"We will not die out. I won't allow it. Bast will aide me as I fight on alongside my comrades. We shall prevail!"
Zalika Thema T'Challa
-Fat Ass **Only by close friends and family
Birthday and Age
December 21, 1987. / 24 years old
Years Spent at the Xavier's
20 /Has been there since age of 5.
Professor of Biology
Co-Commander of the X-Men Team
Aesthetic Information and the Suchlike
Zalika's eyes are particularly unique. Resulting from a mixture of the Ashake and Oshtur bloodlines as well as the magic potential from both, her eyes are neither blue nor brown like either of her parents. Rather, her eyes are a mixture of blue and green, but the retinas are not solid. The patterns of the retina is similar to sparks of electricity. Her grandmother on her father's side has often suggested that the patterns on her retinas are old tribal inscriptions granted to her by the Panther Deity that they worship. Her pupil is actually slitted as resembling that of a feline's. Zalika's build is a mixture of athletic and sensual. She's a bit tall, standing at 5'6". Her limbs are slender and her stomach well toned, showing a faint outline of a four-pack. Her biceps and triceps are actually very well toned as are her deltoids. No bulging muscles though. She is quite the health freak and obsessive about her figure even though she eats like she'll never eat again every time she sees food. Though she makes up for the calorie intake with a rigorous workout. She's extremely flexible and seems to have been well-built for endurance, being known to be able to take a hit just as well as the next and possibly even a bit more. Her legs are long and very well toned, seeming to be made for the great amount of agility and grace that she possesses. She weighs in at 115lbs and sports a tattoo of a black panther clawing up her right calf. Her hair is as white as new-fallen snow, curls naturally into large ringlets, and extends to the middle of her back, though she's been seen dying it to various shades of blue and black the past few years.
But with a lisp
For those who don't know Zalika, she seems to come off as cold and uncaring. She seems to be a critical woman, always analyzing and judging people with her gaze. But it isn't how it seems. Like her mother, her emotions can often trigger her mutation and cause unexpected whether changes that aren't always very good. As a child, she was always very melodramatic, often leading to her being scolded by her mother or someone else for stirring up small whirlwinds or pelting unsuspecting people with hail on sunny summer days. Eventually, she decided that to stay out of trouble and to better harness her powers, she would simply not show any emotions anymore. Of course, this proved difficult and still does. She has an obvious soft sport for Oreos, children, and felines. When it comes to work, she's very professional and doesn't do bullshit. She's quite strict when doling out punishment, but not cruel. It has long since been a problem of trying to deal with students who want nothing more than to cause trouble and Zee was the one who suggested those troublemakers be sent to work under Director Fury for their transgressions until they've learned to behave. It's rare that it comes to that, though, seeing as the detention room sorts out most kids. But there's always that one. If you're close to Zalika, you can get her to drop her walls enough for her to have a good time with some dancing and drinking even though she has two left feet and can't hold her liquor.
Zalika has always had a love of felines, especially those of sable colors. Her more favored feline is the panther; Its no wonder why.
Zalika may not seem it, but she's a spiritual young woman who tries to uphold the traditions of her people. Or at least ones that she doesn't see as too outdated for modern society. Bast is the Goddess of her tribe, and Zalika believes that she is empowered by the Deity...It could be true.
Zalika loves the chocolaty cookies and has been known to steal them from those who aren't keeping a close eye on their own. This obsession with the sweets didn't start until she had moved to the United States and actually had some.
Zalika is a health nut and crazy about her figure. She's often teased for her short size and thick thighs, so she works out to keep her strength and stamina up, ready to knock a few heads just to get a message across.
She doesn't like using her powers very much to the point that some people often believe her to be ashamed of her abilities. But she is simply afraid of them. As a result, she has taken up marksmanship and enjoys using guns of all types. She can identify any gun placed before her.
She hates the terms mutant, mutie, freak, abomination, and spawn of Satan. She much prefers Homo Superior or Children of the Atom when referring to 'her kind'.
Yeah, she does have her own religion. But she cannot stand when people use religion as a reason to be cruel and stupid.
Cowards, Liars, Thieves, and Backstabbers.
Who doesn't? She's seen her fair share of mutants come to Xavier's and pretend to give a damn about those around them, but turn out to be there only to use the Professors to learn how to use their powers so they can better wreak havoc and make a worse name for mutants than there already is.
Look where closed minds has landed the world today. She cannot fathom how one could be so ignorant as to reject the unknown. She cannot stand that humans are refusing what is fact, killing thousands to sooth themselves.
Zalika doesn't express her emotions in a way that's always noticeable. But, as of lately, she has begun to scratch her palms when nervous. Due to her always well-manicured nails, this has led to several scars on her hands. The biggest habit of hers would have to be her workout regime. The best way to get her to express being upset is to disturb her while she's working out or to prevent her from doing so.
