With skillful technique, the mechanisms in Leocadia's gauntlets could manipulate thoughts and drain vitality. She falsely believed that she had been chosen to wield those metallic claws and control, or crush, all life aboard the Mother Ark as she saw fit. That true authority was not in the hands of the Empress, but herself, and the fact that even her subordinates were oblivious to this was unacceptable.
See Mad Wolf Leocadia.
Leocadia is an English, German, and Spanish feminine name. Late Latin name perhaps derived from Greek λευκος (leukos) meaning "bright, clear, white". Saint Leocadia was a 3rd-century martyr from Spain.