Name: Mercy Sheridan
Date of birth: June 18th
Place of birth: New York City
Heritage: Greek, French, Welsh
Height: 5' 6"
Eye color: Purple-blue
Hair color: Red (natural), light brown or black (dyed)
Family: Her mother is a board member of several foundations, as well as a lawyer. Her father holds an unspecified position with the US Government. Currently private sector.
Marital Status: In a domestic relationship with Andres Knightfall
Religious scholars have portrayed Mary Magdalene as many things over the years. Diseased. Prostitute. Wife of Christ. Not one of them got it right. In the same strokes that they falsely painted Judas as Betrayer, they painted Mary as the Sinner, the Whore. Anything to tear her down with any strength that she may have once borne. Heaven forbid the world see a female with the innate strength and power she possesses. Mary was so much more than what they made her, they both were.
Judas Iscariot was a member of the league of assassins known as the Sicarii. He was not the one who betrayed Jesus, but for reasons that have been lost in the sands of time, those who authored the Bible believed for the world to wish that he was. Not only those men, but the men in charge of the Church, who were more than happy to spread the word that Judas was the one at fault.
He was not the only one who was more than he appeared to be, though. Mary Magdalene was no mere woman. Yes, she was the companion of Christ, but the history books were unaware of the rest. She was trained by the Sicarii in the deadly arts of assassination and placed as Jesus's protector. She failed in her duties, but not before she became impregnated with his child. The heir of not only the holy bloodline, but the heir of a Sicarii legacy.
Unknown to Mary, the daughter that she carried within her would be heir to a deadly gift spurred by the combining of bloodlines and the holiness that ran throughout her. After the death of Christ, Mary was spirited off to France. It was there where she lived out the rest of her life, but not quietly by any means.
She established her own sect of Sicarii and quickly got down to business, even as her womb was burgeoning with an impending life. The French sect differed from their brethren in the fact that instead of being labeled as terrorists and zealots, they acted quite covertly. Trained by Mary with her own personal knowledge of the Sicarii, they quickly grew to a unit of forty men and women.
By the time her daughter arrived, born in the walls of a monastery in the south of France, Mary had gathered considerable power and wealth through her Sicarii and their tactics as they remained covert and unknown. The only child of Christ, Sarah, grew to age in the lap of luxury, learning skills from her mother in the center of a pit of assassins.
Sarah was no normal child. She knew no shortage of love, but also no shortage of training. But what was unknown to The Magdalene, to the Sicarii and most importantly, to the Vatican, whom they were working against - was the fact that Sarah was bestowed not just with the bloodline of Jesus, she had a gift. She had the ability to see into others minds and see what they were thinking; telepathy.
As she grew older and so did her mother, Sarah progressed in momentous fashion. Dubbed simply the Sanguine, she fashioned a name for herself as somebody not to be trifled with. An elite assassin by the time she was seventeen, she took ownership of the sect of Sicarii that her mother had led.
Heavily involved in political assassination, their goal was to keep the Vatican and their slanderous and false statements in check. They succeeded much of the time, but not always where they wanted to. Overall, they took small victories fashioned in behind the scenes meeting rooms mixed with a heavy dose of political intrigue and assassination, opposed to the outright guerilla tactics and terrorism of their brethren in the Holy Land.
Each generation of the Holy Bloodline bears one daughter. This girl is known as the Sanguine, literally the Blood. She's the blood of Christ and the blood of Magdalene and she is heir to an inglorious burden. Saddled with purpose, ambition and means, not a single daughter of Magdalena's line ever lived a quiet uneventful life. Any who tried went nearly mad in the process.
Each was born with a gift, just as Sarah had been, but that was not the only special feature that the Sanguine possessed. In addition to that gift, at the age of 17 or the death of their mother, whichever event occurred first, each girl would inherit the combat knowledge of all those who came before them
The muscle memories transferred over, as well as every technique and piece of information that all who had come before had acquired during their lifetimes. This alone makes each Sanguine one of the world's premiere combatants. That is without adding in the knowledge that they gain during their own tenure and the gift that has been bestowed upon each of them.
