Jaesung Moon was born on a late spring evening in the heart of Seoul, South Korea. Jae was born into an already large family which consisted of his two elder brothers and one elder sister. His siblings were an integral part of his raising and he spent a lot of his time running after them and trying to keep up with the example they were setting for him. Jae was a generally shy child but he thrived from making others laugh and would always pull silly faces or play pranks in order to cheer others up.
Jae and his siblings were always under a lot of pressure from their parents, it was expected to make their family proud that they would study hard and excel in their academics but also, having been born to a vampire father and human mother, they were also all born Dhampirs, which also meant they were all trained in fighting and weaponry from a young age. Being a dhampir was something Jae associated with his identity from a very young age and despite knowing he wouldn’t be claimed by his weapon until his 18th birthday, he trained hard in order to be ready for it when he finally got it.
Jae thought himself lucky for the most part, because the majority of his parent’s expectations fell onto the shoulders of his eldest brother, leaving more room to breathe for the younger child. At school Jae found himself the quiet kid, he was a good listener and generally picked up on things other people didn’t notice. Despite not saying too much he did find himself making friends with his classmates. Sharing one room day in and day out with these other boys eventually allowed them to break through his shy barrier.
Jae found himself very close to his friends group throughout his schooling, he was very protective over them all and could always tell when they were upset or weren’t acting like themselves. Jae would make it his own responsibility to put a smile on their face when he noticed things were difficult for them. He got a bit of a reputation for being a bit of clown thanks to all the different ways he invented to make others laugh and the fact that he seemed to be a natural klutz and would often break things or trip over.
Despite spending a lot of time with his fellow students, much more of it was spent studying so that he could eventually get into a good university. Jae had always enjoyed learning English and had a confidence speaking and comprehending it that most of his classmates seemed to lack. He found himself often going online to read and participate in English speaking forums just to practice his own learning outside of the classroom. Eventually Jae started a running a blog where he wrote reviews of English films and plays he watched which gained a pretty large following.
When exams came around, Jaesung worked around the clock night and day in order to excel in all of the different subjects. Thanks to the grading system, he had to work especially hard to be seen over the top of his peers. He did well overall, getting high grades in most subjects and an outstanding mark in English. By the time Jae had reached his 18th birthday the majority of his siblings were out chasing their own dreams, his two elder brothers having chosen their own paths as a doctor and lawyer respectively and his sister going into veterinary school.
Jae however was still unsure where his place in life was. On the day of his 18th birthday he and his family gathered for his weapon claiming ceremony just as they had for each of his elder siblings before him. As he moved through the dojo he had followed his own intuition until he found himself in front of one of the many cases. With a long nervous breath he had reached forward and opened the case before laying his hands on a pair of serrated daggers which he picked up, twirling around his hands.
Just as he had expected, the weapons had claimed him and emitted a blue, ethereal light blue color which confirmed the bond between them. Jae had never really been big on fighting before his claiming ceremony, only doing the training his parents forced him to go through for the sake of placating them but holding them in his hands he felt a sense of strength come over him that he had never felt before. He felt like he finally had a direction in his life and it helped to sway his decision about what he wanted to do next.
Jae chose to enlist for his 2 year mandatory military service at the age of 18. Whilst all of his friends were moving on to become freshmen at the university they had gotten into, he had made the conscious decision to delay his studies until his service was complete. It was a hard goodbye, he had spent almost his entire childhood alongside these peers and now it was time for them to all move forward to new things but Jae wanted to get the service done so that he could spend all his time after that working on a career that could follow through his life.
Waving goodbye to his parents he had begun his service in the Navy a few weeks later. The training was rigorous and at times harsh but thanks to his supernatural ability, he found the work much easier than many of his peers. He quickly became popular among the fellow trainees who were fascinated by his level of stamina and the sheer speed he could run. Jae did his best to act as human as he could throughout his military service, the last thing he wanted was for questions to be asked that he couldn’t answer.
Jae was a good soldier and worked hard during his service, despite being young and quiet, he got along well with those around him and was promoted throughout the months to a Corporal. Jae never saw himself as much of a leader but the straight and narrow environment he was in made it easier for him, everyone followed the rules and no one questioned them, if they did, they would learn quickly the error of their words. Jae came into the military unsure of himself and where his future lead but when he finally received his dischargement papers 2 years later he had a much better idea of the person he was and what he wanted to do with his life.
Throughout his service Jae had kept up with his writing. Despite not being able to have access to a phone or computer during those two years, he was allow a notebook and pen which he used to write whatever came to his mind during any down time that he was allowed. The little book was filled with half written stories, poems, reviews he never got to finish before his leave of absence and letters to those he had left behind at home.
Having served his country and brought pride to his parents. Jae returned home for a few months whilst he got his life together. English and writing had always been Jae’s passion and it was time for him to chase down what future that could lead to. He knew that he wanted to play on his strengths but also wanted to find something which allowed him to make others happy, two defining pieces of the person he was. His search found him choosing to decline his acceptance to a university in Korea and instead applying for a placement overseas in a journalism and literature course at Evermore University.
A month later and Jae received his acceptance on the diversity program at Evermore University and began to pack up his life in Korea. His family had been shocked and a little disapproving of his choice to immigrate overseas at first but he assured them he would send regular letters home and when he got a well-paying job in America he would pay for his parents to fly over and visit him. It took a lot of convincing and doubt but eventually they agreed to support his choice and he got on a plane bound for America.
Stepping out into the airport, Jae didn’t know what the future would hold, but knowing he was in the capital of the supernatural world, he knew for sure that it would be very different to his life back in Seoul.