Andrew Avila | Hermes | Freddie Prinze Jr.

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face claim: FREDDIE PRINZE JR.
canon name: HERMES
associations: trade, heraldry, merchants, commerce, travel, roads, SPORTS, athletes, thieves and trickery; the messenger of the gods
alias: DREW, "anonymous"
age / apparent age: 22
date of birth: 06/04/1977
zodiac: GEMINI
pronouns: HE, HIM, HIS
moral alignment: CHAOTIC GOOD
world views: somewhere between realistic and optimistic; drew is cognizant of society's many glaring flaws, but finds laughter, entertainment and distraction as better coping mechanisms than activism or outwardly sharing his views; he also realizes it's a lot safer. loathes DISCRIMINATION, HATRED AND BIGOTRY, but is still prone to misconceptions about other identity groups with which he does not belong; figures it's better to be silent than to be wrong; doesn't identify with any organized religion, but loosely believes in spirituality and the paranormal
physical attributes: 5'10'', slender but toned build; brown hair, brown eyes, medium toned skin
aesthetic: urban-oriented, bomber jackets, denim, athleisure, gold chains, baseball jerseys, OCCASIONAL graphic tees and flannels; an evolving chameleon style, dependent on locale and culture
lifestyle: drew manages to get by on his own, juggling between jobs to keep the bills paid and allow himself a little extra to indulge with; he enjoys going to the bar, meeting new people and mostly follows through with invitations for socializatioN; he loves baseball, concert going and being in the room for big events that will be talked about within the city. He also has an addiction to technology, its development, and how it's being used to communicate and spread information, which he nurtured having minored in computer science. With his remarkably high intelligence level and computer programming skills, he spends his downtime utilizing the rapidly growing world wide web to create inventions that can spread his message and make his generation's voice heard loud and clear.
occupation: RADIO PERSONALITY / Freelance writer & BLOGGER
maria avila, mother;
david avila, father
BIOGRAPHY: Dewy eyes wrinkled into an incredulous beam on the fourth of June, year 1977, as the twinkle beneath Maria Avila's tears came at the grand irony of it all. Cradled in her arms was her only-born son of her high school sweetheart, David, after making an entrance that, to before the day, Maria herself may have felt impossible. The son, Andrew, was a miracle of sorts. Having been together for eight years, the couple had wed shortly after their collegiate graduations and planned to begin their careers and raise a family. Multiple complications with early attempts within the first two years of their marriage had left Maria discouraged at her own infertility, as if fate was purposefully denying her of one of her greatest aspirations. She had spent the entirety of her pregnancy worried, constantly paranoid about the best ways to keep herself and her baby healthy in order to ensure optimum health for his arrival, still working all the while. The warmth of her son on her breast had contented her woeful heart and would set the tone for Andrew's close relationship with his parents, eternally grateful for their opportunity to bring life to the world; a vibrant, twinkling star in a sky full of uncertainties.

Andrew and his parents lived in Berkeley, California, throughout his formative years. The city was home to the University of California, Berkeley, where his parents both attended. His father, David, a proud boriqueño from first-generation immigrants, was happy to begin his adult life in a place that had served as an arena to a litany of social progress. His mother, Maria, of Italian and Spanish origin, echoed the sentiments. Andrew was fortunate to be raised by two driven and compassionate people, who while different, converged mainly in their love for one another, their son and their hope for a better future. David's family had always been working class, while Maria's extended family enjoyed wealth, but discouraged and largely distanced themselves from Maria and her immediately family following word of her intent to marry so young to a boyfriend with little going for him outside of his history degree and an unyielding love of baseball. 

