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Fen
Full name Fen Arbora
Age 16
Height 5'5" / 1.65m
Pronouns He/him
Resides in Havaiki City, Havaiki
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A character from my ongoing web novel, Revolving Door!
Fen is a minor! Please don't use him in NSFW games.
Personality

Fen has a lot of love to give and not nearly enough people to share with. Though understated and sardonic, he is steadfast to a fault. He will stick with those he cares for through hail, rain and hurricane, dropping everything to be there for his parents and his best friend Pala.

A defender of others, Fen sees past the charm of manipulators and knows when friends are being taken advantage of. And he will not stand for it: many bullies learn too late that he isn't the pushover they assume he is. He is always the first to recognise a toxic situation and begin taking steps to remove himself, and others, from it.

On the flipside of that coin, and this is the side the coin lands on more often, Fen is quick to moodiness, and impatient, when things go wrong. Because his schedules are often impacted by fatigue and regular hospital appointments, he insists on filling better days with purposeful activity, and nothing irks him more than stagnation: he wants to keep pushing forward, and can't stand being stuck. He'd rather be a caretaker than be taken care of.

Fen loves good stories and possesses a broad imagination, which he satiates through a vast array of fiction—especially cartoons and comics of the superhero and magical girl genres. He has tried his hand at creating some of his own, though he never seems to finish any of his projects. In his free time, he is often eager to follow Pala into plans she hasn't quite thought through.

Story

Born on Havaiki to two immigrant parents, he has lived most of his life here, leaving sometimes to visit his grandparents across the ocean in two different countries. Growing up with thalassemia, his childhood was punctuated by long visits to the hospital for blood transfusions, and he was often unable to participate in physically-taxing activities with other children his age. His parents, insisting on sheltering him assiduously, did not help his chances of forming a social circle.

Adventurous in spirit but often denied the freedom to satiate it, Fen devoured a great amount of fiction in his childhood, watching the decade-old animated series that were always airing on Havaiki TV, then discovered novels and comics, which were easier to enjoy at his own leisure. He later started producing his own stories and comics in notebooks.

High school proved a trying time; with cliques forming and social norms governing popularity, Fen found himself being left out—his frequent absence and exemption from PE roused rumours, and others found it hard to relate to him through the barrier of his introversion and unusual interests.

It was by serendipity that he first met Pala, rather awkwardly, at the school's sick bay. Soon they were spending all their class breaks together, and events came to pass that led them both to hold their friendship in the highest regard.

The year they turned sixteen, Pala took up an intern job at the Promenade Hotel, and he became a part-time pizza delivery guy. One day during that fateful summer break, Fen decided to meet her before work...(the rest is omitted due to spoilers)

Relationships
PalaPala and Fen have a mutually supportive friendship; high school has been a bit of an ordeal for them both, and they became the tightest of friends in the midst of that trial. Few people even dared talk to Pala at the time, and Fen's immediate acceptance won her trust and undying loyalty. They go exploring the corners of the island together sometimes, and she calls him whenever he is not in school, taking his homework back home for him.
ParentsDevoted and protective, Fen's parents readily adapted their lifestyle to suit their son's needs, moving houses and changing their schedules. Their finances are not remarkable, but they have always been pleased to aid him financially in his hobbies and interests, although they verge on being suffocatingly overprotective at times. Even though he often gets frustrated at them for failing to respect his preferences and wishes for independence, he still loves them dearly.
Facts
  • Fen cares a lot about his appearance, but his hair especially. He gets it trimmed at least once monthly and keeps a comb in his pocket to comb down loose strands during breaks between classes.
  • Fen keeps an accordion folder that’s bursting with everything from year old school notes to loose sketches of comic pages to that origami crane his friend Kerai folded him out of an ad flyer. When will he clear it out? Never.
  • Fen grew up surrounded by various languages and speaks five at at least a conversational level: English, Japanese, Malay, Malaysian Mandarin, and Fijian.
  • His extended family, living in three countries, is very large: his maternal aunt has five children and he babysits them when he visits.
  • Fen is very fond of superhero comics and the magical girl genre, and a lot of his writing and art is inspired by both genres. You bet he'd like BNHA if it had aired in his world...
  • His favourite show is a magical girl series set in outer space titled The Magnolia Order, which has been airing in Havaiki for five years. It inspired him to start drawing.
  • Fen's first name, in English, means "marshy wetland". In Chinese (棻) it means "sweet wood". His last name means "relating to trees". A very botanical name as you can see.