Tanika Dvorak

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Name: Tanika Dvorak
Rank: Athro
Deed Name: Storm's Grace
Camp: Judges of Doom
Age: 35
Current Location: Anglesey, Wales
Sept: Sept of the Oak Vale
Position: None
Pack: Lux Tenebris

Appearance

Homid Form: In her homid form, Tanika is a woman in her thirties, of average height, and with long blonde hair that she normally wears pulled back into a ponytail or bun. She sports a black eyepatch over one eye, and her other eye is a steely blue.

She tends to dress very business-like, quite often seen in a black suit and white shirt, or, when going more casual, in black slacks and a purple shirt. She walks with a heavy limp, and often uses a cane to help her mobility.


Crinos Form:

Lupus Form:

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Apoc PC

Player: Alicia C.
Auspice: Philodox
Tribe: Shadow Lords
Faction: Concordat of Stars
Domain: TW Apoc
VST: staff list




Character Information

Tanika ‘Storm’s Grace’ Dvorak is a homid Athro Shadow Lord Philodox in her mid-30s. She was one of the Shadow Lords who helped to negotiate the return of the Stargazers, and has twice almost died defending a caern. This cost her her then-pack, and has left her blind in one eye and partially crippled, but no less effective or dedicated in her Philodox duties.

She's a member of the Judges of Doom, and takes her duties and responsibilities very seriously. She's very firm on interpretations of the Litany, and is known to dig and dig until she gets to the bottom of things. She has a very sharp tongue, and is known to be very hard on Litany violaters.


Personality

Tanika is an odd mix of idealist and pragmatist, 100% dedicated to her role, holds everyone to strict standards (the higher in rank you are, what tribe you belong to, your lineage, and anything else that you use or lay claim to in order to boost your own respect and image within the Nation all influence just how high a standard she holds you to), but she's also a Shadow Lord, and so is often fine with some dubious means in order to get to the desired end. She also believes that worth and respect are things that you don't just earn once, then rest on your laurels. They're things that you have to continually prove to be worthy of.

She's utterly loyal to tribe, camp, nation, sept, pack, and friends, but that loyalty will never make her overlook harmful transgressions, or lead her to be easier on members of the above. She is, in fact, more likely to be harder on those she holds to a higher standard by virtue of tribe/rank/previous interactions/etc.


Background

Born in the US in 1981 to a Shadow Lord father and Gurahl Kin mother, Tanika Dvorak had a relatively calm upbringing. She had her First Change at the stroke of midnight on January 1, 2001, and passed her Rite of Passage a few months later. In 2003, she attained the rank of Fostern, as well as graduating from law school and going to intern at the local DA office.

Within a few years, she was balancing sept duties with assistant DA work, and attained Adren in 2006. Everything was going as well as it could be, until caerns started falling at a disturbing rate. At one of the failed last battles for a caern, Tanika was critically injured and survived only due to her Gurahl cousin pulling her from the battlefield and healing her. Unfortunately, not even the gifts of the Gurahl were able to completely heal the vicious hamstring injury she suffered from a particularly nasty Bane, leaving her permanently missing a chunk of muscle from her leg.

In 2011, Tanika was part of a contingent of Shadow Lords who were sent east by the tribe to contact their old allies, the Stargazers, and convince them to return to the Nation. The mission was successful, with the Stargazers not only returning but bringing additional Fera allies with them to help save the remaining 13 septs. Towards the end of this year, Tanika gained the rank of Athro.

She spent the next few years as a regular visitor to, and then member of, the new sept in Puerto Rico, and began working part-time as an Assistant DA there. When it was attacked by Wyrm forces in 2016, Tanika fought in the caern's defence. The caern ultimately fell due to divisiveness amongst the Uktena leadership, and Tanika was left with a second permanent battle scar; this one costing her one of her eyes.

Timeline

  • 1981
    • Born 14 July.
  • 1999
    • Begins studying pre-law at university.
  • 2001
    • First Change happens on 1 January as the old millennium gives way to the new.
    • Passes Rite of Passage.
  • 2002
    • Attains Fostern rank.
    • Marries a Kinfolk.
  • 2003
    • Graduates with a law degree. Interns at the local DA office.
  • 2005
    • First child born.
  • 2006
  • 2007
    • Second child born.
  • 2009
    • Uncovers evidence that her packmate and best friend has fallen to the Wyrm. Judges and executes him.
  • 2010
    • Third child born.
  • 2011
    • Is one of the Shadow Lords who negotiates the return of the Stargazers to the Nation.
    • Attains Athro rank.
  • 2012
    • Is one of the defenders at her caern. Barely survives thanks to her cousin, and is left with a permanent wound from battle scars.
    • Takes a leave of absence from her human job to recover from 'a serious car accident'.
  • 2012 - 2016: Regular visitor to or member of the first seed caern in Puerto Rico.
  • 2015
    • Last child born.
  • 2016
    • Argues the case for Oliver Bishop's Adren challenge having been successfully completed.
    • Tries to help defend the PR caern, and loses one eye as a result of a second battle scar.
    • Helps found the new seed caern in Puerto Rico (historical game).
  • 2017
    • As acting Master of the Challenge, oversees the sept alpha challenge.
  • 2018
    • Relocates to Anglesey, Wales.

Known Associates

Family

Pack

Allies

Other Persons

Fallen Friends

Observations

Sayings

  • "I'm a Shadow Lord, a criminal prosecutor, and the mother of a teenager. I'm used to being hated."


Commentary

  • "Tanika is a friend, but more than that, she is a stalwart defender of all that her kind hold true. I respect her perhaps more than any other Garou I've met." - Isabella Sylvestri
  • "We're related. No, I won't tell you what bunica means. She is my nepoata, and if you fuck with her, you fuck with her entire family. Don't cross a Dvorak. For that matter, don't cross a Laskaris, either." - Troyan Laskaris
  • "There was a moment, not so long ago that I thought that she'd done me a solid because she liked me... or because she was playing politics. I was wrong, she had acted because she was doing what she thought was right. If she had thought the right thing to do was to leave me to hang, she'd have done that instead. The most important thing to Ms. Dvorak is right and wrong, and she will always... ALWAYS act accordingly. You have no idea how comforting that is." - Oliver "Truth & Consequences" Bishop

Rumors

  • She once judged her best friend and packmate, and executed them without blinking an eye.
  • She's not really missing an eye; the eyepatch hides something wrong.
  • She once threatened to fight everyone in the state of Arizona who thinks that stone gardens can be called lawns.

Inspirations

  • Chris Argent, Teen Wolf
  • Esmeralda Weatherwax, Discworld
  • Galadedrid Damodred, Wheel of Time
  • Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing, Hellsing
  • Javert, Les Miserables
  • Joe Dredd, Judge Dredd
  • Lin Beifong, The Legend of Korra
  • Odo, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
  • Samuel Vines, Discworld
  • Stannis Baratheon, A Song of Ice and Fire

Soundtrack


Out of Character

Ties Sought

  • Friends
  • Associates
  • Rivals
  • Enemies
  • Whatever! ^_^


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