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Sister Cecilia was a Sister of the Dark and among four involved in the Chainfire plot. Cecilia was among Richard Rahl's instructors at the Palace of the Prophets. After placing the Boxes of Orden into play, and being captured by Emperor Jagang, Cecilia was fatally stabbed by the captive Kahlan Amnell.
Sister of the Dark Edit
Cecilia was purposely made one of the instructors of Richard Rahl upon his arrival at the Palace of the Prophets, by Sister Ulicia. Ulicia, the leader of the Sisters of the Dark, wanted to know everything about Richard, as he appeared as a threat to her and her Sisters, therefore she made sure each of his instructors was a Sister of the Dark.
As always, Cecilia put on the demeanor of a kindly grandmother, at all times seeming a relaxed old woman, making it difficult for Richard to view her as a dangerous enemy.
Upon Sister Liliana's failed attempt to drain the gift from Richard, Cecilia, Ulicia and the other four surviving women, who were his instructors, were forced to flee the Palace aboard the Lady Sefa, their identities as Sisters of the Dark revealed.
Cecilia awoke at the same time as the other five Sisters, aboard the Lady Sefa. Each had shared the same dream, in which their Master, the Keeper, had been replaced by a man named Jagang. Jagang tortured each woman, before ordering them to make their way to his fortress immediately.
The Sister's discussed the situation, deciding that it would be best to follow Jagang's instructions; for the time being. Along the journey, Cecilia participated in the torture of some of the Lady Sefa's crew so as to encourage the other sailors to make haste.
Sister Ulicia, as the leader of the Sisters of the Dark, came up with a plan to link the powers of the five Sisters, with her as the director of the dangerous force, in an attempt to assassinate Emperor Jagang. When the Sisters arrived at Jagang's fortress, Ulicia wasted no time in unleashing the full destructive force of the Sister's combined powers. However, it was to no avail; Jagang was a dream walker, meaning that as long as he was in a gifted persons mind, their powers were useless against him.
Jagang captured the Sister's and informed them that they were his in every aspect. He gave them to the crew of the Lady Sefa to fulfill their sexual needs. Tovi and Cecilia attempted to escape this fate by pointing out their advanced age, but Jagang was not persuaded.
Later the Sister's were sent back to the Palace of the Prophets, where Verna Sauventreen had been falsely convicted as a Sister of the Dark, clearing their names. The Sisters, with the exception of Nicci, surprised Richard Rahl and informed him that in exchange for allowing them to swear loyalty to him, they gave up his captured wives position. Richard agreed and the Sisters believed they had gained their freedom. They then mad their way to Grafan Harbour and unleashed their fury upon the crew of the Lady Sefa, destroying the harbor and everything else there.
The Chainfire Effect Edit
Planning stage Edit
Though Ulicia and her Sister's may have sworn an oath to Richard, she did not believe that it necessarily meant that they could no longer hold to their original oath, to the Keeper, as well. She recognized that Richard's highest morale has always been; life. To her mind, she believed that this would allow the four free Sisters of the Dark to work for the Keeper as long as they were no threat to Richard's life.
This caused a plan to formulate in Ulicia's mind. When the four Sisters discovered a cache of books, a place known as a central site, under the ruins of the Palace of the Prophets, one book stood out beyond all others:Chainfire.
Chainfire was a book written by the wizards of old, detailing a theory that demonstrated the potential to unravel the world of life. It outlined a web, powerful enough to completely erase a persons existence from the minds of all others, even seconds after having seen this person. The wizards, realizing what a catastrophe Chainfire could be if unleashed, created a counter; the Boxes of Orden. However, this played right into the hands of Ulicia and her Sisters.
Capturing the Mother Confessor Edit
After destroying the hidden central site, the Sisters set off to find Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell. The Sisters succeeded on discovering the camp while the pair slept and were able to avoid their Mord-Sith guard; Cara. They then cast a web on Richard that increased his drowsiness so as to prevent him from waking. They then captured his wife, Kahlan, before quickly leaving the camp. They also cast magic that erased their tracks.
The Sisters placed a Rada'Han on Kahlan's neck, cutting her off from her Confessors power and then in an act of pure evil unleashed the Chainfire Event upon the world by placing it around Kahlan. In addition to the Chainfire spell, a number of extremely powerful webs were placed upon her, preventing her from escaping the Sisters grasp.
