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Ashley Magnus
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Full Name
Ashley Magnus
Alias
Ash
Gender
Female   Female
Age
23 years[1]
Status
Presumed Dead; Alive [2]
Species
Abilities/Gifts
Family
 
  ●   Mother: 
  ●   Father: 
  ●   Brother(s): 
Henry Foss (Non-Biological)
  ●   Grandmother: 
  ●   Grandfather: 
Portrayed by
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Ashley Magnus is the daughter of Helen Magnus and John Druitt. She is an abnormal with the ability to teleport near-infinite distances across the world, a power she inherited from her father.

She was, however, unable to use this power until the Cabal injected her with drugs to bring out this latent ability. Six weeks after her dormant genes were activated, the Cabal injected her with a series of a modified source blood serum to give her vampiric traits as well as continuing to inject her with a consistent regimen of mind control drugs so that they could control her.[3]

Biography

Origins

Ashley was conceived in the late 1880s just as her parents ended their relationship. Helen chose to keep Ashley frozen in an embryonic state for almost a century. When the loneliness became too much for her to bear, and she believed Druitt was gone forever, Helen brought her to term. Helen never told Ashley about her father's identity and allowed her to believe he was dead.[4]

Time with the Sanctuary

Ashley inherited her father's killer instinct, and so lacked modest behavioral skills. However, she more than made up for them in her field talents. Ashley soon proved herself an expert (yet self-proclaimed) "monster hunter"; becoming proficient in the usage of advanced weaponry and technology.

On a personal level, Ashley remained quite close to her mother. Ashley's own natural distrust of Abnormals provides a proper counterbalance to Helen's desire to protect them; as she normally doesn't hesitate to terminate ones that prove hostile, and use whatever methods necessary to capture targets.

Sometime after Druitt re-surfaced in Old City (first fighting hand-to-hand combat with Ashley to gain entrance into the Old City Sanctuary and then kidnapping her by teleport to feed her to a giant lizard creature in the SHU)[4], he lures Ashley away from the Sanctuary by pretending to be the Sanctuary's contact Squid and then kidnaps her (darting her unconscious with a tranquilizer gun to then teleport her away to a storage room at an unknown location, handcuffing her unconscious body in a sitting position to a metal chair) in urgent need to learn of Helen's current location.[5]

1x07 Ashley handcuffed to a metal chair

Ashley talking to Druitt while handcuffed to a chair.

Ashley initially reluctant, eventually teams up with him after much compelling discussion (aided by a brief physical confrontation with Druitt that leads to a short dramatic teleporting trip across the world) and teleports with him to Rome in order to save her mother from Nikola Tesla; another member of The Five. It was during this time that Ashley's suspicions about Druitt's past connections with her mother finally made her realize the truth: Druitt was her father. Ashley accepted it, but was nevertheless hurt that her mother wasn't the one to tell her.[6] Eventually, Ashley learned to continue on with her life and to continue working with her mother. She still remains a little upset though with her father (for kidnapping her twice) when he shows back up for a third time to help the Sanctuary team stop the Cabal's Lazarus virus.[7]

Capture

Having been captured along with Henry Foss by the Cabal, who were threatening global civilization with the Lazarus virus, Ashley, who had tried to steal data on Lazarus to aid in creating a cure, was personally interrogated by Dana Whitcomb. Ashley is drugged and while under the Cabal's control is forced to steal the sole vial containing pure vampire Source Blood, which is the best chance to develop a cure to Lazarus, as well as supplying them with false data on it. Ashley then teleported away from the Old City Sanctuary and arrived at a Cabal facility on Easter Island. Whitcomb was there waiting for her, and Ashley readily handed over the vial. Whitcomb formally welcomed Ashley to the Cabal.[8]

Ashley teleportation

Ashley using her new teleportation ability

Some time later, Ashley is fully controlled by the Cabal who have been pumping her full of drugs to force her to work for them. She was under the care of a brilliant but disturbed Cabal Scientist who saw Ashley as her daughter (who was about the same age as Ashley and had died; how and when has not been revealed). Using the source blood, the Cabal crafted her DNA with vampiric traits, effectively turning her into possibly one of the first purest blood vampires in centuries.[9] This new Ashley, while powerful, was effectively a mindless drone who only obeyed the Cabal's commands. She even attacked her friends and family when they followed a lead to a warehouse in order to ultimately find her as well as during the subsequent Cabal attacks on the Sanctuary Network, though she seemed to hesitate when her mother puts herself in front of her unarmed, indicating that there was a possibility that she could be saved.

