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"Why fear the inevitable? When it's time for the people you love to move on, the last thing you should do is hold them closer."
―Zhuang Zhou
UNSC Marine Female
Aleksandra Dmitrievna Zaytseva
Biographical information
Homeworld

Biko

Date of birth

January 7, 2507

Civilian ID Number
  • Service Number: 10826-59214-AZ
  • UNSCMID: 7634490
Physical description
Rank

UNSC-N Lieutenant CommanderLieutenant Commander (December 20, 2550)

Gender

Female

Height

170.9 cm (5' 7")

Vehicles
Hair color

Blonde

Eye color

Blue

Cybernetics
Chronological and political information
Era(s)
Affiliation

United Earth Government

  [Source]

Lieutenant Commander Aleksandra Dmitrievna Zaytseva, also known as Sasha to her friends and holding the callsign Robot following her commission as a pilot, is a UNSC Naval aviator and former Marine. Born to a Russian family on Biko, Sasha grew up immersed in the culture of the region, learning Russian alongside the more common English. This lead to her possessing a heavy Russian accent in whichever language she is speaking.

One of the few humans to survive through the entire Human-Covenant War, Sasha was first deployed to fight the Insurrection, rather than the Covenant, as the alien hegemony had not yet made contact with Humanity. Originally quite outgoing and friendly, her time in the war has hardened Sasha. While still showing excellent teamwork, it is rare to find her enjoying conversation with anyone outside of her closest comrades in arms. While this has led to her having trouble getting to know any new team members, years of fighting aliens rather than other humans still allows for her to trust any other members of the UNSC Armed Forces as well as general UEG civilians, though the latter less so than the former.

Biography

Childhood (2507-2525)

Born just outside the capital city of Biko on January 7, 2507 to a Russian family, Sasha grew up immersed in the Russian culture of the farming community surrounding her family home. As such, her childhood saw many influences of Russian culture, such as learning Russian alongside of English, growing up with Russian foods, and growing up under the care of her grandmother while her mother and father both worked.

Sasha Young
Sasha as a young girl.

However, after only a decade of her life, her father and older sister both grew to support the Insurrection on Biko. After Sasha's father's loyalties were discovered, he left Sasha and her mother, taking Sasha's older sister with him, leaving her mother to raise Sasha. Even though her mother was a SWAT officer, her love for her husband prevented her from reporting him, and, in her grief, she told Sasha that her father and sister had been killed by the Insurrectionists, rather than have her face the truth that they had betrayed the family, attempting to preserve their image in Aleksandra's mind.

Following this, Sasha lived the next eight years of her life growing up with a hatred of the Insurrection, and trained herself to be the best she could be when she turned 18 and could enlist in the UNSC Marine Corps. Additionally, during this time, she learned how to pilot several air vehicles in order to help out with crop dusting and transportation of goods around the farming community, a skill set which would eventually contribute to her leaving infantry to join aviation, and eventually to even transfer to a job as a fighter pilot in the UNSC Navy.

Marine Corps Basic Training (2525)

As soon as she turned 18, Sasha aimed to enlist with the UNSC Marine Corps, doing so as soon as she finished her final year of secondary education, and shipping out to Unified Combined Military Boot Camp soon after. During this 13 week period, Sasha quickly learned that, even with her training over the past eight years of her life, which certainly left her better off to face the harsh conditions and drill instructors, this official training was still a large challenge to overcome, with the instructors seeking to not only physically and intellectually prepare the recruits for the duties of a UNSC Marine, but also strip independence and selfish thought from the recruits, training them to think of their friends and fellow soldiers around them first, rather than themselves.

Receiving Week

The harsh training began as soon as the recruits, including Aleksandra arrived at the training depo on Biko, with the group facing receiving week, including in-processing, haircuts, uniform and gear issuance, and medical evaluations, as well as undergoing the initial strength test and meeting the drill instructors. From the moment she stepped off the Pelican, she was running, double timing it to the first formation of the recruits, learning to stand at attention. Following this, the recruits filed into the training facility to begin their transformation into UNSC Marines. The rest of the week presented Sasha with finishing off the other administrative tasks, including the initial fitness test, which Sasha easily passed, even surpassing the requirements for the maximum score in the pull ups and three mile run, before being separated into her platoon and meeting her three drill instructors.

