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Doña Marina's Robe
Mayan women's huipil blouse

Origin

Doña Marina

Type

Traditional Robe

Effects

Telepathic Communication

Downsides

Advancing Effectiveness

Activation

Wearing

Collected by

Warehouse 10

Section

Council Chamber

Aisle

3904-3984284

Shelf

0424824-492341-6437

Date of Collection

31 August 1589

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Origin Edit

Doña Marina, born Malinalli, was a 16th century Nahua woman and the primary interpreter and lover of Spanish Conquistador, Hernán Cortés. Originally the daughter of her village's leader, she was sold into slavery by her mother and eventually was left as tribute to the invading Spanish forces in April of 1519. Her knowledge of Mayan and Nahuatl, two primary languages, as well as Spanish made her invaluable to Cortés' efforts to colonize the Aztec empire. Doña Marina's relationship with Cortés also resulted in the birth of her son, Martín Cortés, the first documented instance of a Mestizo, someone who has both European and indigenous American blood.

More commonly known as the derogatory La Malinche, Doña Marina is often viewed as a traitorous figure in Mexican history, as her efforts and insights helped foreign invaders overthrow and control Central American people. Some portrayals, however, are more flattering, heralding her as the mother of modern Mexico and someone who kept the full brunt of Cortés at bay from the people.

Effects Edit

Imbued with Doña Marina's linguistic mind and diplomatic brilliancy, the robe allows the bearer to communicate with others telepathically. Immediate thoughts can be projected into the minds of others as clearly as if they were spoken, with what appears to be no language barrier. How far the artifact can project thoughts, however, advances with the time worn, and becomes harder to control, until the user will be unable to stop themselves from blasting thoughts and emotions to anyone in range.

La Llorona Edit

The legend of La Llorona, the Weeping Woman who haunts Mexican folklore, was in part inspired by the collection of this artifact. A grieving woman who had lost her children in an accident received and wore the robe in her mourning. Her pain, self-loathing, and grief ended up pushing the town people away from the woman, and this only exacerbated her loss. With no one to talk to, she wallowed in misery until her projected thoughts nearly consumed her town. Regents of Warehouse 10 who were surveying for artifacts in the area managed to snag the artifact.

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