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Post by Orion Alim-Verdi on Jun 7, 2020 16:03:13 GMT
Orion Anthony Abraham Alim-Verdi-Laska
May 22, 1987
Sonata City, Era Region
The interviewee was late to this interview. The interviewer had to keep checking the time to make sure that they were not the ones who were early, but that just wasn't the case. They considered calling the number that had been placed on file and asking if he wanted to reschedule, but when they checked and found an international number, they were hesitant to actually call it. Still, just as they were about to work up the nerve, the door of the office swung inwards and a hulking man stepped in. Oh. Ok then.
"Sorry," Orion stated with a small sigh as he rubbed his temple, his face, and then adjusted his glasses. "I got turned around and ended up in a dentist's office." The interviewer was quick to assure him that was fine! There was still time to get all this settled! Have a seat! Orion did just that.
He looked almost a bit too big for that nice modern circular chair they had, but oh well.
Tell us a little about yourself. How would you describe yourself?
A puff of air escaped from Orion, and he didn't even bother to cover his mouth so much look away instead. "Really tired," he answered. "I get about half the sleep of the average person, and it sucks." Yet half was still more than he had had years ago, and to a certain extent, he was grateful for that.
But... he guessed he should say something else. "I've... had a hard life and am trying to move passed it, mostly. I've had a couple of years to get my shit together and even got married so..." He smiled a little as he lifted one forearm, twisted it around, and showed not only a multitude of fish-type tattoos and scarring under them but also the ring on his finger. "I think I'm doing ok as a person." Comparatively speaking.
Why are you interested in the class you've chosen?
A small smile quirked at the corners of Orion's mouth. "I've always been ok at cooking and then got really into it after realizing how good it could be when prepared right... and realized I could catch my wife''s attention with it before we were dating," he answered.
"I've wanted to open a restaurant for a long time. I'm not sure how long I'll be sticking in the Arciel region, but if it's long enough to see a restaurant open then..." He folded both arms and shrugged his shoulders.
The interviewer had been aware that he had signed up for the Chef class but had not even seen his picture up until then. A big muscular man who liked cooking enough to have dreams associated with it-- well, that wasn't the strangest they had ever interviewed.
Why are you interested in training in Arciel? Why not another region?
"I'm .... there's a few reasons," Orion answered a bit slower than he had started. "Part of the reason is Dr. Luke Indigo is my best friend, and he's come here to research the recent Ultra Beast activity. I want to make sure that he stays safe." That was a big chunk of it, really, but Orion wouldn't say that outright.
"The other reason is I have family here. One of my cousins is a Ranger, and I want to be able to protect and support them as needed." He wasn't entirely sure his babier cousins, the Alims.... Kemplers? whatever, needed or even wanted the same protection and support, but he wanted to be there for Jazz at the very least. "So my wife and I decided to at least visit the region in the meantime."
What do you consider your best attributes? They can be physical, mental, social, or anything else.
There was... a longer pause than the interviewer expected there to be. Orion gave a sort of blank stare back for a long moment as he tried to actually think of a suitable response. What was his best attributes?
"... Probably my physical strength and endurance...." he answered slowly, quietly, as if not entirely sure of this fact either. It had been a couple of years since he had really extensively trained for anything physically even if he did do a bit of personal upkeep. He'd never be as strong as Mia either hahahah.
"I guess also my loyalty," Orion realized much after the fact. "Those who have it will generally have it for life." Whether Orion necessarily wanted to give it or not.
What do you consider your worst attributes? Be honest, now!
That was a much easier question to answer, and Orion immediately snorted back. "I'm stubborn," he started with. The interviewer was about to say something, but Orion raised an index finger to silence them for a moment. "I don't often listen to others or take their advice even when I know they're right. It's my way or the highway, and I'm spiteful enough to do something exactly the opposite of what was asked of me when I'm mad." Orion paused. The interviewer let out a breath they didn't realize they were holding.
"I've been managing chronic anxiety and depression all of my life," he went on. "Not very well I might add." The interviewer winced. "It's only been in the last four or five years that I've found some medication that actually works for me, and it doesn't even work all that well during extremely low periods." Orion sighed a little bit at that.
"I've also got some addictive tendencies that just lead to life being annoying sometimes. I quit smoking last year after almost sixteen years." The interviewer pointed out that that was actually really good all things considered. Orion smiled faintly and shrugged his shoulders. "I still can't really be around it without wanting it so I just try not to be around it."
What was your childhood like? How was school?
Orion looked down, and a weirdly forced sigh escaped from him. "I don't really want to talk about it," he stated. The interviewer hesitated as if unsure of whether to press him or not. Luckily for them, Orion went on of his own accord.
"I guess the basics are... I grew up in the Era Region. My mom was... is... an aura master and teacher. My dad is a psychologist. They're..." An awkward pause. "Still together which I guess says something about them, but they're not the greatest people to each other or me or anyone."
