However, she was unable to use this power until the Cabal injected her with drugs to bring out this latent ability. Six weeks after her dormant genes were activated, the Cabal injected her with a series of a modified source blood serum to give her vampiric traits as well as continuing to inject her with a consistent regimen of mind control drugs so that they could control her.
Ashley was conceived in the 1880s just as her parents ended their relationship. Helen chose to keep Ashley frozen in an embryonic state for almost century. When the loneliness became too much for her to bear, and she believed Druitt was gone forever, Helen brought her to term. Helen never told Ashley about her father's identity and allowed her to believe he was dead.
Time with the SanctuaryEdit
Ashley inherited her father's killer instinct, and so lacked modest behavioral skills. However, she more than made up for them in her field talents. Ashley soon proved herself an expert (yet self-proclaimed) "monster hunter"; becoming proficient in the usage of advanced weaponry and technology.
On a personal level, Ashley remained quite close to her mother. Ashley's own natural distrust of Abnormals provides a proper counterbalance to Helen's desire to protect them; as she normally doesn't hesitate to terminate ones that prove hostile, and use whatever methods necessary to capture targets.
Sometime after Druitt re-surfaced in Old City (first fighting hand-to-hand combat with Ashley to gain entrance into the Old City Sanctuary and then kidnapping her by teleport to feed her to a giant lizard creature in the SHU), he lures Ashley away from the Sanctuary by pretending to be the Sanctuary's contact Squid and then kidnaps her (darting her unconscious with a tranquilizer gun to then teleport her away to a storage room at an unknown location, handcuffing her unconscious body in a sitting position to a metal chair) in urgent need to learn of Helen's current location. Ashley initially reluctant, eventually teams up with him after much compelling discussion (aided by a short dramatic teleporting trip across the world) and teleports with him to Rome in order to save her mother from Nikola Tesla; another member of The Five. It was during this time that Ashley's suspicions about Druitt's past connections with her mother finally made her realize the truth: Druitt was her father. Ashley accepted it, but was nevertheless hurt that her mother wasn't the one to tell her. Eventually, Ashley learned to continue on with her life and to continue working with her mother. She still remains a little upset though with her father (for kidnapping her twice) when he shows back up for a third time to help the Sanctuary team stop the Cabal's Lazarus virus.
Having been captured along with Henry Foss by the Cabal, who were threatening global civilization with the Lazarus virus, Ashley, who had tried to steal data on Lazarus to aid in creating a cure, was personally interrogated by Dana Whitcomb. Ashley is drugged and while under the Cabal's control is forced to steal the sole vial containing pure vampire source blood, which is the best chance to develop a cure to Lazarus, as well as supplying them with false data on it. Ashley then teleported away from the Old City Sanctuary and arrived at a Cabal facility on Easter Island. Whitcomb was there waiting for her, and Ashley readily handed over the vial. Whitcomb formally welcomed Ashley to the Cabal.
Some time later, Ashley is fully controlled by the Cabal who have been pumping her full of drugs to force her to work for them. She was under the care of a brilliant but disturbed Cabal Scientist who saw Ashley as her daughter (who was about the same age as Ashley and had died; how and when has not been revealed). Using the source blood, the Cabal crafted her DNA with vampiric traits, effectively turning her into possibly one of the first purest blood vampires in centuries. This new Ashley, while powerful, was effectively a mindless drone who only obeyed the Cabal's commands. She even attacked her friends and family when they followed a lead to a warehouse in order to ultimately find her as well as during the subsequent Cabal attacks on the Sanctuary Network, though she seemed to hesitate when her mother puts herself in front of her unarmed, indicating that there was a possibility that she could be saved.
Ashley appeared to have both her parents' abilities in addition to gaining vampiric traits from the injected source blood serum. Along side her having received long obsidian talons and her eyes changing from natural blue to a combination of both Cabal controlled orange and red vampiric eyes, she appears to have gained enhanced strength as she was easily able to overpower her father and Tesla in a fight though the two managed to recover quickly; as well as gained an enhanced healing ability as evidence by quickly healing after Will shoots her twice, once in each upper arm. Despite apparent success, the Cabal have put Ashley into the field rather early before running proper tests due to overconfidence and the fact that the Sanctuary was getting too close to figuring out the truth behind their intended goal, so it is unknown if there were any side effects from what they have done to her.
After acquiring a Cabal telephone number from Kate Freelander, Dr. Magnus learned that the Cabal would release Ashley but only in return for the surrender of the Sanctuary Network, something which Magnus refused. Magnus then ordered Henry and Tesla to work on a weapon that could disable the source blood powers in Ashley, something that even Tesla was unsure he could do, considering the short time scale and difficulty of the task and its factors.
