|Sophie and Crane are (fear_incarnate) wrote,|
@ 2012-07-02 19:30:00
|I taught there. I was a professor of psychology, specializing in phobias. Inducing terror has always intrigued me. Even, as a boy, I liked to frighten things. People, animals, it was all the same. I became obsessed with fear's crippling power. Later, when I became their leading professor of subliminal psychology at the university, I began performing experiments on fear and its subsequent effects. Dr. Long thought I went too far. He called me a lunatic. So now, they will learn the true nature of horror!|
Alter’s source work, author and character: Batman Begins, Christopher Nolan; Dr. Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow
Character Journal name: ~fear_incarnate
Character Name: Sophie Chase
Character Age: 20
Character Played By: Darla Baker
Alter Played By: Matthew Gray Gubler
Character History and Personality: Sophie Chase learned at a very young age that there was no man out there worth much. They were all deserters, her mother told her, and good for two things. What was in their pockets and what was in their pants. Everything else was worth little to nothing, and never, ever believe a word out of their mouths. Given the fact that the only thing Sophie really knew about her father was his name and that he was a Very Important Man, she tended to put a lot of stock in her mother’s words.
Life as the daughter of Bianca Faithfull-Chase certainly put Sophie in a position most girls would give their first born to be in. Where her half-brother across the ocean, Ethan, spat out the silver spoon, Sophie sucked it clean and asked for seconds. She was never one to say ‘no’ to anything that was offered to her, nor was she one to be refused anything she asked for. It was this sort of upbringing that turned her into the young woman she grew up to be, thinking the world revolved around her and people were just there for her enjoyment. But that didn’t mean that Sophie was a snotty, stuck up little thing, not in the slightest! She was charming, polite, and sweet, the sort of girl that grandparents cooed over for being such a doll. Her mother had done a good job of molding her daughter into the type of woman who would take over the world with a smile and a bat of her eyes, and those lessons were far more important than any she learned in school. Who needed reading, writing, and arithmetic? They would only get you so far, while social skills would help you win and win again.
When her mother declared her intentions to go to Asia for a year to market her upscale cosmetics to that corner of the world, Sophie countered with a request to study overseas. It was rather hard for her mother to say ‘no’ considering the circumstances, so across the ocean Sophie ventured as a bright 13 year old girl, her luggage packed with designer clothing, to stay with a family friend who lived in New York City. A freshman at one of the public schools in the city, Sophie made fast friends with these city people, a host of kids that were quite different from the posh, private school she attended in London. It was here in NYC that Sophie met Luke Henry, and even though he fell into the classification of ‘male’ and therefore ‘evil’, he was a friendly kid who she somehow got along with. But all good things come to an end, and Sophie ended up back in London to finish out her schooling.
After school had ended, Sophie and her mother toyed with the idea of her working in the industry just like her mother, and while she had a flair for talking with people and getting them to buy the product, it just wasn’t what Sophie wanted to do with her life. London was getting boring, the same places every single day, and life was too short to spend in one city, she decided. So, on a whim, Sophie started applying to universities overseas. Her marks were good enough to get her acceptance to most places, but there was something about the draw of Vegas and those neon lights that had Sophie setting her sights on UNLV. Mother wasn’t around enough to voice her opinions, so when Sophie told her she was moving, going to school in Nevada, Bianca simply told her only daughter to keep her legs closed, don’t accept drinks from strangers, and for god’s sake, don’t end up dancing to make a living.
Promise made, Sophie packed up and headed to the desert city of Las Vegas, Nevada, the newest member of their theater program. Drama was something that seemed to be second nature for Sophie, for she made a stage for herself if one wasn’t present to get attention with. Her accent and European charm set her apart from the other girls, and it wasn’t long before she made a name for herself at the school. Coupled with her partner in crime, Sadie Paulson, Vegas was becoming a second home for the Brit. School by day, party by night, life was a exciting trip, and one that she didn’t want to end.
After school let out for the year, Sophie headed back overseas to London for a summer in England, visiting family and friends left back there, and it was there that some peculiar changes happened. For a while, Sophie thought she was simply imagining the male voice in the back of her thoughts, a distinct presence that wasn’t there last week. But as the days drew by and she grew more bold, information was gathered, and Sophie had to laugh at the prospect. Of course she had seen the movies, of course she knew who this was, and the laughter that lasted a good hour while in her bedroom at her mother’s home infuriated the one known as the Scarecrow. That laughter ceased several degrees, however, when the journal and key arrived, all signs pointing back to Las Vegas.
She booked the first flight back home, a redeye that had her arriving in the wee hours of the morning. She hadn’t had any intention on returning until August, proclaiming that she was bored with Vegas, but suddenly, there was something else interesting in Sin City, and she had to investigate.
Alter: Dr. Jonathan Crane is making his second home in Las Vegas after the disaster that was Alexander Pierce. While he’s not happy to be in the head of a dim-witted drama diva, he supposes it’s better than disappearing into the ether. He had plans in Gotham, after all, and having them spoiled by one man’s idiocy was not something he would let stop them.
Crane is learning to have a certain amount of patience with Sophie, realising that it’s better to have her on his side than not, because every person can be useful eventually, and he’s sure that Sadie will display that in her own time. As for Sophie, she’s a little pissed that she’s got a guy lurking around in the back of her thoughts, but it’s not as though he can hide much from her in the end. She might not trust him, but she’s willing to give him, and only him, a chance to prove himself.
He’s eager to be back, to show the kittens and the birds that he’s not as easy to get rid of as the meat sack that walked the streets of Las Vegas. And this time? He’d do it the right way.
Journal/Key: Sophie’s journal, to her disappointment, is a boring legal pad sheathed in a black leather portfolio. At least it blends in with her school things. The key is a silver skeleton key, well tarnished, and worn on a long silver chain around her neck.
Sapphires are a girl’s best friend: Someone unexpected that befriends Sophie and shows her a different side of life. Preferably male.
The Sisters: Friends from school back in England, girlfriends, besties, even ex-girlfriends. These were the people that defined Sophie as she grew up and the ones that know her best.</b>
The Conspirator: For Crane, someone on either side of the door willing to help the jilted doctor. He wants Arkham back under his control, and if he has to clip some wings, so be it.</b>