Miraina Castellan is a canon character made by Jessica in the TSWCAtS books, but in an AU is a Soul Calibur fan character. The fanfiction storyline and the TSWCAtS canon storyline are very similar to each other, though, as the Soul Calibur version was actually supposed to be a sort of spinoff of, or even merely inspired by, the Soul Calibur franchise rather than a direct fanfiction. This page attempts to describe both versions simultaneously.
As a child, Miraina, her sister, and her mother lived in a rather shabby part of a large city just outside of TSWCAtS: A little village often tyrannized by a great evil spirit that lives inside of a blade forged from demon's blood, called Soul Edge. Whoever gets tricked into wielding this blade becomes a sort of a host body for the spirit, nothing more than a puppet for the spirit that lusts for bloodshed and murder, feasts off of other people's suffering, and even devours the souls of the innocent lives it slaughtered. On the occasion that it does have mercy on the poor people that may encounter it, it will corrupt their soul in such a way that twists and slants their destiny into becoming a servant of the Azure Knight; these servants being something known as a Malfested.
Miraina's life wouldn't be so bad if she wasn't a Malfested. Miraina was corrupted by it in a unique, horrifying way. When Miraina was very young, her family was attacked by the Azure Knight. A small shard flew from the corroding blade, somehow landing in Miraina's open mouth. She swallowed the shard by mistake, so a small part of Soul Edge actually lives inside of her.
At their mother's request during the attack, Miraina and her sister had to run away from home to get away from the Azure Knight. For a few years, Miraina and her sister, Todd, lived together contently, doing small jobs to earn enough money to stay at inns, and when things were rough, in forests and alleys. They didn't mind it either way, so long as they had each other. But Miraina really needed comfort from a parent, as she was sickly and thus unwell very often. Her little sister would try to help her, but it just wasn't enough.
Sometimes Miraina would rest on the grass and gaze at the clouds when she felt ill, and doze off. Every single time she would hear a voice calling to her. One day she confided to her sister about this strange voice and that she had to find out exactly what it was calling her, so the sisters went their separate ways, slowly drifting away from each other. She dug underground to try and find what could possibly be calling her name. She decided to create a labyrinth underground; where she could hear the voice better; and not be disturbed by anyone who would curiously stumble into it, as they would quickly get lost in the winding tunnels. That was when she discovered her remarkable talent to build and create. She turned her labyrinth into her new home, but it really wasn't very good for her. She was not afraid of being underground like most people, but she became very pale and unhealthy from the lack of sunlight and the constant isolation from everyone else.
One day she came out and explored the land, and discovered a camp for the Malfested that were only minorly corrupted and wished to see Soul Edge destroyed. But Miraina wasn't always against Soul Edge...for she soon discovered that that was what was calling her underground - it wanted her to be the next Azure Knight. She tried her hardest to refuse it, having heard the tales of how it manipulates people into giving it their bodies. She fought it, but a small part of her wanted to become the Azure Knight, because she didn't want to be so weak anymore, and it had promised her this and all of her heart's desires.
In the camp, she met a girl named Taelia, who just so happened to be a minor princess that became a Malfested due to an unfortunate turn of events. They got along nicely, and Miraina tried to keep it a secret that she was asked to be the next Azure Knight, though Taelia was becoming suspicious.
Later on, though, Miraina eventually did take Soul Edge and become the Azure Knight. Taelia found the sword destined to defeat the Azure Knight and Soul Edge for good, and sought out to kill Miraina and Soul Edge; forever this time, even though she was torn about destroying the girl who was once a friend. When Miraina and Taelia battled, Miraina finally came to her senses when Taelia knocked Soul Edge out of her hand. Miraina was looking down at Soul Edge, the tears beginning to come as she comprehended what she had done. She had killed so many people, she regretted everything. She missed her sister, and suddenly felt grief for her mother and father. She looked down at Soul Edge, the tears slowing for just a moment. "You promised to never betray me...so do me a favor right now..."
And it did. It was the only true promise it had ever made. So then Miraina picked up Soul Edge...and impaled herself in the chest with it to atone for her sins and free herself of being the cursed blade's plaything.
But Taelia couldn't sit idly and just watch one of her old friends die. She kept screaming at the cursed sword, berating it for letting her die.
