SPOUSE Joanne Mason Roth (ex-wife) OFFSPRING Alexandra Dina Roth (deceased)
INFJ; 'The Advocate' - The INFJ personality type is very rare, making up less than one percent of the population, but they nonetheless leave their mark on the world. As Diplomats, they have an inborn sense of idealism and morality, but what sets them apart is the accompanying Judging (J) trait – INFJs are not idle dreamers, but people capable of taking concrete steps to realize their goals and make a lasting positive impact.
Heart on his Sleeve
abilities & skills
while not gifted in the supernatural, Ellis is a keen detective, well trained through his career with the force. His observation, memory and awareness of situations is better than the average human through his own dedication to honing his senses.
as with standard police training, Ellis is skilled with a hand gun. He was close to top of his class in the academy for firearms, although he missed a few points. Ellis favours the standard Glock 22 for his customary weapon, although his back up piece is a Ruger LC9, kept in an ankle holster. Ellis also has a registered Smith and Wesson M&P 9 back up.
MODERATE HAND TO HAND
Ellis is in no way a trained fighter, however he has passed the physical defence and offence class and is a fairly average boxer. He's much better at just chasing people down than having to get into a fist fight.
as with so much in this day and age, technology is constantly at the forefront of things, Ellis isn't a tech whiz at all, but he's forced himself to learn the ins and outs of the tech stuff so that he doesn't jeopardise a case by screwing something up.
into the past
Ellis was the second born child to contentedly married parents. He uses that term to describe his early years, mostly because they weren't exactly unhappy, but the later years showed that they weren't entirely happy either. For the most part, things went smoothly; Ellis had an older sister who was sensible and smart, and then a younger brother, who was impressionable and eager to follow. His father was a high powered attorney and his mother was a full time housewife, giving her children everything she'd never had, coming from a large family of seven. She doted on the kids, fair but strict, while their father worked long and exhausting hours, allowing the children a good and privileged lifestyle.
For the early years of their lives, things were stable; good schools, good home life, plenty of love. Until Ellis was 18, looking into his future career path, having toyed with the idea of Law School like his father for almost a year, and the news broke with stories of an affair. Slowly the truth spilled out; Graham had taken a lot to do with a young woman who had passed through his attorney's office, she was 19 and pregnant, there were rumours the child was his, but paternity tests were released later to disprove that. It didn't detract from the fact that Graham admitted that he'd been intimate with the young woman.
Miriam filed for divorce, Graham moved out of the house and into a lush apartment and wasted no time in moving his younger girlfriend in with him.
CAREER & MARRIAGE
The proceedings were in no way easy. It was a long and drawn out process, despite the infidelity on Graham's part, causing a lot of friction within the family. Ellis was privy to the carnage that was his parents fighting, while still having some interaction with his father despite living with his mother -Ellis was and ever shall be a mommy's boy. By the time Ellis was twenty-two, graduated from college with his degree in criminal law, he had a toddler step-sister, divorced parents and a soon to be step-mother who was only a few years older than him.
Annemarie was a lot different to his mother, likely part of her draw for Graham (and the fact that she was almost 20-years his junior), Nicole on the other hand was every part the little gem that a bemused four year old would be. She was largely protected from the complexities of their family through Ellis' attempts to make sure she understood that the adults just had many issues. The distance Ellis' kept from Annemarie didn't pass over to Nicole and Ellis has always been a very involved older brother, much like he was with Maxwell.
It was Nicole who set Ellis on his next path; into law enforcement rather than practising law like his father. Nicole's fascination with police had them at a fundraiser park day for the local PD, soon after Ellis was enrolled and making his way through training smoothly, like he was somehow meant to be there. Ellis settled into police life exceptionally easily, much to his mother's pride and Nicole's excitement, and worked fastidiously towards helping better Spokane for everyone. It was also through work that Ellis met his future wife, a young and bright woman who worked with a survivors advocacy group. Ellis was immediately drawn to her caring nature and her fierce protectiveness. They dated for almost a year before he proposed, marrying six months after that and having a moderately blissful first year together. Ellis would've never used 'content' to describe his own marriage, believing that he'd managed to find the 'happily' married niche.
SUPERNATURAL & TRAGEDY
A year into things and they found themselves expecting, nine months later and little Alexandra was born, apple of her fathers eye and all that. Ellis adores children, and it surprised no one that he was a very hands on father. Things progressed rather nicely for a few years; Ellis worked his way up the ranks of police, working hard for the family he had, his daughter grew more inquisitive by the day, something that Ellis always encouraged where possible, although her mother was far more practical. It really fell apart three years ago, before the news of the existence of werewolves and vampires was widespread public knowledge.
