14 years ago, in a small house in Romania, a man lay awake, staring through a hole in his roof at the Full Moon. He was enchanted by it, and would stare at it every night it appeared. Pandia noticed him, and one day introduced herself as a fellow moon lover. They bed, and she left him soon afterwards. He died a mere week later, from a heart failure.
One fine night in Romania, the night of a full moon, a dark shadow fell across the doorstep of a girl’s orphanage. As the shadow passed, a small bundle was left, wrapped tight in a glowing silver blanket. The small human, a girl, was a daughter of Pandia whose father had died, leaving the goddess no place for her child but an orphanage in her father’s country.
When the nuns found the child after hearing it’s screams, a name tag appeared on the blanket. It read “Care for this child, her name is Veruschka.” The nuns immediately knelt down and prayed, for the name “Veruschka”, meant faith. They took her in, giving her the last name “de Luna Plina” meaning “of the full moon” for that was when they had found her.
The nuns raised Veruschka well, she was taught from an early age manners, respect, kindness and the art of prayer. They tried to keep all the orphans well-educated and gave them the text of their choice when they turned eight. By the time Veruschka was eight, she had become opinionated enough to complain to the nuns that they should be praying to more than one god, her reason being that the sky was big enough to hold at least twenty gods and lady gods. The nuns told Veruschka she could pray to whoever she wanted to, as long as she knew only God would be able to save her from hell. When it came time for her to choose a classic text for her birthday, she chose Homer and the Illiad, because there were gods and lady gods in it. The nuns disapproved of her taking such an interest in a dead religion, but never stopped her. In truth, they were afraid of Veruschka after her dramatic appearance at the orphanage 8 years ago, and each year they saw a glow in her eyes brighten, leading them to believe she was some sort of Messiah.
A wealthy man was travelling through Romania the next year when he stumbled upon the orphanage. Normally not one for children, he felt oddly obliged to enter the building and, as luck would have it, ended up adopting Veruschka. She had come bounding up to him as he entered, asking him if he had read any Homer, because she needed someone to talk to about it. He had been mesmerized by her bright demeanour, and had adopted her on the spot, taking her to Russia to live with him. The man, Emile, was a son of Tyche who had set up a chain of casinos across Europe and was earning a millions each year. A slight push from his mother had made him adopt Veruschka, as she had been watching the child intently, enjoying her zest for life and constant prayers to the gods.
For the next three years, Emile raised Veruschka the best he could. She loved him dearly as he taught her more Greek literature, and they both soon realised she could read ancient Greek without a hitch. He taught her of the Greek Gods and Goddesses and morning and night Veruschka would pray to them, now including their names in her prayers. At the age of eleven, Emile, fairly certain Veruschka was a demigod, taught her to use weaponry. He still has a large stash from when he attended camp, as he was delighted to find Veruschka fought best with a war axe, his weapon of choice back in the day.
At the age of twelve, Veruschka had begun calling Emile “Papa”, and he had grown to love her. While outside one day in the snow, Veruschka was attacked by a hellhound. She had no weaponry on her, and hadn’t grown into any powers yet, so was quickly overwhelmed by the hound and could only scream for help. Emile didn’t arrive soon enough though, and Veruschka sustained major injuries and blood loss before Emile could kill the beast with his CB axe. She lay in a coma for three days, and the Gods noticed the absence of her prayers. Her mother, Pandia, was shocked that her daughter hadn’t grown into her powers yet and willed her fast growth of her powers from up on Olympus while Tyche responded to prayers sent by her son and blessed Veruschka with a quick recovery.
Veruschka lay unconscious for another day after her mother’s blessing, and when she awoke almost all her injuries were gone, the only reminder being a ring of scar tissue on her left bicep, in the shape of teeth marks. Emile was relieved and together they prayed to the gods.
Over the course of one week, Veruschka became extremely lethargic and at times, wouldn’t move during the day. Emile became worried for her, and despite his faith in the gods, took her back to the orphanage in Romania where the nurses could look after her and he could get more support from females. He stayed with her there, keeping her company while the nuns fussed about, muttering about possession and the devil.
One fine night, the night of a full moon, Veruschka lay in her bed in the orphanage. Pure moonlight streamed through the windows and a single beam fell upon her. She began faintly glowing silver, just like the night she had been brought to the orphanage. She could only stare at her arms in wonder, admiring her glow. After a few minutes, the glow wore off, and Veruschka felt a change inside of her, one she knew would be signifigent through developement.
The next day, she left the orphanage for good after telling Emile of her strange experience the night before. The nuns waved her farwell with tears in their eyes and prayers on their lips. For the next two years, Veruschka stayed safe in Russia. She was attacked twice, but with the help of Emile and her newfound powers, she managed to defeat the monsters. At the age of fourteen, Emile decided he could no longer watch out for Veruschka as he was aging, so he sent her to camp where she could train further.