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Marianna, often called Marianna of Balador or the Queen of Pleasure, is the representative of the Cult of Ecstasy to the Council of Nine Mystic Traditions. She is a master of five of the Spheres (Correspondence, Life, Matter, Mind, and Time) and oversees the Horizon Realm of Balador in addition to her duties to the Council.[1]

Marianna was born in Venice in the early 1800s,[1] though her habit of changing her appearance every two weeks means this is not often apparent to others. It is rumored that she studied with Lord Byron in her youth.[2] In 1976 she took over mastery of Balador, and shortly thereafter, the Seat of Time. The illusion of youth and her bubbly personality cause many other mages to underestimate her at their own peril. She is a strong advocate for the rights of Sleepers and a close friend of Dante and Laughing Eagle.

Marianna's fate after the Avatar Storm is unknown; both Balador and Concordia were destroyed, and she has not surfaced on Earth, so it is likely she is either dead or trapped somewhere in the Umbra.[2]