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Chimera posted at Aug 5 2018, 11:06 PM
STIPES (FOREST OUTSKIRTS)
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laughing with the flowers, dancing with the trees, devoted to the sunlight and singing with the bees.
laughing with the flowers
Beatrice (lovingly nicknamed "Beetle" by her grandmother) was always tall for her age as a kid, but stopped growing early on. She stands at a regular 5'4", but hopes for another growth spurt one day. Her copper-brown hair reaches her shoulders in a wild, untamed mane of somewhat scraggly waves, and it looks like it has not seen a brush in months. Her eyes are a pale, almost misty green and her cheeks are dusted with brown freckles.
Beetle has the certain look of a forest hermit. She wears jumpers, cardigans and cloaks handmade by her grandmother along with old-fashioned lace skirts and shorts - usually her clothing is of earthy colours like green, brown and grey. On her shoulder is a traditional leather satchel embroidered with a delicate floral pattern, which usually contains herbs and flowers picked from the forest, along with feathers, leaves, pebbles, anything that interests her. Beetle, more often than not, will have scrapes on her elbows and dirt on her knees - not to mention the odd twig in her hair.
dancing with the trees
Beetle is soft and kind. She sees the good in all things, which unfortunately leads to her being very naive and all too trusting. She has barely any concept of money or anything that lays outside of her tiny world. Despite her tenderness, she does possess a deep-running sense of bravery when others are in need of help.
First and foremost, Beetle will be a little shy upon meeting a new person but work hard to retain the manners that her grandmother taught her. After she begins to open up, she will become very warm, affectionate and ramble on for hours about her interest in plants and pokémon until told to shut up. She has a surprisingly vast knowledge of these topics, all picked up from her grandmother and the forest.
devoted to the sunlight
Beetle was entirely raised by her loving grandmother, Maggie Moon, on the edge of the forest near the very traditional and religious city of Stipes. She grew up learning the ways of her grandmother's traditional apothecary, the Moon family business, which was hardly more than a little wooden cabin and an overgrown vegetable garden. Maggie showed her the ways of the forest, and taught her about the highly respected and worshipped Celebi - the guardian of the forest, and how to offer thanks to it at the shrine for all the goods that the forest offered them.
She never knew her father, and her mother and grandmother never got along, with her grandmother believing deeply in her herbal medicines, while her mother pursued a career in modern medicine. She moved away when Beetle was 3 years old to work at a big hospital in another region.
Beetle helped out wherever she could; going out into the forest to gather herbs and fruit and watching as her grandmother would expertly prepare them, sweeping the floors and tending the garden. She would always leave the customer side of the business to her gran, and shyly retreat to the garden to tend the herbs.
Due to their secluded lifestyle, Beetle never had any friends her age, but she found enough happiness in her tiny family of her gran and her gran's docile pokémon. She spent her free time roaming the forests, collecting pretty things and watching the creatures that lived there. The people of Stipes thought of them as either very brave or very foolish to live amongst the sacred forests, but Moon's Apothecary was never shy of business due to the demand for traditional herbs.
One day, Beetle came across a seriously injured swablu nestled in the plants of the garden. With her grandmother's help, the bird was eventually nursed back to health. Beetle cried about not wanting to let the healed animal go, but her grandmother taught her that wild animals belong in the wild. For some reason, the bird took comfort nestled on top of Beetle's head, and refused to return back to the forest, and they have been inseperable ever since. This sparked a deep compulsion within Beetle to want to help other pokémon in need who may not be lucky enough to land right outside of a medicine shop.
On Beetle's 15th birthday, her grandmother gave her the opportunity of a life-time - to go travelling. The girl had never been beyond even Stipes City, and Maggie decided that she should have the chance to learn about the outside world and befriend some pokémon, before the responsibility of the apothecary would be in her hands. Beetle was reluctant and upset at the thought of leaving all the strenuous work to her grandmother, but Maggie soon reassured her and promised that she could still come home whenever she wanted. A few days later, with a bag packed full of useful herbs and baked goods, Beetle and her swablu, Kiwi, set off, through Stipes City and out into a world she had never before seen.
and singing with the bees
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kiwi (swablu) ♀
© art by me
This post has been edited by Chimera: Aug 7 2018, 02:00 PM
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