Blessing: Spend Glamour to increase dice pools for Wits, Subterfuge and Stealth. Stealth rolls gain 9-again rule.
Curse: -1 to all rolls to activate Contracts during the day. -2 if the sun is visible to them.
Blessing: Charnel Sight - Spend a Glamour to be able to see (but not interact with) ghosts for the rest of the scene
Intelligence 3 Wits 2 Resolve 3
Strength 1 Dexterity 3 Stamina 2
Presence 2 Manipulation 2 Composure 3
Academics 2 (Psychology)
Stealth 2 (Moving in Darkness)
Empathy 3 (Personalities)
Socialize 2 (Casual Chatter)
Merits, Pledges and Contracts
Status (Medical) 2
Striking Looks 2
Fleeting Spring 1
Shade and Spirit 3
Melissa Lindquist was the oldest of five sisters in a crowded little apartment in Atlanta, GA. As such, she was used to listening to her sisters (and her mother) talk about their daily problems and helping them through whatever was going on. She continued along this track as she went through high school, becoming the common mediator for the problems between her fellow students. She got into Tulane University in 1997 and began studying psychology so, as she often joked, she could get paid to do what she'd been doing for most of her life.
She remained at Tulane for her master's degree in child psychiatry, graduating in the winter of 2004. Not eight months later, Hurricane Katrina made its way towards the Gulf Coast. As Melissa was packing up her things to get out of town, she heard a knock on the door. She went to open it and received a clock over the head for her trouble. The last thing she saw before passing out was a ghostly-pale face smirking at her.
When she awoke, she found herself in a field of some sort, lying under a pitch black sky and surrounded by thick mists. Although she thought herself to be alone at first, as time went on she realized that there were other people in the mists with her. She began talking with them and noticed that nearly all of them were…well, dead. Understandably, she was a little freaked out at this. However, she soon realized that, while dead, the ghosts stuck in the field with her needed her help.
Even though her form changed due to the essence of death that was absorbed into her by her contact with the unquiet dead, she exuded a feeling of quiet peace; a number of the denizens of the field even called her saintly. During the rest of her Durance, she talked with each of the ghosts in the field, determining what was keeping them from moving onward. She found out that the only thing keeping them there was the odd pale-faced figure that had brought Melissa to the field.
The next time the pale-faced figure appeared at the field with new ghosts in tow, Melissa (who had taken on the name Melisandra at this point) led the ghosts in a charge against the Gentry. Surprised, he released his hold on the dead, and all of them were able to escape the field and return to the real. Most passed on to their next lives, their issues resolved by Melisandra's aid.
Melisandra found herself standing in the storm-damaged remains of her home a day after the storm hit, sitting up with a jolt as rescue workers broke through the door to get inside. She moved back to Atlanta for a little while, but felt the pull of New Orleans again not too long after. She moved back to New Orleans to stay in late 2006 and has been there since, working as a psychiatrist at the New Orleans Adolescent Hospital. She's bumped into a number of other Lost since, but hasn't officially joined the freehold yet. This may change, however, since she's been catching flashes of her Keeper's pale face in windows and mirrors. He hasn't found her yet, but he's getting a bit too close for comfort.
Melisandra's patients see a charming young Caucasian woman in her late 20's with dark hair, pale green eyes that look through gold wire-rim glasses and pale skin. She looks a little sickly at times, something she explains away as repercussions from Katrina. While working with patients she wears dress slacks and blouses; when out and about, she wears more casual clothes.
Behind the Mask, Melisandra looks much the same as she did before her Durance. However, her skin has taken a slightly waxy look, much like the number of Catholic saints that have not decomposed decades or centuries after their deaths. She often has her blessing active, and will speak with any ghost willing to listen. Not surprisingly, most of those whom she talks to recently are the Katrina dead.
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