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 Right at this moment I'm totally cool, 29 . pathfinder . ben rappaport
nathaniel philip
Counselor • 29 YRS
ENTJ
Occupation
Counselor
Nickname
Nathaniel
Pronouns
He/Him
Sexual Orientation
Heterosexual
Status
Single
Partner
Riding Style
Western
Nolo
is
Nolo Contendere

Breed
Quarter Horse
Gender
Mare
Age
7
Disciplines
Trail
Application
Ben
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Age
35
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He/him
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PM
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Counselor
Nathaniel Philip
TW: list triggers here, separated by commas

Basics


Full Name: Nathaniel Elijah Philip
Nickname/Alias: Nathan
Date of Birth: 9/12/1987
Current Age: 29
Gender: Male
Pronouns: He/him
User Group: Pathfinder
Sub-Group: Counselor

Appearance


Eye Color: Brown
Hair Color: Dark brown
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 175
Scars or Marks: None
Tattoos or Piercings None
Face Claim: Ben Rappaport

Personality


MBTI Type: ENTJ
Likes: Justice, good wine, good food, Mad Men, small cars, freshly cleaned clothes, being awake for the sunrise, comic book movies, puzzles and riddles, cakes and pie
Dislikes: Lying, violence, ethical dilemmas, fast food, house work, being micromanaged, cold weather, changing plans, cell phones, sports
Strengths: Honest, reliable, loyal, hard-working, enthusiastic, organized
Weaknesses: Inflexible, stubborn, can’t keep his opinions to himself, impatient, judgmental
Fears: being buried alive, being kidnapped, becoming ill, car accidents, roaches, tornadoes, being alone, being framed as a criminal
Aspirations: To do some good in the world

Relationships


Romantic Orientation: Heteroromantic
Sexual Orientation: Heterosexual
Relationship Status: Single
Significant Other: None

Lifestyle


Career/Occupation: Counselor
Education: Law school
Dream Job: Lawyer?
Home Town: Evanstown, Il
Religion: Jewish

Equestrian Life


Preferred Riding Style: Western
Disciplines: Trail
Riding Strengths: Persistent
Riding Weaknesses: Hesitant
Nathaniel was the only child of two professors at Northwestern University. Smart and with plenty of support at home, he quickly ended up on the fast track to success. After graduating from the University of Illinois, he went to Georgetown University to pursue a law degree. During his second year he began dating a fellow law student, Abigail Kohn.

After graduation, he’d planned to work for a non-profit, or perhaps the EPA, but he had student loans to pay down, and Abigail was taking a job from a small immigration firm in Chicago. When Nathaniel got an offer from a large white shoe firm in Chicago, it was too much to pass down. He took the job, promising himself he’d stay for a few years, make some money, and eventually leave to do something better.

He’d been working towards becoming a lawyer for years, but it wasn’t nearly as rewarding as he’d expected. As an associate, much of his work was routine trivia that the partners signed off on, and even when he got to do more substantive things, his work was on behalf of large companies, helping the rich get richer in exchange for a small cut of the proceeds.

Things improved a bit after the second year. First of all, Nathaniel and Abigail got engaged. Second, he got a task at work he actually liked: the firm, as part of its pro bono work, was providing assorted legal services to a non-profit running computer education programs in poor parts of Chicago as it expanded. The firm was happy to shove most of the work onto an associate, providing some minimal supervision, and Nathaniel was happy to do the work.

A year later, that all fell apart. When the Board of Directors for the nonprofit got into a messy fight with the founder, it was Nathaniel’s job to write up the paperwork to remove the founder from the organization and threaten a restraining order. When he couldn’t persuade the firm to refuse to participate, he quit his job in fury.

That night, he got in a huge fight with Abigail over his decision to quit without even talking to her. Abigail ended up throwing the engagement ring back at him and walking out. With everything he’d been working for in tatters, Nathaniel threw his clothes in a car and drove out of town.

