Name: Wówačhiŋye aka Jay Iera
Species: Vampire (Bitten)
Age: Real age unknown, estimated to be 400-500: appears 16-17.
Birthday: Unknown, some time in winter.
Heritage: Lakota Sioux
Very handsome: high cheekbones, full lips, a stern nose and a strong jawline, his heritage shows strongly in his features. There's somewhat of a softness to his features as he's only young, but he is still a very striking man. His ears are pointed and capable of slight movement though not to the degree seen in pure vampires, and the lobes are pierced and stretched with redwood. He lacks facial hair and is incapable of growing it.
He has slight heterochromia iridium; both eyes are brownish in colour, but the right is more green in tint and the left more reddish. In dark light or under extreme emotion, his pupils can expand to cover nearly the entirety of his eye.
When hungry and bloodless, his cheeks sallow, his eyes darken and he gains a more 'rotted' appearance; alternately, when over-fed, he becomes ruddy and bloated. He maintains good feeding and manages a good balance between the two extremes, but when he's stressed or forgets to eat he leans a little to the hungered appearance.
Thick, straight, and jet-black. Left to grow, it easily reaches the ground and even trails behind him. Typically he'll cut it to either his waist or his knees; he prefers to keep it as long as he can but it can hinder him if it's too long. Sometimes he'll tie it up, usually into a plait, and he often decorates it heavily with feathers, beads, bones etc. If he finds something interesting while roaming, he'll tie it into his hair. As it's such an effort to brush and maintain he usually avoids doing so, but rarely is it messy.
He maintains a much shorter hairstyle under certain circumstances; one while in mourning, where tradition dictates he should cut his hair, and two while staying with Tyler, who's so bothered by his long hair that he cuts it off while Jay's sleeping, leaving it to fall to the nape of his neck in a wild, spiky mess. He dislikes this style, being of the belief that longer hair indicates a strong spiritual connection, and disliking anyone touching his hair.
Muscular and lean, athletic but not overly bulky; he's built for agility and stamina but still possesses great strength. He's about 6'4" / 194 cm tall, but sometimes he slouches in his posture and can look a lot shorter. He doesn't have a very strong presence and can quite easily be overlooked despite his height.
His skin is very pale especially for his race; he does tan in the sun but it's likely he'll burn first. He lacks any sort of body hair.
He has a black scar on his left neck from the vampire bite that turned him and some small, almost invisible ones on his chest from body piercing but otherwise does not scar easily. After encountering Tyler, his right arm was torn off and reattached, but incorrectly so; it pains him to put too much pressure on it and incapacitates his ability to fly, and he bears a horrendous bite mark on his forearm from the werewolf's jaws. A good blow to this arm quickly renders him useless in battle. Likewise, a bite to his turning scar will incapacitate him, but since it brings him straight to climax it's really not a very respectful move.
Like all vampires, his toes are elongated and the large one is opposable, allowing grip with his feet- he's dexterous with them too, making up for the difficulty in using his injured arm, allowing him to use his feet as a second pair of hands. He has a pair of fangs hidden behind his canine sheaths that show when he's hunting, angry or aroused. His nails are pointed and curved slightly, but not enough so to be taloned; still, they’re very sharp.
His day-to-day clothing is a loose green shirt and dark grey pants, as when they’re damaged it’s easier for him to repair or replace them. He also goes shirtless and donning a breechcloth and leggings, if the weather’s warm enough. His normal clothes are pretty simple and unimpressive, usually of dark colours to help him hide in the nighttime, and cover most of his skin to prevent sunlight reaching him. In cold weather he bundles himself in thick animal furs, and when the days are longer he uses a hood to travel around.
He reserves his more decorated clothing for ceremonial purposes, when it isn’t in danger of being damaged. This clothing is more elaborate and treasured, crafted from animal hide and decorated with beading, sewn patterns, and fur.
Very, very, very rarely will he don modern clothing, but he absolutely hates it, especially suits.
He has no problem with going about in his birthday suit, and often hunts this way to avoid getting blood on his clothes.
He wears a golden ring pendant, a wire braid looped through it and welded round his neck; he can’t remove it. He also tends to wear bracelets, chokers, hairpieces and armbands crafted from beads, bones and feathers.
He is able to shapeshift into a bat, similar to a flying fox in appearance. His fur is pure white and short save for a long black mane and scruff, and the skin on his wings, ears and nose is a pale pink. His wingspan is 6'4" in this form. He has a strong aversion to shapeshifting though, and very rarely takes this form.
He can also partially shift, i.e. changing his arms to wings, though he doesn't do this so often any more as he can't fly.
Initially he can be quite intimidating and reclusive, he tends to be quiet and careful around strangers until he feels more comfortable around them; even then he can be very hard to connect with, as he’s quite stoic and difficult to emotionally bond with. This does partly depend on how much he likes someone, though; he’ll either be very open and welcoming to them, or a lot more evasive and discreet. It doesn't mean he’s unpleasant, however, as he’s very respectful to others regardless of how much he likes them and treats any guests well. Combined with an optimistic disposition and good sense of humour makes him rather good company if one can get over his odd quirks. He's very sweet at heart and it doesn't take long for that to become apparent, and can be very endearing in the strange ways he acts.
He's a little old-fashioned in his speech and it can sometimes be disjointed, as English is not his first language; he also tends to slip into his native tongue when he either doesn't know a word or when he's distracted in some way. He can't understand people who talk with a strong accent very well. He's more human in mannerisms than most of his kin but has a habit of hanging upside-down when he can, as well as using animal noises to express himself. He's very disconnected from the modern world and doesn't understand technology or machinery, as well as slang or modern terms.
