ROSDAHL, TAIN Feb 2, 2015 19:39:45 GMT -5
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TAIN JANS ROSDAHL
On immediate impression, Tain has an arrogant air that tends to rub people the wrong way. It isn't usually intentional, though sometimes it absolutely is. He just has an stubborn confidence about him that fills a room; he won't fail not because he's perfect, but because he just doesn't allow room for the outcomes he doesn't want. This unfortunatly means when he chooses to argue a point, he's willing to drag it down by the jugular, and it takes real, intense effort on his half to reel it in if he disagrees with a superior.
That said he actually is an excellent student with a good mind for how things work and procedures, though he's much better with verbal instruction or diagrams than text reading. He isn't the most innovative mind to ever go through the cages by a long shot, but he makes up for it with a single-minded persistence that can be absolutely maddening to those around him. It's helped by his compulsion to fix things, be they cars or radios or people or relationships; he can't handle leaving them in pieces.
Anyone who's spent time with Tain can see he's loyal to people, not a cause or a ring or a symbol. But there is an instinctual honesty to it and him that sits well with people; he can't be bought or sold. He has the drive and mental flexibility to lead others, though he makes light of it as "alpha dog bullshit" most of the time. When he really needs it in times of crisis, he'll use that force of personality to kick people into work and motion and care about stepping on people's feelings later. There is something about him that brings out the more instinctual side of his fellow shifters, their fight-flight drive if you will. He's only passing aware of this talent himself, but it runs like electricity through those those tho get caught up in it.
As to morals, his are utterly inflexible, even when he really wishes they weren't. He can't take a life even to save his own, and doesn't know if he could to save someone else. He's torn between being quietly proud and ashamed of this trait, due to his optimistic view of life but also his awareness of the cruel nature of the dome. Tain also unfailingly believes in the human race, and that they will be liberated from their prison.
Part of a set of identical twins born to Faara and Janet Rosdahl, it was less than a month before their shocked mothers realized what exactly they were. Shifting came as natural to Tain and Tarrik as breathing, and they could hardly be trusted to remain human in company. It would later come to light that Faara herself did not carry the gene that effected their sons; it was the male donor they'd turned to to have children, and they were never able to find a way to contact him. Very much human, they managed their shape-shifting sons with an impressive practicality that was somewhat difficult to explain to the neighbors; they got a small pack of dogs, all grays like their sons, and of several sizes and breeds. It wasn't long before nobody paid the crazy dog ladies on the corner any notice at all.
Their childhood was a riot of homeschooling and learning to keep both their pants and human skins on, though they were enrolled in school at age ten once they had a proper handle on themselves, and Tarrik learned to speak in english ALL the time. Janet was a historian and restorer at the local museum, and studied old texts and small pieces of information about these shapeshifters that were slowly coming more and more to light, but the information was weak. Unlike many, they were unable to find connections in the shapeshifter network, though Faara swore she'd met some who had quickly made themselves scarce. They were left to do the only thing they could; try to raise the boys as best they could.
Tain took decently to public school when he bothered to attend, having gotten rather used to a more self-prescribed schedule of the day. Classes bored him to death more often than not, but he found a niche in the wood, then later machine shops that he enjoyed, as well as a curiosity in anatomy and biology. At sixteen they heard rumors of shapeshifter around the world, but their corner of Scotland stayed remarkably... human. They'd traveled extensively with their mothers, and knew how. So when school ended for the year they packed up, and after some reassurances to Janet and Faara, set out to wander. Privately, they'd also heard of the violence befalling shifters and of the danger and damage that befell those that got caught in the crossfire. They weren't stupid, they knew their mothers wouldn't give them up, and they decided to put some distance until the shifter panic blew over.