Ashley appeared to have both her parents' abilities in addition to gaining vampiric traits from the injected source blood serum. Along side her having received long obsidian talons and her eyes changing from natural blue to a combination of both Cabal controlled orange and red vampiric eyes, she appears to have gained enhanced strength as she was easily able to overpower her father and Tesla in a fight though the two managed to recover quickly; as well as gained an enhanced healing ability as evidence by quickly healing after Will shoots her twice, once in each upper arm. Despite apparent success, the Cabal have put Ashley into the field rather early before running proper tests due to overconfidence and the fact that the Sanctuary was getting too close to figuring out the truth behind their intended goal, so it is unknown if there were any side effects from what they have done to her.[9]

After acquiring a Cabal telephone number from Kate Freelander, Dr. Magnus learned that the Cabal would release Ashley but only in return for the surrender of the Sanctuary Network, something which Magnus refused. Magnus then ordered Henry and Tesla to work on a weapon that could disable the source blood powers in Ashley, something that even Tesla was unsure he could do, considering the short time scale and difficulty of the task and its factors.

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Ashley attacks the Sanctuary

Ashley led the first set of superabnormals in brutal attacks on the Sanctuary Network around the world, much to the horror of her mother and friends. In these attacks, Ashley and the other super abnormals are seen to possess the ability of telepathic communication. The weapon that Tesla and Henry built was put to the test during the defense of the UK Sanctuary, but did little more than knock Ashley and the others out temporarily for a few short moments, forcing the team to unleash a fire elemental on the attackers in order to stop them. This defensive tactic is only successful in defending London because the Cabal realizes that the elemental would have damaged Ashley and the others beyond their ability to heal. After the battle, Helen realizes that her request of Nikola to create a benign weapon was impossible and gives him a sample of Ashley's unaltered blood, telling him to make the weapon lethal, saying they have no more options. (She also does this out of guilt because Ashley and the others killed Clara Griffin.) File:Ashley knows what she must do. When Ashley and the other super soldiers arrive at the home Sanctuary base, her mother uses the weapon on the other soldiers, but cannot bring herself to use it on her own daughter.

In the end however, Ashley corners her mother and seems ready to slice her throat. Still unable to use the weapon on her daughter and possibly catching a glimpse of hesitation in Ashley's eyes, her mother begins to pour her heart out to Ashley attempting to remind her of who she is. This combined with a blast from an RPG fired by Kate Freelander (who decided to stay to fight) has the effect of bringing Ashley back to her senses.

2x02 Ashley regains her self control

Ashley regains her self-control.

Unfortunately the joy of this and the Sanctuary's victory is short lived, as in order to stop the last super soldier and defend her mother, Ashley teleports away, seemingly disintegrating herself and the other soldier, as the EM shield (designed to kill by disrupting the molecular structure of anything attempting to teleport within the Sanctuary) has been put back online, seemingly ripping the two apart on the molecular level.[10]

Remembering Ashley
2x03 Victorian Druitt with Ashley

Helen's hallucination of Victorian era Druitt with Ashley.

Shortly after her apparent sacrifice, her mother, fraught with little sleep and food intake over the last 7 days, begins having hallucinations of Ashley being alive; for example, she sees John as he was in Victorian times presenting a live and well Ashley to Helen, claiming "It's a miracle." This coupled with her own denial leads Magnus on a search for Ashley, which the others (who have already mourned Ashley in their own ways and moved on to repair the Sanctuary and continue the fight with the Cabal) see as a fool's errand. Since the attack, Magnus requested that no one is to touch and or reset the EM Shield as she believes it can help her in finding out what happened to her daughter. Due to the EM Shield currently running at a very high level of use, it puts an energy usage strain on the rest of the Sanctuary's facilities, upsetting some of the staff members in the process.

