"But I like this scar. Without it... I would have slid closer to death... With this scar... I was able to perch on the razor's edge. In order to destroy this dung heap of a world... I can keep trying just a little more..."
Morena is a tall, slender woman with a heart-shaped face. She has long, fair hair, with long locks that descend past the small of her back, whereas the shortest ones curl upwards after reaching her collarbone. Her left ear bears multiple piercings. Her most prominent trait is two parallel scars that run from her forehead to the left corner of her mouth, slashing across her left eye. In her first appearance, she wore a tight, long-sleeved dark dress that left her shoulders bare, black boots, and a crown of thorns.
As a result of being scarred and cast out, Morena developed a profoundly destructive behavior. She takes no interest in the succession contest, the world at large, or even her own life. Her only goal is to destroy a world she perceives as unjust and utterly disgusting, which she wishes to accomplish through indiscriminate carnage. Nonetheless, she is thankful for her scar, as she believes that without it, she would not have found her balance and will to live. She also expressed gratitude for her devoted followers, to whom she ordered to kill each other until 22 remained. She is always seen with a faint smile on her face and appears to make many pauses while speaking.
Morena was born to King Nasubi and his mistress. Due to not being an official child of his, she received two scars on her face as soon as she was born and she was allowed to live under the condition that she never appears in public or concern herself with politics. At some point after joining the Heil-Ly family, Morena, at the time a junior member, staged a coup and became the new Boss. She then had her underlings kill each other until only 22 remained.
Succession Contest arc
Morena boards the Black Whale with at least 22 members of the Heil-Ly Family, whom she thanks for their devotion and kisses each and every one of them to activate her Nen ability Contagion. She establishes that killing a normal person will award 1 level, a Nen user 10, and a prince 50. Then, she lets her underlings loose on the ship. Tajao and Ken'i Wang of the Cha-R Family discuss about Morena's sudden disappearance. It's assumed that one of her associates is responsible for the 8 deaths from their family, so Phantom Troupe members Nobunaga and Phinks volunteer to take her and the assassin out.
Abilities & Powers
As the Boss of the Heil-Ly Family, Morena commands one of the three most powerful forces of the Kakin underground and has authority over a number of underlings. She is in control of Tier 3 of the Black Whale.
|Morena's Nen Abilities|
|Type: Unknown||Contagion (恋のエチュード Saikin'osen, lit. "Etude of Love")|
|Through her saliva, Morena, "Member Zero", can "infect" up to 22 people with her ability. When a member of the group thus created kills someone, they level up, increasing their aura amount and output. Upon reaching level 20, they will manifest a unique ability of which they will have at least a general knowledge before using it. At level 100 they also become "Member Zero", and thus capable of using this ability to create their own community. Morena herself assigns the scores. For the voyage on the Black Whale, she decreed that the death of a non-user is worth 1 level, that of a Nen user 10 levels, and that of a prince 50 levels. Morena herself is level 45.
Due to the many similarities shared by this ability with that of Prince Halkenburg's Guardian Spirit Beast, it is possible that her Nen ability is a symbiotic type ability, party form, and that its Nen type (or one of its Nen types) is Enhancement.
- (To her underlings) "First, allow me to thank you... very much. I'm deeply grateful to those of you who chose to follow me when I used the ceremony to take over the family name... as a junior member... to utter my command to kill. However, I don't care very much about anything in the world, including myself."
- (To her underlings) "Let us destroy it all... just because. With the 23 of us assembled here."
- (To her underlings) "Civilians are worth one level. Those with abilities are worth ten. Kill a prince and your level will increase by fifty. Then... I wish you luck."
- "They selfishly procreate. Fear the progeny. Doubt and dread. Then scar them for life and forgive them. Hah. Makes me laugh."
- Morena could be an anagram to Monera, a biological kingdom that contains unicellular organisms like bacteria; in a possible thematic link with her Nen ability.
- The Portuguese/Spanish term "morena" is commonly used in some Latin American countries to designate a mixed-race woman, mainly Afro-European (in Brazil, the word has a broader meaning), or a woman with dark hair. This name could have been picked as a loose reference to the character's mixed-like origins. In Brazil the word can also be used to describe Native American mixed with Black, White or both, and even pure Native American, in fact for Brazilians the ambiguous term moreno, is a word that means not only dark-skinned, as in race, and dark-haired, but also suntanned, that is, even if the person is racially white. Moreno's meaning is so broad, that include people who self identify not only as Black, White, and Amerindian but even Asian.
- In four panels of Chapter 378, Morena's scar is missing; an error-corrected later in its volume version.
Intertextuality and References
- A crown of thorns was reported to have been worn by Jesus Christ during the Passion, in a mockery of his claim of authority as "King of the Jews". This could allude to Morena being an illegitimate child of the Kakin king. It could also suggest that she sees herself as a martyr, similar to Christ.
- Morena's Nen ability seems to have been informed by terminology and tropes of zombie stories: it is referred to as an "infection", there is a patient zero, and it spreads through contact with her saliva.
Translations around the World
- Hunter × Hunter - Volume 36, Chapter 378
- Hunter × Hunter, Chapter 384
- Hunter × Hunter - Volume 36, Chapter 379
- Hunter × Hunter - Volume 36, Chapter 375