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Katherine Mercer

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About Katherine Mercer

  • Storm Shelter LLC

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  • Role
    Main Character
  • Playby
    Annet Mahendru
  • Full Name
    Katherine Taylor Mercer
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  • Profession
  • Rank/Title
    Trail Guide
  • Birth Date
  • Relationship
  • Height
  • Hair Color
    Dark Brown
  • Eye Color
    Dark Brown

Physical Description

kat-mercer-bio.jpg.e965b2d37c7b834f450b20ad51ef2108.jpgOf average build, Kat is slender but not scrawny, well-muscled but not bulky.   She has a fair complexion and dark eyes that have flecks of gold in them.  To her chagrin, she still has a few remaining childhood freckles across her nose and cheeks.  She has a fresh tattoo of a broken heart over her heart.   Her long hair hangs past her shoulders and as a general rule she keeps it pulled back or up so that it's out of the way when she's working. 

Clothing: Casual and comfortable!  Blue jeans, cotton shirts, boots, clean but not fancy, she wears a flat-brimmed cowboy hat and leather gloves when she is working with the horses. When she does need to be fancy, she prefers 'Boho' or 'hippy-style clothing, long, sweeping 'broom' skirts, romantic blouses....and comfortable, flat shoes. 

Accessories: Kat regularly wears a long silver chain that has several baubles hanging on it, including charms of the sun, a kitty, a hand of Fatima.  Her ears are pierced, two holes on the right and three on the left, and there are different earrings in each hole.  She wears bead bracelets, one has a small silver bell on it, and anklets with bells.  She carries a boot knife, not so much for defense as emergency, something her dad taught her...so you can cut reins, cinches or whatever quickly.

Grooming: As much as she can she tries to keep clean and well-groomed, he isn't obsessed with her appearance....she's not a make-up and fashion-conscious sort of person, preferring just to forego all that fuss.  Even so, she doesn't mind getting dirty.

Traits & Characteristics

Personality Traits

  • Loaner (+ -)
  • A bit of a risk-taker (+ -)
  • Curious (+)
  • Cautious (+)
  • Creative (+)
  • Caring (+)
  • Afraid of heights (-)

Personality Details

Generally, Kat is happy and curious, exploring the world around her and picking it apart to see how it works.  She has an adventurous streak, as a little fearless, and is tomboy who also loves romantic frills, loving to wear long full dresses and anklets with tiny bells that track her steps.  She is content to be alone, making up imaginary friends, keeping herself occupied with puzzles and games, although she can be open and flamboyant in social settings, perhaps a way of covering that she is a tad shy.

She loves to draw and write, but also loves being outside and climbing trees, swimming, digging up rocks, picking wildflowers...she has a talent for sleight-of-hand and wants to learn parkour.

Gentle and caring, she is tough as well, able to take a fall and get right back up and try again, only slowed down by good sense that would caution her before doing something stupid again, making her a bit reckless.

Carrying herself with confidence, Kat almost has a lilt in her step and she will readily look a person in the eye.  While not confrontational, she does not come off as someone who will back down.  Her expression is open and friendly and she has a bright smile that makes her eyes sparkle.


Current Employer

Storm Shelter LLC

Position and Title

  • Trail and tour guide for Storm Shelter
  • Volunteer Paramedic and SAR member


Leads city-folk on trips into the 'wilderness', via foot, horse or ATV and does her best to bring them all back in one piece! Responds to medical emergencies and provided advanced life support during transport to the hospital.  Responds to Search and Rescue operations and assists with her SAR-trained K9.

Professional Skills

Associate Arts degree in general ed.  Is certified in ACLS, PALS, ITLS and is a CPR instructor.  Also has certification in Wilderness Search and Rescue, and Survival.  Horsemanship, skiing, swimming. 


Education and Languages

Associate Arts degree in general ed.  Is certified in ACLS, PALS, ITLS and is a CPR instructor.  Also has certification in Wilderness Search and Rescue, and Survival.  Can speak some Spanish

Self Defense
Sharp wit?  Can shoot handguns and rifles and has a conceal carry permit

Hobbies and Interests

Writing, drawing, astronomy, sleight-of-hand magic.  She can ski, snowshoe and operate an ATV and keep it upright...most of the time!  Plays the concertina, dabbles in herbal medicine.

