Character: Iona Giuletta
Height: 5’ 6”
A beautiful woman by most standards, Iona has soft features mixed with the hard lines of a difficult life and a heavy burden. She is graceful and lithe as well as very deliberate in her movements and mannerisms. She has shoulder-length blonde hair that she typically wears in a tight knot. She does not wear makeup, but her features are fair enough that it is not required.
Born to a doctor and a priestess on the world known as Mortrion, Iona led a privileged life for most of her childhood. Her childhood was filled with safety and joy. Early in her life, there was no sign of the hard life she would come to lead. Upon entering into adolescence, the first hints at her psychic capability began to manifest.
These signs were minor and easy to overlook at the beginning, as they were not overtly obvious. Iona herself began to notice them as she entered womanhood, as she could sense another’s pain emphatically. This talent made her very well suited to work as a medical physician, and she diligently studied the medical sciences under her father’s tutelage.
Near the end of her apprenticeship, civil war broke out upon Mortrion. A portion of the populace had decided that the Cataclysm had happened for a reason and that psychics were a Sin against God. These extremists turned to acts of terrorism and fear-mongering to achieve their goal of eradicating the presence of psychics from the planet.
Due to the massive number of civilian casualties, the planetary government enlisted every available doctor or healer to triage those affected by the terrorist attacks. Iona and her father were called upon and they did not hesitate, administering aid during a particularly brutal attack on a civilian province.
As the casualties mounted, Iona’s disposition darkened. Surrounded by the pain of so many innocents, she began to slowly lose her mind. She worsened each day, until she could bear it no longer. Secretly, she began to release the terminal or fatally injured into oblivion, performing mercy-killings on those she was bound by law to keep alive in pain and agony. This went unnoticed for a time, but word of it spread quickly once it was discovered. She earned herself the moniker “Mercy’s Judge” by popular media before her identity was discovered, and it was only a matter of time before she was apprehended.
During the trial, it came to light that she was a psychic. Due to the extreme civil unrest on the topic of psychics, there was a substantial following of those who called for her execution. Her own parents testified against her, aghast that she had hidden her abilities from them her entire life. It was only because of an exorbitant bribe to the judge from an unknown party that she escaped the planet with her life.
Sentenced to life in prison and exiled, she left aboard the next prisoner transport. She was taken to a labor-intensive penal colony, where she was pressed into service as a physician for the criminals. She was selected to accompany the laborers traveling to a distant planet in the outer systems, where a source of Thorinium had been discovered.