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|Given Name||Stephanie Edgley|
|Taken Name||Valkyrie Cain|
|Faction||The dead men (formerly)|
|Weapons||Necromancy Ring and a powered concussion stick (formerly)|
|Relations||Melissa Edgley (mother)|
Desmond Edgley (father)
Alison Edgley (sister)
Beryl Edgley (aunt)
Fergus Edgley (uncle)
Gordon Edgley † (uncle)
Carol Edgley † (cousin)
Crystal Edgley (cousin)
She was originally called Stephanie Edgley but had to change her name so she could protect herself from other mages who desired to influence her. Skulduggery Pleasant is her magic mentor, Sanctuary detective partner, and best friend, Solomon Wreath was her Necromancy mentor until 2011 and, before a Remnant possessed her, Tanith Low was her fighting mentor, "big sister" and other best friend. She has been romantically involved with Fletcher Renn and Caelan.
Stephanie Edgley is introduced when her wealthy uncle, Gordon Edgley, a writer of horror fiction, dies under mysterious circumstances. He leaves Stephanie, whom he was especially fond of, his mansion and fortune in his will. After the reading of the will, whilst she's spending the night at her uncle's house by herself, Stephanie is attacked by a man, sent by Nefarian Serpine, demanding a "key." As the man attacks Stephanie, the mysterious man in the tan overcoat from Gordon's funeral, known as Skulduggery Pleasant, arrives and saves her, blasting down the door to get in, throwing fireballs at her attacker and shooting him in the shoulder. Skulduggery's disguise of a hat, wig and sunglasses fall off to reveal that he is an undead brilliant, sarcastic sorcerer, made up of only a skeleton held together by magic.
Upon the revelation that her uncle was murdered, Stephanie, wanting to escape her previously boring and tedious life, helps Skulduggery investigate his mysterious death. Skulduggery and Stephanie gradually uncover a greater plot for world domination. Stephanie's uncle discovered an ancient weapon used by the first sorcerers, the Ancients, to defeat their tyrannical gods, the Faceless Ones. He sealed this deadly weapon, the Sceptre of the Ancients, in a maze beneath the house Stephanie inherited. The "key" is, in fact, an old, insignificant-looking brooch left by her uncle to his other brother's wife Beryl.
Stephanie and Skulduggery, aided by an immensely strong tailor named Ghastly Bespoke, and English professional swordswoman Tanith Low attempt to prevent the villain, Nefarian Serpine, from obtaining the Sceptre.
Now working as a detective and with Stephanie's help, Skulduggery defeats Serpine, destroying him with the Sceptre to protect Stephanie, breaking the Sceptre's power in the process. After defeating Serpine Skulduggery visits Stephanie and offers to take her on as his assistant and student in sorcery because Stephanie has discovered that her family are descendants of the Ancients and she herself has magic abilities. By using the air and fire power out of the elements.
A villain called Scaramouch Van Dreg, who has captured Skulduggery Pleasant, are both in a dungeon. Scaramouch had been trying to capture Skulduggery's attention but finds out that Skulduggery had been sleeping the whole time. Scaramouch wakes him, and Skulduggery is surprised to find Scaramouch. Skulduggery tells him that he was trying to arrest Rancid Fines and Christophe Nocturnal, much to Scaramouch's anger, who had thought that Skulduggery was trying to arrest him. Skulduggery asks Scaramouch what he is planning, and Scaramouch realises that Skulduggery only views him as "relatively deadly." Scaramouch tells Skulduggery he is planning to take over the world, not bringing the Faceless Ones back using the Crystal of the Saints. Skulduggery tells Scaramouch all the work and trouble ruling the world would be, but Scaramouch believes that he could still do it. Scaramouch then shows Skulduggery a container, which had been enchanted by twenty-three spells by twenty-three different sorcerers. The container has an insect which could drain the magic of sorcerers. It is one of the Lost Artifacts. Skulduggery asks if he knows if the insect is inside, and Scaramouch panics.
Skulduggery suggests opening the box to find out if the insect is even in the box. Scaramouch places the container on the floor and opens the lid. The insect rises out and lands on the floor. Skulduggery squishes it just as Valkyrie walks in. She uses air magic and the two arrest Scaramouch. As they walk out, Skulduggery tells Scaramouch that there should be more people who want to take over the world and that all the other bad guys think that it's just silly.
A year after she discovered the magical world Stephanie Edgley, now known as Valkyrie Cain, continues to work with Skulduggery Pleasant, the wise-cracking skeleton detective, capturing villains for the Sanctuary, which is now ruled by Thurid Guild in a new location after the massacre in the previous Sanctuary. Soon, Baron Vengeous, one of the original Three Generals of Mevolent, escapes his prison and begins searching for Lord Vile’s armour. He planned to resurrect the Grotesquery to bring back the Faceless Ones.Vengeous confronts China Sorrows in her apartment whilst Valkyrie is visiting. Valkyrie hides whilst China and Vengeous talk. Vengeous reveals that he was released from prison by an assassin named Billy-Ray Sanguine who promptly arrives along with Dusk. A battle ensues during which Valkyrie reveals herself and defends China. Valkyrie is soon chased by Sanguine. After being a struggle, Valkyrie is saved by Tanith. In the progress Valkyrie steals Sanguine's razor, his primary weapon, leaving the psychopathic assassin with a grudge against her.
Valkyrie and Skulduggery, along with a convict called Vaurien Scapegrace, go to Roarhaven to find a mysterious man called The Torment who has the information they need. After a battle in a seedy pub with some thugs that once were "friends" of Scapegrace, they find the Torment and ask for his help. The Torment only says he will help them find Vile's armour if Skulduggery kills Valkyrie because she is a descendant from the Ancients. The Torment despises her as he thinks any power will corrupt civilisation. Skulduggery takes Valkyrie around a corner and they summon her reflection, a living mirror image of Valkyrie who she uses as a decoy, enabling her to live a double life. Skulduggery takes Valkyrie's reflection in front of the Torment and shoots it. The Torment is satisfied and tells Skulduggery the whereabouts of the Grotesquery.
He and Valkyrie return Scapegrace to prison and go to find the Grotesquery. Unfortunately, Vengeous' minions have already obtained it. Soon after, Skulduggery and Valkyrie take the reflection back to Valkyrie's house. Valkyrie touches the mirror to absorb its memories and remembers what it is like to be shot. Valkyrie then notices that whenever she tries to look back in her memories one part always remains blank and she cannot pin it down. She realises that her reflection hid something from her, and finds it disconcerting and dangerous. However, she goes on with Skulduggery without mentioning it to him.
Later, Valkyrie is kidnapped by Sanguine who takes her to an old abandoned church of the Faceless Ones where she is taken before the altar where Vengeous awaits her. The evil sorcerer cuts Valkyrie's palm and spills some of her blood onto the Grotesquery's body before using the armour's shadow powers which mingle with the blood. Skulduggery subsequently arrives and rescues Valkyrie, by throwing a collapsible jack onto the Grotesquery and making it out to be a bomb. After a stealing the Grotesquery, Valkyrie is incapacitated and wakes up in hospital. Whilst wearing a "respectable" blue hospital gown, Skulduggery wears a pink one decorated with bunnies and elephants for the doctor's amusement.
