LANCASTER, EBONY Nov 27, 2013 8:06:32 GMT -5
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EBONY AVA LANCASTER
As a young girl in the Collective, Ebony was bred to be resilient. She was taught to take everything upon her back and fight with clear determination. In a fight, she will rarely fold unless it is clear that there is no chance of her winning. Due to her being pushed to be the best, these things certainly rubbed off on her, and she has become a very strong fighter. Even after a defeat, she is quick to bounce back and seek her revenge against her defeater. She rarely lets anyone get away with humiliating her, and thus her more cruel nature comes out. Eb hates being embarrassed in any way and makes it her goal to punish those that have wronged her. Whilst she does quickly recover from defeat, she does not easily forgive anyone who has defeated her in any way.
Despite having grown up among so few children her own age, Ebony managed to develop a unique sense of wit and sass. She is quick to fire comebacks at opponents and revels in mind games. She loves to insult and torment those she is fighting; however she is clear that there is a line. Ebony knows to respect those in higher ranks than herself, and she only makes a point to throw witty lines at those below her. Her intelligence is also clear through her ability to quickly anticipate an opponent’s possible next move, or to figure out her moves in advance.
Of course, no one is perfect, and Ebony certainly doesn’t come close. Jealousy tends to run deep within this girl. Whilst she isn’t always the ‘jealous girlfriend’ type, she can become jealous of other things such as clothing or possessions, or even rank. She has been known to turn green in the sight of those that are better off than her. Despite this, she doesn’t let that cloud her judgement where CarnaRing is concerned. As far as they go, they are her family and she would willingly die for them. Her loyalty to Carna goes above anything else on her mind, and Bonnie is constantly concerned with their safety.
Being still so young and having grown up in a world separate to big cities and towns, Ebony is incredibly curious about almost anything. If she had made it to university, she would have been that one annoying kid that constantly asks questions from the back row. Bonnie loves to know how things work or what things are; even the smallest details and facts fascinate her. Of course, her curiosity does often get her into a lot of trouble. Eb is also plagued by her past, and still gets nightmares about the night UNIT attacked the Collective. As a result, she can be quite on edge and is quick to snap if someone says or does the wrong thing. She tries her best to stay in control, but often that is a lot tougher than one would think. Only time will tell where this all leads her and if she can maintain her sanity for long.
Despite shifters not being openly hunted until approximately the year 2300, they had been in existence for much longer. Charlie Lancaster and Mary-Anne Hilford were two barn owl shifters who had grown up in a collective group of shifters. The group was based in Dorset, England, and tried their hardest to stay away from the main town. They lived on large farms on the outskirts of the village, revealing their true selves to no one. The marriage between Charlie and Mary-Anne was, most certainly, not one of love. Instead the match had been fashioned by their parents and seen merely as a way of keeping the shifting lines pure. The group wanted to create a safe haven for shifters, and only shifters. In order to do so, any who were found to be non-shifters were cast out. Those with the same shift were encouraged to marry and breed in order to produce offspring with desirable shifts. The entire thing was run by the ‘Den Mother’ and the group was merely termed the ‘Collective’.
Mary-Anne and Charlie were proud to welcome their first child into the world, despite their initial hesitance at the idea. Their daughter, Ebony, was quickly celebrated among the Collective and everyone was eager to have a peek at the newborn child. Within the group, everyone was family, and Ebony found that she was always welcome at any of the neighbouring farms. However, she was forbidden from going into the town and the young girl never thought to question why. Still, it didn’t stop her from going up as close to the road as she could get without getting into trouble. She loved watching the strange cars drive past. The Den Mother told her they were beasts and that the people who lived in the towns forced the cars to work for them; Ebony had her doubts about that story.
Ebony was given a knife before she had even figured out how to walk. She was taught how to use it safely and properly and as soon as she was old enough, she was taught how to fight with it. Bonnie became familiar with a wide array of weapons and she was trained in various combat styles. Like a normal child, she was taught by nursemaids how to read and write, but she would never have the luxury of going to a proper school. All of her friends were in the Collective, but each had private lessons so they wouldn’t get distracted by each other.
It would be a lie to say that Mary-Anne and Charlie were the perfect couple. Ebony noticed all of their fights and disagreements. They continued to throw her off the scent and told her all kinds of stories, but Ebony wouldn’t have any of it. She knew they were fighting and she knew they were unhappy together. She just couldn’t grasp why. It wasn’t until she was much older that she’d finally understand everything. Until then, she remained oblivious to the underlying tensions within the Collective. Her mind was easily won over by the adults of the group and she accepted their ideals and beliefs readily.
As her combat lessons intensified, she rapidly became the strongest of her generation. It appeared that the other children her age were not interested in fighting all the time. They wanted to learn other things but Eb only concerned herself with weaponry. However, there was one other lesson she loved above all the others. Her mother secretly taught her to dance and sing. Bonnie never questioned how her mother had learnt such things when the Den Mother clearly didn’t want it taught. The late night lessons became her favourite part of the week. They provided a level of comfort that the Collective as a whole simply could not. Music soon became as much a part of her as her knives. She could leap as well as she could punch; and of course the added flexibility and strength from her dance only increased her fighting capabilities.
When Ebony turned thirteen everything began to change rapidly. She shifted for the first time just two days after her thirteenth birthday. The girl had been prepared from birth for such a transformation, but the terror still took hold. It was strange being in another body, especially one with wings. Everyone had known that she would be a barn owl shifter like both of her parents, but Bonnie didn’t understand the horrified looks she was getting from everyone around her. As soon as she shifted back, the Den Mother dragged her away from the rest of the group.
