CHARACTER NAME: Diego Vicente Rojas [technically, he’s Diego Vicente Rojas Guerrero, but that’s confusing for Americans, so he dropped the Guerrero. Sorry, abuelito.] AGE | DOB: 36 | November 21, 1980 BIRTHPLACE: Chicago, Illinois CANON NAME & SOURCE: Cassian Andor | Star Wars LINK TO CANON WIKI:here OCCUPATION: Journalist for the Dunhaven Tribune RESIDENCE: 1001 Franklin St. PLAYED-BY: Diego Luna JOURNAL: ~rebelspy
SCHOOL(S) & GRADUATION YEAR(S):
Jungman Elementary, 1986-1995 Benito Juarez Community Academy, 1995-1999 Northern Illinois University, B.A. in Journalism with a minor in Political Studies, 1999-2003
WIFE: Grace (Solomon) Rojas (age 34) STEP-SON: Finn Solomon, flycasual, age 17 DAUGHTERS: Molly (age 5, born spring/summer 2012) & Hannah (age 1, born before august 2016) CAT:Kasper, about 9 years old. [Diego didn't want to change his name after he adopted him, so now he calls him K, Kaspurr...] Diego rescued him because no one ever adopts black cats, and the rescue agency said that Diego was the only one the cat had ever warmed up to. K likes the rest of the family now, but it took some time, and he will generally go after strangers or guests if he thinks the girls are in danger. He is super protective. But still definitely Diego's cat.
FATHER: Manuel Alberto Rojas MOTHER: Maria Luisa Guerrero de las Rojas SIBLINGS: Mateo, age 38; Angelina, age 33
ABOUT THE CHARACTER
Focused and driven when it comes to his job, Diego gets the same thrill in the chase for information and for a good story that Cassian did when he was hunting down intelligence. He enjoys finding that the thread he'd been tugging on had some truth in it after all, and he enjoys the satisfaction of knowing that something he uncovered or something he shared with the world at large made a difference. He takes it hard when he fails; he wants very much to make a difference and to matter. His self-worth is pretty well tied up in his ability to do his job. He's very deliberate, too,
not just in his job but in his personal life, too. He doesn't do anything without thinking it over first, and coming up with a plan. When he does sign on to something, be it a story or a relationship with a single mom, people around him can trust that he's in it for the long haul because he's already given it a lot of thought.
Because he grew up with a family and because he grew up outside of war, Diego's warmer and more open-minded. He's very observant and he can read people well, which sometimes means he doesn't trust easily, but he's quick to open his arms to someone when he can tell they're genuine, instead of assuming it's another lie. He doesn't have the guilt of years of bad deeds weighing on his shoulders, so he seems light and full of life much of the time. He's a devoted father, husband, and friend, stopping at nothing to help them and keep them safe. He is still fairly unassuming, though. He doesn't like drawing a lot of attention to himself, and is more than happy to let other people be the life of the party while he's the moral support. HISTORY
∇ Diego Rojas grew up on the Lower East Side of Chicago, in one of the prominent Mexican-American communities. His parents had been born in America, as were his paternal grandparents, but their connection to other Latino families kept their heritage alive. His parents’ house was chaotic and full, with his grandparents living with them and other family members coming and going all of the time. They were decidedly working class, and money was often tight. It wasn’t really something Diego noticed for a while, because most of his friends and classmates were in similar boats. Except for the private school kids. His parents had looked into a private school for Diego when he was starting kindergarten, but even their parish’s school was a couple thousand more per year than they could afford. Instead, Diego ended up in the public school system, which wasn’t great, but… it was what it was.
∇ He was a smart kid, though. Observant and alert, Diego paid close attention in class when his friends were goofing off. He knew, from a young age, that he’d have to make up for what his parents lacked in wealth. He also learned determination from them, and he learned how to never give up. They’d sacrificed so much over their lives, and he wasn’t about to let them down. In high school, he joined the soccer team, on top of his academic pursuits. He’d been playing soccer since he was a boy, and he was good. Really good. It just was unfortunate that his high school wasn’t that good, but with him there, they were better. A little bit, anyway. It was enough to get attention from colleges, at least. Coupled with his academics, Diego was a popular prospect. When he got a partial soccer scholarship to NIU, that was that.
