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“The wind–or maybe Keefe–must have thrown back his father's hood. But it wasn't his father facing him. It was Lady Gisela. Keefe's mom.”
—Narration, in Everblaze, page(s) 586, Google Books
Lady Gisela is part of the Sencen family and is Keefe's mother, as well as Lord Cassius's wife. She is the leader of the Neverseen, as stated in Everblaze. The name “Gisela” is from the Old High German word gīsal, which means "pledge."
Lady Gisela (Ji-sell-uh) is described as A LITERAL GODDESS, with pale peach skin and blonde hair, which she usually keeps in intricate updos. Her eyes are ice blue, the same color as her son's eyes. She has a red wound on her shoulder from when Keefe hit her with a goblin throwing star after she attacked Sophie, Keefe, and Silveny in Exile. Her name, Gisela, is a form of the name Giselle. This name means "hostage" or "pledge". This could refer to the fact that she pledged her allegiance to the Neverseen. It could also refer to how she became a hostage to them.
In Neverseen, two gnomes working for the Black Swan, Lur and Mitya, saw Lady Gisela being dragged to a cave near the Lake of Blood. She had dozens of wounds on her cheeks, chin, and neck, caused by a shamkniv. But later, in Flashback, it seems that the scars are gone, with her face looking like "the human women Sophie sometimes saw growing up who'd had too much plastic surgery."
She seems nice. However, most of the time this has been shown as an act. In Flashback, it is said that she would crack “if she let her hair down or gave a true smile.” She does seem to care about her son, but in a cruel manner, which is shown when she wants him to complete his legacy. Gisela is ruthless but also ambitious, doing whatever it takes to complete her goals. In Flashback, Sophie and Fitz look into Keefe’s memories, she appears nice to Keefe, along with Lord Cassius. Lady Gisela is also the master of mind games and plans and knows a special technique to block Telepaths.
- Keefe (Son)
- Lord Cassius (Husband)
- Sophie Foster (Enemy)
- Fintan (Former Ally/Enemy)
- Vespera (Reluctant Ally)
- Umber (Deceased Ally)
- Ruy (Ally)
- Trix (Ally)
- Tam Song (Former coerced ally)
- Alvar (Abandoned Ally)
- Glimmer (Former Ally)
Lady Gisela is polyglot. This ability comes with the skill of mimicking as well, which she teaches to Keefe. She has a photographic memory, which is where Keefe got his. It is unknown whether she possesses another ability, though it is hinted she might, and as a polyglot, her genes are primed for manifesting twice.
Sophie formally meets Lady Gisela when she and Keefe visit Keefe's house. She notices that Lady Gisela has a scar on her shoulder. Later, they find out that Gisela got the scar when Keefe threw a goblin throwing star at her shoulder in Exile. It is revealed that Lady Gisela is part of the secret (and evil) organization called the Neverseen. At first, Keefe believed his father was part of this group, but later realized it was his mother mimicking his father's voice when the Black Swan and the Neverseen fought on Mount Everest.
It is unknown exactly what happened to Lady Gisela after Everblaze, but it was assumed she was tortured and maybe killed by the Ogres after two gnomes saw her being dragged away by two Neverseen members, one being Brant, in a horribly beaten state. During Neverseen, Keefe regains a memory that Lady Gisela erased about her involvement with a secret plan called the Lodestar Initiative.
Lady Gisela helped Sophie find her parents throughout Nightfall in return for favours, one of which being to find and retrieve her Archetype, which she later reveals to be a test for Keefe. In the end, Lady Gisela forced Vespera to ally with her by using Ruy to keep her in a force field. She told Vespera that she could either join her or be caught by the Council again.
Lady Gisela leads the Neverseen and follows Vespera's plan at the time of the eclipse. She later appears threatening the alicorns and Linh leading up to where she then blackmails Tam into joining the Neverseen.
Lady Gisela appears in about the middle of the book, when Sophie is in London with Fitz and Keefe, looking for a leaping crystal that Lady Gisela was hiding in the Forbidden Cities. After discovering it, Lady Gisela shows up with Tam and congratulates them for finding the leaping crystal. She also instructs Keefe to "embrace the change", and mentions his legacy several times. This causes Sophie to use her full inflicting and leaves Gisela lying on the ground, twitching. Sophie, Keefe and Fitz attempt to capture Lady Gisela, but Tam uses his shadows to take her back to the Neverseen with him.
She is soon seen in Loamnore, and is able to take control of the situation after warping Maruca into protecting her with a misguided forcefield. Once Keefe arrives, she uses her alliance with King Enki to knock everyone but Sophie and Keefe out and then uses stellarlune to prompt a transformation for Keefe's legacy. Shortly after, Glimmer defects from the Neverseen, and Tam attacks Lady Gisela with shadowflux and injures her, however, she is able to get away yet again.