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|full name = Risa Megan Ward|alias = Didi|gender = Female|age = 17 (as of [[UnWholly]])|status = Alive|allegiance = [[Connor Lassiter]]<br>AWOLs<br>The Graveyard|residence = Ohio State Home 23(former)<br>Arizona|unwindstats = Ex-AWOL Unwind; survived past 17<br>Forced to undergo spine transplant}}
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|name = Risa Ward
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|full name = Risa Megan Ward
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|age = 17 (as of ''[[UnWholly]]'')
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|status = Alive
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|alias = Didi
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|gender = Female
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|hair color = Brown
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|eye color = Green
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|unwindstats = <div style="clear:both;"></div>
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* Ex-[[AWOL]] [[Unwind]]; survived past 17
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* Forced to undergo spine transplant
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|residence = Ohio [[State Homes|State Home]] 23 (former)<br />[[Graveyard]], Arizona (briefly)
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|significant other = [[Connor Lassiter]] (boyfriend)
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|appearances = ''[[Unwind]]''<br />''[[UnStrung]]'' <small>(mentioned only)</small><br />''[[UnWholly]]''<br />''[[UnSouled]]''<br />''[[UnDivided]]''
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}}'''Risa Megan Ward''' is a fugitive wanted by [[Proactive Citizenry]]. Once a [[wards|ward of the state]], Risa kicked [[AWOL]] and met [[Connor Lassiter|Connor]], who later became her boyfriend, and [[Lev Garrity|Lev]]. At [[the Graveyard]], Risa became the chief medic. After being taken captive by Proactive Citizenry upon the request of their Rewind [[Camus Comprix]], Risa eventually betrayed them and went on the run, until she crossed paths with Connor again.
   
'''Risa Megan Ward''' is [[Connor Lassiter]]'s girlfriend. She was once a [[ward of the state]] of [[StaHo]] Ohio 23 before escaping and meeting [[Lev Calder]] and Connor. She later becomes the chief medic of [[the Graveyard]].
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During a [[clappers|clapper]] attack on [[Happy Jack Harvest Camp]], Risa was left paralyzed from waist down and unable to walk. This went on for months, until Risa was given an [[unwinding|unwound]] part of a spine that allowed her to walk again.
==History==
 
A ward of the state since birth, Risa spent the first fifteen years of her life in State Home Ohio 23, trying to prove herself worthy of the life given to her and provided to by the state home. She chose music as her course of study, particularly classical piano, which she had been honing. Put under pressure, Risa had always been intent on being better than the other wards of the states. Mr. Durkin, her piano teacher for five years, is about the closest thing Risa has to a parent. He never puts Risa under any pressure and tries to assure her of her standing in the StaHo.
 
==[[Unwind]]==
 
WORK IN PROGRESS.
 
   
During one of the recitals of the wards of the state, Risa performs a sonata by Chopin, which she does beautifully in the beginning. Then she becomes distracted after her first mistake, which soon leads to four more. On the verge of tears, she hopes that it wasn't noticed by the jury, but she knows that they have, just as much as she did. It would have been fine if any of the other kids' performances were less than stellar, but the others shined.
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== Biography ==
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=== History ===
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A [[wards|ward of the state]] since birth, Risa spent the first fifteen years of her life in [[State Home]] Ohio 23, trying to prove herself worthy of the life given to her and provided to by the state home. She chose music as her course of study, particularly classical piano, which she had been honing. Put under pressure, Risa had always been intent on being better than the other wards of the states. Mr. Durkin, her piano teacher for five years, is about the closest thing Risa has to a parent. He never puts Risa under any pressure and tries to assure her of her standing in the StaHo.
   
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=== ''Unwind'' ===
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During one of the recitals of the wards of the state, Risa performs a sonata by Chopin, which she does beautifully in the beginning. Then she becomes distracted after her first mistake, which soon leads to four more. On the verge of tears, she hopes that it wasn't noticed by the jury, but she knows that they have, just as much as she did. Due to her peers considerably outdoing her in the piano department, she was then slated to be unwound.
   
