Clara Sokolov is a fourth year Vorobyov student at the Eastern European School of Magic. With infamous Sokolova blood running through her veins, Clara lives a smoke-filled, messy life, surrounded by her insane family and forever being on the receiving end of the many antics her relatives perform. She's the relatively sane one of her family tree, but is so cramped and shadowed by her family, she remains quiet, ducking the limelight. She's scared of how dysfunctional her family really is, but is more scared of what will happen to her if she ever confides in someone about what happens behind the permanently-bolted door of their isolated home.
Clara is Russian, and speaks Russian, English, German, Spanish and French fluently - she has a natural talent with languages. Her accent is heavily Russian.
She's a Metamorphagus, and her hair colour often changes to fit her mood. It's often red or black - she can't remember her natural one. She's slowly building up her gift, hoping to one day be able to take on a whole new identity and get out of Russia.
Clara is an author, gifted with amazing talent with words, and spends nearly all her time writing. Her room is home is packed full of filled writing pads and notebooks and scribbled-on napkins, which she doesn't dare throw out, no matter how awful the memories they hold are. Mostly focusing on poems, she writes two types: the emotionless ones she writes to show people, and the real, heart-wrenching tales she writes at her lowest lows. The only person she's ever shown them to is her brother, Svyat - the only person she rather stupidly trusts.
She's an archer, and a very good one, too - she rarely misses the bullseye. She started learning to protect herself at EESM, and also from her family, as morbid as that is.
Clara has always been lonely. She's completely ignored by her family, mostly because they're all too drunk or stoned to even notice she's there; she has absolutely zero friends at school, and spends most of her days in her bedroom writing, not attempting to socialize in any way. She's spent weeks in her room, only coming out for food and to use the bathroom, and nobody in the house has noticed. She'd like to say she prefers it that way - quiet and undisturbed - but she really doesn't.
She doesn't even attempt to conjure up any façade; at school she's relatively normal, if a little quiet, but avoids conversation most of the time. Her grades are average, and she doesn't participate in any clubs or events. She's just that girl who can shoot petty well.
Lying has become second nature to her, she's far too good at it.
Clara is permanently stressed. Forced to keep secrets about what really goes on behind closed doors with her family, and having bottled it up over the years, she feels like she could explode at any minute. Of course, she'll try her hardest not to - she'd be disowned. But she's desperate to get help for her brothers and mum, and end their suffering - it isn't fair to them.
Everyday she has to go to school and smile and act like nothing's wrong (she doesn't need a Cheering Charm like her brother), but every time she sees one of her siblings, she feels like crying.
She thinks the reason her hair is always bright red is because of how angry and stressed she is. She's tried dying her hair blonde or brown to cover it, but her true emotions always shine through. It's another reason people avoid her - anyone who knows she's a Metamorphagus can tell she's annoyed just by looking at her.
Svyatoslav Sokolov For some bizarre reason, Clara trusts her older brother. She loves Syvat, a lot, and is quite close to him, when he isn't high or depressed. So far, she's been the only one who has pulled him from his depression. She hates seeing him under the Cheering Charm - she knows the whole thing is a complete façade, and is kills her knowing he'll return home and either get high or lock himself in his room. Or turn into a sadistic murder - he's the living definition of Jekyll and Hyde.
Zhanna Sokolova Clara dislikes her sister a lot. She hates how she clearly fancies her brothers (which is wrong on so many levels), she hates how she's an arrogant, self-centered bitch and she hates how she won't admit she's as mad as the rest of the family.
Viktoria Sokolova She's given up talking to her alchoholic mother; Clara knows that Viktoria prefers non-so-perfect Zhanna, and she really doesn't care any more. She thinks her mum's pathetic, and isn't going to waste her time trying to help her.