✘ Alias: Cora Mills
✘ Current Age: 47
✘ Occupation: Unemployed
✘ True Identity: The Queen of Hearts
✘ Memories: Full
✘ Availability: Taken
✘ Chosen Face Claim: Barbara Hershey
Once upon a time, there lived a woman named Cora, her husband, Henry, and her daughter, Regina. Coming from humble beginnings, Cora always hoped that Regina would get a more successful life than she had gotten herself, even if it meant taking it. One day, she found a way to secure Regina’s future. Cora met a young princess named Snow White, and when the princess’s mother fell ill, Cora tricked Snow White into killing her, and in turn, opening the “position” of queen in the land. A few months later, when Regina was at her riding lesson, Snow White and her father were also at the stables. Cora frightened the young princess’s horse, causing it to take off running, with the girl riding. Regina saved Snow White and Cora escorted the girl. Snow told her father about the woman who saved her. With great gratitude, the king promised to marry his daughter’s savior. There was just one problem: Cora’s daughter refused to marry anyone but Daniel, a stable boy Regina had fallen in love with. In order to assure that Daniel wouldn’t get in the way of her plan, Cora decided that he would have to die. She sent Regina to magic lessons with her old, dear friend, Rumplestiltskin. While Regina was learning the art of dark magic, Cora tricked Daniel into meeting her at the stables. Once he arrived, she tore out his heart and crushed it with her bare hands. When Regina returned from her lessons, she discovered her love on the floor of the stables. Her mother explained that it was the only way if her daughter ever wanted to have power, but because of this act, Regina was never the same again. When Cora, her daughter, and her husband arrived at the castle of Snow White’s father, Regina conspired with her teacher, the Dark One. He promised her that she could get rid of her mother forever. Regina used dark magic and an enchanted mirror to send Cora to another world. That world was called Wonderland, and Cora decided to turn her punishment into a reward. After a long battle, the land was in ruins. Cora used her magic to rebuild and take over the court. From then on, she was known only as the Queen of Hearts. She remained there for a very long time, but when word of a terrible curse in another land spread throughout court, Cora immediately knew it had to be Regina. Hoping that she could reunite with her daughter, Cora asked for the help of a portal jumper, who also happened to be her royal hatter. With the help of this man, Cora was able to travel back to the Enchanted Forest just before the curse was cast. The two of them hid in a corner of the land until they, along with many others, were transported to our world.
In Storybrooke, Cora has been hiding from everyone, living in a small cottage in the forest. The only person that has ever known of her whereabouts was Jefferson. Now that the curse is broken, Cora has been awaiting the perfect time to reveal herself to her daughter, Regina. For all of their time in Storybrooke, Cora has been watching Regina. She’s very proud of the decisions Regina made this far. She hopes that her daughter will trust her again so that she can help her get back to the Enchanted Forest and rule, just as Cora had always planned.