She struck the Spirit Sword into Soul Edge, hoping to destroy it. Right then, Miraina seemed to somehow come back to life. When Soul Edge kills someone, it takes their soul, but if Soul Edge was destroyed, it would have to give it back.
Coughing and gasping, Miraina coughed up the shard of Soul Edge that was inside of her, which clattered across the ground, and into the river below.
Miraina was free, finally free, of being a Malfested.
All Other Information
Race: Irish, Scandinavian, a little bit of Scottish.
Skin tone: Extremely pale, freckled.
Hair Color: Bright orange-red. It used to be strawberry blonde when she was younger, but it darkened with the lack of sunlight when she started living underground.
Hairstyle: High pigtails, short straight across bangs.
Color: Dark, gleaming green.
Weight: 110 lbs.
Personality type: Mysterious, wise, strange, yet still kind to others. She always acts somewhat dishonest, as if she's keeping a secret, even when she isn't lying.
Do they play any sports? No. While she is a fairly good fighter, it's only her agility that gets her through battles. I cringe to think of what would happen if the poor girl played football...
Do they play any instruments? Sing? She has a magical flute and can sing rather nicely.
Are they artistically talented? She's a wonderful architect.
Are they a Leader or a Follower? Follower, at the moment.
Food: Strawberry shortcake.
Drink: Green tea.
Animal: Pegasus. (No, seriously.)
Color: Pink, but she doesn't realize it yet.
Type of Music: The well put together kind.
Genre of books: The well written kind.
Place: The forest, because of the happy memories she had with her little sister there.
Career: She wants to be an architect. She already created a gorgeous labyrinth, which is her life's work. She is possessed by an evil spirit, however, so it looks like her current career is being a servant of that.
Are they happy in their job? Hell no.
Do they have any serious hobbies? Singing.
Who do they live with? Nobody anymore, but she used to live with her sister and mother.
Are they married? No.
Do they have children? No.
Are they in a romantic relationship? No.
Who is/are their love interests? She actually does have a small crush on Taelia.
Is someone in love with them? Probably a certain admirer in the village...
Do they know about the love? No.
What is their relationship with their parents like? She loved her mother, but never met her father.
Siblings?: She did love her sister, but she was very secretive with her and was very careful not to tell her any of her plans.
Mother's name: Elaine.
Father's name: Janus.
Siblings' names: Todd. (Yes. A girl named Todd. Deal with it.)
Do they have any pets? She does not.
Names and species: N/A.
Childhood friends: A little girl named Kirsten, who had health problems similar to Miraina's, so they could relate to each other. They were not friends for very long, however.
Were their parents ever divorced? More or less.
If so, how old was the character? Three years after Miraina was born.
Was the character ever abused? Yes.
If so, by who? A fortuneteller in the village, whose name we will not speak of.
What kind of abuse? She would practically interrogate Miraina about her father's disappearance, and tell terrible fortunes about Miraina's future, more often than not including a very painful death for the young girl. These fortunes often scared Miraina so much she would actually become ill and afraid to leave her home.
How long did the abuse continue? From when Miraina was 7 to when she was 10.
How was it stopped? When the Azure Knight (the great evil spirit who relished in slaughtering the innocent and causing genocides) attacked her family and separated Miraina and Todd from their mother, who had ordered them to flee the country to be safe.
What was their relationship with Grandparents? Her maternal grandparents are simple townsfolk like Miraina's family, who don't visit them all that much, but it's evident that they love their granddaughters.
Have they lost a Grandparent? Technically, no.
Aunt/Uncles? Her mother's brother married his way into being the King, and even though it didn't affect Miraina, her sister, or her mother, it was still a pretty cool thing to be able to say that your uncle is a king. Miraina only visited the royal part of her family twice as her mother felt self conscious being in the castle, and unfortunately both times Miraina was very ill with influenza and had to stay bedridden. Well, at least she got to stay in a huge bed with jeweled drapes...
She met her four cousins -- Terririn, Alice, Zora, and Melody -- but she had a feeling that they didn't like her all that much as they seemed pretty confused every time she tried to make a joke...perhaps joke-telling isn't a great thing to do when you're half delirious.