The Liafador Family emerged in the 1900’s, as a family built on business. The small family winery boomed in the Spanish town o,f Malaga; and soon the Liafador Wine called “Besos” flourished throughout the country of Spain.
After the resurgence of the Red Cardinals in the early 20 century; the Liafador Family became heavily involved with the then terrorist organization. Ricardo Liafador and his wife headed the Family's involvement with the Cardinals before usurping all the other leaders to obtain sole power.
Shortly after her journey through the Pit, Ziccarra transformed the Red Cardinal organization into a religion commonly called "The Cult of Cardinals"
Kane Liafador (MK Assassin)
Is the 1st born of Sabella and Ramon. After his parents defected to the Braveheart Order, Kane followed them to help sabotage Cardinal Operations.
Kane is known for his nomadic nature; despite his seemingly distant personality, he keeps a close eye on his daughters. Kane is best described as a "Rolling stone" having slept with and; impregnated 5 different females. Kane once tortured Ellie Knightfall, for the rape of his daughter Cat.
His Children include Isis, Catalina, Kristina, Anne (Killed by Catalina), Jaime (Killed by Catalina), and Enrique (Killed by Catalina). None bare the same nationalities.
Siblings: Faatina Knightfall, Sophia Liafador, Ziccarra Liafador, Marcos Liafador, Leonardo Liafador, Xiomaera Liafador, Bellona Liafador
Catalina Liafador (The Skull Queen)
Catalina was born in Madrid, Spain; to Kane Liafador. Kane After performing intensive monarch programming on Ziccarra, he was able to engineer and implant a child in Ziccarra which was done at the behest of his father.
In an effort to keep Catalina away from Ziccarra, Kane took Cat to Belize; and raised her himself. At the age of 10, Cat showed signs of Capgras syndrome and mild depression. It is believed that her depression is the source of her powers.
Catalina rose to prominence, shortly after her father left Belize. With her control over the Shadow Cardinals; she quickly made a name for herself in the cartel. Her drug empire expanded into Brazil, pre-invasion Venezuela and, the Caribbean Islands.
Cat's depression left her open to a spiritual possession, by Y intercept. (Y is her CVNU equivalent), Y's nasty and foul nature caused Cat to bud heads with; Ziccarra Liafador and, then Husband Quintus Knightfall. After being halted in her attempted destruction of New York, Cat split from Y; but was raped in the process. From that day forward, the Tenekinetic Queen has vowed revenge on those that wronged her.
She is credited with being the former Queen of Eden, depowering Southern Venezuela; and killing Ziccarra Liafador, Destroying Malaga and instigating the events of the Cataclysm. Cat used to command, the shadow Cardinals; however, this was taken from her when Quintus Knightfall completed the Pit.
The Cataclysm - Present
Toward the end of the Cataclysm, Catalina committed suicide to free herself of the 3rd Societies Indoctrination; leaving her dead throughout the entire Spanish Revolution. She was brought back shortly afterward by Sabella Liafador but told that if she died again she would be in a place Sabella couldn't reach.
Cat and a recently ressurrected Ziccarra Liafador lived in Morrocco, Africa in recluse until Maya's use of the Phoenix Force reset the entire family to an island in the False Bay. Deciding she was tired of living the life of an outlaw Cat left the island only to be caught by Zeon Liafador. Zeon held a grudge against the entire "Liafador-Pettis family" and sought to use Catalina to lure Ziccarra out of hiding.
In the final battle between Z and Zeon, both of them were killed the result caused a metamorphsis inside Catalina changing her to look like Ziccarra.
Siblings: Leonel Pettis, Tassiania Pettis, Maya Liafador-Pettis, Selene Liafador-Pettis, Isis Liafador, Kristina Huntington. Jaime Liafador (Deceased), Anne Liafador (Deceased) Enrique Liafador (Deceased), Isadora Lebeau, Alexa Pettis
Ziccarra Isabella Liafador (The Red Cardinal Goddess)
Was the leader of the Tibetian and Malagan Cardinals; she is known as the "Queen Cardinal" because she commands the Cardinals in the origin place of Tibet.
Z is the youngest child of Ramon and, Sabella Liafador. Z's Cardinals are the most honorable bunch of Cardinals in the family. They are taught not to fear death, rather embrace it. They have a core set of morals that do not falter even in the less fortunate of situations. Ziccarra taught herself, how to use her diabetes as a defensive trigger.
Ziccarra's marriage to Quintus Knightfall came to an end when Quintus was killed by Grandmaster Impero Ishin. The Malagan Marchioness vanished into the underbelly of Mexico; after being betrayed by Isabella Marisol (Zedora)
A few months after her exile, Ziccarra was met by a Saccari and told of her daughter's whereabouts. Fearful for what might happen to Isadora, and her best friend Ellie; Ziccarra returned. She was eventually killed by Catalina in Southern Venezuela.
Thanks to Quintus Knightfall, Ziccarra was resurrected as the "Cardinal Goddess" has officially parted ways with the Knightfall family, the former conqueror of Venezuela turned over a new leaf and eventually married the Herald of Hope, Alexis Pettis.
During the events of Dreams and Nightmares, Tassiania's trip through time causes the effect the course of history causing Ziccarra to eventually go crazy with the Nexcodessa Virus. Ziccarra attempted to lead a coup on Spain but was eventually killed by her Grandson Mark Antony. She has since returned.
Siblings: Faatina Knightfall, Kane Liafador, Sophia Liafador, Marcos Liafador, Leonardo Liafador, Xiomaera Liafador, Bellona
Children: Isadora Leabeu, Catalina Liafador, Maya Liafador-Pettis, Leonel Pettis. Tassania Pettis, Selene Liafador-Pettis. Mark Antony (Grandson) Car'ra Kinghtfall (Grand Daughter), Alexa Pettis
Sofia Liafador is the half-sister of Kane and Ziccarra Liafador. She was born to Ramon Liafador and a Columbian house-keeper. After finding out about his affair with the housekeeper, Sabella Liafador had the woman killed, and the child placed into protective custody.
