Name: Jackalyn Langerman
Birthday: January 19th
Home Island: Mystery Isle
Jackalyn is a meek, timorous young woman who takes solace in the quiet moments of life. Quiet in both demeanor and voice, she easily disappears in a crowd and may go unnoticed even if she is the only one around. She does not typically seek out interaction with others, but will not shy away if she is approached gently enough; Jackalyn enjoys quiet, intimate conversation. Surprisingly, she can become quite loud when talking to herself if she thinks no one can hear her.
While she is driven to make a living for herself, Jackalyn can be a defeatist and is quick to give up when things go wrong. Her anxieties often get the better of her and she can spend weeks at a time worrying about little things. Jackalyn also has fierce morals and will not waver on anything she truly believes in – especially that there is good in everyone.
Jackalyn was born in a small, religious community to a couple excited to grow their family. Their little girl was perfect in every way, and the village was delighted by the newborn. She was just as lovely as her elder sister! Day after day, she was fawned over by everyone who could spare a moment to visit, showered with dresses and dolls and gifts of all descriptions.
It wasn’t long before Jackalyn’s totem began to set in. Her baby teeth had just begun to grow, but two of them surpassed the others until they poked out of her plump lips; her eyes, once a clear blue, began to blink stunning yellow; her head sprouted a thick, curly stem, and her soft, round forehead blossomed two tiny little points. Pumpkaboo! She would toddle around, shrieking the first word she had learned to anyone who would listen, giggling without a care in the world. She was the first child to be born in the village with a ghost type totem.
That was when the villagers stopped coming.
Soon enough, their family would continue to grow. Jackalyn was quickly forgotten with the birth of her siblings and the other new additions within the community. Since her older sister had recently moved out, she became the eldest child in the household and vowed to become a good role model. She learned to cook, clean, and work on the farm. Their family was full of happiness.
As the years went on, Jackalyn began to notice some strange things. Her younger siblings were always playing with the neighborhood kids in the fields and the schoolyard, but whenever she went out, the parents would scoop up their children and rush them inside. When she went into town to run errands, she was met with a coldness unlike the warmth and kindness other children received. When people looked at her, they seemed only to see the horns on her head and the glow from her eyes. She began to sink into herself, wondering why she couldn’t have a Normal-type totem like her siblings. Luckily, she had all the love and support of her family, and the kindly pastor who did not let the other residents sway his opinion of her.
And so Jackalyn tried to live her life normally, devoting herself to her siblings, her studies, and the farm. Her family assured her that there was nothing wrong with her, and began to distance themselves from the community that had shunned their daughter. Then one day, Jackalyn made her first friend.
She met him in the forest on the outskirts of town. She would go there every so often to briefly escape her responsibilities and enjoy a moment to herself, away from the prying eyes of the villagers. But one day she became aware that she wasn’t alone. Peering at her from behind the trees was a man she had never seen. Although he was older and larger than her, he had the demeanor of a lost puppy and seemed more scared of her than she was of him. Most notably, he could not speak due to a large yellow X over his mouth.
Miraculously, the two outsiders took to one another and Jackalyn began visiting him every day before he mysteriously drifted off each night. He would show her his favorite places around the forest, and she finally had someone she could confide her thoughts in. She didn’t tell her family where she was running off to every day, delighted by the secret of having a friend all to herself, but they noticed the positive change in her mood and were happy for her. Eventually, she decided to reveal her secret to the pastor, whom she trusted above all else. It was he who told her the truth about her mysterious friend.
His name was Abel, and he died 29 years ago in an… unfortunate accident. The villagers did not acknowledge Abel’s existence, refusing to believe that the man’s spirit could persist after death. Lonely and unable to move on, Abel had kept to himself all this time, until he met Jackalyn. The pastor was happy that the two found peace and companionship in each other.
The revelation was difficult for Jackalyn. Although she had suspected there was something irregular about her friend, it was hard for her to accept that he was not flesh and blood – that there would forever be a distance between them that could not be bridged. She decided to enjoy his company for as long as time would allow.
One day, one of the local children spotted Jackalyn with the ethereal man. In less than an afternoon, the whole town knew about their secret friendship. The whispers about Jackalyn grew louder and louder. Their suspicions were confirmed - she was a child of the devil who would only bring evil upon the town. Her parents were feverish. They loved their daughter and hated to see her go through such horrible disparagement. Fearing for her safety, they decided it was best if she left the village. The next morning, Jackalyn was sent to live with her sister.
Judith had long ago outgrown the humble village where she was born and escaped to Jubilife City. She was struggling to make ends meet, but loving every moment, working odd jobs while trying to get her band off the ground. There wasn’t much room in her tiny uptown apartment, but she was delighted to have Jackalyn there.
When she stepped off the boat at Jubilife port, she was immediately overwhelmed by the size of the buildings and the sheer number of people. However, more surprising was the fact that Abel had stowed away on the ship and followed her to her new home! She was worried that he would complicate things for her sister, but she couldn’t just leave him, so she begged Judith to take him in. Luckily, his incorporeal form did not require any human comforts, and he lived quite happily in the shadows with his one and only friend close by.
Meanwhile, Jackalyn was struggling to adapt to her new environment. She didn’t know how to interact with anyone outside of her family and her one friend who could not even respond. Afraid of the world around her, the Pumpkaboo remained hidden within the apartment until one day, Judith invited her to one of her band’s concerts. That night became a defining moment in Jackalyn’s life. The music pulsing through her and the energy of the crowd sparked a feeling she’d never experienced. This gave her the confidence she needed to branch out of her comfort zone and meet people.
By going to concerts, shopping for music, and exploring her new town, Jackalyn was able to meet some new friends. She finally had the normal life she had always dreamed of, but she was worried about her future. She was 17 and didn’t have any work experience or career goals. Judith wouldn’t be able to support her for much longer if she didn’t start pulling her own weight. After being turned away from job after job, Jackalyn was finally hired to wait tables and bus dishes at a small family diner.
Eventually the novelty of the city wore off, and Jackalyn was consumed with homesickness. She yearned for the simple life surrounded by her family, the peaceful forest, and the farm. Seeing how unhappy she was, one of her friends advised her to get out of Jubilife and find somewhere with a quieter vibe. There was a small farming community on an island where a friend of hers lived, and she was certain Jackalyn would fit right in! With her knowledge and experience from working on the family farm, she could make a new life for herself as a farmer.
Jackalyn was excited at the prospect of making her own choices and becoming independent. She contacted her parents, who used the rest of their savings to buy her a plot of land on the distant island of Raccolto. Saying goodbye to her sister and new friends, she and Abel set off towards a bright future.
Jackalyn has a knack for finding lost items and always knows if you’re hiding something in your pockets.
· Shadow Sneak
· Leech Seed
· Confuse Ray
Bandit - M
· Very good with children and can calm even the wildest tantrums
· Can float up to three feet off the ground to reach high places
· Knows how to care ailments using wild herbs and household remedies
· Plays the keyboard and can learn songs by ear
· Is an excellent cook
· Jackalyn is a Small Size Pumpkaboo
· Becomes restless at night and often has trouble sleeping
· Secretly hates Halloween
· Loves caring for injured or “misunderstood” Pokemon
· Blasts rock music from her headphones whenever she goes out
· Talking to herself became a habit after she met Abel
· Sends all her extra money to her family rather than spending it on frivolities
· Has an affinity for classic literature
· Is a hopeless romantic and dreams of having a family of her own
· Was supposed to be a Rowlet but her design didn’t click until I drew her as a Pumpkaboo