Shea Elizabeth Saunders
age + dob thirty-five + october 11, 1980 birthplace atlanta, ga raised in conyers, ga residence boston, ma occupation bouncer, show security and occasional bartender status no.
appear weak when you are strong
and strong when you are weak.

-- the art of war
She can't really remember when she was five, she gets told lots of stories, however, the whole family has something to say about the time she ripped her pink Sunday School dress while climbing the trees to get at the neighbor's cat that summer when everything was too hot and the water barely ran anywhere. Shea's family was very Southern, and in that, they always tended to embellish and throw color where they can. The family is kind of large, rather expansive, stretching from off the center of Georgia over making a kind of circle up until you get to Minnesota. Her mother, Charlotte Lynn Saunders (nee Darsey), died not so long before the story about the pink dress and the tree. That wasn't to say that she didn't have a really lovely childhood, she did. Plenty of love, lots of attention, she was her father's whole world, wrapped up in going fishing on Saturday mornings and cello recitals the week after next. Didn't have her first boyfriend until her last year of high school, where she was voted homecoming queen to boot - this being snubbed in favor of heading out to see Manhole open for Fear Factory..

After High school was a particularly tense time in the house, her father (Beauregard, 'Bunny to his friends') getting older and more annoyed than anything that she didn't have a steady boyfriend and couldn't decide between two or three schools the summer prior (finally settling on the University of Georgia), he sort of edged her on into what he'd hoped would have been. There were failed attempts at police training, Muay Thai training that she'd kept up with the whole time, self defense courses that were both learned and taught after a time, a flirtation with being a court reporter and working in the library back home for a good, long while (she liked that part, mostly history). Somewhere in there, after her father speaking to various friends, he'd secured her a spot at the Albany Museum of Art where she helped with the tours and where she helped arrange the loaned exhibitions in and out of state while she worked on her degrees in history and literature.

There was, of course, some guy. But there is always some guy in every story. He was head strong and he was intelligent and he argued with her, all the time. It took her a time to figure out that's why she kept entertaining long nights and longer conversations with him - and they carried on that way for four years, a very nearly almost, which is what she calls it if it's ever come into question. But toward the end it felt like they'd both gotten so comfortable with each other there wasn't room for change, and that was no way to live. A very nearly almost was good, but it felt like they'd both died - no one wants that kind of thing on their conscious.

It was at that time that Shea decided that it was finally time to leave - and she'd been thinking about it for time time, she'd been there nearly the whole of her life, and while Georgia wasn't so bad, depending on the parts you frequented or found yourself, didn't mean it was a stay there for always kind of thing. At first it was little things, just wanting to leave, get out - she went beyond state lines (this wasn't anything amazing for someone who'd just turned 28, but being a Daddy's girl and something of an at least state-shut in, Shea thought it was quite adventurous.) She found herself holed up in Tennessee in a little bar uptown - where she wound up taking part time after learning the ins and outs of mixing part time after she got back from the Edmondson Pike Library -- eventually, part time became full time, became subbing in for the guys who were late for work on crowded nights and helping stop more than a few fist fights.

Eventually, there was a band that was doing a mini tour of the east coast that had one or two homedates at the bar Shea was working at and, as she was friends with one of the merch people, she wound up following them around for a few months. She roadied, sold merch, she haggled with bookers and so forth - deciding, about a year ago, that it was time to stop. Winding up in Massachusetts, she did what she'd always done - despite her father not thinking she was always the best at it, she was resourceful. Finding an apartment never took all that long, especially if she knew which names to drop and which to omit - Shea found herself working two jobs, because there was, of course, too many hours in a day, never really enjoying time to let herself sit and wonder off in thought. With luck she managed to land a job working the door and the bigger crowds at the House of Blues in Harvard Square.

comic verse
Chay-Ara was an Egyptian princess, married to the Egyptian prince Khufu. They found a crashed shipped which gave them their powers. But they were cursed by Hath-Set to die and then reincarnate, over, and over, always dying when reaching the peak of their love. In the 1940s, Chay-Ara was reincarnated as Shiera Sanders while Prince Khufu was reincarnated as Carter Hall who was also the winged wonder, Hawkman. Still connected to each other, Carter and Shiera formed a romantic relationship. While on the trail of criminals, Hawkman formulated a plan to capture them. He was able to contact Shiera to aid him in his plan.