Phase One

After the conclusion of the receiving week, Aleksandra and the other recruits entered phase one of the recruit training. For the first three weeks of this phase, the second to fourth week total, Sasha received the most basic skills of a UNSC Marine, including classroom style instructions on military history, customs and courtesies, basic first aid, uniforms, leadership and the core values of the UNSC Marine Corps. Additionally, she trained extensively throughout the day to practice with both close order drill and marine martial arts, made up of moves from various martial arts styles known to humanity. All of this was done with the other recruits in her platoon, instilling Sasha with the ideal of putting the team first, rather than herself, reinforced by the removal of "I", "me", and "my" from her vocabulary for the duration of the training.

By the fifth and six of the training, the recruits were ready to begin training for swimming, micro-gravity, and vacuum training. For the first week of this section, the recruits started off every day with swimming physical training, rather than the morning PT of the other weeks. Sasha excelled at this section, having frequently visited the beach during her time off over the summers on Biko. As such, she was an excellent swimmer, and her strength let her quickly adjust to swimming in full gear and quickly stripping excess weight.

By the end of week five, the recruits in Sasha's platoon were all ready to move on to micro-gravity and vacuum training. As a group, they were each fitted for Vacuum suits, and then shuttled up to one of Biko's orbital stations for this week of training. For the rest of the week, they were living in zero-g conditions, having to work out a lot more than normal to get used to keep up body mass. Additionally, vacuum exercises were carried out every day in their vacuum suits to prep them for potential combat in EVA conditions. Following the end of this week, the recruits returned to the planet's surface to continue training, entering phase two.

Phase Two

On the first day of week seven, the recruits complete their first written test and competed against the other platoons in drill exercises. While she wasn't the best in either category, Sasha still performed admirably in each, completing and passing the examination. For the rest of the week, the recruits faced rappelling and gas mask training, undergoing the often dreaded gas chamber exercise. However, Sasha once again made it through the challenges with minimal complications, not struggling any more than any other average recruit.

Entering into week eight, Sasha and the other recruits in her platoon faced weapons training, specifically marksmanship practice and qualifications. The first two days were spent laying, sitting, and standing at the firing range, hours at a time, learning the operation, sighting, and feel of their weapons, including both the prototype XBR55 and the MA5 rifles. From the third day on, the firing exercises began, giving the recruits four days to practice and requiring them to qualify by the fifth additional day, or the final, seventh day of the week. Having used weapons before, Sasha only had to get used to the slight variations in the military weapons from what she had used previously, and qualified in marksmanship proficiency by the third day of firing exercises, using the last two to get better and increasing her rating.

Using the next week to slow down the physical side of training and begin working on team work, the Drill Instructors introduced Sasha and her platoon to week nine, or team week. Throughout the week, the recruits took a break from the nonstop training and, instead, helped out around the training facility, giving them the recovery time their bodies needed to develop, as well as providing a way to keep the facilities clean and introduce lessons into teamwork. By giving the recruits tasks that they would be unable to complete by themselves as individuals, the DI's hoped to, once again, instill the importance of teamwork in the recruits, including Aleksandra. As the week progressed, the platoon saw themselves getting better at working together, more willing to do difficult and tedious tasks, and willing to work hard to get the job done. By the end of the week, the recruits had completed their tasks, from laundry to janitorial duties, and were ready to move onto the third and final phase of their training.

Phase Three

Week ten, the start of Phase Three, introduced Sasha and the rest of her platoon to the first real combat training they had to face during their time in basic training. Continuing from week eight, the marksmanship lessons they were taught on the range were transferred to the field, with the drill instructors focusing on marksmanship in a combat situation. Additionally, they faced land navigation and orienteering challenges and training in how to cope with the stress and move under enemy fire. During the next week, Sasha faced more practical examinations, completing another physical fitness examination, once again passing with a score close to the maximum. Following this, the recruits complete the obstacle course on the grounds of the training depot, designed to instill confidence in the recruits, one final time. By the end of the week, the recruits were in the toughest shape they had been since they got to the training site.

