Isabella uses chems (highly developed drugs) to improve her performance and resistance to extreme radiation. The side effects are clear to see: pale, waxy skin, clearly visible veins. She appears to be sick most of the time. Her eyes have a bright red glow to them – not bloodshot but red – a side effect of anti-radiation chems.
For a long time, Isabella was driven and focused and was racing through her career. But as years went on, she found it harder and harder to maintain the pace. Life became a matter of surviving.
Now, she lives day to day. She knows that now she can’t compete without help – and so she turned to chems. Because of the side effects; Isabella is treated differently by those she works with.
Chems do not have the same stigma as drugs do now – but are more frowned upon than the more popular augmentations (cybernetics) or enhancements (genetic manipulation). Few high ranking officers use chems. Isabella can live with the prejudice but has learned to be guarded in her dealings with others. However, when it comes to her job, she pushes the envelope. She pushes past recommended safety limits and takes the ship to the limit. So far it’s paid off for her Captains – it is her body that suffers.