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Tessa White

"I'm really shy, but I have feelings, and I won't give up on anyone who's willing to give me a change either."

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a character in “Aeonis Academy for Demigods”, as played by Zoey26123

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"I can be social and animated when we are on one of my favorite subjects, otherwise I'm a good listener and do my best not to say something stupid, which is sadly kind of often..."







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FULL NAME::
Theresa Elizabeth White

NICKNAME(S):
Tess || By Everyone, it's the name she tells everyone and introduces herself as
Liza, Lizzy, Ellie || Her mother and or her father when he does talk to her

DATE OF BIRTH:
April 6, 1998

AGE:
17

GODLY PARENT:
Hephaestus

YEAR:
Junior

GENDER:
Female

SEXUALITY:
Heterosexual

ETHNICITY:
20% American || 40% Italian || 40% British

DIALOGUE OR THOUGHT COLOR:
#5CC9C9




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PERSONALITY:
Tess is an extremely shy person when it comes to interacting with people outside of her small circle of friends. She is a genuine person in the way that she is always honest even if she doesn't really want to be. She is a perfectionist in the way she creates things. She will always finish something whether it was a book or a weapon, even if she doesn't really want to or is bored. Tess believes people can't change unless they want to, no matter how much pressure their loved ones put on them. She finds its easier to just pick up and move on to someone else rather than to keep trying for someone who treats her badly.

Little do people know, Tess would love to be in the front and be the center of attention, yet she doesn't think people would take it well. She looks at herself as someone who is always in the way and couldn't do anything useful, ever. She hates she seems to have nothing useful for a demigod and constantly wishes she was noticed though she doesn't want to put herself out in the open in order to be noticed. Tess doesn't like being forced into anything or when someone tries to convince her to do something she doesn't want to do. She is a stubborn girl who won't change her mind on anything or anyone unless someone she really trusts or truly cares for convinces her otherwise, or presents enough reason for her to change her mind.

Tess is usually animated around people she knows well but is often extremely quiet around people she doesn't know or she likes. If she likes someone, she doesn't really show it because she has the fear that she would be too obvious. However, if someone she likes treats her well and gives her attention, even if its just to say hello, she is entirely interested in them. So long as she is shown someone who is genuine, kind, and compassionate, she will be stuck on them.

When Tess is mad, or upset, she can be rather mean however. She will say whatever she can to get people to leave her alone and will not hesitate to confront someone who hurt her in some way. She gains a lot more confidence when she wants to challenge someone after they've wronged her or one of her friends, but she won't have nearly as much confidence after she's done, instead hating she brought such bad attention to herself considering she hopes to be liked by everyone instead.

In reality, Tess just wants to be noticed, and have someone to look out for her. She has the fear she will never find someone though refuses to admit her fear out loud. Tess thinks she wants to be in the center of attention when in reality, she just wants one person to really notice her and understand her entirely.

LIKES:
✔ Cars ✔ Inventing ✔ Drawing ✔ Designing ✔ Building ✔ Being In Charge of a Project ✔ Dressing up ✔ Planning ✔ Being Useful ✔ Being Noticed ✔ Being Unique ✔ Nice People ✔ The Idea of a Boyfriend ✔ Chinese Food ✔ Speed Racer ✔ Open Minded People ✔ The French Language

DISLIKES:
✖ Running ✖ Knives ✖ Hospitals ✖ Needles ✖ Mexican Food ✖Being Forced to do Something ✖ Facing Peer Pressure ✖ Idiots ✖ Stupid Questions ✖ Jerks ✖ Abusive Guys ✖ Guys Who Only Talk About One Subject ✖ Close Minded People ✖ Rude People

FEARS:
☠ Dying Alone ☠ Never Being Appreciated or Understood ☠ Heights ☠ Trouble ☠ Failing ☠ Not Being Able to Fix Something ☠ Being Found by the Robber ☠ Death ☠




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FAMILY::
Paige White || Tess's Mother || Tess and her mother had a very rocky relationship in the beginning. The two were always at odds and hated each other until Tess found her calling. When Tess found her passion to create and invent, Tess and her mother got along very well. The two were really mother and daughter and interacted as so. Though Tess's mother is still hardly ever around, the two are very good about interacting with each other after some time away.
RELATIONSHIP WITH GODLY PARENT:
Tess doesn't know her father at all. She doesn't want to try and think of him as she fears it will just make her feel very sad. She knows he watches her just because of the occasional gift he's given her, accurately getting her something she loved. The charm on her key chain of the Mach 5 was a gift from her father. She believes he wouldn't be so bad if he bothered to talk to her, or her siblings.

