When heir to a business fortune Maxwell Porter met free spirited Gemma Sharppe, he fell madly in love. Raised in a household where rules were strict, futures were planned well in advance, and there were no surprises, Gemma offered another way to see the world. She wore flowers in her hair and danced with wild abandon, unabashedly embodying exactly the person she wanted to be, and Maxwell was intoxicated by her very existence. They met during their junior year at Cleveland High School in Portland, Oregon shortly after Maxwell moved there from Bellevue, Washington, and by graduation, the two were engaged, much to his parents' chagrin. Two short years later, the couple welcomed what would be their only child, a son who's name would be a hot topic of debate between the two until nearly two weeks into his existence. Gemma wanted a strong name that was unique, embracing Rainier, while Maxwell preferred something more standard that wouldn't invite the teasing of other children, his choice being that of Joel. The official name that soon read on his birth certificate was a compromise in the form of Joel Rainier Sharppe-Porter, though Gemma insisted on calling him only Rainier, which came to stick.
As a child, Rainier took after his mother, who stayed at home to raise him while his father worked long hours, in the same free spirted way and he soon discovered a love of all things artistic. He avidly read comic books (DC made many of his favorites), drafted up fantasy stories, and created his own graphic tales which he illustrated to perfection. However, as dedicated as he was to his outside endeavors, academically he struggled and dragged his feet every step of the way. His worst subject was math, requiring extra outside tutoring to achieve grades of even decent level to pass to the next year. Gemma didn't want to force him, feeling he needed to find the drive inside himself, while Maxwell believed there was some degree of forceful encouragement required to properly raise a functional person. This was the beginning of the end of their marriage. Arguments became more frequent, turning their quiet sanctuary of a home into a battlefield, where land mines of baited arguments were peppered throughout. His parents weren't kids anymore, and the realization hit them both like a ton of bricks, causing the cracks in a relationship they had thought indestructable to grow and push them further and further apart.
By the age of seven, Maxwell was given the opportunity to open his own branch of the business on the East Coast, an office building purchased and waiting for his guidance in the distant city of New York. This, as it turns out, was the perfect excuse to get the divorce that neither of them wanted to ask for. Soon, Rainier was sat down for a very difficult conversation, one that ended with his belongings packed up and shipped across the country where he was to follow, and his mother moving to her own home in the comfort of Portland.
Rainier spent the summers in Portland, but struggled to adjust to the culture of New York, feeling a distinct distance from his father as he threw himself into his work to avoid dealing with the emotions that came with the splintering of his family. However, shortly after his son's tenth birthday, he met Nadia and the light that had been missing slowly came to glow again. An ambitious woman who shared many of the same values as Maxwell soon cemented her position as his true soulmate, making a bond with Rainier that provided a good balance of structure and affection to help put him back on track. They wed when he was eleven years old, and Nadia's three children -- two sons and a daughter -- came to live in the same home. As an only child for all those years, Rainier didn't adjust as well as expected, and his grades suffered while he took an interest in rebellion and smoking weed with his friends.
As high school progressed, Rainier settled down some, making an attempt to bring up his grades to ensure graduation and growing more comfortable with the rambunctious surroundings that came with such a large family. He realized how much more enjoyable holidays could be, and felt he was part of a carefully constructed web of connections. However, as well as he was getting along with his step-siblings and new half-siblings that occupied their large home property, Rainier continued to butt heads with his father. There was a loyalty to his mother that burned hot inside him, and upon turning eighteen, he shortened his hyphenated last name to that of only his mother's. This choice shoved the wedge even further into the crack of their father-son relationship. Aside from that, life was good, and post graduation, it got even better.
Rather than head straight for college as some of his other siblings and friends, Rainier sought out an apartment in Brooklyn with three other similarly unambitious people, living the college student experience without the worries of studies. It was where he lived out some of his most outrageous and arguably most fun years. It wasn't until his mother asked him to seek a counselor just shy of his twenty-fourth birthday that he even considered furthering his education. His means of income had been off the books, selling his artwork on craigslist or in a booth at the saturday markets which he shared with one of his roommates. Maxwell and Rainier came to an agreement by the fall of 2012: his father would pay for the bulk of his tuition as long as he would seek out a degree. In the end, Rainier decided to do so, enrolling at Iona University in the education program. One year later, his grades were high enough that he qualified to study abroad for a year in Europe. With one of his closest friends and fellow classmates coming along, the two spent the span of a few months at a time in various countries including Italy and France, frequenting museums and wholly soaking up every morsel of culture. Had he not gone to college, he may never have seen the beauty in travel, and for that, he returned to American soil with an olive branch prepared for his father.
