Julian Laing
Some must fight, that others may live in peace.Played by Esmera Blue // 6 Posts Last Active Mar 28, 2018, 10:24 PM
Where many are born fine, Julian wasn't.

His parents were, at the very least, decently well-off. Julian wouldn't call them particularly wealthy, but many in Efrea are rather well-off to begin with, and few struggle in a nation so rich in resources. Julian is, as well, an only child, and his parents' attention weren't split between multiple children. Unlike other children, though, Julian couldn't run and play quite as well. Even as he tried, rather quickly, he'd tire out, find it difficult to breathe, difficult to stand, and eventually, collapse entirely. Despite the best medicine had to offer in their vicinity being available to him, it only got worse, as he got older, until, some days, he couldn't stand at all.

Julian never did let it get him down. What he lacked in physical capabilities, he made up for with mental ones, and a temperament that was, to many, rather magnetic. He is, perhaps, a ray of sunshine on a grey, cloudy day. He learned to teach others to do the things he couldn't. Perhaps he couldn't physically repair the structural integrity of a failing tower of blocks, but he could show others how to. Julian may not have been able to physically sail across a frozen lake, but he learned to teach others how to do it.

Most figured, the boy, if he lived long enough, would eventually become a heart mender, as he certainly had the temperament for it. Somewhere amid researching what in the world was wrong with him, though, he decided he rather enjoyed research in general. As is, perhaps, often an eventual outcome in situations such as his, Julian eventually yearned to see the world he read about, to go beyond Efrea, and see the rest of Kardia for himself.

It is often believed, now, his own will to live and learn to manage his own frailty, led to him overcoming it, to some extent. He hit an all-time low, for him, died for roughly three minutes, and then came back, somehow. Over time, he grew stronger. His weakness episodes came less often, he coughed incessantly less and less, his breathing became stronger and more deliberate. When he did have his fits, he started trying to learn to curb their severity, and discovered, if he worked with it, instead of fighting it, his control over it and ability to abate his fits became easier.

Even now, however, he still cannot do many of the things others can. At times, his ability to even walk is impacted, as he becomes winded faster than most. At the worst, he's stuck in bed for a few days to a week with a fever, until it goes. Still, no one is entirely sure what is wrong with him, exactly, but he's never come anywhere close to the low he'd hit when he died. Some mastery of dance and breathing control angled him more capable of handling it, when his body seems determined to fail on him too soon, but he still has these episodes of weakness. Because of this, Julian is very particular about whom it is that he trusts, and who he spends extended periods of time around.

As soon as he was able to, though, Julian stood up on his own two legs, and started a journey across Kardia, to learn as many things as he could. He is, now, a bit of a travelling scholar, of a form, as he is often found, somewhere different almost every time, nose in a dusty book, and mind a thousand, thousand miles away. He hopes, someday, to not only learn what is wrong with him, but also about any other elusive, and as-of-now unpreventable and incurable diseases. Julian's not quite to the level of ambition that he hopes to find the answer to Blight, but, perhaps that day isn't very far away -- and yet, he knows, rather well by now, that he won't be the first, and, statistically speaking, not the last.

While he lives, however, Julian will always hope. And perhaps somewhere amid that hope, he'll find answers, and a way to achieve what it is that, as of now, is thought impossible.
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