Only it didn't. Rumors turned into manhunts, and left and right the media screamed at them; turn yourself in to protect your family, report your neighbors, find the shifters. It wasn't long before their small case of wanderlust turned into a full-blown runaway situation. They still called or sent postcards, but it became increasingly clear they had no intentions of coming back until the hunts died down a bit. It was in that same year that they finally met another of their kind for the first time and knew about it; a looming monolith of a man that introduced himself as Bear, who had pegged them for what they were on sight. Rather than turn them in, he brought them home, to a studio apartment above the modest gym he ran. There they met what would become their best friends for years; fellow shifter teens that had just sort of found each other. Bear was Hanna's older brother, and Azrek, Jake, Rosa, and Markl filled out the small group. Tain took online classes in the sciences and found work in a garage, following his interest in mechanics. Tarrik took work as a carpenter's assistant for a contractor friend of Bear's. Around this time Tain picked up an addictive and dangerous habit with synthetic adrenaline, a designer drug of sorts stolen from hospitals, and both started to drink like sailors a couple times a week.
As one might expect from a group of hot-headed teens, they weren't content JUST to sit and hide. They re-enrolled in classes part-time or online because as Bear put it, "it didn't work out to be angry and stupid." And they also started a game of sabotage with the people hunting shifters. They didn't usually take on UNIT itself, they weren't on that level unless they were desperate, but the private contractors, bounty hunters, and backyard idiots were all fair game. They became somewhat notorious in the region for making people's lives a pain in the ass, until they finally bit off than they could chew with an underground ring of traffickers that were dealing with shapeshifters. Trying to get a way in and rescue a pair of sisters, things went horrifically wrong. Rosa was dead and Tarrik was captured and barely alive by the time Tain and the rest of the crew found them and forced their way in. It was a bloodbath that put five traffickers, Bear, and Jake down dead. It only ended when Tarrik set off half the warehouse in a suicide-rescue attempt after realizing the crates he was bleeding on were carrying fireworks. Markl and Hanna got the girls out, and Tain and Azrek found Tarrik, shielded from the blast and resulting debris and fire by a stroke of stupid luck that dropped him through the floor and into the ocean below. By the time they dragged him out down the coast -Azrek's nile crocodile shift was a powerful swimmer-, a quarter mile of the docks were swallowed by the fire.
There was no choice but to take Tarrik to a hospital, though they went for a clinic they'd used before that didn't look too hard at identification, or ask questions. He recovered, but their crew did not. Angry and vengeful, they struck out again within the month, and this time UNIT members turned it into a firefight. Tarrik went down first, then Tain when he tried to protect him. If UNIT had been shooting bullets instead of darts, their story would have ended there.
Tain's time in the labs, and immediately after, was nothing short of agony. The synth burned out of his system in a withdrawal that would have killed him if the Keepers, interested in keeping both halves of a set of identical twins alive, had not given him the healing ability that saved his life. He was dropped into the dome alongside Tarrik, and the two were found on the second day by Dalton Williams, who helped Tarrik carry Tain back to Fulsi, where they stayed.
Tain's general knowledge of anatomy and science paired with his steady hand landed him in training with the painfully understaffed medics in Fulsi. Life was alright for a time, until in one night everything went straight to hell. Carna launched a raid that would become a massacre, and in the hectic confusion Fulsi's Alpha was taken, and many killed. Still bleeding from what had been nearly mortal injuries given to him by the raider Py Ackerman, Tain appealed to the beta for a desperate try, and a day later, publicly labelled a traitor to Fulsi in favor to Carna, and exiled. The bid paid off, and Ackerman himself, along with Holly Kingston remembered his medical skills, and took him back to Carna to be useful.
His original intent, to help find the Alpha, was solved without his interference. But almost immediately after Fulsi went into overhaul itself, and a new Alpha, one with a deep, venomous dislike and distrust for near everyone came to power. In his one short encounter with him, the Alpha nearly removed half of Tain's face.
Tain was effectively trapped for a time, and cautiously settled in, with the justification that if they were going to launch a second raid on Fulsi, he could at least be of some use as a warning. But in the way people do, the Carna warmed to him, and he to them. He was no longer the Ex-Fulsi, he was Carna, and despite his efforts, he came to know and love them. The remaining shred of thought in him to return to Fulsi left when they burned out the Carna tunnels, killing friends and children in a show of hypocrisy that stunned him to the very core. Furious and self-destructive, he gave himself up to the very man who'd nearly killed him in the raid, who he'd fallen desperately in love with. Py took it understandably poorly, but has thusfar kept the secret that Tain really was Carna.. just not as long as everyone has thought.