Meet the Characters: Edmund Sokoll

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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) This post will be about Edmund Sokoll.

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

Name: Edmund Sokoll (ED-muhnd soh-KOHL)

Name Meaning: Edmund – From the Old English elements ead “wealth, fortune” and mund “protection”; Sokoll – Slavic word for “falcon”

Age: in his 50s

Physical Appearance: Light skin, short gray and brown hair, blue eyes, his right leg is a mechanical limb

Hometown: Unknown

Family: His sister is the pirate Captain Snezhana Krupina of the Hell’s Jewel; his son is Alexi Sokoll

Relationship Status: His wife, Alexi’s mother, died sometime before the story. It is implied that, somehow, Edmund was responsible for her death.

Education: unknown

Religion: None

Greatest Strengths: great fighter and leader, great at rallying people to his cause

Greatest Weaknesses: He is short-sighted and has an enlarged and fragile ego

Favorite Color: Purple

Hobbies: piracy

Biggest Goal in Life: Find the Bronnerush and harness its power to gain infamy as the most notorious pirate at sea

Meet the Characters: Alexi Sokoll

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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) This post will be about Alexi Sokoll.

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

Name: Alexi Sokoll (Ah-LEX-ee soh-KOHL)

Name Meaning: Alexi – Russian form of the Greek name Alexis, which meant “helper” or “defender”; Sokoll – Slavic word for “falcon”

Age: early 20s

Physical Appearance: Light skin, blonde hair, blue eyes, lean

Hometown: Unknown

Family: Father is the pirate Captain Edmund Sokoll of the Ocean’s Legend; Mother died some time ago, either directly or indirectly as a result of Edmund’s abuse

Relationship Status: in a complicated relationship with Anya Filipova

Education: no formal education

Religion: None

Greatest Strengths: Quick thinker, well-versed in how to run a ship

Greatest Weaknesses: Has a quick temper, struggles immensely with personal relationships due to the abuse from his father

Favorite Color: Blue

Hobbies: never had time for hobbies due to his responsibilities aboard the Ocean’s Legend

Biggest Goal in Life: Run his own ship and escape from under the thumb of his father

Meet the Characters: Nikolai Polzin

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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) This post will be about Nikolai Polzin.

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

Name: Nikolai Polzin (NEE-koh-LIE POHL-zihn)

Name Meaning: Nikolai – Russian form of Nicholas, meaning “victory of the people”; Polzin – occupational name designating a merchant who engaged in transactions for profit in Russia

Age: early 20s

Physical Appearance: Dark skin, long dreads, deep brown eyes, muscular

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

Family: Mother died from a plague that swept through Lodninsk; father’s death is unexplained

Relationship Status: single

Education: studying archaeology

Religion: None

Greatest Strengths: Intensely loyal to his friends; sharp-witted and an analytical thinker

Greatest Weaknesses: Cynical to a fault; has a quick temper

Favorite Color: Orange

Hobbies: playing card games like Durak; considers archaeology a hobby/passion

Biggest Goal in Life: Go on an adventure, inspired by tales of ancient cities and artifacts

Meet the Characters: Demyan Volkov

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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) This post will be about Demyan Volkov.

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

Name: Demyan Volkov (DEH-myan VOHL-kohv)

Name Meaning: DemyanRussian form of Damian, meaning “to tame”; Volkov – Russian patronymic from the word for “wolf”

Age: early 20s

Physical Appearance: Brown hair, green eyes, below-average height with small build

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

Family: Father died from a plague that swept through the city; mother died in a cave-in at the Lodninsk mines, which was caused by the Skarbniki revolt

Relationship Status: in a relationship with Zoya Orlova

Education: studying archaeology

Religion: None

Greatest Strengths: Trustworthy, honest

Greatest Weaknesses: Is not quick to adapt to new situations

Favorite Color: White

Hobbies: Reading-up on history, playing card games like Durak

Biggest Goal in Life: Settle down somewhere safe and consistent, minimize conflict and complications

Meet the Characters: Lilia Alkaeva

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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) This post will be about Lilia Alkaeva.

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

Name: Lilia Alkaeva (LIH-lee-ya al-KAH-yeh-vah)

Name Meaning: Lilia – cognate of Lily, from the flower which is a symbol of purity; Alkaeva – from the Russian verb alkat “to wish, to be wished”

Age: early 20s

Physical Appearance: tan skin, brown eyes, short thick black hair, glasses

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

Family: Father and brother died in an airship crash; mother died from a plague that swept through the city

Relationship Status: single

Education: studying literature and history

Religion: None for most of Grigory’s Gadget, converts to Drevnih toward the end

Greatest Strengths: loyal, nurturing

Greatest Weaknesses: easily discouraged

Favorite Color: Pink and purple

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

Biggest Goal in Life: establish a safe and stable life

Meet the Characters: Anya Filipova

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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) This post will be about Anya Filipova.

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

Name: Anya Filipova (AHN-yah fil-LEE-poh-vah, alternatively AHN-yah fil-ih-POH-vah)

Name Meaning: Anya- Russian form of Anna which derives from Hannah, meaning “favor” or “grace”; Filipova- feminine form of Filipov meaning “son of Filip”, Filip being a cognate of Philip meaning “friend of horses”

Age: early 20s

Physical Appearance: Golden-tan skin, light brown wavy hair, light brown eyes, thin

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

Family: Father and older brother died in a cave-in at the Lodninsk mines, which was caused by the Skarbniki revolt; mother died from a plague that swept through the city

Relationship Status: in a somewhat complicated relationship with Alexi Sokoll

Education: Mostly apprenticeships, learning crafts like sewing and soldering

Religion: None

Greatest Strengths: Natural leader, assertive

Greatest Weaknesses: Quickly becomes frustrated by others

Favorite Color: Purple

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

Biggest Goal in Life: Seeking adventure; wants to collect new and exciting experiences

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Meet the Characters: Zoya Orlova

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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