Here's the character concept I had in mind (and the summary of her origin story):
Marisa Vaz Silva was a Brazillian-American nanotech researcher employed by one of the world's leading biotech corporations. Aside from an outdated computational implant she'd recieved for a graduation present, she was a completely baseline human, having come from a background to poor to afford the extensive genetic, bionic, and cybernetic augmentations that is virtually universal among modern America's upper class
Aside from a long-since outdated computational implant she'd recieved for a graduation present, she was a completely baseline human, having come from a background to poor to afford the extensive genetic, bionic, and cybernetic augmentations that is virtually universal among modern America's upper class, nor even the more modest enhancements found among the nation's middle class. In a nation where many employers don't even consider unenhanced applicants and social advancement has become virtually unheard of, Marisa stood out as one of the very few exceptions to those trends, having managed to attend an acredited University and entirely through scholarships, loans, and what little money should could make through work-study programs. Near the end of her undergraduate years, Marisa was offered a grant by her future employer, and eagerly accepted.
After completing her desired graduate program, Marisa was almost immediately put to work along with nearly 30 other junior researchers that had been hired alongside her as part of an initiative to expand into the burgeoning nanorobotics/bioncs industry. The first 14 months of her career were largely uneventful, and had the company not acquired a peculiar piece of xenotech under vague circumstances.
The recovered xenotech wasn't especially impressive on first sight; to a casual observer it would look like nothing more than a sphere of shiny metal which, on closer inspection, would appear almost fluid. However, from the teams initial studies, the object actually consisted of a mass of inert nanobots suspended in fluid. For several weeks, various attempts were made to activate the device to no avail. What happened next is a blur to Marisa, and the next thing she remembers is waking up face down in a pool of liquid approximately the color and consistency of mercury.
Strangely enough, she could "feel" the pool as if it were part of her own body, and with a bit of effort, she was able to move the liquid as one might move a limb. Marisa tried to stand up, only to realize that her legs were gone, and that what remained were stubs that appeared to be composed of the same metallic liquid as the pool on the floor. Strangely enough, she felt no pain, and in fact, it almost felt like her legs were still there, and in a sense, they were. Intuitively, she was able to shape the metallic pool into a pair of legs identical to her own.
Getting to her newly reformed feet, Marisa noticed something was very, very wrong; Everyone else in the room was dead, and most of the corpses were mutilated beyond recognition. Marisa tried to hold back the urge to vomit, but failed, and what came out was more of the silvery liquid from before.
She made her way to the lab's exit only to find a group of soldiers in unmarked black Power Armor
preparing to breach the facility. She approached them to ask for help, only to be met by a hail of high explosive armor piercing rounds. The bullets went straight through her, splattering her innards all over the floor of the building, yet she didn't die.
edited 25th Nov '12 10:44:33 AM by Archereon
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