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Basics
Name: James Van Zandt
Nickname: Water 'Kerl'
Born: July 7th, 1998
Status: Alive

James is a 16 year old son of Poseidon that resides in his respective cabin in Camp Half-Blood. He's been living there since September, 2014. He is straight and can normally be seen either training in the gym or the arena, swimming with his friends or just singing/rapping anywhere. James' birthday is the 7th of July and he's currently single and looking.

OOC
Owner: Xax
Species: Demigod
Appearance
Physical Appearance: James is good-looking and normally is very clean in his clothing and body. Sometimes, though, when in need of positive reassurement, James can become slightly scruffy.
Height: 6'00
Weight: 152lb
Gender: Male
Eye Colour: Crystal Blue
Hair Colour: Dark Brown
Skin Colour: Lightly Tanned
Relationships

Poseidon (Father):Secretly, James feels very proud of his godly heritage, and is grateful towards Poseidon for being his father, although he does resent Poseidon at times for almost never being there.

Katarina Van Zandt (Mother):James loves his mother for everything she has done to him and his family.

Monique (Ex-Girlfriends):He still loves her but in a much more friendly way. They are still very good friends.

Kyle (Best Friend/Adoptive Brother):Kyle and James have been best friends for more than 7 years and they share a beautiful friendship, as they also lived together since Kyle was orphaned and Katarina adopted him.

History

Since little, Katarina was a flirt, and she was good at it. Although, being in Germany never helped much, or at least that's what she thought. One day, at her career, when Katarina was 20 a new guy came, he said he was an exchange student from Greece. Katarina thought he had good looks. So she started to be friends with him, as nobody tried to. After friends, they started dating, until one night, they concieved James. She would work on the afternoon for a shift and study in the morning, and at night, she would sneak out with Poseidon.

As soon as Poseidon got the news from Katarina, he gave her two small, translucent blue stones. She told him to give them to James, and when needed, to squeeze them so they could activate. Katarina didn't understand at all, until he kissed her one last time and told her that he was Poseidon. As frightened as she was, she had no choice, but to beleive him. He escaped forever from Katarina's eyes.

Early Childhood:

James was born at eight months not nine, which, at first gave him problems at breathing. Then, after two years or so, the breathing problems suddenly stopped. Now that he was 3, although he knew perfectly how to talk, he was too shy.

When he was 6, he started to gossip in school, which later brought ugly consequences, such as teachers not beleiving him and even worse rumors about him, so he decided to change school and stop doing that.

When he turned nine, a new kid in school, got near James for advice, and from tips to tips, they became friends, actually, best friends, his name was Kyle. They would get together in the evening and play all day. The same year, Katarina told him about his heritage, as well as she gave him the two stones. He was dumbstruck.

First Monster Attack:

When he was 10, Kyle's father died. He never knew why. Katarina contacted the social workers and eventually adopted Kyle. But Kyle didn't like Germany anymore, it reminded him about his mother, so Katarina, in an act of love, made them move to Marseille, France.

When James was 11 and a half, and getting back from the school a horse seemed to run toward him, so he started to run from it, and suddenly the stones, which he always kept in his pockets, started to feel like acid, so with each hand, he got one out, and surprisingly, they turned into weapons. Eventually, the horse pounced on top of him. In a fast movement, before the horse noticed, he got up, and with each sai, he stabbed the horse in the stomach and saw as golden dust exploded all over his face. He laughed nervously at the same time as he cried. He got up and went to his house to take a shower, just to try to forget the unforgettable.

The next year, 2 stymphalian birds found him, and although he got really pecked and hurt, he got to kill them. He told Katarina that he fell from a rock. She actually believed him and took him to the hospital. 2 days later he got out and acted like nothing happened.

Half year later, when they went to the beach, he fought against a telkhine, and he killed it by making it come toward the sand, to slow it down, and then fighting, until his sai cut through its throat, which gave him time to run. When he looked back, the golden dust had already camouflaged with the sand.

A year later, two harpies came to attack him, but he was now a bit more adapted to the weapons, so he repeated the process. He threw one toward a harpy, but he failed to aim correctly. When the harpy was about to fall on top of him, he extended his arm and impaled the harpy's head as dust took its place. Although, the impact also affected James as he fell to the ground. He then got up and grabbed th other sai, and luckily, it stabbed her in the stomach and he saw as she exploded into dust.

Half year later, Orthrus found him. He didn't know about other demigods, but he thought that maybe, some monsters where harder for him. Probably not. He fought against the two headed dog, it pounced on him, but he got up and tried to stab it. Fail. He tried again on its stomach. Epic fail. The dog was fast for its size. He had an idea. He put himself right in front of the dog, and as it pounced on him, he stretched his sai for the dog's head. He closed his eyes and felt the wind carry the dust toward his face.

When 15 and a half, he went for a gelato with Kyle and suddenly 3 hellhounds came towards them. They fought as best as they could and finally killed them. They bought the gelato and then noticed that they both were demigods. Half year later, it was James birthday and he invited almost all the generation, but he was most excited to see Monique, his best friend. He kissed her as soon as he saw her, and then they both agreed to go outside. They felt followed, and when they turned, they saw an empousa. They fought as best as they could and then suddenly Kyle came to help both of them and with a lot of effort, they all killed the empousa. Then Kyle said "I can't keep hiding" and then ran away. Monique and James talked and talked about being demigods and about going to camp.

