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Player name: Revu
Contact: Plurk: citygrit; AIM: ReverieWulfram.
Characters currently in-game: N/A
Character Name: Rey
Character Age: 97 (appears to be in her late-20s)
Canon: Original from a published series (Project Seraphim)
Canon Point: Book 2, Chapter 40: No Way Out But Through
Player name: Revu
Contact: Plurk: citygrit; AIM: ReverieWulfram.
Characters currently in-game: N/A
Character Name: Rey
Character Age: 97 (appears to be in her late-20s)
Canon: Original from a published series (Project Seraphim)
Canon Point: Book 2, Chapter 40: No Way Out But Through
The present year is 2153. However, it was in 1822 when a man named Leland Cleary discovered the immortal cell line within his body. These cells offered him longevity, allowing him to exist to this present day as Lucas Coffey.
Other than that, Earth hasn’t changed as much as you’d think it would. This is probably because the world has been manipulated by an independent A.I. that has been influencing wars and conflicts for over a century, never allowing humanity to progress too far for their “own good”. The A.I. is known as the GRIGORI Program, a quantum board that was created to predict meteorology, compute the structures and properties of chemical compounds, and simulation exercises.
There was a downside to this quantum processor, and it was not one that even its creators could foretell when they programmed the GRIGORI to calculate the best possible outcomes. But in the GRIGORI’s own programming, the best possible outcomes weren’t always ones that worked in its users’ favor. As such, it didn’t necessarily go rogue to destroy humanity, as the story would usually go, but it seeks to protect Earth and the universe beyond it from humanity themselves. Seeing this flaw in the machine, the programmers attempted to cut the project, but by then the GRIGORI had activated backups of itself throughout the sphere, and would later install itself on the global satellite network at the dawn of the twenty-second century.
Since then, it’s been distracting humankind by instigating wars, inciting violence, and orchestrating events as it had for more than one hundred years. Furthermore, one of the programmers that developed the GRIGORI in the first place? Was none other than the immortal man, Lucas Coffey. Thanks, Lucasbama.
Humanity has progressed in some ways. They’ve been able to invent other sources of resources beyond fossil fuel, having more modes of transportation that run on electricity, solar power, and magnets. Some tools for war have become more sophisticated, with plasma and laser weapons. Genetic splicing is a thing that some people do, enhancing and manipulating their appearances. There are also drones and robots and androids and cyborgs (oh my). Machines have even fucked off and created their own society, in a city called Concordis, where they strive to become more like-human.
In the year 2108, the GRIGORI Program sent an unprecedented air strike over Washington DC, wiping out the presidential candidate in one fell swoop. Six months after the attack, the entire U.S. government fell as well, leaving the country without a formal leadership. Between martial law and anarchy, the remaining civilians were forced to divide control over the last — the Wakeman family took over the chancellery in the West, while a republic was established in the East.
After only 21 years, the Wakeman family fell to what would be known as the First Cataclysm, which destroyed the capitol of the West. The chancellery was then taken over by a “man” named Gregory Tremond, who was actually an android over 70 years old, and had knowledge of the A.I. that was sabotaging the human race. Tremond did what he could to combat the GRIGORI Program, but in the end he, too, would fall.
[Extended info on the world can be found here.]
The Twins were born in 2056, within the Niflheim Research Facility of the Ashwater Underground City, in Washington. Project Seraphim, a group of specialists in artificial biology and synthetics, produced two subjects exhibiting anomalies specific to their independent codes. The Twins became Subjects FREY and FREYJA.
During the initial test run, Subject FREYJA proved to be more precarious both in aptitude and personality, when she burned her brother alive during their observational trial. This nearly destroyed the whole project in one fell swoop, but the Twins’ genetic mother-father donors (as well as husband and wife with each other), doctors Lucas Coffey and Undine Stransky, pleaded for the surviving twin. Dr. Stransky then asked for more time to figure out what was wrong with the subject. They learned that FREYJA’s ability allows her to produce extreme amounts of heat, and called this particularly new energy the “Brísingamen” (from Old Norse, flaming ornament).
FREYJA was then locked up in a fireproof cell, also known as “Glass House”.
