Order: Guardians of the Veil
Mental Attributes: Intelligence 1, Wits 2, Resolve 3
Physical Attributes: Strength 2, Dexterity 3, Stamina 3
Social Attributes: Presence 2, Manipulation 2, Composure 4
Mental Skills: Academics 1, Investigation (Rote) 1, Occult 1, Politics 1, Science 1
Physical Skills: Athletics (Cheer) 2, Drive 1, Larceny 2, Stealth (Rote) 2
Social Skills: Empathy 2, Expression 2, Intimidation (Veiled Threats) 2, Persuasion 1, Socialize 3, Streetwise 1, Subterfuge (Rote) (Hiding Emotions) 1
Arcana: Life Apprentice, Spirit Apprentice, Fate Initiate, Space Initiate
Merits: Order Status (Guardians) 1, High Speech, Hallow 3, Cabal Theme, Masque 1, Occultation 3, Shadow Name 3, Language (Cantonese) 1
Virtue: Loyal (Courageous)
Vice: Fearful (Greedy)
Melissa is deeply insecure and relies on her friendships with Annie, Ashley, and Brittany to feel like she’s worth something. Her self-worth comes from her clique and from cheer, especially because, like Annie, she isn’t great academically (which her father finds deeply disappointing). She is a very loyal friend, not just in the lackey sort of way.
Melissa’s father’s parents were both escapees — he of Communist China, she of the Soviet Union. Her mother’s parents, on the other hand, were extremely traditionalist evangelical Americans, which led to the marriage of Donald and Michelle becoming one of tradition and fear, albeit for different reasons. Donald’s parents were afraid of the state, Michelle’s were afraid of God, and both Donald and Michelle grew up with insecurities that they passed onto their children. Melissa was taught from a young age that it’s better not to stand out, and even in her clique of popular girls she’s the most wallflower-ish of the bunch, defining herself by her relationships to her friends rather than by her own achievements or mistakes.