Sofia never commanded a Cardinal Unit of her own, but she has been influential in infiltrating the Cardinal sects in order to bring down the legacy of her own family. She is blessed with the ability to manipulate Ice. Sophia has spent most of her life separate from the Liafador Family but has found herself allied with the 3rd Society cabinet members.
Daughters: Sky Carmichael, IIyana Newcastle
Marcos, unlike Kane; became a Red Cardinal and took his talents to Italy. Once there he and his wife Estella set up a Cardinal training post in Puglia to help assist Z. Marcos manages the Mediterranean wine distribution as well, as any problems that need Cardinal influence around the sea. He is the father of Zeon the White Cardinal Chief, and new Liafador Family Matriarch.
Because he travels a lot, Marcos tends to sleep around a lot too; he has a child with a Moroccan woman. The child and the woman, both to this day remain a secret.
Children: Zeon, Chance, Honor Avenger, Leah Liafador
Siblings: Faatina Knightfall, Kane Liafador, Sophia Liafador, Ziccarra Liafador, Leonardo Liafador, Xiomaera Liafador, Bellona Liafador
Zeon Liafador (The Matriarch)
Zeon is the only daughter of Estella and Marcos Liafador, They run one of the Liafador family wineries in Sicily, Italy; where Zeon was born and raised. Both her parents were also in charge of the Cardinal division in Italy and ran a training camp in Puglia Italy.
Zeon grew up around the life of the Cardinals, training with them, going on missions and even to the point of her taking over the Cardinal training camp and running it herself under the watchful eye of her parents while at the same time, helping run the family winery when she's not busy with the other family business.
After a fated meeting with Ziccarra, she is now the Liafador Family Matriarch. Zeon is the only Liafador to go through the Pit Twice.
Siblings: Lebreau. Honor Avenger, Leah Liafador
Jaime is the result of Kane's nomadic lifestyle, she is both Spanish and Thai in descendant and commands the small Cardinal presence in Guyana; much like her half-sister, Catalina; Jaime wasn't allowed to know about Ziccarra. It wasn't until she met Catalina that she got in on the Cardinal business. Jaime was killed by Catalina; once she took the throne in Eden.
Isis Liafador (The Renegade Liafador)
Isis is the oldest child of Kane Liafador and damn near-twin sister to Catalina. She is of Spanish and Greek Heritage; is probably one of the most intelligent Liafadors. She strives to honor both Ziccarra and Quintus; while remaining completely loyal to Cat. Since the Fall of Spain, Isis has been hunting rogue Cardinals.
Siblings: Catalina, and Kristina, Jaime, Enrique, Anne
Being of both Spanish and Russian heritage; Anne has a massive frame, that makes her somewhat of a juggernaut. She is a sister of Isis and Cat, but will only converse with Isis. She owns a small villa in Nicaragua but is native to Siberia.
Following Catalina's rise in Eden, the Dark Cardinals stormed Anne's compound in Siberia and assassinated her.
Siblings: Catalina, Kristina, Jaime, Enrique and Anne
Lebreau (Chance) Liafador (The Matriarch)
Lebreau or Chance is the illegitimate daughter of Marcos and Daria Holmes, she is of Moroccan heritage. She was kidnapped by The Matriarch Zedora, during the war on Asgard; and has been rescued and help captive by Maya Liafador.
Following Maya's 'reset' of the Liafador Family, Chance found herself fumbling around without a home.
The Youngest daughter of Marcos would find herself used as a pawn in the battle between Ziccarra and Zeon, a battle that saw the death of her sister Zeon; and the Start of Chance's reign as Matriarch
Siblings: Leah Liafador, Zeon Liafador, Honor Avenger
If you ask Catalina, Isadora does not count, but anyone else will vouch for the "Princess of Cardinals". Isadora is the daughter of Quintus Knightfall and Ziccarra Liafador. Isadora does not bear the name, "Liafador, or Knightfall" rather Lebeau as an homage to her handler. This vicious vixen has gone toe to toe, with Mercy and Ellie; along with countless others. She was killed after some dealings with the Lebeau faction.
Children: Mark Knightfall, Car'ra Knightfall
Siblings: Catalina, Maya, Tassi and Selene
Enrique is the only son of Kane Liafador and believed to be the only male in the third generation. He usually stays close to Kane but has been sent on missions to monitor the movements of Isadora, Isabella, and Maya. Enrique suffers from Riley-Day Syndrome, which makes it hard for him to eat at times; however, he is insensitive to pain. Enrique harvested his power through his condition, much like Catalina.
He was hunted down and killed by Catalina sometime after she took command in Eden.
Siblings: Catalina, Anne, Jaime, Isis and Kristina
Maya Liafador - Pettis
Maya is the first child of Ziccarra and Alexis, as an embryo her consciousness was abducted by the 3rd society; and implanted in a pre-made body; aging her months before she was actually born. She is often considered to be the most powerful amongst the Liafadors because of her "New God and Cardinal Goddess" origins. She has the ability to manipulate Reality, a skill that helped her silence the 3rd Society for 5 months.
After the events of Dreams and Nightmares, Maya's heart was blackened turning the hero into a galactic level threat. Maya eventually returned to her right mind and used her powers to essentially 'reset' the entire family to a time period just after Dreams and Nightmares; when the Liafadors came too they were living in the False Bay.
Siblings: Catalina, Selene, Tassi, Leonel Pettis, Isadora, Alexa
Leonel Pettis (The Azure Son)
Leonel Pettis is the adoptive son of Ziccarra and Alexis, he traveled from a "dead" universe known as Reality M, to the CVNU in hopes of rebuilding a life for himself. Leonel appears to be a younger version of Alexis with just about the same abilities; save for a few.
Even though he has been accepted into the "Liafador Pettis Family" he refuses to call Z and Alexis his parents.