Week 12, the pentultimate week, presented the Marines with yet another physical fitness test, though Sasha and the other members of her platoon also had to complete a written test on Marine Corps history, regulations, and spirit. Acing both of these, as well as completing the final drill inspection with her platoon, Sasha moved on with the rest of the passing recruits in her platoon to the final challenge they would face during their training, a 60 hour field event to fully exam everything they had learned and trained for during the weeks of basic training. Surviving the course and passing the Drill Instructors' expectations, Sasha and the other members of her platoon completed their final hike during the last few hours of the field event and were presented their Marine Corps insignia, signifying that they had completed their training and were now officially UNSC Marines.

The final week of the training served to give the new Marines a chance to complete administrative tasks, demonstrate what they had learned to the public through a close order drill activity, and face final inspection by their commanding officers. Additionally, the families of the recruits were allowed to visit the new Marines, an opportunity that Sasha's mother took up, congratulating her daughter on the day of graduation. Following her graduation on August 3rd, 2525, Sasha was given the rank of Private and given ten days of leave to gather her belongings and say her goodbyes to her mother, before being shipped to the military base in Durban to continue her training on the job for a few more weeks prior to being shipped out.

Durban Military Base (2525)

Arriving at the Durban Military base on August 13th, 2525, Private Zaytseva was assigned to the training platoon on the base, settling in to Barracks C. Over the next few weeks, Zaytseva participated with her new platoon in active combat training, a combination of daily PT and combat simulations using tactical training rounds, simulated battlefields, and simulated battlefield sounds. This training culminated in a mock deployment during the second week of September. However, two days into this mock deployment, the group received word that the military base was under attack by insurrectionist forces. Having used the decreased forces at the base to their advantage, the insurrectionist forces had managed to take over much of the base. Though left with limited live rounds, Zaytseva and the rest of her platoon and training instructors were forced to return to the base and attempt to retake it, as there weren't any other forces in range to respond quickly.

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Sasha approaching Durban Military Base during the mission to retake it.

Gearing up in UNSC Body Armor, including a gas mask due to rumors of the insurrectionists using chemical weapons, a M6C, and a XBR55, having scored highest in the use of the battle rifle of the new Marines in her platoon. Approaching the base with the rest of her platoon, the group was force to begin their assault without analyzing the situation very much due to instantly coming under heavy fire, including from a sniper. Rushing the base, approximately half of Zaytseva's platoon was killed, with the rest splitting up into fireteams to clear the base. Sasha's fireteam was tasked with exterminating the sniper and, as such, made their way through the base to the highest point, an overwatch bunker on the hill in the northwest corner of the base.

However, as the team advanced, a Scorpion commandeered by the insurrectionists managed to separate the team, leaving Sasha alone, closest to the overwatch bunker, and the rest of her fireteam pinned down. Ordered to continue on, Sasha managed to avoid the tank and make her way into the building leading up to the bunker, advancing slowly. Arriving at the sniper's location, out of ammo for her battle rifle, Sasha managed to get a shot off at the insurrectionist. However, just before shooting, she realized that the sniper was her sister and threw her aim off on purpose. Unfortunately, her shot didn't miss completely, clipping the side of her sister's head. Sasha called for a medic and, unable to stay with her sister due to the insurrectionists retreating to her position, Sasha fled out of the other side of the bunker, looping back around and rejoining the remaining dozen or so members of her platoon.

Pushing back into the bunker, the survivors of Sasha's platoon found that the insurrectionists had fled with the chemical weapons, leaving the base back in UNSC hands. This left the base in the hands of the survivors of Sasha's training platoon, their surviving training instructors, and the portion of the Marines that were stationed at the base and recovered from the original battle. Leaving the training platoon, with the real battle being viewed as a substitute to finishing off her training, Sasha was stationed on the base permanently to replace the people lost during the fight.

Retrieving the Chemical Weapons (2525-2526)

With the base retrieved for the UNSC, the commanding officers of the base began working on how to retrieve the stolen chemical weapons. Eventually, after a month, the weapons were located in a known insurrectionist stronghold in the plains outside of Durban. Now with reason to attack the base, battle plans were drawn up, and Sasha's new platoon were assigned to carry out the assault. Gearing up with a DMR and M6D for this battle, Sasha loaded into a Pelican with her fireteam and another, deploying to the savanna.

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Sasha deployed on the mission to retrieve the chemical weapons.

