Maradonna 'Yew' Santrose

Start State

Start State

Name: Maradonna 'Yew' Santrose
Age: 16
Introduced: Chapter 1.1

Personality: Quiet, Negative, Apathetic, Self Destructive, Straightforward, Analytic

Yew is a quiet girl but she is not timid. She does not wish to draw attention to herself as she feels that she has nothing worth saying. Forced to grow up quickly, she doesn't keep her hopes up and really only speaks when spoken to. She is the perfect bystander.

While she may not be the most pleasant of people, she is blunt and honest. When she speaks, she is curt and to the point - it's easier to hide behind facts. You can't change facts - if they hurt, it's because they're true. 

Past: Maradonna Santrose was an unwanted child from the beginning. Her parents had been forced into a loveless marriage because of the imminent event of her birth. Her father was a possessive and headstrong man and her mother was quiet but ambitious. Both had not lived their lives enough to have them ended by the responsibility of a child.

Raised within extremely religious standards, Yew was raised to never speak unless spoken to. Her father ignored her and her mother teetered between treating her daughter kindly because she wanted to be the image of a good mother and being viciously honest on how unwanted her child was. 

Her parents often fought, neither of them were happy with each other and it was obvious behind the closed doors that Yew pressed her ear against as young girl. At age seven, she discovered her mother's affair and upon believing that her mother's unfaithful nature was the reason behind her family's unhappiness, she told her father.

Despite her good intentions and her imagining of a happy family, her father did not have the same intention. The marital dispute that followed after removed Yew from his custody and when her mother just as rejected her, she was sent off to live with her paternal grandparents in Georgia. 

Her grandmother was absolutely venomous and bitter towards her grandchild - to her, this was the product of the witch that had seduced her son. While she would house blood beneath her roof, she would never let the girl forget that she should be grateful for anything she gave her, constantly reaffirming every negative thought the girl had.

So Yew grew quieter. She grew quieter and tried to make herself smaller. She didn't want to be anymore of a burden than she already was. A living hassle, she contributed nothing, why was she even alive? She had no good points, she had no skills, what was the point?

Until her maternal uncle found her. A charismatic and optimistic man, Matias was the one who sent his niece to Grimoire, strongly believing that she needed to be surrounded by people her own age. If she could graduate, he would take her anywhere after. 

All she wanted was to die. So, why not? Why not try to do something to make herself worth something to someone?

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Chapter 2.2 - Arcadia: Gehenna

During the chapter, Yew is corrupted by an artificial seraph and kills another student during her possession. She gains the ability to superheat her body, her nails become diamonds, she has hyperactive healing abilities, and her hair glows a luminescent blonde.

These are all a recipe for disaster for a girl of such religious upbringing. To kill is wrong but why did it feel so good? Suddenly given a taste of power, she had no idea how much she liked it, whipping between intense self loathing for this disgusting opinion and a constant of question of why not accept it? Why doesn't she deserve this? 

She looks like the angels of the bible now, with their blonde hair and blue eyes, is she not the equivalent of them now? 

She continues on this path of punishment, giving in to violent urges and then chiding herself afterwards - less and less, however.

She also gets six arms during an event, further adding to her god like delusion.

[EXCERPT] 

Chapter 4.6 - Your Curse, In Reverse

She is effectively removed from the storyline and is sent to a parallel universe by Wendell and is replaced by the Yew that lived in that world. This world is referred to as her 'heaven', the world that she would have lived in had everything in her life had gone right. For her, she just wanted to have a happy family and a good life - but that was the her of the past.

This world is healthy and ever growing, always expanding rapidly with technology. She has a mother who loves her. She has friends.

Yew despise this, she does not belong, she struggles to readjust to a normal world and eventually leaves, living within the sewers and subway systems.

The world, however, expanded too fast, they kept building up and after a year the sun was blocked by those tall buildings, the skies were blacked out by the smoke of production. Sunlight became a prized commodity, the world was growing, it continued to grow.

And to the woman who was the physical embodiment of the sun, perhaps, this really was the heaven she had wanted. Whispers grow into words, there is a woman who glows like the sun, burns like the sun, she has six arms, she is gracious, she will be our savior. 