For several months, Nathaniel drove aimless through a string of small towns. He'd stay in one for a few days at a time, then drive on until he found another. For a while he managed to keep his friends and parents from bothering him too much, claiming he just needed to take a vacation to find himself after the collapse of his engagement. But after three months, his savings were taking a hit. He decided to find a job, somewhere - somewhere other than Chicago - just to hold him over and keep him from going broke. A lie to his mother - that he was driving towards a job interview - turned into an opportunity when he drove through Trader's Bend and, on a whim, interviewed for a counselor position at Brook Haven. To his surprise, Logan offered him the job, and perhaps even more to his surprise, he took it.

What's Next?

Nathaniel drove away, leaving behind everything he'd ever been working towards - his career, his relationship, his friendships. Right now Trader's Bend and Brook Haven are a rebound, something to fill the days until he figures out what he wants to do with his life. But he'll be turning thirty soon, and he's going to need to either decide to get serious about this and make it his life, or figure out what to do instead.

What Got Left Behind

Meanwhile, Nathaniel also has to decide what to do about the things he left behind. His parents don't approve of any of his decisions lately, and he's going to need to decide whether he still cares. Though he doesn't know it, his ex-fiance is going to be engaged to someone else before long, and he'll have to decide what to do about that, too.

Taking Responsibility

While Nathaniel's had the trappings of an adult life for years, the combination of a girl friend and enough money to buy his way out of problems has meant that he hasn't really needed to fully grow up. But working with the kids at Brook Haven, and seeing them forced to take responsibility for their lives, is going to force Nathaniel to consider the decisions he's made.

About Nathaniel

Nathaniel can seem out of place at Brook Haven: he's newer to ranch life than most of the students. He makes up for it, mostly, by being relentlessly cheerful about it. For the first time in his life, he's not trying to impress anyone, or compete at anything.

Platonic

Nathaniel is friendly enough, but doesn't have much experience having friends who aren't from very similar cultural backgrounds. Still, for people who can put up with the awkwardness, he's not big on drama - he doesn't make trouble, and he is the sort of person who will be there for a friend who needs help. He's most likely to bond with people who have some kind of common interest with him.

Romantic

Nathaniel's fiance left him recently after a huge fight, and he's alone for the first time since he was a student. He certainly thinks he wants a relationship, and right now he's likely to get too serious about one too quickly.

Antagonistic

The most common way people end up on Nathaniel's bad side is by running afoul of his rigid sense of justice. Nathaniel comes to conclusions, quickly, about people and situations, and he's not shy about sharing them. He doesn't tend to keep grudges, but once he's decided he distrusts someone, that attitude can poison all his future interactions with them.

Familiar

Nathaniel's only close family are his parents; that relationship has been tense ever since he left Chicago.

Other

Given his lack of experience with ranch life, and the fact that he really doesn't seem that tough, some of the students may have trouble respecting Nathaniel. Others might find his honesty refreshing: he doesn't feel the need to hide his difficulties to impress them, and doesn't mind looking foolish or using his mistakes as teaching experiences, or to help a student save face.

First Impressions

Nathaniel looks like a city boy. The way he dresses and walks isn't quite un-masculine, but he comes across as delicate and uncomfortable with dirt in a way that's out of place on the ranch. Past that, though, he's approachable and friendly.

Stranger Impressions

Nathaniel doesn't have much of a reputation to proceed him, but he often comes across as someone who's respectable and serious.

Friendly Impressions

He seems loyal and passionate, but flaky on a day to day basis. He's there for you when you're in trouble, but he's only interested in hanging out if you're doing something he things is exciting.

Familiar Impressions

Nathaniel's family has always believed in his ability, and is increasingly frustrated that his unwillingness to play along or be cooperative seems to be ruining all the potential they saw in him.

Rival Impressions

Nathaniel can be downright obnoxious in his sense of fair play. He's never exactly willing to directly compete with someone; he insists on doing what he thinks is important, for his own reasons. If that leads them into competition as a side-effect, he doesn't care, but he's still only concerned about what he's doing, not the rivalry.

