Kyla merits an even longer write-up than Abby herself, because of all the characters in the ESF, Kyla is by far the most radically changed from her original conception. And not necessarily for the better. Very Smart and intelligent, confident, compassionate, loyal, resourceful, ruthless, honorable, sneaky, likes manipulating people for her own amusement or profit, and a magical Goddess. Has a well-hidden softness for those she loves though. Spends a lot of time alone, observing.
To begin with, Kyla is a serious nerd. The sort of person who would berate herself for only scoring 740 on her verbal SAT, Kyla is very committed to intellectual excellence and has a strong affinity for those (like Rahan) with similar priorities. Of course, this focus caused Kyla to disregard her social skills, such that she became an easy target for "beautiful" types. Kyla did become much better socialized, but that background is still very much part of her.
This background also made Kyla a defender of the underdog, with a very strong sense of right and wrong. This helps explain why she and Rahan became best friends. It also explains Kyla’s commitment to the Earth Special Forces. Kyla is very passionate about the causes and people she believes in, and has even been known to be auxiliary leader of the Earth Special Forces in Walker and Rahan's absences (while she lacks Walker's natural charisma, Kyla can be surprisingly forceful when motivated).
It could be that Kyla's virtues—her ambition for excellence, her need to do the right thing—were actually the motives for her magic abuse. Once she discovered her potential as a witch, Kyla started pursuing the craft in order to help the Dark Kingdom, and because she was fascinated by her unique abilities. And she did accomplish a great deal of good. However, Kyla's quest for perfection in magic became an end in itself, and during this time her psychological limitations shift priority (thus "Loyal to Friends" becomes Moderate commitment and "Curious About Magic" becomes "Obsessed With Magic" at Strong commitment). Her self-confidence increased, but only with regard to magic use, and Kyla got defensive whenever anyone warned her to be careful.
Kyla is a very spirited young woman, and knows well known of how men fall for her beauty. She even exploits her enchantments to make her fights easier she is as gracious as a rose, but also with deadly thorns. Once in a while, Kyla feels a bit lonely, that’s when she begins to sing a blues. Kyla is, however, also a very dedicated woman, who has no other vision in mind than to complete her mission, and thrash the bad guys!
Kyla Akero is very friendly towards everyone, but she knows (or thinks) that her job must come first before everything else. Her heart might have loneliness and sadness storming in it day and night, but Kyla is really an intense woman, who has a courageous spirit, and will never relent, in her fight against crime. As beautiful and as dangerous as a rose, Kyla’s appearances can be quite deceiving. She always has a biting sarcasm or a realistic, straightforward attitude about her that she employs in almost every situation that she observes in the Sheffield Arms Inn. Obviously a person who thinks of herself more than others at times. She isn't, however, an evil person with malicious intent, merely someone out to make a profit, in one way or another, off of everything. Her success in these dealings obviously shows that she may be smarter than some people may give her credit for.
Kyla, along with her dear Terry, has been through a lot together since they first met each other. Simply put, Kyla Akero is a mess. She feels she was abandoned by her coven and that with the end of the war, she no longer has a purpose in life. She hooked up with Rahan as a way of getting out of the Dark Kingdom, and now realizes she's in too deep with the Earth Special Forces to make any attempt to return to the coven and her previous life as an intelligence agent.
Currently, Kyla works as Walker's fixer, using her scattering of contacts from her old Dark Kingdom days to try and set up jobs for the Earth Special Forces. She does her best to acquire equipment and supplies as needed and has been instrumental in allowing the team to acquire a base of operations. Kyla Akero also operates in the field, although she is not one of the team's front line combatants. Definitely not a martial artist like Rahan, Walker, and company, Kyla effectively compensates with her business intelligence and perception skills. Off duty Kyla is quiet and reserved, and usually can be found in a bar drinking a great deal and trying to forget about all of her past mistakes (both real and imagined). As she tends to get overly moody when drunk, Sofia has had to bail her out for bar fights more than once (fights which Kyla seems to enjoy starting). Will she finally be able to leave her tormented past behind to find happiness with Rahan someday?
Quote: “Give thanks to your God, for he has bestowed upon you the image of true beauty and true power. Pray to your God, for you shall be meeting him soon.”
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