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Character Name: Elena Gilbert
Series: The Vampire Diaries
Canon Point: 6x01
Character Age: 20
When people look at Elena, they see a very good, compassionate, kindhearted young woman who is extremely attached to her friends and family, has a passion for life, and enjoys being a part of society. In their eyes, she's sincere, honest to a fault, and not at all the type to lie about things. And even as a vampire, she's often perceived as being too nice to do many of the things that people associate with vampires - she isn't capable of betrayal, breaking vows, torturing or killing people.
Well, some of that is true: Elena is, in fact, a very nice person, full of kindness, generosity, and compassion for others, and she does enjoy living her life to the fullest and being part of social activities. She tends to volunteer for all sorts of events, helping with town functions or just being a good neighbor and productive member of society. She’s incredibly sincere in her care for others, and many people in her life note that her compassion is one of her greatest strengths. But contrary to the oh so popular beliefs of others, she isn't too nice to do what needs done. If put in a situation where she has to torture someone, betray an ally, or allow a death to occur in order to save the life of someone she loves, she will do so with little to no debate on the matter. She’s lured people into traps, gone back on deals made with enemies, and stood by while people were killed. As for being honest and sincere? That's not untrue, but she will lie about anything and everything if she has to, and her life has certainly dictated a need for keeping huge secrets for years at a time – one can’t exactly go around sharing the often gory details of supernatural friends and family.
Elena is fiercely loyal to those friends and family and will do anything to keep them safe. For the sake of her loved ones, she's traded her freedom and life away, betrayed those allies with hardly a second thought, and put her own wants and needs after theirs. And it doesn't matter if she and her friends argue, she always makes an effort to reconnect and repair any damage, no matter how much it takes, and she stands by them through thick, thin, and all manner of supernatural transformations and incidents.
Because Elena isn't the type to give up - on people or seemingly hopeless situations, especially if it involves someone she loves. She'll follow every course of action possible, even if she has to do it on her own, and she won't stop looking for new possibilities if the first options don't work. Which is where her stubbornness and ‘not taking your crap’ attitude comes in handy. She won't be bullied or told what to do, even by a powerful supernatural creature. She'll argue and fight back and dig her heels in no matter who she's up against, until she gets what she needs and the people she cares about are safe.
When faced with the death of a loved one, which happens pretty often in her life, she doesn't always deal with it very well. When her brother died, she denied that he wouldn't come back to life (because of the magical ring he wore), and when she finally did accept it, she took problem-solving mode to the extreme. What to do with yet another dead body for which they had no good explanation? Just burn down the family home with the body inside. And when she lost Damon, she ultimately decided to have her memories of loving him erased so she didn’t have to feel the pain of his loss anymore. These two are the extremes, of course, and most of the time Elena manages to deal reasonably well in the face of adversity - she powers through losing friends, forcing herself to continue living her life, and she doesn't let the many adversaries hunting her on a regular basis scare her into hiding. In any given week, she and her friends have faced insurmountable odds and crazy situations, and she does her best to think things through, be rational about the problems they're facing, and have a plan before acting, but when people she cares about are threatened, that planning does tend to go right out the window.
Which leads to her tendency to make bad choices when dangerous situations arise that involve the safety and well-being of her friends and family. She will disregard her own safety and even sacrifice her life without a second thought if she believes it to be in the best interest of her loved ones. It's a never-ending source of tension between her and the Salvatore brothers, especially with Damon who always puts her life above all others, and those bad decisions and self-sacrificing nature usually lead to her rushing in headfirst and making situations worse. She’s gotten a little better about it since learning to value her own life as a vampire, but her instinct is still to risk herself before others.
Elena has felt guilt very deeply throughout the years since her parents’ death. Survivor’s guilt was the kickoff, followed by guilt for her part in the suffering of others, such as when she learned that everyone she knew was in danger because of her mere existence. She feels guilt for the people she killed while her humanity was turned off, and for enjoying a summer of happiness with the man she loved while his brother suffered agonizing torment and her best friend was (secretly) dead. The list goes on and on, and it can be easy for people to use that guilt against her, because Elena's biggest motivator is protecting her loved ones. She will go to the ends of the earth to keep her family and friends safe, and do anything and everything necessary to ensure they have long, happy lives.
Sometimes, that means being hypocritical. Elena very passionately insists on making her own choices and having them be respected, including the choice for Stefan to save someone else’s life over her own that resulted in her turning into a vampire, but those choices are not always offered to her loved ones. When Elena believes she knows best, she takes those choices away, like when she had Damon compel away Jeremy’s memories of Vicki dying, or when she tried to persuade Ric to give Damon the cure to save his life when he didn’t want it.
Elena can also be quite manipulative at times. Whatever her position in the lives of others, she will use that to her advantage in order to get what she wants, which is usually the safety of her loved ones. When Elijah refused to deal with her after a betrayal, she threatened her own life, going so far as to stab herself to get him to agree to her terms (followed by her immediate betrayal of him yet again). She’s used Stefan’s affections to win his agreement to the decisions she’d made, and Damon’s feelings for her to try to convince him to be the man she believes him to be. Rarely does she ever feel any guilt for these manipulations, unless they happen to backfire.
Powers/Abilities: Elena is both a vampire and a Petrova Doppelganger, so there are multiple lists here.
- Enhanced abilities, including super speed, strength, agility, senses, and durabilty.
- Immortality and healing factor that saves her from most deaths.
- Enhanced heightened emotions and emotional control that allows her to turn off her emotions like a switch.
- Mind compulsion that allows her to, upon eye contact, control human minds and alter memories.
- Healing blood that when ingested can heal most injuries in humans, but will also cause humans to turn into vampires upon death if the blood is still in their systems.
- Sunlight will injure and burn upon prolonged exposure if she isn't wearing a Daylight Ring made of lapis lazuli and spelled by a witch.
- The herb vervain will harm and weaken her, and prevent others from being compelled if worn or injested by them.
- Fire, beheading, and a stake to the heart will kill her; technically any remonal of the heart will do so.
- The bite of a werewolf will slowly poison and ultimately kill a vampire.
- Vampires may only enter the home of a living human with invitation.
- Killing a member of the Five (maigcal vampire hunters) causes a vampire to be haunted by hallucinations to an extreme degree.
- If the Original Vampire who sired Elena's bloodline dies, then she and every other vampire in the line will also die.
- The blood of a doppelganger is a source of magical power and often used in spells by witches. (Sometimes human doppelganger blood is specifically required.)
- Doppelgangers have an inherently strong mystical connection to each other.
Power Nerfs (if applicable): N/A, probably? If anything is needed, I'm happy to work with the mods on this.
Inventory: Elena will arrive with the clothes she's wearing, a cell phone, a lapis lazuli "daylight ring" that allows her to be in sunlight, and one packet of herbs that, when prepared properly, induce vivid hallucinations with the side effect of increasing a vampire's hunger.
Incentives: The guaranteed safety of her loved ones will be incentive enough for Elena to cooperate with the Orbiters. She will happily do so, in fact, and the Orbiters will receive her unending gratitude especially for each of those loved ones who were dead at her point in time.
We only ask that you provide two (2) threads of at least five (5) comments each coming from you (and with two different characters) that can successfully showcase your character's voice and emotional range. These threads cannot be older than twelve (12) months old. Alternatively, a TDM top level with at least two prompts will also suffice.
1) Meeting with Elijah
2) TDM Top Level