Upon arrival at the facility, already under assault by UNSC aircraft, Sasha and the other marines were deployed to take the weakened base from the ground. Advancing on the facility, the platoon quickly managed to surround the building in which the chemical weapons were being held. Taking out the insurrectionist personnel defending the structure with minimal casualties, Sasha's fireteam, alongside two others, made their way into the structure while the rest of the platoon focused on securing and holding the insurrectionist compound. Managing to make their way through the storage facility, the three fireteams took out the remaining insurrectionist forces inside, arresting several members and securing the chemical weapons. Unlike the defense of the Durban Military Base, this assault saw very few UNSC casualties and no deaths, mainly due to the airstrikes weakening the base, superior UNSC technology, and element of surprise. Additionally, the insurrectionist forces at the base did not include Sasha's sister, who had been taken to another stronghold to recover from her wounds.

Returning to the base after the mission, the next few months were relatively quiet. Filling the days on the base with training, cleaning, and other administrative duties, as well as finding free time to socialize with the other Marines or take some time for herself, Sasha passed the time without much commotion. By early January, she had earned her first promotion, moving to the rank of Private First Class. However, this quiet wouldn't last for much longer. In just over two weeks, the Covenant arrived at the planet, starting the Battle of Biko.

Battle of Biko (2526)

Early on January 19, 2526, the UNSC forces around the planet detected an incoming object in slipspace. However, by the time they realized what was happening, the Covenant had already arrived in the system, quickly move to engage the UNSC Navy forces in orbit. Landing forces at the same time, the Battle of Biko officially began, and Sasha was scrambled for the defense of Durban. Arriving in the city by midday, Sasha and the other forces in her platoon were immediately engaged by Banshee fire, stalling their warthogs and sending the troops to take cover in the buildings. Holding out against the Covenant forces until late at night, Sasha exemplified her resourcefulness at scouting, managing to call out several key targets for the snipers in her company as well as leading a flanking charge behind the alien ground forces, taking out her first Elite in the process. However, the aliens pushed back, and by dusk, the human forces were being forced further into the city, cutting off their escape.

However, shortly afterwards, Insurrectionist forces from outside the city joined in the conflict, paving their way through a weaker portion of the Covenant lines from behind, joining with the Marine forces. After an initial portion of confusion, the UNSC and Insurrectionists managed to team out to push out of the city and reach a warthog deployment sent to provide evacuation. Among these forces was Sasha's sister, whom the young marine teamed up with, only barely managing to survive the assault of an energy sword-wielding Elite due to the sniper fire of her sister. Shortly after this, with the surviving civilians loaded up in the warthogs and heading for the evacuation vessels, Sasha retreated with the remaining marines and her sister, running to reach the warthogs herself. However, during this retreat, her sister was killed, and Sasha, already in a vehicle, was forced to leave her behind, with only a family necklace heirloom to keep her memory.

Dozing for much of the Warthog ride, having completely exhausted herself during the battle, Sasha slipped into a sleep-like state, with memories of her past flowing together into a dream combining her major interactions with her sister up to that point, most likely brought about by her sister's recent death. However, this period of rest was cut short when the Warthog was attacked upon nearing the evacuation zone. Thrust once more into combat, Sasha sprung into action against the Covenant cutting them off from their escape. Fighting bravely, down to her last bullet, Sasha even killed several Covenant with her combat knife before a hole in the enemy lines was created. Down most of their men, Sasha and her platoon were ordered to push through the gap and make a break for the evacuation vehicles. During this charge, Sasha proved herself quite useful by distracting the nearby Covenant forces with a few grenades and the Warthog's machine gun, allowing many of her fellow soldiers to escape through the gap.

Now out of ammo and one of the few remaining UNSC marines left cut off from escape, Sasha and the others who had volunteered to stay behind made their own break through the lines, relying on their speed and stealth to make it through the overwhelming Covenant forces to the last remaining Pelican, with all of them fully expecting to die. However, through a combination of skill and luck, Sasha and one other marine managed to break through the line and make it to the final dropship, boarding it just before it took off, though sustaining many injuries, mainly plasma burns, in the process. As the dropship left the surface and made it to the evacuating UNSC vessels in orbit, the planet was glassed below them. However, Sasha missed this glassing, as she was unconscious and being treated by a medic on the dropship by this point. Immediately following the Pelican's docking with a UNSC frigate, Sasha was placed in a cryo-tube to keep her alive until the vessel arrived at a medical facility which could adequately treat the injuries she had sustained.

