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Grey is an enigma of the analytic and illogical, a creature caught between the dilemma of callous thought and passionate animalism. He is a mystery in many respects, being that he keeps a stoic face and beneath that hides a raging intellect.
Initially silent, he is an observer rather than a participator. It takes effort to get Grey comfortable with a situation, but once that comfort level has been reached, he becomes almost overbearing, with a way of communicating through physical language rather than words. He is immune to the social laws that most people grow up with. He invades personal space and surpasses the mental boundaries with his unending questions. He is frank, possessing a kind of honesty and bluntness that is normally associated with children, and being that he is ruled by curiosity, he asks what is on his mind.
Despite his silences and a demeanor that suggests he is always brooding, Grey is inherently friendly. He is charismatic when he speaks or acts, despite his, well, earnest ways. He manages to joke and include others, or at least people he feels loyal to (for example, Fallen). His observational nature gains him knowledge that others overlook, and a nearly photographic memory has him cataloging people's behavior. He remembers things, little comments and actions. He has keen eyes, and he is fast to realize that something is amiss among either his comrades or his enemies. One assumption about Grey is that he is tenderhearted because of his ability to reach out and console or assist. But his belief is simply that some kindnesses will cost him nothing, and these are often the kindnesses that others withhold. He is considerate in ways that many people are not. He will offer his jackets or clothing for warmth in a cold season, or his food during a spell of starvation. His needs are often put on hold, and this is something that can be harmful to him.
His good-nature continues. If he is in familiar settings or around people he knows well, he becomes mischievous, something that often brands him a joker. He could be considered childish in this aspect as well, although his brand of humor is normally considered more mature than that. However, there are situations that require soberness that he does not have. He often underestimates the seriousness of the environment around him, and he will continue to joke and play when it is not appropriate, although it typically takes on a note of bitter sarcasm. At times, you could go as far as calling his behavior malicious; this goes back to his heedlessness of boundaries, both emotional and physical. Whatever harm he causes, however, is normally unintentional.
He believes heavily in loyalty, and whatever group he is aligned with is at the forefront of his mind. This could mean his family, his friends, or his Ring. He, while not humble, is not too proud to follow orders without hesitation or trouble. This is something that has been used against him in the past. Grey does not question authoritative figures, even if they demand something immoral of him.
Once an intimate level has been reached, his behavior changes drastically. Grey is still that observant man, but possessiveness and protectiveness come hand in hand with his loyalty. His affections are overbearing, and he simply cannot let things go. Grey is the sort that sets his mind to something and will accomplish it to matter how difficult, or impossible, it may seem. He applies this to his friendships and lovers, or relationships in general. He believes that these things are life-long commitments. Whenever he devotes himself, body and soul, to another human being or even to an organization, Grey does not think of questioning it. He is a person that does not change easily, and has a habit of rejecting whatever change my come without adapting his mindset.
All of his close relationships are perilous. He is controlling and unpredictable, angered by small changes in the people that he loves. He does not like being caught by surprise; therefore, he attempts to avoid it. Grey shields people he cares about. He attempts to keep them ignorant to the world around them, mostly in hopes of protecting them from what may or may not be happening at the time. You could consider him obsessive, even. This can be both annoying for his loved ones and self-destructive for himself. He will shoulder their burdens and keep them from participating in life, if he can help it. Unfortunately for him, he is undeniably attracted to "free spirits", if you will. He loves people that are rebellious and passionate, perhaps because it contrasts so sharply with his need of organization and his occasional callousness.
To elaborate on some of his more negative traits, Grey is a fiercely animalistic man. He is vicious at times, and his behavior resembles his animal counterpart more often than it resembles a domestic man. This is something that people don't notice about him immediately, but becomes apparent over time. He is the poster child for "shapeshifter gone wrong", the sort of "animal" that the Menagerie enjoys advertising. He is very capable of violence, although his calm and generally kind demeanor would have you thinking otherwise. That is how he behaves towards his allies. Towards enemies? Grey is volatile. He would sooner eat you and spit you out then shake your hand. You could go as far as calling him territorial and dominance-orientated. To him, an alpha's word is law. To him, a trespasser or threat needs to be terminated.
