Before Haven: Mari moved with her parents to New York City when she was fairly young. With artist parents and living in Bushwick, her upbringing was a seesaw of poverty and prosperity. Eclectic characters and predators moved in and out of her life with equal regularity, and the girl grew up street smart but accepting. Due to a heavy familial religious bent and a close community sharing her culture, as she grew into later adolescence, Mari leaned heavily into her Boricua, Yoruba, and Taino roots, while looking to a future where she could merge their practices with modern medicine to really give back to her people, who were often leery of going to doctors who might dismiss their beliefs. Then it all went sideways. Seeing things that others didn't wasn't exactly looked down on by her community, so Mari started down the path of becoming a Iyaláwo, practicing to be a leader in her Santarismo community, and dedicating herself to the Orishas of the Yoruba as well as the Zemis of the Taino. Traditional school became harder to manage as her behavior became more erratic, though she did still finish her pre-med undergrad, even if it was just barely. As everything progressed, though, eventually there were run ins with the law and behavior that was strange enough that it started to scare off even those who thought she was touched by the spirits before. She's spent the last two years in and out of mental hospitals, eventually landing in Blackfield's clinic after a referral from yet another in a long line of doctors.
Since Arrival in Haven: Packing up a handful of belongings and tossing her meds on a subway platform somewhere in the Bronx, Mari made her way to Haven via a few trains and a bus, then checked herself in to the clinic at the Blackfield Institute. And that's when she really started to see some shit.
Supernatural/Weirdness: Who knows?
Ori: Mari sees the world through the lens of mysticism she grew up steeped in. Puerto Rican indigenous religions, and several offshoots thereof, are central to her worldview. What's one more layer of mystery to uncover? Who is she to deny the path she's been given by Olodumare?
Crazy?: Sure, the supernaturally aware understand that there is much to see and know that might sound unhinged to the unaware, but that doesn't mean mental illness doesn't actually exist. Is Mari just adjusting, or is there something else going on? Right now, she's not sure herself.
Do You, Boo: With a life like she's had, Mari's not one to judge much. If you want advice without side-eye, she's your woman.
Biter: Mari has a history of lashing out physically when sufficiently frightened or angered, especially when she thinks someone needs protecting.