Andrew grew up playful, talkative and curious. As his parents continued to work full-time in the city, he'd often spend time with his grandmother, Paola, who lived a half an hour away, listening to records and cooking. As he grew up, he'd pursue baseball, with his father's longtime friend serving as his rec coach and eventually his high school coach. If it wasn't for the social relationships developed with his friends at practice and his father's vested interest in his progress, Andrew would have likely quit then and there: he loathed conformity and procedure and would often get into trouble for playing pranks on his teammates whenever he butted heads with them. Progress within their respective career fields, his father as an associate professor at Berkeley and his mother as a social worker, allowed them to have more flexibility in their lifestyle and vacation more often, instilling in Andrew a higher expectation for academic performance and goal-driven actions rather than just the daydreaming and drawing he'd do while watching MTV. Intelligent and quick-thinking like his parents before him, Andrew succeeded academically, but struggled with finding a career path that he believed would coincide with his parents' expectations and his own personal desires. He played baseball all four years, establishing himself as both a popular student in school and a known class clown, and perhaps the most apologetic one of all. Every time he'd have a laugh that might be at class order's expense, he'd write a handwritten note to excuse himself, something that largely endeared him to the staff and got him off the hook with his parents. He'd graduate with respectable marks with the class of 1995.

Andrew was admitted into the University of California, Berkeley, majoring in political science (a move inspired by his mother's work in the public sector), with a complimentary minor degree in computer science. Andrew felt steady in navigating the social aspects, but felt unfulfilled spiritually. He was intelligent, ambitious and found it easy to build rapport with others, which made the idea of him pursuing a degree to validate the skills he already knew himself to possess seem meaningless. He wasn't interested in working in a suit-and-tie job as much as he was in being a voice for his community, but not in the way that voices in the community usually were in Berkeley. What inspired him about the world was the things that people could universally love, share and understand: music, current events, sports and entertainment. He enjoyed gamesmanship and camaraderie, but the divisive, and politically-charged campus climate made the things he loved seem trivial. He was inching closer to fitting into a mold and entering a narrative he didn't have much to say in as much as more well-equipped people would. Politics and public outcry were hand-in-hand in a vicious and unending cycle, and as altruistic as pursuing it was on paper, it was emotionally draining. Taking a sharp change of course, he'd drop out of college after a year, a move that was highly controversial with his parents, but ultimately supported. Despite not being the path they'd chosen, they knew their son was destined to due great things. And soon enough, Andrew landed an internship opportunity with WOLA 93.9 in Olympia, California, saved up some money and drove out of his parents' place and into his new destiny.

Moving to Olympia in the summer of 1996, Andrew has made a point to associate himself with the local customs, tradition and ascend the ladder within WOLA. In the years that have followed, Andrew's made a name for himself at the station, through getting along with his co-workers. Upon being granted an opportunity to host an hour of radio, he earned high marks and praise for his prank phone call segments, which would become recurring on the station's programming. But despite this, he remains unsatisfied and unfulfilled, feeling as though he's stuck stagnant. He longed to gain more coveted airtime slots and discuss more complicated subject matter, musical trends and current events, and become the voice he was meant to be: one with purpose and presence, with his Cheshire grin hidden underneath. He longed to be the voice for his seemingly voiceless generation. But where this particular opportunity was proving fruitless early on, the exploding world of the internet offered him a new road; a road shrouded in darkness and mystery.

PLATONIC: Andrew's list of acquaintances reads like a who's who of both Berkeley and Olympia. He's not one to make awkward eye contact without making conversation, and whether it be from strangers in an elevator or new faces found beneath the colorful lights of a club, Andrew finds it easy to find at least one thing in common with someone. He likes to keep a busy schedule to keep himself from ever feeling bored, lonely or disengaged, so anyone that fits within his hemisphere of passionate, thought-provoking or downright fun-loving people, he tends to keep in touch with.

Andrew, however, hasn't been able to keep many of his closest friends from high school. A sacrifice of leaving his hometown behind and moving into the unknown in Olympia, his life has diverged in a different direction to his inner circle. Though it was a risky choice, he's gained more confidence in his new relationships and hopes to find even more friends outside his regular realm of encounter. It's possible these may manifest with those that liken to his past life's confidantes, such as Apollo.

ANTAGONISTIC: Andrew's outgoing personality and propensity to pull a prank or two has garnered him some detractors who don't find his humor all that funny. Though he doesn't dwell much on the opinions of others, Andrew can't stand people who abuse power, manipulate others or habitually lie. 

