Kate Bishop Jan 25, 2017 18:04:04 GMT
Post by Kate Bishop on Jan 25, 2017 18:04:04 GMT
NAME: Katherine Bishop
ALIAS: Kate, KatieKate, Katiepop, Hey you
OCCUPATION: TA / SHIELD recruit
MEMBER GROUP: SHIELD, Canon
PLAYBY: Ksenia Solo
PLAYER NAME: Aech
WHO PLAYS WHO:
JOB CLAIM: Teacher Assistant at Shadow Province University
“If it’s worth caring about, no matter how impossible you think it is -- you take the shot.”
“Don’t get me wrong - that stuff they play in the clubs is fun to dance to, but nothin’ beats a little good ol’ fashioned Mozart.”
Good Food and Drink
“I refuse to live and die on pizza. I would kill for some shrimp scampi and a glass of white wine right now.”
“Wait, this is the living room? Gee, I thought we were standing in a walk-in laundry hamper.”
“Just glad I was here to be of service, ma’am.”
“Seriously, I know this is good for me, but this isn’t exercise - this is torture.”
“Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice, you better be a marathon sprinter.”
“I know I’m young, but I can help. Let me help, please!”
“He’s an old family friend. He bought me a pony for my eighth birthday. He was creep even then.”
“Dad tried out veganism for a year when I was a kid. Wost. Year. Ever.
Kate first picked up a bow at a young age. At first, it was her father’s approval she sought as she strove to master the weapon. As she grew, however, archery no longer had anything to do with her father. Instead, it was a way to escape the stress and noise of life. The tension of the wire… Stretch back muscles and lock… Slow breathing… Exhale… Relax… and then watch all of the day’s problems sail down the range in the form of an arrow…
Acrobatics // Martial Combat
Although Kate did not start studying martial arts until her early teens, she’s given it her all, just like everything else she does. She practiced gymnastics as a child, but switched to the dance team as she entered middle and high school. The trauma of the incident in the park was the spark that ignited such an inner fire to persevere in the study of actual combat. Over the past few years, she has trained mostly in jiu jitsu and kick-boxing, though she’s also dabbled in fencing and battle staves, like one of her new idols, Agent Morse.
Kate’s mother enrolled her in a noteworthy music program shortly before she died when Kate was still young. She still has a few trinkets and keepsakes to help keep the memory of her mother alive, but music has always been where she feels her mother’s presence. The cello was her instrument of choice, and to this day, she can be found hunched over the string instrument when she starts to miss her mother. She’s composed a few original pieces, but has yet to play them for anyone.
Though looking at her, one might not think Kate can stand up to a mild breeze, thanks to her training these past nearly ten years, she’s not a frail human. At the end of the day, however, she can bite the bullet (literally, if she’s shot) just as easy as Joe Schmoe down the street. Knives also do the trick. Oh, and disease. And extreme temperatures. And lack of oxygen. And… okay, you get the picture…
This can often be construed as a positive attribute, but in the line of work Kate has chosen for her future, this can easily get a person killed. Her mouth isn’t small (metaphorically) by any means, much to Clint’s chagrin. She’s bossy at the best of times, and doesn’t listen to the archer… well, also at the best of times. Seriously, she should just be the boss.
Honestly, though, it’s really not certain which she’s more fond of. To be fair, she’s fairly certain he has this exact same conundrum between her and coffee. At the end of the day, she’ll do almost anything for her friend and mentor (even run laps - ugh!), and go to great lengths to keep him safe, even - no, especially - from himself.
Make a Difference
“It’s kinda like when you move out of a house… You wanna leave it cleaner and nicer than when you moved in. I just want to do that on a slightly bigger scale...”
Become a Hero
“I may not be super, but I can still be a hero to someone.”
Kate was raised in the lap of luxury, but she was also raised by a pair of parents who refused to let that luxury get to their children’s heads. Everything she has and everything she is has come to be thanks to hard work, sweat, and tears. Stumbling occasionally is fine - it’s a part of life. But failure is not something she ever wants to admit defeat to.
