Lydia: "Your mother couldn't be helped, Shavi. By the time she was sick it was too late"
Ava: "You don't know that. If she had gotten chemo instead of relying on herbs and spells"
Lydia: "Your mother believed in herbs and spells and so should you"
Lydia and Ava discussing Marina's death[src]

Marina Nicolae was a Gypsy of the Nicolae tribe, the mother of Ava and sister of Lydia Nicolae.[1]


At some point in time, after she had her daughter Ava, Marina contracted cancer. Instead of relying on modern medicine, she trusted in gypsy magic, though it was already too late. However, Ava believed that she could have survived if she had gotten chemotherapy. She rejected her heritage and became a surgeon instead.

Ava finally embraced her heritage after her aunt Lydia was killed by the Gypsy Hunter Cree and used a spell to call upon her ancestors, including her mother and aunt, to vanquish his father Orin. After Orin was vanquished, Ava was left in tears because she sensed Marina's presence in the room with her.

Powers and Abilities[]

Basic Powers

  • Spell Casting: The ability to cast spells and perform rituals.
  • Potion Brewing: The ability to brew potions.
  • Divination: The ability to predict the future. Gypsies have a very strong relation to fortune telling through various means.
  • Mediumship: The ability to see the spirits of the deceased. Gypsies refer to these apparitions as a "Mulo", which is viewed as an omen or warning.


  1. As mentioned in "The Eyes Have It"