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Ciara, known publically as Glaistig Uaine (pronounced “glastick when-yay”),[6] The Faerie Queen and later as Valkyrie, is a former Birdcage cell block leader and a current headliner of The Wardens.

PersonalityEdit

Glaistig Uaine believes parahuman abilities to be the product of "faerie" magic.[7]

Glaistig claimed that parahumans themselves were "dreams" of the faerie,[7] or "roles" they put on,[8] and claimed to be a faerie herself - their Queen. She habitually addressed parahumans as if they were still going to be alive in 300 years.[7] She viewed Scion as a parent-like figure, father and audience all in one.[8][2] She was shocked when he showed human emotions.[2] She referred to unpowered humans as "props", albeit living ones.[8]

When she was angry, her voice would resonate more strongly.[2] She reacted with anger toward those who challenged her delusions.[7] If someone tried to tell her she was human, she would kill them.[2]

Although she was well known to be delusional, it didn't meaningfully impair her abilities as a strategist, and her pronouncements were usually accurate. Many of her beliefs were based on the visions her powers granted her.[7] She claimed that there were a few faerie who would operate before and after the "act", who were "noble" - "The champion, the high priest, the observer, the shaper, the demesnes-keeper", the "Queen Administrator", and herself - the Faerie Queen.[8] The rest would sleep during a long, long journey.[2] She identified the faerie as having two "courts", but one of them had "arrived to the stage bedraggled, maddened". The high priest, she claimed, had arrived too early and without instructions, wearing the wrong costume.[8]

She was aware of Cauldron's Clairvoyant, and reluctant to discuss anything about them in detail.[8]

She was impressed by the artistry of Marquis' and Panacea's faeries, and recognized that they were "kin"; she stated that she would only deal with Panacea as an equal.[7] Much like how she dealt with Taylor.

Ciara wanted to become "more human", although she didn't expect to ever become entirely normal - merely "parahuman".

She identified her projections as "warriors", rather than "mere shadows".

Ciara still getting accustomed to her new, less childish body.

She had difficulty suppressing the sensory aspects of her power, which upsets her. She felt uncomfortable around large groups of people. She was receiving lessons to help her speak normally, but it remained difficult, and she worried that slipping into her old manner of speech might turn heads.

She felt more relaxed in the presence of delusional parahumans like Nilbog.[2]

AppearanceEdit

She chooses to remain a young child, seemingly in her early teens.[2][7] She usually speaks with a chorus of dozens of broken voices,[7] although she can vary how strong the effect is, from over a hundred voices down to just her own. She speaks in an affected, archaic manner.[2]

Her hair is blonde and her eyes green.[2]

In the Birdcage, she wore a blackened prison uniform modified into a shroud.[8][7] However, she was able to use two of her shadows to transform it into other clothing once she left, seemingly at will.[8]

In battle, she wore a cloak and robe that glittered green and black, "as though it were made up of thousands of scales the size of grains of sand".[8]

After Gold Morning, she briefly wore a look that emphasized her young appearance - a lacy skirt and top with braided hair.[2]

She appeared nineteen years old, half again as tall as she had been, with long hair worn in a thick braid.[2]

She wore armor and carried a shield and sickle, both created by one of her ghosts. The costume was gold and sky blue, featuring a short skirt edged with gold chains, worn over tight knee-length trousers. It featured a mask that pressed to her cheekbones and forehead.[2]

The costume featured wings of some kind.[2]

Abilities and PowersEdit

Ciara can collect imprints of parahumans by touching their body or a manifestation of their power, this has the lethal effect if target was not already dead.[9]

At any one time, she can have the parahumans she has ‘claimed’ manifest as ghostly specters, complete with the ability to physically affect the world and use their powers; she normally limits herself to two or three, but can maintain more than that at the cost of significantly reduced individual power.[10][11][7][12][13][9] They are seemingly limited to her immediate presence.[14][15][16]

Capes she manifests appear as duplicates of their former selves with exaggerated, caricatured or blended features. Their powers are unaltered.[8][2] They slowly regenerated after being destroyed or injured in a fight.[2] They appear transparent and shadowy but otherwise solid[8] and can interact normally with the physical world;[10] projections that are dismissed dissolve into smoke or shadow[2] or collapse into a point in her hand "like an explosion in reverse".[8] They were affected normally by gravity unless she levitated them with another power.[16]

When they try to speak, their voices sound faint and incoherent to others, as if were emulating language rather than actually uttering it,[8] they can speak in voices only Ciara can understand,[2] although later shadows are able to speak coherently enough to be understood by bystanders. Ciara can communicate with currently inactive spirits and partially aware of their emotions and desires. The shadows maintain their original personality and some degree of agency, although it somewhat wears off with time in the same way as their appearance. The recently collected imprints are even able to defy Ciara's wishes, although she expect them to submit later.[9]

