YOU COULD’VE BEEN SOMETHING. ANYTHING. AND YOU RENDER YOURSELF TO THIS ?
DAKOTA is the disgraced daughter of the prestigious Wu family. After years of unfilial behaviour and a disastrous event that broke the camel’s back, Dakota is exiled from Singapore to a remote all-girls catholic boarding school in the UK during her adolescence and has been stuck in the dreary island ever since.
Now, an apathetic salesperson working day-to-day for a pay-check all while getting nagged by the only person from her family willing to talk to her, Dakota feels as though her life is nothing but static robotic motions and swirls of grey. That is until her old friend from university introduces her to Body Count. The next thing she knows Dakota finds herself taking an impromptu leave from her monotonous work and is impatiently waiting for the interviewer.
Desperate for a change of scenery with the added chance of winning mad cash (and to feel something again aside from deeply repressed shame and anger), Dakota’s off to either worm her way into the hearts of the contestants and audience or die trying.
Metaphorically, of course.
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NAME. Dakota Wu / Wu Lin Jie.
AGE. Twenty-seven ( 27 ) years old.
PRONOUNS. Her / She.
SEXUAL ORIENTATION. Pansexual.
IN IT FOR… What caught her attention, at first, was using any excuse to get out of her monotonous job. But what really made her apply was the prize money. With that kind of cash, who gives a flying shit if she’s a stain to society?
POTENTIAL LOVE INTEREST(S). Imogen. Nyra. Arthur.
Dakota has always been one for adventures and trying out new things. She’s usually very curious and, more often than not, open to new things she can experience. Especially, if it means she can her adrenaline pumping.
Dakota’s never been one to be careful. She’s consistently impulsive and not really a forward thinker. The future is a vague and ambiguous thing in her mind. And, she’d rather through caution to the wind and just do things to get things done. So, it’s not that hard to see how Dakota managed to be financially fucked right after getting her degree.
This is more beaten into her as the years go by. Dakota used to be the outgoing kind but it had never really served her as well as she thought it would. When she was younger, she would yap on without any thought and care and that would always end up biting her in the ass. As grew older, these words became more true: Hell is other people.
Despite all her dislike of other people, Dakota is generally a friendly person. And even as the years go by, she can never let her habit of helping a stranger with a small task go. What luck, she’s an unfortunate little do-gooder.
For most of Dakota’s life, she has never been one to let negative experiences wholly colour her entire world. And while Dakota is (and, she thinks she will forever be) bitter about her past, she tries to not let it affect her too deeply. She doesn’t really like to examine her emotions or feelings too deeply and instead has a tendency to compartmentalise her emotions. This usually leads her actively seeking out some sort of misguided stoicism (having a stiff upper lip had always been a popular thing within the Wu family- guess Dakota couldn’t really escape that) or do something new and exciting to stimulate her brain from actually reflecting.
Promiscuous / Committed
Dakota is in this to win it- well, kind of. She’s planning on, at least, winning through the highest body count since she doesn’t really believe you can find true love in a month. Much less find someone who’ll pretend to follow the couple’s act, and is good at tricking the audience and everyone else with her. So, she’s planning to bring out her old charm and tricks since she’s free to play the game. It’s her logical conclusion that she came up with and, hey, it’s been a while since she had any action.
Comedic / Serious
A bit of playful banter never really hurt anyone. And Dakota’s not really the type to be all serious when she’s around people. That screams vulnerability and she’d rather throw her own family to the hyenas than have an in-depth conversation about… ugh, her feelings. Though, Dakota understands there is a time and place for everything; she can be serious when it totally suits her. But all the same, having a joking persona makes her feel protected in a way that reminds her of high school and if smiling can force out dopamine from her brain then you can bet your ass that she’ll give you a mega-watt smile to feel something.
Bold / Reserved
Dakota has never been one to fade from the background. She likes to assert herself and make her presence known- she’s wasn’t the popular kid for nothing, y'know? And if a show where she can get attention and not be reprimanded for it by a vaguely intimidating authoritative figure that won’t tank her funds? Well, yes, please sign her up for that. Aside from that, Dakota has the mindset that she needs to be bold to win the game. Even when she hates surrounding herself with people, she’s willing to bring attention to herself if it means she’ll win the prize money.
Honest / Manipulative
From what she learned so far, her honesty has always been getting her into trouble ever since she was small. Hence, her tendency for… little white lies. Okay, maybe not so little. And maybe very big lies that come from trust issues and wanting to get what she wants from years of never getting it. Listen, Dakota’s just trying to survive and win. If that means hiding her true intentions and opinions from others, then so be it. She’s a manipulative little shit.
