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Lex Miles

"Heh."

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a character in “The Demi-God Academy”, as played by Red_Kryptonite

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Only the dead have seen the end of the war. -George Santayana


Introducing


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Full Name:
Alexander Rudd Miles

Nickname:
Lex

Age:
19

Birth Date:
November 28th

Home Town:
Astoria, Oregon, USA

Sexuality:
Heterosexual

Studying:
Astrology


Being Demi-Gods


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Godly Parent:
Ares

Power:
While his physical stature alone might intimidate others, Lex obtains amazing combat skills, particularly hand-to-hand. Though quite fast, his biggest aid in battle is his brute strength. The hereditary ability of emotional manipulation didn't pass over Lex, though he doesn't practice the act often. He prefers to handle situations with his own emotions and act upon those accordingly. Although he does have the tendency to infuriate his opponents to the extent that they lose all form of self control, increasing their vulnerability tenfold. Another notable factor is that Lex has an incredible amount of willpower. It would take someone with great ability to affect his mindset.

Along with his innate ability to trigger the emotions of his opponents, he can actually increase the adrenaline of his allies to the extent that they are able to push through physical barriers that would have previously slowed them down. For instance, if a friend's leg was badly damaged, their adrenaline could be brought out so much so that they would be able to run at full speed, despite their injury.


Strengths:
~Any form of hand-to-hand combat
~Strategic sports
~Climbing
~The emotions of others
~Courageous
~Disarming opponents




Weaknesses and Flaws:
~Opponents with superior willpower
~Stubborn
~Unforgiving
~Bad memory
~Long ranged combat
~Cigarettes



Sharing Our Desires


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Likes: ~Horror films
~90s anything
~Fighting
~Spoiler alerts
~Reading & Writing
~Coffee
~Solitude


Dislikes: ~Overconfidence
~Loud people
~Math
~Large groups
~Most people
~Chocolate

Hobbies: ~Fighting
~Reading
~Exercising

Fears: ~Bodies of water where it is too deep to see the bottom
~His mother dying

Secrets: His mother doesn't know he smokes.
Other than that, everything is a secret about Lex to those who don't know him.



In-Depth


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Personality:
Lex is a peculiar character, as he's an emotionally unstable young man, while he can find peace in the heat of battle. He is quick to anger, though he has learned to control his actions very well. He actually has a great sense of humor, he just doesn't express it very often, nor does he always laugh at things he finds funny. He's relatively quiet, especially around people he doesn't know very well, (which is a large amount of people considering he doesn't trust many). Not trusting people has its pros and plenty of its cons, one of which being not having many friends. This, though doesn't bother Lex as he finds people just a distraction from what really matters: training.

Lex loves to fight; he doesn't enjoy hurting people, but just the sport of combat. Any time he is able to prove his skill in battle, he does so prominently. Lex doesn't strive to be the best; he only pushes himself to be better than he was before. Although he loves being active and exercising to keep his body at its peak, he also enjoys keeping his mind in good health as well. He can often be found reading, and sometimes writing in a journal that he keeps.

Since a young age, Lex has shown many signs that'd he'd later have problems with authority in life. Through puberty, this has proven to be correct, though he has definitely toned down the disregard for authority. He feels as if he shouldn't have to respect those who haven't earned it, no matter what their title is, be it a policeman, an elder, or even a god. He doesn't practice much worship for the gods, believing that if he can achieve his goals without the aid of his family, he can accomplish anything.

Though he is attracted to girls, it is hard for him to establish an intimate relationship with one, on account of his reluctance of trusting people. This has led to quite a number of one-night-stands. He does, however, have many strong morals, one of which is to never harm someone who he believes to be weaker than him until that attempt to harm him. This has actually gotten him into many fights as he is quick to stand up for those who cannot defend themselves. He does not do this to gain popularity or to appear tough, he does it because he believes in equality and that it is wrong for people to hurt without given a fair chance.


The Past Defines Us



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History:
Lex had grown up in a rather dysfunctional family, never having a chance to spend time with his mother, as she was deployed in Iraq for the majority of the time in his later teens. Being a First Lieutenant in the Marines, Lorene Serenity Miles attracted the attention of Ares, the God of War rather quickly. They met, fell in love just long enough for Lex to be produced, and then Ares left, never to be seen again. A strong woman Lorene proved to be, as she raised her son alone for the first part of his life.

