: Magdalena LanzaAge
: 430 (appears 25-30ish)Species
: Mara (nightmare)Alignment
: Bartender at ElysiumEducation
: Dancing, reading, skateboardingHow Do They View Humans?
: Amusing and convenient playthings, mostly
: Dark brownEyes
: Dark brownHeight
: 5'3Physical Description
: Short, toned and generously curvy when it comes to boobs and booty. Tanned skin, dark hair and eyes, most often at least grinning and her movement is a mix of playful and agile. Distinguishing Features
: Dem curves, ...and several tattoosCharacter Model
: Tianna Gregory
~Indepth~What Do They Feed Off Of?
Fear, and strongly favour fear caused by nightmares. Fear in the face of immediate danger is the weakest form of energy to them. The more unreasonable it is the better, which is why fear resulting from a nightmare (something entirely fictional) works best. Fear caused by Lena's own created nightmare is obviously more affective than the alternative.Power(s)
: Dream Manipulation:
Can cause severe and real feeling nightmares through physical touch and telepathically
after that initial contact has been made. (Just touching a person won't establish the contact, she needs to actually cause a nightmare by touch to establish the link.)Psychosis:
Can cause psychosis in a person through nightmares over an extended period of time without interruption, for instance throughout every night for a couple of weeks. This presents differently for each person, as it draws forth something that is already part of their personality. (We all have some parts that will turn into psychosis if they get so severely out of hand.)Shadow Cloak:
Can wrap shadows around herself and whomever has physical contact with her for any amount of time where said shadow is present, rendering those cloaked invisible. If the shaded area is large enough to move around in, she will remain cloaked as she does so. Sleep Paralysis:
Can cause the physical and mental state of sleep paralysis, giving the illusion of heavy weight pressing on the victim's chest. If telepathic connection has been made already she can do this from a far, if it hasn't she needs to do this by physical contact. Doesn't have to sit on the victim though.Protective hibernation:
Can fall into hibernation which creates an extremely strong shield around her. While in hibernation, she is unconscious and an invisible aura prevents physical harm. It can be penetrated but it is difficult and requires fae elemental powers, or willow. This hibernation is something the Mara chooses to begin, but has no control over the length of it. While in hibernation, she creates nightmares for every person she has a telepathic connection with and the older the mara is the more likely it is for her nightmares to affect people in the vicinity of her resting place. Magdalena has done this once and her sleep lasted seven decades. Strengths
: Street smarts:
Having been on her own since she was a teenager gave her a wide arsenal of experience based knowledge and skills, people skills ranking high up there along with more hands on skills like picking locks and avoiding alarm systems. But the biggest advantage of all these is simply the frame of mind it's given her, the resilience and the survival instincts that keep her on her feet and out of trouble. Creative thinking:
On one side, crazily vivid imagination and knack for abstract solutions. On the other side, a 'hundred and one ways to get into a person's bedroom without getting caught
Anything made out of willow will cause her discomfort on contact. Untreated wood will burn to the touch and if held to her skin for any amount of time it will cause actual burns and a reaction similar to a bad infection or allergy. (As an example, many of her ancestors have been buried alive in willow caskets where they then died an agonizing death, to make sure they weren't in hibernation which would create even more issues with their powers than when they were walking around.)Recovery:
If she spends an entire night causing a nightmare and feeding from it, she will pretty much crash for at least twelve hours after she's fed. Doing that while keeping job hours is obviously not a good idea, so she limits the time of her feeding, but she does need recovery time of around the same time she spends feeding off nightmares. (Feeds for 2 hours, needs to sleep for 2 hours.) In the shorter feedings, she can
go on with her day or night but will be drowsy.Lack of control over psychological consequences:
She has no control over whether or not her nightmares cause psychosis, be it mild or strong. She knows that extended nightmares will do this, but basically can't prevent it and can't make it happen faster or with more impact. In some occasions this has happened with people in much shorter time than she's used to, those people either already mentally imbalanced or vulnerable to such, and she has no control over that. Personality
There's no holding back her determination or confidence. If you cross her, she'll slap you. Maybe not literally, but you'll know you've been slapped... She speaks up for herself and for those she cares about, she doesn't hesitate to tackle projects that seem out of her league, and her quick temper is easy to rile up but thankfully just as easy to calm if you know the right methods. Bossy:
Being in charge is a role she likes and is used to, to a point. When it comes to her personal life this shows in her tendency to call the shots and twist things so that she is indeed able to. At work it shows in how she runs her bar, yes her bar. Technically it's just the bar at Elysium, but anyone who works there knows they best not try to test her reign of that particular area. Funloving:
If there ever was a woman who appreciates a good time, this is her. Be it a rocking party, a crazy journey or simply hanging out with her friends, count her in! She's quick to smile and quick to laugh, loves music and dancing which is a good thing considering what she's been doing for the past decades. Reckless:
She should perhaps have a little more sense of what consequences might follow her actions, but the truth is she most of the time just doesn't care. Things have a way of working out, and she's gotten away with most of her antics so far, so why fret? Loyal:
If she deems you worthy, she has your back through and through. She's very loyal to those she likes and even more so to those who've proven loyal in return. This extends to her place of work, and whatever she gets involved with. When the matters she's loyal to clash, she's extremely uncomfortable and tends to withdraw in order to stay out of the issue, but if she's forced to pick sides she's more likely to just vanish than actually do so. History
Born to a German mother and Italian father in the Duchy of Parma, 1584. Both of them were Mara's and dark fae. Her mother had fled Germany during the Trier witch trials (who lasted well after that), since it was hardly safe to feed when people were highly suspicious and trigger happy. Her father had been on the road, looking for a new place to settle in for a while, and there it was: An epic lovestory in the making, complete with questionable heroics and reckless acts of love and loyalty. It worked, however, not so well for the daughter they produced.
Both parents were used to being on their own. Having each other was managable, but a kid... Lena was mostly in their way. By the time she could by any means be on her own they left her. One morning she woke up and they were gone, and that was it. She was seventeen at the time.
For a long time, Lena bounced between towns and got into all kinds of trouble, her youth and her kind of powers not helping with the whole 'making friends in useful places' deal. But eventually she found her footing, and once she'd gone through her Gathering (a horrible, nerve wrecking and nearly fatal event where she got to taste some of her own medicine), she pledged with the dark and her path got a little clearer, eventually resulting in her Dawning.
Nothing of note happened for a long time, aside from the occasional 'oops' moments with feedings getting out of hand and the like, until she found herself back in the regions of her birth home or close enough, Tuscany. House Auralius was a powerful figure in politics and being quite the little anarchist, Lena was easy to buy as a 'hit' on the Trajan Auralius' wife Alyona. She was to drive the water nymph insane and get enough funds to easily make the move to wherever she decided to go next (being a Mara meant she couldn't stay too long in one place at risk of being found out, and this would result in less than happy circumstances). However, Alyona discovered her and instead of having her killed for the attempt, spared Lena's life. The two struck an unlikely friendship which developed quickly into something closer, but no hearts were harmed in the making of this story. Alyona was utterly in love with her man, and Lena... Well Lena doesn't fall in love. The Auralius' son Gannicus was in the last stages of his training during this time, and Lena met him briefly in passing a couple of times. Enough times to recognize him again when their paths crossed but not enough to form any kind of personal relationship. She did however hold loyalty to the family, not only after the gift of mercy but after the friendship shared.
Much later on she was happily bouncing from one place to the next in America when a New York Auralius caught her attention. It was initially out of respect and loyalty to Gannicus' parents that she joined the startup of the speakeasy club which later took form of present day's Elysium, but as years passed her loyalty has been earned by young Gannicus himself. The bar is her domain, pride and home away from home. New York has proven quite lovely with its masses of people and enough craziness going on to effectively hide Lena's feeding habits. Connections
: Elysium staff and regularsLikes
: Her work, skateboarding, snowboarding, dancing, partyingDislikes
: Fighting, underfae, law enforcement, politicsFears&Phobias
: Accidentally causing nightmares bad enough to harm someone she cares about. Being buried alive. O/Os
. Lena's a little on the dominant side but nothing that would take her into the Domme category. She has a thing for high socks on girls, and accents (as in language) on men. Absolutely incredibly bisexual and has a healthy