|No. 20 – Free Agent|
|Species||Horseshoe Crab ( Limulidae )|
|Listed height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Listed weight||160 lb (73 kg)|
|FBA draft||2017 / Round: 1 / Pick: 24th overall|
|Selected by the Lorain Firestorm|
|Pro playing career||2017–present|
|Career highlights and awards|
|2020 Salary||$1 million|
|(OOC) Creator||Toledo (Khed)|
|(OOC) Usage||Ask me before any use|
Ella Blessing is a scion of the most storied arthropod family in the United States. Her grandfather, Lemuel Blessing, was the first arthropod to be accepted at the prestigious Elihu University, located in New Haven, Connecticut, where he studied medicine. However, he found that aside from an elective or two on avian or reptilian physiology, medical knowledge--even at one of the top schools in the country, Harvaardwak's rival--was limited to mammals. No one knew anything about his own horseshoe crab anatomy and physiology; all he knew were remedies and folklore handed down from his forebears, mostly herbal remedies that could be gathered along the seashore, where most horseshoe crabs lived in abject poverty.
While performing experiments on himself and having dissected a couple bodies he had shipped up the coast from South Carolina, he discovered something strange: he had no immune system. Instead, his blood--literally blue--seemed to isolate and expel intrusive microorganisms. He instantly realized the many uses medicine would have for this compound, whatever it was, and immediately set to work patenting the process for extracting the compound, creating a corporation in which every South Carolina horseshoe crab was a shareholder, and establishing a community wherein they could live, which others named Lemuelstown. Under Lemuel's management, horseshoe crabs spun their own blood into gold, equitably distributed, transforming a swampy landscape of huts into a thriving, if insular and single-species, community--almost a commune.
Into this milieu Ella Blessing was hatched, practically the closest to royalty within her community. Her first introduction to basketball came through the television, as horseshoe crabs had generally focused on aquatic sports and, with their exoskeletons, shunned the slick-polished hardwood of basketball courts. It was in solving this problem that Ella demonstrated that she'd inherited the perspicacity and ingenuity of her father: scrounging together discarded bits of furs' sneakers, she jerry-rigged a pair for her own feet that gave her some friction on the court.
However, because Lemuelstown didn't have a basketball team at any level of school, Ella requested to attend the nearest fur high school to pursue her blossoming dream. Her mother, who also had attended Elihu, knew something of leaving one's home for education, and encouraged her daughter.
Ella's new classmates were less enthused. Overall, they were poorer than the inhabitants of Lemuelstown, and many of their parents resented their horseshoe crab neighbors for their sudden (and, they alleged, hoarded) wealth. It was only through persistence and a metaphorical thick skin to match her shell that Ella was able to persevere and win the respect of her teammates, who realized over time that Ella, the invertebrate, had become the backbone of their team.
Following in her mother's and grandfather's footsteps, Ella was accepted into and attended Elihu University, majoring (as her family members had) in molecular and developmental biology. Throughout her college experience, she kept honing her basketball skills until she helped Elihu beat Harvaardwak in their annual duel--significant because the latter, unlike Elihu, had sent several players to the FBA. At that point, her coach recommended she announce her candidacy for the FBA draft. Having graduated with honors, that's her next step... after patenting her ArthroPed athletic sneakers.