|Portrayed By||Natalie Portman|
|Place of Birth||Jerusalem|
|Date of Birth||Jun 4 1971|
|Mother||Ambassador Rachel Zahavi|
|First Appearance||Caged in Shadow|
Born to an Israeli Diplomat and her husband, Maura was nonetheless raised in Britain as her mother served as a a Wizardess Embassador from the Middle East to the Ministry of Magic. So she has grown up with all of the local culture and flavor and fit in normally, even amongst the nobility - it's just that her blood is from an *extremely* old pure blooded line from the 'cradle of life' region.
She was sorted into Hufflepuff House on her first day at Hogwarts and by all accounts led a rather charmed existence there. She went largely unnoticed by her peers because much of her free time was spent assisting in the infirmary due to an apparent affiliation with the healing arts that isn't really part of the normal school curriculum.
It was after her last year at Hogwarts that things went downhill, really. Though it caught her completely by surprise. She was embarking on a tour of the other wizard hospitals - one in America and one in France - for a year each before taking up residence at st. Mungo's, when her trip went horribly awry. Shadow, having studied her family history and lineage, knew that he would be able to trigger a disease called Leigh Syndrome by injecting her with a magical RNA sequence.
Without need to go into great detail, it was a rather arduous time. The disease didn't prgress normally or she never would have survived at all. But rather would stop and start in fits, confounding Shadow and making him irrationally angry, thereby throwing her to Bellatrix LeStrange to toy with. But she would gladly have just stayed and endured it, healing herself when able, to have saved Siobhan from being captured and forced into experimentation herself by the same man.
Recovery is a loooong road, but it's now the one she walks.
Obviously, she has a will of steel. It's doubtful someone with less than that could survive 10 months of what Shadow put her through. And she continues to prove it out by trying whatever means are at her disposal to live as normal a life as possible now that she's free. Despite the need to speak slowly and carefully, she's also quite intelligent; her current studies include human genetics and advanced transfiguration theory. Along with her existing medical knowledge, she's determined to find a way to reserve the damage Shadow causes with his experimentation. Assuming they are able to find his victims in time. (IE - Well before the 10 months it took to find her!)
And she is, by all measures, just a genuinely sweet person. She goes out of her way to help whoever needs it, and uses her healing abilities without reservation. Sometimes her dry sense of humor seems at odds with that. But, she never means any harm by it.
Siobhan: If she had a sister, this is who Maura would have wanted right from the get-go. They bonded in Shadow's dungeon (because who doesn't bond when in the same dungeon cell amirite?), and have been close since then. She would do anything for Siobhan; she owes the woman her life and is well aware of it.
Jack: Yep, she went and fell head over heels for Siobhan's brother. This could either be really, really, good. Or, well. The opposite. Being the optimist that she is, she has her bets placed on really good. She really does adore him; it's totally diabetic inducing levels of sweet.
Jethro: She can't turn to her father because she doesn't remember him, so Jet's been nominated as the kind-of stand in. Or at least someone she can vent her frustrations out on. When she has them. It doesn't happen very often. And, she feels safe around him.
Snape: It is all kinds of levels of weird, surely, how much respect she shows to the current Headmaster. What most people don't know is that she'd seen him several times during her captivity. And it was his small acts of actual kindness (instead of head games) that helped her endure.
Gideon: She didn't even KNOW she had a big brother until he arrived on the scene to join her security detail. The only biological family she's able to know and connect with for now, because she'd never been told about him while growing up. So it didn't mess with the curse that has everything else locked up tight.
Bellatrix LeStrange: Look out, people. Maura don't know Shadow by sight. But she does know what this batshit crazy bitch looks like. And you can bet that it will take -every single ounce- of her willpower not to try and kill the woman the first time she sees her.
Maura was held captive by Shadow before appearing on the grid. During that time she was tortured both by the use of pain curses (and Bellatrix' taking out her anger with a whip), and some magical concoction that injected her with something designed to magically rearrange just a tiny but of her DNA. One single genome that, because of her family, would instigate the onset of Leigh Syndrome. So while it will not pass to her children, and she is now protected from further deterioration by the use of a magical amulet… the extent that the disease ate at her is clear. She lacks almost any balance at all, has no eye-hand co-ordination, and must speak slowly and enunciate clearly to be understood.
She also, as yet, has no memory of people she knew before her capture. Not even her own parents.
"Mmmm, drywall sandwiches. My favorite." — Maura, to Jack.
Trivia and Notes:
Since her family has ancient Jewish roots, and is pureblood, there is a very different feel to her magic then what those of European descent are used to. Brennan says it smells like Hummus; Maura pretends she doesn't hear that. Most would likely see it as 'exotic' or even simply weird, if they are able to sense different flavors of magic at all. And those she is healing might describe a rich, loamy scent of earth.
Because she is of an ancient line of healers and protectors, there are two spells she remembers that were drilled into her relentlessly. Something she will never forget, even though she does not yet remember who taught it to her.
Shamar: Pieces of paper with the Shield of David inscribled on them in blue ink. When activated by the release word 'Shamar', the paper flares to life and releases a shield spell similar to 'protega', a glowing blue flame sigil in the same shape as the drawing briefly appearing in front of the caster to protect them from magic or mundane projectiles and elemental spells. (Does not require a wand)
Rapha: Unable to be used on oneself, Rapha can only be used to heal others. The left hand (closest to the heart) is to be placed hovering above the affected area and the release word used in order to seal the deepest of wounds and draw away pain. It can be used to entirely heal a wound, from small cuts and bruises to life-threatening injuries Unfortunately, it takes a toll on the person using it - as they feel the same pain their patient does during the time the spell is being cast. Only those who specialize in emergency medicine make use of it because of that. And, because it often requires someone to 'spot' them during the more painful and fatal wound healings; the connection between patient and healer must be broken once the healer has no more energy give. (Does not require a wand)