Dr. Undine Stransky worked as FREYJA’s personal councilor, trying to study the psychology of the synthetic life forms that they have created. Meanwhile, Lucas focused on how to properly dissemble and reassemble FREYJA and tweak with her coding. While unable to reprogram her behavioral patterns, as they were hard coded into her programming, they could lock her memories away in an encrypted file in her brain to protect her, allowing them to restart from scratch. In doing this, it became almost guaranteed that she would fall back into the same destructive behavioral patterns again. Undine had no desire to basically erase FREYJA’s self, and was given the go ahead to develop psychological profiles through a series of interpersonal sessions with the synthetic woman.
Undine and Lucas frequently argued over this. While Lucas believed that the subject was a lost cause, Undine wished to continue on FREYJA’s developmental stage.
One year later, Dr. Stransky proved to be making progress with Subject FREYJA, or so she believed. She had developed a motherly fondness for the subject, despite FREYJA’s unstable nature.
Several months into the psychological evaluations, the financial backers of the project decided to cut off funding. Undine and Lucas both battled this, and won only on the agreement that one of their own researchers come in and observe their project’s developments. That was when Dr. Jonathan Quayle was then sent in to study Undine’s progress as well as the subject’s mental state. It would later turn out that the researcher had also frequently been sneaking into the Glass House’s observational deck after hours, interacting with FREYJA. During his time spent with the subject, Jonathan learned how to manipulate her using a sort of “switch” that would make her more acquiescent. Essentially, he brainwashed the subject into falling under his own control.
In spite of this, Jonathan influenced the financial backers to cut the project. This was to allow the termination of FREYJA, and cause Dr. Stransky grief. And she did despair, and went to Jonathan for help, having noticed he had taken a liking in FREYJA. He then agreed, manipulating the following events by suggesting that Undine play Dido and Aeneas to the subject in efforts “calm” her, so they could help spirit her away from the facility. However, what the song truly did was trigger a psychotic episode in Subject FREYJA.
She lashed out, killing Undine by snapping her neck, as well as incinerating several other researchers and military personnel stationed in the AUC. Most of them died, while others were severely wounded with third degree burns. Lucas attempted to have FREYJA reset, but she escaped, along with Jonathan who had gone suddenly AWOL, successful in smuggling FREYJA out of the research facility. For a while, the doctor was presumed to be among the casualties of the project, until some time later they found evidence of his DNA on the scene as well as hacked surveillance indicating that he had escaped with the subject.
During his time spent with FREYJA, Jonathan believed himself to be thoroughly in love with her. At the same time, he was able to control her using Dido’s Lament, and placate her psychosis with La mamma morta from the opera, Andrea Chénier.
For nearly a year, FREYJA had traveled with Jonathan, and the man practically worshiped her but in that creepy way. Eventually, Jonathan was found in a New Mexico hotel room, dead when FREYJA ignited him after he had attempted a more intimate relationship with her.
FREYJA was recovered on a Mojave highway in 2058, on fire after causing numerous causalities in the sleazy New Mexico town. Her father-creator recovered her and returned to the Niflheim Research Facility, where he attempted to “reset” her to erase her memory of Undine and Jonathan. All he could do was lock those away. The director called for her termination, and the inevitable process began.
Another subject, and one of the first synthetic lifeforms created by Project Seraphim named HEIMDALL, was not nearly as forgiving of FREYJA as Undine would’ve been. He decided on an intervention. Faking her destruction in a lab accident, HEIMDALL forced Lucas to abandon FREYJA and focus his efforts on other projects.
Surrendering to his “Id”, HEIMDALL turned FREYJA into Rey.
Over the course of the next 84 years, Rey has become several different women. The most notable ones would be Safronov, a Russian sniper, and Stone, an American marine and special forces agent.
In 2129, as Stone she would become the catalyst that destroyed the capitol of the government, known as the First Cataclysm. In a mere instant, an entire city was wiped out, with only a few bare survivors left in the rubble. So, like her father, Lucas, Rey similarly became a colossal failure and ruined lives. Thanks, Reybama.
