|Charlene Michelle "Charley" Skinner
Charlene (or Charley, as she preferred to be called) was born April 7, 1994. While the Skinners have their reputation (and deservedly so, in most respects), Charley was a bit... different, though not in the typical sense. Charley was a quick study when it came to larcenous pursuits and gave every appearance of being "white trash" like the rest of the family. But two things came together to open her eyes and rise above: the first was learning about her great-grandmother -- Celia Skinner, a Northeastern poet of no small local fame a century ago, and the second was getting to see magicians on television, like David Copperfield or Criss Angel. The desire to become something more than being just another example of white trash was the driving force behind Charley rapidly developing an interest in stage and street magic.
To this day, she doesn't know who did it, but around the time of her graduation from Four Towns Memorial High School in 2012, someone sent a video of one of her performances from a talent show to the McBride Magic & Mystery School, located in the Paradise community of the greater Las Vegas metropolitan area. Impressed by what they saw, Charley was offered a full ride to attend their school, and she leapt at the chance. She left Fallcoast in mid-summer of 2012 to discover what she thought was her destiny.
Jacqueline "Jacqui" Wilder
While learning at McBride, Charley knew she needed a stage name that would be more eye-catching. She found her inspiration a year after leaving Fallcoast, when the movie "Now You See Me" came out. Identifying with James Franco's character, Charley adopted her new stage name: Jacqueline "Jacqui" Wilder. She blossomed at McBride, showing such promise and potential for both traditional stage magic as well as street magic that she began working her way up the proverbial food chain in Las Vegas, culminating in performing a series of opening acts for Vegas headliners in 2016 and into 2017.
On the night of June 10, 2017, however, everything went topsy-turvy. Jacqui's final act was a timed escapist trick out of a water chamber, and yet during the trick, the key she was to use to unlock her restraints wasn't on her person like it was supposed to be. She nearly drowned before the stage hands realized what was wrong and hurriedly extricated her from the water chamber. She spent some time recovering from her ordeal before finally deciding almost seven months later to return home to Fallcoast, to regroup and plan her comeback.
The accident that led to Charley/Jacqui's near-drowning, as it turned out, was something far more profound: it led to her Awakening upon the Path of Thistle, claiming the shadowname Calypso. When she awoke, she found her Mentor waiting for her to regain consciousness -- Aelfric, an Acanthus of the Adamantine Arrow. He began to train her in /real/ magic, the Atlantean kind, and Calypso was every bid the quick study she had been at McBride. She spent six months learning from him, joining the Adamantine Arrow herself under no small pressure from Aelfric and slowly growing more comfortable within the Order.
In December 2017, however, Calypso learned the truth: Aelfric wasn't just an Acanthus Adamantine Arrow, but also a member of a Legacy known as The Awakening Gambit. It wouldn't have been such an issue if it hadn't been discovered in tandem with information regarding his most recent Gambit -- Calypso herself. Furious that she'd been lied to and targeted in such a manner that nearly killed her, Calypso gathered her things and left Aelfric behind. She put out some feelers to find out if there was a Consilium in the area of Fallcoast, and upon learning as much, she left Las Vegas behind to return home and strike a balance between her duties as one of the Awakened and her "mundane" life as a stage/street magician.