Though throughout childhood, Lex showed signs of anger and violence, it wasn't until he entered his teens where his emotions really began to kick in. This got him into a lot of trouble. He didn't really get along well with many of his peers, so it was no surprise that he got into more than his fare share of fights. Though always in trouble, his mother wasn't there to discipline him, his uncle was. Although his uncle wasn't really a figure of authority as he kept to himself a lot and never really bothered with Lex's school life, or his personal one for that matter.

It wasn't until Lex had entered his eighth grade year in school that he would take notice to some of the supernatural ability he obtained. As it were, he would discover his powers during a school fight. It was during lunch when a kid, whom Lex didn't particularly like, came over and sat next to him during lunch. He would continue to intentionally pester Lex to try and get a rise out of him. Despite Lex's size, his quietness and respect of authority gave many bullies a reason to pick on him. So this kid, Brandon, eventually got under Lex's skin, resulting in a fight. Lex turned to Brandon, furious and ready to attack when something inside him gave him a reason to stop. Within the moment of hesitation, Lex felt a large portion of his anger release. He was calming down at a rapid pace, allowing him to think more logically. What was happening though, was his emotion was actually transferring into Brandon, which led to Brandon becoming so angry that he lost all sense of self control and "blacked out", attacking Lex. With a clearer head, Lex was easily able to beat Brandon down before the school staff stepped in to break it up. This, however, would lead to more fights rather than less.

His expulsion from school finally caught the attention of his uncle. He phoned Lorene, telling her what happened, and as soon as she had the opportunity, she took a trip back down to Oregon. She demanded an explanation from Lex and after he gave it to her, she realized what the cause was. She had no choice but to admit to her son who his father was. She told him how they had gotten together and why they had never met. Lex was unable to believe this at first, but eventually it all began to make sense to him. It would explain why and how he was able to seemingly take control over other's emotions when in combat. After realizing what he truly was, a demigod, his mother decided that it was time for him to go to Demigod Academy, where he would be educated on the roots of his abilities and family, and more importantly, where he would be with others like himself.

He presently lives full time at the Academy.




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Theme Song:
Love-Hate-Sex-Pain ||Godsmack
In this life I'm me,
Just sitting here alone
By the way I tried to say I'd be there
For you
Walk the silent emptiness
That leads me by my hands
And throw away
What I don't understand, as a man

Love-Hate-Sex-Pain
It's complicating me sometimes
This love-Hate-Sex-Pain
it's underestimated lies

And I wonder as I tear away my skin
It's taken me so long to stitch
These wounds from where I've been
And mother please don't bury me
I'm begging for my life
It's hard to say that I will be complete
Before I die

Love-Hate-Sex-Pain
It's complicating me sometimes
This love-Hate-Sex-Pain
it's underestimated lies

Don't you worry please
Don't you leave me
Because I surely slip away
Though love, hate, sex, and pain
I fall away into
Love, hate sex, and pain

Love-Hate-Sex-Pain
It's complicating me sometimes
This love-Hate-Sex-Pain
it's underestimated lies

Love-Hate-Sex-Pain
It's complicating me sometimes
This love-Hate-Sex-Pain
it's underestimated lies

So begins...

Lex Miles's Story

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Time: 8.30am

The weather seems to rest at a comfortable temperature, not too warm or too cold. Curiously, the seasons of the Academy don't seem to relate much to the outside world, in fact it usually seems to be a mild summer day even if snow storms rage outside of it's boundaries. Of course, with a collection of super-powered demi-gods within it's walls the weather and many other aspects of life is always likely to change rapidly.




The Academy's first day of classes is always a more relaxed day for the students. Classes start slightly later than usual at 9.30am (usually classes begin at 8.55am) and end just after midday to allow for the traditional game of Capture the Flag in the afternoon.

However, this early in the morning most students can be found rising from their sleep and preparing for their day. All the students have arrived earlier in the week, giving everyone a chance to catch up on their holidays and make themselves at home again. Of course, the week has also given the students a chance to reopen old wounds, confirming past enmities or on the flip side form new friendships. Of course others have used the free week to get a head start on their studies, start working on an invention or begin to plan pranks. Of particular interest to the party animals would have been the nearby town bar which hosted a party the previous night. Of course leaving the school grounds is prohibited...

Given the vast array of personalities at the Academy, this year promises to be a very interesting one.



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Time: 9.45am

Classes have started for the students.
The University students are currently in Power Control situated in the training courts.
The high school students are in either English or Maths class.