The next few days were a complete blur. She remained locked in a small room containing only a bed and small dresser. Thankfully it connected to a tiny bathroom, but that hardly gave her solace at the time. During this time the Den Mother discussed with both her parents the options for her future. Ebony still did not understand why she had been treated in a manner, but deduced that it was a result of her shift. After forcing herself to shift again, she managed to fly towards the small mirror attached to the dresser. The shock of seeing her dark feathers thrust her back into her human form. Until then she hadn’t been aware that melanistic barn owls even existed, but to find that she was one herself scared the girl out of her wits.
A decision was reached after three days; Bonnie would be allowed to live, and would be officially welcomed into the Collective as one of their shifters. One of the older men came into the room and she was forced to sit still as he gave her the official marks. The Den Mother dictated that as soon as a child shifted, they would have their shift form marked onto their back permanently. So Ebony ended up with a large owl tattooed across her back. The Collective all bore some kind of mark of a flower; Bonnie was allowed to choose where she wanted it and what kind of design. Thus she was marked a second time. Her mother also made her a woven leather bracelet with an owl charm and Ebony never took it off.
Once again the girl was released onto the farms. Now that she had her shift she had even more duties than before. She began training the next group of children as well as continuing her own training. Ebony couldn’t help but notice that a lot of the group had started distancing themselves from her, but she ignored it as best as she could. So life continued on in its usual monotonous pace and Ebony slowly grew.
She was fifteen when her mother’s secret came out. The entire time Mary-Anne had been sneaking into the town, and it was there that she had met another man. They had fallen in love and that was why Mary-Anne had never been able to completely allow Charlie into her life; she was too consumed by her love for a human. And after lying for so long Mary-Anne had finally told Boyd what she was. That was when she discovered that she hadn’t only fallen in love with a human; she had fallen in love with a UNIT officer.
That night Boyd led officers into the farms, armed and ready for a fight. They were under orders to only take children captive, but to kill the rest. The fight was brutal, but Mary-Anne managed to sneak Ebony out the back of the estate. She told her daughter to shift and fly, and never look back. Bonnie still couldn’t comprehend what was happening. Somehow though she managed to do as she was told. For the first time in forever Ebony was thankfully for her mutated shift. Barn owls were silent as death, and Eb was too dark to be seen too. As a result she managed to get away. She never found out if anyone else had escaped that night, but she could feel in her heart that both her parents had met their doom.
Ebony flew for days. Eventually she reached Somerset and decided it was time for a rest. Wary of what would happen if her true nature was discovered, she remained as human and spoke to no one. She managed to scrounge up some food, which was a good change from the rats she had been eating whilst in her owl form. Due to the Collective’s withdrawal from normal human life, Ebony was fascinated with the town, and her curiosity nearly gave her away a number of times. While in Somerset, she also decided to mark herself again. After finding a tattoo parlour she got a double infinity tattooed on the inside of her left wrist. It was a symbol that her father had always drawn, and it had resonated with her clearly. She also then designed her own birdcage tattoo and received that above her hip. The irony was clear enough to her, and the permanence of the mark made her more determined to stay alive.
The next year went by with no disturbance. Bonnie got a job as a simple waitress and managed to find proper accommodation so she could leave her home in the nearby forest. She made a few friends, which was a strange new experience to her, and she soon found that she was genuinely happy with life. Ebony tried her hardest to lock away the past, but her dreams were still flooded with nightmares she couldn’t shake. It seemed as though tragedy would follow her everywhere. Of course her optimism pushed her forwards and she worked as hard as she always had. During her breaks she trained with butterknives and kept up her fitness on every day off. She also took dance classes and joined a choir, finding peace in those happy memories.
At age sixteen everything finally caught up with her. UNIT had been aware that someone had escaped that night and Boyd had finally tracked her down. This time, in broad daylight, they attacked her in the streets. She put up a good fight but eventually the sedatives in the darts took hold and she was gone. Then there were more cages and she was flying again, but in a plane, not with her own wings. The whole thing terrified the girl and she tried to block it all out in order to numb the pain.
Ebony was only required for testing for about a week. After that she was thrown straight into the Menagerie. After wandering aimlessly for two days, she found herself close to passing out. She had been unable to find sufficient water or food, and she knew if she didn’t get help she would soon die. Luck turned in her favour, and someone appeared who helped her along. She was rehydrated and given a decent portion of food, bringing her back from the land of the lost. Her saviour then explained where she was and what the Menagerie was all about. It turned out he was in Carna and after she revealed she had been trained to fight, he took her there with him.
She was first accepted as a Tenderfoot due to her age, and she was simply on a probation period. It seemed everyone in the Ring was on edge and unsure of where to place their trust. The man who had rescued her soon became her mentor, and helped her to hone her skills both in her human form and shift form. Despite her strange mutation, she wasn’t shunned or laughed at or talked about within the Ring. Instead, she felt at home with the Carna. Bonnie was soon officially accepted and given the Carna mark on her right arm. She was also promoted to Hunter, whilst continuing to train under her mentor. Her mentor was kind enough to give her a knife and sheath for it, which she keeps with her constantly. Despite being very skilled at fighting, she still has much to learn, and has continued to be instructed by her mentor whenever there is time for it. Though Ebony is still plagued by nightmares, she has come to accept CarnaRing as her new home and is on the road to putting her past behind her.