: Val, Valley, Resonance, Alyssa Halsted, Samantha PacingsIdentity:
As secret as she can keep itCitizenship:
Moved from Germany. Has dual English and German citizenship and counterfeit American credentialsSpecies:
49 kg (108 lbs.)Eyes:
Some high school, no collegePlace of Birth:
Fordwich, UKDate of Birth:
April 5, 1996Sexuality:
non-practicing ChristianPhysical Appearance:
Based on appearance alone, one might assume that Valerie has exceptionally good genes. She has beautiful skin, incredible hair, and a jaw-dropping body. Valerie's vibrant blonde hair is eye-catching with little upkeep. Her hair naturally curls when wet, but is otherwise typically straight and reaches her mid-back unless pulled up. Having an interest in cosmetology, Valerie's make-up generally enhances the natural beauty of her face. A light powder foundation, and some blush gives her excellent contours. Her eyebrows are kept well-shaped. Her carefully applied eye liner, mascara, and shadow make her eyes pop. A rosy pink shade of lipstick draws attention from her eyes to her lips, which generally leads to glances toward her cleavage. As such eye contact is a little unusual for Valerie. Aside from an impressive bust, her stomach is thin and hips are well-shaped giving her a nice hourglass shape. Her butt is certainly attractive, round and firm though not particularly large. A few years of life on the run has given her long legs excellent definition.
Valerie's fashion sense has mostly been focused on blending in for the last few years. Her clothing doesn't stand out from typical college age girls, and there tend to be enough pretty ones about that she won't pull all the attention. Her preference is for loose skirts and thin tight tops, that show at least a little cleavage. When at a safe house or somewhere with people she can trust, she tends to lounge in shorts and a tank or less. In cold weather she sticks to sweaters and leggings or thigh highs with her skirts and avoids heavy outerwear. Instead she prefers fashionable jackets or hoodies that are easily removable.Personality:
At her core Valerie would be generally friendly and warm-hearted, but she has grown very untrusting and cynical since her powers manifested. She hides behind a wall of frigidness turning people away who she assumes would try to use her. Most of what she reveals to people are lies, and anything she is enthusiastic about remains hidden behind an artificial demeanor. Despite this, she holds out hope that someone can make her feel safe and welcome.
Valerie wants to do things that others might not think twice about, such as get tattoos or dye her hair, but she is still very focused on keeping a low profile. Beyond being a very attractive girl, she tries not to have any identifiable marks to remain as anonymous as possible. Her model-like features generate more attention than she would like, but often make obtaining minor favors a little bit easier.
Since she was poor for some of her more memorable years, her new found access to money has given her the habit of spending money on things she doesn't particularly need. Valerie has recently been raising her standards preferring luxuries that most without a permanent residence typically can't afford. When a safe house is compromised, Valerie tends to be more annoyed about the expensive wardrobe and conveniences that she has to leave behind, than with actually finding a new place.
Fighting is not one of Valerie's strong suits so she takes great pains to avoid physical confrontations. Knowing this, Valerie usually will take the risk of getting captured over fighting. Usually being somewhat cooperative results in the favorable outcome of walking away. Most of all just being aware and getting away before it's too late is enough to keep her out of any significant trouble.History:
Valerie's father, Cristoph Kaufman, was a German laborer that followed work to England. He was no one special and found himself struggling to make ends meet. He fell in love with a young writer Helena Christie, and though the two had their share of problems they married for a short time. Valerie spent her first few years growing up in their small home in England where her mother mostly focused on her writing, leaving Valerie to her own devices. She was no more than 10 when her parents were reaching the point of no return and they divorced when Valerie was 12.
Valerie moved with her father to Germany where his parents hosted them until he was back on his feet. He found work, a good school, and struggled to afford the life he wanted for his only daughter. Valerie had noticed that her father was wearing himself thin and tried to find ways to help generate income. She was too young to find a part time job, and anything else she could get paid for required an investment that she didn't want to place on her father.
She had just turned 16 when she noticed something strange. A bandage she had placed on a cut had turned to gold. As she explored this occurrence she discovered that her period panties also had small areas turned completely to gold. Somehow her blood had been changing things to gold. She collected every item she could find that had undergone the transformation and eventually tried to sell what was basically tiny discs of gold. At first, the discs sold to a pawn shop owner who felt a bit sorry for Valerie. But as months went by and more and more items rolled in of unusual shape and size, he could no longer buy from her. Instead, he had some workers follow her to find where she was getting the gold from. After a week of following her to and from school and the few other places she went, they had no clue where she was getting the gold from, and raided her house. When Valerie returned her father had been seriously injured and the thieves nowhere to be found. Valerie brought her father to the hospital. It was just her luck that they had asked her for a blood transfusion, she tried to refuse, but the workers were desperate. She gave a vial of blood for blood typing, but the needle, the tubing, and the vial all had turned to gold. Before they could confront her she had run away.
