Kitty Pryde Jun 29, 2015 22:53:39 GMT
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OCCUPATION: Teacher at Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters (Ethics)
MEMBER GROUP: X-Men
POWERS AND ABILITIES: Phasing: the ability to pass through solid objects by manipulating the atoms in her own body to fit through the spaces left between other atoms. Can also phase other people and objects without harm. Phasing through electrical components causes disruptions – doing so through another human can render unconsciousness due to disruption in the electricity of the brain.
Martial arts/hand-to-hand combat
Computer sciences: skilled in design, implementation, and use of computer software.
Dance: studied ballet and modern dance
Languages: speaks fluent Japanese and Russian. Moderate ability with Gaelic, Hebrew, and German
PLAYBY: Shelley Henning
PLAYER NAME: Jemma
OTHER CHARACTERS: Jemma Simmons
LIKES: Technology – it’s one of those things that always came easily to Kitty (though being a child prodigy, there was very little that didn’t). The more tech she can get her hands on, the better. She likes taking things apart, seeing how they tick, and then putting them back together with a few ‘improvements.’ For some reason it’s strangely calming to be around the low, electric hum. It’s something that’s predictable, challenging, and at the same time stable.
Pop Culture/Sci-fi – To put it blunty, Kitty’s a bit of dork. She likes sci-fi and all kinds of things most people prefer to steer clear of. Though if she finds someone who can not only understand her references, but toss them back at her, she’s found a new friend for life.
Video Games – It’s too bad the old fashioned game arcade went the way of the dodo. There was nothing better than spending an afternoon feeding quarters into an old cabinet style arcade game, trying to beat that high score (which incidentally, was usually set by her…) But these days an Xbox and a couple friends can be just as good. As long as she’s not showing someone Portal for the first time…that’s just frustrating.
The Cold - For some reason, it always makes her feel like home. Something about those cold Illinois nights really puts her at ease. Whenever she starts to feel particularly homesick, she likes to go skating. It helps to clear her head, and remind her that not everything is all doom and gloom
Exploration – There is nothing Kitty wants more than to see the world. But why stop there? She has a fascination with the stars, and would love to see what it’s really like up there one of these days. With all theses strange aliens coming down to Earth, it no longer seems like such a far-fetched goal. She can’t help but lay awake, looking at the stars, and wonder what it would be like to be up there among them.
DISLIKES: Emma Frost – She doesn’t trust her, or have any use for her. The woman has no moral centre, and therefore, Kitty wants nothing to do with her.
Mutant Prejudice – For as long as she can remember, they have always been hated. From her point of view, mutants are simply the next step, not something to be feared. But she may be a little biased given that she is a mutant.
Whiners – There’s work to be done, so do it! Whining and complaining does nothing but irritate her. Kitty is a go-getter, so she is always flummoxed by people who would rather sit around and feel sorry for themselves than to go out and do something about it.
Staying Still – Both mentally and physically, Kitty is pretty much always on the move. She never tends to settle down in one place for too terribly long. There’s always more adventure to be had, or someone else who needs help. Staying still makes you stagnant, and there’s still a lot of living left to be done.
Sexism – Oh boy. Don’t get her started on the whole, ‘But you’re a woman! You shouldn’t do that.’ She’ll do whatever she damn well pleases, thank you very much. Mutation has only made the gender gap smaller – there is no excuse for sexism in this day and age.
STRENGTHS: Technology – Put a piece of technology in front of her, and Kitty will have it figured out by the end of the day. She’s not much for coming up with her own brilliant inventions, but if she’s able to take something apart, and put it back together, she’ll do it. Fixing computers comes naturally to her – technical support at your service!
Leadership – Perhaps a by-product of peaking early, but Kitty’s never been one to sit around and watch things play out. She likes to get in there, get her hands dirty, and she knows how to carry out a plan. She knows there’s a difference between being a leader and being a tyrant. As a leader, she is always open to suggestion, and never lets ego cloud her judgement.
