- “Sister Ulicia is a master of powers you cannot even imagine!”
- ―Verna Sauventreen[src]
Sister Ulicia was the leader of the Sisters of the Dark. It was she who masterminded the plot to capture Kahlan Amnell and unleash the Chainfire spell. She was named as the player of the Boxes of Orden and was later claimed by its power, along with six other Sisters of the Dark.
Little is known of the early life of Ulicia; however, it is known that she lived in the walls of the Palace of the Prophets for several centuries, eventually becoming a full Sister of the Light. Sister Ulicia was renowned for her insights into the strange book of prophecy, known as Yanklee's Yarns and became an administrator to the Prelate. However, Ulicia eventually became seduced by the Keeper, and was made the leader of his Sisters of the Dark, directing their activities and covering up the deaths of the young wizard's whose magic they stole.
Leader of the Sisters of the Dark
In 40 ACB Sister Ulicia sat in her office writing a fake report, detailing the sudden death of a young wizard. She reported that the boy's death was related to the Rada'Han and that he was pushed beyond his limits. However the real reason was far more sinister. The Sisters of the Dark had drained him of his gift.
As Ulicia was writing her report, Sister Liliana knocked at her door and Ulicia allowed her to enter. Ulicia warned her not use names when they are alone, lest the breeze carry their names and words to the wrong ears. Liliana informed Ulicia that the Sister's sent on the journey to discover Richard Rahl had finally discovered him and that he had refused the first offer of the Rada'Han. Liliana informed her that it was Sister Grace, a Sister of the Dark, that had given her life. Ulicia and Liliana spoke of the problem that Richard Rahl being full grown would cause. Liliana informed Ulicia that Wizards Ranson and Weber were waiting for her and sent Liliana to her lessons in her place. She decided to use Liliana less in the future because she was too eager.
On her way to see the two wizards, Ulicia encountered Pasha Maes, a young novice. Ulicia saw something in Pasha that she intended to use to her advantage and spoke to her more candidly than any Sister, Pasha had ever encountered. Pasha showed a great amount of admiration for Ulicia, more so after a brief duel that was fought between the two, intended for Ulicia to test Pasha's strength. Ulicia toyed with Pasha and then continued on her way to meet the two wizards. Ulicia ordered Wizard Ranson to kill Weber and take his gift using quillion. Ulicia had Ranson give his soul oath to the Keeper of the Underworld.
Ulicia was present during the ritual in the Hagen Woods, where Sister Liliana received her gift of Subtractive Magic. She informed Sister Margaret that they had known she was following them and then had Liliana kill her.
Ulicia hired Captain Blake and his crew to take her and five other Sister's around the Great Barrier, but was forced to move things ahead of schedule when she overheard Prelate Annalina telling Sister Verna that she knew of the existence of the Sisters of the Dark. Ulicia proceeded to attack the Prelate, badly injuring her, but was interrupted by Richard Rahl and Verna. There was a brief exchanging of fire between Verna and Ulicia but Ulicia eventually fled, and then left upon Captain Blakes boat, along with her Sister's.
All six Sisters of the Dark, who escaped aboard Captain Blake's boat, the Lady Sefa, awoke at exactly the same time, screaming. Ulicia's throat burned as if was on fire and there was blood on her eyelids where she had attempted to unsuccessfully claw her own eyes out.
Ulicia, as their leader, quickly takes control of the situation, putting on a calm front despite her terror. Somehow a man by the name of Jagang had been able to replace her Master, the Keeper of the Dead, in the Sisters' shared dream. Jagang tortured each of the women and then ordered them to travel to his fortress.
Ulicia and her Sisters have the crew of the Lady Sefa reverse their course, though not without creating an example of several sailors. During the return journey Ulicia rakes her brain for a way to rid her and her Sisters of Jagang, soon discovering that it might be possible to destroy the Emperor by linking all six of their powers together.
