Shiv was born to Michael and Regina Ryan. Her father was the
head of a local chapter of the Humanis Policlub (and some
rumors had it he may have been a part of Alamos 20k...).
Needless to say, he was less than pleased to have one of
those 'freaks' as his daughter. Regina convinced Michael
not to do anything drastic to their newborn daughter, so
Shiv was shoved off to some remote relatives on her mother's
The first 8 years of her life, Shiv wasn't precisely happy,
but somewhat content. A few months before her ninth birthday,
Shiv's foster father died in a car accident. About 6 months
later her foster mother met someone else, and a few months
later was re-married. Her foster mother's new husband seemed
decent enough for the first year or so, then he turned...odd.
A practising mage of dubious reputation, her new foster
father began to torture her with his magic, apparently
getting some form of power from her blood and pain. When
she complained to her foster mother, the woman cursed Shiv
and threw her out of the house, saying she wouldn't harbor
one such as her.
Shiv didn't need to be told a second time, took a few things
and left. She wandered the streets of Seattle, lost, alone
and cold. She was lucky and was found by a group of elven
street waifs who took her in. For 5 years they managed to
scrap by, and despite all the hardships involved in living
on the streets, she couldn't remember being so happy.
One night while Shiv was out getting some supplies, her
friends disappeared without a trace. She wandered the
streets for days, stunned. She eventually pulled herself
together. Shiv decided to go looking for new digs, afraid
of what had snatched her friends.
While out looking for new digs, she accidently got caught
in a vicious crossfire between 2 gangs, one of the gang
members was dressed very strangely in something that was
silvery with golden highlights. She seemed to be
decimating the enemy gangers with blades that sprang from
Just as Shiv found a place to hide herself from the gang
war, the strangely dressed ganger collapsed in front
of her. And someTHING leapt from the body, and wrapped
itself around her hand. In her head she heard a voice
"PROTECT. ME." She was stunned as the silvery-green
vines slithered around her, wrapping her head to foot in
Several of the gangers came running towareds Shiv as the
transfer took place, and she instictively shielded her face
with one hand while warding them off with another. Suddenly,
the glove crackled with energy and a fireball exploded before
her sending her flying through a collapsing wall and into
When she awoke, she found her clothing ripped to shreds--except
for her oversized synth-leather jacket--and several of the
gangers burnt beyond recognition.
On her way to her hideout on the streets, one of the other
street children warned her that the gang was hunting her,
and so was someone else, no one knew who. Frightened she
grabbed a backpack and stuffed some clothes. She stowed
away on a nearby ship (she lived near the docks). Now she's
wondering what she's going to do with her life.....