Aurora Martel
Aurora Martel
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Portrayed By Elisha Cuthbert
Gender Female
Date of Birth October 9, 1983
Age 27
Zodiac Sign Libra
Aliases Rory
Place of Birth New York City, NY, USA
Current Location New York City, NY, USA
Occupation Desk Clerk; Brooklyn Public Library
Known Relatives Francine Martel (mother; deceased), Ethan Martel (father; deceased)
Significant Other None
Known Abilities ???
First Appearance Unapproved Medical Procedure

I can't hold on to me.
Wonder what's wrong with me.

Anything is better than to be alone.
And in the end I guess I had to fall;
Always find my place among the ashes.


Aurora Martel is a girl who has has to bear more than her few years warrant. Parents deceased, an average student (at best), unable to hold a full-time job, she's the sort of directionless drifter who allows life to take her where it will.


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History

Imagine for a moment that it's an average Tuesday morning, mid-November, in the year 2001. New York wakes up, or at the very least, shrugs off the lethargy of late night beyond normal business hours. People get up; people have their coffee; they hit the subway and they go to work. The skies are high, the sun shines, and everything looks like another normal day in the most-populous of American cities. For one girl and her family, it's the same thing. That is until, at 8:46 AM, the entire nation came to a standstill…and her entire life came crashing down, quite literally.

Their family, though small and not exceedingly well-off, was hard-working and honest. A second-generation French immigrant, her father's parents had moved to the United States at the tail end of the second World War, seeking job opportunities and an escape from war-ravaged France. Settling into the American way of life, her father found work in a small bakery; her mother had been an American citizen working in the financial sector at Morgan Stanley. On that day, her mother perished; soon after, her father as well from suicide brought about by a broken heart.

Perhaps we're getting ahead of ourselves here at bit. Aurora was born in October of 1983, and while it might seem like her parents were high when they named her, they were not. An only child, her childhood was neither grand nor destitute. Always possessing a habit for reading, she was a mediocre student at best, and prone to flights of fancy; diagnosed with ADHD as a child, her parents refused to medicate, citing their belief that their daughter was merely too imaginative for her lessons. In short, this is a girl who would rather read stories, have tea parties, or play with imaginary friends than to sit down with her schoolwork and do math problems, and her parents didn't seem to mind. Maybe it was their reluctance to medicate, or their hesitance to modify behaviors, but to this day, Aurora still has persistent symptoms of adult ADHD, of the type that used to be called ADD.

Needless to say, Aurora was a child who let the currents take her where they willed. If she were a feather, she'd be blown about on the wind. The years in school were a generic blur of missed assignments, C-averages, friends that float in and out, random hobbies picked up and quickly dropped, and part-time jobs that never amounted to anything. There was never a boyfriend, though there we always interested parties. There were never best friends, only a handful of acquaintances, mostly revolving around a mutual interest in books, music, and the like - but never anything stereotypically 'girly' the way high-school girls were often predisposed toward. Sure, there was a period where she died her hair and tried being a rebel, but those days were quickly put behind her, like everything else.

In a boring life like that, it's easy to point out two things that shaped Aurora's present situation: the death of her parents, and the discovery of her ability. While she was never close to her parents, the loss of her closest living relatives in such tragic (and sudden) fashion must of course have an effect. Though she was not alone in losing a loved one during those attacks, it was the following death that truly affected her; what 18-year old can bear to wake up finding her father dead, with a lucid and entirely too-logical suicide note addressed to her? An already solitary girl withdrew even more from the world, barely making contact with the world outside of her apartment - a new one, not able to bear living in the place associated with such tragedy - not even to work. Ultimately, a love of books brought her out of this funk, securing a part-time job at the public library, and re-engaging the world on a part-time basis.


Timeline

Volume 5: Humanity

March 8th

  • Library Commodities — There are some books that are available only in college libraries, and even though she's not a student Aurora isn't discouraged. Also, never leave your student account logged in. Silly frosh.

March 12th

  • How Doth the Little Crocodile — In Enlightenment Books, Aurora and Harrison discuss the virtues of Wonderland while hunting for first editions.

Quotes

  • "Memorable quotes!"

Trivia

  • Some symptoms of her ADHD persist to this day: procrastination, indecision, poor time management, difficulty in multitasking or even completing tasks she's not engaged in still present problems to her.
  • In an effort to combat such problems, totems and rituals play an important part in her day-to-day life.

Soundtrack

Evanescence - "Lithium"
Paramore - "Brick by Boring Brick"
VNV Nation - "Beloved"
Skillet - "Hero"
Tool - "Schism"
Bear McCreary - "Kobol's Last Gleaming"


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