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A History of Guiding Light's India von Halkein
Once upon a time in a land far, far away, there lived a young lady by the name of India. She lived in the enchanted land of Andorra where after her mother's death, her father, the Baron von Halkein, raised her. But all was not right in the land of Andorra. One day, evil cast its ugly shadow over the land. Evil in the form of a despondent woman named Alexandra Spaulding, who married the unsuspecting Baron. Unbeknownst to the fair young India, it was only a marriage of convenience. Alexandra gained a title and the Baron gained money. Young India had hoped she had gained a mother, but it was not to be. Young India was sent off to boarding schools and never felt any love from her new mother. She only saw the contempt that Alexandra could not hide towards the Baron (and his drinking). After Alexandra, now the Baroness von Halkein, divorced India's father, India was shocked, but not surprised, to learn that the family fortune was gone. It was then that she swore vengeance on her ex-stepmother. But as our story really begins...
It was a dark and stormy night when India arrived in Springfield in 1984.... India came in search of revenge against her ex-stepmother, and she was bent on the reclaiming her family's fortune (She was very aware that Alexandra was now more than well off). Upon arriving in Springfield, India soon set her sights on the Spaulding heir, Phillip. She thought he would be a suitable pawn in her quest to get her wealth and power back (the fact that he was Alex's nephew only made the plan more delicious). But before India could devise a plan to seduce Prince Phillip, a more readily available target presented itself in the form of Warren Andrews, her stepmother's paramour. India played the vixen and seduced Warren. With Warren on her side, India learned that Phillip along with Andy Ferris was ultimately responsible for blowing up her stepbrother Lujack's club and blinding Beth, Phillip's love. India then paid Andy Ferris to make a tape implicating Phillip and proceeded to use this tape to force Phillip to marry her. Phillip married India to keep her quiet. Although India's appeared to be motivated by vengeance and greed, underneath it all, she had fallen in love with Phillip. But on their wedding night when a hopeful India was preparing for the ultimate love seduction, Phillip harshly rejected her saying, "You married a company, not a man." At this point Phillip only had contempt for India and refused to consummate their marriage much to our India's chagrin.

India and FauxPhillip At this point, Alex gained possession of the tape implicating Phillip and attempted to chase India out of town. At Lujack and Beth's engagement party, Phillip, having grown to appreciate India's tenacity and wanting to gain control of Spaulding Enterprises, announced that India was pregnant (untrue). Lujack not to be outdone by his ruthless cousin brought Andy Ferris to the party to play the blackmail tape and expose Phillip. A scuffle over the tape occurred and Andy was shot and killed, and the tape was stolen. A lengthy murder mystery ensued with Lujack being erroneously convicted of the murder. With the demands of the trial out of the way and Alex more determined than ever to run her out of town, India was more desperate than ever to cement her bond with Phillip. Conveniently an old family friend, Dr. Lyon, came visiting, and India employed the services of his never-fail love potion (sort of a gypsy version of Viagra). Needless to say, India and Phillip went at it like rabbits! India began to mega-dose Phillip with the potion in hopes of making their previous baby announcement come true. But before India's desires came true, Phillip became ill from the potion and India was exposed for drugging Phillip. Many then assumed that she was also the real killer of Andy Ferris.

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