Enemy Impressions

Nathaniel often seems like he thinks he's better than other people. When he dislikes someone, he's not subtle about it, and he'll be quite clear - and public - about what he thinks and why.

Authority Impressions

On the one hand, Nathaniel is a hard worker who generally does his job and follows rules. On the other hand, he's opinionated, and if he thinks a direction is inappropriate, he'll just refuse to do it, and he'll refuse to compromise for the greater good if has a problem with the compromise.

Coworker/Partner Impressions

Nathaniel's a mixed bag as a co-worker. On the one hand, you can count in him to do his job, and to put in extra work as well. On the other hand, he's not someone who you can expect to help out at something that needs helping if he doesn't consider it his job.

Lover Impressions

Nathaniel runs a little hot and cold: he's passionate one day, focused on something else the next.

Self-Impressions

For all his judgmentalness, Nathaniel holds himself to the highest standard; he spends a lot of time questioning the ethics of his own actions. When looking forward, he holds his own ethics and judgement in very high regard, but when looking back on what he's done, he has a lot more doubt.

Post-Mortem Impressions

When dead, people are likely to remember Nathaniel's high standards and his efforts to do good, and perhaps overlook how difficult he could be.

Mun Impressions

Nathaniel was originally a character from a tabletop roleplaying game in which he left Chicago for a magical secondary world where he became a prophet and, if the game hadn't been abandoned, was probably going to try to unmake reality to eliminate the existence of moral ambiguity. Working as a counselor for troubled teens is probably better for everyone.

I see him as someone who's genuinely well-intentioned, but a little immature in how he tries to implement his intentions in the world.

Friends

First Last • Relationship

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First Last • Relationship

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First Last • Relationship

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Enemies

First Last • Relationship

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First Last • Relationship

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First Last • Relationship

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Lovers

First Last • Relationship

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First Last • Relationship

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First Last • Relationship

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Family

First Last • Relationship

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First Last • Relationship

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First Last • Relationship

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Other

First Last • Relationship

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First Last • Relationship

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First Last • Relationship

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Habits

Speechifying

Especially when he feels strongly, Nathaniel has a tendency to talk like he's delivering a speech. (For the record, he did this before he became a lawyer, too.) Along with this, he makes a lot of sharp hand gestures that he holds for a long time while talking.

Okay

Nathaniel starts sentences with "Okay" a lot.

Head Scratching

Nathaniel has a habit of scratching his head with one finger while thinking.

Quirks

Jewish nose

Nathaniel does have a rather stereotypically jewish nose, enough that people can often guess that he's jewish.

Listening Face

When Nathaniel is paying attention to someone, he often stares at them without moving. Some people like the way it shows he's giving his full attention, others find it uncomfortable or fake-seeming.

Litigator

Nathaniel has trouble not arguing about things, even stupid things that aren't important - when people make small mistakes in what they say, he tends to correct them, even it's inppropriate or annoying.

Hobbies

Cooking

One of the few chores Nathaniel has prior experience in, though he's used to cooking a lot of Indian and Chinese food.

Jogging

Nathaniel goes jogging early each morning, religiously.

Hiking

Interests

Jewish history

Nathaniel isn’t devout, and has a difficult relationship with Judaism, but he’s very attached to it as part of his cultural identity. Books about the history of Jews living around the world are one of the main things he reads.

Puzzles

His taste in puzzles is quite broad. It includes jigsaw puzzles (at any time he usually has one partially assembled at his apartment) and sudoko and similar “newspaper” style puzzles, but he’s especially interested in more elaborate or unusual puzzles when he can find them.

Prestige television dramas

Desired Plots

The Right Place After All

Nathaniel definitely doesn't plan to adopt a teen, but he could easily end up adopting someone who needs adopting for some sort of pragmatic reason - maybe to avoid being taken out of the program - and, having done that, he'd end up taking the responsibility more seriously that he expected to.

