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CHARACTER NAME: Bela Talbot
CHARACTER SERIES: Supernatural

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Apr. 8th, 2015 08:32 pm
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〈 PLAYER INFO 〉
NAME: Mary
AGE: 29
JOURNAL: N/A
IM / EMAIL: angeladdict[at]gmail[dot]com
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RETURNING: N/A

〈 CHARACTER INFO 〉
CHARACTER NAME: Bela Talbot
CHARACTER AGE: 24
SERIES: Supernatural
CHRONOLOGY: Post "Jus in Bello" (Season 3 Episode 12)
CLASS: A law-breaker but not a villain in the sense that she wants to destroy the world. More self-serving and if she has to, will work with the good guys to achieve her own goals.
HOUSING: Housed randomly with other roommates!

BACKGROUND:

Not much is know about Bela's early childhood but what is established later is that she was abused physically (implied that it was sexually) by her father and this was ignored by her mother. What is also known is that Bela was an only child and didn't seem to have any other friends, illustrated by her playing alone in a park in a flashback. Her real name is Abby.

She was fourteen years old when she made a deal with a demon called Lilith who told her that she could take care of her parents and that it wouldn't cost her anything for a whole ten years. Driven by her frustration and pain at what was happening to her, Bela took the deal and her parents died in a car crash a few days later; the brake lines of their car was cut and that led to their death. At the time, Bela didn't fully understand the full implications of the deal she made and would only learn this when she was older.

Bela inherited her family's fortune and it is assumed that she was taken care of by relatives or perhaps put into care. There isn't a lot of detail about her family life other than the mention of her parents. Between then and the moment she meets the Winchesters, it's implied that Bela learned more about the supernatural world and about hunters, but she didn't want to become one. It was money that she was after, and Bela decided that becoming a thief was the best option for her. This meant that she had to learn how to become one as well as carving out a career as a con-artist. She also changed her name and created a new identity for herself, instead of being Abby for the rest of her life.

Fast-forward to the year 2007 and Bela is on a job, looking for a rabbit's foot that brought you luck if you had it in your possession. But there was a downside: lose the foot and you were cursed with bad luck until it led to your death. The rabbit's foot in question was in a storage facility owned by the now deceased John Winchester and Bela hired two thieves to retrieve it for her, not wanting to do the dirty work for herself. The Winchesters find out about the missing foot and hunt down the thieves, taking the foot from them.

Their luck begins to change for the better and they find themselves at a diner. Unknown to them, Bela is aware of what happened and dons a waitress disguise so she can steal the foot back. She approaches the Winchesters' table and goes to top up Sam's coffee, spilling some of it on purpose as a distraction. While Sam is distracted, Bela swipes the foot and wraps it in a napkin before exiting the diner and heading back to her apartment in New York. The boys soon realise that the rabbit's foot was stolen after Sam's luck turns bad and Dean calls Bobby (a family friend and hunter) up for further information. He tells them about Bela and that he has a few contacts that can give them her location. Later, Bobby gives Dean her address in New York and he goes alone to track her down, leaving Sam in a hotel room for his own safety.

The buyer that Bela got the foot for is on the phone with her when Dean arrives outside her apartment, quietly breaking in. Bela arranges to meet with the buyer in an hour and after she hangs up, realises that there is an intruder. She grabs her concealed gun from a wine rack and walks through the apartment, pulling her weapon on Dean when she sees him. They have a talk and he learns about who she is and what she does before asking for the foot back. Bela tells him he can have it for $1.5 million dollars and a few not so kind words are exchanged before Dean says he's got to go after taking the foot back without Bela knowing. She shoots at him but its pointless-she misses because Dean has the luck.

She confronts the Winchesters in the graveyard while they are preparing to destroy the foot and end the cycle of bad luck. Bela shoots Sam in the shoulder as a warning and Dean agrees to give her the foot; but he makes sure that she touches it through trickery and she gets cursed. If Bela sold the foot now, her luck would become bad and then she'd die. She reluctantly hands it back to be destroyed, not at all happy with what happened. Before leaving them, she sneakily takes their winning lottery tickets and drives off, laughing.

