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PLAYER INFORMATION
PLAYER: Kira
ARE YOU AT LEAST 14 YEARS OLD?: Yes
IF UNDER 18 YEARS OLD, PLEASE STATE YOUR AGE: N/A
CONTACT: [plurk.com profile] narwa
PERSONAL JOURNAL: [personal profile] narva
CHARACTERS PLAYED: N/A


CHARACTER INFORMATION
NAME: Ylva Thorsdóttir
CODENAME: Troll (while she doesn't know much about her father's history, she knows that this was his codename before him and the family moved to Iceland, and since he is dead for all that she knows she decided to carry the name on)
CANON: Vinland Saga (I will completely ignore this as it is not out in English and seems to not be consistent at all with Vinland Saga canon anyway)
CANON REFERENCE: Vinland Saga on Wikipedia ; Ylva on Myanimelist ; She’s mentioned in the TV tropes article for Vinland Saga as Ylfa.
AGE: 17
GENDER: Female
CURRENT MILITARY POSITION: Recruit

APPEARANCE:

Tall for a girl, blond, long hair that is never worn open enough to be a bother. Judging from her family she should have brown-yellow eyes. She’s quite good-looking in a fierce way, though what makes her stand out is her personality and not her beauty (she’d probably look rather plain otherwise). More sturdy than slender, definitely heavier than BMI-fanatics would like to see due to muscle mass. She’s not very well versed in fashion and her clothes are usually more practical than anything.

PERSONALITY:

Ylva is

➥ Practical. This is her core characteristic, and if you had only one word to describe her, it should be this. She thinks very economically, never purchasing things on a whim and hardly ever buying luxuries; she thinks of relationships first and foremost as networks of society, and while she doesn't lack actual love or like of other people, she wouldn't quote those feelings first when describing why they are important to her; feelings will be shoved aside or completely quelled as soon as they are in the way of anything; and so on. Even things that are fun to her will be a lot more enjoyable to her when she can add a use to them.

➥ Not interested in romance. It just seems to be a waste of time to her. It is not that she didn't notice all the boys hitting on her back home, she's pretty perceptive. She just ignored them because she doesn't see the use in dating. Marrying is one thing, it is useful for running a farm together, raising kids and such, but simply dating without too many strings attached - what do you really gain from that?

➥ Reliable. Being able to work hard and very, very loyal once you gained that loyalty, as well as not equipped with any patience for things that don't run smoothly or work out well, Ylva is on the one hand someone that you can count on. On the other hand she is also someone who quickly turns into that person that grabs everyone by the collar and drags them forward, or who takes over in situations where things are for one reason or the other not moving forward.

➥ Not very emphatic and bad at dealing with her own emotions, too. If there was a world championship at ignoring feelings, Ylva would be a likely winner. One the one hand, she killed her empathy very early on, deeming pity to be impractical and only get people in trouble, and deciding that the best way to deal with sadness is how she is doing it: Compressing it and stacking it away in some remote corner of the mind until it gathers dust. Love is a feeling that she will only allow when it seems practical, either regarding family (family is the primary safety net of a person, after all, so any bonds are good in that context) or friends (secondary network to fall back on as well as just how society works) or even romantic love - the only time that she has considered that one so far was when she was thinking about marrying to keep the farm running.

➥ Dreaming of fights and booty. I'll get to this again later in a different angle, but while not having issues with her womanhood (mind you, boys seem to have brains the size of apples sometimes, not that most girls are better but at least they act less annoyingly and are easier to hang out with) she is rather tomboyish, and while not disliking "typical girl's things" she just isn't particularly interested in them. He demeanor certainly isn't that of a girl, and while she wears her hair long her wardrobe doesn't have a single "girly" piece in it. There is one traditional dress that she owns, because you just need that sometimes, but that is where the feminine clothing ends.

➥ Blunt. She won't sugarcoat anything. If you sent her to gently tell a person that they have a fatal sickness, she would enter the room and tell them straight out that "You will die within the next year". In the same lines, though, she is rather bad at lying, both because the lies are just plain bad and also because they are delivered in the least believable ways ever. That is mostly because she has no practice, seeing no reason to lie 99% of the times when other people would see it. Little white lies aren't her thing, lies to avoid hurt or keep the atmosphere pleasant aren't her thing either, and when you screwed up, it is better to say right then what happened than having it come out later in unfavorable ways, right?

