Rafaela Tejada

Rafaela Tejada

Portrait


Credit: Despi

Signalment

  • Name: Rafaela Tejada
    • Pronunciation: ra-fa-EH-la, tey-HA-da
    • Etymology: God heals (Spanish)
  • Date of Birth: 22 July 2019
  • Species: Coyote (Luperci Ortus) 1
  • Gender: Female

Community

OOC Information

OOC Assumptions

Del Cenere Gang members may assume and reference the following without discussion/asking:

Plot Opportunities

  • Rafa loves horses! Help her practice some equine low-speech, accept her assistance in training your horse, or join her out on a ride!
  • With the Syndicates newly established, Rafaela is eyeballing enrollment into The Drunken Tusk and is looking to work together with others in order to achieve Apprentice status (and beyond) for herself and her teammate(s)!
  • Need someone to join you outside of the Ganglands? Rafa is a Wayfinder and will gladly join your posse!


Introduction

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  1.   1.  Characteristics
    1.   1.1  Appearance
    2.   1.2  Gallery
    3.   1.3  Personality
  2.   2.  Relationships
    1.   2.1  Family Relationships
  3.   3.  NPCs

Rafaela Tejada is an aspiring horse trainer from the Del Cenere Gang, where she currently holds the title of La Mesteñera as an Enkindled.

One of three children born into Evelyn Escuella and Santiago Tejada's first litter, and raised alongside an adopted brother, Rafaela's early life was largely unremarkable and filled with happy memories. She spent much of her time learning about horses from her father and (mostly) minding her manners around her mother, but there were changes afoot as her first birthday neared and she stepped into adulthood just in time to navigate the tragic loss of her sister, Luciana.

In the wake of the the turmoil and tragedy that befell her family, Rafaela splits her time between ensuring her younger sisters are looked after and taking care of the Gang's communal horses. She spends as little time at home as possible and is usually seen with the Tierra Amplia herd in Broke-Leg Marsh.

DCG TALISMANS

Rank out of Las Brasas
Rank out of El Probado
Rank out of El Elegido
Serve in the Enkindled Rank for Five Months
Serve in the Ashen Ring for Five Months
Play an Ashen for 12 Consecutive Months
Take a Mate
Raise a Child
Recruit a Friend
Thread with a member from every active Pack
Thread with a member from every active Loner Band
Create 5 AW threads in Del Cenere
Conduct a Pack Project
Coordinate a Pack Event
Adopt an Ashen
Earn Community Soul
Contribute to DCG's Wiki
Exemplary Membership
Participated in Through The Valley
Participated in Born Unto Trouble
Participated in the 2021 Lancaster Stockshow

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1.  Characteristics

1.1  Appearance

Overview

Rafaela is a full-blooded coyote of mixed subspecies and there is no mistaking her for anything different. While her broader muzzle bears evidence of her dominant Mexican coyote heritage, her larger ears take after other coyote subspecies and her fur, while straight and dense, is not as thick as that of a pure Northwestern coyote.

On the smaller side of average in size, she has a slim, somewhat androgynous build that is covered with lean muscle. She keeps her mane long when she is in her Optime form, though she usually pulls it out of her face by securing it in buns or ponytails with bandanas or scarves. Her green eyes are sharp and mistrustful.

Although Rafa is almost exclusively found in her Optime form, she wears little in the the way of clothing aside from the scarves and bandanas that she likes to accessorize with.

Rafaela's earthy color palette is made mostly of dusty, smoky hues with instances of umber and flashes of red ochre. She owes the color of her eyes to her father.

  • Fur:
    • Optime Hair:
  • Eyes, Nose, Scars:

Specifics

  • Forms:
    • Lupus: 28 lbs (12.7 kg) — 24 in (61 cm)
    • Secui: 123 lbs (55.8 kg) — 47 in (119.4 cm)
    • Optime: 138 lbs (62.6 kg) — 5 ft 5 in (65 in) (165.1 cm)
  • Scars: Rafa has a burn scar on her right forearm that starts near her wrist and travels up to her elbow. Additionally, she has a linear scar across her left shoulder and a nick on her right collarbone.

