Ursula Leichenberg is a character role-played by AuriEllis.
- 1 Description
- 2 Major Plotlines
- 3 Subjects of Stories
- 4 Gallery
Ursula Leichenberg is a recent college graduate who moved to Los Santos to be a writer. She has since become a founding member and writer for the news organization LSBN, under Ron Otterman, and has created a blog, Brimstone and Bloodshed: Tales of Los Santos which hosts news and short stories about the residents of Los Santos, often skewing toward a darker, realistic viewpoint.
She is a self-professed wrestling fan, having a lot of knowledge of the career of Mick Flair. She owns a news van with the license plate OTTERVAN (an homage and inside joke with Ron), a Bucaneer with the license plate "LIL DICK" (a joke about Richard Chiclets), and is often seen in the company of her fellow news people when not training others how to do the news. She spends a lot of time with the 4EQ crew, who work underground as The Stable.
She is most noted for her dry, deadpan delivery of everything she says, often citing that she has a condition called "resting sarcastic voice." She has extremely low self esteem, low self-confidence, and is extremely blunt and honest with everyone around her.
Under the guidance of Ron Otterman, Ursula, Dillon Dubbs, Louie Panlin, and Felix Volk formed LSBN officially while standing in the City Vault. As the core members of the organization, each heads up their focused area, with Ursula acting as the Head Writer/Editor for LSBN properties. Ursula's reports for LSBN are often big breaking stories on court cases, big events, or editorials on things she has personal issues with, such as attacks on the media and police brutality. She tends to keep a lot of criminal contacts, even aiding many of them with helpful advice and alerts to major crimes happening around the city. She never snitches except when media lives are threatened... or she's drunk/high. When Ron took vacation, he left Ursula in charge, who panicked and delegated a lot of work to Felix Volk.
The running joke is that almost everybody wants to date Ursula. She has been asked out on many dates and seems to have a problem saying "no" to anyone. She also has a major problem with commitment due to the brain injury cited below and often uses it as an excuse for her wanting to live for today, rather than looking towards the future.
Richard Chiclets and Ursula met through Nancy Drew and Mick Flair while working on the first 4EQ event. Ursula ran some coverage for the event for LSBN. Eventually Richard asked her out to a friend date which was very romantic, and they began a confusing and awkward "friend date" phase which left Ursula unsure of what was going on. After she almost died, Richard asked her out on a real date, realizing how much he cared about her. Since then, they have had "the sex", dated for a few weeks, and then broke up.
Thomas Normady and Ursula began to date at the same time she was dating Richard. They had one date, spent a lot of time together, but Ursula wasn't ready to get closer to him and broke up with him, though he confessed he fell for her. Despite trying to be friends while they worked at LSBN, they fell into a friends with benefits situation that Thomas broke off to preserve his own emotional state. As of late, they still talk occasionally, but Ursula is concerned about his mental state and jealousy issues.
Outto-Tune Tyrone asked Ursula out before she was even dating Richard, but due to his busy schedule, they didn't do anything over a month later when they had a skydiving date. He was pretty honest about himself to her and they planned on a second date at some point in the future, but Ursula doubts it will ever happen.
Roman Shacks asked Ursula to talk business, which turned into an awkward date that included NDAs and nanites. Their second/third date had Lizzie Byrne in some weird situations. They have made it official as boyfriend/girlfriend, but are fully open to the other seeing additional people.
Dwayne Carter has asked Ursula out several times, and Ursula accepted once, but a date has not yet occurred.
Role as an Informant
Ursula periodically farms out useful information to a variety of benefactors throughout the city, including both personal cohorts and criminal organizations. She uses these favors to connections either to gain trust for future correspondence or as leverage for her own possible future needs, either as a reporter for LSBN or in her personal life.
Commingling with Serial Killers and Psychotics
As part of her job as a news reporter, Ursula is often digging deeply into investigations of serial killers and psychotic personalities. Aside from their value as material for her writing, she finds such subjects to be fascinating. A few examples of subjects she has spent time interviewing or working with include Delmon Homme (aka the Perfume Killer), Alberl Jonie (aka The Tower), Kenneth Jesperson (aka Mr. Smiley), and Jagger Gerardy (aka Chatterbox).