Getting to Camp:

Both Parents agreed, Monique's and Katarina. Although Monique's dad offered to pay the trip since Katarina was almost broke. They took a plane to NY without Kyle and then they were attacked by 3 stymphalian birds. Monique killed two with her sword; when they came toward her, she would rapidly slash, and they would be golden dust. James got to kill the other one by throwing his sai toward it, and after 20 repetitions, it finally killed the bird. They took a cab to camp and when they got there, James was claimed as a son of Poseidon. His new home felt comfortable.

Personality

Outgoing, social, open, does not like being alone. He is easy to read. Warm-hearted and popular. Tends to put the needs of others over his own. Likes to serve others. Leader. Feels a strong sense of responsibility and duty. Organized and disciplined. Follows the rules. Regular, orderly, clean. Dutiful. James doesn't like differences. Needs positive to feel good about himself. Content. Positive and sometimes not an improvisor; prefers planning up ahead.

Being a very active teenager, James enjoys swimming, fighting, working out and training frequently. Although he is competitive, he defines his own terms of victory. As for entertainment, James enjoys playing with his old deck of cards and partying. James is oblivious to his good looks and therefore, he's quite self-conscious when trying to flirt. His intense physical activity isn't fully intended for aesthetic purposes, but more for physical condition and health, as his wish is to enroll in the military service when he grows up. Still, he does want to look good and thinks that if he can't change his face, he can change his body, so a small part of him does work out for looks. Both of this reasons make him sometimes exercise more than needed and most times, he doesn't seem to notice results, which only pushes him harder. It is though that he might have a light case of vigorexia.

James is a very talented musician; he plays the guitar, violin and piano with great skill, but he is most comfortable with the guitar. This is because James has a keen ear, hence his ease at learning anything sound-related. James also has a particular liking for singing and his voice type is Tenor. Since he is best with the guitar out of all his instruments, he sings usually at the same time while playing it. He has written 4 full songs all by himself, which he sporadically performs secretly in the forest quite frequently. His music is one of the few things he is proud about himself.

Possessions/Weapons
  • For weapons, James possesses two identical sai with the middle blade two times longer than normal sai. James can use them as swords, spin them for circular damage and even throw them, as they have great aerodynamical qualities.
Powers

Offensive

  1. Children of Poseidon can fire a powerful blast of water from their hands, equivalent to that of a fire hose, which evaporates after a short time.
  2. Children of Poseidon have the ability to conjure and freeze small amounts of water into durable ice weapons, which can be used for combat; however, only one weapon can be conjured at a time and it cannot be bigger than the one who conjured it. They can also make small non-combative objects out of ice.

Defensive

  1. Children of Poseidon can create an area around themselves that inflicts others with intense seasickness, making them dizzy and nauseous for as long as they remain inside. The user must keep their focus on maintaining the effect for the duration.
  2. Children of Poseidon can turn their body to water for a very short time, letting an attack pass harmlessly through them. This can cause extreme dehydration with repeated use.

Passive

  1. Children of Poseidon can breathe, are swifter and more powerful, and can heal slightly faster while underwater.
  2. Children of Poseidon can keep themselves and everything they touch dry in the water, unless they choose to become wet.
  3. Children of Poseidon can survive falling from any altitude as long as they land in water, and can go as deep into the ocean as they desire without any effects from the cold or water pressure.
  4. Children of Poseidon can communicate with and command equestrian animals, as well as all creatures that dwell in the sea.
  5. Children of Poseidon are innately less inhibited by severe wind and precipitation.

Supplementary

  1. Children of Poseidon have the ability to create minor earthquakes, large enough to knock anyone nearby off their feet, for a few seconds.
  2. Children of Poseidon are able to telekinetically move water at a high rate. The larger amount of water used, the more energy it drains. This can be used on ice, but is much more difficult and draining.
  3. Children of Poseidon are are able summon a specific horse, pegasus, or sea creature directly to their position, regardless of distance. This only works on creatures that they have a strong personal bond with.
  4. Children of Poseidon can calm, strengthen or influence the direction of the winds, though to a much lesser extent than children of Zeus or the anemoi.

3 Months After Character is Made

  1. Children of Poseidon have the ability to create a torrential rainstorm overhead, which will downpour and cause high winds over a large area. The storm will gradually clear over time, and afterward the user would be substantially drained.

6 Months After Character is Made

  1. Children of Poseidon are able to shape a semi-living construct out of water, no larger than 3 to 4 times the size of the user, that fights for them for a short time. The user is weakened while the construct is active, and the longer they maintain the it, the more energy it drains.

9 Months After Character is Made

  1. Children of Poseidon are able to transform their bodies into a state of pure water for a short time, becoming immune to most attacks. The hydrokinetic abilities they already possess are enhanced by this state, and they are capable of covering great distances in an instant while underwater. The user will be extremely drained once the transformation ends, and could possibly faint.

Traits

  1. Children of Poseidon always know their exact coordinates when in water and are able to innately feel the difference between freshwater and saltwater.
  2. Children of Poseidon normally have a love for water, and generally excel at water sports.
  3. Children of Poseidon tend to be favored by animals of the sea.
  4. Children of Poseidon often have a natural affinity for horses and many grow up to become equestrians.
Weaknesses/Hubris
  • James' fatal flaw is his excess of planning, as he many times over-thinks his plans and sometimes they end up wrong.
  • James has a low self-esteem about his looks and physical abilities, which sometimes may not give the best of him when he's in a crisis.
  • However, he overcompensates this with his leadership, as he, when under pressure, wants things his way and may ignore other people's opinions, but only when stressed or when in need of positive comments about him.
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