Skulduggery turns the lifeless Grotesquery over to the Sanctuary's top scientist, Grouse, to take apart. However, the Grotesquery has already absorbed a lot of power from Vile's armour and Valkyrie's blood and so wakes up in the middle of the night whilst being operated on. Skulduggery and Tanith arrive and the three of them attack the Grotesquery before escaping. Skulduggery works out that Vengeous is actually a pawn in someone else's plan and accuses Guild of being a traitor. In a rage, Guild fires Skulduggery who decides to go after Vengeous anyway. Valkyrie begrudgingly goes to her family reunion as a distraction to Dusk. Valkyrie is subsequently attacked by vampires and forced to flee. Dusk corners her and vows that when he has transformed her into a vampire he's going to set her loose on her parents while in her bloodlust. Valkyrie stabs Dusk in the leg with the syringe he uses to curb his vampiric side whilst he is transforming and as a result, he is caught between vampire and human and put in intense pain. Springheeled Jack comes and rescues her and defeats Dusk so as to frustrate Vengeous' plans because he doesn't want the Faceless Ones to return.
Accompanied by Tanith, Mr. Bliss and some Cleavers, Skulduggery and Valkyrie go to Clearwater Hospital and do battle with the Grotesquery which due to being part Faceless One is virtually invincible. Mr Bliss is incapacitated but the Cleavers mercilessly attacks the Grotesquery and almost overpower it when Vengeous arrives along with China whom he has taken captive. Together, with the Grotesquery, he kills the Cleavers and beats Skulduggery and Valkyrie into submission. Valkyrie tricks Vengeous into releasing her, saying that she will join him but she releases China who attacks Vengeous and the Grotesquery, giving Valkyrie time to free Skulduggery who joins in the assault against Vengeous, tearing off his helmet and his breastplate before shooting him in the stomach. In a swoon, Vengeous crawls toward the Grotesquery but his god callously breaks the baron's neck. The Torment subsequently arrives and attacks the Grotesquery but he is defeated. In the ensuing battle Valkyrie stabs the Grotesquery through the heart, killing it but before it dies it utters a terrible scream.
Valkyrie is later seen talking to Skulduggery on a pier. They reason that they must find out who Vengeous and Sanguine were really working for and if Guild is in league with him. Skulduggery ominously tells Valkyrie "Bad things are coming."
Valkyrie meets with a zombie, who complains that she is late. The zombie explains that the Muldoons, a goblin trio of brothers, had kidnapped three babies and demanded gold in exchange for their lives. He claims that the Muldoons were descended from powerful sorcerers, even the Ancients, although Valkyrie proves him wrong. They were normal human children, who later became sorcerers. After their father died and their mother went insane, they believed themselves superior to mortals. They attacked a group of mortals, and the Council of Elders ordered them to be ambushed. They escaped, but all three were transformed into goblins, with gold as their only source of returning to human form, making them resort to stealing and exchanging babies. They reach a ruined church, and the zombie leaves for the exchange to take place.
The first of the brothers, Liam, demands Valkyrie's money, but she persuades him to give her the babies first. He calls his brothers Colm and Fintan, who come with the babies. After she gives them the gold, they reveal that it is a double-cross. Skulduggery was the person responsible for turning them into goblins, and they say that they will send Skulduggery his head in order to make him come at them. Once he is in their grasp, they intend to kill him too.
The session is interrupted when Skulduggery bursts through the ceiling and crashes onto the floor painfully. The goblins reveal that Skulduggery was attacked by their sister, Peg. She crashes through the ceiling too, covered in wedding dresses and shouting out that she loves Skulduggery. It appears that Skulduggery and Peg have met before, with Skulduggery throwing an entire mountain on her to try and kill her.
Skulduggery and Peg engage in combat, while the Muldoons attack Valkyrie. She burns Fintan and he smacks into a wall. Colm tries to kill her, but she sets him on fire and elbows him in the jaw. Liam and Peg eventually get the better of the two and overpower them. Liam throttles Valkyrie, but she throws him across the church. Skulduggery summons up a piece of rubble to smash into Peg's face, but soon after, Liam rushes for the babies. Valkyrie quickly elbows him and knocks him unconscious.
Peg has an emotional breakdown after Skulduggery explains to her that they don't actually love each other. She leaves, saddened, and Skulduggery is left to be teased by Valkyrie.
Valkyrie is investigating the murders of four Teleporters with Skulduggery. They go to tell Guild what they know. He refuses to rehire them and has hired Remus Crux instead, a bumbling detective that blindly follows Guild's orders in an attempt to impress him. After discovering the recent murders may have been linked to a Teleporter murder 50 years ago, Skulduggery and Valkyrie go and talk to the only Sea Hag that lives in a lake to see if they can get any information about the 50-year-old murder.
They discover a man named Batu killed the Teleporter and talk to the dead Teleporter whose body is lying at the bottom of the lake. After promising to bury him on dry land, the Sea Hag is enraged and tries to drown Valkyrie, but Skulduggery saves her. They also discover that an object called the Isthmus Anchor and a Teleporter would be able to open a gateway to the Faceless Ones allowing them to enslave the earth.With China's help, they locate a boy who is an unskilled Teleporter and save him from Sanguine who is working for the Diablerie. Grouse, who grudgingly agrees to look after him, tells Valkyrie she should do normal teenage things and gets annoyed at Skulduggery for endangering Valkyrie. They then go to Finbar Wrong, a Sensitive, who is able to tell them the location of the gate where the Faceless Ones can get to earth. After that, they meet with a Necromancer, Solomon Wreath, who offers the help of himself and three other Necromancers. Skulduggery accepts after punching Wreath and leaves.
Skulduggery and Valkyrie go to where the gate will open and talk to the owner of the land. While they are talking Skulduggery realises that what is left of the Grotesquery is the Isthmus Anchor, as the Isthmus Anchor is something that belongs on the other side, which is the part of the Grotesquery that belonged to the Faceless Ones making it impossible to destroy. Skulduggery and Valkyrie go to the Sanctuary to steal the Grotesquery but are attacked by Crux who is easily defeated by Skulduggery. However, the Diablerie use Sanguine to steal the Grotesquery before Skulduggery and Valkyrie can get to it. Skulduggery and Valkyrie use an emergency exit to avoid being captured by the Sanctuary.
Ghastly wakes up at Grouse's after being a statue for two years after using the Earth power as his last defence and Tanith, Skulduggery and Valkyrie go to Bespoke Tailors and Ghastly is told what happened while he was a statue. Ghastly then starts making Valkyrie new clothes. While making her boots he tells her about his mother, a Sensitive, and a vision she had of Valkyrie dying screaming in pain in an effort to make Valkyrie quit magic and return to normal teenage life.
The owner of the farm where the gate will open, Paddy, calls to report a strange man who was there. Skulduggery tells Paddy about magic and Fletcher Renn locates the exact point where the gate will open.
Skulduggery and Valkyrie go to get the Sceptre of the Ancients and find another black crystal in case the Faceless Ones make it back to earth, as the last crystal was destroyed. Batu goes and enlists the Sea Hag's help in exchange for transporting her to the sea. Skulduggery and Valkyrie go to Gordon’s house and he tells Valkyrie there are black crystals in the caves below his house. Skulduggery and Valkyrie go into the caves and find a copy of Gordon’s house in the caves that was created by the previous owner of Gordon’s house, Anathem Mire.
