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Ro Retna

Special Agent Retna, SIB.

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a character in “The Multiverse”, as played by Cloasse

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Name: Romanae Retna

Nicknames: Ro, Rory

Race: Human

Birthday: 23 August

Age: 34

Gender: Female

Height: Five feet six inches

Weight: 124 lbs

Eye Colour: Dark gray

Hair Colour: Dark titian (ginger)

Distinguishing Marks: The majority of Romanae's body is scarred. She has light white marks running diagonally down her left cheek, and she has a scar trailing from the left corner of her mouth to the middle of her cheek. Her torso, arms and thighs are especially scarred.

Other Features: Romanae's accent is a deeper Scottish lilt and is considered rougher than the average female voice.

History: Previously a Captain in the British Army, Ro now works for Wing City Police Department's SIB as a Special Agent. The SIB (Special Investigations Branch) deals with crime involving/against those in the Armed Forces and Military Police Arms. With a team of four men and herself as leading officer making five, the small but functional team worked well together until a new face was introduced.

Five months previously, another officer had left the team in order to be transferred across seas as a liaison officer. Now that there is a new probationary officer involved, it isn't quite so certain that Ro's team will gel as well as the last one did.

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Ro Retna's Story

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Once again, Ro was to be found striding into the bar with the single intent of getting a cup of tea and sitting down to finish off some paperwork without having to listen to Tommy and Benjamin fight over who was the best one at reloading a Browning L9A1. What did it matter if they could reload it, it wouldn't matter if you could reload the bloody thing if you couldn't fire it once you were done!

The woman in her early thirties wore standard black dress trousers and a purple v-neck jumper, beneath which was a black shirt. The woman was lither, but couldn't be considering overly thin. The muscles she possessed were sinewy, deceptive in her average appearance but there nonetheless.

Taking a seat at the counter and ordering a cup of tea from whatever hapless bartender was around, Romanae placed before her a document holder that was full of nonsensical forms and bits and pieces of paperwork yet to be completed. None of it was entirely confidential, merely signing off on various jobs, and all that was necessary in a majority of the forms was a signature or the lead agent's initials.

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It was no surprise that her tea was a long time coming, but eventually a (surprisingly clean) cup filled with milky tea, just as she liked it, was placed in front of her along with a gruff 'here' from the male bartender who soon swept away to do Lord knows what else.

"Right... This first," the redhead hummed, tugging a few sheets from her document holder before going on to click a pen top and start writing in a short, looping script.

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Ro Retna took a quiet sip of her tea before replacing the cup onto the coaster provided for her by the reluctant bartender. "I'm no' gonna bother with that," the SIB agent murmured as she replaced her paperwork into the document holder and turned to take a look at the others present in the bar. Chide caught her notice -- strange to see a bloke who wasn't actually storming in and swearing about other men, their girlfriends or whores.

The somewhat formally dressed agent returned to her tea, a shake of her titian-haired head accompanying the movement. What other nonsense would she discover here?

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Ro Retna cleared her throat -- she was seated only two stools from Chide. "Hard day?" the agent asked, noting the movement of the male's hand through his hair and the now closed eyes. "Or are you just tired from the weekend's passing?"

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Ro Retna sat herself upright and gave an unconstrained grin. "Ah, right. See, I'm usually quite busy on the weekends, but it ain't for no hobbies. Paperwork piles up when you're out in the field all week; by the time it gets to Saturday, you're swimming in it." Romanae gestured to the folder sitting in front of her. "That's all I've left to do from last week. Anyway... What kinda science you into?"

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"Ahh, like a behaviourist mixed in with a human biologist? That's understandable... Do you plan on going in to a job that requires that kind of thing, or is it really just a hobby? It's not really your typical young-adult hobby, is it?"

Ro finished off her tea with one last gulp before raising a hand in an apologetic gesture. "Sorry, here I am rattling off into some tangent and I've been awful rude. My name's Romanae," she introduced herself, extending the hand she had waved.

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Ro Retna returned the handshake firmly and soon returned her hand to her own lap. "Chide, huh? Well, seeing as how you've shared your.... nickname, shall we call it, y'can call me Ro. It's a bit easier to remember than Special Agent Romanae Retna, wouldn't you say?" the SIB agent asked with a gentle grin that seemed years too young for the woman in her mid-thirties to be wearing. "So why are you here, anyway? You look a bit young to be craving the cover of noise and violence that lets you get work done in a sorta peaceful atmosphere. Easier to drown out forty voices that merge into a din than two or three singular ones, no? Are you here for the noise, the violence, the girls or the booze?"

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Ro Retna gave out a bark of laughter at that. "Nice ring t'it, huh, kid? Why, thank you ever so much for that wee compliment. And I'm not surprised you've got a checklist of what's good in a girl and what isn't -- not surprised at all. I was your age not so long ago, I remember how picky blokes could be!"

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Ro Retna snorted. "What tipped you off, love? Was it the ginger hair, 'cause I'm tellin' you now that that's a supposedly Irish trait, it ain't Scottish at all!"

