Zoe Kissane, also known by the call-signs Bloody Mary and Princess Zoe, is a member of the Coalition of Minnows team.
Sometime after turning 18, Zoe Kissane joined the Army Ranger Wing of Ireland's Defence Forces (the Sciathan Fhianoglach an Arim). During her time there, Zoe became a specialist in hostage rescue and received advanced medical training. She soon received the official call-sign Bloody Mary. Her younger brother Liam would later follow in her footsteps and join the Irish Defence Forces as well.
In 1989, Zoe was assigned by her superiors to study archaeology under Max Epper at Trinity College in Dublin, in preparation of a mission Epper was hoping to put together in the future. During her studies she met Jack West Jr and the twins Julius and Lachlan Adamson. From the moment she met Jack, Zoe felt an attraction to the Australian soldier, but could never admit her feelings for him.
After completing her studies at Trinity College, Zoe returned to military services.
Before Seven Ancient WondersEdit
In 1996, Zoe and Liam were among Ireland's representatives in a meeting of small nations to discuss uniting to restore the Golden Capstone in order to avert the destruction threatened by the Tartarus sunspot. She briefly spoke up during Epper's explanation, reminding Sheik Abbas what the seven Wonders of the Ancient World were. Once Ireland agreed to the multi-national mission, they assigned both Zoe and her brother to help guard Lily until she was old enough to begin translating the clues leading to the hiding places within the seven Wonders.
Over the next several years spent raising Lily at the team's base in Kenya, Zoe worked alongside the other members of the Coalition team on the farm while also raising Lily as much like a normal girl as possible. Many of the locals who saw Zoe on the farm assumed Lily to be her daughter. Indeed as she grew up, Lily came to admire Zoe, since she was the only woman even remotely close to her age that she knew. In addition to playing video games together such as Splinter Cell, the pair would do girly things together, and Lily eventually gave her the nickname, Princess Zoe.
Several years into the mission, Zoe found herself talking with Epper, reminiscing about the days when she studied under him and noting Jack was a lot different from that time. Epper went on to explain to her things about Jack that she had never known before, such as his mother being Australian and his work operating with the Commander-in-Chief's In Extremis Force.
As the team made their way into the ancient mine, Zoe reminded her brother (Big Ears) to watch his step as he carried Lily through most of the trap-laden mine. Once the team entered the cavern and initiated the Warblers, Zoe and the others moved to make their way through the Master Snare trap, and once Jack and Lily retrieved the Piece, began their retreat. Unfortunately, once they made it back outside, the team was surrounded by Cal Kallis and his men, and the ruthless CIEF soldier put a gun to Zoe's head, forcing Jack to relent and hand over the Capstone Piece. Luckily, the team managed to escape from Kallis and get away on the Halicarnassus.
As the team prepared their next move to recover the Alexandria Lighthouse Piece, Zoe saw to Big Ears' and Fuzzy's injuries. Once Jack located Hamilcar's Refuge in a concealed inlet, Zoe and the rest of the team were dropped off to join him. After racing Kallis and Judah's teams through the trap systems to the Refuge, Zoe, Jack and Lily alone made it to the Piece, where they found the Lighthouse's Piece with the Mausoleum Piece. However, with Judah's team right behind them, they were forced to leave them behind, and so Zoe escorted Lily back to the rest of the team before they all made their escape from the Refuge.
In the wake of their failures, Jack called a team meeting to discuss the difficulties they were having with the clues for the Statue of Zeus and Temple of Artemis Pieces. After Epper revealed that the present-day form of the Cult of Amun Ra, noted to have the Piece in their highest temple, was the Catholic Church, Zoe followed his line of reasoning and realised the Piece was at St. Peter's Basilica. Soon, Jack reluctantly decided they needed to liberate Mustapha Zaeed, an expert on the Capstone, from Guantanamo Bay to help them identify the location of the Zeus Piece, and so he and Zoe donned Gull Wings in order to infiltrate the detention camp and free the terrorist while the rest of the team provided a distraction.
Once Zaeed revealed the Zeus Piece was kept unknowingly in the Louvre, Zoe helped to explain to Big Ears the diversity between the Freemasons and Catholics and their current forms of worship compared to ancient times such as the construction of obelisks, which helped lead the team to realise how they might be able to locate the tomb of Alexander the Great. While Jack led most of the team to retrieve the Zeus Piece, Zoe joined Epper and Fuzzy as they ventured to the St Peter's, not so they could take the Piece, but so that Wizard could memorise the inscription. Soon after they contacted Dorris to inform her of their success, however, Zoe and the others were soon captured by Father del Piero's men.
Del Piero had Zoe, Epper and Fuzzy brought to him one day before the Rotation event, gloating about the Church's imminent victory before introducing Lily's twin brother Alexander to them. When Zoe asked if the boy had ever played Splinter Cell, he replied that games were for fools. To this, Zoe noted that games helped teach people lessons, one of which was to know who had your back, and she suggested to Alexander that in difficult times it wouldn't be del Piero or his men.
Zoe, Fuzzy and Wizard were brought along by del Pier to Luxor to watch as he attempted to take the Americans' gathered Capstone Pieces. After del Piero's men were blindsided by Judah's forces, Zoe and the others were reunited with the similarly-captured Lily and Stretch, and brought along to Giza.
Zoe, Fuzzy and Stretch were kept in a Black Hawk at the base of the Great Pyramid to be used as hostages that Judah would order killed if Lily didn't comply to his commands. During the ritual of power, however, the remainder of the Coalition team assaulted the CIEF on the scaffold from the hovering Halicarnassus, and in the confusion Zoe and the others escaped from their bonds and took control of the Black Hawk, using it to help bring down CIEF choppers. After the battle was over, Zoe rejoined the rest of the team on the Halicarnassus and, once they had taken the used Capstone, left the area. Zoe was soon informed of her brother's death, and Lily did her best to comfort her.