Cultural Judaism

Nathaniel identifies as Jewish, but hasn't done anything that could count as religious in years. At Brook Haven, however, he's suddenly much more aware of how few jews there are in town. In particular, he'd be enthusiastic about helping any Jewish students keep up some practice, possibly be being the person to organize candle lighting on Friday nights and events for major Jewish holidays.

Just a Little Legal Advice

No doubt there are a number of people on the ranch who occasionally need some legal advice, and that will become even more true if the Brook families disagreements about how to run the ranch - and Logan's relapse - escalate into real conflicts.

It is very definitely illegal for Nathaniel to practice law in the state of Montana. But lawyers are expensive, and the line between practicing law and just providing some friendly advice can get a little fuzzy, so it would be interesting for Nathaniel to get drawn in to those disagreements.

About Ben


Age: 35
Pronouns: He/Him
Time Zone: EST
Native Language: English

Preferred Word Count: 300-ish
Likely Triggers: None

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katelyn yu
Social Worker • 32 YRS
ESTJ
Occupation
Social Worker
Nickname
Kate
Pronouns
She/Her/Hers
Sexual Orientation
Pansexual
Status
Engaged
Partner
Josh Tanner
Riding Style
English
Kate grew up as the only daughter in a semi-traditional Korean-American family. Her mother pushed her to study the piano until Kate thought her fingers (or her ears) were going to bleed, while her father encouraged her to follow her dreams. AS a result, she left the piano behind and became a red and white belt in Judo (6th dan) and a black belt in TaeKwondo (5th dan).

She went to college to be a social worker after she helped her best friend in childhood escape from his abusive parents. He survived because of her, and the feeling that it was possible for her to make that big a difference in the lives of people she cared about drove her to do something bigger with her life, to continue to put that effort into "saving children."

It was through her job that she met her current boyfriend, Josh Tanner. He is a police officer who helped her on a couple of cases, a man who had already adopted as a single father and who would later do so again. He inspired her, and the two of them have been together for the past ten years. Kate doesn't always agree with what he does (he's a struggling drug addict who may also have an alcohol problem), but she loves him nonetheless, and therefore she is strongly committed to Josh.

Kate is what she likes to refer to as a "badass social worker." She rides a Harley Davidson (two, actually -- her Softail and her Lowrider) without sitting behind a man to do so; She is a master of Judo; She has taken control of her own destiny without expectations from other people. She does very well for herself in the general sense of the word, and she believes that everybody has the opportunity to make the most out of their lives, and therefore that they should push to be the best that they can be.

Dew
is
Mountain Rush

Breed
Andalusian
Gender
Mare
Age
6 Years
Disciplines
Show Jumping
Application
is Offline


Age
37
Pronouns
She/Her/Hers
Timezone
GMT-5
Contact
PM or Discord
23 Posts
180 Points
Tenderfoot
Leader

Kate & Nathaniel
I have to be honest that I fear this is going to come out somewhat boring. Forgive me for that and bear with me. I'm having a little bit of difficulty with getting Kate into things at the moment, and I'm looking to use her personality either in her favor or against her. Right now that means establishing some adult relationships, as she's likely to make a bunch of very similar relationships with students. Anyway, Kate's going to be interested in the fact that Nathaniel is Jewish. She's Christian, but she believes that all paths lead to the same god, and she's interested in the varying ways that people seek Him. It will surprise her that Nathaniel is Jewish but that he doesn't practice his faith. This is actually rather odd, because it's not like Kate goes to church every Sunday! If you want to find a way to work in Jewish holidays onto the ranch, this may be a way to get it started. Kate's genuinely interested in cultural Judiasm, though she won't at first know the difference between the religion and the associated culture. In addition, she's probably going to want to talk to him about his interest in the law field. She's worked with a lot of lawyers in her quest to help kids, and she might wind up suggesting to him that he consider working as an advocate for children in child custody cases. I don't have any really strong thread ideas here, but I do think that her suggesting the child advocate field might be an interesting overall plot. Do you have any ideas about how this could translate into a thread?
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nathan curry
Veterinarian • 32 YRS
ISFJ
Occupation
Veterinarian
Nickname
Nate
Pronouns
He/Him
Sexual Orientation
Homosexual
Status
Married
Partner
Ben Lyonette
Riding Style
Western
Nate came to Brook Haven to save his sisters. Nearly two years ago, the twins were involved in a fire. Ronnie's friends set it, and Bella dove in to rescue her horses -- none of whom made it out of the barn fire alive. Knowing that the girls weren't safe with their stepfather, and not trusting their biological father to do the right thing for them, Nate pulled them from the only home that they had ever known and forced them to come with him three months ago to a therapeutic horse rescue and home for troubled teens located in Montana.

