- "She was my friend and now she’s really dead; and I killed her. Tell me, how does one just deal with that?"
- —Tali about the death of her friend Kat.
Talia Anne Snow, known usually as Tali Snow, is a 22-year old human, who was found on the 1st January 1992 on the doorstep of a church in Gilbert, Louisiana. Tali is the youngest, and the current 'true', vessel of Afriel, an angel of youth. The identity of her biological family is somewhat of a mystery to those close to Tali. However, it is known to angels that Tali’s mother is the current vessel of Afriel, and that her mother gave Tali up to become a vessel, being a very devout woman.
Tali was adopted by the Sheriff, whose wife was unable to have children, and was raised as if she was their own. However, her father was killed on the job when she was 14. Two years later, her mother later married another man, James Sanders, who Tali did not get on with from the start. Sanders often yelled at Talia for very irrational things and, one day, slapped her. When Talia retaliated, he ended up having to take ther to hospital
Before finding out about her “destiny” she was in charge of her school radio station, she was also responsible for speaking and announcing at a lot of events, however she was not what one would call “popular”, merely reasoably well-liked. Her only main friend was Katherine Edison, who was about as nerdy as her if not more.
When Talia was told by Afriel, who was using her biological mother's body as a vessel, about her "destiny" as Afriel's true vessel, she was not so much shocked as relatively pissed off. She hated the idea that she was destined to give her body over to an angel.
- "Wow, my birth parents had a knack for the dramatics, it says here that I was found on the doorstep of a church on New Years Eve, which clearly proves my biological parents watched way, waaay too many soap operas."
- —Tali researching into her past.
Thus, Tali's birthday is celebrated on August 1st, due to the fact that no one knew when she was actually born, but when she was found on January 1st, on a church doorstep in Louisiana, a doctor suspected her to be at least five months old. Baby Talia was then adopted by the town's sheriff, Alan Snow, as his wife, Megan, was unable to have children.
Talia grew up to be a happy child, completely believing herself to be the daughter of the sheriff. Her father, however, wanted to find out how she came to be on the church step in his town. Wondering why anyone would really do that to a child. Tali's mother, however appeared to have completely vanished, the only thing she had left was that she wanted "Talia" to be the girl's name, written hastily on a piece of paper, along with a note, asking that the people at the church find a loving home for her daughter, and that she hoped her child could forgive her.
When Tali was ten, her parents explained to her that she was adopted, but that that didn't mean they didn't love her as much as a biological parent would. While obviously a bit upset, Tali was surprisingly quick to adapt to being adopted. She immediatly started to wonder who her biological perents were, but she kept these questions to herself, because she was worried it would upset her parents or that they'd think she was angry with them even though such curiosity was to be expepcted from a child finding out they are adopted.
Before Discovering Her DestinyEdit
- "When I was a kid, my dad was my hero, I know it sounds stupid, but I wanted to be like him, fighting bad guys. I suppose that I kind of got what she wanted, not sure I was expecting to be gunning for Lucifer with a fallen angel, an old man and two hermits. But then again, he was just skinny guy from Delaware. I hope he's proud though."
- —Tali about her father.
Despite telling her that he couldn't tell her about her parents yet, Alan continued to look for information about the woman who left his baby daughter at the church. He managed to match the birth of a baby called "Jane" Echolls, on August 4th, just around the right time for it to be Tali, to Talia based on the fact that the mother, Moria Echoll's, left her home in the middle of the night on New Year's Eve that year and she and her daughter were never seen again. This was probably the worst way it could have gone, as Tali wanted answers and while he wasn't going to tell her just yet anyway, he worried about what he was going to tell her when she was older.
Death of Her FatherEdit
- Sam: "What was it like?"
- Talia: "Being taken out of school by your mom in the middle of math class and being told that your father was dying on a hospital bed somewhere..? yeah, that pretty much sucked, but thanks for askin'."
- Sam: "I'm sorry... that's not what I me-... that was insensitive."
- — Talia and Sam on her father's death.
The July of the same year she told her dad she wanted to look for her birth parents, he was shot on the job. Tali's mother came into school and had a word with the teacher, when the teacher returned she told Tali, who was now already worried, to go outside as her mother needed to talk to her about something important. Tali was told that her father had been shot, and that he was in hospital and, while the doctors were doing their best, it didn't look good.