Interaction

  • Speech: Somewhat gruff and a little gravely. Generally impassive.
    • Fluent in Common Tongue and Spanish.
    • Learning Equine Low-speech.
  • Unique Scent: Horses, manure, leather, prairie grasses, earth.
    • Also carries associative scents of Tejada/Escuella, coyote, Del Cenere.
  • Quirks, Gestures, Etc.: Tends to make hard, prolonged eye contact and absolutely has RBF.
  • General Posture and Body Language: Confident and strong, occasionally with an air of provocation.


1.2  Gallery

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by Despi by San by Despi By Despi

1.3  Personality

Summarized: Dutiful, resilient, loyal, cautious, mistrustful, cynical, practical, indelicate, judgmental, self-reliant.

There has always been a bit of impatience and gruffness about Rafaela, who, as a child, frequently tested boundaries and regularly rebelled. But it was age, experience, and loss that molded her into the guarded and cynical woman she has become.

Inherently mistrustful, particularly of those who are not Ashen, there are few within Rafaela's social circle and fewer still with whom she shows vulnerability. While Desconocidos are always regarded with caution and doubt, she knows most of her fellow Gang members enough to freely socialize with them and assist them with pack duties.

But she keeps herself guarded nonetheless. When she is with the horses, be it riding, training, or tending, Rafaela is in her most peaceful frame of mind. She sometimes finds it easier to understand and work with horses than she does her own peers. But this has not made her antisocial. While she may sometimes be quite taciturn and occasionally even a little pugnacious, Rafa does not avoid Luperci or shy away from social interactions.

Besides her horse companions, it is with her siblings, particularly her adopted brother, Remy, and her two younger sisters, that Rafaela shows the most love and devotion.

Archetypes

Epithet

Tropes

Alignment

  • Neutral Good
    • Values life and freedom above all else.
    • Driven to right injustice.
    • Supports their family even if it means personal discomfort.
    • Enjoys having close friends.
    • Will take risks if the benefits are great.


2.  Relationships

Italics indicates an unknown relationship; they may be offboard or the relation is merely uncertain.

2.1  Family Relationships

Family Tree: Escuella, Tejada

Adopted: Remy Debois

Key Family Relationships

  • Evelyn Escuella: Rafaela's mother. She can be strict, holding her children to high standards, and she shows her love through actions rather than through words. There is a noticeable strain and tension between she and their father these days, however...
  • Santiago Tejada: Rafaela's father. He is much warmer and gentler with the children than their mother is. But Luciana's death has dramatically, and negatively, affected him...
  • Calhoun de la Cruz: Rafa's only remaining littermate. His pious nature doesn't align perfectly with her looser values, but she respects and loves him.
  • Remy Debois: Rafaela's adopted brother. They share a deep devotion to horses that has allowed them to bond more closely in recent months.
  • Esperanza Tejada: One of Rafa's younger sisters. She looks out for Esperanza and will teach her about horses whenever the opportunity arises.
  • Jimena Escuella: Rafa's other younger sister. Although their interests differ (especially as it relates to horses), she loves and looks out for Jimena.


3.  NPCs

Amadahy (horse)

Appearance

art by Despi

Signalment

  • Gender: Mare
  • Species: Horse
  • Date of Birth: 2013
  • Size:
    • Height: 15.3 hh (61.2 in | 155.4 cm)
    • Weight: 1000 lbs (453.6 kg)

Summary

Del Cenere Gang members may assume:

  • Seeing Rafaela riding, training, or tending to Amadahy.
  • Witnessing Amadahy playing or chasing the other horses.
  • Hearing that Rafa recently claimed ownership of Amadahy.
  • More Information »

Skills & Abilities:

  • Rider-trained.
    • Competent at trail riding.
    • In-training for hunting and racing.

Description:

Amadahy is a blue roan hotblooded grade mare with a white blaze on her head. She has a short, broad back and low withers. Her legs are long, evidence to her Thoroughbred and Arabian bloodlines.