The next time she comes across the boys is when they are investigating a ghost ship which causes people to die after they see it. They soon learn that Bela had been working with a woman they questioned and she tells them to keep out of her way. A while later, Bela comes to where the Winchesters are staying with information about the boat. In order to break the curse they have to destroy a hand of glory which was made from the right hand of a sailor on the boat. The hand is located in a nearby museum which is hosted by the woman the Winchesters spoke to earlier. Bela arranges for them to get invites to a gala hosted at the museum that night and she and Dean go to steal the hand whilst Sam keeps the woman busy.

It's soon revealed that Bela was tricking them, swiping the hand from Dean's pocket and replacing it with something else. She used them to steal the hand so she could sell it, already having a buyer lined up. Earlier, Bela saw the ghost ship and went to them for help, explaining how she used them. The Winchesters reveal that they figured out that the ship appears to people who've spilled their own family's blood. Bela pleads with them to help her and Dean refuses because she tricked them, but Sam works out a way and they save her life. As a thank you, Bela gives the Winchesters $10,000, stating that she doesn't like to be in anyone's debt.

Another hunter by the name of Gordon Walker tracks Bela down and knowing that she was with the Winchesters not so long, demands her to tell them where they are or he'll kill her. She's reluctant, saying that she doesn't respond well to threats. In the end, she tells Gordon where they are if he gives her a rare mojo bag she sees on his person (it's very valuable). He hands it over and Bela calls Dean, asking where he is. Sometime later, Dean calls Bela up and has an angry conversation with her, knowing that she was the one who sold them out to Gordon. She said she had no choice and Dean says the next time he sees her, he'll kill her. Not wishing to die, Bela contacts spirits to reveal the exact location of Gordon and she phones Dean to tell him where the other hunter is.

When their friend Bobby falls under a coma that gives him strange dreams, the Winchesters contact Bela to get them African dream root so they can enter Bobby's dream in a bid to bring him back to the waking world. Bela asks for nothing in return, saying that she's doing it for Bobby because he saved her life once. It's a ruse however and Bela stole the Colt (a mystical weapon that can kill almost any supernatural creature) from the safe in their hotel room whilst they were helping Bobby. Angered, Dean vows to go after her to get the Colt back.

The Winchesters think they have tracked Bela down in a hotel room but she's a few steps ahead of them and it's a trap she has set. Soon, the FBI come to the room to arrest them, giving Bela enough time to do what she wants to do with the stolen Colt. The boys end up in jail but after an attack by Lilith's demons at the prison they escape.

It's from this point in Bela's canon that I've taken her from.

PERSONALITY:

Bela is sarcastic, witty and can come off as quite cold when you first meet her. Always wanting to get one up on people, she uses her charm to flatter them and massage their ego so she can get what she wants. Fiercely independent, she has always relied on herself to get by and this is mostly driven by her occupation. She is confident and outgoing when it comes to social events, but doesn't seek to be the centre of attention. Bela likes to manipulate people to achieve her goals, not caring about the consequences of her actions. Pride is important to Bela, she would never normally ask someone for help unless it was an emergency. She also hates being indebted to people and likes to settle a score either through payment or information. If you're on her side, she'll treat you well; cross her, and you're asking for trouble.

She is quite intelligent and has a solid knowledge of the supernatural world, which is very important in her line of work. She shows a keen interest in anything to do with the arts or history, which also made her choose her career path; she is also very articulate and scholarly, having a great love for literature. Bela likes money as it fulfils the lifestyle that she leads and would do almost anything to get it. She is very elegant in her mannerisms and the way that she carries herself in front of others, maintaining a polite persona when it is required.

Not only is Bela a thief, she is a con artist: easily slipping into different roles and aliases, using this tactic for when she is on a job for a client. Using her charm and wit to lull people into a false sense of security is something that she likes to do if needed. Bela is not above using her beauty or seduction skills to complete a task; she understands that it is a method that can have quite effective results. She has even played the 'damsel in distress' card, faking a swoon in order to obtain a particularly valuable item. Essentially, Bela uses all the tools and skills that she has to achieve her goals, even if she wouldn't like some of her actions at times.