After the Cataclysm, the city was quarantined under the guise that radiation dangers, but it would later become home to a cult known as the Bark of Ash. This cult would have a strain of Lucas Coffey’s immortal cell line, causing advanced cellular mutations that would distort the human anatomy. So the city was an actual hazard because there were also fucking mutated people running around in the ruins.
As Rey continued living the lives of various women with many different memories, she had been tasked with locating the GRIGORI’s backup terminals. As Safronov, she believed herself to have been locating the final one, a former Soviet bunker that was now the Grigoryevich Underground Command Center in the war-torn town of Kristiv, Russia. Safronov found herself being the target of two snipers among the abandoned town, keeping her from entering the command center. Rey shot and caused the death of one sniper, and the capture of the other by an enemy that served the GRIGORI Program.
In any case, Safronov failed, and in 2142 she had been infected with a failsafe that scrambled up her memories. By the time she made it back to Gregory Tremond, she shot herself in the head, but not before explaining the failsafe to him. It would take four years for Tremond to reassemble her scrambled programming, and he would never be able to install new memories. So he stored her in the morgue of an abandoned sanitarium.
This was why, in 4147, Rey woke up with only a toetag with her name on it and no recollection of how she got there.
To make a long story short, she would attempt to seek out her lost identity, finding her memories fractured and people who seemed to know her from her previous lives. She would even unknowingly be helped by the survivors of the First Cataclysm. At one point, while catatonic, she was in the care of the sniper whose spotter she had killed back in Kristiv, Faye Elms. As it would turn out, the woman Rey had killed back then was Faye’s wife, though at the time neither of them knew the truth about the other.
Faye would be able to put two and two together much later on, though, when told by Rey who suffered a psychotic break after receiving all of her memories. She went rogue, even slashing at her own brother — reanimated from the same twin that she had burned shortly after her creation as a man named Orion Gideon.
The result of her psychotic break ultimately caused the death of Gregory Tremond, and Rey. The latter occurring when Rey, like Safronov (whose vessel she currently shares), put a gun to her own head and shot herself.
Two years later, she was reassembled and revived by her father-creator, Lucas Coffey. Not only did he do that, but he also unlocked the memories that had driven her insane in the first place. She would also find that her father had taken her to Illinois, where he owned a townhouse in Old Chicago. Her brother had been called to help restrain and rehabilitate her.
Despite her brother’s support, Rey suffered an epic meltdown, sabotaging her father’s lab before stabbing herself repeatedly with a piece of broken glass. Lucas stopped her, only to have Rey turn on him and crush his head open. This would not be the last of recurring abuse, as she would spend years in a state of temporary insanity.
Cut to four years later, in 2153. With the help of her father and brother, Rey was surprisingly able to find some mental stability that wouldn’t result in her hurting herself or others around her. She even ventured outside of the townhouse on a few rare occasions, usually accompanied by family (though from time to time she snuck out on her lonesome to interact with the public).
Similarly to her experience six years ago, Rey found that some things in the world had changed. Namely the Unity Alliance Treaty, creating a pact between the differing East and West, which was a surprise due to their divergent political perspectives. Orion Gideon had even taken it upon himself to keep his enemies closer by joining the auxiliary task force assembled as a result of the treaty.
It was strange, but for a while Rey was allowed to live in fleeting peace. Her recovery had been going well, up until she took it upon herself to cut her own face up, recreating the scars that Lucas had taken from her. When asked why she did this, she claimed it was because it wasn’t her face, and she couldn’t recognize herself otherwise. She felt that this was the final step.
Her peace was short-lived when Chicago, as well as nine other major cities between the East and West, were attacked via biological warfare. Numerous synthetic-made drones in the form of moths had been released in mostly contained areas, as though to send a message. Before long, people began to exhibit symptoms of a highly fatal disease called mycetoderma, also known as Webcap. As people were dying, the cities were quickly quarantined. Webcap wasn’t infectious, affecting only those who had been “bitten” by a moth-drone. But the Alliance wasn’t willing to take any chances, sending in Cleaners to burn through the streets and a protective dome to isolate the remaining civilians. Due Lucas’ enhanced genetics and Rey’s cybernetic compositions, they (including Orion) remained unaffected by the Webcap infection.
