Seven Laws of Magic
- Thou shalt not kill by use of magic.
- Thou shalt not transform others.
- Thou shalt not invade the mind of another.
- Thou shalt not enthrall another.
- Thou shalt not reach beyond the borders of life.
- Thou shalt not swim against the Currents of Time.
- Thou shalt not seek beyond the Outer Gates.
Molly broke the Fourth Law of Magic and though it was with good intentions, she still faced death by the White Council. Harry Dresden argued on her behalf and it was decided that she would be placed under the Doom of Damocles with Harry as her mentor.
Molly is the oldest of seven children born to Michael and Charity Carpenter in Chicago. Her childhood wasn’t the typical suburban one might think if you saw their house. It would be littered with toys and the sounds of children playing but the oddity would be that her father was Knight of the Cross and his best friend was a wizard named Harry Dresden.
She’d grown up with the knowledge that magic existed. It was a part of her everyday life. What she hadn’t expected to happen was to become a wizard. Molly hadn’t been prepared for it and when it manifested at the age of fifteen she freaked. Rather than go to Harry, Molly decided to figure it out on her own. She has a habit of doing that and it usually gets her into trouble. This was no exception. Molly had a very good friend who had a drug addiction to heroin. When Molly found out her friend was pregnant, she went into her mind and gave her a suggestion that every time she had a craving she would feel fear. Molly did it out of a desire to help but in reality, she’d done more damage than she’d meant to. Not just to her friend’s psyche but also she broke one of the rules of magic. Rules that she didn’t know existed.
Wizards have a Council and there are rules. Unfortunately ignorance of the rules isn’t a defense. As a result, Molly was placed under the Doom of Damocles rather than instantly executed which would be normal. She was saved through the efforts of Harry Dresden and because her father had helped the Wizarding Council many times. Being placed under the Doom wasn’t as much of a reprieve as someone would think. Harry is responsible for her and any time she breaks another law, she will be executed, along with Harry, her mentor. That is a heavy responsibility for a teenager and she’s worn it for six years. During that time, Molly has learned how to work her more defensive magic under Harry’s tutelage. She’s also helped him in many of his cases as a Private Investigator.
Harry Dresden is also a member of the Wardens for the White Council of Wizards. It was a position that he didn’t want, but with war with the Red Court Vampires and the death of so many, he was drafted. Molly being Molly wasn’t about to let him go into danger without her help, even if her magic had included the defensive kind.
War changes people and Molly is no exception. She’s learned a few offensive spells but they are illusions from her mind to trick the eye rather than the type of magic Harry wields. Her illusionary magic will overload the sights and sounds to confuse her opponents, a kind of sensory overload. It was powerful enough to send a group of attacking Red Court vampires into retreat. That along with the veil that is very strong and can include buildings as well as trick a vampire into not hearing heartbeats inside it has helped Molly to be more of a help than a hindrance for Harry.
The war with the Red Court Vampires came to a head when Harry learned he had a daughter, Maggie, with Susan. The daughter was kidnapped and really that was all that Molly needed to know beyond Harry needed her help. She went with Harry, Susan, Karrin Murphy and Harry’s brother Thomas to Mexico to retrieve Maggie. In the final battle, Molly is shot and it took a year to recuperate. When she’s tired, she will still limp and her leg pains her.
Quote from Bombshell
Something ugly way down deep inside me somewhere unsheathed its claws and tensed up. That was the part of me that wanted to catch up to Listen and do things involving railroad spikes and drains in the floor. Everyone has that inside them, somewhere. It takes fairly horrible things to awaken that kind of savagery, but it’s in all of us. It’s the part of us that causes senseless atrocities, that makes war hell.
No one wants to talk about it or think about it, but I couldn’t afford that kind of willing ignorance. I hadn’t always been this way, but after a year fighting the Formor and the dark underside of Chicago’s supernatural scene, I was somebody else. That part of me was awake and active and constantly pushing my emotions into conflict with my rationality.
