a.k.a. Arcturus · 32 · FC: Dominic Cooper · Taken
“Despite all my fuck ups, you’ve always had my back. Your middle name fits you, Jake, mom and dad made a good choice. You’re our guardian, ever since they passed, now and always. We’re grateful. Me, Lil and Jerry would be lost without you.”
— Thomas Miller
Jacob is ambitious, smart and a perfectionist. He beats himself up over stupid mistakes, meaningless things only he would notice. His family history explains his personality. He grew up amongst dreamers, his father was an astronomer until cancer ended his life and his mother a botanist until she died, consumed by grief. Jacob used to be a dreamer, but as the cliche goes people change. At the age of 20 he was left to take care of his three siblings. A lot of people in his situation would quit and look for help, even beg for it, but Jacob wanted to do everything by himself, he owed it to his siblings, to his late mother and father. He did everything for his family and very few things for himself. Despite the difficulties life presented to him Jacob graduated, got a job at an architecture firm, just as planned. He tried his best to get Thomas, Lilian and Jeremy on the right track, though they made their own decisions, Jacob only expressed opinions, only shared what he thought would be the best path in life for them. He was proud of them, but never happy with himself. Each day in Jacob’s life was a repeat of the last. Work, work, work and more work. He deserved a pat on the back for all his effort. But all he’d do to reward himself was the occasional visit to the bar. Jacob’s life on Earth was nothing but a series of unfortunate events, endured by a brave man.
Jacob’s life completely turned around on Planet X. He welcomed this unexpected change, though he wasn’t sure if he was glad it had happened or worried about how it had occurred. Spending a long time dwelling on the past didn’t help him cope with the present. Jacob found his siblings, whom he believed to be dead. The four of them went through many difficulties in order to survive. Though he was on the road to happiness, or at least contentment, Jacob still felt as though something was missing in his life. Unlike some of the other survivors, he felt undeserving of this second chance on Planet X. A hollow feeling existed inside of him, he wasn’t needed anymore. His siblings could take care of themselves; they didn’t need his guidance anymore. It was as though Jacob had lost his purpose, when he had actually gained freedom to live his own life, and not try to manage Lilian, Thomas and Jeremy’s. Then he met Imogen, who changed his perspective and made him fall in love with her in the process. Jacob married her, and they adopted Sarah and Emily, two orphans he had saved from wolves. The four of them became the perfect post-apocalyptic family. Having a family of his own was one thing he could finally cross of his list. His search for recognition didn’t come in second either. He designed and helped build the houses that are now occupied by every resident of the planet. No longer bound to the office desk or the scotch bottle, Jacob found comfort in his new and old family. The fog he was constantly in had cleared.
The mystery crates have proven to be quite useful. Whoever is sending them has been kind to Jacob. He has received all the supplies needed for sketching and building the seven houses. However, he is suspicious. His father used to have theories about aliens, Jacob remembers them all and now they’re beginning to make sense to him. He’s as skeptical as can be about his current home. Everything is too orderly and well adapted for all basic human needs. It’s strange and Jacob has never been jaded, he lives his life with eyes wide open and he’s not going to ignore the unpleasant feeling he gets when a new crate arrives. He’s aware that by being too invested in this investigation for alien lifeforms he’s walking on thin ice. That’s never stopped him before. He’s joined forces with Eliza Carlton, both desperate to know the truth. A few other residents have also taken interest in alien-hunting. Jacob has his own little team of hunters, all at his disposal, waiting for his next command. He’s taken two younglings under his wing as well, his protégés are just as ambitious and determined to find out the truth as he is. Jacob’s search for aliens has gotten him in a lot of trouble with the other residents; he often comes home with a black eye or a bloody lip after a scuff with the “non-believers”, as he calls them. It’s foolish to deny the possibility of aliens exciting, who brought the humans to the planet, if it wasn’t them?