today the way I play the game is not the same, no way;
now I think I'm gonna get myself happy
NAME: Nishka Adeline Bariss NICKNAMES: Nish DOB: 15-06-1981 AGE: 36 GENDER: F HAIR: Auburn EYES: Brown HEIGHT: 5′ 9'' WEIGHT: 132 lbs SEXUALITY: Kinsey 3 LOVES: cats, olives, whiskey, sex, bondage, George Michael, Madonna, practical jokes HATES: reality tv, pineapple, +70 temperatures, country music, silly stupid people
PARENTS: Deceased. SIBLINGS: Robert Bariss (Portland PD) and Heather Bariss (deceased) EDUCATION: University of Oregon (Pre-Law); University of Illinois (Degree)
- In order to escape her abusive boyfriend, Nish attempted suicide (overdose) in 2007. This led to his eventual arrest and imprisonment after her brother counseled her to press charges for domestic abuse.
- While still in the hospital, she was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. This could be due to the presence of Loki inside her, or...it could be a result of her past life traumas.
- Throughout college/law school Nish developed a drug habit, first weed, then pills, then coke. She was clean for several years, but took it up again last year when mounting stresses got the better of her. Those stresses led to an overdose in late spring.
- The second overdose damaged her heart, and she now has chronic cardiac arrhythmia that will make her occasionally unwell. She was also cautioned that any more street drugs could kill her.
POWERS:Silver Tongue: Loki has given her a small arsenal of abilities, one being the ability to talk people into almost anything. It's anything from a subtle 'push' in the right direction (something they already want to do), to completely changing someone's mind (something they're on the fence about), to outright ordering them to do things (something they don't want to do). She gets exhaustion proportional to the strength of the ability (i.e. 'sure, you want to do that' will make her mildly tired, 'forget my face' could mean a 12-hour nap)
Freezing Touch: this is more defensive, although it has been used as a weapon. If Nish is threatened physically in any way, her skin will become icy cold, and she will be able to freeze/cause frostbite with prolonged touch. This is mostly involuntary, however there have been times where she's summoned it herself with great effort. The downside of this being she really can't stand warm temperatures, so summer sucks for her.
Nish is unpredictable, self-destructive and morally ambivalent. She can be warm, kind, loving, but she can also be a real sarcastic bitch. This is especially useful in court, when she has to gauge the disposition of the judge or opposing counsel and alter her personality for maximum manipulation. It also serves her well in her personal life – if she sees someone she wants (whether it’s as a useful friendship, someone she can take advantage of for her own gain, or a sexual partner), she usually gets them, altering her mood and personality to suit the mark.
She’s terminally self-centered, although she doesn’t see it that way. She feels that everyone is ultimately self-centered, and that she’s not all that different from anyone else. She has friends, but mostly they’re mutually beneficial arrangements where both parties are using the other for their own gain. She does what she wants when she wants to, and generally just not care about what anybody thinks of her.
She also hears Loki’s voice in her head. Ever since she was a little girl she had flashes of memory of him, first as an imaginary friend, then as a vision that appeared to guide her from danger, and most recently revealing himself to her as the ancient god he is. Like anyone else would, she’d at first assumed that the ‘voice in her head’ was just her own internal monologue, but over the past year she has come to the realization that he is not just her own ‘conscience’, isn’t even just a backseat driver, he is a passenger riding shotgun in her head. He's her guide and friend, her protector and confidante. Her partner in crime. They use each other and help each other, and after the death of Sigyn, their bond has calcified into something unbreakable.
Because of Loki’s presence, she has found from quite an early age that she has the ability to 'push' people into doing what she wants. It's usually just a subtle suggestion, and the target will be left believing that whatever they agreed to was wholly their idea in the first place. Only outsiders, people she is not actively manipulating, will notice anything amiss, and then only if her requests are too outlandish to be considered reasonable. Usually, this is confined to a single individual at a time, but she has also been known to sway whole courtrooms at times, if her need to win was strong enough. (Note: This ability is partially or completely useless when Nish is drunk or high.)
