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Panacea felt a gnawing sense of guilt, as every second she took to herself was a second where 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. She refused to kill using her power or interfere with human minds, even to heal them. 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, possibly 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 jealousy for Victoria's boyfriend Gallant.
As a result of these various sources of stress, Amy was "steadily crumbling" at the start of Worm.
Amy loves her sister dearly, this may have been influenced by the effect of her adoptive sisters emotional aura. In a moment of weakness, she changed Victoria's brain chemistry to reciprocate her romantic feelings. She was prevented from correcting her mistake due to her sister's understandable revulsion to the idea.
Her attempts to fix things only making things worse.
When she was placed in the birdcage, Amy got her first tattoo in remembrance of her crime against Victoria.
She eventually was able to fix Victoria, but their relationship was irreparably damaged.
Amy is described as "mousy" with frizzy brown hair and freckles.
As Panacea, Amy wore a robe with a large hood and a scarf that covered the lower half of her face. The robe was alabaster white and had a medic’s red cross on the chest and the back.
Because of the Siberians tests she lost several joints of her fingers.During her time in the birdcage, she would acquire several tattoos as mementos to her life before the birdcage. She also had a growth spurt, and Taylor described the result as not attractive but not unattractive.
Amy is a biokinetic with an innate understanding of, and the ability to modify, the biology of any living organism she touches. This is not limited to humans but encompasses all carbon based life based on what is seen in story. 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 took her "some time" to modify tissues for transplant to avoid rejection. Any changes she makes are not immediate.
Amy is capable of modifying brains, but has a firm rule against it; she fears what may happen once she crosses this line. Changes she does make are deep and not easily corrected compared to other master effects.
Amelia was born to a woman who had had a onetime tryst with the Marquis of Brockton Bay. She was raised by her mother until she passed away from cancer, and then she was delivered to her father.
During the Brockton Bay Brigade's battle against Marquis, the Brigade discovered his daughter 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. Amy's first memory may well have been coming to an unfamiliar home with strangers.
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.
Her power meant she was granted an honorary medical license. She wasn't able to do as much as she could with her abilities due partially to rules governing the exploitation of minors.
Glory Girl called Panacea in to heal a suspect she had injured in a fight. The two argued about Victoria's use of excessive 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.
When Leviathan came to Brockton Bay, she was presumably held back at the secure location such as the Hospital.
Amy tried to go to a family reunion that didn't go well. When she tried to follow her sister she was almost attacked.
Panacea was still assisting The Wardens by overseeing Riley's work. She is still uncertain where she is heading in the new world. While her sister was in the same building as she was, Amy ended up meeting a new friend.
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.
↑ 2.02.1Amy bent down and touched her sister. Glory Girl stirred and sat up. With Amy’s help she stood.
“You’re lying to yourself,” Tattletale said. “And you’re making things worse.”
“Just- I’m just keeping her complacent. I’m okay with it if she doesn’t forgive me for it. Don’t deserve it anyways. I do this, and then I’ll go somewhere I can be useful. Only reason I haven’t made more of myself and my power is because of the rules and regulations about exploiting minors with powers. Either go into government or don’t work at all, and didn’t want to go into government because they would have made me a weapon. And because I needed to be with my family.”
She smiled, but it wasn’t a happy expression. “Burned that bridge. But I’m sixteen now, I can get a job somewhere, start making a real difference with my power.” - Excerpt from Prey 14.6
↑Marquis frowned. “My daughter, she would be… what year is it? 2010?”
↑ 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
↑ 6.06.1The Star "Upright: Hope, spirituality, renewal, serenity Reversed: Lack of faith, despair, discouragement"
Panacea is hope, but for others, not herself. She is renewal, spirituality, and serenity when she finally does find herself, reinventing herself within the Birdcage. Her crisis is one of a lack of faith/uncertainty in her abilities, falling into the depths of despair, and hopelessness. - Major Arcana, bolded addition by Wildbow.
