Gwen has olive skin from her time in Vacuo, with curly black hair pulled back from her face into ringlets and brown eyes. She a little shorter than most of her team standing at 5'5.
She wears a black corset dress with a dark gray front, purple hem and purple laces on the back. The upper part of her dress is light gray, with a high gray collar and elbow length sleeved with black cuffs. Her belt is a long purple ribbon edged in gray, with a bow in the back and tied in the front, and connected to the belt are a pair of armor tassets that also act as storage for her weapon.
She also wears light gray stockings and pale gray ballet flats, with ribbons around her lower legs.
Unlike her team, Gwen was not born in Vacuo but rather in Anima. The Darcy was a wealthy well to do family in the entertainment world of Mistral, her mother a famous ballet dancers and her father a producer for entertainment events. Despite many of the sad story about the relationships between parents and kids in rich family's, the Darcy wasn't one. Gwen grew up in a loving household, if not a little demanding.
Her mother wanted Gwen to follow in her footstep into the world of dancing and for a time she did. For as far back as Gwen could remember her life was filled with days of training and lessons in the art of dancing, particular in the ballet like her mother. For a time Gwen enjoyed it. She had the natural talent for the movement and the persona to shine when on the stage.
However, as she grew older Gwen slowly lost the drive for the art. The inspiration was fading and she felt her life becoming robotic with it repeats. Gwen wanted to do something new with her art! Something no one had done yet and that when she saw "them" for the first time.
During one of her father events, a tournament was held for the Huntsmen of Mistral. The way they moved, the way they fought captivated the young girl, unable to pull her eyes from the screen. It was like a dance she had never seen before, but with an edge. It was the spark she was missing with a great shocked to her parents when she told them she was joining the Sanctum Academy.
This was the first of many wedges that would begin to come between her mother and herself. Understandably her mother was against the idea of letting her little girl go off to training to fight against monsters, but taking after her mother hard-headedness Gwen made a deal with them. If she could not make it through the academy then she would give up on the idea and return.
Surprisingly to everyone, but Gwen, she excelled at the academy. She was always a bright student so the study was never a problem and her years of training in ballet transfused over to fighting far better than even she would have thought. Yet, the fights with her mother never let up even with her rising success.
The breaking point came at her graduation when her mother demanded that she give up this folly of dream and return home. The fight only grew more heated when Gwen announce she would be attending Shade Academy in Vacuo. This ended on a very sour note with Gwen leaving without a word, only saying goodbye to her father before leaving.
Gwen always hated leaving like that, but she didn't want to become a clone of her mother. She wanted to become her own person, her own woman and she would never do that living in under her mother shadow. She traded in her shadow for a Shade.
Gwen time in Shade was nothing like she expected at all. Being placed in a team of other girls Gwen quickly felt at home in this new land of sand. What felt like over night their group became well known in the academy for both their skills and looks. All of which Gwen took gracefully. Years in the spotlight while on stage had prepared her for just about anything to do with recognition. Giving her an air of royalty among her fans and among her team.