Aliases / Nicknames

Kat (short for Katherine)


Current Residence
Mercer Ranch

Kodiak Station, Kodiak AK

Place of Birth

Sonora, CA

Kith & Kin


Father: Raymond, insurance trainer, lives in Sonora, CA

Mother: June Taylor Mercer, teacher


  • Jacob, 35, National Park Ranger, Redwood Nat'l Forest, CA, married, has two kids
  • Isaac, 35, carpenter, Oakdale, CA, single

Other Family
Auntie Griselda, deceased


Dunno yet


Dunno yet, at least locally

Life Events

Family History: Kat's folks were just middle-class nice people, living in the California's Gold Country.  Her dad was born in San Francisco and her mom was born in Illinois, moved to California when she was eight.  They are school-sweethearts and have been married 37 years.

Childhood: Born in Sonora, in California's Gold Country, Kat was the youngest of three, having twin brothers who are five years older than she.  Her childhood was pretty much 'normal', free of major cares or drama, except for a little episode when she went up on the roof of their two-story home, was afraid to come down but too stubborn to ask for help, so she just did it herself and ended up falling and breaking an arm.  Consequently, she isn't too thrilled with heights.

While she did relatively well in school, she didn't much feel challenged there, and did the minimum she could to get by, keeping her grades in the 3.0 range.  But it was in other, self-taught areas that she thrived.  They lived on a small bit of acreage abutting a national preserve, so she had nearly unlimited areas to roam, and a horse to do it on.  More often than not, she was out riding, hiking, swimming (in shallow water), and goofing off with her brothers, who taught her, much to their amusement, how to fight and shoot.  Winters were spent sledding and building forts for snowball fights.  She had a few friends, but was happy on her own.

Personal History
After graduating high school, she started into Jr. college without a particular goal in mind.  She loved writing stories and drawing, but had the good sense to know that you couldn't make a career at that, and was thinking about maybe teaching English, but there was time to decide, since there were all those pesky pre-reqs anyway.  But when she was part-way into her second semester, her father (an insurance salesman) was transferred to Billings, and she had to decide -- stay and get a job flinging burgers, or go and remain in school.  Realizing the importance of an education, she went along with her parents, leaving behind her brothers, one of whom was a married Park Ranger and the other who was a carpenter, and her best friend.  But her horse and assorted critters went along with her, so she was content.

It was when they were newly arrived in the small town of Ballentine, outside Billings, that the volunteer fire department approached her Dad about joining, but it was Kat who took them up on it.  Almost immediately, she knew she'd found her niche.  She loved the training, loved being active and outside, loved the excitement, and soon she had her EMT certification, then went on to become a paramedic, taking a full-time position with a company in Billings.

A year later her Dad was transferred back to California, but Kat has decided to stay, since she had the job and loved the country.  She rented a small home on an acre of land so she could keep her horse, and in the next few years acquired another horse, a dog and a few cats. 

Interested in SAR, she took classes and she and her mutt-dog Hammy trained for K9 rescue.  The wilderness training came easily, since she had grown up in the mountains, and during that training acquired a curiosity for herbals.  It was at this time that she also met Daryl and the two hit it off and were soon dating.  But it was quickly evident that Daryl was more than just a little possessive and nuts, something she wasn't going to tolerate...

Only, bad things can happen...

Around that time, Kat's Aunt Griselda died and left her ten acres of property outside Kodiak, and Kat took that as a perfect escape.  She arrived a few weeks ago and has been cleaning up the twelve-horse barn and old two-bedroom cabin.  She loves it in Kodiak and is applying to Storm Shelter as a trail guide.  She has also joined the local VFD/rescue.


  • 1990: Born
  • 1996: Fell from the roof and broke her arm, took up sleight-of-hand as part of rehab
  • 1998: Started playing the concertina
  • 2008: Started classes at Columbia College, earned a general ed degree
  • 2010: Her dad was transferred to Billings, MT, Kat moved with her folks
  • 2010: Joined a local VFD and rescue, started her EMT certification
  • 2013: EMTP certification/Parents moved back to California
  • 2014: Took formal SAR and wilderness survival classes
  • 2017: Aunt died and left her property.  Relocated to Kodiak

Character Notes


Kat has a red and white beat up '57 Ford PU and an old but well maintained double horse trailer


  • Rebel, Appaloosa gelding
  • Doc, Morgan gelding
  • Hammy, mutt dog, trained for SAR
  • Cats...Walter, Buster, Skitter, Frankie, Molly...assorted barn cats...you asked!