The Silver Age version of Hawkwoman was Shayera Hol, a law enforcement officer from the planet Thanagar and wife of Katar Hol, the Silver Age Hawkman. She originally operated under the codename Hawkgirl, and was a member of the Justice League of America. She was born on Thanagar, which had a scientifically advanced civilization in which crime was virtually unknown. As an adolescent, Shayera joined the Thanagarian police force and was assigned to assist the force's most decorated officer, Katar Hol, in capturing the Rainbow Robbers. At first, Katar was furious at being assigned an inexperienced young woman as a partner, but he nevertheless became strongly attracted to her.

Ten years later, the couple was sent to Earth in pursuit of the criminal Byth Rok. Upon reaching Earth, they were befriended by Midway City police commissioner George Emmett, who established cover identities for them as Carter and Shiera Hall. After capturing Byth and bringing him back to their planet, Katar and Shayera chose to return to study Earth's crimefighting methods, and they fought against evil as the superheroes Hawkman and Hawkgirl.

As Shiera, she first worked as Carter's secretary, but later became co-director of the Midway City Museum.

Later, Thanagar had established itself as a military dictatorship bent on conquering other planets. Hawkman and Hawkwoman thwarted Thanagarian plans to invade Earth, destroying their own starship in the process. Hawkman and Hawkwoman remain on Earth, regarded as traitors by everyone on Thanagar. She helped her husband come to terms with the deaths they caused during the battle. Eventually, she changed her codename to Hawkwoman.

SAUNDERS: Shares a last name with the newest incarnation of herself.

MUSEUM: Both Shea and Shayera have worked on and off in museums.

CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE: Both women were the center of their father's universes (as per Hawkworld).

TEMPER: While Shea doesn't go and bust heads as directly as her counterpart, they both share a short fuse with the gut reaction to most problems being 'hit it' and when that doesn't work -- 'hit it harder.'

EGYPT: Where Shayera has incredibly strong ties to the Egyptian people, Shea has found they're her favorite period in time, so much so as she's got a small gold ankh tattooed on the top inside corner where her shoulder and neck meet on the right side.

MARTIAL ARTS: Both women trained and trained more in various types of the martial arts.

WORK: Attempted work in law enforcement and then left for security and bouncer work was used to mirror Shayera's time with the Wingmen and in the Thanagarian army.

Reincarnation; The Nth metal knife which murdered Hawkgirl in her original incarnation as Chay-Ara had an unusual effect upon her soul and that of her lover Khufu (Hawkman). The pair are locked in a seemingly endless cycle of death and rebirth throughout the centuries. While not a superhuman power per se, this propensity for reincarnation has allowed Hawkgirl to cheat death and return to active duty in her current incarnation.

Wings; They do exactly what you think wings would do.


• her favorite band that she's gotten to work a gig for is my ruin - who is fronted by the same singer she skipped her homecoming to see, which she thinks is pretty great.

• really enjoys researching star charts and personalities that were born on the same day, bit of a guilty pleasure there.

• can play the cello and a little bit of piano, though she still thinks that she would have rathered the flute.

• hates it when she slips into cliche southern speak, she catches herself for the most part. but ya'll-s happen and she turns kind of red when they do.

• mulan is the best disney princess. this is not subject for debate.

• had a crush on scott ian when she was in her 20's, she traveled with her signed trading card.

• @birdnose: insta/tumblr.

• briefly entertained the idea of joining a rollerderby when she first moved to boston, despite the fact that she can't skate to save her life.

friends & etc.
cara • capt. marvel
gym buddies. maybe a little competative. maybe a little silly. they flip tires together.
beth • psylocke
next door neighbors, whiskey in a teacup and 3am.
someone • cv
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