Nick Hews // The Tin Man [wip] May 9, 2014 4:51:42 GMT
Post by tinman on May 9, 2014 4:51:42 GMT
Player Name: tin man
Player Age: 20s
Face Claim: Aaron Taylor Johnson
Character Name: The Tin Man / Nick “Chopper” Hews
Character Age: 28
Occupation: Woodsman/ War Veteran / Mechanic
Kingdom of Birth: Oz
Family: Bert Hews (father, deceased), Laurel Hews (mother, deceased)
Likes: Cars, Cats, spy films, chick flicks, jelly beans, black coffee, boxing, camping, and being useful.
Dislikes: Monkeys, overthinking, sitting around, metal detectors, magnets, loudmouths, and alcohol.
Strengths: Loyal, compassionate, and strong
Weaknesses: Brash, argumentative, stubborn
Personality: Nick I a man that does his best not to wear his heart too much on his sleeve. What’s worse is that he doesn’t remember why. The only indication that he once knew love is the ring on his finger and all it does is remind him of the fact that he has lost it. He is compassionate, caring, and deeply bitter. He remembers his time as the Tin Woodsman and actually misses it; back then he had a singular purpose. He is hard working and determined to a fault; which, when mixed his stubbornness and compassion can sometimes cloud his judgment. He hates being wrong and takes those faults very personally.
Thanks to the enchantment that was placed on his axe in Oz, Nick does not have a heart. The things he feels are numbed. He may connect with people, but he doesn’t feel love. He is loyal but doesn’t grasp friendship. He knows to help those around him but he doesn’t exactly understand his motivations. He’s been without a heart so long that it is no wonder that he doesn’t remember much of his life before being the Tin Man. After all, why would someone want to remember what it was to love someone and throw it away for their own ambitions? Because he is heartless, it can be very easy for Nick to lose sight of his motives. Instead he craves results and will do whatever is needed to get the job done.
History: Nick Hews was a woodsman. His father was a woodsman, as was his father before him, and so on and so forth; as clichés often go. Still, he grew up normal and unimportant; unaware that anything unorthodox would become of his life in Oz. His childhood was humble and his family was a loving one.
However, it didn’t necessarily mean that things would always last forever. He lost his father as he took up the trade due to an accident in the woods. His mother died of grief not long after. Nick took to working harder in the woods as a distraction. His village had accepted his work ethic more as a joke than anything else; calling him “Chopper” and joking that he was some sort of machine behind his back.
That was, at least, until he’d met the love of his life. He’d initially never learned her name and did not care to. All he ever needed to know was that this was the woman of his dreams. He had learned everything about her; falling madly for her with each thing he learned. He had every intention of eloping with her and upon his proposal she finally told him her name along with her acceptance. They were wed the next night in secret. What he never could have known, though, was that his intended was indentured to an evil sorceress; one that did not look too kindly on having her servant whisked away to Oz knows where.
So, she devised a plan. The witch placed a curse on his axe that would dismember the feller that swung the final blow before a tree fell. Unaware of the curse; Nick continued to do his job as he had hoped to gain enough money to set up he and his wife for the rest of their life. He was found in pieces by a fellow wood cutter three days after his wedding as he called for help. The curse had torn him to pieces but it had not killed him. With a doctor being so far away, Nick’s body was taken to a tinsmith. Well… most of him. His heart had been left behind in the scramble along with his wedding band. Unable to replace the organ, the tinsmith created a new shell for Nick; piecing what he could together. However, he left an empty space for Nick’s heart, should they ever find it.
It was found by the witch who had cursed his axe. As she picked it up, she whispered the words “forget” before she crumbled it into dust. Just like that he had forgotten why he wanted to work so hard but knew that he needed to. He knew of an absence but could never identify why. His heart had been destroyed and his metallic shell kept him alive. He was never whole again.
His wife had gone out to look for him and was horrified at what she discovered. It was not his form that she was distraught over, but the transformation of his character. Instead of the warm, caring, and kind young man that he had been, Nick had become cold, methodical, and singularly driven. He barely acknowledged her presence. For a full year she had returned each day and for a full year Nick worked without acknowledging her. Her last visit, however, was what would make him take pause. She held him around the waste and cried onto his shoulder; causing the iron on his joints to rust. He was stopped in that moment and she said she couldn’t do this. Before Nick could stop her, the only woman he had ever loved was gone. For weeks he stood in that same spot; hoping she would return. The sense of absence grew and longing replaced it. Loss settled in and his joints had rusted over and the witch returned to gloat and put the wedding band onto his finger before she left him again.
It was the fellow woodsmen that had found him and oiled his joints and put him back to work. Nick “Chopper” Hews was forgotten by his village and even himself and now he was simply the Tin Woodman. For a great while the Tin Man continued working in blissful ignorance; unaware of the prophecy that was culminating over the end of the Wicked Witch’s reign. A man of tin that lacked a heart would join a mindless scarecrow and a lion without courage on a quest to overthrow Oz’s greatest evil. As a precaution, the Tin Man was pulled from his work and banished to a terrible storm in the Enchanted Forest to make him rust far away from the other would-be saviors.
The Wicked Witch, Zelena, enacted her plan to change history and force Snow White and Regina to enact the curse. This time around, the fog rolled through the part of the forest where the Tin Man had rusted. He was pulled into a place called Storybrooke, but this time, as flesh and bone and prosthetic legs. He was Nick Hews again but he had intermingling memories of a life as a soldier that had lost his legs in combat; residual effects of the curse giving him an identity in Story Brooke. This wasn’t Oz, he knew none of these people, and he most assuredly knew nothing of a Wicked Witch. He only knew about himself that he was, at one point, married. He still wears his wedding ring, hoping to find out just what all had happened to him. He currently works at the Marine Garage and has yet to find a familiar and still feels an absence knowing that he has lost a love he doesn’t remember.