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Biana Amberly Vacker (pronounced Bee-AH-nuh AM-ber-lee VACK-er) is the only daughter and the youngest child of Alden and Della Vacker. She lives at Everglen with Fitz, her older brother. Alvar, her eldest brother, moved out of Everglen before the first book was released. In Everblaze, she manifests as a Vanisher, making her the youngest elf known to manifest in the Lost Cities besides Sophie. Her mother, Della, and her oldest brother, Alvar, are vanishers as well. Biana and her brother Alvar are the only known vanishers to be able to hide from gnomes, one of the five intelligent species.
The name "Biana" means "white" and "fair-skinned." Her last name, Vacker, means pretty and beautiful.
As of Legacy, Biana is a Level Four prodigy at Foxfire. In Keeper of the Lost Cities, some people, including Marella, called her "Princess Prettypants" and other names out of complete jealousy because of her looks and being a Vacker. Biana used to have a best friend named Maruca, but she separated herself from Biana when she became friends with Sophie. Maruca is later seen as Stina's friend and in Legacy is Sophie's friend to some point. Biana becomes one of Sophie's best friends but was her enemy during the beginning of the first book. She was so used to people using her to get to her brother, Fitz, she didn't like Sophie at first.
Biana is a part of Team Valiant and the Black Swan. Her symbol for the former is a Kelpie, and her color and jewel is purple and amethyst respectively. When Sophie was coming up with nicknames in Unlocked, Biana's was Sparkles.
- 1 Involvement
- 2 Personality
- 3 Appearance
- 4 Special Ability
- 5 Relationships
- 6 Quotes
- 7 Character Bio by Shannon Messenger
- 8 References
Involvement[edit | edit source]
At first, Biana dislikes and avoids Sophie. Her father, Alden, forces her and her brother Fitz to become friends with Sophie so that she would come over to their house more often where Alden can watch over her. Near the end of the book, Biana begins to consider Sophie a friend. She often plays Base Quest with Sophie, Keefe, and Fitz. Later in the series , Sophie hears a rumor from Stina about her friendship with Biana and Fitz . Biana cries, explaining that though her friendship with Sophie was initially because of her father, she now sees how nice and sweet Sophie was, and wants them to be real friends. Sophie doesn't believe her, and runs to the cliffs at Havenfield where Dex finds her, right before they are captured by the Neverseen. Biana believes that Sophie is dead and blames herself, thinking it is her fault. This results in her genuine friendship with Sophie, stemming from the desire to make it up to her.
At the beginning of the book, Biana and Sophie started off on a new foot and become great friends, but after Alden's mind is broken due to his guilt about Prentice, Biana becomes depressed. She is incredibly upset and blames Sophie for Alden's mind breaking. For much of the book, she is seen only crying or standing mutely with her brother, Fitz. When Sophie attends Alden's funeral, Biana is angry, thinking that she shouldn't be there. At the end of the book before Sophie heals Alden's mind, Biana forgives Sophie, hugging and apologizing for being angry at her.
In Everblaze, Biana manifests as a Vanisher, like her mother, Della, and her oldest brother, Alvar. She manifests at an earlier age than Alvar and is stronger, learning to fully disappear and reappear quicker than Alvar did, according to Della. Her newfound ability leads her to become more confident in her ability to help Sophie, and she offers to help Sophie with her "secret projects". After the battle at Mt. Everest, she decides to join the Black Swan along with her friends.
Biana joins the Black Swan after running away from the Lost Cities with Sophie and her friends, showing she is more than just beauty. While going to Alluveterre, Biana successfully hides Della's presence in the group as a stowaway until they are forced to go underwater. At this point, Della is discovered and and proves to be a valuable asset to the Black Swan throughout the rest of the books. In the Black Swan, Biana helps with deciphering codes. After she and her friends break into Exile, she and Fitz are the first Vackers ever to be sent to Exillium, where they are placed in the Left Hemisphere.
Dark schemes unfold and Biana’s loyalty is pushed to the limit. The threat of war hangs heavy over her glittering world, and the Neverseen are wreaking havoc. Discovering the symbols of the Lodestar Initiative and everything having to do with the lodestar was challenging, but it showed how patient Biana is.
