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Allen Walker ([personal profile] tosaveeveryone) wrote2013-01-09 07:25 am

APPLICATION: City of Ariel

□ Name: Allen Walker
□ Series: D.Gray-man
□ Canon point: Shortly after Allen's departure from the Black Order in chapter 205.

□ History: The Wikipedia entry covers most of his history very well.

□ Personality: Nothing is as it seems to be at first sight. This single line speaks volumes about Allen, whose surface personality and actual character only intersect in a small number of places. Just like there are always shadows in the sunlight, his sunny disposition is marked by numerous scars that run much deeper than the ones on his face and body. Even Allen himself doubtfully realizes how broken he is, and understanding that is the first step to understanding him.

When it comes to the way he is perceived by others, Allen initially comes off as someone very polite and friendly, but strangely guarded. Although the first to extend a hand of help to anyone who seems to be in trouble, he never seems to let other people close. All personal conversations with him are often met by an invisible wall. Allen is slow to reveal his past and personal demons to others, and he's even slower to accept their help. He would rather distract people from difficult conversations by making them laugh. It's a seemingly good desire that Allen is good at executing due to his past as a clown, but one that quickly turns eerie once one realizes that Allen himself can easily laugh at the strangest and most disturbing things. Nothing seems to scare or unsettle him anymore, a testament to how many things he's been through.

The problem here is that only parts of Allen's personality are entirely his own. Having lost someone very precious to him at a young age, Allen has substituted entire parts of his behavior with that person's in order to cope. Although his original personality - that of a foul-mouthed and hot-tempered brat - still remains, much of it only shines through when he cannot control himself anymore. He grows increasingly sharp-tongued and prideful as he is angered or irritated, only to slip back into his usual friendly exterior once snapped out of it. One would think that there is a border between these two personality, but the biggest problem is that this border collapsed before it could be established. Having been traumatized far too early in his life, Allen has simply put together an identity from the scattered pieces he found inside his head, and he's been living with the result ever since.

The one unquestionable thing is that Allen is an incredibly kind and compassionate person. He desires to help anyone and everyone he meets, be they people, cats and other animals, or even Demons. Once Allen realizes that someone is in trouble, he becomes somewhat like a leech. He refuses to leave people behind and would never let someone succumb to despair because of their troubles. Despair, sadness and pain are humankind's worst enemy in Allen's eyes, and he'll do anything in his power to fight them.

Anything isn't much of an exaggeration, either. Although Allen would never hurt anyone, he can be very sneaky and underhanded in how he approaches the obstacles set in front of him. A cheater and prankster by nature, he'll readily respond to being downed by throwing sand into his opponent's eyes and kicking them in the ankles until they've fallen to his level. Rather than focusing on what's fair and honorable, Allen prefers to think about what works. Does it give him a chance to help someone and not hurt anyone but himself in the process? As long as the answer is "yes", Allen is going to do it in a heartbeat. He takes more pride in succeeding than in keeping himself clean, an approach that makes him more reliable and way too good at making enemies.

In addition to being stubborn, Allen is really protective of his freedom--a trait he may have inherited from his mentor and foster father, Cross Marian. He scoffs at authority and dislikes being ordered around unless it's coming from someone he likes or goes along with his wishes. His mind is strong enough to support that desire. On one occasion in the manga, Allen manages to resist mind control via sheer force of will. He forces the 14th Noah inside of him to go silent by bashing his head on the floor in another. Protecting his freedom as an individual is very important to Allen and he's willing to go all out for the sake of it.

Overall, Allen is a difficult sort of person. Although his mind and body are marred by numerous scars, his kindness and desire to protect and save everyone around him make him almost come off as a genuinely heroic person. As far as Allen is concerned, "hero" is only something he aspires to become. Until he reaches that point, all he can do is walk forward with all his might and never stop. The path in front of him may not be one he understands yet, but it's the one he chose and he's going to push onward even if it means going through a sea of thorns.

□ Age: Unknown, but believed to be somewhere around 16 years old.
□ Gender: Male
□ Appearance: Allen is a rather tall boy for his age; given his height of 5'6" at the age of 15, it's quite possible that he'll reach 5'10" or even 6 feet of height by the time he's in his late teens. He is rather handsome, with smooth features, large grayish-blue eyes and silver hair (the color being the result of a psychological trauma he sustained in his childhood). Although his muscular build reveals his extensive training, there is still something sickly about his appearance. One of his comrades comments on it by nicknaming him "beansprout", a Japanese term reserved for tale and pale-skinned boys who look like they don't eat enough. In reality, his parasitic weapon drains a lot of energy from his body and makes it requires much more nourishment than a normal human body would.

His body is marred with numerous scars received both in battle and under other circumstances. As far as Allen is concerned, his left arm is the first such scar. Its skin is strangely smooth and colored a rich bloody red, with disjointed fingers one would expect from a puppet. Originally seen by Allen as a deformity he was born with, it is revealed before the series that it's a powerful weapon designed to destroy and exorcise Demons - monstrous machines powered by human souls and born out of despair. Although Allen has grown to be proud of his arm and its purpose, he still realizes that it's eerie to look at and will hide it whenever possible.

That said, two of his scars particularly stand out. The first one is on his face. Shaped like a jagged lightning bolt, it trails up his cheek and culminates in a large scarlet pentacle on his forehead. A smaller scar passes right underneath his eye, forming a cross-like appearance. The other scar was sustained when Allen attempted to fend off a powerful Demon by impaling both of them during a battle. It begins on his right shoulder and trails down his body, with most of his chest and back being covered by scar tissue on the right side.

□ Abilities/Powers: Allen has a large number of supernatural abilities that happen to be covered in a very thorough list on the fan-made wiki. I hope you don't mind if I simply link them, seeing as it would result in a very similar list regardless.

Aside of that, it should be noted that Allen has a large number of small and very odd survival skills. He has excellent night vision (developed from the numerous times he and his mentor had to make escapes in the middle of the night), is an experienced accountant (due to being in charge of his mentor's debts) and an almost frighteningly skilled gambler (having repeatedly used gambling and swindling to cover the debts in question). As mentioned in his personality, he's also a decent actor; although he originally developed that skill to work as a clown, his attempts to talk his way through bad situations taught him to be a half-decent negotiator when push comes to shove.

□ Personal Items: Allen doesn't really own anything except the clothes on his back, an old deck of cards used for gambling and an accounting book used to keep track of his finances. He does, however, own Timcanpy - a golden golem created by his master who follows him around everywhere. Allen is quite attached to the creature and vice versa, leading to them always traveling together. I would appreciate if you let him keep it at the expense of removing its special powers.