- "We did this. We turned the world against us. There's no one left to protect us."
Nora Gainesborough is a recurring character in the fifth and sixth seasons. She is a vampire who was made by Godric centuries ago. She is a former chancellor of the Vampire Authority, the only surviving member of the original council, as well as a defected member of the Sanguinistas. She is also the vampire "sister" of Eric Northman.
Nora is irreverent, intelligent, intimidating, cool under pressure and a very good liar. Like many siblings, she and her "brother" enjoy a fiery love/hate relationship. Though she cares for him deeply, and looks up to him, she has dedicated her life to a higher purpose. Like Godric, Eric and Pam, Nora speaks Swedish. Nora is a devout religious vampire and when she was captured by the Authority and placed in her cell, the only thing she did is pray to Lilith. When Lilith mercilessly destroys Godric, Nora finally realizes that Lilith is evil and cowers in fear of her.
Nora has medium length brown hair, pale skin, blue eyes, and is of average height. She was turned during the reign of Henry VI, of the House of Lancaster, in Surrey, England.
Powers & AbilitiesEditPam Swynford De Beaufort, but weaker than older vampires such as Nan Flanagan and Eric Northman- speed and healing. She has a natural affinity for glamouring. Due to her age, she is much stronger and faster than younger vampires such as Jessica and Tara but far weaker than her superiors such as Nan Flanagan and Eric Northman. As with Eric, she possesses the rare ability to fly. Her weaknesses include a stake to the heart, silver and fire. Sunlight will slowly kill a vampire of her age.
With the deaths of her fellow Authority members (Salome and Nan) Nora is currently the oldest surviving female vampire on the show. Nora has also shown herself to be a fast and stealthy fighter in several instances.
Behind the scenesEdit
Nora may have appeared in the Season 3 episode "Everything Is Broken". The only female member of the Authority is seen during Eric's interrogation. After Eric expresses his desire for revenge against Russell Edgington she leans over to her colleague and whispers something in his ear. The fact that Eric is subsequently cleared of all charges and given permission to execute Russell may be related to this.(Everything Is Broken) Also Bill mentions that Eric has 'friends in high places' he may have been referring to Nora. In "And When I Die" Nan tries to enlist both Bill and Eric by telling them there are factions within the AVL against the Authority too, saying then to Eric that he knows what she is talking about. She may have been talking about Nora here as well.
|Season five appearances|
|"Turn! Turn! Turn!"||"Authority Always Wins"||"Whatever I Am, You Made Me"||"We’ll Meet Again"|
|"Let's Boot and Rally"||"Hopeless"||"In the Beginning"||"Somebody That I Used to Know"|
|"Everybody Wants to Rule the World"||"Gone, Gone, Gone"||"Sunset"||"Save Yourself"|