Here is some background material for my chosen character, Red Quark, presented as excerpts from various archives. Her path to "superhero" has been long and crooked. I hope you enjoy some of the scenery as you follow it.
And by all means, if you have any questions or ideas, contact me with them. I look forward to building a strange, exciting world with you all.
TOP SECRET. KGB F#36-Omega. TOP SECRET.
Transcript of Interview #3 with Tunguska Incident Xenomorph. Recorded at Sharashka Kolyma, March 7, 1974. Attending physician and interviewer Oleg Mioshin.
Interviewer: How are you feeling today?
I: Why are you uncalm?
X: I am without a throne. I was robbed from it.
I: What throne do you mean?
X: The throne of my foremothers, Antraxia the Empire Without Dawn or Dusk.
I: Where is this empire?
X: A cow would make me calm.
I: A cow?
I: We could bring you one.
X: Bring me a serf. I will make my own cow of her.
I: We have no serfs here. We are all free citizens now, since the revolution.
X: I will correct this. I will make my own cow.
I: Tell me more of your empire. Where is it located?
X: Far from here. Around a red star.
I: How were you robbed of your throne?
X: On the fourth alignment of the Seers, it was told legions of great locusts would come from the sky. The waters would be as blood, and the air itself would burn. The mighty among the people would be as the weak. All who stood against the doom from the stars would be struck down, and all that submitted to the doom and abandoned hope for mercy would be struck down. This came to pass. Its name was Conqueror.
I: It? This doom was a person?
I: Did you see it?
X: I saw him as I was given to the gravity.
I: Given to the gravity?
X: The gravity birth that brought me here.
I: What is this 'gravity birth'?
X: What brought me here.
I: I see. What happened to your throne?
X: Conqueror came to them, and brought down my mother and my father in combat. With his hands, he broke them. He broke my sister, the heir to the throne, with his hands. And my sister, he took as like unto a cow.
I: Like a slave?
X: He uses her body.
I: I see. That is what a cow is to you?
I: Excuse me?
X: He uses her body vigorously and often.
X: I am very uncalm.
I: How did your oppressive imperialist regime maintain power?
I: What does that mean.
X: It means we maintained power as we should.
I: By force?
X: That is what properly means. Yes.
I: What became of Conqueror? Is he coming here?
X: Surely, sometime too soon.
X: I am uncalm. Bring me a woman and I will make--
I: Tell us of your use of force against the people first.
X: --a cow of her.
I: Tell us of your use of force.
X: We fight. Woman to woman. And the herders are separated from the cows in this way.
I: Hand to hand?
X: Whatever part of the body. Whatever tool.
I: How did Conqueror defeat your people? They sound fierce.
X: He killed them all.
X: I am very uncalm, and you will bring me a woman now. If you ask another question, I will destroy you and all here.
I: Why so hostile?
Ed. Note: All the remains of the entire staff of Sharashka Kolyma have, as of 2005, finally been found.
Spetsnaz File Genius Midnight, #17 - Record of Kills by Hero of the Soviet Union, Red Quark.
11.9.1976 - Rogue agent, Calculatron. KIA, Damascus. Death field technology he designed not recovered (destroyed)
1.6.1977 - MI6 operative, Gorgeous Georgine. KIA, Monaco.
8.9.1977 - MI6 operative, Dazzle. KIA, Ankara.
1.5.1978 - Rogue agent, Doctor Colossus. KIA, Sri Lanka. Robot army he designed not recovered (destroyed)
6.6.1978 - MI6 operative, Dazzle Junior. KIA, Moscow. CIA operative, Dingo. KIA, Moscow.
10.13.1978 - UNUM Organization destroyed, all High Primarchs. 304 KIA, Malta.
1.24.1979 - Rogue agent, Anchises. KIA, Kinshasa. 521 KIA.
8.4.1979 - CIA operative, Virgo. KIA, Delhi.
9.1.1979 - CIA operative, Pisces. KIA, Kabul.
9.7.1979 - Rogue agent, Lion of Punjab. KIA, Kandahar. 1,017 KIA.