Siblings: Catalina, Maya, Selene and Tassi, Alexa
Faatina Knightfall (The Dread Pirate)
Faatina Knightfall is the daughter of Jayden Knightfall and Sabella Liafador, she is unofficially the oldest of the Knightfall children. Faatina was given to a family in India shortly after her birth, and raised to be a caretaker; shortly after her parents were killed in a riot, she begins training to be a war mercenary. She has trained in with the Israeli Special Forces Units; as well as U.S Naval teams.
Shortly after leaving the military she was given the nickname "Cerise Swashbuckler, or Cerise Tactician" because of her ability to wage war on land and in the sea. She fought against the Red Cardinals initial push into Tibet but pulled out after learning Ziccarra was her half-sister.
While she is believed to be powerless there is evidence that suggests otherwise.
Ziccarra Liafador, Bellona Liafador, Kane Liafador, Sophia Liafador, Marcos Liafador, Leonardo Liafador, Xiomaera Liafador. Also the Knightfall clan.
Sky Carmichael is the daughter of Sofia Liafador, her name was purposely made "Carmichael" so that Sofia's mother still had some sort of legacy to continue. Sky is a known swimsuit model, but unlike the rest of her family she lacks warrior traits. She is said to descend from an ancient race of Gods known as the Zeal.
Siblings: Illyana Newcastle
Currently still an infant, Tassania Pettis is a Half-Cardinal, Half New God hybrid; like her sister Maya. Tassi has learned to walk and talk at a rapid pace, leaving many of the family members to believe she has tapped into her powers.
Since Dreams and Nightmares, Future Tassi has been held captive by Maya; younger Tassi is currently under the care of Catalina and WAL.
Siblings: Leonel, Catalina, Maya, Selene, Alexa, Isadora
Honor Avenger (The Darwinist Dictator)
For the longest time, Jessica tormented the streets of Gothic City as the Darwinist Dictator; Honor Avenger. Left at just a young age by her father, Jessica grew up surviving on the very streets she lived on. After years of terrorizing Gothic City, she was placed in Bedlam Asylum where she spent many of her days doing "hush" government missions. After staging a massive prison riot that eventually granted her freedom, Jessica was finally able to meet the man that abandoned her so many years before; Marcos Liafador. Making the Darwinist Dictator a Liafador. Jessica has not been seen since she fought her sister Zeon in the Liafador War.
Siblings: Lebreau, Zeon. Leah
Much like Faatina, Mark is also of both Liafador and Knightall blood. His father, Charlemagne Leabeau impregnated the girl he raised as his daughter; Isadora Liafador--who was of both Liafador and Knightfall lineage herself. Mark doesn't have a strong connection to the Liafador side of his family, he has met Ziccarra (His grandmother) on one occasion, one that ended with an attack by Darkchild.
Despite worrying about his well-being his "Granny" knows he is more than capable of taking care of himself. As of the events of Dreams and Nightmares, Mark managed to kill Ziccarra, by ultimately killing himself.
Selene Liafador (The Black Cardinal)
Selene Liafador's origins are an enigma, the exact date of her birth is a mystery, but it's clear that she is the child of Alexis Pettis and Ziccarra Liafador. It is believed that Selene came into being during the original rise of the 3rd Society, but no one other than Maya can confirm this.
Because Maya has such vivid memories of Selene the two are virtually inseparable. Selene shares the same socialite personality as Maya, but has a closer bond with the Ziccarra; then Maya does. Though she has not completed the Pit, Selene refers to herself as "The Black Cardinal"
Siblings: Catalina, Leonel, Maya and Tassi, Alexa, Isadora
Sabella Liafador (The High Cardinal Goddess)
Sabella Liafador was born in Morocco, Africa to Priscilla Jimenez and Rafael Jimenez. In her infancy, Sabella learned how to both Talk and Walk before the age of 10 months, because of this she was seen as a “special child.” Priscilla, Sabella’s mother was a stay at home mom, she taught Sabella how to play the piano; as well as teaching etiquette and decorum—which were key traits at family gatherings. After marrying Ramon Liafador, Sabella became influential in the rise of the Liafadors by using her looks to blackmail high ranking officials across Europe. Sabella and Ramon eventually turned on the Cardinals organization by joining the Bravehearts. It was Catalina Liafador that had Sabella killed initially, however she ascended to godship once Quintus Knightfall brought back Ziccarra Liafador.
Sabella holds the title of "High Cardinal Goddess" despite not being a Cardinal herself. She is blessed with the abilities of Fertility and life, but can also use any powers granted to her offspring. She currently rules Grand Cardinal Island.
Children: Faatina Knightfall, Kane Liafador, Marcos Liafador, Ziccarra Liafador, Leonardo Liafador, Xiomaera Liafador, Bellona Liafador
Ramon Liafador (The Last Patriarch)
Ramon rose to power in Malaga after he took charge of Cardinal operations in the area, he and his son Kane and Wife Sabella were kicked out of Cardinal Order due to the treatment of his youngest daughter Ziccarra. Ramon was the initial mastermind behind the indoctrination practices of the 3rd Society and eventually begin to do their bidding as a pawn. Turning on his father's operations, he joined the Braveheart Order but was eventually killed by an assassin sent by a 12-year-old Catalina Liafador. It was with his death that the Patriarch period of the Liafador family ended, paving the way for Ziccarra to become the first Matriarch.
Siblings: That Alt Orph has
Children: Kane, Sophia, Marcos, Ziccarra, Bellona
Siblings: Zeon, Lebreau, Honor Avenger
Leonardo Liafador is the youngest brother of Ziccarra and son of Sabella. He was born without a father, as a testament to Sabella's fertility powers. He was created with the hope that'd he eventually Kill Ziccarra, instead, he has assimilated into the family, often seen checking on Tassi.
