Zora Nadezhda Markov Jan 10, 2017 14:25:39 GMT -6
Post by Zora Markov on Jan 10, 2017 14:25:39 GMT -6
Full Name: Zora Nadezhda Markov
Aliases/Nicknames: Dawn, Z, Princess, Guardian of Markovia, Terra
Birthplace: Markovburg, Markovia/Latveria (depending who you ask)
Hometown/Base of operations: Markovia/Latveria (depending who you ask)
Affiliation: Markovia, Wakanda; formerly
Weight: 120 pounds
Hair Color/style: Red and long
Eye Color: Green
Anything Else: several freckles and a scar on her right knuckle
Equipment and Weapons:
The Castle: The Castle is only castle in name due to the fact that majority of the new castle is entirely underground. Now used as the main headquarters for the Markovian armed forces. It's around 5.5 miles deep underground with enough facilities to keep the army well trained, fed and rested, as well as tunnels leading to several exits around Latveria. It's located on the border between Romania and Latveria and so far has not yet been discovered by Von Doom.
Armoury: Supplied by supports of the Markovian resistance. They keep them well enough equipped with ammunition and weaponry.
Liberator: a Heckler & Koch MP7A1 that Zora has used and brought on several of her missions that she has found a knack for. Due to its small size, power, and armour piercing capabilities, she has found it the perfect weapon for her to use on the field.
Zora has the blood of the Markov family which has given her access to powers deeply in tune with the earth. She is ability to control and manipulate all forms of earthly substances, such as sand, dirt, rock and minerals to a variety of different degrees. So far she has a radius up around 5 miles and seemingly has no upper limit to how much she can manipulate. Though the more she does, the harder and more concentrated she must be
-Terrakinetic Constructs: She is able to compress and shape the earth together to make rocks bigger and able to sharpen them to a fine point. She is able to make throwable projectiles, Lift pieces of the earth upward to create walls and other shapes and make an earth armour around herself.
-Natural Disaster inducement: Zora is able to cause several earth based natural disasters with enough concentration and focus. The easier things to cause are earthquakes, mudslides and avalanches are easy on mountain ranges, but for things such as fissures and sinkholes take a lot more time and focus, and are detected before they form and are created.
-Fertlity Inducement: This is a passive ability more then anything. Plants in the 5 mile radius around her have the ability to grow at an accelerated rate. It has been seen that if stood in the same position for a day that plants around her grow as if 3 months have passed.
-Geo-Thermokinesis: Zora has the ability to control lava streams. She is able to make it flow faster, float, harden it and manipulate as if was liquid rocks. Though she is not immune to it though uses it very rarely.
-Earth Healing: Zora's deep attunement to the earth gives her a special ability that allows her for rapid regeneration when underground. Things that normally would take days to heal would take minutes when buried in dirt, months to days and years to mere months. She seems to be in a stasis when buried not needing food, water or air as the soil it self seems to supply it.
While she does have her powers under control, during times of extreme stress and turmoil she can inadvertently cause disasters and crack the ground. She usually tries to keep a calm or serious demeanor so nothing like that happens in her beloved homeland or anywhere else.
Marksmanship: Zora has been fighting a war for as long as she can remember, even considering this when in Wakanda, so has become pretty handy at using fire arms in combat. She has a proficiency mainly for sub-machine guns.
Hand-to-hand combat: Zora is trained in Combative and Krav Maga. Though preferring to keep to fighting at a distance, Zora never stops her training for it as she sees it as an invaluable skill to have especially when fighting in close quarters.
Master Strategist: Zora has been fighting a guerrilla war against Latveria since she was born. Being taught at a young age by her father and Wakandan tutors she is considered tactical mastermind and a savant at guerrilla warfare specialising at underground assault and urban warfare. She has gained respect from both her peers and her enemies for her abilities which she prides herself on.
Stealth: Zora being trained by Black Panther and with help from Jakkara as well, she has gotten so proficient at stealth to the point that she is able to move past even moderate enhanced senses humans without alerting them. Her skills even allow her to sneak into high alert security Latverian facilities and achieve her aims without detection.
Indomitable will: A combination of conditioning and loyalty to her cause and her people has made Zora reluctant to ever give up the fight and give in to torture.
Leadership: Zora has gotten the love and loyalty of her people and her troops through being fair, reasonable, understandable and compassionate whenever being talked to. Her strategies and lead by example attitude have also gained the respect of some of the majority of the people who doubted her leadership.
Near Genius-level Intellect: Zora's natural born intelligence and top notch education has turned her a well knowledge and informed individual. She has a firm knowledge of Geology and organic chemistry to match that of a someone with a bachelor degree and is fluent in Markovian, Wakandan, Romanian, French, German, Russian, Czech, Croatian, Serbian, Bulgarian and Hungarian.
Weaknesses: (3 minimum)
1.) Earth Connection: Zora's powers makes her deeply attuned with the earth, to the point that she gets more physically sick and weak when not touching the ground over a period of time. At an hour she'll be feeling woozy, 3 hours, it's fever dreams, 6 hours it's passing out and 12 hours+ is coma and which can lead to death.