And she becomes their savior, embracing their praise and their gifts, she somehow becomes the leader of a cult that continues to grow. While the world dies, she is thriving like the yew tree she was named after, her roots choking out all other 

Chapter 9.5 - The Lion, The Lamb, and The Wolves

Yew is summoned into a room and given the option to talk to her mirror self, Maradonna. Five years have passed and life has treated her well. She has developed into an entitled egomaniac who believes she is invincible.

During their conversation, she ends up killing Maradonna out of spite unaware that by doing so, she has no way of returning to her heaven. Upon finding out she becomes absolutely unbearable, going on a violent rampage, what do you mean she's stuck here?

[EXCERPT]

With this knowledge, she accepts Alistair's offer to become a god. It was only within her natural right.

Villa Cha

Post Timeskip (Age 19)

Post Timeskip (Age 19)

Name: Villa Cha
Age: 14
Introduced: Chapter 4.1

Personality: Bright, Curious, Loud, Eager, Fearless, Hyperactive, Reckless, Impulsive, Confident, Spoiled, Protective

Villa Cha has been raised as the princess of her household, proud of herself and her family. She is amazing no matter what others may tell her, never forget it!

Her youth is evident in her personality, always laughing, always smiling, always looking for new adventures. She can get annoying with her pestering and she is aware of that - but she does not care, she is the priority here!

Past: Born in a predominantly male household, Cha was doted on by her three older brothers and father. They were of little means, running a Chinese restaurant in a Chinatown, surrounded by friends and extended family. 

Despite her cleft lip, her family made sure she never felt any lesser for it, always accepting of what she wanted to do, encouraging of her hopes and dreams. They have always made time for her. 

When she found out she could transform into a chainsaw, she was elated - it was a weapon that really did encompass her personality, loud, aggressive, and left an impression! Her family, however, was at a loss - they had anticipated her becoming a weapon, a long lineage of polearms and swords but - this was a little outside their area of expertise.

They sent her off to their alma mater, Tabula Rasa where the Cha name was well known - it was here where she picked up the habit of being called Cha. And it was at Tabula Rasa where she met her meister, Amity Ward, an equally young girl who was far away from home, timid and shy. They played off of each others perfectly, quickly becoming best friends. Amity wanted a friend who would never leave her and Cha was never against someone who admired her.

After the fall of Tabula Rasa, Amity and Cha were separated during their journey to Grimoire. To Cha, this was eye opening - little Amity who would have never left her... had left?

And when they reunited at Grimoire, months later, Cha smiled as if nothing had changed. But she never forgot. 

During the five years of peace and her various interactions and relationships, Cha grew up into the biggest brat - but she never really did 'grow up'. All throughout her life, she had been enabled and now was no different. Amity didn't want to lose her best friend and so she was willing to smile at Cha's reckless behaviour. 

She does what she wants, gets what she wants, and never blames herself. 

Chapter 7.4: If It's Only An Illusion Is Murder Really Against The Law?

During an event, Amity and Cha are brought into a house with fifteen other players, where they are told to play a murder mystery game without consequence. At night, the house will go dark and those with killing intent will be able to see - however, those with killing intent must attempt to kill. Those that are caught are also killed. The goal is to be the last man standing. It is later revealed that while the murders never happened, those that were killed felt the effects just as they would have.

Through these events, it is revealed that Cha is not as stupid or unfocused as she portrayed herself to be, actually extremely manipulative and quick to lie. Quick thinking and resourceful, she knows exactly what she's doing even if she says she doesn't.

While Amity does not kill, Cha murders two in cold blood and almost wins the game with her lies in the final round. Her first kill is due to an agreement with another player, she has never spoken to her target therefore nobody would suspect her. She pours bleach over his face and stabs him for good measure.

Her second kill is another unrelated player, motivated by the idea of winning the game. She leaves the room Amity and her are in and sets him on fire. However, because she left, she is not able to protect Amity, returning to find her partner dead in the morning.

Absolutely furious, she accuses Lamar, the most likely to kill out of the ones left. In his desperation to save himself, he accuses her, effectively killing them both. Despite the fact that if she had not left the room in the first place, she considers Lamar extremely selfish and blames him for Amity's death.

The two of them use this to further leverage Lamar with guilt. He owes them a favor.