Some of Helen's ideas to find Ashley include theorizing that the anomalies in the EM Shield readings right before, leading up to, and during Ashley's considered fatal teleport indicate that Ashley may have gotten through the shield, bounced backed off of it to land somewhere in the Sanctuary (possibly disoriented or hurt), and or got captured in the EM field's buffer itself as pure energy. Magnus goes about testing these theories by hammering several bio scanning unit stakes into the ground around the outside of the Sanctuary, running a scan for traces of Ashley's DNA within in the Sanctuary (leading to her finding the remains of another super soldier stuck in a concrete wall of an underground level; possibly the same one that Ashley teleported with), and by running an exponential wave analysis to search for her particular electromagnetic signature stored in the EM field's computer system.

2x03 Helen and Ashley at her memorial service

Helen's hallucination of Ashley at her memorial service.

In the end, she is reluctantly convinced by a distraught Will (who had tried to believe in her investigation up until a point) that Ashley is indeed dead and gone after all of her tests return back negative results / zero indicators for proof of life in or around the Sanctuary. With no other tests to run, Helen excuses herself to reset the EM field, despite all of her senses telling her that Ashley may still be a live somewhere out there. A memorial service with an empty open casket is then held for Ashley the next day, at which everyone places a sentimental token into the casket as a sign of farewell. Now on her own at the memorial, Helen encounters another hallucination of Ashley. The apparition tells Helen that she must let go of her to move on, that Helen will never be without her, and that she knows that Helen will always love her, "no matter what."[11]

Meanwhile, Druitt avenges Ashley's death by hunting down and killing the heads of the Cabal, including the woman responsible for Ashley's conversion, Dana Whitcomb. While her death is not shown, we do see Druitt finding Whitcomb in a café somewhere in Europe (most likely Paris by the looks of it), and as he gets up to follow her it is understood that she will not survive their imminent encounter.[11]

Not long after Ashley had died, Helen travels to eastern Honduras looking for the tomb of a Mayan King from the late dynasty. Her goal was to to find an elixir that granted her a normal lifespan, a cure for her longevity, because she was tired of outliving everyone she loved (especially her daughter). After the Guardian shows her a possible apocalyptic wasteland 10 years in the future as the result of her using the elixir on herself (becoming Patient Zero), Helen leaves it be and returns home.[12]

Due to recent sensitive information leaks that are hard to explain, Helen devises a plan to catch one of the Sanctuary's empaths red-handed. Magnus' goes about this risky plan by staging Biggie's "murder" in which Helen becomes the prime suspect. As stated in the Sanctuary Charter, this type of behavior from a house head warrants a tribunal conducted by the Triad. In order for Helen's plan to remain secret, Helen implants a red list abnormal into her brain that primarily causes memory loss and progressive unstable irrational behavior among a handful of side-effects. During this manic state, Helen becomes convinced that she has been framed, saying that Ashley "told her" and that they (the people who have currently confined her) also killed her daughter. Eventually the team figures out Magnus' plan and restores her mind back normal.[13]

Possibly a few months later in the year since the memorial service, Helen experiences a moment of uncertainty and slight fear of being alone during Ashley's upcoming birthday that takes place next Tuesday, and does all that she can to keep Will near her for the next couple of days; much to his frustrated annoyance at being made to miss out on a conference in Iceland.[14]

About a year and a half after Ashley's death, Adam Worth shows back up in Helen's life and starts to taunt her about her daughter's death, trying to convince and encourage her to change the past in order to save her daughter's life; because he wants to save his. Possibly a few months later to half year later, Helen follows Worth back in time to 1898 to stop him, disagreeing with his proposition that she would do the same thing as he is, responding with "Not at the expense of everyone on the planet."[15]