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One week later, called into Headmaster Thomas' office, she is faced with a tribunal of three people there. One of them is the social worker assigned to Risa's "case," the other, the school's legal counsel or lawyer, Mr. Paulson. They try to explain to her why she is being [[unwinding|unwound]] but Risa only sees the unfairness of it all, asking whether she has a choice in it. She even asks if she can change her course and be a boeuf instead of a musician, which is immediately declined, saying that training to become an Army boeuf takes many years, especially for a girl. They tell her that they deem that she has reached her potential, and she will be unwound.
   
One week later, called into Headmaster Thomas' office, she is faced with a tribunal of three people there. One of them is the social worker assigned to Risa's "case," the other, the school's legal counsel or lawyer, Mr. Paulson. They tiptoe their way through before breaking the news to Risa. They say that since every Staho is obliged to take the unwanted babies that don't get storked, they have to make room for every new ward, which means cutting 5 percent of the teenage population, and that budget cuts impact on all State homes. Then they tell her she's reached her potential. Fed up, Risa comes straight out with it and both states and asks if she's being [[unwound]]. When Risa asks whether she has a choice in it or if she can change her course and be a boeuf, she is declined, saying that training to become an Army boeuf takes many years, especially for a girl. She is then escorted out by two guards.
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She wasn't allowed to return to her dormitory since, as an [[Unwinds|Unwind]], there's nothing she needs. Some of her friends sneak off to bid her farewell but Mr. Durkin does not come, which hurts Risa most of all. She sleeps in a guest room in the home's welcome center, then, at dawn, she's loaded onto a bus full of kids being transferred from the huge StaHo complex to the central transportation center, where kids from dozens of state homes would be sorted onto buses that would take them to wherever they were going. Her final destination will be Twin Lakes Harvest Camp, the [[harvest camps|facility]] of choice for all Ohio23's Unwinds.
   
She wasn't allowed to return to her dormitory, since, as an Unwind, there's nothing she needs. Some of her friends sneak down to the school's transportation center to bid her farewell, but, Mr. Durkin does not come, which hurts Risa most of all.
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On the bus, when a fairly nice-looking military boeuf being transferred to the state naval academy flirts with her, she lies and tells him she's being sent to Marple's Academy for the Highly Gifted. [[Samson Ward]], another Unwind, exposes her, though, and the boeuf then keeps his distance, as if unwinding is contagious. Risa also keeps his distance from Samson, mainly from his sadistic logic of preferring unwinding over his foreseen failure in life.
   
She sleeps in a guest room in the home's welcome center, then, at dawn, she's loaded onto a bus full of kids being transferred from the huge StaHo complex to other places. She recognizes some faces, but doesn't actually know any of her travel companions.
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She had already considered the possibility of sneaking onto another bus, but the bar codes on their waistbands make that an impossibility. It's all perfectly organized, and foolproof. Still, Risa occupies her mind with all the scenarios that could lead to escape.
   
Twin Lakes Harvest Camp. It's a fine place. It's our facility of choice for all our Unwinds. In fact, my own nephew was unwound there. - Headmaster Thomas
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That's when she sees the commotion out of her window. It's farther up the road. Squad cars are on the other side of the freeway, and as the bus changes lanes, she sees two figures in the road: two kids racing across traffic. One kid has the other in a chokehold and is practically dragging him. And both of them have run right in front of the bus.
   
Across the aisle, a fairly nice-looking boy—a military boeuf by the look of him—gives her a smile. "Hey," he says, flirting in a way only boeufs can.
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Risa's head is slammed against the window as the bus suddenly pulls to the right to avoid the two kids. The bus fills with gasps and screams, and Risa is thrown forward, down the aisle, as the bus comes to a sudden, jarring stop. Her hip is hurt, but not badly. It's just a bruise. She gets up, quickly taking stock of the situation. The bus leans sideways. It's off the road, in a ditch. The windshield is smashed, and it's covered with blood. Lots of it. Kids around her all check themselves. Like her, no one is badly hurt, although some are making more of a fuss than others. The chaperone tries to calm down one girl who's hysterical.
   
"Hey," Risa says back.
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And in this chaos, Risa has a sudden realization: This is not part of the plan.
   
"I'm being transferred to the state naval academy," he says. "How about
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The system might have a million contingencies for state wards trying to screw with things, but they don't have a plan of action for dealing with an accident. For the next few seconds, all bets are off. Risa fixes her eyes on the front door of the bus, holds her breath, and races toward that door.
   
you?"
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== Physical description ==
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{{Quote|Risa's pretty. Not in the way Ariana was pretty—in a better way. . . Risa has a natural kind of beauty.|Connor|[[Unwind (novel)|Unwind]]}}She has shiny, silky, dark brown hair that has a brilliant sheen. Her brown eyes are also described as full-of-life. She was described by Connor as pretty, possessing a natural kind of beauty.
   
