Iodka Lesina

You may recognise Lesina from just before the siege, she looked like this: This woman seems to be around in her late 20s. Her hair is a shimmering blond, gathered up in a large bun out of her eyes, which are brown. You would have to look close to see the bleached moustache hidden in an expanse of smooth, if weather beaten skin. Her teeth are fairly white and straight. Something red has been drawn over her lips. She’s stocky pleasantly plump. Though her arms and legs are quite thick and her hands are rough and thick. While she is short, her shoulders are broad.

She does not look like this anymore.

A short history:

Iodka Lesina was born in 1904 in the city of Tsaritsyn. Her early life was simple and rather hard, especially as the years of the Great War came, naturally she lost her father to that war in 1916. Iodka passionately supported the revolution, though she did not really know why. The why’s and wherefore’s didn’t matter when it came to the siege of 1918, which she did fight in. Partly because she was only fourteen it wasn’t long before she was shot in the leg and sent to a field hospital to recover. While there she met a dashing young soldier whom she promptly married. The siege was lifted without the couple seeing any more fighting during the siege but she was compelled to stay in the city while her new husband continued the war. By 1920 her husband had returned and by 1924 she had had two children, both boys.

The inter war years saw the family build a home in an apartment block one down from the one where all the other PCs used to live. She had a daughter in 1927. Her husband was a career soldier, keeping his head down during the purges and proving experienced enough to get a decent non-commissioned rank when the army was needed again. Iodka herself is a paying member of the communist party and has been since the early 1920s. The family was known among their neighbours as a rowdy one, Iodka and her husband were always having rows. She earned her keep as a washerwoman.

During the war her husband and her youngest son died. The letter explaining her son’s death was framed in her apartment, some neighbours recall a particularly fierce argument before her husband left for war, the notice of his death was nowhere to be seen. Her second son is further north and in the army. Her daughter died in the bombing of Stalingrad. When the fighting started she somehow took charge of her apartment’s residents, now most of them are dead, go figure.

RP Hooks:
She lived in the apartment nextdoor and had something of a reputation for being loud.
You may have played with one or more of her children if you're young enough for that.

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