Mari was one of the prime socialites of her age, and an up-and-coming starlet to boot. The future was bright, and the possibilities were endless. Boredom found her dabbling into petty larceny, for her own excitement, but it was always the parties, the bright and glittering lights, that drew her...And then the summer of 1921 came rolling around. Mari was at a party just outside of New York City, dancing beneath the stars on the waterfront. She was chasing after a man with a bottle of champagne, through the maze of the estate's hedges, when it became something else. Further and further she went, following the laughter and the promise of drink, until she found herself beyond the thorns, and in the keeping of the Dragon. That man, she would eventually come to know as Stihl.
It was thus that Mariella was delivered into the Keeping of one known only as The Dragon, Collector extraordinaire, 'thief', hoarder. A being rarely seen, and usually only then indirectly. He crafted her into his feminine shadow, to watch over his horde - sentient and non. Guard, but never touch. Never have. Never own.
In December of 2011 she escaped his Keeping, into the waiting looming of a member of the Knighthood of Utmost Silence.
Mariella is a member of the Winter Court, and just as frosty as one would expect, for the most part. To those within, she is known to be an Onyx Thane. To the Freehold, she is the Second to the Crown.
- The Knighthood of Utmost Silence:
The entitlement. Blade-carrying, mouthless, and relentless when it comes to helping people get Somewhere Else when they feel that it's time to flee the coop. Could you have needed to escape an unfortunate situation, leaving the entirety of your life behind? Or perhaps you're a member of the Tolltaker Knighthood, that shared a target with the dragoness?
- Sun Banisher for the Sentinel Rock Freehold:
Did you fuck up royally? Mariella's here to help cover up the mess - but don't expect her to make you fell better about it.
The woman never seems to speak louder than in hushed tones, and there's often a movement of her hands involved, as if she'd rather be using sign language than her faint voice.