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Ro Retna grinned. "Well, that's definitely the nicest thing that anyone who ain't Scottish has said to me 'bout my accent. Do you no' think it's a little bit strange t'hear? Most folks can't even tell what is I'm saying have the time, which is irritating to no end!"

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"Glad to be of service in peaking your interest, aye?" the Scotswoman joked, fingers tapping the counter idly as she considered Chide. "If it makes y'feel any better, your accent seems awful funny to me."

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Ro Retna shrugged her shoulders. "I dunno, love. What can you expect from a porcupine with a calculator? Not much, but a right good laugh, aye?"

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"Fine specimen, eh? I'm old enough to be your Mum, y'know... If I had a teenage pregnancy, maybe. Anyhow, I'm an SIB Agent. Police for crimes against and committed by military personnel, yeah?"

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"That's what hair dye does for you," Ro joked with another bark of laughter. "And it's just the lack of wrinkles, really. If I had wrinkles, you'd see the age in me. That and my aura," she added with her hands raised to form inverted commas in the air, "makes me seem pretty damn young. I'm a 'Senior' agent, mind."

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Ro Retna raised an eyebrow and snorted, a most unladylike gesture - but hey, she was Scottish, what did you expect? "My figure? What, you mean a bit of weight in my tummy and thighs, and a reasonably nice arse?" she queried lightly. "You really don't talk to women much, do you, hunny?"

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"How old are you, anyhow, kid? I'm thirty-bloody-four, and you look about... well, you don't even much look into your twenties yet, dear. I really could be your Mum, for all you know," Ro snickered.

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"And incredibly modest too... Couldn't you have just... I dunno, pointed out that guy there?" Ro asked with a clear gesture towards Rio Abhainn. "I mean, just look at the poor bugger. All on his lonesome and already well into his drinks -- he came in after I did, too."

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Ro Retna nodded her head. "Yeah, 'course, s'not like I can detain you here. I've no warrant for a start, and considering my team it'd take about an hour to get one... Ta ta, anyhow, kiddo," Ro said with a wave as she watched the teen leave. "And what the hell do you want?" the agent smiled pleasantly at Rio. "I ain't buying you no booze."

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Ro Retna gave a roll of her eyes. "Hey, hunny, you might be younger than me, but judging by the amount of liquor you just consumed, your liver's probably going on forty by now," she replied quite amusedly. "And no, I weren't telling him my 'ideal man's looks', I were telling him that he looks like a teenager and where I work."

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Ro Retna heaved a sigh, as if bantering with the man were beneath her. "I ain't got any kids, love, I'm only thirty-four, yeah? And... well, I'd be lying if I said I'd not had a bit of a toy boy kicking around once or twice since I moved to the SIB, but I certainly ain't gone for something that young. Besides, did you see the ridiculous colour of his hair? He's obviously one of those spleen kids or whatever they're called nowadays. Wouldn't touch that with a ten foot pole."

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Once again, Special Agent Retna strode into the bar with the sole intention of getting a cup of tea to go. She had a lot of paperwork sitting in the office, not to mention that she had a case on-going and the chances of that case getting solved with just James there to motivate the team with his slow speech were so slim that Ro wasn't sure it was even a possibility.

"If you can get me a cup of tea, love, that'd be fan-dabby-dosy," the somewhat irritated agent ordered from the bartender as she approached the counter. "ASAP."

"What..?"

"As soon as possible. In other words, stop staring at me like you've just seen me pulla giraffe out of my arse and get me a cup of tea, please."

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Ro Retna heaved a sigh and settled herself onto a barstool. Fuck the paperwork for an hour or two, she really just needed to sit down for a little while.

As she waited for her tea, Romanae took the time to check out those in the bar -- there was that kid from yesterday, Ro was quick to note after glancing over Chide and his company.

"Here you go, Ma'am," the reluctant bartender eventually said, placing a large cup of tea in front of the woman who had, at one point, been a soldier. Soon, the bartender had hurried away to the kitchen.

"Ta," the Scotswoman muttered.


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Ro Retna leant back against the bar. She, of course, wasn't in uniform -- "uniforms are for tours of duty, medal ceremonies and funerals, not sitting around the SIB office in," she recalled herself saying when she put together her latest team three years ago -- but instead wearing a modest tank top along with a pair of jogging trousers; she'd decided to hit the gym with James during a lull in paperwork, and she'd found it ever so satisfying to spar against the tall computer techy...

The slightest hints of a smile settled on her lips as she stared idly above Chide's head.

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Ro Retna picked up her tea. The kid couldn't have been talking about anything that important - he was a kid, for any sake, and so the agent felt quite justified in sliding off her stool and striding over to the table Chide shared with another being.

"Shouldn't you be in bed or at playgroup or something, kid?" the Scottish woman asked with a quirk of a grin.

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Ro Retna frowned slightly as she caught the tail-end of that conversation, a bit... disturbed by the nature of the details. Still, the woman shook it off as just an unfortunate bit of out-of-context disturbance. As Chide kissed the back of her hand, she raised an eyebrow.

"You do realise that literally no one has ever done that to me. That's just really, really creepy, kiddo. Who's your friend?" she asked, gesturing towards the Official with one hand whilst she wiped the other on her thigh. "Hm?"