BIOGRAPHY:
Tess was born in Chicago, IL to a rich CEO mother. Tess's mother was always extremely busy and rarely had time for her daughter. Instead, Tess got in a lot of trouble wherever she went. She was often found with the wrong crowd at the wrong time and has taken the blame for multiple things even though she didn't want to. Tess was eventually sat down by her mother where her mother chewed her out for being such a bad child and demanding attention. Tess, extremely embarrassed, decided she would stop trying for attention. She began growing quiet and stopped talking altogether to certain people including her mother. Her mother, not impressed, again believed her daughter was craving attention and sent her home where she was to be home schooled from then on.

Tess found she wasn't really passing school when she did it at home, so her mother finally agreed to take her out when a disguised Hephaestus claimed Tess might find a niche at school. Hephaestus began teaching at the high school Tess was attending as the Auto Mechanic teacher. Tess excelled and fell in love with cars at the age of fifteen. Her mother began enjoying the ideas Tess was coming up with as Tess was producing designs for cars that could be made and sold for good prices. Tess's mother paid Tess for her work as much as she would pay anyone and allowed Tess to begin taking college courses considering she was excelling in all of her classes after finding she had something to enjoy.

Tess was out walking towards the apartment she shared with her mother when she witnessed a robbery occurring. When she saw it happen, the robber so her and attacked her. Tess woke up in the hospital with major injuries that left her in critical condition for a few days. She experienced head trauma that caused her memory to be rather poor yet she remembered everything to do with school. She had to heal because of the knife cuts she experienced yet she was okay in the end, allowing her to walk out of the hospital entrance with only a few scars and a little help from one of her closest friends. She didn't remember the face of her attacker, yet the police were led to believe the attacker believed she did as she was in the news. There was a great concern of her being recognized and hurt by the attacker again so her mother decided to send her away to the academy where she would be safe and learn how to protect herself.

FAVORITE POWER:
Intelligence and Inventing Abilities || Tess loves the fact that she can take care of her own cars (She has several even though she just got her licence a year ago) and loves that she invented all of them from scratch. She has always been able to build and take apart anything of a car she has ever wanted to and has even been gifted with the ability to work with any mechanics causing her to find she loves to work on inventing thins more and more.
Electricity & Flame Control || Tess would have been shocked multiple times to the point of possible severe death if it hadn't been for her abilities to conduct and control electricity. Her ability to control fire has also been useful when one of her relatives sets something on fire in a workshop by accident or something.

MISCELLANEOUS:
Face Claim || Annasophia Robb
Favorite Car || A Mach 5 Replica she built by using spare parts and taking apart a very, very expensive car
Geeky || Tess is totally a geek when it comes to cars. She has an extreme obsession with speed racer and carries around a keychain with his car on it as well.
Languages || Tess speaks French as well as English fluently and is working on Latin. However she can fluently read French, English, and Latin.


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Tessa White's Story

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Tess looked at her watch upon finally feeling the affects of fatigue on her body. It was late, very late she realized. She had just flown in that day and had already gotten everything put away, yet she needed to finish what she had started working on in the plane. She had gotten the idea when, in the middle of the night, she had gotten another nightmare. She wanted a night light that might chase them away, even if it sounded childish. She was so desperate, she did not care whatsoever.



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Looking down, she found she was almost out of bulbs. She groaned softly, she had wanted to make several more of the little fireflies but it seemed she would need to go borrow some parts from one of her siblings if she would have any hope of doing so. She could charge it for a few seconds, but it wouldn't really work once the firefly started to fly. She sighed again, this time picking up her screwdriver as she tried to work the bronze plating into the correct space.

She tucked her finger into where one of the small batteries she had would have go and gave a little zap of energy. She could produce very little electricity, just enough to charge a remote or a firefly night light. The wings began to flap, causing the same amount of sound a regular firefly would, so basically nothing. She smiled, reaching for the bulb with the same hand and began screwing it into place. She set it beside the other eight ones she had already made.

