NAME: Isabelle Gertrude Burns NICKNAMES: Bella AGE: 29 DATE OF BIRTH: October 25, 1890
MARITAL STATUS: Single SEXUALITY: Straight
OCCUPATION: Operates the whip, church organizer, school teacher HOMETOWN: Chicago, Illinois PARENTS: Eloise Renard-Burns (Mother; 45), Patrick Burns (Father; 46) SPECIES: Psychic TIER 3 FOCUS: Telekenisis
NAME:Meg AGE: 32 DISCORD: mrhelpmann #2793 EXPERIENCE: 10+ years E-MAIL: email@example.com STYLE: Third person, past tense storybook, 18+ TIME ZONE: Arizona
If Isabelle had remembered her parents it was only glimpses. Her mother speaking French, her father wearing a bowler, but that was it. Isabelle learned early in life that family wasn’t who you were born with, but who raised you and that has been the Zion Mystique.
QUIRKS: Unapologetic, often frightened, dangerously reactive LIKES: Church, reading, children, wine and pants DISLIKES: Poker (having lost one too many times), her natural dark brown hair, cleaning up vomit, and dresses
Bella suffered loss when she was only six years old so development issues came without her family. While she is mostly sound of mind, Isabelle is prone to violent outbursts when something terrible happens, throwing things with her mind as if she had no control.
That having been said, Kristoph had told her early on that she had nothing to apologize for and so she lives her life without apology because she had no choice in turning out the way she did. She knows all that work at the carnival having grown up amongst the performers and roustabouts. Generally she’s friendly but most know not to cross her in case some sort of big item comes barreling toward them at full force.
When she first arrived, Isabelle felt drawn to the Reverend and so she became devoutly invested in the church. She is religious sure but with the things she’d seen go on in the carnival over the years she’s become less likely to judge those who sin, especially because she does it from time to time. Isabelle lost her virginity at a young age to a carnie and never felt the smite of god so she continued to occasionally roll in the hay with some of her colleagues.
She loves children, always dreamed of having her own one day. To make up for her lack of an offspring, Bella helps teach the children lessons as well as teaching a Sunday school course for them too. She likes to be around them to see how they've grown up, because Bella hardly remembers what it was like before Zion.
HEIGHT: 5'9 WEIGHT: 123 lbs HAIR: Dark Brown, Colored Red with Henna EYES: Green
Bella grew up awkwardly. All sharp lines and no cushion. She remains very skinny even as she ages, a body type it seems she was born with. She’s beautiful but only while she’s in her prime. As a child she was lanky, as an old woman she’ll be bony. She came to accept that fate a long time ago when other girls were getting larger breasts then she was. Generally you’ll see her wearing pants as opposed to dresses except on Sunday’s for the church service. She colors her hair with henna because she always hated her natural brown and truth be told, she doesn't care if you like her not so her clothing often reflects that.
From the time she was a baby, Bella was trouble. Eloise and Patrick were only teenagers when they had Bella and soon got married to “do the right thing.” The couple raised Bella for six years in a run down building with no heat, barely able to put food on the table. One day they brought Bella to a travelling carnival and she wandered off. For hours she wandered until the carnival was finally closing. It was then she realized she had no idea where her parents were. Finally she found Kristoph who offered her a place to sleep for the night and in the morning they’d wait for her parents.
But they never came.
Immediately the problems started to happen. While she had always been a balanced child, small things began to move around her and she felt something in the world she hadn’t felt before. Magic. Growing up amongst the other children, it became clear that a lot of them had special abilities. Jack with his magic and Abby with her premonitions. Kristoph, Delia and Louis began to help her hone her talents. She could move small things but nothing large and this frustrated her. Cups, paper and dirt were constantly flying about whenever Bella had a temper tantrum.
At fourteen she met the Reverend Conrad, who’d come to work at the carnival and brought his church with him. Bella was immediately drawn to him and attended every church service, listening with her whole heart. She’d never found anyone so interesting before and so as soon as she turned sixteen, Bella offered to do whatever the Reverend needed. Set up the candles, buy the church supplies in town, anything she could do to help him.
At sixteen she met Bradly, a roustabout who gave her more attention than she was used to. The two became close quickly but after they made love, he left her in the dust. She was heartbroken for a while, thinking herself a sinner of all sorts. Finally she approached the Reverend about it and he calmed her nerves, told her that god forgives everything and from then on she didn’t care who she slept with. For a while Bella explored her body with other carnies but soon she’d realize there was only one man she ever wanted.
Reverend Willis Conrad. The one man she could never have and the only one she ever wanted. A few times she tried to use her feminine wiles on him but it never worked, the Reverend turned her down time and again.
Finally she gave up, realizing that the more she went after him the more he rejected her. She couldn’t tear herself away from him though so she stayed to help. To this day she’s still helplessly in love with him but she’s come to realize that maybe it just wasn’t meant to be.
These days she runs the whip and helps take care of any of the carnival children during Sunday school. She helps organize everything the Reverend needs for his service and tries not to make too much of a mess.
at a glance
*Deathly skinny though she eats a lot
*Cant quite pin down her accent since she grew up on the road.
*Favorite food is potatoes
*Sneaks into the pens every once in a while to look at the animals.
*Speaks a minute amount of French PB: Nastasha O’Keeffe