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Donatella Dragna is Scarlett Dragna's half-sister and the daughter of Marcello Dragna and Paloma Dragna. She is the main protagonist in Legendary and Finale.

Appearance Edit

Donatella Dragna is a slim girl with honey blond hair that hangs in soft ringlets over her shoulders. She inherited the majority of her fathers' light looks, the majority of people call her Tella instead of Donatella. She looked like her grandmother Annalise when she was young and shown in Caraval when she wears her nana Anna's purple dress.

Personality Edit

She is very impulsive, rule-breaking and acts before thinking. Her Nana inspired the idea of the Caraval for Tella at a very young age, and she never let it go. Tella cared about Scarlett like a sister, but also like a best friend. The girls told each other everything. When Tella was younger, she dreamed of becoming a mermaid or living in a grand castle where she could rule many people, and when she told Scarlett, her sister laughed at her. Of course, she knew mermaid didn't exist, but her dreams of magic increased only as she got older with her mind always lost in thoughts about the Caraval.

Plot Edit

Before Caraval, Donatella was in contact with Legend and made a deal with him.

Caraval Edit

At the beginning of Caravel Donatella was caught in the barrel room with Julian by Scarlett.

Scarlett was informing Donatella about the tickets she received from Legend when their father, Marcello Dragna, found the three of them in the barrel room.

Marcello hit Tella because he thought Scarlett was with Julian. Julian offered them passage to the isle for free, and told them the ship would set sail at dawn.

Before they the three of them left the Isle of Trisda, Tella messed her and Scarlett's rooms up to make it look like they were kidnapped.

The main point of Caraval was to find Donatella, Scarlett does as well as Marcello. Donatella plummets to her death, but is wished back to life by Scarlett.

In the epilogue Tella receives a letter and a coin from "a friend".

Legendary Edit

In Legendary, Tella has to try to get Legend's true name for her "friend," Jacks, in exchange for reuniting with her mother. She reluctantly allies herself with Dante during Caraval, navigates a fake engagement with Jacks, and finds herself falling in love with her new ally.

Finale Edit

In Finale, Tella sees her mother being killed by The Fallen Star. Jacks helps her free herself from her feelings of troubleness and anger at Destiny. She sees Legend in her dreams and discovers that he is immortal. She understands that the weakness of the Fates is love. She sees Legend in the labyrinth and he asks her to become immortal. Despite his offer, she refuses and asks him to love her, but he replies that he can't do it. Legend asks her to flee before he is killed by two Fates. After seeing Legend in the labyrinth, she goes to the Vanished Market to find a secret to kill Gavriel. In exchange, the vendors ask for her future daughters weakness - when she does not have one yet - and asks who will be the father until she meets a child who is Legend.


Scarlett DragnaEdit

Donatella and Scarlett are close. They deeply care for one another and blame each other for mistakes. It is revealed that if Scarlett took the blame, Tella would be “punished” by their abusive father in front of them. Even with Scarlett’s marriage, Donatella forces Scarlett to go to Caraval by asking Julian to help her do so. Tella saw Scarlett’s stress and insecurities all due to her future marriage and their father and brought her out of her comfort zone. Even if they get in trouble. Scarlett wants to keep Donatella safe and keep her from their abusive father. While Donatella wants Scarlett to have fun and live her life instead of keeping safe.

Marcello DragnaEdit

Since her father was abusive towards Donatella and her sister, she has attempted to escape but it failed and Scarlett was punished because of it. Marcello and Donatella are not close, and she tries to live her life every chance she has.


At the end of Caraval, she kisses Dante and they develop their relationship throughout Legendary. At the end of Finale, Legend kisses her and allows himself to feel real love for. This causes him to become mortal. We can be pretty certain that in the future they have a daughter together.

Jacks Edit

'I don’t know if you’re my true love, Donatella. All I know is that I want you to be.'
At the end of Caraval an anonymous friend of Tella was mentioned who turns out to be Jacks.

In Legendary, Dante teasingly introduces Tella as the fiancé of the crown prince. She then receives a letter from the crown prince who invites her to the ball at the palace, sarcastically stating that he's eager to meet his dear fiancé. Later we find out that the crown prince is Jacks. He invites her for a dance where he asks her to pretend to be his fiance. In hope of escaping her father with his help and eventually finding her mother, too, Donatella corresponded with Jacks. In return, Jacks demanded Legend's real name, but Donatella failed to give it to him. Enraged about her failure, he kisses her, here Tella finds out about him being the prince of hearts and that he has cursed her. In the end of legendary the curse is removed by the legend. Later, in the last chapter when Legend leaves her on the stairs, Jacks carry her in his arms and tries his best to console her.

Towards the start of Finale, when Paloma Dragna dies, Jacks comforts Donatella. he takes away her pain and misery by asking her to recite some words in an ancient language. Donatella started to feel attracted to him as well, though she felt furious after Jacks threatened to kill her in order to make Legend return his powers back to full strength. It was then revealed that when Donatella recited the words in an ancient language, she had accidentally married him. Also, we came to know that originally Donatella was his true love, the only person immune to his death kiss.



  • Donatella is cursed to unrequited love.
  • Donatella is a name of Italian and Latin origin meaning beautiful gift[2], given by god[3], or simply gift[4].


Main characters
Scarlett DragnaDonatella DragnaJulian SantosLegendCount Nicolas d'ArcyPaloma DragnaMarcello Dragna
Minor and supporting characters
The Fates
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