Siblings: Marcos, Ziccarra, Kane, Xioxaera, Faatina
Kristina is currently the only Liafador-Huntington hybrid. Born from Lorelei Huntington and Kane Liafador, Kristina has spent most if not all her life with the Huntington Family, despite actually meeting Catalina; she has been largely ignorant of who she's related to on the Liafador side. Kristina has no aspirations foto ever assimilate into the Liafador Family.
Siblings: Catalina, Isis, Anne, Jaime, Enrique. Also the Huntington clan.
Accessing the evasive gift of teleportation at the age of fifteen Xi ran away from the complicated future of Reality M. Giving herself a one-time jump she escapes and finds herself on a more stable Earth. Spending a couple years traveling the new Earth she tries to find a place of her own. Keeping tabs on this version of the Liafadors she learns that this earth’s version of Xiomaera passed away as a still-born. Instead of revealing herself to her family she takes a surprising route in joining The Academy to further develop her skills until she is ready to face them.
Siblings: Ziccarra, Marcos, Kane, Faatina, and Leonardo
It is not common knowledge to anyone but Zeon and Sabella that Bellona even exists. Having been born just a few years after Ziccarra, Bellona was kept for a few years before it was decided that she made Ziccarra weak. In an attempt to disrupt a bond, Sabella and Ramon had Bellona tossed into the Liafador Family Pit at the age of 7. After leaving the child to pretty much die, Sabella and Ramon wiped any records of Bellona
She essentially lived in the Pit this entire time and resided there when Ziccarra, Quintus, Zeon (X2) and Catalina conquered the hellish structure.
The Forgotten Liafador has now escaped the Prison that had held her captive for most of her life. She now walks on the same land that her family has been blessed with returning to after their 'brief' time in the pit. While her parents saw it fit to separate Ziccarra from her sister, not even they could have planned for Bellona to eventually become one with the Pit. To the point where Bellona's connection with Pit was not severed when she walked freely on Earth. Whatever happened to Bellona in those 33 years in the Pit, she still carries with her even if she is able to roam around the world she was taken from so long ago.
The Red Cardinals
The Red Cardinals originated in the 15th century in Spain. They were a group of Catholic clergymen who sought to rescue Jews and Arabs from the wrath of the Spanish crown during the Inquisition. Initially, those caught aiding "heretics" were burned at the stake. After many years of combat with the Cardinals, The Spanish Crown enacted "Cardinal Law" which saw the Spanish armies actually persecute citizens thought to have ties with the Cardinals. Having labeled the Cardinals a "Fifth Column" organization, The Spanish crown actively fought them even as the Inquisition waned. By the late 1700's the Cardinals were nearly mainstream throughout every colony of the preceding Spanish Empire.
In the early 1800's the Cardinals disbanded with the decree from Isabella II that the Inquisition was over. It wasn't until Ricardo Liafador found manuscripts from his great ancestors that indicated Liafador involvement with the Cardinals; that he sought to bring back the Cardinals.
Under Ricardo Liafador, and Wesley Weston II the Liafadors were a Spanish gang that operated with the blessing of Spanish dictator, and Ricardo's cousin, Francisco Franco. The Cardinals were infamous for public killings, human trafficking, Drug Smuggling; and Sex Slave trade. Their acts became so heinous that King Juan Carlos I had them officially listed as a Terrorist Organization in 1975.
By 1975 Ricardo's son, Ramon and his wife Sabella, had become heavily involved in Cardinal operations. Their son, Kane, also joined the mix as a Lieutenant; the three generations of Liafador men begin to plan what was to be called a "Liafador Legacy, or Liafador Conspiracy" Which was a plan to create a new Spanish Empire with a Liafador Family member at the throne.
This plan centered around Ziccarra and later Catalina, both Kane and Ramon employed various mind-control and MK ultra techniques to render Ziccarra under their control. The father-son duo dispatched Ziccarra for assassinations and Sex Slave missions used to blackmail high ranking officials in Europe. These practices went on for years until a dying Ricardo got word of it; fearing for their lives Kane, a Mind controlled Ziccarra, Ramon and Sabella turned on the Cardinals by joining the Braveheart Order.
With his dying wish, Ricardo issued an edict that Ziccarra was to be the 1st ever Matriarch of the Liafador family, and with it the leader of the Red Cardinals.
The Cult of Cardinals
In an effort to fully facilitate her physical excellence and martial arts dominance the Cardinal Contessa, Ziccarra Liafador, embarked on a pilgrimage to one of the World's earliest and culturally rich civilizations in Asia, China. The birthplace of the Snake-Crane style otherwise known as Wing Chun, affluently immersed in the deadly arts of combat, which offered the Spanish Mamba an unparalleled martial arts education that would serve as the future foundation for an entire philosophical orthodoxy. Traveling from small village to small village, Ziccarra was reluctantly shown the forbidden techniques of the infamous fighting style, in-exchange, the lovely aristocrat began influencing the poor and the destitute through Machiavellian style sermons of dogmatic ritualization. Offering hope to those who had given up and heart to those who had lost it. Building an architectural masterpiece of discipline, loyalty, integrity, and faith from the mud huts and fish shanties of the region. This unified congregation quickly rose to be a symbol of the La Malaguena's credence, her gifted influence constructing a tactically brilliant force of hand to hand elitism that would never give up, never surrender, and never betray their authoritarian leader. Intellectually motivated martial arts progressions of continual psychical and philosophical evolution engineering a secret army unlike the World has ever seen. Establishing one of the several secret societies in Tibet, the Red Cardinal Queen has brought together a diversified unification of ethnicity. The original ancestors of the Tibetan people as represented by the six red bands before the birth of the Red Cardinals were the Se, Mu, Dong, Tong, Dru, and Ra. Other traditional ethnic groups with significant population or with the majority of the ethnic group reside in Tibet (excluding disputed area with India) include Bai people, Blang, Bonan, Dongxiang, Han, Hui people, Lhoba, Lisu people, Miao, Mongols, Monguor (Tu people), Menba (Monpa), Mosuo, Nakhi, Qiang, Nu people, Pumi, Salar, and Yi people.