➥ Brave, even daring. She loves the thrill of sports, fishing or hunting, and while she won't pick physical fight because she promised her parents to not get involved in that kind of fights unless she really has to (they reasoned that they wanted her to not accidentally hurt someone badly due to her strength, but it was also because they were very much pacifists since shortly after Ylva's birth, something that didn't carry over to their children at all), she will define self-defense about as broadly as the Japanese army. Her dream occupations when she was younger were superheroine (or supervillain, she wasn't picky, though really the heroes get the cooler abilities) and Viking, and while she has gotten more realistic, part of why she never let go of the fishing business even when the farm-work was more than enough to keep her occupied were the stories of the Cod Wars. The other part was that, despite having lost brother and father to the sea, she just loves the work out there, the width of the ocean and the feeling of the water mere meters under her feet.

➥ A hard worker who can shoulder a LOT and won't complain about it. But she will still put others to work if they are able to - she's not a pushover, she simply can work very hard when the need arises. That Ylva is working doesn't mean that someone else can sit idle, it means that there is nobody else to do the job, be it because of absence or sickness or young/old age.

➥ Ylva can also be very unforgiving. While she doesn't typically linger on missed chances and past wrongdoings, she can hold a grudge for a long time if someone did something that she considers dumb, especially if she advised that person against it and the effects somehow affect her or those in her inner circle.

POWERS/ABILITIES:

Ylva is a mutant and possesses superstrength. While that started relatively early on, extraordinary strength runs in her family, her father had it and from the few things that her parents have told her about their families, she knows that a few other members of the family have it, too. This is why she was raised aware and cautious of her own strength from the time that it started to show and never really considered it special, utilizing it to her advantage mostly when working on the farm, fishing or in the household. Her father had a strict policy to never injure anyone, and while she dreams of being a heroic fighter one day, she also respected her parents’ wishes and was always very cautious to not pick physical fights with other children when she could help it at all.

She is very aware of how much strength she applies at any time, having had years to adjust to it; the only spots where she sometimes has issues is when she gets too excited or angry to quite watch what she is doing. Right now, her strength would be enough to lift and throw an elephant. While it is possible for her to work with more weight, that would be harder to control for her and possibly damage her body.

AU HISTORY:

Ylva doesn't know much about her family, because her parents don't like to talk about it, but what she knows is this: Born to parents that belonged to the Danish minority in Germany's North, her mother being from a noble family, she was uprooted before she was even weaned from that area when her family moved to Iceland. She doesn't know why, but from how all bridges were burnt and all contact ceased after the move, she assumes that there was some major fall-out. Her parents never talked about their families, and were very evasive about questions. When she got old enough to get curious and be able to do something about that curiosity, she was too busy with other things to even think about it twice, but we'll get to that later.

In Iceland, she grew up an only child for years, being raised between Danish, German and Icelandic, though she quickly came to think of Icelandic as the only practical one: Everyone else spoke it, so why should she speak something else? If anything, English would be where it was at, anyway. Her parents moved into a small town rather far away from Reykjavik, making their living from fishing and farming. Eventually, her mother gave birth again to a boy that they named Thorfinn. The birth not only brought joy to the family, though, as the mother's health was damaged from the birth and never really recovered. Little Ylva, who had helped out with the farm before as a way of making some pocket money, now practically replaced her mother with that, taking care of the sheep and lands and also running parts of the household. Her father tried to do what he could, taking up some of the slack as well, but for the next years, she and her father were the breadwinners of the family, while the mother did what he could with her frail health.

Their father liked to take the children out with him when he went fishing, partly to take Thorfinn from his mother to give her some breathing space from the lively boy, partly to show them how it worked. But one day when Ylva was 15, there was a huge storm that approached Iceland without a warning shortly after sunrise, taking multiple smaller fishing boats to the bottom of the sea. While she had stayed at home with her mother because the woman was having a bad day, her brother had gone with his father for exactly the same reason - and neither of them came back.