However, there is a quiet and vulnerable side to Bela that most people don't get to see because she doesn't like to show it; she finds it hard to let others in. Due to what happened to her as a child, Bela doesn't trust people easily and has trouble building up relationships. She has built walls around herself and maintains a front to deceive people, afraid to show her true nature. This would explain why she abandoned her original name and life; Bela Talbot is this persona that she has created to hide behind. When she was Abby, she never got the love she craved from her parents. They abused her and this played an important part in shaping who she was.

There is not much known about Bela's love life or how she views sexual relationships. However, she's not afraid to use her wiles or her forwardness to achieve what she wants. She is attracted to Dean Winchester, given how she said to him once: "You know, when this is over, we should really have angry sex." It could have been interpreted as a way of getting under his skin, throwing him off his game, but there are other occasions when she flirts with him.

Her encounters with the Winchesters are certainly interesting; little by little it unveils some more of her personality and how she views the world. They can't believe that she would exploit her knowledge of the supernatural world to gain money and she doesn't share a very favourable view on hunters, telling them: "Come on! You do this out of vengeance and obsession. You're a stone's throw from being a serial killer." She is willing to sell people out if it saved her own skin and she did this once to the Winchesters, when she told Gordon Walker (a hunter driven to kill Sam) their location. Bela even went as far to call the FBI on the brothers as a way of leading them off her trail after she stole the Colt from them. There isn't a limit to what Bela would do to survive; she was willing to kill Sam to get out of her deal.

POWER:

Bela doesn't have any abilities or powers in canon. She's just an average human, but skilled at being a master thief and con-artist. She is also good with firearms, in particular a handgun.

For in game, I've come up with a main power for her, plus three additional ones.

Main: 'Mental Inducement or Pushing'

Capabilities

"User is able cause the target's mind/brain go into wanted state, causing short-term change in emotions, sensations, memories, etc., exact length of the effect depends on both the users skill and power and the targets mental state"

Limitations

Repeated uses of this power may cause more permanent and/or unwanted effects on the target.

Although extremely powerful, the inductions remain short-lived.

User can only cause the inductions, not manipulate them.

Users of Psychic Shield and Indomitable Will are either immune or highly resistant.


Note: I've included the limitations to this power, but if possible I would like it to be something that Bela could develop and become better at; even making it a little more powerful and still keep some form of limitation. If not, I can change things.

Additional powers:

Enhanced Agility, Enhanced Senses and Shadow Camouflage.

The limitations listed in the link will apply to the above powers.

〈 CHARACTER SAMPLES 〉
COMMUNITY POST (VOICE) SAMPLE:

In lieu of a voice post sample, I am submitting a few Test Drive Meme threads instead. They can be found here and here

LOGS POST (PROSE) SAMPLE:

After Bela had began to understand her powers and utilize them to their fullest, she wasn't so afraid of them anymore. It had been a shock when they first manifested without any warning, leaving Bela to figure them out. They were sort of a good compensation for being stuck here, so she figured she ought to make the most of them while she could. Combining the powers with her current skills meant that she could pull off small scale heists and reap the rewards; Bela felt that her rather menial job simply wasn't enough to fund the lifestyle she was used to and being on the wrong side of the law was so much more fun.

Working by herself meant that she didn't have to share the bounty with anyone nor have to look out for them if things went tits up so to speak. Why should Bela go against her normal practices here? Being independent of anyone else and seeking clients to liaise with had always served her well back home and been quite profitable. There was a lot of money to be made in this city if she played her cards right. Perhaps she would have to make connections eventually but once she was settled and had something good going, Bela could just as easily cut those ties and make it on her own.

One of her possible obstacles were the do-gooders of the city, the heroes. They might not see her actions in such a favourable light but Bela felt that she wasn't really hurting anyone. She was just making a little extra money for herself. There were other bad people around in the city that the heroes could focus on instead of a thief- hopefully she would slip by unnoticed and be able to carry out her plan without any hindrance. Having something to do, a goal in mind was the perfect distraction from any of Bela's concerns she had for back home. She may not ever go back, but she couldn't help thinking about them.

Those thoughts disappeared as Bela pushed open the doors of the bank, smiling at the security guard on the way in. Just a little preliminary check before the real plans would begin.

Before the real fun would begin.

FINAL NOTES: N/A

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