Beyond the skills customarily associated with the martial arts teachings of the East, rumors of mystical almost supernatural practices have drifted down from the mountainside temples instilling a level of fear in the superstitious civilians along the valley. Whether or not these fables hold a measure of authenticity, nobody knows. Taught to embrace death as a sacred honor the Tibetan Cardinals face each confrontation with an instilled hope of death. To be killed by an opponent of greater skills is the highest achievement a Cardinal can obtain. In fact, in the Tibetan Cardinal religion to be killed by the La Malaguena is an honor reserved for the Gods. The mind is the Cardinal's greatest weapon. Training mind, body, and soul, daily, adhering to the strictest schedule of purifying the soul in search of combat perfected proficiency.
Initially, Ziccarra's Cardinals were met by Cypher and organization belonging to her Half-Sister, Faatina Knightfall. Because of how intricate her planning was, Cypher managed to beat the Cardinals, at every battle; until the Tibetan government could no longer provide payment for her services. Not long after the Cypher left, The Red Cardinals took over in the Tibetan provinces and spread Cardinal Law. Shortly before leaving, Faatina instructed Ziccarra on tactics and war strategies.
Ziccarra returned to Malaga with the full force of the Tibetan Red Cardinals, asserting her dominance over the old Cardinal leaders. She issued an edict, "conform or die". Many of the Cardinal leaders joined their new queen, but a few chose death. The next motion was to extract revenge on Kane for his years of manipulation, Ziccarra stormed the Braveheart stronghold and murdered every member of the Bravehearts, with the exception of Ashley. It was here that their relationship finally came to an end, it was also here that Ashley informed Ziccarra that Catalina was her child and that she'd secretly visited her while Z was away.
Afterwards, Marcos and her remaining siblings conformed to her way and finally brought peace back to the Liafador Family. Years later it'd be these same Cardinals that aided Ziccarra in her conquest of Venezuela. During her campaign for Spain; Ziccarra abdicated the right of Matriarch to her niece Zeon and with it the entire Cardinal Theology.
The Cardinal Training camp in Italy is located somewhere in Puglia. It was created by Estella and Marcos Liafador back in the early 80's after the Liafador Family decided to expand their power to Italy. It was until the late 1990's when the rule of the Cardinals was turned over to the young Zeon Liafador. The Cardinals are trained under the watchful eye of Zeon Liafador who battles the newly graduated Cardinals herself to deem them worthy of becoming full-fledged Cardinals. She is in charge of all things involved with the White Cardinals and is the commander of this group with the exception of The Matriarch, who is able to control all Cardinal factions whenever she desires. The White Cardinals loyalty to the Liafador family is unwavering, and have been trained to see that dying in the name of the Family is the ultimate reward. If captured a White Cardinal will gladly take their own lives before giving out any information that would be used against the family.
Those making up the White Cardinals are usually those who are lost in the world. Men and women who have suffered severe loss or seeking redemption after living a life of regret. At the beginning of their training, they are not called Cardinals, but rather "nestlings". They are given this name until they pass their training sessions and prove themselves worthy under the eyes of the Cardinal in command. Once they are done with training, the nestlings then must take test that requires them to not only recite The Liafador Legacy but they are also required to give a living sacrifice to The High Cardinal Goddess. Once they make their sacrifice they are given the nickname "fledglings" and are off to the final part. The Fledglings must present themselves to the Liafador in charge and recite The Cardinal Oath. After stating The Cardinal Oath, if the Liafador in charge deems the fledgling worthy, the Liafador will accept them into the White Cardinal family. The White Cardinals cannot own any land, marry, or bare children. They are to cut any ties with families or friends they may have had before their lives as a White Cardinal. The members of the White Cardinals wear white to represent not only the rebirth of themselves into the Cardinal Faith, but also represent the vision of the Matriarch to purify the world as her sword and begin the world anew under her command.
The Cardinal Oath
We Cardinals are yours
We Cardinals come to present ourselves to you <Name of Liafador in charge>. Once that was broken, lost and faithless. We come to you to now whole, found and believing in you.
We Cardinals are yours
No matter the blood
No matter the pain
No matter the fear
No matter the war
We Cardinals are yours
Our eyes are to see for you
Our hands are to fight for you
Our bodies are to guard for you
Our lives are to sacrifice for you
We Cardinals are yours
We Cardinals are yours
The White Cardinals were mostly used as foot soldiers for the family during the time of war, the most expendable group of Cardinals in the Liafador family because of their abundance but also one of the most necessary. The White Cardinals were once known to be “The Sword of the Family” while the Red Cardinals were known to work only for The Matriarch herself. This was true, even during the beginning reign of Zeon Liafadors own reign as Matriarch, however, this changed after the events of Dreams and Nightmares. During D&M it was shown that many Red Cardinals still held their loyalty to Ziccarra Liafador and betrayed The Family Matriarch, Zeon. Under the authority of Ziccarra, the Red Cardinals captured Zeon and held her captive while her White Cardinals stayed under the command of The Matriarchs sister, Leah Liafador, until a rescue plan was commenced to retrieve Zeon.
Because of this felt it necessary to shift the balance of the Cardinals and place the White Cardinals as the “Servers of the Matriarch”. The White Cardinals are also the main staffing at the Liafador Winery, where they not only keep the facilities safe but run it as well in service to the family.
The Italian Cardinals are trained in;
Pressure Point Strike- in the field of martial arts refers to an area on the human body that may produce significant pain or other effects when manipulated in a specific manner. There are several types of pressure points - each is applied differently and each creates a different effect. "Pain points", for example, use tendons, ligaments, and muscles - the goal is to temporarily immobilize the target, or, at the very least, to distract them. Reflex points produce involuntary movements; for example, causing the hand to release its grip, the knees to buckle, the target to gag, or even for the person to be knocked unconscious. Most pressure points are located on pathways on the nervous system.