Their bodies were never found, but they weren't the only ones that day. But there was no time for sadness: Sheep had to be taken care off, a farm and household had to be run, and so on - and in her little free time, Ylva still went fishing, partly to get some more income for the now tiny family, partly because the ocean was where she could feel the most alive.

But, as you might assume, for a high schooler all that work was just too much, especially since she couldn't just drop out of school yet (she wouldn't have wanted to, either; because how should she take care of her mother in the future without a proper degree?). Practical to a fault, Ylva was already looking for a spouse to get an additional worker who didn't have to be paid on the farm, when her mother told her about the Institute. A full scholarship was a good deal indeed, the school might open her all the doors internationally (and maybe help with university, too), and being a mutant, Ylva qualified; but what about her mother?

Some research revealed that their farm was unconventional and alternative as well as beautifully located enough to be able to offer volunteer work to foreigners who wanted to experience work in the Icelandic wilderness while still having the comfort of a bathroom, electricity and similar commodities. It took the mother a bit to convince her daughter that yes, it would work, but in the end Ylva agreed and left her mother behind, taking her first overseas trip to a place where everything would be very different form her home.

But then, roughly one year after the move to America, the school shut down. Ylva went back to Iceland... only to find that her mother's health had worsened much more than she had been able to see in the short glimpses that she had been able to see through Skype. The doctors in the area were all doing their best, but the only specialists for the mother's sickness lived int he capital, and they had the best medical facilities too... just that the two-person-family was unable to afford the move. Not that either of them wanted to move, but they both knew that it was the mother's only chance. But how to do that? Ylva was still not finished with school, and these day it wasn't easy to find a job...

This was the situation when Shield approached her by ways of a card on her pillow. Some negotiations yielded the result that should she come back to America, they would pay for a small apartment in Reikjavik and even provide the necessary means to give the mother not only the standard but the most advanced treatment possible in Iceland. The tiny family wouldn't even have to give up their farm, as Ylva had found someone who would rent it from them and thus supply some income for her mother.

And thus, with only a backpack on her back, Ylva headed back to the country that was so much warmer than her home.

SAMPLES

(if you'd rather see more recent samples/samples from her exact 'point of time', please say so and I will make ones)

1ST PERSON SAMPLE:from institute
THIRD PERSON SAMPLE: from institute
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PLAYER INFORMATION
PLAYER: Kira/Narva
ARE YOU AT LEAST 14 YEARS OLD?: Yep
IF UNDER 18 YEARS OLD, PLEASE STATE YOUR AGE: Well over
CONTACT: [plurk.com profile] narwa ; Aim: Janteslaw
PERSONAL JOURNAL: [personal profile] narva
CHARACTERS PLAYED: [personal profile] scares: Björn Oxenstierna (Sweden from APH)


CHARACTER INFORMATION
NAME: Ylva Thorsdóttir
CANON: Vinland Saga (I will completely ignore this as it is not out in English and seems to not be consistent at all with Vinland Saga canon anyway)
CANON REFERENCE: Vinland Saga on Wikipedia ; Ylva on Myanimelist ; She’s mentioned in the TV tropes article for Vinland Saga as Ylfa.
AGE: 16
GENDER: Female
YEAR IN SCHOOL/FACULTY POSITION: HS2

APPEARANCE: Tall for a girl, blond, long hair that is never worn open enough to be a bother. Judging from her family she should have brown-yellow eyes. She’s quite good-looking in a fierce way, though what makes her stand out is her personality and not her beauty (she’d probably look rather plain otherwise). More sturdy than slender, definitely heavier than BMI-fanatics would like to see due to muscle mass. She’s not very well versed in fashion and her clothes are usually more practical than anything.

PERSONALITY:

Ylva is

➥ Practical. This is her core characteristic, and if you had only one word to describe her, it should be this. She thinks very economically, never purchasing things on a whim and hardly ever buying luxuries; she thinks of relationships first and foremost as networks of society, and while she doesn't lack actual love or like of other people, she wouldn't quote those feelings first when describing why they are important to her; feelings will be shoved aside or completely quelled as soon as they are in the way of anything; and so on. Even things that are fun to her will be a lot more enjoyable to her when she can add a use to them.

