That post about The Golden Child got me thinking about giving Kiana a bigger role in Regina’s post-Storybrooke journey.
I was thinking that, like the Golden Child, Kiana has spiritual powers she’s developed as a result of being raised by monks.
Perhaps there is a threat coming to the realm from the spirit world (some kind of powerful demon sealed by the monks who lived in that temple centuries ago?). So the monks tell Kiana that she, along with the other young people at the temple, must leave the monastery so that they could reseal the wards without being a danger to anyone else. During this time of absence, the young adults are instructed to learn as much as they can and to spread the teachings of their spiritual tradition. Each of them has dreams telling them to go in different directions to different parts of the world, so they wind up getting separated from each other.
(The truth, which would be revealed at the end of the “season,” is that the monks sent Kiana away to protect her. They knew that when the demon/entity escaped the seal they would not stand a chance against it. So, rather than allow everyone to be killed and their spiritual tradition to die out, they send Kiana away with the rest of the young people. Most of the young people from the temple wind up getting corrupted or killed by agents of the demon/entity the monks died in their attempt to keep it from the world.)
Now alone, Kiana has to make her way in the world and gets herself into some ridiculous trouble. This is partly because she has no clue about the social and political conventions of the society she finds herself in. Her irreverent attitude towards authority doesn’t help either. She’s also far too curious for her own good.
One day, Kiana manages to get herself into some deep trouble, and winds up in a tiny cell all by herself. Unsure of what to do, she meditates as the monks taught her, and she is granted a vision. The vision shows her the thoughts and memories of someone who can protect her and guide her through the world as she tries to carry out the monks’ last request. She sees a person who was deeply wounded by her experiences, who has done terrible things out of ignorance or fear. But she also sees strength, loyalty, determination, caring, hidden wisdom, and a tremendous capacity for love.
“She’s perfect,” mutters Kiana in her trance.
Meanwhile, Regina wakes up from sleep when a strange light appears in the room. She follows the light to its source and sees a figure in a meditative pose floating in mid-air. The figure exudes joy and laughter and wonder. There is purity and wisdom and kindness too. Regina feels herself wanting to preserve and protect it, feelings she hasn’t had since she was the center of Henry’s world. What kind of magic is this? She walks forward into the light coming from the figure.
“She’s perfect,” she hears a voice say from the depths of her mind.