Spend 'di day 'round Melbourne wit' 'di best Valentines date! There was lots of swimming.
2011 - 2018: Callaloo Instituo de Magia
2018: A Junior Ranger for the GBRMPA (Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority) working under Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Traditional Owner groups
2019: Tallygarunga, Sturt House
Nox is the type of person that believes rules are merely guidelines, the law is up to personal interpretation, and, as long as you know you can get away with something, there is nothing stopping you from doing it. This creed has honed Noxolo into a wix with sly and sneaky habits best suited to a discreet thief, but ones they cater to like a magician or a street performer. If they want, they can hide/mislead just about anything/anyone with an entertaining performance or a well timed prank.
This trickery and Noxolo's practical use of being a metamorph has made them adept at acting or hiding emotions, but they tend to picky about the company they keep and who they drop the act for. Usually this results in their carefree and playful nature becoming punctuated by sudden moments of morbid, blunt, and critical analysis—so they aren't one to beat around a subject (unless they find it amusing, or can literally beat something). Alternatively, if magical music, dance, fun, and resourcefulness can resolve something, those are always their go-to tactics.
At 183 cm (6'0”), with nutmeg-colored skin, Nox fills out their lanky frame with toned and compact muscles that broadens their hips and shoulders while cinching their waist. This gives them a curvy body that, regardless of how and where their subconscious genderqueer metamorphing makes curves appear or disappear, compliments their other features: thick, tapered brows that arch over almond eyes; sweeping lashes that frame a hazel, sea-green stare; thick black hair that corkscrew into kinky curls; a wide nose that rest above full lips; a gravelly voice that lilts with their Jamaican accent, and a strong jaw framing their round face.
Their hair is usually worn in colorful ombre locs (that may change day to day if not throughout the day) and styled with bandanas and head wraps. Other clothes they wear vary from fitted wraps to comfortably fitting pants (that they can roll up) to short sleeved colorblock hoodies with designs of silhouetted creatures crawling, swimming or flying over the fabric.
And then there's pockets. Nox always has an available pocket to spare: flat pockets, cargo pockets, dress pockets, expandable pockets, hidden pockets, spare pockets, or pockets in pockets—they have pockets everywhere and for everything.
Born "like a chile paraded true J'ouvert"—according to their parent's sibling—Noxolo made their debut as a metamorph to a semi-nomadic magical family in Cockpit Country, Jamaica. The little shapeshifter would grow up as an avid capoeirista, ethologist, and horticulturist in an Afro-Taino culture that channeled transfiguration and mind magic through mixed martial arts, dance, music, food, and art. These practices helped their culture make mutualistic relationships with the environment by providing magical and non-magical restorative, surgical, medicinal and preventative care to local wildlife in exchange for harvesting surplus or unwanted resources. With Nox's family favoring apex predators and marine creatures, the young wix learned about them and favored them the most.
Whenever travels took Nox's family near big cities, they enjoyed finding and collecting books (textbooks, mystery novels, comics and etc) and watching movies, which was their first introduction to Western pop culture and gender norms. Despite not understanding all the cultural nuances, they developed a thirst for reading/watching stories and shapeshifting to mimic fictional characters. They eventually learned to put magical protective films on their own books so they could stuff them in magical pockets and take them to read on their family's inclement routes around the Caribbean.
In 2011, Nox was old enough to attend their family's school-of-choice: a nomadic Circum-Caribbean called Callaloo Instituto de Magia, where they would cultivate skills for potions, herbology, charmwork, dancing, music, and Capoeira as a strong foundation for furthering their adeptness with transfiguration and mind magic. Once they were mature enough, Nox would be able use their own memories/experiences and those of friendly companion animals to create dreamscapes for studying, relaxing and getting a good (literal) feel for how nonhuman body parts functioned for practical shapeshifting. That, alongside mimicking fictional characters, helped Nox became a great actor and a creative shapeshifter that easily fit in with Callaloo's infamous Fêtes & Fiends extracurriculars, which organized parties to honor the school's cultures and entertain students, and to help indigenous people scare illegal poachers, miners and loggers off their land with frightening disguises and pranks.
Wanting more academic and socioeconomic mobility and more knowledge on tropical and coastal ecosystems, Nox applied to Western Schools in Oceania. But, when many schools were too expensive, questioned the Jamaican's academic credentials, or classes weren't available, Nox decided to participate in a homestay with Australian Aboriginal people.
Fortunately, Nox was offered to live with approved muggle traditional owners, who worked for the GBRMPA (Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority), and learn Great Barrier Reef songlines and traditional tracking methods by working as a junior park ranger for North Queensland aboriginal ranger groups. In exchange, Nox put their metamorph and mind magic skills to the test by adapting to various aquatic environments to more easily work with and study the behaviours of local plants & creatures. This allowed them to operate equipment and survey ecosystem dynamics with little to no gear, upkeep or training. Consequently, ranger managers began assigning Nox to more challenging projects that forced them to build up their endurance, be more resourceful or learn how to use their magic in new ways (or barely at all when electronics weren't magic proof). So transfiguration and charmwork were used to make equipment repairs and replacements, or to makeup for something shapeshifting didn't entirely solve, while using mind magic with wildlife became a fun and relaxing challenge.
Noxolo continued their grueling and rewarding work as a junior ranger from June 2018 to the end of the year, until they finally got word of their being accepted into Tallygarunga for their final year of schooling.
Filled with excitement, confusion, and anxiety of the inevitable culture shock, Noxolo prepared for the 2019 Tallygarunga school year: they found a new homestay in Narragyambie, began working with local aboriginal rangers, and finally got a Quillbook (which they only seem interested in using like Instagram for wildlife photos).