➥ Not interested in romance. It just seems to be a waste of time to her. It is not that she didn't notice all the boys hitting on her back home, she's pretty perceptive. She just ignored them because she doesn't see the use in dating. Marrying is one thing, it is useful for running a farm together, raising kids and such, but simply dating without too many strings attached - what do you really gain from that?

➥ Reliable. Being able to work hard and very, very loyal once you gained that loyalty, as well as not equipped with any patience for things that don't run smoothly or work out well, Ylva is on the one hand someone that you can count on. On the other hand she is also someone who quickly turns into that person that grabs everyone by the collar and drags them forward, or who takes over in situations where things are for one reason or the other not moving forward.

➥ Not very emphatic and bad at dealing with her own emotions, too. If there was a world championship at ignoring feelings, Ylva would be a likely winner. One the one hand, she killed her empathy very early on, deeming pity to be impractical and only get people in trouble, and deciding that the best way to deal with sadness is how she is doing it: Compressing it and stacking it away in some remote corner of the mind until it gathers dust. Love is a feeling that she will only allow when it seems practical, either regarding family (family is the primary safety net of a person, after all, so any bonds are good in that context) or friends (secondary network to fall back on as well as just how society works) or even romantic love - the only time that she has considered that one so far was when she was thinking about marrying to keep the farm running.

➥ Dreaming of fights and booty. I'll get to this again later in a different angle, but while not having issues with her womanhood (mind you, boys seem to have brains the size of apples sometimes, not that most girls are better but at least they act less annoyingly and are easier to hang out with) she is rather tomboyish, and while not disliking "typical girl's things" she just isn't particularly interested in them. He demeanor certainly isn't that of a girl, and while she wears her hair long her wardrobe doesn't have a single "girly" piece in it. There is one traditional dress that she owns, because you just need that sometimes, but that is where the feminine clothing ends.

➥ Blunt. She won't sugarcoat anything. If you sent her to gently tell a person that they have a fatal sickness, she would enter the room and tell them straight out that "You will die within the next year". In the same lines, though, she is rather bad at lying, both because the lies are just plain bad and also because they are delivered in the least believable ways ever. That is mostly because she has no practice, seeing no reason to lie 99% of the times when other people would see it. Little white lies aren't her thing, lies to avoid hurt or keep the atmosphere pleasant aren't her thing either, and when you screwed up, it is better to say right then what happened than having it come out later in unfavorable ways, right?

➥ Brave, even daring. She loves the thrill of sports, fishing or hunting, and while she won't pick physical fight because she promised her parents to not get involved in that kind of fights unless she really has to (they reasoned that they wanted her to not accidentally hurt someone badly due to her strength, but it was also because they were very much pacifists since shortly after Ylva's birth, something that didn't carry over to their children at all), she will define self-defense about as broadly as the Japanese army. Her dream occupations when she was younger were superheroine (or supervillain, she wasn't picky, though really the heroes get the cooler abilities) and Viking, and while she has gotten more realistic, part of why she never let go of the fishing business even when the farm-work was more than enough to keep her occupied were the stories of the Cod Wars. The other part was that, despite having lost brother and father to the sea, she just loves the work out there, the width of the ocean and the feeling of the water mere meters under her feet.

➥ A hard worker who can shoulder a LOT and won't complain about it. But she will still put others to work if they are able to - she's not a pushover, she simply can work very hard when the need arises. That Ylva is working doesn't mean that someone else can sit idle, it means that there is nobody else to do the job, be it because of absence or sickness or young/old age.

➥ Ylva can also be very unforgiving. While she doesn't typically linger on missed chances and past wrongdoings, she can hold a grudge for a long time if someone did something that she considers dumb, especially if she advised that person against it and the effects somehow affect her or those in her inner circle.

POWERS/ABILITIES:
Ylva has superstrength. While that started relatively early on, extraordinary strength runs in her family, her father had it and from the few things that her parents have told her about their families, she knows that a few other members of the family have it, too. This is why she was raised aware and cautious of her own strength from the time that it started to show and never really considered it special, utilizing it to her advantage mostly when working on the farm, fishing or in the household. Her father had a strict policy to never injure anyone, and while she dreams of being a heroic fighter one day, she also respected her parents’ wishes and was always very cautious to not pick physical fights with other children when she could help it at all.

