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Ljerka Frances Zavanna
Ljerka is mischievous and has a smart tongue and a witty mind. She enjoys pranking and arguing any day; she is extremely spunky. If you offend her - beware. She's got some prank or terrible retort in store. Offend her friends, and it'll be worse. She really doesn't care what you think; she just likes messing with people and having the last word. She is also very frank and is terrible at delivering tough news, because she's usually not tender about it. Rather, extremely matter-of-fact.
Despite her playful, witty personality, she has another side to her: she can be extremely cold. Lurking in shadows, trapping people in webs, biting them, attacking... she can do it without any remorse, and it's something she'll readily do. She won't even blink or flinch. This is, likely, the first side of her you'll see: she'll try to scare you and make your blood turn ice-cold. She'll enjoy it, too. She likes feeling powerful, and she is cautious towards new company. But she also knows where her place is, and she'll respect rank.
She's extremely tender and caring towards children and the hurting. If you gain her friendship, she'll be forever loyal and protective of you. Though she dislikes big crowds, she doesn't mind company. Solitude, on bad days, feels daunting and absolutely terrible. It's almost a fear on stressful days.
Ljerka feels at home in nature, and feels constrained and uncomfortable in large crowds and thick city areas. She loves to make art with her web; she can spin her web into many intricate, beautiful shapes, and she frequently does. She is very much a daydreamer, but she is also grounded in reality. She has incredible focus when she wants to focus on something, and her memory is impeccable. She's great at navigation and stalking prey; her survival skills are through the roof.
If she cares about you, she is a wonderful shoulder to cry on and she is always dependable. She almost always never panics, and knows how to handle a situation well. She keeps all grief locked deep inside. She never lets it out... and it's bound to someday make her crack. She prefers to appear tough and "just fine" - weakness is not something she ever wants to show.
She has a great thirst for learning, and is extremely curious about everything. She never gives up, and it is seemingly impossible to break her.
Through this tough shell, though, is a frightened, lost, little girl who's hoping for an end to all of this madness.
Ljerka was born in a humble village in Hawaii. Her parents were shapeshifters, and the village knew, but swore to protect them and hide their secret. Ljerka experienced her first transformation at five years old, and everything went perfectly and smoothly. Her shapeshift form was a black widow, like her mother. Life was surprisingly calm for the first twelve years of her life. But, then, everything changed.
Her parents were enthusiastic environmentalists and adored nature. Ljerka shared their fascination, and after great debate on the safety of it, they decided to take a trip to the Amazon Rainforest with a group of skilled tourists and tour guides. The whole group was from Hawaii, and they were all aware of the Zavanna's secret. They were friends; no harm.
So they went to Brazil, and the rainforest was more beautiful than what pictures had ever depicted. For the first day, their trip was amazing. Ljerka was enthralled by the rainforest's beauty around her, and the adventure that it brought.
But the next day was when things went south. Somehow, the word of the Zavanna's secret had gotten to some scientists, and they decided to track them down for testing. When Ljerka was woken up at dawn by the sound of heavy trucks rolling in, she was confused. Her parents peered outside of the tent to investigate. They quickly determined that those trucks meant danger. That they might end up in the dreaded Menagerie. So Ljerka's parents ushered her away from the tent; they told her to run as fast as she could in the wild. Several members of the group and one of the tour guides went with Ljerka. The rest, including Ljerka's parents, stayed behind to try and distract the trucks from reaching Ljerka.
Ljerka and her guardians ran for what felt like ages. When they finally stopped, there was no sign of pursuit. So they caught their breath and waited until midday. Then, one of the people decided to go and look; to see if the trucks had gone, and to see if Ljerka's parents were okay. He never returned. Another person from the group went to try and fetch Ljerka's parents and his fellow teammate. He, too, never returned.
The remaining two people - one teammate, one tour guide - stayed with Ljerka.
Ljerka's parents, along with the missing men, were never found. When it was finally safe to return to camp, after two days of hiding, they found that the camp had been destroyed. Their truck, too, had been demolished, and all money and identities stolen. They were stranded, with no one else in sight.
Ljerka, in a panic, ran away deep into the rainforest. She became lost, and though she tried to find her way back, she only made her situation worse. She never saw her teammates again, and she was left with nothing but a backpack. Inside the backpack was a camera, food, a thermos full of water, a blanket, and a flashlight. It lasted Ljerka only a few days. She needed to find a way to survive.
So she did. She caught food by shapeshifting into her arachnid form and spinning grand webs. She would also drop onto the backs of animals and inject lethal venom into their bloodstream. She drank from streams. She became skilled at making fire.
Life was hardly easy. She nearly starved to death countless times, and frequently grew sick. She was near death several times, and she also constantly hurt her feet and hands. She was attacked several times by animals; usually she escaped them by climbing trees, but every once in a while, they would catch her. One gave her a nasty scar down her face before she escaped. There was never a moment of rest.
Finally, when she was seventeen, she was discovered. She was in her black widow form, hanging on a leaf, when a biologist caught her in a jar. Ljerka panicked, but the jar was sealed and small; there was nothing she could do. The scientist, and her group, were studying black widow venom for potential various uses. After a week in the confined jar, it was accidentally knocked off of the table, and the cap popped off. Ljerka scurried out. She hid under cracks and crevices to avoid being captured again.
But, she failed. She was about to be caught in that tiny jar again. In a panic, afraid of being confined and experimented on, she prayed that the scientists were good people. Then, she shapeshifted into her human form.
She was seized and turned over to the Keepers instantly. They experimented on her for years. When they finally finished, they had turned her into an anthro. And then, they released her into the terrible Menagerie.
To flip them the bird, so to speak, Ljerka didn't show any sorrow or weakness. Instead, she used her newfound abilities and honed them, and made the Menagerie her home. She made art with her webs, made massive and thick webs and then chased large animals into them, and she practiced her striking with her fangs. She also crafted a necklace. It resembled her hope - she would wear it close to her heart and never let it go. After two months in the Menagerie, she decided to go and try to join the Nakoma instead of living a rogue lifestyle.