Daniella's portrait is by J.W. Waterhouse, titled "Boreas"
Daniella remembers little of her life before she was brought to the convent when she was 3 years old. She was told her family was farmers, and they were moving from their home as the area was destroyed in a war and no longer safe. While they were travelling, her family was attacked and killed. Daniella doesn't know who attacked her family or why, or who found her and brought her to the convent. She only knows that she has been here with her sisters of God as long as she remembered, and surely it was God's will that brought her here.
The sisters here were kind to her, and Daniella was content. Daniella found she liked working in the gardens, and she was fascinated by the study of plants and their uses in medicine. She began corresponding with other members of the church who shared her intrest. By the time she was a teen she had an exhaustive knowledge of herbalism. She tended to the convent's herb garden, and collected other plants from the nearby woods.
Many travellers passed through the convent, and she met many people and heard stories of different lands and their peoples. She learned to use her plants to help heal those that were injured or ill.
In time, she also grew into another purpose ... that of being 'God's hand' of justice. Her knowledge of plants was extensive, and she grew to learn they could harm as well as heal. She earned much of the effects of poisons, and her uses of them carefully planned. In a time when women were seen as weak and harmless, and relegion was taken very seriously; who would suspect a nun of wrongdoing? When she heard of someone that broke God's law; Daneilla would confirm the facts, evaluate those who sinned and the severity of their transgressions, and then would pass her own judgement on them. She tried to make the punishment suit the sin, such as causing impotence in a man committing adultry. Her judgement did include sometimes taking the lives of those whose sins were serious enough. The courts may be corrupt and justice was not the same for the rich as it was for the poor, Daniella thought, but she would bring God's justice as best she could. After all, why would God have shown her these plants if he didn't want her to use them? Why would these people cross her lifepath if God did not want her to do something for them? By the time she reached 18, this short, chunky, unassuming nun had killed 27 people, and brought her own kind of justice to at least tenscore more sinners.
Daniella was initially angry about her embrace, but she did not assume God had abandoned her or cursed her. After all, God had taken her this far - she just had to trust in God that His purpose would be revealed to her. When she was finally able to talk to her sire alone, she demanded he explain himself. Bajazet explained the history of Caine and the clans to her. He told her that the purpose of the Assamite clan was to protect the children of Seth from the other vampires and to kill the others of Caine's get. Caine was a sinner, yet the other vampires chose to follow his law. Does that not make them sinners too? The Assamites alone strove to follow God's law. Her sire explained that Islam was not 'heathen' and they worshipped God as well, just in a different way then the Christians did. Daniella was relieved and happy to hear this.
And suddenly, it all made sense. She knew now why God had led her on this path, and she considered it an honor to be chosen by Him for such a sacred duty. Daniella knew where she belonged.
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