Seven Kingdoms: Seowyn's Crossing
The Witch-Queen was born Adala Tarmoore, part of the ruling family of Summerlund and younger sister of Aldwyn Tarmoore, the crown-prince. A gifted student of arcane magicks, Adala seemed fated from a young age to serve Summerlund as a powerful arcane supporter of Aldwyn’s rule. At some time, however, her studies took on a darker turn, and she made a pact with Infernal Entities for more power. Soon, she found a natural talent for dark magicks and necromancy flowering into full bloom. She began to covet rule of Summerlund. Under the assumed name of the Witch-Queen, she began to assault her father’s armies. When their father died, Aldwyn became King and began to wage war on the undead and devils that the Witch-Queen sent against the folk of Summerlund. When he finally realized that the Witch-Queen was his own sister, he was stunned. He offered to make Adala his co-ruler to stop the attacks on their people, but she now had higher goals in mind – domination of all of Aldorath. This led Aldwyn to call the Conclave of the Seven Kingdoms and to wage the First Witching War against her.
At the end of the war, her armies destroyed and abandoned for failure by her infernal masters, Adala was imprisoned in a cell of living crystal by the mages of Tavanion. She was able to think, so she contemplated her situation, ultimately making mental contact with terrible alien entities from the Far Realm. Binding herself to their service gave her new, terrible powers. She slipped her bonds and escaped to the wastes and wilderness. She eventually found her way to Gristamere, the Kingdom that had suffered least in the First Witching War. Bargaining with the Zhakastir of that land, she was able to secure his aid in the event that the Seven Kingdoms would be called together against her again. She attacked and slew her brother’s descendant, Varwyn Tarmoore, throwing Summerlund into panic. Varwyn’s son, Caudus Tarmoore, called the Conclave of the Seven Kingdoms, sparking the Second Witching War. This time, however, Gristamere betrayed the other Kingdoms at a crucial point, the Battle of Blackfields, throwing them into disarray. In addition, attacks by the Orcish Hordes further destablized the situation. Ultimately, the Seven Kingdoms prevailed, but at a terrible price.
Adala’s whereabouts have been shrouded in mystery for 300 years. Some believe that she was destroyed at the end of the Second Witching War, but no one can claim to know for sure. Many, especially the folk of Summerlund, believe she is still alive, waiting for a chance to bring ruin once more.