In the following weeks after the battle, Zoe went along with Epper and Lily to meet Jack at his farm in Australia. After Jack showed off the Capstone and some of the Ancient Wonder relics he kept hidden in an old nickel mine, he presented Zoe with a White Desert rose he had recovered from the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.
Between Seven Ancient Wonders and The Six Sacred StonesEdit
Some time after the mission was completed, Zoe returned to Ireland to resume her regular duties, while occasionally being asked to go over some details of the Capstone mission. However, Zoe was expected by some of her superiors (who were unaware of the details of her ten-year long mission) to completely retrain before she could resume military service.
During her time off, she would regularly visit Jack and Lily. Though the absence of most of her former guardians, including Zoe, was hard on Lily at first, she in turn took to visiting of then in their home nation whenever possible. Sometimes she would stay at Jack's farm and hang out with Lily, doing girly things together such as painting their toenails or dying the tips of their hair. On one occasion Lily asked if Zoe was in love with Jack, and Zoe replied that she had been since she had first met him, but did not elaborate on why she had not acted on her feelings.
Zoe was able to rejoin the entire team as they celebrated the 2007 New Year at the Burj al Arab in Dubai.
At some point during this period, Zoe reluctantly agreed to dinner with her colleague Cieran Kincaid, and when she woke up the next morning she realised that they had slept together, despite Cieran's highly religious beliefs. Unaware that she had been drugged, Zoe was horrified at what she had done and her betrayal of her feelings for Jack. Zoe attempted to avoid Cieran afterwards, but after General O'Hara's death, she was forced to brief Cieran when he was made O'Hara's replacement. He suggested that they go out to dinner again to continue their debriefing, however Zoe stiffly declined the offer.
Some time shortly before the first of December 2007, Zoe was visiting Jack's farm to visit him and Lily during the latter's school break.
Zoe was awoken by Jack as he called to his guests that the farm was about to be attacked by invading Chinese forces, Zoe helped aid the group's escape by driving one of the LSVs to the Halicarnassus and firing at the pursuing attack planes from one of the turrets.
Zoe later journeyed through the Congo with Wizard, Lily and Alby, and is taken hostage by the natives there, along with Lily, Wizard, Alby Calvin and Solomon Kol. Lily is to be taken as a wife by one of the natives; Solomon initially opposes the challenger but he is defeated. Zoe then fights the young chieftain using a sword and kills him. Her punishment is to be released into a seemingly inescapable maze before dogs are let loose, but luckily with Alby's help they manage to escape. Zoe is distraught when she sees Jack seemingly falling to his death.
When Jack turns out to be alive, she breaks down crying in front of him, having spent far too long holding it together for Lily's sake. When Wizard dies, he informs Zoe that at one point, Jack was going to propose to her but he became too nervous.
When captured by Carnivore, he reveals her one night stand (though he doesn't tell Jack who with) and imprisons her in one of his living tomb tanks as leverage for the team Jack later kills Cieran and forgives Zoe, since Cieran had drugged her.
Months later, Zoe and Jack have married and live on Jack's new farm in Australia. By now Zoe has realised that Jack is indeed the Fifth Greatest Warrior, having figured it out from all the trials Jack has had to face.
Between The Five Greatest Warriors and The Four Legendary KingdomsEdit
As well as being a member of Ireland's best commando unit, Zoe is also uniquely University taught, having studied archaeology and ancient history under Max Epper. Much like Jack West Jr, this makes her an extremely good soldier, and certainly not one to underestimate. Though noted not to be a girly girl, she is unafraid to delve into hair styles and painting nails to teach Lily the facts of womanhood.
Zoe and Jack met when they studied archaeology under Wizard before the events of Seven Ancient Wonders. The first sign of romance between them occurs at the end of Seven Ancient Wonders when Jack presents Zoe with a bouquet of roses from the Hanging Gardens. In Six Sacred Stones, Lily asked Zoe if she loved Jack, to which she replied "I've loved him since I first laid eyes on him, but... it's complicated". Her romantic involvement to Jack is further cemented when he "dies" at the end of The Six Sacred Stones and she is distraught, only to break down in Jack's arms and cry when they reunite in The Five Greatest Warriors. Zoe was later surprised when a dying Wizard reveals that Jack was going to ask her to marry him, but she left for Ireland after the Capstone mission and Jack lost his nerve.
It is revealed during The Five Greatest Warriors that Zoe slept with another man (Cieran), around the time that he lost his nerve to propose. Though upset by the incident, he resolves to save her regardless, and upon learning that Cieran drugged her, realises it wasn't her fault and forgives her. She and Jack had married in a civil ceremony with matching gold wedding bands.
When Jack West is also captured and brought to Carnivore's lair, Carnivore makes a passing comment about Zoe. He alludes to the fact that Zoe slept with another man, two years prior, while in Dublin. Zoe does nothing to deny this fact. Later in the book, it is revealed that Cieran Kincaid, her former colleague, was the man with whom she slept with. Cieran goads Jack, making comments about Zoe and his intimcay with her. He tells Jack that he plied her with wine and slipped her extra shots in order to make her come to bed with him. He says that Zoe regretted what she had done the next morning. However, Jack then kills Ceiran and later forgives Zoe for her indescretions.
- Her callsign before it was changed to "Princess Zoe" by Lily was "Bloody Mary."
- She also studied archeology at Trinity University under Wizard