Natalya Ivanov"You must be the change you wish to see in the world"
-Mahatma GandhiTrue Colors
| Full Name
Natalya Ruslana Ivanov
Natalie, Natty, Nat
| In-Depth Appearance
The first, and probably most obvious thing about Natalya, are her giant tentacle arms. The purple tentacles connect at her shoulders, where they sort of mesh with her human flesh, creating a purple-skin color gradient. Her rather short stature only makes their large size seem even bigger. Her "biceps" are around double the size of an average female, with the tentacle tapering down to a pointed tip, which reach down to about her mid-calves. She has several large scars around her shoulder blades and neck area. The sides of Natalya's torso are covered in slits that serve as gills.
Before joining the Powerbound Academy, Natalya had very little clothing to her name. Her attire consisted of a torn, oversized sweater
(Thanks Kanye!), along with a similarly tattered pair of sweat pants, both having several dark stains scattered among them. Due to literally living under a bridge, she had no choice but to wear whatever scraps she could find. The oversized sweater also helped conceal the two hideous masses of flesh that hung from her side. After joining the Academy, her wardrobe, while not torn anymore, is still quite basic. Anything beyond tank tops and black leggings will never make it into her wardrobe. Buttons are impossible, which means she won't ever be caught in a pair of jeans.
Natalya has been "gifted" with two very large and extremely gross tentacle arms. These have unique properties, and are much stronger and durable than that of a normal octopus tentacle. They are able to extend beyond their dormant reach, allowing them to reach up to 10 feet in length. The tentacles have been known to regenerate upon receiving injury, and even fully regenerate if severed from her body. However, this process can take several weeks. While being extremely useful for reaching that plate in the back of the cupboard, they also secrete a sticky substance with quite a putrid odor. This liquid helps maintain a specific moisture level required for the arms to function. Gills:
Natalya has also been "gifted" with the ability to breath underwater due to the very handy pair of gills on either side of her torso. These flaps of skin allow her to stay submerged for much longer than an average human, with her times reaching up to thirty minutes without surfacing.
Natalya's arms are quite susceptible to drastic temperature influxes. While the liquid secreted by the tentacles help maintain a stable temperature, if the distribution of this liquid is cut off, then her arms will begin to crack and shrivel up. They will not ever completely become useless, but the extreme pain caused by this render's Natalya essentially useless.
She carries very little, even after joining the Powerbound Academy. The only valuable object she has is a golden pendant around her neck that her mother gave to her before passing away. Inside of her wallet, she keeps a picture of every one of her family members.
Natalya isn't quite reserved, but she also isn't the first to put herself in the front of the action, figuratively. Her rough past has transformed her from a once happy, cheerful young girl to a hardened, stoic individual. Having to stay hidden and endure harsh comments has developed a sense of self-consciousness.
| Place Of Origin
Natalya was born in Moscow, Russia. She lived underneath the Coronado Bridge in San Diego, California after fleeing her home country.
- Nadia Ivanov: Mother (1980-2020) Powerless.
- Ruslan Ivanov: Father (1974-Present) Powerless.
- Dmitri Ivanov: Brother (2008-2021) Powerless.
- Isaak Ivanov: Brother (2008-Present) Powerless.
- Alexandra Ivanov: Sister (2010-Present) Powerless.
- Nikolai Ivanov: Brother (2019-Present) Powerless.
Natalya was the oldest child, with her four other siblings all being born after her. Her two oldest brothers are twins, Dmitri and Isaak. Growing up, she lived a relatively normal life. She went to school, played in sports, and made friends. Her mother and father both had stable jobs. Her dad was a marine biologist, while her mother worked as a teacher at the local elementary school. Everything was perfect for the Ivanov's, at least on the outside.
Natalya's mother, Nadia Ivanov died of apparently natural causes in 2020, several months after giving birth to her last child, Nikolai. The family mourned, as any other family would. The kids never got the opportunity to see their mother after hearing of her death. All viewings were strictly forbidden by their father. No matter how much Natalya begged to see her mother before she was buried, her father refused. This caused a huge rift between Natalya and her father, one that has yet to be restored.
With the death of Nadia, the Ivanov's weren't ever really the same. Natalya's father withdrew them all from school and kept them locked up in the house nearly all day, every day. He didn't allow any outside contact. The kids were completely secluded from the rest of society. Unfortunately, this was just the beginning of their mistreatment. Natalya's father was mad with theories about the human body. He would go off on rants about how inefficient they were, and how they needed to find a way to revolutionize the way humans work.
He took Natalya, the oldest of the five kids, and began extensive experiments on her. He would restrain her for several days while she was attached to all kinds of tubes with fluorescent fluids pumping into her veins. Her father wouldn't give in to her screams. Instead, he chugged along, jotting down notes on his notepad and completely ignoring his daughter that he had previously loved so much. He had become a completely different man.
She had been locked in the basement for several months. No sunlight, no contact with her siblings, nothing. Just the spoon-fed porridge that her father brought down to keep her barely alive. Her father, for the first time in months, spoke. He told her that the day had come for them to complete the process. Without another word, he brought out a large bone saw. He immediately took to her arms, cutting them as close to the shoulder as he could. He had no means of obtaining an anesthetic for her, which only made the pain that much worse.
Within only a few weeks, her once human arms had been replaced by a pair of fully-grown octopus tentacles. Natalya's father had done it. After countless years of research, he had used his daughter as his guinea pig, and proved to be successful. Of course, in Natalya's eyes, he was a monster. Her father tried countless times to convince her that he had "improved" her. She wouldn't buy it.
Her resistance led to her being kept in the basement for several more months, as sort of a cooling off period. It didn't work. Her feelings of resentment turned to anger, which turned to spite. One day, when her father had come to give her a bowl of slop, she broke out. Her newfound strength allowed her to easily overpower the feeble old man and flee the city.
She fled to the nearest airport, where she was able to sneak onto the cargo hold of a plane headed for the United States. She was leaving her siblings behind with their monster of a father, which pained her the most. She had been able to save them for a few months by being her father's lab rat, but he would no doubt turn to the others for his insane experiments. Natalya promised herself that once she had time to reestablish herself as a normal human being, she would return to help rescue her siblings.
Once in California, Natalya took to living on the streets. Or rather, under the streets. She took up residency underneath the Coronado Bridge in San Diego, only going into the city in the dead of night, wearing extremely baggy clothing to conceal her arms. She knew that if anyone actually saw her arms, they would freak out and most likely call the police. Or animal control.
One day while reading the paper, among articles about the mythical "kraken" living in the water, she found out about the Powerbound Academy. Realizing that this might be her one and only chance to integrate herself back into society, she jumped at the opportunity.
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