Svetlana Ivanova

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Svetlana Ivanova
- 2667.175
Callsign Talker
Place of death Kilrah System
Allegiance Confederation
Service/branch Marine Commando
Rank Major
Battles/wars Invasion of Vukar Tag, Battle of Kilrah

Svetlanna Ivanova lost half her family to the Terran-Kilrathi War. Her father was a Confederation pilot and died when she was young. At eighteen years of age, she left home to join the Confederation to fly. Two years later she meets Jason Bondarevsky at officer’s candidates flight school. Both were drawn to each other first as friends from home, but the relationship had quickly blossomed into something more. All Ivanova wanted to do was fly. When she failed on her Advanced Spaceflight and Jump Point Physics course exam she decided that if she could not fly, she would go to where the war action was, refusing an assignment aboard the TCS Gettysburg with Bondarevsky, where they could have been together.

With her flight background, it was determined that she would be the best candidate to run air-to-ground strike co-ordination for the First Marine Commando Battalion “Cat Killers”. Injured on her second landing, she lost her entire company on what would have been her third landing, while she was still recuperating. Ivanova took part in sixteen landings, five combat landings in 2666-2667 alone, and the liberation of four Terran worlds including Khosan.

Ivanova and her Commando Battalion were evacuated from a fight past the Niven Section to join with nine regiments of marines and shipped out to Khartoum Station in the Uruk sector for planet assault training exercises in the rear. One week before they reach their destination, Colonel Merritt receives orders to double back and join the assault on Vukar Tag. Duke Grecko, Marine Commandant in charge on the entire assault, gives them a special assignment to destroy the palace complex.

Ivanova received a field promotion to Major in charge of Company C after their leader dies in the assault to storm and rig the construction yards on Largkza, the second moon of Kilrah, to explode. Her landing craft is damaged taking off and crashes back on the moon killing all but thirty five of the marines aboard. Knowing there was no time for the strike force to retrieve them she manually triggers the matter/antimatter mines killing herself, the thirty five marines aboard and the construction yards.

Physical description: Golden hair slightly streaked with strawberry. Thin, tanned, and well conditioned. Blue eyes. 27 years only (two years older than Bondarevsky).

Personality: Ivanova may or may not have known that her father's death was covered up for public morale - Ivanova’s father panicked in one of the early engagements of the war, killing himself and causing the loss of his carrier. Nonetheless, Ivanova had a strong desire to prove herself. Her nickname during her formative years was the "Ice Princess."