With his familial relations in good standing and feeling good about his college career, Rainier sought out a job on the side to help bring in some extra funds. He took a number of jobs during the next year, between a server, a cashier, and a checker at the local market, but the first meaningful position he could secure came in the form of an administrative assistant at a comic book production company. As an avid doodler, he proved himself, albeit accidentally, to his manager to have a real talent for that style of artwork and was given a promotion into a colorist position where he would remain for the next two years. Rainier is still at this position, now the longest standing job he's had, and he loves it. He hopes to one day advance to a chief artist, though he knows it's a long way off.
In June 2014, Rainier decided to take a break from college to focus on his job, feeling the unfamiliar sensation of ambition well up inside. He wanted to focus wholly on his job, though his father wasn't particularly pleased with his choice. There are still a lot of hurdles that both Maxwell and Rainier need to overcome, but their relationship is in the best state it perhaps has ever been.
Enneagram The Enthusiast/Adventurer (7)
, The Helper (2)
, The Asserter (8)
Archetypes 50% Caregiver, 25% Intellectual, 25% Performer
Comfortable socially, warm, conversational, compassionate, empathetic,
father maxwell porter
mother gemma sharppe
step-mother annette montgomery-porter
step-brother ben porter
step-brother tad porter
step-sister sarah porter
half-brother lindsay porter
half-sister tyler porter
→ Tad has never had the Chicken Pox (despite his siblings all having had them), for this reason, he avoids people like the plague when he hears someone he knows (or their children) have them.
→ Prays several times daily, and says Grace at every meal. He doesn't make a show of either, but will pray with anyone who asks.
→ Although his family never denied God's existence, it wasn't something they focused much attention on. Tad jokingly refers to them as faux-christians, but the truth is, their lack of enthusiasm bothers him.
→ While it seems the love of Autumn and Thunderstorms is at an all time high, Tad prefers Spring, and is deathly afraid of storms. In order to sleep during one, he often takes medication; if one wakes him in the middle of the night, he has to suffer it out, coffee-up and zombie through the next day.
→ His favorite food on the planet, is cobbler: blackberry, peach, cherry, it doesn't matter - he's a fan of them all and will happily accept them from church parishioners when offered.
→ TAD EXPRESSED AN INTEREST IN PERFORMING ARTS AT A YOUNG AGE: DURING KINDERGARTEN, HE PLAYED SNOOPY IN "YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN!", IN FIRST GRADE HE PLAYED CURLY IN "PETER PAN", IN FOURTH GRADE HE PLAYED BILL IN "SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK LIVE!" (IT WAS A MUSICAL). ALTHOUGH HE INITIALLY WENT OUT FOR THE PART OF THE CHESHIRE CAT, HE WAS ASSIGNED THE ROLE OF THE MAD HATTER IN HIS SIXTH GRADE CLASSES TAKE ON "ALICE IN WONDERLAND", AND DURING HIS SEVENTH GRADE YEAR, HE TRIED OUT FOR (AND WAS GIVEN) THE ROLE OF THE NARRATOR/COGSWORTH IN HIS MIDDLE SCHOOL'S VERSION OF "BEAUTY AND THE BEAST". WHEN HIS MOTHER MOVED THEM TO SLEEPY HOLLOW, IT WAS ONLY NATURAL THAT TAD JOIN THE DRAMA CLUB. DURING HIS FRESHMAN YEAR, HE WAS GIVEN THE ROLE OF FRED IN "A CHRISTMAS CAROL", AND LANDED THE ROLE OF TYBALT IN "ROMEO AND JULIET" THE FOLLOWING SPRING, IT WAS DURING HIS SOPHOMORE YEAR HE MANAGED TO SNAG THE PART OF KINICKE IN SHHS' PRODUCTION OF "GREASE," BUT HIS FAVORITE ROLE TO DATE CAME DURING HIS SENIOR YEAR WHEN HE PLAYED THE COWARDLY LION IN "THE WIZARD OF OZ (LIVE!)".
→ JOINED ROTC IN HIGHSCHOOL, BUT HE FOCUSED MOST OF HIS ENERGY ON FOOTBALL UNTIL HE WAS INJURED.
→ HIS MOTHER, ANNETTE, MARRIED AT THE END OF HIS FRESHMAN YEAR OF HIGHSCHOOL. JOHN PORTER HAD BEEN AROUND SINCE THEY ARRIVED IN SLEEPY HOLLOW, AND WAS MORE OF A FATHER THAN HIS OWN HAD EVER BEEN. TAD LEGALLY TOOK HIS NAME SHORTLY AFTER, AS HE FELT NO REMNANTS OF A RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS BIOLOGICAL FATHER. HE DOESN'T HAVE HIS NUMBER AND HAS NO IDEA WHERE HE IS.
