Sister Mariella (Daughter) †
Agent of the Vatican
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- "No. I will not be a victim. That's all behind me now. I left God, and I questioned him, and struggled with him, and in the end, I returned to him. In spite of my suffering, because of my suffering, my faith is stronger. I am stronger."
- – Rosalia. [src]
Rosalia was the mother of Sister Mariella and an occult mercenary, known as Magdalena, belonging to a lineage of women descended from Mary Magdalene, who claimed to have conceived a daughter with Jesus Christ. After a priest is killed in Paris, Rosalia is called in to investigate the murder, which might have been the work of vampires.
Early Life Edit
Rosalia grew up in catholic abbey, rarely seeing her mother and never knowing her father was. There she formed a strong relationship with Cardinal Innocent, who she viewed as a father. One time in her teenager years, Rosalia was left alone in her dorm as her friends sneaked out to a Madonna's concert. As she begins studying, a masked man gets inside her room and proceeds to rape her. Nine months later, she gives birth to a baby daughter. While her daughter is taken away from her to be indoctrinated by the church, Rosalia is trained to be the new Magdalena.
Vampire Attacks in Paris Edit
When a priest is supposedly killed by a vampire in an abbey in Paris, Vatican sends Rosalia to investigate the matter. Arriving at the scene, she inspects Father Jean's corpse, noticing the two puncture wounds on his neck and the fact, that he was drained of his blood. Though she concludes, that it doesn't mean a vampire did this to him. Rosalia then introduces herself to abbey's superior, Father Dominique. The Father is perplexed to see a young woman to be tasked with this mission. Rosalia quickly reassures him, that although she looks young, she's been thirty-three years on this Earth and handled many situations for the church. She then asks the Father to recount the details of the accident.
Father Dominique tells, that Father Jean's corpse was discovered this morning by one of the monks, completely drained of the blood and with bite marks on the neck. With all the excitement from earlier vampire killings, Father Dominique decided to call the bishop. Rosalia then tells the Father to tell her about the other killings. The Father reveals, that two nights ago in an apartment located in Paris, three were killed with two of them drained of their blood. The local media was quick to name the killer, the vampire killer. Rosalia isn't so quick to link the murders to vampires, knowing that people are far too eager to lay the blame on fictitious monsters. Although if this was done by a vampire, she will find him and destroy it.
Following the Evidence Edit
Rosalia inspects the crime scene. She notices, that the body wasn't completely drained of blood, though a substantial amount was taken. Rosalia also finds footprints on the ground and walls, as if the attacker was leaping from point to point. She then notices an open window, concluding, that how the attacker got into the church. As its getting dark, Rosalia decides to follow the tracks the attacker has left. She also finds a plush toy. The trail leads to a crypt with a young girl inside. As she approaches her, the girl leaps onto her, revealing to have become a vampire.
Rosalia smacks her over the face with a flashlight, forcing the girl to back away. She then throws holy water at the girl's face, but this does little to stop her. As the girl leaps again, Rosalia pierces her with a spear. Believing the vampire to be dead, Rosalia prepares to leave. But then the girl wakes up and attacks her. Rosalia draws a sword, but before she can hit her, a man grabs her hand and then proceeds to kick her away. The girl then pulls out the spear, revealing now to be surrounded by a group of vampires.
Rosalia sheets her sword and prepares to face the vampires. One of the them, named Giselle, quickly lunges at her and lifts her up into the her by her throat. Before the Giselle can bite her, groups leader named Michael, stops her and they proceed to leave. Rosalia then quickly returns back to the abbey, calls the Vatican and informs them about the vampires.
Arrival of the Garduna Edit
At the abbey, the two Garduna warriors arrive. The Garduna are the faithful soldiers of the inquisition, which are perfect warriors, loyal to death. The Garduna give Rosalia new equipment and wooden stakes to kill the vampires with. Rosalia points out, that neither holy water or staking its heart, killed the vampire. Garduna disregards her observations, believing that she just missed the heart. After gearing up, Rosalia and the Garduna, head out to Paris as there was a similar killing there, two nights ago.
