Marina Olander
Marina Olander
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Portrayed By Laura Harris
Gender
Fable The Little Mermaid
Date of Birth
Age 29
Occupation Street Performer
Location
Status Awakened


"She was an unusual child, quiet and wistful…"

Origins

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Umbria, near Florence, Italy, 1320

Name: Blessed Margaret of Castello
Born: 1287

The shunned child of a lord and lady, Little Margaret was a secret as soon as she was born, due to her disfigurement and blindness, yet her story persevered through the ages as one of hope, charity, and perseverance. She was kept by servants and locked away in a cell next to the family chapel when she was six until she was a teenager, only receiving necessities through a small window. There, it was said that she learned the ways of God. When she was sixteen, her parents took her to a Franciscan shrine, seeking a miracle: they did not get their miracle, but others would receive theirs as a result of Margaret's abandonment that day.

Given mercy by nuns after she was left alone in the town streets, a beggar, she went on to join the Dominican Third Order of Castello and lived a pure, spiritual life, inspiring others with her courage and blessing them with her charity. People for whom she prayed, including the sick and the imprisoned, sometimes recovered miraculously from physical ails and dark hearts. She was even said to have floated up into the air, lifting her uneven, disfigured legs from the floor. After she died at the age of thirty-three, a young, crippled girl was miraculously healed at her funeral, and Margaret was buried within the church as an unofficial saint.

At least two-hundred miracles were attributes to Blessed Margaret, patron of the unwanted, even after her death.

The Aztec province of Coatzacoalcos, 1531

Name: Malinalli, aka Doña Marina, La Malinche
Born: 1505

An Aztec girl sold into slavery, Malinalli became the interpreter for Spanish Conquistador Hernán Cortés, with her beautiful voice and skill with language. She was known for her beauty and graciousness. He called her Marina, her Christian name, and she became his mistress, mother of his children.

She aided him on his conquest; she helped him spy, quash rebellions, played a significant role in aiding the conquistadors understand the languages of "New Spain". She is credited, by some historians, to — under duress — have brought Christianity to the "New World". She influenced Cortés, with her kind nature, to be more humane to the peoples there; without her help, however, he would not have forced the fall of the Aztecs at all, leading to the slaughter of many.

It is said that, one night, while Cortés was away being seduced by a Spanish woman he was set to marry instead of Marina, she realized the role she played in helping him massacre her people and she prayed to her gods for help. "If you let him take your children, one of them will return and destroy your people." She could not do it; she ran. Although Marina mostly fell from history after parted from the conquistador, her story fell into legend and she became La Malinche, or La Llanora, The Crying Woman. According to the story of La Malinche, she stabbed her children in the heart with a knife, surrounded by soldiers at a lake, giving the most pained, desperate cry, "Oh, hijos mios (Oh, my children.)" Conflicted, tortured by her decisions, and unable to be with her lover, she drowned herself.

What truly happened seems lost from written history, blurred by tales of a woman haunting the lake.

Shortly after the tales of La Llanora and Marina's early death, the first apparitions of La Virgen de Guadalupe appeared in Mexico.

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1800s

Herr Peter Dimringer von Staufenberg and The Little Mermaid are published

Present

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"I would give gladly all the hundreds of years that I have to live, to be a human being only for one day, and to have the hope of knowing the happiness of that glorious world above the stars." — Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid (Den lille Havfrue)


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