Anathem is inside the house, dead, and Skulduggery wakes up his ghost. Anathem shows them a vein of black crystals and Valkyrie removes a large one as only people with the blood of the Ancients in their veins can touch black crystals when they are not in the Sceptre. Anathem forces Skulduggery out of his house but takes Valkyrie capture but after angering him she is able to escape.
She then goes home to say goodbye to her parents who are leaving on their second honeymoon and after leaving is chased and then arrested by Remus Crux. Crux puts her in a cell with Scapegrace who was badly beaten up and had his fingers broken by Cleavers as a distraction in part of Skulduggery’s plan to steal the Grotesquery. Scapegrace tries to kill Valkyrie and she knocks him out and ties him to a bed by his broken fingers. She then manages to trick a security guard into letting her out of her cell and she knocks him out and takes Scapegrace with her as he could be used as a distraction.
Valkyrie witnesses the new Administrator, who is the traitor, attempt to kill Mr Bliss. Valkyrie turns to see Scapegrace fleeing and attempts to stop the Administrator who pins her up against a wall. Then Scapegrace runs into the room screaming chased by Cleavers and runs away. The Cleavers look at the situation with Mr Bliss in a circle of blue light that is killing him, Valkyrie suspended on the roof by the Administrator and the Administrator standing there, and advance on the Administrator. The Administrator tries to run, letting Valkyrie fall to the ground as she does and Valkyrie trips her causing her to fall into the blue light killing her and saving Bliss. Valkyrie then runs out of the Sanctuary and Skulduggery, who is outside, takes her to the farm.
Upon reaching the farm they discover Ghastly and Tanith running for cover as they are attacked by the Diablerie. Tanith, Ghastly, Skulduggery and Valkyrie hide with Paddy in his farmhouse. The Diablerie start to open the Gateway, and Valkyrie puts on her new clothes. They are then ambushed by two or three hundred Hollow Men. Paddy persuades Valkyrie to put on his mother's ring as the rest of them attack the Diablerie.
China, a dozen Cleavers and the Necromancers appear and start killing the Hollow Men. As Fletcher begins to open the Gateway. Tanith is about to be killed by Murder Rose but is saved by the White Cleaver. Tanith gets inside the house and Bliss arrives and starts beating up Gruesome Krav. While Valkyrie and Paddy are looking for first aid supplies for Tanith, Sanguine arrives and attacks Tanith. Paddy tries to shoot Sanguine with his shotgun but is knocked out. Valkyrie then slashes open Sanguine's stomach with Tanith’s sword.
Then three Faceless Ones come through the gate and Fletcher manages to escape after the shockwave caused by their arrival. One of the Faceless Ones takes over Krav’s body and then kills Mr Bliss. Paddy gets Valkyrie the Sceptre then reveals himself to be Batu as he knocks Tanith out and hits Valkyrie with the Sceptre. Valkyrie realises that the ring Batu gave her is preventing her from using magic and removes it allowing her to burn Batu’s side. Batu takes the Sceptre and hides it in the trees being followed by Valkyrie.
Remus Crux attempts to arrest Valkyrie and she knocks him down. She then watches Skulduggery battle the Faceless One and a Necromancer be killed. China is given the Sceptre by Crux and then turns to see Valkyrie running towards her with a Faceless One running behind her. Valkyrie raised the spectre and fired black lightning twice into the Faceless One that had consumed Krav, killing it. The second Faceless One attacks China, Skulduggery and Valkyrie. Fletcher appears and teleports Valkyrie out of the way. The Faceless One pulls the Sceptre out of Valkyrie's hand and shatters it destroying the black crystal, and itself.
Skulduggery decides to get the last Faceless One to chase Valkyrie and go through a new portal. The Faceless One lifts him off the ground. Wreath gives Valkyrie his cane full of his Necromantic power and she uses it to knock the Faceless One back as the cane was destroyed. The Faceless One shoots out tentacles made of its organs in a last attempt to save itself, it grabs Skulduggery and pulls him through the portal with it. The portal closes before anyone can do anything to help. Leaving Valkyrie and her team victorious, but negative with the loss of Skulduggery.
Later Solomon Wreath approaches Valkyrie and she angrily tells him that Guild is claiming full responsibility and saying Skulduggery did nothing. Solomon tells Valkyrie that there is a new Isthmus Anchor that is Skulduggery's original skull. Solomon then tells Valkyrie that she is a natural with Necromancy, seeing her use his cane, and she will need more power than she has now, and hopes she will choose to become a Necromancer.
After Valkyrie has spent nine months looking for Skulduggery's skull, a vampire acquaintance of Valkyrie's called Caelan manages to set up a meeting for her with a man called Thames Chabon, who apparently has the skull. It is revealed that Solomon has been teaching her Necromancy during her search for the skull, and she has placed her power into a ring.
When Valkyrie goes to sleep, Remus Crux manages to gain entry into her house and tries to kill her. Wreath saves Valkyrie, and she tells her parents that a bat was in her room. The next morning, after talking to Ghastly, Tanith and Fletcher, she learns about Esryn Vanguard and his death. She tells them about what happened last night with Crux.
Valkyrie meets up with Thames Chabon, and the skull is sold to her. Just to check it's the real murder skull Valkyrie shouts "Oi you" with a furious look on her face, knowing if it's the real skull Chabon will just turn around and see what's wrong. He doesn't and runs off. Now knowing the skull is a fake she chases after him. She finds out that Davina Marr, the new Prime Detective, had bought the skull for triple the price. A new plan is made to steal Skulduggery's skull from the Sanctuary.
The plan goes wrong, however, and they are arrested. Valkyrie is interrogated by Marr. Valkyrie manages to get her ring back after it was taken by Marr and defeats her. She frees the others, but Cleavers attack. Tanith and Ghastly distract them while Fletcher teleports Valkyrie to Guild's office, where they finally retrieve the skull. They teleport to China's library and she joins the two. The three go to Aranmore Farm, where the portal is opened. Valkyrie insists that she goes in alone, causing Fletcher to kiss her.
After entering the portal of the Faceless Ones, she finds Skulduggery, who thinks she isn't real. To persuade him, she agrees to get one of his bones back. When she does that, the two make their way towards the portal again, and with the help of China, they get back to Aranmore Farm, where Skulduggery says to Valkyrie, "good job".
After learning that Wreath saved Valkyrie from Crux, the two visit the Temple, where Skulduggery forces Wreath to tell Valkyrie of the Necromancy belief.
Later, Valkyrie and Skulduggery visit Finbar after hearing about the Sensitives visions. He tells them about another Sensitive, called Cassandra Pharos, who they then visit. She shows them a vision of the future, where a woman called "Darquesse" destroys the world. Valkyrie watches her kill Valkyrie's parents as well. Valkyrie is shocked and is suddenly scared of growing up. Pharos hands Valkyrie a Dream Whisperer, telling Valkyrie she has interesting dreams.
Back at her house, Valkyrie learns that her mother is pregnant. At first, she is delighted but then she is worried about what the baby would be born into.
The next day, Skulduggery and Valkyrie visit the Sanctuary to learn it had been attacked by vampires led by Dusk. She hears the truth about how Vanguard had died. The gang split up to search for the Revengers' Club. Valkyrie and Skulduggery visit Caelan to see if he knows anything about Dusk. He takes them to a castle which vampires live in. A vampire called Moloch throws her into a room where she defeats a large group of Infected.