Kate Bishop used to be a very happy, bubbly little girl. She still has no real reason to feel sad, but over the years, that bubbliness has slowly transitioned into more of a sassy nature. Her wit is legendary within her household, though growing up with an older sister is probably what kept that little fire fanned for so long. Nowadays, it’s just a natural spark in her personality.
When she’s not busy bantering playfully with anyone and everyone, Kate’s true colors shine through. Although she’s been through plenty of trauma in her life, she has a good heart inside her chest. Dropping a twenty into a hobo’s cup and helping out at the soup kitchen are all fine and good, but she takes it upon herself to go the extra mile for those in need. She is exceptionally observant and more than a little resourceful when she wants to be (and not just because she’s got the money to do anything she pleases). Those who choose to walk on the dark side - the path that leads to others’ pain and suffering - tend to find her a bit vindictive. She doesn’t usually shoot to kill, but she knows that sometimes that’s worse for the transgressors.
Tragedy introduced itself at a young age, but while many would break or fold beneath the weight of such a negative event, Kate has grown more because of it. The tragedy of losing her mother taught her to cherish the loved ones still left in her life, and while her father is sometimes distant because of work, she is still very loyal and protective of him. The same goes for her older sister, whom she’d move heaven and hell to keep safe. Her own personal trauma saw the birth of her true determination. She was already a straight A’s student and an excellent cellist, but after the incident in the park, she tacked on an additional load of new studies - boxing, archery, jiu jitsu - that required a high level of self-discipline.
At the end of the day, though, when the costume comes off, Kate is just a normal teenager with normal hopes, dreams, and fears about the future. While puberty has passed finally, her hormones are still going through their tumultuous stage. Unfortunately, this means she’s prone to giving in when PMS strikes, and god help anyone in her path when that happens. Her high society upbringing has given her a slightly skewed view of the world, and she sometimes has a tendency to come across as exactly the kind of person she doesn’t want to be: a spoiled brat.
RESIDENCE: Shadow Province
Derek Bishop || 54 || Father
Eleanor Bishop || -- || Mother (deceased)
Susan Bishop || 25 || Sister
Heather Bishop || 26 || Step-mother
Clint Barton -- Professor / Mentor
Kate Bishop was born the second daughter to Derek and Eleanor Bishop, a well-to-do Manhattanite family. Both of her parents were quite busy with their careers, but Eleanor always made time for her two little girls at the end of the day, while Derek remained fully invested in his company, Bishop Publishing. Kate looked up to her mother as a role model and adored the time she got to spend with the woman. When Eleanor told Kate about her skills as a musician, it spurred the youngest Bishop to follow in her footsteps. Her instrument of choice was an odd one, but Eleanor supported Kate nonetheless.
When Kate was six, her mother left on a business trip in Boulder, Colorado. She never returned, and to this day, Kate still isn’t sure on the circumstances of her death. The distinct lack of the woman she’d nearly worshipped seemed to traumatize the little girl, and she became a bit more distant, immersing herself completely in each and every activity her father suggested, no matter if he was being serious or not. Gymnastics, School, Cello, Archery… She was a busy young girl, and a lonely one.
Her older sister, Susan, was the only person she considered to be a friend for a few years. As elementary school faded into the past and she moved on to junior high, Kate finally began to come out of the protective shell she’d clamped around herself for so long. Gymnastics was getting a bit boring, but the school’s Dance Team caught her interest and soon she replaced the one for the other. Her years spent as a gymnast did wonders for her ability to move and dance, and by her final year of junior high, she’d been elected as the team Captain.
High school approached, as did the threat of having to say goodbye to the friends she’d made in junior high. Eleanor had been okay with the girls attending public school during their younger years, but both she and Derek had insisted that they attend Hawthorne Academy, a private preparatory school. Her sister’s presence at the school helped, especially because in her time there, she’d made friends with upperclassmen. Still, Kate seemed to slip back into her shell, choosing to spend all of her free time down at the archery range, or locked up in her room with her cello.
This lone wolf nature suited Kate just fine, but it proved to be a nearly fatal character flaw.