She draws power from her dormant shards, and feeds her active projections with that power. Even when they are not visible, she still has three projections "active".[7]

She believed that she could pass on her power to another person.[citation needed]
Glaistig uaine by cnjlc

illustration by CNJLC

She possesses a secondary power, much like Chevalier and Ingenue, that allows her to recognize the carriers of other shards and see phantom images surrounding the empowered, but it is way more sensitive, including ability to sense distant parahumans through walls and at great distances.[2] She is capable of recognizing the details of how individual powers work by analyzing their phantoms.[9]

By the end of Worm, she has absorbed the powers of countless capes, including Eidolon. With Eidolon's ghost increasing the maximum number of powers she can wield at once from four to six, and seven if several of Eidolon's powers are weak, she is now indisputably the most powerful parahuman in existence. Even before his death, Eidolon himself speculated that she had grown to surpass him in power. However, as of Ward, she seems reluctant to use Eidolon, stating his "battery is almost empty", and that recharging it would be "more trouble than it was worth".[11] She was able to escape Khepri's control by forcing her to control one of her spirits instead of herself, possibly using that spirit's power.[17][18]

Ciara referred to herself as "the Keeper of the Dead".[2]

HistoryEdit

BackgroundEdit

Ms. Yamada believed that Ciara triggered at a very young age. She speculated that she was isolated both before and after her trigger, "surviving purely by your own methods", and at some point experienced a second trigger event that led to her powers eclipsing her personality.[3]

When Glaistig Uaine's ability to harvest and use the powers of any recently deceased parahuman she had come in contact with became known, it evoked panic among the cape community. Multiple teams went after her and failed. This resulted in thirty-two capes being killed and their powers being claimed by Glaistig Uaine. An even greater force of fifty parahumans was sent after her. The entire force ended up retreating, thirteen of them being killed and their powers added to Glaistig Uaine's growing collection.[12]

Glaistig Uaine's most notable accomplishment at the time was permanently killing Gray Boy, something which was thought to be impossible due to his power resurrecting him whenever he died. Glaistig's ability to steal the powers of the recently deceased stopped Gray Boy from resurrecting. After this, she attacked the King's Men and killed Athrwys, before turning herself in to the authorities. Her killing of Gray Boy was orchestrated by Contessa to allow Cauldron to eliminate Gray Boy while still keeping his power in play for use against their true enemy.[19]

Post-Slaughterhouse NineEdit

As the leader of Cell Block C Glaistig Uaine welcomed Amelia to the Birdcage.

Gold MorningEdit

She was later shown having conversations with Eidolon about parahuman shards and Scion. She spoke cryptically and indicated that she intended for Scion to win the coming conflict. She referred to Eidolon as the "High Priest".

Glastaig Uaine began helping in the fight against Scion during the oil-rig battle in order to "force him back to sleep".[20] Liberal application of Gray Boy's power allowed her to effectively stall him, as every time Scion was trapped in a time loop he had to expend effort to break free.[16]

A major contribution to the battle was her hinting Eidolon that he could drain the energy of other parahuman's shards to re-charge his own powers. Most notably, it allowed him to use the Matter Eraser, a power that had been unavailable to him since before the emergence of Behemoth, and was so effective against Scion that he used Path to Victory to counter it.[11][21]

Eidolon's death at Scion's hands allowed her to harvest his shard,[22] making her the most powerful parahuman in history. She was shown to be able to resist being mastered by Khepri. She accomplished this by shunting Khepri's control from herself to one of her conjured parahuman ghosts.

After Khepri's victory against Scion, Glaistig Uaine was able to "convince" her to leave the dimension without incident and liberate her swarm. Or so it seemed.[23]

Post-Gold MorningEdit

After events she wound up taking a therapy with Jessica Yamada, who got her to reexamine her life.[2]

Ciara presented herself to the world as Valkyrie to the grumbling of the other heroes.

Later she went to the basement of the Warden HQ where she met with Rinke and Riley. This interaction gave her an idea of what to do with her Flock.