After escaping, Dusk captures her, but she escaped again. The gang later visit the Hibernian Cinema, where Kenspeckle Grouse and Tanith are kidnapped. Valkyrie and Skulduggery go to the Midnight Hotel, where they think Sanguine is going to steal a Remnant. This is proven, and a zombie horde led by Scapegrace go crazy and attack the hotel. Despite defeating the zombies, Sanguine still manages to take a Remnant.
Since China is still injured after she was shot, the two visit Myron Stray, who is another information broker. She threatens to use his True Name to get information out of him, so he tells them that Serpine's old castle is still being used. The gang go there, and they rescue Tanith and a Remnant-possessed Grouse, who is returned to normal after Valkyrie visits her uncle Gordon who gives her information on how to force a Remnant out of somebody.
The gang realise that the Revengers' Club is going to use the Desolation Engine to blow up Croke Park Stadium. At the stadium, she is bitten by Dusk and is saved by Caelan. When Guild is forced to use the engine to blow up the stadium, she fails to stop him. However, Fletcher teleports Guild to the sea, where the bomb doesn't kill anyone.
Valkyrie fights Sanguine to save Guild's family. Neither win, but Sanguine promises to keep out of Ireland. When the gang return to the Hibernian, Valkyrie kisses Fletcher, and they are a couple.
Marr manages to get Valkyrie and Skulduggery to escort Guild to his cell so she can kill them while blowing the Sanctuary up by controlling Myron Stray with his True Name, Laudigan. Everyone in the building dies except for the three.
Later on at her house, she finds out that her True Name is Darquesse, through the Dream Whisperer that Pharos gave her.
Valkyrie and Skulduggery's hunt for Davina Marr leads them to the scene of a murder, and they realise that Tesseract, a masked assassin, is also after Marr. They track Marr down just in time to save her life and take her to Grouse to be healed. She and Skulduggery attempt to interrogate Marr, but she is assassinated by Tesseract, who then proceeds to defeat the whole group and escape.
Valkyrie then visits Gordon's Echo Stone to learn how to seal her True Name and prevent herself becoming Darquesse, having refused to tell anyone else that she is the sorceress destined to destroy the world. Gordon tells her who to contact, but before going to see them, she asks Caelan to taste her blood and confirm what Dusk saw. Caelan tastes nothing unusual, but he confesses that he loves Valkyrie and the pair kiss, although Valkyrie insists she is happy with Fletcher.
Valkyrie then spends Christmas with her family, learning that her cousins Crystal and Carol have become more friendly as their other relatives make fun of them. However, she is told that she must leave to seal her true name and is taken to Doctor Nye, an androgynous doctor who seals her True Name, but then attempts to experiment on her. Since she is technically dead within the workshop, she struggles to think clearly enough to escape but succeeds in using Necromancy to force Doctor Nye to let her go. She explains to Skulduggery that she is Darquesse and has sealed her name, and the pair track down Scapegrace, who has begun to decay and take him to Grouse in the hope of preventing his body from decaying further.
Valkyrie introduces Fletcher to her parents and they visit a nightclub, but everyone in the club is possessed by Remnants and the pair only narrowly escape. They run into Crystal and Carol, and Valkyrie is forced to explain to them that magic is real in order to persuade them to leave. After several close calls while the Remnants take over, searching for Darquesse, the sorcerers regroup at the Hibernian, and arrange a plan to activate the giant Soul Catcher at MacGillycuddy's Reeks to recapture the Remnants. In the meantime, Grouse is unleashing a harmless virus which makes people act as though they are possessed, as a cover for the Remnants' escape. To complete the plan, Valkyrie reveals Gordon's Echo Stone to help the group with his knowledge on the matter, though Skulduggery claims he suspected this all along.
The group split up to find the key to the Soul Catcher. However, while the key is recovered successfully, the plan comes to a halt when Fletcher is possessed. Valkyrie is rescued from her boyfriend by Billy-Ray Sanguine, who has been hired to bring down the Remnants, and, while reluctant, Valkyrie agrees to join forces with him. Valkyrie discovers that Clarabelle has been possessed and murdered Kenspeckle, and is later attacked by Fletcher. She is saved by Caelan before escaping with Skulduggery, Ghastly, Tanith, China and Billy-Ray. The group drive to the Soul Catcher and Skulduggery reveals to Valkyrie that he suspects that one of their group is possessed. This suspicion is proven correct when China turns on the group, launching a surprise attack on Ghastly, incapacitating Skulduggery, and attacking Tanith using symbols. She orders a Remnant to possess Ghastly instead of Tanith and kidnaps Valkyrie. However, before she escapes, Sanguine steals the key for the Soul Catcher from her.
While the group find the Soul Catcher, Valkyrie is possessed by a Remnant in an effort to spur their messiah's coming, bringing out Darquesse. However, Darquesse is not the Remnant in control - instead, it is a part of Valkyrie which hates everything. It overpowers the Remnant possessing Valkyrie and sets about killing the horrified Remnants with pleasure, massacring dozens before almost turning on her allies. Skulduggery arrives after a few minutes and explains that Darquesse is what Valkyrie will become if she refuses to fight back against the apathy, bitterness and hopelessness, and she finally lets go of the struggling Remnant in her body, which returns her to normal. Skulduggery then holds Valkyrie hostage, threatening to kill her, to force the Remnants to release their bodies, which allows the Soul Catcher to retrieve them. However, the one possessing Tesseract escapes and possesses Tanith. Valkyrie and Tanith fight, but Valkyrie is unable to get her to the Soul Catcher in time, and the possessed Tanith escapes.
Tanith later arrives at Valkyrie's house, after the four-day period before a Remnant fuses itself to a host, and explains that she does not plan to attack Valkyrie, but rather to lead her subtly towards her "destiny" as Darquesse. Tanith then leaves with Sanguine, her new boyfriend.
Geoffrey Scrutinous is talking to a cop, telling him that he will handle everything that has happened. The cop agrees and walks away, leaving Geoffrey at the murder scene. Skulduggery and Valkyrie come and inspect the scene. Skulduggery admits that he has no idea what happened. Geoffrey says that neighbours heard an old fashioned train at the time the person dies. He comes to the conclusion that the person was hit by a train. But Skulduggery says there are no train tracks or anything of the sort. Geoffrey searches around the room and picks up an old pen, he looks down on the piece of paper which reads "I'm going to be hit by a train." Geoffrey informs Skulduggery of the piece of paper. They are sure it is the person's handwriting. They come to the conclusion the person didn't know he was writing. Skulduggery looks at Geoffrey and asks why he is writing. Geoffrey is confused and looks down at his hand and find he is writing. He drops the pen, and Skulduggery reads out loud "I'm going to be eaten by a shark". Geoffrey becomes worried, Valkyrie says the pen is cursed. Skulduggery says Geoffrey has twelve hours before a shark does eat him.
The trio sits in a diner, discussing where the murdered person worked. Skullduggery makes some calls and finds four people were killed in the last two weeks. He comes to the conclusion that the pen was handed down from person to person and each of them was killed in turn. The curse started with a sorcerer named Elwood Satchel. The three got into the Bentley, drove to a person who knew Satchel well. He wasn't home so they waited in the car.