That night her father died, and Tali's grandfather (her father's father) moved in to help her mother out, as she was in shock and couldn't do much of anything at the time. Tali still couldn't believe that her father had really gone, she held up an irrational hope that it was some kind of nightmare until the funeral, where it all seemed over. Tali's father was her hero, all through her childhood she had wanted to be like her father, so the thought of him no longer existing was completely foreign to her. Tali had cried when her grandmother died, but her father was the person she cared about the most so this time it was very different.
The man who shot her father was only just out of High School, he had even gone to Tali's school. He claimed to have shot her father when he accidentally fired the gun as he had planned to surrender the weapon to the sheriff, however, eye witnesses stated that he had been aiming the gun when it fired; and, since her father had been shot in the head, it would have been nearly impossible for someone to have done it by accident. The man was sentenced to 25 years in prison, the minimum sentence for murder in Maine. However, Tali and her family avoided the trial completely, any justice taken was good, but it wouldn't bring back her father, no matter how much she wished it would.
- "You have to try and be less hostile, people are starting to think you're bad news. I know it's hard, but people will only understand for so long. I won't expel you, you're a smart girl you just need to settle down a bit, you've been through a lot and I understand that... but consider this a final warning."
- —Talia's principal talking to her after a fight.
After her father's death, Talia felt eternally pissed off with everything, despite the fact everyone had been quite nice to her. She often got into confrontations with teachers, skipped school and sat alone listening to music all lunchtime. There was the odd person who knew the man who shot her father, who avoided looking at her or being near her. The last straw with the teachers was when she punched another student who she had overheard saying that Tali's father "asked for it" because the kid felt he had been going down too heavily on petty crime.
The principal treated her leniently, only suspending her unofficially for a few days, telling her that if Tali did anything like it again she would be forced to expel her. Her mother had a long chat with her about weather she wanted to be home schooled but Tali decided she would rather stay at school under the condition that she try to curb her temper. At first it was a matter of controlling her anger, but eventually she realised that most people knew that her father was a great man and she began to calm to people.
When she was younger, around 6 or so, Tali had enjoyed comic books; so she decided to buy some more from the same seires. Reading comics and grapic novels started to give her something else to focus on in a way, she thought it was stupid, but she had to admit that she was really attached to the stories and characters. She still didn't have many friends at school, she had a minor editing position on the school radio, as back then they only dod recordings, which allowed her to meet a few people, including Kat Edison, who eventually became her best friend.
Step-Father and AbuseEdit
- "Look you little bitch, Alan Snow was a good man, and I may like your mom, but you will always be the same whiny little brat, I don't care if you have some issue with me and your mom, you're not even her real kid anyway, so if you so much as try to get in the way of me and your mother you will wish you were never born."
- —James threatening Tali
Two years after her father's death, her mother started to date. She had fallen in love with one of Tali's father's workmates, James Sanders. She didn't get on with him from the start, but that was to be expected. James, however was less than understanding of Talia as a concerned daughter. From the beginning he would yell at her when no one was around or tell people she had done things she hadn't even going so far as to hit or kick her on occasion, presumably trying to manipulate her mother into thinking she was too much to handle.This caused Tali's mother to start to think she was going back to her rebellious ways, even considering sending her to live with her grandfather on the other side of town. She tried to tell her mother that James was lying about her and had even raised his hand to her, but this only caused a row, as Tali's mother assumed she was just being jealous, wanting her mother's attention. Later that year, Tali's mother and James Sanders married, and while Tali was allowed to be a bridesmaid she was told to try to "be civil" with James.
Things continued on as normal for a while after that, until Halloween. Tali snuck off to a party at an older student's house despite being asked not to go. Later on things got rough at the party, and Tali needed to get home, with no other options she called her mother.
Her mother, too angry to get her herself asked James to fetch her. When he arrived he yelled at her. When Tali said that it was "just a bit of fun" he hit her. Tali, being the fighter she is, hit him back. This caused the man to lose his temper, he ended up having to take her to the hospital claiming, to cover his tracks, that she had been mugged and he had found her unconscious and rushed her to the hospital as soon as possible.