→ DESPITE THE LIST OF INJURIES, TAD ISN'T A CLUMSY MAN. HE'S RECKLESS, MORE THAN ANYTHING, BECAUSE HE'S THE TYPE THAT DOESN'T THINK TOO FAR AHEAD. HE HAS DIFFICULTY GAUGING CONSEQUENCES, AND AS A RESULT, OFTEN DIVES IN HEAD FIRST WITHOUT ASSESSING THE METAPHORCAL WATERS.
→ IN 2012, HE WENT INTO BUSINESS FOR HIMSELF. ALL THE YARD WORK, MOWING, HEDGE TRIMMING AND TREE PLANTING HE DID FOR HIS NEIGHBORS LEAD HIM TO PART-TIME LANDSCAPING FOR EXTRA CASH. IT WAS THIS CASH HE SET ASIDE AND USED AS A DOWNPAYMENT FOR HIS HOUSE. HE'S STILL GOT A LONG ROAD AHEAD OF HIM IN TERMS OF PAYING IT OFF, BUT HIS NAME'S ON IT, AND FOR A MAN WHO CRAVES STABILITY AND ACHES SO DESPERATELY TO BELONG, IT'S MORE THAN ENOUGH.
LIKES: GULLIVER'S TRAVELS, QUIZNOS (CHICKEN CARBONERA), RASPBERRY LEMONADE, SCRABBLE, SONIC'S ROUTE 44 OCEAN WATER, CHERRY LIMEADE, SIERRA MIST CRANBERRY SPLASH, KNIT SWEATERS, TATER TOTS, MACARONI AND CHEESE, FOOD IN GENERAL, WINKIN' BLINKIN AND NOD, CARROT CAKE, THE HALLOWEEN TREE, LIGHT SABER DUELING, FIGHT CLUB, KALEIDOSCOPES, TOM AND JERRY, LATIN HYMNS, ALMOND MILK, MOCASSINS, ARCADE MACHINES, I LOVE THE 80S, SKIPPING STONES, TONE LOC, THE KITE RUNNER, BOMB POPS, TELESCOPES, REQUIEM FOR A DREAM, SLUSHIES, INVADER ZIM, RON WHITE, FERRIS WHEELS, TIRE SWINGS, WATER BALLOONS, VIDEO GAMES, MONSTER REHAB, HAMMER HEAD SHARKS, PIE, TRAINS, BINOCULARS, JUMPING ON BEDS, SUGAR HIGHS, PIXIE STIX, FROGS, SOUR GUMMI WORMS, THE GOONIES, EPIC RAP BATTLES OF HISTORY, MODEL AIRPLANES, LAVA LAMPS, DIRIGIBLES, DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE, CARROTS, HAMMOCKS, PINBALL MACHINES, FISHING, AIR HOCKEY, FOOSBALL, BILLIARDS, FLIP FLOPS, V-NECKS, REPTILES, BIKING, ACOUSTIC GUITAR, JURASSIC PARK, SOCCER, BLACK COFFEE, BIRKENSTOCKS, SPIDERS, WORRYSTONES, ALMONDS, SWIMMING, FLASHLIGHT TAG, RAY-BAN WAYFARERS, SHANGHAI RUMMY, FRENCH TOAST, GRAVEYARDS, SALVADOR DALI, MOVIE MARATHONS, CEREAL, THE LION KING, PEACHES, SNAKES, MILKSHAKES, CASSETTES, FRISBEE, SUDOKU, PENGUINS, SYFY, FLYING, MOVIE THEATRE POPCORN, EDGAR ALLAN POE, SNOCONES, TURTLES, CARD GAMES, ANCESTRY, GREASE (THE MOVIE), COLD PIZZA, ELEPHANTS, CHESS, BREAKFAST BURRITOS, JRR TOLKEIN, CHIPS AND MILD SALSA, CHRISTMAS MUSIC, BOATS, STAR WARS, QUICHE LORRAINE, SEASHELLS, TRAMPOLINES, CRÊPES, WHITE CHEDDAR CHEEZ-ITS, LIBRARIES, COLD/SEEDLESS GRAPES, CUTIES, TYPE-WRITERS, CHIGAGO DEEP DISH, THE MORNING PAPER, CARDIGANS, UNSOLVED MYSTERIES, BOOKS, CHEESECAKE, HANDWRITTEN LETTERS, PHYSICS, RAISINS, LICORICE, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, CHRISTMAS SWEATERS, 48 HOURS, CELERY, PEANUT BUTTER, BEN STILLER, ORANGE CHICKEN, NUTELLA, SLEEPING IN, BROWN PAPER PACKAGES TIED UP WITH STRING, PASSENGER TRAINS, BAZOOKA JOE COMICS, FRESH AIR, THE SMELL OF CIGARS, LAUGHING, THE SCRATCHY FEELING AND SOUND THAT COMES FROM WRITING WITH A PENCIL, NUMBERS, YOYO MA, PEANUT BUTTER AND BANANA SANDWICHES, SWISS CHEESE, COLD WATER, HUMMUS, EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED, DOCUMENTARIES, BAGUETTES, CRIMINAL MINDS, TIRAMISU, READING, BONFIRES, ICE BREAKERS, APOCALYTPICA, TRAVELING, SPOONING, COMICALLY SHORT PEOPLE, WATCHING FOOD NETWORK, OLD BOOKS, LEMONADE, SUSPENDERS, BLAZERS, FRESH BAKED BREAD, NEW YORK GIANTS, WEDDINGS, PARTIES, GUNS, OUTDOOR BARBECUES, TEXTING, MEXICAN FOOD, PURPLE (HIS FAVORITE COLOR), GIRAFFES, NO BAKE COOKIES, PINK LEMONADE, ARGYLE SOCKS, BOW TIES, PENNY LOAFERS, PEA COATS, GRAPEFRUIT, GHOST PEPPER CHIPS, RUNNING, GOING TO THE GYM, ARCHERY, HYMNALS, PRAYER, CHRISTMAS.