God, I would absolutely kill to be able not to notice people’s pain. Not to live it beside them. Not to sense its echoes hours or days later. The ugly part of me, the black part of my heart, wanted to open a psychic channel to Andi and show her the kind of thing I went through on a regular basis. Let her see how she would like my life. And we’d see if she was so righteous afterward. It would be wrong but …
Harry told me once that you can always tell when you’re about to rationalize your way to a bad decision. It’s when you start using phrases such as it would be wrong, but. His advice was to leave the conjunction out of the sentence. It would be wrong. Period.
The leg wound was the least of Molly’s injuries, though the worst of the physical ones. Her emotional scars are very deep and unfortunately she’d been given no time to deal with it. Molly had gone from the frying pan into the fire with Chichen Itza and then closely following it, Harry’s death. Harry’s death that she’d helped him commit, even if it was to get out of being the Winter’s Knight.
With Harry’s death there left a hole in Chicago and Molly got it into her head that Chicago didn’t need an actual White Council Wizard to help calm things down – the bad supernatural guys just had to think one was here. So she started posting messages whenever she dealt with some wandering predator, and called herself the Ragged Lady, declaring Chicago protected territory.
The Ragged Lady’s calling card is a piece of cloth she tears off and leaves on her enemies. And there are lots and lots of pieces of cloth being found these days. A lot of them on corpses.
Some would call it Post Traumatic Stress but that meant that the war was over, and that was far from the truth. The supernatural was still going strong and she’d done the best that she could in Harry’s place. Molly was like the carnival player that tried to keep spinning plates going, knowing that in an instant one could fall and shatter. If it meant that people thought that she was a killer with bits of cloth that had been left behind on corpses and had gone to the Dark side then it did. Molly would protect Chicago as Harry would, no matter the cost. Especially if the cost was to herself, Molly saw that as a small price to pay for what she’d done.
Molly takes after both of her parents, combining their strength and grace with her stubborn pride. As the oldest child, she can be mothering. Molly does this not only with her siblings, but with her friends, as well. She used her magic on Rosie and Nelson to get them to stop using heroin because she could help. Molly didn't want Rosie to lose another baby. She has a tendency to want to fix things regardless of the cost. She also is fiercely loyal, someone that will stand up for her friends even against a small slight. She can also be very vulnerable, and will hide behind a mask of smart ass quips so that you don’t see the scared girl behind it.
Physical Description Molly Carpenter is just a couple of inches under six foot, has blue eyes and blond hair but she dies it on whims. It's been bubblegum pink, cotton candy blue and it's currently white blonde that hangs down to mid-back.
Piercings Molly wears a small gold ring in her left nostril and has barbell studs in her nipples.
Tattoos She has a slithering serpent that stretches from the left side of her neck down to her abdomen, barb and curves tribal design around the top of her chest that is visible when she wears a tank. She also has whirling loops and spirals covering the back of her right hand that go up her arm.
Molly is a wizard but her magic is mostly defensive.
Veils – Like what it says on the tin, veils conceal things. Think of it as a Klingon cloaking device. It is strong enough that she can cloak buildings from sight and strong enough that even vampires cannot pierce it to hear a heartbeat behind it.
Verisimilomancy - is the magic of illusion. The only limits of it, is the wizard’s imagination and power. These illusions can be both visual and audio as in the case of Molly making her ‘rave’ lights and also making people thinking cops were on the way by mimicking police sirens.
Psychomancy – is the magic of the mind. It’s enthrallment, mind control, manipulating memories, etc. This is the magic that Molly did when she had her friends stop using drugs by making them feel fear when they craved it, and tip toed in Harry’s mind to see if there was another presence there and (Spoiler Alert for Skin Game) – helped an air spirit like Bob be ‘delivered’ from a mind. She also has the ability to put people to sleep, even whole rooms.
Empathy – Molly has the ability to feel what others feel. She has shields so she doesn’t coma out from the overwhelming of a lot of people at once, but only from a lot. Otherwise, she feels what most people feel that she’s near, and when she’s close to someone that dies, she can feel their fear, shock, pain, etc. She feels exactly what they feel up to their death.
Life in the Hotel
Molly arrives after "Bombshells" - after "Changes" and "Ghost Story" but before "Cold Days"