He brought with him his husband of three years and the two daughters that they have been raising together. Nate's husband has settled into Trader's Bend as the pastor of the local Christian church, and Nate has had to fight fresh bigotry because of the combination of faith and sexual orientation. It's been an upheaval and a transition for everybody involved, but for Nate personally he's had to release and obtain new birds of prey, he's had to leave behind his veterinary practice, find a new falconer's association, and has had to obtain new licenses. He's doing his best to settle into the new town, but the upheaval has been hard for him.

The worst part about it for him is that his sister's aren't taking to it well. He should have have expected miracles, and he knows that (knew it then and he knows it now) but he's frustrated by the fact that neither of the girls will so much as go near their horses. Given that he went out of his way to get Ronnie's personal horse to the ranch, this has been a low blow, and Nate has been struggling with feeling rejected by his sisters.

He's done all of this for them, and he feels as though he deserves a bit of gratitude for everything that he's sacrificed to help them to get back on their feet and find healing after the fire. His relationships with his immediate family are wonderful, so why can't his sisters accept what he's trying to do when his daughters seem so eager to accept him as their father and to move on with their lives?

Storm
is
Rolls Like Thunder

Breed
American Paint Horse
Gender
Gelding
Age
15
Disciplines
Cutting
Application
is Offline


Age
37
Pronouns
She/Her
Timezone
GMT-5
Contact
PM or Discord
42 Posts
330 Points
Wrangler
Counselor

Nate & Nathaniel
I have a couple of things for you here. First of all, Nathan's stepfather (after whom he was named) is named Nathaniel. It's very likely that Nathaniel will rub Nate the wrong way as a result of this. Nathaniel was a very abusive man who took out his frustrations toward his wife on Nate and Jarrod, and the name therefore represents that person to Nate. He may react with outright hostility toward Nathaniel the first few times that he runs into him. Never a good way to approach a new relationship. However, Nate is about to need legal advice in a big way. This is your only spoiler alert! We are killing off Nathaniel Curry. With his death is going to come the fact that he has left the vineyard that he runs in Napa to Nate, Jarrod, Bella, and Ronnie. In an effort to atone for what she's already done, Ronnie is going to donate her portion of the sale of the vineyard to Brook Haven Ranch. This is substantial, because we are talking millions. I don't know if Nathaniel has any experience in either estate law or business law, but if he does, he could be somebody Nate would turn to for advice at a time like this. This goes pretty far down the line into the future, but I was wondering if Nathaniel would be up for helping with that when the time comes?
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rebekah brook
Therapist • 26 YRS
ENFP
Occupation
Therapist
Nickname
Bekah
Pronouns
She/Her
Sexual Orientation
Heterosexual
Status
Married
Partner
Simon Brook
Riding Style
Western
Sweet natured and giving, Rebekah Brook is a friendly face around the ranch. She worked the program as a teenager, and met Simon Brook when she was in college. They married and returned home, only for her to discover that he was, in fact, one of Brooks who owned the ranch where she had spent her adolescence. It wasn't amusing at first, but as time went on, it became a personal inside joke, and Bekah became a friendly face around the ranch, someone who understood the kids better than most -- including her husband -- and who would bend over backward to make the newcomers as comfortable as she could.