One evening, during her freshman year, she was ambushed in Central Park. Alone and without any kind of self-defense training, she was easy pickings for a man on the prowl. She awoke a few hours later, bloody, bruised, and aching in places she hadn’t expected. Her wallet, money, and all of her other possessions were still with her, but the attacker had taken the one thing she’d been planning to save until marriage.
Slowly, but surely, she picked herself up from the bush where her attacker had disposed of her unconscious body. The hospital wasn’t far, but it took her a few hours to arrive. A pair of cops were already there, asking the nurse at the ER desk whether they’d seen her. When she stepped through the doors, the nurse seemed to pale instantly and pointed. Her father and sister took considerably less time to arrive from their estate across town.
The hunt for Kate’s attacker ended as swiftly as it had begun. A DNA sample from the blood under her fingernails provided the authorities with everything they needed and before the week was done, the man was behind bars. Justice had been served, but Kate couldn’t help but wonder how different the circumstances would have been were she not the daughter of Derek Bishop - a member of the Hellfire Club, and one of Manhattan’s elite.
As soon as she was granted freedom from the hospital, Kate immersed herself into yet another hobby: martial arts. She started with kick-boxing, one of the most popular forms of hand-to-hand combat, and the most preferred by females adamant on learning self-defense. One of her instructors, she found out, was also a jiu jitsu instructor. She found that style to be much more appealing; her natural flexibility from the years spent as a gymnast and dancer helped her to shine in this form of martial arts as well.
Behind closed doors, Kate practiced mixing the extensive training of her jiu jitsu with her love for archery. Slowly, but surely, she learned to shoot on the run, rather than simply standing at the end of a range. Her muscles grew, and so did her mind. Even to this day, she’s not entirely sure how she managed to keep up with school, archery, jiu jitsu, and a social life.
After the incident in Central Park, Susan had refused to let Kate out of her sight for a solid two weeks. She met Kate outside of her classes and forced her younger sister to join she and her friends at lunch. It didn’t take long for the forced social interaction to break down the wall that Kate had built up, especially when Gregory Miles was seated around the table with them. His smile alone was enough to chip away an entire layer of the wall; his first kiss with her was the final sledgehammer.
The pair dated steadily for two years, but he was Susan’s age, and so graduated before Kate. He was a smart boy, she wasn’t surprised when he told her that he’d been accepted at Oxford. She hated the idea of him leaving, but knew it was the best thing and the pair ended on good terms. All in all, his presence in her life had drastically changed her entire outlook, pulling the bubbly girl she'd been as a child back out to the surface. With a mere side comment in a minor conversation, he unknowingly inspired her to become the hero she was destined to be.
Kate’s junior year of high school was spent juggling all of her previous hobbies, but she again tacked on one more. Rather than vent all of her anger and sorrow in a small room with a punching bag, she took her abilities outside, into the city. With a new outfit and a rockin’ pair of shades, she spent her evenings patrolling the city in search of those without the best intentions. In her first few months of patrolling, she caught a dozen muggers and stopped more than a handful of attacks with the potential to end like her own. She even caught a pair of jewelry store thieves, though that was more luck at being in the right place at the right time.
Her father re-married, but she's not so keen on his choice. The woman who is now legally her step-mother is only three years her senior (and only one year older than her sister). Heather was one of the upperclassmen whom Susan had introduced Kate to during her first year of high school. She hadn't particularly cared for the high-maintenance girl then, and she definitely doesn't care for her now.
Graduation came and went, but instead of applying to colleges, Kate took a job as a barista, claiming she wanted to take a year off after such a long twelve years of non-stop studying. In truth, she just wanted to spend more time patrolling the city, and honing her skills. During that year, she ended up saving her sister’s wedding from a group of unsavory men, thus further proving that she’d made the right choice with all of her extracurricular studies. Her skilled use of a bow caught the attention of none other than Clint Barton, who offered to train her further while she attended college - Shadow Province University, in specific. She’s been there a few years now, working on a degree in Physics (with a minor in