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Unity was born during the first decade of the 20th century and lived an uneventful life in Britain. Unity was destined to be a "dream vortex", a unique entity that appears very rarely, and possesses the ability to connect the dreams of other beings; a dangerous ability that can cause the destruction of The Dreaming. As such, the only time Dream is allowed to take a human life is to kill a vortex.
However, in 1916, Dream of the Endless was imprisoned by Roderick Burgess, and people all across the world were suddenly afflicted by an inexplicable "sleeping disease". Unity was among them, the victims slept almost constantly, they could not wake up before the Dream Lord was freed, almost 80 years later. During her long sleep, Unity was raped by Desire of the Endless[note 1] and gave birth to a daughter, Miranda Walker, who was adopted out, and would eventually become the mother of Rose and Jed Walker. Both Dream's captivity and Desire's interference confuse the issue, and as a result, Unity never became the vortex.
In the present day, Rose becomes the new vortex, thus Dream seeks to terminate Rose. Before Dream can kill Rose, however, an elderly Unity appears in the Dreaming, explaining that she should have been the vortex. She asks Rose for her heart, and Rose pulls out a red glass heart. Unity takes the heart and breaks it, killing herself, and ending what would have been a catastrophe for both Dream and the Dreaming.
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- Desire's motivation for raping the helpless Unity was that as the sleeping woman could not fulfill her role as vortex, a descendant would inevitably have to fill the role, and Dream would then be forced to kill a member of his own family in order to destroy the vortex, thus bringing the vengeance of the Furies on himself.