Bekah is generally considered to be one of the most approachable adults on the ranch. She is considerate, kind, and compassionate, and she tends to see the students for the people they are beneath their troubles. Of all the adults on the ranch, she's the last one to judge one of the students based on their troubles. After all, she's had her fair share of struggles as well.

She's currently pregnant, which limits her activities quiet a bit, but Bekah still does her best to keep up with the kids on the ranch and to help them as much as she can. Adjustment is a process as far as she's concerned, and most kids settle down once they have the opportunity to know that somebody on the ranch actually cares for them.

A very hands-on adult, Bekah goes out of her way to spend time with the kids in a personal setting, and she reaches out to them individually, particularly when they're struggling. Even on her toughest days, she eats with the kids, checks in on them in their dorms, and provides room for them to communicate with her. If they can't or don't want to communicate, she's more than happy to just hold space for them.

Maddie
is
Midnight Madness

Breed
Quarter Horse
Gender
Mare
Age
18 Years
Disciplines
Barrel Racing
Application
is Offline


Age
37
Pronouns
She/Her
Timezone
GMT-5
Contact
PM or Intro
58 Posts
400 Points
Brook Haven
Co-Owner
Bekah & Nathaniel
I think Bekah might be the friendliest adult character who I have available right now for play. You know already (or should know already) that she's friendly and welcoming. She'd likely offer a listening ear if Nathaniel wants to talk about everything that he's left behind him to be here. Moreover, I can tell you that she will definitely appreciate his willingness to help out these kids. Considering that she used to be one of these kids, his work on the ranch is ultimately very important to her. I'd like (I think) to do a thread with her greeting him to the ranch, because it's something that she'd do in an effort to get to know him. It's not something I'd do for every single arriving character, but it could be good to establish him a bit since you've not had the opportunity to play him yet at all. What do you think? Should I add it to my list?
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logan brook
Brook Haven Owner • 48 YRS
ESFP
Occupation
Brook Haven Owner
Nickname
Logan
Pronouns
He/Him
Sexual Orientation
Heterosexual
Status
Married
Partner
Amber Brook
Riding Style
Western
Logan is the current owner of Brook Haven Ranch, and the founder of its program for troubled teens. A former troubled kid himself, he came to the ranch addicted to cocaine, unable to find his way, and angry with his biological parents for giving up on him. He can relate to the kids on the ranch, from the struggle with behavioral trouble to the frequent struggle with drugs, and he knows what it's like to be the child of parents who gave up on him.

He has a lot to give to the teens at Brook Haven Ranch, and he's opened the ranch up to these kids so that they can grow into people who are able to take care of themselves and contribute to society. His program is one that focuses on making sure that the students learn how to be their best selves, while increasing their confidence and their trust in themselves and the people around them.

Logan is the father figure of the ranch. He can be strict with the students, but only because he knows what it's like to be one of them, and he does his best to provide them with the discipline and structure that they need while also making sure that the teens on the ranch know that they have people who care about them and that there will always be a place for them whenever they need it.

Addiction has a big place in Logan's life, and he recognizes that he's either in recovery or in relapse. Right now he's in relapse, and attempting to hide it from his wife, his daughter, his parents, his brothers, and his sister. When they find out, there's sure to be some drama for Logan, who has to get back on the wagon or risk losing everything that he's build on the ranch.

When it comes down to it, Logan will do anything necessary to help the teenagers that the ranch serves, even if it involves a personal risk or giving up something to save those kids. They come before himself, and when push comes to shove, hard decisions will be made in favor of the troubled teens program, no matter what it means for Logan.

