Jocelyn is outgoing and friendly, the type of person who can hold a conversation with almost anyone. But she finds it difficult to develop any deep or meaningful friendships. She holds people at arm's length, both figuratively and literally - to those who know what to look for, it's clear that she always stands just a little further out than the usual social distance. When circumstances force her into close proximity with someone she doesn't know well, her discomfort is plain.
To a first impression, Jocelyn may come across as a bit vain. She dresses fashionably, and her hair and makeup are always impeccable when she is out in public. In reality, ever since she was diagnosed with vitiligo she has been very self-conscious about her appearance. Make-up was a mask that let her walk around without worrying that people were staring at her, but the scars from the attack are much harder to hide. Jocelyn is hesitant to try to seek out a relationship, and will try to discourage anyone attempting to flirt with her. After all, she's (literally) been burnt before.
Jocelyn is very much a type-A personality: impatient, full of energy, organized and task oriented. She hates to be bored, and the long stretches of forced bedrest during recovery quite nearly drove her up the wall. She feels best when she's got a project or three to keep her busy, and in quieter moments she misses her high-octane job back in Toronto. When she is passionate about an issue, she can be more than a bit blunt, and has little tolerance with people who "can't keep up" enough to see things her way.
But her heart is usually in the right place - even when her words might not be. And for those that can crack through her protective exterior, they will find her to be a loyal friend - so long as her trust is not betrayed.
Partial: While partially transformed, it is not possible for Jocelyn/Hel to camouflage her burn scars, and the wounds will look more raw than normal. Her demeanor will seem more cold and distant, in comparison to her normal self, and her breath will be visible, as if the air around her was cold.
Full: When Jocelyn is fully Hel, the left side of her body withers and turns the pallid blue-grey of a corpse, and her eyes become pure white. In places where Jocelyn had been burned, the flesh instead is rotting away, with bone able to be seen in some places. On her "good side" her hair lightens to a pale ash blonde, the rest darkens until it is nearly black. She wears an unadorned linen dress that drags along the ground behind her as she walks, the hem stained with grave dirt and pyre ash. She carries a staff of petrified wood, and mist swirls in her wake. Her expression is perpetually grim and fierce, and she seems incapable of extreme emotion on either end of the scale. If she must act, she is implacable.
Divine Power - Hel's Surcease
Initially, Jocelyn can sense intuitively when someone will pass on within the next few weeks, with those closer to death reading more strongly than those who have more time remaining. As she becomes more attuned to Hel, this power expands to allow her to ease the pain of those suffering from a terminal illness while in her presence. When fully Hel, she is able to help a willing (consciously or subconsciously) patient pass into her realm.
These powers only work on people who would traditionally be part of Hel's portion, which can occasionally lead to some surprises when someone who is terminally ill is fated to die in a way that would cause him to fall into the portion of one of the other Norse gods.
Jocelyn was born in Vancouver, the only daughter of an American father and a Canadian mother. She has very few memories of this time or her mother - her father sued for full custody when the two divorced when Jocelyn was four, and moved his daughter back to his hometown of Gresham, Oregon as soon as the paperwork was finalized.
Her childhood in Gresham was largely uneventful. The divorce had been acrimonious, but her father was careful to never speak ill of his ex-wife in front of his daughter - as a result, Jocelyn grew up knowing very little about her mother. Her father worked long hours in Portland to make ends meet, so many of her afternoons were spent at the house of his friends and neighbors - the Bariss' and their three children.
Because even the youngest of their children was four years older than her, Jocelyn was more like a annoying kid sister than a friend to the girls, and as they grew older Heather would frequently be roped into babysitting for Jocelyn, quickly becoming the young girl's favorite. Heather's suicide shook the 10-year old Jocelyn deeply, even though she wasn't really old enough to fully understand what happened.
Shared grief might have brought her and Nishka closer together, but now that she was old enough to stay at home alone for a few hours after school, Jocelyn's father decided that it would be unkind to continue imposing on his friends in their grief. The two girls crossed paths only occasionally while Nishka was in high school, though this didn't stop Nishka from attempting to corrupt the 'kid sister' who still looked up to her.
Jocelyn was an outgoing and friendly girl in high school, the kind that was friends with everyone and involved in everything. She spent most of her free time working on the yearbook, and performing school drama club and community theatre. Despite this, she wasn't really close to anyone, and in her rare free afternoons she almost never had friends over. When her dad sat her down to have "the talk" with her, she joked that she was too busy to have a boyfriend.