- Pain- Some pressure points produce pain when struck, pressed, or rubbed, depending on the point itself. These points are also referred to as nerve centers. While the distraction of pain might offer sufficient advantage in a fight or escape, the body also has a pain withdrawal reflex, whereby it reacts to pain by moving away from the source. Martial artists can make use of this reflex with minimal effort.
- Blood and blood pressure- The baroreceptors in the carotid artery are pressure-sensitive, supplying the brain with information to control systemic blood pressure. Pressure against this region will send signals that indicate that blood pressure is too high, leading to a lowering of blood pressure.
- Break- There are certain areas which are likely to lead to a break if struck effectively, such as the "floating ribs", the philtrum, and the side of the knee.
- Hyper-extension- There are joints that, when struck, can be hyper-extended and even torn. The striking of these joints is a technique which can cause permanent damage to one's opponent as well as cause shock damage. There are two types, as follows:
-Brute force, which, when applied, takes advantage of the vulnerability of the strike point, usually a joint, thereby causing damage.
-Golgi organ strike, a relatively gentle strike to the Golgi tendon at the back of the elbow, which triggers a reflex that immediately relaxes the tendon, allowing the elbow to bend more easily in the wrong direction. If this is directly followed by a solid strike to the elbow joint, then the elbow can be broken with significantly less effort than it could through brute force.
- Concussion- The brain is a sensitive organ which floats in a fluid (cerebrospinal fluid). The fluid itself is a safety mechanism that allows the head to take a substantial impact without resulting in the concussion, although such an impact could still cause permanent brain damage. However, it is possible to deliver a blow using artful techniques in such a way that even these protections can be effectively eliminated, causing disorientation or instantaneous knockout. The most commonly taught technique involves a strike just below the occipital ridge, at the correct angle, in the correct direction. Another well-known point with this effect is the chin or lower jaw, giving rise to the boxing expression a "glass jaw”.
Silat- a collective word for a class of indigenous martial arts from a geo-cultural area of Southeast Asia encompassing most of the Nusantara, the Indonesian Archipelago, the Malay Archipelago and the entirety of the Malay Peninsula. Originally developed in what are now Indonesia, Peninsular Malaysia, south Thailand, and Singapore, it is also traditionally practiced in Brunei, Vietnam and the southern Philippines. The style is typically marked with a lightning quick attack style designed to close on the opponents as quickly as possible, unleash as many attacks as you can within seconds and finish off with a blow to the face, throat or kidney. Silat is not a form of martial arts that focuses on honor and fairness and instead exploits weaknesses and favors fighting dirty. All Cardinals are put through a training regimen that involves building up their pain tolerance to be able to spar with each other.
Muay Thai- It is referred to as “The Art of Eight Limbs”; and using eight points of contact the body mimics weapons of war. The hands become the sword and dagger; the shins and forearms were hardened in training to act as armor against blows, and the elbow to fell opponents like a heavy mace or hammer; the legs and knees became the ax and staff. The body operated as one unit. The knees and elbows constantly searching and testing for an opening while grappling and trying to spin an enemy to the ground for the kill.
Shurikenjutsu- the art of throwing Shuriken, or hidden hand blades. Shurikenjutsu was used by the Shinobi in feudal Japan. This technique is also formidable and feared in Chinese Martial Arts and in that part of the world, it's known as the art of Flying Daggers. Hidden, fast and precise... you don't know when the practitioner of this art will strike. A super deadly ability. In martial arts legends, thrown weapons, especially needles can be used to strike pressure points.
Peak Human Agility, Reflexes, Flexibility, Stamina, Strength, Durability-
The members of the White Cardinals have trained for years to reach peak human condition. Each member of the Cardinal's does not go into missions until they pass a series of test that pushes the conditions of each man to their limits.
Escapeology- the practice of escaping from restraint or other traps. Escapologists (also classified as escape artists) escape from handcuffs, straitjackets, cages, coffins, steel boxes, barrels, bags, burning buildings, fish-tanks and other perils, often in combination.
Wudang Sword- Uses delicate techniques along with lightning fast movements. Wudang sword goes from slow to fast and soft to hard in an instant. Attacks can be straight-line or circular. Low postures are utilized along with high jumps in the air. It is this combination that makes Wudang Sword one of the most famous and sought-after sword arts in China’s history.The system consists of one sword form with six sections and 132 movements, a two-person fighting form, sword and Daoist fly-whisk combined form, “flying sword” techniques (throwing knives), and sword sparring.
Techniques taught include but are not limited to the following:
- Wudang Sword Basics (Yin-Yang Sword Changes, Basic 4 and 13Techniques)
- Wudang Dan Pai Jian (Sword form in Six Sections)
- Wudang Dan Pai Xing Jian (Continuous-Stepping Sword)
- Wudang Jian Fo He Bi (Fly-Whisk and Sword Combined Form)
- Wudang Shuang Shou Jian (Two-Handed Sword)
- Wudang Wu Jian (High-Level Fluid Movement Practice)
- Wudang Dui Jian (Two-Person Sword Fighting Form)
- Wudang Shizhan Dui Jian (Two-Person Sword Combat Form)
- Wudang Nian Jian (Wudang Sticking Swords Matching Practice)
- Wudang San Jian (Wudang Sword Sparring)
Baguazhang is a high-level martial art which utilizes circular stepping patterns and snake-like movements to side-step and deflects an opponent’s attacks.The Beijing Gao Style Baguazhang system is characterized by the firm and rapid stepping, strong palm techniques, and powerful body movements. It utilizes twisting, shrinking, expanding, sticking, and following to deal with the opponent.