Tess then began another, wanting to finish the fireflies before trying to sleep so that she might sleep without a nightmare. If she couldn't figure it out anytime soon she'd have to go to one of the Hypnos kids that helped with that kind of stuff. She didn't want them to know about the nightmares as it seemed rather childish and she didn't want the wrong type of attention. She sighed, before pausing, looking at the group of fireflies she already had. She considered what she might do if this didn't work. She remembered she hadn't filled in the battery yet and moved to do so. She paused, resting her hands in her lap, once the battery was in the right place.



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She looked around the room, turning off the one light on her desk before taking the fireflies in her hands, nine little ones that fit, stacked up rather high, in her hands. She smiled once, then tossed them, watching as the fireflies' lights and wings began to work, flying around the room as if they were real. They made no noise, but the light the created was soothing to Tess, the yellowish light bringing a patio like feel to the room. It was clear they weren't real based on the glowing of their bronze, but it didn't stop Tess from smiling and appreciating the cute things.

She turned back around to finish the last couple, knowing she would just have to wait for a few to get their light bulbs. She found that her eyes were growing unfocused as she continued to work and struggled to focus them. She continued to work, but found she lost the battle against sleep as it claimed her.

Tess woke up with a crick in her neck, snapping her head up so quickly, her head hit one of the fireflies flying behind her. She moaned as she rubbed at the back of her head. She had just woken up from one of the dreams she had. It started out the same, her walking through the city only to then be attacked by the robber. She could still feel his hands on her arms as he threw her to the ground. She had screamed, she knew that, but she didn't remember much else from the night, just the pain.

She groaned softly, rubbing at the crick, finding it wasn't as important, as she tried to release her neck from the pain. She stood, grabbing from her closet a romper she had recently gotten. She ran a brush through her hair, not bothering with makeup, as she then moved on to slip on a pair of converse. She was planning for comfort, not looks at the moment.

She walked outside, finding that it was early. She stopped, groaning, wishing she had looked at the time before she had left her room. She shrugged inwardly, pulling the pieces she kept in all of her pockets to start playing. She doesn't look where she's going as she messes with the wires of an iphone that she carried around for just this purpose. She began by removing the back, tossing the class screen in her pocket as she began to go further in. She moved some wires around only to find that the reason she hadn't been able to turn it back on had been because a small piece had come out of it's spot. She began to try to get it back where it should be, still not looking where she was going as she walked in the general direction of the dining hall.

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Link sighed as the grounds behind her began to fill out. So many of then seemed to enjoy the early mornings, something the daughter of Ares still had a hard time sharing. When living with her mother the woman never got up earlier then noon and usually just stayed in her room till the urge for alcohol dragged her into the kitchen.

Living in America made no difference to her mother's sleeping habbits but she did see some rather intresting folk walk by at nine in the morining. Even when she was on her own the city seemed half asleep. It was peaceful to Link who sought enjoyment in walking around with no destination. That was pretty much how she got around back before meeting her dad.

Link still did it here at camp. After a fitful four or five hours of sleep she'd sneak off with her pets and her handheld. After finding a hiding spot she'd either play till the power went out or it was time for activities around here to start. However as Link had beaten the game already today and whatever special guest wouldn't be around for a bit longer she turned to her old habbit of walking aimlessly.

Eventually Link let out a loud yawn, the kind when you stretch out your arms and scrunch up your eyes. Normally Link would lean against a building to do this but as nothing was near enough she just stopped dead in her tracks. The yawn lasted a good ten seconds so when Link opened her eyes she had no time to stop the girl from running smack dap into her chest.

At the sudden impact Zucker and Gewürz let out a screech and jumped from Links shoulders. They hissed loudly at the distracted girl and took off. Link sighed knowing full well they'd go hid under her bed and wouldn't come out for a long while. 'Gott Verdammt. Stupid animals.' She pinched the bridge of her nose and turned to the girl. 'Good job watching where you're going. What the hell are you doing anyway?'