Another strange thing she’d noticed lately is the cold. Not the weather, but inside herself. If she is scared, or feels physically or emotionally threatened, her skin will frost over to the point that whoever or whatever touches her risks freezing solid. This is purely involuntary, defensive, reflexive, and its intensity is directly proportional to the outside threat.
Nish is the product of loving parents and a normal family. That was, until her older sister Heather committed suicide. Nish was 14 at the time, and as the only family member (as far as she knew) who was aware that her sister was depressed, she felt guilty over the death. Heather had always been the perfect daughter; doted on by everyone who met her, loved by everyone, the most popular girl in school, instantly likable. Nish, growing up in her shadow, was always jealous, and harboured a secret enjoyment in knowing that her perfect sister wasn’t quite so perfect. That in private, kept even from their parents and their brother Rob, she suffered from crippling anxiety and low self-esteem. She would often cry at night, and as her bedroom was next to Nishka’s, she would hear it. She never said a word about it, never let on that she knew. And never tried to help. She loved her sister, but she was so jealous of her that she hated her as well. And, in her mind, by not revealing what she knew to anyone who might be able to help, she’d killed her. It wasn’t until much later in life that she found out that her sister had been in treatment for her depression, and that her parents had hid it from her, (but by then the damage to Nish's self-esteem was already done).
In high school, the darker aspects of her personality had the opportunity to flourish. Her brother, being four years older than her, was already in college and so was unable to keep an eye on her. She was free to break as many rules as she liked, whether it be skipping school or attending house parties with seniors and experimenting with drugs and alcohol and sex as young as fifteen. Gender didn’t matter to her, as long as the person made her feel good. Her family, while somewhat traditional in their thinking, seemed to turn a blind eye to her romantic preferences, neither celebrating nor condemning.
She did remarkably well in school, despite her evening and weekend activities. Even at such a young age she was an expert manipulator, and would talk her way out of late or incomplete assignments, and keep such a good average that her parents never even suspected the wild lifestyle she led outside the home.
Her brother noticed though, and so did his best friend Stephen.
Stephen had been Rob’s friend since grade school, and had been around Nish in the ‘brother’s friend’ context for just as long. Neither Rob nor Nish knew about the attraction Stephen harboured for his best friend’s sister, as he kept it close to the vest for a long time. He would act protective-older-brotherly towards her though, taking on the role with Nish when Rob was away or busy, but she never suspected how he really felt. Not until the night he followed her to a party and nearly beat a guy to death when he started going too far with her after she’d said ‘no’. Completely stoned, she sat in his car and listened to him pour his heart out to her. They became an item soon after.
She later attended college out of state, and that caused problems for her and Stephen’s relationship. For one thing, he and Rob were training to be police officers back home and couldn’t visit as often as they would like. This gave her more and more freedom to pursue her own interests and friends and parties. She slipped back into old habits again, never saying no to a party or a drink or a high or a fuck. This backfired on her in a big way when Stephen visited unannounced and found her with another guy. Things turned violent – towards the unfortunate guy she was with, and towards her. After his rage subsided, he swore it would never happen again, and apologized profusely, but the damage was done. Their relationship had turned into something toxic, and they were now past the point of no return.
He became more controlling after that, monitoring her more closely, checking up on her and even quitting his training and moving in with her to be close to her (something that he never let her forget). Life for her became intolerable as he became more suffocating, and their relationship soured. Soon caresses turned to slaps, and love became fear. She yearned to break free, but was scared to leave him. For his part, he’d convinced himself that everything he did, even the controlling and violent behaviour, was out of love for her, whereas her love for him had fizzled out with the first strike.
Soon, as she always did, she managed to stray again, and he caught her again. This time her brother, now a graduated police officer, was there to see the horror his friend had become and arrested him on the spot. Stephen was given a maximum sentence and slapped with a restraining order.
Now free, Nish was able to finish law school (near the top of her class, of course). Somehow, the ability to talk people into things and manipulate the spirit-of-the law with letter-of-the-law technicalities seemed to help her in that field. Her first job (to which she was hired after a very short interview) was as a lowly clerk, and a little over a year later, was made an Associate. Four years later she had made Partner.
