Harper and Matthias bio backstory dump
Harper is one of these people that aren't even slightly self-delusional, but still have boundless amounts of confidence??? Like, she knows that she is a pretty unpleasant person to hang around with at times, and she knows for a fact that she is pretty useless in the more theoretical aspects of life such as analysis and logistics and all that shit, but she embraces herself entirely like she is so confident it already border on blatant arrogance. Her established personal beliefs are perfectly ingrained in herself, and although it is malleable and will change in the future, she will be the one who decides if they change or they won't. Even if she often says jokingly that she is the only one in control of her own decisions, she isn't stupid enough to believe that others cannot affect her in the slightest, she is totally aware that people can and will affect how she views the world. But that doesn't freak her out as well I suppose? Like, she is content with her position in the world, she is content with herself and she doesn't fight her own nature, simply put she is a happy and content person
She is very relaxed in general, most stressful situations do not frustrate her. She isn't the type to obsess over external influences, the external world in general isn't as important to her as the internal one.
Her magi abilities consist of quasi perfect control over the physiological structure of her body, controlling with her mind such things as blood pressure, heart beat, electric impulses, cell generation and replication, her immune system, temperature control, enzymes, hormones, the whole deal. Her body is her domain, and she will defend it viciously.
When she was born she had no control though, which lead to miserable scenarios with her body getting out of control, bleeding profusely from parts of her body that certainly blood should not come from, vomiting bile and muscle strands, several painful mutations and organ structures just disintegrating. But even with this damage, her subconscious never let her die, even if she wanted to, forcefully healing wounds and damage, forcing cells to move themselves out of place, and causing even more horrible wounds like woah moving right into the fucked up body horror area
The first few years of her life were probably the worst like her mother tried to keep her child together but having a bleeding pile of meat that cries and screams, and doesn't even look like a child anymore is mortifying for any soul, especially the mother of it all, and she killed herself soon enough and one more screaming child/infant/thing was nothing in the slums, everything is a shit hole so no one noticed
She survived by her body feeding on itself, she herself is still confused on how the fuck that even worked but she also killed rats and other small animals to keep herself alive, but like it wasn't really her that was in control, it was just her body refusing to die and doing everything to survive. She probably also devoured the decomposing body of her mother but she is a bit iffy on the details. The fact that her mother was the only person she repeatedly saw in her life she modeled herself after her, but got details wrong, and she never managed to look quite human like there was always something off, something really really wrong and you couldn't put your finger on it, it was just straight into the uncanny valley. The moment she actually began assuming control over her body, forcefully subduing systems, actually learning how her entire body works, she actually manages to leave the basement she lived in. At that point she was around five, and more some grotesque being than anything human.
She got around though, she continued surviving and pushing herself through, even having the first ever human contact besides her mother. She watched, she learned, but she kept herself in the background, in the shadows. First people she met were horrified when they saw her and tried to kill her so she wasn't particularly eager to recreate that situation. She wasn't suicidal after all, her body taught her otherwise. She actually learned conversation and societal concepts by listening and observing, and after adjusting her body she could often pass as a normal gutter girl in a crowd. Under close observation she still seemed off, but it was tolerable and often brushed away. Her vocabulary was severely stunted, but that wasn't particularly unheard of.
Small groups of more benevolent slum inhabitants picked her up in the belief that she was just another ditched girl and tried educating her, as her magi powers didn't manifest themselves in obvious ways. Most believed she was in fact human. She thrived under the care of this group, even managed to grasp some societal constructs, some reading and writing as well.
Growing up, it was apparent that she was a strong girl. She could carry larger loads than the older boys around her, probably carry the boys themselves if she had to. She was great at beating the shit out of others, a fighting, no survival instinct, that could make her animalistic in her fighting style. She became exceptionally self aware, and soon enough she began developing this content nature of hers, although she could have just subconsciously adjusted the chemical imbalances in her brain, but that is just a theory
She ditched the slum when she was 15. Managed to talk one of the gangs to smuggle her inside the third ward, found work in the workshop of a mechanic/weapon dealer. She got exceptionally attached to the old man, and he got attached to her, often calling her the grand daughter he never had. She learned most things she knows now from him, the belief that she had to value and care for herself, that she should take shit from no one, will power and all that stuff, he was a great role model for her. She really did love him a lot.
She still works for the old man, although she does most of the heavy lifting now, whilst he manages everything. FYI the store is perfectly legal, they even got weapon licenses and shit
Matthias is a fucking flirt. He'd probably fuck anything that moves senseless, and he'd probably let anything that moves fuck him. He is flamboyant, he pulls the whole ditzy blonde stupid idiot shtick and is probably the worst sexual harassment that has graced this city. He'll blow kisses and winks, slap particularly attractive asses, and cat call after anyone that strikes his fancy. He is cheerful, he is loud, he is dramatic as fuck, and is a great entertainer, a social butterfly you might say. He is confident in his own looks, but not so confident about himself as a person but thinking that people see that as unattractive he does everything to seem as self assured as possible. He is an introvert, but forces himself to behave like an extrovert, finding his own secluded nature painfully embarrassing. Due to this he just takes every single trait of a stereotypical extrovert and turns it to 11.
He is highly analytical though, a deep thinker, someone that is prone to lapsing into endless streams of thoughts that just don't seem to end, before he snaps out of it and subdues it as quickly as he can because he doesn't want to be a deep thinker, he wants to be a fool because fools have it easier, and they don't have to think over their actions and don't constantly think those nasty what-if's, they just live without looking constantly over their shoulder into the past.
He is an exceptionally quick learner, and if someone could potentially teach him something he just itches to be a dedicated student but more often than not he does not allow himself this guilty pleasure, and just brushes off those "nerdy" traits after all he is too cool for school hahahahahahahhheeeeyeh
He is just in general very dishonest with himself, pushing any semblance of acceptance of himself away from him, he is just really uncomfortable with himself and he really just wants to shape himself into something different. This stems largely from influences from his older sister who was just a shitty influence on him, dragging man after man into her bed, even inviting Matthias into the escapades, no, even forcing him, and his older brother who was a drug ring member who taught him that anyone so called "sensible" didn't deserve to live. They both died when he reached the age of 14. Even though they were abusive as fuck he loved them dearly, and was absolutely devastated, almost completely crawling into his shell, nearly closing himself off completely from the rest of the world.
He joined the training course of the Exorcists in an attempt to not completely break down. He just saw that flyer and hell, they would probably be capable of teaching him a bit more right? The training was strict and vigorous but intensely satisfying, as he started developing his new persona, his cheerful, flirty, social counterpart. He showed a delightful affinity for guns, something that fit in perfectly with this new personality he was building up, yes, he would be a cheerful, slightly off-hinged mad man, that was absolutely perfect for him.
He purposefully didn't pass the test. He cleaned out his old home, threw away all his old possessions, left the rooms of his siblings untouched, and started recreating a home of someone like his projected personality. It almost turned into an obsession of his, making sure that every single facet of his new self was polished, meticulous in the execution. No one was allowed to see through it, he was desperate to establish that. The only interest that he kept from himself was his love for weaponry, and he started hoarding guns and knives and different types of explosives in the basement, sold his skills to the highest bidder and continued wrestling with his morals at night. Every single death he caused he shrugs off with a wide grin, feigning apathy but inside it is eating him up, causing more sleepless nights and endless guilt.
His whole act is severely self destructive.
If he would allow himself he'd probably be perfectly content analyzing literature or studying genetics or doing finances for all he is worth, he'd love to read more, learn more, delve I to the theoretical and talk philosophy and morals with someone deep into the night. Probably not going to happen any time soon though.