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Tess found her balance was off and fell straight back, but being a demigod, she managed to turn enough to landon her side rather than her butt. What was unfortunate though, was that the tiny pieces Tess was working with, flew into the grass. She nearly groaned out loud as she tried to pick up the pieces. She looked around, finding a few pieces but not seeing the smallest of them. This caused her to sigh, unhappy that she had lost pieces that she had needed in order to fix the phone. She hoped she had some spare parts back in her room. She could get it working again, but not with the same system or anything.



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She hadn't even noticed the ferrets until they had already run off. She looked up to then see some girl she didn't know. She rolled to sit on her but, holding the phone pieces in her lap unhappily. She looked back up at the girl and nearly, nearly, rolled her eyes. She looked at the girl with a curious look, wondering if it was possible she could have gotten a concussion from that hit. How could one be so... blind to their own fault?

"I was trying to fix a phone. Now I don't have all the parts I need. Got any extra contact clips, logic boards, or flex cords?" Tess asked as she realized she had torn one of the cords with the small eyeglass screwdriver she had been using. She sighed, running a hand through her hair, looking around her one last time before standing and pocketing the remains with both hands. That side of the romper then titlted, pulling down though the shoulder parts kept it from sliding down badly.

"Sorry, I ran out of some other parts last night. It's hard to get ahold of the ones you need when you don't have the ability to pull parts out of thin air. Name's Tess, yours?" She asked, finding that she was at fault for the situation as much as this other girl was. Neither could really help it, unless Tess coul work looking up and this other girl did whatever she was doing with her eyes open or whatever. She put her hands in her pocket, smiling at the girl with the biggest smile she could muster, which wasn't very large since she wasn't very happy.

Tess studied the girl with the eyes of a mechanic, taking her all in with one sweep of her gaze. The girl was someone Tess probably wouldn't really talk to or start a conversation with unless something like this, which wasn't the best, had happened. "And where'd you learn German?" Tess asked, her curiosity about the language causing her to ask.

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Link studied the girl curiously. 'Got any....what? I don't know what the hell any of those are. Contact clips? Doesn't that like, go into your eye?' To emphasize Link pointed to her own eye. After a few seconds she let her hand drop and gazed at Tess with a raised eyebrow

The girl pocketed whatever thing she was messing with and smiled wide. 'Tess eh? Nice name I guess. Mine's Link. And no, it's not my birth name. Dont ask why I'm called that now.' She sucked in a breath. So much for having a peaceful day until whatever speak showed up. This girl just had to bump into her. And no it was not her fault thank you very much.

Anyway this wasn't a very interesting conversation and Link doubted she and this girl would get along well. Tess seemed too....perfect. Pretty, smart, no doubt had a large group of friends. You had to be a special type to befriend Link and she could tell this girl would probably not fit. Of course even Link knew not to judge a book by its cover. Maybe this girl would be a suprise?

And....nope. The girl just had to open her mouth and ask about her speaking in German. 'Where'd I learn it? Baby I grew up with it. I was born in Germany. Spoke it before learning English at all. Stupid language.' She paused and staring at Tess bit the inside of her cheek. 'Würden Sie eher ich nur Deutsch sprechen? Ist diese Arbeit für Sie?'

There was a long moment where Link did nothing but stare straight faced at Tess. Finally a grin broke through and she doubled over in laughter. 'Nah I'm just teasing you.' Playfully, though Link didn't really know her own strength, she pushed the girls shoulder. 'You know German? Or did you just know I was speaking it?'

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Tess considered the girl's name. She had heard that name when she had gone into a video game store once. There was some tournament going on but she had ignored it because she had been busy picking up a bunch of broken video game systems so she could fix them and return them to the store so they could then be returned to the rightful owners who were super happy about their fixed gaming system that had cost them hardly anything.

Tess just shook her head slightly at the question, finding that it was probably rude what she had said, but it wasn't entirely her fault the two ran into each other, and she had lost parts as a result. She looked down, over at the crowd of kids heading to the dining area. Tess could tell the girl was headstrong, and wasn't the... friendliest person ever. She was talking a lot, Tess did too, but this girl was comfortable about it, or appeared to be at least. Tess knew she didn't appear comfortable because she was hardly standing still.



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Tess found that as the subject changed from inventions to languages, she was at a loss of words. She only knew three, so how was she supposed to know what this girl was saying in German? She wondered if the girl was saying something about her or was just asking a question or saying something simple. Tess imagined learning languages growing up and wished her mother had done it for her. Her mother wasn't actually as close as she was now back when Tess was growing up so it wasn't a large surprise.