When she came around she tried to tell her mother again, but it was on deaf ears. It was only when she talked to her grandfather that she got someone to listen. He said that while he thought James was a good man, he didn't know him well enough to trust his word over the word of his own granddaughter.
A few days later, when she was going to leave the hospital, she asked her grandfather if she could live with him, not wanting to be around James. Her grandfather agreed to have her live with him if her mother agreed, her mother, seeing it as the best way to avoid conflict, agreed at least for that moment.Unfortunately, living with her grandfather was short-lived, lasting only a month and a half. Talia's grandfather, who at the time was in his mid 70s, suffered a fatal heart attack. She called 911 but by the time the paramedics got there her grandfather was dead.
This pushed Tali to a state of depression. As well as having to deal with the death of her grandfather, she had to return home. This meant dealing with James again who, luckily, seemed to be avoiding her. Things went back to normal again for a while, and Tali started to have a little more fun at school, even if that was because she dreaded going back home so much.
Eventually, three weeks before the start of summer vacation, she was given the role of running the school radio station, as well as announcing a certain events, as her predecessor was a senior and was thus leaving that year.
- "All those times, when he tried to kill me, when he attacked me... I used to try so hard to get through to my mom. To tell her what happened. I guess I just used to think that if I tired hard enough... to be a good daughter you know... that she'd listen to me, and it'd all be okay. And I tred to be good, I tried so hard to be good, but I was destined to fail; I will never be good enough."
- —Talia, about her mother.
Enraged by this James pushed her backwards. Tali ran at James after this, who, being trained as a cop, beat down her attack with ease, throwing her back too and, though it wasn't his intention, she landed on a box of tools and ended up being stabbed in the shoulder with something sharp.
Her mother called the police and an ambulance and, for the second time in a year, she was rushed to hospital because of James Sanders. This time, however, she had much higher chance of dying, as she punctured an artery with a screwdriver. Tali pulled through but had to stay in hospital to recover for a fair while before returning home.
Her mother would not stop apologising for not believing her, and though she never said it, saying only things like "it's okay" and "how could you have known", she did think that her mother could have trusted her more than she did. However even after a year of doubting her daughter, there was not much Tali's mother could do other than apologise.
- "Okay, so you’re an angel with some prophesy. If that’s true why would you want to talk to me?” [she raises her eyebrows] “You should lie down, I think you may just have swallowed too much of the old cuckoo juice if you ask me because there is no way I am some kind of hero."
- —Talia's not believing Afriel.
Despite the fact she could conceivably attend school, Talia's mother didn't want her to go back to school straight away. She was worried that she would struggle because of all that had happened, but Tali insisted on it and so she arived back on the fist day of her senior year, much to the surprise of her classmates. She mostly wanted to return to school quickly to start on the school radio, over the past year, no matter how lame it seemed to everyone else, she had enjoyed that more than anything else.
During most of her last school year she got relatively good grades and things started to feel like they were normal again, with Talia's track record this possibly should have been a sign. The Christmas Eve of that year, Talia attended a late-night carol service, not really because she was particularly religious, she had just always gone there with her parents as a kid, and she always liked celebrating Christmas. As she left the church some time after midnight, she found that a woman had been waiting for her. Slightly freaked out at this point, she politely asked the woman who the freakin’ hell she was.The ‘woman’ explained that she was Afriel, an angel. Talia first, as anyone would, assumed that the woman was either mad or joking but when she appeared in front of her as she turned to leave her mind changed quickly. Though she deep down believes that the woman is an angel after this, she doesn’t understand how she could be meant for any kind of greatness. She was a teenager, the girl who announced the school radio show, how could she ever be a hero? She sasses the angel before walking off home and, for a while at least, it worked.
A week after the end of the holidays, Tali and Kat (her friend) were in Portland for a concert. After the show, the two were attacked by ‘men’ (turned out to be demons) who kept asking Tali to tell them “where the angel [was]”, Talia said that she didn’t know. One of the ‘men’ grabbed Kat and threatened to hurt her if she didn’t tell them where Afriel was, when Tali tried to calmly explain that she really didn’t know where the angel was the ‘man’ killed Kat and began to go for Tali. As Tali begun to turn to run, Afriel appeared behind the ‘men’ and smighted them both with angel light.
