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:

  • Seeing Rafaela…
    • ...helping take care of the communal horse stock.
    • ...practicing groundwork with Amadahy.
    • ...hanging around with Boots and/or Holly.

Plot Opportunities

  • Rafaela is very interested in becoming a Rustler! Join her in scouting out some wild horse herds or help her steal someone's unattended horse.
  • Help spark Rafaela's interest in crafting horse tack! Who knows, it may lead to her becoming an Outfitter!
  • Rafa loves horses! Offer her some training tips, accept her assistance in training your horse, or join her out on a ride!


Introduction

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  1.   1.  Appearance
    1.   1.1  Essentials
    2.   1.2  Gallery
  2.   2.  Personality
  3.   3.  Relationships
    1.   3.1  Family Relationships
  4.   4.  NPCs

Rafaela Tejada is an aspiring horse trainer from the Del Cenere Gang, where she is currently ranked as Las Brasas.

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.


1.  Appearance

1.1  Essentials

Overview

  • Fur: Her fur is straight and dense, although not as thick as that of a full-blooded Northwestern coyote.
    • Optime Hair: Kept long but usually pulled out of her face in buns or ponytails, often with bandanas or scarves.
  • Facial Features: Rafa's broader muzzle bears evidence of her dominant Mexican coyote heritage while her larger ears take after other coyote subspecies.
    • Eyes: She has sharp, mistrustful eyes.
  • Build and Size: On the smaller side of average in size, Rafaela has a slim, somewhat androgynous build.
    • 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)
  • Humanization: High. Aside from scarves and bandanas, Rafaela wears little in the way of clothing but she is almost exclusively found in her Optime form.

Interaction

  • Speech: Somewhat gruff and a little gravely.
  • Scent: Tejada/Escuella, horses, leather, manure, coyote, Del Cenere.
  • Quirks, Gestures, Etc.: --
  • General Posture and Body Language: Confident and strong, occasionally with an air of provocation.

Palette

Fur

 Armadillo (#4B423C)

 Millbrook(#5C4032)

 Sand Dune (#837065)

 Cape Palliser (#9F6848)

 Leather (#9E7258)

 Pharlap (#9F8B82)

 Zorba (#A1938C)

 Thatch (#B3A295)

 Cotton Seed (#C1BAB5)

Eyes

 Sushi (#99AB3C)

Nose and Pawpads

 Dune (#2F2A27)


1.2  Gallery

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by San by Despi By Despi

2.  Personality

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.


3.  Relationships

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

3.1  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
  • Santiago Tejada: Rafaela's father. He is much warmer and gentler with the children than their mother is.
  • 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. She looks out for Jimena as well and teaches her about horses whenever she joins her.

4.  NPCs

Amadahy (horse)

Signalment


art by Despi

  • Gender: Mare
  • Species: Horse
    • Hot-blooded grade horse
  • Date of Birth: 2013
  • Onboard?: Yes

Appearance


  • Size:
    • Height: xxx in (xxx cm)
    • Weight: xxx lbs (xxx kg)
  • Key Features: Ama has a short, broad back, deep withers, and long legs.
  • Coloration: Blue roan with a white blaze.

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.
  • In-training for trail-riding and hunting.

Description:

Amadahy is a blue roan hot-blooded grade mare with a white blaze on her head. She has a short, broad back and deep 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)

Signalment


art by Despi

  • Gender: Filly
  • Species: Horse
  • Date of Birth: June 2020
  • Onboard?: Yes

Appearance


  • Size:
    • Height: xxx in (xxx cm)
    • Weight: xxx lbs (xxx kg)
  • Key Features: Silvery mane and tail and long, pale eyelashes. She sports a blaze and white markings on all four of her legs.
  • Coloration: Silver smoky black with faint dappling.

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, longing, 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:


 

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