Queen of Swords
Real Name: María Teresa Alvarado
Identity/Class: Normal human
Occupation: Noblewoman, vigilante
Affiliations: Dr. Robert Helm, Marta, Ramon
Enemies: Colonel Luís Montoya, Captain Marcus Grisham, Mary Rose, Carlotta, El Serpiente
Known Relatives: Unnamed father (deceased), Don Federico (godfather, deceased),Alejandro (uncle)
Base of Operations: Santa Helena, Southern California, c.1817
First Appearance: Queen of Swords #1 "Destiny" (2nd October 2000)
Powers/Abilities: Skilled horsewoman. Excellent swordsperson, also skilled in the use of whips. She seems to have prophetic dreams.
History: Tesse Alvarado was living in Spain when word reached her of her father's death in California, allegedly in an accident when he fell from his horse. She swiftly returned home, where it soon became clear that much was wrong in the area - the family home had fallen into disrepair, her father's servant Carlos had been accused of robbery and was awaiting a firing squad, and the ruthless Colonel Montoya was running the area as his own private domain.
Hearing rumours that her father's death was not an accident, and realising justice could not be gotten through legitimate means, Tesse had a dream in which her father told her it was her destiny to avenge him and fight those who would persecute the people of Santa Helena. Discovering a hidden room containing the family sword, Tesse was inspired: she dressed in her black, fencing outfit, made a mask out of an old piece of her mother's lace shawl, and created the identity of the Queen of Swords, protector of the innocent.
Comments: Created by Ira Bernstein. Played by Tessie Santiago. The show lasted a single season of 22 episodes.
CLARIFICATIONS: Not to be confused with
Zorro, the Fox, hero of southern California
Lady Rawhide, another sword and whip heroine of the same time and locale
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