Kirill Chernyshevsky was a black hundredist who fought against Bolshevik forces in the Russian Civil war in the 1920s and continued operating with militarized associations of anti-communist insurrectionists in Siberia through the early 1930s. Operating mainly in Primorsky Krai, Kirill had close ties with a smuggling group associated with anti-Japanese Dongnipgun rebels. It was through these contacts that he was smuggled into Yunshan in 1937 and from there made his way to Calgary.
In Calgary, Kirill married Eugénie Caouette in 1939, the daughter of a prominent figure in the local criminal scene. Kirill and Eugénie had two daughters, Martialla and Irena Chernyshevsky, before their murder in 1957, which remains unsolved.
Martialla, the elder sister, was able to get judicial dispensation for active military duty at the age of 16, joining the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service. This allowed her to become the legal guardian of her sister Irena. Martialla worked at the naval training center in Galt, Ontario until 1963 when Irena completed secondary school.
Leaving the service, Martiallia worked for transnational shipping company Horizon Lines while Irena attended Carleton University. Martialla was on board the Horizon Spin in 1966 when it was attacked and captured by a splinter group of Alamo 400K terrorists who suspected that the ship was secretly illegally carrying liberated foreign fighters from a POW camp in South America. She was held hostage for 7 months before being rescued in a joint Canadian-Pecos military operation.
Martialla worked various janitorial and service jobs in Ottawa until her sister graduated university in 1967. Irena moved to the Coalition States and Martialla rejoined the Canadian Navy. In 1972, she volunteered for a an experimental weapons program run by Department K, most likely because of the substantial cash incentive being offered for volunteers which she gave to her newly married sister for the purchase a house in Saint Louis. During her service, Martialla had been tested several times for the necessary gene for creating “super-soldiers” by the Omega method, which had always been negative.
The Department K experiment was designed to see if people without the “super” gene could be enhanced by a chemical method. The only segment of the tests that had any success was that attached to the combat diver program, of which Martialla was taking part. Although it would be revealed to be a qualified success at best, 12 candidates were successfully granted the ability to breathe underwater and swim at speeds well outside of human norms. However, over the next six months, 11 of these subjects developed “significant psychiatric symptoms including aggression and violence, mania, psychosis and suicide”, severe enough that all 11 were confined to a mental facility or killed during escape attempts or other clashes.
The only test subject that did not develop serious side effects was Martialla. In addition to remaining free of mental health difficulties, Martialla’s granted abilities exceeded those of the other volunteers, exhibiting NBH physical capabilities in all physical areas on the Briggs-Hollymere scale, albeit only while submerged in water. Department K and the Navy subjected her to intense testing as they attempted to understand and replicate this aberration.
Due to this confinement, isolation, and constant examination, Martialla became increasingly reclusive and bitter towards the Navy and the Canadian government. Being treated as a test subject and an “asset” resulted in Martialla feeling that she had become a freak and she started directing anger and frustration at her handlers in Department K.
When Irena got word to Martialla that her niece had been kidnapped, she escaped during a training exercise and is AWOL with no intention of returning. She is suspected of damaging several vessels and is known to have attacked and sunk at least one whaling ship operating out of Vladivostok. Over the past several months, hundreds of people have reporting seeing a real life “mermaid”, including a family that claim she towed their damaged and leaking boat over 20 miles to shore during a storm.
“psychiatric symptoms including aggression and violence, mania, psychosis and suicide”+”fish powers” has a serious eldritch horror vibe to it.
If anyone examining the data were looking for it they’d find that those 11 test subjects were all from small coastal villages
You have made me a happy geek, sir.
I don’t know what Alamo 400k is, but I imagine it involves space marines under siege in a far-future Texas.
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I bet there’s money to be made with some kind of grimdark Texas setting
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I know some folks who might argue that Texas is a grimdark setting today. But yeah, a dark fantasy version of the Mexican-American war sounds like it could be a good time.
All I really know about Texas is we were on vacation there when I was a kid and my sister threw my toy shark in the Gulf. I was splashing around trying to find it and crying and my parents were like “we have to go” and I explained to them about the shark but they said we still had to go. That’s when I knew there was no justice in this world.
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