Elena Saint Valentine, also known as Lady Lovers, is the deposed Arcana of the Heart Throne. She has several children and is Matthias Saint Valentine's grandmother.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

With close-set eyes, a small nose, and an overbite, Elena does not exhibit the physical beauty common to many Atlantean Arcana.[1] Her fae heritage especially manifests itself in her Aspect.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Elena is an ambitious woman who feels little empathy for others. She values those whom she can use and she gives little time to those she cannot, including her family members.

Background[edit | edit source]

Together with her talla Gerard, Elena ruled the Heart Throne as a pair until his death; she chose to have no other consorts but him. Rather than abdicate her position, as would be customary in the court ruled by a couple, she chose to continue as the ruling Arcana. Under her leadership, the Heart Throne developed a warped approach to love, sexual relationships, and humans.[2]

Although Elena has at least two sons and a grandchild, she approaches her family members in a mercenary manner. Anticipating that Matthias might have strong magical capabilities, she fawned on the boy and trained him relentlessly; when his ability failed to appear, she no longer spent time with him and ended his magical training. She separated Matthias from his parents and signed over guardianship to her other son, so that the child could be prepared to be useful in a marital alliance with the Hanged Man.

The Last Sun[edit | edit source]

During the raid on her court, Elena expresses surprise at the Arcanum's ruling against her. When she discovers Rune at the raid, she tricks him into taking an emerald ring sigil in exchange for guarding "a package", which Rune accepts. Elena then sets off an explosion, destroying the Lovers' estate.[3] She survives, but the Convocation imprisons her, and it is likely that she will be exiled.[4]

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Elena's Atlantean Aspect has both visual component and an active component. Visually, her fae heritage comes to the fore: her skin color takes on the hues of gemstones, her dress appears like a rosepetal, she extends clear hornet's wings, and she has an intoxicating scent. Her Aspect is powerful enough to knock people over and causes painful sexual arousal.[5]

Items[edit | edit source]

Sigils[edit | edit source]

Like many other ruling Arcana, Elena possesses an enormous number of sigils, some of which take the following form:[6]

  • a gold ring with emerald chips, which trades to Rune
  • a forehead circlet
  • earrings
  • necklaces
  • rings
  • hair clips
  • lip piercings
  • belt discs

Relationships[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Last Sun, Chapter 1, The Heart Throne
  2. The Last Sun, Chapter 1, The Heart Throne
  3. The Last Sun, Chapter 1, The Heart Throne
  4. The Last Sun, Chapter 3, The Tower
  5. The Last Sun, Chapter 1, The Heart Throne
  6. The Last Sun, Chapter 1, The Heart Throne
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