I re-posted this without thinking, but really I should say a few words about it, because unlike a lot of the +Ascension Epoch
characters that +Shell DiBaggio
draws, you probably have neither seen nor heard of her, but if you've read the the convention exclusive edition of "Salamander Six", at least, you do know of her family.
Hecate, born Melinda Tavoularis, is the youngest daughter and greatest disappointment of Sophia Tavoularis, the matriarch of the Tavoularis Crime Family--a literal crime family because it's made up almost entirely of her children and grand children. Sophia was a floozy and gun moll who attached herself to various underworld gangsters when she was young, and whose innate luck (some would call it a talent) saved her life whenever she had crossed them. Perennially vain and reliant on her sex appeal, Sophia dreadfully feared growing old and ugly. Her underworld contacts included various occultists who tutored her, not just in achieving sorcerous power, but in obtaining perpetual youth through an arcane formula that required bathing in the blood of beautiful young women. It sounds preposterous, sure, but no one is quite able to explain how Sophia, born in the 1920s, could possibly remain not only youthful, but also fecund, in the 2010s. It's no trick of the photographer or cosmetic surgeon: Mindy here was born in the 1980s, when Sophia was in her mid '60s!
Readers of Salamander Six
will recognize Sophia and many of her family members from the "Don't Blink" story, which tells the origin of Kali, the homeless girl from the "Miasma" chapter in After Dark
. Due to Sophia's own talent bloodline, her propensity for seeking out talent mates, and the effects of her sorcerous dabbling, most of her children are weird
somehow, many of them having strange abilities related to sleep. Possibly, this is because of her close connection to Shonokin dream magic. Her elder son, Nicodemus (known as the Insomniac and Nicky Bright Eyes) never sleeps and doesn't seem to require it. Nicodemus' twin sister Pandora (aka Dreamweaver) has the psychic ability to entrance and force dream-like illusions on her victims. Another son, Justin (aka Justin Caligari or Little Caligari), a particularly loathsome and sadistic little pervert, can actually invade and control the dreams of sleepers and turn them into somnambulistic puppets. And Mindy earned the name Hecate because, at night, she instinctively trilocated, generating not one, but two, ectoplasmic dopplegangers that roamed while the real Mindy slumbered.
Mindy proved a disappointment to her mother for many reasons, but most significantly because she ran away and helped the Sentinel, one of their arch-enemies, bust up their operations. Later on, she was even joined Roundtable, the Promethean's loose network of superhero minutemen. Although her family background often made Mindy an outcast in the superhero community and she's occasionally gone back to a life of crime, she's never been tempted to patch things up with her abusive and demented family, and has continued to be a thorn in their side.
Mindy is hopelessly in love with the Sentinel (whom she probably realizes, deep down, she can never have), and was among the first to join his personal crusade against the governments of the UGL, UCA, and ECRA. You'll see much more of her in future Ascension Epoch stories.