|Dr. Alexandra Lambert, Ph.D., P.E.|
|Portrayed By||Lacey Chabert|
|Date of Birth||May 3, 1982|
|Place of Birth||New Orleans, LA|
|Current Location||New York City, NY, USA|
|Occupation||Engineer; ORS, Intl., NYC/East Coast division|
|Known Relatives||Julie (mother), Tony (father)|
|Significant Other||George Dawson|
|First Appearance||When There's Trouble You Call DW|
I love having my hands in the dirt. It is never a science and always an art. There are no rules. And if it comes down to me versus that weed I'm trying to pull out of the ground that doesn't want to come out? I know I'll win.
Alexandra Lambert is your typical introverted, quiet, patient engineer. Despite her small frame, she has a large heart, a big spirit, and a tenacious personality, completely embracing her association with the earth. She's in NYC working for an engineering firm, using her Ph.D. to help them research and design strategies for Atlantic Ocean oil field development. Only a handful of people know that she's involved in this traditionally male-dominated field because of her abilities.
Alexandra Lambert was born on May 3, 1982 New Orleans, Lousiana. She is the only child born to parents Julie and Tony, French-speaking Cajuns with little formal education who operate a successful bed & breakfast and restaurant in the city's French Quarter. Childhood was a fairly standard affair for her. She attended public school and worked at the family business in the evenings (after school) and on weekends. For the most part, she was a quiet, introverted child, not without friends, but placing a bigger emphasis on family and education. Compared to some, her childhood was remarkably unexciting; there were few traumatic events to speak of, neglecting the standard fare of deaths in the family. No kidnappings, no child abuse, no remarkable, fabulous riches, no nurses or maids, no celebrity child treatment. For that, she earned high marks throughout her school career, eventually graduating second in her high school class of 382, no small feat. Her marks and hardworking nature earned her a partial scholarshp to USC, where she majored in chemical engineering. Continued high marks earned her admission and funding in a PhD program at the University of Texas, where she wrote her thesis in petroleum engineering involving enhanced drilling and extraction methods from exhausted fields.
Aside from her education, Alexandra considers herself special in only one other way: her ability. She first discovered her ability in her late teens, while she was on the west coast for school. The US west coast is notorious for its earthquakes, and there were many a time that the ground quaked and rumbled in the night. Oddly enough for Alexandra, it never seemed terrifying; it was merely an interesting natural phenomenon to her. Of course, it wasn't until later that she discovered that the temors never seemed to grow severe around her; if she remained calm, the tremors were little more than gentle undulations. Once, after a particularly rough quake, enough to cause clefts in the ground, splitting sidewalks and churning the ground, making it impossible for students to pass, Alexandra found herself drawn to the aftermath. Who in that situation wouldn't want to make things right? While standing outside the orange construction fence, she merely held her hands up, and imagined pushing the ground together, smoothing it out, closing up the crack. Much to her suprise, the earth did as she imagined, rumbling and pressing together, sealing up the small cleft even if the sidewalk stayed churned and wrecked. Where some people might be surprised, 20-year old Alexandra was more pleased. She had always felt a strong connection and great strength from the Earth, hating to fly and avoiding the ocean, so this result (combined with the less-intense tremors around her) was more comforting and explanatory than anything else.
Now, 28-year old Alexandra, armed with a Ph.D., has made her way to NYC as part of her job. She's been hired by a multinational oil company to help with their research and development into Atlantic Ocean oil fields, and effective ways to transit the product to Europe and the States. She's found a nice penthouse suite, a place with a large rooftop garden where she can find solace in the urban jungle of concrete and asphalt, a place where she can dig and be near her beloved Earth after stressful days at work.
Volume 5: Humanity
Volume 4 and Earlier
"It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious."
— Oscar Wilde
Alexandra is a terrakinetic, that is, she possesses the ability to control and shape quantities of earth (dirt, clay, soil, rock, etc) in any way that she chooses. To this point, she is untrained in this ability, and is severely limited in the ways she can control the earth. So far, her abilities are limited to manipulating the 'classical' earth elements of dirt, rock, and soil, shaping and sculpting it by using her hands. She surmises that concrete and asphalt may be under her control as well, but has not attempted to manipulate these materials yet. She is underachieving, one might argue, and has yet to discover what additional feats she may perform using her abilities.