She is very aware of how much strength she applies at any time, having had years to adjust to it; the only spots where she sometimes has issues is when she gets too excited or angry to quite watch what she is doing. Right now, her strength would be enough to lift and throw an elephant.

AU HISTORY:
Ylva doesn't know much about her family, because her parents don't like to talk about it, but what she knows is this: Born to parents that belonged to the Danish minority in Germany's North, her mother being from a noble family, she was uprooted before she was even weaned from that area when her family moved to Iceland. She doesn't know why, but from how all bridges were burnt and all contact ceased after the move, she assumes that there was some major fall-out. Her parents never talked about their families, and were very evasive about questions. When she got old enough to get curious and be able to do something about that curiosity, she was too busy with other things to even think about it twice, but we'll get to that later.

In Iceland, she grew up an only child for years, being raised between Danish, German and Icelandic, though she quickly came to think of Icelandic as the only practical one: Everyone else spoke it, so why should she speak something else? If anything, English would be where it was at, anyway. Her parents moved into a small town rather far away from Reykjavik, making their living from fishing and farming. Eventually, her mother gave birth again to a boy that they named Thorfinn. The birth not only brought joy to the family, though, as the mother's health was damaged from the birth and never really recovered. Little Ylva, who had helped out with the farm before as a way of making some pocket money, now practically replaced her mother with that, taking care of the sheep and lands and also running parts of the household. Her father tried to do what he could, taking up some of the slack as well, but for the next years, she and her father were the breadwinners of the family, while the mother did what he could with her frail health.

Their father liked to take the children out with him when he went fishing, partly to take Thorfinn from his mother to give her some breathing space from the lively boy, partly to show them how it worked. But one day when Ylva was 15, there was a huge storm that approached Iceland without a warning shortly after sunrise, taking multiple smaller fishing boats to the bottom of the sea. While she had stayed at home with her mother because the woman was having a bad day, her brother had gone with his father for exactly the same reason - and neither of them came back.

Their bodies were never found, but they weren't the only ones that day. But there was no time for sadness: Sheep had to be taken care off, a farm and household had to be run, and so on - and in her little free time, Ylva still went fishing, partly to get some more income for the now tiny family, partly because the ocean was where she could feel the most alive.

But, as you might assume, for a high schooler all that work was just too much, especially since she couldn't just drop out of school yet (she wouldn't have wanted to, either; because how should she take care of her mother in the future without a proper degree?). Practical to a fault, Ylva was already looking for a spouse to get an additional worker who didn't have to be paid on the farm, when her mother told her about the Institute. A full scholarship was a good deal indeed, the school might open her all the doors internationally (and maybe help with university, too), and being a mutant, Ylva qualified; but what about her mother?

Some research revealed that their farm was unconventional and alternative as well as beautifully located enough to be able to offer volunteer work to foreigners who wanted to experience work in the Icelandic wilderness while still having the comfort of a bathroom, electricity and similar commodities. It took the mother a bit to convince her daughter that yes, it would work, but in the end Ylva agreed and left her mother behind, taking her first overseas trip to a place where everything would be very different form her home.

SAMPLE
1ST PERSON SAMPLE:
My mother wants me to find a date for the Valentine’s ball. [And Ylva does not look or sound as if she seconds that sentiment. Rather the opposite. She’s basically just short of rolling her eyes.] I’m not sure why, she has help with the farm now, but… anyone interested in going with me, or pretending to have gone with me for one or two photographs? [She normally wouldn’t lie to her mother (partly because she isn’t the best liar), but this seems just so pointless and unnecessarily time-consuming to have a date when s/he isn’t needed for practical reasons.] I’m not interested in dating in general, there is no particular point if we’re going to split up after school’s over anyway – I’m going back home and I doubt anyone here plans on not going back home, either. Only to not worry my mother. Her health isn’t the best and I wouldn’t want to make it worse when I can help it.

THIRD PERSON SAMPLE:
Two of those even.
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Name: Ylva
Parents: Helga (daughter of Sigvaldi) & Thors (son of Snorre)
Brother: Thorfinn (younger by a bit under ten years)
Residence: Iceland, though her parents are from a Viking enclave in today's Northern Germany, where she was also born
Time: Start of the 11th century
Age: 16

Canon: Vinland Saga

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