The six Sisters do so and arrive at Jagang's fortresses. Upon entering Jagang's quarters, flanked by guards, Ulicia, the Sister acting as the director of the formidable pooled powers, wasted no times and unleashed a mixed blast of Additive and Subtractive magic; capable of leveling the area twenty leagues around them. Everything disappeared in a blinding flash and Ulicia's only thought is that surely she had destroyed the entire world.
As everything slowly came back into focus, Ulicia realized something had gone terribly wrong with her plan. Jagang was extremely amused by Ulicias assassination attempt and informed her that he was a dream walker, a being whose ability allowed them to enter the minds of others, particularly the gifted, and take complete control of that being. A dream walker's power was infinitely quicker than any gifted person of whom he was in control, so they were unable to use their gift to any avail against him.
Jagang informed the Sisters that they were now his in every aspect. To demonstrate this, Jagang gave all six Sisters over to Captain Blake and his crew to use for their enjoyment.
Ulicia and her Sisters were then sent to the Palace of the Prophets to await the return of Richard Rahl and kill him, on behalf of Emperor Jagang. She was also made Prelate, in place of Verna, who was taken prisoner by Sister Leoma, who, like all other Sisters of the Dark, had become a slave of the dream walker. Ulicia believed she had discovered a way to swear loyalty to Richard Rahl while not betraying the Keeper, but still freeing herself of Jagang.
Upon arriving at the Palace, Richard was informed that his wife, Kahlan, was a prisoner and that Sisters Ulicia, Tovi, Cecilia, Armina and Merissa would give up her position to him in return for being able to swear loyalty to him. Richard agreed and the five Sister's gained their freedom, though they are unable to include Nicci, who they were unable to find, in their plan. Ulicia also gave up her false position as Prelate, on Richard's orders.
Shortly after Richard left the office of the Prelate, Captain Blake and some of his crew enter, not realizing that the Sisters were now free to do as they wish. Ulicia and her Sisters soon made clear their intentions, before torturing the crew of the Lady Sefa and unleashing their power at Grafan Harbour.
The Chainfire Effect
Though Ulicia and her Sister's may have sworn an oath to Richard, she did not believe that it necessarily meant that they could no longer hold to their original oath, to the Keeper, as well. She recognized that Richard's highest morale had always been life. To her mind, she believed that this would allow the four free Sisters of the Dark to work for the Keeper as long as they were no threat to Richard's life.
This caused a plan to formulate in Ulicia's mind. When the four Sisters discovered a cache of books, a place known as a central site, under the ruins of the Palace of the Prophets, one book stood out beyond all others:Chainfire.
Chainfire was a book written by the wizards of old, detailing a theory that demonstrated the potential to unravel the world of life. It outlined a web, powerful enough to completely erase a persons existence from the minds of all others, even seconds after having seen this person. The wizards, realizing what a catastrophe Chainfire could be if unleashed, created a counter; the Boxes of Orden. However, this played right into the hands of Ulicia and her Sisters.
Capturing the Mother Confessor
After destroying the hidden central site, the Sisters set off to find Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell. The Sisters succeeded on discovering the camp while the pair slept and were able to avoid their Mord-Sith guard; Cara. They then cast a web on Richard that increased his drowsiness so as to prevent him from waking. They then captured his wife, Kahlan, before quickly leaving the camp. They also cast magic that erased their tracks.
The Sisters placed a Rada'Han on Kahlan's neck, cutting her off from her Confessors power and then in an act of pure evil unleashed the Chainfire Event upon the world by placing it around Kahlan. In addition to the Chainfire spell, a number of extremely powerful webs were placed upon her, preventing her from escaping the Sisters grasp.
Stealing the Boxes
Once at the People's Palace, the Sisters acted as kindly tourists who were eager to see the sights of the famous Palace. However, this was merely an act designed to allow them the best chance to scope out the direction of the Garden of Life.
