Thessaly is a witch from Ancient Thessaly. As a witch she utilizes any form of magic including spells, charms, and powers from all countries and belief systems, ignoring distinctions at her level of ability. She is highly intelligent, and the only surviving witch from her people. She was born “in the day of greatest darkness, in the year the bear totem was shattered.” She once lived in the Thessalian temple in Knossos, and killed a drunk who urinated on its walls. Over the centuries, she has made bargains with numerous entities, extending her lifespan in exchange for her services.
She is one of Dream's former lovers.
In A Game of You, she was living in an apartment building with Barbie, Wanda, Foxglove, Hazel, and a man named George. Thessaly kept to herself until she was nearly killed by the Cuckoo who lived in Barbie's dreams. The Cuckoo was acting through George so Thessaly murdered and decapitated George, then bit out his tongue and put nails through his eyes to keep them open, using her magic to make him talk. Thessaly found out the Cuckoo was behind the attack, and along with Hazel and Foxglove, she used her magic and got the moon to allow her to journey into the Dreaming to kill the Cuckoo.
She meets the Cuckoo, but it uses mind control on her, rendering her defenseless. With Thessaly rendered inactive, the Cuckoo carries out its plan and destroys the dream land of its birth. With The Land destroyed, Thessaly, Hazel, Foxglove, and Barbie are trapped. Barbie was granted a boon by Dream. Thessaly wanted Barbie to wish for the Cuckoo to be killed but Barbie refused, and asked for all four women to be returned to the waking world safe.
Thessaly using the moon to transport herself to the dreaming had dire consequences on the real world and caused a storm. Thessaly's apartment building was destroyed, and Wanda, another resident of the building was killed. Thessaly was not intimidated by Dream when they met in a skerry, and chastised his actions.
Months later she dreamed of Morpheus, which he had not expected or desired, yet the two had a long conversation that eventually led Dream to offer Thessaly a stay in the Dreaming. Dream quickly fell in love with Thessaly, though she did not truly feel likewise, and realized it when he stopped courting her and resumed working. Thessaly left Dream, who did not attempt to convince her to stay. Dream was hurt by the break-up, and vainly hoped he would see Thessaly when he accompanied Delirium on her quest to see Destruction.
In The Wake, Thessaly displays genuine grief at Morpheus' death and cries. Thessaly and Dream met once later when Dream was threatened by the Furies who entered the Dreaming through Lyta Hall. Thessaly made a circle to protect Lyta making it impossible for Dream to kill the living body of Lyta in the waking world without breaking some sacred laws and serious consequences. Dream and Thessaly mused that she may have done so out of spite. Dream said that he never intended to hurt her, but she spitefully replied that he had, regardless of intentions. Thessaly would, to her surprise, miss Dream's company and later told Lyta that she wanted to kill her for killing the incarnation of Dream.
Thessaly has continued to have adventures of her own in two limited series. In the first series, she battled and killed several death gods, and in the second series, she is forced into becoming a "Witch for Hire" and becomes a monster contract killer.
She is tall and slender and has brown hair and green eyes. She usually wears a pair of round eye-glasses.
A remorseless, self-involved character, Thessaly is driven solely by her own self-preservation and has no problem killing mortals, though she isn't malicious, harming only those who would attempt to harm her. If something threatens her, she is capable of notable and thorough retribution, going to any lengths to efficiently destroy anything that has threatened her. She is powerful enough to fear nothing and no one.
Powers and Abilities
- Necromancy: After she killed George used a spell to call his spirit from the dead in order to talk with him.
Behind the Scenes
- Ancient Thessaly was, during the Mycenaean period, known as Aeolia. It was a location in Greek mythology. It is a part of Greece that stretches from Mount Olympus in the north to the Spercheios Valley to the south. It is the home of Ancient Phthia, the Plain of Aeolus, and the site of the Titanomachy.
- A later alias she uses is Larissa, the name of Thessaly's capital city.
- The region of Thessaly is also known as the land of witches.