So... I got tagged by . XD I can't choose just one of my group, though. It may take a while before I have all of them finished.
Height: 4'4" / 132 cm
Birthday: Day 342
Fact 1: Alexei was born and raised in Albion. His parents, Andrei and Maia-Me, were both respected scientists, although his mother gave up her scientific pursuits when he was born to look after him permanently. A few years later, Alexei's younger sister Anna-Re was born.
Fact 2: From a young age, Alexei showed an interest and innate talent for creative writing and visual art. Anna-Re (and to a lesser extent, Maia-Me) encouraged these talents; Andrei, however, felt himself on the verge of a breakthrough in his field of Chaos energy studies, and was insistent on grooming Alexei to follow in his footsteps as a scientist to preserve his legacy. As a result of his father's tutelage, Alexei gained advanced knowledge of engineering and computer programming, which were instrumental to Alexei developing his skills as a hacker.
Fact 3: When Alexei was 16, he secretly hacked one of Robotnik's communications satellites and met Dodge, who lived on the other side of Mobius in Kawa Crossing. Alexei and Dodge became fast friends, each showing off their artwork to the other and discussing-- Alexei with his drawings and paintings, and Dodge with his photography. Eventually Andrei caught Alexei having a conversation with Dodge and pulled the plug, livid with his son that he had accessed Robotnik's system and potentially endangered Albion. The consequent argument between Alexei and Andrei ended with Alexei moving away from his family to build a new studio in Mercia.
Fact 4: Alexei wasn't in his new studio in Mercia very long-- he built himself a new computer console and once more hacked into Robotnik's network to speak with Dodge, but this time he wasn't careful enough and Robotnik became aware of his presence. When a squad of Robotnik's Robians descended on the studio and burned it to the ground (along with all of Alexei's art inside), Alexei just barely escaped. He spent the next three days running and hiding from the Robians in the Mercian forest. Rain-soaked, hungry, sleep-deprived, and drained physically and emotionally, he finally collapsed at the end of the third day, expecting to not survive the night.
Fact 5: When Alexei awoke, he found that he had been rescued by Julienne. Realizing Mercia was no longer safe for either of them, they paired up and set out for Soleanna together. Although not referred to as such at the time, this was the humble beginning of Team Muse.
Fact 6: After four years and many adventures traveling around Mobius with his friends, Alexei returned with them to Albion to visit his family. Unfortunately, he received a horrible shock-- by that point, Albion had already been leveled by Eggman with Dr. Finitevus's help (as detailed in Archie StH issue #182), as well as depopulated by Thrash the Tasmanian devil (as seen in the "Endangered Species" arc, issues #243-246). The team ran into Haydrian Bluu [Genisay], who had been stranded on the island by a storm, and together they escaped the packs of feral Tasmanian devil dogs which had been left behind by Thrash. Alexei later learned that, though his mother and sister had been among the echidnas abducted by Thrash, his father had not been in Albion at the time and thus had not been abducted.
Fact 7: When Team Muse was in Albion, Vina came across a locket that Alexei had given to Anna-Re for her 14th birthday-- the final birthday of hers for which Alexei had been present. Alexei now carries that locket with him wherever he goes; it's one of the most treasured items he has.
Fact 8: Personality-wise, Alexei is an INFP-- articulate, idealistic, generally pretty laid-back unless and until something threatens him, his creative works, or especially his friends. He has a much more sarcastic sense of humor than the rest of the group, and being more flexible and grounded makes him a very stable leader.
Fact 9: In addition to being one of the group's two engineers, Alexei is also physically the strongest member of Team Muse, as well as a good climber.
Fact 10: Since meeting Julienne, Alexei has spent nearly all of the past four years traveling with his friends in Team Muse. The single major exception was a period of about two months after reuniting and reconciling with Andrei. During that period, he left Team Muse to help his father settle in a new home in the village of Merona (Haydrian's hometown in mainland Mercia).
Fact 1: Vina originates from the mountain village of Chandradhwani, in the Razi-- an isolationist Mobian kingdom in southern Yurashia. The village of Chandradhwani itself is a remarkable feat of engineering, with the city consisting entirely of a labyrinth of caverns, tunnels, scaffolds, bridges, stairways, ladders, and ornate structures carved out of opposing sheer cliff faces hundreds of feet above the floor of a river canyon. High winds and snow are common most of the year.
