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- Name: Jimena Escuella
- Pronunciation: he-MAY-nah ess-QUAY-y/lah
- Nickname: Jim, Jimmy
- Family: Tejada, Escuella
- Birthplace: Old Charmingtown Mill, Del Cenere Gang
- Date of Birth: 3 July 2020
- Sex: Female
- Pronouns: She/Her
- Species: Coyote (Luperci Ortus) 1
- Residence: Palisade (Off-board)
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Jimena Escuella is a young woman from Del Cenere Gang, where she is ranked El Elegido. Her specialties include an apprenticeship level understanding of tanning and processing hides. Her early life was marked with grief with the death of a littermate and then the passing of an elder sister.
Some of the Tejadas have not handled the grief so well, and Santiago has taken to drinking to cope. After the raids, Jimena moved out of the stuffy mill and into her own place in Irving. Here she has a clutch of rabbits and is slowly filling the inside with rickety but useful furniture.
She can often be found checking traplines and avoiding her parents, but is usually hanging around with Calhoun. The coyote has taken to fighting, and has spent much of her time training in hand to hand combat as well as using daggers.
Fine-boned and lean, Jimena is anything but frail – there is wiry muscle under her angular, somewhat androgynous figure. Large and fiery, her eyes swoop into an almond shape that, in spite of their gentle curvature, betray very little softness within them.
Jimena is most often seen in her Optime form, donning clothing and accessories made mostly by her own hand. When wearing her hat, her mane is often plaited in two separate braids, otherwise she keeps it no longer than her upper arm and regularly kept down and loose.
Jimena's blend of smoky, earthen hues evokes the image of a being made from shadow and dust.
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Jimena’s early life has been fraught with tragedy, the death of a littermate and then an elder sister leading to the fracturing that has broken their small family apart, however crammed together they may be in the mill. She relies on her siblings for much of her emotional support, but the tendency for the Tejada’s to bite their tongues and keep quiet has made for an unstable environment in this regard. Jimena does not trust her own feelings about life in the mill and is terrified that if she lets her guard down and overshares these points of weakness, she will be cast out and forgotten, seen as a burden.
Her growing discontent at her father, Santiago’s drinking problem and the perceived notion of her mother enabling such a habit has caused a lot of resentment to grow in Jimena’s small heart, and therefore time spent around her parents is exhausting for the youth. She bottles her emotions when confronted with distressing situations, the most frequent being Evelyn butting heads with Rafael and her mother's silent resentment of her father.
This bottling leads to quick flashes of anger when it threatens to bubble over, though Jimena has learned to avoid conflict in order to quiet the discontent that rattles the cage within her chest. As she grows the coyote will be partial to being a risk-taker and an adrenaline junky, doing risky things to get a rush. This will also be the period of time when her acts of rebellion against her parents grows, and it's likely Jimena will do things so knows will deliberately cause discord at home. She may experiment with inebriation when older – but will give alcohol a wide berth.
Puts her needs and wants over being considerate, unless it somehow serves her own ends to do so.
Is flaky, avoidant, and rebellious for little reason then to cause trouble.
Pushes buttons and boundaries to test reactions.
Immediate Family (Escuella, Tejada)
Unknown relations indicated by *
Jimena belongs the Escuella and Tejada family; as such, many of their members are directly and indirectly related to her.
Her childhood has been quiet thus far, but marked by difficulty and grief. The loss of her littermate Thiago so early is something Jimena has no memories of, but she acutely feels where his loss has left a hole in each of her parents hearts. Luciana was another sibling marked for death, and Jimena does not recall a time where her eldest sister was healthy and well as she was already injured and deteriorating by the time the young coyote became aware enough to know what was happening.
Passing soon after, she’s watched the divide between her parents and their living children grow into a seemingly uncrossable chasm. Jimena herself is too frightened to try and broach the divide, and spends much of her current time tagging along with Rafaela and her littermate, Esperanza. She feels safest with Esper, even if she gets tired and annoyed of her siblings ever-bubbling anxiety Jimena feels the most secure in their relationship. In this aspect, Esperanza’s overbearing personality is secretly welcomed because Jimena doesn’t have to wonder what her position is between them – she always know where she stands.
Home is not somewhere she enjoys being alone besides to sleep, so if her sisters are gone she will seek out Calhoun instead. So far Jimena has kept quiet and lingered in the shadows, but as her first birthday approaches the girl is balanced on the precipice of wanting the safety and love of her family but also feeling the pull towards independence and rebellion.
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