Personality:

Curious, playful, and perhaps a little stubborn, though well-meaning. Ama loves to make use of her excellent speed, often running and chasing other horses in the pasture. She's incredibly quick, and her over-eager nature can prove to be challenging.

History:


Saratoga (horse)

Appearance

art by Despi

Signalment

  • Gender: Filly
  • Species: Horse
  • Date of Birth: June 2020
  • Size:
    • Height: xxx in (xxx cm)
    • Weight: lbs (xxx kg)

Summary

Del Cenere Gang members may assume:

  • Knowing that Saratoga resides in the Tejada family pastures.
  • Seeing Rafaela walking Saratoga around Charmingtown.
  • More Information »

Skills & Abilities:

  • Halter-trained
  • In-training for leading, lungeing, and ponying

Description:

Saratoga has a faded black coat that appears almost ashy or dark brown, especially during the summer months. Her mane is silvery in color and faint dappling can be seen on her body, particularly her flanks. She has a blaze, half-pastern markings on both of her forelegs, and half-socks on both of her hind legs.

Personality:

Intelligent and curious, but with a tendency towards stubbornness, Saratoga seems to take after many of her mother's traits, which may prove to pose a bit of a challenge for Rafaela as she continues her training.

History:

  • 2020: Born to Vegas by Blackjack in June. Began handling and halter-training early.
  • 2021: Handling and halter-training continued and was gradually increased to include leading, lungeing, desensitization to blankets/saddles, and other groundwork exercises.


Blackjack (horse)

Appearance

art by Despi

Signalment

  • Gender: Stallion
  • Species: Horse
  • Date of Birth: May 2012
  • Size:
    • Height: 16.2 hh (64.8 in | 164.6 cm)
    • Weight: 1240 lbs (562.4 kg)

Summary

Del Cenere Gang members may assume and reference the following without discussion/asking:

  • Knowing that Blackjack is one of Evelyn's horses.
  • Occasionally seeing Blackjack out with Evelyn.
  • More Information »

Skills & Abilities:

  • Rider-trained.

Description:

Smoky black, with a white face ending in a soft, pink nose. He has a long mane and tail.

Personality:

Quiet, but not complacent. Generally well-mannered and patient, but can be stubborn when he wants to be.

History:

  • 2012: Bred and Trained by Santiago Tejada's family in Rattler's Gulch.
    • Blackjack is one of the few, remaining horses alive from the original settlement of Rattler's Gulch.
  • 2019: Bred to Vegas.
  • 2020:
    • Sired Saratoga by Vegas.
    • Bred to Hell's Bells, Imrah, and Wynona.


Vegas (horse)

Appearance

art by Despi

Signalment

  • Gender: Mare
  • Species: Horse
  • Date of Birth: June 2013
  • Size:
    • Height: 15 hh (60 in | 152.4 cm)
    • Weight: 940 lbs (426.3 kg)

Summary

Del Cenere Gang members may assume and reference the following without discussion/asking:

  • Knowing that Vegas is one of Evelyn's horses.
  • More Information »

Skills & Abilities:

  • Rider-trained.

Description:

A dusty silver dapple, tall and slender built. She has a white snip on her nose, and one white sock on her rear right hoof.

Personality:

Fast, strong, and foolhardy. Little deters this determined horse, and even less scares her. This can, however, make her a nightmare to deal with.
Haughty and stubborn. While not outwardly aggressive, Vegas readily and eagerly pushes her limits with her riders, and is hard to motivate. She's curious and generally unafraid, which can get her into some trouble if not supervised. A habitual Houdini if given enough roam without restriction. She is particularly fond of Santiago and Evelyn.

History:

  • 2013: Bred and Trained by Santiago Tejada's family in Rattler's Gulch.
    • Vegas is one of the few, remaining horses alive from the original settlement of Rattler's Gulch.
  • 2019:
  • 2020:
    • Bore Saratoga by Blackjack.
    • Bred to Bairre.
  • 2021:
    • Bore a stillborn foal by Bairre.


 

1 50% Mexican Coyote, 25% Plains Coyote, 25% Northeastern Coyote