However, just before Helen goes back through Adam's time portal, she first becomes a collateral damage victim resulting from Adam's destruction of Praxis during one of his attempts to power up his time machine. When Praxis fell, their security measures to contain abnormals ceased to exist. This lack of "protective fencing" lets a giant psych worm free. Initial reports from the New Mexico desert leads Helen to believe it was an off-season migration of abnormal rock lizards. When Helen and Will go to check it out, the psych worm surfaces right underneath their feet, hitting them with a psychoactive venom that implants a crazy dream world into their heads. Henry and Kate seek out help from Virgil to create a restorative mind-control gel to return their minds back to sanity. While in that dream world during treatment, Helen is in a childless marriage to Druitt, but throughout the dream Helen can feel that something is off about not having kids. When a pregnant Abby visits and innocently asks if she has kids, Helen for a few briefs moments sees flashes of Ashley invade her mind, causing Helen to momentarily feel a little uneasy. Later when Will visits Helen, Will asks if she and Druitt had any kids, to which she responds "We never had any". Again, this causes Helen some confusion as more memory flashes of Ashley invade her mind. This "reality lifeline" helps act as cemented proof for Helen to definitively know for certain that her life feels completely wrong. Eventually Helen and Will are able to permanently reject this dream world and return back to reality completely sane.[16]

After about a year passes from first seeing Worth in the present timeline (chronologically about two and a half years after Ashley's death), a sentient organic nanite gets loose in the Sanctuary's computer systems. Joined by Nikola Tesla, Helen connects her brain to the computer using a jerry-rigged Praxian device set-up in order to quarantine it. While inside the computer, they encounter a manifestation of a digital copy of Adam Worth's consciousness. This manifestation, initially seemingly helpful and not sure of who he really is, turns suspicious the more he reads the "stories" that have been added to his "library". While reading a book containing some of Helen's memories, Adam verbally notes out loud that Ashley makes Helen sad, prompting Helen to feel a little on edge.

4x09 Worth's illusion of Ashley

Adam Worth creates a holographic illusion of Ashley.

After a little more time passes in computer cyber world, the manifestation of Worth becomes violently hostile, refusing to let Helen and Nikola leave due to jealously of not being real. At one point in time, all three of them are inside a digital rendering of the Sanctuary's nave, where Helen is chained sitting down to a church pew and Nikola is chained to a pillar while standing up. During this moment, Worth grabs her sharply by the jaw and asks "What's real for you, Helen?", prompting Helen to relive a barrage of painful flashbacks about her daughter and how she was changed into a monster by the Cabal. This ends with Worth briefly presenting a hologram of Helen's hallucination of Ashley standing in all white while at her funeral, declaring that she's just an illusion and can't be real because she killed her. This entire ordeal causes Helen to begin to cry until she is distracted by the threat of the manifestation realizing who he truly is.[17]

A short while later when back in the real world, in Helen's preparation for her ultimate plan to destroy the Old City Sanctuary, important sentimental items such as picture frames of Ashley are seen to conveniently "go missing" from Helen's study up to several days prior to the Sanctuary's destruction.[18] This is noticeably significant as photos of Ashley have been ever present on and around Helen's desk ever since her daughter's abduction and apparent sacrifice.

Personality and Appearance

Arrestingly beautiful, tough as nails, physically adept and a skilled fighter, she is perfectly suited for her calling as monster-hunter supreme. Ashley has moments of vulnerability but it's a side she deftly covers with a veneer of bravado and fearlessness.[19]

Growing up in the world of the Sanctuary with her mother, Dr. Helen Magnus, she has come to accept the impossible as a matter of course. And while there are the usual generational sparks between mother and daughter, Ashley is acutely respectful of her mother’s work and knowledge.[20]

