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Panacea felt a gnawing sense of guilt, because every second she took to herself, she wasn't helping other people.
Like her absent biological father she holds herself to a strong code that governs her behavior and use of her power. Notably, she refused to kill using her power or interfere with human minds, even to heal. Breaking these guiding tenets caused her considerable mental stress.
Amy felt extremely lonely; her adoptive mother, Carol Dallon, never really wanted her and treated her coldly and suspiciously; while her adoptive father, Mark Dallon, suffered from clinical depression and found it difficult to look after her. The only person who consistently showed her affection was her sister, Victoria Dallon.
She also felt a strong attraction to Victoria, likely as a result of constant exposure to her sisters awe-inducing aura at a formative stage. Although she kept this a secret, fearing that it would ruin their relationship, it caused her to feel an extreme dislike for Victoria's boyfriend Gallant.
As a result of these various sources of stress, Amy was "steadily crumbling" at the start of Worm.
Amy is a biokinetic with an innate understanding of, and the ability to modify, the biology of any living organism she touches. For much of her life, Amy primarily restricted her use of the power to healing. She was one of the greatest healers in the world.
She has demonstrated the ability to render parts of a person's body numb and threatened to give Skitter time-delayed obesity or to make everything she ate taste like bile for the remainder of her life.
Her power was too slow to be much use on Leviathan. It too her "some time" to modify tissues for transplant to avoid rejection.
Amy is capable of modifying brains, but has a firm rule against it; she fears what may happen once she crosses this line.
During the Brockton Bay Brigade's battle against Marquis, the Brigade discovered his daughter Amelia hiding in the closet. Brandish and Flashbang adopted her to keep her safe from the media and those who would exploit her due to the high chance of her manifesting superpowers. This was requested by Marquis.
Panacea triggered two years before the story began, when Glory Girl was injured by a gang attacking a mall. She would visit hospitals for two or three hours at a time every evening, curing people. Sometimes she would visit again during the night because she couldn't sleep.
Panacea was called by Glory Girl, who asked her to heal a suspect she had injured in a fight. The two argued about Victoria's excessive use of force, but she eventually acquiesced. She helped her sister interrogate the man.
Amy was present for the Battle at the Bank without her costume; she briefly incapacitated Skitter by interfering with the feedback she received from her bugs. At one point, Tattletale threatened to expose her secrets in front of Glory Girl.
Afterwards, she healed the Wards of any injuries they had and told them of her observations regarding Tattletale's power to help them in future fights.
Panacea was the name of the Greek goddess of universal remedy, from which the word and concept "panacea" is derived. The panacea was said to be a substance that cured all diseases and granted eternal life.
Amy and Victoria were considered early on as protagonists for a story called 'Guts and Glory'. The story would have alternated between each of their perspectives on a chapter by chapter basis and covered many of the same events that were covered in Worm.
↑“What’s holding you back? You’re capable of so much, of changing the world, of destroying it, but you’re so very small, Amelia Claire Lavere.”
His voice was almost mocking as he said her name.
“That’s not my name.”
“It’s the name you were born with." - Excerpt from Prey 14.10
↑Professional Status Classification Striker Status Active - Panacea, edit by Wildbow.
↑ 4.04.1I 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
↑“You’re your father’s daughter. Both of you are bound up in rules you’ve imposed on yourselves. His rules defined his demeanor, the boundaries he worked within, the goals he sought to achieve and how he achieved them. They were his armor as much as his power was. I would guess your rules are your weakness. Rather than focus you, they leave you in free fall, nothing to grasp on to except your sister there, and we both know how that has turned out.” - Excerpt from Prey 14.10
↑“You sound like Tattletale. That’s not a compliment.”
“My ability to read people is learned, not given, I assure you. [...] I suspect you’ve never been around someone who actually paid attention to you.”
“Tattletale did. And Skitter.”
I startled at that.
“I meant on a long-term basis, but let’s talk about that. I imagine they were telling you ‘No, you aren’t. You can be good.'”
“Yeah.” - Excerpt from Prey 14.10
↑ I can’t do anything for the people with more serious brain lesions unless I attend to them directly. There’s other healers out there, I know they’re not as good, but maybe they can do something to fix that. - Excerpt from Prey 14.10
↑“Can you grow us wings?” Trickster asked, in a wry tone.
“I can’t generate flesh from nothing, and it’s slow to convert something into a part your body won’t reject.”-Prey 14.3
↑“You don’t understand. I can’t cure brain damage.”
My heart fell.
“I- my- the last time I did it, the last time I broke my rules, everything fell apart. You’re asking me to do the exact same thing Jack was. To break my rules again.”
“They’re just rules.” Where was Jack?
“They’re the only thing holding me together.”
He’s getting away. This stupid girl. “You were willing to die if he took you hostage. I’m asking you to sacrifice yourself in a lesser way. Fall apart if you have to. But undo what Bonesaw’s started.”
“This is worse than dying,” she said, her voice quiet. - Excerpt from Prey 14.10
↑"There are others who stand shoulder to shoulder with us, but queen is the wrong word, Administrator. The champion, the high priest, the observer, the shaper, the demesnes-keeper[...] The shaper and demesnes-keeper clean up after we are all done here, one way or another. So it goes."
↑Like a flame at the end of a long fuse, leading to a stick of dynamite, her power traveled from the side of Victoria’s neck to her brain. It was barely a conscious action on Amy’s part.
“Anything stupid. Like what? What did you do?”
Amy’s voice was a croak as she replied, “…make it so you would reciprocate my feelings.”
-Excepts from Infestation 11.h
↑Others… who was I leaving behind?
There was a group still in the settlement. They hadn’t all moved through the portal. I reached for their names. Right. Tattletale. Rachel. Imp. Panacea. I’d taken the others, collected the wounded.
-Excerpt from Speck 30.5