Name: Griselda Gilbert. Flat-out refuses to be called 'Zelda' or any other alteration of her first name, but isn't fond of either of her names, really.
Age: I'll go with the ever-cliché seventeen.
Appearance: (No anime for you guys.) Griselda is somewhat above-average in height (say 1.67 metre) but slim, with a mild slouch and an unassuming stance when relaxed- Not someone who stands out by stature. Although she has the genes to be both attractive and athletic, they're let down by the fact that she's underweight and doesn't perform more physical activity than is strictly necessary, so Miss Gilbert isn't someone who turns heads. Her light brown hair is long, but tied back into a single narrow braid to keep it out of the way. Her eyes are a solid, lightish brown, and her face is small but not dainty. Smiles fit easily on her face, but are rare; Much more often she is seen with slightly mocking laughter covered by a hand. Her voice leans towards quietness.
Griselda's clothes are almost exclusively subdued colours, mostly browns, greys and dark blues. She prefers to wear long, heavy trousers and coats for as long as the weather will possibly allow, but if the sun turns harsh, she makes do with a t-shirt and loose jeans. Griselda is never seen far from her oversized sunglasses, even if she isn't wearing them (as is usually the case), as she doesn't like going outside when the sun is near it's brightest. She typically wears plain walking shoes, but doesn't mind walking barefoot in sand or soft grass. Griselda is never seen wearing any jewelry. What she is always wearing, however, is a narrow-brimmed, round, dark grey hat. Taking it off is a sign that she really admires or cares about the person she is talking to.
Personality: Griselda is both sarcastic and a dedicated pessimist- Not the most likeable combination of traits. The glass will never be half full for her, and she always manages to find some or other downside to the present, no matter how frivolous. Although rarely serious during conversations, she spends most of her time in a dreary world by herself, watching and thinking. When with company, however, Griselda shows a cynical, flippant, vaguely mocking, but surprisingly talkative side, responding readily with dry quips and purposefully narrow opinions. When conversation fails to keep her interested, though, she may become impatient or downright snappish.
Despite her impertinence, Griselda is a surprisingly bright individual. Since it developed, she has thought her cynical outlook through more carefully than is easily assumed, and her more irritatingly stubborn and frivolous opinions are usually just stated to provoke a reaction from the company she keeps, and may even be at odds with what she actually believes. Griselda is academic and a skilled learner, although often forgetful. She refuses point-blank to let her subconscious tell her that she's lonely, largely because of a strong fear of sudden change in herself and her life, a result of the tragedy in her family when she was younger. Although she certainly isn't the embodiment of cheerfulness, Griselda usually isn't actually unhappy, only gloomy because of what she perceives in the world. When completely alone in a quiet place with no humanity to depress over, she can almost skip.
History: Griselda's brief life story isn't bland, but more exciting and less depressing tales have been told. Born in Castelia City as the first child to a fairly well-off family, Griselda was a cheerful, almost whimsical child in her earlier years. The two Gilberts took great care to both work hard enough to support the family in comfort, and to stay with their child enough to ensure that she received a memorable upbringing- indeed, for a child who knew little more than a crowded city and met few others than other children at a primary school, she was exceedingly happy, and her happiness spread easily to her parents.
So well did Griselda's first few years go for herself and her parents that, while she was still only seven, the senior Gilberts decided to bring another child into being, and as such Griselda's younger sister Shevon was born. This time, however, the story of youth went tragically different. Shevon survived for just over a year before a latent birth defect ended her life mysteriously and abruptly. Her older sister reacted painfully to the event and it's abruptness, and her parents were similarly heartbroken, although they, unlike her at the time, were old enough to understand that not all occurrences had purpose. In time Griselda's parents learned to be happy again, and Griselda forgot about the grief of those days. Consciously, at least.
When Griselda approached adolescence, the repaired Gilbert family decided it was a good time for her to begin to see more of the world. Camping, vacations elsewhere in Unova and going to events like the Pokemon World Tournament all helped guide Griselda into adulthood. As she entered her teenage years, though, and gained a deeper understanding of how life and death were intertwined and how often fate could be as cruel as it had been to Shevon, her view of the places she went and saw started shifting more and more to the negative. Grades rising steadily but friends gradually growing distant, by the time she completed her secondary education with very respectable marks at age seventeen, she had already been the pessimist she is now for several years, sarcasm and a dried-up well of humour the only noticeable remains of her childhood joy.
Her parents, on the other hand, were planning something life-changing again. Having made completely sure that Shevon's passing was an anomaly, the two were planning to have a child for the third and last time. They were not, however, oblivious to Griselda's change. Seeking to revive the part of her that saw wonder and happiness in the world in preparation for the new arrival, the Gilberts arranged for Professor Juniper to give Griselda a Pokemon to raise, travel, and grow with for a while before she applied at a university. Although they discussed the matter with their daughter extensively, they did not inform her of the planned addition to the family- They only watched as a hired Golurk carried their daughter towards a long journey, and a distant hope.