Chapter 8.2: Two-Faced Emptiness

During the civil war between Q and Blanc, Cha and Amity are sent out on a mission to defend territory from the opposing side. They encounter Lamar and while Cha is willing to step back, Amity demands blood - and who is Cha but her loyal weapon? 

Lamar refuses to step down, a favor is not worth his life and despite the duo's imminent win, they are betrayed by their ally, Alexis, quickly turning the tables of the fight. Amity becomes critically injured and Cha goes berserk, growing desperate, they have to win, they - have - to

Once again, she was selfish in her aggression and Amity got hurt.

In her reckless desperation, she too, is overwhelmed and is on the brink of death when Wendell appears and offers to take them through the mirror where all their wounds will be healed and they will enter their perfect worlds. 

Cha sends Amity through one mirror but does not enter one herself. She knows that the worlds the two of them will enter will be different. Amity will be there but it won't be her Amity. Her family will be there but it won't be her family. 

Still, Villa Cha insists on being selfish.

[EXCERPT]

She refuses Wendell's offer and instead, requests for death. Wendell complies and throws her into the abyss.

Maradonna Santrose

Post Timeskip (Age 21)

Post Timeskip (Age 21)

Name: Maradonna Santrose
Age: 16
Introduced: Chapter 4.6

Personality: Quiet, Scared, Kind, Gentle, Mild, Obedient, Rational

Unlike Maradonna Yew, this Maradonna is timid and nervous. This Maradonna is never knew any hardship and does not know how to fight. This Maradonna is weak.

While she is still rational and efficient, this girl cares very much about the opinions and well being of others. She cares very much about how people perceive her. She never had to learn how to become apathetic.

She realizes that she’s living in another girl’s shadow.

And she knows that that girl was a bright sun and that she in that girl’s very long, very twisted  shadow.

Past: Maradonna Santrose was raised by a single working mother in a high rise in New York. Her mother loved her despite the fact that she was never around due to work. Maradonna didn't mind, able to take care of herself in her own quiet way, never hurting for money or company. She was well loved, well educated, and well adjusted.

Then, she was wrenched out of her world and into Grimoire, quickly learning the brutality of the place after having acid thrown into her face. Those who knew her face knew her as a violent killer, that was not the life she wanted to lead. This world was filled with blood and death, that was not the place she wanted to live in. Maradonna Yew may have gone to heaven, but she had been living in a hell.

[EXCERPT]

Yew's former weapon, Ezra, attempts to take care of her but is going through his own traumas, he struggles. In her world, Ezra was her best friend, a sweet boy who would do anything for her - she seeks that in him but through miscommunication, the two of them never have the chance to talk before Ezra is forcefully enlisted into Seraph forces.

During the five years of peace, Maradonna grew more and more secluded, focusing on becoming a doctor and becoming stronger. She grows colder and more efficient - slowly, she becomes as apathetic as Yew had been in the beginning. She does not attempt to make friends. This is not her world. These are not her people.

And during the course of these five years, an irrational hatred for Ezra grows. He left her. He left her. And while she understands that it wasn't his fault, a little voice in her demands that she be selfish. Besides, it doesn't matter - it wasn't like he was going to come back.

Except, one day, he does.

And despite being deluded, he still wants to protect her, he wants to save the idea of her. He gives her unimaginable power, he turns her into a seraph, this delusion that she will follow him.

She kills herself.

[EXCERPT]

Chapter 9.3 - Dead End Desires

Ezra, granted a wish, wishes for Maradonna to be brought back to life, to be made better.

And she was brought back to life.

She was made 'better'. 

For some unknowable reason, she is happier, she feels loved, she is content. And that is an empty feeling, perpetual contentment - she has no ambition, she has no anger. She is satisfied with what she has. Every reaction she has is flat. Fake. No feeling behind it. She demonstrates no initiative simply because she has none. 

Due to another wish, she becomes friends with Fae, an extremely powerful but naive weapon, also brought through the mirror. Fae wished for a friend and quickly takes to Maradonna since they are both in strange worlds.

[EXCERPT]

Chapter 9.5 - The Lion, The Lamb, and The Wolves

Maradonna is summoned into a room with the other mirrors and their originals for a discussion. While initially calm, the knowledge that Yew has destroyed everything she has ever loved inflames something in her. She works with Fae to destroy both their parallels knowing that she would have no chance against Yew otherwise.