DISLIKES: SOCCER, LEWD BEHAVIOR, GENERAL FLIRTING (IT TAKES HIM AWHILE TO WARM UP TO THE IDEA), ALCOHOL, FIGHTING, SINNING, THE AGE OLD REPUBLICAN VS DEMOCRAT DEBATE, HOW MUCH HE LOVES THE WALKING DEAD, THE CONSTANT BATTLE WITH HIS SEXUAL URGES, CLOWNS, STORMS, THE SOUND ELECTRONIC TOOTHBRUSHES MAKE, THIEVERY, KEVIN BACON, WET SOCKS, BALANCING HIS CHECKBOOK, VANILLA ANYTHING, SUSHI.
VISION 20/20, though used very light prescription glasses in lecture classes
HEARING acute, selective
SMELL extremely sensitive
BLOOD TYPE A
SMOKE/DRINK? Marijuana often, hookah rarely, cigarettes never, drinks socially
SUSCEPTIBLE TO acne, breakouts
ALLERGIES sulfa medications, strawberries, mild dairy sensitivity
MATERNAL FAMILY MEDICAL HISTORY:
» high blood pressure/hypertension
» psoriatic arthritis/psoriasis
» prostate cancer
PATERNAL FAMILY MEDICAL HISTORY:
→diabetes (type 1)
WALK The Influencer
VOICE Western United States
DOMINANT HAND Right
TATTOOS Left forearm
; A Sak Yant
he got while on a mission trip to Thailand.
Scars from double lip piercings from college and one in his nose.
Cheekbones, nearly always with a smile on his face, perfect teeth from years and years of various orthodontia
SATURDAY 9AM-1PM Saturday Market Booth
LIGHTHOUSE CHURCH OF GOD, Sleepy Hollow, NY
SERVICES + TIMES
MONDAY CELEBRATE RECOVERY: 7 PM
TUESDAY EMBRACE: 7 PM
WEDNESDAY INTERCESSORY PRAYER: 7 PM
THURSDAY DRIVEN STUDENT MINISTRY: 5:30 PM
THURSDAY CHURCH: 7 PM
FRIDAY FOOD BANK: 4 - 6 PM
SATURDAY EVENING WORSHIP: 7 PM
SUNDAY SCHOOL: 10 AM
SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP: 11 AM
SUNDAY EVENING WORSHIP: 7 PM
→THERE ARE 6 BEDS IN THE BASEMENT, FOR THOSE UNABLE TO FIND SHELTER FOR THE NIGHT.
→WE ACCEPT DONATIONS - CLOTHING, FOOD, BEDDING, ETC.
→WAIVERS ARE GIVEN OUT ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS - WE CANNOT PUT ANY ASIDE. TO OBTAIN A WAIVER, YOU MUST HAVE A PHOTO I.D., AND THE CUT-OFF NOTICE FOR THE UTILITY BILL (GAS, ELECTRIC, OR WATER). NO EXCEPTIONS.
out of character
timezone + ways of contact
mst. screened post. rainier zone
writing style + preferences
third person, past tense, storybook. threading and customs friendly.
younger sister/older brother's name can be altered, if you, or someone you know may be interested in playing her/him. she/he may go by the surname porter, or we can change leary entirely. drop a comment in my screened post, if you'd like to plot something.
the following information was copy-pasted from Always Astrology, Simply Sun Signs and Lunarium.