Since being a child, he has been spoon-fed certain notions that could be considered "unsavory". For one, he has an extremely high view of his species. He believes that shapeshifters are superior to human beings in every way, and the worth of a human being is less than an ant. Likewise, he has been raised to think in two fashions. Firstly, everything can be calculated or manipulated. It's why he's so damn observant. He subconsciously tries to manipulate things in a fashion that he finds suitable, and this often leads him into telling lies or half-lies without realizing it (it is second nature to him). Secondly, he has been raised to allow the animal in him control. He is an instinctual person, and this can be an advantage or a disadvantage depending on the circumstances.
With some of these characteristics, his loyalty to Fallen might be called into question, but the point of the matter is that he is a very confused man. He does not personally believe that he needs reformation, but he is under the impression that he might need to atone for past mistakes, and he is throwing himself headlong into the mission of reforming himself. He wants to be a better person.
SUBJECT APPREHENDED [...] 4/17/05, THE MENAGERIE [...] APPREHENDED IN NYC WITH SEVERAL OTHER SUBJECTS [...] BLOOD RESULTS WERE POSITIVE [...] STATUS: SUBJECT’S INITIAL HEALTH WAS GOOD, CONFLICT WITH UNIT EMPLOYEES LEFT SOME DAMAGE TO THE SUBJECT’S RIGHT SIDE[...] DANGER LEVEL: PRESUMED HIGH, UNKNOWN [...] SUBJECT DOES NOT APPEAR IN PRIOR RECORDS [...]Historical evaluation of this subject has yielded no results. The subject has not been cataloged into any identification program, run by UNIT or otherwise. The subject does not have fingerprints (they appear to have been burned off). The subject has remained silent even under intense interrogation, and after multiple attempts at suicide it was decided that the subject would be better released than kept in captivity.
PROCESS INFORMATION [...] LOADING, LOADING, LOADING [...] ACCESS GRANTED, PROCEED.
Even the subject's name has been called into question. When asked, the subject changed his answer every time, until the lab technicians finally nicknamed him "grey" for the atypical color of his eyes. No surname was given. His behavior is reminiscent of a previous subject, Nycole Sivis, who had suffered from serious memory damage. This subject has an intact memory, and it is believed that he has had involvement with an elitist shapeshifter organization called the Imperialists. This is merely an assumption.
His birth name was Stein Adlersflügel—since, he has had over twenty five aliases, all of which have been committed to memory and filed away. But this is not so much the story of Stein Adlersflügel as it is the story of Stark Sivis. However, you cannot have one without the other.
He was born into it. Into racism and hatred, a prejudice that ran bone-deep. His family had been involved with the Imperium since. World War II. While Hitler preached his Aryan empire, the Adlersflügel family was wrangled into the beliefs that shapeshifters were far, far better than human beings. Or so his father told him. Something he learned later was the fact that there were countless members of his family who had been deserters to the cause, shapeshifters that disappeared or were killed for their disloyalty. But wasn’t murder so much easier in the twenty-first century?
In all actuality, his father told him many things, some of which were true and some of which were lies. By the time he was an adolescent, Stein had learned to not believe him, and had branched off on his own path. There was no way to please Aurick Adlersflügel, and he gave up on it. (He will not admit to anyone, however, that the voice of his father is still one that drives him—he is always acting upon extremes, always asking, would you be proud now?)
Stein, or Stark, or Grey was born in secrecy. His fingerprints were removed at the age of five. His initiation into the organization, like all boys his age, occurred when he was ten. He was considered at the top of his class, and he continued to excel at academics and physical trials into his adolescence. His upbringing was at the hands of mentors, not his family, who he saw only rarely. There were times when he was not even on the same continent as the rest of them.
It was a safety measure, or so they told him. It was necessary that they always remain moving and in secrecy. He would never be told how it worked, how the entire organization ticked, in case he was captured. If that were to happen, it would not just be his demise but the demise of the entire organization. The safety of an individual was not equivalent to the safety of the mass. He had his first mission at fifteen, interrogating a shapeshifter that had a large family and had been accused of “reckless transformation”. They had tested his mental aptitude, found him stable enough to listen to a man scream for hours on end, or so it had seemed.
The atrocities he committed in the name of his species are extensive. He was merely another grunt soldier, someone that did not have a true identity until past his eighteenth birthday. He was an angry youth, a lost cause. He was the poster child for damnation and a lifetime worth of Imperialistic preaching. What changed? His alias, from Raymond Mark to Stark Sivis—he did not become another man entirely, but he was using another face. He studied the personality, the past of this alias, of this identity. His first mission under the name of Stark was to recruit an unpredictable, youthful girl. It was a Grade 1 mission. She was harmless, just reckless, and young enough to make a good worker for the cause. Her name was Nycole Zakour, age fourteen.
