it is the belief that he too will one day have to support a family that is pushing Jason to secure a good career for himself. Having grown up in poverty and seen his father work impossible hours just to make ends meet has taught him the importance of education. Ever since he was a child, he had always been the one to clean up and take care of his father whenever the old man would return home while his siblings were busy sneaking out to do God knows what. It turned him into a responsible child and essentially robbed him of his childhood, so many cultural references will fly right over his head. Still, he is oddly good with children. He many not be a fun uncle to play with, but he knows how to comfort and care for them.

Even among people his age, Jason can act as a placating force. He has leadership skills, but knows when he should not assert himself else risk worsening the situation as he can read the atmosphere like a book. Both his non-confrontational body language and nonthreatening looks make him an ideal pacifier and diplomat. Having grown up in a rough neighborhood, he isn't easy to intimidate should negotiations go south and is able to hold his grounds, but as a pacifist, he will only resort to violence if he really has to and only to defend himself and his family. A war is not won by swords alone after all.

LIKES:
Gregorian Chants: He finds them relaxing and it helps him focus better.
Schedules:He is particularly happy at the end of the day if everything went smoothly and no unexpected variables appeared in the middle of the day to throw him off schedule.
Cooking: Whether it is for or with his family, cooking has always been something Jay enjoys doings because he believes it is what brings a family together. He is very good at it and has been trying to learn more exotic and gastronomic menus. It is one of the rare hobbies he has allowed himself to have.
Working Out: He believes that wellness in the mind starts with health in the body, but unbeknownst to him, his body has become addicted to the endorphin released from exercising. Gym rat.
Sports that require teamwork: He cannot think of a better way than this to bond with friends.

DISLIKES:
Getting his family involved in his business: What happens outside of the hearth stays outside of the hearth.
Immoral activities: This includes quite a lot of things due to his conservative mindset. While he isn't verbal about his distaste for them he will usually try to redirect the topic of conversation elsewhere.
Recreational use of drugs and alcohol: He has seen first hand the effects of drugs and alcohols on humans and knows that the best way to ruin his future is to get hooked on any of them.
Unnecessary Violence: Having grown up in gangland, he has seen his fare share of fights and knows that they never end prettily. Fights lead to a vicious cycle of vengeance and redemption and can never properly settle a dispute and violence can only be used to temporarily push back the flames of war, only to have them return twice as vicious.
His youthful looks:He has oftentimes been called a "baby face" and brushed aside for it in his teens. The fact that East Asians usually look much younger than they actually are does not help either.

FEARS:
☠War. He does not believe it to be necessary between the gods and the demigods and fears its aftermath. Both sides have too much to lose and he will do whatever it takes to prevent that.
☠Choosing work over family. He values family a lot, but believes he must work hard to provide for them. If he does not keep himself in check, he may tip the scales and completely forget about his kin.
☠Failing to be able to provide for his family




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FAMILY::
Stella Chang|| 30 y.o.|| Half-Sister
Stella's wild partying habits clash with Jason's uptight beliefs. They used to be on much better terms with her bribing Jason to stay quiet and clean up after the parties she would throw behind their old man's back, but nowadays, she just avoids him because she knows that he will lecture her about her lifestyle. She is never home to look after their father despite her successful career leaving her plenty of time and money to do so and he find it unacceptable after the many years Mr. Chang has toiled for their livelihood. Nevertheless, only she and George have the right to lay a hand on Jason and they are fiercely protective of him. It was their mother's honor that his existence was mocking after all.
George Chang|| 28 y.o.|| Half-Brother
Being the adventurer of the family, George is rarely at home, but unlike Stella, he isn't off partying or getting into trouble. He is usually hitchhiking across the country and actually challenging dojos (or forcing dojos to accept challenges because most dojo owners and masters live in the 21st century)all over and outside of the Unite States or training overseas. He keeps in touch through letters and is known to send random knickknacks to Jay as souvenirs. He still treats him like their baby brother which infuriates Jason, but there isn't much he can do as he is always the one that bites the dust first on the tatami.
Dishi Chang|| 51 y.o.|| Father
Jason is the elder Chang's favorite child as he believes, and rightfully so, that the demigod brings fortune to their family even if he is still a devout christian. Jason's respectful attitude also helped. Jason respects the man's work ethics and hard work and is dead set on repaying his father.