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The class had started 15 minutes ago. The teacher, one Mr Frank Solomon, had first greeted the returning students warmly, obviously pleased to find the majority alive and relatively sane. His instructions had then been to enjoy the first day of classes. He had given them several options, each designed to help them get out of their holiday funk and get back into the swing of things. Set up at the further end of the training courts was a collection of targets and dummies, ranging in shapes and sizes. Some were stationary and some would move when in play. All offered a good place for students who wished to exercise control and train their precision with their powers. Closer to him, where he could watch and make sure that nobody went overboard, were the sparring areas. These were places where students could have mock fights against each other, using their powers to defeat their opponents. Of course, actually hurting anyone was against the rules, hence why Mr Solomon was hovering nearby. As usual for those not inclined to fighting, tables had been erected to the side to allow students, usually Athena and Hephaestus' children, to but their brains to the test. In between each area other students had come up with their own lesson plan, each stretching out their powers in their own way.

Amelia had been inclined to head down to the set up of dummies. There she, and the other students who had picked the moving targets, were busy decimating the Academy's population of stuffed targets. With a grin Amelia sent another sizzling bolt of lightning flying towards the dummy, reducing it to a smouldering heap of ash in seconds. Her hands were buzzing with miniature lightning bolts, the air around her seemed to be giving off a slightly static vibe and she couldn't help but smile. She sighted down the range again, threw her hands up in front of her and sent a flurry of lightning bolts flying towards a target set up halfway down the range. It exploded in an eruption of smoke and Amelia turned her attention to the next target. This one popped out of the ground on her left side, moving forward on it's mechanism. It was shaped like a mythical hall hound and ran low to the ground. Even so it didn't stand a chance as Amelia sent another bolt of lightning flying at it.

She took a step back from the moving targets, both to let her peers have a go and to catch her breath. Power control was undoubtedly one of Amelia's favourite classes. Where else was she able to use her gift without the fear of hurting another person? After all, lightning wasn't exactly the most pleasant thing to be hit with. She loved the feeling of it's power racing through her and had to resist going overboard. As she caught her breath, Amelia glanced around the courts. She spotted Eddie lounging on the sidelines and couldn't help but shake her head. She knew that his powers weren't really the active, fighting type. They were dangerous in their own way, or they could be if he trained them, but she understood his fear about losing control of them. Insanity wasn't something easy to control. But, he'd never learn how to if he simply sat and did nothing. With a shrug Amelia turned her attention back to the targets.




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Ariel sat at the back of the Maths class, choosing to block out most of what Miss Francis, the teacher, was saying. Class was really not her thing. She would much rather be out socialising, or attending VIP events. Sitting here was not her idea of a good time. So instead of tuning into the lesson Ariel was staring at her nails, tapping each finger nail with her opposite hand and changing the colour with her powers. She had always been glad that her power over make-up extended to her nails. It meant that she always had the perfect nail colour and didn't have to spend money on the actual polish, not that money had ever been a problem for her. Ariel had just settled on a pastel green for one hand when she was jolted from her thoughts.

"Miss Lee, are you paying attention?" The teacher, Miss Francis asked across the silent room. Ariel glanced up from her hands to find Miss Francis staring at her, her arms folded across her chest and her own unpainted nails tapping quietly against her opposite arm. Ariel felt no fear towards the teacher. How could she when the woman was wearing a hideous floral dress matched with a pair of last seasons sandals? "No Miss. I was doing my nails." Ariel replied, smiling serenely at the woman. Miss Francis stared at Ariel, not quite sure how to react to the girl. It was obvious that she had never had Ariel as a student, or she would have let the comment go. As it was Miss Francis was willing to give Ariel a chance. She cleared her throat and pointed to a particular problem on the board, "Please Miss Lee, what is the answer to this problem?" Ariel cast a lazy look at the board. There was no way she could answer that. So instead she called on her favourite weapon, her powers. Subtly was the answer and Ariel had mastered that long ago. It was slightly harder at the Academy given that here powers were common place, but that didn't make it impossible. "I don't know Miss." Ariel replied clearly, giving Miss Francis her best smile. Then, with a mental push she thrust a collection of emotions at Miss Francis. Miss Francis, about to frown at Ariel and no doubt tell her off, suddenly paused. Her face took on a content expression as she turned her gaze from the question to Ariel. Miss Francis gave Ariel a kind smile and shook her head. "Well then. That's alright. We'll move along." She said before rubbing the problem off and turning to the next one.

Ariel rolled her eyes at Miss Francis' back. She hadn't been much of a challenge. It had only taken a small amount of happiness, contentment and acceptance to make her change her tune. Really, Ariel would never be able to grow her power if she was forced to solely manipulate people as weak minded as Miss Francis. However, she had another year before she could legally leave the Academy, so it would be another year until she was able to step out into the world and put her considerable talents to good use.

