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Contessa Ember Rose VanPyre is the baby daughter of Pierce and Brigit VanPyre, a young, happily married couple. She is the first child of the two. She, as a baby, is already very well known throughout Bridgeport, though she hardly knows anyone yet. She is very beautiful, having two attractive parents. She is niece to Wogan Hemlock, Morrigan Hemlock, Leila VanPyre, and Dunstan VanPyre, the cousin (via Brigit) of Belisama Hemlock and Theo Hemlock, the latter was born the same day as her. She is the granddaughter of Garth VanPyre and Pierce's deceased mother, and is therefore not related to Morgana.
Pierce and Brigit are a wedded, undead couple who share a small apartment in Bridgeport. Pierce dislikes most of his family, just as Brigit dislikes hers. The only family that they really have is each other. They both worked as Mixologists at the Plasma 101, which is how they met. They also both work for the secret organization The Good Ones.
Six months after their marriage, while Dunstan and Leila are living with them, Brigit tells Pierce that she is pregnant with their first child. An incident with acid gives Pierce an idea for his daughter's name, though Brigit doesn't understand until Pierce explains it to her.
Brigit brings Pierce to a hospital after he suffers a heart attack in his sleep, and Contessa is born at the hospital when Brigit's stress initiates the birth of the baby one month early. However, the beautiful Contessa is fine, and is brought into the world surrounded by love and is held dearly in the arms of her parents. She is not born with the Pyromaniac trait, however.
The family plans to move out into the suburbs in order to better provide for Contessa.