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Recent Posts

  1. Katherine Mercer
    "You mean there's another lodge here?"   Maybe they'd mentioned it, but this was so extravagant, and to think there was another...well, if they had earned it, at least they were enjoying it!  After grabbing a bit of cheese and some crackers, she commented, "Sure, we can help with salad, if you trust her with a knife."  Grinning, she nudged Steph.  "Show us where the stuff is and we'll get to it."  She wasn't particularly fond of chopping lettuce, especially when you could get it in a bag already ready, but if was something to do to feel useful and would stave off boredom, she didn't mind.
    "So, what, besides lettuce, will the salad have?  Cucumbers...tomatoes...carrots...anchovies?"
  2. Katherine Mercer
    "The comfortable side.........of course," Steph quipped.
    "Of course, always the best!"  Kat rolled her eyes, then laughed.  "At least this is better than most motels, and there's spaghetti for dinner!"  For the fact that this was not a trip for pleasure, the place was really nice, and they may as well get what they could from it.  "Hey, maybe tomorrow we can go fishing!  Nothing like fresh fish."  It had been a long time since she'd been fishing, although as much as she enjoyed it, she didn't really like cleaning them.  "And we can con the men into doing all the icky part with the guts and scales!"  After all, a sweet word and bat of the eye went a long way in swaying a man.
    Tossing her bag in a corner, she shrugged.  "Guess we can go help with dinner?  Maybe they have beer?"  Oh, right, Steph was too young for that!
  3. Katherine Mercer
    "Oh, wow...."  Kat took the place in, shaking her head.  The setting was amazing, but, in her opinion, the house was a bit over-kill.  "Looks a bit like an overgrown Hobbit habitat," she murmured to Steph, then shrugged.  "And...well I've seen those movies about these houses...eventually, they turn on you and trap you."
    Laughing, she stepped inside and looked around, then glanced at Steph again as they got their room assignment.   "Looks like we're bunking together..."  Which was that and more, as there was only one bed in the room.  No matter, they could work it out, and if push came to shove -- literally -- there was a small couch that Kat could sleep on.  "The dogs will like this, though...hop you don't mind a few fleas!"  At the moment, they were out running around and exploring the territory, but Kat wasn't worried...there was no where for them to go and they'd come in when food was offered!
    "So, which side do you prefer?"
  4. Katherine Mercer
    "Well, at least the seatbelts will help keep you in one place," Kat observed, "make it easier to find you....well, unless the sharks get you...are there sharks in cold water?"
    Then Lucian suggested sight-seeing tours, and Kat grinned as she leaned to whisper, not at all quietly, to Steph, "Uh huh, 'tours' (air quotes), so no one will ever find the bodies!"  She laughed, reaching to scratch Hammy's ears.  "Do you have kayaks there?  I've always wanted to try that...so long as there aren't any sharks."
    She really was having more fun than she should harassing the men.
    J.D. tilted his head up a bit as he responded. "No sharks, but you might get to paddle with some orcas. They eat sharks, ya know..."
     @Stormwolfe; @Wayfarer; @Bongo
  5. Katherine Mercer
    "Oh, so now the chicken is a stewardess?"  Kat laughed, then shrugged.  "I'm not to worried about the pilot, after all, he has on his official 'redneck pilot' uniform on!"  Had Lucian really realized what he was getting into when he had decided to give two women the opportunity to collaborate in harassment!  "Even so, I'm leaving my seat belt on, so that I can survive and bear witness!"
    As they took off, she glanced out the window, enjoying the scenery, and the novel experience of taking off on the water.
    @Wayfarer; @Stormwolfe; @Longshot
  6. Katherine Mercer
    Kat chuckled at the interplay, and even though she didn't quite understand rooster separation anxiety.  But everyone had their own quirks, so if Lucian wanted to take along the rooster she wouldn't protest.  Heck, he was letting her bring the mutts, who would be perfectly fine if they had to stay home.
    "Well," she quipped as she stowed her gear, "I have some training in psych crisis intervention, so if Foghorn has a problem, I can talk with him."  Grinning, she settled into the seat and secured the belt.
    @Wayfarer; @Stormwolfe; @Longshot
  7. Katherine Mercer