Relationships

Helen Magnus
Ashley and her mother are quite close to each other, being called an "intrepid duo" by Druitt.[4] They had distanced somewhat over the betrayal Ashley felt towards Helen resulting from her mother not being the one to tell her the truth about Druitt being her father.[5][6][1] They eventually reconciled not too long later. Ashley highly respects her mother and her mother reciprocates that same level respect back to her. Helen generally relies quite heavily on her daughter to be a scout for the Sanctuary by gathering information and hunting down abnormals, to which Ashley fills the role perfectly and never seems to come back empty-handed; field skills that Helen is quite praise-worthy of.[4] Helen also relies on Ashley to be the 'enforcer' and 'protector' of the group, as Ashley is often seen to be the one holding off enemies and attacking abnormals to give Helen and the others enough time to accomplish what they need to do. As a testament to Helen's strong belief in her daughter's abilities, when the Keepers invade the Sanctuary, Bigfoot comments: "We need weapons." Helen counters with: "We need Ashley".[21] Not only is the young woman a good fighter, but she is also an impressive shot; Helen calling her a "heart-breaker" right after witnessing her neat target cluster of bullet holes during a practice session at the Sanctuary's indoor shooting range.[6]
Henry Foss
Ashley and Henry share a close sibling-like relationship due to growing up in the Sanctuary together as young children when her mother brought him home from the Moors to live with them. Because of this bond, it also makes Ashley the non-biological aunt of Henry's future daughter Alice.
Bigfoot
While Bigfoot was a present male figure in Ashley's life while growing up, she unlike Henry, does not openly see him as being a father-figure to her. Despite that, they still do share a familial closeness as Bigfoot is a part of her Sanctuary family. Ashley is seen to have caring affections for him, as seen in the webisodes when Bigfoot is critically injured by Druitt, and again in the series re-shoot when she informs Will of his flower allergy.[4] Not only does Ashley work along side Bigfoot while inside the Sanctuary, but she is also known to have him accompany her outside the Sanctuary when running errands during the night.[22]
Will Zimmerman
When Will first arrived at the Sanctuary, Ashley was skeptical of her mother's new protege based on how 'green' he initially was. Soon though, Ashley got used to her new coworker and then considered him her friend after he saved her life from a giant lizard creature.[4] Outside of the effects of nubbin pheromones[23], neither Ashley or Will show any attraction for one another.
John Druitt
Ashley's first impression of Druitt was calling him a "ghoul".[18] Initially highly distrustful of Druitt based on his previous pattern of behavior of hurting her and kidnapping her twice[6], Ashley eventually seemed to tolerate his presence slightly better. When Druitt showed up at the Sanctuary to help out with the Lazarus virus, Ashley's immediate reaction was a bit snippy, asking her mother "Why is he here?!" right in front of him. At Druitt's line of "Please, I am your father", Ashley shoots back "Then you better start acting like one, and that does not mean kidnapping me when you want to spend some quality time" showing that she is open to forming an actual father/daughter relationship with him eventually.[7]
James Watson
Their relationship is cordial and relaxed.[7] While not officially stated, it is widely accepted by fans that James is considered to fill the role of being an Uncle/Godfather to Ashley based on how close James' relationship is with her mother, Helen Magnus.