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Veritas
is
Truth be Told

Breed
Quarter Horse
Gender
Mare
Age
12 Years
Disciplines
Trail Riding
Application
is Offline


Age
37
Pronouns
She/Her
Timezone
GMT-5
Contact
PM or Intro
77 Posts
595 Points
Brook Haven
Owner
Logan & Nathaniel
So first of all, Logan's from Chicago, so that's something that they have in common. Other than that, though, I'm getting the sense from Logan that he might be openly hostile toward Nathaniel. I'm not sure why that is, only that he doesn't like the fact that Nathaniel picked up and moved everything. He's not the first person on the ranch to do it, but Logan is currently in relapse, so his judgment isn't what it could be. To his mind though, it doesn't seem like helping kids has been a lifelong dream of Nathaniel's, and he doesn't have anybody on the ranch to draw him here. I don't have any specific ideas to get them interacting, and I get the sense that it might be better that they not right now because of Logan's clear desire to "keep an eye on" Nathaniel. It could get interesting further down the road though, if Logan keeps himself in Nathaniel's business!
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montana sheridan
Fire Scientist • 37 YRS
ISFJ
Occupation
Fire Scientist
Nickname
Monty
Pronouns
She/Her/Hers
Sexual Orientation
heterosexual
Status
married
Partner
seraphina sheridan
Riding Style
Western
Sheila
is
Up to No Good

Breed
TWH
Gender
Mare
Age
15 Years
Disciplines
Trail Riding
Application
is Offline


Age
37
Pronouns
She/Her/Hers
Timezone
GMT-5
Contact
PM for Discord
37 Posts
335 Points
Pathfinder
Leader

Monty & Nathaniel
The question of whether or not Monty should be doing this job is definitely a valid one that Ava and I have actually talked about. His PTSD does make him a potential danger to other people because flashbacks can create violent results. At the same time, he has a remarkable way with kids that would probably surprise most people, given his history in the military. So he's good at his job, but that doesn't stop him from being a risk to other people. Thank goodness for Duke. How does Nathaniel feel about the war Monty's been fighting in?
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montana sheridan
Fire Scientist • 37 YRS
ISFJ
Occupation
Fire Scientist
Nickname
Monty
Pronouns
She/Her/Hers
Sexual Orientation
heterosexual
Status
married
Partner
seraphina sheridan
Riding Style
Western
Sheila
is
Up to No Good

Breed
TWH
Gender
Mare
Age
15 Years
Disciplines
Trail Riding
Application
is Offline


Age
37
Pronouns
She/Her/Hers
Timezone
GMT-5
Contact
PM for Discord
37 Posts
335 Points
Pathfinder
Leader
Monty & Nathaniel
I have to laugh because Monty is also mostly against this war (though not for the same reasons, I'm sure). He's all for protecting his people and the people he loves, but he's not comfortable with the way that the war has divided people. Monty's mostly a very conservative man, but he's not a fan of blaming an entire religion for the actions of a culture.
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petra sokoloff
Student • 17 YRS
ISFJ
Occupation
Student
Nickname
Petra
Pronouns
she/her/hers
Sexual Orientation
Heterosexual
Status
Single
Partner
n/a
Riding Style
Western
Weaver
is
In Your Dreams

Breed
Thoroughbred
Gender
Gelding
Age
18 Years
Disciplines
Barrel Racing
Application
is Offline