It is a cliché, but she changed his life. Cole. She was quick-witted and, even after being removed from her family, she was amazingly optimistic. They assigned him to be her mentor in hopes that some of his talent would rub off, and maybe it worked or maybe she was just raw talent, regardless of her mentor. Despite the eighteen-year advantage he had had on her, she learned quickly, and by the time he was twenty-two and she was eighteen, the two of them were inseparable partners, lovers, and friends. They were well-known for being a duo, and Stark, who was reckless and seemingly in love, proposed to her.
But their lives were changing in other ways, as well. The genocide had begun in full swing. The Imperium was shaken for the first time, because this is what they had been trying to prevent for hundreds of years; the discovery of shapeshifters. Nothing was safe, no crime went unpunished. They were the poster children for the reason as to why animals should be contained.
Emotional commitments in the Imperium were a dangerous idea. In all reality, she was both his salvation and his downfall during a silent, raging war. She opened his eyes to new ideas and individuality, but he became fiercely possessive to her. His loyalty was called into question—would it come between the Imperium and Cole? The Imperium’s mission had changed from being protectors of the secret to protectors of the species. They ran midnight raids, saving shifters when it was possible, and evoking vengeance when it was not.
But Cole was not like the rest of them, not like the ones that had been born or threatened into the group. He can still recall the difference in her, between leaving on a mission with a man named Heron and returning. He didn’t know what was wrong, and tried for weeks to uncover the problem. He turned to Heron, interrogated him. He said nothing out of the usual. But Cole had become bitter and reclusive, prone to snapping. He would wake up at night to discover her sitting by the window, or just absent. He suggested that she be moved up in the hierarchy, a rank change that was rewarded not a week later. He thought it would improve her mood.
They were sent to eliminate the threat of a woman who had witnessed her sister shape-shifting, on more than one account. They feared that the woman would turn her in to the Menagerie. He had been raised to respond to humans with flippant cruelty; and why not? They outnumbered shapeshifters ten to one, and they were capable of atrocities just as easy as the so-called “animals” were, and they were in the process of caging the entire, superior race! But Cole hated it. She hated the violence that stacked high on her conscious.
Cole disappeared. His loyalty was called into question. His superiors told him to find her and eliminate the threat that she posed as a rogue deserter. It took six months. He kept hoping to lose her trail, but he knew her too well, and it came down to a threat from those he worked for. If he didn’t finish his mission, it would be his skin hanging on the wall. He dragged her in for the medical evaluation, and the memory alteration. He was the last thing she saw before her thoughts were ripped away from her. He was the one that put her on the steps of the Menagerie.
She called him a monster, inhumane, a murderer. And he was proud of who he was? Of what he did?
Guilt was something that he had learned to never experience. Shame, regret? Those were not useful emotions for a soldier of justice. He had been twelve when his father sat across from him and informed him with a clipped, cool tone that there was no room for morality. “Not everyone believes we do the right thing, Stein. You will have to learn to continue on regardless of what other people think. What we do is right, son. We are always in the right.”
“Sir, yes sir!”
His world was deteriorating, however. There was no safety, not anywhere. Imperialistic agents were captured, interrogated. Names slipped out, places, dates. Missions were intercepted by UNIT, people were killed, shapeshifters died. He was filled with hatred. He and a group had been assigned to the freeing of a group of shapeshifters captured in New York, being temporarily held in a prison. They had only had minutes to respond.
They were intercepted and captured. A month of interrogation and testing, and Grey was released into the Menagerie. He initially joined Fallen and remained involved in the Ring for several months, until several things happened. He detained a Carna Hunter, James Colt and Cole found her way into the Fallen. After a brief exchange with his ex lover Grey thought that by abandoning Fallen he would be doing the right thing; Cole needed to be a part of the Ring and he was keeping her from it. Thus Grey helped the Carna escape and in the process of returning him to the waterfront, Grey was also apprehended. He is now a Tenderfoot among the Carna and he is in the process of showing his worth.
[For more information on the Imperium, see Nycole “Cole” Sivis]