Background, Notes, and Trivia

  • Ashley Magnus appears in the webisodes as well as in the first sixteen episodes of Sanctuary.
  • Ashley may have potentially been 24 years old by the time she disappeared from the Sanctuary depending on two factors:
  1. If Ashley's birthday was based on actress Emilie Ullerup's birthday of October 24th, 1984 (similar to how Helen's August 27th birthday is based on Amanda Tapping's August 28th birthday).
  2. If the entire Cabal Superabnormal arc spanning between Episode 1x12 - "Revelations, Part I" through Episode 2x03 - "Eulogy" took place starting around 1x12's air date of early January 2009, placing Episode 2x01 - "End of Nights, Part I" six weeks later in mid-February 2009.
  • The network had decided to kill off Emilie Ullerup's character when they began filming Season 2. In an interview she explains that she had no idea she was being killed off, and was sad to hear the news; the few episodes of the second season she filmed were incredibly hard as she had to remain serious. She states that she was in tears during rehearsals for the ending scene of her last Episode 2x03 - "Eulogy" and the directors told her she had to get it together because Ashley was supposed to have found peace. She believed there was hope that she would return and would love to come back in Season 3. Even though it wasn't the intention of the show's creators, her character was indirectly and effectively replaced from then on by the introduction of the character Kate Freelander at the start of Season 2.
  • Meanwhile, Ullerup made a guest appearance in the Smallville episode "Crossfire".
  • A fan effort was underway at one point to bring Ashley back as a regular character.[24] It was rumored that the writers pitched something to bring Ashley back in Season 3, however, no step in that direction was ever taken.
  • In the commentary track for Episode 3x19 - "Out of The Blue", it is mentioned that this particular episode was originally written to have Ashley return to the show by being featured in Helen's induced dream state. Unfortunately, even though Emilie wanted to return for this episode, her filming schedule at the time would not allow for the quick cameo. Due to this, the episode was re-written to include Druitt instead, and reduced her part to being two extremely small memory flashbacks.
  • In an interview conducted at Denver Starfest 2014, Amanda Tapping revealed that one of the plans slated for Season 5 besides working from the new Underground Sanctuary, was that Helen had found a way to save her daughter Ashley during her 113 year trip back through time without changing the course of the natural timeline. Amanda had conferred with Emilie about this, but unfortunately Sanctuary was cancelled before Season 5 could be made.[25]
  • Fans however saw evidence to the Season 5 plan (as well as the overall intent to bring the character back) by the writer's starting to mention Ashley more frequently than before. After Emilie's last Episode 2x03 - "Eulogy", the next time her character is directly mentioned in the show takes place in Episode 2x05 - "Pavor Nocturnus", Episode 2x07 - "Veritas", and Episode 2x08 - "Next Tuesday" by Helen. Afterwards, Ashley isn't directly or indirectly mentioned again until around mid-next season in Episode 3x08 - "For King and Country" by Adam Worth directly, quickly followed by allusions to her in the next two subsequent episodes by Helen in Episode 3x09 - "Vigilante", and by Adam in Episode 3x10 - "Hollow Men". After Ashley was supposed to have been physically in, but ultimately became two tiny flashbacks in Episode 3x19 - "Out of The Blue", she is again mentioned by Adam in Episode 4x01 - "Tempus", directly mentioned by Adam and Helen as well as presented in the form of flashbacks in Episode 4x09 - "Chimera", and directly mentioned by Will twice in Episode 4x11 - "The Depths", once in the actual episode, and again in a deleted extended scene titled "Thank You" in response to Helen's allusion to her.

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References, External Links, and Websites

  1. 1.0 1.1 Episode 1x09 - "Requiem"
  2. Season 5
  3. Episode 2x01 - "End of Nights, Part I"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Episode 1x02 - "Sanctuary For All, Part II"
  5. 5.0 5.1 Episode 1x07 - "The Five"
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Episode 1x08 - "Edward"
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Episode 1x12 - "Revelations, Part I"
  8. Episode 1x13 - "Revelations, Part II"
  9. 9.0 9.1 Episode 2x01 - "End of Nights, Part I"
  10. Episode 2x02 - "End of Nights, Part II"
  11. 11.0 11.1 Episode 2x03 - "Eulogy"
  12. Episode 2x05 - "Pavor Nocturnus"
  13. Episode 2x07 - "Veritas"
  14. Episode 2x08 - "Next Tuesday"
  15. Episode 3x20 - "Into The Black"
  16. Episode 3x19 - "Out of The Blue"
  17. Episode 4x09 - "Chimera"
  18. 18.0 18.1 Episode 4x13 - "Sanctuary For None, Part II"
  19. Sanctuary Main Website Character Page
  20. Sanctuary Main Website Detailed Character Overview
  21. Episode 1x03 - "Fata Morgana"
  22. Episode 1x04 - "Folding Man"
  23. Episode 1x06 - "Nubbins"
  24. Website of the Bring Back Ashley campaign
  25. Denver Starfest 2014 interview with Amanda Tapping
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