Nightshade
Nightshade
Nightshade
Nightshade
Nightshade

File Name: Aleksandra Roschenko
Primary Military Specialty: Demolitions
Secondary Military Specialty: Hand to Hand Combat
Birthplace: Prypiat, Ukraine

Nightshade was born in the shadow of the Chernobyl nuclear power station, where both of her parents were Honored Workers of the Soviet Union. Both parents were killed as a direct result of radiation exposure days after the reactor melted down in April of 1986. Nightshade and her two brothers were raised in an orphanage in Kiev, where they were treated for various radiation-related illnesses and cancers. Little is known about her life after leaving the orphanage, but rumors persist that she was in the Red Army for a time, and may have attended Odessa National Polytechnic University. Her brothers enlisted in Cobra, and offered her services to Cobra Commander when Firefly, was engaged in other covert operations. After the Cobra Civil War, and Cobra Commander's subsequent purge, Nightshade was a frequent employee of the terrorist organization.

Nightshade is an expert in most small arms, and it is believed that she manufactures her own explosives and poisons. She is ruthless, cunning, and has an uncanny knack of completing jobs that other freelancers deem impossible. She doesn't work cheap, but gets the job done.

"Everyone has her theories on why she wears the mask. Some say it is to hide her identity, while others say it is to hide the scars and defects caused by radiation exposure. One thing is certain, she is brilliant and far too dangerous to mess with."

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