Learning new things – Not only does she love to learn, but she’s pretty damn good at it. She can break things down into their basic elements to better understand them. Given enough time, and with enough will power, she can learn basically anything. Again, she’s a genius, what do you want from her?
WEAKNESSES: Self-conscious – Despite all of Kitty’s outward confidence, she is not always as sure of herself as she seems. She’s afraid of looking weak, afraid of looking stupid, and afraid of washing out. After climbing so high, so fast, she fears the fall that is bound to follow.
Mystical Vulnerability – Even when phased, Kitty is very susceptible to mystical attacks (Doctor Strange, Scarlet Witch)
Soft Heart – Kitty doesn’t want to see anyone get hurt. Bottom line. She’ll lay down a beating if she has to, but she’d rather protect the world than try to destroy it. It breaks her heart when she sees some of the young students filled with so much rage and anger over how the world has treated them, but she can hardly blame them.
GOALS: Make the world safe for human and mutant cohabitation. Violence only begets more violence. There must be a peaceful solution allowing everyone to live freely – she’s determined to find it.
To encourage young mutants to freely express themselves and to not fear their abilities. She’s seen how much harm comes from trying to repress mutation. The best thing is to train and hone those skills, but first you must accept them for what they are.
FEARS: Mutant kind is rounded up and eliminated.
OVERALL PERSONALITY: No one would ever accuse Kitty of being soft spoken – if she has an opinion, chances are you will be hearing it. She is not malicious, and of course possesses some tact, but she would not hold her tongue for anything she deems important. The fastest way to receive a tongue lashing is to bring up any kind of bigotry. Kitty believes in equal rights. For all. Everybody. The end.
Although at first meeting, many people would think the girl is brimming with confidence – it’s only through a good deal of practise that she can pull that off. Inside she’s a swirling mess of indecision and second guesses. She’ll take charge when she needs to, but is always worried about the consequences her actions will bring. She’s also not as sure of herself as she seems – she constantly feels like she’s coming off as a major dork.
Kitty has compassion above all things; she just wants to see other people happy. Whether it’s the students she teaches, or the friends she surrounds herself with, you can bet she’d do anything possible to make them happy and comfortable. Sometimes this leads to her over extending herself in an effort to please everyone, but usually she doesn’t regret it.
Above all, Kitty is independent. If she can do a thing herself, chances are she will. She doesn’t like to rely on anyone else to get her work done, and even falsely suggesting she’s incapable of something is a good way to earn yourself a one way ticket to her bad books. A little chivalry is fine, but there is a point when it’s no longer chivalry.
BIRTHPLACE: Deerfield, Illinois
RESIDENCE: Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters
PARENTS: Carmen Pryde (deceased), Theresa Pryde (mother)
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OVERALL HISTORY: Katherine ‘Kitty’ Pryde was just your regular, every day 13 ½ year old genius growing up in Illinois. Her intelligence allowed her to take college-level courses – not making her very popular among kids her own age, or her peers. Aside from her intellect, Kitty led a pretty average life all in all. That is, until the headaches started. She didn’t know it at the time, but these intense headaches were the first sign of her bourgeoning powers.
The young girl remained ignorant of her abilities until she caught the attention of Emma Frost – the White Queen of the Hellfire Club. Frost, drawn to Kitty’s potential, appeared at her home one day with the goal of convincing Kitty’s parents that she belonged at Frost’s Massachusetts Academy. During the visit, Kitty experienced the worst headache yet. She excused herself up to her room. Suddenly the headache stopped – even more astonishingly, Kitty was somehow back in the living room.
To say it was a shock is an understatement. At first, Kitty was definitely confused, and perhaps even a little frightened. Unknowingly, Kitty had used her power to phase through matter for the first time; passing through the floor to the living room below her room.
