[ B A S I C S ]
Name ✚ Zachariah Sander Knox
Nickname ✚ Zack (common), Zackie
Alias ✚ Zee (uses with non-UR people)
Gender ✚ male
Age ✚ 41
Birthday ✚ February 21st (♓)
Height ✚ 6’0”
Weight ✚ 185 lbs
Affiliation ✚ UR
Job ✚ Medic
Weapon ✚ Crowbar
[ P O K É M O N ]
Species ✚ Helioptile #694
Ability ✚ Dry Skin ( HP is restored when hit by Water-type moves or when it is raining but also makes the Pokémon weak to Fire-type moves and reduces HP during strong sunlight )
[Electric] Charge | The user boosts the power of the Electric move it uses on the next turn. This also raises the user's Sp. Def stat.
[Electric] Thunder | A strong electric blast crashes down on the target. This may also leave the target with paralysis.
[Normal] Protect (TM) | Enables the user to evade all attacks. Its chance of failing rises if it is used in succession.
[Normal] Cut | The target is cut with a scythe or claw.
HP: 2 | Attack: 0 | Defense: 0 | Speed: 4 | Sp. Def: 0 | Sp. Atk: 2
[ A B O U T ]
Despite being part of the Underground Railroad, Zachariah spends very little time inside the group’s base. Instead, he takes his medical skills outside, acting as a post-apocalyptic paramedic of sorts. Carrying a hiking bag full of medical supplies, he is able to tend minor and moderate injuries on the field. More severely injured patients he tries to transport to the UR’s medical bay if it’s possible and within reason. He may also accompany other UR people to rescue missions.
Zachariah is generally willing to help anyone in need, but he’s wary towards Riptide people. Although he won’t outright refuse treating them by himself, he would never take a severely injured Riptide member to the UR base.
[ P E R S O N A L I T Y ]
Nature ✚ Brave
Characteristic ✚ Likes to run
dependable | helpful | optimist | brave | demanding | domineering | restless | self-negligent
Zachariah lives and breathes his work. He wants and needs to help others, making it exceedingly difficult for him to sit down and dedicate time for himself even for a short period of time. If forced to do so, he’s quick to become restless and sometimes irritable. He demands a lot from himself, but also from people around him. Unless you’re his patient, he expects you to pull your weight - if you don’t, he’s quick to tell you off. Otherwise, thanks to a long career in the EMS field, he is difficult to faze. He firmly believes everything will sort out eventually, even if it might take some work to get there.
Likes ✚ crossword puzzles, disinfectant, bright colors, lollpops, yoga
Dislikes ✚ slackers, garlic, guns, carbonated drinks, harsh sunlight, smells of gasoline
Talents ✚ medical skills (emergency care), resistant to stress, basic self-defense training, compassionate
Flaws ✚ workaholic, overbearing, neglects own needs, gets cold easily
Fears ✚ Small enclosed places (claustrophobia)
[ H I S T O R Y ]
Zachariah was the oldest child out of three. His mother was a firefighter and father a licensed nurse, and when their hectic work schedules kept them away from home, Zack was the one to look after his younger siblings. Zack didn’t mind - he looked up to his parents and wanted to follow in his their footsteps when he grew up. Eventually, it lead him to becoming a paramedic.
Zack was on shift with his work partner of the time - a Ferrothorn named Jeanna - when the zombie outbreak happened. They got called to a bite victim and - not yet having a clue what was truly happening - loaded the patient to the ambulance. Zack drove while Jeanna stayed in the back with the patient. Despite her best efforts, the patient died en route.
Neither Zack or Jeanna were prepared for the patient reanimating. Although they were able to restrain the patient by tying them on a stretcher, Jeanna suffered a severe bite during the scuffle. By that time, their radio was already flooding with messages of similar bite victim cases and their ambulance was stuck between a sea of cars of panicking people.
When the attempts to get help through the radio fell short, Zack and Jeanna discussed their options. Jeanna was already declining, and no meds in their possession seemed to help. They ended up making a joint decision of tying her down as well. She succumbed to the bite and reanimated soon after, much to Zack’s horror.
Deeming leaving the ambulance too risky, Zack spend hours trapped in the ambulance with the two zombies, waiting for an opening. Those hours were gruelling and left Zack with nightmares and a fear of small closed places. Once the situation outside calmed down, he grabbed equipment bags he had loaded with everything he could and took off.
At first, Zack attempted to get in contact with his family. While looking for them, he discovered the Underground Railroad and decided to sign himself to the group’s medical team, as he saw no benefits of aimlessly wandering across the land. He could focus on helping others instead - and hope that his family might find their way to UR as well.
[ O T H E R]
✚ Zack’s claustrophobia is strongly tied to whether or not he can see a visible exit; for example, he could deal with an open elevator relatively well, but a more spacious room with closed doors and no windows would put him on edge.
✚ Zack took up yoga a few years into paramedic work because his coworker recommended it for him as means to control his restlessness. Surely enough, it became one of the few things that can honestly make Zack relax.
✚ Zack wants to believe that zombified people could be cured one day and is apprehensive about killing them, especially fresh ones. He generally agrees with it only if it’s self-defense and couldn’t have been avoided through other means.
✚ Zack has practiced using his Thunder combined with Charge for defibrillation. It’s obviously not as safe as a real defibrillator would be, but compared to certain death, it’s at least a chance.
✚ Although Zack dislikes guns and doesn’t own a piece himself, he’s taught himself how to use one after the Z-day just in case he ends up in a situation where the skill is needed. He's a pretty lousy shot, though.
✚ Pretty much always wears a pair of medical gloves.
✚ Carries his Light Orb in his bag.
[ C O N T A C T ]
✚ Open for headcanons!
✚ Contact through notes and discord.
✚ Any and all relationships are a go as long as there's communication.
July 20th -17: He's in!
Helioptile / Pokémon (c) Nintendo
Character & art (c) me
unfortunately due to time restrictions at my end, I can't really commit to roleplays at the moment, but I'd definitely be down for planning some headcanons about possible interactions between Gale and Zack!