Glow-wormEdit

Two years after Gold Morning,[24] Valkyrie was known as a "rising star" in the Wardens. An interview with her was posted online and discussed on Parahumans Online, where she deflected questions regarding her former identity.[1]

Early-WardEdit

As a member of the Wardens and a new hero she was still considered one of the group's key members, and has her own statue in HQs lobby.[25]

She was present at the briefing when the team of new heroes gave their presentation about the viability of an assault on the Mathers compound.[26]

Post-Fallen FallEdit

At this point she had already amassed a group of resurrected parahumans, although something prevents her from continuing to pursue this path.[9]

Survived the portal sabotage, but was very busy since then.[27] Once immediate threats were settled, she was able to find the stranded Warden personnel.[9]

Fanart GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Valkyrie Interviewed and Thread Link
    Rising star in the Wardens.  Exceptionally powerful, many references to the Green Maiden or something?  Might harken back to before my time.  She is asked directly about this in the interview and deflects. - Excerpt from Glow-worm P.3
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 Teneral e.1
  3. 3.0 3.1 You triggered at a very young age, you were no doubt isolated, as masters tend to be. No doubt surviving purely by your own methods. Somewhere along the way, something happened. You stole the wrong power, you fought someone and lost, or you found yourself in a bad situation. In the course of that event or in the wake of it, you unlocked stronger powers, and they eclipsed you as a person. Am I too far off track, here? - Excerpt from Teneral e.1
  4. Nine/Infinity: G. Uaine - Detail Generator - Trump, spreadsheet by Wildbow.
  5. I could only think of one powerful individual who was on a par with the others she’d named. Contessa and Glaistig Uaine were easily twelves or higher on the power-ratings scale, and I could look to others with powers in that neighborhood to figure out who she was referring to. Panacea, Labyrinth… - Excerpt from Extinction 27.4
  6. Worm Audiobook pronounciation guide (confirmed by Wildbow)
  7. 7.00 7.01 7.02 7.03 7.04 7.05 7.06 7.07 7.08 7.09 7.10 Interlude 16.z
  8. 8.00 8.01 8.02 8.03 8.04 8.05 8.06 8.07 8.08 8.09 8.10 8.11 8.12 Extinction 27.4
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 Gleaming, Interlude 9
  10. 10.0 10.1 Glaistig Uaine – A cape that seems much younger than she is, Glaistig Uaine styles herself as a Faerie Queen, and claims that she collects the lesser faerie that grant other parahumans their powers. Whatever the true nature of her abilities, she can draw in the essence of recently dead parahumans she has come in contact with – or kill wounded or dying parahumans – and store it within herself. At any one time, she can have two or three of the parahumans she has ‘claimed’ manifest as ghostly spectres, complete with the ability to physically affect the world and use their powers. - Cast Page (In-Depth)
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 27.x (Interlude, Eidolon)‏‎
  12. 12.0 12.1 Extinction 27.3
  13. Speck 30.2
  14. If nothing else, Bakuda was a manageable inmate, now. She would never leave Glaistig Uaine's immediate presence, let alone the Birdcage. - Interlude 10.5
  15. Glaistig Uaine was mentioned in Marquis’ interlude. She claims the spirits of dead capes she comes in contact with and summons forth spectres with their powers. - Comment by Wildbow on Scourge 19.6
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Extinction 27.5
  17. Speck 30.6
  18. Speck 30.7
  19. Cauldron permitted Gray Boy because he was the closest thing to a weapon they had against Scion since Eidolon. When the S9 started picking up and more parahumans started getting removed from the fiend than Gray Boy was theoretically worth, they moved in. Manuevering Glaistig Uaine into taking him over, so the power would still be in play. - Comment by Wildbow on Spacebattles
  20. “Then I will be here when you return, and we can have that great battle, fighting to drive him back into slumber.” - Speck 30.2
  21. “No.  Well, maybe.  I don’t know.  Haven’t exactly had a long conversation with her.  No.  I’m saying… well… Scion has it.  Her power.  That line he fed Eidolon?  It was calculated to devastate the man at the point he was flying highest, so the fall would be more catastrophic.  It’s something I couldn’t pull off.  I watched some footage of the fight, where Scion’s power didn’t nix the cameras.  Corroborates the evidence.  He wasn’t actively using the power, but there’s a confidence there.” - Cockroaches 28.6
  22. Venom 29.2
  23. The Faerie Queen was brought in. You should remember her. She’s the one who let you go.

    “Yes,’ I said.

    There were a lot of eyes on you two, at the end. It reflected well on her, that she got you to free the captives.

    She hadn’t, but I didn’t explain. This woman probably knew, anyways. - Excerpt from Speck 30.7
  24. Evacuation is still underway even two years and two months after Gold Morning. - Excerpt from Glow-worm P.1
  25. Inside the building, statues of key members stood off to either side of the lobby. Chevalier, Narwhal, Valkyrie, Legend, Cinereal, Stonewall, Topflight and Miss Militia.
    [...]
    “Is Weld getting a statue?” Tristan asked.

    “Not for a while,” Sveta said. “That’s more for people who’ve put in the years, and he only just got in. He’s got a preliminary thing in the gift shop.” - Excerpt from Glare 3.6
  26. Shadow 5.6
  27. Beacon 8.2

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