While covering a Hawick/San Vitrus Fleeca robbery from a roof across the street, Ursula was approached by two men who zip-tied her and started shooting at police. Ursula freed herself but was shortly thereafter gunned down from a long distance. Based on evidence, she believes the police are responsible for this injury, which put her in the ICU and nearly killed her. Since then, she has been experiencing increasing signs of severe issues. A recent MRI by Pillbot has revealed the damage is extensive, no doubt due to the excessive head trauma she has experienced from various other incidents.
Dissociative Identity Disorder
It was revealed that Ursula Leichenberg's body suffers from Dissociative Identity Disorder, hosting multiple personalities. To date, any one particular personality can manifest itself at any given moment. To date, the following personalities have surfaced:
Snarky, hardworking, politically correct, and vice-driven, Ursula is the person around most of the time in Los Santos and the personality everyone recognizes. Ursula is not aware of the existence of any other personalities beyond the "imaginary friends" she had in prior years. For months, Ursula was unaware that she has dissociative identity disorder or the identities of any of the other personalities, which was a secret protected from her by the other personalities. She was, however, aware that she sometimes has memory loss and periods of missing time. Every now and then, she is confused by missing or misplaced items, or by strange texts or phone logs for which she cannot account.
Gracie claims to be and is apparently a protector of Ursula and not some cliché movie archetype that will turn serial killer. She is friendly, smiling, and has an accent that is all over the place. Gracie appears usually when Ursula is overwhelmed and cannot deal with everything going on around her. She has said she was Ursula's imaginary friend growing up and was Ursula's only friend in high school, then named Mary. Gracie, when telling Thomas and Felix about herself, warned them not to tell Ursula of her existence lest Ursula may have a psychotic break. (Eventually, Ursula was told about the other personalities with Gracie's approval.) Gracie is completely aware of Ursula and of everything which transpires when Ursula is in control. Gracie may take control of the body at will, and sometimes does so briefly without alerting Ursula so that Ursula will not become aware of certain minor facts. Gracie at first believed that she was the only other personality aside from Ursula, but recently has become aware of the presence of Pandora and the possibility of others. Gracie is not consciously aware of these other personalities, having been informed of Pandora's existence through people in the trust circle. [First Public Appearance of Gracie]
Pandora is an aggressive and predatory femme-fatale personality who speaks with a quiet, melodic voice. She seems more reclusive than the other personalities and chooses her relatively few words carefully. Her name is shared by one of Ursula's sisters which makes people wonder if Pandora, the sister, ever existed. Pandora has confirmed that she was responsible for Ursula going off the pier into the ocean and nearly drowning, though no one knows the reason. Like Gracie, Pandora has stated she takes care of threats and will not harm anyone who does not harm her. She took over for the purpose of running over Mike Block after he became a threat, and also to exact revenge against Tomathy Steampipe for putting Eris in a box ("ice cream jail") at Burger Shot by forcing him at gunpoint to jump off the Dean World pier. She even woke up to have sex with Thomas Normandy, though the exact reason for this is not revealed. It appears that it may be possible to summon Pandora through the use of ocean water, although the details are not yet clear. Pandora is aware of both Ursula and Gracie and all of their experiences when they are in control. In addition, Pandora appears to be able to take control of the body from either of them at will, although she does not do so often and doesn't appear to enjoy doing it. Despite her assurances that she only appears to defensively thwart physical threats, Pandora's motives to date seem hazy and mysterious. Unlike Ursula and Gracie, Pandora does not see the need to hide Ursula's DID condition from anyone. [First Public Appearance of Pandora]
After Pandora set Harlan Mulch and Roman on fire outside of Wu Chang Records, several people in the LSBN staff suddenly learned of Ursula's dissociative identity disorder condition. Pandora took over for a while, presumably to either do some kind of damage control or wreak more havoc, finally going to sleep in the murder room where she stated, "Little sister, it's time to wake up," and cackled maniacally. The following day, Ursula awoke with yet another massive spell of memory loss, forgetting most of her acquaintances except for her closest friends. The sarcastic monotone in her voice was gone, and she appeared to only remember a few basic facts about her life in Los Santos. She still claimed that her name was "Ursula". She seemed much more innocent and sweet, not very much like the original Ursula personality. Gracie, Rocky, and Roman met at the casino and after a long conversation about recent events decided to name this Ursula just "Little" for simplicity in referring to each personality. (A few days later, in the phone journal, the new personality identified herself as "Eris".) The day after Ursula's revelation, Eris took over the body for the entire day, impersonating Ursula for the most part, but acting a little bit sweeter and less dismissive of people. No one knew it was Eris until she revealed herself to Roman, who was surprised. It turns out that Eris knows everything that all of the other personalities know and isn't innocent after all. She just likes to play games, and initially appearing to have additional memory loss about her friends and activities in Los Santos was just a prank. Eris has proven so much more fun-loving than Ursula that she has even shirked Ursula's news job to take temporary work at Burger Shot because it is more "fun". [First Public Appearance of Eris]
The existence of another personality -- or separate person, or place, or idea -- was directly mentioned by Pandora to Rocky when she stated in a sinister voice, "You don't need to know about Hela!" Later, after Roman's pestering, Pandora snapped the same phrase at him. Thinking Hela might be a sister, Roman asked Gracie to call Hela to check up on her. Gracie agreed, but Pandora took over and called Roman back, impersonating Gracie and saying that she called Hela and she was just fine. During the revelation of all of the personalities to Ursula, Pandora confirmed that Eris (referred to then as Little) is not Hela, and that Hela is a "memory, long forgotten".