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It quickly becomes clear to Poppy that she isn't the only one to notice and admire Amelia's power, based on the intent gaze her half-brother has focused on the daughter of Zeus. She glances back down at her work, now focusing on it more intently because this bit requires a tad more delicacy. Well, perhaps it isn't the most complex thing she's ever worked on, being a child's toy, but the programming of it [with a small bit of enchantment thrown in to keep the circuitry from being messed with by the rough handling of a young child] does involve some fine tuning which means focusing her eyes on it, if nothing else. The young woman only looks up after she has finished, a few minutes later. She had actually begun working on the finer details a few days ago, and had been doing a little bit at a time since then. The outer bit is the easy part, really, besides deciding what colors or designs Jeffrey would like best.

When she does look up, Poppy sees someone in the distance and grins at them. As she does so, another face comes into focus, that of her closest friend at the academy. She is about to raise her hand in a wave, but another student then tackles Lex to the ground. It occurs to the girl now that he is in the sparring range, and perhaps had just been distracted by noticing her, hence the tackle. Normally, one would be hard pressed to take down a child of Ares like that, especially one like Lex, who has been at the academy for a few years now. Knowing her friend, he is probably irritated with himself for being distracted- but, then, perhaps not a lot of people know Lex. If it weren't for a stroke of luck when they were still in the high school division, Poppy might not even know Lex. She takes a moment away from her work to watch the rest of Lex's fight with interest. Based on the ferocity that can be read from his opponent's movements even at this distance, the student is being affected by the aggression Ares kids are known to inflict in others. Even she had been affected by it now and again, though she is embarrassed to admit it.

Naturally, Lex wins. As one might when watches the victory of a friend, Poppy smiles in a nearly triumphant manner, looking away briefly only to nod at Cyrus as the son of Athena does so towards her before walking over to Amelia. When she looks back, Lex has begun to head over to where she is, eyes trained on her despite his head being slightly ducked. The daughter of Hephaestus grins at him, but raises an eyebrow when he grows close enough to be within earshot. "Good fight. The sort that merits keeping your head in it," she refers to Lex being distracted during it, allowing Mark to tackle him down. She adjusts her position slightly, turning a bit to the left, though very marginally.

While she says this, the girl begins to gently place the delicate bits of the toy into a little piece of tupperware. Lex is just the person she had wanted to ask about what design she should use for the toy. Well, him or Rick.

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"Good fight. The sort that merits keeping your head in it."

Lex can't help but smirk lightly at Poppy's comment. He raises his head, his eyes adjusting to the position of her face. "Bet I'd still have trouble taking you on though, huh?", Lex responds quietly. He glances to her project as she carefully places the parts into tupperware. He was about to inquire as to what it was, and furthermore, how long she had been in class. Lex finds it hard to believe he would've missed a face like Poppy's, even with all the other students in Power Control. However, his question faltered as he looked around at Rick, Poppy's half brother. He seemed to be drawing something Lex couldn't see. He wasn't sure if Rick hadn't noticed him or was just ignoring him; either way, he was grateful he didn't have to listen to any of his smart comments. He narrowed his eyes as he followed Rick's gaze, which seemed to lead straight to Amelia whom had taken a break from her practice to speak to Cyrus, a son of Athena.


Lex knew of Cyrus and had some respect for him, being as he is naturally adapt with warfare, a trait to be expected being the offspring of the goddess of Wisdom. A sudden random thought ran through his mind, the idea of testing their abilities against each other. Lex eyed Cyrus over for a moment before coming to the conclusion that it might be better if the pair were on a team in battle rather than opponents. Thinking of fighting made Lex look back toward Mark, who was hobbling over to a group of students across the way. Again, he looked back to Amelia and Cyrus, this time observing the girl. He knew that she was naturally a leader, as she showed this when interacting with other students, usually taking charge when others were hesitant.


Turning back to face Poppy, yet another figure caught his eye and stopped him. A young man sitting isolated on the far end of the clearing seemed to be a state of meditation, though as Lex could tell, it wasn't meditation, but Simon Chancellor doing what it is that a child of Hades does. A dark aura was being emitted, surrounding Simon, so even after Lex and Poppy were done speaking, he thought it'd be better if he didn't disturb him. Lex looked down at the dirt for a moment, lost in thought before blinking and turning back to Poppy, folding his arms. He glanced once more at Rick before speaking to Poppy again, offering a weak smile.


"So how are ya', doll?"