RELATIONSHIP WITH GODLY PARENT:
Jason and Hestia are amiable terms, but distant with one another by Jason's preference. He knows that she cannot afford to spend much time with his family so he would rather not bond with her only to see her vanish from the lives. Despite her busy life and precarious situation, Hestia still goes out of her way and behind Jason's back to help him and his family just like how she asked a son of Ares to keep his relatives in check. She knows that he will feel indebted to her so she keeps silent, not wanting gratitude or payment for helping her own son.

BIOGRAPHY:
Jason was born out of wedlock in a conservative Asian-American family. When baby Jay was found on Mr. Chang's doorsteps, it caused a huge uproar in their religious circle. No one had suspected the hardworking and honest man to have an extra-marital affair barely a few months after his wife's death. It drove a wedge between his wife's two older children and he, but he refused to put Jason up for adoption even if he was barely making enough to feed his two older children. With the threat of Child Protective Services looming above them, the patriarch was firm in ordering his children to take care of Jay as an infant while he took on a third job.

Surprisingly enough, only a few months after Jason's arrival, they would see their financial situation improve greatly out of sheer luck. Their father's deteriorating health also improved and his fatigue wasn't as unbearable as before despite working harder than he had ever. Stella and George, for all the grumbling and cursing they had done when forced to spend their free time taking care of their younger brother had to concede that Jason made their father happy which in turn made the man more tolerant to their belligerence. Although they still resented the baby for what he represented, they learned to make best use of him to sway their father.

A year after Jason was introduced to the Chang household, Stella announced that she would be joining an MMA gym that had just opened a few blocks away from their house. Seeing that the neighborhood they lived in was dangerous and that drugs, sex, gangs and violence were prevalent everywhere, Mr. Chang did not oppose to it. Much to his surprise, the owner and coach took Stella in free of charge in exchange for leftovers from the restaurants he worked at. It turned out that Stella had great talent for it and would go one to win multiple championship after only a few years. Her younger brother would follow in her footsteps and they would bring back enough money from their tourneys and from work as teacher assistants to allow Mr. Chang to quit one of his jobs. Babysitting duties still fell on both teens so they would often drag Jay to work and have him participate as sparring partner (punching bag) for the younger students. Years passed and their coach became a part of their family. They would even go as far as to call him "uncle," and they weren't too far from the truth.

Five days after Jason's middle school graduation, the man would invite him to a camping trip while his siblings were busy elsewhere. It was merely a cover-up and, in retrospect, he could have dealt with the situation much better instead of making Jay think that he was being kidnapped. Let's just say that both sported a few more bruises than what the staff of Aeonis was expecting when they finally arrived at destination. There, Jay met his mother for the first time and was urged to attend a school built for children just like him. He accepted under two conditions: he would be given a scholarship that would cover all expenses that come with attending Aeonis and his mother would meet his father for a proper talk.


FAVORITE POWER:
Blessing others with good fortune.


MISCELLANEOUS:
FC: Huang Xiao Ming
When upset, traces of his ghetto days will slip into his speech and demeanor.
Experienced street and MMA fighter. Used to receiving nasty beatings no thanks to his siblings.
Anger ages him and joy rejuvenates him.
He has a habit of ageing himself because he is convinced that people will take him more seriously that way.

So begins...

Jason Chang's Story

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Ever the early riser, Jason had awoken much earlier than necessary to ensure that he would have enough time for a morning jog. While he would have much preferred the gym, he still had some unpacking to do so a full workout was out of the question even if his body craved that does of endorphin he had to skip out on the night before so busy he had been with his trip to Greece. By the time he had returned and stepped out of the shower, a text from his brother letting him know that he had sent some souvenir from "The Land Down Under" to the post office nearest to Aeonis had popped up on his mobile. It was most likely another silly toy the man had purchased during his travels and, although the sentiment was appreciated, Jay was slightly exasperated by being treated like a child. It was true that he was the youngest back home, but he was still turning eighteen and well above the age of plush toys. He was starting to have quite a collection back home and is considering donating them to charities. On second thought, perhaps Hugo wouldn't mind having them; more often then not, Jason felt as though he was dealing with a five years old whenever the kleptomaniac was around and had to remind himself that it was simply Hugo's way of "caring."

It was nearing 7:30 when a slightly breathless Jay finally headed towards the kitchen after hastily putting on a plain shirt and a pair of comfortable jeans. Most students settled for what the cafeteria offered in terms of meal, but the son of Hestia much preferred making his own meals, even if it was something as simple as eggs, bacon and rice porridge for breakfast. He had stocked up their fridge and cabinets with what food and snack he had time to purchase as soon as he had left the airport and had the intention of making a trip to the nearest grocery store as soon as he had some free time. While Aeonis served a wide-variety of meals, the same could not be said of local markets. The amateur chef had found that one of the biggest challenge he would face at Aeonis concerning his culinary activities was finding the right ingredients—not that there was anything wrong with Mediterranean meals, but he sometimes still felt a bit homesick and would indulge in even the foulest fast food just to have a taste of home—and tools to make what he wanted. He would need to see if any of the children of Hephaestus would be so kind as to lend him a hand with the latter.