Techniques taught include but are not limited to the following:
- Lao Ba Zhang (Old Eight Palms)
- Ba Da Zhang (Big Eight Palms)
- Wudang Ba Da Zhang (Wudang Style Big Eight Palms)
- Lian Huan Zhang (Linking Palms)
- 64 Hands (Straight-Line Baguazhang)
- You Shen Zhang (Swimming Body Palm)
- Wudang You Shen Lian Huan Zhang (Wudang Style Swimming Body Linking Palm)
- Bagua Big Broadsword
- Bagua Straight Sword
- Bagua Spear
- Bagua Crescent Moon Knives
- Bagua Hook-Sickle Short Axes
- Bagua Push Hands
- Bagua Sparring
Grand Cardinal Isle
The Family Political System
Castello Cardinale (Castle Cardinal) has been owned by the Liafador Family since the mid-1900's and is located in Sicily, Italy along its the rolling hills and is the second headquarters of the Liafador family winery (first being Malaga). The 14 room boutique is surrounded by the seven-thousand-acre vineyard, sloping gently down from the fortress-like caricature to just a couple of miles from the city itself. With exposed stone arches, vaulted ceilings and sturdy timber beams, the castle stands tall and ready for visitors from all over the world, preserved and restored with a few modern twists, kept up by the wealth the Liafador Winery has brought in over the years.
Relaxation and calming atmosphere surround the entire castle, in fact, it is known that many of the Liafador family members come to the Estate to escape their busy lives every once in a while.
The main body of the castle is where guests take up residence within one of the 14 rooms. Each of them fully furnished with a large king size bed, Egyptian silk sheets with a small living room area and a balcony with breathtaking views of the vineyard and mountains that surround them.
Though the Winery is typically a place to relax and unwind, It is employed by a complete Cardinal staff; trained to fight at a moments notice. Because of this, The Liafador Winery is often the meeting spot for business transactions.
The 3rd Society
The Liafador Conspiracy
In the Early 20th Century a plan was devised by Ramon Liafador to usurp the lands once owned by Spain. The plan was to use a series of Mind Controlled (Indoctrinated) female family members to infiltrate each one of these nations and eventually unite them under the Spanish Banner. Due to the poor treatment of Ziccarra Liafador (His Daughter), the Liafador Family Patriarch Ricardo Liafador placed 100% security around Ziccarra, but Ramon and Kane (Ziccarra's brother) had already manage to indoctrinate Ziccarra forcing her to join the Bravehearts. The Liafador Family eventually split into two opposing sides The Bravehearts and The Red Cardinals.
As a member of the Bravehearts Kane begin experimenting on his mind-controlled sister taking elements of their DNA to scientifically craft the "Ultimate Liafador" He implanted the child in Ziccarra and she carried Catalina around for 9 months without knowledge. Once Cat was born she was sent to live in Columbia with Kane for a while. Back in Sweden, the Cardinals and Brave hearts begin a full scale war against one another. The Sweden Cardinal compound was the largest compound and would call for a full scale Braveheart invasion, Ashley preach that in order to raid the compound only two would be needed to secure information on the Cardinal's Malaga stronghold.
Kane agreed and sent both Ashley and Ziccarra to complete the mission. In the two months that they were gone, the two women began to develop feelings for each other and eventually became lovers. Ashley and Z were able to raid the compound, however Ashley found out about Catalina, and Ziccarra's indoctrination. Refusing to tell Z what she'd found the two girl's relationship went on the rocks resulting in Z accepting missions on her own for quite some time. The Cardinal-Braveheart conflict took a turn when a "Black Cardinal" disguised as a Keijiko killed Ramon and Sabella Liafador, under the command of a 12 year old Catalina Liafador. The Liafador Conspiracy plan was eventually dismantled by a 12 year old Catalina, she killed her siblings that were meant to take positions in other countries as well.
The Liafador Timeline
1970 – Ziccarra Liafador is born to Sabella and Ramon Liafador in Malaga Spain. She is the youngest of four siblings.
1989- Ziccarra and childhood friend Isabella Marisol enroll in Malaga University. During this time she became a prolific dancer but chose to be an exotic dancer as a hobby. Ziccarra is diagnosed with diabetes
Ziccarra is subjected to the 3rd society’s indoctrination process by her indoctrinated brother Kane. This form of mind control was meant to have Ziccarra kill when Kane asked, she was also to carry a child that would benefit the coming 3rd society.
1996- Ramon Liafador creates the Braveheart order. This creates a schism in the Liafador Family as most had been loyal to the Red Cardinals.
1997- Kane Liafador joins the BH’s and forces Ziccarra to join. Kane successfully creates a “test tube” baby, and has chosen Ziccarra as its carrier. Thanks to the indoctrination Ziccarra gave birth to the child without knowledge of actually being pregnant. The child was named Catalina.
Ziccarra befriends Ashley Emerald Mooreland and conducts braveheart missions as partners.
2000- Ramon and Sabella Liafador were killed by indoctrinated members of the Braveheart order, shortly after their deaths Ricardo Liafador (He grandfather) dies, and crowns Ziccarra the Liafador Family Matriarch.
2002 – Ziccarra enters the Liafador Family dungeon known as “the Pit” her experience shatters her indoctrination. Through extensive meditation techniques, Ziccarra crafts what are now known as The Cardinal Skills. She writes a total of 12 books called “The Cardinal Law”.
The Liafador Family winery enters a downward spiral and sales begin to plummet.
2003 – Ziccarra travels to Tibet teaching the Cardinal Law, her small following was met by stiff resistance lead by Faatina Knightfall. This brief period of conflict was known as the Cardinal-Tibetan conflict; which results in Ziccarra being defeated by the Cerise tactician.
2008 – Due to the Tibetan inability to pay Faatina, the Cerise tactician pulls out of Tibet allowing the Cardinal influence to expand. Faatina reveals to Ziccarra that they are “half-sisters” as she was the child of Sabella Liafador and Jayden Knightfall and instructs Ziccarra in land warfare.
Traveling from small village to small village using what she learned, Ziccarra was reluctantly shown the forbidden techniques of the infamous fighting style, in-exchange, and the lovely aristocrat began influencing the poor and the destitute through Machiavellian style sermons of dogmatic ritualization. Offering hope to those who had given up and heart to those who had lost it. Building an architectural masterpiece of discipline, loyalty, integrity, and faith from the mud huts and fish shanties of the region.
