Intensely private and reserved by nature, it's not uncommon for May to give off the erroneous first impression of being a bit of a quiet wallflower; this couldn't be further from the truth. While softspoken, she's quite fond of socialization and often seeks out her friends to spend time with them, or approaches new people out of sheer curiosity. Cordial, respectful and polite, one can find a listening ear and sage advice in her company, as well as someone willing to try new things and invest time in them.
She's a realist, holding no hopes she deems silly and delusional for herself and others due to having her own vision of the world (and her life) shattered by circumstance a few years ago. Nevertheless she tries to make the best out of a given situation because she never knows when the opportunity will be ripped from her - provided that she allows herself to act at all to begin with, should it go against her need to repent for past mistakes. Due to knowing the true hardship of regret and having had people caught in the crossfire of her actions, however, she's become very forgiving of others over the years and it's become harder and harder to get a rise out of her.
Despite having grown up mostly away from her family, they did manage to impart in her the values of loyalty and bravery. She's taken both to such an extent that it was ultimately her downfall - she's sacrificed her very life and every relationship she had in Victoria for the sake of protecting them from persecution and being able to leave to rescue her family, and she's subjected herself to a lifetime's worth of being under the Ministry's thumb for their sake. She doesn't regret the action itself, but the great harm it's caused around her.
May caps out at 170 cm, having always been slightly tall for her age growing up. Her mildly wavy brown hair runs free just past her shoulders and is parted at the right, although she used to keep it shorter during her academic years. Completing the ensemble is a pair of green eyes that is far more expressive than the rest of her face usually is, and by far the most inviting part of her composure past the professional/somewhat subdued behavior - although people who've known her for a long time would argue they're not nearly as bright as they once were. As a giveaway of her species' affliction, her skin is a bit pale.
Her frame is lean and imposing due to a mix of combat sports exploits, natural propensity for musculature due to her heritage, and the training she has to endure on a daily basis to keep herself in peak condition for her job. To go with the muscular definition she has the odd scar here and there, indicative of the struggles she's been through for the past few years. These are concealed by a modest and neutral choice of wardrobe - she prefers darker colors and avoids eye-catching clothing and excessive makeup when able for the sake of moving around more seamlessly when needed.
Despite her general demeanor, May has always had a tremendous ease in enlarging her social network on the sheer basis of how interested she usually is in other people and how willing she is to help them in any matter, ranging from something as innocuous as mowing a lawn to having someone disappeared. She's a good friend to have to anyone who wants to get things done, someone who's able to think out of the box and adapt to new situations like fish to water, and who is seemingly gleeful in doing so.
She is also someone who enjoys trying new things of all sorts, contributing to the potential of having a connection practically everywhere. Despite her abandonment of people a few years prior, her sheer usefulness and spontaneity as a person has ensured her friendships had more than enough time and room to recover upon her return and her value as a friend hasn't diminished.
The vast majority of her family is gone, and the only surviving member is Ian Travers, her (much) younger brother - a fact only known by a handful of people. She actively tries to motivate him to learn how to fight so to protect himself from eventual trouble he may come across due to their connections in Perth, but past that she's not awfully close to him; she does try her best to be friendly but being away from him for the vast majority of his life contributed to a sense of awkwardness and disconnection between the two. Truly an odd thing, since the people who know them both often think there is no way they couldn't be siblings.
Her heart still beats for her ex, someone whom she had planned to propose to just before uprooting her own life to aid her family in Perth. She has never allotted herself the time to move on due to the literal war she's had to face, always idly holding onto the hope of their relationship being alive right up until her matters were settled. It was then she came to terms that it was all over and she shouldn't even dream of it for the woman's safety, as well as the fact it had been too long and she'd likely have moved on regardless of the situation.
It was as she had expected upon returning, and May doesn't hold any illusions about what her own actions meant. Nevertheless, as time goes by, she's coming to realize that staying is probably safer for her ex than leaving; on that alone she's reconsidering her mindset. Should she wait and see, or should she redeem herself and give chase?
As for others, she's never felt comfortable with the idea of approaching them despite her own relationship being dead in the water. To betray her own feelings felt worse than what she did to them by leaving as it was what kept her going for so many years, and as such she doesn't bother with dating or to have flings. She is not opposed to a platonic date, however, if someone needs to keep their mind off of things.