"Zeke, are you up?" he asked while preparing an extra portion in case aforementioned Zeke was feeling inclined to start his day early. He wasn't exactly expecting a response knowing how tiring the trip to Greece can be, but knew that he had spoken loud enough to be heard if the better half of the Meer twins had been awake. "Breakfast is ready if you don't mind some of my congee." For all he knew, Ezekiel may have left the dormitories already. Either way, he always prepared extra portions just in case Talia would decide to drop by unannounced. His sleep had not been disturbed last night so he hoped it was safe to assume that she had stayed out of trouble during that time. Even she knew better than to start another year with too big of a bang. Right?

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A final trip planned by their father had resulted in a bit a hectic conflicts in the Meer twin's schedule. Time had been lost between one hunt and the next, resulting in their trip back home to Tel Aviv to be delayed. That made them miss their initial flight. Talia and planes did not get along to begin with so the moment they were forced to switch to a late night flight Zeke had to calm his sister, insisting that it was perfectly safe to fly at night. Needless to say, neither twin was in a particularly fun mood when they stumbled into Aeonis around three in the morning. Zeke had headed immediately to the boy's dorm and not surprisingly his sister had followed.

When they entered, they tried to be as quiet as possible. It was obvious that Jason had arrived before them, small changes in how the boys had left the room at the end of the last school year. Tali made a beeping for her brother's room, claiming his bed for her own with a tired sigh. She was out in minutes, leaving Zeke to frown before shaking his head. Of course she'd make him have to sleep on the floor or the couch in the living room, that was how things always were. So back out he went, not even bothering to change into anything as he plopped down on the sofa.

Ezekiel wasn't asleep for long, he was up around 6 with only a few hours of sleep in his system. He had slept during their two hour flight as well, so he wasn't completely drained. It was uncommon for him to leave the dorm and walk the perimeter of the school, he do so every year multiple times. Then quiet, the lack of crowed the busy campus seemed to have, it was all common during the wee hours of the morning.

Talia slept, the entire way through until she could make out Jason's voice calling for her brother through the door. She groaned, rubbing the sleep from her eyes, and standing to stretch. The teen opened the door and made her way to Jason with practiced ease. She grabbed at whatever food he had made, knowing that one portion was made for her specfically. Her eyes wondered to the couch as she spooned a bit of whatever Jason made into her mouth. It wasn't spicy so it was good enough for her.

"No Zeke?" She asked simply as she eyed the empty living room. Once it was obvious her brother wasn't there, Tali turned her gaze to Jason. "How was your summer?" The teen inquired, another bit spoonful of porridge going into her mouth. She was genuinely curious, Jason was a friend after all. As soon as the question was out of her mouth though, Zeke walked through the door.

"Campus is starting to come alive. There were a lot of people heading out for orientation as I was making my way back." He said with a grin, taking his own bowl from the counter where Jason had left it. "You get to see Hugo yet?" Zeke hadn't seen the son of Hermes since the previous school year. Tali scoffed at the mention of the other male, but continued to eat.

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The one to respond to his morning call wasn't his dormmate, but she may as well be. "Good morning, Talia. Coffee should be ready in a few minutes." He was pretty sure that they were breaking some rules, unspoken or written ones, just by having Talia spend so much time in their dormitory, but family came first, and that meant before conventions and rules.

Her question had him raise a brow in surprise and he shifted his gaze towards the couch where Ezekiel must have resigned himself to sleep last night. "I was hoping that you would be able to tell me where your brother went," he said just as he settled down on the kitchen counter to eat his own breakfast.

Ezekiel made his entrance just then and Jason greeted him with a small nod before answering Talia again. "Productive." It was short and vague, but they knew him well enough to know what it meant. His summers were never too fun, so he would rather keep it short instead of boring his friends with a detailed account of his summer job at a local garage and the extra course he had taken. "Though my brother has filled up my room back home with action figures and dolls during my stay here last year. If you know someone interested in Power Ranger figurines from Japan, let me know." His older brother was a traveller and someone who had probably watched to many Kung Fu flicks when he was a child because he was going around the world challenging dojos and sending his "baby" brother souvenirs at every occasion.