2.) Human: Even with powers, Zora can still die. Of course the death will have to be instantaneous or kill her faster then she can make it underground.
3.) Good of the people!: Zora thinks that the most important thing in the world are her people and the suppressed civilians. She would rather turn herself in rather then see them see hurt or massacred.
4.) Easily Trackable: When on the ground Zora is easy to be tracked as she leaves a trial of blooming plants and lush greens around her. This flaw means she either needs to be more then 5 miles underground or constantly on the move otherwise she'll be found.
5.) Unchecked disaster: While she has a good grip on her powers, moments of extreme turmoil and stress do lead her to cause unprecedented disasters in the forms of land based natural disasters. This can elad to serious damage to not only herself but to the land she is on and the people living in it.
Mother: Denise Howard (DC, deceased)
Father: Brion Markov (DC, deceased)
Extended family: Gregor Markov (Uncle, deceased), Ilona Markov (Aunt, deceased) Tara Markov (Aunt, deceased), Gregor Markov II (Cousin, deceased) Viktor Markov (Grandfather, deceased)
Zora seems to be a more friendly and compassionate individual then most people expect her to be. She's quick to be friendly and carries herself with a calm composure that seems to put others at ease. This can be seen mainly through that her heart lies with the people mostly. She is fighting for them and will protect them as much as she possibly can. She also doesn't carry herself like a royal, she sees herself as a queen without a kingdom, and will only take the title queen when Zora has won the war. She is very careful with her power, position and actions. She realises that if she ever acts rash a lot of people can get hurt and prefers the preservation of life and the least amount of casualties.
However Zora does have a serious side. Whenever it is of matters of protection of her soldiers, people and about her cause, she will treat everything as it was a life or death situation when it involves them. She's however the most serious when undergoing missions and prefers heading the operations herself, mainly due to lead by example but also that if anything goes awry she can get the rest of her team hopefully out of situation so she'll be the only causality, liability
History: While the fusing of the world created some tension between countries that existed in one world but not the other. Usually the claims of independence were solved with a few exceptions. Markovia and Latveria were two of them. The problem was that in both universes both countries occupied the same space and both had proper claim for the land and no one knew what to do. This started a civil war as neither wanted to give up any of their land to the other, as one had peasantry and citizens deeply devoted to the Markov Monarchy, while the other had a dictatorship with more advanced technology and total control of it's people.
The battle between the two countries waged with only UN ceasefires which lasted for less then a few days to give peace to this turmoil. During one of the longer periods of peace between the two states is when Zora was born to one of Markov's greatest fighters and general, Geo-Force and his wife Denise Howard. She was named as a symbol of hope for the peasantry and the monarchy. That he birth would be the dawn of a better Markovia and a symbol of hope in a distraught time.
Zora had a troubled childhood to say the least. Everyday was another day where they feared they might get captured and a constant struggle, Zora had a meek upraising as being in constant fear for her life and seeing death and destruction around her. Markovians did all they could to fight back against the Latverian threat as while Markova had a lot of weaponry but Latveria had the more technologically advanced weaponry. But for the time being the amount of forces Markovia had and the power of Geo-force himself, they seemed to be hanging on for a while. But it was a losing war and year by year it seemed Markovia was losing.
After 8 years fighting a good fight in a hopeless war and it seemed her father was doing everything he could to try and get her somewhere safe. It was difficult as most flat out refused to help through fear of what Doom would do to them and others had no intention to help a lost caused. Though there was one royal family which took pity on them and had no fear of Dooms wrath , and that was the Queen of Wakanda, Shuri who agreed to accept Zora as a ward to Wakanda.
It seemed that Brion used all the resources he had available to him to smuggle Zora out of the country to the nearest Wakanda embassy in a country that he was certain wouldn't be in league with Doom. The nearest country he could think of was the embassy in Germany. Zora didn't want to leave them and it took a lot of fighting and crying before her father calmed her down enough and convinced this was the best for her her father created a distraction as Zora and a small group soldiers began there journey. Unknown to Zora at the time the distraction would be the death of her father and the end of the war.
To get to the embassy in Berlin, they had to move at night and through Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic on a 1131km track. They had to move quiet and in inconspicuous cars on dirt roads or travel in forests to avoid detection and out of the sight of anything Doom had hired to sent against them. It took them 2 days before the reached Berlin, seemingly having avoided everything and in the clear, but an ambush awaited them near the embassy and before the could arrive they were attacked by a Doombot.
The battle was hopeless, the Bot seemed impervious to everything that they could throw against it. One by one the bot took out Zora's entourage as they were trying to slow it down and get her to safety or at least try and take it down but to no avail. It didn't take long before the Bot cornered her an alleyway. Being backed against the wall, she lashed out throwing a bricks and thrash doing anything she could to it as it seemed to take pleasure in seeing her panic and try and fight back. Without any options left Zora closed her eyes and lashed out, hitting the bot with everything she could. The noise she heard were unexpected, she heard the crack as her knuckle broke when her fist connected connecting and the noise of metal being pierced. Looking up at bot she saw that it was pierced through the chest by a sharp pointed rock that seemed to appear from the path itself. A few moments later she passed out due to the adrenaline passing and shock setting in.
