Delia Madison



Overview


Delia is the daughter of Walker Madison and Elaine. She is the Bahutha's latest Watchman.

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Appearance

Delia is a normal-looking baby with the same pale skin and black eyes as Walker, her father. Her face is wide and her hair is red like that of her mother, Elaine.

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As a kid, Delia doesn't care to cut it, so her curly hair grows to reach her hips. It often goes unbrushed; she also develops freckles. Delia always wears a dull expression that seems to provoke the other kids at school. She prefers big jeans and steals a lot of Coyote's tee shirts. Her glasses, like Coyote's, are also huge.

Background

Delia was chosen in utero to be a vessel for the Old God Atar, better known as a Watchman. The corruption of Delia into a proper vessel for Atar began during her first trimester of development; her mother, Elaine, died during the especially violent birth.

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Walker, Delia's father, banishes Atar, bringing about a new era for the Bahutha. Though she is never told of her past, Delia is still imbued with the partial consciousness of Atar, which manifests in vivid dreams that play out the Old God's memories- including the memory of Walker sending her to hell. Because Walker is a Hollow with a naturally intimidating aura, and as a result of her implanted memories, Delia is petrified of her father and dreads any contact with him, screaming any time she is held. She learns better than to scream as she gets older, but even as a teen, Delia doesn't understand why she is so horrified to spend time with Walker or whether her dreams hold any significance.

At the age of seven, Delia kills her pet hamster after it bites her. She doesn't understand why her parents are so disturbed by this. By the age of sixteen, she grows in animosity towards everything around her, frustrated by her literal inner demons. The bullied becomes the bully, she causes all her friends to turn on each other, and she has a dangerous obsession with a boy at school. When she trips off her skateboard and breaks an arm, bugs swarm to the pool of blood, frantically drinking it as it congeals into a black jelly. This is when Delia gets the distinct feeling that something is wrong.

Leah follows Delia in an adult body that Walker and Coyote do not recognize, now calling herself Felicia. Delia asks Felicia to buy her alcohol and cigarettes if she's going to creep around, and so a friendship begins between the two, but "Felicia's" intentions with the spawn of Atar are less than pure.

Personality

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Delia was delayed in beginning to speak, only beginning to form words at three years old, but she grows to be disturbingly eloquent. Still, for a long time, she rarely voices her opinions, and she is a bit of a mystery to her parents. She is extremely sensitive to feeling persecuted and is very defensive if her pride is threatened some trivial amount. Walker receives complaints about her behavior at school often, as she will suddenly hit her classmates without a word of warning. Delia also is reprimanded for daydreaming often, but she maintains good grades. Once Delia hits the seventh grade, her temper cools and she becomes a lot more social all of a sudden. However, she gets a taste of drama, and from then on, she uses her fantastic vocabulary and wit for the express purpose of pissing people off.

Abilities

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Most Bahuts have a slight attractive element to bugs, but Delia learns that she has complete control over them- specifically vermiforms (worms, centipedes, maggots, caterpillars, millipedes). In an experiment to see how many bugs she could gather and command, her area of influence must have expanded to the horizon.

Involvement

Dead in Desert Bleak

Aside from Walker's own servitude towards vengeance, saving Delia is his primary motivation for killing Atar.

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Delia proves to be a massive challenge to raise, especially for a Walker who is struggling to find his place in the world. She latches onto Coyote, luckily, but he wasn't necessarily prepared to be a parent, either. They do their best to instill empathy into Delia and look out for signs that a piece of Atar is still in her, but Delia just doesn't like to open up.

Relationships

Walker Madison

Delia is terrified of Walker due to his malicious aura and visions of him killing her. As a baby, she doesn't recognize him as a caretaker, and screams if Walker comes near her. Her relationship with Walker is awkward even as a child and she does not confide much in him. They grow closer once she reaches her teens and starts developing serious mental/supernatural issues which Walker must help guide her through.

Coyote

Delia latches onto Coyote almost immediately; Coyote adores her and finds happiness in being a part of her life. However, since Delia and Walker cannot seem to bond, it becomes an uncomfortable situation, as Coyote does not want Walker to resent either of them for it. He becomes very distressed when Delia develops mental issues which he is not skilled at dealing with, and Delia becomes increasingly more distant and antisocial as she grows older.

Leah (Felicia)

Leah is keeping a good eye on Delia for some reason.

Trivia

  • Once Dead in Desert Bleak is completed, Gin intends to experiment with a sequel that is told from the alternating points of view of both Walker and Delia.
  • DDB WIKI / NE WIKI / IRL WIKI