Ellis and his partner were working on some disappearance cases, two of which resulted in mangled and mauled bodies being found. The case really started to get to Ellis, since they were approaching suspected double figures on the missing teenagers and expecting another body to turn up on the third month of the case. Ellis was working longer hours, tirelessly trying to connect the dots on a case that made no sense at all. It started to fester the longer that Ellis looked into things. Until the day he got the call he never wanted. In a panic, his wife called him during the day in July; she'd taken their daughter to the park, playing around, she'd met a friend and stopped to talk while Alex played in the park. Before she realised, Alex was missing, the only trace of her a cardigan on a bench. The Amber Alert went out within the hour, everything dropped to the way side for Ellis to get out there and help find his daughter.
Four days later the body surfaced.
It was at that point that the world practically crumbled around Ellis' head, it took less than four hours to connect Alex's abduction and murder to the case that Ellis had been investigating. It was instantly passed to another detective, Ellis forced onto mandatory leave and counselling. He took it in stride, for a few days at least, until the gut churning grief was too much to handle and Ellis started looking into things himself, off the clock. It drove a wedge into his marriage, and before long, without him really noticing, his marriage had all but fallen apart entirely. Like his parents, the divorce was not easy. There was so much guilt and blame from Alexandra's death flying around that it grew exceedingly difficult to be in the same room as his spouse.
The following year, werewolves and vampires were publicly outed and Ellis was handed a new lead. He was still technically unable to work the case, but the detective that took over was happy to take the insight on the case from Ellis, someone who had kept up with it the whole time, for obvious reasons. A year and a half after Alex's murder, they brought in a particularly vicious man who just happened to be a werewolf too. It was Ellis' first interaction with the supernatural, and it left a very lasting effect. While he was most certainly aware of the intricacies of good and bad, that people were bad sometimes, and that it likely settled the same for the supernatural world, when they were bad it was decidedly more dangerous than people could expect.
While the resolution in the death of his daughter should've brought some manner of closure, it just took Ellis' down a path he wasn't entirely interested in following, the world of the supernatural being of little interest to him. So when the option of a transfer, and slight promotion, came along, the move to Seattle wasn't that big of a deal to him. With his mother's blessing and a deal in place with Nicole, Ellis' packed up the tattered mess of his life and moved to Seattle, not even remotely aware of the can of worms that had just been opened.
Ellis' life in Seattle was in no way what he expected at all. Finding that the city was a hot-spot for the supernatural was a surprise, the troubles of the police station there was more so, but in many ways it was exactly what Ellis needed, even if he didn't realise it at the time. His partner was Liz Lauer, a tough detective who had just lost her own partner in some supernatural related issues within the department. The pair had some friction at first before Liz started to open up, opening Ellis' eyes to many issues in Seattle PD.
It was through this that Ellis was introduced to the Seattle werewolf pack, hesitant at first given his past with werewolves, Ellis tried to open his mind to the pack and engage with the members in Seattle to better do his job. Nate Wight, the Alpha of the Seattle pack went a long way to helping alter Ellis' views on werewolves in general. Through his connection to the pack, Ellis went about assisting in opening the Seattle Community Care Centre, angled a lot towards issues that supernaturally inclined people would face within Seattle and through the complications that happened there.
After Liz was killed in the line of duty, Ellis focused more on cases that had a supernatural implication within them, dedicated to solving crimes that were more difficult to deal with due to species, inclination or just lack of evidence.
► did not split amicably from his wife; there was a lot of blame and a lot of guilt and yet more blame, but it is something he's put resolutely in his past and refuses to discuss at all, ever. Even his mother has stopped trying.
► he didn't always want to be a cop, for a while he'd decided to follow his father into law school, at least until the breakdown in his parents marriage and the very ugly divorce there. He decided to practice law in a different way after that.
► despite the difficulties with his 'step-mother', which he's wary to address since she's barely ten years older than he is, Ellis has a very good relationship with his step-sister. He was wary about moving any distance away from home because of the strain it might cause, but they'd agreed on weekly Skype sessions to ease the transition and visits where possible. Miriam has a decidedly good relationship with her ex-husband's step-daughter, involved in her life much like an aunt.
► owns a border collie, tan and white, named Whiskers. He's seven years old and Ellis adopted him from a drug den when he was a puppy. More recently he adopted Sargent, a golden cocker spaniel from the pound following his previous owners death.
► would identify as 'lawful good' on the spectrum; Ellis has issues with certain supernatural elements in the world, however he chose a path to protect and serve, and that does include certain species that not everyone is aware of. He's fairly compassionate towards those who need it, seeks justice relentlessly, regardless of the severity of the crime and tends to take it to heart when that doesn't work out.
LIVES THE JOB
► as much as he tries not to take the job home with him, there are certain things that you just can't shut off from, Ellis' major trigger is crimes against or involving kids, with obvious reasons, and domestic abuse cases -a few of his old co-workers always attributed this to his father hitting his mother, but as bad as his parents got, his father never really abused his mom (physically or verbally), Ellis just really hates spouses or partners that abuse their loved ones.
► drinks tea like it's going out of style, no really. His mother is British and favours her tea over coffee every day, Ellis picked up the habit very early on and never really developed a taste for coffee as a result.