She had the amazing talent of taking on the clients that nobody else would touch, and making a mint when she got them off. Her inner sense of justice did wrestle somewhat with the morality of what she did, getting obviously guilty people out of paying fines or doing time, but it kept her in skittles and beer, so she rationalized it as ‘just doing my job, only a little too well’. Soon, hardened district attorneys would quake when they found out she was on the other side of a case. All of the judges seemed to be in her back pocket, but try as they might, nobody could prove any wrongdoing on her part.
That was when she met James.
One night celebrating an amazing win in court, she got so drunk at a bar that she could barely remember her own name, much less where she lived. James, then just a kind stranger, took pity on her, held her hair back, checked her ID and drove her home. Not feeling right leaving her alone with possible alcohol poisoning, he stayed on, crashing on her couch while she slept it off. In the light of morning over some strong coffee and aspirin, they got to know each other and hit it off in a big way. The more they talked the more they seemed perfectly compatible, and it seemed less like a new romance, and more like an old and comfortable relationship that they were both just getting back to. It was the only truly ‘normal’ relationship Nish had ever been in, making her downright domestic at times. There was fire, there was passion, but there was also bliss; the warm comfortableness of being with someone you’ve known forever that neither of them could explain.
That was why the betrayal of his sudden out-of-character infidelity blindsided her so cruelly. Later, she would admit that he at least had the decency to tell her about the affair outright rather than keeping it hidden. He told her one day in hurried tones that he’d met someone, slept with her, and he was leaving. The utter betrayal of his actions was the death blow of her brief dalliance in monogamy. She vowed after that to never do it again, get so invested in one person, give them that kind of power over her that they could rip her heart out so easily.
Nish couldn’t deal with the pain of that loss, so she picked up and moved somewhere new, and after a bit of wandering, found herself in Newport Beach, California. She set up a new practice, made new friends, and learned more about Loki. During that time they went from strangers to friends, and Loki revealed to her his presence in her life since the day her grandfather passed away and he chose her as his new companion.
About four months ago, James found his way back to and explained himself- he hadn’t cheated on her, he’d been witness to a murder, and spent the last few years in witness protection. Now that he was free, he wanted to start over with her. They had three months of happiness together before he was taken from her for good. November 13th, the night of his birthday, James and Nish were on their way out to dinner when they were t-boned by black SUV with no plates. Nish was driving, and the impact was on the passenger side. James was killed instantly.
In the aftermath, Nish took time to heal, to grieve, to come to terms with life again. The police couldn’t find the driver, who had somehow gotten away from the scene, and the case went cold before it could begin. But Nish knew. Loki knew. It was too convenient. James had been in hiding for years, and four months after he rejoined the world, he was dead.
She couldn’t stay in California any more. There were too many memories, good and bad. And what little evidence the police had been able to gather was now hers. So she packed up her things and left, following the only lead she had.
She would find out who did this, if it was the last thing she did.
The Lead: (genes) Nish has tracked an eyewitness to the crash to the town, but she has very little to go on besides a physical description. If she could find that person and get more information about that night, she can maybe find some justice.
The Driver: This can be an NPC or a player. The crash could have been an actual accident, or it could have been a murder, perpetrated by someone gunning for deities and their hosts. Ideas are more than welcome :D
The Brother: Robert Bariss. Rob, as Nish's brother, is her rock. They had always been close, even when Nish was self-destructing. He was always there to take care of her if she needed it, and after their parents' death, they are all each other has left. Rob is a detective with the Portland Police Department, but could easily get a transfer elsewhere if it means following Nish to make sure she's okay. [Rob does not know that he is Odin; reasons he could be following her include: James' death (he took care of her for a few weeks after the accident); Nish's return to drinking after almost six months of sobriety due to grief; the need to leave the crime of a big city behind to follow his sister somewhere quieter; etc.]
Writing Sample - (my last thread on my old board, and the catalyst of this new version of Nish)
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