The hospital workers likely declared her a mutant and registered what information they could, but Valerie never looked back. No matter how difficult she made it to find her, or how well she covered her tracks, someone always found her. The hunt for the golden goose pitted several different groups throughout Europe against each other. Between abductions and detainments, she discovered there was more to her ability than just turning things to gold. There was a moment between when the blood reached the surface of something and it changed where she could concentrate on the material it was to become. She also discovered that splashing her blood on people didn't do too much. Their clothes might change, but their bodies remained unaffected.
Her notoriety continued to grow until she was detained by the German military. For weeks she struggled against them, attempting escape time and time again failing each and every time. But there was some other power that she controlled. When she concentrated on something she was touching, she could feel its framework and understand it on some intuitive level. She could feel the locking mechanism in handcuffs, she could see the electrical ciruitry on the door locks, she could understand the mechanics of a car. From this point on she became incredibly difficult to contain. She still worries about her father since she had been unable to help him. She heard he was alive, but might not be for long. She lamented that there was nothing she could do; she simply hoped that he lived long enough for her to reach him again and help him live a comfortable life.
Since arriving in Detroit, Valerie has been rather hesitant to talk to many other peers. The development of the city has made it difficult to stay off records and stick to strictly cash but with persistence she has been able to find places that accommodate her paranoia for the time being. Her current safe house is with an acquaintance named Gemma, who is also a recent immigrant from Germany. Neither of the two have solid roots in Detroit yet, but Gemma is able to own a car or property without having to worry about people tracking her down, so a short term alliance seemed beneficial to both of them. Gemma could use some of Valerie's cash, and Valerie needs a safe place to sleep.Powers & Abilities:+ "Midas Touch":
Though her touch doesn't turn things to gold her blood can manipulate solid objects typically turning them to gold. A mL of her blood is capable of transmuting up to a gram of material into gold, so to transmute large items would be infeasible without falling unconscious from blood loss. With concentration she can adjust the changes of the transmutation to other materials, most typically steel or copper as they tend to be the most useful. Though the power seems to stem from her blood, it does not seem to affect organic material and transmuting things to organic material has been impossible forcing Valerie to buy her own food rather than simply create it. Also, materials that are particularly resistant to change are so far impossible for her to transmute to or from other materials. - Cold Tolerance:
The affinity of her blood for gold has altered her resting temperature so that hotter environments are uncomfortable but cold environments are less bothersome. When cold metal touches her skin she is less likely to be damaged (unless it is particularly cold), but even a hot tub could make her feel sick from heat exhaustion.+ Framework Analysis:
Devices or equipment that she touches directly and concentrates on can be analyzed. Her mind can piece together the framework and purpose of components and she can use her blood to enhance or repair broken pieces. She can also determine how to disable the machinery or use her blood to rust or damage critical components. Due to Valerie's lack of education, truly understanding the physics and forces that a device affects on its surroundings might not be a guarantee, but physics that affect the function of it usually become innately understood. Future-tech or alien technology that is beyond her capacity to understand can sometimes fail to be analyzed leaving Valerie with more questions than answers. Any biotech or devices that can be considered alive cannot be analyzed by this ability. - General Knowledge:
Though Valerie's memory isn't the best, the framework of machinery or devices that she has analyzed fully tends to stick with her. While she knows the purpose of most components she most likely will not know or recognize the name of it unless it is fairly obvious. Typically everything is a majigger or mabobber.Skillsets:+ Cosmetology
may not seem like a big deal, but Valerie has been disguising herself for years when the heat is on. Even on short notice she can make some significant changes to someone simply by picking up a few items at a drug store.+ Situational awareness
has been a major boon to Valerie's survival over the last few years. She almost always has one eye on her surroundings and can notice things that are out of the ordinary.Equipment:
Valerie keeps a few minor items with her to assist in the drawing of her blood, mostly a small selection of needles of varying gauges. Plastic rings are of great use to her because they are easy to transmute and sell to get some walking around money. Carrying a weapon is somewhat dangerous, so Valerie sticks to non-lethal protection forms like tasers and mace. In traveling from Germany to America, Valerie has had to get proper counterfeits to pass customs. She has two fallback identities should she need to leave town quickly, and a few prepaid cellphones that she can easily dispose of if needed.[/float]