Once fully powered, she may be able to manipulate metal, ore or crudely refined, as well as crystal, as these are of the earth. Additionally, concrete and asphalt may be under her control (for the same reason, being composed or rock aggretage). To this point, however, she is only versed with the shaping of dirt, rock, and soil in limited quantities/small scale. She's yet to use her abilities in an offensive way, and only a handful of people in her family knows she possesses these powers. To her, they are simply part of her, help to explain her personality, and are used in making her happy via her gardening hobby.
In order to use her powers, she merely needs to think about what she wishes the earth to do, and typically manipulates the earth using her hands. For example, to open or close clefts in the earth, she would only need to think about the earth opening or closing and part or close her hands. Quite obviously, for her powers to work, she must be in contact with the earth. If suspended (for example) in water or air, devoid of her connection to the earth, she's completely powerless. If suspended by metal chains (at this point) she will be completely helpless; in the future (if she gains the ability to manipulate metal) this may not be sufficient.
- Earth Shaping-This is the basic application of her power, the shaping of earth elements in whatever way she desires. Currently limited to dirt, rock, clay, soil (though may extend to metals, ores, and crystals in the future). The smaller the quantity, the more precise she can be in shaping; larger quantities require more exertion and result in less precise control over the materials. Limited in mass to approximately two tons (though may grow in the future).
- Earth's Fury-This is her ability to sense and control earthquakes. Currently, this is limited to the ability to sense and unconsciously dampen the effects of otherwise dangerous or damaging earthquakes in a small area around her body (a circle of earth approximately 15-20 feet in diameter). In the future this is likely to grow in scale (Richter scale, appropriately), and diameter of effect. Great duress may cause this ability to activate involuntarily (small aftershock-type effects around her), or may cause a voluntary use to achieve much greater scale.
- Earth Shield-A specific application of her ability to shape the Earth. She can suddenly and violently call forth a wall of solid rock to shield herself on any side. May only be used when in contact with the earth, where typical earth (dirt, soil, etc) may be found. While she can use this to make a shield appear through concrete or asphalt she cannot yet use the concrete or asphalt to make the shield. May also extend into making the shield smaller and finer, more spike-like. Limited to defensive, involuntary responses currently.
- Earthen Tomb-Alexandra brings forth a sudden mass of earth to collapse on top of her target entombing them within. They may be partially or completely buried. Under duress the amount of earth or violence of the collapse may kill the target. May be used by collapsing the wall of earth generated by her Earth Shield.
- [in French] "Yes…I'm full of surprises." - to Camille, in Whodunnit
- "I hate you! You kidnapped KIDS, goddamnit! KIDS!" - to Agent Hamm, in Fault Lines
- "Didn't they tell you, doctor? I'm a murderer. Why do think I'm having nightmares? Another agent so dutifully made it a point to tell me about the widows I left." - to Janet, in Helping Hand
- Is a mere 5'3", maybe 115 pounds.
- Afraid of flying to the point of panic attacks if made to travel by air. Has resolved not to travel by air. EVER. AGAIN. (see Amazon logs).
- Has a B.S. degree in ChEng from USC; Ph.D. degree in Petroleum Engineering from UT Austin.
- Speaks French, but it's more Cajun-French than pretty French (though she's not all crude Cajun-French, since she took a few years of real French in school).
- Closet nerd, so don't hesitate to bring nerdy things up in scenes!
- Has the Japanese kanji for 'ROCK' tattooed on the back of her neck!
Nobuo Uematsu - "You Can Hear the Cry of the Planet" (FFVII)
AC/DC - "You Shook Me All Night Long"
Peter Gabriel - "Digging in the Dirt"
Bear McCreary - "Passacaglia" (Battlestar Galactica)
"Weird" Al Yankovic - "White and Nerdy"
Abney Park - "Wanderlust"
Led Zeppelin - "Going to California"