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Name:Ripley 8
Series: The 'Alien' films.

Age: Technically, extremely young, but operating at a complete "adult capacity" and with many memories from the woman's life from who she was cloned.

From: Following 'Alien Resurrection'.

Status: Warden. Early on in her development, Ripley's clone could easily have gone either way, but by the end of her story, she's saved lives and stopped the Alien threat. She would be useful with those characters who have a primal, lone wolf attitude and perhaps abandonment issues. Would have a complete understanding of someone with a predatory nature. She can also be a little motherly

Item: Some sort of computer.

Abilities: As by-product of the cloning process, Ripley's eighth clone is tainted with DNA from the organism she was resurrected to host. This resulted in numerous enhancements to her physical and mental abilities and, in effect, technically makes her a hybrid.

In short, these come down to acidic blood, certain highly developed forms of awareness/instinct and levels of strength and resilience in excess of a typical human being.

Ripley's clone also seems to be what might be termed borderline telepathic... But only in so far as the Alien creatures, since she shared some sort of mental link with them. She showed no evidence of having one with humans, however, which makes this largely irrelevant (actual telepaths might find her a little easier to 'read', however).

Specific details of these are as follows:

Ripley's blood is red, but corrodes just about every known material, including metal, plastic and, interestingly, glass (the latter of which points to it perhaps being something other than an acid). It will not, however, burn her own body, but will easily start to eat through any other flesh. It takes a while to do this: A few seconds to start going through the plastic coating of some wires, for instance and a metal blade she cut herself with began to smoke, but did not fall apart. In effect, this would make wounding her with bare hands a very painful prospect, but mostly not fatal.

She is also capable of highly accelerated healing and does not seem to experience even nearly the same levels of pain a human being would. Or at least, does not react to it in the same way. As an example, she pushed a knife slowly through her hand just to make a philosophical point, keeping it there for an extended period of time before sliding it out. The wound was no longer visible a few moments later. Conversely, there was a scar on her chest from earlier surgery, but this presumably still exists due to the medical tools being treated with something to prevent them being corroded, which may have slowed any resulting healing effects. Nevertheless, even this apparently closed at a speed far in excess of that expected of a human, judging from the surprised reactions of those monitoring her.

Ripley's other physical capabilities are just as exceptional. During a confrontation where she was playing basketball, she is shown using massive force when striking an opponent away. It's difficult to tell just how much, but it's enough to force a well-built human male across the floor with a very pained reaction (which, considering she was also shown breaking free from thick steel cord, is understandable). Being struck heavily in the face with metal weights was met with little apparent damage, save for nose bleeding. Her reaction seemed more like being briefly dazed than genuine pain and any would-be concussive effects were non-existent, since she veered instantly out of the way of the next blow. She then caught a basketball hurled at her from the side before even seeing it, suggesting extremely good spatial awareness. Ripley was also shown not only dislodging a facehugger, but apparently killing it - something which should be impossible for a single human being.

Further examples of strength and reflexes come in the form of punching open a metal panel and casually throwing a ball behind her, scoring a direct basket with absolute perfection.

These skills aren't merely the result of someone undergoing a lot of training. They're directly due to the Alien DNA in her genetic code. An Alien was later shown literally dodging bullets in a similar manner to how Ripley evaded the metal weapon, with the obvious suggestion it was the very same ability.

In the same way, Ripley began to sense the spaceship she was based on had begun moving, even though it was in something termed 'stealth run'. The details of this were not clarified, but spoken of as something which should have made it impossible for her to have detected the change in inertia.

These traits don't make her Supergirl, but they do mean she is a formidable opponent in any potential fight. But she's as vulnerable as anyone else to guns or bladed weapons and, while it's not known if Aliens, themselves, are vulnerable to fire, the other Ripley clones were shown to be highly flammable. A high voltage jolt of electricity directly to the head was also shown knocking her to the floor.

Mentally, she retains many memories of the original Ripley, including name, rank and serial number. Some details are hazy and may or may not come back with the fullness of time. This is because they have passed memories down on a genetic level. Because of this, she was shown to have remembered the skills necessary for piloting a spaceship and is likely to remember how to use similar technical equipment from her 'old' human life.

Personality: Welcome to Ellen Ripley's life... The same existence most proverbial 'space truckers' led. It's pretty much like working on a huge, mobile oil rig, except that it's out in space and you get put into cryogenic sleep for most of the journey.

Where her life was turned upside-down came in the form of the company she worked for, Weyland-Yutani, deciding to use the Nostromo's crew to retrieve an extraterrestrial organism without their knowledge or consent. It's not certain just how much about it they knew, but the crew were considered to be expendable. Understandably, this left Ripley with quite the paranoid chip on her shoulder and, years later, she attempted to confront superiors about those events. They denied all knowledge and, since she had no proof of the encounter, to say she felt cast adrift would be an understatement.

Step forward around two centuries later and her cloned self awakens to life in what amounts to an outer space laboratory under strict quarantine. A huge, labyrinthine spaceship called the Auriga. Ripley begins life as a physical adult and shows a remarkable capacity for adaptation and learning, far in excess of what would be typical for a human being. She is diagnosed by specialists as having "some degree of synaptic dissonance" and "difficulties caused by a biochemical imbalance, causing emotional autism."

