Meet the Characters: Zoya Orlova

Machine Work by Hopie Chan

(Image Credit: Machine Work by Hopie Chan)

For this series, I’m going to delve into the characters of Grigory’s Gadget in the style of those fun/silly surveys that pop-up on social media from time-to-time. I’ll also include name pronunciation, because I know a lot of people have been asking about that! (That being said, you can pronounce the names of my characters however you like, I’ll just be listing the “official” pronunciation) First off, the main character: Zoya Orlova.

WARNING: Mild spoilers for Grigory’s Gadget contained in this post!

Name: Zoya Orlova (ZOY-ah or-LOH-va, alternatively ZOY-ah OR-loh-va)

Name Meaning: Zoya – Russian form of Zoe, meaning “life”; Orlova – feminine form of Orlov meaning “son of Oryol”, oryol meaning “eagle”

Age: early 20s

Physical Appearance: Pale freckled skin, violet curly hair, gray eyes, thin but muscular

Hometown: Lodninsk, Morozhia (LOHD-ninsk, moh-ROHZH-ya)

Family: Only child and orphan; mother was murdered when Zoya was young, father committed suicide not long after; she was raised by her grandmother, who passed away from lung cancer while Zoya was in college

Relationship Status: in a relationship with Demyan Volkov

Education: studying engineering, with a focus on steam engines

Religion: None

Greatest Strengths: Loyal, quick-thinking

Greatest Weaknesses: Rash, quick to anger

Favorite Color: Teal

Hobbies: Tinkering, “dance lessons” (secret code which actually refers to sword fighting lessons)

Biggest Goal in Life: Settle down somewhere peaceful, warm, and free surrounded by friends


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