|Born||? years before Rapture|
|Died||? years before Rapture|
|Relatives||Sorin Carpathia (ex-husband, deceased), Nicolae Carpathia (son, suffering in the Lake of Fire)|
|First Appearance||The Rising|
Marilena Carpathia (née Titi) was the mother of Nicolae Carpathia. She was a classical literature student, later professor at a university in Bucharest, Romania. There she met Sorin Carpathia, her professor, later colleague. While there wasn't any real love between the two, they eventually got married. They lived a relationship that was devoid of any love, relating to her husband as more of a colleague.
When Marilena desired to have a child, she sought out spiritual help from a group of Luciferians run by Viv Ivins, in the hopes that this group would suppress her maternal instincts. She seemed to find a friend in Viv, who acted as a medium of sorts between Marilena and Lucifer. Marilena even speaks to Lucifer, who promises her many things about her son, though in order to have her child she must pledge her love to him.
Viv had her become part of a secret project where she would be artificially inseminated with a hybrid sperm that would give the child incredible desirable traits such as intelligence, wisdom, beauty, and personality. She accepted it and soon allowed her husband Sorin to divorce her, though she was allowed to keep the Carpathia name for the sake of the child. The child born to her was named Nicolae Jetty Carpathia, who possessed those incredible traits but also became powerfully manipulative and rather rebellious against his mother. Marilena often dispared that Nicky, as she called her son, did not seem to know, or care, about the difference between her as his mother and "Aunt" Viv.
As Nicolae grows older, Marilena quickly realizes he is smart beyond his age. She becomes annoyed and angered with his attitude, one day going to the point of pushing at him when he refused to wear his seatbelt on the drive back from his school. He bites her, leaving a serious wound that requires stitches. She is treated immediately by a doctor, who is actually a plant. While treating her wounds he also poisons her with a poison that should work within 24 hours.
The next morning Viv takes Nicolae on a "week long vacation", leaving Marilena alone to fend for herself. Marilena then breaks into Viv's room to see what all secrets the older woman has. There she finds a file about herself and Nicolae. She finds out that Sorin and his homosexual lover Baduna Marius are the fathers of her child, that the idea of using her as a vessel to deliver Nicolae was long predicted, that Sorin knew Viv for a good bit of time, that she had letters between herself and Sorin, and that Nicolae had planned to bite her to enrage her.
It is about that time she realizes something is seriously wrong. Her arm around her wound reddens and streaks. She receives a call from the doctor who treated her. He seems surprised she answers the phone and immediately comes over. Too late does she realize he's a phony. She tries to elude him but they wind up in the cabin with her weakening. He intends to inject her with a syringe possibly filled with more poison but also has a gun if Marilena should resist. She manages to get the gun from him and shoots him several times, but as he falls the syringe plunges into her chest. She died asking God for forgiveness for what she had done.
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