In Paris, Rosalia tells the two Garduna warriors, that the murders took place at the apartment of one of the victims, a manager of prostitutes. Two others were killed, his assistant and one of his employees. There was one other present during the attack. A prostitute, who survived the attack, but is still under heavy sedation. Rosalia adds, that they will go to her next.
Tracking the Coven Edit
At the apartment, Rosalia decides to question local prostitutes if they saw anything, much to the disgust of the Garduna. Although the prostitutes saw nothing, they did notice people dressed as vampires, walking to a club right down the street. Before parting, Rosalia asks the prostitute to inform the two Garduna where she went if she sees them. Rosalia begins to doubt if the killers are actually vampires as they ran away and left her alive. But then she gasps as she notices a masked man walking by. She recalls how in her teenager years, Rosalia was raped by a man wearing similar mask, ending her in giving birth to a baby daughter.
Back to present, Rosalia comes back to her senses, telling herself that she won't be a victim ever again and enters the club. Inside, she finds crowds of people dressed in letter bondage gear and clothes, dancing to the music. Rosalia decides to check what's upstairs. A bouncer tries to stop her, but Rosalia uses the Light of Magdalene to get pass him. Upstairs, she finds vampires feeding on the clubbers. She quickly jumps to action and attacks the vampires, telling the clubbers to run away. But then, one of the girls, knocks out Rosalia with a candle stick. The vampires then decide to take her to Giselle.
Inside the Coven Edit
Rosalia wakes up in a mansion in Paris, surrounded by the vampires. She immediately questions why are the humans helping these monsters. One of the vampires, introduces himself as Damon and calms her down, showing that he's wearing a cross. These confuses Rosalia, but Damon quickly explains, that all of them are just ordinary humans, infected with a retrovirus, similar to HIV. Their leader, Michael, reveals that like all retroviruses it contains RNA and the reverse transcriptase enzyme allowing it to insert its own genetic codes into their cells.
This stops the body's natural ability to produce heme, a necessary component of the hemoglobin in red blood cells. Without it, oxygen can't be transported from the lungs to the rest of the body. The heme they need is extracted from the blood they must consume. The absorption process produces excessive amounts of energy, which allows our cells to regenerate extremely rapidly. Michael add, that although they need human blood to survive, they do not kill to get it. Rosalia, then points out, that there are four people dead, even though they claim do not kill humans. Michael says, that they were just accidents. Rosalia doesn't believe him. Giselle then brings up, that they did nothing to her, yet Rosalia attacked them, based only on unfounded bias and superstitious folklore. She adds, that they're now forced to leave their home just because Michael doesn't think it's right to kill her, even though she was and will continue hunting them.
The Truth Behind the Killings Edit
Damon then steps in and explains, that three days ago, they found Angele, the local prostitute, lying in the alley behind the club, beaten up. She had a split lip, many cuts and bruises. They tried to help her, but she got scared and fought them. She bit one of them and drew blood. This got her infected with the virus as it transmitted through blood. Damon makes note, that Rosalia could herself already be infected, if any of their blood made contact with her wounds.
Damon then calmed the girl and brought her inside the club. As they suspected, Angele didn't wake up the next morning as she'd been infected with the virus and was in the comatose state following the infection. The virus is abnormally aggressive. Withing two hours of infection, the infected falls into a coma. After seventy-two hours, all the cells are re-coded. They left sleep in one of the rooms upstairs. But she woke up earlier than expected and ran off. Damon adds, that when you first wake up, the infected feels confused and disoriented, He can't remember who, or what he is. The infected operates solely on instinct,and the first thing instinct tells him is that he needs human blood. By the time, they found Angele, her damage was done. He reiterates, that this was an accident and they never hurt others to get blood as they have many friends who are willing donors.
Wanting to make sure, that Damon isn't lying to her, Rosalia puts her hands on Angele's head and reads her mind. She sees how Damon and his friend finds Angele and helps her, just like he claimed. Rosalia then sees, how Angele runs away from them. She stumbles through streets of Paris, eventually reaching the nightclub. Two prostitutes notice her and bring her to Henri, their pimp. As she is brought in to Henri, Angele recalls how he used and abused her for his own gain.
