Marianne is the 99th Empress of the Holy Britannian Empire, 5th wife of
Charles zi Britannia and the mother of Lelouch and Nunnally. Known as 'Marianne
the Flash' for her piloting skills and having been the one to test pilot the
Ganymede Knightmare Frame with the support of the Ashford Foundation. During
the attempt to remove Lelouch from power, Bismarck claims that she was the only
person to have needed his geass on before Suzaku.
When Lelouch and Nunnally were still children and living in Britannia, she
was assassinated by V.V. with the only witness being Anya. But V.V. arranged a
cover up not knowing that Anya was there, the cover up was Nunnally. Marianne
also had geass, which allowed her soul to travel into some ones heart. Anya
being the only one there became the place for her soul. Later on she awakes and
takes over Anya?s body, and is disappointed that Suzaku was already awake so
she couldn?t draw on his face.
She was will liked by lots of people including Clovis, Euphemia, Jeremiah
(whose first posting was as her bodyguard), and Cornelia who commanded her
personal body guard and tried to find her murderer. The Ashford family also lost
their status in her death.