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Penelope Silver is a recurring character in Motherland: Fort Salem. She is portrayed by Mellany Barros.

She is the only child of the vice president who accidentally discovers she is a witch. She is enthusiastic, passionate, yet overwhelmed while she navigates this shift from civilian to military life.


Throughout the Series[]

Season 2[]

Penelope is singing in praise of God at a church. Her singing seems to resound with the stained glass window behind her, causing the paint to melt. The church-goers stare in surprise and as she realizes what is happening, she turns and sees the window. She turns back to see the church-goers exiting and her father, the vice-president, staring at her.

The witches, seeing news footage of Penelope's melting the window, decide to recruit her, wary of the possibility of the Camarilla reaching her before they can. Vice President Silver expresses his concern that his daughter will become a target, but they promise him that they take care of their own. They tell him that it has been this way for centuries and that if they find the work in her, she must deliver herself bodily to Fort Salem.

Penelope is brought before a vat of water. There, she is told to gather the sound within her, let it fill her, and when she does, sing. She does so and the water first resonates, then arcs into the air in shapes. "This woman is of the blood," they declare. "Goddess protect her." She is told that her call to service could come at any moment and she will know the words to say when the time comes, that the words are in her blood.

Seeing that Penelope is having some trouble fitting in, Tally pays a visit to General Alder, telling her that she's been thinking about Penelope. She asks for her permission to tutor her, to get her up to speed and ready to start Basic. Alder praises her for her empathy and agrees to the request.

Penelope and Tally

Tally later meets with Penelope, telling her that to truly understand the Army and their place in their world, you have to know their history. "And knowing is one of the four principles, right?" replies Penelope. Tally smiles, saying that they are going to have her ready for Basic in no time. She tells her they'll start with Sarah Alder and Penelope says that the fact that Alder is over three hundred years old is why her father doesn't trust her, that someone who lives that long couldn't really care about regular people. She apologizes, but Tally says that it's okay, that a lot of people feel that way and she didn't always trust her herself. They observe some photos of Alder, but Tally is disturbed to see one which shows a shimmery image of someone from one of her visions of Alder's past, someone that Penelope can't see in the photo: Nicte Batan. She realizes that a working is being used to hide all evidence of the woman's existence.

In the season 2 finale "Revolution, Part I," a particularly aggressive and powerful witchplague was released on the base. Abigail, Raelle, and Tally eventually to track it to its source and are horrified to learn that Penelope is patient zero. They find Penelope enveloped in the witchplague and followed by civilian reporters, walking aimlessly as the plague has affected her mind. The unit makes the gut-wrenching decision to kill her in order to kill the witchplague and prevent it from spreading further. They are successful but the entire ordeal is caught on camera. The footage from the incident reaches out into the rest of the United States, emboldening anti-witch sentiment and fueling a massive outcry from the "Not Our Daughters" movement. While the unit mourns Penelope's death and deals with the trauma of killing her to prevent further outbreak, Blanton blames the general and the unit for the death of his daughter. He finds the unit and demands that Abigail, Raelle, and Tally be sent to Washington DC to stand trial for the murder of Penelope. Later on a private flight, a disheveled and grieving Blanton is rewatching footage from the interview and subsequent terrorist attack. The Camarilla leader Dr. Hearst was shown in the footage to have posed as a cameraman and infected Penelope with the witchplague. Dr. Hearst comes into the room of the plane to watch the footage of him. He callously makes playful remarks on his "performance" despite the clear pain his co-conspirator is processing before thanking the vice president for his "sacrifice." Blanton grimly returns the banter, confirming that he knowingly orchestrated the attack on Fort Salem and the death of his own daughter. Hearst toasts the broken man for the success of the attack and to the next steps of their plans to commit witch genocide and have Silver replace President Wade as the head of the US government.


Blanton Silver[]

She had a close and loving relationship with Blanton, possibly in part to him being her only remaining parent following the loss of her mother. He attends church service and watches her sing and is very concerned for her when her powers as a witch first manifest. He expresses concern for her safety and that she may become a target. He calls her by the nickname "Penny."

He initially is shown to have some prejudice against witches and it took him a while to act like he has come to terms with his wife and daughter's witchhood. The depths of his hatred is ultimately revealed as he worked with The Camarilla to orchestrate the witchplague attack on Fort Salem. Amidst the success of the attack, Blanton becomes emotionally wrecked as he comes to terms with the fact that he killed his own daughter to further his genocidal hatred and political ambitions.

Physical Appearance[]

Powers and Abilities[]

  • Witch Physiology: As witch, Penelope can create change in the physical world by generating different seed sounds with her voice.
    • Hydrokinesis: During her demonstration and testing, Penelope is capable of using her voice to manipulation the water in the testing bowl.
    • Liquification: During her performance for church, Penelope was able to melt the glass in the church and turn it to liquid.




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