This unified congregation quickly rose to be a symbol of the La Malaguena's credence, her gifted influence constructing a tactically brilliant force of hand to hand elitism that would never give up, never surrender, and never betray their authoritarian leader. Intellectually motivated martial arts progressions of continual psychical and philosophical evolution engineering a secret army unlike the World has ever seen. Establishing one of the several secret societies in Tibet, the Red Cardinal Queen brought together a diversified unification of ethnicity. The original ancestors of the Tibetan people as represented by the six red bands before the birth of the Red Cardinals were the Se, Mu, Dong, Tong, Dru, and Ra. Other traditional ethnic groups with significant population or with the majority of the ethnic group reside in Tibet include Bai people, Blang, Bonan, Dongxiang, Han, Hui people, Lhoba, Lisu people, Miao, Mongols, Monguor (Tu people), Menba (Monpa), Mosuo, Nakhi, Qiang, Nu people, Pumi, Salar, and Yi people.
Taught to embrace death as a sacred honor the Tibetan Cardinals fought each confrontation with an instilled hope of death. They were to that; to be killed by an opponent of greater skills is the highest achievement a Cardinal can obtain. In fact, in the Tibetan Cardinal Religion to be killed by the La Malaguena is an honor reserved for the Gods. The mind proved useful as the Cardinal's greatest weapon. Training mind, body, and soul, daily, adhere to the strictest schedule of purifying the soul in search of combat perfected proficiency.
By the time she was finished in Tibet, she was known as Ziccarra the Impaler.
Following the Tibetan-Cardinal conflict, Ziccarra holds a meeting in Tibet with the most affluent members of her family and lays down her plan to return to Malaga, as well as laying the ground-work for invading Venezuela.
2010 – Ziccarra returns to Malaga with the full strength of the Red Cardinals, and slaughters the Braveheart order. Kane Liafador was forced into exile; leaving Ziccarra and the Cardinals as the masters of Malaga.
Ziccarra creates different sects of Cardinals and places a different member of her family in charge over them.
2011 – Ziccarra meets with Quintus Knightfall in New York City, disguised as her friend; Isabella Marisol. Killing her own butler in a push to frame Quintus (A mutant), she helped start the Civil War
The Malagan goddess returned to Malaga with an affectionate impression of Quintus. Throughout the year the two would meet on more than one occasion resulting in a romantic relationship between the two.
2012 – Catalina Liafador leads a Black Cardinal assault on NYC. The bout between Catalina and Ziccarra revealed that the rebel Cardinal was indeed Ziccarra’s daughter. Catalina was turned back by combined forces.
Ziccarra is pregnant with Isadora Lebeau.* Isadora was born to both Ziccarra and Quintus; however, her last name comes from growing up with Charlemagne as her “father”
2013 – Ziccarra arranges to have Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez killed. After the murder of Chavez; Ziccarra launches a Cardinal invasion of Venezuela. Met by heavy resistance from different mercenary groups the Cardinal Queen won the conflict and set up shop as the Venezuelan primer. Less than a month after becoming the leader of Venezuela, Ziccarra gave birth to her second child Isadora.
The stress of ruling a nation with a newborn child cause Ziccarra to abandon the roll entirely, entrusting Isadora in the hands of Mercy Sheridan, Ziccarra moved to Mexico and allowed a new regime to set up in Venezuela.
2014—After being flushed out of Mexico by Pyrogram in the late part of 2614, Ziccarra founded the Trinity Organization in Finland. The veil covering the new Nation of Gods and Earths comes down, revealing a lost civilization.
Cleopatra Thea discovers the mutant child Kari and begins preparations to eliminate the mutant X-gene in the White Race.
In a covert operation, the Trinity recovers Kari.
The Hellfire club invades the Trinity compound and kidnaps Kari from the Trinity. Catalina (The Black Pawn) hatches a plan to finally kill her mother.
Mercy Sheridan and Ziccarra Liafador invade Eden (Southern Venezuela) to confront Catalina, Catalina tricked Kari into killing Ziccarra, shortly afterward Mercy finished off Kari.
The death of Ziccarra became a national ordeal in Tibet, the Tibetans hailed her as a goddess which was grounds for her to ascend to godhood.
2015 – Thanks to the help of Quintus Knightfall, Ziccarra returns as “The Goddess”. The ensuing bout between Quintus and Ziccarra was the official end of their marriage
Liafador International founds Solace City
The S.H.A Squad is formed
Brahma Bull destroys Solace City
Ziccarra meets Alexis Pettis
Ziccarra helps Bishop and Alexis in Newark, New Jersey
2016 – Ziccarra enhanced by the powers of the relic stone destroys Newark, and fights Alexis. The wars of the Gods break out. Following the conflict, Alexis confesses his love for Z.
2017- Isabella Marisol, Ziccarra’s childhood friend; reveals herself to be a sentient machine bent on bringing an end to Mutants and Humans.
Ziccarra is indoctrinated and forced to attack Alexis. Alexis managed to break Ziccarra’s programming and Ziccarra reveals she is pregnant with her third child Maya.
The third society steals the consciousness of an unborn Maya and places her into a prepared body. Ziccarra gives birth to a stillborn.
The Matriarch Zedora enlist the help of Thomas Animus, the 3rd Society attacks Los Angeles and The Huntington Academy.
Using her reality powers Maya traps the leaders of the 3rd society in a pocket dimension. Ziccarra stays to monitor the progression.
Maya accidentally creates a bridge to the dead world known as Reality M; Ziccarra and Alexis fight to the death against their tyrannical counterparts. Leonel Pettis and Kurt Pendragon are released into the NU.
Ziccarra becomes the Red Queen of the HFC
Ziccarra is elected President of the Spanish Government.
Ziccarra becomes pregnant with her 4th Child.