When Frost left, there was only one thing Kitty was really certain of; she did not like that woman. Something about her attitude had not sat well with the young girl. But it sounded like this woman would be able to help her where no one else would…
Little did Kitty know she had options.
Soon after Charles Xavier arrived at the house with three of his X-Men in tow. He explained to her what was happening, and invited her to attend his school, ‘Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters.’ This man didn’t give Kitty the same sense of foreboding Frost had, and she felt herself strangely drawn to one of his companions; Ororo Munroe. Xavier’s idea of peaceful coexistence between humans and mutants (it still felt very odd to consider herself a ‘mutant’) appealed to the young girl – after all, her family were human beings.
It was really a no brainer.
Suddenly, the X-Men were attacked by a band of mercenaries sent by Emma Frost. The two mutant factions started up a fierce battle – talk about baptism by fire! This was really Kitty’s first exposure to the real world of mutants. Talk about scary.
The two groups battled fiercely, and for the most part it looked like Charles Xavier’s team would come out the winners. However Emma Frost wasn’t fighting fair. Using her telepathy, Emma froze everyone. Frost then captured the X-Men, but Kitty managed to escape the telepathic field and slipped away to get help. Using a phone number on the card given to her by Xavier, she called this ‘School for Gifted Youngsters’ and managed to get a hold of Cyclops, Jean Grey, and Nightcrawler.
The cavalry soon arrived and Kitty helped them to rescue the captured X-Men from the Hellfire Club.
Emma Frost went missing shortly after the battle, meaning that Xavier was the only candidate left to teach Kitty how to control her powers – of course it would have meant very little if Frost had still been around anyway – Kitty’s mind had been made up. However, Kitty’s parents did not share in that enthusiasm.
All that Theresa and Carmen Pryde knew was that their 13 year old daughter had left with Xavier and his team for a soda. That had been over a day ago. By the time Xavier returned with the young girl, the couple were sick with worry. Needless to say, the two wanted no part in Xavier’s school, and expressly forbid their teenage daughter from going anywhere with this strange man. If it wasn’t for Phoenix’s intervention, Kitty would never have been allowed to go. Kitty would enrol and become the youngest person to join the X-Men up to that point.
When she finally made it to the school, Kitty was a little overwhelmed; here were all these people, struggling with powers just like her. And so many of them were brilliant. She felt like she belonged here – which was a strange and unexpected feeling the young genius had almost never felt before.
Quickly, she made many friends, and became close with people who could share in her confusion and excitement at being a mutant. It was during this time that she would meet Illyana Rasputin. The girl became Kitty’s closest friend and confidant. She would also start to develop feelings for Illyana’s older brother known as Colossus.
At first, the mutants with physical features unnerved her. Nightcrawler presented a particularly difficult challenge for her. Although she knew deep down that he was no different from her or the other ‘normal’ looking mutants, she still felt just a little bit scared of him. Being at the school helped her to overcome this bias, and eventually she and Nightcrawler became good friends.
Xavier became more than just a professor – he was like a father figure to her (although her own was still safe and sound back in Illinois). She never felt alone knowing that he was watching over her. He would even arrange for her to enrol in dance classes at the school studio under the instructor Stevie Hunter.
Around this time, Kitty would also start running missions with the X-Men, originally using the codename of ‘Sprite’ given to her by Xavier. For some reason, the name never really felt right, and Kitty would instead adopt the guise of Ariel during their missions.
The young girl would quickly prove her worth as a member of the X-Men. She attended many different missions, finding ways to help in each one. During one mission, she single-handedly took down a N’Garai – one of the original beings existing on Earth billions of years ago. She would also prove to be a useful asset when it came to attracting young, impressionable students to Xavier’s school – she had a way with younger mutants that helped to relax and reassure them. Missions also meant that she grew closer to two people who would become very important mentors to her – Wolverine and Storm. She would also change her codename one last time and become known as ShadowCat.
