/four [align=center][font=Open Sans Condensed][SIZE=23]MI-HO MOON[/SIZE][/font] If you have one, here is where your character image can go[/align]
[font=Open Sans Condensed][SIZE=15]BASIC INFORMATION.[/SIZE][/font] [b]FULL NAME:[/b] Mi-Ho Moon [b]NICKNAMES:[/b] It’s not an advisable nickname, but she’s been called Mimi before. [b]GENDER:[/b] Female [b]AGE:[/b] [s]135[/s] appears to be in her twenties [b]BIRTHDAY:[/b] January 11th [s]1879[/s] [b]SEXUALITY:[/b] Bisexual [b]OCCUPATION:[/b] She mainly does nails down at a local salon/spa.
[font=Open Sans Condensed][SIZE=15]PHYSICAL INFORMATION.[/SIZE][/font] [B]HEIGHT:[/B] 5’ 9” [B]WEIGHT:[/B] 130lbs [B]EYE COLOR:[/B] Black [B]HAIR COLOR:[/B] Black [b]APPEARANCE:[/b] Most people find Mi-Ho's height rather impressive, as she stands at 5' 9". She is willowy and a tad flat-chested, but otherwise her features are rather average. Her hair is straight and black. When she was a young woman, she preferred to keep it long. However, she's been keeping it an asymmetrical pixie cut for the past ten years or so, finding it much more easy to manage. She's at the point of the shorter the better when she goes to get it cut. She has dark almond-shaped eyes that are slightly rounder than her brother's. Her face is often void of most expression, and the ones she does give are simple and usually subtle. Her voice is calm, soft, and airy.
There’s nothing too strange about this average girl that is immediately visible. However, there are some abnormalities that she has gotten very good at hiding. Mi-Ho has been gaining more permanent features of her sea creature ancestry. Along her torso and especially on her spine, her skin has been whitening in large patches and has started forming thick opalescent scales. She dresses her torso modestly and avoids doctors. She also avoids dentists because of her unusual set of wide and sharp molars. What she can’t hide, though, are her hands. When you wear gloves everyday, people start to ask what you’re hiding. Unfortunately, the webbing between her fingers and toes has increased to nearly the knuckle over the years. While that can be passed off as a minor odd mutation plenty of people have, her nails have also darkened and thickened to more of a claw in appearance. Though they tend to curl into sharp points as they grow, she keeps them trimmed and she can be caught filing them often in her down time at work. As far as anyone is allowed to be concerned, she likes painting them that way. That’s all.
Her feminine style of dressing makes up for her lack of curves. In a bohemian-styled wardrobe of flowy skirts, dresses, and long frilly blouses, the only sort of pants Mi-Ho owns are yoga pants for dance. Her favorite type of skirt is a light wrap skirt. Every now and then she'll also wear a lovely hat, particularly of the cloche variety. She prefers soft colors, but in almost everything she wears, she will have a small accent of red somewhere, whether it's red shoes, a bow, or so on. Her favorite piece of jewelry is a simple pearl necklace.
[b]ABILITIES:[/b] Being the hybrid of a human and some ancient sea creature comes with its benefits, some of which Mi-Ho hasn’t quite fully realized in her mostly human form. Physically, she has some impressive endurance and can hold her breath for an impressive amount of time. Also, if she’s injured she can recover at a faster rate than an average human. The largest benefit, though, would be how is has expanded her longevity. Death is possible with sever injury, but, at 135, she hasn’t felt the effects of aging.
Mentally, Mi-Ho isn’t doing any better than her brother. She has a desire to have children in the future, but she’s too old to have any long-term companion other than her brother. She knows very well that’s the way it has to remain if they are to stay in hiding. She’s recognized that her body has begun irreversibly mutating over the past fifty years to match what their father’s appearance must have been. Her traits, cravings, and even her ways of thinking have changed to the extent that she isn’t resisting what’s happening to her as much as she was when it first began. She’s drawn toward large bodies of water, especially the sea. It’s only her brother that helps ground her humanity right now.