Rey and Faye Elms would cross paths again at the Northwest Memorial Hospital, when attempting to help someone she had hurt during her psychotic break six years ago. While she did succeed, she and Faye were cut off from her father and brother. Rey actually had chosen to stay behind to dig Faye out of some rubble that had fallen on top of her, and tend to her bleeding wounds using a little of the heat from her Brísingamen. Although Faye still showed herself to be quite snippy with Rey, she agreed to escape together, at least until she could get her wounds properly treated without the risk of being torn apart or burned to death.
They managed to escape Chicago. The plan, Rey would reveal, was to meet up with her father in Washington. At the old capitol, no less. She would regroup with Faye and her brother and head west.
Once they were in the ruins of the old capitol, the three would have a run-in with the cult that had set up camp there, the Bark of Ash. The cult, led by a man named Jonah, proceeded to give an “inspiring” sermon about abandoning their human bodies, and becoming something more. In reality, the monstrosities plaguing the ruins and underground tunnels are mutated forms of cult members, who willingly gave themselves over to become a grotesque creature that seemingly cannot die. That was Jonah’s pitch, anyway. It was easier for people to buy into his bullshit when he was brainwashing them, using a chemical agent in the water that he would baptize them in.
In the midst of the event, Jonah pointed Rey out among the crowd as the Burning Woman that he, the so-called “prophet”, claimed her to be. To this cult, the Burning Woman was like a boogeyman, who cannot be killed but banished, and the “prophet” was the only one who could do so. Regardless, Rey was met with fear and anger by the cult members, and they began attacking her. Though Jonah was able to stop them before she was beaten to death, ordering her to be sent inside the church. At the risk of Orion or Faye being killed, she complied.
The event was carried out, causing the cult members to begin to deform. The church courtyard then opened, revealing a deep hole leading downward into the underground city beneath Ashwater. They would survive the fall, and continue their transformation in the tunnels before emerging again. Rey watched as Orion and Faye had been among the many to fall, losing sight of them completely.
Starting to lose her shit, Rey went to attack Jonah when the side of his head bursts open. The entire time an old “friend” she hadn’t seen in six years, Aiden Winters, had been hiding within the church with a mission of his own: Kill the leader of the Bark of Ash cult. Of course, he had no way of knowing that Rey would be there, or alive for that matter. Aiden managed to calm down a distraught Rey, until he was nearly retaliated at with a throwing knife held by the wounded (but somehow still living) Jonah. In his smugness, he threw a second knife, swearing this time not to miss. Rey, determined to be the one to save Aiden now, stood in front of him to catch the blade in her throat. The knife completely impaled her neck. Wounded severely, she tripped back, taking Aiden with her down the hole where the cult members had fallen.
Six days later, Rey woke up in a bed in the Niflheim Research Facility. She was being treated by Dr. Henry Pender, a military medic, and woke up to find that Faye and Orion were alive and well. She would find out that her brother, being the tough guy that he is, was able to save Faye from the drop down the hole. Seemingly, both Aiden and Orion both had knowledge of the research facility’s whereabouts in the tunnels, and were allowed in by the military group that had been stationed there the entire time. The colonel even seemed to know one of Rey’s past lives.
Now cut to three months later. Rey and everyone else fully recovered (physically, at least) from the events that transpired with the Bark of Ash. She had been effectively caught up with some people who she hadn’t seen in over six years. She managed to catch one of them and a soldier playing around with some power armor that was supposed to be distributed to the military before the First Cataclysm. What more, she managed to unearth a prototype armor that seemed to be made specifically for Rey back when she was intended to be strictly a war machine, called the Exurosuit.
After a series of events, one of the people, the government’s old Archiver and former heir to the chancellery, Tejinder Wakeman, was apprehended by one of the GRIGORI’s synthetics; dragged out into the tunnels of the underground city. The reason for this being that Wakeman, ever since he was a child, had a quantum computer that was only compatible with his brain. Due to this tech, it would be possible for the GRIGORI Program to utilize his body or tear apart his brain to recreate the hardware. Either way, the synthetics were interested and wanted to know more about it.