Biana was crucial to sneaking them into places with Sophie's enhancing, giving herself the so-called nickname, "the secret weapon." She could make up to two people vanish aside to herself with physical contact while Sophie enhanced her. She also got severely injured by the shards of a mirror when she attempted to attack Vespera and Fintan by herself, and now had permanent scars because of this incident. She had been extremely sensitive about the scars until Flashback where she learned to accept the scars as a part of her. Just another way of showing how brave she is and starts to change wardrobe to clothes that showcase her scars. Her most famous quote being "The scars are a part of me now, I'm done pretending their not."
In Book 7: Flashback, she invited everyone to training sessions after Foxfire. She is shown to be a major supporter of Sophie and Fitz's relationship, and long knew of Sophie's crush on Fitz. She told Sophie that she knew Fitz had a crush on her since at least when they ran away to the black swan. During the Fitz Short Story, she kept urging Fitz to confess his crush on Sophie and also stated that she had a crush on someone who wasn't Keefe.
In Book 8: Legacy, Biana became part of Team Valiant, led by Sophie, and is shown to care about her when she supports part of the Council's reason for appointing her to the team — that Sophie had been drifting away from her lately. She helped Sophie in her search for her biological parents, even going as far as to schedule private meetings with their suspects and offering to continue assisting her even when she was evidently busy, claiming that she could handle it. She often showed up wherever Sophie is and the two were able to understand each other better, thus deepening their bond and power.
In Book 8.5: Unlocked, Biana has a portion in the series guide titled "Biana's Style File" that shows off several articles of elvin clothing, with captions by her. In the Novella, Biana comes with Fitz and Sophie to Solreef to visit Glimmer and Tam. Fitz makes a comment that she's a "big fan of silver bangs" (hinting that she likes Tam), and Biana nearly retaliates with her own remark on crushes (hinting that Fitz likes someone, perhaps still Sophie,but she stops herself. She gives Fitz and Sophie a pep talk about how they couldn't possibly do more with how unprepared their lessons and world had made them. She appears to dislike Glimmer during their conversation. She doesn't go along with Tam, Glimmer, and Sophie to the Lodestar facility out of fear of her setting off their sensors. Biana appears to disapprove of Sophie's choosing to burn the facility down, citing fear.
Personality[edit | edit source]
Biana is very loyal. She can be wary of people she doesn't know very well or trust – like how she treated Sophie in the first book—but once she gets to know someone, Biana will become an extremely devoted friend. She would risk her life to save her loved ones when she does get the chance. Biana hates being left out and wants to help Sophie in any possible way. She may be in Fitz's shadow, but that doesn't stop her from trying to shine. In Neverseen, when Sophie and Fitz jump off the cliff to go save someone who might be in danger, Fitz stated that Biana had "tried to come too, but [their] coach grabbed her" before she could succeed.
Biana is a bubbly and outgoing person to be around. She's a talkative elf and is usually the one to spark a conversation, gossip about rumors, or talk about the latest trends. Biana is the type of elf who will always try to find the good in a bad situation. She is also shown to be intelligent and can prioritize, multi-task, and handle her responsibilities well. An example of her intelligence is in Neverseen, when they are in the forest with Ruy, she thought to throw her monocle at the force field, causing a white fire that tore through it. Biana was in the Left Hemisphere at Exillium, showing her level-headedness and ability to think logically. She is also very responsible.
Biana is very hard-working. She always wants to help and will work hard on a task until it is done. In Legacy, Biana becomes part of Team Valiant. Every time Sophie gives her an assignment, she puts all her effort into it and gets it done before Sophie even has time to check in with her on how it's going. She also can multi-task very well.
Biana is a very intelligent elf. She is very dilligent and knows how to manage her time. She's quick to shoot a comeback at someone if they mess with her, and this takes a lot of wit. She handles her responsibilities incredibly well and is shown to have a calm head under pressure, as shown in any book where they face the Neverseen. All though in Flashback, she is said to be leaning on Dex and Tam when Fitz is punching Alvar, she quickly recovers from her initial shock and fights bravely.
Biana is very brave. In Everblaze, Biana tackled Lady Gisela when she tries to take Keefe. She almost falls off a cliff, but she still takes the risk. As shown in Nightfall, she single-handedly took on Vespera and Fintan, the two leaders of Neverseen. She gets brutally injured but still claims that some risks are worth taking. Biana may act feminine most of the time, but she is not a delicate elf and is willing to fight to the death in order to save the people she loves. Confident and bold, Biana isn't afraid to tackle challenges, and have some fun along the way.
