Zoya Orlova (ZOY-ah or-LOH-va, alternatively ZOY-ah OR-loh-va) is a protagonist introduced in Grigory's Gadget. She is an engineering student from Lodninsk, Morozhia who embarks with her friends on a journey to start a new life in Mirgorod, Vernulaia. On their way to their new home, their ship is attacked by pirates led by Captain Edmund Sokoll of the Ocean's Legend.


Zoya - Russian form of Zoe, meaning "life"

Orlova - feminine form of Orlov meaning "son of Oryol", oryol meaning "eagle"


Zoya is in her early 20s. She has pale freckled skin, violet curly hair, and gray eyes. She is thin but muscular.


Zoya's hometown is Lodninsk, Morozhia. She is an only child and an orphan. Her mother was murdered when Zoya was young, and her father committed suicide not long after. Her grandmother raised her before passing away from lung cancer while Zoya was in college.

In college, Zoya began studying engineering with a focus on steam engines.

Zoya is in a relationship with Demyan Volkov.

Plot - Book 1: Grigory's Gadget

Zoya, along with her friends Lilia, Anya, Demyan, and Nikolai, leave their home in Lodninsk, Morozhia to move to Mirgorod, Vernulaia, where they plan to study at the prestigious university there. On the way, they are kidnapped and shanghaied by Captain Edmund Sokoll and the crew of the Ocean's Legend. [To be continued...]

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