MAGORO, DAKARAI Mar 21, 2015 18:36:47 GMT -5
Post by Dakarai Magoro on Mar 21, 2015 18:36:47 GMT -5
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Dakarai is a rigid, militaristic type man with a strict moral code and an unwavering set of ideals. He never shakes in his convictions, no matter how much others doubt him, and it comes to the point where he comes off as close-minded. Even his deepest thoughts don't stray far past his sense of honor and values, primarily family, and there is no changing his mind in almost any case. His rough, but family-oriented upbringing made him strong and selfless, and he is the epitome of the term “head of the household.” He does not reject a strong female influence, or consciously tries to make himself in charge of everything. It lies at the core of his behavior. Asking him to not be a leader would be like asking him to stop breathing.
Because of these values as well as his inheritance into being a farmer, Dakarai is a handyman at heart. He loves messing with tools, and when he allowed himself some meager time for fun, this is what anyone will most likely would have caught him doing. He'll be fixing leaks or making improvements to his home, or plan out on a blueprint what he will want to build next. Most would call him a workaholic, and this assumption wouldn't be too far off the mark. Dakarai rarely thinks about himself, and even tasks that are meant for his amusement will ultimately help someone else, or so he hopes. He does not think of working with tools as just a hobby, but rather like an extension of his arm.
There is darkness in every person, even one as altruistic as Dakarai, and his obviously lies in his obsessions. His ideals, behavior, and habits possess him to the point where his personality is more of a background actor, and he acts on an almost mechanical way in life, even before capture. The only time he showed any sort of passion or feeling beyond his need to perfect or change something was when he met Anaya, his wife, and even that quickly turned into something beyond himself. He held Anaya and their children on a pedestal, valuing their lives above all else, including his own. This, naturally, would lead to his downfall.
Dakarai was born to a family of five in Kenya, the eldest, and he was the only one who received the shifter gene from his mother. His mother died in childbirth of his youngest sister, so their lives were already much harder than they would have been. Dakarai's father spent all of his time being mother and father both, only allowing five hours of sleep or less per night, and he was stretched so thin that Dakarai only had one year of schooling before he had to drop out and help his father on the farm. Soon, as his younger siblings grew older, their needs increased, and Dakarai helped shoulder his father's burdens. He helped raised his siblings at the age of twelve, worked the farm land, and helped come harvest time.
His first transformation happened when Dakarai raked the earth to ready it for next year's crop, when he was sixteen. Only his father bore witness, but he barely reacted. His father knew that his mother was a shifter, and was prepared for the fact one or more of their children could possibly change form. It was this day when Dakarai discovered how worn down, vulnerable, and just... mortal his father had become. Dakarai transformed into a massive python, but his father did not bat an eye. He just stared at his son, leaning on his pitchfork, and no expression on his face. When he finally did move, it was just to get back to work. He let Dakarai adjust to this experience on his own.
Even with Dakarai's help, his father aged beyond his years. His hair turned gray, his face deepened and wrinkled severely, and he was dead by the age of forty, when Dakarai was only eighteen. He took on his father's roles completely, burying any sort of personality or sense of self in order to maximize his productivity. When the next eldest in his family turned sixteen, work on the farm became significantly easier, but Dakarai never recovered the natural sense of human selfishness. He did most of the work on the farm, even though his siblings wanted to help. He let them work, but with his hardiness that the shifter aspect of his life brought, he naturally did better than they did. Soon, one by one, his siblings married, and Dakarai's load eased considerably. However, this was the first time in Dakarai's life that he felt lost. His father was an absent force even when he was alive, but the business of having younger siblings made him into a family-oriented person. He still worked his farm, but he grew depressed. Work became harder for him, and Dakarai, for the first time, thought himself useless.
Until he met Anaya.
Anaya's parents were regular customers when Dakarai and his family sold his goods, but Anaya herself didn't come with them until Dakarai's first year on his own, when he was twenty. Anaya was four years his junior, but he was immediately captivated by her spitfire attitude and exuberant personality. She fought with him on the first encounter, about something stupid like the quality of Dakarai's wheat, while her parents tried to calm her and take her away. But there was no need. Dakarai was in love almost immediately.
It didn't take long for Anaya to come around, even with her fierce attitude, and their mutual ability to transform only brought them closer together. Dakarai, with his strict discipline and focus for himself, had his transformations under control within two years, but Anaya's first transformation into a caracal was in his presence. She was scared and freaked out, but Dakarai helped her through the process, not like his father. He coaxed and urged her to calm down, in a gentle loving way even Dakarai himself didn't realize he was capable of. Within months they were married, and within a few more months Anaya was pregnant.
She gave birth to twins: a boy and a girl. They named the boy Faraji and the girl Ebele, and the family lived in happiness for a long while. Dakarai's crops were moderately successful throughout their lives, and even though they lived less than modestly, they had no complaints. Faraji dropped out of school to help his father at twelve, but the family fought to keep Ebele in school, who showed such potential in her intelligence.
When the frost came, it took out most of Dakarai's crops. The family was quickly reduced to poverty, and food was scarce to them. It is only natural that the fever struck their family, as weak as they had become, but no one in the family was ready for the ferocity of it. Ebele became sick first, followed by Anaya, and then Faraji. Dakarai escaped the first blow, but he had to keep his family alive.
Anaya hung in there, but Ebele and Faraji deteriorated drastically. Ebele was always asleep, it seemed, but Faraji squirmed in his sleep from the fever, sweating and crying out all throughout the night. The deadly nature of their illness triggered his survival instincts: he revealed himself as a shifter, changing into a small viper and changing back, all in his sleep. Dakarai, who had been already up for days. Anaya, who felt better, volunteered to watch the children while Dakarai slept.
When he woke up, their son was still in Anaya's arms. Anaya's eyes filled with tears that would not fall, and she shook like her vibrations could possibly bring Faraji back to life. Dakarai's desperation took full hold when Ebele began to change, shifting to the form of a serval and back, showing the same symptoms as her brother, the same night that killed him. Dakarai began to show symptoms of the fever, and finally, he fled the house. He knew Ebele would die that night if he didn't do something. That something proved to be the most controversial, and some would argue horribly, tragically misguided, decision any shifter would make.
He found a UNIT headquarters, and turned his family in.
The seizure was quiet, mostly because Anaya and Ebele didn't have the strength to resist. As Dakarai was taken to Keeper headquarters, he was told that Ebele was unconscious upon seizing, and they merely had to carry her away. Anaya screamed and struggled, but ultimately, her illness left her too weak to fight back. Dakarai was told that measures would be taken to cure them of their fever, for the sake of their experiments. That was all Dakarai wanted. He valued their lives even above their livelihood at that point.
But he was punished for his betrayal. Dakarai and Anaya were released into the Menagerie at the same time, and Anaya treated him like a monster. She screamed and lashed out at him, her passionate strength returned at full force. She never wanted to be here. She never wanted her daughter to be here. He tried to explain it was for them, but she lashed out with a strength he never knew she possessed.
You should have let us die!
She drove him away, because it was clear Anaya would try to kill him if he stayed. However, Anaya made it impossible for him to join other rings. She spread gossip and rumors in the Fallen Ring, and now they are hostile towards him whenever they see him. He has no interest in joining the other rings, since they hold nothing for him, and now he wanders aimlessly as a rogue. He has no idea what has become of his daughter.
So he builds, and wanders, deprived of his family. He leaves shelters for other rogues, but never takes credit for what he does. He can only think of his daughter now, because he knows Anaya will never forgive him, and he wants closure for the rest of his life. With his decision, he will probably never get it.