- Afriel: "What are you doing?"
- Tali: "Packing. If I got Kat killed because of your freakin’ bullcrap prophesy then that means my mom’s at risk and my other friends and... I can’t lose any more family. I have to go, I don’t care where but those guys or demons or whatever… they’re serious, so I really gotta go."
- — Tali in shock, planning to leave
After she asked Tali if she was okay, still in shock, she asked to be taken home, not considering how she would explain her friend’s death.
Being Rescued by Bobby and TrainingEdit
Meeting The WinchestersEdit
Meeting Her LookalikeEdit
- "If you're a vampire like in TVD, then please don't expect me not to stake you, because I can and will."
- —Talia meeting Billie, her exact lookalike.
Hunting The TricksterEdit
Defending the 66 SealsEdit
- "You have no idea what it's like out here, you may think you do but you don't. Today has been tame. It's the apocalypse, it's not a looming thing far away anymore, it's here. As soon as the angels disappeared, we were massacred, real bodies piled up in streets crap, so take your own advice, say yes, because god knows I wish I had."
- —Future!Tali to Dean
"Hammer of the Gods"Edit
Distracting Heaven and HellEdit
- "Lucifer killed you once and all he did was piss you off, I can't imagine he'll stop you this time"
- —Gabriel to Talia
Going Back to the Apple-PieEdit
Leading to the Leviathan ArrivingEdit
War in HeavenEdit
Hunting Down New MonstersEdit
- Dean: "Jefferson Starships... because they're horrible and hard to kill."
- Talia: "Yeah... I mean, what the hell was with that? Jefferson Airplane was fine I mean "Somebody to Love" and definitely "White Rabbit" were great but Jefferson Starship... I mean, I didn't hate "Lather" but I mean... "Hey Frederick" was taking the actual piss."
- Dean: "I know and "Runaway" a lot of people like it but... no, just no."
- — Talia destroying the tension.
- "You were alive all this time. You asshole, you complete... I thought you were dead and you were, what? Just making gym coaches run an eternal lap of the school field somewhere having the time of your life? And you just pop in here and say "Sorry for disappearing" like that makes it all okay. Screw you."
- —Tali's anger at Gabriel for pretending he had died.
Fighting the LeviathanEdit
Dying in the Place of BillieEdit
The Showdown With Dick RomanEdit
Before Dean's ReturnEdit
- Sam: "Tali It's not how you think, I didn't just decide to quit overnight, I thought about it, everything and... I... it's complicated, okay."
- Talia: "Hey, er... Sam, you're really gonna have to speak up a bit because... I'm getting a hell of a lot of bullshit on this line"
- — Talia and Sam arguing over his choice to stop hunting.
Talia, who was still "mourning" Dean, had an argument with Sam for leaving her to hunt alone. As far as she was concerned the brothers had dragged her back into the life with all of that crap with Eve and now Sam was abandoning her. Sam stopped contacting her when he started his normal life, however, so the issue was really never resolved. Despite being very pissed off, Talia continued on the way she always had, hunting alone like before.
A few months later she ended up meeting running into Garth on one hunt, he, as he knew she helped the Winchesters with the apocalypse and thus was a good hunter, asked if she would help him by training a man who was new to "the whole hunting thing" and he would give her cases to take him on. Tali, having nothing else to do, agreed. The "new guy" turned out to be a man called Jack Rodgers, who was, for all intents and purposes, completely not cut out for the life. He kept running in guns blazing when subtly was needed, getting the lore wrong and generally, nearly getting them both killed most of the time.
However, Tali remembered how patient Bobby was with her, and so, while telling him when he was being stupid or reckless. Eventually, she began to see some level of progress, however small that might be; luckily Jack didn't have the apocalypse at the moment to kick him in the teeth. She still hadn't heard any news from Gabriel since helping him and saving the other angels almost a whole year ago now. She was starting to feel by all accounts, pretty pissed off with everyone she concidered her friend. The only person, Tali was still in contact with was Billie, who had a lot on her chest herself. Meaning that she and Billie only talked rarely and it was usually on the phone.
Looking For KevinEdit