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, and set about helping Lily and her friend Alby Calvin get ready to avacuate. Zoe then helped aid the group's escape by driving one of the Light Strike Vehicles safely through the farmland's traps to the Halicarnassus, where she used one of the turrets to fire back at the pursuing attack planes until they were clear. The group then headed to Dubai where Wizard had requested Jack arrange a new meeting of nations.
Once everyone had gathered, Zoe represented Ireland once again as Jack revealed what he had learned from Wizard's notes; a zero-point field referred to as the Dark Star was due to enter the solar system, and unless it was repelled, then its deadly energy would destroy all life on Earth. To this end, they needed to gather six oblong diamonds called Pillars and set them at various locations around the world to rebuild an ancient machine. In order to find the Pillars and Vertices, determine when each Pillar had to be set and cleanse them, they would need to find the Six Sacred Stones. Zoe was dubious at the idea of the Dark Sun coming to wipe out life on Earth, however Jack reminded her that it wasn't a thinking entity and Earth was just in its way.
After Alby revealed he knew some details of some of Wizard's notes, Jack sent him with Zoe and Lily with the Firestone to meet with the Adamson twins to unlock the secrets of the Altar Stone of Stonehenge. Upon their rendezvous with the Adamson twins, Zoe and the kids made their way to Stonehenge, and Zoe offered suggestions for the twins request for call-sign, all which which they rejected, and listened to the twins' theories regarding Stonehenge and its connection to the Great Pyramid. Upon reaching Stonehenge, Zoe disabled the guards and helped to restore the ancient site before the Titanic Rising began, watching in amazement as the weakened light of the Dark Sun caused the lichen on the trilithons to reveal the relative locations of each of the six vertices.
Reuniting with Jack's group Mortimer Island, Zoe and the others were introduced to Iolanthe Compton-Jones of the House of Windsor, who had the Fourth Pillar to go with Vulture's First Pillar. Zoe rolled her eyes when Iolanthe regarded Lily, at which point the royal noticed her, and the two immediately came to dislike one another as Iolanthe show amusement at Zoe's call-sign. Zoe joined the rest of the procession as they identified the location of the First Vertex at Abu Simbel, learned the Pillar-laying dates from the Killing Stone of the Maya, and cleansed the two Pillars they had with the Philosopher's Stone.
Zoe accompanied the team as they made their way to Abu Simbel, and soon located the entrance to the Vertex. Though skeptical of Jack's suggestion that they could simply crawl by the Nile crocodiles in the entryway since they would be too sluggish to move, Zoe proceeded to join Jack and Wizard in making their way through the vertex. Zoe listened as Wizard told them of his theory regarding how the Machine and its components had been built by a race of super-ancient men, and she helped him to note several of the carved images on the walls as they waited for the Titanic Rising. Once the time arrived, Zoe watched in amazement as the inverted pyramid began activating and Jack laid the Pillar in place.
When it was over, Iolanthe and her team of Royal Marines jammed the team's communications and took the team members on the surface hostage. Their commander threatened to kill Alby when Jack initially refused to hand over the Pillar, and so Jack and Zoe reluctantly sent out Wizard with the Pillar, right before the Vertex entrance was closed on them. Luckily, the crocodiles in the entryway meant there was another way out, and Jack and Zoe escaped in time to save the rest of the team, who were sinking into the crocodile-filled lake.
Wizard then radioed to report that Iolanthe's group had been blindsided by suicide bombers, and was now fleeing with Lily and the Pillar. However, Sky Monster then reported that a convoy of enemy vehicles were approaching, and so the team rushed to catch up to the Halicarnassus in a Land Rover Sky Monster dropped to them. During the chase, Zoe received a call from Alby's mother Lois, and an exasperated Zoe gave the phone to Alby. After Pooh Bear threw himself from the car to drag off some of their enemies, Zoe took the wheel and managed to get herself and Alby into the Hali. However, with an engine damaged Sky Monster needed to take off, and Zoe and the others reluctantly heeded Jack's plea to find the Neetha and place the second Pillar, promising to catch up to them, leaving the rest of the team behind.
Shortly after they took off, however, Sky Monster informed the group that they would need to make a forced landing in Rwanda. After sending word to Solomon Kol to request fuel, Zoe and the others made plans to rendezvous with him on the way to the Congo. With word having been sent out to search for them, Zoe had to cut her hair short to help disguise herself. Zoe took down a rape gang when they came close to their first resting spot so that they could take their technical, and while attempting to get in touch with Jack, they instead reached his father Jonathon "Wolf" West Sr, who was the leader of their adversaries and had apparently killed Jack, revelations that disturbed Zoe.
