Cecilia di Pasqua, Countess of Bardi
Born in 1988 to Alessandro and Rosanna di Pasqua, the Count and Countess of Bardi, she was the eldest of their four children, and the heiress presumptive until the birth of her younger brother two years later, making her second in the line of succession, which drove a rift between them from when she was 10 until she was 23. She was doted on by her family to an extent, being the backup heir if something happened to her brother, and enjoyed the attention, such as it was.
The young noble started falling in with a bad crowd in her late teens, joining a bunch of thieves and robbing local stores for the thrill and the adrenaline rush. She began to move onto bigger targets, slowly weaning herself off small-time jobs and seeking bigger payoffs and finding a willing partner to help her pull off the heists. Sometime during this, she’d non-fatally poison her brother the heir and their parents, making sure that they were unable to contest her ascension to the title of Countess of Bardi, in addition to blackmailing both of them.
Her Awakening would happen a little over a year later, on a heist of a nearby art galleria where she accidentally tripped a silent alarm after seeing a cat talking to her, which brought the carabinieri running. Cecilia panicked and fled with whatever jewelry she could find, the cat following, leaving her partner to get arrested and earning her the other woman’s hatred.
Over the next few years, Cecilia honed her new-found abilities through experimentation and listening to the cat’s advice, though she kept the animal in her room most of the time, only letting it out when it promised not to speak in front of her family. She’d also go on solo jobs, keeping this from her family under the guise of going out to party and make new friends, which while bad, was nowhere near as bad as what she was really doing.
The baroness ended up on INTERPOL’s watch list in December 2017 after robbing the Louvre of several paintings, nearly getting caught at Charles de Gaulle Airport, but making it out with the paintings. This forced her to find somewhere to lay low while she searched for someone to offload the paintings to, and she ended up heading to New Orleans after taking a meandering path to throw off the authorities.