Fact 2: The naming convention in the Razi is generally to take the place of one's birth as a surname, and to never change it, even in marriage. Hence, Vina's surname being Chandradhwani as well.
Fact 3: In the culture of the Razi, Vina is considered a zeedha (a concept roughly equivalent to the real-life Hindu concept of a siddha). Zeedhas are Mobians who possess supernatural powers-- abilities outside the realm of what is considered normal for each individual species. Vina's abilities, which she has exhibited since she was a young girl, include levitation and third eye sight-- which means that, when she closes her eyes and concentrates, she can see in infrared and night vision, as well as seeing into the past, future, or the present in another location. Her abilities, however impressive they may be, are not without their limits; it takes her a tremendous amount of focus and energy to see beyond about two months into the past or future, and past that time constraint, her vision begins to blur substantially. At about two years in either direction, she is to the point that she can no longer see anything. Vina can only access her zeedha powers while wearing her cyan bindi jewel headdress, which is a family heirloom given to her by her grandmother when she was 8 years old.
Fact 4: Vina's parents, Ravi and Roshana, both died when she was very young-- too young to have many memories of either of them. For much of her childhood, she was raised by her maternal grandmother Shaila. When Shaila died, seemingly of old age, she was adopted by the town priest, Bhrotra Kalatra, and raised to be his protégée. It was under Kalatra that she received the focus training necessary to use her abilities to their full extent-- for her master's benefit, of course.
Fact 5: At 19, Vina is the youngest of the five members of Team Muse, and their resident musical prodigy. She is considered a virtuoso with her sitar, and talented with many other instruments as well.
Fact 6: Vina was also the final member of the five to join the group. During the group's excursion into the mountains along the southern reaches of the Dragon Kingdom, when the group met Neve the snow leopard [mandy-kun] for the first time and took her on as a guide, they all stumbled into the village of Chandradhwani, which they mistakenly thought at first was completely abandoned. Vina had seen the group coming, and had been instructed by Kalatra to ensure that the foreigners had no ill intent. After saving Alexei's life, Vina let slip that she was secretly aware that Kalatra had been responsible for her grandmother's death, with the intention of exploiting her for her zeedha powers. The rest of the group, horrified to hear how she had been forced to submit to Kalatra's bidding, decided to liberate her, and in the ensuing fight against the priest, they prevailed.
Fact 7: One of the main reasons that Vina had not rebelled against Kalatra until meeting Team Muse is due to the social structure of the Razi. Much like real-life India, the Razi has a rigid caste system-- although the Razi's caste system is based on species. Kalatra, a pit viper, was considered a member of the Baramah priest caste-- the second-highest class in the system, comprised entirely of snakes. By comparison, Vina (and most of her friends) fall into the Sodarah caste, the lowest rung on the social ladder, simply by virtue of being small mammal species. Until Team Muse's arrival, Vina found it entirely inconceivable to disobey Kalatra due to his higher status.
Fact 8: Interestingly, at least two of Vina's friends-- Dodge and Neve-- are considered by Razi culture to be in a caste above her: the Vhayazah caste, or merchants. This caste is reserved for birds, small reptiles aside from snakes, and medium-sized mammals (which includes lynxes and leopards). As Vina has traveled with her friends and worked to become less rigidly bound to the caste system with which she was raised, her treatment of Dodge in particular has been one of the most visible signs of her progression. As a sign of reverence, she used to refer to him constantly as "Mr. Dodge" and tend to want to avoid eye contact with him, much to his bemusement. She's gotten much better about the eye contact, but "Mr. Dodge" still occasionally slips out now and then.
Fact 9: During the group's visit to Albion, when they encountered Haydrian, it was discovered that Vina's bindi jewel was in fact a shard of a Chaos Emerald, which explained why the headdress would be so instrumental in her ability to use her zeedha powers. It would not be discovered until much later that the specific powers which manifested for Vina actually depend on the color of the Chaos Emerald being tapped-- i.e., it is only with a cyan Emerald that Vina can use her third eye sight.
Fact 10: As you might infer from fact 9, Vina is also the only member of Team Muse (or any of my characters so far) to actually have a Super form. However, details about Vina's Super form are still, as of yet, shrouded in mystery-- it has yet to be unlocked, and neither she nor any of her friends even know that she has one at this point.
More to come!