Odette LaMar, better known as the Aglaeca, is a character in The CW 2019 Nancy Drew television series. She was once a French heiress who was executed for her money. Her execution turned into a vengeful sea spirit, with groups of young adults calling on her for favors. She demands a toll in exchange for her favor, but if they fail to pay it, she kills them after seven days of portents.

Appearance

As a human, Odette was a beautiful young woman with long blonde hair, pale skin, and blue eyes. She wore beautiful expensive jewels and dresses to reflect her wealth. She was slender and had an oval-shaped face.

As a spirit called the Aglaeca, her appearance is drastically different. She is a vaguely-humanoid sea creature with webbed hands and a tail that resembles a mermaid. She has pure white eyes and wears rope around her torso that attaches to chains, which reflects how she was murdered. Her skin is relatively gone, showing the outline of her skull. She has elongated canine teeth and white, sparse hair that is cut in uneven patches. The Aglaeca also appears to have horns sprouting from her skull in the shape of a crown.

History

Odette LaMar was wealthy heiress from France, who learned that the soil around the LaMar land was right for vineyards. She turned her family holdings into a prosperous olive oil business. In her later years, she wrote secret yet beautiful love letters to an English woman. She also posed for a portrait with her favorite ruby necklace. Odette eventually boarded a ship to America called "The Governance", where she met Captain Douglas Marvin, who learned of her wealth. He coveted her wealth and decided to murder her to obtain it. He partnered with his friend Reverend Hudson in the scheme. Together, they murdered Odette while she was aboard, shaving her head and sacrificing her to the sea. Odette's death was painful as seaweed wrapped around he throat and she eventually drowned. The men, however, forged a marriage certificate that used Odette's wealth to found Horseshoe Bay.

They crafted a story that Odette had a whirlwind romance with Captain Marvin leading to their impulsive married. She than tragically died of consumption, known later as tuberculosis, before they reached land. Odette was recorded in history and remembered by her peers in this manner. Captain Marvin stole Odette's belongings, including her favored ruby necklace, and regifted them to his second wife Agnes Marvin. The violence of Odette's death and the betrayal she suffered turned her into a vengeful sea spirit. She shed her human form in favor of a vicious sea creature that would later be called the Aglaeca.

The Aglaeca became a local legend in Horseshoe Bay, Maine. She was first summoned by six women in white during the 1800's, one of which was a Hudson ancestor. The Agaleca is documented by the Historical Society, with only one publication linking the legend to a human instead of a creature. According to legend, people can summon the Aglaeca and ask her for anything they desire. When the wish is granted, the wisher's eyes bleed. While many residents have called on the creature in the past, none of their wishes were fulfilled.

She was summoned again in 1975 by a group of troubled young adults, led by John "Mac" MacDonald. Rita Howell, Javier Perez, Perry Barber, AJ Nashiyama and Autumn Curtis took part in the ritual. When they failed to pay her toll, the Aglaeca came for each of their lives. Mac came into possession of the Aglaeca's sea shanty on a vinyl 1945 record, which he believed would help free them from the curse. The record was stolen by Buddy, Mac's best friend, as collateral for an unpaid bar tab. Mac killed Buddy who refused to give up the location of the '45. On July 17, 1975, each of the five friends died violent and horrible deaths that were disguised as accidents. The record holding the sea shanty was seemingly lost.

The sixth member of the group, AJ, survived the Aglaeca's wrath. He fled Horseshoe Bay to New Orleans, where he found an ancient talisman which has the mark of the bhoot engraved on it. The talisman attracts malevolent spirits and draws the most viscous and Evil spirits in the area to the holder. He uses the talisman to deter the Aglaeca, managing to survive forty-five years without falling victim to her.

Plot summary

When Nancy Drew needs to retrieve the lost bones of Lucy Sable, she calls upon the Aglaeca with the help of her five friends, Ace, George Fan, Bess Marvin, Ned Nickerson, and Owen Marvin. They form a seaweed wreath with white ribbon and perform the summoning ritual on the coast. The ocean responds by bringing Lucy's bones to their feet. In return for the wish, the Aglaeca requires a toll, this time seeking Owen Marvin's blood. It binds him to the sand and slices open his arm, making him bleed profusely. Appeasing the toll would have killed Owen, so the Drew Crew broke the wreath. While they save Owen, they leave the toll unpaid.[1]

