Anaïs Arcane was a Romanian woman and grandmother of Abigail Arcane.
During World War I, she and along with her children, Aniela and Gregori, were forced to sought shelter to the Barony of her distant cousin Hans von Hammer, also known as the Hammer of Hell, after Romania was invaded by Austrian forces.
On her first encounter with her cousin, von Hammer shot down two Allied planes from the ground. Anaïs and von Hammer then investigated the wreckage of one of the downed planes, in which they find one French pilot healed from plant matter due to being possessed by the time traveling Swamp Thing. Although startled by the Swamp Thing's half-man, half-plant visage, Anaïs and von Hammer ultimately decided to bring the wounded pilot into the Baron's castle for treatment. Anaïs later went to seeing her eldest son Anton, who was acting as a medical officer on the Western Front, to be brought back to the castle to examine the pilot; however, she was unaware of her son's demented persona, and that his only interest in studying the pilot is so that he can further his own grotesque experiments.
After having a disturbing dream portending Anton's evil nature, Anaïs discovered Anton's sinister nature during an occult ritual involving the Claw of Aelkhünd to glean the secrets of the Swamp Thing's powers. Witnessing Anton torture the Swamp Thing, Anais denounced Anton as a monstrous animal that needed to die for his misdeeds. Anton flew into a rage when his mother interfered in the ritual, and grabs her by the throat and preparing to kill her as part of a blood sacrifice. Fortunately, Baron von Hammer saved Anaïs and blasted Anton in the chest with a rifle at Anais' own behest, apparently killing him. After freeing the Swamp Thing, the creature finally managed to talk to Anaïs and absolves her of any fault in her son's evil deeds. The Swamp Thing then exposed himself to the Claw of Aelkhünd one more time, allowing him to continue his journey through the Timestream. Von Hammer then decided that the Claw should be hidden there along with the pilot's body, and the room bricked shut. When Anaïs and von Hammer went to deal with Anton, they find his body missing.
Anaïs and her children would later on move to her uncle's estate in Krakow, where she would received a missive indicating that her husband Josip has been killed in action, while showing coldness after the trauma of watching Anton gunned down.
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