Over the past few years, Zalika has developed a severe Anxiety Disorder. This has led to her becoming an insomniac. She will often stay awake for nearly a week, seeming to be perfectly fine and functioning until she finally passes out. After which, she will sleep for up to fourteen hours. She also seems to have a case of OCD, needing everything within her possession to be perfect and color coordinated.
Zalika can usually be seen with her hair tied in a high ponytail, not a single flyaway to be seen. During normal work hours, she chooses to wear a simple button-down shirt with a pair of dress pants, heels, and a matching blazer. Her workout apparel is simply a pair of old sneakers, sweatpants, and a snug t-shirt.
Father - T'Challa
Mother - Ororo Munroe-T'Challa
Godparents - Jean Grey, Scott Summers, Charles Xavier, Moira Xavier, and Henry McCoy
Zalika inherited her mother's psionic weather manipulation abilities, demonstrating her prowess at the young age of five. When Zalika uses her psionic powers, she sees the world as colorful, constantly changing energy patterns, rather than solid matter. These energy patterns can be "molded" to Zalika's will to create a vast number of effects which mainly deal with weather manipulation. Zalika is greatly in tune with nature and the elements. She can feel them, and likewise they react to her emotional state. She can manipulate weather patterns on a variety of scales, including the ability to summon large and violent thunderstorms and blizzards, as well as sleet and hail. Zalika can also use the weather as a weapon. She can summon lightning bolts from the sky that can be used to blind, stun, or severely burn her opponents even to the point of death. She can also use this ability as a concussive force. She can tap into the Earth's electromagnetic field and send out an electromagnetic pulse. She has the ability to fly by gliding on wind currents. She can also move objects or other people with the wind or create a dome of air pressure to deflect attacks. Zalika's power over air pressure has also been used to crush powerful objects such as military tanks. She can even carry other people with her. When using her powers, Zalika becomes one with the energy patterns she manipulates. This gives her the ability to project weather effects through her body. For instance, she can generate lightning, intense cold, and intense heat, from her hands rather than from her actual atmosphere. Her power over thunder has been used to create deafening sounds for distracting her enemies. She can create powerful tornadoes, tsunamis, hurricanes, and various winds that are capable of moving a vast number of objects/people. Her ability over water and it's forms has been shown by her creating heavy rainfall, and instant floods. Control over moisture and temperature allows Zalika to freeze/flash freeze objects and people in the blink of an eye. She can summon clouds and fog to provide cover and obscure the view of her enemies. Zalika has also shown that, when drastically overwhelmed, she can become a being with lightning for hair, and breath of fire and ice. Due to very good training from an age earlier than her mother even, Zalika can use her powers to set many weather patterns out of place to perform/create exotic feats/effects, and then set them back from where she got them from, putting weather patterns back to their natural state. Thus, she can disperse any Zalika she generates as long as she uses her powers wisely, considering the fact that it's easy for her to create weather, but more challenging to disperse it, or, "clear it up". Her control over the atmosphere is such that she can create certain effects over a specific area, while shielding smaller areas within the larger area from them for example she could create a rainstorm around herself but prevent rain water from touching her. Its also been seen that she can create weather effects indoors – Once seen in her younger years when she caused a raincloud to follow and pour down on a boy that had harassed her. She can evoke earthquakes as well, but she rarely ever does so because its so hard to control and isn’t something that she can focus onto one area. She also sense the energies of the Earth, showing the ability to sense unnatural weather patterns.
After so long of hiding and burying her emotions, she seems to strain to show any sort of emotion other than sarcasm or cold humor. Though, it seems that those who are really close to her have been able to get a smile out her. After getting her drunk. Zalika fears showing great amounts of emotion, and as such, she has a lot of bottled up anger, angst, and sorrow. She's never released it and fears the day when something happens that pushes her over the edge. She speaks with an accent and a lisp, slang, and jumbled grammar, making it hard to understand her already. She can speak other languages and understand them, but its better to let someone else do the talking for her. She has an extreme soft spot for felines, and has her own panther cub named Kleintjie. Academically, Literature never was one of her strongest subjects. She doesn't like to read unless its a science or math book. Or the newspaper. She doesn't like stories unless they are spoken aloud and never really has. She also seems to lack femininity. She can't sing, she can't dance, and she can't cook.
Zalika has her mother's tiara and a ruby necklace that her mother says holds special powers. She wears both whenever she isn't working out or sleeping. Her weapons arsenal include a Dragonuv SVD, PSG 1 by Heckler and Koch, an FN 57, and a pair of custom SIGP250s. As far as vehicles, she has only a deep blue 1970 Chevelle.
