Joanna is defined by the past; she tires of living the same life, over and over again, watching her children die. Centuries of this has compounded her expectations and left her hopeless toward the future; she believes the past will continue to repeat, endlessly, unless she does something about it. She carries remnants of her former life through each new one; Joanna reunites with old lovers, who spark her bygone feelings; she enters the same dynamic with her ex that she had when they were together; she bases all her expectations of how someone will act in the future on their actions in the past (“He always does this,” “We cannot trust him”). Her ability to read between the lines is poor. Joanna tends to rely on what she knows, and her previous experiences with people; she is not naturally suspicious of their motives, but she IS fearful of the future. She expects her daughters to die; she hopes that their altered upbringing (without magic) will somehow change their fate, but she doesn’t really believe it, deep down. She is a woman of action, who often takes the lead, shelters her girls from the truth, and intends to “handle things” herself. Joanna does not like it when others step into action; she prefers to control it for herself. She is a rational voice of reason, full of sensible advice. She does not hesitate to do what is necessary, when it is unpleasant (she does not tell her daughters about their powers, she keeps magical objects imbibed with potential for later uses, she eradicates witches that get in her way or threaten her kids, she follows logical steps, and has mastered the art of magic).She only confesses her true feelings under pressure; she rarely opens up and volunteers them. Joanna is known for being “nurturing,” but limits her focus to the people she cares about most. She is so furious with her sister, Wendy, for an accident that she refuses to associate with or speak to her for a hundred-odd years. Joanna does not talk about how she feels after tremendous loss; instead, she tries to commit suicide.

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Unlike her daughters, Joanna has an instinctual sense of who she is and what she wants out of life, and is stubborn about holding to it. She reacts from the gut and just “knows” what she needs to do, whether that is testing another person to determine if they are human or not, or putting her life on the line for her children. She is not a fan of conflict, and can be too trusting at times; she is often not suspicious, whereas Wendy is pointing out the potential risks of their situation. But over time, other people and their opinions can rub off on her – she is more anxious around Wendy and more fearful the deeper the danger becomes to her family, as she sinks into 6ish fear, distrust, and paranoia. But her natural self is easy-going, tolerant of her daughters and their life choices, and optimistic that “this time” it will work out. Any aggression toward her family activates her 8 wing – she will remorselessly take out people who hurt her kids or try to hurt her. She has, in the past, cut a man’s ear off, boarded up another man beneath a floor (while smiling at his threats to kill her), and cast a woman into an incinerator. These bouts of rage come and go and she returns to her usual self, which is to handle things calmly and rationally.