[font=Open Sans Condensed][SIZE=15]PERSONAL INFORMATION.[/SIZE][/font] [b]LIKES:[/b] Sushi, nachos, jazz and bluegrass music, dancing, pointless hobbies like jumprope, swimming, large bodies of water, and dark rainy days. [b]DISLIKES:[/b] Talkative people, cluttered and unorganized spaces, wasting food, hot and dry weather, bright lights, sunny days, and constricting clothing. [b]POSITIVES:[/b] Even-tempered, Independent, Competent, Decisive, Realistic [b]NEGATIVES:[/b] Standoffish, Disparaging, Unmotivated, Passive, Jaded [b]PERSONALITY:[/b] Mi-Ho is one of those women who seems perfectly approachable at a glance. She's calm and her outward air can initially come off as relaxed, if not a bit bored in expression. This is true only to an extent. Mi-Ho typically holds a passive place in the settings she finds herself in, preferring to blend in with the wallpaper and watch the world float past her. She has no desire to join in with the usual hustle and bustle of life. Instead, she holds herself quietly, disinterested in participating in even the noise of a meaningless conversation. Attempts at small talk with her usually get quickly smacked down. If someone doesn't really have something to say to her, she is of the opinion that they should stay quiet and leave her be. She is mellow and blasé without any immediate signs of being an amicable person.
She holds herself with a very even temper because she tends to keep herself uninvolved with those around her. It can be difficult to get to know what's going on inside her head, and even when she's on a conversational level with someone, she usually keeps the bulk of her thoughts and feelings to herself. She works out those things internally, so it's not even quite a matter of struggling with something or being intentionally secretive. She's just a very emotionally and mentally independent person with no reason to share herself with others. When others around her attempt to pry her open one of two things typically happens. If she likes you and is on good terms with you, she will explain herself calmly in the bare minimum that is requested. If she doesn't like you or hardly knows you, she will just as calmly meet the prying with a verbal attack. Her natural inclination is to dislike someone before she ever considers liking them, especially after what she went through in her youth. It's not to be mean necessarily, but she just tends to dislike most people. As relaxed as she may be, the woman is equipped with a sharp tongue that is fully capable of tearing things or people down when she feels it's needed. She makes it clear when she wants you to leave her alone. Thankfully, she tends to keep her words to herself unless directly provoked.
Still waters tend to run deep, and Mi-Ho is no exception to this. She is thoughtful and she does indeed have strong emotions that would often surprise others. While she's changed over the years in some aspects, she has always been good at keeping herself controlled. This has helped her out a great deal in life. She doesn't let harsh words or actions get to her and she can be endlessly patient if it’s necessary. She's capable of taking difficult situations and examining them thoughtfully before taking action. If she had ever wanted to take the job, she's the sort of person who could actually survive working in customer service or with children without losing hair or gaining high blood pressure. It also helps her be a decisive person. She is usually resolute in her decisions after she has given them the proper amount of thought. Because her biggest regrets in the past are decisions she had made too quickly or made for the sake of others, she's been more careful about making choices for herself.
This competence and decisiveness, while beneficial to her in many ways, is paired with an unfortunate lack of motivation. This is where she and her brother have truly diverged in their personalities. Through her own experience, having drive and ambition has only sucked the joy out of the things she loves to do the most. She understands the importance of those qualities and to an extent she feels guilty over losing her ambition, but a question appeared in her mind. Why keep doing something that doesn't make you happy? Mi-Ho hasn't entirely figured this out for herself and instead of scrambling in circles trying to keep herself busy to fill in the gaps of her life, she has simply ceased following any definitive paths. She is figuratively standing still, unwilling to make any big life decisions until she's found the answer to her conundrum.
She has always been a realist when it comes to life, though she had also believed she was capable of great things if she put her mind to it. So, she worked hard to make herself and her brother proud. What hadn't occurred to her as a younger woman was that perhaps being successful wasn't really what she wanted. In fact, in her current psychological state, she’s questioning if even being human is really what she wanted. She’s lost touch with her worldly goals and foresees nothing in her future. The only thing that keeps her clinging to her humanity at this point is her brother. However, she still has doubts. The only thankful thing is that she’s hesitant about making any drastic moves on her own until she’s absolutely certain of what she wants. Mi-Ho isn't optimistic enough to believe that just walking away from her life as a human is the answer to her problems.
