Dr. Roxanne Blaine is the fictional Chief Scientist of Bionimals, and is the leader of their attempts to clone Kong. She debuted the 2005 novel Kong Reborn by Russell Blackford.
Roxanne was a young multilingual Black woman in her mid thirties who was an expert animal psychologist and genetic engineer who taught at Stanford University, where she had been a track-and-field star, after graduating in 1996. Blaine had a history as an experienced field biologist and could fly many types of aircraft. Roxanne had been working at the Zöologischgarten in Basel, Switzerland for three years when she was hired on by Charlton Hemming in order to clone King Kong at his company Bionimals. However, Hemming's battered blood sample contained less than 70% of Kong's genome in usable DNA, and as such all attempts at cloning Kong were met with rejected cells and likely congenital birth defects. After years of work, in March of 2006, Hemming called to terminate the project, as Jack Denham, a rival CEO, had just succeeded in cloning the beast, and they prepared to sue him.
The legal battle raged on until December of 2008, when Denham Products and CenCo reached a settlement that would allow Hemming to finance the repatriation efforts for Kong in exchange for split control over Denham's handling with Roxanne Blaine, his chief scientist. In addition to this, Bionimals wanted 50% of the viable genes of species for research. At the press release later that month, Blaine and Denham promoted the Skull Island venture and the positive benefits of genetic engineering for the world. They then went to see Kong, and over the next few days they ran several tests on him and determined that he was unnaturally stressed for no reason, and he was growing more and more complacent. Roxanne quickly connected with Kong, and he even touched her out of curiosity a few times. However, when they left him, he grew angry and broke out of the building. Jack rushed upstairs to get a tranquilizer rifle. In the street Kong utterly destroyed many cars by smashing them or throwing them until he smelled Central Park on the air, and began making his way there when Jack hit him in his back with a tranquilizer. Kong turned and began angrily approaching the man as police and helicopters swarmed, but the dart took effect and put Kong to sleep. During this time, Roxanne was on the phone, and learned that Bionimals had a cage large enough to house Kong, and Jack made it clear that Kong would have to be moved to Skull Island the following day. Roxanne and Laurel paid the depressed Kong a visit before he was loaded onto the ship before the voyage began.
Before even making ground, they discovered new species churning in the waters below, and found many more as they made a short journey inland. Jack noted that all of the natives seemed to be gone, and they walked through the gate into the jungle. A few hundred yards in, they came across a gigantic spiderweb blocking their path. On seeing the two foot beast, they turned around for the day, but stopped on seeing a gigantic bull on the grass between them and the gate. It was promptly chased away and eaten by a Carnosaur. After making their way through the gates, Roxanne and Jack were interviewed by the filming crew. Seeing the boundless horrors of the island cemented the fact that Kong belonged in the unnatural world with the others for Roxanne. After a crew briefing detailing everything they knew about Skull Island, Jack and Roxanne attempted to call Hemming, who could not be reached. After this, she approached Denham and they discussed the ethics of setting Kong free, which Roxanne defended by saying that Kong belongs with the threats and the environment that he had adapted to. Denham was apprehensive, but they both agreed that it had to be done, and that they would both miss Kong. The two then revealed their changing feelings toward one another, and they airlifted a sedated Kong where they divided the group into exploration teams. The next day they began their journey toward Skull Mountain, and they encountered numerous species that were simply astounding, and paused for an interview with the film crew.
During their journey, they lost two crew members to vicious Raptors before receiving word that the other party had lost radio contact, and the group rerouted to search for them. However, during this time they lost every other member of the crew except for themselves and Kong. Jack blamed himself and his work for all of the tragedies. However, they, and Kong, only survived the final Raptor attack with the help of an adult male giant gorilla that came to help. However, he and Kong immediately began to fight for dominance, and, once again, survived thanks to Jack, Roxanne, and their tranquilizer guns. However, Kong then ran after him into the jungle. The two followed closely, and came upon a "green cathedral" of frolicking giant gorillas. There they met their "rescue party", who promptly tried to kill Jack on Hemming's orders. Jack took a beating, but Kong, not trusting guns, and realizing his friends were in danger, rallied the gorillas and beat the attackers into bloody mash. They then watched as the other apes showed their indifference to Kong, and thus accepted him into the troop as he began to play with another young male. Roxanne then took samples of the blood for later identification, and they trekked back to their radio transmitter to talk to Laurel. They then made their way for the assassins' Super-Osprey lander only to find it swarming with Raptors. Using looted M-16 rifles, they were able to escape with their lives, although Jack sustained injuries that required 68 stitches. The blood samples were identified as belonging to seasoned criminals, and were sent to NYPD for cross referencing in the case against Hemming. Jack wanted to abandon the island, and all future expeditions, but Roxanne convinced him that by doing so, he would make all the casualties have been in vain. Instead, they resolved to continue researching the island slowly and carefully over the next few decades, and maybe even lifetimes.
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