After meeting with Solomon, Zoe's group continued its search for the Neetha, however when they approached the Neetha village, they were promptly captured by the tribe, and discovered that, in addition to the second Pillar, the Neetha also possessed the Seeing Stone of Delphi. As the Neetha held them prisoner, the group became concerned when Wizard realised the Neetha had no desire to save the world, and soon they met the long-missing anthropologist Diane Cassidy and a kindly Neethan called Ono. When Warano announced his claim to make Lily his wife, Zoe was horrified, and Solomon tried and failed to fight for Lily's freedom. Zoe decided to try herself, taunting Warano with claims he couldn't defeat a woman and offered herself as a second prize. During the fight, Zoe allowed Warano to wear himself out before finishing him off.
As Zoe was sentenced to the village's maze as punishment, she noticed Alby still had her camera and requested he accompany her, while also calling for Lily to continue listening to Ono's radio, having realised Wolf's men were closing in. Zoe quickly reassured Alby that the path through the maze was in one of the pictures she'd taken of a symbol in the first Vertex, and Zoe defended them from crocodiles and the hyenas sent after them. Zoe then had them wait until Wolf's men started assaulting the village before dashing out to grab the Pillars and Seeing Stone and attempted to to escape from the village in the chaos. When she was knocked down, Alby opted to save Zoe rather than grab the Pillars, however Alby was shot and captured by Wolf's men, and Zoe was forced to leave the boy behind.
Zoe and the others were able to get back to the approaching Halicarnasus, where Lily and Wizard commended Zoe on all her efforts to keep them safe, however they were all disheartened to learn that Wolf and his Saudi allies had paid off the South African government to prevent any access to the second Vertex beneath Table Mountain. Eventually Wizard's belief that Jack was alive proved true when Jack got in contact with the group, and Zoe watched over the video link as Wizard helped Jack navigate the second Vertex's trap system. However, she was soon watching in horror as Jack made a desperate play to lay the Pillar before a treacherous CIEF soldier dropped it into the chasm and fell into its depths as a result. A tearful Zoe was forced to delay her grief as South African fighter jets made their way to their position.
As Sky Monster flew the Halicarnassus out over the sea, Zoe used one of the plane's turrets to deter the F-15s from coming too close until they were forced to abandon the pursuit. When she rejoined the others, she was surprised to see them happy, learning Jack survived the fall and rescued Alby, and so the relieved Zoe and the rest of her group arranged to meet up with him at World's End.
Once the team reunited, Zoe broke down crying and hugged him, having spent far too long holding it together for Lily's sake, and told Jack to let someone else save the world next time. Once they'd exchanged tales of their adventures since their split, Jack then told them about Pooh Bear's mission to save Stretch.
Eventually Jack decided they needed to help Pooh Bear on his quest, and so he and Zoe infiltrated a uranium shipment to the Dimona Nuclear Centre where Mordechai Muniz had Stretch. Setting off a small explosion as a distraction, Zoe helped to retrieve their friends before they were pursued in an ambulance to an old salt mine by Muniz's forces. Fortunately this had been Jack's plan, as Zoe led Pooh Bear and Stretch through the mine's tunnels to where the Halicarnassus waited while Jack distracted Muniz.
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.
Weeks 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
In the months after the Dark Sun's return, still wanting Lily to have some semblance of a normal life, Jack and Zoe arranged a trip to an Adelaide dog shelter to find her a pet, and while Lily was immediately taken with a Labrador named Ash, and Jack surprised Zoe by suggesting they also adopt a poodle named Roxy.
During the course of the next eight years, Zoe (apparently retired from the Irish military) continued largely as they had before, returning to their home nation while making the odd visit to one another. Around this time Zoe met Jack's mother, Mabel Merriweather, for the first time. However, even as Jack and Zoe enjoyed living a normal life, Zoe found herself more restless and in want for more adventures than her husband, taking to visiting their friends more often. After Lily left to attend Stanford, she kept in touch with Jack and Zoe by chatting with them via FaceTime between their visits.
In 2016, while Sky Monster, Lily and Alby were visiting Jack and Zoe at the farm, Lachlan and Julius informed Jack of their discovery of an archway in the Mariana Trench, covered in Thoth symbols. Jack declined their offer to go and see for himself, but suggested to his more restless wife that she go along with them.
After Zoe's expedition with the twins ended, she returned to the farm to find Jack and the others had left. When they eventually returned, Zoe went to the Sky Warrior to meet them and prepared to begin explaining what she and the twins had discovered in the Mariana Trench, but cut herself off when she realised the state they were in and saw the strange additions of Iolanthe, Mabel, Hades and E-147 to their group. Upon stating that Jack looked like he'd been through hell, Jack could only note Zoe's choice of words before he began to explain what they'd been through.
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