Age
37
Pronouns
He/him/his
Timezone
GMT-5
Contact
PM for Discord
23 Posts
295 Points
Pathfinder
Mustang
Petra & Nathaniel
The issue is that Petra is addicted to her technology. This is something I've not explored in depth (and I'm reminded that I should add cooking to her skills to round her out a bit because she is an exceptional cook), so I don't have all of the information that I need about why she got as hooked as she did. I tend to think that it was a coping mechanism, but she's quick to reject that possibility. She is comfortable with being transgender. I think all of my trans kiddos are, at the end of the day. What I think it really is is that the internet provides some anonymity, even if the person in theory knows your name. It's not likely to be somebody from next door who's going to accost you at the supermarket. So basically, the internet allows her to be herself, and she's fearful on the ranch that being herself will result in some sort of backlash. Part of "being herself" is being trans, and the other things are all things that she doesn't know about herself yet because she's been fighting for so long to be this person. Just to be a girl. So most of her interests are necessarily tied up in that and the rest are going to come in time as she discovers the girl and not the girl struggling to convince people she's not a boy. I think that it speaks to the idea that perhaps Nathaniel could help her to figure out some of the "who am I?" that she's going to have to be working on now that she's on the ranch. She's going to need some assistance with this, and as much as Nathaniel isn't sure of himself, this might actually be a good project for him to find who he can be to these kids. It seems like he struggles to determine what his responsibility is to them and how he can help them, and this could be a major turning point for him as well. I'd love to see him gain some confidence, and I think that Petra might be capable of showing him that. Now of course she's still going to be timid with grown men for reasons that are probably pretty obvious, and she might skirt him a bit and try to make sure that he can't touch her, but if we could get them involved in something that doesn't involve tech and allows her to discover more about herself than dresses, makeup, and video games, it could have an amazing outcome for both of them. Do you have any ideas for any projects he would like to help her with?
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chris magellen
Junior Counselor • 24 YRS
ESTP
Occupation
Junior Counselor
Nickname
Chrissy
Pronouns
she/her
Sexual Orientation
Homosexual
Status
single
Partner
n/a
Riding Style
Western
Sprig
is
Spring Melts

Breed
Clydesdale
Gender
gelding
Age
19
Disciplines
barrel racing
Application
is Offline


Age
21
Pronouns
ze/zher/zhim
Timezone
GMT-8
Contact
PM
9 Posts
85 Points
Tenderfoot
Jr. Counselor
Nathaniel & Chris
I think it would be pretty interesting to have Chris meet with other Jewish characters, although she hasn't practiced for quite a while, so she's not really sure how some stuff works. She still does pray, but a lot of other stuff she's doesn't do(fasting, for example), so it would be great for her to try to connect with the things. The only reason she says she's Jewish is because she celebrates Hanukkah, and that her parents were Jewish, so maybe she has questions for Nathaniel? Chris would definitely be into becoming more active, both as a tribute to her parents, her religion, and as a way to help any Jewish kids on the ranch.
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jason woo
Student • 17 YRS
enfp
Occupation
Student
Nickname
Jay
Pronouns
he/him
Sexual Orientation
heterosexual
Status
single
Partner
//
Riding Style
English
Jason Woo is a first generation Korean-American, born and raised in San Francisco, California. HIs father was abusive, and his mother had post=partum depression among other mental illnesses. His grandmother would take care of him when his mother wasn't up to the task, until she died when Jason was little. His mother took her own life not long after his grandmother's death. Jason's dad was an abuser, and he was eventually taken away from his father. After attempting to run away from multiple foster homes, he was sent to Brook Haven Ranch.
Calliope
is
Callie

Breed
Thoroughbred
Gender
Mare
Age
15
Disciplines
English pleasure
Application
is Offline


Age
24
Pronouns
ze/zer
Timezone
GMT -5
Contact
PM
8 Posts
135 Points
Pathfinder
Mustang
Nathaniel & Jason
I would definitely be interested in doing a thread with someone who he can push the boundaries with. He likes to see where people snap, especially when their snapping is the complete opposite of their normal personality. He'd get some kind of sick pleasure out of it, I'm sure. So yes, I would absolutely be interested!
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chris magellen
Junior Counselor • 24 YRS
ESTP
Occupation
Junior Counselor
Nickname
Chrissy
Pronouns
she/her
Sexual Orientation
Homosexual
Status
single
Partner
n/a
Riding Style
Western
Sprig
is
Spring Melts

Breed
Clydesdale
Gender
gelding
Age
19
Disciplines
barrel racing
Application
is Offline


Age
21
Pronouns
ze/zher/zhim
Timezone
GMT-8
Contact
PM
9 Posts
85 Points
Tenderfoot
Jr. Counselor
Nathaniel & Chris
I would be interested in a thread about this. I think Chris will react with a bit of surprise, but she'd be willing to talk. Can you make a starter?
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