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Other Titles: The Malachite Mercenary, Copper Gila Monster, The Soviet Sorceress
Name: Svetlana Drogov
Eye color: Jade
Hair color: blonde
Hunting survival and recon were a huge element of Lana's upbringing. To be able to adapt to her suroundings, find any one and dispatch anyone without being caught off guard. She is not a hacker of elite ability or a top end mechanic, she can't promise a gourmet meal. However she is very likely to at least do these sorts of things well enough to get by. An assassin and spy she is quite gifted in many areas, that said a huge focus was on fighting ability. Powers were nothing if one couldn't fight. Weapons are great to know but the ideal weapon is self.
Her fighting style starts with Systema which has four main principles breathing, relaxation, posture and movement. Building on trusting intuition, aligning senses, freeing from tension and achieving a high level of fluidity. At her core Lana is relaxed and in her element during a hunt or fight, the motions come with a highly instinctive grace. Deadly and effortless Systema encourages striking grappling and disarming all with a training meant to be more defensive than art or dedicated routines. This would then lead to learning Sambo a unarmed Russian martial art with an emphasis as well on movement and disarming, further expanding on a knowledge of kicks, striking and holds. To disarm and end a fight quick it blended with Systema fine and should be noted before delving into the more Kung fu like teachings she would come to know.
Branching off of these teachings was then Imperial Martial Arts beginning with hardening the body and mind. Padding went from something teased for in coming up to being completely abandoned. Making the body ready to strike without gear, it isn't practical to assume one will have protection or be hitting someone with such. So one had to be ready to rain punches or kicks on an enemy without damaging oneself, and if necessary ready to risk hitting someone better protected because one can't just run from a fight or expect it to favor them. From there the Baba Yaga was trained in four specific styles those being Alligator, Lizard, Salamander and Centipede.Alligator is a style focusing on rolls and joint locks(chin na). Seeking to reflect the alligator's own death roll the style uses motion often extending to full body to rend flesh, shatter bone or even tear open the body. Lizard would focus on a low or even "ground" posture with motion often on hands and toes increasing strengths as one focused on climbing and hanging. Kicks and spearing strikes allowing for one to rip tear and grip a foe while also being wildly agile. Salamander lendedleant itself simply to these teachings already focusing on rolls grip strength and lower stances it naturally bled into the teachings. Then came Centipede a bit against the lizard and reptilian theme but it was something Svetlana latched onto. Considered the art of a hundred kicks from the ground, toughness training that then latched onto fast combos to overwhelm a mark. To launch such a flurry that the pain and speed would bring opponents to the ground. This all culminates in a style that can drive most back with the power behind punches and kicks, that can easily progress into holds with even worse intentions, all from a woman who is despite being dexterous almost perpetually relaxed and controlled in a fight.
Centipede is an art of a hundred kicks from the ground, not an exact number but in how fast these combinations and flurries are thrown. Centipede use the highly toughened feet and legs already trained in the Main Animal Styles to break the lower legs, knees, feet, or attack the groin. The sheer pain, speed, and intensity of this style has sent trained fighters running or climbing up the walls to escape.
Svetlana was born in a hut just outside of Volchansk in the winter of Nineteen Ninety and would be adopted by a couple who met during the Cold War. Said couple consisting of Russian Spetsnaz officer and Japanese Yakuza member at least so the reports say. From around six the young woman was climbing along walls. Around seven she was taken into a military base for experimentation. Meanwhile Lana at the age of ten ran away only to run on back, claims she "met her parents in a cooky hut". In short all documentation of Lana as a child is a mix of erased files and conflicting tails, what she is remains largely unknown. We do know that her adoptive parents were from an early on raising her for the Volk Okhotnik division. Everyone knew early on that Lana had a strong sense of smell, thus a piece of a leather jacket she was told to keep with her. When she found this man, when the scent matched that was when she'd have found the person she was to kill.
She became in service of Russia as a soldier from two thousand six, serving in the Second Chechen War. She would see it to its end before made a spy to be apart of the Insurgency of North Caucasus into twenty seventeen. Occassionally being sent as well to Russia's intervention in the Syrian Civil War from twenty fifteen onward. For fourteen years she has come to know conflict. In oh six the war had largely been won at least on a large front, but there was still a need for counterterrorism. The smaller fights and close corner work of fights inside structures and places of hiding helped bring more attention to Lana. Of course she had a purpose long before then but it's here where she became a bit more known from the larger internal structure. Leading her to the promotion of spy and assassin.
In the span of time from ten to fourteen the over all casualties of North Caucasus was lower each year, often said to be in part by the targeting of high value targets. Not much can be said but there is no denying this helped hone the woman into the killer she is today. It was in twenty eleven when a general was slain, they said his manor he called a home was almost a fortress. Yet on a summer night Lana confirmed the kill, and became called the Baba Yaga. From then on she was a dedicated veteran known for her work specifically in the removal of anyone against government bodies and for her work in counter terrorism. All of this though was largely just serving Volk Okhotnik looking for the wolf and training to be ready to kill the enemy of the nation Lana loved. Recently her combat tours have ended she has a lead, and her country intends to guarantee she has the funds and resources needed to bring home a wolf pelt...
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