Enraged, she attacks Henri and his henchman. Angele manages to slit henchman's throat and then jumps onto Henri to feed on his blood. After feeding, Angele goes to the abbey. Inside, she finds Father Jean, praying. She then recalls how he constantly molested her. Filled with fury, Angele attacks Father Jean and kills him. She then finds Colette hiding from her. Angele takes the girl and brings her back to her room. In return, Colette gives Angele her plushy toy.
Helping the Coven Edit
After seeing all of this, Rosalia reassures all of them, that she won't tell the church where they're. Though others probably found their club. The Garduna then break into the house. Michael orders everyone to not hurt them and leave immediately. Rosalia tries to convince the Garduna, that they're just humans, infected with a virus and pose no threat to them.
But then Giselle attacks the two warriors. As she draws her sword to kill them, Michael stops her. Giselle tries to convince him, that few dead mortals of a few stupid intolerant churches is nothing compared to the safety of their family. Michael still doesn't let her kill them and angry Giselle walks away. Before leaving, Michael offers Rosalia to join them as she might be infected too. Rosalia refuses the offer, believing that she can convince the Garduna and the church, that they're harmless. She adds, that being the Magdalena, they won't hurt her.
Battle with Garduna Edit
When the Garduna recover, Rosalia explains, that they're not vampires, but affected by a disease, that forces them to drink blood. They also don't kill humans. The Garduna refuse to believe Rosalia, believing her to be in league with the vampires. Seeing, that Garduna refuse to see reason, Rosalia attacks them. She pushes the two warriors, causing one of them to go over the railing of the balcony. A fight erupts. Although Rosalia doesn't want to hurt them, the warriors don't hold back and attack her with an intent to kill her.
Rosalia manages to cut one of the warriors legs and dismember others arm. Again, Rosalia tells them to stop this foolishness and listen to reason. Then one of the Garduna sneaks up to Rosalia from behind and takes his knife to her throat. Rosalia tells him, that he can't kill her as she is Magdalena. The Garduna doesn't listen to her and slits her throat. He then tells Rosalia, that a seed has been harvested and a new Magdalena will replace her. He then proceeds to push her over railing to fall to her death.
Rosalia is brought back to Vatican, where she gets a funeral ceremony. Both Cardinal Innocent and her daughter, Sister Mariella visit the ceremony. There, Mariella inherits the title of the Magdalena and is tasked in killing the current wielder of the Darkness, Jackie Estacado.
Rosalia was not quick to judge others on their life decisions, a trait few shared in her line of work. She also preferred to fact check before coming to a conclusion. During her investigation in the killings, Rosalia decided to first check the evidence, instead of immediately putting blame on fictitious monsters.
Hardened by her past experience of being a victim of a rape, Rosalia was adamant to never be a victim ever again. Though, she still showed compassion for others and was willing to put her own life on the line in order to save innocent lives. After Rosalia finds out the true origin of the vampires, she let Michael's coven to escape and clash against Garduna.
Powers & Abilities Edit
- Light of the Magdalena: Being a descendant of Mary Magdalene and Jesus Christ, Rosalia could create a potent light from her hands, forcing her enemies to relieve all the sins they've committed in their life. She used this power on a bouncer, which was blocking her way to the second floor of the club.
- Mind Reading: By putting her hands on Angele's head, Rosalia was able to read her mind, seeing her entire life in order to make sure, that Michael's Coven told the truth to her.
- Expert Combatant: Rosalia was trained to be a living weapon, so she could defeat any adversary she had to face. She was able to take on two highly-trained Garduna warriors at the same time and nearly kill them both.
- Sword Mastery: Rosalia was a very skilled fighter with a sword. Her skills were no match for two highly-trained Garduna warriors.
- Skilled Detective: Rosalia was a very skilled detective. Using her forensic investigation skills on Father Jean's body, she was able to track down infected Angele to her hiding spot.
- Multilingualism: Rosalia could speak in French, Italian, Latin and English.
- During the events depicted in Blood Divine, Rosalia is thirty-three years old.