Biana is also shown to be a wary and suspicious elf, as many people have tried to use Biana to get to Fitz, which is why she disliked Sophie at first—assuming she was going to do the same thing. In addition, since she's a Vacker, so everyone wants the best from her, and some would even use her just to benefit themselves. When nervous or worried, Biana twists her fingers as if she's hoping for something— like how Sophie pulls out her eyelashes.
Even though Biana has gone through many challenges, such as her fight with Vespera, she stays confident in herself. She is good about not letting anybody break her, and always being true to herself and friends. Biana has been found to use her confidence in games like bramble where she has been known to knock people into the lake.
Although Biana has had many difficulties and sadness in her life, she is hopeful and optimistic that someday, things will change, the Neverseen will be defeated, and Alvar will come back. This is also hinted in the fact that Biana is very courageous. She never gives up in what she believes in, and pretty much does everything to open and show it to the world.
- AT TIMES MEAN SPIRITED
At times of distress, Biana tends to treat people unkindly or unfairly, such as Sophie in Book 1 and book 2.
Appearance[edit | edit source]
Biana is strikingly beautiful and alluring—setting a higher standard in appearance compared to other young female elves. According to Sophie, she is "drop-dead gorgeous." She has long, wavy chocolate brown hair like her mother and oldest brother, Alvar, and bright teal eyes, just like Fitz and Alden's. She also has full, heart-shaped lips like her mother. In her family portrait she has earrings on, which indicates that her ears are pierced. She is described to have fair skin and beautiful, sculpted features. It is also described in the first book that she has all of her parents' best features combined in the best possible way.
Many boys at Foxfire are said to have crushes on her based on her appearance, such as Jensi. Sophie describes her as being very flawless, glamorous, and perfect. She also thinks that Biana takes after her mother, Della Vacker, who is also very stunning. Unlike Sophie, she prefers "girly" things such as fancy dresses, makeup, and other beauty accessories. Biana adores dressing up Sophie and giving others, including Iggy and Dex, makeovers that suit her style more than others. Biana has a section in Book 8.5: Unlocked titled "Biana's Style File" which talks about Elvin clothing like gowns and jerkins.
In Nightfall, Vespera appears to have pushed Biana into a mirror. This led to glass shards leaving thin scars all over the left side of her torso and face, including her neck, shoulder, and arms. In the first half of Book 7: Flashback, Biana wore clothes with long sleeves to cover the scars; however, she stopped in the middle of the book, declaring that she was done pretending that the scars weren't a part of her. Later in Book 8: Legacy, she proudly shows her scars in The Seat of Eminence, and does not flinch when Stina points them out.
Special Ability[edit | edit source]
Being a Vanisher, Biana has the power to bend the light so it looks like she is invisible. She uses this ability as an advantage to sneak away from her goblin bodyguard, Woltzer and spy on Fitz. When enhanced by Sophie, she can make up to three people (including Sophie and herself) invisible with her. This is handy when it helps the group sneak into Lady Gisela's Nightfall during Nightfall. Biana sees her mother as a role model, who is exceptionally skilled in vanishing. Biana can hide from gnomes; so far, she is one of the only Vanishers that we know of that can do so, other than her brother, Alvar Vacker.
Relationships[edit | edit source]
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- Fitz (older brother)
Fitz is Biana's older brother. She is always described as Fitz's younger sister and hidden in his shadows like what people perceive of her mother Della, but in truth, she has a unique personality and she doesn't need her brother to shine. In Keeper of the Lost Cities, she explains that many girls try to become friends with her to get to Fitz so she's quite wary, slightly showing how she cares for her brother. When Sophie and Fitz returned from the Healing Center (When they were injured by the Great Splotching Championship), she hugs Fitz briskly in worry. In Neverseen, when Fitz is injured during the fight at Exile, she helps with his treatment by providing him with something to vomit in even though she was disgusted. In Nightfall, Fitz becomes extremely worried at his sister's sudden disappearance and was distraught when they found her in a pool of blood and sharp shards. When Biana claimed that she was okay, Fitz shouted that "half of her face was shredded." Fitz is described as being very protective of Biana, however, at the same time, the two siblings are known to tease each other a lot. For example, in the Fitz Short Story at the end of Book 7: Flashback, Biana dubbed Fitz "Chandelier Head" because he got stuck in a chandelier while trying to use his crutches in Everglen.