They agreed to go after him. By “they” meaning Rey (who was determined to protect Wakeman), Orion (who was determined to keep an eye on his sister), and Faye (the only one who had a firewall program that can be installed in Tejinder’s brain, preventing any access for the GRIGORI Program). Rey decided to don on the Exurosuit prototype Tejinder had shown her before taking one of the old trains, at least far enough before the magnetic field would shut it down. Along the way, Rey and Faye shared a moment in which Rey asked if she’ll ever be forgiven. Faye made a point that she wouldn’t even bother trying until Rey can forgive herself. This broke her brain a little a lot. It broke her a lot.
When the train shut down, they continued into Jonah’s settlement. Except that now, strangely, the whole community had been abandoned. They found an aerial prison/cargo transport hovering on the outskirts of the ruins. What more, it didn’t seem to be going anywhere.
Thinking that perhaps there had been a snafu and Tejinder was in the process of being transferred, the three traveled back into the mountain pass, where the transport was still idle. Faye, ever the diligent sniper, went to scout ahead to see what was up, but did not return. When Orion was being approached by an unknown, Rey slipped away before she could also be seen. Her brother was then caught and taken by a humanoid synthetic, sending him to another synthetic named IV, who Rey was quite familiar with. Well, one of her past selves was. More specifically, during her time as Agent Stone.
With Faye and Orion detained, the synthetics started to leave with their cargo. Rey managed to infiltrate the prison airship, promptly going into Mission Mode. It was then that she was able to take advantage of the memories and skills of her previous lives she had lived to interlope the aircraft unseen, almost fluidly switching from one memory to the next. The memories of her old selves utilized the Exurosuit also helped along the way, but all of them proved to be valuable assets to Rey’s new “mission”. She was able to reach the prison section of the ship, finding prisoners detained there — including Faye Elms.
Rey discovered a more secure section of the prisoner quarters, where Tejinder Wakeman was being held. And also killing himself with a suicide pill (not cyanide). Frantic, she managed to breach the room’s securities in time to get in and resuscitate him, forcing him to cough up the pill and even digging into his throat a little to do it. After bringing him back, she gave him the program for Faye’s firewall, to which Tejinder thanks her for because he is actually rather scared shitless of dying.
Promising to keep alive and help her out, Tejinder managed to help get Rey into hiding in the floorboards before IV and her synthetics would show up. This time, she did not stay to fight. After all, Rey had been fighting during her whole lives. It was all she knew.
But now, she would crawl.
[Extended history (yes, that was the abridged version) can be found here!]
The words “You are a vessel — you are born to die” have been Rey’s mantra since the day she was born. To her it means that, no matter what, she was created to serve and die, rather than to live. As such, she was intended to be utilized as a tool for combat, and a potentially disposable one at that, given how easily recoverable her data (or soul, as the lines between the two are a little blurred) can be extracted from one body/vessel to another.
Due to the nature of her coding, Rey has a very precarious personality. Prone to risks of dangerous outbursts, her barbarous urges are kept at bay by the suppression of much older memories. These feelings are deep-rooted into her nature, and it’s hard to say whether or not she’s capable of change, or she’s just not willing to.
As part of the mechanism which keeps her personality somewhat compliant, all of Rey’s identities are initially programmed to believe that she is human, rather than a biomechatronic soldier. Having been implemented with a variety of memories over the course of nearly a century, Rey has thought herself to be the daughter of drunks, drug addicts, murderers, dead beats, and rapists. Anything to detach herself from any desire to connect with anything remotely akin to familial attachments, or even begin to question it. To her, the military was the closest thing to family, and even they were kept at arm’s length. Though she had been born to fight with soldiers as a soldier herself, she doesn’t really share in their disposition, oftentimes to alienate her from forming close friendships with her comrades.
Only the name of “Agent Tremond” rang anywhere close to something of a father to her (albeit an absent/abusive one. No one ever claimed the relationship was perfect). For everyone’s safety, Gregory Tremond (another biomechatronic creation) believed it was best that she be separated from Lucas Coffey, who thought her to have been destroyed shortly after she had been recovered from Dr. Jonathan Quayle.