During the summer between her junior and senior year of high school, the skin on the left side of her body began turning white in patches. This would later be diagnosed as vitiligo - she spent the rest of her summer learning how to camouflage the condition. She also started dressing more fashionably, and styling her hair, reasoning that if she changed most of her appearance, most people wouldn't pay much attention to the make-up. She had already been cute - her senior year she was stunning.
After graduating in the top quarter of her class, Jocelyn took advantage of her dual-citizenship to attend the University of Toronto. She hoped to get involved in the film industry, so she majored in both Theatre and Arts Management. With a fresh start in a new city, she made a few deeper friendships than she had in high school. She also found a few friends-with-benefits as well, even though she was still too self-conscious about her appearance to get too close to anyone.
After college, Jocelyn went to work with a local television production company as an assistant to one of the producers. She even had an opportunity to do some voice-over narration work for one of the company's mini-series, when the sample she recorded was included with the pilot episode and management liked her work enough to decide not to go looking for another actor.
A little over two years ago, she had gone to the house of Nathan, a man she had been dating for a few months. While they had enjoyed spending time with each other, she hadn't gotten physical with him yet. Nathan had invited her over for dinner, and despite a forecast for storms, she decided to go. By the time dinner was over, the storm front had rolled in, bringing severe storms with. Too dangerous to leave, and with the power flickering and finally going out, Nathan convinced Jocelyn to stay the night. The two made love late into the night, and Jocelyn slept in late the next morning, contented and satisfied.
Unfortunately for her, Nathan was not as late a sleeper as she was, and she woke to him dragging her out of bed and onto the floor. He was ranting and railing at her for daring to "deceive" him. Groggy with sleep and still disoriented from being violently woken up, it took Jocelyn a moment to realize that he had seen her without the makeup that had covered her vitiligo. He was angry and already drunk again, and she was afraid that a wrong word on her part would turn verbal abuse into physical assault. Eventually, Nathan seemed to calm down a bit and disappeared into the garage, and Jocelyn rushed to get dressed and get out of there.
Nathan was outside on the driveway starting to work on some maintenance project when Jocelyn went to leave. He called her name, and she paused, thinking that he wanted to apologize. She started to apologize herself, only to have him throw the contents of the bucket at her. She stood for a minute, stunned, while the skin of her face and upper torso started to burn.
She had a few visits from friends during her stays in the hospital, though less and less as treatment stretched on. Her father tried to convince her to come back to Oregon, where he could take care of her while she recovered, but with the outcome of Nathan's trial still pending, she needed to rely on the local health care system. Nishka's older brother Rob came to visit once, and held her while she cried in frustration over how long everything was taking. Even though Rob must have told her, Nishka didn't come to visit.
For the most part, her only company was a string of volunteers who came in and visited with her, talking about everyday things and helping to distract her from the pain she was in. As she recovered, she started volunteering to sit with people as well during her long stretches of hospitalization, and she found herself starting to consider a change of career.
It took two years and dozens of surgeries to repair the damage Nathan had done in that one moment. Thanks to the maneuverings of his legal team, it took almost that long for the charges against Nathan to come to trial. And while he finally was convicted, by the time it was over it was such a big story that it was hard to find anyone in the city who didn't have some opinion on it.
Jocelyn decided she needed a change of pace, if only for a few months. The restitution money she had received so far would be enough to last her for a few months while she looked for work, and Toronto was starting to feel a bit claustrophobic. Remembering a bit of 'family' news she had pried out of Rob a few months back, Jocelyn put most of her things in storage and drove to Newport Beach...
Due to her experience while in the hospital, she is going to find work in a palliative care setting. She's not a medical professional, but I see her as someone who is hired by a higher end care center to just spend time with their clients who are separated from family or otherwise alone for some reason, and help them deal with questions or things that really shouldn't take up a nurse's time.
As far as interactions with other characters, I'm obviously interested in exploring all the interesting family dynamics with Fenrir and Loki, as well as interacting with Hodr. I think she'd also have some interesting interactions with the Marassa Jumeaux, especially as she starts getting involved with palliative care in Newport Beach. And then there's the death gods from other pantheons, of course.
She's going to be a bit skittish about jumping into a relationship these days, but I suspect the right person who can look past the scarring and see someone beautiful could eventually win her over.
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