"I hope your summer was more interesting than mine. I haven't seen Hugo yet, but chances are that he is still asleep." It was still too peaceful on campus even if students have started pouring out of their dorm to head down for breakfast. No one has declared their watch missing and Jason had not found any mysterious gift-wrapped boxes on his desk so the vivacious Colombian had not yet had the time to unleash his talents on unsuspecting victims. Talia's open dislike of their common friend had Jason smiling despite himself. In his eyes, she was the pot calling the kettle black in terms of trouble.

Chatter could be heard from the hall even through a shut door, and that was all the cue Jay needed to finish his modest meal and clean up after himself. "Have you guys put some thoughts into what clubs you will be joining again this year?" He, himself, had a few in mind, but he also planned to retake the SATs, as boring as they are even to him, so his time would be cut short. To him, Aeonis was just like any other high school, a prerequisite for college and a good career, never mind the deaths of gods at the hands of demi gods. In that aspect, it could be said that Jason was a bit naive and too optimistic.

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Talia's face scrunched up a bit at the mention of Power Rangers. She could remember the series being extremely popular when she was a child. She also recalled getting into a fight when one of the boys had told her she could only be the pink one when she wanted to be blue. It didn't end well. Zeke had been happy being designated green though. "You know I would have loved to see a picture of that." Zeke teased as he finished off the food in his bowl. "Can't really help you with that though, I'm sure you can get rid of them using Ebay or something."

Talia stood as she finished her food, her brother holding out his finished bowl as well for her to take. She gave him a flat look, but still took it. "We went camping," The teen replied to her friend's inquiry. Honestly, theirs hadn't been eventful in the least. Just the same thing that the twins always did with their father during summer breaks."And hunted." Tali poured herself two cups of coffee, drank about half of one, and set what was left next to her brother. The other she pushed over towards Jason.

Zeke watched as his sister went back into his room and closed the door. "Think I'll probably do the same thing as every year; archery and my own thing." He grinned at Jason as he said it. Clubs tended to be too crowed for his liking, but the archery club allowed him to have a bow in his hands without necessarily breaking any school rules. "May need your help with some studying though, you know how math and I don't get along so well." He picked up the mug, finishing off what was left inside without much thought.

A muffled reply from his sister could be heard as well, but Zeke couldn't make it out well. It was probably something along the lines of some martial arts club."How about you? Narrow down your choices yet?" He knew how organized Jason was and wondered how many extracurriculars he'd be able to fit into his schedule.

Tali joined then again minutes later, this time dressed in some yoga pants and a tank top. "You guys ready to go now? She was straight to the pint as usual. Whether the two males were done with their conversation or not, Tali was bored with the topic. On other words she wanted their little trio to move along.

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"Is your father doing fine?" he asked as he nodded his thanks to Talia. From what he had understood, the Meer's father worked for the Israeli government. He wasn't sure which department and had never asked in case that would put his friends in an awkward position. The man was busy the majority of the time with work and now that his children were studying abroad, spending time with his children must have been quite hard if not for their shared interest in the outdoors.

Jason grinned at the mention of mathematics. His light mood had started de-aging him a few years, but he caught himself before his body began to shrink, and, instead, aged himself a few more years to adorn a severe scowl. "You may regret that." Mr. Chang was in session. Good thing he fit stereotypes even if his control over his gifts would still slip away every now and then.

"I may need to drop the amateur chef club and sports to keep Model UN and debates." Whatever was better for his CV, of course, even if Aeonis was rarely invited to any simulations against other schools. He quickly downed his coffee, black. He still had trouble understanding putting cream and sugar in his tea and that part of his cultural heritage had been translated to coffee. "Depending on who will be joining the music club, I may also try out for it although I've been told that my taste in music is a bit too unconventional." He scratched his head at that. He just wasn't a particularly big fan of contemporary music. Then again, it may be because he enjoyed religious music from a religions that clashed against the existence of their parents. He couldn't help but wonder what exactly the gods of Olympus thought of the Holy Bible and Coran. Talia returned at that moment and Jay quickly rinsed his cup and set it on the counter to dry.

He nodded. "Yes, let's head down for Orientation. We may need to help the freshmen around." After double-checking that he had everything he needed on him and that all the lights had been turned off, he headed for the door to join the stream of students trickling through the hall. Already a third of the cafeteria's seats were taken, mostly by unfamiliar faces of newcomers who were anticipating the big day with mixed feelings, but no sign of the headmaster yet.