MARKOV, LAMINA Mar 10, 2015 21:43:53 GMT -5
Post by Lamina Markov on Mar 10, 2015 21:43:53 GMT -5
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Lamina is the sort of person who likes getting things done quickly and easily. She always likes doing things the most direct way, and dislikes complex plans. Most of the time, other people tell her what to do- it's not that she's stupid or lazy, but oftentimes her plans boil down to "try to kill stuff and improvise a lot along the way", which obviously isn't a super viable strategy. So she often takes the role of "the muscle", by making herself as frightening as possible using witty sayings, comebacks, and the unorthodox usage of weapons.
She's also pretty loyal. If somebody's her superior, and they ask her to do something, she'll do it. She may ask questions, she may be skeptical, she may really think that it's all a waste of time, but she'll do it. In addition to this, it isn't very common for her to lie to any of her allies. White lies aren't out of the question, and Lamina enjoys using sarcasm, but for the most part, she's incredibly honest.
Lamina was born in Novosibirsk, Russia, to a Russian father and Native American mother. Her father, unbeknownst to her and her mother, was a shifter. He never told any of them of this, but he spent much time with his daughter in her first years of life. He was an avid knife collector, and taught the young Lamina how to both wield and safely handle various types of knives.
When she was ten years old, her mother and father divorced. Her mother decided to go back to her native California. Lamina was forced to cut off all contact with her father, even though she (secretly, of course) liked him better than her mother. With nothing left of her father but his favorite switchblade, which he snuck to her, she was forced to move to an entirely different content and learn English, which she had previously only known bits and pieces of from her mother. She wasn't particularly happy in North America.
When she was twelve, she discovered her ability to shapeshift. She was in her room, simply laying on her bed one day, studying something up on her laptop, when she realized that she was a heck of a lot smaller. And when she looked down, her hands were a different color. And, you know, a lizard's hands. She panicked a bit, but decided not to tell anybody about what had happened for fear of them calling her crazy. And because she couldn't yet speak English very well, that would probably make it even harder to explain.
Lamina eventually ended up dropping out of high school and serving as a bartender to make money starting at 16. She ended up leaving home at 18 with nothing but the money that she had made, and of course, her father's switchblade. She took various odd jobs before working as a park ranger. She enjoyed the work- it allowed her a great amount of solitude, and she could even practice shifting instead of actually doing her job. It was pretty great.
The shifter hunts began when she was twenty, and Lamina knew this meant that she could never return to her native Russia. She decided to make the best of life in California, and rented an apartment which she lived in for several years. She even began her own little collection of knives and had a few relationships during the time. She always managed to avoid being caught, usually by finding out where there were blood testers before she came there.
One day, she was attending a knife enthusiast's convention when she was surprised by a UNIT blood tester. Before she knew what was happening, she had tested positive for being a shifter. Quickly, she managed to shift into a chameleon and hide among the curtains and such, but before she knew it, a room full of people armed with knives were searching for any animal that wasn't supposed to be there. She was quickly located and handed to the UNIT official, and sent to the Menagerie.
Shortly after arriving, she was put into the anthro project. After she had been mutated a pretty decent amount, she was thrown into the Menagerie, where she joined the Nakoma Tribe.