If asked, Anya Valtaya will tell you that is the only name she has ever known. She does not remember her parents because she grew up in captivity in a succession of laboratories and institutes disguised as orphanages. Anya’s story is not dissimilar to that of her new friend Nancy in terms of her education but the background is much darker.
Taken from the streets of Ekaterinburg aged around three, she was given to Professor Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov to be a test subject. Ivanov, having made groundbreaking developments in artificial insemination with horses, made no secrets about his desire to create human / animal hybrids. His famously failed experiments in the late 1920s to inseminate chimpanzees with Human sperm were not his first attempt though. Anya, along with many other children, were part of a programme organized by GUGB Department XIII. This experiment involved the mixing of genetic material in a living subject and many animals were involved. Siberian Wolves, Sumatran Tigers, Orangutans and even eagles were tried. Anya was injected with the blood of a Snow Leopard.
One by one, the test subjects died until only Anya remained. Although she showed no outward signs of the genetic meld having worked, she remained alive, and in captivity. Aged around seven (nobody knows her actual birth date) she began a programme of specialist training including languages and physical conditioning. She was a natural athlete and as her dexterity and strength grew, she was taught combat techniques, the theory of infiltration and information gathering. Then, years after the infusions of snow leopard blood had ceased, and several years after the death of Ivanov himself, it seemed one of his experiments had worked.
As she entered adolescence, Anya noticed changes in her physical abilities. She became able to transform her body at will, to manifest beastly characteristics, claws, teeth, incredible strength and speed. Married to her ongoing training as an assassin, she was now a formidable asset for the NKVD and, in particular, the GUGB Intelligence division.
The NKVD took an intense interest in Anya’s condition but with Ivanov having died in '32 they no longer had the skills or knowledge to recreate his gene melding technique. A new team of biologists was assembled with orders to identify and extract Anya’s ability from her cells and transfer it into new test subjects. Although her training and conditioning continued, she was subjected to horribly painful procedures and treated as nothing more than a lab rat. A few months ago, after around five years in “The Academy”, she rebelled.
Killing her captors and fleeing “The Academy”, she fled west. Using her espionage skills and natural, almost innate, ability to hunt, she stayed one step ahead of her pursuers. In Berlin, with both the NKVD and Gestapo breathing down her neck, she entered the British Embassy and requested political asylum. After an extraction operation orchestrated by the SIS she found herself in London, a young lady with a peculiar skill set, who owes more than a few favors to the British for getting her out of Berlin alive.
Anya was made a one-time offer by the SIS. They were setting up a new unit specifically for espionage and sabotage operations. If she joined them, she just might have the opportunity to get some revenge on those who had treated her so badly.
Anya Valtaya is a true enigma. At the age of 21 she has seen more of the world and its unsavoury elements than many people twice her age. Behind her youthful looks and cat-like grace lies a maturity and demeanour born from a life of true hardship. Standing at 5’10”, Anya is tall and lithe. Her strawberry blonde hair frames a natural beauty that somehow seems out of place with the functional Western clothing she typically wears.
Attributes: Agility d8, Smarts d6, Spirit d8, Strength d6, Vigor d6
Skills: Athletics d8, Common Knowledge d4, Fighting d8, Focus d8, Healing d4, Language (Linguist #1) d6, Language (Linguist #2) d6, Language (Linguist #3) d6, Language (Russian) d8, Notice d6, Performance d4, Persuasion d4, Stealth d8, Survival d6, Thievery d4
Pace: 6; Parry: 6; Toughness: 5
Wealth Die: d6
Hindrances: Enemy (major, wanted by the Soviet NKVD, dead or alive), Phobia (minor, medical equipment and surgical paraphernalia), Secret (minor, don’t let the public know I’m a werecat!)
Edges: Arcane Background (Gifted), Martial Artist, Vanishing Act
Weapons: Unarmed (Range Melee, Damage Str+d4, +1 to Hit), Browning Hi-Power (Range 12/24/48, Damage Str+2d6, ROF 1, AP 1)
Gear: Lockpicks, Small suitcase
Languages: Russian (native, d8), Linguist #1 (d6), Linguist #2 (d6), Linguist #3 (d6)
Arcane Background: Gifted (SWADE, p148)
- Power Points: 15
- Powers: Changeling! (Shape Change; SWADE p167)
- Raise Skills: Athletics/Fighting
- Edge: Martial Artist
- Raise Skills: Focus/Stealth
- Edge: Vanishing Act
Books In Use: Savage Worlds: Adventure Edition
Setting Rules: Multiple Languages, Unarmored Hero
Validity: Character appears valid and optimal
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