Armina was the Sister who discovered which hallway lead to the Garden. Ulicia then ordered her to keep a look out at one end of the hallway and Cecilia the other. This just left her, Sister Tovi and Kahlan to approach the heavenly guarded door. As they approached Ulicia directed Kahlan to walk past the guards and into the Garden. For a moment the guards noticed that she was unauthorized to be in this area, but a mere second after noticing her, she was wiped from their memory due to the Chainfire spell that surrounded her.
Ulicia and Tovi played at admiring artwork near the entry to the Garden, while waiting for Kahlan to return. When she did, they were beyond excited. She was to bring them the one counter to the Chainfire Event; the Boxes of Orden.
However, Kahlan had not had enough room in her pack for all three of the Boxes. Ulicia reacted violently to this and savagely beat Kahlan with her ever present stout oak rod. She then used her gift to pin Kahlan against a wall and instructed her to return to the Garden, remove whatever she had in her bedroll and bring her the other two Boxes.
After this, Ulicia ordered Tovi to leave the Palace with the first box, as it was too dangerous to stand idly by with something so important to their plan and so jealously guarded by the D'Haran troops. They would rendezvous later. When Kahlan returned, Ulicia placed the Boxes of Orden into play, before she, Sisters Armina and Cecilia and the captive Kahlan leave the People's Palace behind.
Ulicia, Armina, Cecilia and the captive Kahlan, finally made it to The White Horse Inn. It was here that they were to meet up with Sister Tovi and finally have all three Boxes of Orden in their possession. The inn keeper and his wife, Orlan and Emmy, let the women in out of the rain. At first the Sisters did not realize that the inn keeper and his wife were fighting over the number of women present. Emmy believed there to be only three, while Orlan believed there to be four. However, the importance of the conversation didn't escape them for long.
The Sisters quickly forced Orlan to describe the extra woman that he saw. It soon becomes obvious that he was able to see Kahlan. Armina could not believe that Orlan was able to see Kahlan, as they had done the verification webs to ensure everything had gone to plan. Cecilia then argued that they did not do the interior webs, only the exterior. However, this practice had not been done since the Great War.
Orlan became angered at the gruff way he was being treated by the Sisters, but was quickly knocked down by Sister Ulicia, with her oak rod. When he got back to his feet and almost used Kahlan's title, Mother Confessor, Ulicia used her gift to unleash a powerful bolt of lightning that blasted the man in two. She later used her dacra to kill the man's wife and daughter, but only after discovering that Tovi, was no longer at the inn and had stated she was on her way to Caska.
On the way to Caska, the Sisters and Kahlan were forced to avoid Imperial Order troops, however, they could not avoid the carnage left in their wake. The Sister's dreamt of the power they would be able to unleash upon Jagang, once they had opened a Box of Orden. Eventually making it to the Deep Nothing, the land in which Caska was situated, the Sisters began to sense someone was following them. They later captured the person; a young girl named Jillian.
Jillian said that Tovi had her grandfather captured and that she had sent her to guide her Sisters to her. They also discovered that Jillian was also able to see Kahlan. Jillian guided the Sisters through a labyrinth and when they came to a door, using their gifts, the Sisters could sense Tovi beyond it.
However, when they entered the room, it was not Tovi who waited for them, but Emperor Jagang. Jagang informed them that Tovi had been dead for some time now and that their supposed bond to Richard Rahl had never been anything more than a fantasy, he had been using them all along, because he liked the idea of having Sisters of the Dark out in the world, who were up to things he could use to his advantage. He also realized that their plans would help him further sabotage Richard Rahl's cause and net him the prize of prizes; Kahlan Amnell. What Jillian had said about her grandfather earlier, had been true, except that it was Jagang, not Tovi, who held him captive.
