Basic vampire abilities
Marissa wasn't born in Italy, but she became a servant for the Volturi, Ishtvan was still a part of the guard at that point, and he had come to admire her. One night, one of the guards tried to kill her, but Ishtvan intervened. Aro ordered Ishtvan to either turn the girl or have him die along with her, not wanting Marissa dead, he decided to turn her into a vampire.
Main Article: Relationships
- Main Article: Ishtvan and Marissa
Ishtvan is Marissa's mate and her creator, being one and a half centuries older than her.