BEAUTIFUL SOULDIER PROFILE #1
Name: Gloria Paulson
Power: Control and creation of fire and flame.
Weapon: The Flamberge.
The short version: Gloria breathed out, then swallowed back. “I think, if I’m going to try and survive this world, I’d rather be angry. Or maybe, I need to be,” She’d continue, with a quiet, contemplative push around her words. “I’m going to die one day. I’d rather it be on my terms. On my feet.”
The long version: Gloria Paulson is only 15 years old. She’s a young, black, queer trans woman. And because of all these parts of her, she is a 15 year old who is hyper-aware of her odds in the world. Her odds of having a good life, or having a long life. She knows the numbers, she knows the facts, and she knows all the kinds of dominant attitudes the world has about her.
Instead of this weight of the world crushing Gloria underneath its gravity, it fills her with a burning well of anger, that starts in her stomach and her heart, then flooding out to her fingertips and lips. To the pupils of her eyes and in the grit of her teeth. To her, if the world, if people, were intent on holding her down, then instead of letting it defeat her, she wanted to do whatever it took to stand on her ground, and take life on her terms, for as long as she could manage. Just because the world was going to hurt her, didn’t mean she had to sit there quietly and take it.
To that end, she spent the previous year working out, privately, at Noon’s 24 hour gym, developing the muscle, the body, the kind of strength that would demand respect. Or, at the least, would protect her. It was both a personal statement, made with her own body, as well as wanting practical defense against any threat that would crop up.
Her longest, oldest friend, and at this point in her life, only friend, Amelia Maxwell, has been with her through thick and thin. Having grown up together since they were only five, the two of them are nigh-inseparable, and have gotten into their share of scraps, always willing to throw down to defend each other - which has gotten them in a fair amount of trouble with schools and parents. Gloria is the more hot blooded of the two, but when she’s alone with her friend, she’s far more relaxed, feeling safe, comfortable, and able to say whatever’s on her mind, or vent out the events of the day. And she does the same for Amelia, and pushes her on to be a better, stronger, fighter. The two are the best listeners and defenders for each other either could think of or want.
Gloria is the first of the modern wave of Beautiful Souldiers, discovering the egg-shaped white gate into the other world, which empowers and transforms her… as well as unleashes the first monster to assault the world, for reasons unknown.
By becoming a Beautiful Souldier, and soon, the leader of them, Gloria discovers a power within herself to not only save the world, but to completely transform her own life within it.
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