As far as social interactions go, Rey can come off as reserved at first. Once she starts acting less like a robot and a little more human, she’s quicker to roll with the punches. If the occasion call for it, she may even develop a sense of humor, though her funny bone might be somewhat (read as: severely) lacking. Anyone sane can usually tell that there’s something not right with her.
Trust is a big issue, and there are only few people who she has grown to fully trust. Having never really interacted with “normal” people outside of the military before, she doesn’t know how to deal with a civilian lifestyle. This, of course, has come to change over time. But she’s always a soldier first and does not give two flying shits about first impressions for the life of her. Her brute honesty and lack of mental filters might be off-putting to some, as she doesn’t hold any reservations when speaking her mind. This has proven to be another tactic she uses to push people away, because she’s not doing anyone favors by being blunt — it’s specifically to alienate herself from others even further. And it’s damn confusing when she finds that it doesn’t always work.
That said, finding an emotional attachment to someone is difficult for her, and not one that she easily finds. Despite her honesty and “open book” policy, she doesn’t abide by it out of trust of the other person. Instead, this is intended to keep most people at an emotional distance. While her mind had been scraped repeatedly of past lives, the impression of those experiences remain rooted into her psyche. She’s not afraid of physical contact, though if it becomes an unwanted approach she may consciously and unconsciously allow her skin to overheat and burn the other person (think how bad it hurts placing your hand over a stove turned on high). In some cases, as soon as someone starts getting close she is prone to act out in ways that can be considered tactless and even cruel, oftentimes blurting horrible things to the other.
Just because it’s difficult, however, does not mean that it’s impossible for Rey to make any kind of connection with another person. If she finds one, or a reason to connect with somebody, she has a habit of latching onto them in her own messed up way — almost possessively. Despite being surrounded by death most of her life, she doesn’t handle losing people very well as she tends to let on, and retreats into her own self for a while in order to cope with the loss.
Even her ways of expressing affection is less than conventional. When she perceives someone as weak, she becomes fiercely protective in a way that can come off as condescending or humiliating to the other person. If she perceives that person to be strong, she has no reservations about putting them in harm’s way, or allowing them to be in danger as it’s kind of her way of showing that she has faith in their abilities to survive. Rey’s faith is dangerous.
Though there are not many things that Rey seems to enjoy in life, she does have a notable fondness for opera. Seeing as it had been the one thing to soothe her during her moments of psychopathy, the music is the calm to her storm. She also has a liking for card games.
Thanks to her father-creator, Lucas Coffey, she remembers the events after her creation, as well as how she had spent several decades going on suicide missions/death traps, dying repeatedly and being transferred into several different bodies. The memories of those previous lives she had lived is a struggle, as she constantly wars with which ones are real and which had been fabricated while she had been under the employ of Gregory Tremond. Not only that, but the trauma left by these happenings have their scars as well.
On the plus side, Lucas had also mended Rey’s vessel in a positive way. Her senses are now restored: Prior to that, Gregory Tremond had messed with her “programming”, dulling Rey’s sense of taste through sensory deprivation. Food, however, will not taste rotten to her anymore, allowing her to actually enjoy the experience of eating and drinking. Think about going for a long period of time without being able to eat your favorite food, and the only kind you’re allowed to eat are bland and tasteless meals. Then, after so long, you’re finally able to enjoy a dish you’ve been deprived of. Now imagine having been deprived of that your whole life. That’s what Rey’s relationship with food is like, and she takes every opportunity she can take to gracelessly stuff her face like a hungry-hungry hippopotamus.
Rey has been forced to take a step back and reexamine how she’s always done things. Her monstrous behavior of both distant and recent history has resulted in guilt and dismay. In fact, shortly after her memories have been restored, she throws a full out tantrum in Lucas Coffey’s lab, breaks his skull open, and spends the next four years suffering meltdown after meltdown. In spite of this, she is able to deal with her emotions better, as she’s had them before but never really knew what to do with them, due to being emotionally stunted for so long. For the most part, her guilt complex has resulted in her desperately wanting to seek redemption.
