My friend and I as my Leviathan OC's Alexy Dmitriov (right) and Artyom Blagovich (left) at AnimeBoston 2011.
Alexy Dmitriov, 28, of Saint Petersburg, Russia, grew up as an only child and enlisted in the Russian military, serving alongside the Russian Fighting Bears for the months leading up to the War. On the advent of the Russian invasion of Germany in 1914,(okay, it was actually in 1915, but if Scott takes creative liberties, why can't I?) he became separated from his battalion when their Bear was slain. Hunted and alone, he stowed away on a zeppelin that was transporting an early prototype for a portable Tesla cannon. Alexy stole one of these prototypes and made a run for it in Vienna, where the zeppelin landed. In hiding in Vienna, Alexy was hired by a local gang kingpin called "Mr. Ellis." Mr. Ellis offered Alexy passage to Istanbul aboard the Orient Express if he would do one "job" for him. Desperate to be out of Clanker territory, Alexy agreed, and boarded the train to Istanbul. (Continued in my upcoming fanfic)
Artyom Blagovich, 19, was raised poor in a family of six in a part of the Russian empire that used to be Ukraine. When he was 15, he ran away from home to Moskva, teaching himself English from a copy of the Oxford Collegate dictionary while working as a guard on the outskirts of the city. He enlisted in the military at 18 and served in the same battalion as Alexy. Wounded in the same battle that separated Alexy from his battalion, Artyom spent some time as a POW taken by the Germans. His current location is unknown, as he fled or was gunned down on the night that the Allies liberated the Clanker prison.
Leviathan (c) Scott Westerfeld