Name: Rio Vantel
Appearance: Rio has plain brown eyes. They don't "reflect" anything, like many other peoples' eyes do. However, they do have tint of hazel in the sun, which pleases her enough. She has cheek length ruddy red hair. Her bangs, however, are cut right above her eyebrows, and they will remain cut perfectly.
Rio is quite short for her age, but it's something that she enjoys. She is a mere 5'2", giving her an almost child-like appearance. The reason for this: relatively short legs. One would not be able to tell that though from just looking at her. Her build is typical as well. She leans on the thinner side, but she has a bit of muscle.
Rio's typical clothes consist of a black turtle neck sweater with a purple line that runs around it. Underneath the sweater lies a very simple lilac tank top with reveals the odd marking on her left shoulder blade. She wears faded blue jeans along with white slip-ons with purple dots on it. She never was very good at matching.
Marking: A small lotus flower on her left shoulder blade.
Alliance: Order of Ancients
Personality: Rio is a rather friendly, outgoing girl. She is easily pleased, as well as excitable. She is most certainly the optimist, taking lemons and turning them into extravagant, perfectly sweet lemonade. Unfortunately, she's rather gullible. She's not stupid, she just wants to believe that there is good in everyone. Once she is in a less than desirable situation though, she is quick to figure what is right and what is wrong. Because of this, she has a strong sense of justice, and strong distaste for "the dark side".
Deep down inside, Rio is easily frightened. She pretends to be a strong judge, but is quite scared. She doesn't show it often, but when it comes to life or death situations, she has tendency to run away. She'll bad mouth the "bad guy" the entire time, but she really is all bark and no bite. She is determined to find her courage, though. Determination being another one of her most identifiable traits.
History: Rio was born in Ecruteak to a family of three: her mother, father and older brother of five years, Luke. She led a very happy and healthy life too. Her father was very busy unfortunately, studying profusely on the Tin Tower. He was always wrapped up in his work, but Rio's mother always reassured her that he was doing it for a good cause. Rio continued believing this, but still longed to spend more time with him. Her mother was very supportive, though. She was very dedicated to loving Luke and Rio equally, and most of the time, she did a good job. Luke learned a great deal about nurturing, and thanks to that, he aspired to become a breeder.
When Luke was only fifteen, he earned an internship with a breeder, and left home. Rio was intensely jealous of her brother's feat, but didn't express that side to him. She worked very hard in school to do something grand herself, but succeed completely. Her mother would try to reassure her that she didn't need to be as grand as Luke, but she would hear none of it. It was only then, when she was 18, she heard a voice explaining to her what she had in store.
Gift: She can hypnotize people for about 30 minutes to one hour depending on how strong their will power is. However, she has to be able to make complete eye contact with them, in which she can see as clearly as their pupils.
Pokémon on Hand:
(1) Ohta (Skuntank) - Rio's very first Pokemon. Her brother brought her an egg after a year of his internship. He had no idea what it contained, but he decided to give it to Rio. She was less than excited when the egg hatched into a Stunky, but she soon learned love it. Rio and Ohta are now virtually inseparable.
(2) Rem (Gengar) - One night, Rio's father did not return home at the time he promised too. Rio took it upon her 11 year-old self to go find him. Her Ohta alongside, she traveled into the Tin Tower late at night. A mysterious ghost kept following her, as she ran around, scared out of her mind. She was finally cornered by the frightening ghost, only to find that it liked her, showing its affection by licking her rather... suddenly. The Gastly wouldn't leave her alone, so she finally decided to "capture" it. If you can even call it that...
(3) Duo (Ambipom) - A very mischievous Aipom once stole Rio's backpack when she went hiking. To put it simply, she was so enraged, she sent Ohta after it. The Aipom became so frightened, it actually climbed up Rio to her head, giving her backpack back. Rio felt horrible about trying to attack it, as it reminded her of herself. Thus, she captured him, however, he found it more comfortable to cling to her head, rather than stay in a ball. Now, since Duo is too big for his ball, he simply follows Rio around.
(4) Eion (Espeon) - Probably the most mysterious of Pokemon Rio has. She found Eion on the side of the path, extremely injured. She was compelled to heal it of course, but unlike other Pokemon she met, it ran away after the healing. A whole five months later, on the same path, it was there. As if it was waiting for her. She decided to battle it to attempt to catch it, and was successful. Eion doesn't interact that much with her, but when he does, it's always to help her out.