The lovely Gorchakovs!
Toddler Vaal with his parents~
Then him and all his siblings. Vaal was closest with Perun who was that typical older brother who went ‘you’re smaller than me. I guess I’m picking you up and throwing you into things and beating you up’ (he also looks like a tiny Russian mac LOL). Perun, Yarili and Dodola (Vaal’s mom had a weird thing for fantasy and myths. None of her children got normal names) were the typical trouble makers—Perun was more likely to beat the shit out of you and break all your stuff, Yarili was more of the free-spirit with no patience for his father’s military upbringing and Dodola was the tom boy that always just wanted to beat up her brothers and see what kinda trouble she could go get into. Svarog is the oldest and only survivor along with Vaal. He followed in his father’s footsteps and joined the military. He was closest with his two sisters. Rusalka is that older sister that is pretty much a second mom. She was probably the most laid back of them all but always took care of everyone. Zmey was pretty much the shadow of Svarog. He wanted to be just like his older brother. If Svarog wasn’t around, he picked another brother and shadowed them instead. Then Vaal’s the baby. :>
And then it gets sad. They’re all dead. Except for Vaal and Svarog. Vaal’s father got mixed up in some of his brothers (Vaal’s mob boss uncle) shadier affairs and got himself in some serious trouble and made a great deal of enemies while helping his brother out. These enemies found Alek, locked his family in their home and made him watch as they burnt it down despite the fact he was telling them everything they wanted to know. They executed Alek once they had confirmed that everyone else was dead too. Vaal had survived because he had gotten in trouble at school, stayed late and had to walk home. Svarog was already at basic training so he also survived. After this is when Vaal was taken in by his Uncle.
And this is why I can’t have nice things