Emma Vaerbond

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Red haired, short (4’9), scrawny, and precocious (“quit wearing clothes like that, you look silly”). She has five tally marks carved into the right side of her face, a scar she almost always hides with her bangs. The wound was actually so bad that some of her right-side teeth had to be pulled and are permanently missing.

In the eyes of those around her, Emma is a generally precocious and sometimes mischievous young girl. She’s exceptionally intelligent and tactically devious, defeating everyone in her age group--and even most adults--in any and all battles of wits. She’s seen as carefree, happy, and confident, which all awards her a number of friends in school--friends she usually “leads” in all intellectual pursuits.

Under the surface, though . . .

When she was eleven, she was assaulted by her father during a fit of drunken fury. He carved tallies into her cheeks, despite her protests, and after kicking him in the crotch, she ran away. She’s been with child services ever since.

This is problematic for her “style” in many ways, of course. From what the folk running the half-way house can tell (and actively try to restrict), Emma fancies older boys (late teens/early twenties) for being intellectually on par with herself and has no qualms actively seeking an older boyfriend. Secondly, she does science with plants that may or may not be legal according to United States law. Apparently she used to sell them as raw materials for pharmaceutical companies.

The second issue, which only a very select few are aware of, is that Emma was once haunted by an eldritch horror from beyond time and space. He killed a lot of people in Emma's name. That monster's name was Odyn. He's gone now, but the emotional baggage from all that damage remains.

The Basics

Age: 13 (just turned)

Favorite Thing(s): Science, mischief, and legally questionable gardening. Also George and Scott.


Needlessly mature for her age, Emma is mostly all right with everyone around her until one of two issues come up: 1. aggression, or 2. lectures about what girls her age should and should not do. Emma prefers to live without boundaries, which can often get her into trouble, especially when she’s doing something or the rather that a girl shouldn’t ever do before the age of 18. Or 21, for that matter.

Honestly, she just doesn’t care about age rolls. She’s been through hell and back before, and may as well have aged a decade in a single night. Emma thus feels superior to those of her age group, consequently refusing to subscribe to her prescribed age rolls.

Despite her intellectual standing, however, Emma is emotionally immature for her age. Though she will, for example, look for intellectual equality in a boyfriend, most boys of that age seek something more than just intelligent conversation, which, though her style of dress suggests otherwise, is not something she is emotionally able to deal with, at least not in a healthy and productive way.

It didn't crop up until later, but Emma also has problems with decisiveness between friends. If taking one action will help one friend and hinder another, and the alternative action does the reverse, the conflict of interests might very well paralyze her ability to make a decision.


  • Feet 4 (P.E. +2, Kicking +0, Dodge +3)
  • Guts 4 (Wind +2, Courage +5, Wrestling +4)
  • Hands 2 (Shop +1, Punching +1, Blocking +1, Greeting* +3, Medicine +2)
  • Brains 5 (Out-Think +5, Remember +5, Notice +5, SCIENCE +5, Preparedness +5, Psychic Heavy Stander +0***)
  • Face 5 (Charm +5, Put-Down +5, Connive +5, "I am the Moon"** +5)

* Showin’ ‘em her stabs.

** Useful (The Sith Mind Trick), Sweet x 3, Awesome x 2

*** Useful (Overcomes Psychics), Defends (Stay Out Of My Head), Sweet x3, Awesome x 2


SCIENCE (0), Molly (2), George Fillburn (3), Scott Valle (5), Manny (5), Nele (3), Julie (2), Jingles (2), August (0), Tim (2), Eld (2), Jimmy (1), Faith (4) [Weird], Odyn (5) [Weird]


Observe: the nuances of teen drama and strange, strange relationships

Life History:

“The Weak and the Wounded”

  • A short story centered around Emma’s previous relationship with a man named David Pavlin and the circumstances that lead to her confinement to Mrs. Frieda’s.

“Lattes and Autobiographies”

  • A short dialogue between Emma and David, shortly prior to their relationship, wherein Emma explains her life story and why, exactly, she is mentally advanced well beyond her years.

"Awkward Discoveries"

  • One day in the halfway home, Emma discovers something-- or someone, rather --she was never supposed to know about.


Story Progression (HERE BE SPOILERS)

How I Spent My Life in Hell