Desdemona Desjardins

Chesterfield Act Registry of the Evolved Database

File #21 Feb 2018 12:13

Name Desdemona Luscinia Desjardins Aliases Odessa Gale Knutson Price, Brooke Lynwood, Joy Saint-Jacques, Nightingale
Status Unregistered Evolved Ability Temporal Manipulation
Gender Female
Birthdate April 8, 1984 Age 34
Height 5' 2" Build Slim
Eyes Blue Hair Blonde
Residence Raytech Industries Corporate Housing Staten Island Trade Commission
Employment Raytech Industries Staten Island Trade Commission
Parents Colin and Rianna Price † Siblings Unknown (Presumed None)
Marital Status Single Children Unknown (Presumed None)
First Scene Hubris Last Scene
Profile

Doctor Desjardins was a biomedical researcher for Raytech, specializing in restoring mobility to people with spinal injuries. Currently she offers her services as a doctor and a blade for hire to the Staten Island Trade Commission.

She also happens to be Doctor Odessa Knutson Price. Formerly of the Company. Formerly of the Vanguard. Formerly of the Ferrymen. Formerly of the Commonwealth Institute.

Desdemona Desjardins
portrayed by
Sheryl Lee

I have made the
obscene decision
to do something
unforgivable

for the sake
of our survival.

Listen to me:
I was a child
who only wanted
to heal things—

now,
I want to be
an abomination.

s.b.l.

Appendices

Relationships

Mon cœur bella_icon.gif Bella Sheridan is the love of Odessa's life, even though they've grown apart over the years. Something about Bella having had a man in her life put Des off from the pursuit a bit. That and the idea that spending too much time around her puts Bella in danger. Still, she advocated for Bella to be brought on at Raytech in order to provide her with the same safety she herself has been afforded. They work close as they ever did before at the Institute, but Des won't allow herself to fall back into the old patterns they maintained. While she may not keep things professional, she's trying to maintain the line between friendly and friendly. Time will tell how well that works out.
Tete mateo_icon.gif Odessa thought she had lost Mateo forever when Ruiz died in 2011. She never thought she would encounter her timeline's version of the man, but now that she has, she knows they have a connection. It could be the knowledge that her other self had some sort of close relationship with Ruiz, but Des doesn't think so. He seems to understand when she says she knows him, willing to explore this mystery together. Wherever it leads them, Des is sure they can face it together.

After a foray into her own mind, Des recovered memories of herself and Mateo as children. Sister and brother. She wants to help him reclaim these memories, but is afraid they were torn apart for a reason and that her presence may hurt him.
'Nette lynette_icon.gif Lynette is the one other person that seems able to appreciate the position Des is in. They both knew Ruiz for that brief moment, and knew there was something there that neither could explain. Lynette believes Des when she says she has a connection to her other selves, and she wants to help her find a place in the world. Her friendship was offered instantly and without strings, and while Des doesn't know how to take that, she is grateful.
Kaylee kaylee_icon.gif Kaylee was Odessa's first friend, even though that friendship was short-lived. They both worked for Adam Monroe, and it was because of her concern for Kaylee that she threw away the years she spent growing close to the man. Because of her concern for Kaylee, Odessa learned Adam's true colors. Now, the two have been reunited and Des can't be happier to be back in her life. She's not always good at staying connected to her — Des is often worried that she'll bring trouble to Kaylee's door — but her gratitude for the fact that Kaylee vouched for her knows no bounds. There is little Des wouldn't do if Kaylee asked.

Having seen into the darkest corners of her mind and not walked away, Kaylee has only cemented the loyalty Des gives her. Understanding that their abilities whisper in similar ways gives Des hope that she can overcome her urges someday.
Richard richard_icon.gif Richard offered Des a job and a new start. He doesn't ask her about her past beyond what she volunteers and they find they have much more in common than either of them ever could have guessed. Des is attracted to him, but (usually) doesn't act on it and has made her feelings known. That he reciprocates is bittersweet, as she's had to leave Raytech and his protection. Their friendship means a great deal to her, and she owes him a great debt.