Medical Treatment and Force Recon Training (2526)

Arriving at the UNSC Hopeful by March 2526, Sasha was transferred from the frigate she was evacuated on to the hopsital ship. Here she received extensive treatment for the next several months, recovering from the extensive wounds over a period of several months, large portions of which were spent in cryosleep due to overcrowded hospital wards requiring the patients to be shifted around, with those not able to be treated right away being stabilized in the cryo tubes. However, despite the slow healing process, Sasha fully recovered, regaining full authorization for combat by late June. However, at this time, a UNSC Marine Corps Force Recon recruited contacted her, offering her a position in the upcoming training camp for the program due to the skills she had shown during the Battle of Biko. Accepting, Sasha was transferred to the Force Recon section of Reach's Military Wilderness Training Preserve. Arriving by the first day of July, Sasha was thrust straight into training along with the other Force Recon candidates, beginning the nine week long training course.

Phase One

This phase of the training, lasting for four weeks, focused on individual fitness skills, from running and high repetition PT to rucking and land navigation. Over the four weeks, the marines selected for the Force Recon training were sent through a heavily demanding schedule of each of these factors, with PT in the morning every day, alternating muscle group focuses, followed by running or rucking, alternating by day with Sunday being reserved for the obstacle course. Land navigation courses during the weekdays and swimming exercises on the weekends took up the afternoons, being replaced with extravehicular exercises on the last week. Finally, the evenings were reserved for communication, supporting arms, and dropship deployment exercises. Breakfast was provided after PT, lunch after the morning running or rucking, and dinner just before the evening exercises. Overall, while the aim of these four weeks was to push the candidates harder than they had been before, giving them just a few hours of sleep each night, Sasha and the rest of her training platoon all did well, making it through the first few weeks with relatively few failures or incidents.

Phase Two

The next phase of the training, lasting three weeks, split the platoon down into smaller teams, six marines in each. Over the first week and a half, these teams were pushed through various small unit tactics exercises and mission planning, all building up to the final nine day full mission profile exercise. It was during this phase that Sasha found the most difficult, having to adapt from exclusively taking orders and shooting at the targets to learning how to assist in the mission planning as well as when it was appropriate to not shoot and remain hidden, with the focus on gathering intel. Despite her initial struggles, by the end of the training portion of Phase Two, Sasha had caught up with the rest of her team, reaching a level of competence required for her to maintain her position in the program. It was now when she and her team faced their nine day mission exercise.

On the sixth day of the second week, Sasha's team was brought into the mock command center set up for this exercise and was given their mission. They were to deploy into the wilderness of the preserve "behind enemy lines" (in reality, this was a mock insurrectionist compound set up and staffed by trainers), remain there for seven days, gathering intelligence on the operations of the "enemy" while avoiding detection and interfering with any significant threats posed by the "enemy", and return to the compound for a debriefing on the final day. They were given the rest of this first day to plan and supply themselves for the deployment before gathering at one of the Pelican dropships at 2200 hours and taking off for a night drop.

Meeting at the Pelican at the designated time, Sasha boarded the dropship with the rest of her team, strapping into their Falcon Wing parachutes and checking each other to make sure their pack was secure. Lining up at the back of the Pelican, the door opened over the drop zone and the squad jumped out from a high altitude, descending most of the way towards the surface before pulling their chutes, navigating just over the trees to land on the beach of a lake. Removing and gathering their chutes, stashing them under the brush along the edge of the forest, the Sasha and her team gathered up about a kilometer into the woods to provide them with some cover as they went over their plan and consolidated their gear.

Following these plans, the team headed out towards the edge of the "insurrectionist" patrolled area, staying hidden within the forest. Spending a few hours scouting around the perimeter, the team regrouped a kilometer away from the edge of the patrolled area at 0200 hours to set up a campsite to operate out of and settle in for the night, with each member taking an hour of watch until 0700 hours, at which point the squad awoke once more and returned back to the border of the "insurrectionist" area, taking the day to keep watch over the actions of the camp and gathering intel on any potential "missions" that may be in the works. Once nighttime fell again, they returned to their campsite and spent the night, waking up at 0500 hours the next morning. This continued for a large part of the week deployment, until the second to last day.

