Portrayed by Courtney Eaton
|Birthdate:||October 29, 1997|
|Journal:||Stay calm! Be brave! Wait for the signs!|
Glad I asked before I just turned steamroller mode on. That’s how ya get mail bombs, I guess.
An ex-pro surfer turned activist, Alani is attempting to juggle university, community volunteering, and Mansion life. So far, she's avoided the third, though it's become apparent that her pacifist stance may need to change.
Character Journal: xp_loa
Real Name: Alani Ryan
First Appearance: September 16, 2018
Date of Birth: October 29th 1997
Place of Birth: Te Kaha, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
Citizenship: Dual American and New Zealand
Relatives: Alaka’i Ryan (father), Paula Kingi (mother)
Education: High School Graduate
Relationship Status: Single
Occupation: Activist, University Student, Professional Surfer (former)
Team Affiliation: Generation X
Born in Te Kaha, part of the Bay of Plenty region in New Zealand, Alani was raised by her mixed heritage American father and her Māori mother in the state of Hawaii. Alaka’i and Paula were ecstatic to finally have a child and it helped that they’d both acquired jobs at UH Mānoa; Paula in the Anthropology department and Alaka’i in English, with both holding potential tenure positions at the time. While her mother’s Anthropological work focused specifically on Māori indigeneity in modern and urban settings, Alani was more drawn to the broader field that her father’s work in Multicultural Postmodern Literature supplied. Louise Erdrich and Thomas King became staples of her bookshelf. She was a voracious reader and her parents were happy to stimulate her intellectual growth.
When she wasn’t reading, it usually meant the small family was enjoying the water and the waves. It wasn’t uncommon for Alaka’i to take Alani out on his board with him for small waves. At the age of eight she was surfing on her own. She loved it, and, better yet, she was good at it. At ten she was surfing in small-time contests.
As the child of two professors, she was kept at arm’s-length for her perceived self-righteous nature through most of her childhood by classmates and was considered a smart aleck by teachers. This did little to deter her; instead of stifling her social life, Alani became increasingly charismatic to draw people in. While not a pushover, she took to only giving her opinions when asked directly.
At fifteen, Alani became one of the youngest people to ever win US Open of Surfing. For the first time, she began to think seriously about becoming a professional surfer and, with her parents, carefully went over proposed sponsorships that she’d received. Her moderate success brought in enough winnings to make an earnest attempt at saving for college. With her awards and titles piling up, the stress to stay one of the best surfers around, and school, it was no wonder Alani’s powers manifested so abruptly, causing her to fall through a couch at her family's home and destroy it on her way down. The activation of the X-Gene also caused a physical change in her appearance; red markings appeared on her skin, most noticeably on her face. Fearing what being a mutant meant for their child’s safety, Alaka’i and Paula pushed for Alani to claim the markings were tattoos to honor her heritage.
Out as a Mutant
The following years were the hardest for her. Her parents became fiercely protective of her and rarely left her side, even as she laughed it off to classmates and potential sponsors as them turning into helicopter parents to ensure she’d finish high school before she really went pro. She was doing her best to be a secret mutant and pass the drug tests imposed in the sport.
M-Day destroyed any chance she had of passing for human. In 2015 while being filmed for some promotional material a mutant working on the crew suddenly erupted, killing at least two crew members and sending debris flying. A camera that had been filming caught this all, as well as Alani and the pink light she produced while debris passed through her, breaking down in the process. This forced her out to the public when the footage went viral. With the truth out, Alani cross-posted a video across her social media of her admittance to her mutation.
Anti-mutant sentiment was at an all-time high; Alani was forced to finish high school from her parent’s home. For almost a year she didn’t leave the house, instead opting to proofread and edit the journals that Alaka’i and Paula were in the process of writing. After this self-imposed exile from the outside world, Alani decided to tackle the lack of rights given to mutants and took to being a social media activist.
What started out online eventually took to her holding public talks to bring to attention the injustices faced by mutants.
Living At The X-Mansion
Unfortunately, taking her activism to the people lead to a mail bomb at home in September of 2018. The experience was disheartening for Alani, to say the least, and terrifying for her parents. The incident gained the attention of one Charles Xavier, who offered her a safe place to stay while she tried her hand at college. Following her arrival, she met Sooraya Qadir in the main kitchen, and the woman informed her of a former NGO that had helped mutants and offered to allow her to assist with some of the research. She eagerly accepted. The kitchen turned out to be the place to be, when she met Angelo Espinosa under similar situations, and she found an opportunity to aid the Mutant Underground as they needed. In October, during a trip to the mansion’s library, Alani met Topaz and talked her way into becoming an assistant librarian. November brought with the chance to take another crack at social media under Sooraya's guidance. The remainder of 2018 passed peacefully for the newcomer.
In July of 2019 the madness in the mansion finally caught up with her, and Alani joined a small group of other mansion residents to battle one of the Worthy in Tokyo. To her relief, the others took care of it, but the event has made her realize how serious training should be taken. In that same month the Church of Humanity caused her to reach out to Angelo and Sooraya to gather information and see what could be done to counteract the foothold the CoH had taken nearby. Near the end of the year, while visiting with Sooraya, she eagerly agreed to share a suite, with the promise of consistent meals and to stave off the loneliness she'd been feeling living alone.
Weight: 154 lbs
Other Features: Red markings span across Alani’s body, resembling the moko of her mother’s culture. These markings feel no different from her unmarked skin to the touch. Their purpose is unknown to her. She’s lighter than her height might let on and it is believed this is caused by her mutation.
Alani can disable the binding forces in solid matter around her, allowing her to pass through the matter in question. However, due to the termination of these bonds the matter that she passes through will crumble, or fall apart while she moves through them or after she has passed through them. Alani describes the feeling caused by her passing through objects as akin to swimming or wading through water but that the use causes her to become fatigued faster than swimming does. The heavier and denser the material, the more energy is consumed to break it down. At the time of her coming to the institute, usage of her power for longer than half an hour on organic material causes unconsciousness and headaches after she wakes up. She has yet to see if her power works on all materials, having only used them accidentally. Due to her pacifist ways, she prefers to not use her powers in an offensive manner. Usually, the activation of her power can be linked to protective reflexes, much like the way a person might flinch if sudden movement is caught from their peripheral vision. Though it has been shown that in moments of extreme stress or emotions her power will activate. For reasons unknown to her, the use of her power through solid matter produces a pink light on the area that is passing through matter. In instances of extreme concentration, Alani could hypothetically channel her power through objects (a baseball bat for example), though the object in question would suffer breakdown from prolonged use, crumbling inwards.
It is theorized that it is actually her own molecules that are being shifted with her power, as any telepath would notice a static-like interference that mildly muffles her mind.
Though her markings appeared with the activation of her X-Gene, their function is unknown. Alani believes they may just be a physical indicator of her mutant genetics but has no way of knowing if this is the truth. These markings are, in fact, due to an entirely different mutation that allows her to breath underwater and adapt her physiology to suit underwater environments. This accounts for the shift in pressure and temperature that may occur, as well as altering her vision. Prolonged usage would leave her breathless and exhausted upon resurfacing. Vomiting would not be uncommon.
- The name of Alani's journal is the sign-off of The Dead Dog Café Comedy Hour.
- Speaks some Māori.
- At the time of coming to the Mansion, Alani had the interesting habit of cursing, apologizing for cursing, then continuing to curse. The cursing has since continued, with less apology.
Player Icon Base: Courtney Eaton
Alani is Isaura's first character, bringing both of them into the game in September 2018.