Cripes, it's been a long time since I've uploaded anything. But you know what? I really, REALLY want to get back into it. Even though real life is a royal pain, drawing something and listening to music always helps mellow out my nerves. At one point I wanted to go into comics professionally, though the more I learn about the actual industry, the less I want to go into it. Granted, my current career isn't my ideal one, but as long as I'm in something, I may as well go as high as I can.
That being said, I want to keep up (or more importantly, improve) my artistic skills. Even if they never come in handy professionally, drawing stuff is a damn relaxing hobby. Anyhoo! Just because I've been away doesn't mean I haven't thought up concepts and characters I'd like to keep coming back to. So, without much further ado, I'd like to introduce Reg!
As genetic research and technology advance, so to does the art of war. A volunteer in the experimental super-soldier program, codenamed "Osiris", Regina is a human mutated by genetic engineering. More specifically, she is gene-spliced, her human DNA grafted with synthesized DNA of the long-extinct Tyrannosaurus Rex. She has various traits her dinosaur donor possessed, as well as some they did not. For instance, she is exceedingly large and muscular for a human, standing almost ten feet tall, her entire musculature (arms excluded) built like a tank. She has a thick and powerful tail, and her skin has hardened into scale-like dermal coverings of various size, shape, and texture. These skin plates can vary greatly, from smooth to the touch on her belly and thighs, to more leatherlike on her upper flanks, to crocodile-like armor on her back.
Regina can run at over 20 mph, can kick down a brick wall reinforced with 1-inch steel plate with little effort, and has twice the bite strength of a saltwater crocodile. The thicker parts of her skin can repel small arms fire and shields her from extreme heat. Her tail can essentially function as an additional (less dexterous) limb of frightening strength. In one observed instance (on testing grounds) she was observed using her tail as a roundhouse battering ram to strike at the gun turret of an M1A2 SEP Main Battle Tank with sufficient force to completely tear the turret from its bearings. She is heterochromatic, her eyes engineered specifically for battle. Her gold left eye has a horizontal pupil for to better survey and navigate terrain. Her blue right eye has a vertical pupil for target acquisition and movement analysis.
Regina's only major physical weaknesses are firstly; her necessary food intake is at least 5 times greater than the average soldier, and denial of sufficient caloric intake can send her into a 'predator mode', wherein she will actively hunt down fresh food. She can be extremely difficult to bring out of this state, with sedatives, food offerings, and (notably) conversing with Lt. Paycke being the only reliable methods of calming Regina down. Secondly;, the gene-splice that increased her overall muscle-mass and strength to inhuman levels ironically (and perhaps unsurprisingly, given hindsight) shrank her arms to near useless proportions, given her size. Her armstrength is still well above a human, but the diminutive scale of them resulted in her compensating by donned a pair of enhanced exoskeletal prosthetics.
Regina does possess other weaknesses, but they are primarily psychological. She isn't insane or unstable by any means, but she has identity issues, mostly due to the side effects of the gene-splicing procedure. She is not bothered by the increased size and strength, nor did she have difficulty adjusting to her new, more fearsome appearance, but rather it is her gender that has changed. Perhaps we should have mentioned that earlier?
Regina was born Reginald Tyreese, and still was so before the gene-splice procedure. However, due to paleontological research indicating that female tyrannosaurs were significantly larger and stronger than their male counterparts, Osiris decided to splice Reginald with a female tyrannosaur genome. While he agreed to it, the effects were far more dramatic than anticipated. The gene-splice cannot create new internal structures, only enhance and restructure biological systems already present. Human males have breasts and the same skeletal structure as human females. There was nothing stopping the genetic graft from working with materials it was presented and re-purposing them to better match the large, strong, inherently female nature of its spliced code.
However, since the splice cannot produce entirely new systems, Reginald's, ahem, 'delicates' did not turn female, despite the fact that in overall appearance, he was now most definitely a she. She refused to have this surgically altered to match her body, perhaps because doing so would remove the only vestige she still had left to remind herself who she once was. Or perhaps because in a creature this large and strong, removing a major hormone production center could have some serious deleterious effects and she wasn't about to invite any more. So, yes, in answer to your question, this means Regina is a male-to-female transgender who can still pee standing up. And yes, in answer to your other question, she is apparently quite hung. Pervert.
Her best friend (perhaps more than just that, wink-wink nudge-nudge) is Lt. Ursa "Razor" Paycke, another Osiris super-soldier who underwent a similar (in more ways than one) gene-splice procedure, though in Paycke's case the splice was using synthesized Utahraptor genes. Unfortunately Paycke's squadmates (particularly "Straightedge") are persistently demeaning to Reg. Then again, "Straightedge" is also a jerk to Paycke too, as well as to the twins, "Sweeney" & "Todd". Ironically, seemingly the only people he isn't a jerk to are Regina's squadmates, "Shortstuff" & "Sailor". Too bad they want nothing to do with him. "Sharkbait" just ignores him. "Straightedge" sucks. Fuck him.
Regina remains a mainstay in Osiris' task and strike forces, and is often called upon when an assignment requires both brute force and precision. She spends her downtime relaxing as most any other squad member does, hitting the gym as necessary, watching television, reading, or similar such leisure activity. She is fond of aromatherapuetic baths, which help in unwind and are particularly effective due to her heightened sense of smell. Multiple times Regina has been offered fully cybernetic prosthetics, requiring the surgical removal of her arms at the shoulder. She has thus far refused, despite the fact it would make her undoubtedly more effective in combat. Why she refuses to do so remains a mystery.