Friendly / Hostile
Being friendly comes easy to Dakota. While she thinks she needs to be friendly and charming towards others because it’ll make getting things she wants easier, it is also a principle-type thing as well. Dakota has always lived ‘treat others how you want them to treat you’. Well, as best as she can anyway.
Eyes. Deep dark brown that borders onto black.
Hair. Original colour: ebony black. Dyed it platinum blonde. Wavy texture. Thick. Cut short, up to her chin. Though, her side bangs are kept long up until it reaches her shoulders.
Build. Short, 5'2". Lean and toned.
Distinguishing features. A splatter of freckles across her face only. Her eyebrows are not dyed, creating a sharp contrast with her platinum blonde hair.
Fashion style. Arty.
HOBBIES. reading. writing. running. kick-boxing. aikido. pub-crawling. online shopping. playing dungeons & dragons.
LIKES. books; murder mysteries, comedies, adventurous fantasy. movies; dramedies, thriller. podcasts; actual play d&d, true crime. sweet and sour food. sweet alcoholic drinks. the beach in spring. cozy libraries. flowers.
DISLIKES. computer science (while she will actively say she hates it, it’s definitely a love-hate relationship). her twin brother. being in a crowd. texting. overly friendly & touchy strangers. cramped spaces. hell is other people.
Singaporean-born Chinese, Dakota grew up in the bustling capital.
Technically, Dakota is the youngest in her family. She has an older sister and a twin brother, who is, unfortunately, a few minutes older than her.
Unlike the rest of her siblings, Dakota did not like the more academically heavy subjects (such as mathematics, biology, chemistry, etc.) and actively showed her dislike for them. Instead, she was more sports and the arts- she found joy in doing martial arts, Aikido and Kick-boxing in particular, and creative writing. As a result, she has a strained relationship with her parents, they marked her as a difficult child.
As a child, Dakota was boisterous, loud, and had no filter from her thoughts to her mouth. While she would soon grow out of this habit, it proved to earn the ire of her parents as it went against their image-obsessed and controlling nature.
Having this ill-repute, her brother was given the title of the Golden Child while her older sister was given the role of being the protector/guardian, responsible for doing chores within the household and setting a good example amongst her younger siblings. This also meant trying to reign in younger Dakota’s antics.
Dakota developed a crush on her childhood best friend as she grew up. She kept it a secret as she was afraid their friendship will turn to tatters. Though, despite it being one-sided, Dakota was happy and enjoyed their platonic relationship together. That is until her brother showed up and ruined everything.
During her final years in Secondary School, Dakota was caught in a physical altercation with her twin brother. Dakota, being the more athletic one, won the fight easily and seriously injured her brother and it resulted in him being sent to the hospital. This fight had resulted in Dakota being outed to her parents and community that her sexual and romantic preferences included girls. She was sent to an all-girls catholic boarding school in the UK, essentially exiled and shunned from her family. Dakota was told to stay away from Singapore and her parents would fund her education, when she graduated they would cut her off and leave her to fend for herself in the UK.
Her time in boarding school lead her to lash out more, believing that it will gain her family’s attention. It did not. True to their word, when Dakota graduated out of Sixth Form, she was left only with her saving funds, and her family- with the exception of her sister- cut off all contact with her.
Dakota used her savings to enroll into University, taking a Creative Writing course with the optimistic hope that this is a new start for her and that she’ll finally be able to pursue her passions without judgment or being belittled for it. After graduating, Dakota attempted to be a self-published author but as there wasn’t any luck. As the years passed by, her savings grew smaller and that forced her to finally find work as a temporary sales representative. She hated it.
A few years later, Dakota’s career path is shaky at best and objectively bad at worst. Dakota couldn’t hold a permanent job and, instead, jumped from one office to another and always as a temporary worker. Life has worn her down to the husk of who she used to be and now she keeps her mouth shut and only smiles when it serves her.
For a while now, Dakota is slowly growing to be an alcoholic.
Has a tendency to hide her true intentions without any actual ill will. It just kind of happens most of the time, a habit she picked up while growing up. Which results in her giving a white lie here or there.
Dakota knows how to play the cello due to her mother’s insistence.
Dakota definitely has it bad for Imogen. Like, really bad.
Dakota is an introvert- she’s more likely to do something reckless or be easily irritated if she doesn’t get her me time. Like, reading on her own, bundled up in a warm blanket with hot cocoa by her side.
Currently, D&D deprived and looking for a group to GM. She thinks Body Count might be a good place to try to recruit people to play with her.
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