Early Life Edit
Annie Devlin was a foundling, born in 1855 in Dublin, Ireland. She was adopted by Mary Deane, a member of the Ladies’ Land League, a social activist group opposed to the mistreatment of native Irish tenants by their English landlords.
Annie Devlin’s adoptive mother’s hatred of the English infected her for the rest of her natural life.
Immortality and MacLeod Edit
In October 1881, Annie suffered her First Death at a women’s rights rally in Dublin, Ireland. She was bayoneted by British police moments after her adoptive mother, Mary Deane, was shot down. The Immortal, Hugh O'Neill, then took her in, and taught Annie the rules of The Game and Immortality. The two eventually become lovers.
Annie first met Duncan MacLeod in Ireland in 1919, with her then husband, Kerry. Already fighting for the cause of Irish independence from English rule, despite Duncan's admonitions that it wasn't her cause to begin with, Annie was still eager to recruit the Highlander.
A surprise attack, however, cut her sermon short, and took the life of her husband. When Duncan helped her to escape to a boat on the shore, Annie refused to go further. She intended to avenge her husband and free Ireland, becoming more determined as each mortal fell to her cause.
Later Years Edit
For seventy years, Annie fought a guerrilla campaign against the English government, creating her own little band of terrorists, and taking an alias to protect her identity. At some point in the late 20th century, she also met and married her second mortal husband, Tommy.
In November 1993, attempting to deal a decisive blow to gather attention to her cause, she carried out an assassination attempt on the British ambassador to America, who was then in Seacouver. The attack went as planned, until two strangers got in the way: Duncan MacLeod, and his newest protege, Richie Ryan.
In the ensuing firefight, Richie pinned Annie, but not before she fired a random burst of gunfire. To her horror, her bullets struck and killed her husband, Tommy. As police arrived on the scene, and took her into custody, Annie called out a Gaelic code-word to her team, signifying a rendezvous at a lighthouse. She swore she would see Richie dead by her hands.
Annie sat through hours of interrogation by police and an Irish liaison-officer, then, in a wild rush, she hurled herself out of the interrogation room's window, falling several stories to her "death" below. Reviving in the morgue, she easily dispatched the coroner, departing with her personal effects. Free of police scrutiny, she sought out her teammates, and prepared an ambush for Richie.
When the unsuspecting young Immortal picked up his new motorcycle, he found himself herded into an abandoned warehouse by Annie's henchmen. Annie herself struck the first blow, first knocking Richie from the bike, then pummeling him with a flurry of punches and kicks, before drawing her blade for the kill. Richie, however, having been trained by MacLeod, was able to spring back on his cycle, and made a daring jump through the warehouse window to freedom.
Later, at the lighthouse, Duncan came calling. Over a bottle of Irish whiskey, he appealed to Annie's better nature, pointing out the pointlessness of her cause. When the shouting match was over, and an unexpected tryst ensued, Annie still remained unconvinced. Duncan left with a warning: to face Richie, Annie would have to go through him.Richie, however, showed up to the lighthouse the next day, having decided to settle the matter himself. Accepting Annie's challenge, he drew his sword and attacked. Annie was quick to counter his opening moves, driving him down towards the rocks and the water. As Richie became more and more agitated, Annie unleashed her signature move: luring Richie into a lateral cut, she drove her blade downward, pinning Richie's sword and leaving his head exposed.
Suddenly Richie unleashed a trap of his own, devised by Duncan: he stepped back and enveloped Annie's blade, then swept her sword out of her hands. At the last instant, however, Richie lowered his own sword, and walked away. Duncan stepped foreword and declared the matter settled. Chastised, Annie walked away, returning to Ireland.
Final Death Edit
In 1996, they met again when, in the course of the novel, Scotland the Brave, she was duped by another Immortal, James Douglas, who had been hunting MacLeod for almost 200 years, and she challenged the Highlander. After he reluctantly took her head, he was vulnerable to attack, exactly as his enemy had planned. However, Douglas himself soon met his end at the hands of the Highlander.
Annie was fiercely loyal, devoted, and utterly fanatical. She was possessed of a temper, and carried a chip on her shoulder. Like Duncan, she was not afraid to love mortals, but unlike him, she was unable to control her grief at their inevitable loss. Annie had an Immortal's patience, however, and knew how to use her gifts to her advantage.
Annie was well versed in swords, small arms, and explosives. Her blade of choice was a Duke of Alba short sword, which she used well. Her one fatal flaw was her reliance on a feint-and-trap move which could pin her opponent's blade, but which also had a counter that could disarm her.