∇ To say his mother was devastated that he was leaving home would’ve been an understatement. She was very protective, and very attached, and that was a big part in why he didn’t accept any offers from colleges farther away. At least he’d still be in Illinois, and she’d be able to visit. College went pretty well, all things considered. He got to play soccer, which was great, but his classes were a little overwhelming at first. He’d always been passionate about the written word, so it didn’t come as much of a surprise when he majored in journalism. It was that or politics, ultimately. He’d gotten his start during high school, writing and editing articles for the school paper, and that followed him. After college, he drifted around in different internships, struggling to “make” it in the field. Everyone was so much smarter than he was, it seemed, and the people who’d gone to places like Harvard or Columbia seemed to have a better chance to get a break. He tried freelancing, focusing a lot on sports, Chicano culture, or a combination of both. He did some copy editing at a newspaper, which wasn’t really what he wanted to do, but at least it kept his foot in the door. Eventually, one of his contacts from his internship at the Chicago Tribune sent a job listing his way: the Dunhaven Tribune in Dunhaven, Virginia, was looking for a new journalist. It was a small office, so there’d be a lot of responsibility on his plate, but at least he wouldn’t just be editing someone else’s articles anymore. He ended up getting the job, using his sports media background and his understanding of contemporary political science -- and, if you ask him privately, he’s pretty sure that he fit some sort of quota for diversity. There was a lot of talk about “fresh perspectives” during the interview.
∇ Now, moving away was a Big Deal. It was in an entirely different state halfway across the country, but Diego wouldn’t be deterred. He wished his parents could have been supportive, but they saw all the work he was doing as pointless -- why spend years at something when it might not even pay off? But to Diego, this was it finally paying off. He moved and he didn’t look back. He visits Chicago when he can, and brings his new family, but he’s pretty content where he is. He had a lot to learn about the town itself in order to do his job, but he’s been there over a decade now, so it feels like home. Some of his journalist buddies get on his case now and then for his lack of aspirations -- or at least that's the way they see it. Writing for a small town paper wasn't part of his plan, initially, and he's good at his job,
so he could have gone to bigger places in time. Before he met his wife, he wondered if he should have tried -- maybe gone overseas, reported on some human rights violations, or on wars, but ultimately, he decided that part of the reason he went into journalism in the first place was to connect with the community he lived in, too, and to tell stories about them as well. He still writes some freelance articles from time to time for larger publications that have more interest in global issues, like the political climate in Mexico, or in the Chicano community at large, but he's happy telling stories for the people of Dunhaven, too.
∇ Meeting Grace wasn’t something Diego expected. She took his breath away the moment he first laid eyes on her, and all of a sudden, he felt like he was a teenager again, giddy and shy and all-consumed with her. It didn’t take long for Diego to fall in love with her. There was only one potential bump in the road: her ten year old son, Finn. Of course, he knew about Finn. Grace had never been shy about that part of her life. Diego hadn’t met the boy right away, but he knew about his existence from early on. It was a litmus test, honestly. She didn’t introduce her son to just anyone, so she had to know that any potential boyfriend wasn’t afraid well before the introduction actually happened. If it freaked them out, there was no reason to keep dating. Diego wasn’t afraid -- well, he was, but only because he was afraid that Finn wouldn’t like him. He knew early on that he didn’t want Grace to leave his life, and the prospect of having children wasn’t something that sent him running. Diego adored Grace already, and he knew that if the two of them were going to continue their relationship, Finn was going to be a part of that, too. He wanted a relationship with her son, because he was so integral to Grace and to the woman she was. So he desperately wanted Finn to like him. But he also knew that he couldn’t make it all about just making sure he didn’t ruin his relationship with Grace. He had to be there for Finn, too. To his relief, dinner went well. He’d brought a gift that he spent hours and hours stressing out over, and it was a hit.
∇ With the initial meeting out of the way, Diego found himself instantly more involved in Grace and Finn’s lives like he’d hoped. He didn’t really know how he’d fit in -- he knew that Finn’s father wasn’t in the picture, but he also knew that he wasn’t Finn’s father. It was a tricky, fine line to walk. He couldn’t just be Finn’s friend, though he really liked hanging out with the kid, playing sports or video games or taking him to the movies. If he married Grace (and he fully intended to), he’d be there, permanently, and he’d take on more actual parenting. It was one of the big questions Grace had for him as they moved forward. Was he ready? To be a dad? Diego knew quickly that the answer was yes. He specifically asked Grace to include Finn in their wedding ceremony (before she could get around to suggesting it) because he wanted Finn to know that they were all family. It wasn’t just Diego and Grace. The three of them were a team, and it was really important to Diego that Finn understood that he would be there for him just like he was promising to be there for Grace. Diego isn’t ashamed to say that the moment made him cry at the wedding. He wasn’t there for Finn’s birth, but he genuinely feels like Finn’s his. Of course, parenting a teenager who isn’t biologically yours is tricky, and Diego constantly worried about when the day would come that teenaged Finn threw that back in his face. Thankfully, it never got to that point. It hasn’t been perfect, but Diego wouldn’t have it any other way.