While the morning routine started out similarly to the rest of the week, things changed about halfway through the afternoon. While scouting the road leading out of the "insurrectionist" compound, Sasha's equipment detected radioactive material just inside the gate. Moving to get a closer look, she managed to get a video of several nukes being loaded onto a transporter Warthog. Calling in the rest of her team, Sasha explained the situation to them alongside the road a few hundred meters down from the compound, and the six developed a plan to take out the Warthog, deeming the threat of nukes too great to simply report back at the conclusion of their missions.

Setting up alongside either side of the road, the team prepared for an ambush of the Warthog as it went past. Well away from the compound, in order to prevent being detected, the trainees kept the sights of their rifles, MA5K's with tactical training rounds, on the road, where they had deployed a few training mines, specifically designed to interface with the specific Warthog's engine and disable it. As the Warthog went past with the nukes, it ended up disabled from the mines. At this point in time, Sasha and the rest of her team cleared the vehicle and its escort of targets. Moving in, the more technically inclined members of her team disabled the nukes, which were revealed to simply be training models of real nukes, designed to give off a misleading radioactive signal, and "repaired" the Warthog, disabling the GPS on it and returning with it to their campsite. Spending the night at the campsite, the team returned to the compound for one final round of scouting and intel gathering, before returning to the campsite, packing their gear into the Warthog, and using it to return to the training complex the next morning, reporting in. Following a debrief in the command center, the team was dismissed for dinner that night and approved to move on to phase three.

Phase Three

The final phase of the training, lasting for two weeks, focused on training in space and air navigation (utilizing Pelican dropships), deployment methods, and reconnaissance upon landing. Utilizing the techniques that had been learned over the past seven weeks and developing new skills, Sasha's team was once more put through the test in Phase Three. However, by this point, the training was less intensive than previous phases and the team had developed teamwork skills and individual abilities over the course of the training. As such, each mission progressed rather smoothly and, by the end of the second week, Sasha and her team were all approved for graduation from the training, gaining their certifications as Force Recon operatives. This graduation occurred on September 1, 2526.

Harvest Campaign (2526-2531)

Following the completion of her training, Sasha, assigned as a slack man on a more experienced team, was sent to Harvest to reinforce the ground assets on the planet. Arriving in the system on September 20, 2526 and breaking through the Covenant ships in orbit to land, Sasha and her team were immediately thrust into battle, deploying into the ruins of Tigard along with several other Force Recon teams to reconnoiter the area and determine Covenant strength. Spending about a week in the glassed rubble of the city, the teams were able to report the locations and activities of a the remaining Covenant forces, which seemed to be searching for something, providing the intelligence needed for the other Marine Corps forces on the surface to retake the area and establish a forward operating base.

After the establishment of the base, on September 23, 2526, Sasha was promoted to Lance Corporal, remaining with the rest of her team. While the Marines that had established the base outside of Tigard were permanently stationed at the facility, Sasha and her team, being Force Recon, were immediately deployed to scout out other areas which the UNSC were attempting to retake, with the strikes slowly working their way in towards the glassed ruins of the capital city of Utgard. They were able to do so for several more settlements, such as Gladsheim, over the next few months, allowing the UNSC to retake much of the planet from the Covenant ground forces. However, on May 30th, 2527, Covenant ships showed up in orbit around Harvest once more. Quickly gaining control of the space around Harvest, the ships began glassing even more of the planet's surface and pushing back UNSC forces. The Covenant deployed more ground forces to the surface of the planet which began scouring the world for Forerunner artifacts and assaulting the retreating UNSC troops.

On their way back to the FOB, Sasha and her team, along with two others, became the target of one such assault. Quickly surrounded by a group of Covenant forces, two thirds of the platoon were wiped out before the six surviving members, including Sasha, were finally able to finish off the attacking aliens. Taking over the radio, as both the radio operator and assistant radio operator for her team had been killed, Sasha managed to call for reinforcements from the FOB. Upon their arrival, the reinforcements aided Sasha and the other remaining Recon marines in fighting off the Covenant forces. Upon returning to the Forward Operating Base on June 2, 2527, Sasha was promoted to Corporal and assigned as the new radio operator for the new teamed formed from the surviving Recon Marines. She and her new team were then permanently stationed to the FOB as one of the three Force Recon Teams making up Third Force Reconnaissance Platoon, the other two teams coming in as reinforcements and the support staff remaining from the previous iteration of the platoon.