He returns the next morning and tells them how Satchel died. He said Satchel was electrocuted while running. A few days later they found a note, left by Satchel. Skulduggery asked if Satchel had any enemies. The man mentions another sorcerer named Davit Maybury, who Satchel had stolen his girlfriend from.
The trio goes to Maybury's house, but no-one answered the door. When Geffrey has only 15 minutes until he is going to be eaten. Skulduggery finds a door in Maybury's bedroom. Geoffrey notices the carpet is wet and soggy. Skulduggery calls out to Maybury through the door, but nothing happens. Geoffrey asks where the water is coming from, but Valkyrie says there is no water. Geoffrey sees a fish but he is the only one to experience it. Skulduggery looks for a way to open the door, without noticing it, he does. The go down a room with a dead Maybury sitting in the armchair. Geoffrey panics, but Skulduggery tries to calm him by telling a useless story.
Skulduggery looks at the cursed pen and cracks the outer shell. He sees four symbols engraved on the inside. Skulduggery notices one symbol is incorrect, which made the curse pass from person to person instead of one person. Geoffrey's teeth start chattering. Skulduggery rings China Sorrows to see if he can correct the symbol. Geoffrey notices the shark's dorsal fin poking out of the water. Valkyrie jumps in front of him but knows that won't do anything. Skulduggery starts talking to China about the symbol. Geoffrey starts shouting, saying that the shark is coming. Skulduggery tells Geoffrey to stop shouting. Valkyrie tells him to scare it away by splashing, but China says not to splash about. Skulduggery continues talking and takes up a scalpel and tries to correct the mistake.
The Shark comes for Geoffrey, Valkyrie grabs his arm and pulls him away at the last second. But she drops him again, under water. He looks for the shark and sees it coming for him. But at that time, the water disappears and so does the shark. Geoffrey thanks Valkyrie for saving him and says he owes her a favour now. Skulduggery wonders why he doesn't get a thank you too and Geoffrey merely said, Skulduggery told him to shut up while he was "dying" and walked away.
Skulduggery Pleasant and Valkyrie Cain are sent by the German Sanctuary to rescue the missing agent Myosotis Terra. Valkyrie continues to forget what they are doing and what they are talking about. Once they reach the cave, the last destination Myosotis was seen, Skulduggery and Valkyrie enter, only to be attacked by single-minded Sorcerers who refuse to live under Mortal influence. They kidnap Valkyrie and Skulduggery, planning to eat them and feed them to the Beast. Valkyrie is found by Myosotis and immediately remembers her once she is visible. Myosotis tells her she was sent after another German Mage who disappeared here. The Beast turns out to be a cute, little monster that the Cannibals named the Beast because they thought it was funny. Skulduggery, Valkyrie and Myosotis all manage to escape after a gruelling fight with a few people rendered dead and a lot unconscious.
Along with Skulduggery, the two first appear sneaking into a police station to question Kenny Dunne over the death of Paul Lynch. After they finish, Fletcher Renn takes Valkyrie to her sister Alison's christening. After a few conversations with her family, Fletcher appears again to take Valkyrie to meet with Skulduggery at Bernadette's cottage, who is known to have been in contact with Paul Lynch.
However, they find Bernadette dead, and Skulduggery picks up traces of Adept Magic with Rainbow Dust. They catch sight of the killer, a bald man with a stupid goatee beard, but before they can give chase, he drops a box containing the unbeatable Jitter Girls to distract them while he escapes. Valkyrie forces Fletcher to find help from China Sorrows, leaving Valkyrie and Skulduggery to deal with the Jitter Girls alone. The two are easily defeated, and just as Valkyrie is about to die, Darquesse is awoken. Darquesse manages to force the Jitter Girls back into their box and eventually agrees to let Valkyrie out just as Fletcher arrives ready to fight. They tell him it's over and she and Fletcher teleport back to her home where they step out from behind a tree all muddy, to have all the Christening guests stare at them.
Valkyrie and Skulduggery travel to Roarhaven to visit the new Sanctuary. Before they do so, Valkyrie saves an American tourist family from a horrible shopkeeper, who happens to despise mortals. Valkyrie and Skulduggery reach the Sanctuary and meet with the Council of Elders where they discuss the apparent Death Bringer, Melancholia. Ravel agrees to provide any resource needed to know more about the Passage.
The two then visit the Necromancer to find the same bald man from Bernadette's cottage, who is called Bison Dragonclaw. Ending up in a car chase, Dragonclaw crashes but manages to flee, and instead Valkyrie and Skulduggery encounter a powerful Warlock, but he is defeated. Valkyrie then visits Caelen where it is revealed that Valkyrie is cheating on Fletcher.
That night, Valkyrie is babysitting Alison and invites Fletcher over. Hearing a noise upstairs, Valkyrie finds her Reflection out of the mirror. It tells Valkyrie that she forgot to touch the grass. Fletcher then decided to go to Italy to get some pizza. While he buys the pizza, Melancholia visits Valkyrie in her home and with her new Necromancy skills, she heavily wounds Valkyrie. She barely manages to call Fletcher, and he teleports her to the Sanctuary for treatment. It turns out Nye is the new doctor, but it manages to save Valkyrie's life. Valkyrie wakes up and tries to threaten Nye. However, Nye knows that Valkyrie is somehow involved with Darquesse due to the mutterings and hallucinations as it performed on her to seal her true name. It says that if she tells the sanctuary about the experiments he has been conducting, he will tell the Elders about her involvement in it all and it would raise all sorts of "awkward questions." In the night Valkyrie is visited by Caelan, who is upset over not being able to protect Valkyrie. She tries to make a joke of the situation but fails. Caelan then proposes to Valkyrie but rejects him in horror.
The next day, Valkyrie, Skulduggery, and many Sanctuary agents and Cleavers arrive at the Temple to arrest Melancholia. Skulduggery receives a phone call and tells Valkyrie that Dragonclaw has been spotted. Although he is in charge, the two leave for the airport. They manage to capture Bison who, after interrogation, reveals that Necromancers are arriving soon to assist the Temple. Leaving Valkyrie to stop them alone, she manages to sneak into arrivals and stalls the Necromancers by forcing the police on them. Valkyrie returns to Skulduggery, who tells her that Dragonclaw will show them a secret tunnel into the Temple. They arrive and sneak into the Temple to find Melancholia. They split up but Valkyrie runs into Solomon Wreath, who knocks her out. She waked up in a room to find out Skulduggery has also been captured.
Auron Tenebrae enters the room and begins a story which happened during the War, in which he reveals that Skulduggery became Lord Vile after the death of his wife and child. Valkyrie is highly shocked by the news. Tenebrae leaves Dragonclaw to torture Skulduggery and Valkyrie, but despite the shocking news, they work together to defeat Dragonclaw and escape. While escaping, the two run into Melancholia, who manages to defeat them easily. However, Skulduggery transforms into Lord Vile and nearly kills her, but eventually Vile turns back into Skulduggery. Outside the Temple, Valkyrie tells Skulduggery she has had enough and returns home. When she arrives, she finds nobody home. She calls her Reflection who tells her Melissa was mugged by a man called Ian Moore. Blinded by rage, Valkyrie breaks into the prison Moore is in and brutally attacks him. Valkyrie is about to kill Moore, but changes her mind and returns home.