[font=Open Sans Condensed][SIZE=15]BACKGROUND INFORMATION.[/SIZE][/font] [b]FAMILY:[/b] [u]Ahn Ji-Ho[/u] - (deceased mother) In her lifetime, Ji-Ho was a female diver from the island of Jeju. She left for mainland Korea when her children immigrated to Hawaii in 1904. That is the last time they saw her alive. [u]Kyu-Sik[/u] - (twin brother) Since their birth, Kyu-Sik has been Mi-Ho’s best friend and closest companion. The two have been inseparable in their travels since they left Jeju, for better or worse. For more information, [url=]check out his profile[/url]! [b]HISTORY:[/b] A long time ago, just off the coast of Jeju lived a woman named Ahn Ji-Ho. She was a beautiful with many friends and many talents. She was one of many women who learned the skill of diving from a young age so that she could join the ranks of the proud haenyo. The haenyo were a group of female divers who took over the industry when it was discovered that loopholes would allow them to sell the goods tax-free. They were women who established the strong matriarchy on Jeju, as they became the breadwinners of their households. However, young Ji-Ho was naive, single, and quite the romantic. She wasn’t ready to be a wife or mother, but she dreamed of impossible love affairs. Fate delivered those dreams to her in a very, very unexpected form.
In the early summer of 1878, Ji-Ho finally met a man special enough to melt her heart. He wasn’t like any of the other men she knew, and he certainly wasn’t anyone she could take home to her mother. After ending one of her diving exploits, she encountered a creature that seemed to be some strange mesh between fish, frog, and human. Rather than be afraid, she was captivated. The conversation that began came as a shock, but she didn’t run away. No, that was the first night of many Ji-Ho spent with the bizarre sea creature who apparently only came to meet her. Over time, she was entranced by words of affection and enticed by her unique situation. Word got out, of course. She was honest with her mother, her sister, and closest friends, all of who told her that she was being visited by some sort of evil spirit that she needed to stay away from. However, she didn’t listen. Ji-Ho finally got the love affair she dreamed of, even if it was a strange one.
Unfortunately, just as suddenly as she had met the sea creature, he was gone again by the time the summer was over. She was never given a proper goodbye. Ji-Ho was devastated for months, and then even more so when she discovered she was pregnant. Rumors were spread, arguments were had, but in the end Ji-Ho carried her child to term by herself. However, she was surprised again. In 1879, Ji-Ho gave birth to the twins that she named Kyu-Sik and Mi-Ho. All the sorrows in her heart seemed to melt away that day, as the children returned the love to her life that she thought she had lost.
Thanks to her work as a diver, Ji-Ho managed to raise her children by herself. Her ocean finds were always a bit better than her fellow divers. She never married, and most people in her life refused to have anything but limited involved with the twins, still sure they were children of a devil. Kyu-Sik and Mi-Ho were raised to be ambitious children who were just as hard-working as their mother. They had a pretty good childhood despite the quiet prejudice around them, using their imagination mostly to play games with each other before they were old enough to attend any lessons or work themselves. They learned to take care of themselves and help out around the house probably a bit younger than most, but they never resented this. Both children looked up to their mother and there was a sincere desire to make her proud. Also, the twins were inseparable, always helping each other with everything whether it was cooking, cleaning, or sewing rips in clothes. Even if their mother was in and out of the picture with her occupation, neither had to deal with the feeling of being alone. They were a family and they were happy. For the better half of Mi-Ho’s life, she had never questioned this.
Of course, children of a sea monster couldn’t expect to keep their halfway normal lives forever. As they grew, the words of suspicions and prejudices seemed to grow as well. Kyu-Sik and Mi-Ho were nearly impossible to differentiate from their peers. However, they were taller, they healed from accidental wounds a bit too quickly, and their adult molars were abnormal to those caught a glimpse of them. They were different, and the minimal physical proof that was there was enough to spark a great deal of insults, slurs, and general bullying from their peers. They were still taught fishing, diving, reading, and writing, just like their peers. However, people would have very little to do with them otherwise. Mi-Ho and Kyu-Sik were isolated to each other and their mother. And in the end, that’s what they decided was all they needed. It was hard, but they were intelligent and never resentful. Everything was endured in calm strides.