Ashley led the first set of superabnormals in brutal attacks on the Sanctuary Network around the world, much to the horror of her mother and friends. In these attacks, Ashley and the other super abnormals are seen to possess the ability of telepathic communication. The weapon that Tesla and Henry built was put to the test during the defense of the UK Sanctuary, but did little more than knock Ashley and the others out temporarily for a few short moments, forcing the team to unleash a fire elemental on the attackers in order to stop them. This defensive tactic is only successful in defending London because the Cabal realizes that the elemental would have damaged Ashley and the others beyond their ability to heal. After the battle, Magnus realizes that her request of Tesla to create a benign weapon was impossible and gives him a sample of Ashley's unaltered blood, telling him to make the weapon lethal, saying they have no more options. (She also does this out of guilt because Ashley and the others killed Clara Griffin.)
When Ashley and the other super soldiers arrive at the home Sanctuary base, her mother uses the weapon on the soldiers, but cannot bring herself to use it on her own daughter, who is either distracted by the others or Helen flees before she can get close to her.
In the end however, Ashley corners her mother and seems ready to slice her throat. Still unable to use the weapon on her daughter and possibly catching a glimpse of hesitation in Ashley's eyes, her mother begins to pour her heart out to Ashley attempting to remind her of who she is. This combined with a blast from a rocket launcher fired by Kate Freelander (who decided to stay to fight) has the effect of bringing Ashley back to her senses. Unfortunately the joy of this and the Sanctuary's victory is short lived, as in order to stop the last super soldier and defend her mother, Ashley teleports away, killing herself and the other soldier, as the EM shield (designed to kill anything attempting to teleport within the Sanctuary) has been put back online, ripping the two apart on the molecular level. The other soldiers remains are found (within a concrete wall of one of the Sanctuary's underground levels), but not Ashley's.
Shortly after her death, her mother begins having hallucinations of Ashley being alive; for example, she sees John as he was in Victorian times presenting a live and well Ashley to Helen, claiming "It's a miracle." This coupled with her own denial leads Magnus on a search for Ashley, which the others (who have already mourned Ashley in their own ways and moved on to repair the Sanctuary and continue the fight with the Cabal) see as a fool's errand. In the end, she is convinced by a distraught Will (who had tried to believe in her investigation up until a point) that Ashley is indeed dead and gone. A memorial service with an empty open casket is then held for Ashley, at which everyone places a sentimental token into the casket as a sign of farewell. Now on her own at the memorial, Magnus encounters another hallucination of Ashley. The apparition tells Magnus that she must let go of her and move on, that Magnus will never be without her, and that she knows her mother will always love her, "no matter what."
Meanwhile, Druitt avenges Ashley's death by hunting down and killing the heads of the Cabal, including the woman responsible for Ashley's conversion, Dana Whitcomb. While her death is not shown, we do see Druitt finding Whitcomb in a cafe somewhere in Europe, and as he gets up to follow her it is understood that she will not survive their imminent encounter.
Personality and AppearanceEdit
Arrestingly beautiful, tough as nails, physically adept and a skilled fighter, she is perfectly suited for her calling as monster-hunter supreme. Ashley has moments of vulnerability but it's a side she deftly covers with a veneer of bravado and fearlessness.
Growing up in the world of the Sanctuary with her mother, Dr. Helen Magnus, she has come to accept the impossible as a matter of course. And while there are the usual generational sparks between mother and daughter, Ashley is acutely respectful of her mother’s work and knowledge.
Ashley Magnus appears in the webisodes as well as in the first sixteen episodes of Sanctuary.
The network had decided to kill off Emilie Ullerup's character when they began filming Season 2. In an interview she explains that she had no idea she was being killed off, and was sad to hear the news; the few episodes of the second season she filmed were incredibly hard as she had to remain serious. She states that she was in tears during rehearsals and the directors told her she had to get it together because Ashley was supposed to have found peace. She believed there was hope that she would return and would love to come back in Season 3.
Meanwhile, Ullerup made a guest appearance in the Smallville episode "Crossfire".
A fan effort was underway at one point to bring Ashley back as a regular character. It was rumored that the writers pitched something to bring Ashley back in Season 3, however, no step in that direction was ever taken. Her character was replaced by Kate Freelander.
In an interview conducted at Denver Starfest 2014, Amanda Tapping revealed that one of the plans slated for Season 5 besides working from the new Underground Sanctuary, was that Helen had found a way to save her daughter Ashley during her 113 year trip back through time without changing the course of the natural timeline. Amanda had conferred with Emile about this, but unfortunately Sanctuary was cancelled before Season 5 could be made.