The next morning Valkyrie is visited by Fletcher, who is concerned for Valkyrie as she is not returning his calls. An argument ensues and the two break up. Soon after the break up, Valkyrie is visited by Carol and Crystal, who persuade her to teach them Magic. However, the two don't succeed and the training session is stopped by Fergus, who shouts at Valkyrie that she will ruin his family with Magic. He then reveals to her that he knows Magic exists and even shows her that he is an Elemental, though not trained. Valkyrie visits Gordon and tells him everything that happened.
The next day, Skulduggery visits Valkyrie who reluctantly lets him in. After a conversation, Valkyrie finally forgives Skulduggery over his past. Skulduggery then tells her of his plan to stop Melancholia, which involved Lord Vile.
As they plan to stop Melancholia, Skulduggery and Valkyrie are visits by Wreath who promises to bring them to Melancholia. Along with Sanctuary agents and Fletcher, they sneak into Widow Hill, the place where Melancholia is hiding. They invade the building, and Craven accidentally kills Melancholia, but the Sanctuary do not know it was just a Reflection.
Valkyrie takes a day off to spend time with her family. She is then left to babysit Alison. While so, Moore breaks into her home and attacks Valkyrie. She manages to awaken her Reflection and they defeat him. The Reflection wants to kill Ian, but Valkyrie stops it and instead they call the police again. Valkyrie is taken to a mortal hospital where she is healed. When Valkyrie and her parents return home, Fletcher visits and the two become friends again. After that, he tells Valkyrie that he is moving to Australia and leaves.
Just before the Requiem Ball started, which is being held at Gordon's estate, Skulduggery buys Valkyrie a new dress for it. They leave for the Ball after. The two have multiple conversations with friends and enemies.
After it is revealed Melancholia is still alive, she manages to absorb the life essence of all the guests at the Ball, and they die. Valkyrie and Skulduggery were not there at the time, so they go after Craven and Melancholia in the Caves. They find them and a fight starts between Skulduggery and Melancholia. However, she easily absorbs Skulduggery's life essence, however, this releases Lord Vile, which forces Melancholia to release Skulduggery back. However, he transforms back into Lord Vile. Valkyrie and Melancholia flee from Vile.
They spend a long time fleeing from Vile, and they are joined by the White Cleaver. They run into Scapegrace, who has his head chopped off by the White Cleaver. They continue running, but Valkyrie is separated from Melancholia as monsters carry off with Valkyrie. They take her to a very tight part of the Caves, but eventually, Valkyrie manages to escape from it. Valkyrie manages to locate Melancholia again, but Lord Vile catches up with them. Realising that only way to defeat Vile, Valkyrie forces Melancholia to try and kill Valkyrie, which awakens Darquesse. Darquesse and Lord Vile engage in a huge fight, which takes them all around Ireland, including Liffey Bridge. Eventually, the two return to their former selves.
For what they managed to accomplish, Valkyrie and Skulduggery are to receive awards, but they decide to miss it and instead visit China who called Skulduggery. They find a woman called Eliza Scorn, who has been blackmailing China, and China herself in a fight. They break them up and Eliza reveals the truth behind the capture of Skulduggery's family. Shocked, Skulduggery leaves and Valkyrie forces Eliza to leave and after she blows up China's library. Valkyrie then leaves China as well.
While at home, Caelan arrives and takes Valkyrie to the docks. Valkyrie, annoyed at Caelan's words, dumps Caelan, who tries to force Valkyrie to listen to him. Fletcher appears and starts hitting Caelan with numerous weapons, but Caelan, who hasn't taken his syringe, transforms into a Vampire and attacks Fletcher, but with their combined effort, they manage to drown Caelan, which kills him due to his weakness to salt water. As they teleport, Kenny Dunne watches on as he quickly thinks of a TV show that will reveal who Valkyrie is.
Valkyrie shows up to save a boy called Ryan. They run through the library throwing fireballs, before getting outside to the Bentley. Skulduggery then gets in and drives them away. During the drive, Valkyrie explains some things about magic and it's people to Ryan before coming to an apartment building. She also explains that Vincent Foe and his friends need the imprint on Ryan's hand to activate a Doomsday Machine, a bomb that was initially meant to destroy the Faceless Ones. Deacon Maybury was a sorcerer who used to belong to Foe's gang, but he betrayed them and stole the key, planning to sell it on.
They searched Deacon Maybury's trashed apartment looking for clues about his murder. While searching a woman came to the apartment, Francine, looking for Deacon. They explained to her that Deacon had been killed and asked if she knew anything about it. She said she was very close to Deacon and loved him deeply. Ryan returns with her to her apartment. When he tells her it was no trouble at all, Francine tells him there will be trouble. Suddenly, Foe appears and kidnaps him. It is revealed that Francine is just an illusion, and she is really Mercy Charient in disguise. Fortunately, Valkyrie and Skulduggery save him, and they escape by jumping out the window.
Skulduggery explains that the only person able to create an illusion is Robert Crasis. They drive to Crasis' house, and he explains that Foe threatened his family so he was forced to disguise Mercy as Francine. Skulduggery asks for a map, and he finds the location of the Doomsday Machine.
They drive to a shopping mall and enter a room, where they plan to stay until all of the shoppers have left. Skulduggery asks Ryan why he doesn't miss his home, and Ryan explains that he was initially planning to run away from home. But Skulduggery tells him that he doesn't have a home. Crasis created Ryan. Ryan is an illusion. And beneath the illusion lies Deacon Maybury. Ryan tells him that he is crazy, but Skulduggery insists that he is telling the truth. Deacon disguised himself so he could hide from Foe's gang, as an average teenage boy. Ryan eventually gives in, and he sits away from the others and weeps. Valkyrie comforts him and tells him that by dismantling the Doomsday Machine he would make Deacon mad.
They find the activation panel, but Foe's gang arrive. They fight, with Skulduggery defeating Mercy and Samuel and Valkyrie defeating Obloquy. Foe flees the scene when Samuel unleashes his vampire form. Ryan dismantles the machine, and Valkyrie comforts and kisses him. But then the illusion fades, and Deacon is revealed. Skulduggery tells him that he may escape, but only because Ryan was their friend.
Valkyrie is sent to investigate Jerry Houlihan who has come up with the idea that he is a butterfly. It is revealed that Jerry is just one of the many mortals who were suddenly developing magical abilities and were all constantly threatening to reveal the magical society to the general public.
After dealing with Jerry, Valkyrie then travels to Phibsborough to meet with Skulduggery Pleasant who is tracking Ed Stynes whose thin werewolf bloodline has caused the infection to turn him into a werewolf each full moon due to the whole mortals-getting-magical-abilities thing. Equipped with tranquilizer guns the pair enter into the apartment building.
Inside they witness Stynes transforming into a werewolf just before he attacks them. After watching Skulduggery easily being battered by the wolf, Valkyrie manages to get its attention off of him by attacking the wolf with necromancy. She is then forced to leap out of the bedroom window in order to escape but the wolf jumps out after her taking the fight into the public area. After being hit by a bus during the battle and continuously beaten up she begins to hear the voice of Darquesse saying "let me out" but ignores it as Skulduggery re-joins the fight and the pair of them manage to overpower the wolf enough to insert a tranquilizer dart into its bloodstream.