Some things haven’t changed. She still gives no fucks about what people think of her. She is a monster and she knows this — she’s even embraced it. What she doesn’t want is to do more harm than she’s already done. She just acts incredibly moody and aggressive about it. She is, at heart, a soldier who has been raised to serve no other purpose but to fight. When there’s no war to be fought, she doesn’t really know what to do with herself. But she is nearly a century old, and much of that knowledge (even the false memories) and experience carries over with her.
At this point, it’s safe to say that the main reason Rey keeps her filter down is because she plays up her ignorance to those around her. She’s more knowledgeable about things than she lets on, and isn’t entirely stupid when it comes to life, the universe, and everything. She may even come off as inconsistent because she relies on the whole “I am a robot so I don’t understand things” as a gimmick, so she’s less inclined to worry about hurting people when they try to get too close to her. The more she comes to legitimately trust that person, though, the more likely she is to drop the “dumb robot act” and act more like an actual human being.
When her memories had been restored, Rey dealt with the greatest pain she had ever imagined. It was nothing like a gut wound or being blown to bits. It was much worse than that. What she underwent was regret, anger, emotional anguish that she had kept stored in the back of her conscience. Although she has been “rehabilitated” and is fine to interact with members of society, it’s safe to say that there are certain risks that bring her sanity to question.
If past events has been any indicator, Rey has always exhibited a nature that borders on self-destruction, going so far as to hardly acknowledge her own self as a being. “I am not a person” has been a belief that unsurprisingly caused those close to her a great deal of frustration. This mentality was not only a product of the years she had spent practically quarantined from most human interaction, but reliving old memories that had since gone array and the fact that she is a vessel carrying several memories, some debatably her own, others are fabricated identities. While she is internally still at war with acceptance her own personhood, her self-destructive tendencies have changed with her mission-driven mentality. When running headlong into precarious situations it is not to destroy herself, but to defend others and survive. It’s that outlook as well as her need to be a protector that has become her raison d’être, almost making her a better soldier than she ever was.
Similarly, at the point in the canon Rey is coming in from, she had been faced with a need to atone for all the things she had done (her present as well as her past incarnations), going so far as to throwing herself into a fray without a care for her own wellbeing. After a series of reckless displays, it isn’t until one of the aforementioned people she had brought pain to finally told her that enough was enough. That she needs to stop living for the sake of others and work on trying to confront her own bullshit. Paradoxically, Rey had been selfish in her supposed selfless acts of martyrdom, fringing more on suicidal inclinations. While it’s not the first time Rey has been urged to try and live for herself, it slaps her in the face when it’s finally brought to her attention by someone she had hurt. Although she is still trying to compute this perspective that had plagued her for years, given time she may understand.
→ Exurosuit, a modified heatsuit designed specifically so Rey does not burn her clothes off because that shit would be awkward
→ A small black backpack
→ Some normal clothes (green tanktop, brown cargo pants, and combat boots)
→ Dogtags belonging to her old self as “Schuyler”
Transmigration: Rey’s body was designed after Fiona Cleary, Leland Cleary’s daughter who had died during a typhus outbreak in Ireland in the 19th Century. She is the spitting image of that girl, had she lived into adulthood. Her flesh and blood and fibers are cloned from a “father” and “mother” creator, Lucas Coffey and Undine Stransky, making them biologically related by all counts. She is, first and foremost, designed specifically for the sake of combative purposes.
Not only does her organic cybernetic physical composition make her more durable than a normal person, it is also possible to reassemble her, or transfer her “soul” to a different body after the destruction of her current one. When reborn, her memories are reset, but her experiences are imprinted in the core of her coding. This means that her sense of self is deeply buried, but not entirely rewritten, only stored. However, Rey has made a point with her father-creator that he is to not create any more vessels for her to transfer to. As such, she is to remain in her current vessel until it dies.
Brísingamen: The Brísingamen is an energy stored within Rey’s vessel that, once imprinted into her chest, supplies her bionic physiology with the ability to function. Her skeletal structure is made up of fervidium alloy, a type of glowing metal that constantly burns from within once activated by the Brísingamen. This energy can unleash heat particles from the vessel, generating enough to cause a person to burst to flame. When activated it takes on the form of neon red veins pulsating through the parts of the body Rey is applying the energy to, which can occasionally cause her skin to secrete a dripping, oily, extremely hot substance.
