Mother

Kudos to Maz, as I indeed missed two new characters from the Gotham finale: I’ll deal with them and then go with Maz’s request, involving the other Batman-related series and movies. By the end of No Man’s Land, as everything descends into chaos, we see a creepy woman in a mask, watching with pride over a pretty disturbed kid: the woman is the show’s version of the Mother, portrayed by Ruya Koman. She’s a relatively new character, and her existence is limited to the post-New 52 continuity, thus she lives on Prime Earth. She has a pretty small story-arc that basically serves as an introduction to yet another character, but there’s something to say about her nonetheless: let’s see together.

Mother’s past remains a mystery for most, as she covered the information about her life and origins before assuming the moniker. She was born in Gardevia, a small nation in East Europe, that tried to maintain neutrality during the Cold War. Gardevian politicians wanted to transform the principality into an Eastern Switzerland, but what they actually managed to do was to create a free zone where any kind of vice and illegal activity was tolerated. She was a young girl from a very poor family, and her parents kept building debts with any business in their town. The payment for those debts was the girl herself: she worked for taverns, shops and privates, night and day, with no rest and no payment, just to help her parents. Soldiers from the Soviet Union usually spent their time in Gardevia, indulging in pleasures denied to them back home, and the girl had been taught to be friendly with them… but one day, one of them was found poisoned, killed by a Western spy. The Soviets believed that the Gardevian government had allowed if not encouraged the attack, so they denied the principality its independence, and sent the Red Army to invade the country. Actually, the soldier had not been poisoned at all: it was the girl the one who was serving him at the local tavern, and she gave him chicken he simply chocked himself with. The tavern personnel tried to intervene and save him, but the other soldiers, made paranoid by the war, believed it to be a conjuration, and opened fire on civilians, killing many. The girl, scared, came back home, just in time to watch in horror as her parents were dragged in front of their house, and killed in cold blood by the soldiers. The horrors of that day, however, weren’t finished yet.

Nobody was left alive from the border town, and the girl hid among the corpses of her parents and her countrymen pretending to be dead. The Soviets, just to be sure, pierced every body with their bayonets, and the girl was stabbed seven times… but she didn’t even make a sound, her eyes didn’t flicker. That very night, wounded but alive, she slipped into the Soviet camp, grabbed a huge knife, and slit the throat of each and every soldier. She didn’t make a sound, she was lethally efficient, and even though it took hours to her to accomplish the job, she wasn’t noticed by anyone. That night, the girl died, and the Mother was born. She walked away from what remained of her country, and she was found by another girl, named Marchenko. Marchenko brought her home, washed her, cleaned her wounds and gave her clothes, but by doing so she made her father angry, and she was hit. That was the last inspiration the girl needed: that night, she tied Marchenko’s parents to a chair, she woke her up, and she killed them in front of her. By doing this, she wanted to free her as she was free, and she told her that she would have been her mother now. She spent the following years building a personal kingdom of trauma, “creating” new “free children” and molding them into a perfect, stronger new generation able to withstand anything. She killed children’s parents in front of their eyes, and then trained them to be the perfect assassins, driven by the right trauma and free from all restraints; then, she sold them to the highest bidder, financing her program. She was aided in this by the Orphan, aka master assassin David Cain, who did most of the hits for her. Her children were appreciated and required, and her Nursery in Prague became the primary source of assassins for governments and secret societies all over the world (she even gave the shady Order of St. Dumas one of her best children, Jean-Paul Valley, who became their precious Azrael). All of this, however, wasn’t enough, and she needed to perfect her method: she crossed her paths with the Scarecrow, an American super-villain, who created for her a gas that could induce the trauma she needed on a global scale. This wonderful new weapon, Ichtys, would have transformed her small family into a strong, flawless empire…

The Mother is a strong-willed and determined woman, but also a broken victim whose sanity died along with all the people she knew and loved as a child. She’s the head of a human trafficking empire with global influence, and she engineers tragedies in order to create traumatized orphans to be molded in the perfect assassins, just as she is: swift, remorseless, efficient and devoted. The Mother truly believes that she’s doing what’s best for her “children”, making them strong and tough in a world that won’t show mercy to them… and there’s nothing more dangerous than a wealthy psychopath with a missionary complex.

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