Andrew's never one to directly let on when he's not feeling someone. The thoughts will linger in his mind and perhaps confided into someone he trusts, but never enunciated until things reach a breaking point. Should you happen to draw his ire, his wars will be cold, and sometimes, without end. Andrew is known to keep quite the grudge if the predicating situation warrants it. It's possible his opponents could manifest in those that liken to his past life's rivals, such as the Titans, the Eternals, Argus or Cronus.

ROMANTIC: Andrew is currently single, perhaps in part to him always mirroring any relationship he has back to the one his mother and father had. His mother and father aren't perfect, but their relationship feels like it. People who have complete spiritual synergy, who while different, feel like they complete a puzzle together. He dated a handful of girls throughout high school and had a few dates in college, but finds that women tend to develop an idea of him in their head and then feel there's a disconnect when they begin to know each other intimately. He's insecure about offering himself up to vulnerability in that sense, and since he's rarely insecure about anything else, finds in most cases it's best to avoid it all together. He hates giving chase to women and will immediately distance himself from girls that speak in coded language or come off judgmental.

While he might have a high standard set for long-term, committed relationships, that's not to say he's not down for something casual. Andrew is very passionate and if the girl's got the right energy, he won't say no to being friends with benefits, especially if it feels like she's down to try things other girls wouldn't. His lips won't ever speak a word to anyone else, but the knowing glances he's exchanged with girls across the table at larger friend gatherings say all the words for him.

OTHER: At the moment, I am fascinated by the internet explosion of the new millennium, so I'm looking to venture into something inspired by anonymous hacker groups and illegal sharing sites, which can tie into this Olympia criminal underworld. Otherwise, I'm down for pretty much anything, just shoot me a message and we can brainstorm!

NO triggers, 26, EST, PM or discord (Mariah. #5249)


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BOBBY & DREW | Thick as Thieves
(REPOST FOR REFERENCE) This relationship has already added an entirely new dimension to Bobby's character, that I wouldn't have thought he needed. Although from the distance the pairing seems to be a direct mismatch, Andrew's affable and jocular disposition serve as a near-perfect compliment to Bobby's more destructive tendencies of petulance and belligerence; that he tends to serve as a something of an effective 'cooler' in times when Bobby can get a bit... chaotic. In that regard, I think our dynamic should lean more towards an established friendship, versus something premature and only newly-formed. I feel like this angle is essential only because Bobby is a character with so much to unpack (most notably, the destructive lasting effects of cold war) and having a steady, reliable foundation is perhaps the only thing that's kept him from imploding to this point. Andrew acts a something of an anchor in this regard --- not only as a (barely-competent) makeshift therapist at times when chaotic bouts of trauma threaten to consume him, but keeping Bobby from succumbing to his hedonistic tendencies, as well. Essentially, he's kept Bobby from going back to the pen more times than anyone has cared to keep a record of. On that note, the gleaming, dynamic bromance is only one element of this electric pairing. For now, we can just say that, with extensive coercion, Bobby has been able to find use of Drew's aptitude for thievery and chicanery --- something that they both believe they've been able to execute to remarkable effect. Of course, at the end of the day, they are still legitimately polar opposites where ideals are concerned, and that tends to invite some notable conflict and creates several key moments in their relationship.


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Andrew & Ira

You know I just LOVE Hermes personally, and what with how lies and messages are so terribly tangled,  I would love to have him trying to use Ira as a "street source" or information broker. Maybe start off small and have the two just exchange info over coffee (and with money or more secrets as payment for his services, of course.) 

I could see him even steering Andrew into situations where he abuses his curious nature by pushing him to action-- like Andrew just becomes another domino in his ever increasing game. Baiting him with cautionary trickles of future events, but ensuring the events come to pass because of Andrew's involvement as the messenger. 

Perhaps later on they even do a few jobs together here and there, at least until Ira's true nature is revealed to be that of the antagonist serving the Titans. He's just the puppetmaster who wants to watch the world burn out of some furious hatred for mankind, and now he can drag poor Hermes along with him through the fire like some fucked up Icarus-Kite.





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