↑“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
↑[Guild comes to brockton bay in full force to root out undersiders and affiliated villains] In this war for the soul of Brockton Bay, Panacea represents that soul. In this context, Panacea walks away, the small wars are being won, and ultimately the city isn't condemned, but it's more because of what Brockton Bay represents in the big picture, and the Guild is the voice advocating for it to survive.[...]Jack and his Cherish-recruited team of heroes turned villain crosses paths with Shatterbird's flock [...] and they make plans to reunite at Endgame. When they do, it's with a focus; targeting the most powerful capes. Panacea is too important a symbol, and she gets targeted, with ugly consequences. - Excerpt from a comment by Wildbow on Reddit
↑Mrmdubois: Right, so the power kicked in when Glory Girl and Panacea where hitting or had just hit puberty. Panacea is introverted and would have spent most of her hangout time with Glory Girl anyways meaning she’d be getting blasted with this power…pretty often going by the way Glory Girl used it on her with no compunction during the assault/repair on the skinhead. Chuck in the changes in biology from growing up and awakening sexuality and it seems pretty likely to me that this was going to go weird places right off the bat [...] Wildbow: I wondered if anyone would pay any attention to that.- Comment by Wildbow on Interlude 21.y
↑ 14.014.1“I can find someone else to fix it. Or maybe, at the very least, I can show some fucking self-control and realize it’s my sister I’m having those feelings about.”
“You can’t. I- Oh fuck. You’re underestimating what I did. Please. If you never ever give me anything else, if you never talk to me or look at me again, just let me fix this.” - Interlude 11h
↑ 16.016.1I watched the individual members of the swarm touch ground. The girl with healing powers had been placed deliberately next to a living pool of flesh with multiple heads of golden hair. The healer’s hands were covering her face, but she didn’t step away.
Her hands slowly lowered, and she laid her eyes on the monster, which was actively, ineffectually reaching out for her. - Excerpt from Speck 30.7
↑Siberian took her time, grabbing at Amy’s other wrist, then prying at her fingers. Three were already missing segments, and Siberian seized the index finger. Slowly, inexorably, she guided the finger to her mouth, her lips parting. Amy thrashed, but couldn’t free herself from Siberian’s grip. - Excerpt from Prey 14.2
↑“No, I’m not okay.” Her head trembled a little as she turned to glance at the others. She returned her attention to me. “She bit off my fingers.” [...] "My fingers,” she moaned, as she looked at her hand. “I ran as fast as I could, but it wasn’t fast enough. She kept catching me.” - Excerpt from Prey 14.3
↑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
↑She can regrow missing body parts. She can't conjure material out of thin air, however. Even donor material is tricky because the body is liable to reject it unless she invests the time to alter it on a deep level. This is time she wasn't able or willing to spare when Armsmaster was in custody.
Atlas was made from an abundance of raw material. One key hurdle that they didn't have to cross. - Wildbow on RPG.net
↑“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." - Excerpt from Extinction 27.4
↑ 26.026.1Wildbow: Amy's power is related to Marquis' Wildbow: Just broader Gundor: Right Wildbow: Minus the limitations that were put on the Shaper shard - Wildbow on IRC, archived on Spacebattles
↑* Marquis got the power that fit best at the time of his trigger. Panacea was more of a slow play in the midst of a promising situation. - Wildbow on Reddit
↑I’ve mentioned that I went through a lot of drafts before settling on Taylor’s story. One of the drafts was ‘Guts and Glory’, and that’s the same point in time I came up with the Slaughterhouse Nine and Bonesaw (by a different name, same concept). There was involvement between ‘Bonesaw’ and Panacea, and I’m thinking that’s something I’ll want to touch on at some point. - Comment on Interlude 10.5
↑“I used pheromones to lure stray cats, dogs and rats to us, then I knit them together. Victoria didn’t have enough body fat to stay warm, and she was wearing out faster than I could get her nutrition.” - Excerpt from Prey 14.10
↑“I’ve been turning every microbe that touches my skin into an airborne plague, Jack,” Panacea spoke, her voice low. “You should be dead now.” - Excerpt from Prey 14.10
↑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.” - Excerpt from Interlude 11h
↑Funny how parallels appear. Almost as if Panacea had been recreating something from something she saw in a trigger event. - Comment on Speck 30.5
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 fromSpeck 30.5