Glaistig claimed that parahumans themselves were "dreams" of the faerie, or "roles" they put on, 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. She viewed Scion as a parent-like figure, father and audience all in one. She was shocked when he showed human emotions. She referred to unpowered humans as "props", albeit living ones.
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. 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. The rest would sleep during a long, long journey. 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.
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. 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 chooses to remain a young child, seemingly in her early teens. She usually speaks with a chorus of dozens of broken voices, 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.
Her hair is blonde and her eyes green.
In the Birdcage, she wore a blackened prison uniform modified into a shroud. However, she was able to use two of her shadows to transform it into other clothing once she left, seemingly at will.
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".
She appeared nineteen years old, half again as tall as she had been, with long hair worn in a thick braid.
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.
The costume featured wings of some kind.
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.
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. They are seemingly limited to her immediate presence.
Capes she manifests appear as duplicates of their former selves with exaggerated, caricatured or blended features. Their powers are unaltered. They slowly regenerated after being destroyed or injured in a fight. They appear transparent and shadowy but otherwise solid and can interact normally with the physical world; projections that are dismissed dissolve into smoke or shadow or collapse into a point in her hand "like an explosion in reverse". They were affected normally by gravity unless she levitated them with another power.
When they try to speak, their voices sound faint and incoherent to others, as if were emulating language rather than actually uttering it, they can speak in voices only Ciara can understand, 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.
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".She believed that she could pass on her power to another person.
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. She is capable of recognizing the details of how individual powers work by analyzing their phantoms.
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". 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.
Ciara referred to herself as "the Keeper of the Dead".
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.
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.
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.
As the leader of Cell Block C Glaistig Uaine welcomed Amelia to the Birdcage.
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". 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.
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.
Eidolon's death at Scion's hands allowed her to harvest his shard, 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.
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.
Two years after Gold Morning, 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.
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.
At this point she had already amassed a group of resurrected parahumans, although something prevents her from continuing to pursue this path.
|Cell block leaders||Acidbath • Black Kaze • Crane the Harmonious • Galvanate • Gavel • Glaistig Uaine • Ingenue • Lab Rat • Lustrum • Marquis • String Theory • Teacher|
|Others||Bakuda • Canary • Cinderhands • Knot • Lizard Prince • Lung • Murderbeam • Nailbiter • Panacea • Ramrod • Spruce • Trickster • Whimper|