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"...Death is the key. You don't understand... We can never go back."
—Natalia suffering from the effects of Marker 3A.

Natalia Raisa Deshyanov was part of the Colony Maintenance on Aegis VII.[1]

Biography[]

Early life[]

Natalia Deshyanov was born in Earth's North Asia sector to a large extended family of engineers and laborers going back to generations. She spent her childhood stargazing and would often act out fantasies of living on Mars with her cousins.

Unlike most children, Natalia's fascination with the stars never faded and while serving out her apprenticeship as an engineer, she continually applied for spacebound jobs. It was the Mars Capita riots that would eventually grant her wish as the fledgling city-state desperately needed good engineers to repair and rebuild its infrastructure. Natalia successfully applied and was taken on by a general engineering contractor. Forty-eight relatives turned out to bid her goodbye as she boarded the shuttle at Baikonur and Natalia never looked back.

Later, seeing that the Mars rebuilding was nearing completion and her job would soon be redundant, Natalia jumped before she was pushed. She found a new line of work in Mars' orbiting shipyards, working off a CEC subsidiary. She soon garnered a position within the CEC itself as a supervisor.

Natalia lived and worked her whole life around engineers and laborers and was completely comfortable working in a predominantly male environment. She gave as well as she got and could drink half of her own team under the table.

The Second Aegis VII Incident[]

Natalia was part of a small team sent to construct a tram between the Aegis VII Colony and the site of Marker 3A upon its discovery. This assignment was the result of the clumsiness of one of her co-workers who accidentally ripped a door open in Shuttle Bay 5 in the colony. Although not a Unitologist, Natalia appeared to be somewhat fascinated with the Marker, appreciating the view that it provided as they worked on the tram line. Afterwards, her team was assigned to protect the Marker, which excited Natalia. However, upon the discovery of a recorded video of the Marker, possibly by Natalia or one of her co-workers, she and her team were reassigned and arrested. Obsessed with protecting the Marker, Natalia attacked and killed one of the security personnel sent to arrest her before being subdued.

Natalia was put under observatory confinement under the watch of Dr. Sciarello. While under confinement, Natalia developed a habit of compulsive scrawling while suffering from severe mood swings. Her mood swings took a violent turn when she attacked Sciarello upon one of his visits. Upon being beaten down by a security officer, Natalia pleaded with the officer to end her life.

Days later, Natalia was apparently not considered dangerous anymore by Dr. Sciarello, although her mood swings persisted and were made evident by Abraham Neumann's visits. During the first visit, he noted that Natalia had a cheery mood, but upon his second visit, her mood was more distressed and fearful with little memory of Neumann's past visit.

Upon the blackout of the entire colony and the sudden attack of the Necromorphs, a deranged Natalia was able to escape from her cell and make it to the rover bay. She commandeered one of the vehicles, drawing the Marker's shape in blood on its window before driving it to the site of the planet crack. There, Natalia stood at the edge and stared into the crater left by the planet crack, witnessing a sight (never shown, but implied to be the Hive Mind's nest) that caused her to utter "Oh... my God." She then spoke "I'm ready. Make me whole" right before leaping into the pit and to her death.

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