Security Level: 13
Online Name: SnowLily
Country of Origin: Russia
Origin of Powers: Mutant
Powers: Ice / Ice
Or was it?
Perhaps the DNA of such a brave warrior was too good to lose forever. Perhaps--just perhaps--her body wasn't lost after all, but spirited away to a secret laboratory where it could be stored and, later, used to create a new generation of patriotic heroines. And maybe that particular DNA was somehow altered during its long-frozen state, and further manipulated by zealous researchers...
Whatever the truth may be, it is certain that a geneticist named Dr. Marina Zelyenko fled Akademgorodok in Novosibirsk during the upheaval that followed the fall of the Soviet Union. With her she took her 10 year old 'niece', along with her patriotic ideals, to an uneasy refuge in Moldova. There, the aging Dr. Zelyenko raised Katya Solomatin as a stolid Communist. From an early age Katya proved to be not only incredibly strong and resilient, but able to generate icy cold. Her 'aunt' taught her that these abilities did not make her special, but instead meant that it was her duty to aid the proletariat. Dr. Zelyenko seemed to become increasingly paranoid in her old age, and she often ranted about secret fascist organizations and their genetic perversions, especially a group known as the Fifth Column. The good doctor believed that some of her former scientific comrades had been coerced--or, worse, recruited--to lend their scientific expertise to that organization. Shortly before her death in 2005, Dr. Zelyenko charged her 'niece' with uncovering the activities of the Fifth Column. Katya eagerly traced the Fifth Column and its successor, the so-called Council, to Paragon City. She can and will do her part to stop the rise of these fascist organizations, hopefully alongside other worthy and patriotic heroes.
All her life, Katya has virtually worshipped the legend of the 'Night Witches'. She chose her alias to honor her beloved Lily Litvak, and her costume was inspired by the winter paint scheme used on the Soviet fighter planes of WWII.