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Odessa is a more trusting creature than her sister. Despite growing up on the streets and learning to be wary of humans, she has an insatiable fascination about them. She is extremely loyal to those in her 'pack', which for most of her life was just her sister. She can be a flighty thing, and scared off easily, though that happens less now that she is so large.
Being mutated hardly changed her; she is still very much a dog in personality. She wants to have someone close to her, to be loved, and to care for someone. Odessa loves praise, as any dog does, and thrives with positive attention and good pets. She will not tolerate any threats in her territory and will chase off other creatures, animal or human if they don't have good intentions. (Dogs can sense that sort of thing, you know!)
Overall she is quiet, docile, and affectionate. Just be sure to be kind to her and those around her! She really has no clue that she will be stigmatized in the dome for being an anthromorph (even though they scare her), so she goes into this place optimistic about being accepted by dogs and people alike.
Odessa and her sister Olympia were born in a snowy side street in Moscow. Their mother had made the best shelter she could out of some old boxes, and that's where the pups first came into the world, blind and hungry but warmed by their mother's love. Odessa can't remember much of this time, except that when she finally opened her eyes, the first thing she saw was the other pup staring back at her, waiting for her to catch up. Olympia was always the leader.
The two had a happy enough puphood in which their mother taught them how to survive on the streets. Her most important lessons were to avoid people, take food wherever you can get it, and to always look out for one another. The sisters grew swiftly, and before they knew it, their mother didn't come back and they were on their own.
Their first hard winter alone solidified the sister's bond more than ever before. They relied on one another for warmth and protection. They were together as much as possible, but in the short time that they were apart, Olympia had a rude awakening. She ran into a vicious human man who beat on the poor dog and left her missing a tooth and half-blind in one eye. Odessa, never far off, came to her sister's aid to chase the man off. He got away unscathed, but the damage had already been done. Olympia despised humans from that day forward.
But Odessa found herself intrigued by them. She watched them going about their day-to-day life and saw them with dogs on long strings. Their dogs looked fat and happy to be with their humans; surely not all humans were like the man that had attacked Olympia. One day, Odessa wandered on her own into a residential area. Most people payed her no mind, and the thrill of walking calmly among them made Odessa even more excited. She turned the corner onto another street and soon heard a human voice call from one of the houses. She turned to see an old couple sitting in chairs on their front porch. The woman was beckoning to her and offering something that smelled delicious. Fear coursed through her at the idea of approaching a person. But they seemed so nice, and they obviously didn't have the strength to beat her. Cautiously, she approached the woman, her long snout protruding far in front of her body so that she didn't have to come any closer than was necessary. Odessa snatched the tasty morsel and sprinted back into their front yard to eat it.
She came back alone the next day, and the day after that, careful to never let Olympia know where she was going. Eventually she was so calm around the old couple that she allowed them to pet her, and she found that she really did enjoy the company of these people who fed her and gave her such nice attention. How nice life would be if she could be with them all of the time, she thought. She also thought of her sister, and knew that these humans could change Olympia’s mind about them. She decided then that she would tell her sister the truth. The day the old woman wrapped a warm scarf around her neck and named her, Odessa knew it was time.
Olympia hated the thing that smelled like humans and nearly ripped the thing off Odessa's neck, but Odessa promised her sister that if she only followed her, she would be rewarded with a warm meal. Odessa had never led her wrong before, she reminded. After much convincing, they showed up at the old woman's house. The old woman reached out and pat Odessa like she usually did, but Olympia only saw a human reaching for her sister. She growled and lunged forward, sinking her teeth into the old woman's hand. The woman screamed and her husband raced inside to get help. Odessa screamed as well and wrapped her arms around her sister, pulling her off the old woman. Her sister snapped at the human arms that wrapped around her, and Odessa let go of her in shock. She looked down to see she had a human body and screamed again. Her sister growled at her, but bolted when the couple's son came out to chase her away.
The entire human family, having chased away the attacking dog, then turned to Odessa, the tall, naked girl with wide, terrified eyes and long, scraggly platinum hair. Around her neck was the scarf that the old woman had given her. The son rushed both of his parents inside, careful not to get too close to Odessa, and called for UNIT and animal control.
Odessa, instead of running, spent her last few minutes of freedom pounding at the front door, crying and wailing in her strange new human voice. 'It was an accident! Please dont be afraid! I'm sorry!' is what she wanted to say, but didn't know how to speak in their language. The girl could only sob and howl.
She felt a sharp pain in her shoulder as the authorities darted her, and then the next thing she knew, she awoke her normal dog self, locked in a cage in a stark white room. That was the last time she would be a retromorph. The experiments were long and painful. They twisted her body so that she was somewhere between a dog and a human. When they were finished, they left her in the woods. She didn't know what happened to her sister, or the old woman, and especially not herself. All she had was her scarf and the hope that she could find a new pack. She wrapped the scarf around her head like she had seen the old woman do, and ventured forth into the wilds.