Over the next year, the Marines at the forward operating base managed to keep the Covenant from overrunning the position, but, despite the effort of Sasha and the rest of her platoon, were unable to effectively use the information gathered by the recon teams to gain much ground either. The result was a cycle of pushes into nearby cities followed by retreats due to either superior Covenant ground forces or strategic glassing by the Covenant ships in orbit. While the mainline Marines were slowly dropping in numbers, the Force Recon platoon stationed at the FOB were able to remaining largely undetected and took no casualities for a full twelve months stationed at the FOB. However, this changed on July 14, 2528, when, on a recon mission into a nearby town, Sasha's team was spotted by a Covenant strike force. While Sasha and three other members of her team were able to survive and report back to the forward operating base, the Team Leader and Assistant Team Leader were killed during the firefight. As such, upon arrival back at the FOB the next day, Sasha was promoted to Sergeant and assigned as the Assistant Team Leader of her team, now behind the previous Point Man, who had been promoted to Staff Sergeant and Team Leader. The empty spots of Slack Man and Assistant Radio Operator went unfilled for a few weeks, and, as such, Third Force Reconnassaince Platoon was down to two teams rotating out members until they could be reinforced back up to full strength.

Battle of Arcadia (2531)

Extensive Medical Leave (2531-2532)

Battle of Vodin (2532)

Drill Instructor (2532-2535)

Training

Service

Mamore (2536-2537)

Peaceful Stationing

Insurrection

More Medical Leave (2538)

Naval OCS and Flight School (2538-2542)

Battle for Alluvion (2542)

Battle of 18 Scorpii (2543)

Battle of Psi Serpentis (2543)

Further Medical Leave (2543)

Sirona (2544-2548)

Peaceful Stationing

Siege of Sirona

Final Medical Leave (2548)

Siege of Paris IV (2549)

Battle of New Zanzibar (2550-2551)

Arrow's Flight Incident (2551)

Beta Eridani (2551-2552)

Flight Instructor

Battle of Beta Eridani

Battle of Sigma Octanus IV (2552)

Fall of Reach (2552)

Battle of Earth (2552)

Gilgamesh Incident (2553)

Personality

While originally friendly and outgoing, surviving through years of conflict while those around her died in droves has led Sasha to retreat within herself and remain reserved, especially to those who are not working closely with her. While she may not make friends with anyone, she does intrinsically trust other humans, perhaps more so than she should, as her years of fighting in the Human-Covenant War ingrained in her mind that the aliens were the enemy, not other humans. However, this had the exact opposite effect in terms with her relationships with former Covenant species, against whom she holds a tremendous grudge. More likely to pull a weapon on an Elite or Grunt than to defend them, she has trouble working alongside the prior members of the hegemony, and, as such, often requests missions in which she is working solely with other UNSC assets.

Her survival through the war has also left her with a sense of survivor's guilt, showing her struggle with PTSD. However, despite these mental struggles, Aleksandra remained adamant about continuing to serve in the UNSC Armed Forces, retaining her commission to this day. This dedication stems from her desire to right the wrongs she feels were done against her friends throughout the war, and her belief that continuing to serve to defend Humanity can serve as a method of redemption for surviving while her fellow marines and navy personnel did not.

Religion

Starting out without any true religion, it wasn't until halfway through the Siege of Sirona that she truly became religious. Through the first few years of the conflict and her relationship with Lieutenant Michael Waverly, a native of the world, she picked up the Celtic Neopaganism of the world, known as Sironan Neopaganism. Following her loss of Michael during the Siege, she became even more entrenched in this religion, using it as a coping mechanism alongside shutting people out. This habit of pushing people away from truly knowing her led to the only outside signs that she was religious and polytheistic being some of her weird speaking patterns, such as stating "swear to the gods" or "gods know" rather than "swear to God" and "God knows" respectively. As such, very few people truly know her beliefs beyond this limited outside view, a number which is further extended by the private nature of her practice, preferring to be individually religious, rather than going to any organized services, a method of practice common among Sironan Neopaganism due to the spread out nature of Sirona's colonists following the Siege and the lack of practicing members still alive.