Persona Non Grata
In the fallout of the Venezuelan Conflict, Mercy launched her own individual investigation. Through the combination of tireless fact-checking and solid sources, she was able to unearth White House communiques and audio of a private conversation between the President of the United States and Anthony Stark, the man who had been responsible for a huge amount of damage and a large death toll during the incident. He had been acting as an agent of the government with complete authority to do what he wished.
This, along with several other key pieces of information were released in a report on Mercy Sheridan's own personal blog. Throughout the year, she had managed to accrue a widespread readership and it was this devoted group of individuals paired with the sensitive information that caused the report to go viral. Brought up on news shoes, hundreds of thousands of notes on tumblr, shared all over Facebook and linked throughout the Twitter ether, the report and evidence became a common topic of discussion in households. The President was not pleased, considering his nefarious plan had just been spilled. But was something so blatant easily believed?
She was given the status as a person of interest in the eyes of the US Government. President Ziev took a large hit in his approval ratings (the lowest since the Bush administration) as people began asking questions of their own. There was simply too much for it all to be the inane ramblings of a drug addict. There were only four people outside of her family able to place the name Mercy Sheridan to her face at the time of the report, allowing her to slip into the ether unnoticed.
An anonymous source contacted her through her secure network, directing her towards somebody who could give her both shelter and the skills and training that would be necessary to adequately take care of herself. Dubious at first, she completed her research and came to the conclusion that whether or not this source was benevolent, they were not wrong. Setting out to find the alluring and enigmatic Quintus Knightfall, the man who would push her physicality and instincts to the upper echelon.
The esoteric group of highly esteemed warriors took few into their fold. At the request of Quintus and along with his continued presence, they accepted Mercy Sheridan, who all had believed to be a modest reporter in need of training in order to protect herself. She was taught their techniques and their methodology and adapted their abilities, if not their mantra. It was two weeks of concentrated training as the prodigious upcoming martial arts savant soaked in all the techniques and knowledge at her disposal. By the time they were done, several of the Arashikage had formulated theories as to who she really was, but out of respect for her and Quintus, not a soul spoke a word.
The weeks ended too soon, as she skillfully mastered the training that had been offered to her. It was at that point that Mercy and Quintus took their leave of the island, thankful for the gifts that they had been offered. They returned to New York City where Mercy took up residence at the Knightfall homestead. From that point forward, feelings between the two of them progressed after having been heightened by isolation on the island and they became a couple.
The Devil's Deal
The militant anti-mutant force of Charlemagne LeBeau had gone quiet after the fallout of Venezuela. It was to the disconcertation and worry of those in the know that he was not making any moves. Potentially presumed to be deceased, others knew better, but as weeks went by, he drifted out of mind, following the age old adage, out of sight, out of mind.
In the early morning of mid-June, Mercy received a frantic telepathic summons from Quintus's daughter. The summons led her to Agiad'coda Island, the home of the fabled Arashikage. They had been completely decimated, wiped out in an attack of extreme prejudice. All that was left was the masked warrior who had taken to calling himself The Last Arashikage as a taunting of his perceived accomplishment and by his side, chained in a collar and referred to as Slave, was Quintus's daughter.
Up until this point, Mercy had portrayed herself as the mild-mannered reporter, but with a life on the line, her inner Sanguine broke out. A fight ensued, one that tested every ounce of strength, fortitude, perseverance and skill that was beholden to her name, both as Mercy Sheridan and Sanguine of the Sicarii.
Both took huge blows, not only to pride and ego but to their physical state of well being. The conflict ended with both badly injured and a dagger held to the throat of Quintus's daughter. Mercy had no intention of testing out whether her opponent was bluffing or not and offered herself and her servitude as a trade. One year of her servitude on her honor, on the life of her lover's daughter, in return for that little girl's safety. There had been no other choice for her and time would only tell if she'd live to regret it.