Updated: Jul 13, 2020
Player Name: Elena
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Name: Elizabeth Victoria Morrow
Nickname(s): Liz, Lizzy
Actual Age: 27
Age of appearance: early-mid twenties
Date of Birth: November 11th, 1845
Place of Birth: New York
Marital Status: Single/widowed
Sexual Orientation: Heterosexual
Eye Color: Deep blue
Hair Color/Style: Black, usually styled in some way.
Other: Pierced ears. Liz has fine dresses and is rarely seen in something plain. She is petite... With heels, she stands at least 5'5" and weighs around 110 pounds. To most people, she looks fragile. She can easily be overpowered, but that doesn't mean she wouldn't kick and scream. Her hair is long, past her mid-back, and straight, so she curls it overnight often. She uses only a little makeup, rouge on cheeks and lips, maybe a tiny bit of eyeliner. Any jewelry is minimalistic. Sometimes she wears a cross.
Play-By Used: Natalie Portman
Liz wears her emotions on her sleeve whether she tries to or not. She’s very expressive,
passionate, and a terrible liar. She’s sensitive, and sensitive to others’ emotions as well. One might call her empathic, although she doesn’t have any actual psychic abilities or otherwise.
Crying at least once a week isn’t unusual for her, but neither is becoming frustrated at something that isn’t just, right, fair, or insulting. She won’t cry in front of anyone, though. She wouldn’t mind it when she was younger, but nowadays, she doesn’t like the embarrassment. She’ll sooner excuse herself in the middle of conversation or dinner than risk someone seeing her shining eyes. Frustration and anger, however, she won’t be afraid to voice or show.
Generally, Liz is a proper lady, but since moving to Denver a couple of years ago with her father, she’s allowed herself liberties and sometimes just doesn’t care. Instead of keeping quiet, she’ll say something. Instead of politely nodding and smiling, she’ll let herself frown or scowl. This side of the country is looser with morals, anyway. Some ladies in town don’t even act like ones, let alone seem like they’ve had an education. And if she doesn’t take on some of their traits, Liz stands out like a sore thumb--if she appears too upper class, they look, whisper, and she hates pretending that she doesn’t notice.
There’s also something more to the town that she senses… There are things that aren’t right and go unnoticed by too many people, things that are covered up, dark things. Dark people. Some people don’t even appear in daylight. It’s like Denver has two worlds. As soon as the sun sets, the landscape changes and becomes otherwordly, not just figuratively. A lot of the time, it doesn’t even feel safe. Sometimes Liz feels like she’s making it up, imagining it. But maybe she’s not?
Strengths: Honest, emotionally-aware, sensitive, kind, loyal, does what feels right (and is right)
Weaknesses: Stubborn, can be too emotional/sensitive, unforgiving
Liz was born in New York to James and Alexandra Morrow. James hailed from England while Alexandra was from a small but status-equipped New England family. Liz also had a brother, Oliver, still has, although he’s off traveling. As a child, she was very emotional and often had tantrums. Unfortunately, Alexandra died in a fire when Liz was barely past being a toddler and was then raised by nurses, maids, and sitters. Her father was never really a touchy-feely man. He lacked the emotional comfort a father was supposed to provide. Maybe that’s why in her childhood Liz couldn’t go a day without crying about something. And worse yet, she couldn’t express herself, couldn’t really explain why she was upset; it was too rooted inside her. Her brother was there, but he was older by seven years and didn’t know how to relate. Yet she’d remember him holding her when she was particularly upset, and James had stormed off, office door banging because he couldn’t stand the crying.
As soon as she was old enough, James sought to marry her off. Unfortunately for him, it took a while to find the right suitor. Liz struggled to be the obedient, quiet lady that her father expected her to be. If a suitor said something rude or let slip even the faintest vulgar jokes, she said goodbye to him. If a man was too eager, or too aloof, she passed. Liz dragged out the prospect of marriage for as long as she could.
She was 19 when she met Adam Lansing, who was a 32-year-old professor of English at the university. He was unmarried because he’d lost his wife and child due to illness during the pregnancy. Since then, he’d been solely focused on work until he met Liz. It was at a party, and he normally didn’t go to parties, but other professors were going. Liz was there with her father who was friends with law professors. Naturally, throughout the event, she stayed away from him because somehow conversation would always end up about marriage if someone asked about her, and she’d see that disappointment on his face. So she found herself in the library of the home they were at. That was where she met Adam, who also preferred to be alone rather than in the company of small-talkers and boasters.
Liz loved to read, even did some writing. They started talking. She was shy at first, but she impressed him with her love of English literature. He told her who he was. For the first time since his family’s ruin, Adam saw a spark of light in Liz’s smile. They married in six months. Adam’s income was not what Liz was used to, but it didn’t matter. James gave a sizable dowry just so she could finally be off his hands. Meanwhile, her brother Oliver embraced his bachelorhood and traveled. She honestly didn’t know what he did for work, only that it was about sales.
She and Adam were married for five years. It was a happy five years too. For the first time in her life, Liz felt that she was truly loved, and Adam hadn’t felt this happy since his previous marriage. Having children was tough, however. Liz had several miscarriages, which put her in a deep depression each time. If it weren’t for Adam, she probably would’ve taken her own life. But he never stopped loving her, and they moved through these tough periods together. He really was the perfect husband. He met all her emotional needs, and he took care of her. If they couldn’t have kids, so be it, he said, they had each other. He encouraged Liz to write. She even published a few stories under a pseudonym. He continued to teach. He even let her sit on his lectures.
Although James and Liz weren’t close, waiting for grandchildren was a disappointment to him. So Liz avoided speaking to him as much as she could. She had her own life, after all. But five years was all she had with Adam. He was killed in a carriage accident. It was the worst thing that had ever, could ever, happen to her. Her life was shattered. With nowhere to go, James took her back in, and for the first time in his life, he showed some true sympathy for the girl. His own wife had died. He knew what it was like. And he knew that if he let Liz wallow in her pain, she would disappear, very likely literally if she abused the soothing tonics she was prescribed.
He took her away from New York to Colorado where he planned to set up his lawyering business in Denver. It was a big change, but it was what Liz needed whether she acknowledged it or not. She was forced to start a new life and move on from Adam’s death, although presently every time she thinks of him, she still feels a stab in her heart. By now, it’s lessened, but it’s why she hasn’t yet remarried, and why James isn’t making her.
It was hard finding a place in Denver. While her father had his law firm, she didn’t have much, so she kept herself. Until a few months ago, he brought her his plan to support the establishment of a public library in town. They’d never been close, but this venture has begun to mend their relationship...or create a new one, sort of. While construction finishes, Liz helps order books and oversee the process of filling the library up. Her role is by no means high up. She’s a woman, after all, but due to James’ influence, she spends a lot of her time helping out.
None. “Volunteering” to help establish the public library
Lived There Since: 1870
Lives With: James Morrow
Smokes? Yes, sometimes
Chronic Illnesses: Anxiety, PTSD, Depression
Drinks alcohol? A little
Allergies? Some tropical fruits
Is Ticklish? Yes, very