Application for [community profile] somarium

May. 21st, 2012 11:26 am
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[Age] 24
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[Character name] Bolin
[Age] 16
[Canon] Avatar: The Legend of Korra
[Point in time taken from canon] post-When Extremes Meet


It's been said that Bolin always has a smile on his face and a lady on his arm. While the second part might not necessarily be true (he hasn't dated much, but he DOES apparently have a LOT of fangirls) it IS true that Bolin is a guy with a grin plastered on his face most of the time. Despite his rough life, Bolin has always seen the world through rose-colored glasses. No matter how bad things got, Bolin would find a silver-lining to the situation. This is mostly due to the fact that Mako shielded his younger brother from some of the worst things in life (taking care of all things financial and related to their well-being), but even when Bolin is faced with a difficult situation or even a life and death situation he puts on a smile and cracks a joke. If that doesn't work, Bolin tends to try the polite approach. Twice now, when Bolin has been cornered by people trying to hurt him and his family he has called them "Mr." and "Sir." This could stem from his time on the streets when he felt the need to be polite to everyone due to his lower class. You'd be surprised what you can get with a cute face and a "please sir" out there.

Honestly, Bolin is just talkative in general. He is very much an outgoing person and willing to make friends as soon as he sees you. Unlike Mako who is reserved and quiet, Bolin will chat it up with anyone, almost to the point of being a motormouth. There are times he just doesn't know when it's best to STOP talking, but he hasn't quite learned that this can be annoying at times. He tends to do this especially when attention is focused away from him as a means of getting it back.

While not EVERYTHING is a joke to him, he does tend to play things for laughs and doesn't like to be bogged down by sadness or anger. Bolin is still a teenager though and can be rather emotional at times. For example, when Korra and Mako "broke his heart" he wound up sobbing and running away from his problem. He got mopey and even called Mako out for betraying him later, and overall acted completely dramatic about the situation. This, again, could stem from the fact that Mako has protected Bolin from a lot of hardships so something like this hits Bolin harder than someone who would be used to rejection and betrayal (something that Bolin has never experienced before).

Still, most of the time Bolin comes across as very goofy and laid back and even when he is upset he bounces back quickly. He doesn't worry about financial matters and leaves that to Mako, at least that's how he acts. He does want to help his brother in any way that he can and tries to put forward his own plans to help keep them from living on the streets again. He's starting to realize just how much Mako does for him and he wants to be able to do those things as well. Bolin is always eager to please, especially his brother, but sometimes his ideas aren't always the most practical (ie getting money by having his pet Pabu perform). As I said, Mako has shielded Bolin from a lot of things and this lends itself to Bolin's naivety about life in general. He doesn't have to worry about his next meal because Mako is always there to provide for him and look out for him. He's had it rough, but he's always had Mako to rely on.

Bolin's innocent nature comes with its own problems. Bolin can be a bit TOO trusting at times. He takes people at face value and makes friends easily, even if those friends might not be what is best for him. Still, that eagerness to please doesn't end with just Mako. Bolin likes the attention given to him as a pro-bender and loves being in the lime-light. He thinks everyone is his friend and doesn't have many enemies at all. This can get Bolin into a lot of trouble at times, but it's hard to be angry at him for it because he's usually just doing it to be helpful. He is a caring individual after all and doesn't want to see anyone have to deal with the things he did as a kid. He has a soft spot for animals and kids, especially homeless ones, after all that's how he wound up with Pabu.

Like any pair of brothers, Mako and Bolin don't always see eye to eye. Bolin can even seem jealous of his older brother at times since he seems to have it all together and is even said to be the better bender of the two. Bolin also doesn't have his brother's worldly sense and tends to overlook issues of money, girls, food, or other such problems since, to him, they AREN'T problems. Still, Mako is Bolin's entire world and without him Bolin would be completely lost and out of luck. Korra is quickly becoming a part of that world as well. At first it was romantic feelings, but whether or not Korra is his girlfriend, Bolin cares about her and likes to see her happy.

Bolin is an earth bender which means he has control over rocks, dirt, sand, etc. He is not advanced enough to bend metal, but otherwise he's is fairly skilled.

[Other important stuff]
- Bolin speaks fire ferret, though this may have been a joke but Pabu did seem to understand his request so...go figure.
- Bolin will be bringing his pet fire-ferret, Pabu, with him to Somarium. I have included Pabu because he is a very close companion to Bolin having saved his life a number of times and helped him in other ways (ie to earn money). Bolin is very attached to the fire ferret and cares for him a lot (giving him baths, talking to him, stuffing him full of noodles). Bolin trusts his pet and relies on him to be there when Mako can't. In game, Pabu would do much the same: helping Bolin, getting him out of trouble, being adorable, etc.

[Sample post]
[First Person]
1. If you were to describe yourself in one sentence, what would that be?
Let's see, that's a good one. [Bolin looks very thoughtful, deeply considering this question] Hmmm. Yes, I've got it! [He sits up straighter, looking very happy] As I told Mako once: I'm fun-loving, strong, and gorgeous!

2. You're asked to take someone out for a date. Do you agree? If so, describe what you would do. If not, tell why.
[Bolin laughs] Sure! Dates are fun and I like to have fun. [He whispers, leaning forward as if to share a secret] I haven't been on that many dates, I mean, despite the rumors you know. [He sits up again] But I think if I were going to take a girl on a date, I'd try to take her to places that we both like. Definitely somewhere to eat for starters! I mean, I know a few good restaurants that are pretty cheap with excellent food and I would make sure I knew what my date liked to eat. After that we'd probably walk around and see the sites. You know, stuff that's fun to do but not necessarily expensive or anything.