Tess just shrugged her shoulders, shaking her head that she didn't understand. The laughing caused Tess to ease slightly, making her feel better about the conversation. Maybe this girl was a cool girl who Tess might talk to in the future. When Link pushed Tess, Tess fell back down again just as before, though this time, landing on the phone remains in her pocket. She winced slightly into the grass, not showing the face to Link before she smiled and rolled to yet again sit on her butt.

"I speak French and Latin too, so I just recognized it really. So, you're a child of Ares... You have the strength for it. Doesn't the name Link have to do with electronics?" Tess asked hoping to go back to topics she understood, and liked. She said it with a shyness that caused her to feel like it was very obvious that she was uncomfortable about the current subject, languages and people. She was more like her father than she thought, unknowingly though.

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'Come down to the dining hall, we get a feast, plus I need some entertainment, you've got five minutes. :P' the text from Dylan said. Danny looked at the test, observing the name the text was said to come from. Danny had put the name into the phone as Dilly the Brain since he knew he could go to Dylan with any question, and had thought he was really smart when they first met. Danny groaned, sliding down even further to be laying on the floor as he looked into his room for Altair. "Altaaaaaaiiiiir," Danny called, "The meeting and our friends are waiting!" Danny looked at his phone again, then texted back: I have my guitar, Altair is just taking foreeeever. Danny was still on the floor as he just let the hand holding the phone fall to the ground. He was basically taking up the entire hall now, and he didn't really care.

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Link chuckled when the girl went down. So she was as dainty as she looked. 'You're so small even a daughter of Hermes or someone whimper could push you down. But yeah, daughter of Ares. Imma badass with a bad as ass father. She grinned wickedly and twirled her fingers in the air. 'Does have its perks though. Making weapons appear out of thin air is awesome. I can use it against annoying people.'

Another laugh exploded from Link and she winked. 'You seem alright for someone so dainty. You need a weapon to kick some ass you come to me, all right?'' Grinning Link eyed the girl up and down. She was clearly feeling uncomfortable and maybe a bit shy but since she wasn't a male Link had no problem teasing her.

'Electronic thing? Hell if I know. I'm more of a swish swish stab kinda gal, y'know?' As if to prove a point Link made a stabbing motion to an invisible enemy next to Tess. 'Fear not Princess Tess. The Hero Link has saved you!' She broke into a fit of giggles. "God...It's been so long since I had a good laugh. Thanks kid. You're a daughter of what exactly?'

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Tess looked up at Link, unsure if she was being insulted or was being straight up told the truth. She knew she wasn't strong, or sturdy, but she was clever, and that could win any fight if used properly. That, and she could use any weapon was helpful since it added possible options during a fight. "I... yeah, I'm not really... Yeah," Tess stated with a shrug as she stood up, looking at Link in a friendly way though she was not comfortable in the slightest.



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"You know, I'm not as dainty as you think I am. I know weapons just as much as electronics, but maybe a little less," Tess said as she realized it was true. She could build a car from scrap materials with the right stuff in less than a week, a few hours with instructions. She could also build any weapon with a picture. She had once built a sword upon request and had made a very pretty bow for a cosplay her friend had wanted to do. She herself had gone as speed racer, just putting her hair up in a way that made it look like she was a guy since it was covered by the helmet.

Tess shook the thoughts from her head as she listened to Link speak more. This girl was so friendly, and open, it was slightly weird for Tess since there weren't many people in her world who were like this. She smiled a little more as Link seemed to admit that she wasn't very knowledgeable about electronics.That left Tess with the idea that Link probably just liked the game, not the way it was created, so the opposite of Tess herself. Tess looked to where link appeared to be pointing, then realized she was pretending to stab something. Tess made a confused face but let out a small laugh.

"I'm a... I'm a daughter of Hephaestus. So.So... I... I'm into mechanics and stuff," Tess says, her confidence rising by the second as she was back to things she understood and liked. She let her hands play with the pieces in her pockets, just moving them around and not doing anything with them. She rocked back and forth on her heels. "So... Are you new this year? I don't think I've seen you around before..." Tess stated.