Season: 2-4, Episodes: 21, Faction: The Others/Survivors
Alexandra Rousseau, commonly known as Alex, was the biological daughter of Danielle Rousseau and Robert. At one week old, she was taken from her mother by Benjamin Linus, who raised her as an Other. Less than a week after reuniting with her mother at age 16, Alex was executed in front of Ben by Martin Keamy, a mercenary employed by Ben’s rival Charles Widmore.
5×05 – This Place Is Death
When Danielle Rousseau arrived on the Island in 1988 she was seven months pregnant with Alex. During a time flash, Jin found himself with Rousseau’s science expedition and observed Danielle and Robert talking about their child’s name — “Alexandra” if it was a girl, and “Alexandre” if it was a boy. Shortly after, Danielle killed all the remaining members of the science expedition, including Alex’s biological father Robert, claiming that they were sick. (“This Place Is Death”)
Alone, Danielle gave birth to a healthy baby girl, Alexandra.
5×12 – Dead Is Dead
When Alex was one week old, Benjamin Linus crept into Danielle’s tent under the orders to kill her. However Ben changed his mind on the sight of Alex. Ben warned Danielle to run away if she ever heard the whispers.
After this encounter, Ben took baby Alex back to the Others’ camp. Charles Widmore, leader of the Others at the time, insisted that he kill the child, to which Ben inquired if it was “the will of Jacob”. Ben asked Charles to kill her himself, and he looked very put off by the suggestion, declining to do so. Alex was raised by Ben as one of the Others, and she was told that her mother was dead.
After the Purge, Alex was brought up with the Others in the Barracks, with Ben acting as a father figure. When Charles Widmore was banished from the Island for having a child with an outsider, he mentioned Alex to Ben. He said that if the Island wanted to kill her, it would. Ben still maintained that he did the right thing by saving her. (“Dead Is Dead”)
After the crash of Oceanic flight 815
2×15 – Maternity Leave
Almost a month after the crash of Oceanic Flight 815, Alex saw that the Others had captured a pregnant woman, who she later learned was Claire. She woke Claire up, told her that the Others were planning on taking Claire’s child via cesarean section, and showed her the operation room where the surgery was going to take place. Claire started to resist, so Alex drugged her and dragged her out of the Staff, saying Claire would thank her one day. (“Maternity Leave”)
2×11 – The Hunting Party
During the confrontation between the Others and the search party that Jack assembled to find Michael, Tom called out for Alex to bring the captive Kate out to the circle of torches. (“The Hunting Party”)
2×22 – Three Minutes
Instead, Pickett brought her out; Alex was trying to get Pickett out of earshot so that she could talk to Michael and ask him if Claire had given birth to her baby and whether it was a boy or a girl. Michael was gagged and stunned, so he could not respond. When the others rejoined her, she apologized to Michael and knocked him out. The next day, Alex hiked back with the Others to the decoy village, bringing Michael there to speak with Ms. Klugh about his son. (“Three Minutes”)
Two weeks later, Kate, Jack, Sawyer and Hurley, were brought by the Others to the Pala Ferry, with Alex present. After Ben closed the deal with Michael, Alex pulled Kate up and put a hood over Kate’s face. (“Live Together, Die Alone, Part 1”)
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Reret is depicted as a bipedal hippopotamus in a fashion virtually identical to Ipy or Taweret, from whom she is distinguished by her astral associations. Reret is linked to two different sets of stars, but primarily to a constellation in the north sky corresponding to our Draco. This constellation, in turn, is linked in Egyptian thought to another constellation, corresponding to our Big Dipper, which Egyptians saw as having the shape of the foreleg of a quadruped and was known to Egyptians as the Meskhet, the Foreleg. The constellation was usually depicted as a bull’s foreleg, connected by a tether to a mooring post held by Reret. The Meskhet was regarded sometimes as the foreleg of Seth, and was then spoken of as the foreleg of a donkey or dog, but is never depicted in this fashion (note that Seth’s foreleg is already spoken of in PT utterance 61, though not in connection to a constellation). Seth’s foreleg is tied to the mooring post guarded by Reret “so that it [the Foreleg] cannot travel among the Gods” (Jumilhac pp. 108, 129). In texts from the temple of Esna, however (nos. 400, 450), Reret is said to tether the Foreleg in the northern sky “in order not to let it [the Foreleg] go upside down into the Duat [the netherworld].” In these texts there is no suggestion that the Foreleg is associated with Seth. A similar concept of these stars and their relation to Reret seems to be expressed on the lid of a bull sarcophagus from Abû Yâsîn, which attributes the Foreleg to Osiris: “Hail Osiris … bull of the sky are you … the stars of the northern sky are your Foreleg. They never set in the west of the sky like the decanal stars but they travel, going upside down in the night as in the day. They are in the following of Reret the Great of the northern sky,” (Neugebauer vol. III, 190-1). There was also a Reret, similarly with a mooring post, among the hour stars, located near or in the decanal belt, south of and near the ecliptic (Neugebauer vol. II, 7). Reret is depicted with her front feet resting on the mooring post, or one on the mooring post and one on a small vertical crocodile. Sometimes a tether or chain runs from the mooring post to the Foreleg. Reret is also often depicted bearing a crocodile on her back. Although she is always depicted as a hippopotamus, Reret’s name apparently means ‘the Sow’.