Despite her friendly self, it's very likely that there are more than a few people out there who can't stand her guts. Whether they were people involved in her family's dealings (ally or enemy, in varying circumstances) or someone she's left behind at a point in time, she's gotten under the skin of plenty of people and it's unlikely that she's repaired it all at this point in time.
She tries to be understanding and admit to her own faults when confronted, not being one to grow angry or enjoy conflict. As far as more serious matters go, given she wants to minimize the bloodshed, it's likely she'll stay her hand even if justified.
May was born to a wealthy family in Perth. Unfortunately for her, her Dhampir ancestors weren't ones trying to rise above the hatred and discrimination her kind was often subjected to; rather, they often took advantage of it and the family was firmly rooted in the seedy underbelly of the city, managing questionable businesses and evading the Ministry's pursuit. However, given that they were undergoing particularly violent confrontations with their rivals in the underworld, May's relatives ultimately opted not to have her grow up in this environment. She never got much of a chance to get too close to any of them as she was often sent to schools far away from their HQ as means of protecting the young child of that kind of life, as well as would-be pursuers that would want to exploit her status for their gain.
Eventually, as she finally reached the appropriate age to enroll in a proper full magical education, the Bowen family ultimately decided on sending the girl to Tallygarunga given their history of diversity and acceptance towards several species. She experienced the strange dichotomy between her past and the amicable environment of that school, and chose to remain evasive regarding where she came from. To combat the feeling of homesickness that she constantly felt despite not being particularly close to her relatives, she became more social and invested in people's lives rather than her own. This led her to create a bit of a network while still in school despite being very reserved, taking a liking to giving people advice and help them out with their troubles instead.
She ultimately decided to become a Hit Wizard upon graduation, enrolling in VMU to attain the required Auror training prior to taking on that chapter of her life on. It came to an abrupt close shortly after graduation, however, as she heard through the grapevine that her family's business was folding left and right as the confrontations never ended over the years, and had gotten particularly bloody. Honor bound, the girl uprooted her entire life overnight to take matters into her own hands, upset that her family kept her out of it for so long - even if she never wanted to be a criminal herself.
As she returned to Perth, her family was barely left standing. She did what little she could to hold up a resistance, but her efforts ended up gaining the attention of the Ministry of Magic. She was offered a choice: either they would crack down on what was left of the Bowens, or she could lend her services as a Bounty Hunter for them in exchange to them turning a blind eye, tipping the family off, and keeping her well fed. Willing to do whatever it took to keep them alive, May agreed to this offer, immediately starting the grueling training directly under the Ministry. It all took a few years, but slowly and surely her family got back on her feet and she became a full fledged Bounty Hunter. Eventually wanting to salvage whatever was left of her life back home, she requested transfer to Melbourne, which was granted. But did anything survive her leaving without warning and being completely out of reach for four years?
It wasn't easy, but May managed to rekindle most friendships over the months that followed, some more easily than others. A few remained more than a bit apprehensive over her potentially disappearing again at some point down the line but gave her a chance nonetheless and she's taken it and ran with it, gradually proving herself worthy of a minimal sense of trust despite the betrayal years before.
Her utmost priority became to take care of Ian, her brother. She worked out a deal with the Ministry to provide enough nourishment in her payments to cover for the boy as well and started to personally train him in self defense; fortunately he did seem to already have a clue of how to fight and so the transition wasn't as painful as it could have been. The more time that passes between the two the more she realizes how ignorant she is of his youth, personality and what drives him, which gave rise to the idea she's wholly incapable to protect him to begin with - at least, in certain ways. As such she's grown to rely on very few people of her network whom are aware they're siblings to watch over the boy and keep her posted if anything odd happens.
She's also inadvertently grown closer to her ex, or at least more than she ever intended, through sheer necessity - as a particular murder shook the Halfbreed community, she came to learn Olivia Teagarden was somewhat in the murderer's sights due to association. Breaking protocol, May decided to cooperate with her and the son of the victim, Travis Franklin, to catch the perpetrator before the Ministry takes the matter into their own hands and send her to kill it. The whole matter is starting to make her think that Olivia is better off with May around while facing additional danger when having her protection than having May be away, which is a blow to the ego of the woman whom once left just so to keep everyone safe.