3. Murder. What is your opinion?
[And now Bolin looks uncomfortable. He shifts uneasily and looks sad and serious.] Well it's not...good you know? I mean, you're killing someone who is important to somebody. Everyone has friends or family that would miss them, right? I don't think it's good and I don't think there's ever a good reason for it. Ever.

4. You have two options: either save your friend who is hanging from a cliff, or chase after the bad guy who put them in a position. If you choose the former, the bad guy will get away and it will be hard to catch him. If you choose the latter, the cliff will crumble and the friend will fall to the spiky rocks below. What do you do and why?
Definitely the save the friend! [He punches his fist into his open palm] We can always chase down the jerk who put them over the cliff later, together. What's important in that scenario is rescuing the person in danger.

5. There is a cake in the rain. What do you do?
[He sounds scandalized, like this is one of the worst possible crimes] Uh, duh, rescue the poor cake of course! I mean, honestly, who leaves good cake out in the middle of the rain? That's such a waste of delicious food! Besides, Mako and I don't get cake often. [He whispers, holding his hand up to cover his mouth] Mako says it's too sweet and a waste of money. We have to eat what's good for us and what we can afford. [Cough, speaking regularly now] I wouldn't eat it all myself though, I would at least offer some to my friends, like I said, we don't GET cake often.

6. Hey, did you hear about that giant sale going on? Interested? What would you want to get?
[Super excited now.] Oh oh oh! A sale? On what? Oh man I have to tell Mako about this! We can finally get some new clothes or maybe stock up on food! [Bolin pulls down his over shirt to show off his white tank top and puts a finger through one of the holes] See? I've had this undershirt for AGES now and it has all these holes in it. [Points a finger] And you do NOT want to see my underwear, trust me. And maybe we could finally get socks again! Oooh or we could go buy some new training gear if that's on sale. Never hurts to have extra face masks and pads around! [GLEEEEE] Oh, man, this is awesome! [Suddenly realizes that he is missing the sale, he jerks up in his seat] Does it end soon? We better go now! [Gets up and rushes off! He must go BUY THINGS!]

[Third Person]
"Come on, Pabu. It's just a field," Bolin complained, gesturing with both hands at the empty field. However, the fire ferret refused to go any further into the field filled with strange scarecrows. Pabu chattered and gave Bolin a pleading look as if to say 'No, Bolin, don't!' But, either Bolin didn't understand what his pet was trying to say or he chose to ignore it. "Suit yourself. I'm going to see what this field and these scarecrows are about and you can just sit there."

Bolin turned deliberately away from Pabu and strolled right into the field. "They're just scarecrows." He rubbed at his chin, "I mean, I guess we don't have them in the city...maybe that's why Pabu is so freaked out." As Bolin walked further into the field he started to feel a bit guilty about leaving Pabu behind. But, come on, it was HIS choice to be a stick in the mud and refuse to come along. At least he had come this far, which was more than he could say about Mako. Mako, who was out being responsible and finding a job or something, even in a dream world. "Who even works in a dream anyway? Oh, that's right, Mako. Being all responsible," Bolin pouted and then turned to one of the scarecrows, jabbing a finger in its face, "Well I can be responsible too you know!"

The scarecrow responded by lunging forward, straw-filled arms flailing about as it tried to get at Bolin. Bolin stumbled back, falling on his butt, "WOAH WHAT?! WHAT WAS THAT!" The scarecrow lunged at Bolin again and Bolin threw a fist up, driving a rock pillar into the scarecrow's solar plexus and causing it to fly back and knock a SECOND scarecrow over onto the field. "Hey! Time out!" he made a 't' with his hands, "You can't just go coming alive like that! Scarecrows DON'T move on their own. There's not even such a thing as a straw bender," he paused, staring as the scarecrows rose up. " least I don't THINK there is."

The scarecrows advanced, Bolin scooted back on his butt since he hadn't thought to stand up yet. "Uh, that is, Mr. Scarecrows, I'm sure it's entirely reasonable for you to be coming after me with your wobbly straw arms and painted faces...but I really think there's been a misunderstanding here." The scarecrows continued to come forward, a third joining the first two. Bolin swallowed, "Oh, another friend? Really, three was a crowd. Four of us out here is just a bit much don't you think?" He paused, "Nothing? Right...uhm...GOTTA GO!" Bolin kicked up three decently sized boulders and launched them at the scarecrows' heads. They fell back and Bolin jumped to his feet, rushing back towards the edge of the field and Pabu.

"PABUYOUWERERIGHTLETSGO!" The fire ferret squeaked as Bolin snatched him up by his tail and booked it out of the field. That was the last time he would go ANYWHERE that Pabu told him not to. He really should listen to his Fire Ferret more often.

[Why do you want to play this character in Somarium?] The Avatar cast here is amazing and I would love to join them in some capacity. Also, Bolin is completely different from the characters I already play here and would just be a big ole ball of fun to have around, trust me.
[Which rule was your favorite and why?] "Be nice" because a game can only be this awesome if everyone treats each other right and don't act like jerks. Even if we do have problems, it's important that we still treat each other with compassion and caring.
[Where did you hear about Somarium?] You know.
[Any questions?] 8D
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