∇ Finn was more of a package deal than he realized at first, too. His best friend, Indiana, was a nearly constant presence in their lives, even before Diego stepped through the door. Indy was a good, smart kid, whose father was away a lot, so he spent a lot of time with Finn. Diego caught on pretty quickly that he was in desperate need of a father figure of sorts, and since Diego didn’t know how the boy would take to his best friend’s step-dad fathering him, he took it slow and easy. He tried to do little things to show that he was there for Indy, too. Secretly, he learned sign language so he could communicate with Indy better. He isn’t great at it, but he tries, and he always hoped that’d be enough to override any of his mistakes.
∇ Shortly after their first anniversary, Grace gave birth to their first daughter, Molly. The magic he felt holding her for the first time felt like the magic he felt on their wedding day, but it wasn’t anything on seeing Finn with his little sister for the first time. That was really something special. Diego was worried that Finn would think he was being replaced somehow, now that Grace and Diego had a child of their own, so they went out of their way to make sure that they each had time with Finn, too, especially in those early months when Molly was new. He’d stay home with Molly for a few hours while Finn and Grace had a mother-son date, or vice versa. It helped. Hannah was born a year ago, and Diego feels a hell of a lot more capable the second time around.
∇ REVEALED: Fighting in the Clone Wars with the Separatists, against the Republic military
∇ UNREVEALED: Being recruited by Draven for the Rebellion, and putting his child-soldier skills to better use
∇ UNREVEALED: Reprogramming K-2SO.
∇ UNREVEALED: His aliases Willix, Aach, Joreth Sward. Working in the Albarrio sector as Fulcrum.
∇ UNREVEALED: Killing Tivik in the Ring of Kafrene after getting the intel he needed from him about the kyber crystals and the planet killer.
∇ UNREVEALED: Meeting Jyn Erso and interrogating her. Draven's secret orders to kill Galen Erso.
∇ UNREVEALED: Flying to Jedha ("Trust goes both ways."), getting in the middle of a fire fight between Saw's rebels and the Empire, getting captured by Saw's men
∇ UNREVEALED: Being helped by Chirrut Imwe and Baze Malbus, two Guardians of the Whills
∇ UNREVEALED: Finding Bodhi and escaping Jedha before the Death Star's explosion reaches them
∇ UNREVEALED:Not taking the shot to kill Galen on Eadu, and instead trying to save Jyn when the Rebel fighters arrive
∇ UNREVEALED: The fight with Jyn about his lies and secrecy, and how he'd been fighting longer than her and how he'd lost everything, too.
∇ UNREVEALED: Recruiting other soldiers to help Jyn steal the plans for the Death Star from Scarif. "I couldn't face myself if I gave up now."
∇ UNREVEALED: The battle on Scarif.
∇ UNREVEALED: Losing K-2SO.
∇ UNREVEALED: Watching the incoming blast with Jyn.
∇ GRACE (SOLOMON) ROJAS.Wife. El amor de su vida, the mother of his children, etc. flycasual is her son from a prior relationship. Open to any fandom! [Unfilled]
∇ FINN SOLOMON.Step-son. Finn and Diego are pretty close these days. Their relationship was a little awkward at first, but Finn warmed up to him quickly, and Diego stepped up to the plate where Finn's biological father didn't. [flycasual)
∇ INDIANA CRAWFORD.Finn's best friend. Where there's a Finn, there's probably an Indy. Diego loves Indy, too, and he's spent the last seven years learning sign language so he could better communicate with Finn's best friend. (walkingcarpet)
∇ ROGUE ONEBrothers in arms. I'd love to see Bodhi, Baze or Chirrut around in some capacity! K2 is Diego's cat, at least until we get someone interested in him. Bodhi in particular - I'm attached to Riz Ahmed, but any middle eastern POC is okay, even a lady. If he and Diego have known each other a while, that'd be cool!
PLAYER: Laura EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org CDJ:borntorun TIMEZONE: US central PREFERENCES: Same as all the others lol