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Don't worry about me, Mr. Marston. I am living in history. I am not afraid to die.
Luisa Fortuna

Luisa Fortuna is a major character featured in Red Dead Redemption.

With the addition of the Liars and Cheats DLC pack, Luisa Fortuna is also a multiplayer character model that may be selected in the 'Redemption' section of the Outfitter.

History

Background

She is a 19-year-old school teacher and rebel in Nuevo Paraíso, Mexico. She is a very dedicated and zealous revolutionary, and is said to fight as well as any man.[1]

Events of Red Dead Redemption

John first meets Luisa when he and Landon Ricketts rescue her from a government jail at the behest of her brother Emilio Fortuna. John soon discovers that Luisa has fallen for the leader of the local rebellion, Abraham Reyes, expecting that they will soon marry. Quite to the contrary, Reyes simply views Luisa (among other women) as a peasant and uses her for sex, while forgetting or confuses her name several times (often with "Laura") throughout the game. Regardless, she remains unendingly faithful to him and his rebellion.

Her relationship with John deteriorates throughout the time they know each other, despite all the favours he does for her. In "Father Abraham", she claims that she "cannot forgive [him] for helping Allende", which may explain why she appears to be less friendly with him after the player has completed all of the missions for the Mexican Army. She does, however, seek John's help; she asks him to escort her sister over the border into the United States, asks for his assistance in freeing Reyes from El Presidio, and persuades him to join a guerrilla attack on the Army to avenge her father's death. Later, she organises an assault on Sepulcro in order to kill Captain de Santa.

During "An Appointed Time", after John witnesses the war crimes being carried out in Escalera by the Mexican Army, he comes across Reyes, who is about to be executed by Raul Zubieta and two of his men. As John tries to negotiate Reyes' release, Luisa appears and charges at Zubieta, wielding a knife. Zubieta and his men then shoot Luisa through the chest three times, killing her. Enraged, John shoots Zubieta's two soldiers before being challenged to a duel by him. John kills Zubieta, avenging Luisa's death, before cutting Reyes free and continuing with the battle. Afterwards, he confronts Reyes about Luisa's martyrdom; for the final time Reyes fails to recount who she was, even though she lived and died for him.

Mission appearances

Red Dead Redemption

Quotes

My heart is breaking, but I cry for Mexico.
Luisa Fortuna
Thank you for saving me. You're good men. Friends of the people of this land.
Luisa Fortuna
I'm well, sir, but Allende is sending more men to their deaths. Prisoners who have not been tried. A prominent writer, Castillo, and a local official whose only crime was not putting the small holders on the street when they were late with taxes.
Luisa Fortuna
Mr. Ricketts!
Luisa Fortuna
Thank you, both of you.
Luisa Fortuna
Great and terrible things! The revolution is coming! The country will be in turmoil once more. This time, we hope is the last time.
Luisa Fortuna
I would rather be dead than a cynic like you, Mr. Marston.
Luisa Fortuna
I don't weep for myself, but for my country! Abraham Reyes has been captured!
Luisa Fortuna
Mr. Marston, my father was killed yesterday. The army found him and accused him of treason. They cut out his heart and fed it to their dogs. Allende did this. Then, he took the honor of two young girls.
Luisa Fortuna
My father must not die in vain! His death must mean something.
Luisa Fortuna
Mr. Marston. I have lost my father. My mother is in the United States. My sister has fled. I have no family, just the cause. Please. Good actions make you a good man.
Luisa Fortuna
Déjen mi hombre-
Luisa Fortuna's last words

Trivia

  • Her characteristics draw parallels with the main character in the short story written by Katherine Anne Porter called "Flowering Judas", where a young woman named Laura falls in love with a shallow, boastful revolutionary.
  • The Donkey Woman wears the same clothes as she does.
  • In singleplayer, Luisa is seen wearing a dress throughout the game, though she is given chaps in multiplayer. The same changes apply to Abigail Marston.
  • In Undead Nightmare, a regular undead uses Luisa's character model. Getting close enough to her and using Dead Eye Targeting reveals the gold cross necklace that Luisa wears throughout the game. This undead is first encountered in Escalera.
  • John Marston respects and cares for Luisa more than most of the people he works with/for. He also feels genuinely sad about her death even after Williamson's death, and he no longer needs the rebels' support.
  • Even if John mentions to many people he has a family, he only reveals one of their names to Luisa: she asks during "Father Abraham" for his son's name and he tells her. 
  • Her last name means "luck", which is ironic due to her death later on in the story. On the other hand, this can be considered a better fate than being abused and heartbroken by Abraham Reyes, who she desperately loved, and who couldn't even remember her name.
  • It appears that in the beta version of the game Luisa had a more defeated, unhygienic face. Her teeth were a dark yellow and her hair was messy.
  • She is one of the three major characters who do not ride horses at all. The others are Agustin Allende, and West Dickens.
  • A man buried at Sepulcro cemetery, Alejandro Fortuna, may be related to Luisa. According to his gravestone, "he died for his country".

Gallery

References

  1. According to the rebels in a conversation with Marston.

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