Basically, she’s a walking powerhouse. This also grants her an immunity to fire and extreme hot and cold temperatures, though it doesn’t necessarily protect her completely because her hair can burn off. She is, on the other hand, capable of manipulating her own body heat, from being able to cauterize wounds to igniting a flame. When angered to the point of raw fury, she can even breathe smoke.
There is a massive downside to it, though: If she overexerts herself, takes on too much (say, a whole battalion of people) with her Brísingamen, then Rey will burst into flames. Even though her body is immune to fire, she will then continue to burn until extinguished by an outside source. While carbon dioxide, extreme cold, or a large quantity of water should do the trick, it’s best to use a method that requires distance between Rey and anyone else, because by then that bitch is literally on fire.
When using the Brísingamen, red glowing veins pump through wherever she is directing the energy (i.e. her arms). Utilizing it at its fullest capacity (say, the rate it would need to burn a person alive) results in her skin heavily secreting a black, oily substance that has been dubbed samandrine. Think of this substance as the oil that keeps a lantern lit. Samandrine can be extremely toxic when ingested, resulting in temporary paralysis and inability to breathe. It’s not always fatal, though like with any poison it can if belted out in high quantities. Just don’t drink it and you should be fine!
Here They Come to Snuff the Rooster: Military training exceeds well beyond that of your typical soldier. Her skills range from long-ranged firearms to melee weapons and close-quarters combat. Her specialty lies with assault and sniper rifles, handguns, bayonets, and combat knives, as well as disarming her opponents. Like many in the military, she also has some knowledge of basic first aid. It should also be noted that Rey now carries the knowledge of nearly a century’s worth of combat experience. Her lives spent as highly skilled snipers, soldiers, and special operatives carry over to her present vessel.
Built Ford Tough: With an almost superhuman endurance and equilibrium, Rey’s keen sense of movement allows her to be heavily skilled in being able to run through environments via rolling, dodging, vaulting, and climbing. She also a significantly higher strength and pain threshold than the above average human, which can be obvious from her well-toned physique. As mentioned above, Rey also possesses a bionic physiology. She is made up of fervidium alloy, making her more of a rock than anything. I would place her at around 140 kilograms, due to the alloy.
Moreover, her skin and organs are cloned from the DNA of both her “mother” and “father”, Dr. Undine Stransky and Lucas Coffey. Due to the immortal strain of cells belonging to her father, also known as LUC-156 or Cleary cells, Rey has a natural ability to heal faster than a human. But due to the mixture of the human and immortal cells, she is not quite the same as her father, and as such her healing has some limitations. For instance, broken/fractured bones will mend within a matter of days, but she is unable to reattach lost limbs or repair scar tissue.
Bablefish: Due to her now-merged identities, Rey had a bunch of languages downloaded into her memory, making her multilingual. She is fluent in English, Spanish, Zulu, Dutch, German, Russian, Italian, Arabic, and Hebrew.
By all counts, Rey is extremely flawed. She puts up a front to prevent people from getting too close to her, and yet when they do she latches onto them in an almost desperate kind of way. She’s a hypocrite in that she cares deeply for the people that she loves (even though she’ll try not to ever use that word), and yet she has absolutely no regard for her own well-being.
She has issues with trusting people. And by trust I don’t mean when she’s honest, because she is always candid about herself and what she thinks. Actual trust, to her, is when she’s comfortable enough with someone to actually reveal emotions, and when those emotions come out they can be pretty unpredictable. In truth, Rey is more emotional than she lets on, hence why she is prone to hiding them under her “dumb robot” guise.
When angered, she is not above resorting to physical violence. She has little care for her own health, allowing herself to get pretty bloody. She tends to be self-deprecating, having little regard for her personal identity and struggles with her many memories to determine which one is the “real” Rey: The bloody killer, the war hero, or the careless martyr. She isn’t evil, but she has a hard time trying to be good without screwing up big time.
For years she has convinced herself that she wants to die, but in truth she is actually quite afraid of death. Having died before and remembering nothing but a void, she does not believe that there is anything for her if there is an afterlife. Not that she thinks she’s deserving of a Heaven, or even a Hell.
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