But she is weak, inexperienced, she cannot wield Fae and Yew takes advantage of this, killing Maradonna once and for all.

[EXCERPT]

Ciardha Naoise

Start State

Start State

Name: Ciardha Naoise (Prefers Ciar)
Age: 23
Introduced: Chapter 6.3

Personality: Crass, Rude, Aggressive, Selfish, Entitled, Efficient, Cynical

At first glance, Ciar is an extremely foul person who does whatever he wants and nothing else. Aggressive and short tempered, he is willing to get into fights for whatever reason. 

His sense of self preservation is extremely high, willing to look past his pride in order to see another tomorrow.

Past: Ciar, alongside his older brother of three years (Odhran), was raised by his young mother, Grainne Naoise. Raised was a loose term, Grainne barely wanted the first child never mind the second, moving them from motel to motel as she tried to make ends meet with her part time jobs.

Extremely superstitious and of an older fashion (if that didn't explain the naming conventions of her children), it was the last straw for her when Odhran discovered he could transform into a greatsword. That was a devil's work, she would not associate with either child any longer, one day never coming home.

That meant little to the two brothers, they were practically used to raising themselves already, whether it be through mischief or theft - they had learned early on that surviving would never be legal or pretty. You earned what you had and your actions were your worth.

Eventually, Odhran was paroled into attending Grimoire far before the events of the main storyline and his brother came alongside with him as his meister. 

For four years, his life was finally something resembling normal, getting an education, a safe place, respected and loved by peers - finally getting the childhood that all children deserved. 

Until his brother died in an incident he hadn't even been near. It didn't matter, the fact that he wasn't there was the most crushing aspect of it all.

Before his introduction to the main storyline, Ciar has lost multiple weapons, multiple friends up until the point he decided enough was enough. It took five weapons to bring him to this jaded state of cynicism. He views the school with much apprehension and distaste, having been stuck here for a total of ten years. 

Ciar's past is filled with constant abandonment and loss due to his failures. He has no intention to get close to anybody again in fear that he will fail them. At his core, his greatest fear is hurting those he cares about. 

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Chapter 6.3 - Some Complex Reprise

During a patrol, a seraph scout encounters the group and they are forced to fight. Ciar makes a fast agreement with Marie, a warhammer, that quickly ends with both parties despising each other. She is independant and does not tolerate disrespect whereas Ciar only wants a weapon that will be a weapon. 

They mutually agree to never work with each other again, however, the resistance does not allow this, putting a formal request for the two of them to continue their partnership. As two of the strongest members of Elysium, this comes as no surprise to either of them. However, they allow this only on paper, agreeing to stay out of each out of the way, otherwise. 

Chapter 7.1 - Insanity Suppression

Alistair goes crazy after figuring out that the future he sees is all wrong. In his frustration, he maliciously plays around with the mental states of resistance members, forcing them to reverse their opinions of others. Ciar is relatively unaffected with a lack of opinion to most except Marie. 

She is now in a place that he hasn't let anybody near for five years and he has no idea how to handle it except to give her anything she wants. 

Chapter 7.2 - The Pitch

Despite being on good terms, Ciar refuses to resonate with her, he can't do it with someone he actually cares about, fear of letting her get any closer. However, when the seraphs make an attempt to ascend Marie, who has an extreme fear of losing who she is, he does not hesitate to defend her. While Marie is not ascended, they are both affected by corruption, severely limiting their future choices in partners.

During the civil war, the two of them pick opposing sides. Marie agrees with Q's ruthless ways, believing that they have survived this long, if they do not make that final push, what was the point? Ciar, however, raised with extreme fear for the dead, while he agrees with the sentiment, cannot bring himself to go to a side that will be eating the souls of the dead. They part on amicable terms.

Chapter 8.1 - When Rome's In Ruins

While patrolling on the border between Q and Blanc territory, there is a gas attack that causes hallucinations in those affected. It is particularly potent to Ciar, showing him all those who died because of him, effectively crippling him and continuing to traumatize him even after the event. He locks himself away and refuses to acknowledge anyone for the duration of the civil war.

However, someone meddles with his mind again, giving him happiness for a week. During this week he moves into an apartment, makes like, three new friends, and asks Marie to be his partner again. It's a pretty productive week and once it's over the effects continue to linger.

