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- This article is about Vanessa's character biography. For the character's appearance and fight strategies in the Deadmines instance, see Vanessa VanCleef (tactics).
|Level||20/ 87 (instance) Elite|
|Position||Defias Brotherhood Kingpin|
Ironclad Cove, The Deadmines
|Relative(s)||Edwin (father), Farmer Saldean (foster father), Salma Saldean (foster mother),|
- "Hope is a cruel joke, played upon us by a harsh and uncaring world. There is no Hope, there is only Vanessa."
- —Vanessa VanCleef
Vanessa VanCleef is the daughter of Edwin VanCleef. She was his successor as leader of the Defias Brotherhood. Edwin kept the existence of Vanessa hidden to most people, which served her greatly many years after this death. Following the death of her father, Vanessa was adopted by the Saldeans, who were unaware that she was the daughter of Edwin. They named her Hope and parented her whilst watching her grow up over many years. Her new identity as Hope Saldean worked to her advantage, as it allowed her to keep her plot for revenge hidden, whilst also hiding the fact she was the daughter of one of the greatest criminals alive. Hope finally reveals herself as Vanessa in Sentinel Hill, and it is further revealed that it is she who murdered the Fulbrow family at the Jansen Stead. However, she states she took no pleasure in their death and informs Horatio Laine that she killed them to keep her true identity hidden.
Personality and lifestyle
- "I was never very good at hand-to-hand combat, you know! Not like my father. But I always excelled at poisons, especially venoms that affect the mind."
Unlike her father, Vanessa was not especially skilled in hand-to-hand combat. However she shows an unprecedented talent for the use of poisons, especially venoms which can cause insanity, as players experience during the fight. Vanessa also shows broad intellect and cunning. She is able to intricately plan her revenge on those who wronger her father.
- Pre-Cataclysm release
- Post-Cataclysm release
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Defias Brotherhood Kingpin
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