At the Sanctuary they interrogate him in hopes of discovering more about how mortals are becoming magical. He explains to them about dreams that he had recently been experiencing dreams about a man dressed in white with the name "Argeddion". In the dream, he presented a gift to Stynes and ordered him to prepare for the "Summer of Light." The last time he appeared in the dreams "Argeddion" inserted a glowing ball of energy into Styne's chest and said he would return to it later.
As the pair leave the Sanctuary they discuss Skulduggery’s distaste of Doctor Nye because of wartime events and Valkyrie's fears that Darquesse getting out and murdering her parents and younger sister. Once arriving back at her house Valkyrie has a short conversation with her reflection whom she is now getting along with well, claiming that she couldn't fail to be friends with herself. The following morning Valkyrie rushes to get ready to go to school only to find out that it's a Saturday. Her father then tries to hook her up with a boy much to Valkyrie's dismay.
Afterwards, Valkyrie and Skulduggery return to the Sanctuary to continue their investigation about Argeddion by searching through old files in the "Mystical Hall of Magical Cabinets" although they manage to find no record of him at all. They then encounter Ghastly Bespoke training with a punching bag.
Skulduggery and Valkyrie track down the cause of the world's destruction and do their very best to avert it.
Donegan Bane, Gracious O'Callahan, and Valkyrie Cain prepare to head into a Witch's cabin to seek information about Skulduggery Pleasant's disappearance. They meet the Witch's granddaughter, Misery, and after convincing her that they are not there to kill her grandmother, they head into the cabin and into the cellar. They meet the witch Dubhóg Ni Broin who is holding Skulduggery captive after he attacked the front door. Through trickery, Skulduggery manages to trick why Broin was seen conversing with a Warlock who was sent to kill both Pleasant and Cain. Broin reveals that the Warlock was trying to convince her and her sisters to join with the Warlocks leader, Charivari to go to war. During an Elder meeting between Irish Elders, Ghastly Bespoke, Erskine Ravel and Madame Mist, they took with an English Elder Illori Reticent where she tries to convince the Elders to let the Supreme Council establish a Council of Nine and not three so the other Sanctuaries around the World would not be so frightened yet another disaster strikes Ireland. Ravel refuses because he says the Supreme Council has no right to dictate other Sanctuaries how to conduct their Business. Illori tries to convince the Elders to at least to shut down the Accelerator because it would boost the Irish Mages powers beyond anything imaginable. Ravel again refuses because the Accelerator is powering the only cell in existence that can hold Darquesse.
After Valkyrie and her parents with Alice, celebrate her eighteenth Birthday and her parents reward her with an orange car which Valkyrie calls the "Oompa-Loompa" but still loves it all the same. Later she and Skulduggery go to meet Solomon Wreath. Wreath gives an "upgrade" to her Necromancer abilities as a present. Pleasant questions Wreath over why Bison Dragonclaw convinced the Warlock to kill Skulduggery and Valkyrie. Wreath reveals that Dragonclaw gave a name to the Warlock that Charivari wanted which was Department X. Skulduggery says that Department X doesn't exist. It's just used as an excuse in case any mortals ask any questions over why creatures died. Wreath also says that five years ago Baritone, one of the necromancers during the Battle of Aranmore Farm, noticed three mortals boasting about how they faced warlocks. Baritone asked who hired them but they couldn't remember the man. Skulduggery also says that they have been hearing a lot about the mystery man; Davina Marr couldn't remember who hired her to blow up the Sanctuary, Sean Mackin was released from his cell by someone who he couldn't remember and the three mortals couldn't remember who hired them.
Meanwhile, Ghastly is out jogging but is startled when he realises he is being tracked. He follows the trackers to the Accelerator where Bernard Sult and other Supreme Council members are planting explosives to destroy the Accelerator. Sult says that if the Supreme Council cannot have the Accelerator, then neither can Ireland have it. Ghastly manages to defeat the Council members but Sult detonates the bombs himself. He and the others survive but are astonished that the Accelerator wasn't even destroyed or even damaged. Ravel and the Cleavers arrive and arrest Sult and the mages. Valkyrie goes to China Sorrows to find out who and how the Man with Golden Eyes manages to erase himself from other people's thoughts. China says that there is a type of amethyst crystal could induce a level of amnesia so the thoughts can be erased however it is not a discipline of magic so anyone can use it but China also says that most of the crystals are locked away carefully and there can even be one in the Sanctuary in Roarhaven. China asks why Valkyrie really came to her, She says that her parents expect her to go to college and study but she keeps wanting to work at the Sanctuary but also does not want to get too distant from other mortals. China says that its called Second Lifetime Syndrome and it happens when sorcerers watch her friends or family die around them. Valkyrie suggests that she could tell her parents about magic but China strongly advises her against that since Valkyrie's parents' lives will be ruined with fear and worry and will struggle with their lives and won't be able to cope about magic which ruined her Dad's life.
Powers and abilities
Throughout the series, Valkyrie's skill in elemental magic steadily grows, from an absolute amateur incapable of performing magic when panicking to the stage of a reasonably powerful Elemental, capable of besting sorcerers far more experienced than she herself is. She displays great potency with Fire and Air but shows little aptitude with Water and even less in Earth, due to her not being interested in the former and the fact that the latter turns one into a stone statue. However, she loses this power after she is stripped of her magic.
After seeing her use his cane with great skill despite her lack of training at Aranmore Farm, Wreath decided that Valkyrie needed Necromancy training. She displays a strange skill and talent at the discipline and grasps it very well. Valkyrie has her power forced into a ring and she uses it to create shadow whips, barriers and tendrils, as well as shrouding her hand in solid darkness to increase the power of her punches and launch projectiles of darkness. However, she loses this power after she is stripped of her magic.
When Valkyrie reaches full maturity, usually at the age of 19 or 20, she will have to choose her magical discipline before she experiences The Surge. Once she chooses, she will lose the ability to use other types of magic, so if she were to choose Necromancy she would lose her Elemental powers and vice-versa. Derek Landy has confirmed that she "can't have both."
When Darquesse is split from her, all of her powers, Elemental and Necromantic, are taken, leaving her effectively mortal. However, when her surge is kick-started, she develops the ability to create waves of energy and to summon white lightning. This is possibly a manifestation of Energy-Throwing.
When in grave danger - such as being on the brink of death -, Valkyrie subconsciously allows Darquesse to take over her mind and body. As Darquesse, Valkyrie can wield a unique type of magic, possibly Ancient magic, which grants her a huge amount of strength, allowing her to break boulders, crush skulls, and punch through bones with ease. She also has the ability to fly, the ability to see and manipulate someone's consciousness. Darquesse can also dull pain and has the ability to heal even her brain and organs, making her practically invincible. Darquesse can survive injuries that would easily kill a normal mage, even one as powerful as Skulduggery. Darquesse can even withstand having her head ripped off, though she admitted there was a strong chance she'd have died had she not magically repaired herself within seven seconds. Complete destruction of the brain would kill her - however, this is almost impossible do due to her ability to heal any and all wounds magically. Darquesse has been shown to be capable of disintegrating regular humans, turning them to ash with a mere gesture. In addition, Valkyrie's normal skills, such as Necromancy and Elemental Magic are increased vastly, superior to any average sorcerer. In Death Bringer, she is shown to be capable of fighting on par with Lord Vile; however, it is shown that her power has grown greatly, as she defeats Lord Vile with moderate difficulty, and even later states that she has surpassed him. She is also shown to have the ability to see Magic, sensing its presence and nature in other beings. She can understand different people's abilities, how strong they are, and how they will use it. She can also manifest her magic in the form of telekinesis, such as using it to break Kitana Kellaway's leg and moving her body towards her decapitated head.