Stealing the Boxes Edit
At the People's Palace, the Sisters and their captive were caught up in a devotion to Lord Rahl. Cecilia and Tovi, due to their advanced years, were especially drained from the uncomfortable experience of kneeling with their heads to the ground for such an extended period of time.
Armina, who had been sent to find the whereabouts of the Garden of Life, returned with the knowledge of where the Garden was situated.
Cecilia and Armina were sent to watch the opposite ends of the Garden's hallway, while the other two Sisters sent Kahlan to fetch the Boxes of Orden from inside. Tovi was sent off with one of the Boxes and later Cecilia and the other three women left the Palace to catch up with her, having secured the other two Boxes of Orden and put them into play.
Cecilia, Ulicia, Armina and the captive Kahlan, finally made it to The White Horse Inn. It was here that they were to meet up with Sister Tovi and finally have all three Boxes of Orden in their possession. The inn keeper and his wife, Orlan and Emmy, let the women in out of the rain. At first the Sisters did not realize that the inn keeper and his wife were fighting over the number of women present. Emmy believed there to be only three, while Orlan believed there to be four. However, the importance of the conversation didn't escape the Sisters for long.
The Sisters quickly forced Orlan to describe the extra woman that he saw. It soon became obvious that he was able to see Kahlan. Armina could not believe that Orlan was able to see Kahlan, as they had done the verification webs to ensure everything had gone to plan. Cecilia then argued that they did not do the interior webs, only the exterior. However, this practice had not been done since the Great War.
Orlan became angered at the gruff way he was being treated by the Sisters, but was quickly knocked down by Sister Ulicia, with her oak rod. When he got back to his feet and almost used Kahlan's title, Mother Confessor, Ulicia used her gift to unleash a powerful bolt of lightning that blasted the man in two. She later used her dacra to kill the man's wife and daughter, but only after discovering that Tovi was no longer at the inn and had stated she was on her way to Caska.
On the way to Caska, the Sisters and Kahlan were forced to avoid Imperial Order troops, however, they could not avoid the carnage left in their wake. The Sister's dreamt of the power they would be able to unleash upon Jagang, once they had opened a Box of Orden. Eventually making it to the Deep Nothing, the land in which Caska was situated, the Sisters began to sense someone was following them. They later captured the person; a young girl named Jillian.
Jillian said that Tovi had her grandfather captured and that she had sent her to guide her Sisters to her. They also discovered that Jillian was also able to see Kahlan. Jillian guided the Sisters through a labyrinth and when they came to a door, using their gifts, the Sisters could sense Tovi beyond it.
However, when they entered the room, it was not Tovi who waited for them, but Emperor Jagang. Jagang informed them that Tovi had been dead for some time and that their supposed bond to Richard Rahl had never been anything more than a fantasy, he had been using them all along, because he liked the idea of having Sisters of the Dark out in the world who were up to things he could use to his advantage. He also realized that their plans would help him further sabotage Richard Rahl's cause and net him the prize of prizes; Kahlan Amnell. What Jillian had said about her grandfather earlier, had been true, except that it was Jagang, not Tovi, who held him captive.
The Sisters were forced to help Jagang with his preparations with the Book of Counted Shadows. As the book insisted that a Confessor was the only way to verify the truth of the book, Jagang and the Sisters had Kahlan study the book to see if she could find a way to do so. She pointed out that the book said Shadow, not Shadows. The Sisters argued the relevance of this, Cecilia adamant that Kahlan was wrong in her theory that the lack of shadow as a plural, made the book a fake.
While Jagang listened to the Sister's argue, Kahlan helped Jillian to escape. She killed two guards, took a knife and then ran with Jillian, knowing she would be apprehended due to the Rada'Han on her neck. As Kahlan turned back, she threw the knife as hard as she could at the open doorway before anyone had even come through. As the knife reached the doorway, Cecilia walked through it and was stabbed directly through the heart, dying instantly.
Personality and traits Edit
Cecilia was an older woman with curly gray hair, which she always kept neat and tidy. She often wore a kindly smile and Richard Rahl always found it difficult to think of her as a potential enemy. After each training session she had with Richard, she insisted on combing his hair off of his forehead and giving him a grandmother like kiss.
It was Cecilia who noted the unshakable loyalty to the Light possessed by Verna Sauventreen and always cautioned her fellow Sisters of the Dark against trying to turn her to the Keeper. Though Cecilia appeared the kindly grandmother, she was far from it. She delighted in the suffering of others and had a tendency to always assume the worst.