Despite seeming aged and wise, he is still a child in mind and it shows occasionally, as he’s very playful at heart and his curiosity sometimes gets the better of him. He’s generally quite carefree despite having plenty to worry about, as he can find insurmountable happiness in even the tiniest things. He has a knack for cheering others up even if cheery isn’t a word often used to describe himself, and as serious and mature as he can be, he can also be equally fun and silly. It’s not particularly hard to coerce him out of his shell, it’s just seeing past his chaste demeanour that tends to prevent people from finding this side of him.
He does however have strict morals and doesn't stray from them, namely placing emphasis on looking out for others as well as oneself. He’s also extremely honest and never lies, though he may avoid certain subjects or give a very vague answer, and if he makes a promise he will do everything in his power not to break it. He's strict to his duties and if something is asked of him, he will do his very best at it.
He’s incredibly selfless, rarely sparing a thought for himself, and puts everyone else before himself be they friend or stranger. He’s more than willing to help others and doesn't often ask for anything in return. However this is also where his fault lies; he’s easily manipulated and betrayed by others, and nobody fears doing so because he’s not one for revenge. He can usually recognise when he’s being used, but rarely does anything to stop it, relying on the good conscience of others to kick in- but that doesn't often happen. Despite this he remains optimistic and faithful in the good of people, and it makes him treasure those that are kind back to him even more.
He doesn't believe in making choices for others, only in offering them guidance and respect. For this, he rarely makes his opinion heard unless it’s asked of him. He’s also very respectful of personal boundaries and doesn't intrude either on thoughts or property, until he’s invited.
He’s rare to anger or any sort of extreme emotion, though there are a few certain triggers that will set him off, namely questioning him too much about his past or mentioning his deceased relatives, and even in these cases the anger tends to be directed towards himself. Generally once one’s experienced a bout of rage or sadness with him, they won’t want to invoke it again; it’s a pretty shocking experience especially from someone usually so calm.
Being outside; horses; bacon; snow; peace and quiet; hunting; exchanging stories; respectfulness; honesty
Lying; fizzy drinks; bright sunlight; big crowds and noise; being cooped inside; laziness; betrayal; people touching his ears/hair
His main hobby is exploring and wandering; he loves to be outside and roam the landscape, happily spending hours finding hidden areas, either by himself or with someone else. He collects natural treasures along the way, with a particular affinity for feathers. He partakes in swimming, climbing and running along the way.
He loves to learn and listen, exchanging stories with others; he’s a very talented storyteller and adores hearing other tales in return. He’ll also happily play games, play-fight and spar with others.
He likes the arts; he sings, dances, and can play the drums and flute, and enjoys it even more when other people join in. He loves to craft whether it be jewellery, clothing, blankets, weapons or armour, although he usually has no need for the items himself and gives them away to others instead. He doesn't paint much but can weave and carve with skill.
He does drink and smoke but not heavily or regularly, typically considering tobacco a method of prayer and offering, and alcohol an enhancer to visions and spiritual connection.
His greatest fear is change; he doesn't adapt very well to new situations, the modern world both intrigues and terrifies him so he tends to stay well out of it. He tends to stick to the past rather than embrace the future, and would rather try to make something back to the way it was before than accept a new change. By extension, he also fears the old ways he grew up with being forgotten and replaced, hence he clings so desperately to his old values.
He's also fully aware that one day he'll have to fulfill his Heyoka duties, and is constantly on edge, not knowing when it will happen.
Intelligence: Not the cleverest but has a strange logic about his thinkings; he’s very poor in academic respects but has quite good common sense and emotional smarts.
- Hand-to-Hand: Very strong and fast, can use his claws and fangs to devastating effect. Close combat however makes his weak points dangerously easy to access, so he prefers to avoid it when possible.
- Weapons: Skilled with a spear, also effective with clubs, knives and tomahawks. Better with weapons than bare-hand fighting. Can also use a bow and arrow with deadly precision.
- Firearms: Useless, would be better off battering someone with a gun than firing it at them.
Other: His powers reflect the exaggerated tales of tribal medicine men- "men supposed to have supernatural powers of curing disease and controlling spirits." To what extent he can fulfill his role remains unknown by most, as he likes to keep his methods and practices private, sharing them only if the need arises. And without the support of a community who fully understands his significance, or someone to guide him in his practices, he is not only a great aid to most people but also a huge danger.
Father: Waŋblí Glešká, Spotted Eagle (deceased)
Mother: Tȟáȟča Čík'ala Wiŋ, Little Deer Woman (deceased)
Notable Ancestors: Supposedly descended from the chief that provoked the Heyoka curse; father comes from a long line of spiritual advisors, medicine men, sacred dancers and contraries.
Children: Two sons, four daughters (deceased)
Other: Unknown; likely some distant relations descended from his cousins
Spouse/Fiancé(e)/Lover: Hazel Iera (deceased)
Friends: Forms friends fairly easily, has an amiable attitude but can be very quiet and reserved with new people, making it hard to connect with him. Values his friends above all else; a very good acquaintance to have, reliable, selfless and willing to listen and help at any time.
Allies: A reluctant alliance with Tyler and the werewolves; isn't strict to any side, will help almost anyone who asks him if he agrees with their motives and feels it's for the greater good. Quite easily manipulated, he’s very naïve and trusting, but equally can't be trusted too much with his tendency to feel sympathy for the opposing team.
Enemies: None. Doesn’t hold grudges so rarely finds enemies in people, and easily forgives them if he’s wronged.