Acacia De Luca
Bandit/Small arms expert (meaning "better with these than anything else")
While traveling with Legion, Acacia wears anything from a hoodie and jeans to the bandit's "homemade" clothing, usually consisting of loose fitting outfits sewn together from fabric scraps. A pair of running shoes are seen on her feet at all times. She has a preference for pretty much anything else, though. The trick is finding the clothes before the rest of the bandits do. She also wears a black fedora
that she picked up while scavenging in a mall with Daryl.
Acacia is a woman fully aware of who she is and, just as importantly, how she looks. Because of the company she keeps, she isn't afraid of using (and abusing) her power over simple minded men with sex on their minds. Even before the infection she had influence because of her looks, but traveling with bandits brought that influence to the forefront of everything she says and does. It's become such an important aspect of her personality that she's built a sort of mental shell out of it. She surrounds any true feeling she has with sex and impassive anger, and the result is a cold, if sensual, bitch 90% of the time. It's only once you really spend time with her that you realize she isn't always like that. You won't know what she's actually like, mind: if her shell slips, she'll hurt you if you notice. If you can get under her skin, she'll push you off out of fear. But beneath it all there's hints of a woman unprepared for what she's had to do to get this far in an apocalyptic world, and maybe even scared at what she's become.
It's only when Acacia feels she's holding all the cards that she lets down her guard even slightly. Although generally, all this means is that she might show a passive interest, a cool smile or occasionally feign friendliness instead of bristling like a porcupine whenever someone says something to her.
The image that Acacia puts out is concerned with one thing, and one thing only: looking out for #1. When push comes to shove, she'll do anything she has to for survival without any sign of remorse, whether that's robbing a traveler or leaving someone behind as zombie bait.
Before the Infection:
Before the infection, Acacia was a promising young woman on her way to a better life. She grew up a single child, adopted on a whim and raised by a babysitter and uncaring parents in a middle class L.A. home. Her childhood was completely unextrordinary, a vast stretch of school and day-care typical of her classmates. In High School she spent her time dodging gang influences and drugs, managing a slightly above average GPA and spending a lot of time out of the house, usually with classmates. She never associated much with the boys of her school beyond having them carry her books, and in the nature of a high schooler, surrounded herself with other girls just like her; manipulative, attractive, eternally single and only friendly enough to keep out of trouble.
Once she graduated high school, Acacia moved out of L.A. without her parents' blessing. She worked to pay for her own car and room, her parents kicking her out of the house when she'd turned 18 for no reason other than they no longer wanted to pay for her. She attended modeling school, but also worked towards a degree in mathematics at a community college. During this time her life sunk to all time lows, with her already prickling personality keeping others off and her grades suffering while she struggled to work through college. During this time she found herself in an increasingly shady chain of modeling contracts, finally ending her career in “modeling” naked and on her knees in front of a well hung man. Shortly after that she dropped modeling school, only weeks before finishing. She dedicated the time to her college and job instead, and began to open up more as a person. She made a few friends, and only a few weeks before she would graduate with her degree, the apocalypse happened. Roads shut down and the world went silent in a matter of weeks, and Acacia slunk back into her shell-like personality, where she remains to this day.
After the Infection:
A few weeks after the U.S.'s government retreated from California and eventually fell entirely, Acacia made her way east. After meeting a traveler on the road (and summarily, seducing him, knocking him out and stealing all his worldly possessions) she learned of a survivor establishment in Reno, Nevada. The reputation of Reno as a city of drunks and gamblers, combined with few other options and the desperate need to get out of California while the dust settled, ensured her travel over the Sierras and into the haven. It was here that she met a younger, more trusted Emperor, on a visit and recruiting as he traveled. He had arrived at around the same time she had and she heard about him by chance. The pair mutually impressed each other with their personalities, which were greatly similar in that neither could tell the other's true intentions for quite a long time. The pair grew to know each other closely as the days in the haven turned to weeks, finally resulting in Acacia leaving with Keyes when he left with his new recruits.
Acacia traveled with Emperor and Legion for a long time after that. Emperor shared a slightly closer relationship to her than he did with most of his troops, in that he knows her personally in some sense of the word. The relationship didn't last. After several years, Acacia became quite discontent with the direction that Legion and Emperor took in their mad grabs for power. During the Siege of Evergreen she made her escape with Daryl Romanson, a salvager that had been taken captive outside of the haven. Meeting with other survivors just hours after Evergreen came under the control of the 1007th, this new group departed for Fort Riley in haste.
The journey took several weeks, during which time Acacia made several unlikely friends and began adjusting to the presence of once again being surrounded by more normal people than the crowds of bandits that made up Legion. After a long period she found herself in Chico, tied to Daryl and a group of Farmers that had been picked up in Riley. At the moment she's still trying to determine just what her purpose will be, having grown discontent with haven life in a few short days and contemplating leaving - if not with Daryl, then by herself, to find her own way.
Arsenal: M14 Combat Rifle
. Lightweight, accurate, and fairly quiet. Perfect for small engagements and great for intimidation, which fits Acacia perfectly.
Doesn't have the stopping power of something bigger, but it's useful as a holepunch.
stolen from another survivor in his sleep.
Acacia is a master of seduction, is well practiced with her M14, proficient in hand to hand combat (after 4 years of training while defending herself from Legion's other recruits) and is good at getting in and getting out quietly. This combination makes her an excellent cat burglar, as well as an asset for any scavenging team interested in getting to places normally far too dangerous.
While no one knows much about the real Acacia (spoilers!) she's an emotional bombshell. Although she will do as commanded without problem, it's become increasingly difficult for her to stomach all of the violence that she's seen in the past several years, especially while in Legion's company. She's also very hostile towards pretty much everyone, and when confronted is more likely to shoot first and ask questions later. Additionally, suppressing any sign of positive emotion for 5 years can't be good for you.
Vehicle: 4WD Chevy Suburban
, armored as is typical for survivor vehicles - frontal ram for smaller cars or walkers, armored windshield in the form of overlaying metal bars. Side windows are overlaid with chain-link on the outside, restricting access when the windows are rolled down. Gets around 15-20 MPG.
In Daryl's company, Legion's camp, outside Evergreen State.
Theme Song: The Heavy - Short Change Hero
Acacia was part of a hunter squad sent to kill deserters during her stay with Legion - the most notable group of which were led by Simon-Pietro Lombardi, who she traveled with on the trip to Riley.