"Oh, me?" She quickly sifts through the air for something impressive. "Miss
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She eventually had to change her hair and eye colors when she went into hiding. Her eyes were changed to a subtle green and her hair wavy and red.
   
Marple's Academy for the Highly Gifted."
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== Personality ==
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Growing up as a state of the ward, she had always been under the pressure to be great in her field, which was music in her state home. She was a wonderful pianist but always noticed even the smallest mistakes she made. She was also shown to be very streetwise while she was on the run with Connor and Lev. She is also good at taking care of children since she was sometimes assigned to nurseries in the state home.
"She's lying," says a scrawny, pale boy sitting on Risa's other side. "She's an
 
 
Unwind."
 
 
Suddenly the boeuf boy leans away, as if unwinding is contagious. "Oh," he
 
 
says. "Well. . . uh . . . that's too bad. See ya!" And he leaves to sit with some other
 
 
boeufs in the back.
 
 
"Thanks," snaps Risa at the scrawny kid.
 
 
The kid just shrugs. "It doesn't matter, anyway." Then he holds out his hand
 
 
to shake. "I'm Samson," he says. "I'm an Unwind too."
 
 
Risa almost laughs. Samson. Such a strong name for such a mealy boy. She
 
 
doesn't shake his hand, still annoyed at having been exposed to the handsome
 
 
boeuf.
 
 
"So, what did you do to get yourself unwound?" Risa asks.
 
 
"It's not what I did, it's what I didn't do."
 
 
"What didn't you do?"
 
 
"Anything," Samson answers.
 
 
It makes sense to Risa. Not doing anything is an easy path to unwinding.
 
 
"I was never going to amount to much anyway," Samson says, "but now,
 
 
statistically speaking, there's a better chance that some part of me will go on to
 
 
greatness somewhere in the world. I'd rather be partly great than entirely
 
 
useless."
 
 
The fact that his twisted logic almost makes sense just makes her angrier.
 
 
"Hope you enjoy harvest camp, Samson." Then she leaves to find another seat.
 
 
"Please sit down!" calls the chaperone from the front, but no one's listening
 
 
to her. The bus is full of kids moving from seat to seat, trying to find kindred
 
 
spirits or trying to escape them. Risa finds herself a window seat, with no one
 
 
beside her.
 
 
This bus trip will be only the first leg of her journey. They explained to her—
 
 
to all the kids after they boarded the bus— that they would first be taken to a
 
 
central transportation center, where kids from dozens of state homes would be
 
 
sorted onto buses that would take them to wherever they were going. Risa's next
 
 
bus would be a bus full of Samsons. Wonderful. She had already considered the
 
 
possibility of sneaking onto another bus, but the bar codes on their waistbands
 
 
make that an impossibility. It's all perfectly organized, and foolproof. Still, Risa
 
 
occupies her mind with all the scenarios that could lead to escape.
 
 
That's when she sees the commotion out of her window. It's farther up the
 
 
road. Squad cars are on the other side of the freeway, and as the bus changes
 
 
lanes, she sees two figures in the road: two kids racing across traffic. One kid has
 
 
the other in a chokehold and is practically dragging him. And both of them have
 
 
run right in front of the bus.
 
 
Risa's head is slammed against the window as the bus suddenly pulls to the
 
 
right to avoid the two kids. The bus fills with gasps and screams, and Risa is
 
 
thrown forward, down the aisle, as the bus comes to a sudden, jarring stop. Her
 
 
hip is hurt, but not bad. It's just a bruise. She gets up, quickly taking stock of the
 
 
situation. The bus leans sideways. It's off the road, in a ditch. The windshield is
 
 
smashed, and it's covered with blood. Lots of it.
 
 
Kids around her all check themselves. Like her, no one is badly hurt,
 
 
although some are making more of a fuss than others. The chaperone tries to
 
 
calm down one girl who's hysterical.
 
 
And in this chaos, Risa has a sudden realization.
 
 
This is not part of the plan.
 
