This article contains plot details from Legacy.
- 1 Appearance
- 2 Personality
- 3 Relationships
- 4 Abilities
- 5 Involvement
- 6 Trivia
- 7 References
Lady Gisela is described as a very beautiful woman, with pale peach skin and blonde hair, which usually styles 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 she attacked Sophie, Keefe, and Silveny in Exile.
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 women Sophie sometimes saw growing up who'd had too much plastic surgery."
Although on first impression she seems like a somewhat normal person (although unnaturally cold and distant) the series have slowly revealed her true nature. 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. Throughout the books, this is shown when she wants him to complete his legacy. Gisela is ruthless and 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 manipulation, and knows a special technique to block Telepaths, and has been known to be able to lie to Empaths.
Lord Cassius is Gisela's husband. Not much is known about their relationship, but they are both very cruel parents to Keefe. But while Cassius is a member of the Black Swan, Gisela is a known member of the Neverseen. Despite being on opposing sides and living apart, neither Cassius nor Gisela have filed for any kind of Elvin divorce.
Less Notable Relationships
Former coerced ally
Lady Gisela is a 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. 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 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 helps Sophie find her parents throughout Nightfall in return for favors, 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 forces Vespera to ally with her by using Ruy to keep her in a force field. She tells 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 when Sophie is in London with Fitz and Keefe, looking for a leaping crystal that 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. Sophie thinks that this is betrayal from Tam's side and decides not to think too much about it. She finally decides that Tam would never do that and that it was a way to protect their lives.
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 escape. This proves to Sophie that Tam is still on their side of the battle and Tam is them reunited with his sister soon after. A notable thing though that Linh mentions is that she thinks that Tam is 'different' in a way. She then heads back to Choralmere because she seems to not like Glimmer very much.
- The name “Gisela” is from the Old High German word gīsal, which means "pledge."
- Minette means "Star of the Sea" and/or "Love" in Latin.