Orion's gaze raised and held the interviewer's for a long moment. "I wasn't physically abused, but there were expectations placed on me that I... I could never live up to. And I hated them a lot for that. It often felt like no matter what I did, I wouldn't be good enough for my mom. It... wasn't quite the same for my dad and I, but it still wasn't.... all that great."
A soft 'oh' had escaped from the interviewer. They jotted down a few notes before getting ready to move on to the next question.
How is your relationship with your family?
"It's... kind of gotten better, I guess," Orion answered with a small shrug. "I can only stand to be around my mom for short periods of time, but I check in with my dad frequently enough. Jazz and I are on good terms."
Slowly he smiled, though. "I think being able to choose part of my family has... really helped..." Orion admitted. "I love my wife so much.... Even when neither of us are feeling all that great, we can at least share that hash tag relatable bullshit line..." Orion snorted a little at his own flat ended joke. "Having someone I don't have to be anything but myself around is great, 11/10 would recommend." He was smiling now, softly, bemusedly.
What do you like to do for fun?
"...Would it be dumb to say I really like cooking as a hobby?" As much as a profession or anything else? The interviewer shook their head. "I like to cook a lot, but I if I had to narrow that down a bit, I like baking. I like making sweets and cakes and those stupid little treats with smilies on them." Orion grinned a little briefly.
"I also watch TV and keep up with some soap operas like Journey of Our Times and things like that but... that's more for vegetating than as a hobby." Hm, was there anything else he really did frequently enough to consider it a hobby? Orion felt his brows knit. He guessed maybe this was also a vague invitation to try new things or some shit like that.
What are your feelings on romance?
...Pfff. Orion snorted and slowly raised both hands up. The interviewer raised an eyebrow. "You caught me, I'm a sucker for it," he answered before dropping his arms again and leaning back in his chair.
"I'm... not really interested in traditionally romantic stuff but.... the things I do find romantic are just.... a weak point," Orion made a dramatic face before easing back into a smile again. "I find a lot of simple domestic things romantic... just... being able to care about and care for someone is nice," he smiled a little softer. "Loyalty is... very hot and romantic though."
What are your goals for the future? Short-term and long-term.
".... Well... I guess I'm opening a restaurant," Orion decided kind of on the spot before snorting and shrugging his shoulders. "Right now, though, I just want to settle into the region a bit and get a feel for everything here. I wouldn't mind exploring and traveling a bit just to see it either."
How long had it been since he had had the sort of thrill that came with constant travel? Perhaps too long. Or perhaps nostalgia lied about how great it was. Either way.
If you could be a Pokemon, what species or typing would you choose and why?
"Hm...." Orion scratched his chin in thought. What would he choose to be? As opposed to what he would assume Arceus would choose him to be? Heh. "...I really love Eelektross," he answered. "There's a reason I'm bringing a Tynamo with me." He shifted a little about to grab the Pokeball only to stop. Letting Fishstick out probably wasn't necessary.
"They just... start out so small and cute and then become a little weird and then holy fuck that's a monster and.... yeah..." Orion snickered. "Not saying I want to be seen as a monster but just.... just yeah...." He could not begin to explain in words how much he loved Eelektross.
What do Pokemon mean to you?
Orion paused before actually speaking. "They're important aspects of life...." he answered. "Protectors and allies and friends... Mr. Fish, my Eelektross back in the Veria Region that I was living in before this, saved my life time and time again. They're.... aside from Luke, they're my best friend, heh..." It vaguely kind of hurt to leave them behind, but at least they had Fishstick with them right then. Maybe after a little while, they'd be able to bring in Fishy too, if they stayed that long and all.
Anything else you'd like to tell us about before you go?
"Nah that's it I think," Orion put both arms on either side of the chair and forced himself to standing with a small 'uhmph' in there just for good measure.
6'02" / 188 cm
Spring Green / Yellow
Orion is tall, muscular, and pretty easy to distinguish in a crowd. He has quite a bit of muscle mass, and his skin has seen a lot of wear and tear. He has numerous scars, some of which are covered up by the tattoos on his arms and some still visible.
Orion's aura is a lush of sea greens and deep blues. Together the colors look like a deep lake on a clear summer day and move about as slowly as that.
Skills, Abilities, & Notoriety
0 - Neutral
*Orion is 99% gay and 1% "gender doesn't matter what the fuck ever". He's attracted to more masculine people but also anyone with a general sense of a certain type of power to them.
- Orion is an important from Pokemon Horizons with a skill system similar to this one's enough to bring over points.
- Orion's original last name was Alim-Verdi, a mix of two sides of his family. He is Jazz Johnson's first cousin once removed on his mom's side of the family. He is Gabe Alim, Rae Kempler, and Michael Kempler's first cousin on his dad's side.
- He speaks Common and the Pokemon version of Italian from his mother's side of the family.
- He once was ambidextrous until an incident crushed his left hand and ruined a lot of the fine motor skill required for it on a nondominant hand.
Pick Your Partner: Tynamo, Male, Nickname: Fishstick
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