- Alvar Vacker (eldest brother/enemy)
Alvar is Biana's eldest brother who is also a Vanisher. He's the one who tells her about what happened to her father Alden in Exile. In Neverseen, after the crash of the bridge in Ravagog, Biana screams hysterically when she doesn't see Alvar and hugs him tightly when he reappears. In Book 4: Neverseen, when Alvar is revealed to be one of the longest-standing members of the rebel group, the Neverseen, Biana is deeply hurt and asks him "How could you?" and his expression softens. At Lady Gisela's Nightfall, the group found Alvar cut up and bruised. Biana, while using her telekinesis to bring him out, banged him against every wall, showing her distaste for him joining the Neverseen. In Flashback, she warmed up to Alvar when he lost his memories quicker than Fitz, but goes back to hating him once he recovers his memories. In Book 8: Legacy, Biana is silent when Sophie said she let Alvar go. Although Biana's reaction to her eldest brothers' betrayal is not as hostile and public, it is clear how much his life choices affect and torture her, especially after his relapse at the troll hives.
- Della Vacker (mother)
Della Vacker is Biana's mother. They both like to shop, are described to be beautiful, and are Vanishers. Biana is revealed to respect Della a lot in Neverseen, and she wishes she could one day be as good as her mother at vanishing. She also has a special relationship with her mother. It is revealed in Everblaze that Della taught Biana to defend herself and fight.
- Alden Vacker (father)
Alden is Biana's father. He made her befriend Sophie so that he could watch over her. When his mind was broken she became very sad and would not talk to anyone. It is shown that she loves him very much, especially in Neverseen, when she wraps Alden in a big hug after the flood ordeal in Ravagog.
Sophie is Biana's closest female friend and vice-versa. She originally became friends with Sophie because her father told her to, but then she begins to like Sophie. When Stina tells Sophie that Biana was friends with Sophie just because Alden told her to, Sophie became very angry at Biana and stormed away before she was able to apologize. She was able to make it up to Sophie soon afterward. Sophie has borrowed some of Biana's dresses a couple of times. They usually play Base Quest along with Fitz and Keefe.
When Alden's mind was broken, Biana refused to speak to Sophie, along with her brother, Fitz. Right before Alden was healed, however, Biana apologized for her actions, saying that she didn't mean to hurt Sophie. The two become best friends again.
In Everblaze, when Sophie comes to visit Everglen, she is surprised to find out that Biana is a Vanisher. Later, she convinces Sophie to let her into her "Black Swan problems". When Sophie is said to be in danger, Biana is in the group who goes to find her at Mr. Forkle's hideout. She fights off the main attacker that keeps Sophie captive and frees her. While Sophie was being sentenced to the ability restrictor, Biana was hidden in Magnate Leto's office as a witness to all their friends. She heard all the ostensible statements the Councillors directed straight to Sophie and the Black Swan. She also witnessed what Sophie bravely did when the Councillors threatened Dex and his family. When Sophie is planning on escaping from the Lost Cities to hide with the Black Swan, Biana is one of her friends who willingly accompanies her on the journey.
During Neverseen, Biana accompanies her to the neutral territory of Brackendale. When they accidentally bump into one of the members of the Neverseen, Ruy Ignis, she threw her Black Swan pendant at the force field he had created and distracted him so that the two of them could escape. Biana is always there for Sophie to talk to.
She has expressed that she hates her friends using her to get near her brother Fitz, but she knows of Sophie's crush on him and is a full supporter. She said in Book 7: Flashback that they were perfect for each other and often teased Fitz for not making his move.
Lady Sassyfur is Biana's stuffed animal companion. Originally named Betty-the-Yeti by Elwin, Biana changed her name to Lady Sassyfur. Elwin gave Lady Sassyfur to her during her time spent healing from her injuries from her fight with Vespera.
Jensi is Biana's friend. He seems to admire Biana a great deal, and he may have a crush on her. He doesn't see her anywhere other than at Foxfire usually, but he has expressed concern when she isn't there and is very happy and excited for her when she manifests as Vanisher. However, Biana doesn't seem to return his feelings.
