Name: Keira Isolde Smythe Code Name: Protean Nationality: American Ethnicity: Cajun Birthday: March 12, 1990 Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana Eye Color: Orange/gold Hair Color: Auburn (usually, it shifts at times, it is always wild, as in the picture, and grows back to at least shoulder length if cut) Handedness: Right Background Born in Louisiana, in about 1990, she was 25 during the genesis cascade, and her home was buried underwater during that year. She survived, mostly because of her natural capability to adapt and survive in any environment, but it caused other changes as well. Her family had lived in the Louisiana bayou for a number of generations, well off, she herself was studying in collage, but had returned home for a visit when the waters flowed in from the gulf and buried much of the US. Living in the bayou made one fairly adaptable to the weather, but it was no match for being drowned, and for a moment it seemed as though she and her family were dead, though they were inside at the time, the house was not designed to be waterproof. The energies of the genesis cascade, however, had altered her, though she did not realize it at first. Developing gills, she might have been able to save some of her family if it had not been for some of the other things that also came with the cascade, such as ancient underwater dinosuars returning.. including creatures similar to alligators much larger and more dangerous then the ones that had been native to the area.. Keira eventually walked out of the sea where the Appalachian mountains had halted the rise of the waters, wearing nothing more then her skin. Embarrassment caused her to become aware of her ability to manifest whatever she desired to wear, something she has further explored and developed since that day, to the point she can do some amazing things with it. She ended up with the Crisis Research & Response Division, determined to help others survive in this transformed world and they began to study how she had changed, all aspects of her mind and body had improved, but her internal biochemistry had also changed significantly as well. Her body and mind is about as close to perfect as possible, genetically it as though she had taken on the best of all possible genetics and discarded most of the worst.. studies of her dna have shown a shifting structure that has scientists rather amazed, especially once she developed the ability to consciously alter her body to any situation. She was eventually tagged with the code name Protean, as she has developed just about any physical body trait one can imagine, even if just temporary. Claws, gills, wings, pheromones, ultra-light bones, tentacles, prehensile tail or hair, acidic blood, web spinners, pseudo-pods, poison fangs, infrared vision, etc. Making her something of a swiss army knife within the Division, since her abilities could be useful in any situation regardless. This, together with her considerable social capabilities, has given a good degree of backing and influence within the Division. Psychologically, she still has flashbacks to the flooding, and the moment she was drowning, as well as the loss of her family. She still likes swimming, especially since she can do it much better these days, but going underwater sometimes brings back those moments. She has some sorrow as a result of the loss, but it's been five years, she's had some time to heal. Personality Compassionate and sympathetic, despite the losses she's experienced, she remains open and concerned about other people, is protective and gentle with children, and far more patient then one might expect. She's also drawn to and due to certain hormonal imbalances particularly vulnerable to seduction by those she finds attractive, though she tries hard to keep control of that aspect of her life, it's not always easy for her to do. Capabilities Raw Potential: She possesses some remarkable capabilities, it is as though body and mind have pushed to the edges of human perfection, she has acute vision and hearing, a photographic memory and apparently is a natural human calculator, and has considerable natural sex appeal. While she's not quite as capable as some other novas, she stands equal to the best of normal humans in raw talent within every field (a matter that has caused some degree of jealousy at times). Physically she's naturally athletic and graceful, mentally she's alert to her surroundings, tends to be rational and cunning with regards to her intellect. Socially she's persuasive, has a sympathetic ear and has an alluring beauty. Skills: She's pursued skills as an athlete and martial artist, since her transformation, she's also taken active control over her manifestation ability, which she is stronly attuned too, she can weave her manifested garments in a thousand different ways, much like she can alter her body.. mixing the two together in a single whole makes her all the more formidable. She's also very insightful into other peoples feelings, has a degree in psychology and can move though social situations almost as well as physical ones. Powers: Adaptive subconscious alteration to her physical traits, amazing conscious ability to shift DNA in amazing ways that should be impossible to suit her desires, ability to manifest and control her own attire to extreme degrees. Superhuman degrees of Stamina, seemingly unflagging degrees of energy.