The Aglaeca began sending portents to everyone involved in the ritual as she still needs to be paid. Nancy vomits up the wreath used for the ritual. George gets an apron full of sea crabs. Owen hallucinates fish hooks piercing his arm, and so on. If the toll remains unpaid, she will take all their souls. The Drew Crew performs another ritual to throw the Aglaeca off their trail, using Ryan Hudson's blood to confuse it. By using the blood of the summoners blood relative, the Aglaeca won't be able to find Nancy, and thus, her friends. However, the portents only increase, leading Nancy to suspect the Aglaeca might be of human origin. Victoria Fan warns that if this true, than the ritual wouldn't have stopped the Aglaeca, only anger her.[2]

When Owen Marvin is found dead, Nancy and the Drew Crew fear that the Aglaeca came to collect her toll. However, Hannah Gruen at the Historical Society, tells them that the Aglaeca collects the souls all at once. Meaning that if it was the Aglaeca, everyone in the Drew Crew would have died already.

The hand of the Aglaeca at the seance.

During a seance to try to speak with Owen, the Aglaeca intervenes and shows herself, proving her anger. After Owen's murder is solved, Nancy believes that the Aglaeca was an executed prisoner, and that the visions she shows Nancy depict how she died. Bess discovers the visage of the Aglaeca in an old Marvin portrait, and later receives a vision of herself burning to death. The rest of the Drew Crew simultaneously receive vivid visions of their deaths, as the Aglaeca warns how she will take their souls.[3]

The Drew Crew heads on a search for a missing mirror that was used by the women in white to summon the Aglaeca. They mirror was stolen by the Bobbsey twins, Amanda and Gil, who are selling it to Nancy for $750. They are able to find a missing Gil and retrieve the mirror. Nancy breaks the glass to reveal a poem written on a piece of parchment that reads, “From sailor’s lips, sweet songs were spun, but for the Aglaeca only lies were spun. Dark spirit you seek, keeper of the deep. Her truth lies hidden in their sea shanty.” They realize that the secret of defeating the Aglaeca must lie in an 1800's shanty. In the meantime, the Drew Crew tried to get rid of everything relating to their death visions. Nick's truck suddenly reappears after the junkyard is mysteriously flooded, and the towel Ace wrapped around the end of the meat hook turns to blood.[4]

In an effort to finally stop the Aglaeca, Nancy and the Drew Crew investigate the sea shanty. Hannah Gruen helps them locate the shanty, which was written in the early 1800s. They learn that there was a single recording of the song on a '45 record, which was given to John MacDonald on loan in 1975. As they leave the cemetery, the Aglaeca watches them from the woods. They learn that John MacDonald and his friends also called to the Aglaeca and were unable to pay their toll, leading to their deaths. Nancy and the Drew Crew are able to track down the record and secure it. Ace, Bess, and Nancy listen to the record while Bess reads through the Marvin family history. Captain Marvin’s wife Odette LaMar died of consumption on the way to America, which Nancy doesn’t think is enough to create a violent ghost. Ace analyzes the song and finds a new recording that features Odette singing her story in French. She claims she was kidnapped by Captain Marvin for her fortune and then executed. The song will be the last thing her victims ever hear. Ace realizes the Aglaeca came for the souls of the 1975 summoners in seven days after their ritual, which means they only have three days left before she comes for them. They later learn that one of the Aglaeca victims is still alive.[5]

Nancy succeeds in finding the sole survivor of the Aglaeca, AJ Nishiyama, now AJ Crane, learning that he's been using an ancient talisman that attracts malevolent spirits. The evil spirits keep the Aglaeca at bay, but comes with a painful price of torment at the hands of the spirits. Not wanting to be tormented, Nancy is willing to give the Drew Crew's idea of returning Lucy's bones a chance. They lay the bones on the shore and Nancy cuts her palm, asking the Aglaeca to take back what she gave in exchange for forgiving their debt. The bones vanish into the water, but reappear in The Claw. While cleaning up the bones, they learn that AJ Crane has been impaled by a weather vane, which is eerily similar to how this latest character died in his book. Nancy and the Drew Crew visit AJ Crane's cabin which has years of research on the Aglaeca. Ace finds what he believes are blueprints for a dybbuk box, which is a Jewish object believed to be capable of trapping a spirit. They gather as much of AJ's notes as possible and leave the cabin, while the Aglaeca watches from the shadows.[6]

