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Anastasia Lankford
Anastasia

Nickname:

Stasia by Lenobia

Gender:

Female

Age:

estimated 200

Hair Color:

Blonde

Eye Color:

Turquoise

Birthday:

Born in 1811

Occupation(s):

Spells and Rituals professor at Tower Grove House of Night (former)
Spells and Rituals professor at Tulsa House of Night

Relationship Status:

Married to Dragon Lankford

Family:

Unnamed Mother †

Pet(s):

Guinevere

Enemies:

Neferet, Darkness

Interests:

Traveling

Affinity/Ability:

Small connection to Earth

Education:

Pennsylvania House of Night

Status:

Dead

First Appearance:

Marked

Last Appearance:

Tempted

In 1833, in St. Louis, Anastasia was a 22 year old professor at the Tower Grove House of Night (indicating that she was born in 1811). She is married to Professor Dragon Lankford.  She is killed by Rephaim in Tempted by slitting her throat. 

HistoryEdit

It is said that she was a Quaker girl. Her students had been coming forward and asking for love spells with which they wished to use to make the fifth former Bryan "Dragon" Lankford fall in love with them. She is given permission from High Priestess Pandeia and her mate Diana to cast a drawing spell in order to show the infatuated fledglings the true Dragon.

She casts the spell and in her first attempt, draws Dragon to her along with a bear and a vision of the older Dragon Lankford, with whom she finds herself instantly attracted. The older Dragon begs Anastasia to be patient with the young one, tells her he loves her and that she will love him, and then asks her with amusement not to let the young Dragon slay the bear. She does and coerces the young Dragon, who she insists on calling Bryan and not his prefered name, into casting the spell a second time. The spell works and the fledglings back off, which Dragon finds doesn't bother him as much.

The two find themselves drawn to each other, and when Anastasia is asked to perform a peace spell near the jailhouse where Jesse Biddle, who has been causing problems for the vampyres and fledglings, is located and Dragon accompanies her. When he does, he proclaims that he wants her and only her, to which she responds that she hates violence and doesn't think they can be together because he is a Swordsmaster. When he replies that he can put mercy before the sword, she accepts him.

When she casts the spell, Biddle comes out and attacks them. Biddle chokes Dragon into unconsciousness. Anastasia fights back, but is overpowered and thrown to the ground. She uses her connection to the earth to heal Dragon, but Biddle grabs her before she can see if it worked and drags her off to rape her. She fights him off enough to call earth back to her to protect her. She talks to Biddle and he begins to regret his actions, but before he can make a move, Dragon kills him with his sword.

Dragon then makes the Change and becomes a vampyre. Dragon wishes to slay the mysterious creature that was in the cage the entire time, but Anastasia talks him into setting it free instead (which is something he notes later he regrets as it was a Raven Mocker). After he sets it free, he earns his Dragon vampyre tattoos and pledges his Warrior Oath to Anastasia, which she accepts with the request that he always put mercy before the sword.

At some point later in their lives, they married and moved to the Tulsa House of Night. There, she still taught Spells and Rituals. She also had a cat (which was something she had hoped for in Dragon's Oath) named Guinevere.

Books

Marked Edit

She is first seen at the Full Moon Ritual when she is tracing pentagrams on the foreheads of the fledglings. She tells Zoey that the Goddess has faith in her.

Hunted

Guinevere and Shadowfax, Anastasia and Dragon's cats, were seen in Zoey's room which Zoey figures out that Anastasia and Dragon on her side and against Kalona.  Anastasia and her husband, Dragon , help Zoey and the gang escape from the House of Night.

Tempted

She is killed after Rephaim, Kalona favorite son and Raven Mocker, slit her throat as his last act before he follows after Zoey and her friends. After that, Dragon made a pyre for her during which only Lenobia, Shadowfax, and Guinevere were present (with Zoey and her friends being an exception when they actually arrived). Zoey, Shaunee, Erin, Damien, and Stevie Rae used their elements to make it more bearable for him. Guinevere was howling loudly and attempting to throw herself onto the pyre with her vampyre, which Dragon held her back from doing tearfully.

It is later mentioned that Anastasia had been a mentor for a fledgling named Red, who was one of the few fledglings (and vampyres) who stood up to Kalona and Neferet. It earned her a spot in the infirmary.

Trivia

It should be noted that in Marked, her tattoos are described as being spirals while in Dragon's Oath, they are described as flowers and vines.

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