Of course, spending all this time going on missions also meant that she was spending more time around Piotr Rasputin (AKA Collosus) and her crush became even deeper. It was almost to a level of childish infatuation – at least, that’s how it felt to her. Little did she know that eventually she and Piotr would end of dating for a spell. It didn’t last, but it would be one of the better relationships she would be involved in.
Kitty would later be assigned to a new group of X-Men: the New Mutants. This team was formed to be a kind of backup force in case the original X-Men were ever stretched too thin. A safety net of sorts. But Kitty felt like she was being slighted – had she not proven she was mature enough to be considered a real member of the X-Men? The young girl would storm up to Xavier’s office, demanding an explanation. Xavier convinced the girl that this was in fact not a result of her inability, but a sign of trust from Xavier – not only did he consider the younger mutants an important part of operations, but also strong enough and mature enough to lead their own detachment.
Another close friend and ally would present himself in the form of Douglas Ramsey – the two young teenagers got along like a house on fire; they were both brilliant, loved computers, sci-fi, and video games, and always seemed to have something to laugh about. It seemed like it would only be a matter of time before the two would start dating, but they never did. Eventually it came out that Doug was a mutant, and he was invited to join the New Mutants under the name ‘Cypher.’ But saving the world can be a dangerous line of work, and Ramsey was killed by a geneticist named Ani-Mator.
This was Kitty’s first real loss, and it hit her hard. She spent a lot of the time at the school hiding away from everybody, feeling that on some level, it was all her fault. The scene would replay over and over. If it weren’t for the help of her friends in the New Mutants, Kitty would likely have never pulled herself out of her funk.
Soon after, Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters became a target for William Stryker’s fanaticism. While the school was under attack, Kitty worked to keep as many people out of harm’s way as possible by phasing them through walls and into safe places. It was exhausting, and a true test of her powers. Eventually, while Wolverine held off the rest of the forces, Kitty and some of the New Mutants would get the students down into the tunnels and help them escape to safety.
When a ‘mutant cure’ was announced some time later, the school would once more be thrown into chaos. Kitty spent much of her time trying to convince her fellow students that they should be proud of who they were – they did not need a cure! But still they went. Like lambs to slaughter. Kitty would join in the fight on Alcatraz Island. It wasn’t an easy battle, and there were many casualties, but at least she would walk away from it.
Returning back to her (semi) normal life, Kitty would find a new best friend in Bobby Drake. He was very much like Doug – a little bit of an oddball, brilliant in his own, strange way, and just enough of a dork to completely ‘get’ Kitty. Soon it would be Kitty’s turn to pull someone else out of their funk – when Rogue left Bobby, it completely destroyed him. For a good couple months, Bobby was almost impossible to talk to, but Kitty realized all he needed was time. She was there for him whenever he needed her, and she did her best to try and cheer him up. Video game marathons and Cheez-Its are the perfect cure for a broken heart, right? She watched as the Iceman came back, and actually began to excel. She had a best friend again.
The last obstacle standing in her way was graduation – the big question: what now? This place had been her home for years, and it was hard to imagine leaving it now. What could she do? What was she supposed to do? She was so afraid of letting anyone down, and she knew that she’d never be happy at a simple desk job. But where did that leave her? Where did she belong? The answer was simple:
There was no where else on Earth she was more needed. When she was at the school, she felt necessary, important. She knew she could do some real good and help these kids. But it was a big step – could she really become a teacher? Sure, she was a natural leader, but a teacher? Could she form young minds? Perhaps even prevent another tragedy like the ‘mutant cure?’ Only time could really tell.
And so she took up a position teaching at the school, preaching coexistence and pride in their mutations. She does her best to encourage new mutants to accept who they are, and the never loose sight of what’s important.
And of course she remains a member of the X-Men. It’s much different than it was when she first joined, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Everything has changed, and she’s living proof that life has to adapt to survive.
But already she can feel everything changing again. And this time there’s no telling what’s coming for them.