Aglaeca as a human

Nancy and the Drew Crew have 46 hours to destroy the Aglaeca, with Ace having found an operation dybbuk box. They have to fill the box with items important to the spirit while they were alive and a totem from their death. Nancy remembers that their portents were tokens from her death, so Owen’s sand should work as the totem of Aglaeca's death. They just have to figure out who she was in life for the plan to work. They learn that Odette LaMar was a wealthy French heiress and Captain Douglas Marvin’s first wife, a brilliant businesswoman, and the LaMar who figured out that the land in France was perfect for vineyards. Odette married Captain Douglas aboard the governance and died of consumption, though the sea shanty claims she was betrayed and murdered. Nancy finds a painting with Captain Marvin and his second wife, in which she is wearing Odette’s necklace. It’s enough to prove that Odette’s belongings made it off the ship, and if it was important enough for her to be painted in it then it’ll be enough for the dybbuk box. Nancy later finds the necklace along with love letters that Odette and an English woman wrote one another.

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Nancy and the Drew Crew go to the shore with the dybbuk box filled with Odette’s necklace and Owen’s portent sand. Nancy summons Odette, and the box begins to tremble as the Aglaeca emerges from the ocean, drawn to the dybbuk box. As she reaches for the necklace she turns back into her human self for a brief moment. She recoils at the last second and turns back to the Aglaeca. Nancy tells Odette that she knows the truth and they’re going to set history right. The Aglaeca angrily raises the box into the air causing it to explode. A ring of seaweed wraps around Odette’s neck and pulls her back to the sea. Nancy realizes that the seaweed wrap hurt Odette, and if they can hurt her, they can kill her.[7]

Nancy thinks the sand turned into the seaweed wrap because she was the last to touch the sand and the wrap was her portent, and the portents hurt the Aglaeca. Bess notes that the sun is about to rise and they have one day left before they die. Nancy thinks that if they can get more portent sand and divvy it up they can use it to defeat her once and for all. They just have to lure the Aglaeca using themselves as bait. Ace looks at AJ Nishiyama's death photo and notices the Aglaeca in the background of the image, and realizes that she collects her victims personally.

At midnight, everyone in the Drew Crew begins to hear the sea shanty and experience their death visions. Nick and George are confronted by the Aglaeca as her first victims, and the sand seemingly works to get rid of her as everyone's deaths are stopped. However, they later experience new death visions at The Claw as they didn't get rid of the Aglaeca, just angered her. A few hours later, Nancy gathers the Drew Crew as she believes that the portents only reminded Odette of the trauma she endured and why she became the Aglaeca. But if they they can appeal to the human the monster once was they can defeat her, as Odette doesn't want to hurt them, the Aglaeca does.

Nancy divvies up the letters from Odette so they can all read them. They learn from the letters that Odette and the English woman met in London, and Odette made the voyage to make a life for them despite being scared of the water, though the English woman loved the beach. Odette promised to send the English woman bottles of sand when she arrived in America. They hear the shanty begin to play, and the Aglaeca appears behind them. They begin to read the letters to her but the Aglaeca blasts Ace backwards with her scream, then George, and each of her victims. Her screams are immense and painful. Nancy manages to continue saying the letters as she remembers them by heart. One-by-one the rest of the Drew Crew remember and recite them. The Aglaeca screams in protest and then explodes into a puddle of water.

From the water appears Odette, human once more, and they remind her that she is not what the sailors did to her on the ship. The ground begins to shake violently until everything goes flying in an explosion, and Odette disappears. George is impaled by a harpoon and dies, though Nancy is able to save George by resurrecting her. The next morning, George is getting sparkling cider to celebrate their victory, but when she walks away, Odette's reflection remains in the mirror.[8]

Sea Shanty

The Aglaeca's singing beneath the sea shanty, translated from French:

Hear the truth.
I was no man's wife.
They stole my fortune and took my life.
My chaperone betrayed me.
The captain moved against me.
Now you ask of me but do not pay my toll.
So seven days later I'll come for your soul.
Sending omens beyond your wildest fear.
Finally, this song, the last you ever hear.

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Trivia

  • The portents she initially sent the Drew Crew mirror how she died, from the hooks impaled in her hands, to her hair being cut, and the ropes tied around her limbs. These portents were how Nancy concluded that the Aglaeca was not only human once, but a prisoner who was sacrificed at sea.
  • Odette's love letters survived the Governance and were found years later by Captain Marvin's second wife, Agnes Marvin. Agnes wrote a letter detailing the truth of what her husband and Reverend Hudson did to Odette, hiding it along with Odette's necklace in a church.

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