The people who know about Ursula's personalities originally were all trusted by Ursula, and that remains the case for the most part. The first people who became aware, in order of reveal, were Thomas Normandy, Felix Volk, Rocky Topps, Roman Shacks, and Nancy Drew. Besides not revealing the disorder to others, the trust circle was entrusted with keeping Ursula herself from learning about her condition, lest she suffer a complete mental breakdown. However, the circle gradually came to the agreement that they should tell Ursula, and eventually got the approval of Gracie before revealing the condition to her.
Afterward, there were several other exposures. Delmon Homme, the Perfume Killer, knows at least about Pandora's as well as Eris's existence, and he strongly prefers to speak to the Ursula persona. Pandora setting Harlan on fire resulted in several LSBN members being exposed to Ursula's condition, including Dillon Dubbs who precariously isn't on the best terms with Ursula. Mick Flair met Eris when she was in control and on meth. Nancy Drew eventually ended up telling Dante Wolf after Ursula's revelation because she was worried about Ursula. By July 28, 2021, most people in The Stable had gotten word of Ursula's DID to some degree, including Dick Chiclets and Lizzie Byrne. Pandora exposed herself to two police officers, Jeffrey Bundy and Sexton Hardcastle, during a debrief on Eris's kidnapping by Paris and Heath Argo on behalf of three unknown others. Additional others in the know to some degree include Oswald Tinkerman, Kenneth Jesperson, Ari Preston, and Jessica.
On the early morning of July 24, 2021, Rocky Topps pulled Ursula (in her original personality) aside, driving her around seemingly to spend some friendly time with her. He took her to the vineyard property and calmly made small talk in the hopes of making Ursula feel comfortable. Eventually, he told Ursula that she has dissociative identity disorder, and that no matter what, she'd have the support of many of her friends as well as the other personalities who all want her to survive. Rocky also mentioned the phone journal which the personalities had recently been using to communicate with each other. She seemed to take the reveal okay at first, but then perhaps out of curiosity Ursula finds the journal and begins reading it. The reading ends up being too much for her to handle, and the Ursula persona fades. Gracie emerges to talk to Rocky, saying that he likely did as best as could be expected, but that Ursula is just too fragile to know about her condition, similarly to when she had been institutionalized earlier in life. Gracie said she must go to comfort Ursula inside the mind. With Eris (referred to then as Little) being "too tired" to emerge for very long, only Pandora was left to take the body. Reluctantly, but complacently, Pandora took over, knowing that she may have to be in control for the foreseeable future. Rocky spoke to Pandora, reasoning with her not to do anything rash and just lay low for a while. Pandora brushed his suggestions off. She did, however, say that Rocky did the right thing in finally telling Ursula about all of the personalities. Later, Roman phoned Pandora, and after he learned about what had happened, said that he was upset with Rocky for telling Ursula and as a result may do something aggressive towards him, a suggestion which Pandora did not seem to appreciate. The following day, it was revealed that Eris had taken over the body after all, impersonating Ursula for the entire day. [The Revelation]