Name Info Vinyl Vermilion Jo. Some people call him Vine, but he doesn't really care for it.
Affiliations No Information
Appearance [ DATE OF BIRTH ] : July 3rd, twenty-three years old.
[ EYE COLOR ] : Like both his siblings, he has partial heterochromia. But unlike the others, his is much less noticeable. One of his brown eyes, the right one specifically, has a tiny pie-slice of amber in it, and it's mostly overlooked unless in bright light.
[ HAIR COLOR ] : Naturally, he has light brown hair, but he generally keeps it blonde, white, or lilac.
[ HEIGHT ] : 5'10" (178 cm), but this can change.
[ BUILD ] : A little bit above average weight, as he loves himself a donut with his coffee.
[ DISTINGUISHING MARKS ] : His face has faint, sprinkled freckles, his upper arms are lined with meticulously placed scars. But this doesn't mean much, as he can completely do away with anything distinguishable about himself.
[ ATTIRE ] : Vinyl is almost always wearing oversized sweaters, jeans, and oxfords. The biggest distinction would be that he sometimes wears boots when he plans on walking off paths, and sometimes he wears loose t-shirts when it's particularly hot. Around his RV, on the other hand, he may dress down to a tank top and boxers.
Abilities Shapeshifter. He and his siblings can all change their bodies to be however they want them to be, though it has its limitations. Bandit, the youngest sibling, can actually change himself to be anything living, but Vinyl and Gin are limited to humanoid features. Gin finds this unfair, Vinyl doesn't particularly care.
However, the three of them have a bonus to their abilities. If they all will it, they can mold themselves into a singular entity. This, of course, can be a bit messy, but they can choose how it appears under proper diplomacy, and they normally all have a set goal in mind when they do so. Namely, only needing to buy a single ticket to shows, a get-away tactic. Stuff like that. This can be with simply two of them, or all three, but it's only possible with each other.
If they argue within the body, its form becomes unstable, and they look a bit monstrous. Think Akira. While this doesn't happen often in public, the brothers can be a bit rude to each other, so it's always a possibility. Thankfully, they all forgive each other pretty easily, so any trouble they may have can be easily fixed.
It's easy for them to will into different things, but they need to consciously keep it up, depending on how big the change is. They're all quite good at it, but shock and pain can throw them off. Small things, like hair or skin color, doesn't require effort and may as well be permanent changes. But they can't change their height, hair length, facial features, anything past a simple pigment change without needing to take a break after a while. Oddly enough, they don't have an easy time keeping their eyes changed as they do other pigment changes, so they've given up on it long ago.
Weaknesses No Information
Pets A Russian Blue cat called "D'chartreuse We Olive Wine & Bar", the D and "we olive wine & bar" are silent. (It's French). She's the family cat, and she's a bit old and fidgety, especially ever since they moved into town.
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NPCs / Close Relations WILLOW ZHOU-JO | mother, missing
TIGHE JO | father, deceased
DUNGEON MASTER "GIN" JO | older brother
BANDIT JO | younger brother
More InfoThere was point in Vinyl's life where his parents never stayed put for more than a week at the most. Bred into old money, they lived their lives on the road and without their children, exploring the world as far as they could. In fact, it was hard to say why they even had children, because they would often even forget to call. "In the very least," they would say, "We waited until DM was old enough to watch his little brothers." But, when you're thirteen and taking care of your siblings in the busy city of San Francisco, shit kind of stinks.
Dungeon Master-- the oldest and arguably worst named brother, henceforth referred to as "Gin"-- was resourceful, almost because he was forced to be. He spotted out his relatives and received help from them, found ways to make money without needing to prove how old he was. It was later that his parents finally gave him a limited debit card, but by then he had already figured out a system for he and his siblings. At fifteen, he had two jobs (which he had to con his way to get), became a master coupon hoarder, and knew how to play the heart strings of adults to give the trio sympathy.
On the other side, Vinyl taught himself how to cook and clean, and took over the duties of managing the house. While he did well in school, in simply wasn't a priority to him, as he too found himself picking up odd jobs to bring in extra money.
Bandit, while not the most responsible brother, did the best he could to help, but what helped the most was his unfaltering ability to keep them all together emotionally. He wasn't very talented, but he knew how to level everyone out, and he could turn a breakdown into just a bad day. Game night was (and is) always led by him.
In Vinyl's opinion, the reason their parents didn't bring their kids along, schooling aside, was because the boys quickly proved themselves to be hellions. Not only were they born with increasingly potent metamorphic abilities, but they discovered quickly that they could use it to their advantage. It wasn't the abilities themselves that scared their parents, no, because they believed to their core that these things were possible. It was the fact that they would destroy hotel rooms, pretend to be much older than they really were, steal identities. All for quick joy rides and minute glimpses of adult life.
They were manageable when apart, and then unstoppable when together. Their capabilities only grew stronger when they were hand in hand. Worse yet, they almost never stopped fighting during their younger years, forcing their parents to tear them apart in the most inopportune times. Adding Bandit to the mix, who could tuck himself away as a mere houseplant, their mother grew quickly tired of them as a whole.
There was a period of silence after Gin was given that debit card. It was long, and if they didn't know any better, the would have sworn they were completely abandoned. Gin tried very hard to keep them from going hungry, and while they could still be inexplicable animals toward each other, having each other was all that mattered.
The day their parents came back, Vinyl was nineteen and attending community college. Truthfully, he wasn't sure what to do if they came back, but they insisted he keep going. But it became apparent why they were back rather quickly.
As quickly as Vinyl was reacquainted with his dad, they had turned the den into his deathbed. He and Gin, who had felt so distant from their parents to begin with, weren't sure how to handle the news that their father was dying and there was nothing anyone could do about it. It brought up questions about their own bodies, would they work the same way, could they shift their organs, could they make pain go away?
There weren't answers. Bandit took it harder than the rest.
The day after their father died, after a year in meaningless hospice care, Vinyl woke to find that his mother's stuff was gone. In the night, she had packed her things and left without a word or a single explanation. She didn't even bother to tell them what would come next, what to do about their father's expenses. His body was sitting in the hospital, waiting for their say. Vinyl woke Gin up, and the two of them stepped out together to talk, when they saw it: The RV.
The plan was hardly discussed, they simply knew exactly what they needed to do.
Perhaps their debts would have chased them down, or maybe their mother had known all along what she was doing, but they never felt the grief of the family's decisions. They wouldn't let themselves. And even though Bandit dropped out of high school, they ultimately decided that this was what they needed all along: Each other and nothing else.
Eventually, their funds ran out, and they weren't looking for anything in particular. Vinyl and Gin took turns driving, normally with Vinyl sitting in the passenger seat, Bandit leaning against the partition in a side seat. They shared the single bed for a while, before Gin got fed up and made them all split: Gin had the bedroom, Vinyl had the overhead, and Bandit took the fold-down table, though he would often be thrown onto the couch if they wanted to stay up a bit longer.
None of them remember who drove into Kalopsia, only that the RV broke down right next to the gas station, and they exited it in a lost daze. There wasn't really a way to get it fixed, not with their lack of cash, and so they simply decided to lie where they were left.
They've been here ever since.