Name: George Ingram
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 170 lbs
Core Concept: Golden boyPersonality
: Most people associate cheerleaders with pep, and George certainly still has that in spades. People comment that he has an infectious enthusiasm, rivalled only by his love for his family. He has a well developed sense of justice and hates to see others around him bullied, oppressed or in need. His friends often remark he has the boundless energy of his children. His detractors say that someone so outwardly cheerful and friendly must be hiding some terrible secret. Description
: While it's been a long time since he last cheered, George hasn't let his body go to seed. While he might have converted a few pounds of muscle to fat in the intervening years, he's still trim and fit. That, along with his blonde hair, blue eyes and beautiful white teeth are often commented on by the single ladies of the community. He's often seen at the town's local Episcopal church on a Sunday, cheering on his kids' Little League games or running a small stall during the town's annual bake sale. Background
: George is a well loved figure in his local community. He owns Ingram & Sons, a former bakery now converted into a cafe and sandwich shop, a popular location for people to chat, meet for a date or to visit on their lunch hour.
Former cheerleader, prom king and class president, he married his high school sweetheart Angela (nee Caliez, the daughter of Honduran immigrants) not long after graduation and then settled down to raise his family. Initially, Angela's parents were upset that their daughter was starting a family so young, but their protests eventually quieted when they saw the genuine love George had for her, and his willingness and ability to support her. The only one that still had objections to their union was Angela's brother, Hector. Hector now lives on the other side of town in a heavily Latino area, running with a bad crowd. Family reunions between Angela and Hector are a typically frosty affair.
His father gave him a job in the bakery, initially working in the bakehouse itself but with an eye for George to take over when he retired. His first son, Luis, was born a year later. George had been offered an athletic scholarship for college, but he turned it down - why go to college when he already had everything he wanted? His wife initially also worked in the bakery, but after a few years left to look after Luis full-time. As George became manager of the bakery under his father, Angela became pregnant and delivered their second child, a girl named Angelina (George named her because of her striking similarity to her mother).
Both of his parents are still living, retired and living only a few blocks from George and his family. Angela's parents reside on the other side of town; Angela has subtly dropped hints about moving them closer to the family but so far George has intentionally not picked them up.
George's younger sister Heather is currently away at college in New York - he doesn't keep in touch that often, preferring to leave her to her own life and independence; Heather was always much more of a free spirit than George and often dreamed of escaping their town. Nevertheless he often hears about how well she is doing when he sees his parents.
In his spare time he still helps to coach the high school's current cheerleading squad. When she's not looking after the children, Angela often does voluntary work at the local hospital or the church. She's going to take a back-seat again soon, as they have both just announced to their friends and family that Angela is pregnant for the third time.
George is looking forward to his 10 year reunion; there's a few of his old friends that he's lost touch with as they've moved out of town or now move in different circles. He feels contented in his life; he loves his wife and children, he has a successful business that he enjoys running, and has a few close friends that he can rely on. Right now, he's hoping his life continues just the way it is - just like his life has been to date, that would be just perfect.Complications
Phobia (Spiders): George suffers from arachnophobia. Most likely it stems from an experience when he was 12 - during a trip to summer camp George crawled under one of the cabins for a dare and came face to face with a spider's nest. Being covered in crawling arachnids left its psychological mark on him, and now George can't abide even the picture of a spider.
Responsibility (Family): George is wholly dedicated to his family, and his responsibility to them comes first.George Ingram
Power Level: 3; Power Points Spent: 45/45STR: +3
(17), DEX: +3
(16), CON: +1
(13), INT: +0
(11), WIS: +1
(12), CHA: +3
(17)Tough: +1, Fort: +2, Ref: +3, Will: +2Skills:
Acrobatics 6 (+9
), Climb 3 (+6
), Computers 2 (+2
), Craft (mechanical) 2 (+2
), Diplomacy 2 (+5
), Drive 2 (+5
), Intimidate 1 (+4
), Knowledge (popular culture) 2 (+2
), Knowledge (Cape Girardeau) 2 (+2
), Language 1 (+1
), Navigate 1 (+1
), Notice 1 (+2
), Perform (dance) 4 (+7
), Perform (singing) 2 (+5
), Profession (Store Owner) 6 (+7
), Swim 1 (+4
Attractive, Equipment 2, Inspire, LeadershipEquipment:
Cell Phone, Vehicle: SUVAttack Bonus: +1
(Ranged: +1, Melee: +1, Grapple: +4)Attacks:
Unarmed Attack, +1 (DC 18)Defense: +0
(Flat-footed: +0), Knockback: +0Initiative: +3Languages:
Abilities 26 + Skills 10 (40 ranks) + Feats 5 + Powers 0 + Combat 2 + Saves 2 + Drawbacks 0 = 45
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roguescribner wrote:What I would like to know from the players, and you may PM your response to me if you wish, are the answers to the following questions about your characters:
1) Describe yourself as a 12 year old. How does it compare to how you were in high school? How you are now?