Skills and Abilities

Growing up in a farming family, Sasha learned how to use a weapon at a young age to defend herself and her family's property. Additionally, she learned how to fly her family's aircraft in order to assist with crop dusting, giving her skills in flying. Overall, her remaining skills cover survivalist tactics, from being able to construct a fire, to gathering resources, to building a temporary shelter. All of these were honed during her various times left to her own defenses during the war, such as during the Siege of Sirona. Finally, Sasha is skilled at stealth, from quiet and inconspicuous movement, to proper camouflage techniques. She picked up these skills during her time in Marine Force Recon following her transfer into the program after the Battle of Biko.

Appearance

Although temporally 51 years old, Aleksandra is significantly younger biologically due to years of time spent in slipspace and cryosleep. As such, she looks more like she is in her mid-to-late thirties or early forties. About average height, she weighs slightly above average due to increased muscle mass compared to the standard, developed during her time as a marine and continued physical training throughout her naval career. Her skin is lightly tanned, but burns easily if exposed to the sun for too long without any protection. Additionally, a light row of freckles can be seen across her face, though they faded as she aged. Sasha has blonde hair and light blue eyes, her hair color coming from her mother, and her eye color from her father. However, her left eye has been replaced with an Ocular Implant as her original eye was lost in combat with an Elite. Finally, her left arm was also replaced with a prosthetic due to damages taken during the same fight. Both injuries were caused due to an energy dagger which the Elite stabbed through her hand, destroying the hand and upper portion of the effected limb, and near the eye, which melted the soft organ.

Career

Career Service Vitae

UNSC Marine Female2

Aleksandra Zaytsev
Lieutenant Commander UNSC O-4

FULL NAME: Aleksandra Dmitrienva Zaytsev
SERVICE #: 10826-59214-AZ


    UNIT: 30th Naval Air Squadron
    NEC: [REDACTED]
    ENLISTMENT DATE: January 8, 2525
    GARRISON: UNSC Determination
    STATUS: [REDACTED]

    GENDER: Female
    BIRTHPLACE: Biko
    BIRTH DATE: January 7, 2507
    BLOOD TYPE: A+
    HEIGHT: 170.9 cm (5' 7")
    WEIGHT: 155.25 lb (70.42 kg)

General Notes

Aleksandra enlisted in the Marine Corps the day after her 18th birthday on January 8, 2525. Her skill levels were fairly above average, and she was extraordinarily dedicated to service to the Marine Corps and the UNSC. Following basic, she was attached to the 3rd Battalion of the 20th Division of the 9th Marine Expeditionary Force. Following a few battles with the insurrectionists, she participated in the Battle of Biko against the Covenant, ultimately escaping alive. During this mission, she demonstrated her skills in fighting and recon, and trained for Marine Force Recon.

Following a period of medical leave in 2538, she attended the Naval Officer Academy on Luna and entered the Navy as a flight officer, a position she has held even after the end of the war.

Service History

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Promotions

Marine Corps

 Rank   Date Earned 
UNSC-MC Private
Private August 3, 2525
UNSC-MC Private First Class
Private First Class January 16, 2526
UNSC-MC Lance Corporal
Lance Corporal September 23, 2526
UNSC-MC Corporal
Corporal June 2, 2527
UNSC-MC Sergeant
Sergeant July 15, 2528
UNSC-MC Staff Sergeant
Staff Sergeant July 17, 2530
UNSC-MC Gunnery Sergeant
Gunnery Sergeant August 7, 2533
UNSC-MC First Sergeant
First Sergeant August 3, 2537

Navy

 Rank   Date Earned 
Officer Candidate August 24, 2538
UNSC-N Ensign
Ensign May 29, 2542
UNSC-N Lieutenant Junior Grade
Lieutenant Junior Grade June 13, 2544
UNSC-N Lieutenant
Lieutenant July 14, 2546
UNSC-N Lieutenant Commander
Lieutenant Commander December 20, 2550

Trivia

  • Sasha is the only member of her immediate family to join the UNSC Marine Corps. Her father and older sister were insurrectionists, and her mother was a Durban Police Department SWAT officer. All three of them were killed during the Battle of Biko.

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