Like her mother, her mutation grants her Weather Resistance - She can feel hot and cold temperatures, but being exposed to extreme heat and cold do not bother her in the least. She can walk naked through a blizzard and not even shiver or be exposed to extreme heat without breaking a sweat. Extreme winds won't topple her and earthquakes won't shake her. Hurricanes are a cakewalk to her. The electrical fields that her body creates make her highly resistant to mental attacks and her strong will enables her to fight out some intruders from her mind. As learnt from her mother, she's an expert marksman with a range of guns. Academically, Zalika is an expert in Atmospheric Sciences and Biology. She is rather proficient in most fields of Science and Math. Zalika may not look it, but she is a bit of a physical powerhouse and quite the boxer. She packs quite the punch and often prefers to use brute force or bullets in battle instead of her powers.
Zalika was born in Wakanda, Africa to King and Queen T'Challa. Her mother had left the United States after discovering her pregnancy, happy to be with her husband. Zalika was a bit of a handful, being quite the melodramatic child. Her parents were sure that she wasn't a mutant, thinking that her strange eyes were simply because of her bloodline - And they weren't wrong. Until that one fateful day. It was a well known fact that the little princess had an obsession with panthers. When Zalika was five years old, a twelve year old girl that she had never seen before was playing near the edge of the jungle, catching Zalika's attention. She approached the girl and questioned who she was and what tribe she was from. The girl's name was Ababuo and she had wild yellow eyes that gave Zee the willies - She claimed that she wasn't from any tribe and instead, she was abandoned at birth and raised by panthers with the help of Bast, the Panther Goddess worshiped by the Wakandans. Zalika almost had a heart attack and demanded that she be taken to see these panthers, hoping to play with them. The girl said "Oh, but of course my princess." and led her away into the jungle. Deeper and deeper they went, far away from the village. By the time Zalika grew impatient, she found herself suddenly unconscious. When she woke several hours later, she found herself strapped to a stone altar, surrounded by a group of figures wearing lion pelts. There was a man with dark skin and the same wild yellow eyes as Ababuo - His name was M'Leeu and he was the leader of the Lion Cult. He had in mind to spill Zee's precious blood for Sekhmet - The Lion Goddess. Worship of the savage deity was outlawed by her great-grandfather ages ago when he took the throne as a young man due to their support of human sacrifices. When the man announced his intentions, he stepped aside and made way for a lioness bigger than Zalika had ever seen. It was Sekhmet. Sekhmet told the girl that she was going to eat her heart and drink her blood to acquire the power of the Ashake and Oshtur, therefore growing more powerful than Bast. She was enraged that Bast had stolen her followers and would seek her revenge. Then, the ceremony began. All throughout the chanting and swaying, Zalika began to squirm, kick, scream, thrash, and cry out for help. Finally. She just got pissed. Her cries for help became cries of rage as she strained against her holdings. If she were anywhere as her mother and father, she would have escaped before even getting knocked out! She was weak. What a disappointment she was! She couldn't die now. She had to redeem her family's honor and redeem her own honor in the eyes of Bast. But how? She didn't notice the dark clouds that had rapidly begun forming above the jungle and seemed oblivious to the lightning rolling down her body as more lightning shot down from the sky as she cried out with closed eyes. Soon, she realized that it was raining and she was still alive. She looked over to see the group of people laying in the dirt with charred flesh and and pelts. Sekhmet was enraged at the girl's actions, wounded by a bolt of lightning. She staggered towards the girl, intent on eating her right then and there, saying that the ritual had went on just well enough. Zalika was drained of energy and simply passed out right there.
When she woke, she was being tended to by doctors who were trying to convince her parents that it was Bast that had appeared and saved her. But her parents had seen the scene of the crime and had witnessed the drastic weather change from afar. They knew exactly what it was. Ororo had promised that she would return to Xavier if she had a mutant child. Her husband was sad to see them go so early on, but he knew that they wouldn't be gone forever and he could always see them whenever he wanted to. Zalika was then whisked away on a Stark jet with her mother, headed to New York. When she arrived at Xavier's she seemed to be very overdramatic, though in a rather charismatic and endearing sort of way. It wasn't until her spiked anger over a friend being teased did she realize how dangerous her emotions were after damaging the Estate with a horrific storm - She didn't realize it because she was in the gym working out her anger though hitting stuff. She was nine years old when that happened - Afterwards, she began to slowly no longer show many emotions and over the years, she seemed to not even feel anything anymore. She began to focus more on training and her studies. She eventually graduated at seventeen and departed to Wakanda to spend more time with her father. She thought for some time about vying for position of Black Panther, but she knew her heart belonged at Xavier's where she could best help the mutants of the world. She eventually returned to the states in 2010 after studying at the University of Pretoria, majoring in Atmospheric Sciences and minoring in Biology. When she returned, she assumed the position of Co-Commander of the X-Men as well as teaching Biology. Her mother was depowered during M-Day and Cataleia has been using her knowledge of genetics with Zalika's knowledge of Biology and Chemistry to see if they can be brought back. Though, for now - Her mother resides in Wakanda with her father.
-Whenever she is startled, lightning runs along her body.
-She speaks with a lisp.
Through the Never - Metallica