Home Room 5
Attributes: Strength 2, Dexterity 2, Stamina 2; Charisma 3, Manipulation 3, Appearance 4; Perception 2, Intelligence 2, Wits 2
Abilities: Academics 2, Athletics 1, Awareness 1, Brawl 1, Command 1, Control (Automobiles) 1, Empathy 1, Fortitude 1, Integrity 2, Presence 3, Stealth 1
Join Battle: 3
Clinch: Accuracy 3, Damage 3B, Parry DV -, Speed 6, P
Unarmed, Heavy: Accuracy 2, Damage 6B, Parry DV 0, Speed 5
Unarmed, Light: Accuracy 4, Damage 3B, Parry DV 2, Speed 4
Health Levels: -0/-1/-1/-2/-2/-4/Incap
Dodge DV: 1 Willpower: 4
Janice Sims was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the daughter of a wealthy petrochemical engineer and a stay-at-home mother. Growing up with two younger sisters and an older brother, Janice blossomed in to an attractive and outgoing young woman. Somewhat spoiled by her parents (due to the large age gap between Janice and her next youngest sister), Janice became used to a comfortable life of excess.
At the age of sixteen, Janice began a modelling career, and within three years she was crowned Miss Indiana. Her modelling unfortunately had to take a back seat to her education however when she began attending Notre Dame University studying a degree in media relations. Pushed towards higher education by her father, Janice struggled for a year before shifting her major to real estate management.
After completing her degree, Janice moved to Chicago where she managed to land a job with a prestigious development firm (thanks partly to her father’s connections), and it was in Chicago that she met her husband to be – Nathan Butler. The two married after only two years of dating. Nathan was a merchant banker and the two quickly entered in to a life of opulence that only two single urban professionals can enjoy.
Five years into their marriage, things suddenly changed for Janice and Nathan. Nathan’s company was bought out by a larger conglomeration – one with a particular like for “family men”. Nathan came to realise that he either needed to have a family, or else his career would be effectively stymied at its current level.
Janice had no interest in having children, nor dealing with babies – and the matter caused some arguments over the next few months. In the end the two agreed that they would adopt a child in order to start their family, and progress Nathan’s career – believing it the only way to be able to maintain their current lifestyle.
It took nearly two years to go through all of the requirements the city had before a child could be adopted. By the time Janice and Nathan finally received the okay, Nathan was becoming desperate, having been passed over for a number of positions within his corporation. In the end, it didn’t make the couple too picky when they went to select the child they would bring in to their lives. In the end, they selected Astrid, a eight year old girl that had been abandoned at an inner city orphanage.
Neither Janice nor Nathan was ready for the changes having a child in their lives presented, and it wasn’t long before Astrid was bundled off to a boarding school. Things remained pretty normal for five years until Janice and Nathan’s marriage abruptly ended when Nathan discovered Janice had been cheating on him with a younger man she had befriended while Nathan was away from Chicago on business.
The divorce was quite messy, and once it was done, Janice suddenly found herself out of work. Nathan, it turned out, had a vindictive streak, and his banking corporation put pressure on Janice’s employer, leading them to eventually having to let her go. Janice also ended up the sole carer for Astrid, with Nathan displaying no real interest in his former family.
Needing to get away from Chicago, Janice took a job in small town Shermer. Her development and real estate experience put her in a good stead to make herself some money and keep the lifestyle to which she was accustomed. Of course she had to take Astrid with her, and Shermer offered no boarding schools, though the girl was already ready for junior high.
This is how things have continued for the last four years. Janice has managed to acclimatise to the small town lifestyle, though she has been systematically sleeping her way through most of the town’s single men, especially those younger than her.
At forty years old, Janice is desperate to recapture her youth. In some ways she lives vicariously through Astrid, displaying a vague interest in the girl’s day-to-day activities the few times they talk for more than a few minutes. She also hopes that Astrid will follow in her footsteps after graduating high school – applying to Notre Dame. Of course Astrid’s inability to actually look after her appearance is something of a constant bugbear for Janice, who remembers her own youth as an attractive young woman.