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With a feeling of satisfaction Amelia threw another sizzling bolt at a moving target, watching as it shot straight through the wooden construction and out the other side. Once the smoke had cleared Amelia could see the large, scorched hole the lightning bolt had left. Small flames were slowly dying around the edge. She let her hands fall to her hips, taking a moment to once again catch her breath. At the same time she let her eyes once again rove over the training fields. She spotted Lex finishing up a fight with Mark, Poppy fiddling with her latest invention at a table on the sides and Adam Hayes looking straight at her. She tilted her head to the side, attempting to figure out why. In his hands he held paper and a pencil, to which he would glance down every so often to make some addition or adjustment. She couldn't see from this distance exactly what he was sketching, but it clearly had something to do with her. She had thought at first that it had been Rick's infamous black book of favours, but had quickly waved the idea away as the paper in his hands was clearly not black.

Amelia had just decided to put her curiosity to rest and find out just what Rick was doing when the appearance of her friend interrupted her plans. It was a welcome interruption though and Amelia thanked Cyrus as he handed her a towel.
"You've gotten better over the summer," He noted with a smile, "However, in a real battle, you still need someone to guard your back. Monsters have a way of hiding while you use your powers and attacking when you're exhausted." He added, a hint of wistfulness creeping into his words.
She smiled back at his advice, nodding at the wisdom in his words. "That's why I wouldn't rush into a fight without someone I trust with me." She lifted her hand up and let a small crackling of lightning appear, the golden-white bolt curling around her fingers, "Although I have been working on a technique that will let me release a wave of lightning around myself." She added. She clenched her fist and the miniature bolts of electricity playing around her fingers suddenly formed a moving shield of electricity, shooting out on all sides of her hand before dissipating quickly into the air before they could reach Cyrus. If she could do the same on a larger scale that would effectively help her guard her back, "It's still early stages though." Amelia added with a shrug. Sure, she could always call up a storm to protect herself, but there was no guarantee that she would be able to control it while simultaneously trying to fight a monster. If she had been gifted with the power of wind control, as other children of Zeus were, she might have been able to create a wave of air. Not that she was complaining about her power. She loved it and wouldn't have traded it for the world.

Amelia swatted away any remaining static, knowing that it was usually slightly uncomfortable for those who had no affinity with the element, "So, have you got a strategy for the Capture the Flag game yet?" Amelia asked a moment later.

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"If there is one thing I will miss when it becomes time for me to cross the River Styx, it will the feeling of a good thunderstorm on my skin."





"That's why I wouldn't rush into a fight without someone I trust with me. Although I have been working on a technique that will let me release a wave of lightning around myself."


Cyrus smiled back at the warmth in her words even as he felt his hair stand up at the use of her powers.Where anyone else would have flinched at Amelia's use of her powers, Cyrus remained rooted to the spot he was standing in. He knew that Amelia wasn't the type of person to use her powers recklessly or endanger others with her actions. Watching her use her powers was like watching a lightning storm. You were in awe of how beautiful it was, but also of how dangerous it could be.

"It's still early stages though."

"Hmm... Perhaps you could use a weapon or item to help focus your powers. It can't be easy to form lightning into a precise shape," Cyrus noted thoughtfully. A moment later, she made the static dissipate. He smiled slightly.

"I don't really mind it. It's kind of exhilerating. You know I like thunderstorms as well."

"So, have you got a strategy for the Capture the Flag game yet?"
Amelia asked a moment later.

Cyrus frowned slight at the questioned. He replied, "I have several, but it depends on who is on our team and who is opposing us. It is a safe bet that Ariel will be fighting against us and if she is, so will my brother. I would suggest fighting Camden from a distance. He has terrible aim and taking him out quickly would deprive his team of his leadership. For that task, I would suggest Jason and Jordan, but he might be expecting that. As for Ariel, she will need someone of sufficient will to resist her charmspeak. I could do that."

He smiled slight, "I do not think she is that pretty. I've never been attracted to the daughters of the love goddess. There are a few demigodesses that are prettier in my opinion. Do not tell Alana that, however. She'd pay me back for that by being insufferable about my own preferences."

He paused for a moment. Just last week, the fifth anniversary of his first and only meeting with his mother passed unmarked and without significance. He did not know what he was expecting. He thought his transition from high school to college would be of some signifcance to his mother. That was part of the reason why he had studied so hard last semester. He scanned his peers traning or working on projects and his mood turned pensive.

"Do you think they watch? I'm sure you've made your father proud. I'm sure he's visited you to tell you this. Sometimes, I think I have my mother's favor in "Capture the Flag", but then I realize I was just imagining it."