Character's full name: Mattie Groves
Nicknames: Matt, MG
Played By: Mary
Character Type: Mortal
Hair Color : Brown
Eye Color: Brown
True age: 24
Apparent age : 24
Height : 5'5
Any other languages: Sign language, but poorly. Has a tendency to mis-sign.
Distinguishing characteristics: Always has her ferret, Lord Daniel, around. She chews her
fingernails and is a very helpful person even when her help isn't wanted/needed.
Personality: Outgoing, friendly person, tends to smile a lot. Generally
optimistic, but can be moody. Likes to sing and knows every Fairport
Convention, Pink Floyd, CSN, and Jethro Tull song ever written. Also tends
to quote Monty Python, but is trying to curb the habit. Is bisexual in
theory, but has only had male sexual partners. Vaguely religious, but not
Any special skills: Can fix almost anything. She has a knack
for fixing things, and worked as a mechanic before the plague. Machines
just sit up and beg for her. Also, she's an expert on ferrets and ferret
training, and the works of Mark Twain.
Mattie grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, on the banks of the
Mississippi river. As a little girl, she read everything she could find
written by or about Mark Twain, Hannibal's claim to literary fame. She
played at being Tom Sawyer, and Huck Finn, and decided she liked being the
latter better. Her mother died when she was three, leaving her father to
raise his only daughter and her four older brothers the best he could. By
the time Mattie was ten, she was a confirmed tomboy, and she and the four
older Groves children were the terror of Marion County.
Her father was a "shade tree mechanic" who made extra money by fixing his
neighbor's cars when they broke down. Mattie started helping out with this
and soon learned everything there was to know about combustion engines,
timing, and how to rebuild carburetors and transmissions. She and her
brothers would go to junkyards for parts, and they built her first car from
salvage from the wheels up. She still drives it, and it runs like a dream.
Mattie never went to college, but graduated top of her class in Marion
Technical, with a specialization in Mechanics. With money she borrowed
from her father, she opened a garage in Hannibal, with her youngest
brother, Hank. Lord Daniel, her ferret, was a constant presence in the
garage, and had even gotten a write up in the paper, once.
Then came the plague, and the world went to hell, and the dreams
started. And old woman. A dark man. A choice.
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