Zora woke up several hours later in a nearby hospital under the protection of the Wakandan officials and as soon as her doctor gave the all clear she was moved put on a quintjet and flown to Wakanda.
Zora remembers her time in Wakanda quite fondly, even if it took a while for her to get comfortable in such a foreign environment. Though with the help from majority of the royal family she adjusted quite well. She was given educational lessons by Wakandan tutors in everything from Maths, to strategy to languages while T'Challa trained her in stealth and combat. She felt at home and felt really welcome. She thought of the people there as a sort of family, though she always yearned to return to Markovia and liberate it from the clutches of the Von Dooms. Unlike the other children living in the palace, she didn't join the Titans or go to Jean Grey. So she trusted in the training and teachings that she was being taught and practiced by herself to discover the limits of her powers.
However, the battle changed everything. Wakanda was in grief over the death of their queen, and Zora felt lonely and unwelcome. She stayed for another year, supporting her new family the best she could before she left to return to Markovia.
The moment Zora returned what use to be Markovburg to find some form of resistance she could join. She didn't find much though. It seemed majority of the armed forces and resistance that remained were either executed or locked up in prison. What she did find were some hopeful youths, of both Latverian and Markovian descent who were tired of Doom's tyrannical rule. From there she started a resistance movement.
It started off small, more of a nuisance then anything. Graffiti, spread rumours, broke out scandals. It wasn't much but it was something. She did this for a year, growing their resistance and they got more bold. Zora and her trusted advisors started devising a plan to break out the political prisoners held captive under Dooms rule. For the next few months Zora and her crew set up a series of interconnected tunnels leading all over Latveria with a central hub at the border of Romania and Latveria. It took a while for them to finish their construction, having to be quiet and subtle with their construction and installation of the facilities so deep underground without alerting Latveria and Romanian officials as well as making sure that the place had enough airflow and access to water.
Once the new base of operation, dubbed 'The Castle', was finished they put their plan into action on the day when she turned 20 they successfully attacked and took out the prison holding political prisoners freeing the survivors of the war and other political activists. Rescuing them all in a matter of half an hour through the use of tunnels and years of planning. When reinforcements even arrived all the found was the rubble of the prison and several of the guards who weren't killed in the skirmish had just one message to give the responders.
"The war is not over, it has just begun"
In the next 3 years Zora has been fighting a guerrilla war fraught with sabotage and retaliation. Majority of Latveria's production output was put to a grinding halt as factories were hit in the dead of night, structurally unsafe and all the machinery destroyed, barracks and armouries holding weaponry and hibernating Doom Bots were held were destroyed and ransacked, and they also caused civil unrest with the populous. During this time Zora became an image of freedom amongst the populous who felt oppressed. The one person who could stand up against Victor Von Doom and his bastard children, and won't stop till Markovia and Latveria became free from the horrid dictatorship.
Face Claim/Play by: Rose Leslie
Sample RP: Taking a deep breath, she focused on the task at hand. To her, war was easy. It was her second nature to fight, but this was different altogether. She held a piece of paper tightly, make it crumple lightly. She took a deep breath as she looked at the podium she would be speaking on a few minutes later.
"<Nervous?>" Asked her head of security, Dmitri in Markovian
"<That obvious, huh?>," she said with a nervous chuckle.
"<You have nothing to worry about. The DSS has assured us that they have everything covered, and even then I have my men stationed in the crowd and on anti-sniper on the roof>" Dmitri said placing a hand on her shoulder. "<If anything goes wrong you can personally blame me>" He said followed by a deceivingly hearty laugh.
Zora returned the laugh but that wasn't why she was worried. This was an important occasion to try and rally support for her cause by other nations. She knew that with one wrong thing said or one thing said out of context could mean the end of it all. She looked over the speech again trying to memorise some sections off by heart so she wouldn't be looking at the paper over and over. This was one of the few occasions she couldn't speak from the heart, speaking from the heart caused controversy. A nicely written politically correct speech she revised over and over making it perfect.
Zora saw the former ambassador to Markovia motion her over. She knew it was time to deliver her speech. She also had it held outside as a sign of defiance to Doom as a 'I'm not afraid to speak publicly about your tyranny' It was dangerous, but Zora would never back down in the face of anger, especially when it came to defying Von Doom.
As Zora approached the podium she looked at the gathered audience, there were several cameras pointed at her as were supports eagerly waiting to hear her speak. She placed the speech down in front of her and took a deep breath.
"The atrocities done to the people of Markovia and Latveria should be a crime against the most basic of human ri-"
Two bangs went off. One from behind her and not even a second later one came from across the street.
It was immediately followed by an extremely painful feeling coming from her gut. She instantly went to grasp for the pain and saw that her hand was being covered in her own blood. It didn't take her long to collapse from shock, the last thing she was Dmitri running towards her.
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