    Things had been happening pretty quickly, but fortunately for Kat, she was just along for the ride and to chaperone Steph, so there really  wasn't much for her to do but, well, go along, and that didn't require any thinking, so she was happy.  Besides, it really was a bit of an adventure and a chance to see more of Alaska, even if it meant being away from home for a few days. 
    Wrinkling her nose up, she glanced at JD.  "So, if we leave the chicken behind, what are we going to do for dinner? It's my understanding that we can't just order pizza or something, right?"  Of course, she knew it was a rooster, not a chicken.  And she knew that roosters could be mean cusses, given a chance.  Heck, her rooster tried to jump on her and scratch her if she didn't keep an eye on him.  "A little breading, toss in a fryer, and yum!"
    @Wayfarer; @Stormwolfe; @Longshot
  8. Katherine Mercer
    "Oh, visitation rights!"  Kat commented dryly, "yipee!"  She grinned, then shrugged.  "I can find someone to watch the place," she added, "I'd prefer not to leave for too long, I guess I can cover shifts."  She loved it here and was just getting settled, plus she had a business to get started, but she knew that if she didn't go with them they would worry about her, and that would divide their attention.  Plus, if she was with them, Miss Steph couldn't scream abuse and get them into trouble.
    "Well, let me pack some things," she finally sighed.  "How long do you think this is going to be?"
    @Stormwolfe; @Wayfarer; @Longshot
  9. Katherine Mercer
    Kat watched the exchange in silence, trying not to grin too much.  To her thinking, they all deserved each other, and as annoying as it was sometimes, it was amusing to watch, and really no harm. 
    "Long ride in the wilderness...got it!"  She nodded to Lucian, then grinned at Steph.  "So, you prefer dipping your crabs in Cholula  Sauce over actually catching them and plunging them into boiling water?  Who would have guessed!"
    In a way, though, she did feel a little sorry for the kid...it was going to be a rough time for her, if she wanted to survive her uncle's nefarious plots, but at least she had a good bunch of people who were willing to help her out, if she would only accept the hand.
    @Wayfarer @Stormwolfe @Longshot
  10. Katherine Mercer
    "Oh yeah, I'd like to stay in touch too. You got a nice place here and I love the horses, dogs, etc. Who knows, if my jailers let me maybe I can come back and we go on another horseback ride......minus the moose in the mud."
    "But no baby mooseses takes all the fun out of it!"  Kat laughed, shaking her head.  "Well, there's always elk, fox, wolves..."
    Kat was offering the two men cold pizza (ugh) and beer in the fridge. Steph stood up and got to the fridge first, opening the door and grabbing a beer, "Don't mind if I do."
    Kat raised an eyebrow at that, but she decided to let the adults deal with it.  Honestly, she didn't have a huge problem with it, for the very reason that Steph pointed out.
    "Come on, everyone, we're in a private home and it's just one beer. I was drinking hard liquor at the mansion since I was thirteen and my family knew it. "
    "Thirteen?"  Well, that changed things...it was pretty messed up. but then, now that she thought about it, the kid hadn't had anyone to tell her 'no', or to give her a reason not to drink.
    "I do not care what you were drinking under your family's watch. Here, you are still underage." He reached past her for a pitcher of cold water and poured himself and J.D. a glass. "And no, we will not be sharing a bed."
    "Boy, this guy is no fun.  You sure you don't want to take your chances here?"
    "Kat, we owe you several weeks of chores. Once we get this case settled, I will try to make good on some of it," Lucian said to the other woman. "I never meant to bring you trouble. Once we know more about Stephanie's situation and the level of danger, we will see about bringing her to visit. Reagan will be able to legally block her uncle from having her committed, at least temporarily. It does sound like he will likely try other means if thwarted."
    "I don't mind, really."  Kat shrugged.  "I'm glad I was able to help a friend, and hey, who doesn't need a little excitement in their life?"  Honestly, she liked Steph, and she was happy that she had been able to do something to keep her safe.
    "I will put Miss Stephanie to work on the Invictus. Might as well do a little lobster or crab fishing, make some money."
    "Oh, seeing that would make all this worth it!"  Laughing, Kat glanced at Steph.  "And hey, at least it isn't negative eighty out, so it should be a cake-walk!  Just watch those pinchy-claws, I hear they can take off fingers in, like, two seconds!"
    @Wayfarer; @Stormwolfe; @Longshot

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