All in all, she's a quick learner - and philosophically accepting of how human nature repeats the same old pattern of eventual self-interest leading to self-destruction. This makes her seem somewhat of a cynic, but justifiably so, considering what memories of the original Ripley she retains. Because of these, however, she can undergo a vaguely schizophrenic personality shift, especially when being confronted with how she is not one and the same as the woman from which she was cloned. To all intents and purposes, she still seems to identify with the woman she had been cloned from, but this Ripley's personality seems predatory and more casually assertive than the old Ripley's. Less prone to fear and more likely to be confrontational.

The same attitude makes her highly pragmatic: When the human Ripley found herself stranded in a prison, she used reason and leadership skills to try and convince others listen to reason. This Ripley approaches things differently, knowing her strengths and stating the truth, not seeming to care whether others agree with her or not. This, however, does start to change over the course of events, especially after finding the remains of the other clones, which triggered a hugely sympathetic emotional reaction and allowed her to experience grief.

None of this changes the nature of her Alien heritage, which is very much a part of her. She doesn't just have the impulses of a biomechanical killer, but the curiosity of one, too. When a member of the group is abducted by one of the creatures, she simply looks on: The old Ripley might have lunged to rescue them. Tried to do something, however small, to help. This Ripley, by contrast, is more like an animal. Someone who understands the nature of the beast and why they do what they do. Similarly, she seems to register the entire thing in terms of survival of the fittest - killing one is explained casually as stating it was in her way. She is how one might suspect the Alien's raw mentality might be, if filtered through the prism of a human personality.

This doesn't mean she's incapable of showing emotion. Her humour seems to be a dark one and slightly detached (growing, later, to being able to make sarcastic jokes), while she encountered sorrow upon having found the first seven clones. One of which was still very much alive and begged to be killed. This reduced Ripley to tears as she carried out the act. Then, later, she expressed empathy with the Alien nest and senses the Queen in pain.

Ripley also has a highly sensual, cat-like manner. She exhibited a great deal of touching with Call, veering between affectionate and threatening, while a greater form of this, bordering on sexual, took place between her and one of the creatures as it carried her back to the nest. It's quite possible that some aspects of the Alien's notoriously psychosexual mannerisms have entwined themselves with her base instincts, leaving Ripley as something of a fragmented puzzle, personality-wise. It should be noted, however, that as she matured and began working more with people who started treating her as an equal, that this became greatly limited, only reasserting itself when with the creatures. Nevertheless, she does seem to take comfort from it.

However, Ripley exhibited a perfectly human capacity to converse with others, once the nature of their collective survival situation became apparent. Even so, it's unclear how she regards herself; describing someone as "this human," which, along with saying she was a stranger to Earth, suggests she may not properly identify with either one species or the other.

Ripley is likely to get along well with similar predatory loners and cynics. She won't argue with someone who regards humanity as being capable of destroying itself out of greed. On the other hand, she will stand up for an underdog who's clearly being bullied. The original Ellen Ripley's personality came more to the surface as she grew and came to understand herself better, meaning that, when confronted with someone who was self-pitying, she simply told her to get over it. Being asked how she "could live" with herself being what she was, the answer was simply one of stating she didn't have any choice. For this reason, she's more likely to tell an attention-seeking personality to pull themselves together than engage them with sympathetic coddling.


Sample - journal:

There was a time I did try to... Save people. To stop something bad.

And then it didn't matter. Because I died stopping it happen.

Then it happened, anyway.

A little girl once asked me why grown ups say the things they do. Why they say monsters aren't real when they are. But for them, the monster doesn't live inside.

And they don't have to look through its eyes.

Sample - scene:

Why not? We're teaching you...

Number Eight... Ripley could feel his poisonous remark stinging at her, as surely as the very substance in her veins would corrode its way with a gentle hiss through the table. Sitting there, watching after Wren as he removed himself from the same with cold disregard for her very existence.

Teaching her... Taming her. It wasn't that they could. It was that they tried. The arrogance and superiority with which they held themselves, believing they could control the very essence within her which refused to be held in check. Which defined every movement, every sound, every dream. Something primordial and contained only by the frame of her human form because it was a part of her.

They could teach her tricks. But it was circumstances she obeyed. Just as instinct had filled her when fingers crushed through his windpipe. A blinding jolt of voltage securing his release - not any would-be mercy. The Alien didn't know mercy. It took hold. It consumed. It retreated like shadows from sunlight, only because survival had taught it to. Not because it wanted.


It always wanted other things.

"You're still going to die," she finally spoke, turning head with a soft blink in Gediman's direction. As much ambiguous apathy written upon her resurrected features as the first time. A woman out of time. A species unique. "That's just the way it is... The way it always is."

"You should finish your meal," he replied with a nervous smile.

She didn't respond. Not verbally. Just stood to feet, restraints still clamped around wrists and turned, heading to the door. Forcing him, by default, to rush to her side in escort.

They weren't the only ones who could teach tricks...

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