It was finally around 1904 that an opportunity came to Kyu-Sik that he was urged by even his mother to take. Some laborers were immigrating to an island called Hawaii to work on sugar plantations. Mi-Ho was a little bit shocked by this, fearing for just a moment that her brother would leave her alone in a place that had given her so many unhappy years. She went to Kyu-Sik directly and told her that she would go with him if he decided to leave. That freedom was what she wanted. Leaving Jeju offered them a chance of a new life free from prejudice. It would be starting on a totally clean slate. They applied together and bid a farewell to their loving mother. Being young, strong, and with backgrounds in island living already, it wasn’t long before they found themselves on a boat. It was time to start a new life.
The work in Hawaii was difficult. However, the land was familiar. It was definitely like a second home to the twins and adapting was easy. They learned the culture and learned the new languages the excitement. Together, they lived and worked in Oahu for nearly twenty years before some questions started popping up. In their line of work, at their age, their appearances didn’t make sense. It seemed as if they hadn’t aged a day since they had left Jeju. It was passed off as good genes for some time, but the rumors came back. Mi-Ho refused to go back to a life of rumors and torment, so she was the one who immediately acted.
She wrote a letter to their former home. She wasn’t sure who would respond, as she knew that her mother was no longer there. All she knew was that she needed clearer answers than the cruel or vague ones they had received in their childhood. However, she wouldn’t receive all she was hoping for. Just a reminder from their aunt that they were cursed and unnatural children of a sea demon. Life went on, but it was becoming clear that they would have to leave Oahu just as they had left Jeju. With the money they had saved up, Kyu-Sik and Mi-Ho joined a few of the other immigrants in a move to San Francisco in 1925.
Life in the city was significantly different from anything they had experienced before. It wasn’t as clean, it was loud, and it was heartbreakingly strange. However, the two had already agreed that they could pull through even the worst as long as they were together. Kyu-Sik found work sewing at a factory, Mi-Ho found work at an assembly line. The two were tireless, and any penny that they had extra went into classes or lessons. They improved their English and their trade skills. It was difficult to get out of borderline poverty, and some days would go without proper meals. However, they managed to put themselves in better positions over time. They lied about their ages and names when they needed to, trusted very few people when it was convenient for them to do so, and did their very best. While they hardly improved their status, they improved their skill sets in those key years that would help them later in life. It made the possibilities of finding other work in other places easier.
Of course, staying in one places for too long was never a good idea. As the years went by, the twins never stayed in one place too long. After their papers expired or seemed too outdated, falsified documents were made so that they could continue to live in America. They even changed their surname a number of times. However, they formed a goal to find out more about whatever sort of sea demon they could have come from. The side project of their life after a certain point was to learn more about themselves. When the troubles of the Great Depression really hit them, they moved to Kodiak, AK for fishing work. After around twenty years there, they moved their way over and finally found themselves in Gloucester, MA where Kyu-Sik took up work with a tailor and Mi-Ho worked in a factory. This was the era where more of their physical changes started occurring. As Mi-Ho spent more time in the water, hers seemed to be progressing at a faster pace. However, it started as some scaly skin that Mi-Ho tried and failed to scrub off of her brother’s back. They desperately, but calmly, decided to focus on their search for answers more. Only there was nothing to be found in Gloucester.
By 1973, they found themselves in Cambridge, MD. As their savings were looking considerably better thanks to their past two occupations, they decided to expand their knowledge more. They studied at a community college to explore more personal hobbies, as Kyu-Sik had always wanted to study music and Mi-Ho had always wanted to study traditional dancing. Eventually this led to more liberal occupations in the arts, which was a fun change to live with for the next fifteen years. Then, in 1988, they moved to Folly Beach, SC. The two ran small businesses out of their homes where Kyu-Sik worked on string and pianos, and Mi-Ho taught dance lessons to children.
It wasn’t until 2009 that the two decided to move again. While they had grown considerably in their technical skills over the decades, and while their English was nearly flawless by this point, they still had no certainty about their future. The next place they decided to call home was Lunaville. They heard about the interesting rumors about the monster in the lake. The two aren’t at all hopeful at this point in their lives, but their desperation keeps them going. Kyu-Sik also thought it’d be more healthy for them to get away from the sea for awhile.
For the past five years, the twins have lived as average quiet citizens of Lunaville. Kyu-Sik sells knitted items on Etsy and does tailor work out of their home, and Mi-Ho mostly does people’s nails at the local salon/spa.