Like Kaylee, Richard saw into Des' mind. He didn't put her on the street or turn her over to the government for the good of everyone. Instead, he pledged to help her find answers. While Des doesn't understand this friendship entirely, she's grateful for it all the same.

Logs

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The Many Faces of Des Desjardins
Out of the Past In Plain Sight Night to Come Halo in Reverse String Jumper
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odessa5_icon.gif des_icon.gif des2_icon.gif des3_icon.gif des4_icon.gif
October 2013
Time Scene Story Players
10/05 You're Nothing That You Seem Des finds herself in a world not her own. Arthur and Woods
The Third Harmony Reaching out for help, Des hopes she's right about who she can trust. Ruiz
Are You Near? Differences are hard to ignore. Solo

Miscellany

Field Medicine: Odessa is an accomplished doctor and surgeon, thanks to schooling from the Company. While the lack of use of her ability means she no longer has the luxury of taking her time, Odessa is a quick thinker and able to succeed in field surgery more often than she doesn't.

Firearms: When the Company took Odessa back on as an agent, they began her training in firearms. The Institute continued this when they acquired her. Valentin further continued her education, drilling her with militaristic efficiency. She has a much better understanding of a much broader range of firearms and their maintenance. Coupled - incredibly sparingly - with her ability, Odessa's aim is perfectly precise. Without it? She's still not to be trifled with.

Blades: With an affinity for bladed weapons, Des favors ceramic hunting and throwing knives. A scalpel will do in a pinch, but she's learned a valuable lesson about that particular weapon of choice. Namely, don't choose it if you can get your hands on a much larger blade.

Demolitions: Bombs are a handy tool of destabilization in war, and Des knows her way around explosives both sophisticated and not. While she doesn't spend much time disarming them, she's built or assisted in building enough to know which wire to cut, were the need to arise. Knowledge of chemistry makes her a little more able to improvise and substitute when resources are limited.

Defensive Driving: Des didn't learn to drive until she was in her mid-twenties. Now, she's able to pull off some pretty spectacular maneuvers. Daring escapes are a necessity. Valentin's the better shot, meaning Odessa was often the one to drive the getaway car.

Languages: Years of study has made Des proficient in French, Russian, Japanese, and Spanish. The last is her most shaky language. She's read more of it than she's spoken, and she sometimes mispronounces things, due to her stronger background in French.

Celestial Navigation: An intense curiosity about the stars as a child means that Des knows constellations very well. Now that she's had some real world application, she can navigate by those stars in a pinch.

Musical: As a child, Odessa received a harpsichord. Her skill with this instrument translates naturally to piano, and she has an affinity for the instrument. She can read sheet music, play a little by ear, and improvise. There aren't a lot of things she takes joy in during the war, but playing when she has the opportunity is one of those things. If it brings others some measure of enjoyment to listen to her, that's just a happy accident.

Biology, Genetics, Virology: Odessa's previous training has given her a strong understanding of biological sciences. She's put them to use in the past in her work as a biomedical researcher.

Music

A collection of playlists and IC mixtapes.

Trivia

Known to Most

  • Des is a brilliant scientist with a strong background in genetics. Reportedly, she earned her degree at a French University.
  • She will never be caught in anything taller than a kitten heel. Most often she's found in flats and sensible boots.

Known to Some

  • Doctor Desjardins is terrified of heights.
  • Her registration card lists her as SLC-N.
  • Insomnia plagues her, owing to frequent nightmares.

Known to Few

  • Odessa Price fought in the Second Civil War on the side of Humanis First!, but always with her face covered to protect her identity.
  • Des still retains her ability, but use of it is killing her slowly. She taps into it sparingly and sometimes opts for Adynomine injections to avoid reflexive use.
  • Aforementioned nightmares are infrequently dreams of other versions of herself.
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