Currently, the precise limits of Darquesse's power are unknown. As of 2012, she is roughly equal to Mevolent, if not slightly stronger - however, it has been shown that her power is increasing exponentially every time she emerges. Argeddion also states that she is learning and becoming powerful faster than he did, as she easily mastered the ability to see magic, while it took him many months. It is known that Darquesse has been prophesied to extinguish all life on Earth, and eventually the planet itself. By 2013 Darquesse has completely taken over. She could tear another mage apart with a casual flick of her wrist, destroy a thousand powerful Witches and an army of Warlocks, other mages, Wretchlings and several supercharged sorcerers. By 2014 she is sufficiently powerful to destroy a large part of Roarhaven, absorb thousands of remnants, atomise living beings and even travel to the dimension of the Faceless Ones. It was also said that even weakened, Darquesse could defeat Lord Vile (even after he was supercharged by the Accelerator). At almost her full power, she survives a combined assault by Valkyrie (with invincibility), Melancholia, and supercharged Lord Vile, and manages to defeat all of them with a large blast of energy. However, it was stated that she could not defeat more than two Faceless Ones.
As well as being a gifted Sorcerer, Valkyrie has displayed other talents throughout the series, such as being highly intelligent, a gifted detective and an expert hand-to-hand fighter. Her official profile released by Derek Landy states that she practices Kenpo Karate, Muay Thai, Krav Maga and Capoeira. Valkyrie has shown proficiency in punches, kicks, elbows, headbutts, and throws among other techniques.
After losing Darquesse and having her Surge kick-started, Valkyrie has been able to manipulate energy to create white lightning, create large blasts, make a white shield around herself, and float. She is also able to see magic like Darquesse. This is due to the fact that losing her True Name meant she had no restrictions and was "closer to warlocks and witches than sorcerers."
Valkyrie first met Skulduggery when he rescued her from a sorcerer who attacked her in her house. At the time she was still known as Stephanie Edgely and had no knowledge of magic or even any idea that it existed. Skulduggery introduced her to the magical world and they became close friends and partners. Despite bickering regularly, they are fiercely loyal to each other. Shortly after their first meeting, Skulduggery killed Serpine in order to protect her, having originally intended to only arrest him and at one point Valkyrie even went into the world of the Faceless Ones in order to rescue him from the evil gods.
Skulduggery was Valkyrie's mentor and usually acted as the leader in their relationship but due to Valkyrie's tendency to disobey orders she often didn't do what he said. Skulduggery was often exasperated by this but actually liked her headstrong nature. The Skeleton Detective also acted as her protector and despite Valkyrie's steadily increasing powers it was implied that there were still many sorcerers who could kill her easily; the reason they didn't was that they were frightened of suffering from Skulduggery's legendary rage.
Skulduggery accepted that Valkyrie was Darquesse very easily, due to the fact that he possessed a ferocious dark side in the form of Lord Vile. However, it took Valkyrie a bit longer to accept that Skulduggery had once been the evilest and powerful Necromancer in the history of magic. She eventually forgave him and Skulduggery also managed to snap her out of Darquesse's control, after fighting off his own dark side during their ferocious battle.
At first glance, Valkyrie didn't think much of Fletcher, seeing him as a coward and slightly stupid. However in Dark Days she gets better friends with him after spending more time with him while tracking down Skulduggery Pleasant's skull, after Fletcher kisses her before sending her to The Faceless Ones' universe, she becomes more attracted to him until she tells Skulduggery at the end of the book that they're "a girlfriend-boyfriend thing." Their relationship is going well and has become more intimate although Valkyrie feels guilty for kissing Caelan. They break up in 2011 after she reveals that she has been cheating on him with Caelan although the fact that he responds to her distress call indicates that he didn't hate her for breaking it off. However, they remain good, if somewhat awkward, friends.
Valkyrie is shown to be a stubborn, exceptionally mature, and independent girl, who often ignores orders. When approached by strangers, she usually ignores them. She hates when she is treated like a child or talked down to, although almost always happens. She is loyal and caring to her friends and also her family. Valkyrie can also be very selfish, as Fletcher states. She admits to it later on. Her uncle Gordon Edgley described her as "strong-willed, intelligent, sharp-tongued, doesn't suffer fools gladly." After she had to kill Caelan, she became hostile to vampires, thinking them to be horrible creatures.
It has been noted on various occasions that Valkyrie is extremely witty and sarcastic, frequently joking and bantering in life-or-death situations, possibly to mask her own fears or anxieties.
As Darquesse, Valkyrie's personality undergoes a drastic, dark transformation. While still retaining her core behaviour and principals, as Darquesse is simply a darker version of her and not a separate entity, they are greatly twisted. She retains her witty, sarcastic personality, but it becomes cruel and malicious rather than playful. She relishes in causing and feeling pain and violence and is constantly seeking opponents who can actually challenge her. However, it has been noted that Darquesse is not inherently evil - simply cold, uncaring and above all curious in regards to her abilities and their limits. She is willing to ally herself with those who would usually be opposed to her, valuing self-preservation above all else.
Valkyrie is usually described as pretty, having straight long dark brown hair and dark intense eyes. She is tall for her age and has a slim body. It is said on many occasions that she is strong. She commonly wears the clothes made for her by Ghastly Bespoke which first included, a black tunic and tight trousers, long boots, and a three-quarter length coat, which are near-impenetrable. Later she gets a coat with sleeves as red as dried blood and a black jacket. Before succumbing to Darquesse she is seen wearing a pink shirt the reflection bought and after becoming Darquesse forever she wears a belly-dancers outfit the Brides of Blood Tears wear.
- The name "Valkyrie" comes from the Norse warrior women who guard Valhalla (she first heard the name after hearing "Rise of the Valkyries"). The name "Cain" came to her mind when Skulduggery claimed she had a "penchant for raising cain," which means that she causes trouble.
- It is revealed she is afraid of penguins, zoos, and falling into a penguin enclosure. However, it is likely just a joke. She does, however, have Claustrophobia, or a fear of enclosed spaces.
- When Derek Landy was asked about her sexuality, he responded that she was before becoming Darquesse forever "...predominantly straight, with some curiosities. Who knows how they may have developed?".
Armageddon Outta Here characters
|The Lost Art Of World Domination|
|Gold, Babies And The Brothers Muldoon|
|The Slightly Ignominious End To The Legend Of Black Annis|
|The Wonderful Adventures of Geoffrey Scrutinous|
|Trick Or Treat|
|The End of the World|
|Just Another Friday Night|
|Across a Dark Plain|
|The Horror Writers' Halloween Ball|
|Friday Night Fights|
|Get Thee Behind Me, Bubba Moon|
What Might Have Been is not included as it deals with deleted scenes from the first book that were replaced with other scenes and are thus non-canon.