Keefe is Biana's friend, though some believe that Biana has a crush on him. This fact is often perpetuated by Biana herself. He usually plays Base Quest with her, Sophie, and Fitz. Keefe says he once kissed Biana "mostly on the cheek" for a dare because Biana turned her head at the last moment. In Neverseen, Keefe drapes his arm around Sophie, and Biana just stares at it, possibly in jealousy. Biana is holding Keefe's arm on the cover of Neverseen, in fear. Biana blushes a bright pink when she announces that she agrees with Keefe about the naked statue, which may be because of the statue itself or just the fact that she's agreeing with Keefe. In Nightfall, Sophie believes that Biana's small crush on Keefe is starting to fade, although she has no evidence of this happening. Keefe admits to flirting with girls around her to give her a subtle hint that he isn't interested. Later, Biana says that sometimes you just "have to admit that what you want just... isn't going to happen," which Sophie suspects to mean that she realizes Keefe doesn't like her. Later, Biana seems to not care or be jealous when Keefe flirts with Sophie. She doesn't quickly agree with whatever he says, evidence that her crush is fading or has already faded.
- Maruca (former best friend/friend/possible love interest)
Maruca was Biana's best friend until Biana became friends with Sophie. She told Stina the reason Biana became friends with Sophie, which temporarily ended their friendship after Stina told Sophie that reason. In Lodestar, Maruca seems to want her friendship with Biana back but doesn't make a move to change that, and Biana said that if she truly wants to be friends with her again she had to accept her friendship with Sophie. As of Legacy, they work together and are allies.
Dex is one of Biana's closest friends. In Lodestar, they were both left out of a mission and became even closer because of it. Dex and Biana might've shared a romantic moment in Lodestar when Biana gives Dex a makeover. In Nightfall, Biana gives Dex an encouraging pep talk that Dex seems to enjoy. In Legacy, they seem to be growing even closer to each other. There has been a lot of hints that Biana and Dex has crushes on each other. They are very close to eachother, spend lots of time together, and even hold hands in Legacy. This could have been because Biana was trying to comfort Dex, but Sophie notes that they are still holding hands after Dex recovers from his initial shock. Biana always tries to make Dex feel better and is very protective of him. Both have shown romantic feelings for eachother on multiple accounts.
Tam has shown to have possible feelings for Biana, and Biana has shown the same. In Neverseen, after Keefe told him that the Foster Fan Club wasn't going to be accepting him, he flushes and "stole a glance" at Biana after he assured Sophie he was not romantically interested in her at all. Later Fitz says Biana likes silver bangs.
Although they have not had very many moments together, they still consider each other friends. Biana thinks Linh has really cool hair and accepts her to be a good friend. Several times when Tam tries to protect Linh from her power, Biana insists to him that he is underestimating his sister.
Stina is Biana's enemy, although they weren't that much of enemy's before Sophie's arrival. She is also the one who tells Sophie that Biana only became friends with her because Alden told her to. Stina is constantly mean to people at Foxfire. Although they disliked each other, Stina and Biana are now friends, and both are members of Team Valiant.
- Woltzer (goblin bodyguard)
Woltzer is Biana's assigned bodyguard. He often has many difficulties keeping up with her since Biana is known to vanish a lot, which makes his job ten times harder. Woltzer often appears weary about having such a hard-to-keep-up-with charge.
- Iggy (companion)
Iggy isn't Biana's pet, but she has shown that she adores the mischievous little imp, and Iggy returns his feelings. In Neverseen, Biana asks Sophie if she can take care of Iggy and let him sleep in her room. She also tries to turn the imp into a vegetarian but it doesn't work very well. Biana is constantly dying Iggy's fur different colors using Dex's elixirs.
Quotes[edit | edit source]
- "These scars are a part of me now, and I've decided I'm done pretending they're not." Biana Vacker, Flashback
- "Because sparkles make everything better." ~ Biana Vacker, Exile
- "Thank goodness they have good taste in clothes." ~ Biana Vacker, Neverseen
- "You should make him blue! With sparkles!" ~ Biana Vacker, Neverseen
- "Is that my dress?" ~ Biana Vacker, Keeper of the Lost Cities
- "We're not afraid! We're just....really bad at bowing, apparently." ~ Biana Vacker, Legacy
- "I know we're going to win this." ~ Biana Vacker, Book 8.5: Unlocked
Character Bio by Shannon Messenger[edit | edit source]
Biana may seem like the Princess of Foxfire Academy—but don’t let the perfect hair and fashionable clothes fool you. Beneath the make-up and perfectly coordinated accessories is a fearless fighter. And while she may not have manifested her special ability when we first meet her, that never stops her from taking on Fitz and Keefe in a game of Base Quest, (and no, it’s not just because she thinks Keefe is cute—though that definitely *does* help). She’s also an incredibly loyal friend—once she gets to know someone—and will do whatever it takes to protect the people she cares about.