It is the opinion of this reporting analyst that the subject displays optimal kill-to-mission ratio, and a totally poor technology recovery rate. Further, the subject exhibits no interest in learning fighting techniques.
Our recommendation is that the subject be deployed to deep wetwork in a war zone, as her use for missions not involving wholesale slaughter is limited at best.
ICC Court Transcript, 23.2.1997
Defendant: Red Quark
Witness: Obuki Wahusi, former member of the 4th Politburo Field Action Force, Angola
Pro. Atty: Grace Beauclaire.
Grace: Please state again for the record what the purpose of your Field Action Force was in southern Angola.
Wahusi: We were to interdict all Rhodesian and South African incursions, to prevent them from interfering with the operations of the African National Congress.
G: And did that mission change when Red Quark arrived?
W: Yes. The mission was expanded considerably, to include punitive raids into the territory of Rhodesian military and civilians.
G: Why did you follow the lead of Red Quark?
W: We were under the impression that she was sent by Moscow.
G: Did you do all that Moscow ordered you to in the 4th Field Action Force?
W: No, no, certainly not. Much of our ... well, we were independent. You see, those were desperate times, though, and whatever military aid we could get against the Boers was critical.
G: How did Red Quark go about these missions.
W: She organized us into commando teams, which we were accustomed to, but the training and the actions became far more ... active. We were running raids almost around the clock. The whites were on the ropes.
G: Did you find any of the activities ordered by Red Quark unusual?
W: Well ... Yes, I take your meaning. Yes, we began treating the hostages differently. Collecting them. Collecting the women, at least. The men she disposed of.
G: Red Quark personally disposed of them?
W: At least half the time.
G: And what happened to the women?
W: They were gathered into enclaves, kept like ... like cattle, kind of. Naked, most of the time. Fed and treated like animals.
G: Anything else?
W: Experiments. They changed them. Made them ... like cattle. And all the while, while we were planning ... well, it does not matter.
G: Go on.
W: The Red One would play the music from the film, the Disney film, about the animals, over and over.
G: Which film?
W: I think it is called, "Jungle Book." She used to hum the song from it, all the time. "Bare Necessities." She would hum while working on the women.
G: How long did the women last in captivity?
W: The other song, too. "Like You." She would hum it all the time. It ... it haunts me still.
G: Did you see this man there? Dr. Sergei Lavrov? He was known as the Wax Master, we know, for his use of body altering chemicals on--
W: Yes, but ... I must pause. Please.
G: Mr. Wahusi, it means a great deal--
W: Please. That song is in my head again.
From the files of Dr. Sandra Quinlan, attending psychiatrist. Case #1013, April 4th 2002
...though she does seem to have fully integrated with the notion of civil society.
However, it is our recommendation that Y. should not discontinue counselling. She continues to express deep-seated, aggressive sexual attitudes toward other women, filling our sessions with detailed descriptions of how she will dominate them. These fantasies often feature physical violence of a sexual nature, branding and modification of the subject including stretching of the sensual orifices, forced lactation and dehumanization. These fantasies border on neurotic compulsion, and so without proper treatment, the concern is that Y. will begin acting them out.
In addition, Y. is definitely neurotically obsessed with sexual fantasies involving the alien being known as Conqueror. Unlike her other fantasies, these are manifest as compulsions to face Conqueror in single combat, be defeated and be taken as his sexual slave. It should be noted that Y. has fought Conqueror on several occasions, but these repeated contacts seem to only heighten the intensity and detail of her fantasies. The nature of them are alarming.
They involve forced impregnation with fatal alien lifeforms, extreme harm to Y's being and degradation under the Conqueror. It is troubling to think that such a psyche has such a great power and is, with the exception of this therapy, unobserved by the superhuman populace. It is further troubling to think what would come about is Conqueror ever did manage to defeat Y.
From: Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice
To: Sonja Itreyevna, alias Red Quark
For your service to the State Department, I am honored to present you with a Presidential pardon from President George W. Bush.
As of this writing, your case officer will be removed from your case and the case deemed closed. We thank you for your service to our efforts, here and overseas, and to the invaluable dedication you have shown to keeping our world save.