The Sisters were forced to help Jagang with his preparations with the Book of Counted Shadows. As the book insisted that a Confessor was the only way to verify the truth of the book, Jagang and the Sisters had Kahlan study the book to see if she can find a way to do so. She pointed out that the book says Shadow, not Shadows. The Sisters argue the relevance of this, Ulicia insisting that Kahlan had verified the falseity of the book, as it said she would.
While Jagang listened to the Sister's argue, Kahlan helped Jillian to escape. She killed two guards, took a knife and then ran with Jillian, knowing she would be apprehended due to the Rada'Han on her neck. As Kahlan turned back, she threw the knife as hard as she could at the open doorway, before anyone had even come through. As the knife reached the doorway, Cecilia walked through it and was stabbed directly through the heart, dying instantly.
Kahlan was apprehended via the Rada'Han and made unconscious, while Jillian was able to escape. Ulicia and Armina continued to argue over whether Kahlan's verification was relevant or not. Later, Jagang had Kahlan walk naked through his camp, to draw out anomalies among his men who were able to see her despite the Chainfire spell. Ulicia and Armina were made to follow her from a distance, so as to make sure she was unharmed by the soldiers. These soldiers were made Kahlan's guards.
After long discussions with Jagang about matters to do with the Book of Counted Shadows and the Boxes of Orden, Ulicia and Armina were sent to the tents, as they were so long ago, to be used and abused by Jagang's men, in any way they saw fit, so long as their wounds weren't fatal. Both women continued to accompany Jagang during the day, however, their attractive appearances had eroded, due to their treatment.
When Ulicia and other Sisters opened one of the boxes of Orden, they were all swept away into the underworld. She had concluded that by reading and studying the original copy of the Book of Counted Shadows, she would be able to open the correct box of Orden. She happened to be wrong, however. The Books of Counted Shadows were a fail-safe designed to protect the boxes of Orden from the use of evil and hate, since Orden was created to improve the one thing important above all: life. Also, only the Sword of Truth can designate the true box of Orden since the sword was made from the same material as Orden.
Having chosen the wrong box, Ulicia and the other Sisters were pulled to the depths of the underworld whilst still alive; screaming in a whirlwind of lightning and darkness.
Personality and traits
Ulicia was said to be a physically attractive woman, though she was beyond evil. Her mind worked with a practiced deviousness and she was adept at concocting plans thought to be impossible by most. Ulicia was prone to mood swings and thought of most people as insignificant and inconsequential. She was rarely seen without her stout oak rod.
Having secretly directed the Sisters of the Dark for so long, Ulicia demanded obedience and even relished the chance for a demonstration as to how violent she could become. Having successfully absorbed the male Han and gained the use of Subtractive Magic, Sister Ulicia was a master of powers few could ever even imagine and was believed to be the most powerful of all the Sisters of the Dark.
Powers and Abilities
Having become a full-fledged Sister of the Light, Ulicia was a powerful sorceress. But this, combined with the fact that she was a Sister of the Dark who had successfully absorbed the male Han and mastered Subtractive Magic was what made her a true force to be reckoned with. She was a master of both sides of the gift and had powers few could imagine. Using both Additive and Subtractive Magic, Ulicia was capable of completely razing huge areas.
Having absorbed the male Han of a wizard Ulicia was capable of casting Wizard's Web and Wizard's Fire.
She was believed to be the most powerful Sister of the Dark, thus, she was their leader.
Adding to her destructive power was that she had absorbed the male Han. Mixing together both female and male Han created a destructive force far stronger than the sum of its parts. She was quite older than Nicci or Merissa but not as old as Cecilia and Tovi, therefore she was more adept at using her gift than any of them.
When Ulica, Tovi, Nicci, Merissa, Cecilia and Armina tried to eliminate Jagang by linking their powers, Ulicia became the manipulator of that destructive node. When she tried to unleash the cataclysmic power, Jagang who was in their minds, stopped her. Had he not, Ulicia was absolutely sure she could have ripped the fabric of reality and brought down devastating eradication on the whole of the world.