And to round out the main character trio here’s another entry…
Character: Krista Gallant
Age: 14 (in 2016)
Siblings / Family: Wolff (German father), Polanski (Russian mother), Gur (older brother by six years, deceased), Karen (Adoptive Aunt, Israeli billionaire), Karen’s mercenaries (all act as extended family, most live in Karen’s villa, their original members include Krista’s parents).
Family Life: Loving and supportive yet also distant and chaotic. Polanski and Wolff were always dedicated to their children but also incompatible with any other profession. Warriors aren’t trained to retire ~ The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi So they tried to live as both mercenaries and parents. As a result of their ‘home life’ Gur and Krista raised each other, and became exceptionally close. Even when Karen’s mercenaries were home, the siblings were never found apart.
In 2014 Gur, then serving with the IDF paratroopers, was killed in the Gaza War. Gur’s loss shattered Krista, and she viewed this event as an act of betrayal / declaration of war by the adult world (hence her confronting nature, see below).
Gur’s loss affected Krista’s relationships with her parents too. The (adult-in-miniature) Krista treats them as dear friends / companions not as family. A future quote from Krista; their little girl died with Gur. Well, most of the time. Krista still calls her father ‘Wolfie’, and Wolff adopted this nickname as his formal call-sign to honour / preserve their old bonds.
Religion: Lapsed Christian, (proudly) culturally Jewish…By her nature Krista is considered by her extended family to be an honorary Sabra (Jewish-Israeli)…
Appearance: Angled features, crystal blue eyes, long blonde mane, slight tan, light athletic build, no scars or visible damage, energetic cheerful / cheeky voice.
Clothing Style: Tailored / designer clothing only. Mass-produced clothes are forbidden. Has a preference for form-moulded shirts and turtle-neck jumpers, short skirts, and her signature hooded red leather jacket.
Magic Powers: Well, she can convers with adults at their own level (and often outwit them), order around ex-Special Forces mercenaries like a school-yard bully, takes a fearless / domineering approach to meeting strangers, and she possess an adult’s wisdom and a cynical view of the outside world.
Skills: Self taught symphony-orchestra level violinist (but she only played for Gur); proficient in Krav Maga, kick-boxing, and gymnastics (never competed); Olympic-accuracy with a .22cal pistol; fluent in German, Russian, Hebrew, English, and in how to argue like a ‘typical Israeli’ with these languages. Krista also displays a distinct talent for using her model-like aesthetics, scathing wit and sexualised humour to unnerve / torment / berate any adult she meets (her best weapon and defence against the treasonous world).
Love Interests / Romantic Life: None. Despite Krista’s relentless flirting, and related humour, she lost interest in adolescent / teenage relationships (and drama) long ago. Krista always possessed a more mature mindset than her school peers (except for Gur), and she only had a few friends. To adapt a quote from the book The Last of the Wind Ships, she had no friends because she had no equals. When Gur was killed Krista became closed off to anyone outside of her family. Except for Freyja and Dov who are set to become Krista’s closest friends / Inner Circle (Krista formally ‘adopts’ Dov and Freyja after their first orchestra outing together, a reward for their loyalty and achievements, and Krista gifts Freyja her Amati violin).
Oh, one reason why Krista is so protective of / focused on her new friends, and their bond, is she’s desperate to spare Freyja from the same remorse and isolation Krista experienced when Gur was killed (and Krista is keen to not relive those experiences herself).