 
The system might have a million contingencies for state wards trying to
 
 
screw with things, but they don't have a plan of action for dealing with an
 
 
accident. For the next few seconds, all bets are off.
 
 
Risa fixes her eyes on the front door of the bus, holds her breath, and races
 
 
toward that door.
 
 
 
 
 
==Physical Appearance==
 
{{Quote|Risa's pretty. Not in the way Ariana was pretty—in a better way. . . Risa has a natural kind of beauty.|Connor|[[Unwind]]}}
 
 
She has brown hair. She was described by Connor as pretty, possessing a natural kind of beauty.
 
==Personality==
 
Growing up as a state of the ward, she had always ben under the pressure to be great in her field, which was music in her state home. She was a wonderful pianist but always noticed even the smallest mistakes she made. She was also shown to be very streetwise while she was on the run with Connor and Lev. She is also good at taking care of children since she was sometimes assigned to nurseries in the state home.
 
   
 
Without realizing it, though, she had also become quite good with several other things noted by others around her, such as her survival and medical skills. After staying in the [[Graveyard]] as a medic, she realized she wanted to go down that road and be a doctor someday, if she survived past 18.
 
Without realizing it, though, she had also become quite good with several other things noted by others around her, such as her survival and medical skills. After staying in the [[Graveyard]] as a medic, she realized she wanted to go down that road and be a doctor someday, if she survived past 18.
   
 
She strongly opposes Unwinding, to the point that she refused to undergo a transplant to replace her shattered spine with an Unwind's, leaving her paralyzed from the waist down. Eventually, though, she is forced to undergo the treatment and finds guilty pleasure in being able to walk again.
 
She strongly opposes Unwinding, to the point that she refused to undergo a transplant to replace her shattered spine with an Unwind's, leaving her paralyzed from the waist down. Eventually, though, she is forced to undergo the treatment and finds guilty pleasure in being able to walk again.
==Etymology==
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== Etymology ==
 
Her name "Risa" may be derived from the Spanish word "sonrisa" which means smile, as stated by a Hispanic kid Risa once met.
 
Her name "Risa" may be derived from the Spanish word "sonrisa" which means smile, as stated by a Hispanic kid Risa once met.
   
 
Being a ward of the state, she shares the surname "Ward" with other wards of the state.
 
Being a ward of the state, she shares the surname "Ward" with other wards of the state.
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Latest revision as of 01:29, July 16, 2019

Risa Ward
Biographical Information
Full name: Risa Megan Ward
Age: 17 (as of UnWholly)
Status: Alive
Alias:

Didi

Gender: Female
Hair color: Brown
Eye color: Green
Affiliation
Unwind Standing:
  • Ex-AWOL Unwind; survived past 17
  • Forced to undergo spine transplant
Residence:

Ohio State Home 23 (former)
Graveyard, Arizona (briefly)

Significant Other/s:

Connor Lassiter (boyfriend)

Character Information
Appears in:

Unwind
UnStrung (mentioned only)
UnWholly
UnSouled
UnDivided

Risa Megan Ward is a fugitive wanted by Proactive Citizenry. Once a ward of the state, Risa kicked AWOL and met Connor, who later became her boyfriend, and Lev. At the Graveyard, Risa became the chief medic. After being taken captive by Proactive Citizenry upon the request of their Rewind Camus Comprix, Risa eventually betrayed them and went on the run, until she crossed paths with Connor again.

During a clapper attack on Happy Jack Harvest Camp, Risa was left paralyzed from waist down and unable to walk. This went on for months, until Risa was given an unwound part of a spine that allowed her to walk again.

Biography Edit

History Edit

A ward of the state since birth, Risa spent the first fifteen years of her life in State Home Ohio 23, trying to prove herself worthy of the life given to her and provided to by the state home. She chose music as her course of study, particularly classical piano, which she had been honing. Put under pressure, Risa had always been intent on being better than the other wards of the states. Mr. Durkin, her piano teacher for five years, is about the closest thing Risa has to a parent. He never puts Risa under any pressure and tries to assure her of her standing in the StaHo.

Unwind Edit

During one of the recitals of the wards of the state, Risa performs a sonata by Chopin, which she does beautifully in the beginning. Then she becomes distracted after her first mistake, which soon leads to four more. On the verge of tears, she hopes that it wasn't noticed by the jury, but she knows that they have, just as much as she did. Due to her peers considerably outdoing her in the piano department, she was then slated to be unwound.