In Egyptian mythology, Taweret (also spelled Taurt, Tuat, Taueret, Tuart, Ta-weret, Tawaret, and Taueret, and in Greek, Θουέρις “Thouéris” and Toeris) is the Egyptian Goddess of childbirth and fertility. The name “Taweret” means, “she who is great” or simply, “great one”. When paired with another deity, she became the demon-wife of Apep, the original god of evil. However, the Egyptians essentially treated Taweret as a benevolent figure and this deity is attested as early as the Old Kingdom period “when she took three principal names: Opet or Ipy (‘harim’ or favoured place), Taweret (‘the great goddess’) and Reret (the sow’).” While there is a temple of Opet at Karnak, dating to the Late Period and Ptolemaic era, “it was the cult of Taweret that gained particular importance over time.”
As the counterpart of Apep, who was always below the horizon, Taweret was seen as being the northern sky, the constellation roughly covering the area of present-day Draco, which always lies above the horizon. Thus, Taweret was known as mistress of the horizon. Like the dwarf god Bes, Taweret:
“appears to have had no cult temples of her own, although a few statues have survived, and she was sometimes portrayed in temple reliefs. The Egyptian system of constellations connected the hippopotamus with the northern sky, and it was in this role as Nebet-akhet (‘mistress of the horizon’) that Taweret was depicted on the ceiling of the tomb of Seti I…in the Valley of the Kings (KV15).”
She was “usually portrayed with the arms and legs of a lion and the back and tail of a crocodile (or even a complete crocodile perched on her back), while her pendulous breasts and full belly conveyed the idea of pregnancy.” On occasion, later, rather than having a crocodile back, she was seen as having a separate, small crocodile resting on her back, which was thus interpreted as Sobek, the crocodile-god, and said to be her consort.
Early during the Old Kingdom, the Egyptians saw female hippopotami as less aggressive than the males, and began to view their aggression as only protecting their young–not territorial, as was male aggression. Consequently, Taweret became seen, very early in Egyptian history, as a deity of protection in pregnancy and childbirth. Pregnant women wore amulets with her name or likeness to protect their pregnancies. Because of her protective powers during childbirth, “the image of the hippopotamus-goddess was considered a suitable motif for the decoration of beds and headrests.
In most subsequent depictions, Taweret was depicted with features of a pregnant woman. In a composite addition to the animal-compound she was also seen with pendulous breasts, a full pregnant abdomen, and long, straight human hair on her head. Faience vases in the shape of the goddess “provided with a small pouring hole at the nipple, were sometimes used to serve milk, presumably in an attempt to invoke extra divine potency into the liquid.”
As a protector, she often was shown with one arm resting on the sa symbol, which symbolized protection, and on occasion she carried an ankh, the symbol of life, or a knife, which would be used to threaten evil spirits. As the hippopotamus was associated with the Nile, these more positive ideas of Taweret allowed her to be seen as a goddess of the annual flooding of the Nile and the bountiful harvest that it brought. Ultimately, although only a household deity, since she was still considered the consort of Apep, Taweret was seen as one who protected against evil by restraining it.