Chapter 9.2 - Claus

Too bad. Alistair decides to force them into their own personal mental hells. Ciar's hell encompasses him as the last man left alive and he can still talk to everyone as hallucinations. It is his fear of failure and his fear of spiralling further down into mental degradation. He leaves unsettled and with extreme anxiety, something at the back of his mind is telling him that none of this is real.

[EXCERPT]

Marie comes to him later, telling him that she cannot transform anymore and that he should find himself another partner. Ciar doesn't take this well at all a) because he is not getting another partner again and b) it seems to him that she's trying to get rid of him despite everything that they've gone through. Through his own words, he manages to find the most offensive and insensitive way to convey his emotions and upsets Marie.

[EXCERPT]

Out of spite, he asks Fae, the strongest weapon in the area, to become his weapon. Fae agrees to a business relationship, neither of them wanting to get close to the other, acknowledging each other's ability.

[EXCERPT]

Chapter 9.U - Hangmen

Ciar is forced into an event with multiple others where they judge each other's past actions - however the ones punished are not themselves but those they care the most for. For Ciar, this is obviously Marie, and when given the chance to reverse the near fatal damage to her through the sacrifice of another, he does not hesitate, effectively making multiple enemies at once.

It was all supposed to end there but while the physical damage was repaired, the scars still linger and Marie remembers the incident as Ciar trying to kill her. She avoids him after some vague questioning and Ciar is extremely frustrated as he believe he deserves an answer. 

When he finds out that he was the one who hurt her, he is devastated, asking for her forgiveness but only having her request that he stay away from her and never come back. Out of respect to her, he complies. 

His self loathing is extreme, he has become the thing he feared, he has failed yet again. His only other emotional compass, Fae, has also disappeared, he can only assume she too, has died.

[EXCERPT]

At present he is extremely volatile and reckless. Nobody can stop him any longer. Why would they? He does not fear death or harm - why would he?

Logic Strauss

Name: Logic Strauss
Age: 22
Introduced: Chapter 8.3

Personality: Curious, Naive, Eccentric, Pleasant, Analytic, Simple, Honest, Optimistic, Gullible

While extremely intelligent, Logic is not at all educated. Simple concepts to you and I are foreign to her, fascinating to analyze and question. 

Always smiling, always asking questions, her primary goal is to expand her knowledge. She never has a bad word about anybody, willing to believe in the good of man.

Past: Lyka Strauss was the only child of Gregory Strauss, a genius in the field of artificial intelligence. After the death of his wife, Gregory became more and more recluse, isolating himself and his daughter into a facility far from society. 

They lived a self sufficient lifestyle and to Lyka, this was her world, she knew nothing more, wanted nothing more. 

Her father, unable to take care of this child on his own, created his magnum opus: Logic. Logic was a robot, parallel to his eight year old daughter in appearance and in intelligence. They were almost like twins. 

Except for the fact that Lyka was human.

And humans grew up. Humans had emotions. They could feel pain. They required sustenance and sleep. And Logic did not, forever pure, she never cried, she never left her state of constant wonder. 

And Lyka was slowly outshone by the thing created to be her - it had become a better her. She slowly came to abhor the fact that she was a human. It wasn't her fault but humans were, after all, useless.

One day, her father never came back. And Lyka waited. But eventually the food ran out. The generators broke. She waited until she could wait no more.

She had been left to die.

And she decided to herself, that she would set off into this wide world, she would find her father. But where would she even begin? The world was ever so big.

Her father didn't care about Lyka but he cared for Logic and if he heard word of his precious project seeking him out, evolving, he would have to come find her, wouldn't he?

It was a start, if anything. 

Chapter 9.4 - Queen of the Kill

Logic is granted a wish - however, at a price: the life of another. To her, this is meaningless, if she gets the chance to find her father, she will pay any price. This is what she has been trying to achieve for two years of her life, and with mild regret, she kills her weapon while her back is turned. 

She gets her wish and her father is delivered to her. She immediately guns him down, the accumulation of two decades of grief. During her journey she slowly came to realize that she was wronged. 

But she does not feel any better.

[Excerpt]

And now that Lyka has no reason to be Logic anymore, she should stop, and yet - Lyka isn't sure anymore where Logic stops and Lyka begins, entering a period of existential crisis.