Dr. Lada Petrov
An elderly woman with dyed black hair, heavy eyeliner and lots of makeup to mask her advanced age.
Lada Petrov was born in 1938 to Russian intelligentsia fleeing Stalin’s purges. Her father was a professor at Appleton College from 1948 to 1965. She got her Bachelor’s degree there in 1960 and her PhD at Columbia in 1966 in Russian Literature.
She has taught at Appleton since 1970 and is now professor emeritus in the Humanities department. An occultist, she is curious about one of her students, Alice Ruby, who seems immortal.
In a previous version of reality, Lada was known as Lada Nada, a changeling who alongside Hedge helped kill Alice of the Ruby Throne.