As I stated before, to describe George as "full of beans" at this age would be a huge understatement. He's frequently running around and/or shouting at the top of his lungs. He finds it hard to sit still and concentrate on any one thing for very long. His parents have started to worry if he's hyperactive. In High School he calms down somewhat as he's able to channel his vast amounts of energy into sports and eventually into cheerleading. Plus the distratction of partying and girls helps somewhat. After his children came along, George has mellowed a little at least. He tries to act as a good role model for Luis and Angelina, but Angela often comments that he's just as childish as they are sometimes; horsing around and being stupid. George does it mainly because he loves it when his childen and his wife smile.
2) Were you likely to get picked on or do the picking on when you were 12?
Probably at age 12 George was still quite little, so if it's a choice between the two he's more likely to be picked on. Still, he's quite friendly and popular, so there are most like other fish to fry.
3) How easy was it for you to make new friends? Enemies?
George endeavours to be the friend of everyone he meets. Of course, some people can find him a bit too exuberant and over-the-top. So in essence, George likes to make a lot of friends, but if people don't like him he doesn't really sweat the details.
4) If a peer was of a different social standing then you, would you treat him/her differently?
His parents have raised him with the belief that everyone is the same and you can't choose your family, no-one can help how they're born, etc. Then again to George's mind his parents were never his age and they don't understand what it's like to be a kid. George would be as nice as he could without crossing the line. The line is the one that divides popular kids like him from the rejects and pariahs.
5) If you felt sorry for someone, but none of your friends did, would you reach out to that someone or keep quiet?
Again, George would try to be as nice as he felt he could get away with, and would certainly step in to prevent any physical violence. Nevertheless, he has a reputation to consider.
There is going to be an NPC boy at camp with everyone. He is going to be the prototypical weird kid. He's poor. He's dweeby. He looks strange. Maybe he's even a little creepy, but not in a purposeful way. He's just basically having a hard time growing up and fitting in. His best friend is probably his mom. And he probably lives in a dumpy trailer.
I'm hoping to find at least one PC to be a friend (even if casual) to this character (sorry, haven't come up with a suitable name yet). If there's a PC who would volunteer to be a bit of a punk at camp, even better. If not, I'll create an NPC to fill that role. Remember, children can be awfully cruel to each other, so don't think it will tarnish your more well-adjusted characters if you act a little bratty when you hit puberty.
I think being at camp will allow George a little more leeway to be nicer to this guy; he probably doesn't go to school with the kid, and less of his schoolfriends are there, most likely.Mark "Oddjob" Cabal
George most likely avoided Mark, due to the latter's abrasive personality.Marcus Davis
While they probably didn't mix much at school, Marcus had a crush on "Girl X". Millennium, if you're still up for it, Girl X can be Angela, George's wife. Anil Gunther
Another who George didn't mix with at school, but he was likely one of the first and loudest to boo the then faceless DJ at their prom - he felt bad when he found out what had happened. He's aware that Anil probably had a crush on him during High School, but nothing more.Travis Kincaid
Neighbours since they were both babies, friends during elementary school and camp, epic bromance during High School, best man at George's wedding and Godfather to Luis. George is heartbroken over the condition of his friend, but tries not to show it to Travis. Inez King
Probably passingly familiar with her due to her being a jock and a bit of a party girl. Jodi Milhouse
Knows her briefly from when they were on the JV cheerleading squad together. What with it being a small town, George most likely still says hey to Jodi in the street if he sees her.Alethia White
Another George is familiar with from athletic circles, the two of them went on a single date when they were about 14. After neither had much of a spark for the other, they decided to remain "just friends". Perhaps remarkably for people who say that, the two have
remained friends. Both George and his wife keep in touch with Alethia still, although they're careful not to pry too deeply into her work life.