One week later, called into Headmaster Thomas' office, she is faced with a tribunal of three people there. One of them is the social worker assigned to Risa's "case," the other, the school's legal counsel or lawyer, Mr. Paulson. They try to explain to her why she is being unwound but Risa only sees the unfairness of it all, asking whether she has a choice in it. She even asks if she can change her course and be a boeuf instead of a musician, which is immediately declined, saying that training to become an Army boeuf takes many years, especially for a girl. They tell her that they deem that she has reached her potential, and she will be unwound.

She wasn't allowed to return to her dormitory since, as an Unwind, there's nothing she needs. Some of her friends sneak off to bid her farewell but Mr. Durkin does not come, which hurts Risa most of all. She sleeps in a guest room in the home's welcome center, then, at dawn, she's loaded onto a bus full of kids being transferred from the huge StaHo complex to the central transportation center, where kids from dozens of state homes would be sorted onto buses that would take them to wherever they were going. Her final destination will be Twin Lakes Harvest Camp, the facility of choice for all Ohio23's Unwinds.

On the bus, when a fairly nice-looking military boeuf being transferred to the state naval academy flirts with her, she lies and tells him she's being sent to Marple's Academy for the Highly Gifted. Samson Ward, another Unwind, exposes her, though, and the boeuf then keeps his distance, as if unwinding is contagious. Risa also keeps his distance from Samson, mainly from his sadistic logic of preferring unwinding over his foreseen failure in life.

She had already considered the possibility of sneaking onto another bus, but the bar codes on their waistbands make that an impossibility. It's all perfectly organized, and foolproof. Still, Risa occupies her mind with all the scenarios that could lead to escape.

That's when she sees the commotion out of her window. It's farther up the road. Squad cars are on the other side of the freeway, and as the bus changes lanes, she sees two figures in the road: two kids racing across traffic. One kid has the other in a chokehold and is practically dragging him. And both of them have run right in front of the bus.

Risa's head is slammed against the window as the bus suddenly pulls to the right to avoid the two kids. The bus fills with gasps and screams, and Risa is thrown forward, down the aisle, as the bus comes to a sudden, jarring stop. Her hip is hurt, but not badly. It's just a bruise. She gets up, quickly taking stock of the situation. The bus leans sideways. It's off the road, in a ditch. The windshield is smashed, and it's covered with blood. Lots of it. Kids around her all check themselves. Like her, no one is badly hurt, although some are making more of a fuss than others. The chaperone tries to calm down one girl who's hysterical.

And in this chaos, Risa has a sudden realization: This is not part of the plan.

The system might have a million contingencies for state wards trying to screw with things, but they don't have a plan of action for dealing with an accident. For the next few seconds, all bets are off. Risa fixes her eyes on the front door of the bus, holds her breath, and races toward that door.

Physical description Edit

Risa's pretty. Not in the way Ariana was pretty—in a better way. . . Risa has a natural kind of beauty.

–Connor, Unwind

She has shiny, silky, dark brown hair that has a brilliant sheen. Her brown eyes are also described as full-of-life. She was described by Connor as pretty, possessing a natural kind of beauty.

She eventually had to change her hair and eye colors when she went into hiding. Her eyes were changed to a subtle green and her hair wavy and red.

Personality Edit

Growing up as a state of the ward, she had always been under the pressure to be great in her field, which was music in her state home. She was a wonderful pianist but always noticed even the smallest mistakes she made. She was also shown to be very streetwise while she was on the run with Connor and Lev. She is also good at taking care of children since she was sometimes assigned to nurseries in the state home.

Without realizing it, though, she had also become quite good with several other things noted by others around her, such as her survival and medical skills. After staying in the Graveyard as a medic, she realized she wanted to go down that road and be a doctor someday, if she survived past 18.

She strongly opposes Unwinding, to the point that she refused to undergo a transplant to replace her shattered spine with an Unwind's, leaving her paralyzed from the waist down. Eventually, though, she is forced to undergo the treatment and finds guilty pleasure in being able to walk again.

Etymology Edit

Her name "Risa" may be derived from the Spanish word "sonrisa" which means smile, as stated by a Hispanic kid Risa once met.

Being a ward of the state, she shares the surname "Ward" with other wards of the state.

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